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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.
Sure, you want your AC to keep YOU cool this summer. But it’s liable to let you down if you’ve given it the cold shoulder all year. Check out these tips for caring for your central air system so that it’s ready to keep you cool on all the hot Louisiana days to come.Change your air filters regularly.A dirty filter can damage your equipment and cost you money.
How dry I am….! Forced-air heating systems can seriously dry out inside air and give allergens that would normally settle down the chance to float around longer. Which means that your chances of inhaling them are greater. Combine that with your dried-out, inflamed nasal passages and cracked skin, you’ve got a recipe for sinus and viral infections.