While running your furnace is typically less expensive than running your air conditioner, you still need to be eco-conscious about it. With everyone back in school, the house sits empty all day wasting energy and money that could be saved. And while you sleep, your house might be eating up those precious dollars you just earned at work. Often these money wasters happen without you knowing – until you see your next bill!
You have your HVAC system tuned-up in the spring and fall, but that does not mean it will not require additional maintenance after working hard all summer long. In fact, now is the prime time to service your home’s heating and cooling.
Your home will soon transition from the cooling season to the heating season, so you can prep the furnace and then tackle any undone air conditioner maintenance before the transition occurs.
Once summer is in full swing, you might find that your air conditioner is operating all day without much of a break. Summer brings on the higher energy costs too, which means you spend more on utilities than you might like.
Every time your air conditioner kicks in, you don’t want to feel your bank account draining. Your air conditioner accounts for almost half of your home’s energy use. Therefore, see what you can do this summer to lessen the financial impact of staying comfortable at home.
When you start shopping for a new air conditioner system, you will see many terms that might be unfamiliar. One number that might stick out is that of the SEER or Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio. Before you can determine what a good rating is, you must first understand what it means for your home and overall energy efficiency.
Air conditioners today come in various sizes, makes, and models. When choosing a new central air conditioner, you must consider the cooling space – number of rooms and square footage of your home – to select the appropriately sized unit. A unit that is too big or too small will cost you more than necessary. Since energy-efficiency is critical for cost savings, it’s important to get the right size the first time.
Tips to Decide if it’s the Right Time for a Replacement
Purchasing a new air conditioner is a significant investment, but a good one for your home. Deciding whether your existing AC unit is ready for replacement or has a few more years to give may be one of the more watchful decisions you will make regarding your home maintenance and upkeep.
After all, you do not want to risk it breaking down, but also don’t want to spend money prematurely. The cost of continuing to repair and maintain the old unit might push you toward replacement, as well as the long-term savings on utility bills with a new system.
Even after working for years without issue, your air conditioning system might one day stop generating cold air or stop blowing any air altogether. Being familiar with the common issues and repairs performed on AC units, will help you have a better idea of what might be wrong. Because it is best to leave the diagnostics to a professional, contact us at Bi-County Inc when trouble arises. Our trained HVAC technicians are familiar with these common issues, repair them on a daily basis, and can preserve your air conditioner’s warranty.
Some common problems and repairs performed on air conditioners include:
Upgrading to a new air conditioner is a major investment for your home, but also an exciting one. When you upgrade, you could improve energy-efficiency and increase the comfort of your home during the spring and summer.
A new air conditioner system will last in your home 10 to 15 years; therefore, you want to take your time picking out the right model, brand, size and type of unit.
Summer isn’t officially here quite yet… But with the rising temperature, some of you are probably already thinking about using your cooling system. An air conditioner is your best defense against sweltering temperatures and with the summer heat, you may need to run it around-the-clock to stay comfortable. At that point, the last thing you want to find out is that your air conditioner doesn’t work! So you need to prepare your system ahead of time to make sure it is ready for the increased workload.
Understanding When It May Be Time for a Furnace Replacement
Unexpected loud noises, bad odors and vibrations in your home are more obvious and easy to spot symptoms that your furnace may be damaged or dying. However small changes over time, especially those that impact our own behavior, can be a lot more difficult to identify.
Be aware of these changes in your personal behavior that may be evidence of an unhealthy furnace:
Thermostat Awareness – If your old routine of adjusting the thermostat before bedtime has become a constant battle to control the comfort of different rooms, it could mean that your furnace is in need of attention. Schedule an inspection with our team of professionals to rule out technical difficulties before assuming the worst.
Increased Dryness – If dry, itchy skin or burning eyes and dry noses have become a seasonal reality for your family, take a look at your furnace. Poor circulation can result in a lack of moisture, especially during the dry chill of the winter season.
Frequent Dusting – A poorly operating or declining furnace can also lead to the rapid buildup of dust and debris. If you find you are dusting a lot more frequently, the age and performance of your furnace might be a contributing factor.
Illness Symptoms – Consider your indoor environment and furnace if you or someone you live with suffers from headaches or nausea on a regular basis. Cracks in the heat exchanger can lead to leaks that can cause serious health problems with extended exposure.
Bi-County Inc. will provide a free estimate for furnace inspections, maintenance work, repairs, and replacement in Doylestown, Chalfont and the surrounding areas in Bucks and Montgomery County, PA. Contact us online or call 215-822-0515 today!