As the days start to get cooler, you’re probably preparing to turn your heating system on for the season. However, before you turn your heat on, you want to ensure your system is fully prepared to begin running again.
During certain times of the year, your HVAC system is working overtime to keep you and your family cool. But not to worry, if you have the proper equipment, your system should be able to handle the heat. It’s never a bad idea, however, to do what you can to reduce strain on your system which will ultimately help maintain its longevity and efficiency. Below we’ve compiled six tips for keeping your system working effectively and efficiently in maintaining cool temps inside of your home.
The temperature is rising outside and your AC is on full blast – so why is it still so hot inside your home? The answer could lie in costly mistakes you're making with your air conditioner. These mistakes not only make you less comfortable but also mean that you could be unknowingly squandering money and worst of all, harming the environment. Take a look at our list of the top 6 mistakes people make with their central air conditioning and see if you're guilty of any of them.
If you are house hunting, what are some of the first concerns that come to mind? You most likely have a checklist in your head: desired location or neighborhood, square footage, the number of bedrooms and bathrooms are probably up there. Maybe that list also includes details like curb appeal or a state of the art kitchen. Besides the checklist, however, your primary concern is most likely whether or not this dream home is within your budget. But when setting your budget, are you accounting for hidden factors, like an outdated electrical or HVAC system?
It’s natural to want to be efficient at the office. Get more work done, faster; isn’t that the American way? But how efficient is your office building? Most people don’t realize that their workspace could be eating up energy and money. Here are some ways to prevent your office operations from racking up watts on your energy bill, from light bulbs to AC units.
There is something that Americans take for granted every day. Our hospitals, schools and national security depend on it. As individuals, we depend on it for everything from keeping us comfortable to keeping us connected. We’re talking about the electricity grid - that thing that powers every U.S. office building and home. It’s easy to forget about it. All you have to do is flip a switch, and the grid does its work. But what if one day it doesn’t?
When it comes to installing an HVAC system, a larger unit is not necessarily better. In fact, units that are too large for a home often come with increased installation and maintenance costs. While there is technology that currently exists to aid in accurately sizing a new HVAC system, some contractors still use casual methods of sizing. In some cases, contractors will purposely oversize a system in order to reduce the amount of call backs, allow for future home expansion, or simply because the customer demanded it. Here's a detailed explanation on why oversizing is a problem and how right sizing a system can actually save you money and reduce energy consumption.
During the summer months homeowners enjoy the cooling capabilities of their high-efficiency air conditioning unit. However, while the indoor temperatures are going down, the energy usage (and bills) tend to go up. Knowing the optimal temperature settings to use on a programmable thermostat enables homeowners to get the most out of their HVAC system during the summer and save money doing so.
Homeowners who are in the market for a new air conditioning unit must take into account Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio (SEER) ratings, which measure a unit's efficiency. While this number may not be the only or most important deciding factor when purchasing a new unit, it should be a consumer's starting point.
Homeowners are preparing for the approaching summer heat. The very heat that homeowners try to stave off is the same heat that provides power to an energy-efficient home. For homeowners who currently burn fuel to power their heating and cooling system, a renewable energy source like solar power can be a viable alternative.