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June 2014

How Sears HVAC Services Help You Save Money on Energy Consumption

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With the warmer summer months comes the sudden up-charge in energy consumption. While it might be nice outside, remaining cool inside of a home can become expensive, yet often, turning off the AC just isn’t an option. Instead of sweating through the summer without AC or simply accepting the higher energy bills, consider what a professional HVAC contractor like us at Sears Heating and Cooling can do to boost the efficiency of your system. Best of all, these services also help cut down energy consumption during the winter months. Air Vent Inspection It might not sound like much, but vent inspection and maintenance is one of the most important steps in reducing all energy consumption bills. Throughout the course of a year (or whenever someone last had their vents inspected), pieces can become loose, dirt and debris start to collect, and hardware can begin to break down. These small air leaks here and there drastically lead to a loss in treated air, which causes a home to suffer much larger energy bills than it should. Our team can inspect the ventilation system, see where problems are, tighten any loose areas and clean out the vents as well. This way, not only do homeowners see a drop in their utility bills, but their indoor air quality improves as well. AC Maintenance With the AC unit sitting outside, different problems can arise. The fan might become loose over extended use, weeds might be growing through different elements, slowing down the movement, and…

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Saving Money on Energy Bills

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During the continual fluctuation of external temperatures, we hear all sorts of complaints as to how high energy bills are and why individuals simply are not able to afford their monthly utility bills. We can all feel the pinch of higher energy costs, but that does not mean there isn’t anything that can be done. In fact, with the help of a few minor upgrades and changes, it is possible to save a considerable amount of money every month. Our services can cut down the monthly utility bills during both the winter and summer months. Clean Vents Equal Lower Bills A major problem area is the ventilation system of a home. Over time, these vents become corroded and dirty with dust, pet hair, dander and all sorts of other debris. Regardless of what it is, the buildup of material reduces the airflow of the heating and cooling system. This forces the HVAC equipment to work extra hard, driving up utility bills. On top of this, it also reduces the quality of the air inside of a home. That is exactly why we always recommend cleaning out the ventilation system annually. This improves the air quality in the home, and it also significantly improves the utility bill and energy consumption on a monthly basis. Because the vents are clean, treated air flows through the vents smoothly so the furnace and AC unit does not have to work as hard. Upgrade Thermostat for Upgraded Savings A small fix is often going to…

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What to Expect With New AC Installations

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If it's time to replace your old AC unit, you probably have some questions. Since replacing your air conditioner isn't something you do every day, you'll need to talk to an HVAC contractor to get some answers. Here’s a list we at Sears Heating and Cooling have put together of the most frequently asked questions homeowners have when replacing their HVAC unit. What You Need To Know Before Installing Your New Air Conditioner 1. How big of an AC unit do you really need? Most people think they can just replace their old AC unit with the same sized AC unit. Sometimes this is correct and sometimes it's not. If you have installed new windows and doors or added a new room to your home, you may have to weigh your options. On the flip side, many people have a tendency to think that putting a bigger AC unit in their home will give them more cooling and better efficiency. Sounds logical, right? However, that's not always a good idea. If you put in too large of a system, it will be too large for your space and could negatively affect your air conditioner's ability to control humidity, which will only lead to more problems. Ask your AC contractor about what size unit he recommends for your home and your circumstances. 2. Should you replace the furnace at the same time you replace the air conditioner? Usually, when the original AC system was installed, a furnace was probably installed also....
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5 Tips to Help Alleviate Seasonal Allergies

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For allergy sufferers, spring is an uncomfortable time of year. It’s a time when you just can’t seem to get any relief no matter what you do. However, there are some preventive measures you can take to help alleviate your allergy symptoms. 1. Regular HVAC maintenance will help remove allergens and keep your system clean.  You should change your filters once every three months and more often if you have pets. Cleaning your air ducts every three to five years or if you’ve moved into a new home will also help to significantly reduce the number of allergens in your home. 2. Have your carpet, furniture and area rugs cleaned periodically.  Vacuum while wearing a dust mask at least twice a week with a HEPA filtered vacuum cleaner. Especially in the spring, pollen can settle into soft surfaces, making your allergies worse. 3. Do everything you can to control dust mites.  This can be done by keeping your surfaces clean. Dust regularly and keep your floors mopped. You can also purchase dust mite powder that can be mixed with water and sprayed on your carpets and furniture. The applied dust mite powder solution will last approximately six months before you have to reapply the solution. Additionally, you can purchase allergy free plastic covers for your pillows and mattresses, etc. to keep as many dust mites away from your sleeping area as possible. 4. Try to avoid mold spores.  Too much moisture in your home could allow mold to grow, especially…

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