We've put together a list of hints and tips to ensure you're comfortable (and saving money) all year long! Choose the system below for which you'd like to see tips.
Keep outdoor unit clean - Thoroughly wash off with a hose any grass clippings, fallen leaves, and other debris on the outside of the condenser unit.
Ensure proper space around outside unit - Clear or cut back shrubs and bushes around the condenser outside since the sides of the unit require at least 12-18 inches of clearance for proper performance.
Replace your furnace or air handler filters on a regular basis - One of the biggest causes of system breakdowns and costly repair bills is the lack of regular filter changes and maintenance. Dirty filters restrict air flow, reducing efficiency and worse case, can cause even bigger problems. Disposable fiberglass filters should replaced. Electrostatic or electronic filters need to be cleaned regularly. This simple task will help a great deal!
Ensure proper flow through the system - Remove any obstructions in front of your air-return or supply grills such as furniture, boxes, etc.
Get routine maintenance - Much like your vehicle, your air conditioning and/or heating system needs to be serviced regularly (twice each year is the recommended minimum). This helps with things like:
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- Spotting minor problems before they become major system failures
- Keeping the overall system clean
- Lubrication of all moving parts
- Proper operation of each component
- Overall efficiency of the system (very important in system performance and energy use)
- If your air conditioner is ten years old or more, consider upgrading to a new high-efficiency system. Today, systems can save you 30-50% in energy costs, making the investment worthwhile.
Use a programmable thermostat
- These automatically raise and lower your temperature for set periods to save energy. Also, if you want to achieve a temperature change rather quickly, do not set the thermostat temperature lower than the desired temperature. The system cools at the same rate regardless of the temperature setting. At CARJON, we believe you deserve the absolute best in home comfort. We deliver it--guaranteed. There's a reason we have been awarded Highest Customer Satisfactionin all of New England four years in a row: We're serious about earning your business... and your trust.
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Set your thermostat lower
- Setting the thermostat a few degrees lower than you would normally will make a difference on your next heating bill.
Install a programmable thermostat
- These will automatically regulate the temperature in your home or office so little energy is wasted (e.g., higher temperature while you are awake and lower temperature during times you're often not around).
Keep heating vents unobstructed
- If you have a forced hot air system, it is important vents are not blocked by furniture, curtains, and other obstructions.
Close your chimney damper
- Heat is often lost through an open chimney. If the fireplace is being used, allow the fire to go out completely before closing the damper.
- Wear warm clothing and use blankets, as you will be able to keep the thermostat a few degrees lower without getting so cold!
Keep filters clean
- Forced hot-air furnace filters trap dust and other airborne particles, and need to be replaced or cleaned regularly. When filters become clogged, your system has to work harder to create heat, causing higher utility bills and shortening the life of the unit.
Get a Tune Up
- It is recommended your heating system is cleaned, inspected, and adjusted each year for maximum performance. Periodic tune-ups on your system ensure it is running at peak efficiciency and the life of the system is prolonged.
Install a new furnace
- Furnaces today are made to provide maximum energy efficiency. If you have a furnace that is 10+ years old, which is very inefficient and expensive to operate, consider a new high efficiency system. This will help reduce your utility bills a great deal!
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Indoor Air Quality
Control humidity levels
- Recommended levels for your home are between 30-50% relative humidity.
Replace/clean air filters regularly
- Ensure bathroom showers and cooking ranges are vented to the outside when in use
- Control excessively dry air or damp conditions by having a whole-house humidification, dehumidification, or ventilation system installed
- Not only will clean filters keep your system running at peak efficiency, they will also increase the quality of air passing through them.
Use safe cleaning products
- Most would not think of it, but cleaning products come with warnings for a reason: they contain toxic chemicals that are exposed to the indoor air when used. Alternatively, use non-toxic cleaners when possible. When you must use products that contain toxic chemicals, ventilate the room in which it is being used to ensure the fumes escape quickly.
Vacuum and dust
- One simple way to control the dust buildup in your home or workplace is to get rid of it (and often)! This will ensure that dust particles and those microscopic dustmites are kept to a minimum.
Deal with your pets
- Pets are a definite source of poor indoor air quality. There are ways to keep the air clean without getting rid of your best friends!
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- If you have pets that shed fur, keeping up with vacuuming the floors and furniture to keep pet dander to a minimum is a must
- Keep pets out of living areas and off of furniture if possible
- Cat litter can be a source of poor air quality - ensure it is kept clean in a room that can be closed off from the rest of the house