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July 2016

Energy Efficiency Part 2

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We talk a lot about energy efficiency, that is because the average homeowner spends about $2,200 on utility bills. You can keep those costs under control by following these simple energy savings tips this summer: Get regular maintenance done on your air conditioner.  Maintain your air conditioner to prevent future problems and unwanted costs… A well maintained air conditioner will operate more efficiently and use less energy. And a regular maintenance program will extend the life of your equipment. Replace your air conditioner filters this summer.  Dirty filters restrict air flow and can cause your system to run longer, increasing your energy use.  Replace the filter once a month for maximum benefit. If you have central air conditioning, keep your thermostat at 78 degrees.  You can also save approximately an additional six to seven percent off your cooling costs for each degree above 78.  Install a programmable thermostat to make the job easier. Don’t forget to close your blinds, drapes and shades during the hottest part of the day.  This keeps the strong sunlight from heating your home. What says summer better than burgers and hot dogs?  Instead of using your oven or stove, which can generate heat on an already hot day, fire ups the outdoor grill for cooking. Nothing is more energy efficient for cooking than your microwave. It uses two-thirds less energy than your stove. Did you know your dishwasher uses less water than washing by hand?  Conserve energy by running your dishwasher only when it is…

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Common Air Conditioner Problems

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With the heat of Summer in full swing, service calls for a broken air conditioner are an everyday occurrence. Before calling for service, check out this list of common air conditioner problems to see if the issue might be a simple and easy fix. If not, no worries! We are just one call away to give you and your family 100% relief today! Contact us here!   1.) Air Conditioner Not Cold Enough Dirty Air Filters Low on refrigerant Faulty Thermostat Defective compressor 2.) AC Leaking Water Clogged drainage pipe Damaged pump 3.) Noisy Compressor Loose fan blade Loose compressor parts 4.) Frozen Condenser Dirty filters Clogs in the system Broken or damaged valves 5.) Unable to Turn AC On Damaged wiring Faulty motors Faulty compressors 6.) AC Tripping Low on refrigerant Loose wiring Shorted out motor Our Promise We will listen to you. We will only sell you what you need and at a fair price. We will explain our advice, products and work. We will respect your home and privacy. We will keep your comfort and satisfaction ahead of our own. We back this entire process with a complete and total *30 day satisfaction guarantee*. If you are not happy with the results of our work, we ask that you tell us specifically what is wrong and we will address your concerns as quickly as possible.  Normal warranties still apply. Call or email us today. We are here to help!
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Energy Efficiency 2016

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Summer’s here and you probably have already cranked up your air conditioning to cope with unseasonably hot days.Soon you’ll notice a spike in your monthly electrical bill.  This time of year we get a lot of questions about energy efficiency. Here are some tips from our highly trained team of professional service technicians. The first thing you should do is to conduct a home energy assessment (sometimes referred to as an energy audit) to find out how your home uses energy and determine the best ways to cut energy use and costs. Some homes feel like walking into a freezer. You are entitled to control your home’s climate to your personal comfort level. Just realize that each degree of temperature represents about 3% of energy consumption.  Thus, if you raise the thermostat setting from 70 to 75, you will save about 15% on your energy bill. Seal gaps and cracks in your attic and basement and around windows and doors, and make sure your home insulation levels meet or exceed your local codes. Look for the Energy Star label when you're shopping for home items. More than 40 product categories feature the label, including major appliances and light fixtures. Get a tax credit  while you're saving energy dollars. You can receive up to $500 when You purchase a new ENERGY STAR certified electric heat pump water heater between January 1 and December 31, 2016. Ceiling fans are a great way to conserve electricity year-round. They are economical and efficient, and they use about the same amount...
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Air Conditioner SEER Rating

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The more efficient an air conditioner is, the less energy it will take to cool your home. Not only does that mean that your A/C doesn’t have to work as hard, it results in a lower electric bill. However, since the higher an A/C unit’s efficiency is, the more expensive it will be, knowing the SEER (Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio) rating is just one of many factors to consider when purchasing an air conditioner. How to find your Air Conditioner SEER rating On most air conditioners, there’s a yellow sticker labeled “Energy Guide” that displays the SEER rating. An AC's SEER rating is also listed near the top of the unit’s manufacturer label, where the model and serial number are listed. Look for the beginning digits of the model number. For example, a model number that begins with 13AC means the air conditioner has a SEER rating of 13. What is a good SEER rating? While the federally regulated minimum SEER rating for an air conditioner is 13 or 14 depending on where you live, the ranking goes as high as 25. However, determining the right SEER for your new air conditioner isn’t as straightforward as choosing a specific number. You also have to consider the climate of your home to determine the impact of swapping out your system to one of a different SEER rating. A 13 SEER is commonly a good match for a home that typically had an 8 to 10 SEER rating, but that’s not always the case. The...
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