Air Conditioning and Heating Tips

family-stairsTake control of your air conditioning and heating comfort and costs with these practical steps and pointers to help you head off big problems and get more for less.

Mind Your Maintenance
Never underestimate the value of preventative maintenance on your cooling and heating system. In addition to improved safety, comfort and energy efficiency, regularly maintained equipment is less likely to require service. That can save you hundreds, even thousands of dollars in repair costs over the lifetime of your system. Considering all that’s at stake, keeping everything in good working order is simply the smart thing to do. Call us to schedule a tune-up or learn about our annual maintenance agreements.

Clean Your Ducts
Overlooked air duct maintenance can cause problems with mold and other airborne elements that can lead to allergies. Particles like pollen, dust, bacteria, tobacco smoke, cooking smoke, and animal hair keep your air from being as clean and healthy as possible. Our indoor air quality experts have the breathe-easy solution: A whole house air duct cleaning that includes unlimited vents per air handler.

Upgrade Your Thermostat
Still using that old thermostat? Think about purchasing a new programmable model.  It will let you better control your energy use and maximize your comfort according to the weather and your schedule. A programmable stat is a valuable resource for people who are away from home for set periods of time during the week.

Replace Air Filters
Now is the perfect time to get in the habit of changing your A/C filter on a monthly basis. A filter that’s become clogged with hair, pet dander, mold, pollen, dust, or any number of pollutants and particles puts a strain on your cooling system and spoils the air your family breathes. Change it regularly and enjoy a fresh flow of clean air and savings.

Curb Your Humidity
Is your home too humid? Your air conditioner could be to blame. A system check by one of our pros can help increase comfort. You can also get your home’s humidity and comfort under better control with a whole house dehumidifier. Call us for details.

Stir Up An Indoor Breeze
You can keep your home more comfortable and reduce A/C costs this summer by installing energy-efficient ceiling fans to circulate the air. The average cost to run a fan is only about $7 a month and it can make a big difference in creating a breeze effect that feels cool on the skin. If you need a hand with fan selection or installation, we can help.

Invest In An Energy Smart System
Your cooling and heating system ensures comfortable year-round temperatures inside your home. Over time though, systems can begin to lose efficiency and break down more frequently. If yours is more than 10 years old, the U.S. Department of Energy recommends you have it inspected by a qualified air conditioning professional.  We can come out and assess your current equipment’s overall condition and efficiency and determine if a new ENERGY STAR rated system can reduce utility bills and produce a higher degree of comfort for you and your family.  Of course, you’re under no obligation to make a purchase.

Plumbing Tips

To stay a step ahead of plumbing problems, it pays to follow a few tried-and-true steps around your home.

Inspect and Maintain Appliances
Keep an eye on all appliances that are connected to your home’s pipes—washers, dryers, sinks, showers, and water heaters are all potential sources for leaks and other issues. By inspecting them regularly and repairing as needed, you can avoid the need for more costly solutions down the line.

Prevent Drain Clogs
Placing a strainer over bathroom drains will prevent hair and other things from accumulating over time to form clogs.

Detect Leaks Early
Leaks are a double threat: they cause damage to faucets and fixtures, and the water lost will show up in your bill. Make fixing existing leaks top priority, and actively check your pipes for hidden leaks, such as any under your kitchen sink.

Protect Your Pipes
Frozen pipes can cause serious problems that require professional help. Make sure you take the proper precautions to winterize yours. A word of caution: Outdoor pipes aren’t the only ones that can freeze. It can happen in unheated indoor spaces as well, like attics and garages.

Note Unusual Noises
When pipes hum, moan or screech, there might be an obstruction in the system somewhere that’s causing higher than normal water pressure. This may be easily fixed by simply replacing a washer that’s worn out. It can also be something more complicated such as having a high-pressure flushing, or in the worst case scenario, needing some or all of the pipes replaced. When in doubt, get assistance from the plumbing pros at DaVco.