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

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As you get ready for your annual air conditioner service this season, take a moment 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 checked for leaky doors and windows. It’s something that almost all homes have to battle with, but there is a significant portion of money going between the cracks, going out the window – literally.

However, most of the cracks and leaks can be easily handled on your own, helping you save money all year. Plus, it can help you increase the bonuses 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 check for those irritating 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 sneak out, leaving you with a less-than-comfortable home and greatly 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 gaps 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 previously sealed or add an airtight baffle to solve 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 normally the key 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.
  • 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 openings you notice.
  • If your home has a chimney, ensure any openings around the flue or chimney itself are properly covered with aluminum flashing to prevent air flow.

The number 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 recommendations we’ve outlined, you can potentially make your home more efficient and more comfortable. If you have any questions about these recommendations or are just looking to set up air conditioner service, give Kelley Mechanical a call at 859-209-3003 or schedule an appointment online.

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