Hotter temperatures are expected in many areas this week which means that your
air conditioner is going to be working hard 24/7 to keep you comfortable. These
tips will help your air conditioner running efficiently and provide optimum cooling power throughout this late summer heat wave,
Schedule your tune-up
If you haven’t already had preventive maintenance on your air conditioner this
year, it’s not too late to reap the benefits of having one done. These include:
Higher system efficiency
Lower cooling cost
Increased cooling power
Extend the operating life of your system
Prevent some of the most common AC problems later
in the summer
Ensure optimum air flow
Proper air flow is essential to keeping your system operating efficiently and
maintaining a high level of comfort. There are things you can do to help!
Inspect your air filter monthly and replace it when it’s
Hose down your outdoor
compressor unit monthly to remove dirt and debris that can hamper air flow
Keep obstructions away from your
return and supply registers.
Keep heat out
The more heat in your home, the harder your system must work to remove it, raising
your energy costs and lowering your comfort level.
appliances like your oven and clothes dryer after the sun goes down.
Keep your window shades closed
during the day to lessen the amount of heat that your home builds up.
Seal air leaks in your home to
keep warm air out and cool air in.
Seal loose joints and cracks in
your ductwork with metal tape or mastic. Insulate ducts in unconditioned areas
such as the attic and crawlspaces.
Use ceiling fans or portable
fans to help you feel cooler; be sure to turn them off when you leave the room
to save on electricity.
Don’t perform tasks that result in your body putting off more heat,
such as housecleaning or hopping on the treadmill, during the heat of the
We are often asked by our customers, "How can I save money on my home energy bills?” Saving money on your energy costs can be done easily by following several step. First it means scheduling timely tune-ups on your AC and Furnace as well
as scheduling an AC service before summer. This ensures that your AC system
is clean and functioning properly, which means your system will use less energy
An immediate step you can take to save money on your energy bills is to install a programmable thermostat in your home. A programmable thermostat will allow you the ability to adjust the times your air
conditioner turns on or off according to a pre-set schedule.
ENERGY STAR Guidelines for Programmable Thermostats
By following ENERGY STAR guidelines for programmable thermostat use, you can
save about $180 every year in energy costs—this helps you reduce your energy
bills and enjoy a more comfortable home. Here are ENERGY STAR’s
1. It is advisable to keep the temperature set at its energy savings
set-points for long periods of time—at least eight hours—like during the day,
when no one is at home, and throughout the night, after bedtime.
2. All thermostats let you temporarily make an area of your home warmer or
cooler without erasing the pre-set programming. This override is cancelled
automatically at the next program period. You actually use more energy (and pay
more on your energy bills) if you consistently “hold” or override the
pre-programmed settings—so avoid this as much as possible!
3. Programmable thermostats generally have two types of hold features:
hold/permanent/vacation and temporary. ENERGY STAR recommends avoiding the use
of the hold/permanent/vacation feature to manage day-to-day temperature
settings. This is best used when you’re planning to be away for an extended
period. Set this feature at a constant, efficient temperature when going away
for the weekend or on vacation (perhaps to Ocean City, MD!).
4. Cranking your unit to extreme temperatures—40 degrees in the summer or 90
degrees during the winter—will not cool or heat your home any faster. All it
does is consume more energy, and ENERGY STAR recommends avoiding this if you
want to save money.
5. If your home has multiple heating or cooling zones, you should use a
programmed setback thermostat for each zone to maximize comfort, convenience,
and energy savings throughout the house.
Following these easy steps should allow you to see some relief on your energy bills. Call our office at 913-367-2294 for more information on installing a programmable thermostat.
Most people tend to believe that the air they are breathe inside their own homes is pretty clean and safe to breathe. What they don't realize is that this may be far from the case. It just isn't something they stop to think about. Many homes across the country have indoor air quality issues most often caused by pollutants that can cause very serious health ailments. Here are some things you will want to consider.
Think about some common pollutants, are they in your home?
There are a variety of pollutants that can affect the air quality inside your home . Biological pollutants among which pollen and dust mites, are the most common sources of air pollution inside your home. Tobacco smoke, which contains a number of substances that are in fact poisonous to humans, is also a very common contributor to air
quality problems. Other, less common, contaminants that can pollute the air are radon, a
radioactive gas, and asbestos, a mineral found in some construction building
Indoor Air Quality and Your Health
Indoor air pollution, in some cases, can cause mild to severe health problems. When exposed to
irritants like dust mites or mold spores, people often develop allergy symptoms
such as sneezing and coughing. While these are not usually considered to be serious, these symptoms do sometimes require medical treatment if they persist or worsen. Other contaminants, such as
radon and asbestos, can lead to more serious health ailments, like Lung Cancer.
You Can Improve The Air Quality In Your Home
If you think the air quality in your home is poor, it’s very important to make improvements as fast as
possible. The first step that you need to take is identify and remove the
pollutant from your home. Afterwards, you should talk to an air conditioning
company and have them clean your air ducts and inspect your HVAC system for any
problems. Following these steps will improve the air quality in your home,
allowing you to breathe healthily again.
The summer months are hot and there is nothing worse than when your air conditioner breaks down when you need it most. While this sometimes this is unavoidable, it can usually be prevented by maintaining your AC system regularly.Just like a car, your AC system needs regular maintenance to perform its best. With this in mind, here are some of the ways you can take care of your air conditioner this summer:
Change Your Filter
The air filter in your HVAC system traps dirt, dust and debris that can enter the air in your home and cause health problems. You need to change it out regularly to ensure that it can continue to do this job properly. A clogged filter can cause severe problems not only to your air quality but the function of your AC system. To perform this basic procedure, all you have to do is remove the old filter, put a new filter in, and close up the filter compartment. A good rule of thumb to follow is to try to replace the filter about every month in the summer or whenever the filter looks dirty.
Clean Your Air Ducts and Inspect Them
Over time, dust and debris can get trapped in the air ducts that run throughout your home. Again, this can and will affect the air quality in your home. Air ducts that become clogged can make your HVAC system work harder than it should. It is easy to then guess the problems this will create when you overwork your HVAC system. To avoid these issues, you should have your air ducts cleaned out by a professional. This simple maintenance tip will help keep your air conditioner working efficiently through the warm weather season.
Think About Maintenance Around the Outside Unit
In the summer, plants can grow too close to the outside air conditioning unit. In an effort to hide the unit or in general improve their yards appearance many homeowners will plant flowers, trees and shrubs without thought to their HVAC unit. Planting plants too close or allowing them to become overgrown will cause it to perform less effectively. When this happens your HVAC system runs less efficiently and you might see an increase in your electric bills. A good rule of thumb is to make sure that all plants are trimmed back or planted at least three feet from the unit. This will also aid in the service of your HVAC system when your technician comes out. If leaves or other debris have gathered around the unit, these should be cleaned up as well.
We hope this tips will help in the you in maintaining your HVAC system this summer. Give Hays Heating and Cooling call if you have any questions or are needing a routine summer maintenance of your home HVAC system at 913-367-2294.