Hot Tips to Help You Keep Cool without Ruining Your AC This Summer

Summer is all about having fun in the sun, but when the sun gets too hot we usually retreat into the air conditioned comfort of our homes. Despite how nice it feels to step into that cool oasis, keeping your home that cold all the time could be putting too much stress on your HVAC system.

Efficient HVAC systems require inspections twice every year, but even then problems can arise. In fact, your air conditioning unit is particularly prone to problems if you run it into the ground. To save you and your AC, here are a few clever ways you can stay cool.

Keep the Curtains Shut

This may seem like a no-brainer, but that’s because it is. Light, especially light from the sun, creates heat, which in turn warms your house right up. Unfortunately, it can also increase your air conditioning needs. As air heats up, your AC has to work harder to bring the temperature back down to a comfortable place. So keep those blinds and curtains closed!

Change Your Sheets

If you find yourself cranking the AC at night, the issue might be simpler than you think. In fact, it could simply be a result of the sheets on your bed! IF you’re trying to stay cool at night with heavy sheets, there’s a problem. Instead, swap out your heavy sheets for cotton, linen, or even silk, which are all excellent thermo-regulators.

Stay Hydrated

During those hot summer months, our bodies sweat. A lot. And while sweating helps cool you off to an extent, it also depletes water in your body. As such, staying hydrated can help your body better regulate its temperature. In fact, drinking the recommended six to eight glasses of water per day could even reduce your need for the AC.

If you’ve taken anything away from these three tips, let it be this: you can help your AC out during the summer. While it’s certainly a nice perk, you’ll be doing your HVAC system and your wallet a favor by easing up a little bit.

4 Tips For HVAC Installation For First Time Installers

Heating and cooling drains power at a ridiculous level and can drive up your energy bill quickly. According to statistics, HVAC systems account for about 48% of the energy use in a typical U.S. home, making it the largest energy expense for most homes. But, as the summer draws on, and the days get hotter, having air conditioning becomes imperative.

But getting a unit installed can be a little difficult, especially if you make poor decisions for financial reasons. You want your installation to be smooth, easy, and worry-free to avoid feeling like you’ve made a poor investment.

Here are some ways to ease your worries, and what to consider when getting the installation done.

Use a Reputable HVAC Company

This is important, you don’t want to have poor work done on your home or business, and have to deal with getting the system looked over, or repaired, after just having it installed. You should take the time to find a contractor with a good reputation and one who stands by their work.

It’s not worth saving money to go with the first pick or the one that is cheapest. It can lead to you spending twice as much money in the end, after installation, and then repairs.

Don’t Get a Used Unit

While a used unit might be cheaper, they almost always end up creating more problems and expenses down the line. They may also not be as good in terms of energy efficiency, or even power and ability, as a new unit. Or they may have a short lifespan.

Get a new unit, save yourself the financial ache later on. They’ll last longer, too.

Get An A/C Cage

An A/C cage is something that is used to secure the appliance and prevent theft. A/C units get stolen in many areas because they can be resold for a pretty penny later. This applies to both high-end neighborhoods and inner-city rentals, just about any property is susceptible to this crime.

Protect your investment, pay the extra $200 to secure your unit and prevent theft. It’ll cost much more to replace it later.

Get A Proper Sized Unit

If you have the choice between the installation of a larger unit, or a smaller unit, go with the larger one. An undersized unit can cause headaches down the road, as it may not have the power to lower the temperature of the building suitably.

The last thing you want is to be unable to lower the temperature from 90 degrees on a summer night.

Those are just some of the tips to consider when getting your HVAC system installed in your new home or office. If you have any questions about HVAC installation, feel free to contact us. We’ll be happy to help.

What to Consider When Replacing Your AC System

heating systems repairEfficient HVAC systems usually require inspections twice every year, and if your inspection turned sour this season, you’re probably in the market for a new AC system. But before you pick the AC system of your dreams, there are a few important things you need to keep in mind. Don’t buy an AC system without thinking about these four things first!

Size
Unlike hats or stretchy gloves, one size HVAC system certainly doesn’t fit all. Every home has different heating and cooling needs, which means you should take your specific needs into consideration before you invest in an entirely new HVAC system. Is your home well-insulated? How many rooms are your trying to cool at once? These are important questions that you should be answering before you pick a new system for your home.

