Why Is My AC Not Keeping Up With The Heat?

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 inside.

#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.

How to Improve Your Indoor Air Quality

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 system servicing.
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 seal them.

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!