Leading HVAC professionals provide ways to keep you cool and keep your A/C running smoothly
VANCOUVER, June 9, 2017 /CNW/ - Summer is here, and with the temperatures rising, your air conditioner will be put to test and worked harder than it's ever had.
In this article, we'll provide you with 8 useful tips so that you'll be equipped with knowledge in saving energy, lowering your utility bills, and maximizing your Air Conditioner's (A/C) efficiency. Increase your comfort and keep cool during the sizzling summer months.
1. Get in touch with an HVAC professional
Have your central A/C unit inspected, tuned, and cleaned by an HVAC professional before the summer months begin.
2. Check your A/C filters
Have your air conditioner "tuned-up" before the A/C each season and every year. With the increase in summer dust, pollens, and other allergens, there's a higher likelihood that the filter will clog, and your A/C unit will need to work harder to provide the same amount of cold air. This simple tip can help you conserve energy and save your hard-earned cash. Also, changing your filter regularly is important in properly maintaining the long-term health of your A/C. A dirty filter is the most prevalent service call for HVAC companies.
3. Keep the A/C unit away from the heat
Any source of heat such as TV's, lamps, the sun, or lights should be kept away from the A/C thermostat, since it can sense the heat and thus make your A/C run longer than is necessary.
4. Programmed thermostat response
"Set it and forget it" – Use a programmable thermostat to set your air conditioner to a comfortable temperature. With everyone's busy schedule, sometimes it's hard to remember to adjust your A/C thermostat. Consider using a programmable thermostat or timer for your window A/C unit. The lower the temp the more it costs you to run the A/C. We recommend setting the thermostat to 2-3 degrees warmer than what you'd keep your home in the winter. Adjust your A/C dial to save money!
5. Time to replace your HVAC unit?
If you're finding that your old A/C isn't working as efficiently as before, consider replacing the HVAC with a more energy-efficient unit. Although they may be more expensive, thanks to competitive prices and tax credits, costs have decreased considerably. Since you'll be spending less on energy, you'll save more in the long-run. It's a win-win situation! Hire an HVAC professional to ensure that your new A/C unit is the right size fit.
6. Weatherize your home
Make sure that the cold air stays in and the hot air stays out. Weatherize your home by sealing any air leaks with weather strips and insulation around the A/C ducts. Also, consider installing window film to the insides of your window to help keep your house cooler during those hot summer months. Be sure to pull the curtains and close your blinds, as it is important to combat heat by allowing the A/C to operate at its best during those hot summer days.
7. Keep clear of debris
Keep debris such as shrubs, plants, and any other possible obstructions away from the condenser to ensure that there is adequate airflow.
8. Ceiling fans
Use your ceiling fans to help push the cool air down by switching it to run counterclockwise. This will help you rely less on the A/C to stay cool throughout the day. It's also a good idea to run your furnace fan 24/7, as this will help to cool your home even when the A/C isn't running.
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Whether it's new heating, air conditioning, hot water tanks, gas fireplaces, furnaces, tank less water heaters, outdoor fireplaces, furnace/duct cleaning, BBQ conversions, plumbing installations, indoor air quality products, service, repair or our 24-hour emergency program, Thomson Industries Ltd. has a tried and tested approach that gets the job done right. We have been proudly serving the Lower Mainland since 1996.
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