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Heating & Air Tips

 

Cooling Tips

  • Set your thermostat at 78°F or higher. Each degree setting below 78°F will increase your energy consumption by approximately 8%.
  • Use bath and kitchen fans sparingly when the air conditioner is operating.
  • Inspect and clean both the indoor and outdoor coils. The indoor coil in your air conditioner acts as a magnet for dust because it is constantly wetted during the cooling season. Dirt build-up on the indoor coil is the single most common cause of poor efficiency. The outdoor coil must also be checked periodically for dirt build-up and cleaned if necessary.
  • Check the refrigerant charge. The circulating fluid in your air conditioner is a special refrigerant gas that is put in when the system is installed. If the system is overcharged or undercharged with refrigerant, it will not work properly. You may need a service contractor to check the fluid and adjust it appropriately.
  • Reduce the cooling load by using cost-effective conservation measures. For example, effectively shade east and west windows. When possible, delay heat-generating activities, such as dishwashing, until the evening on hot days.
  • Over most of the cooling season, keep the house closed tight during the day. Don't let in unwanted heat and humidity. If practical, ventilate at night either naturally or with fans.
  • Try not to use a dehumidifier at the same time your air conditioner is operating. The dehumidifier will increase the cooling load and force the air conditioner to work harder.

 

Ideal Air Conditioning Upkeep

Ideally you should have your air conditioner serviced at least once a year by the Professionals at 

AirTech Heating and Air.

We will inspect the overall condition of the unit.

Our first priority will be to make sure the unit is still performing efficiently and all of the mechanical aspects are operating smoothly

We will then check to make sure your coolant is pure and at a high level

we will also check to see if the coils have mold or algae growing on them. If they do, he will clean or replace them.

The blower will be examined to make sure it is not corroded with dirt or other debris. The wheels are easy to clean if the damage is minimal.

we will replace your filter.

we will clean your drain line of mold and algae.

In addition to having the professional's from AirTech come to your home once a year there are things you should be doing in the meantime to better your breathing.

  1. Your first personal responsibility will be to make sure you are changing your filter at least once a month. This is the most important step in keeping up with your A/C unit. Your top choice should be the Pleated Filter since it works the best. This will drastically affect the air quality in your home. Once a month filter replacements prolongs the overall life of your air conditioning unit by stopping dirt from getting to the other major mechanical components that make up the unit.
  2. Your second personal responsibility will be to clean your drain line as often as you are changing your filter. Mold and algae love to grow inside of drain lines and if there is an overgrowth then you might have to deal with a major backup.

Call a Professional's at AirTech To Get A Good Start On Your A/C Upkeep

If dirt is left sitting too long inside any part of your unit then the mechanical life of the system could greatly be impacted. Whether you have a new unit or an old one, it is probably time for you to call AirTech to do a tune up. Feel free to ask us questions and learn how to take over the easy stuff. From there you can get yourself in the routine of replacing filters and cleaning drain lines.

Being active in the maintenance of your air conditioner could save you from experiencing a major asthma attack. It feels good knowing that you are safe breathing in quality air at home.

Air Conditioning and Babies

Babies that live in Southern California heat should be growing up in households with . Babies become dehydrated much quicker than adults because of their perspiration prevalence. Leaving a small child restless in a hot room all night results in sweaty pajamas, sleepy eyes, and thirsty mouths.

More importantly there has been evidence to suggest that a baby’s sleep environment A/C units are a critical factor in the risk for SIDS (Sudden Infant Death Syndrome), which is diagnosed when the sudden death of an infant can’t be explained by other health concerns. Researchers who study SIDS found that simply having a fan in the room lowered a baby’s risk of SIDS by 72 percent. Babies sleeping on their backs and in cooler rooms have a smaller chance of experiencing SIDS than ones placed to sleep belly down in hot air.

Purchasing a New Air Conditioning Unit

The fact that Air Conditioning can improve overall quality of life, starting with a good night’s sleep, is more reason than just the weather to purchase a unit this season.

 

Install Programmable Thermostat For Energy Savings

Why Choose a Programmable Thermostat for your Air Conditioner and Heater System?

Attention homeowners! Did you know that most homeowners spend around 50% of their annual energy bill on heating and A/C? California may well have a climate that borders perfection, but only few of us can tolerate those freezing winter nights and scorching summer days without smoothly functioning heating and air conditioning systems in our homes. One simple way to reduce energy usage in your home is to install a programmable thermostat that automatically adjusts indoor temperature according to preset times and temperatures. Your air conditioning and heating expenses should be reduced by more than 10% if the programmable thermostat is used properly.

What are the Benefits of Programmable Thermostats?

  1. Energy Savings – An estimated $180 a year or more (*Energy Star Estimate) can be saved when a home air conditioner and heater system are used in conjunction with a programmable thermostat.
  2. Higher Level of Comfort – Programmable thermostats tend to be more accurate than manual models, and you will have the increased flexibility for instance to set the temperature slightly higher before you wake up for those cold mornings.
  3. Convenience – By having an automated temperature control for your home heating and Air conditioning system, you can stop worrying that you are wasting energy while you’re not home, and you’ll avoid frequent trips to the controller unit.

Installing the New Programmable Thermostat

Before attempting the installation of a programmable thermostat, make sure you have thoroughly read all instruction and , and you have the following tools handy: drill or driver, level, screwdriver, pencil, tapes and goggles for safety.

The unit should be installed on an interior wall, away from heating or cooling vents and other sources of heat or drafts (bright lamps, doorways, sunlight, windows, or skylights).

  1. Turn power supply off.
  2. Detach old thermostat, along with the wall plate, but be aware that older models often contain mercury, a toxic substance that needs to be appropriately recycled.
  3. Label wires (usually there are 2or 4) and secure them by tying them in a loop.
  4. Install the new wall plate first, then connect the wires, following instructions.
  5. Finally, mount the new programmable thermostat on the wall plate and restore power.

How to Best Program a Thermostat?

New models usually come with pre-programmed settings that are designed to keep energy efficiency to the maximum, but at the same time delivering comfort with ideal cooling and heating times and temperatures. It is recommended that the time periods for different settings are set to at least 8-hour increments.

The following table provides a good guidelines

If you have little experience installing electrical equipment that requires wiring,