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

As you prepare for your annual air conditioner service over the next few months, 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 walked around and checked for leaky doors and windows. It’s something that almost all homes have to deal 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 handled on your own, helping you save money all year. Plus, it can help you maximize the perks 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 look for those annoying leaks?

The attic.

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

  • Stud cavities around your home could be open, or uninsulated, meaning air can easily sneak out, leaving you with a less-than-comfortable home and significantly affecting your energy efficiency as well. If you are wanting to get the most out of your annual air conditioner service, make sure you fill these gaps 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 pre-sealed or add an airtight baffle to handle the concern on unsealed lights.
  • Attic access doors normally aren’t thought of when you swap out 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 chief culprits for losing cool air, and rightfully so.

  • Check to be sure the weatherstripping on all of your doors is in working order and isn’t cracked or torn. If it is, replace it.
  • Check 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 openings you find.
  • If your home has a chimney, be sure 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 list 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 Farnell Heating & Air Conditioning Inc a call at 251-471-2674 or schedule an appointment online.