Monthly Archives: October, 2015

Year-Round Care for Your Air Conditioner

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Regular and proper air conditioner maintenance helps in keeping the system efficient and durable. Fortunately, you only need professional assistance with your AC a couple times a year — the rest of the work can be your own little DIY project:
  • Make sure the air filter is clean
  • Inspect the outside condenser
  • Perform a visual inspection of the ductwork
  • Clean the units before putting them away or covering them up for the cold season
  • Rinse the condenser periodically
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How to Stay Cool Without an AC Unit

Set a fan in front of a window or door facing outside. Staying cool without using an air conditioning system can be quite challenging yet possible. To help you stay cool and comfortable until the last few dog days of summer are finally over, below are some tips.

–          Set a shallow dish of ice cubes in front of a fan to help air turn into a cool moist.

–          Put a cold cloth or a pack of ice on your pulse points to quickly cool down.

–          Unplug all electronics that you are not using as they give off heat when they are plugged in.

–          Set a fan in front of a window or door facing outside.

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Ways to Save on Your Home Heating Bills

Temperatures are dropping and this means that colder months are finally here. While the cold weather would also indicate a lot of freezing house calls for technicians, homeowners should know that there are a lot of ways to save on home heating bill this winter. Below are some tips.

–          Purchase a programmable thermostat.

–          Schedule a routine maintenance on your furnace to avoid emergency house calls.

–          Clean the filters of your furnace at least once a month.

–          Open the shades and drapes during the day.

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Energy-Efficient Measures to Cut Energy Costs

When you want to keep your home comfortable so that you are not dripping in sweat during the summer and not bundled up during the winter, you have to pay the price, and most of the time, a rather hefty one.

It’s no secret that heating and cooling your home can cause your bills to skyrocket as your units will take up a huge chunk of energy. More energy used equals more money spent. So, it only follows that what you must do to keep your energy costs at a minimum is to apply energy efficient cooling measures like:
  • Replace your old central air conditioning with an Energy Star certified, high-efficiency model.
  • Use heat pumps qualified for the BGE Smart Energy Savers Program which have a higher seasonal energy efficiency ratio (SEER) and heating seasonal performance factor (HSPF) than standard models.
  • Ask your contractor about annual pre-season check-ups. Regular maintenance can go a long way in preventing costly heating and cooling issues.

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5 Characteristics of a Good HVAC Technician

HVAC technicianLooking to find a trusty HVAC technician to do repairs or just regular maintenance work? Well, there are several things you must look into before saying “You’re hired!” Okay, maybe you won’t actually say those words, but the point is you can’t just let anyone tinker with your units. That could spell trouble for you and your wallet!

Here’s are 5 characteristics that should be on your Good HVAC Technician Checklist:
  1. Sufficient Experience
  2. Proper Credentials
  3. Versatility
  4. Excellent References
  5. Reasonable Fee
For more on these characteristic, read the full article on Angie’s List.
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