Thursday, September 4, 2014

Are You Ready For Winter? Is Your Heating System?

Winter is fast approaching.  That means cooler temperatures and higher utility bills.  Make sure your heating system is ready this winter.  Here are a few tips to ensure your system is running properly.
1.  Schedule a routine maintenance on your heating system to ensure that the system is running at optimal levels and functioning efficiently and safely.  A little prevention now could save you a lot of money and headaches later. 
2.  Change your air filter regularly.  This will ensure proper air flow for optimal efficiency and cleaner indoor air quality.  You will be spending more time inside with the drop in temperatures so make sure you are breathing clean air this winter.
3.  Update your thermostat to ensure that your system is heating at the proper levels.  Older thermostats that use mercury can be very inaccurate and their calibrations may vary which leads to your furnace outputting more heat than may be called for.  This unnecessary usage of electricity increases your utility bills each month.  Consider replacing your old thermostat with a new digital thermostat.  Digital thermostats are more accurate and can be programmed so you can set your heating to go on before you wake up or return home, and can be automatically turned off when you leave for work.
4. Clean your heating ducts periodically to allow efficient heating and provide fresh, clean air. Be sure to routinely inspect your heating ducts to make sure there are no punctures, dents or disconnected parts. Damaged or dirty ducts can raise your heating bills by blowing wasted warm air and restricting air flow. 

Thursday, July 3, 2014

Why Indoor Air Quality (IAQ) is important

Poor indoor air quality (IAQ) is a serious problem facing homeowners today, according to the American Lung Association.® The roots of this problem can be traced directly to the desire for energy-efficient homes to minimize the
effects of higher energy costs. Unfortunately, making homes tighter and more energy efficient also reduces the naturally occurring exchange of indoor and outdoor air. Fresh outside air stays out, while air pollutants, excessive humidity and/or overly dry conditions stagnate the indoor air over time.
While homeowners can’t see the majority of indoor air contaminants, they certainly see the effects. These microscopic particles slowly stain walls, ceilings, furniture, drapes and carpets. Lack of humidity control can keep a home damp and sticky, while excessive dryness can crack woodwork and antiques, or create static electricity and dry skin. Particles attaching to your home’s interior have to be scrubbed, laundered or dry cleaned away at the expense of
the homeowner’s time, money and effort.
But costly cleaning isn’t the only consequence of dirty, humid, or dry indoor air. It is estimated that one in ten people living in North America suffer from asthma or allergies, and pollen, mold spores and dust-mite debris are among the most troublesome triggers of such ailments. Likewise, bacteria and viruses that can be found in indoor air have the potential to cause and spread disease.

Tuesday, June 3, 2014

Replacing Your Air Conditioning Unit

           Replacing an old, inefficient air conditioner will save money and make your home more comfortable.  In fact, if your system is older than 10 years old, it is probably costing twice as much in energy costs.  Systems ten years ago had SEER ratings of less than 10.  Today's high efficiency Day & Night air conditioning systems have ratings up to 19 SEER.  That means they are almost twice as efficient as that old inefficient system.  Find a local Day and Night dealer to evaluate which system will work best for your property, a decision that's based on factors such as your home's size, age, number of rooms, and current cooling costs.  Call to schedule a FREE in-home estimate today.

           Taking the time to replace an old air conditioner with a modern, high-efficiency air conditioner can save your home a lot on cooling costs as well as make your home more comfortable. If you have bought an older home, replacing that old air conditioner can save hundreds and thousands of dollars over the time you are living in the home.

Find a Day and Night Heating and Air Conditioning Contractor today!

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

5 Tips for Preparing your HVAC System for Spring 

This time of year, most folks turn their attention to cleaning up their homes for summer with thoughts of backyard barbeques and parties foremost in their minds. While you’re getting ready for the long, lazy days of summer don’t forget to spare some care for your HVAC system too. Invest a little time getting your HVAC system ready for the coming season with these five simple steps: 

1.) Replace your filters.

Sometimes it’s the simple things, like routine maintenance that matter most. During the warm months of high AC use, clean or replace your HVAC filters at least once every four weeks. Dirty filters can cause your unit to seize up or even completely break down. Clean filters allow air to flow freely to the unit and help reduce the level of indoor air pollution by removing contaminants and particulates from the air.

2.) Evaluate your ductwork. 

Your ventilation system, or “ductwork,” is an important part of your home’s heating and air conditioning system. With holes and leaks in the ducts, you continually lose air that you are paying to cool. Holes and cracks can cost as much as 20 percent of your total energy bill. Seal holes and cracks in the duct system and make sure all connectors are airtight. Your ductwork collects dirt, dust, mold and a host of other contaminants just by running the air conditioner. So it’s a wise decision to have professional air duct cleaning performed every few years. A professional cleaning removes the pollutants from your ductwork, improving the quality of the air that you and your family breathe. Duct cleaning also optimizes airflow through ductwork, providing the free flow of air to your air conditioning system. This means your AC won’t have to work so hard to cool your home and saving money on your utility bills.

3.) Test your air conditioner.

Before the hot summer days roll in test your air conditioning system by briefly turning it on. If your AC needs repairs, you’ll have some time to schedule a service call before the season hits in full force.

4.) Clear obstructions and clean around the outdoor unit.

The outdoor unit of your HVAC system contains the compressor a vital component responsible for transforming refrigerant from a gas into a liquid state and back again. To ease the strain on your compressor, clear any obstructions away from the outdoor unit. Keep yard items like, plants, bushes, bikes, and any other objects at least two feet away from the unit. Clear away any debris that has collected around the unit and vacuum or blow leaves and dirt out of the cage. 5.) Schedule an annual HVAC tune-up. You can keep your HVAC system running better and using less energy with an annual tune-up. We offer annual HVAC tune-ups that’ll get your system in tip top shape for summer. To simplify things schedule your annual tune-up now so that your ready for summer.