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Energy Efficiency

A New HVAC Can Improve Energy Efficiency.

Throughout certain times of the year, most people put their HVAC to work on heavy labor. On the hottest and coldest of days, we count on these devices to provide for our comfort. When the monthly energy bill arrives, however, you might suffer from sticker shock. All that usage demands an exceptional amount of energy, which results in higher bills. As a matter of fact, the average American household’s HVAC usage accounts for nearly 50 percent of their energy bill. At Andrews Auld Heating & Cooling, Inc., we offer clients solutions for HVAC energy efficiency.

Easy Ways to Increase Energy Efficiency

If you’re tired of high prices and want a lower energy bill, the time has come to explore some energy-saving options. The following strategies are simple to implement, but collectively can make for a vast improvement in your home’s energy efficiency.

  • Lower Your Water Heater’s Thermostat to 120 Degrees or Less
  • Hire a Contractor for Leak Detection, and Fix Your Leaky Roof, Piping, or Faucets
  • Limit Your Use of the Oven, and Cook on the Stovetop or with a Toaster Oven
  • Only Run Your HVAC in the Evenings
  • Replace All of Your HVAC Filters
  • Turn Off Ceiling Fans When You’re Not at Home
  • Set Your Fridge’s Thermostat No Lower than 37 Degrees, and Your Freezer to 5 Degrees.
  • Clean the Coils of Your AC and Refridgerator
  • Plant Some Trees
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Skylights Can Also Help with Energy Efficiency.

All of these activities will contribute to a lower energy bill. For a major impact, however, you need to address the system that creates the highest demand: your HVAC. If your HVAC is 10 years old or more, then it likely wastes a lot of energy. A new, energy efficient HVAC can save you a great deal, and even pay for itself over time. If this solution exists outside your budget, there exist other ways to save money on your heating and cooling, including HVAC maintenance. Scheduled annual AC and heating maintenance from a professional team can optimize the performance of your existing HVAC for lower energy bills.

We Offer Cost-Effective HVAC Solutions

At Andrews Auld Heating & Cooling, Inc., we are your source for an energy efficient HVAC. Of course, there exist many ways to lower your energy usage aside from those above. For example, skylights can provide natural light as a way to lower your energy usage in the daytime. For any work with your HVAC, however, trust our team of experts. We’re your local solution for HVAC energy efficiency in Franklin, NC, and we’re available for your service at (828) 229-2727.

Getting the Most From Your Outdoor Lighting

When you decide that your property could use more outdoor lighting, you may be surprised to discover all the options available. While many types of outdoor lighting are available in solar forms that are easily installed, these setups can quickly wear out and are easily damaged. For long-term outdoor lighting, permanent electrical systems are always best.

We Deliver Real Options For Your Home.

Our Pros Can Help You Identify the Ideal Outdoor Lighting for Your Home.

Uplights and Tree Lighting

As we’ve seen in many yards, uplights sit close to the ground and shine upward onto the home to provide a beam effect up the home. These lights provide an elegant appearance and offer sufficient lighting in hard to reach areas like flower beds. Tree lighting uses the same lights, only directed up a tree trunk instead. While these lights are typically durable and long-lasting, they require substantial digging to bury lines.

Spotlights and Security Lights

As these types suggest, they provide a bright light down into the yard for maximum visual quality. While these models aren’t considered to be the most stylish option, they provide enhanced motion security as well as ideal lighting for outdoor activities.

Accent and Walkway Lighting

When just a splash of light is ideal, these smaller lighting systems provide accent lighting throughout your property and are available in multiple designs and styles. In fact, these light systems can protrude from the ground or be flush to provide the ultimate appearance. However, keep in mind that these lights require buried lines as well, so the further out from the home, the more costly the installation will most likely be.

When you are ready to add lighting to your home’s exterior, the Andrews Auld Heating & Cooling, Inc. experts are here to help. Whether you know exactly what type of lighting yo9u’re looking for or you aren’t sure exactly what you want, the Andrews Auld Heating & Cooling, Inc. experts can provide the advice and guidance you need to make the best choice for your home. Call us today at (828) 229-2727 for more information.

