Approximately half of your energy used in your entire home is from your heating and cooling or HVAC system. Having a checkup before using the heat for the first time in the fall and the air in the summer can save you valuable money on the energy costs and extend the life of your system considerably.
Check and change your air filters monthly. An air filter that is clogged with debris or dust makes your system work much harder and puts stress on it. Clean filters also improve the operating efficiency of an HVAC unit. Regularly changing your filters also makes certain that the air quality in your home is the best it can be by eliminating contagions, mold, and mildew that can lead to your family falling ill.
Installing a programmable thermostat helps to improve the life of your heating and cooling system. It allows smarter operation while families are away from home to save on energy usage and allow the system a break. You can program it to provide more heat or cool air shortly before you return home to keep your home comfortable while you are in it.
All of the air ducts need to be sealed in order to keep cooled or heated air flowing inside your home instead of leaking outdoors. Holes or breaks in duct work, makes an HVAC system work harder to maintain the temperature on your thermostat and leads to excessive use of the components.
Make certain not to cover any air vents with furniture, draperies or items to block the flow of air. Blocked or dirty vents make a system work harder.
System Tune Up
It is best to schedule a tune-up by a professional to inspect your entire system twice yearly including all the electrical and mechanical components to ensure a long lasting HVAC system.
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Thermostats have become a more common feature in many homes— and with all the benefits, many homeowners wonder how they lived without one. Not sure one is right for you ? Here are just a few benefits to look in to when thinking about programmable thermostats.
Settings To Match Schedules
Easy presets allow different temperature settings for the weekdays and the weekend keeps the comfort level steady. During the work week, program the temperature to go down while away \and back up right before returning. Program a second setting to keep the temperature steady during the weekend while still at home.
Control From Anywhere
Some programmable thermostats come with the ability to be accessed through a computer, smart phone or tablet. This means a person don’t even have to be near home to change the setting.
The ability to maintain the temperature at a constantly stable temperature means the amount of money that used to be spent is now able to be tucked back into the wallet.
Less hot and cold spots happen with programmable thermostats. This is because temperature is able to be maintained at a more even level. If the front door opens, letting a blast of winter wind or hot wave of summer heat, the thermostat will adjust automatically to compensate.
Old wall heaters meant going to the dial and adjusting the temperature over and over.That annoying need is gone with the programmable thermostat option.
Value When Selling Your Home
A potential home buyer is sure to notice and appreciate a programmable system. This gives the home owner added selling power and value.
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As a homeowner, it’s important to perform regular maintenance if you want to preserve one of your most valuable assets. You probably already know that you should change your HVAC filters at least once every 90 days, or less if you have pets. However, here are three more tips to add to your annual maintenance schedule that will help you keep your system in good working order.
1. Clean your outdoor Unit
Clean any dirt and debris from the inside cabinet and remove any obstructions from the base pan. Then you should gently clean the coils with a water hose to remove any built-up dirt, but be careful with the water pressure because you don’t want to damage them in the process. You should also inspect the fan motor and blades for damage and lubricate them as needed.
2. Maintain the area around the outside unit
Remove any weeds or other debris that might be lingering around your outside AC unit. Then add a layer of rock, or whatever you prefer, to the ground around the unit to keep mud from splashing up onto the coils when it rains. And lastly, treat the area for pests to prevent ants and other insects from getting into your unit and doing damage.
3. Clean the inside unit
It’s important to clean the inside evaporator coils of your AC system also. And that includes the drain pan and condensate drain lines as well. If you don’t, it could become clogged and leak into your home causing sheetrock and other damage that will then have to be repaired.
There are several of other things on your HVAC system that should be checked and serviced annually; otherwise, you risk permanently damaging the entire system and other parts of your home as well. Being proactive will not only save you from downtime, but it will also save you money on repairs as well.
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Everyone likes to save energy costs on their electric bills, although many people do not realize that some very small changes in your home can add up to sizeable savings and therefore more money in your pocket.
Sealing up Your Home
Air drafts at any time of the year can waste valuable energy while trying to keep your home at a comfortable temperature. Visually inspect any areas on the exterior of your house where two different building materials meet each other. These are the areas that are more likely to leak, such as:
1) All exterior corners of a house
2) Exterior water faucets
3) Around the chimney or fireplace
4) Areas where the siding material or brick meet the foundation
Inside areas to check are:
1) Switch plates
2) Door and window frames
3) Electrical outlets
6) Fireplace dampers
7) Attic doors
8) Air conditioner units in walls or windows
9) TV and phone lines
10) Dryer vents
11) All vents and fans
If you see any light around any of these areas, seal it with caulk or weather stripping to avoid drafts.
