How to Improve Air Conditioning Efficiency

 Summer has officially arrived and that means your air conditioner will be put to good use. Did you know that heating and cooling bills make up at least half of your total utility expenses each month? Here are some helpful ways to improve air conditioning efficiency in your home this summer.

Tip #1: Keep blinds and curtains closed during the day.
When the sun is at its hottest, it will permeate into the windows of your home, heating up each room. To keep your air conditioner from working less, keep the blinds and curtains in your home closed during the heat of the day.

Tip #2: Keep the outdoor unit clean.
If you have a lot of debris, leaves, grass, or other buildup around the outside unit of your air conditioning system, this could cause debris to build up on the inside and clog the inner workings of the machine. Not only will this mean that the system has to work harder to keep you cool, but it could cause an unnecessary breakdown. Next time you’re out doing yardwork, make sure you make time to clear away any debris around the outside area of your air conditioning system.

Tip #3: Keep lamps and other heat producers away from your thermostat.
Lamps and other appliances produce heat, and if they are located near a thermostat, your thermostat will mistakenly tell the air conditioning unit that your home needs to be cooled more. This could cause unnecessary extra work for the air conditioner, so make sure you keep heat producing items clear of any thermostats.

Tip #4: Keep your filters cleaned.
The primary job of your air conditioning filters is to keep everything running at peak efficiency. In addition, keeping your filters cleaned means that you’ll be breathing cleaner air. Make sure you clean or replace your filters on a regular basis.

Tip #5: Keep your furnace maintained.
Don’t neglect scheduling an annual service appointment. If you don’t take care of your HVAC system over the long haul, it won’t last as long as it normally would and could break down, right when you need it most. What will the appointment include? We’ll do some simple preventative maintenance on it, which could include checking the inside components, cleaning/replacement of the air filters, and we will also double check that there are no repairs to be made or parts to be replaced.

Tip #6: Keep your ducts clean.
Dirty and dusty ductwork is known to restrict airflow. So, if your ducts are clogged with dust, debris, and other contaminants, your system is probably working harder than it needs to. This means you’re using more energy than you really need to and you’ll likely see an increase in your utility bill. The ductwork in your home plays a big role in home comfort. Here’s how we can help: we’re proud to be a licensed contractor that offers Aeroseal duct sealing. Aeroseal is a patented solution that has a 98% success rate. This is an affordable solution that can fix leaks from the inside out and the best part is: you will notice a difference right away!

When your system works hard, it can be tough on the machine and all of its parts, therefore shortening the overall lifespan of the unit. So, understanding how to keep your air conditioning running at its peak is one key to keeping it running efficiently for many years to come. We have a long stretch of heat coming to Oregon in the next week, so make sure you get your appointment scheduled soon so you can stay cool for the rest of the summer with no problems!

Product of the Month: Flood Buzz Pro

Water leaks or floods: nobody wants to have one! If you’ve ever had a water leak, you know the damage they can cause. They’re expensive and time consuming, and can also cause significant damage in your home or commercial building. Our new product of the month, the Flood Buzz Pro, can help alert you of a water leak before damage is caused. Here’s how it works.

The Flood Buzz Pro is an alarm that serves as an important tool that can alert people of water leaks so they can get it repaired before a large amount of damage is done. As soon as the prongs sense a possible water leak, it will sound immediately with a loud 110 decibel alarm. We are proud to carry the Flood Buzz FBP-O1, which prongs to the ground and can be used in a variety of applications. Simply apply it near a potential water leak source, such as: toilets, water heaters, sink cabinets, sump pumps, laundry rooms, hydronic heating, and window/door ledges. Once it’s installed, it will last for three years.  It’s the lowest cost water leak alarm currently on the market today!

Here are some other benefits of the Flood Buzz Pro:

-Low price & reusable
-Can help prevent dry rot
-Works in apartment buildings, homes, commercial buildings, or warehouses
-Can help prevent mold problems before they start

We are proud to be an authorized sales representative for this product! It’s a perfect addition to any home, apartment, or commercial building and could potentially save you hundreds or even thousands of dollars in the long run.  Learn more about the Flood Buzz here:

Contact us today for information on getting one installed!

HVAC Maintenance To-Dos For June

June has arrived and the amazing weather will be here to stay for a while. The heat will become a regular part of each day and that means your HVAC system needs to be up for the challenge of keeping you and your family cool throughout the season. Here are some important to-do items for June that should be put on your checklist.

  • Check air filters: During the months that you’re using your cooling system a lot, your filter should be checked and cleaned regularly. Your filter helps keep contaminants and other harmful toxins out of the air you breathe, so it’s important to keep it clean and/or replaced regularly for optimal efficiency. In addition, filters will help protect the system and keep it working for optimal home comfort. Unless you have an advanced filtration system in place, the main function of the filter is to protect the system.
  • Inspect air registers and vents: Blocking vents and air registers inside your home can cause your system to work harder than it needs to, and it can also block air flow and circulation, causing uneven temperatures throughout your home.
  • Keep debris away from the outside unit: Spring is a great time to get outside and clean up your yard. While you’re out there, be sure to remove any debris, branches, or other shrubbery that could interfere with the outside air conditioning unit or heat pump. Over time, debris, leaves, and dirt can get inside the system and clog it, causing unnecessary problems.
  • Keep your thermostat at the desired temperature: Don’t allow your home to get too hot. Keep your thermostat set at the temperature that you feel most comfortable all day and night. If you don’t, the air conditioner will have to work harder to cool your house down and that translates to increased energy use in addition to putting strain on your machine.
  • Schedule your annual service appointment: If you don’t take care of your HVAC system over the long haul, it won’t last as long as it normally would and could break down, right when you need it most. To ensure that your system operates well all year long, it’s very important to schedule annual service appointments with our team. We’ll do some simple preventative maintenance on it, which could include checking the inside components, cleaning/replacement of air filters, and double check that there are no repairs to be made or parts to be replaced.

Whether you live in a newly built home or an older home, our service technicians are experienced in servicing a variety of systems and brands. Contact us today to make sure you have your service appointment scheduled in time for the June weather!