Let’s Test The AC
It’s only March, but we have ourselves an unseasonably warm days ahead. Who would have thought you could be thinking about opening the windows to enjoy the warm fresh air in March?!!
We’re not going to complain. But we will remind you to one thing before you go opening those windows, and that’s test out your air conditioner. Yep, you read it right, we want you to turn on your AC. If our weather gets into the 60s or even 70s as the forecast is predicting you can test out your air conditioning unit. Here are a few things to do when testing your AC.
- Wait for the afternoon or warmer part of the day.
- Make sure the outdoor temps are above 55.
- Turn your thermostat to cool and set point several degrees lower than current indoor temp.
- Let the system run through a cycle and check the air coming out of the registers.
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Furnace & Heating Options for a New Home
When building a new home you have so many decisions to make, don’t forget about your home heating and air conditioning system when making those decisions. There are many options with your HVAC systems, it’s just a matter of what is the right option for you and your home. Here is a list of things to consider when selecting the right furnace or heating system for your home.
- What type of system will provide the best comfort
- What type of system is most efficient or cost effective
- What energy source is best for your new home
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Energy Saving Lighting Upgrades
An upgrade in lighting can make a difference both in the office space as well as the home. Although as a homeowner you are bound to see a pay off in the purchase of LED lighting, in the business world is where the big savings happen. If you think about the number of light fixtures are found in a small business or major retailer every little bit of savings per light really adds up. Although making the switch over to higher efficient lighting will save in utilities that’s not the only reason to make the change we’ll discuss some of these in this article. Continue reading “Energy Saving Lighting Upgrades” »
Perks of On-Demand Hot Water Heaters
How nice would it be to have unending hot water when you need it? That’s where an on-demand water heater, also called tankless, comes in. Installing these very efficient water heating units have more perks for you as the home owner. Let’s look at just a few.
- Unlimited Hot Water
- Energy Efficient
- Less Space Required for Installation
- Combustion Control
- Ability to Abandon Chimney
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The Risks to DIY Heating Repair
There are reason you should hire a professional when it comes to certain things around your home. One of these being repairing your ailing furnace. While winter comes with plenty of extra expenses, such as holiday gift-giving and higher heating bills, attempts to save money through DIY repair to a problematic furnace may become more costly that investing in expert repairs provided by a trained HVAC technician. Here are some reasons to hire a pro instead of doing it yourself. Continue reading “The Risks to DIY Heating Repair” »
Common Air Conditioning Mistakes to Avoid
When temperatures are on the rise, you and your family rely on your central air conditioner to keep your home cool and the humidity under control. Unfortunately, if you don’t use your central air conditioner wisely, you will notice an unnecessary loss in efficiency and a potential spike in your electric bill. Here are a few common central air conditioner mistakes homeowners make that you should avoid so that you can keep your home cool and save money too. Continue reading “Common Air Conditioning Mistakes to Avoid” »
Why Isn’t My Air Conditioner Controlling the Humidity In My Home?
Have you found yourself checking the thermostat at your home and thinking it’s got to be lying? It’s not comfortable in your home, it feels warm, yet the thermostat shows everything is how you set it to be. How so, well there is more to air conditioning than just temperature, in fact your comfort largely weighs on the humidity level of the home. When humidity is high it seems warmer than the true temperature. So why isn’t your AC controlling the humidity? That’s a good question and we have some answers. Continue reading “Why Isn’t My Air Conditioner Controlling the Humidity In My Home?” »
Common HVAC Problems
When your HVAC contractor comes out for your regularly scheduled AC checkup, they will check for both maintenance issues and any repairs that may need to be made. Here are some common maintenance problems your contractor will check for.
1. Low Coolant
If your AC unit is newer, it likely doesn’t have R-22 in it. However, it still depends on a refrigerant (such as R410A) to help it cool your homes air. If the refrigerant leaks and the levels are low, your unit won’t cool as efficiently. Common signs of coolant leaks are AC that runs constantly or even a frozen up coil.
Low coolant may come from a fast leak caused from recent damage to the system, in which case you will notice a quick change in the cooling the system provides or the unit won’t work at all. But a slow leak is a much more common finding at a maintenance visit.
Slow leaks may occur for a variety of reasons. For example, it could be that a joint or seal has gotten old and deteriorated. Coolant can also
escape when household chemicals buildup on the AC coil producing formic acid, which then corrodes the metal causing small leaks. Continue reading “Common HVAC Problems” »
How Often Should Salt Be Added To My Water Softener?
This is a common question we receive, especially from new homeowners and people new to soft water. There are several things that play into how often you will need to add salt so not every home is the same and not every season is the same. Ultimately it depends on the water used by your home, but here are some activities that largely factor in.
- Number of people in the home.
- Number of showers and baths a day.
- Amount of laundry cleaned on a weekly basis.
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Your Furnace and Air Conditioner Can Help With Dust
The average american home produces 40 pounds of dust a year! That’s a lot. Depending on the number of people in your home this number could be lower or higher for your home. Let’s take a look at some ways you can clean the dust in your home more efficiently and some ways you can reduce the amount floating around in your home.
- Check your furnace filter.
- Use a HEPA filtered vacuum.
- Reduce textiles.
- Don’t overlook dusting those hard to reach or see areas.
- Clean regularly.
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