Cooling System Checklist

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Here is a DIY checklist to make sure your cooling system will save you money on your electric bill this spring and summer.

  • Have the cooling system maintained and inspected yearly, by a qualified contractor like us.
  • Set the thermostat at 78°F.  Each degree higher saves approximately 6% on air conditioning costs.
  • Don’t turn the thermostat lower than the desired setting.  The house will not cool off any faster and can overshoot the desired temperature – wasting energy.
  • Install a ceiling fan to create air movement.  The air movement can keep you cool at a higher temperature, allowing you to avoid using your air conditioner, or letting you set the air conditioner at a higher temperature.
  • Cut back plants, bushes, and trees that may restrict air flow to the outdoor unit.
  • Keep the outdoor coils free of dirt, debris, and leaves.
  • Keep windows shut when closing up the house for the day or when running the air conditioner.
  • Make sure your clothes dryer is vented outdoors.  You don’t need the heat or humidity inside the house.
  • Close your drapes on hot days.  If there is some way to shade your windows from the outside, this will keep out even more heat.
  • Use kitchen and bath vents to rid the house of excess heat and moisture.  Turn off the gas furnace pilot light in the summer.
  • Change the furnace filter.  They need to be changed anywhere from every 30-270 days.

DIY Energy Saving Checklist

Listed below are some simple things you can check to better control your electrical usage throughout the year.

  • Install flow reducing shower heads
  • Insulate your water heater, unless it’s a newer insulated model
  • Insulate pipes in unheated spaces
  • Vacuum the vents and coils for the refrigerator/freezer twice a year because dust makes them work longer to cool.
  • Don’t block air circulation around the refrigerator
  • Replace gaskets that don’t seal tightly on the refrigerator/freezer
  • The higher the air temperatures are in a garage in the summer, the higher the operating costs of refrigerator/freezer will be.
  • Use lower wattage lamps in fixtures where you don’t need as much light, such as hallways and bedrooms.
  • Use florescent fixtures and lamps whenever possible.  They use a quarter of an incandescent lamp, and provide the same amount of light, and last at least 7 times as long.
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What needs to be done for an air conditioner check-up?

This is what we do for cooling system check-ups.

Indoor Cooling System Maintenance Includes

  • Inspect thermostat, level if necessary
  • Oil blower motor
  • Inspect Indoor coil (when accessible)
  • Change duct dampers when applicable
  • Visually inspect furnace and blower for cleanliness
  • Check for dirty filter
  • Adjust belt
  • Inspect condensate drain, clean if necessary
  • Check for temperature difference

Outdoor Cooling System Maintenance Includes

  • Clean condenser coil, w/ chemical when necessary
  • Check volts and amps
  • Inspect contactor
  • Lubricate fan motor
  • Clean condensing unit, inside and out
  • Tightened electrical connections
  • Check refrigerant level
  • Apply protective coating to outside unit

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Year-End Financial Checklist

We hope you had a lovely Christmas and have a rocking new year.  Now back to business.  It’s the end of the year again and now is the time to kick your financial planning into high gear for the next year.   Here is a checklist to help you start planning in the new year.

Has your life changed in the past year?

A variety of things could make you rethink your budget for the next year.  For example, a baby, new job, health insurance, moving, or marriage, etc.  Don’t forget to take in account anything new that may have changed or will change in the new year.

Retirement fund.

Continue contributing or start to contribute as much as you can to your 401(k) or other retirement funds.  Evaluate current plans and research throughout the year to update your retirement portfolio.

Taxes

Ask yourself if any recent changes affect your taxes?  Do you have any deductibles or exemptions?

Know your debt.

Make sure to figure out what you owe.  Try to combine your bills into easier payments.  Remember, the bills that should be paid off first are the ones that carry the highest interest rates.

Look over your will and adjust as needed.

Does it need any updating?  Are your current wishes reflected in the will?

Insurance

What is your insurance coverage for home or rental, for life and disability?  Do you still like the insurance you have?

Consider the children (if you have kids)?

If they are at the appropriate age, establish good financial habits in their lives by opening a savings and/or checking account.  Also, talk about creating an education savings account or taking advantage of a 529 college savings plan.   After all, the cost of education continues to increase.