Archive for August, 2018
Most homeowners are aware that duct leakage can sap 20% to 40% of the energy out of even a well-operating air conditioner. That being said, it’s far from the only element that can impact your air conditioner’s everyday efficiency. Here are just a few everyday usage mistakes that could be impacting the efficiency and lifespan of your AC unit.
It may seem logical to adjust your thermostat when you’re leaving the house, but if you adjust it more than just a few degrees, you could be losing out on efficiency. Your system will have to work harder to restore the temperature to its original level. That being said, a programmable thermostat can easily alleviate this problem and ensure that you always walk into a cool house. Plus, installing a programmable thermostat could save you up to 10% on your heating bills.
Leaving windows open
Though most of us love to enjoy the fresh, outdoor air every once in awhile, it’s simply not efficient for your air conditioner and results in overuse. If you must open a window while your system is on, make sure it’s only for a few minutes. If you want to enjoy the outdoor air, go outdoors and return to your nice, cool home whenever you’ve had enough.
Skipping HVAC system tune-ups
It should come as no surprise that your air conditioning system needs a professional tune-up and inspection at least once each year. Some HVAC experts say up to 75% of no-heat calls in the winter are related to a lack of maintenance, and the same can likely be said about summertime AC usage.
Running the system with a dirty filter
Finally, one relatively simple maintenance task most homeowners can perform themselves is a filter replacement. According to Energystar.gov, most HVAC system filters need to be changed every one to three months, but it also depends on how often you use your system. If you still have questions or concerns, it’s always best to be safe and contact a professional.
Ultimately, avoiding these mistakes can keep your air conditioning running efficiently all summer long. For more information about air conditioning or furnace maintenance, contact us.
Are you struggling with unwanted rodents in your home or yard? It can be a frustrating experience dealing with rats, mice, squirrels, bugs, and other rodents in your home, especially if they keep returning year-after-year. It may be helpful to know you are not alone in this. In fact, unwanted rodents infesting homes, neighborhoods, and cities are on the rise throughout the United States.
Interested in learning more about how these destructive animals are impacting the country? Keep reading for some key findings on everything from where unwanted rodents thrive to their breeding patterns.
5 Interesting Facts About Unwanted Rodents Like Rats
1. Rats thrive in urban spaces
If you live in the city, you probably already know that rats enjoy living in urban environments. Reasons for this include the large amounts of trash and a never-ending supply of locations where they can hide and live. In America, there are three cities that top the charts for having
What could you do with a set of custom glass shelves? If you’re just putting books on your shelves, then you’re not really taking full advantage of everything that your floating glass shelves or even a frosted glass cabinet can do for you. Depending on what you want to do with your shelves, custom glass shelves can be designed for nearly any space or any purpose. Here are eight things to do with glass shelves that you might not have thought about.
Highlight a Wall Space
If you have an otherwise boring wall, such as that white tile wall in your bathroom, you can spruce things up a bit and add a pop of color by putting in wallpaper or textured fabric over one small part. Framing this and putting custom glass shelves over it highlights the area without giving it too much visual weight.
Grow a Vegetable Garden
A lot of people are interested in putting in potted vegetables or herbs in the kitchen. One of the drawbacks to this is that the pots themselves, with all that green