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5 Tips For An Efficient Air Conditioner This Summer


As you get ready to crank your air conditioner this summer, ensure the system is working as efficiently as possible. There are many maintenance tricks that keep this important appliance operating in a way that won’t make you weep when you get your monthly utility bills. Keep your energy costs and your carbon footprint low this summer with these helpful practices:

Take Advantage Of Ceiling Fans

Turn on every ceiling fan in your home to help your ac unit work a little less. Ceiling fans don’t cost much to operate and keep the air throughout your home circulating so your air conditioning system does not have to use lots of energy to maintain a comfortable residence. Floor fans help as well. Depending on where you live, you may be able to use the fans only at night and give the system a rest.

Clean The Air Filter Regularly

Check and clean your system’s air filter about once a month and replace it as per your manufacturer’s guidelines. Air filters clogged with dirt, dust, and other debris seriously impede airflow to slow down air circulation and make your unit work extra hard. If you are not sure if the filter is dirty, hold it up to the light. Dirty filters do not let any light stream through.

Ensure Your Home Is Well-Sealed

Perform an air leak audit around your home, as any gaps, cracks, crevices, and holes allow cool air to escape into the summer heat. Use weather-stripping materials, caulk, and insulation as necessary to seal your home against air leaks. Not only will you enjoy a more efficient, comfortable residence year-round, you will also help prevent insects and vermin from becoming unwelcome guests.

Keep The Area Around The Unit Clean

Ensure the area around your outdoor unit is clear of leaves, brush, and other debris that can make it run hotter and increase your energy bills. Trim tree branches as well to create at least five feet of air space, and make certain there are not any shrubs encroaching on the unit. If the system is under direct sun, consider installing some type of canopy or awning over it to protect it from extreme heat and efficiency issues.

Ventilate Your Attic

Ventilate your attic if you haven’t already to lower your home’s internal temperature and give your air conditioner a break. Well-ventilated attics also prevent ice dams in the winter because hot air escapes your home instead of melting roof snow.


Give your air conditioner even more love with maintenance and repair services from Precise Air Systems.

5 Reasons To Consider A Ductless Heating & Cooling System Today


If your current HVAC system is nearing the end of its working life, consider the benefits of “going ductless.” Ductless heating and cooling systems offer several key benefits contributing to more functional, efficient, and comfortable homes. Learn about these benefits before reviewing options with your HVAC contractor.

  1. They Save Space

Ductless heating and cooling systems take up little space compared to their traditional counterparts. Most can be mounted to exterior walls to save floor space in basements once occupied by bulky furnaces. Use the extra space in your basement for anything you want, such as creating a craft or home gym area. Ductless HVAC systems also require less time to install than traditional options, with most operational in a day.

  1. They Save Money

These systems allow you to create temperature “zones” within your home instead of heating or cooling the entire space and subsequently unoccupied rooms such as dining rooms or guest bedrooms. This improves efficiency to reduce monthly energy bills as well as your carbon footprint. Ductless systems are also ideal for heating and cooling additions, such as in-law suites, garage apartments, and sunrooms.

  1. They Improve Home Comfort

Because you heat or cool the rooms you use most, you won’t have to pile on the hoodies and blankets in the winter or strip down in the summer just to feel comfortable in your own home. Heat and cool each space exactly as much as you would like to enjoy your home instead of being distracted by how uncomfortable you feel. Ductless HVAC systems are also quiet to further improve home comfort because the space becomes more peaceful.

  1. They Are Easy To Use

In addition to quick and easy installation, ductless systems are easy to use. They come with controls allowing you to adjust the temperature, something particularly helpful if you are snug in bed or comfortable on the couch. Instead of getting up to manually increase or decrease the temperature, simply press a button.

  1. They Improve Indoor Air Quality

Traditional air ducts require cleaning on a routine basis so you are not circulating dust throughout your home and causing allergy and asthma flare-ups. Dust contains innumerable contaminants such as dust mites, pollen, animal dander, insect remains, mold and mildew spores, and vermin excrement to irritate the eyes, noses, throats, and lungs of household members. Even ducts that receive regular cleaning still get dusty and lower indoor air quality, a problem ductless systems eliminate for easier, healthier breathing.


Get the ductless HVAC system perfect for your home at Precise Air Systems today!

5 Pollutants & Allergens Air Quality Systems Remove


Indoor air pollution is a problem for many homeowners due to the wide variety of allergens and contaminants floating around. Air quality systems remove these contaminants; however, how many and what allergens they eliminate depends on what system you use. Electronic air filters remove smaller particles via ionization, while mechanical cleaners remove larger particles that result in respiratory issues. UV filters kill organisms found in ductwork. Take a moment to learn about the pollutants air filters remove from your home for a cleaner, healthier indoor environment.

Mold

Mold spores collecting in your ductwork and other damp, dark sections of your home cause asthma and allergy flare-ups among other health problems without proper cleaning and air filtration. Toxic black mold is especially hazardous to health and can cause watery eyes, itchy skin, headaches, digestive problems, sinus infections, stuffy nose, sneezing, and coughing. More serious symptoms include chronic headaches, vomiting, diarrhea, weight loss, and hair loss.  

Animal Dander

The dander shedding from the skin of furry friends, unfortunately, contributes to allergy flare-ups such as sneezing, watery eyes, and blotchy skin. Air filtration systems extract dander particles from the air, something especially important if you have multiple cats and dogs in your home.

