During the hot summer months, we rely on our air conditioners more than ever to keep us cool and comfortable. Without taking the necessary precautions to ensure efficiency, however, much of the cold air produced by air conditioners goes to waste. Here are three home air leaks that decrease your air conditioner’s efficiency.
The attic is one of the most common locations for leaks. Because of its location, homeowners generally don’t check up on the condition of the insulation in their attics. As a result, leaks can go undetected for years. In addition to allowing cold air to exit your home, lapses in attic insulation can also allow heat from your roof to increase the temperature of your attic and home.
Doors and Windows
Door and window frames are susceptible to warping and decay. Over time changes in the structure of your door and window frames can open up gaps between the frames and the wall. These gaps can dramatically decrease your air conditioner’s efficiency by letting cold air out of your home. In order to prevent this problem, make sure to replace old window and door frames.
Like the attic, the basement’s location makes it susceptible to leaks. This is especially true during the cooling season, as cold, dense air produced by your air conditioner tends to sink to the bottom of your home. In order to prevent basement leaks, make sure to have all of the doors and windows in your basement sealed.
Catching and fixing leaks can help you improve your air conditioner’s efficiency and reduce your energy costs. If you want to learn more about common air leaks throughout your home that can reduce air conditioner efficiency, call Berkeys Air Conditioning & Plumbing at (877) 746-6855.