August 24, 2015
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- week of August 17, 2815 - 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 10, 2015 - Help your AC be more efficient:
In addition to not using your oven or stove during the hottest part of the day, other major appliances such as dishwashers and dryers should be used in the cooler times of day.
Humidity causes your a/c to work harder, avoid steamy showers, baths, or boiling water for long periods of time
Whole-house fans help cool your home by pulling cool air through the house and exhausting warm air through the attic.
- week of August 3, 2015 - Did you know that 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 July 27, 2015 - Does your home have a CO detector? Your home 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 July 20, 2015 - Repair or Replace? The age of your HVAC system, its warranty and the number of problems the system has had are the most important factors to look at. Is your system still under warranty? A repair probably makes sense. Do you have a system that’s more than 10 years old and have you already had several repairs? Then replacement is probably a better decision.
- week of July 13, 2015 - Have you changed your HVAC filters lately? As hot as it has been lately your A/C system has been working overtime to keep up. Help it be more efficient by changing your filters every 30 days!
- week of July 6, 2015 - During the cooling season, keep the window coverings closed during the day to prevent solar gain:
• Opaque roller shades block 80 percent of the sun's heat.
• White Venetian blinds block 45 to 50 percent of the sun's heat.
• Awnings, sunscreens or overhangs reduce heat gain up to 90 percent.
- week of June 29, 2015 - Happy Birthday America! As we celebrate our freedom, let us not forget to thank all those who have fought for our country to give us this day. While our office will be closed on Friday, July 3rd and throughout the long holiday weekend; we will have technicians available to assist you with your emergency cooling needs. Please call 704.321.5207 and follow the prompts to leave a message for a technician to return your call. From our family to yours, we hope you have a wonderful holiday!
- week of June 22, 2015 - With temperatures forecasted to be in the high 90’s all week, help your AC be more efficient by:
- Not using your oven or stove or other major appliances such as dishwashers and dryers during the hottest part of the day.
- Humidity causes your a/c to work harder, avoid steamy showers, baths, or boiling water for long periods of time
- Keep lights off in unused rooms and your curtains and blinds closed during the day.
- week of June 15, 2015 - 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 8, 2015 - 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 1, 2015 - 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: http://www.mcclintockhvac.com/Current-Promotions/residential-surge-protector.aspx
- week of May 25, 2015 - Select energy-efficient products when you buy new heating and cooling equipment. If you are considering purchasing a new heating and air conditioning system, an energy-efficient model could save up to 50% on your utility bill for cooling.
- week of May 18, 2015 - 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 May 11, 2015 - 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 May 4, 2015 - 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.