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Air Conditioner Maintenance

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Spring is finally here. The one thing about spring is that summer follows closely behind. That means your air conditioner is going to be called upon for heavy duty. To prepare your system and to prepare your utility bill, call us for your Air Conditioner Maintenance check. Unfortunately, many people go season after season, thinking, “If it’s not broke, don’t fix it.” This can be costing you a small fortune. And not just in energy and repairs… Regular maintenance on your air conditioner is important to keep it operating like it should. It’s similar to regular maintenance needed on your car- you don’t want to go too long without a tune-up and oil change if you want to maximize efficiency, prevent breakdowns and have the car last a long time. It’s the same concept with your air conditioning unit. Maintain your equipment to prevent future problems and unwanted costs. Keep your HVAC system at peak performance by having us do annual pre-season check-ups. A well maintained and clean HVAC system will operate more efficiently and use less energy. And a regular maintenance program will extend the life of your equipment. Now is the best time to schedule your Air Conditioner Safety and Efficiency Check. We know you are going to have a lot going on this summer, let us take care of your air conditioner now so you don’t have to worry about it later.
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Keep your family safe from carbon monoxide poisoning

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Tasteless, colorless, odorless, carbon monoxide (CO) is produced by almost every fuel-burning appliance, including furnaces, water heaters, fireplaces, grills and gas space heaters. When something goes wrong with the equipment or the venting, CO becomes one of America’s most deadly household hazards. Here are some things every homeowner should know about CO and how to guard against it causing a tragedy. in your home. 1) Headache, dizziness, nausea, weakness, sleepiness, and disorientation are all symptoms of CO poisoning, though a victim may not experience every one. Unfortunately, these same symptoms are associated with flu, food poisoning, and other afflictions, leading to many misdiagnoses. A cherry red face is a possible sign of CO poisoning. 2) For healthy adults, CO becomes toxic when it reaches a level higher than 35 ppm (parts per million) with continuous exposure over an 8-hour period. This is the maximum exposure tolerated by OSHA. 3) If anyone in your home is experiencing signs of CO poisoning symptoms, vacate the home immediately and notify your local fire or police department. Don’t just open doors and windows because that makes it hard for authorities to determine whether there is a CO problem when they inspect the home. 4) The best place to install CO detectors is outside of bedrooms where family members sleep. The greatest danger from CO occurs when people are asleep and unable to detect any of the symptoms. Installing a detector near a furnace, water heater, or other CO-emitting appliance will likely result in many…

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Is it Time to Replace Your Air Conditioner?

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Home Maintenance…the two words every home owner hates.  Sometimes it seems like our homes are a moving target. Just as soon as you get one part of the house just like you want it, something needs tending to in another area.  If you think you might need to replace your air conditioner or if you need an air conditioner repair done, there are a few things you should consider. System Age – If your heat pump or air conditioner is more than 10 years old, you could save up to 20 percent on cooling and heating costs if you replaced it with a unit that has earned the Energy Star label. Repair/Energy Costs –If your system is racking up repair bills and guzzling up your energy dollars, you may be overdue for an efficiency upgrade. Uncomfortable Environment – A home comfort system is supposed to create a comfortable home environment, right? Well, if you’re not comfortable, take note. Are some rooms too hot or too cold? Does your home have humidity problems? This could be a sign of poor or improper equipment operation. If you think it might be time to replace your air conditioner or you might just need an air conditioner repair done give us a call or schedule a service call.  We are happy to help.

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Saving Energy and Money This Summer

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Summer is here and your air conditioner is working hard to keep you and your family comfortable. So while you’re A/C is in high gear, you may be wondering how to save some energy around the house. The positive consequences of saving energy are undeniable: it reduces air pollution while reducing the cost of your energy bill. Here are a few simple steps you can follow this summer: Turn off lights and equipment when not in use. This is a no-brainer, but easily overlooked by family members in a hurry.  Replace incandescent lamps with compact fluorescent lamps (CFLs). Compact fluorescent lights use one-fourth the amount of electricity that incandescent lamps use, and they last seven times longer. Use free daylighting when possible, Furniture can be strategically located for the best use of available light.  Use task lighting, which allows lighting to be applied directly to a task rather than illuminating an entire room. A bright light over a desk or under-counter lights in the kitchen are examples. Control direct sunlight through windows with blinds. This is especially a concern in the summer when sunlight can cause overheating. Install occupant sensors on lighting. Intended to detect activity within a certain area, they turn lights on automatically when someone enters a room, and reduce energy use by turning lights off when the last occupant leaves. This approach is also effective for outdoor security lighting. Get you’re A/C cleaned every year. Regular maintenance will keep you’re A/C running efficiently.  Regularly change/clean HVAC air…

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AC Health & Your Pocket!

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HVAC repair and maintenance is extremely important when you are trying to save money. Your air conditioning unit should not be something that you replace regularly; they are made to last, though not all of them do. There are several ways that you can extend the life and efficiency of your unit while still ensuring its safety. These tips can also be beneficial if your heating and cooling system seems to suffer from “Murphy’s Law” and is consistently having common HVAC problems. Use Fans Sometimes it is a good idea to give your air conditioning unit a break. On days that are not unbearably hot, try to use fans to keep cool. Your AC will last longer if it is not on full blast when it does not have to be. Use A Programmable Thermostat If you have the ability to turn the temperature up overnight, while you’re on vacation, or when your house is empty, it will save money and help preserve your unit. A programmable thermostat will also stop you from having to flip a switch or push buttons anytime you need to change the temperature. Check Your Airflow Airflow is extremely important when it comes to making sure your AC does not have to work as hard. Check around vents and make sure they are clear of dust and debris, which can constrict airflow. The more freely air can flow, the less work your unit will have to do. This helps to ensure that your AC is not…

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Why Do I Need a Yearly Air Conditioner Efficiency and Safety Check?

