Tips, Tricks, and Advice from an A/C & Heating Expert
Consider A High Efficiency System:
I know, I know, high efficientcy equates with higher purchase costs, but depending upon the age and SEER rating on your current equipment, you may be able to DRASTICALLY benefit from a new,
highly efficient heating and cooling system. There are many options available and many manufactures who have leading edge systems geared to lower your utility requirements,
either gas or electric. If you're interested, give us a call for a no-risk
FREE in home estimate to find out the various benefits you may experience from a new system!
Consider A Preventative Maintenance Plan:
There is nothing better for your heating and/or air conditioning system than regular maintenance. Annual maintenance ensures your system is operating at peak efficiency throughout
the year and helps to avoid costly breakdowns. You’ll enjoy the peace of mind in knowing that your system is saving you money on your utility bills every time it comes on.
In many cases, the energy savings are enough to cover the cost of the planned annual maintenance service. See our Repairs page for more details.
Monitor Your Thermostat Settings:
The most economical operation of your system comes from setting the thermostat properly. Set the thermostat at the highest summer setting or the lowest winter setting at which you
are comfortable. Typical settings are 78 degrees for summer cooling and 70 degrees for winter heating. When cooling, your operating costs increase from 3% to 8% for each
degree your thermostat is lowered. When heating, your operating costs increase for each degree your thermostat is raised.
Consider A Programmable Thermostat:
Programmable thermostats allow you the ability to automatically adjust the set temperature within your home based on the time of day. With it, you can program the temperature to
lower or raise automatically whenever you like. This feature keeps you comfortable when you’re home and saves you money when you’re not by reducing the energy needs to heat and cool
your home. Programmable thermostats are available in what are called 5+2 day configurations and 7-day configurations. The difference is flexibility. A 5+2 day
configuration allows you to set Monday–Friday as a group setting with up to four different time settings. This configuration also allows you to set Saturday and Sunday as a separate
group with up to four different time settings per day. The 7-day configuration thermostat allows you to program each day differently with up to four different time settings per day.
Clean Your Air Filters:
The easiest way to ensure your system operates efficiently and economically is by keeping the air filter clean. Start off by installing a quality filter and then change it out every
thirty days during the peak summer and winter seasons. Different systems benefit from different types of air filters. When having your system serviced, ask our technician
which type of filter would be best for your system.
Close Doors & Windows:
Close all doors and windows to the outside. This will reduce the heating load in winter and the cooling load in summer. Your system will operate more economically as a
Ensure Vents Are Unobstructed:
Arrange your furniture and drapes so that all output vents and intake grilles are free from obstructions. This will reduce the cooling and heating load on your system, providing a
more economical operation.
Control Direct Sunlight:
Let the sun in during winter. Keep the sun out during summer. In summer, direct sunlight increases the load on your cooling system. The use of window shades and
awnings will reduce the amount of direct sunlight and lower the cooling load. In winter, direct sunlight reduces the load on your heating system. Open window shades and
awnings to increase direct sunlight and lower the heating load.
Keep Condenser Coil Clean:
The condenser coil (the unit outside your housein most cases) should be kept clean to ensure efficient operation. If the condenser coil becomes restricted by dirt, lint, paper,
grass clippings, leaves, snow, or other debris, system efficiency will deteriorate. Use a garden hose and/or soft bristled brush to keep the condenser coil clean.
Insulate Where Possible:
Be sure all air ducts are well-insulated. Ducts should also be sealed with a vapor barrier. Ensure maximum retention of heated or cooled air by adding insulation to
outside walls and to the attic. Seal cracks and use storm doors and/or insulated doors to prevent air leaks. Consider having us check your air ducts for leaks.
This process will find and fix any leaks present in your system and provide you with quality advice on any areas that would benifit from increased insulation.
Keep Heat Away From Your Thermostat:
Make sure no heat-generating appliances are near your thermostat. These include direct sunlight, lamps, TVs, stereo and computer equipment. This situations cause false
readings from your thermsostat causing your system to run erratically.
Consider An Expert Home Analysis:
Let us walk you through your home and point out specific concerns and areas that we see may need your attention. The majority of times, there are multiple items that you, the
homeowner, can address which will save you money throughout the year. You can choose to implement the solutions yourself, saving yourself even more money, or have us to complete
them (or anything in between)!
Last Update: March 20th, 2016