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Air Conditioning & Heating Tips Don't Ignore Air Conditioning Problems. When you have a big air conditioning problem - like an air conditioner that quits during the hottest day of summer - it goes without saying that you'll call for service. Smaller air conditioning problems are easier to ignore, but this is the last thing you should do. By calling for service as soon as you notice the symptoms of an ailing cooling system, you can prevent the expense and inconvenience of a big repair job. You'll also avoid the higher utility bills that typically accompany a poorly functioning air conditioning system. You should have your air conditioner checked when you notice any of the following symptoms 

​Summer Cooling Tips:


1. If you don't have a programmable thermostat, buy one. The savings tally to nearly $200.00 a year. This way, when you are out of the house, on vacation or sleeping, you can set your 'stat to "Save."

​2. Search your house for leaky ducts. The majority of homes lose about 20% of their cooling energy through leaky ducts.

​3. Seal off any ducts to unconditioned areas, and insulate rooms like the garage, attic or cellar. (Families with larger homes and empty nesters consider not cooling the wing of the house no one ever goes into.)

4. It may be time for an AC upgrade. Get a qualified professional to inspect your system. Look for models that have the EPA's Energy Star and replace filters at least every three months.

5. Replace those old-fashioned, roundy light bulbs. The Energy Star fluorescent light bulbs use two-thirds less energy and generates less heat than those dinosaur incandescent bulbs.

​6. Turn off all appliances and lights when not in use. Coffee makers and toaster ovens don't need to be plugged in all day.

​7. Make sure your fan is spinning clockwise. This will create a wind-chill effect. Turn your ceiling fan off when you exit the room. Fans cool people not rooms. Bonus: This summer, wear skimpier clothing, keep yourself hydrated and take cooler showers. Plant shade trees around your house and learn how to best ventilate your house.


Winter Heating Tips:

FIND AND SEAL LEAKS

1.Seal the air leaks around utility cut-throughs for pipes ("plumbing penetrations"), gaps around chimneys and recessed lights in insulated ceilings, and unfinished spaces behind cupboards and closets.

2. Find out how to detect air leaks.Learn more about air sealing new and existing homes.Add caulk or weatherstripping to seal air leaks around leaky doors and windows.Find out how to select and apply the appropriate caulk.

​3. Learn how to select and apply weatherstripping.

MAINTAIN YOUR HEATING SYSTEMS

1. Schedule service for your heating system.

2. Find out what maintenance is required to keep your heating system operating efficiently.

​3. Furnaces: Replace your furnace filter once a month or as needed.

4. Find out more about maintaining your furnace or boiler.

​5. Wood- and Pellet-Burning Heaters: Clean the flue vent regularly and clean the inside of the appliance with a wire brush periodically to ensure that your home is heated efficiently.

​6.Find other maintenance recommendations for wood- and pellet-burning appliances.




FAQ's


Why do I need a maintenance contract to service my air conditioner? 

Maintenance contracts help us provide more efficiency to our regular customers. Customers who contract with us for regular service benefit from our experience with their home and its air conditioning unit. We can identify and correct potential problems before they happen, proactively.

Another benefit: we keep your air conditioner maintenance on the right schedule for its needs. So you don’t have to try to remember when you need service, we’ll remind you. Maintenance contracts include a thorough system check, full cleaning, coolant charge and important filter change. So your air conditioner unit is ready for the heat and humidity of summer, and works as it should when you need to use it. 

What are some of advantages of having an furnace and air conditioning Service Contract? 
You get more efficiency, and proactive maintenance of your HVAC equipment. And, you don’t have to remember to schedule your maintenance; Maintenance contracts help you to avoid surprises (both in your bill and from your system), and gain efficiencies. 

Why do I need maintenance in the spring and fall time? 

Here are just 6 good reasons: 
1. Save energy 
2. Increased performance 
3. Peace of mind 
4. Healthy indoor air
5. Extend the life of your system 
6. Keeps your warranty valid 

What is “Indoor Air Quality” or I.A.Q.? 

The quality of the indoor air you breathe. 

What can I do to improve my Indoor air quality? 
Have your furnace and air conditioning systems regularly maintained at least twice a year. You can add components like high efficiency filtration systems & humidifiers. 

What can You Do for Allergies and Asthma? 
Allergies and asthma are two health problems that can be helped with clean indoor air. When airborne irritants are removed, allergy and asthma sufferers often find relief from their symptoms. Even healthy people who have never suffered from allergies can benefit from clean air. Dust, smoke and other particles float around in the air, causing your drapes and furniture to gather dust. By removing airborne dust particles, you reduce the amount of exposure your respiratory system has to allergens. 

How to Know if your Indoor Air is Clean? 
Consider that the average home generates 40 pounds of dust for every 1500 square feet of space. It is simply impossible to remove enough of the material by hand to make your home’s air as clean and free of allergens as possible. The right indoor air system can help! 

What is a SEER rating and how does it impact my energy costs? 
SEER stands for Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio. This ration is an indication of the performance efficiency of an air handling system. 

Should I repair or just replace my old heating and cooling unit? 
If the cost of energy and maintenance seems to be too high, it likely is. A new heating and cooling unit will be worry-free. You won’t have to consider whether the latest Band-Aid repair will get you through the next season. Just switching to a modern air conditioning unit with a SEER rating of 16 can save $50/year from the older models that typically have a rating of about 13 or less. 

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