Three Ways To Boost The Function Of Your AC Unit

Posted by on Jul 27th, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Three Ways To Boost The Function Of Your AC Unit

An AC unit is a great device for cooling a home, but it won’t be enough on its own. For the best results, you should combine passive and active cooling strategies. Passive cooling describes any step you can take to cool your home that does not require electricity. Active cooling, on the other hand, requires electricity. A combination of cooling strategies should give you the best savings. Passive Cooling One of the biggest challenges that your air conditioning unit has to contend with is heat gain. As the sun beats down on your roof and streams through your windows, it heats up your home, and the hotter your home gets, the harder your AC until has to work to cool it back down. Asphalt will heat up your home faster than other roofing materials. In contrast cool roofs will prevent your home from heating up. You can also use window film to filter out UV rays before they have a chance to drive up your cooling costs.  Not every passive cooling strategy will have to do with upgrading the components of your home. Some strategies are as simple as planting a tree. Through the process of evapotranspiration, trees will cool the air around them. If the outside of your home is cool, the inside of your home should be too because there is less heat transfer through the walls of your home. Furthermore, the hotter it gets outside the less efficient your AC unit is; thus, by helping to reduce the temperature in your yard, trees can help to boost the efficiency of your AC unit. Active Cooling Your AC unit is only one device that you can use to cool your home. If you live in an area that has cool nighttime temperatures, you can use a house fan to cool your home through the evening and night. To install a house fan, you have to cut a hole through your ceiling to the attic. It can the vent hot air out of your home through your attic, and by opening your windows, you can get your house fan to pump in cool air. Thus, in a matter of minutes a house fan can cool your home, and as it uses less electricity than an AC unit, a house fan will help you to save money.  There are many steps that you can take to cool your home. By employing multiple cooling strategies, you can increase your savings. It might cost a little bit of money to use multiple cooling strategies, but the money you save should offset the...

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2 Ways To Boost Your Air-Conditioner’s Efficiency

Posted by on Jun 17th, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on 2 Ways To Boost Your Air-Conditioner’s Efficiency

Cooling your home is a significant cost that can absorb an undue amount of your summer budget. That being said, you should know that the cost of cooling a home is not set in stone. In fact, there are steps that you can take to improve the function of your AC unit and thus decrease your cooling costs. Some passive cooling techniques will help to dispel heat before it has a chance to heat up your home, and adding a house fan can help to decrease the load your AC unit has to contend with.  Use Trees to Your Advantage Trees are constantly involved in a process known as evapotranspiration, which releases water vapor into the air. This water vapor absorbs heat from the surrounding air, and this cooler air will then settle down onto your home. Thus, careful placement of trees can help to keep your home cooler than it otherwise would be.  A second advantage of trees is that they create shade. If you position your trees so that their shade falls on your AC unit’s condenser coils, they will help to boost the function of your AC unit. Your condenser coils expel heat from the coolant running through the system. The hotter the coils are, the harder your system has to work to cool the coolant down. Using shade to keep your coils cool will help your system to run more efficiently.  Install a House Fan A house fan is a large fan that you install in your ceiling so that it can extract hot air from your home and vent it out of your home through the attic. Once the outside air starts to cool, you can use a house fan to pull cool air in through your windows even as it pushes hot air out of your home. In this way, a house fan can cool your home in a matter of minutes and keep your home cool through the night while using a fraction of the heat that an AC unit would use. Thus, by running a house fan at night instead of your AC unit, you can save money on your cooling costs.  Don’t rely solely on your AC unit to cool your home. By strategically planting trees and using a house fan during the evening and nighttime hours, you can decrease your cooling costs while improving the comfort in your home. Click here for more information about air...

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Top 3 Reasons To Have Your Laundromat Dryer Vents Cleaned

Posted by on Jun 8th, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Top 3 Reasons To Have Your Laundromat Dryer Vents Cleaned

Are you the owner of a neighborhood laundromat or two? Are you still relatively new to the business and trying to decide how to best serve your customers? If you haven’t had a commercial dryer vent cleaning since you opened your doors, here are some reasons to consider doing so: Cleaning the lint trap isn’t enough:  You are probably aware of the fires that can result if dryer lint traps aren’t cleaned out often enough. But you may not realize that cleaning the lint trap isn’t always enough. Small particles of dust and lint can slip through the trap and start to clog the vent itself. While the clogging might not become immediately apparent, it can still start to cause your dryer to overheat. With regular commercial dryer vent cleaning, you won’t have to worry about overheating causing fires or damaging your expensive equipment. Efficient machines save you and your customers money: If you’re charging for dryer usage, then make sure your customers are getting the most for their money. Clogged dryer vents could cause your dryers to be less efficient, requiring the consumer to pay for more drying time. This could even cause them to go to your competitor because they view your machines as wasting their money. Depending on electric rates in your area and how much you charge for dryer time, neglecting to have a commercial dryer vent cleaning performed could mean that you are actually losing money when people use your dryers. Reduce odors and smells: When the dryer vent starts to fill with lint, it can become a damp, dark place that is perfect for mold growth. Instead of the air in your laundromat being filled with the enjoyable scent of fresh laundry, it could start smelling earthy and musty. Your customers will obviously be reluctant to use a service that they think might make their clothes smell bad. Fortunately, a commercial dryer vent cleaning can get rid of this issue or prevent it from happening in the first place. Instead of worrying about whether your customers will be complaining about the smell, you’ll be secure in the knowledge that everything is functioning as it should. Keeping your dryer vents cleaned will help to keep both you and your customers happy. Your customers will have clean and properly dried laundry while you won’t have to worry about angry customers or dryer fires. Talk to your local commercial dryer vent cleaning company to find out how often your laundromat should have its vents professionally...

