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Bacteria, cooking grease, mildew, and smoke. Even Fido and Fluffy. They’re making your house stink. And you’ve got to do something about it before the Febreze folks ring your doorbell and ask to film their next commercial in your living room.
“It’s not the heat; it’s the humidity.” It’s a familiar refrain on sweltering Southern Louisiana days. But why does a 90-degree day in New Orleans really feel so much hotter than one in Vegas or Phoenix?Our bodies cool off by opening up the skin’s pores and releasing water and salt. (How’s that for a delicate way to say “We sweat”?) How fast the water evaporates (carrying away latent heat, the heat required to transform liquid water to vapor) depends upon how much water is already in the air.
Decisions, decisions. You just want to keep cool when the weather isn’t, but having to choose between one one big central system, a split system, and a window unit or two (or more) is enough to make you sweat. Check out our “hot tips” to help you select the best unit for your home or business.Start by knowing the similaritiesAll air conditioning systems use pretty much the same components and the same processes for cooling. Like refrigerators, they use chemicals to transfer heat from the air inside to the outside.
You know that your air conditioning unit is no spring chicken, but you’re hoping to hang onto it until it breathes its last. If you think that’s the best way to get the most bang for your energy buck, you might want to think again.Consider these two statistics from the Department of Energy:Nearly 50% of your home’s energy costs are attributed to cooling and heating costs.
Did opening your last energy bill practically make you hyperventilate? You can always hope that the energy company made a mistake and that they’ll correct it and maybe even offer you a free month’s utilities as a token of apology. Or you can wake up from that dream and get real about how to prevent another utility bill with a bone-jarring bottom line.There are all kinds of scenarios, from simple to severe, that can result in energy costs that take your breath away. Here are just a few of them:A tripped breaker,
Summertime and the livin’ is easy. Unless you’re spending it in southern Louisiana with a poorly functioning air conditioning unit. But even if the song is right and your daddy’s rich, who can blame you for trying to squeeze another season or two out of your indoor unit when the time comes to replace that outdoor system? Most experts agree: Don’t do it, or you’ll likely end up hot, bothered and blaming yourself. Here’s why:
So you need a new HVAC filter. Easy-peasy. Just pop into the nearest Big Box, grab the first one you find, and you’re good to go. After all, a filter is a filter is a filter, right? Woah, Nellie! Not only is choosing the right filter the key to lower utility bills and a longer life for your HVAC, but it can have a huge effect on the health and well-being of your family too. There’s lots to consider when selecting the best filter for your home.
“Relax. Accept the situation. Go with the flow.” It’s good advice most of the time, but when the air in your HVAC isn’t going and flowing properly, accepting the situation is the last thing you want to do. For comfort’s sake, you need to identify and address the problem.Find the CulpritIf your HVAC system is suffering from inadequate or poor air flow, it could be due to one of the following conditions.
“This one is TOO big. This one is TOO small. This one is JUST right.” Sure, these sound like the comments that snoopy little Goldilocks made about the three bears’ chairs. But they’re also a reminder of why you need to have a professional do a load calculation to determine the best HVAC unit for your home.Nobody wants to shell out the cash that having too much unit for your needs can cost. And nobody wants to shiver and/or sweat it out because a “baby bear” unit can’t get the job done.
They say that nothing lasts forever. And they’re right. At least when it comes to your HVAC system. Industry experts say that, even in the best of scenarios, you’ll likely know the not-so-sweet sorrow of parting with your system within 15-25 years due to its loss of efficiency, if not flat-out failure. But take heart. You can extend your relationship with your HVAC system by following these basic tips.