Get Smart With Your HVAC Inspections

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Simple Maintenance Often Prevents Expensive Repairs. Why Spend More Later On?

It’s easy to forget about your HVAC system, unless it stops working altogether. Most homeowners don’t even schedule HVAC inspections until they have a crisis on their hands. However, if you’re clever enough, you could potentially save thousands of dollars over the lifetime of your system using these three inspection tips.

Smart Tip #1: Ask the Right Questions

Most homeowners don’t think beyond “How Much?” This is a real tragedy, because inspections are the perfect time to take advantage of your repairman’s knowledge. Start asking questions like “How can I make my HVAC system more energy efficient?” or “What type of heating unit would you recommend when my current one needs replacement?” What you’re searching for is savings, whether that may come from a simple repair now, or an upgraded system later.

Smart Tip #2: Get Another Expert Opinion

Too many homeowners get taken advantage of because they don’t take the time to examine their options. With a second opinion, you might discover a $2000 repair really only needs a $200 part replacement. For every hardworking, honest repairman, there’s another shady salesman looking to make a buck using unneeded work. Plan ahead so that you’ll have options. Speaking of options…

Smart Tip #3: Don’t Wait for Emergencies

It’s a common, but costly habit to neglect HVAC inspections until an emergency pops up (often in the middle of the summer). Doing this drives homeowners into making uninformed, expensive purchases that could be avoided altogether with basic planning. Inspections aren’t even expensive; some companies will even do them for free! Just remember: it’s easier to pay a small amount for repairs now than it is to let an emergency rob your savings.

If you’d like to learn more ways to save, or if you’d like to schedule one of our HVAC inspections, we’d be happy to help! You can call our team at (828) 229-2727.

3 Energy-Efficient Ways to Upgrade Your Duct System

Old Duct System

Air Duct Cracks and Splits Can Account for Over 30% of Your HVAC System’s Energy Uses.

Did you know that cracked and leaky ducts is one of the top sources of energy-waste in your home? The U.S. Department of Energy states that, “Duct losses can account for more than 30% of energy consumption for space conditioning, especially if the ducts are in an unconditioned space such as an attic.” Considering the fact that your A/C system consumes almost half of the energy your home uses each day, those duct losses can get expensive quickly. Thankfully, there are new energy-saving ways to replace your aging duct system. Here are three of the best on the market.

Mini-Ducts: Smaller is Better

What’s so great about mini-ducts, is that you can use them to expand your existing duct work, or just completely replace your old system. Mini-ducts, as the name suggests, utilize much smaller tubing to distribute air quickly throughout your home. Little space is required to install this very durable tubing, making it a perfect way to take back some space in your home.

Mini-Split HVAC System: Going Ductless

One of the simplest ways to avoid duct losses is to get rid of all the ducts. Mini-split systems utilize wall mounted technology to offer air conditioning without the need for an expansive duct system. Consumers that choose this system can enjoy customizable temperatures from room to room, making it a wonderful way for hot and cold-nature people to stay comfortable.

Radiant Heating/Cooling: From the Ground Up

This system is perfect for new housing or homeowners looking to renovate. Radiant HVAC systems are installed beneath the floor and walls; they use the natural rise of heat to cycle air throughout each room. Some radiant systems have temperature controls to alter temperatures in separate rooms. While this system has a higher starting price, the energy savings are enormous.

Which system might work best for your home? For more information about replacing your duct system, talk to one of our experts at Andrews Auld Heating & Cooling, Inc.. Call(828) 229-2727.

4 Tips for a Better Performing A/C

As a homeowner, you probably already know that your air conditioner requires a certain amount of maintenance in the Spring and Summer including checking your refrigerant levels, inspecting your unit, and assessing your components’ condition. While these tasks are imperative to the operation of your unit, there are other, less thought of points that can boost your air conditioner performance levels, leaving you with lower energy bills.

We Can Help You Find Ways to Minimize Your Energy Use.

Keeping Your Air Conditioner Performance at its Highest Will Help Reduce Your Energy Costs.

