Thursday, July 22, 2021

5 Easy Ways to Improve Your Air Conditioner's Performance

As temperatures climb, you rely on your air conditioner to keep you comfortable. Your cooling system is one of your home's biggest energy expenses. That's why it's important to make sure you're getting the best performance from your air conditioner. Read on to learn how to improve your air conditioner's performance this summer.

Keep Vents Clear
Make sure your indoor supply vents aren't blocked by furniture, curtains, or toys. All of the vents in your home should be open and clear. Vacuum and dust around the vents to help keep them clean and maintain airflow.  

Keep Windows Covered
When direct sunlight hits your windows, your home will heat up quickly. Your air conditioner will work hard to keep you cool. Closing your curtains and blinds during the day will reduce the amount of heat entering your home, which will reduce the strain on your cooling system.  

Turn Up the Thermostat
Adjusting your thermostat by a few degrees can save energy and reduce your cooling bills up to 10 percent. A programmable thermostat lets you set the temperature on a pre-set schedule. You can raise the temperature when you are away from home, then lower it shortly before you arrive. With a smart thermostat, you can even adjust the temperature from your smartphone.   

Change Your Air Filter
A clogged air filter can interfere with airflow and lower the performance of your air conditioner. Changing your air filters regularly will ensure your A/C keeps running efficiently. Replacing the air filters will also help to improve your indoor air quality. Most air filters should be replaced once per month.    

Schedule Air Conditioning Maintenance
Regular maintenance is one of the best ways to ensure you're getting the best performance from your air conditioner. A properly maintained cooling system lasts longer, works more efficiently, and saves you money on your cooling costs.

Contact us to learn more about the air conditioning maintenance services we offer.

Tuesday, June 1, 2021

4 HVAC Maintenance Tips for Homeowners

As a homeowner, you rely on your heating and cooling system throughout the year. Keeping your furnace well-maintained will ensure it keeps working when you need it most. Proper maintenance will also help extend your HVAC system's life. The following tips will keep your furnace running smoothly and help you avoid costly heating repair.

Keep Your Outdoor Unit Clear

Your outdoor HVAC unit should not be obstructed. Trim back any shrubs or trees near your outdoor unit to keep it clear. You should have at least two feet of clearance around your HVAC unit. Remove any debris such as twigs or fallen leaves.
Clean the Condenser and Evaporator Coils

The outdoor and indoor HVAC units both have coils. To keep the system running properly, the coils should be kept clean and free of debris. If the furnace will not turn on, blocked coils might be the cause. Keep the coils clean to maintain consistent airflow. Replacing damaged coils can be costly, so follow the coil cleaning instructions carefully. Even better, have an experienced HVAC technician clean the coils for you.

Keep Air Filters Clean

Your air filters will become dirty and clogged over time. Clogged air filters lead to higher energy bills and lower indoor air quality. Many air filters need changing after three months. However, if you have pets or if your home has a lot of dust, the filter may need changing more often.

Schedule a Maintenance Tune-Up

A heating inspection is essential to keeping your furnace in good shape. Your HVAC technician will inspect all components of your furnace and make sure they're working properly. If any problems are found, they'll be fixed before they become serious. Your technician will provide a report on the work performed and whether repairs are needed. Your HVAC system should be inspected at the start of the heating and cooling seasons. For assistance maintaining your HVAC system, contact us today.

Thursday, April 22, 2021

Signs Your Air Conditioner is Losing Efficiency

A healthy air conditioner is an efficient air conditioner. It does its job without wasting any of that expensive energy that you pay for. However, many air conditioner owners don't know when the air conditioner is acting efficiently and when it is not. If you are curious if your air conditioner is acting efficiently, then all you need to do is keep a look out for these signs that it is not. 

Low Airflow
The airflow pushed from your vents should have a bit of force behind it. However, if you notice that the air is merely a light breeze coming from your vents, it is a sure sign that your air conditioner is not working at full efficiency. As the air comes in slower, then it will need to run longer in order to cool your home. 

The air flowing through your vents will make a noise, but an unobtrusive one. If you hear rattling, grinding, or clicking as your air conditioner kicks on, this is a sign of a problem. Any problems inside your air conditioner mean a decrease in efficiency. 

Higher Energy Bills

The most obvious sign that your air conditioner is not energy efficient is an easy one – your energy bills are higher. You can expect a rise come air conditioning season, but if you examine the bill from the same time last year, you should not see a huge and noticeable rise in energy usage. If you are using more energy, it is likely to blame on the air conditioner as it is one of your most energy-hungry appliances and more so when not working properly.

If you notice any of these signs, then you will need to take action by calling us today. We can help swiftly take care of these problems and get your appliance back to efficiency!

Tuesday, March 2, 2021

Why an Air Filtration System is Good for Your HVAC

 Another excellent option for your residential or commercial HVAC is an air filtration device known as an air purifier. While they come in different sizes and qualities, understanding how they work, and their associated benefits are good before deciding to purchase one.

What is an Air Filtration System?
Air purifiers are built in a way to work alongside your HVAC for a comfortable and contaminant-free environment. It filtrates dust, animal dander, and mite dust from the air you breathe at home or work hence improving your overall comfort and health.

The most basic ones contain fiberglass or polyester that allow air to pass through and traps large dust particles. Highly efficient filters filter even the minute particles like pollen and fine-grained dust.

