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October Cooling Tip

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Healthy Air and Allergy Reduction

Any home activity can cause indoor air pollutants such as dust, mold spores and allergens to become airborne and travel throughout the home. These pollutants can can affect the health and well-being of residents, particularly with individuals who suffer from allergies. Home air filters capture these airborne pollutants as the air is circulated back through the HVAC system, and greatly increases the quality of indoor air. When dirty, however, the filters cannot remove any of these pollutants, and the particles are redistributed through the home.

Optimal System Efficiency

When air filters are not changed regularly, the HVAC systems must work harder to circulate air through the home. Dirty filters clog and hinder air movement, causing the system to consume more energy to continue circulating the air throughout the home. This causes the system to consume more energy, resulting in higher energy bills for the homeowner.

Keeps the System Running Smoothly

Air filters not only clean circulating air, but they also keep the system’s interior clean and working properly. Clogged filters allow dust and other airborne debris to become trapped in the inter-workings of the HVAC system, which can ultimately cause the system to fail long before it would with proper filter upkeep.

Changing the Air Filter

Air filters should be changed or cleaned at least once a month or as directed by the manufacturer’s instructions. If you have any questions or believe that your HVAC system is not functioning properly, call a trusted heating and air company for a HVAC tune up and maintenance today.

February Cooling Tip

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If you have ceiling fans, turn them on slow in reverse during the winter months.  This will circulate the warm air that rises to the ceiling without creating drafts.  Also, winter is a good time to let the sun in.  Open blinds and drapes during the day to take advantage of natural solar heating.  At night, close drapes and blinds to hold in the heat.

September Cooling Tip

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Reduce your hot water temperature.  Set your water heater to the “normal” setting or 120 degrees Fahrenheit, unless the owner’s manual for your dishwasher requires a higher setting.  Savings are 7 – 11 percent of water heating costs.

July Cooling Tip

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If you have a pool, consider slowly reducing pool filtration time by 30 minute increments daily.  Keep on reducing the time as long as the water appears clean.  You may find you only need to run your pool filter six hours a day.  Install a timer to control the length of time that the pool pump cycles on.

June Cooling Tip

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Improve plantings around your house

Most heat that accumulates inside a house comes directly from the sun shining onto the roof or through window, and heating the house directly.  Plating leafy trees around the building’s exterior will stop the sun from shining inside your home.  If the trees or shrubs shade your air conditioner, you could increase your air conditioner’s efficiency by up to 10% according to the U.S. Department of Energy.

April Cooling Tip

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What to Expect during an Air Conditioner Tune-Up

When an HVAC techician comes out to perform preventative maintenance on your air conditioner, his work will be split into three categories: inspection, cleaning and servicing.

Inspection

While inspecting your air conditioner, the tech will look for signs of possible problems. He will inspect everything from the thermostat to the condenser coil. Along the way, the technician will look for cracks, worn parts and other problems. By catching these issues early, the tech will be able to make quick and easy repairs that will help you avoid repair bills later.

In addition to inspecting the components in the indoor and outdoor units, the HVAC technician will inspect the pipes that carry refrigerant through the system. He will also check refrigerant levels. If there’s a leak, the tech will find the source of the leak and repair or replace the tubes as needed. Your air conditioner’s refrigerant will then be balanced to ensure optimal operation.

Cleaning

Components like the condensing unit are easy for homeowners to clean. Internal components like fan motors, blades and coils should be cleaned by trained professionals only. Not surprisingly, these components accrue a lot of dust, grime and debris over time. If they aren’t cleaned periodically, they can stop working properly.

During the tune-up, your air conditioner will be cleaned thoroughly. The drain will also be cleaned, which is important because if the drain becomes obstructed, that water can drip down from the indoor unit over the furnace or collect on the floor.

Servicing

A few more routine services may also be performed during a maintenance call. One example involves the blower motor. Over time, it can become unbalanced, which can reduce the efficiency of the air conditioner. The HVAC technician will make adjustments as needed to ensure the optimal performance of your air conditioning system. The thermostat, or temp control, will also be examined and potentially serviced. Small issues may be repaired. If a component like this is close to failing, it may need to be replaced.

August Cooling Tip

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Keep a 2 to 3 foot clearance around your outside air conditioning unit to ensure proper circulation. At the same time, one can plant trees or shrubs to shade an air conditioning unit, but not block the airflow. A unit operating in the shade uses less electricity.

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MORE COOLING TIPS

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Set your thermostat at as high a temperature as comfortably possible in the summer, and ensure humidity control if needed. The smaller the difference between the indoor and outdoor temperatures, the lower your overall cooling bill will be.

Avoid setting your thermostat at a colder setting than normal when you turn on your air conditioner. It will not cool your home any faster and could result in excessive cooling and, therefore, unnecessary expense.

Consider using an interior fan along with your window air conditioner to spread the cooled air through your home without greatly increasing your power use.

Avoid placing appliances that give off heat such as lamps or TVs near a thermostat.

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