Indoor Air Quality
Home Energy Solutions
Spring 2014 Newsletter
When your air conditioner is fully operational, it can keep you comfortable during the hottest days of the year. It’s imperative, therefore, that you maintain your AC unit throughout its lifetime. Spring is a great time to think about how you might tune–up your AC.
To tune–up your AC means inspecting, cleaning, repairing, and, if necessary, replacing parts of your system. To be done properly, much of this work requires the expertise of an air conditioning professional. A properly installed and serviced AC unit will maximize your energy–efficiency, and will help to save you money.
The first step is to call a professional. An expert technician will be able to assess any issues in the compressor, coils, refrigerant levels, electrical supply and thermostat. Attempting to do so yourself may be dangerous and could prove costly. Here a few maintenance tune–ups even the most efficient air conditioners could benefit from:
- Clean or replace the air filter. Your air filter is one of the most important parts of your AC unit. It promotes airflow and prevents the passage of dust and other allergens from entering your ductwork or home. If you are highly–sensitive to allergens, particularly those that come about in the spring time, then this is an absolute must. Air filters also keep the parts of your AC unit working properly by preventing the accumulation of dust and other materials on the internal structure. Check your air filter monthly.
- Insulate the ductwork. Your ducts are the structural skeleton of your indoor air system. They make the measured and even distribution of cool air possible, but they depend upon a closed system. As well as repairing or sealing any duct leaks and testing that the system is efficient, insulating ductwork tends to significantly reduce heating and cooling loss, sometimes up to 30%. By sealing air leaks, your cooling professional may be able to save you serious money this spring and summer.
- Install a programmable thermostat. A programmable thermostat allows you to customize your home temperature for specific times of the day and days of the week. Not only will adjusting your temperature automatically cut costs, but it is also takes care of your home comfort for you.
Remember that only a professional AC technician can tune–up your system for this upcoming cooling season. Call one today.
As a homeowner, you have many concerns. Making sure your family is comfortable, safe, and healthy in your home is one of them. Controlling household expenses is another. Today, however, you’re faced with more obstacles than ever.
Skyrocketing energy prices have caused utility bills to rise higher and higher, requiring you to choose between your family’s comfort and keeping costs under control. Poor home construction and aging equipment and appliances create inefficiencies and difficult–to–solve problems that affect your family’s comfort and safety.
Common home problems include:
- High utility bills
- Rooms that are too hot or too cold
- Carbon monoxide leaks
- Musty smells and odors
Poor indoor air quality can increase asthma, allergies, colds, and generally compromise your family’s long–term health.
A Home Energy Audit will uncover the sources of these problems. Auditors from Boehmer Heating and Cooling Co, a GreenHomes America Partner, use the most advanced tools and techniques available to perform comprehensive home energy audits. Treating your home as a completely integrated system, instead of just four walls and a roof, the unique GreenHomes approach can quickly pinpoint the causes of most common residential shortfalls that can affect your comfort, health, safety, and utility bills.