Many people in our area think that the official start of
summer happens after the 4th of July, but as a matter of fact, it
started last week on June 21! Now that summer is here, we are going to be
experiencing more and more days of heat. Is your air
conditioner not keeping up with the heat? Here are some
reasons why this could be and what you can do to fix it.
#1: Closed vents.
Did you close vents in some of the areas of your home that are not used as
often? Open all the vents up when you run your cooling system. This not
only helps airflow circulate better, but it also means your system isn’t
working harder than it must. A system that is working harder than necessary
will cause extra strain on it and it will also increase your energy bill.
#2: Clogged filters.
This is one of the most common causes of air conditioner breakdowns. Your
filter should be cleaned or replaced every 1 to 2 months to ensure debris,
dust, and other dander is removed. Clean air filters mean you’re breathing
clean air, too!
#3: Outside condenser.
The outside condenser is one of the main things that keeps your air
conditioner running. During the spring when yard work is
happening and grass clippings are around more often, it’s normal for debris or
other dirt to get inside of the casing. Or, grass could be growing around the
bottom and could be causing an airflow blockage. Be sure to keep debris cleared
far away from the condenser and if you have any tree branches or other leaves
that are located near the unit, ensure there is a way to keep them from falling
#4: Poor insulation.
Do you have one area of the home that simply doesn’t feel the same as the rest
of the house? You could have an insulation issue, if so. Check to see if your
ductwork is insulated properly in those areas or if there is an issue with
attic or basement insulation in that spot, too. Poor insulation means you’re
not as comfortable, and it could cause for a lot of wasted energy.
Once the heat has arrived, you want your air
conditioner to be working at its peak to provide you the
cool comfort you deserve. If you have tried to figure out your system’s problem
on your own, but nothing is working, we can help! Our experienced technicians
at Specialty Heating & Cooling will be able to diagnose the issue and get
it fixed so you can enjoy the rest of your summer. Contact us today for
information on getting your AC
repair or preventative
maintenance appointment scheduled, or to talk to us about
full system replacements.
Summertime weather has arrived and with the official start
of summer this week, we are seeing a lot of pollen in the area. Very high
pollen counts mean many people are dealing with asthma and allergies. Here’s
how you can keep those allergens away, even while we are facing the highest
pollen counts in the country.
Tip #1: Clean
and/or replace furnace filters.
Dirty filters in your cooling system translate to dirty air that is full of
allergens, pollutants, and other debris. The filters in your system should be
cleaned or replaced often, at least every 1 to 2 months depending on use and
the type of filter in your home. This
ensures that your system operates efficiently and brings in air that is clean.
Don’t neglect this simple task, because it makes a huge difference in the
quality of air that you breathe in your home.
#2: Stay on top of regular
Regular preventative maintenance appointments for your cooling system is key
and should not be neglected. Not only
will regular servicing help point out any potential problem spots, but it will
also ensure that your system is running at peak efficiency. Annual maintenance
will help keep your system running for years to come and will ensure that the
internal components are clean and free of dust and other debris that can
contribute to poor indoor air quality.
#3: Sealed ductwork.
Did you know that leaky ductwork can cost you hundreds, even thousands of
dollars each year in wasted energy? Not to mention, they can leak harmful
pollutants and other allergens into the air you breathe. We proudly offer Aeroseal
Duct Sealing, which is an outstanding patented solution that fixes leaks from
the inside out. The process has a 98% success rate and will ensure that leaks
are fixed, and only clean air can be distributed through the vents. The
Aeroseal process involves injecting a sealant into the ducts and as the air
enters the lakes, the aerosol particles collide and stick to the leak edges to
The air you breathe makes a difference and this summer. You
can take control of it and breathe clean air, too! Our experienced team at
Specialty Heating and Cooling will help put you on the path toward breathing
healthy, allergen-free air this season. Contact us for a routine maintenance
appointment or to ask us about our Aeroseal process. We can also help get a new
cooling system in place for you to enjoy this summer and will work with your
home’s layout and your budget. We’re standing by to help, so call us today!