 

Check Your Outdoor Unit for Debris

While you may have your unit checked regularly to ensure proper air conditioner performance, check it at least weekly for fallen debris such as leaves, dirt, or small branches that can inhibit the fan from working at its best.

Inspect Your Insulation and Pipes

As time goes by, your home’s insulation can begin to separate or weaken. Inspect your attic’s insulation for bare spots or weak or wet spaces that can cause warm air penetration and could be signs of more serious problems such as roof or plumbing leaks. Check your pipes for signs of damage that can cause refrigerant and cold air leaks, lessening your A/C’s cooling power.

Duct Checks

Inspect your duct system for dust build up, cuts, or other damages that can inhibit the distribution of your cool air. Ensure your ducts are free-flowing and not kinked or blocked by boxes or other debris. Repair any slits, cuts, or abrasions in your ducts to keep cool air where it should be.

Filter and Vent Care

Change your filters and clean the surface of your vents regularly to promote optimal air flow and keep your A/C cooling at its best. Clogged air filters can inhibit the production of cool air in your home, and dirty or dusty air filters can set your air distribution off-kilter, leading to uneven air flow.

If your energy bills are higher than you would like, try these tips to get the most from your A/C system. To learn more about how to keep your air conditioner working optimally or to learn more ways to boost air conditioner performance to save on cooling costs, call the Andrews Auld Heating & Cooling, Inc. experts at (828) 229-2727 to schedule a consultation.

How to Tell You Have a Water Line Leak

A water line leak is not something that happens too often unless you live in a little older of a home. This is also not something most people ever think about. Your water lines are buried underground all over your yard and under your house. Because of this, if they become damaged or even break, you may not know for a while. If this does happen, you will start to notice a few signs if you are paying attention.

Signs of a Water Line Leak

Wet Spot – If you have noticed a wet spot in your yard, only in one spot, you may have a water line leak. Don’t immediately jump to that conclusion though. You should first, look around your yard. Make sure that no water was left on, how big the spot of water is, and if there are others just like it around the yard. If there are wet spots all over, it probably isn’t a leak, but something else.

Higher Water Bill – You know your water bill better than anyone else. If it starts to get higher and higher over a very short period of time, there are a few things you can do. The first one is to check and make sure nothing is your house is leaking. Sometimes there are sinks that have leaky faucets and we don’t have a clue until the $400 water bill rolls in. Talk about a surprise! If you find though that you do not have any noticable leaks, it is time to call a plumber out.

If you have noticed any of these signs, you should call our plumbers at Andrews Auld Heating & Cooling, Inc. at (828) 229-2727 and have someone out to your home right away. Water line leaks are very frustrating and can cause a lot of damage under your yard and home.

More Ways to Warm Up Your Home

Having talked about this before in another blog, we’ve come up with a few more ways to keep warm this winter without running your heater all day. There are a few extra things you can do that will help warm you up. We, of course, don’t want you to be uncomfortable just to save some money, but if you need to, we have the tips for it.

 

Layer Up – If you just can’t stand to turn that heater switch to on, grab a coat. By layering up in warm socks and a sweatshirt, you can warm yourself up in your home. If you are spending the night in watching tv, throw an extra layer of clothes on, a blanket, and cuddle up on the couch. This will help keep you warmer and not have to mess with the temperature of the house.

 

Use Your Oven – If you are in the mood for some cookies, there’s no better time to fire up the oven then when it’s cold outside. It will warm up the house and you will get a yummy treat out of it.

Turn Your Heater Off While You clean – If you must turn the heater on, it would be smart to turn it off while you are doing active activities like a home workout or cleaning. Your body will get warmed up while you are doing these activities anyway so use this time to warm yourself up a bit and turn the heater off.

These tips can help save you money here and there on cold days. If you need help with your thermostat or have a heating problem, give Andrews Auld Heating & Cooling, Inc. a call at __PHONE__.

3 Ways to Keep Your Heating Bill Low in the Winter

 

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Keep Warm This Winter by Utilizing Your Fireplace to Conserve Energy.

 

When the air starts to get colder and the temperatures on your thermostat find themselves rising, you will find that your bill will start rising too. Fortunately, there are several things you can do inside your home to keep that bill low and your temperatures high. 

