Archive for the a/c category
By Dave Trosdahl on April 10th, 2008
At Duct-911.com, we would love nothing more than to be able to help you save energy and save money by lower your heating and cooling costs while still helping you maintain a cool climate inside your home this summer.
A/C Spring Cleaning
When thinking about your furnace or air conditioner it is important to under stand that most central air conditioners have three basic parts:
- Compressor/Condenser – This is the outdoor unit that sits next to your home
- Evaporator/A-coil – an indoor unit which is located in the plenum (the duct work above your furnace).
- Duct work and air vents
By Dave Trosdahl on July 22nd, 2007
This article outlines 3 steps a homeowner can take when trying to determine why their central air system is unable to keep up on a hot summer day.
Step 1. Clean your air ducts. It is important to understand that your air duct system was never designed to have upwards of 40 pounds of dust accumulated inside. All this dust, dirt and construction debri will restrict the air flow causing your a/c system to work harder and less efficiently than it was originally designed for.
By Dave Trosdahl on April 26th, 2007
Here are 10 ways you can start doing your part to conserve energy and save money doing it. This was just posted on the homeakers.com website:
10 ways to save money — and the environment
Get a little greener with smart ways to fight global warming and fatten your wallet.
By Carlye Malchuk
…1. Use your furnace or air conditioner only when needed
Heating and cooling are the biggest sources of energy costs for Canadian families. The best way to save money is to turn the thermostat down one or two degrees in the winter, and up in the summer.
When heating your home, every degree you turn down your thermostat can save between two and four per cent on your energy bill. In the summer, every degree below 26C means a significant increase in energy needed to run your A/C, so stick to 24 or 25C. As well, keeping your air conditioning unit out of direct sunlight will save you five per cent of your cooling costs…
By Dave Trosdahl on April 20th, 2007
Okay, anytime is a good time to have your air ducts cleaned if your ductwork is dirty. But with winter over, spring is a great time to clean your furnace, air conditioner, dryer vents, and of course your air ducts.
If you are live in Minnesota, your windows have been closed all winter and your furnace has been recirculating much of the same old, stale air. Perhaps you or someone in your house was sick and this winter and of course that means bacteria and other germs. This is often referred to as “sick building syndrome”
Now would be a great time to clean the most important appliances in your home; the furnace and air ducts, the a/c and the clothes dryer.