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

October 21, 2015

As you get ready for your annual air conditioner service this season, take a moment to consider adding up the amount that you spend on heating and cooling annually. Then, think about the last time you’ve walked around and looked for leaky doors and windows. It’s something that practically all homes have to deal with, but there is a significant portion of money slipping between the cracks, going out the window – literally.

However, most of the cracks and leaks can be easily taken care of on your own, helping you save money year-round. Plus, it can help you boost the bonuses 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 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 may 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 take care of the issue on unsealed lights.
  • Attic access doors normally 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 main 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.
  • View 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 holes you uncover.
  • 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 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 recommendations 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 Precision Mechanical a call at 605-206-2564 or schedule an appointment online.