While the common perception is that it always feels like summer in Florida, residents know all too well that it gets significantly hotter during the actual summer months. As temperatures start to rise, it’s important to make sure your home is prepared and that your air conditioner is operating efficiently. One problem that could be preventing your AC from doing its job properly is air leaks in various locations around your home. Air leaks detract from your comfort. They also cost you money as you must keep your AC cranked up higher than you would if so much cool air wasn’t escaping. Now, before the arrival of summer is a good time to start checking for air leaks.
How to Check For Air Leaks
There are many places in your home where you may be losing air. Doors and windows are the first places to check. Here are some guidelines to keep in mind to find air leaks.
- Do a thorough inspection of all the doors and windows around your house and check the seals. Make sure there are no gaps where air or light are escaping. You can visually view all windows and doors but also move your hand around the seals to see if you feel cool air escaping or hot air coming in.
- If you find small leaks, you can fill them yourself by caulking and weather-stripping. However, if you notice larger leaks or ones that are difficult to seal, it’s a good idea to consult with a professional.
- Check your chimney or have a professional inspect it. Gaps around your chimney are another way you could be losing air.
- Enhance your insulation. The better insulated your home is, the less you have to worry about air leaks. Adding insulation in certain areas can increase the efficiency of your AC and help keep you more comfortable.
These are some of the ways you can find air leaks around your house. It’s important to be thorough and cover all sections of your home. Even small leaks can reduce the effectiveness of your AC. While you can spot some air leaks on your own, a professional can do a more thorough job. A qualified HVAC technician can also spot other issues that may be affecting your AC’s performance.
Call Gulf Coast Air Conditioning and Energy Improvements for a complete assessment of your home.