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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.

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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.

4 Signs That You Need a Furnace Replacement

4 Signs That You Need a Furnace Replacement

4 Signs That You Need a Furnace Replacement.

Our furnaces play a huge role in the comfort of our homes. During the winter, a furnace is essential to keeping the inside of your home warm and cozy. WIthout a properly functioning furnace, your home could be without heat. To ensure this doesn’t happen, it’s important to know when to replace your home’s furnace. Knowing what signs to look for can save you from cold winter days and nights. Below are four signs that you need a furnace replacement.

Reached Life Expectancy

A furnace typically runs effectively for 16 to 20 years. If you have a furnace that is on the cusp of 20 years, it might be time to schedule a furnace replacement service with your local HVAC company.

Frequency of Repairs

A furnace that is in good condition should not need repairs very frequently. Yes, it is normal for your furnace to require repairs from time to time, but if you are needing repairs every other week, it’s time to replace your existing furnace for a newer model.

Increase in Heating Bills

One of the most common signs that you need a furnace replacement is when your heating bills surge. As homeowners, we want to be able to save money on energy bills. With a furnace that is working too hard, it can cause your furnace to run more than it really should. If this happens, you need to consider a replacement.

Inconsistent Temperatures

Your furnace should be providing consistent heat throughout all rooms in your home. If it’s hot in one room but really cold in the other, you should call a technician for an inspection. This could be an issue that will only be resolved with a replacement.

If you need a furnace replacement in Franklin, NC, call Andrews Auld Heating and Cooling at 828-229-2727 today.

When to Replace the Air Conditioner in Your Home

When to Replace the Air Conditioner in Your Home

Signs You Need To Replace The Air Conditioner In Your Home.

Although air conditioner is quite the investment for your home, there will come a time when they will need to be replaced. But how exactly will homeowners know when to replace the air conditioner? Below are some signs to watch out for if you think your air conditioner is on the verge of replacement and you need to know when to replace the air conditioner.

Age of A/C

Typically, an air conditioner will only last ten years or fifteen years if it has been properly maintained. While you might not think your A/C needs to be replaced, if it’s older and needs more repairs, it’s probably time to upgrade.

Expensive Repairs

Repairs can be due to the age of the unit or because it hasn’t been well-kept, but regardless of why it needs repairs, the price of repairs will add up. It might be more beneficial to replace instead of funneling money into a unit that needs frequent repairs.

Air Conditioner Breaks Down Often

Why put up with an A/C unit that continually breaks down? Not only is it incredibly frustrating, but it’s expensive to keep investing money in the inevitable repairs it requires. Reduce expenses and stress with a replacement.

Not Efficient

We all want to save on energy costs, but that can be an issue when our air conditioners are operating properly. When an air conditioner is working harder than it should, but not putting out the temperatures you need to maintain coolness in your home, consider a replacement.

If you live in Franklin, NC and need air conditioner replacement, call Andrews Auld Heating & Cooling, Inc. today at 828-229-2727.

Not Doing These Things Could Cause Air Conditioner Failure

 As a homeowner, you already know that regular maintenance to your to home vital in its proper function. We occasionally check the seals around sinks and toilets, as well as roofs and gutters. However, few homeowners properly maintain their air conditioning system. Regular air conditioner maintenance will ensure that your home is cooled efficiently and properly.

Change the Filters

Air Conditioner Unit

The first step in air conditioner maintenance is replacing the filter. Air conditioner filters can come in multiple performance levels and can have a lifespan that ranges from one month to up to six months. Whichever filter you choose, stick to the change schedule provided on the label. When filters get dirty, they begin to block air from the system which causes the system to not blow properly.

 

Check Drains, Coils, and Downspouts

These features are usually found in the attic or at the control site of the system. When coils get dirty, the compressor will have to work harder, causing it to fail in some cases. Clogged drains and spouts can cause condensation to back up and ma7y cause water damage within the home.

 

Remove Surrounding Vegetation

Grass, weeds, or flowers too close to the air conditioner unit can cause the intake fan to not draw in enough air, causing the fan to be at risk of failure. Make sure to clear at least a two-foot circumference around the unit.

 

Check Your Thermostat

Behind the control panel of your thermostat is located a sensor that tells your air conditioning unit when and how long to run. If this sensor is out of place, or if the thermostat is faulty, your A/C unit could run much longer than needed or not run enough. Faulty thermostats can cause big leaps in energy costs.

 

Annual Professional Evaluation

Have your air conditioning system evaluated by a professional yearly to ensure that all wiring, ducts, and refrigerant levels are in working condition. Preventative professional air conditioner maintenance can catch problems before they become big issues.

 

Preventative air conditioner maintenance can help your system last longer and work effectively, keeping your energy cost down. Use this annual checklist to ensure your A/C unit is in the best condition possible.

When it’s time for your air conditioning maintenance in Franklin, NC, call Andrews Auld Heating & Cooling, Plumbing & Electrical at 828-229-2727.