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Something that many people forget is that air conditioning is just as important as a furnace. Would you ignore your furnace? Would you not make sure it was running safely and correctly? Heating, ventilation and air conditioning professionals, who specialize in HVAC repair and maintenance, will tell you that annual service to your AC unit is a good way to not only keep it energy-efficient and in working order but also to ensure its safety. Why Should I Have My AC Unit Checked? Just like a furnace, an air conditioning unit is used to control the temperature inside of your home. Your air conditioning is what you blast in the summer to cool down from the nasty heat outside. But did you know that your AC is actually extremely important to your health and safety? According to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, the United States has a large number of heat-related deaths and illnesses during the summer months. These occur mostly in areas that see a lot of sun and high heat, including California, Texas, Kentucky and other Southern and Midwestern states. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the most common weather-related deaths and illness are because of the heat — not from the cold, as some may believe. Common heat-related illnesses are heat stroke, heat cramps and heat exhaustion. Each of these can lead to a quick death if not treated properly. Keeping your air conditioning in working order is one of the best ways to prevent these…

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Indoor Air Quality and What It Means for You

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The quality of indoor air has often been overlooked. Fortunately, with modern science and communications, most people have become aware of the importance of maintaining clean air in homes and businesses. Dust and other pollutants accumulate inside heating, ventilation and air conditioning systems if they are not properly designed and maintained, potentially causing a variety of health problems. New technologies account for these issues and can help keep your home not only fresh but clean and healthy. The effects of having poor indoor air quality can be numerous. It can cause headaches and dizziness with very little exposure. In other cases, it may cause nuisance problems such as dry eyes or an itchy nose and throat. In general terms, unclean air will nearly always cause some form of discomfort among those who breathe it. Although air that is not clean can be particularly dangerous for people who already face health conditions, breathing unclean air can also affect people in perfect health. A number of issues are known to begin with, and be exacerbated by, unclean air in the home. People with asthma are especially at risk when pollutants are in the air. Dust and mold in the air can aggravate the lungs of a person who typically breathes normally; for someone who already has problems with breathing from asthma, those pollutants can introduce new problems while worsening the existing condition. Other respiratory problems besides asthma are also affected by poor air quality. Infants and toddlers are especially at risk, because…

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Furnace Tips and Tricks

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This winter has been brutal. Day after day of subzero-like temperatures have us all cranking our heat up to combat the chill. Hopefully you had an annual furnace tune-up at the beginning of the season to make sure your furnace is running at its best. If you haven’t, it’s not too late to have a professional from Sears Heating and Cooling come out to give your furnace a check-up. This is especially helpful at the start of the season, but we still have plenty of cold weather left to deal with, even heading into Spring. Other than changing the filter once a month, there are some tips and tricks to keeping your furnace in tip top shape and your home much warmer year-round. Lower Your Thermostat Setting By lowering it setting just a few degrees, your thermostat won’t have to work as hard to keep your home warm when it’s extremely cold outside. At night it’s also good to have it set at a lower temperature, so it’s not coming on quite as much. You can easily add extra blankets to your family’s beds and additional layers of clothing to keep yourself warmer without having the heat set so high. Plus, as an added bonus for every degree lower you set the thermostat, you’ll save up to 5 percent on heating costs.   Close Unused Vents You may have rooms in your house that you don’t use as much––or even at all. Close those vents off so that more warm…

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Tips for Picking an HVAC Contractor

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Ready to hire an HVAC contractor? Not so fast! Finding a skill, experienced contractor is especially important when it comes to advanced HVAC repairs and replacement. Remember these key points when making a decision. Certification Is a Must Any contractor or technician that you hire should be certified and have a license to work in your area — and should show evidence of that licensing. Licensing shows both good intent and access to insurance. Certification shows training in specific types of repair or installation, and both are important. The Better Business Bureau may have more information about the business you are examining, and you can also find out the history of reviews the business has. Know a Little About Your System It’s wise not to walk into a contractor relationship totally blind. Try looking up the basics of your heating, ventilation and air conditioning unit and how it operates. Even a very basic level of knowledge will help you spot frauds and allow you to understand explanations and estimates much better than before. Thanks to the Internet, the basics of heating and cooling equipment are easy to learn in a very short time, and knowing where your furnace box, coils and fan units are will help you when introducing the contractor to your system, too. Start by finding out what model you have. Look for Brand-Specific Experience It’s always better to find a contractor who has experience in your particular brand. Brands often differ in how they manufacture units and…

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Save Money With a Programmable Thermostat

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At times we may wonder: why use programmable thermostats? They save money through temperature settings and time when we forget to turn our thermostat down before leaving. The thermostats work by simply programming the temperature we want for any given time of day. According to the U.S. Department of Energy, homeowners can save money by using a programmable thermostat, resetting it for times when away or asleep. Because a person using such a thermostat can adjust timing of the heating according to a pre-set schedule, comfort isn’t sacrificed. A programmable thermostat can repeat and store multiple settings daily (up to six) and can override without affecting the remainder of the weekly or daily program. How Programmable Thermostats Save You Money By adjusting the thermostat for 10 to 15 degrees for eight hours, a user can save 5% to 15% annually on his heating bill. The savings are greater in mild climates than in severe climates. According to Consumer Reports, programmable thermostats can save money, if they are set correctly. They can actually cost more money if not used correctly. If we want to decide which one of the three kinds is best for our needs, we need to consider our schedule and determine how often we are away from home for an extended period. According to the government’s Energy Star program, these are the things to consider: 7-day models are best for those whose schedule changes daily. They are flexible and allow users to set a different program daily while…

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