Places to Check for Leaking Air Prior to Air Conditioner Service in Your Laguna Niguel Home

October 21, 2015

As you prepare for your annual air conditioner service this year, take a minute to consider adding up the amount that you spend on heating and cooling throughout the year. Then, think about the last time you’ve walked around and searched for leaky doors and windows. It’s something that practically all homes have to battle with, but there is a significant portion of money finding its way between the cracks, going out the window – literally.

However, the majority of the cracks and leaks can be easily handled on your own, helping you save money year-round. Plus, it can help you increase the perks of your annual air conditioner service too, helping you potentially hold on to more cool air while helping to boost energy efficiency and your comfort.

So where should you check for those pesky leaks?

The attic.

Attics are known for allowing the most air out of your home, so view these specific areas while up in your attic:

  • Stud cavities around your home may be open, or uninsulated, meaning air can easily leak out, leaving you with a less-than-comfortable home and considerably affecting 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 gaps to better insulate your home.
  • Recessed lights typically have vents that open in to the attic, which leaves the door open for cool air loss. Make sure your lights come pre-sealed or add an airtight baffle to take care of the problem on unsealed lights.
  • Attic access doors normally aren’t thought of when you replace or install weatherstripping to other windows or doors around your house but can let quite a bit of cool air get in to your attic.

All house openings.

Windows and doors are typically the main culprits for losing cool air, and rightfully so.

  • Check to ensure the weatherstripping on all of your doors is in working order and hasn’t been cracked or torn. If it is, replace it.
  • Check 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 openings you notice.
  • If your home has a chimney, ensure any holes around the flue or chimney itself are properly covered with aluminum flashing to prevent air flow.

The variety of ways you can get the most out of your annual air conditioner service dollars is awfully long, but if you take a little time to tackle the list we’ve outlined, you can possibly make your home more efficient and more comfortable. If you have any questions about these pointers or are just looking to set up air conditioner service, give Ocean Air Conditioning and Heating a call at 949-525-9119 or schedule an appointment online.