Whether it’s cold or hot outside, there’s a step you can take to improve the efficiency of your Air Conditioning unit: find and seal any air leaks in your home.
Detecting Air Leaks
First, take care of the most obvious air leaks. Cover drafty windows with tight-fitting window treatments and install or replace door sweeps.
An easy way to determine whether a window or door lets air in is by rattling it. If it moves, it indicates possible air leaks. You can also shut the door or window on a dollar bill. If you can pull the bill without dragging it, there is an air leak.
As for the less evident leaks, inspect your house inside and outside as well. Outside you should inspect:
- Outdoor water faucets
- Any areas where two building materials meet
These are the areas where air leaks occur more often inside your home:
- Electrical outlets
- Switch plates
- Door and window frames
- Electrical and gas service entrances
- Weatherstripping around doors
- Wall- or window-mounted air conditioners
- Cable and phone lines
- Vents and fans
Once you detect an air leak, seal it with weather stripping or caulk. These are cheap materials, and the savings you can get by sealing air leaks is well worth the effort.
Air leaks make your air conditioning unit work harder and result in spikes in your energy bill. Sealing them is an easy way to improve the performance of your unit and reduce the amount you spend on energy.
Learn more about Air Conditioning
These are some previous posts you can check out for more tips, ideas, and interesting facts about your air conditioning system:
- The reasons why your air conditioning runs but doesn’t cool
- 4 Strategies to prevent common AC issues
- How to decide whether you should repair or replace your AC
- The surprising psychological effects of Air Conditioning
- Make sure to avoid these basic air conditioning mistakes
Contact the Experts in Air Conditioning in San Antonio, Texas
When it comes to installing, repairing, maintaining, and replacing equipment and service all brands of air conditioning or HVAC in San Antonio Texas, Zero Heating and Refrigeration offers dependable service delivered with the utmost professionalism.
We are located at 4142 Hickory Sun, San Antonio, Texas. Contact us today using our website, by telephone (210-900-0824), or through our social media accounts on Facebook and Twitter and to schedule a repair or to get a free estimate. We also offer financing plans for your convenience!