Take better control of your air conditioning and heating comfort and costs with these steps and pointers. Not the do-it-yourself type? When in doubt, call the pros at Schwantes Heating & Air Conditioning.
Schedule Seasonal Tune-Ups
Before the cooling and heating seasons start, it’s a good idea to get a maintenance check and tune-up done on your system. In addition to improved safety, comfort and energy efficiency, regularly maintained equipment is less likely to require service. That can save you hundreds, even thousands of dollars in repair costs over the lifetime of your system. Call us to schedule a tune-up or learn about our annual maintenance agreements.
Don’t Target Empty Rooms
If your vents or units are in use in every room in your home, you’re cooling or heating a lot of real estate. Close vents in unoccupied rooms, shut closet doors, and keep window units off when you’re away from home.
Clean Your Ducts
Overlooked air duct maintenance can cause problems with mold and other airborne elements that can lead to allergies. Particles like pollen, dust, bacteria, tobacco smoke, cooking smoke, and animal hair keep your air from being as clean and healthy as possible. Our indoor air quality experts have the breathe-easy solution: A whole house air duct cleaning that includes unlimited vents per air handler.
Upgrade Your Thermostat
Still using that old thermostat? Think about purchasing a new programmable model. It will let you better control your energy use and maximize your comfort according to the weather and your schedule. A programmable stat is a valuable resource for people who are away from home for set periods of time during the week.
Replace Air Filters
Now is the perfect time to get in the habit of changing your A/C filter on a monthly basis. A filter that’s become clogged with hair, pet dander, mold, pollen, dust, or any number of pollutants and particles puts a strain on your cooling system and spoils the air your family breathes. Change it regularly and enjoy a fresh flow of clean air and savings.
Kick Up An Indoor Breeze
You can keep your home more comfortable and reduce A/C costs this summer by installing energy-efficient ceiling fans to circulate the air. The average cost to run a fan is only about $7 a month and it can make a big difference in creating a breeze effect that feels cool on the skin. If you need a hand with fan selection or installation, we can help.
Invest In An Energy Smart System
Your cooling and heating system ensures comfortable year-round temperatures inside your home. Over time though, systems can begin to lose efficiency and break down more frequently. If yours is more than 10 years old, the U.S. Department of Energy recommends you have it inspected by a qualified air conditioning professional. We can come out and assess your current equipment’s overall condition and efficiency and determine if a new ENERGY STAR rated system can reduce utility bills and produce a higher degree of comfort.