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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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Not Ready For Tulsa’s Cold Snaps? Clean Out Your Return Air Vents

Posted by on November 24, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Not Ready For Tulsa’s Cold Snaps? Clean Out Your Return Air Vents

Tulsa’s weather can become cold in November. If you’re not ready for the city’s cold snaps and changing weather conditions, you may face problems with your heating appliance the rest of the year. One of the things you can do is clean out your return air vents in your ceiling, walls and floors. Air vents are a part of your home’s venting system. Registers circulate hot and cold air throughout your home. If you used your air conditioner during the summer and fall seasons, the registers can build up with debris and stop the flow of hot air in your home during the winter. Here’s how you get your air vents ready for Tulsa’s cold snaps. Obtain Your Cleaning Supplies Before you clean your air vents, you’ll need a bucket of warm soapy water and three rags. Vents can build up with dirt, dust and other debris if your air filter becomes too soiled to clean the home’s air, or if your home contains a lot of contaminants. Dish detergent contains chemicals called sulfates that break down the debris, which makes it easier for you to scrub away. After you gather your supplies, obtain a ladder to reach the air vents in your ceiling. It’s also a good idea that you obtain a handheld vacuum with a long hose attachment. You can use the vacuum to reach the deepest areas of the air vents. Now, you’re ready to begin. Clean Your Return Air Vents You may want to start with the air vents in your ceiling, because they’re the most difficult to reach and clean. If you can do so, ask someone to hold your ladder for you to prevent accidental falls. Also, place your bucket of water on the platform attached to your ladder to avoid climbing up and down to wet your towels.  Here’s what you do: Turn off your heating system. Remove the grill cover from over the opening of your air vent. You may need to use a Phillips screwdriver to do so. Ask your helper to hand you the vacuum. Place the hose inside the vent to suction it out. Exchange the vacuum for a wet cloth. Wash down the insides of the vent. Exchange the cloth with a new one if it becomes visibly soiled. Use a dry cloth to remove excess water from the vent, then replace the grill. Repeat the steps with the rest of your home’s air vents, then turn back on your heating system’s power. If you notice any strange odors coming from your vents, contact a heating specialist for service. These problems may indicate that something is wrong with your heating system, such as an overheating blower motor. The vents connect to the home’s air ducts, which lead directly to your heating appliance. Odors can travel through the ducts and pass through the vents very easily. For more tips on how to get your air vents or heating appliance ready for Tulsa’s cold snaps, call an HVAC contractor, like Custom Services, for...

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