Places to Check for Leaking Air Prior to Air Conditioner Service in Your Bakersfield Home10/21/2015As you get ready for your annual air conditioner service over the next few months, take a moment to consider breaking down the amount that you spend on heating and cooling throughout the year. Then, think about the last time you’ve taken a walk around and checked for leaky doors and windows. It’s something that almost all homes have to battle with, but there is a large portion of money finding its way between the cracks, going out the window – literally. However, almost all of the cracks and leaks can be easily sealed on your own, helping you save money year-round. Plus, it can help you maximize the perks of your annual air conditioner service too, helping you potentially hold on to more cool air while helping to increase energy efficiency and your comfort. So where should you look for those pesky leaks? The attic. Attics are known for allowing the most air out of your home, so check these certain areas while up in your attic: Stud cavities around your home can be open, or uninsulated, meaning air can easily sneak out, leaving you with a less-than-comfortable home and considerably impacting your energy efficiency as well. If you want 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 concern 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 enter 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 is not cracked or torn. If it is, replace it. View the border 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 find. If your home has a chimney, ensure any holes around the flue or chimney itself are properly covered with aluminum flashing to inhibit air flow. The number 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 tips or are just looking to set up air conditioner service, give Hillcrest Air Conditioning & Plumbing a call at 661-437-3499 or schedule an appointment online.