Air Conditioning Units And Common Pest Issues

Posted by on June 7, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Air Conditioning Units And Common Pest Issues

If you live in an environment that is prone to pests such as rodents, insects, or reptiles, these might cause damage to your AC unit. The good news is there are precautions that you can put into place to discourage animals from damaging your air conditioner. Here are four common problems pests can cause to your AC unit and how to avoid them. 1. Finding a Way Into Internal Air Ducts While you might not want to think about pests such as rodents gaining entry to your home, this can be a common occurrence when it comes to AC air ducts. Pests can chew holes in your insulation and through venting materials which can make your AC unit ineffective and lose cooling efficiency. Rodent repellent may be in order for existing nuisances, but having an AC unit professional come and look for small entryways and block these will be needed as well. 2. Making Homes in the Exterior Condenser Unit The exterior AC unit, known as the condenser unit, might seem like an inviting space for smaller animals such as snakes and rodents to call home. They can burrow in during the spring and fall, when this isn’t being used, and cause damage with nests and droppings. To ensure animals aren’t stowing away in your condenser unit, double check for any holes within the external unit and have an AC repair specialist come and fix any problem spots. 3. Side Vents and Corrosion If the sides of your exterior AC unit are made up of venting materials, it is important to try to discourage both your own pets and other outdoor pests from marking this. Urine can attract other animals and can bring around other pests to mark this repeatedly. This can lead to discoloration and eventually rust and corrosion over time. Spray down your AC unit regularly to ward off your own pets and other animals from marking this territory. 4. Condensation from Cooling Attracting Insects Most AC units will come with a bit of condensation, but sometimes this can pool and attract insects. If your AC unit has a condensation unit, this moisture can attract all sorts of unwanted guests. Standing water in your basement or around your condenser unit is a recipe for mosquitoes, ants, and termites, who flourish in moist areas. Professionals can redirect this water or re-calibrate settings to ward off excess moisture. Keeping your AC unit free of pests needs to be a priority in order to keep your air conditioning running efficiently. If you cannot put your finger on an ongoing problem with your AC unit, contact A -1 Cooling & Refrigeration Inc or another AC unit specialist to take a look and help pinpoint specific issues that might be...

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How Sealing Your AC Ducts Can Improve Your AC Function

Posted by on April 18, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on How Sealing Your AC Ducts Can Improve Your AC Function

If your AC unit is not working right, you might think that you have a problem with your AC unit. This is not necessarily the case. If your AC unit is running well, but your ducts have problems, they can rob the unit of its efficiency. Thus, when you start the quest to figure out what is wrong with your AC, your ducts are the first place you should look.  How Duct Leaks Develop Even well installed ducts will degrade over time. In fact, two elements combine to undermine your ducts: 1) The force of the air running through your ducts creates outward pressure, which can overwhelm the seams in your ducts. 2) A repetitive cycle of heating and cooling will cause your ducts to expand and contract. This too can damage the seams. Once the seams give out, leaks follow.  Why Duct Cleaning Is Necessary As leaks syphon air off of your system, the volume of air available to cool your home diminishes. An AC system is “sized” according to how much square footage it has to cool. A smaller volume of air means your system has to run longer to cool your home. This leads to more energy usage. Leaky ducts can decrease your AC efficiency by up to 40%. How to Repair Your Ducts If you can access your ducts through your attic or crawlspace, all you need is a stick of incense to check for leaks. Turn your thermostat to the fan position, light the incense, and run it all along your joints and seams. Anytime air leaking through your ducts disturbs the smoke coming off the incense, make an “x” with a marker so that you can find the leak later. Cover the whole length of your ducts with the incense before you turn off your fan. You can now paint over the leaks with duct mastic, which you should be able to find at any home-improvement store. Give the mastic time to dry before you turn your system back on.  Ducts are an integral component of your AC system. If they are not working like they should, they will increase your cooling costs, but this is just the most immediate cost. The harder your AC system has to work, the more wear and tear it incurs. This will lead to higher maintenance costs and may even lead to the premature need to replace your system. Thus, in order to keep your system running at its optimum level, you need to make sure that you maintain your ducts. You could also contact a company like Childers Enterprises Inc to check everything out for...

