Places to Check for Leaking Air Prior to Air Conditioner Service in Your Tampa Bay Home10/21/2015As you prep for your annual air conditioner service this year, take a second to consider calculating the amount that you spend on heating and cooling annually. Then, think about the last time you’ve taken a walk around and searched for leaky doors and windows. It’s something that nearly all homes have to battle with, but there is a great portion of money slipping between the cracks, going out the window – literally. However, the majority of the cracks and leaks can be easily sealed on your own, helping you save money all year. Plus, it can help you increase the perks of your annual air conditioner service too, helping you potentially retain more cool air while helping to increase energy efficiency and your comfort. So where should you search for those annoying leaks? The attic. Attics are well-known for allowing the most air out of your home, so look at these particular areas while up in your attic: Stud cavities around your home may be open, or uninsulated, meaning air can easily get out, leaving you with a less-than-comfortable home and considerably impacting your energy efficiency as well. If you are wanting to get the most out of your annual air conditioner service, make sure you fill these cavities to better insulate your home. Recessed lights normally have vents that open in to the attic, which leaves the door open for cool air loss. Make sure your lights come already sealed or add an airtight baffle to handle the concern on unsealed lights. Attic access doors typically aren’t thought of when you swap out or install weatherstripping to other windows or doors around your house but can let quite a bit of cool air escape in to your attic. All house openings. Windows and doors are typically the chief culprits for losing cool air, and rightfully so. Check to be sure the weatherstripping on all of your doors is in working order and is not cracked or torn. If it is, replace it. Look at the perimeter of all of your home’s windows, both in and outdoor, inspecting the caulking. It’s easy to use a caulking gun to plug any gaps you uncover. If your home has a chimney, ensure any openings around the flue or chimney itself are properly covered with aluminum flashing to inhibit air flow. The host of ways you can get the most out of your annual air conditioner service dollars is pretty long, but if you take a little time to tackle the tips we’ve outlined, you can potentially make your home more efficient and more comfortable. If you have any questions about these tips or are just looking to set up air conditioner service, give Langford Cooling a call at 813-898-9553 or schedule an appointment online.