Energy Star products
Choose Energy Star products for your home when you are replacing items. These objects are shown to be energy efficient and save you money each month on your costs. Some of the products available are compact fluorescent bulbs, table lamps, light fixtures and programmable thermostats that turn the heat or air up or down automatically according to your schedule.
The use of a ceiling fan in a room can allow you to have the same level of comfort in cooling but enable you to turn the thermostat up in the summer to save electricity. For each degree that a thermostat is set above 72 degrees, you will save one to three percent of your monthly cooling bill in the summer.
Use full loads of laundry in your washing machine. A full load takes the same amount of time and electricity as a smaller load. Use cold water in the rinse cycle and if possible for washing clothing. This practice saves four percent of your monthly energy bill. Use the dryer with full loads and on the moisture setting so it senses when the clothing is dry and automatically shuts off. Only use the dishwasher when it is fully loaded and turn the dry cycle to air dry instead of heat dry to save energy.
Reduce Wasted Energy
Turn off lights, appliances and fans when you leave a room to save energy. This can save two percent of your energy bill monthly. Unplug all electronics, computers, and chargers when you aren’t using them. All of these items actually use some electricity when turned off. Turn off the power strip that you plug computers and printers in. If you have an extra refrigerator in the garage that is rarely in use, it will save energy to unplug it and recycle it.
Following these energy saving tips can help lower your monthly bills and will add up quickly over time.For professional heating and cooling services, Contact AJR today !
Since your HVAC system is complex, requiring professional services, you need to make sure you hire a quality HVAC contractor for your heating and cooling needs. Your HVAC contractor plays an essential role in the safety, air quality, and comfort of your home, so keep the following tips in mind to ensure you make the right choice.
Tip #1 – Check Their License
In many states, an HVAC contractor must be licensed. Find out if these professionals require a license in your state. If so, check with your state government to ensure the contractor you’re considering is properly licensed.
Tip #2 – Ask About Insurance
When interviewing potential HVAC contractors, make sure you ask about their insurance. Any professional that comes to do work in your home needs to have liability insurance. This keeps you protected in case accidental injury or damage occurs while they are working in your home.
Tip #3 – Check References
Make sure the contractor provides you with some references. You want the chance to verify that the contractor performs satisfactory work in a timely manner. Once you have the references, take the time to call them to find out what they have to say about the work they had completed.
Tip #4 – Ask for Estimates
It’s a good idea to get multiple estimates from HVAC contractors before making your hiring decision. Make sure that the estimates are itemized and written, and look at the energy efficiency, cost, and warranties that come with the work. In some cases, the lowest estimate may not be the best deal for you.
Tip #5 – Experience
Not only do you want to ensure you choose an experienced HVAC contractor, you want to ensure the contractor has experience with the type of system you have in place.
Hiring an HVAC contractor is a big task, so you need to choose wisely. Use these tips to guide you as you make your final hiring decision. For professional heating and cooling services, contact AJR Heating & AC today !
Your AC unit is a very important part of your home and knowing what sounds signal the need to have it worked on is a great way to make sure you are going to have a working unit no matter what. There are three sounds to look for and knowing how to identify them is the first step.
Banging is the first sound to watch for. If you hear banging and clanging it can signal the end of your unit. Generally when you hear banging it signals that your unit is working harder than it should have to which means that it may be going to quit on you. Banging is generally any loud noise that is out of the ordinary. In some cases this may be a new system breaking in but in most cases it is a system that is under too much strain and is ready to quit.
Popping is again a sign that your unit is working harder than it should be. Popping may signify that your burners are dirty or that they are taking longer to ignite than they should be. This can be a sign of a unit that is on its way out. If your unit is popping you should call and have someone check it out immediately as it may become a fire hazard.
Scraping or metal on metal can mean that your unit fan or other internal parts have come loose and are now rubbing against one another on the inside of the unit. Not only is this horrible for the unit, it can also be a hazard to the safety of your home. If you hear your unit making this type of noise you should turn it off immediately so that no further damage is done and you should call a repair company as quickly as possible.
Your unit may make noise from time to time, it is important that you know what they are. For professional heating and cooling services, contact AJR Heating, Air Conditioning, and Refrigeration today !
The job of your furnace is to provide your home with heated and cooled air as well as air that has been filtered and cleaned of outside contaminants. There are a few different ways that a broken furnace can affect the overall health of the air in your home and that can end up making your home less healthy than it can be.
The first risk factor is of course that your furnace may not be filtering the air properly if it is broken. In a normal furnace air is forced through a filter before it enters your home. If the furnace is working properly, it will help to remove the contaminants that are present and will deliver clean air into your home. If the furnace is not working properly there is a chance that the air will bypass the filter and not be clean when it enters your home.
Another risk factor is that a broken furnace may deposit silt and other particulates into your home from the interior of the furnace. Depending on where the issue is with your furnace, there may be particles that are part of the furnace that make it into the air when the furnace is on. These particles may be small and look like dust and they may be larger and pose an even bigger threat.
