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.
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