|Posted by Economy Air Heating & AC, LLC on February 9, 2018 at 3:10 PM|
When the weather outside is frightful, your trusty HVAC system makes the winter months bearable. But that comfort comes at a cost, and you could get a case of utility bill sticker shock after an especially cold month.
Keeping your home heating costs to a minimum doesn’t have to be complicated. Some of the most effective energy saving strategies are just simple household chores and good habits. We’ve compiled some of our favorites below, give them a try and look out for a difference in your next utility bill!
Lower the Thermostat
This one’s a no-brainer, but it belongs at the top of the list because it’s the simplest way to directly lower your home heating costs. According to the Department of Energy, you can save around 10% per year by lowering your thermostat 10 to 15 degrees for eight hours per day. If you do this while you sleep or are away at work, you’ll score savings without compromising comfort. Every degree counts.
Hand-in-hand with lowering your thermostat is getting technology that makes it easier to do that. We recommend upgrading to a programmable thermostat, or even better, a smart thermostat. Smart thermostats are part of the Internet of Things, and can be controlled from anywhere with a user-friendly smartphone app. Customize a heating schedule around your routine to start saving energy without being tied to your thermostat.
Get Your Annual Checkup
Your furnace should be tuned up every year, ideally before heating season starts. If you’re overdue for this essential maintenance, schedule your tune up without delay. A thorough furnace tune up includes several checks and adjustments that can make your furnace run more efficiently, and often makes it possible to catch and repair small problems before they can turn into expensive ordeals.
You can heat your home most effectively when there’s an unobstructed flow of air coming from your returns and vents. So to make sure nothing gets in your way, clean these vents routinely to remove dust and other debris. You should also make sure that none of your vents are blocked by furniture or other objects.
Your Biggest Fan
Ceiling fans aren’t just for summertime. Flip the directional switch so that your fan blades turn clockwise, and run the fans on low speed in occupied rooms. This will create an updraft that will gently circulate the warmest air, which lingers near the ceiling. Just don’t forget to turn the fans off when the last person leaves the room!
The sun gives away heat for free, even in the winter. So when it’s shining on your home, open the curtains and blinds on sun-facing windows to let those warming rays right into the room. Remember to close them again after sundown, though, to preserve that extra layer of insulation.
Wintertime doesn’t have to be uncomfortable or expensive. But if these simple hacks aren’t giving you the results you really want, give us a call for a consultation about other options. 334-524-5328
|Posted by Economy Air Heating & AC, LLC on January 24, 2018 at 8:40 PM|
"A flu shot for your home!" With flu season among us and at an all time high, right now your indoor air quality is crucial. Most people don’t realize that indoor air is often far more polluted than outdoor air. The air in your home contains contaminants such as viruses, bacteria, mold, mildew, and allergens. Some are only annoying, others can make you sick. Because air passes repeatedly through your HVAC system it is the ideal place for germs to multiply and spread throughout the house. Help protect your family from the flu and other contaminants by having a Reme Halo, or one of our other IAQ items installed in your home. Call us today for more information, 334-524-5328.
|Posted by Economy Air Heating & AC, LLC on June 23, 2017 at 1:55 PM|
One of the most common questions we are asked is, "Why is my air conditioner leaking water inside my home?" There are many reasons why this could be happening and we will discuss some of them, but first it is important to turn your thermostat to OFF to prevent any damage to the electrical components of your system and water damage to your home.
Why does water form in my air conditioners inside unit?
Part of the systems job is to pull humidity out of the air. The systems blower pulls the hot air through the return and blows the warm air over the cold evaporator coil to cool the air down. This causes condensation to form on the coil. The moisture them drips into the coils drain pan and down a PVC condensate drain line that leads out your home.
Here are a few reasons that can cause water to leak into your home:
Clogged condensate drain line
A clogged condensate drain line is the most common cause for water leaking from your air conditioning system inside your home. If the drain line gets clogged with dust, dirt, sludge, mold, bugs, etc, that water backs up into your home. In that case, you will need to unclog it or have a professional come and unclog it. There are multiple unclogging methods, like using a wet/dry vac on the condensate line. But if you want to ensure the line is cleaned out it is best to have a professional come and clean out the blockage.
Dirty air filter
A dirty air filter blocks airflow. When that happens, the evaporator coil gets too cold and freezes over. When it melts, it drips an excess amount of water that the pan may not be able to handle. Check your air filter to see if it’s dirty and change it if needed.
Similar to a dirty air filter, low refrigerant will cause the evaporator coil to freeze over. When the coil melts, water overflows the drain pan.
Damaged / Rusted drain pan
The drain pan may be damaged or rusted through, so water just leaks through. If this is the case you’ll need have your drain pan replaced.
These are just a few of many issues.
Need immediate help? Contact us online or call us at 334-524-5328 to schedule an appointment today.
|Posted by Economy Air Heating & AC, LLC on June 10, 2017 at 9:35 AM|
Why is it important to change your air filter?
As a homeowner it is important to keep up with your regular home maintenance. One of them being changing the air filter for your HVAC system regularly. When your air filter is dirty it can cause the system to be overworked and inefficient, which can result in problems and expenses. A system that has a dirty filter can suffer from pressure drop, which can lead to reduced air flow resulting in no air infiltration at all. Any of these conditions can cause your system to work harder trying to keep your home cool or warm. And any mechanical component that has to work harder to run efficiently puts undue stress on the system, which can lead to premature failure, resulting in repair or replacement. Changing your filter is simple and inexpensive, and can help prevent costly repairs.
What type of air filter should I use?
There are many different types of HVAC filters. Most are disposable and either pleated or non-pleated. They are made with a wide range of filter media, including fiberglass, polyester, paper, and synthetic non-woven materials designed to trap as much airborne debris as possible. It’s important to use the appropriate filter for your system, using the wrong filter that doesn’t fit the unit properly can create the same types of problems as having a dirty filter. Your HVAC technician can tell you the appropriate filter to use and show you where the filter goes and how to remove the old one and install a new one. Your unit may also have an affixed label with directions for easy filter replacement.
How Often should I change the air filter?
You should change your air filter at least every three months, but possibly more often. In many cases air filters will need to be changed once a month, especially if you run your system six months a year to year round, you have pets, you smoke inside, you have allergies or respiratory condition, you have a fireplace, etc.
Homeowners who take care of the easy task of changing their HVAC filter can help prevent system downtime and avoidable expenses, as well as keep their families living and breathing comfortably.