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Which Type Of Air Conditioning Is Best For Your Home?

Posted by on February 17, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Which Type Of Air Conditioning Is Best For Your Home?

If you are thinking about a new air conditioner, then there are a wide variety of types to choose from. In some cases, a cental AC might be best, while in others, a window-based unit could be better-suited to your needs. In some situations, you might even want to try out a heat pump. To help you decide which is best for you, here is an overview of several popular types of air conditioners: Central Air Conditioners First of all, you have the basic central air conditioner, which is good for heating an entire building with good efficiency. These units do require a working ventilation system, but they are your best option if you need to cool down an entire building. That being said, they are overkill if you only need a few rooms to be cooled. A lot of that cold air will go to waste if you are cooling an entire building and only have people in one or two rooms. Window-Based Air Conditioners If you want to cool a single room, then a window-based unit is often your best bet. While they obviously require a window to operate, they can deliver a good deal of cold air directly to you as long as you stay in the room. Unlike space heaters, they can be very difficult to move, which means that you need to pick out the perfect location for usage. Air-Source Heat Pumps Next you have the air-source heat pump, which operates as a membrane between the air inside your home and the air outside your home. If you want to heat your home, then it will take some of the heat inside your home and drop it outside, and if you want to cool your home, it will do the same process in reverse. These heat pumps are pretty efficient at moderate temperatures, but become quite expensive to run when it gets really cold out. Since there is so little heat to take from cold air, it will cost a ton of energy to actually find and extract that heat. Geothermal Heat Pumps If you want a heat pump that will work in the cold, then geothermal is the perfect choice. There is a ton of heat in the ground, even when it is freezing out, and a geothermal heat pump can exploit that heat for your home. There are pretty high installation costs though, which means that you will need to decide whether the long-term savings are worth it. If you live in a place that regularly drops below freezing, then chances are that a geothermal heat pump will cost you dramatically less than an air-source heat pump over the course of several years. For more information, contact a professional, like those at the Hallmark Service...

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3 Tips For Saving Money On Your Heating Bill

Posted by on January 12, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on 3 Tips For Saving Money On Your Heating Bill

As the temperature drops you are probably wondering what you can do to keep your house warm and comfortable without breaking the bank with your heating bill. If you are not careful you can easily overpay on your bill in attempts to keep your house warm. Luckily, there are some simple things that you can do to keep your house warm without cranking up the furnace. Here are a couple suggestions. 1. Close The Doors Of Unused Rooms If you have any rooms that are not being used regularly you should keep those doors shut. When the furnace heats up the house it tries to heat up every room that it has access to. This means that if you have a guest room that is only used a couple times a year, and you keep the door open, the furnace has to work extra hard to heat that room that doesn’t get used. Instead, you should shut the door, and even close the vents if you want to make the space the furnace has to heat smaller. In addition, make sure that you close the door to the basement and storage rooms. Anywhere that generates gold air will cool down the entire house and it will cost a lot to try and heat these areas. This is why keeping the doors shut will save you money. 2. Cover The Floors If you have hard flooring in your house consider investing in rugs that you use during the winter. Hardwood and tile are awesome in the summer when you need to keep the house cool, but in the winter they poorly insulate your home. You will have to turn up your heater extra high to keep the house warm, all because the house is holding the air in. Lying down rugs is one of the simplest ways to keep your house warm, without making any major changes to your budget. 3. Program The Thermometer Another easy way to save money is to program the thermometer so that it doesn’t waste energy when it doesn’t need it. For instance, while everyone is home during the day you should set it higher so everyone is comfortable. But in the night when everyone is sleeping there is no need to be blasting the heat. Everyone should be warm in their blankets, so you can get away with lowering the thermostat a couple degrees. This simple change will save you a good deal of money. These are just a couple simple things you can do to save money on your heating bill. Click for more...

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