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

October 21, 2015

As you prep for your annual air conditioner service over the next few months, take a second to consider calculating the amount that you spend on heating and cooling throughout the year. 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 finding its way 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 increase the benefits of your annual air conditioner service too, helping you potentially hold on to more cool air while helping to improve energy efficiency and your comfort.

So where should you search for those annoying leaks?

The attic.

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

  • Stud cavities around your home can be open, or uninsulated, meaning air can easily get out, leaving you with a less-than-comfortable home and considerably impacting 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 holes to better insulate your home.
  • Recessed lights usually have vents that open in to the attic, which leaves the door open for cool air loss. Make sure your lights come already sealed or add an airtight baffle to solve the issue 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 enter in to your attic.

All house openings.

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

  • Check to make sure the weatherstripping on all of your doors is in working order and is not cracked or torn. If it is, replace it.
  • Look at the edge 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 notice.
  • If your home has a chimney, make sure any gaps around the flue or chimney itself are properly covered with aluminum flashing to prevent air flow.

The host 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 Kohles & Bach Heating & Cooling a call at 515-207-6569 or schedule an appointment online.