Getting your AC system ready for summer: How to stay cool without going broke

Getting your AC system ready for summer: How to stay cool without going broke

We’ve had some crazy weather across the country this year.  But whether the seasons arrive when we expect them to, or whether they take their own sweet time, one thing is certain:  before you know it, hot temperatures will be here.  Is your home air conditioning system ready for the summer heat? Now is the time to check out your home air conditioning and ventilation system.  Obviously, you don’t want your AC to conk out right when you need it.  But there’s also this to consider:  A properly maintained AC unit will save you money while keeping you cool and comfortable. Checklist for keeping your AC at peak efficiency Change filters monthly The first step to ensuring that your AC is working at its best is to change the filters regularly.  In the spring and summer, it’s a good idea to change the filters every month.  When dirt and dust build up on the AC filters – which they can do very quickly with daily use – it puts a strain on the system, and may even lead to a breakdown.  Changing the filters often is much cheaper and easier! Get with the program In all likelihood, your home has a programmable thermostat.  If you’re not using it, you’re throwing money away.  By making adjustments to suit your schedule, and programming ideal temperatures for only those times when you are at home and awake, you can save big.  Why run your AC when you’re away, or asleep?  Programmable thermostats will bring the temperature back to ideal levels ahead of time, so when you return or wake up, your home...
The importance of yearly furnace inspections

The importance of yearly furnace inspections

The annual check-up you may be neglecting: The importance of yearly furnace inspections Maintenance and upkeep. Complex machines need both. We all understand how important it is to bring our cars in yearly, not just to change the oil, but to do a full tune-up and make sure everything’s running at peak performance. For that matter, most of us try to see the doctor annually, for the same reason. And we regularly perform anti-virus checks on our computers. But there’s an important machine in your home, one that’s vital to your health and your comfort, that you may be neglecting. That’s your furnace. Furnace manufacturers recommend annual inspections, but many people don’t pay attention, and that could cause serious headaches. If your furnace has problems, you have problems. No one wants to wake up on a cold winter morning, shivering, because the furnace is on the fritz. Still, you might be skeptical. Is it really necessary? A furnace doesn’t seem as complicated as a car. And can’t you just change the filter and be done with it? Well, it depends. How lucky do you feel? If your furnace does develop issues and you haven’t kept up with regular recommended maintenance, you face the possibility that repairs may not be covered under your warranty. And there’s a lot more to an annual furnace tune-up than merely changing the filter. A qualified contractor will ensure that your system is operating in a safe and efficient manner. Your Durham HVAC professional will check the vent systems for any blockage or leaks, including internal and external connections, and fresh air intake grills and...

Choosing your home HVAC: Why there’s no equal to TRANE

When you need to choose a home heating, ventilation and air conditioning system, things can get complicated fast. There are so many factors to consider, it can be overwhelming. But take care – this is not a decision to make lightly. The HVAC system you choose not only keeps you and your family warm in the winter and cool in the summer. It also protects you every single day. A reliable and quality HVAC system makes sure that the air you breathe is clean and safe, free from irritants and toxins. The HVAC is the heart and lungs of your house. Make sure to choose wisely. Luckily, once you realize how important your HVAC system is, your decision becomes simple. Choose Trane, and you’re on the right track. Trane has been in business for almost a century, and we are the recognized leader in quality home HVAC systems. Our residential heating, cooling and ventilation systems have consistently earned the highest ratings in customer satisfaction. We’re the most popular brand in North America, and for good reason. We’ve spent years designing the most efficient, reliable and durable systems on the market. When you install a Trane system, you’re not just getting the best – you’re getting peace of mind. For 90 years, Trane has been delivering the highest level of equipment and service. But don’t take our word for it. Consumer Digest, J.D. Power & Associates and various online ratings sites rate Trane as exceptional, and report our customer satisfaction as the best in the industry. Trane units have become almost legendary for continuing to operate despite extreme natural disasters....

Understanding HVAC Energy Efficiency Ratings

  As you search for new HVAC products, there can be a variety of acronyms, numbers and ratings, and if you’re not accustomed to the industry, it’s tough to know what they all represent. But understanding these HVAC energy efficiency ratings can help you shop smarter and compare and contrast products with the efficiency range you’re interested in. Note that baselines and minimum requirements vary by location, so a good rating for your aunt’s Hawaiian condo isn’t necessarily the same as a good rating for your home in . Here are the most prevalent HVAC energy efficiency ratings and what they mean: SEER – Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio The SEER rating measures the cooling efficiency of your air conditioner or heat pump. A higher rating means greater energy efficiency and more savings for your bank account and the environment. Across the U.S., residential cooling products available today have ratings of 13-23 SEER, although some houses may still have older products with as low as an 8 SEER rating. AFUE – Annual Fuel Utilization Efficiency AFUE measures how efficient a gas or oil furnace is in transforming its fuel’s energy into heat. With AFUE, the higher the rating, the better. For example, if your AFUE rating is 80%, it means that 20% of the furnace’s fuel is lost in the conversion. The less fuel is wasted, the more money you can save. The best rating would be 100% AFUE, although no products have yet been awarded a rating that high; today’s most energy efficient furnace has a 98.7% AFUE rating. HSPF – Heating Seasonal Performance Factor The HSPF judges the heating...

Top Reasons to Consider a Heating & Cooling Maintenance Plan.

Preventive maintenance for your heating and cooling system may be the most important aspect of maintaining your home. There is nothing worse than having the heating or air conditioning not work when it is needed most. Especially in the case of heat, the failure of doing appropriate service work on your heating system could result in extremely uncomfortable moments for your family – or worse. Here are the top 4 reasons why you should consider a maintenance agreement for your heating & cooling system:   Avoid untimely breakdowns.  You may be familiar with Murphy’s Law…. Chances are, when your furnace or heat pump is about to break down, it’s not going to give you fair warning or wait until it’s convenient for you. Why wait until the pilot light won’t go on? Emergency repairs are not only inconvenient, they can also be costly. Having an annual maintenance plan helps you avoid these emergencies by finding (and fixing) smaller issues before they get bigger and eventually take the system down.   Save money on energy bills.  Your gas or electric furnace, heat pump and air conditioner might be quietly costing you big bucks, without any indication there’s anything wrong.  Make sure your system is running efficiently with regular preventive maintenance and save money each month with lower heating and cooling bills. VIP Priority Service.  If your system happens to go down during a particularly busy time        (remember Murphy’s Law?) no worries. Your annual maintenance agreement with Hays heating and air entitles you to VIP treatment, and you get automatically moved to the top of the schedule. Less waiting around for you....