Wednesday, June 28, 2017
Saving money on your energy bill this summer doesn't mean your home has to become a sauna. With temperatures quickly rising, you shouldn't have to sacrifice your family's comfort. However, if your monthly budget is already stretched thin and you're dreading the start of the cooling season, take a deep breath and implement the money saving tips provided below.
Keep the Sun Out
Although you may think it sounds too simple to be effective, closing your window blinds or drapes to block out the sun can lower the temperature in your home. Your blinds and drapes can also insulate your windows, which will stop the cool air your air conditioner produces from escaping your home.
If your couch is sitting on top of an air conditioning vent, the obstruction is going to cost you some money at the end of the day. A blocked vent is unable to properly circulate air, which leads to ineffective cooling. Before you turn on your system for the summer, go from to room to ensure no furniture is hindering your air conditioner's air flow. If you do find a covered vent, simply rearrange the furniture in the room to optimize your system's cooling ability.
Install a Programmable Thermostat
When you're not at home your thermostat should be set at least 4 to 6 degrees higher than when you are in the house. While you could manually make the adjustment before heading out for the day, it's easy to forget, and while that may not seem like a big deal, continuously doing so will definitely send your energy bill soaring. Installing a programmable thermostat allows you to preset temperatures, which guarantees you won't waste energy or money when your house is empty.
Have Your Air Conditioner Tuned-Up
Properly maintaining your air conditioner is key to you saving money on your energy bill each month. If your system is dirty or malfunctioning, you aren't only throwing money away, but you're also at risk of your A/C breaking down. Unfortunately, major repairs are expensive. However, you can avoid them by hiring a professional to tune-up your system once a year.
Questions? Call New England Cooling Towers today at (978) 649-6001.
Tuesday, May 17, 2016
NoiseIf your water heater has been making noise, such as knocking against a wall or creaking loudly, that could certainly be annoying. Strange noises coming from your water heater could be caused by a build up of sediment. A flushing of the water heater tank can solve the problem.
TemperatureYou will definitely notice if your water heater is not getting to the right temperature. If it is not getting hot enough, you may need to adjust the temperature on your water heater. The best temperature to set your water heater is typically between 120 and 140 degrees. If you have no hot water at all, a heating element could be broken. It is not difficult to replace a heating element, and the replacement would mean you would have your hot water running again.
Here are some things you will want to pay attention to when considering replacing your water heater:
- The age of your water heater
- If there is any leaking from your water heater
- The quality of water you are getting out of your heater
- The number of times you have called a repair person
- You do not remember the last time you replaced your heater
Tuesday, December 8, 2015
Get Your System Checked. If you haven't done so already, now is the time to schedule your annual maintenance on your heating system. It can be easy to wait until something is broken to call in a pro, but preventative maintenance is the best way to ensure that no small issue turns into an emergency. The last thing you want is to wait until the frigid temperatures set in to discover that your heater isn't working properly!
Check Your Filter. One of the easiest ways to keep your HVAC system running smoothly is to keep the filter clean. Depending on what type of filter your system has and how long you've had it, you'll want to either clean or replace it before turning on the heat for the system. A clean filter will help to keep your system running as efficiently as possible, which will make your home warm while keeping your energy bills low!
Examine Blower Doors. Blower doors are installed to make sure carbon monoxide and other toxic gases are able to exit your home. Needless to say, properly installed and sealed blower doors are imperative for keeping your family safe, especially when your heating system is running. Make sure your blower doors are completely sealed and continue to check them periodically throughout the season.
Adjust Air Vents. Air vents play a huge role in the way that warm air flows and is distributed throughout your home. It's important to ensure that air is able to flow through all of the air vents in your home. If it's not, this could be indicative of an obstruction or clog, and may need to be dealt with by a professional. If air is flowing freely, be sure to adjust vents so that air flow is focused on the rooms of your home you use the most. Here's a hint: close air vents in unused guest rooms to heat the areas of your home you do use more efficiently!
If you have any additional questions about the best way to prepare your HVAC system for the cold winter months, give us a call! We'd be happy to share all of our advice for keeping your system running smoothly throughout the winter!
Interested in preventative maintenance for your system? If so, call New England Cooling Towers today at (978) 649-6001 and we’ll send one of our certified HVAC contractors to your home to inspect your HVAC unit.
Wednesday, June 3, 2015
Spring is here (thank goodness!) and that means the hot summer weather isn’t far behind! Prepping for the beach and pool are fun ways to get ready for the nice weather, but making sure your HVAC system is running smoothly is even more important to us. We want to be sure your HVAC system is ready to handle the hot and humid weather.
- Check, clean and replace (if needed) the air filters.
- Inspect to see if there are any issues with the HVAC unit.
- Clean the condenser coils
- Check the air ducts and seal any leaks that may have occurred.
- Clear out any debris that has settled around the HVAC system, i.e.: branches, trash, etc.
- Calibrate your thermostat.
- Thoroughly clean the system.
Monday, January 19, 2015
Wednesday, November 5, 2014
Winter is quickly approaching, which means you’ll want to be sure your furnace is ready for the cold weather! Today we’re going to give you a few tips and tricks, so that you can be sure your furnace is in tip top shape for the cold months ahead.
- Check the filters on a monthly basis and, if need be, change them. Typically, filters should be changed every one to three months.
- Do not store anything, especially flammable items, near the furnace. When your furnace starts to heat up, so will the items resting against it, which could cause a fire.
- Bleed the valves if you have a hot water radiator. You can do this by opening and closing the valves when water is present.
- Vacuum the dust and dirt off of your furnace – this will make for cleaner air and a system that runs smoothly!
- Be sure nothing is blocking the exhaust flue, which is located outside.
Interested in preventative maintenance for your system? Click here to learn about New England Cooling Towers’ Maintenance Plans.