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March 2014

A/C Maintenance: How to Prepare For Record-Breaking Temperatures

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Following a cold winter will be a hot summer. The weather center is already anticipating record-breaking highs, and this means that your A/C is going to be running longer in order to keep your home cool and comfortable. At Sears, our goal is to provide you with A/C maintenance now to ensure that your unit is up for the task when hot weather gets hotter. We can save you money by ensuring that your unit is running as efficiently as possible. We will check out the entire system. If it has been a while since your system has been cleaned, it may take your HVAC unit longer to reach the desired temperature, and this means you’re spending more money on your electric bill as a result. Many of our customers have noticed a considerable drop in their electric bill since having us perform A/C maintenance. While we’re there, we will also address any issues that we see which can help ensure that you have cold air circulating through your home all summer long. The last thing that you want to happen is to need an AC repair when you have a house full of people. It will be too hot outside to not have A/C when you step indoors. Many times, a heating and cooling contractor can catch problems during maintenance visits, allowing them to make the necessary repairs so you never encounter any down-time with your unit. It is a lot easier to call out HVAC contractors to inspect your unit now, before…

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Cost Comparison: New A/C Unit vs. Maintenance

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When you are looking at being able to keep your home cool in the summer and warm in the winter, you need to ensure that your A/C unit is working properly. There is a considerable difference between the cost of a new A/C unit and regularly scheduled maintenance. To get an idea of the differences, let’s do a cost comparison. The Cost of a New Unit The cost of a new A/C unit is going to vary based on size as well as brand. The unit itself can cost upward of $2,500, and this does not include installation. While payment plans are offered, it’s an expense that you don’t want to incur unless you absolutely have to. Our HVAC contractors can help you to understand all of your options. We work with many different brands, and that allows us to be mindful of individuals’ budgets. The Cost of Maintenance There’s no need to replace your unit if you don’t have to. Often, you can keep your unit up and running for a number of years simply by scheduling annual maintenance. Our HVAC contractors can come out and inspect your unit, ensure it is running properly, and clean out the hoses and vents. This ensures that all is the way it should be. Through regular maintenance, problems with the unit are caught early enough so that they can be fixed without spending a lot of money. You can spend $100 to $200 every year in maintenance, which is a considerably better deal than paying $2,500…

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How can central HVAC systems save you money?

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People often wonder whether installing a central HVAC system can save them money or cost them more for heating and cooling than classic heating systems and window or through-the-wall air conditioners. As professional HVAC contractors will tell you, central systems can save you money while increasing your comfort. An experienced heating and cooling contractor that uses Energy Star components can save you money while keeping your home environmentally friendly and comfortable whatever weather you face. Here are some tips endorsed by HVAC contractors that won’t break your budget, and they’ll also help you to maintain energy-efficiency and keep your heating and cooling costs under control. Replace air filters regularly. Check them each month, particularly during the winter and summer seasons. Once they appear dirty, change them. Even if they’re not loaded with dirt, change them every three months to keep them clean and efficient. Have an annual tune-up of your system. Think of your HVAC system as you do your vehicle. Tune-ups increase performance and gas mileage. Your heating and cooling system responds similarly when tuned up. Use a programmable thermostat. When you’re away at work or out having fun, set your thermostat to use less energy to save you money. You can use repeat settings for working weekdays and different settings for weekends. Properly managing a programmable thermostat can save you close to $200 annually in energy costs. Be sure your heating and cooling ducts are sealed, without leakage. Have your HVAC contractors seal these forced hot/cool air ducts to be sure all heating and cooling air is getting to…

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Choosing the Right Windows

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When choosing windows, many different factors should be considered. There are a lot of existing windows that allow too much heat inside the home or allow too much heat to escape, and that’s causing people to have to spend more on their electric bills every month. The solution is to look for energy efficient windows. According to the Energy.gov website, there are various things that can be done, even to existing windows, to make them more energy efficient. This includes such things as: Weather stripping Caulking Adding window treatments Generally speaking, if you decide to replace windows and purchase the more energy-efficient ones that are on the market, they will pay for themselves over time. You will want to have them professionally installed to ensure they do not allow any extra air inside of them. ENERGY STAR is a label that you will find on many of the windows. Window orientation makes a difference along with the window itself. It can help to know which direction your window faces in order to weigh the benefits of various features. For example, if you have a significant amount of sun facing your windows, it can be advantageous to explore a low-emissivity glazing on the windows, as this will control the heat gain. Low leakage air rates are important as well. Such things as awning, casement and hoppers determine the leakage rates. You can work with one of our HVAC contractors, who can help you understand the leakage rate on your current windows and how it…

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