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Tech Tip for Better Air Conditioning Performance

To keep your air conditioner running at high efficiency, do these three things:

Tip 1: Change the filters monthly. You may not think it is dirty, but small particles are collected every minute and those clogs are making your unit work much harder to process the air.

Tip 2: Keep you outdoor unit free of debris so that air can easily circulate throughout your system.

Tip 3: Set your thermostat to one temperature and leave it there. Changing your setting by 10 or 15 degrees every hour or two is going to put undue strain on your entire A/C system and that will increase your energy bill.

We hope these useful tips help you save money and improve the efficiency of your cooling system.

Safety First!

Before embarking on a DIY project, it’s essential that you take the proper safety precautions.
Remember, if in doubt, always consult a professional. For your 24-hour heating & cooling problem, Albert HVAC is always ready to help.

Tip 1: When fixing or checking electrical appliances or connections, always switch off the power and remove the fuse or circuit breaker. If you’re fixing an electrical appliance, switch off the appliance at the socket and pull out the plug. Wear rubber-soled shoes when working on electrics.

Tip 2: Wear protective clothing including safety goggles, mask and gloves when working with potential hazards like chemicals.

Tip 3: Ladders are one of the main causes of DIY accidents. Erect the ladder according manufacturer’s instructions. Never lean to one side, as you could lose balance.

Tip 4: Don’t rush, as you’re more likely to have an accident. Carefully plan the job before you start work. Know your limitations and consult a professional if you are unsure.

Heating and Cooling Tips:

Heating and cooling your home uses more energy and costs more money than any other systems in your home—typically making up about 54% of your utility bill.

No matter what kind of heating and cooling system you have in your house, you can save money and increase your comfort by properly maintaining and upgrading your equipment. But remember, an energy-efficient furnace alone will not have as great an impact on your energy bills as using the whole-house approach. By combining proper equipment, maintenance and upgrades with recommended insulation, air sealing, and thermostat settings, you can cut your energy use for heating and cooling—and reduce environmental emissions—by 20%-50%.

Household Heating Systems: Although several different types of fuels are available to heat our homes, more than half of us use natural gas.

Tip 1: Set your programmable thermostat as low as is comfortable in the winter and as high as is comfortable in the summer, as well as when you’re sleeping or away from home.

Tip 2: Clean or replace filters on furnaces and air conditioners once a month or as recommended.

Tip 3: Clean warm air registers, baseboard heaters, and radiators as needed; make sure they’re not blocked by furniture, carpeting, or drapes.

Tip 4: Eliminate trapped air from hot water radiators once or twice a season; if unsure about how to perform this task, contact Albert HVAC for routine maintenance.

Tip 5: Place heat-resistant radiator reflectors between exterior walls and the radiators. Not sure how to do this? Contact Albert HVAC, we can help.

Tip 6: Turn off kitchen, bath, and other exhaust fans within 20 minutes after you are done cooking or bathing; when replacing exhaust fans, consider installing high-efficiency, low-noise models. Call Albert HVAC for a high-efficiency product recommendation and installation.

Tip 7: During winter, keep the draperies and shades on your south-facing windows open during the day to allow the sunlight to heat the cold windows.

Tip 8: During summer, keep the window coverings closed during the day to block the Sun’s heat.

Tip 9: Select energy-efficient products when you buy new heating and cooling equipment. Albert HVAC can help you understand the energy fact sheets for different types, models, and designs to help you compare energy usage so you make the best decision for your home.

STOP! DON’T JUST ADD REFRIGERANT TO AN AIR CONDITIONING SYSTEM

Without first finding and repairing a leak, this is a very dangerous practice. Yes, refrigerant levels are critical to your air conditioning system’s efficiency. But, refrigerants can be extremely dangerous if released into the atmosphere. The U.S. Clean Air Act mandates that refrigerants CANNOT be released into the air. Just one chlorine atom can destroy over 100,000 ozone molecules that protect us from global warming. That is why it is important to have a skilled, trained technician check, measure and put refrigerant into your system. Don’t do this yourself.

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