What Secrets is Your Air Conditioner Not Telling You

It’s nearly scandalous.  We get phone calls during spring for a variety of service reasons.  Sometimes the whole repair could’ve been avoided if you’d been listening to your AC’s secrets.  Here’s what I mean:

Funny noises that aren’t funny.  Sometimes a homeowner will hear these noises at start up, but then they go away, so they assume all is ‘ok.’  Then the noises last longer or get louder, and most homeowners have numbed themselves into believing, “Oh, it just does that.”

Could be a loose damper, which is very easily fixed.  Or maybe a bearing is going bad.  A tiny little ball designed to reduce friction has quit doing that, and the machine is screaming in protest for some attention.  If you don’t fix it the machine can and will often self-destruct the bearing assembly.

As you would imagine, not cheap.  Yet if caught in time, a shot of lubricant or another quick fix could’ve avoided the whole thing.

“My house is having hot flashes.”  This is your A/C whispering for a little TLC.  When one room is warmer than another – by say more than 3 degrees – that means there’s a correctable flaw in the system.  Blockage, duct venting or maybe a different diffuser could take care of this annoyance very easily.

The thing is, don’t “just get used to it” when you’re paying to be comfortable in your home!  Seriously, let us check it out.  This is what we do.

Bottom Line: The longer you ignore you A/C’s little secrets, the more they grow to potentially drain your wallet.  So let us come out to help soothe your system and bring your system and bring you the comfort you both deserve.  All it takes is a good listener.Cooling System

Energy Saving Tips

  1. Curb your cooling costs: Close your closet doors. By reducing the amount of square footage that has to be cooled, you can save on your energy bill.closed closet door
  2. Consumer electronics continue to draw power even when they are switched off, adding up to about $200 in yearly energy costs. Advanced power strips can significantly reduce these costs.Outlet
  3. A dirty AC filter is the #1 reason for HVAC system failure. Be sure to change or clean your filter every 60-90 days to avoid your system failing and to save energy.filters
  4. A house that is 30% more energy efficient can save up to $20,000 in utilities over the life of a mortgage. A home energy audit is the first step to improving your home’s energy efficiency.
  5. Highly reflective blinds can reduce heat gain by around 45% when closed.

Energy Savings Tips for Cool Comfort

If you want to keep your home comfortably cool while saving energy dollars during the warm months, here’s an idea: don’t add extra heat in your home.  In practical terms, that means:

  • Use your microwave or counter-top appliances for cooking chores instead of your oven or stove.  Better yet, grill some burgers outdoors.
  • Run your dryer and dishwasher at night instead of the day.  Or let your clothes and dishes air dry.  Also, wash only full loads.
  • Keep out heat from the sun by keeping drapes, blinds and shades closed during the hottest parts of the day.
  • After a shower or bath, use the bathroom fan to remove heat and humidity.  Better to take short showers instead of baths.
  • Set your thermostat as high as comfortably possible.  Each degree above 78 can save 6-7 percent off cooling costs.  Also, don’t try to cool faster by setting a thermostat colder than normal.  It won’t help and could result in added energy expenses and/or cause stress to the unit.
  • Install a programmable thermostat to save energy while you’re away and comfortable while home.
  • Ceiling fans will create a cool breeze and keep air circulating in the home and, the Department of Energy says, will allow you to raise the thermostat setting about 4 degrees without reducing comfort.
  • Replacing an aging central air conditioning with a new Energy Star qualified model can reduce cooling costs by 20 percent.

To see how much you can save check out this Energy Savings Calculator.  It will show you the difference between an old lower efficiency model versus a new higher efficiency heating and cooling system.