SEER Rating
If efficiency is something you’re concerned about, make sure you’re paying attention to any given system’s SEER rating. This rating effectively dictates just how energy-efficient a unit is. The higher the SEER rating on a particular unit, the more efficient it will be. Today, the lowest SEER rating allowed on the market is 14. Any system over 10 years old won’t hold up to the modern standard.

Maintenance
Cooling and heating systems repair is something every homeowner needs to take into consideration before purchasing a new HVAC system. If you’re paying more in cooling and heating systems repairs than you would be by outright purchasing a new system, it’s time to let the old heater and AC go. This is a great area to consult with a licensed HVAC contractor about, as they can provide helpful information on cost.

Service Contracts
Before you make any big ticket purchases, it’s important to know who will be installing your unit and who will be maintaining it. If you trust your HVAC team with installation and repair, you might want to consider a service contract, which will ensure that you’re always getting timely maintenance for your HVAC system, even in emergency situations.

Purchasing a new AC system can be a challenge, but as long as you’re taking these things into consideration you should be just fine.

Your HVAC System is Trying to Talk to You! 3 Common Signs Its Making and Why

We all love our heating and cooling systems, most of us wouldn’t survive the cold winter and hot summers without one! After all, throughout the United Sates, heating and cooling accounts for about 48% of all the energy used in the typical U.S. home. However, HVAC systems require a lot of maintenance that, when ignored, can cause a lot of different problems in your home. So to prevent expensive AC unit repair, here are some common sounds to keep an ear out for and what they mean.

Clanking
Typically, a clanking noise means that you have a part that is either missing or is loose within the machine. Usually, this means that the compressor itself is coming loose, which requires complete AC unit repairs. Or, if that is not the case, the indoor and outdoor fans and its blade areas are out of balance which causes them to hit other parts. While this isn’t always a bad thing, it will only get worse if it goes ignored.

Squealing or squeaking
Does your HVAC unit sound like a baby piglet? This means you have a problem with your fan and/or blower either indoor or outside. Sometimes, this noise is common if this is the first time you’re starting up the machine, but if the sound continues, make sure to call a repairman to come check things out.

Buzzing
Buzzing is probably the most common of the noises and can, unfortunately, mean many different things. This includes:

    • The condenser coil needs to be cleaned

 

    • Fan blades are loose and need to be tightened

 

    • The air filter needs to be changed and cleaned — this should happen monthly.

 

    • The blower is becoming out of balance

 

    • The motor needs to be re-oiled or changed.

 

  • The copper lines from the outdoor unit are against something else, causing friction.

Because there can be a lot of different causes for the buzzing noises, make sure to contact a professional right away to get your unit checked out!

So whenever you are hearing noises, make sure to pay attention because your unit is trying to talk to you!

How to Keep Your Home Free of Allergens: a Guide

hvacSpring is here and that only means one thing — sniffly noses and frustrating spring allergies. Unfortunately, there are many different common allergens that are lurking in your home that can only exacerbate this problem. Here are some tips on how to keep your home free of those sneeze-causing culprits!

Dust with a damp cloth
Never dry dust as this just will kick up the dust particles into the air and cause them to resettle in different areas. Instead, dust only with a damp cloth that was treated with a special cleaning agent that attracts dust rather than pushing it around.

Wash bedding and linens in hot water
Not only does this include your comforter, towels, and sheets, but your throw carpets and curtains all need to be washed in hot water to thoroughly eliminate their dust and allergens. Don’t forget to tumble dry afterward!

Pay attention to your air flow
Your HVAC system and air conditioning unit push air through the home, so if they are dirty your air quality will suffer and your allergies will get worse. If you are noticing that your home is dusty, exceptionally dry, and smelly, check out the cleanliness of your HVAC unit. It may require a deep clean or for installation experts to come in and fix broken components that are hindering air quality.

Clean the air ducts
As a rule of thumb, homeowners should have their air ducts cleaned every three to five years. This will both remove lingering dust while promoting maximum cooling and heating efficiency.

Invest in an air humidifier
Most of the time a person’s allergies are exacerbated because the air around them is dry and stale. A small humidifier is all you need to make each room more comfortable, and your hair, skin, and eyes will thank you!

Clean and flip your mattress
When was the last time you gave your mattress a good deep clean? If you can’t remember, then it has been too long. Vacuum, air out, and then seal your bed with inexpensive dust mite covers to keep the allergens at bay. Just make sure to wash this cover once a week!

With these tips in mind, your home will be allergen-proof for the upcoming summer!