3 simple ways to warm up your home

Get out of the dark: It is important that you open up your blinds or curtains during those sunny parts of the day. When you close off your windows to light, those parts of the home will naturally become colder. If you have trees or bushes blocking the windows, think about giving them a quick cutdown to let more light into your home.

Turn your heater off: Obviously, this one will keep your bill low because you won’t have anything on, but keeping your heater off is not exactly what we mean. During the times you are not home, try turning your heater off or even down to somewhere around 65 or 70 degrees. It may be cold when you get home, but as soon as you are in the door, it won’t take long for the house to heat back up to whatever temperature keeps you comfortable. In the meantime, you have saved all that energy while you were out.

Light a fire: This will work great if you have a wood burning fireplace, but not so much if you don’t. Consider lighting a fire and hanging out in that room until it is time to go to bed or leave. If you do not have a fireplace, consider a space heater. It is easy to plug in and can be moved to whatever location you are at.

The winter can be a hard time of year to keep warm, but it doesn’t have to be if you follow a few of these tips. If you do need to turn your heater on or get it back to working order, you can call us at (828) 229-2727 and we will be happy to get you scheduled for an appointment. We want to help keep your bill low and our quality high. 

When To Replace Your Air Filters

As a homeowner, you certainly have a long list of responsibilities when it comes to caring for your home. Among those responsibilities, it can be easy to forget about your air filters, but these play an important role in not only the cleanliness of your home, but also the air quality. In fact, a dirty air filter can actually place a large amount of strain on your air conditioner’s function as well. Today we will discuss a few ways you can determine when your air filters need to be changed, according to your home and your lifestyle.

Every 90 Days

Air Filters

How Clean Are Your Air Filters?

In a best case scenario, every 90 days is a great rule of thumb. A best case scenario in air filter terms, is a house with no pets or children, no smokers, closed windows 24/7, and a consistent cleaning regimen. In these conditions, your air filters should function optimally for about 3 months.

Every 60 Days

If your home is free from pets and children, but you do enjoy having your windows open on a regular basis, 60 days is a better amount of time to aim for between filter changes. While screens should prevent insects and critters from finding their way in, pollen, dust, and dirt will still have the opportunity to circulate in your home, and get trapped in your filters.

Every 30 Days

If you are a smoker, or if you have pets or children, you’re going to want to change your filters as often as every month. Smoke can cling to clothes and furniture, as well as your air filter. Additionally, children and pets have a reputation for enjoying the outdoors, and often bring some of that outdoor back inside with them. Pets also release large amounts of hair and dander, which can lead to clogged filters.

If you’d like to learn more, or if you need assistance with your next filter change, give us a call today at (828) 229-2727! We are heating and cooling professionals, and we look forward to serving you!

Benefits of a Dehumidifier

Your air conditioner does a lot to make your home more comfortable. If the humidity levels in your home are high, you AC has to work double hard to control the room temperature and remove moisture. Why not give your AC a break and get a dehumidifier for your home? Andrews Auld Heating & Cooling, Inc. offers services to install dehumidifiers and other cooling accessories. Give us a call at 828-229-2727.

What Will a Dehumidifier Do For Your Home?

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A Dehumidifier Proivides Many Benefits for Your Home.

Aside from lower humidity levels in your home, there are many benefits you can experience from having a dehumidifier. Some of these benefits will positively impact your overall health.

No More Mold
Mold and mildew thrive in moist environments. When you remove the moisture in your home, you lower the chance of mold or mildew growth.

Eliminate Odors
Along with preventing mold growth, a dehumidifier will limit musty smells in your home. These smells are typically associated with mold, mildew or rust caused by excessive moisture.

Food Stays Fresher
Without the extra moisture in the air, foods like cereal, bread, crackers and chips will stay fresher longer. This will save you money at the grocery store.

Better Air Quality
Dehumidifiers eliminate dust and dust mites in the air. This means that you will be able to breath better in your home. This is especially good news for people who suffer from asthma or allergies.

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If you’re interested in installing a dehumidifier in your home, contact our office at 828-229-2727 to set up the appointment.