Places to Check for Leaking Air Prior to Air Conditioner Service in Your Orange County Home10/21/2015As you prep for your annual air conditioner service this season, take a minute to consider breaking down the amount that you spend on heating and cooling throughout the year. Then, think about the last time you’ve gone around and searched for leaky doors and windows. It’s something that nearly all homes have to put up with, but there is a significant portion of money going 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 year-round. Plus, it can help you increase the perks of your annual air conditioner service too, helping you potentially preserve more cool air while helping to improve energy efficiency and your comfort. So where should you check for those annoying leaks? The attic. Attics are notorious for allowing the most air out of your home, so look at these certain areas while up in your attic: Stud cavities around your home can 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 would like 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 pre-sealed or add an airtight baffle to take care of the problem on unsealed lights. Attic access doors typically aren’t thought of when you change 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 key 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. 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 uncover. If your home has a chimney, be sure any gaps around the flue or chimney itself are properly covered with aluminum flashing to inhibit air flow. The variety of ways you can get the most out of your annual air conditioner service dollars is very 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 Ocean Air Conditioning a call at 949-525-9119 or schedule an appointment online.