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Wednesday, March 2, 2011

Spring is right around the corner!

Well, it's really warming up outside and March 22nd will be the official first day of spring!  It's time to start checking out your a/c to make sure it's going to run at peak efficiency once it gets hot and stays hot.  I figured I would compile a simple list of things you can do at home to make sure you are ready for the warmer months:

Outdoor Condensing Unit: Make sure this unit isn't blocked by high grasses, weeds, or other lawn and garden components. The unit needs to draw air into the system in order to cool and circulate inside, but the process is hindered if it cannot pull in enough outside air.
Change the Air Filter: Dirty filters will destroy your unit's energy-efficiency or, worse, cause the evaporator to ice over.  Remember, don't settle for those cheap fiberglass filters, get yourself some quality pleated air filters.  They're not that much more expensive and they take a lot more dust and other harmful particles out of the air you breathe.
Set and Double-Check the Thermostat: Be sure the thermostat is set in the cooling mode. Just setting the dial below room temperature will not activate the air conditioner if it is still set in the heat mode. If you have a programmable thermostat, customize your cooling for various time periods throughout the day.
Conduct a Test Run: Some time in the spring, crank your system and let it run for up to an hour. If you can identify problems early, the sooner you can get one of Environmental's technicians out to your residence to get you fixed up and ready for those hot months to come.
Professional Air Conditioning Maintenance: A thoroughly cleaned air conditioning unit will operate at top efficiency, but homeowners should also be aware of their own limitations. Each year, some homeowners attempt to clean their air conditioner with a garden hose, creating a serious risk of electrocution or electrical damage to the unit. It's always best to let one of Environmental's fully certified technicians come in and check out your system from top to bottom for a thorough cleaning and diagnostics check.  There are a lot of things the homeowner does not know to look for in their systems that when caught early, can save a lot of money and heartache.

Environmental Heating & Air has technicians dedicated solely to the maintenance and upkeep of heating and air conditioning systems, so put your mind at ease and let us worry about keeping your system running at peak efficiency this year by signing for a very cost effective and environmentally friendly Preventative Maintenance Contract.  Just give us a call and we can fill you in on all the details!


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