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Pros And Cons Of Forced Air Heating And Cooling

Posted by on Jun 1st, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Pros And Cons Of Forced Air Heating And Cooling

Forced air heating and cooling systems are among the most popular and common types of HVAC systems. However, if you aren’t sure if this is right for you, it can help to know about the benefits and drawbacks. Here are some pros and cons of these types of systems to be aware of: Pro: It is inexpensive Some people believe forced air heating and cooling systems are expensive, but the opposite is true. This is one of the least expensive ways to have effective cooling and heating in your home. Not only is the installation process often less expensive, but operating you heating and cooling will also save you money. Con: The furnace might be very loud If you are hoping to get a heating and cooling system that you can barely hear, you might not be heavy in the winter when you need to turn on the furnace. A furnace used for a forced air heating and cooling system is sometimes very loud. While the air conditioner is typically a gentle hum, the heat can cause quite a bit of noise when it is turned on. Pro: You have better air quality When you have forced air and heating in your home, you will find that the air quality is much better. The air can often be filtered before it exits the vents and enters each room to heat them or cool them off. This allows for clean, allergy-free air. Some of these systems also provide humidified or dehumidified air so your home is also more comfortable. Make sure the air filters and vents are clean so you get the best air quality possible. Con: You may need extra ductwork to be installed The installation itself can be a hassle for forced air heating and cooling system, which might turn you off from them. You may need to add more ductwork for this system to be effective, which takes up more space in your walls. The installation is more strenuous and might cost you more than some of the alternatives. Pro: You get cooling in addition to heat This is the only HVAC system that provides heating and cooling with the same distribution method. Instead of having to install a boiler or other appliance in additional to the air conditioning system, you install just one forced air system and get both heating and cooling. It can save you money and time on the installation, plus eliminates extra appliances. To learn more, contact a company such as Climec Residential Inc. with any questions you...

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How To Make Your Hot Water Heater Last A Long Time

Posted by on May 14th, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on How To Make Your Hot Water Heater Last A Long Time

Your home’s water heater is one appliance that should last for many years if you make sure to do proper maintenance. Unfortunately, many homeowners ignore their water heater until there is a problem. By doing the following 4 things, you’ll get some extra years out of your hot water heater before it’s finally time to replace it. Set The Thermostat To The Proper Temperature Both electric and gas water heaters need to set to the proper temperature to increase the tank’s lifespan. 120 degrees is recommended by the Environmental Protection Agency for most homes, with 140 degrees being necessary if you have a dishwasher that doesn’t heat the water. Bacteria can form in the tank if the temperature is set too low, but setting the thermostat too high can wear out the heating element prematurely. Flush The Water Heater Annually Sediment will build up in a hot water heater over time. It not only creates a loud banging sound when the sediment moves around the tank, but also causes the heating element to work harder to heat the water. Most families will need to flush the hot water heater every year to clean out all sediment that is resting at the bottom of the tank. If your family is large, you will need to do it more often. Replace The Water Heater’s Anode Rod The anode rod is a designed to prevent corrosion from happening to the tank. It is a sacrificial element that screws into the tank, and will corrode before the metal exterior does. Many homeowners do not think of replacing the tank’s anode rod once it deteriorates, and only notice once the tank starts to rust. Expect to replace an anode rod every 3 years to extend the life of your water heater. If you have a home water softener that processes the water before it enters your water heater, expect the anode rod to deteriorate at a faster rate. Check Valves For Leaks You will find a small valve on the top of the water heater called the pressure and temperature valve. Make sure to periodically inspect this valve for potential leaks. If the valve is not secured tightly enough, the leaking water could cause the water heater to be inefficient. The more a hot water heater has to work, the fewer years you’ll get out of it. Follow these tips, and you will not need to replace your water heater for a long time. For more information, contact an HVAC contractor like Avalon Plumbing & Heating...

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About Me

Do you remember the first time you realized that you didn't really understand how to use your thermostat? Although it might look simple, controlling the temperature inside of your house can be a complicated ordeal. In addition to mastering settings and figuring out schedules, you might also be faced with complicated codes and user manuals. However, you don't have to let your thermostat get the better of you. On my website, you will find loads of helpful information to take the guesswork out of the process. After you set up your system, all you need to do is sit back, relax, and enjoy your space.

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