Extreme summer weather brings about a unique set of problems and comfort challenges. Here is some advice to help you not only stay cool and calm—but save money on energy costs too!
don’t be the last one to use Freon
Still hanging on to an old a/c system that uses Freon?* If you are, it’s going to be harder to hang on to your money! First, older, inefficient systems waste a lot of energy. Second, if you ever need to add more Freon to your air conditioner, it will cost you a small fortune.
Freon is becoming as rare as a rotary phone!
Because Freon is being phased out and replaced with refrigerant that is not harmful to the ozone layer, its price continues to skyrocket.
If you want to cut both high energy costs and Freon out of your life, please talk to us about your options in new systems. All the a/c systems we install today use an economical and environmentally friendly refrigerant — instead of wildly expensive Freon. You may also qualify for a tax credit when you upgrade your system.
give yourself some credit
Good news! The federal tax credit for new equipment that expired in 2014 has been extended through December 2016 — and kicks in retroactively through all of 2015.
This means that if you purchased qualifying high-efficiency heating, cooling or waterheating equipment in 2015 — or plan to do so this year — you can apply for a tax credit of up to $500.
If you had new equipment installed last year, check with your tax preparer to see if you qualify. And if you didn’t, you should consider updating your system this year so you can save money before the tax credit expires again.
Give us a call today to explore all of your options.
*Freon is a brand name for refrigerants, including the R-22 form used in older home air conditioners.
summer forecast: cool but clammy
When a home feels hot and humid, most people react the same way: they crank up the air conditioner. This may make the house feel cooler, but the air will still feel heavy and your skin will feel clammy because you haven’t eliminated the excess humidity.
Besides making you feel uncomfortable, too much moisture trapped in your indoor air encourages the growth of mold and mildew.
The solution is a whole-house dehumidifier, which can be installed directly into your ductwork. Your dehumidifier will operate quietly and discreetly to lower indoor humidity levels. There are no buckets to empty and only minimal maintenance.
Humidity is a common comfort problem during the summer — a problem we can solve for you with little disruption to your home and daily routine. Please call us today for details.
a healthy home starts with ductwork
A national survey recently revealed that the number one indoor air quality (IAQ) concern for homeowners was excessive dust.* The presence of airborne allergens, viruses or bacteria, and mold or mildew also caused worry.
In most cases, all of these problems can be traced to leaky ductwork. If you have a leak, your return ductwork (which takes the air inside the home back to your heating or cooling system) will draw air from places like garages, attics and crawl spaces. This can result in:
- Dust, mold and mildew spores being circulated throughout your home
- A loss of as much as 40% of the heated or cooled air moving through your home. This forces your system to work harder, and you end up paying more.
We can inspect your duct system to identify problem areas and seal leaks. In addition to gaining significant energy savings, you’ll be more comfortable. Well-sealed ductwork reduces allergens by ensuring that all conditioned air passes through filters. Sealed ducts also improve air circulation so temperatures are more even. Uneven temperatures are the most common complaint in homes where there are significant duct leaks!
see for yourself
Most air leaks occur at joints and seams in the ductwork. You can check for air leaks by holding a lit stick of incense around these areas when the blower fan is moving air through your ducts. If you see the smoke getting pulled in or pushed away from the duct, you’ve found a leak!
*Decision Analyst, 2013 American Home Comfort Study.
don’t leave home without it!
Whether you’re taking a short trip this summer or leaving for a long getaway, always make sure your cooling system is in good working order before you depart. The last thing you want is to return home and find that your equipment has malfunctioned, resulting in damage to your home. This can include water damage along with mold and mildew infestation.
Investing in a smart thermostat is one way of monitoring your home remotely while you’re away.
Besides scheduling your annual maintenance to head off problems, a wise move is to invest in a smart thermostat. This lets you monitor temperature and humidity levels inside your home while you’re away. If there is a problem, you can make arrangements with us to make repairs. We will do all that we can to resolve the situation so you can continue with your summer vacation plans.
Additionally, we suggest you have someone check your home regularly and as often as possible. Keep your vacation plans off social media too! It’s estimated that nearly 80% of burglars now use Facebook and Twitter to target their next break-in.