September 8, 2014
What problems can be caused by a too large or small system? An oversized system will cost more to install and because it will have a shorter run time, your home will experience improper humidity control and large temperature swings. However an undersized system will be constantly running so you will have higher energy costs, reduced comfort in your home and the system will have a shorter life.
- week of September 1, 2014 - Why is a load calculation important? A proper load calculation is the key to customizing your comfort solution. Experts agree - there is no other way to ensure your family’s comfort, health, and safety. ENERGY STAR says - A good contractor WILL NOT size your equipment solely on square footage or assume your existing equipment was sized properly.
- week of August 25, 2014 - Why can’t I just get a quote for a new system over the phone? There are many variables in system replacement; including the age of your current system, the size and the energy efficiency of your home, your current duct system and your lifestyle. The best recommendations for your home’s system replacement will come after a comfort consultant visits your home and is able to provide you with a custom design.
- week of August 18, 2014 - Does your home have a CO detector? Your should have a Carbon Monoxide monitor to alert you to harmful CO levels if you have a fuel-burning furnace, stove or other appliance in your home, or an attached garage. Read more about the dangers at our blog - http://www.mcclintockhvac.com/blog/preventing-detecting-carbon-monoxide
- week of August 11, 2014 - What is “Zoning” and can it help me be more comfortable?
Zoning is where “dampers” are used to direct heating and cooling from a single HVAC system to more than one area, as needed.
Multiple HVAC units, each serving a different area or floor are not zoned; they are completely independent systems.
Zoning your HVAC system can help save energy as well as make your home more comfortable. If you want to sleep in a cool bedroom at night, why should you have to cool the rest of your house, too? Bedrooms and living areas can be maintained at independent temperatures any time of day or night.
Discuss the possibility of “Zoning” your air conditioning system with your Heating and cooling professional.
- week of August 4, 2014 - Proper thermostat usage can save you money!
Avoid setting your thermostat at a colder setting than normal when you turn on your air conditioner. It will not cool your home any faster and could result in excessive cooling and, therefore, unnecessary expense.
Avoid placing lamps or TV sets near your air-conditioning thermostat. The thermostat senses heat from these appliances, which can cause the air conditioner to run longer than necessary.
Use a 7 day programmable thermostat to adjust your home’s temperature to be warmer when no one is home, everyone is sleeping or while everyone is inactive.
- Set your thermostat as high as comfortably possible in the summer. The smaller the difference between the indoor and outdoor temperatures, the lower your overall cooling bill will be.
- week of July 28, 2014 - Is R-22 Freon (refrigerant) still available? Yes, it is, but it is being phased out and that is causing it to become more expensive. Chemical manufacturers may still produce R-22 to service existing equipment until January 1, 2020. After that date, only the use of existing refrigerant, including refrigerant that has been recovered and recycled, will be allowed to service existing systems. For more information, visit the US Environmental Protection Agency web site. www.epa.gov
- week of July 21, 2014 - With all the thunder and lightning storms we have been experiencing, don't forget to protect your heating & air conditioning system with a system surge protector. People put surge protectors on their TVs, computers, appliances and small electronics... but often don't protect one of the most expensive pieces of equipment in your home...Your Heating and Cooling System - find out more at: www.mcclintockhvac.com /residential-surge-protector
- week of July 14, 2014 - The most common cause of frozen coils is the reduced airflow from dirty filters. Replace your filters at least every 30 days during the cooling season, and every 60 days during the rest of the year. Save yourself time and money by replacing your filters!
- week of July 7, 2014 - If you see an ice build-up on your outdoor unit during cooling season use the thermostat to turn the a/c off and the fan on. This will melt the ice and allow the technician work on your unit. Unfortunately if you unit is frozen, nothing can be done until it thaws.
- week of June 30, 2014 - Can I Put A Fence Around an Outdoor Unit? Yes, but if you decide to put a fence around the unit either to hide it or keep pets and children away from it, the fence should be placed at least two feet from the unit. A wide gate should be incorporated into the design to allow service personnel access. The fence should be designed to allow airflow through it. A solid fence could impede the flow of air to the A/C unit causing it to run more and be much less efficient.
- week of June 23, 2014 - Outdoor Units and Your Dog - your outdoor unit should not be accessible to your dog. Not only could they chew wires and drains causing expensive repairs, but dog urine has a very acidic content that eats away at aluminum, which is what your coil and fins are made of. Should a dog urinate on the unit, the fins and coil will start to deteriorate within a short length of time. If the unit is running at the time the dog urinates the urine will be sucked into the inside and swirled around causing faster deterioration. The eventual outcome is the replacement of the coil and fins or the entire unit.
- week of June 16, 2014 - It's going to be very hot this week, use fans with your AC to make your home more comfortable. Using a fan will create a "wind chill effect" that will make your home more comfortable and could allow you to raise the thermostat setting about 4°F with no reduction in comfort. Also, turn off fans when you leave the room. Remember that fans cool people, not rooms.
- week of June 9, 2014 - Did you know that ants and other bugs can cause your outdoor unit to stop working?
- week of June 2, 2014 - Have you changed your filter this month? A clean filter will prevent dust and dirt from building up on the system, which will not only help your system run better; it can prevent expensive repairs and early system failure.
- week of May 26, 2014 - Thank you to all current and former military personal for your service to our country
- week of May 19, 2014 - Ants and other bugs can cause your outdoor unit to stop working: Bugs love your outdoor unit, they can cause it to break down by getting in the contactor, which is a switch that brings your unit on, and causing it to short. Remove plants, leaves, even pine needles from around the unit and use bug spray frequently or use a barrier insecticide.
- week of May 12, 2014 - Have you checked your air filter lately? Make sure to check your filter every month, especially during heavy use in summer. If the filter looks dirty, change it. At a minimum, change the filter every 2 months. A dirty filter will slow down air flow and make the system work harder to keep you cool — wasting energy. A clean filter will also prevent dust and dirt from building up in the system — leading to expensive maintenance and/or early system failure.
- week of May 5, 2014 - Temperatures should be in the 90s this week, if you turn your A/C on and it doesn't work, try these tips before you call for emergency service; they could save you money and time.
- Check the thermostat to verify that it is working. If the thermostat screen is blank, check to see if it has batteries (some models do) and replace if necessary. If the screen is flashing a “code” write the information down and turn the system off then back on again so see if it “resets”.
- Check your breaker box to verify the breaker is on especially after a thunder and lightning storm.
- Check outdoor fuses or disconnect.
- week of April 28, 2014 - Is your home properly insulated? Make sure your home has the appropriate amount of insulation in walls, attics and crawl spaces. Insulation is just as important in the summer as it is during the winter since it helps keep warm air outside.
- week of Aptil 21, 2014 - Did you know that a whole house air cleaning system can help allergy sufferers? Recent studies show that the Trane CleanEffects, a whole-house air cleaner, removes more than 99 percent of dust, pollen, dander and other irritants from the filtered air in your home. This means that a Trane CleanEffects can be a powerful solution for helping battle allergies at home, where you and your family may be exposed to irritants that circulate in the air you breathe indoors.
- week of April 14, 2014 - We often get asked questions about duct cleaning. While we don't recommend it most cases due to the damage a poorly done job can do to a heating and a/c system, here is a good article on what to look for if a homeowner is considering the service - http://www.angieslist.com/articles/how-do-i-know-if-my-air-ducts-need-be-cleaned.htm
- week of April 7, 2014 - Have you changed your air filter lately? We have had several calls from folks whose system isn't working and when we arrive the system is frozen due to reduced airflow from dirty filters. Save yourself time and money by replacing your filters!