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Summer Cooling tips:

Get Your Home Ready for Summer Before It Gets Hot.

The transition to spring and summer is exciting, but it’s also the time to take action to avoid potential problems with your air conditioning and heating problems. Here are some air conditioning tips from Crossway Mechanical to get your home in shape for warm weather, save energy and money too.

Keep Cool with These Air Conditioning Tips:

Don’t allow the interior of your home to become dangerously hot since the air conditioner cannot cool it down within a reasonable amount of time. Air conditioners are designed for about a 20° change in temperature, so 100° air would only be cooled to about 80°.

One of the most simple air conditioner tips is to change your air conditioner filter at least four times a year to ensure that your family is breathing cleaner air and your HVAC system is not being overworked, thus potentially saving energy and money.

Run your ceiling fans to stay cooler in the summertime.  Check your fans to ensure they are going in the correct direction.  In the summer, your fan should be set on “forward,” which means the blades are rotating counter-clockwise.  There is a switch on the base where you can control this.  By moving your fan setting to the forward position, you will receive a nice downward breeze keeping you cool.

It is fairly common for an air conditioner to ice up. The air conditioner drain line can also freeze, back up and cause a leak, which is often confused for a plumbing leak.  When this happens, immediately turn off your compressor by switching your thermostat over to fan.  As the ice starts to melt, make sure you have proper drainage and call a professional.  From dirty coils to poorly designed ductwork, there are many things that can restrict airflow. A professional can check them all and get to the root of the problem.

Keep heat out of your home by closing blinds, shades and draperies that cover windows facing the sun. Close coverings on east-facing windows in the morning and west-facing windows in the afternoon.  Also, installing shades or blinds that are white reflects heat away from the house.  This will keep you cooler and save energy.

Keep your outdoor air conditioning unit cooler by planting trees or shrubs that provide shade but still allow air to flow around unit.  By properly shading the area, your system can perform up to 10% more efficiently.  Also, be sure the landscaping isn’t too close to the unit, so a technician can service it easily when necessary.

The best defense against air conditioner problems is to have a service agreement in place and make sure your system is maintained year-round, especially right before the heavy heat of summer sets in.  This is the time of year when your air conditioning system works its hardest.  Regular tune-ups reduce your risk of experiencing common malfunctions and will help you stay cool when everyone else is sweating the heat. Contact Crossway Mechanical for a complete air conditioner tune-up.

Don’t let heat buildup in your home. Appliances, electronic devices and lighting are all common sources of internal heat gain.  To combat this excess heat, avoid putting lamps or televisions near your air conditioner’s thermostat.  These heat-exuding appliances cause the air conditioner to think the house is warmer than it really is, resulting in the system running longer than necessary and wasting energy.

If after implementing these air conditioner tips, your home still feels too warm, contact Crossway Mechanical to schedule a maintenance inspection.

Winter Heating Tips:

Get Your HVAC Systems in Shape to Withstand Severe Cold with the Home Heating Tips.

When temperatures drop to freezing lows, heating problems are very common.  There are many things that homeowners can do to prevent these problems that have the potential to cause severe damage to your home.

Crossway Mechanical offers the following winter home heating tips to help homeowners and their families avoid the damage heating problems can cause during freezing weather.

One of the easiest heating tips:

On sunny days, take advantage of the sun to bring in heat. Adjust blinds so they are open and tilted toward the ceiling—but be sure to close the blinds at sundown.

Set your ceiling fan in the reverse position, on low.  When radiant heat enters your home from the windows aimed upward, the fan will help circulate warm air all around the room.

Fireplaces can waste a lot of energy, as they pull warm air out of the house through the chimney. Make sure the damper is closed when you’re not using your fireplace. Installing glass doors can also help keep heat in your home when the fireplace is not in use.

Don’t lose heated air through exhaust fans. Use them sparingly and turn them off when not in use during colder weather as they pull heated air out of your house.

Exhaust fans can also cause negative pressure inside your home that can lead to back drafts from your fireplace and can cause drafts through the walls, windows and un-insulated outlets in your home.

The best defense against heating problems is to make sure your system is maintained year-round. Having heating equipment serviced by a reputable company at least once a year could reduce your heating bill and prevent costly repairs and replacements in the future.

One of the best home heating tips is to get regular HVAC inspections.  Be sure your professional heating tune-up includes: Inspection of the overall safety of gas systems; thermostat calibration; inspection and cleaning of the air handler/blower; filter inspection and cleaning; inspection of wiring and connections; identification of hot and cold spots in the home; and gauging electrical systems for proper amp draw.

Contact Crossway Mechanical for all your AC Maintenance and Repair services.