You may also be experiencing air that is being forced through a broken system and therefore has silt and other deposits in it making it less than healthy to breathe. No matter how your broken filter is contaminating your home, you should work to have it repaired quickly so that you and your family can get back to having the clean air that a properly functioning system provides on a daily basis. These issues can be avoided, with regular maintenance of your furnace you can have a working system all the time.
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What Is It ?
A heat pump is a form of technology using electricity to absorb heat from one area, then transfer it to another. This form of heating is commonly known to heating contractors and has been used for decades in North America and around the world.
How Does It Work ?
Heat pumps transmit heat by using centrifugal force on a substance called a refrigerant. This refrigerant is processed and circulated via condensation and evaporation. A compressor pushes the refrigerant through two heat exchanger coils. One coil evaporates the refrigerant at a minimum of pressure extracting heat from the outside. The other coil compresses the refrigerant that has been pumped into it from the first coil where it becomes compressed at maximum pressure. During this transition, the heat which was absorbed is now transmitted from it.
What Are Examples ?
Air conditioners and refrigerators are common examples of heat pump controlled cooling methods. A refrigerator contains its own heat pump with the evaporator coil being located in the freezer section. Heat is extracted from this area and pushed outside from the condenser coil located below or behind the unit. Air conditioners work the same way forcing heat outside of the home.
Heat pumps are highly versatile in that the system works both ways. It can be used for heating and cooling purposes as the weather demands. Regardless of the temperature outside a heat pump can always keep the home warm as both cool and warm air are constantly present in all weather types.
Air-source heat pumps rely on air as its source of heating and cooling, absorbing heat from outdoors in winter and forcing heat from indoors in summer. This was the most commonly used kind of heat pump. The most popular make is the ground source – geothermal – heat pump which uses ground water or ground heat in its cycle.
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There are a wide variety of residential gas furnaces available in different sizes. With a few basic calculations, you can get a rough estimate of the size of furnace your home needs, but it is strongly recommended that you consult with an experienced heating and cooling specialist before making a purchase.
How much square footage does your home have?Measurements for rooms that you do not plan on heating and cooling, like sunrooms, patios, workshops, and garages, should be excluded from your calculations. Measure how high your ceilings are. Most sizing charts will assume that your home has 8 foot ceilings. If the ceiling height in your home is different, you need to make a note of that.
Think about the type of climate you live in, each season’s length, and the high and low temperatures. For example, Dallas, Texas is known for its hot, arid weather; although, other parts of the state experience all four seasons. As a general rule, the colder the winters are, the bigger size of furnace you will need.
Consult with a furnace installer or manufacturer to determine the appropriate size of furnace for your home. However, be aware that installers and manufacturers don’t always use the same sizing and recommendation charts.
Talk to a heating and cooling expert for load calculations and recommendations before choosing a furnace size. Although recommendation charts offer a great starting point, there are a number of other factors you must take into consideration, like the construction and age of your home, how much insulation your home has, and the quality of your doors and windows.
Before choosing a furnace to buy, look to the expert staff at AJR Heating, Air Conditioning, and Refrigeration, Inc.! We pride ourselves on being our clients’ number one choice for all of their furnace installation and furnace maintenance, and we look forward to the opportunity to work with you. Contact us today !
If you take care of your furnace and follow the manufacturer’s furnace maintenance recommendations, then your furnace can last for quite a long time. However, if you are in need of furnace repair yet again, it may be time to consider replacing it altogether. Here are a few signs that your furnace may be beyond the point of repair.
Frequent loud operation. Strange noises are a strong indicator that it’s time to contact a heating and cooling professional. If these noises are becoming the general rule, instead of the exception, your system may need replacing.
Expensive heating bills. If you’ve had your furnace for quite some time, then you have a general idea of what to expect each month in terms of heating costs. If your bills suddenly increase unexpectedly, this is a sign that you’re in need of furnace repair; however, if your heating bills have slowly become higher and consistently stayed there, this is a sign that your furnace is nearing the end of its lifespan.
Rust. With a furnace, it generally takes years for rust to appear; however, once rust does begin to appear on its interior components, it’s a signal that your furnace has outlived its usefulness. Rust will eventually cause cracks to appear in your furnace, which can result in carbon monoxide leaks, so you should have it replaced as soon as possible.
With any of the aforementioned signs, you should always bear in mind your furnace’s age. If your furnace is 20 years old or older, you’re due for a replacement, even if it is still operating fairly well. At the first sign of trouble, it’s time to call a heating and cooling professional to replace it. At AJR Heating, Air Conditioning, & Refrigeration, Inc., our experts know what it takes to provide reliable and affordable service, so no matter what your heating needs are, contact us today !