Pollen

Pollen enters homes through windows and doors, coating assorted surfaces and causing hay fever among other allergy symptoms. Sinus pressure, scratchy throat, watery eyes, and swollen, bluish skin behind the eyes are some of the symptoms resulting from high pollen count in the home.

Gaseous Pollutants

Cigarette smoke makes the air in your home smell stale in addition to contributing to asthma and allergy problems. Depending on the air filter you purchase, it may filter smoke and other gaseous pollutants, including those that enter the home when the windows and doors are open. Pesticides and insecticides are some of the most common examples of these pollutants. Off-gassing chemicals in your home are also removable with the right air system, including those from paints, solvents, and paint thinners. All can cause eye, nose, and throat irritation, as well as headaches and other health issues.

Dust

Dust alone contains innumerable contaminants. It collects insect remains, mildew and mold, animal dander, vermin excrement, dirt, chemical cleaners, and pollen. Dust also features dust mites or microscopic organisms that cause just as many allergy and asthma problems as dust itself. Air filters extract dust particles from the air to help you and your family breathe easier.


If an air quality system is right for your home, find what you need at Precise Air Systems today.

Do’s & Don’ts Of Wintertime HVAC Maintenance

Your HVAC system works especially hard when the weather outside is frightful, making a little TLC extra important. Keep your system working at an optimal level throughout the coldest months of the year with a few essential do’s and don’ts. These tips will prevent energy bills that make your wallet weep, as well as premature system failures and replacements. Read on, and save your system.

Do: Clean The Filters

Clean your air filters regularly to avoid airflow restrictions that cause the system to work extra hard…and increase your energy bills. Check and clean the filter every month and replace it as necessary. Filter longevity is based mainly on thickness, so refer to your manufacturer’s instructions if you have questions about the cleaning/replacement schedule.

Don’t: Forget About Your Thermostat

Get in the habit of checking your thermostat before you leave for the day and go to bed. Keeping your thermostat up when no one is home or everyone is sleep is a waste of energy that also contributes to dirty filters and premature system wear. If remembering to look at the thermostat is an issue, leave notes or consider a programmable thermostat installation.

Do: Keep Flammable Items AWAY From The System

Ensure everything that could possibly catch fire is nowhere near your HVAC system. This includes all paper products, fabrics and clothing, and holiday decorations. Maintain a distance of at least five feet around the entire system, and keep flammable objects away from your radiators for the same reasons.

Don’t: Skip Register & Vent Cleaning

Walk around your home with a dust rag and non-toxic cleaning solution to clean every vent and register. These things get coated with dust and other debris easily, again restricting airflow and increasing your utility bills. Clean vents promote healthy indoor air to reduce allergy symptoms among your family members.

Make certain the registers are not blocked by area rugs as well.

Do: Schedule A Professional Inspection Every Year

Have your local HVAC maintenance company inspect your system every year before winter sets in. Annual inspections check the system for potential and actual problems to make repairs before they become severe and costly. Routine inspections keep any issues from worsening to prolong the life of this important system and subsequently save money over time.

Schedule HVAC services with Precise Air Systems to keep your heating and cooling components in excellent condition this winter and beyond.  

3 Common HVAC Problems During Winter

As much as you may have prepared your HVAC system for winter, there’s always the possibility of problems arising. The chilly weather can destroy the best of intentions to keep up on maintenance and the sturdiest of parts of your home.

 

Some of the most common issues we see on heating and cooling systems during winter can often be avoided, but occasionally there’s just nothing to stand between you and an HVAC disaster. That’s when repair companies like Precise Air Systems come in.

 

But, to avoid the top heating and cooling mishaps during wintertime, familiarize yourself with what usually goes wrong. Then, you’ll be in a better position to make the best decisions for your system and your home.

 

  1. Frozen Pipes

 

Frozen pipes are one of the most common HVAC problems that plague homeowners. When the temperatures plunge, ice accumulates on coils and pipes. This can cause pipes to freeze over completely and stop functioning entirely.

 

Steam radiators and hydraulic hot water systems often fail when water ceases to flow through pipes. This can lead to more than just frustration for a homeowner. It can cause pipes to burst (which means a huge repair bill) due to pressure build up.

 

  1. Heat Pump Malfunction

 

Many homes depend on outside heat pumps for warmth. This means that frigid temperatures and winds may damage essential heating components. In order for an exterior heat pump to function optimally, you should be aware of potential hazards like broken or compromised coils and fan motors.

 

Heat pumps have to be clear of frost to work correctly, which means you should have an automatic defrost function on your unit. This will melt ice before it forms into thick layers that ruin your entire system.

 

  1. Uneven Temperature and Air Flow

 

Having heat flowing in some of the rooms in your house and not the others can be irritating. Families don’t always congregate in the same area but they usually all want to avoid feeling chilled.

 

You can remedy uneven temperature and air flow by taking action that is not even HVAC related. Throughout winter, check for holes and cracks around doorways and windowsills. Inspect ducts and vents for debris and blockages. Patch up and clear out all possible problem areas.

 

To avoid common HVAC issues during winter, you should also regularly clean dirty heaters. Looking at your thermostat wiring could uncover problems as could recalibrating your unit.

 

If you need help diagnosing a winter HVAC issue, contact Precise Air Systems.