Benefits of an Air Filtration System

Here are some of the reasons why breathing fresher air is essential to you and improves your overall indoor living conditions.

1. Overall Health
Most people tend to relate pollen grains and dust to allergies and overlook the serious respiratory concerns that are brought about by these contaminants. Breathing in filtered air will reduce the risks of any dust-related respiratory diseases while still enjoying a better indoor air quality.

2. Higher HVAC Life
Air filtration systems extend the lifetime of your HVAC system. This is because they ensure a lesser accumulation of dirt and grime on your HVAC, reducing the need for regular cleaning of your order. Contaminants like dust tend to clog your HVAC decreasing its full expectancy.

3. Energy Efficiency
If your HVAC has dust and dirt accumulating, it will spend a high amount of energy on maintaining the same comfort and air quality. Clogging and blockages consequently spike your energy bills.
An air purifier will efficiently reduce the frequency of maintenance and keep your entire HVAC system working without using too much energy.

For more information about improving your overall indoor air quality, feel free to contact us for the best air filtration system installation, repair, and maintenance services. Give us a call today – we can help you breathe easy!

Wednesday, January 27, 2021

5 Simple Ways to Lower Your Heating Bills

Heating your home can take a big bite out of your budget in the winter. Fortunately, there are some simple ways to keep your home comfortable while keeping your energy costs low. Here are several tips for heating up your home and lowering your heating bill.

Turn Down the Thermostat
Lowering the temperature by seven to 10 degrees for eight hours per day can lower your heating costs as much as 10%. Set your thermostat to 68 degrees during the day, and lower when you are away from home. Installing a programmable thermostat will make this simple and easy.

Use Ceiling Fans
Most people think of cooling off when they think of ceiling fans—but your ceiling fan can also help keep your house warm. Set your ceiling fan to rotate clockwise. This will push warm air down and draw cool air upward, boosting the temperature of the room.

Repair Air Leaks
Hidden air leaks will let cold air into your home and let warm air out. Check around your windows and doors. Use weather-stripping or caulk to seal any air leaks you find. Warm air can also escape through your chimney. Make sure to close the flue on your fireplace when you're not using it.

Replace Your Air Filters
Dirty, clogged filters disrupt airflow, forcing your furnace to work harder and consume more energy. Always change your furnace's air filters regularly. Keeping your filters clean will improve the performance of your furnace, and will also give your indoor air quality a nice boost.

Schedule Heating Service
A furnace that's well-maintained will perform better. A furnace often uses more energy when it needs repair. Be sure to schedule heating service each year to make sure your furnace keeps working smoothly. No one wants to be left without a working furnace on a cold day.

For more assistance with your HVAC system, contact us today.

Monday, December 21, 2020

How to Tell If Your Furnace Filter Needs Changed

At very least, your furnace filter should be changed at least once a year when you switch from either heat to air conditioning. The filter helps not only keep the air cleaner inside your home, but an air filter can also stop debris from entering your furnace, improving its overall performance and lifespan.

Unfortunately, when to change your furnace filter for optimum performance can vary. For example, smokers or pet owners may need to change it more often. As filters with a lower MERV rating will need to be changed more often, your filter of choice will come with a recommendation on when to change it. Of course, if you aren't using AC or heating, you won't have to change the filter as often.
If you simply aren't sure on whether you need to change your furnace filter, the filters are cheap enough that you could go the better safe than sorry route. However, you can also look at your filter to see. If you check your furnace filter and find the following, it may be time to change it:

•    The filter is gray, black, or yellow in color
•    Visible dust is around the filter housing or your furnace
•    Your home seems to be getting dustier
•    The current filter has been used longer than its manufacturer advised

If your filter is dirty and needs changed, you may also notice that the heating or cooling cycle takes longer than usual. When the filter is dirty, it blocks more air from making it into your home. As such, the cycle will need to run longer to get the same effect. As you can expect, this is running up higher energy bills as well. This means that even if you aren't so concerned with your indoor air quality, not changing your air filter is costing you in other ways as well. Give us a call today!

Monday, November 16, 2020

How to Tell If Your Thermostat is Not Properly Calibrated

Is your home feeling a little off temperature? While this can be a sign of something wrong with your HVAC system, your own thermostat could also be the culprit as well. Over time and with regular use, your thermostat can fall out of calibration and misread the temperature. This means it can begin to read the temperature incorrectly resulting in your home not getting as hot or as cool as you want it.

Testing to see if your thermostat has fallen out of calibration is something a homeowner can easily do themselves. All you need is a thermometer that you can placed right next to the thermostat. If the thermometer and the thermostat don't match up in their reading, then the thermostat has fallen out of calibration. This means that your home can either be too cool or too hot for you, likely burning up energy bills as well as making you feel uncomfortable.

To recalibrate your thermostat, you will want to call an HVAC technician. While it is possible to do it yourself, you will want your thermostat thoroughly inspected. Your HVAC technician will check to make sure the calibration issue is from natural use and not from a problem. They can also make sure the inner workings of the thermostat are cleaned as well, something that doesn't get done too often. In some cases, calibration issues can be a sign that your thermostat is on its way out. In these instances, they can make quick work of installing a new one.

If your old thermostat has fallen out of calibration and needs replaced, we highly recommend replacing it with a programmable model. This makes it easier to control the temperature when you are in the house and when you are out. This will help cut even more off your energy bills. Give us a call today!