Indoor Weather Professionals Helpful Tips for Austin Air Conditioning!
Air conditioning is one of the most important investments a homeowner or business owner can make in Austin. Maintaining the air quality in your Texas home and office is an important way to stay healthy.
Some helpful tips that encourage your Austin AC and heating to run smoothly:
-Add a ½ cup of bleach to the drain line at the air handling unit
-Use a pleated filter when you change out the old one
-Your condenser may need a quick shower now and then—remember to spray water on the coils in an up-and-down motion, NOT side-to-side
What regular maintenance do heating and air conditioning systems need?
Our most common enemy: junk that builds up in your system and restricts the smooth passage of air. This happens on all types of units—inside and out—and can result in poor performance or long term damage if left unchecked. We suggest biannual service appointments to avoid increased energy bills or harm to your equipment.
Why do I need to change my filter regularly?
If a filter is working, it will continue to collect debris until it’s filled up. That’s what it’s there for, but once it’s full, it can’t do its job anymore. All filters have to be cleaned or replaced over time. Forgetting to change your air filters will jeopardize air quality, hamper performance, and can eventually cause damage to your equipment. Ask you service company or read the instructions on your filters for recommendations on how often to change out filters. Milage may vary depending on different factors in your home—furry pets, for example, may reduce the life of an air filter.
What are the advantages of a programmable thermostat?
You can easily save energy by lowering and raising the temperature on your thermostat with you are asleep or away. A programmable thermostat allows you to automatically control the temperature in your home without ever touching your thermostat. Most programmable thermostats store and repeat multiple daily settings with manual override, store 6 or more temperature settings a day and adjust heating or cooling turn on times as the outside temperature changes.
Should I be concerned about carbon monoxide in my home?
Yes, very. Carbon Monoxide (CO) is the leading cause of poisoning death. It is a colorless, odorless, tasteless gas produced during the heating of combustion fuels in your furnace. Even trace amounts can impair your brain function and impact your health. Cracks, leaks, obstructions and other malfunctions in your heating system can cause (CO) to develop and accumulate. Short-term exposure to carbon monoxide usually results in flu-like symptoms: nausea, headaches, dizziness, fatigue. Long-term exposure can eventually lead to unconsciousness or death.
How do I know if my system is working properly?
Listen: Does it sound normal? Feel: How is the temperature? Check: Is your electric bill up for no reason? If you notice anything out of the ordinary give us a call and schedule a free service call.
Why should I replace my existing AC and heating system?
You may wish to consider replacing your air conditioning or heating system if it is old, inefficient or in need of repair. Today’s systems are as much as 60% more efficient than those systems manufactured as little as ten years ago. In addition, if not properly maintained, wear and tear on a system can reduce the actual or realized efficiency of the system. If you are concerned about utility bills or are faced with an expensive repair, you may want to consider replacing your system rather than enduring another costly season or paying to replace an expensive component. The utility cost savings of a new unit may provide an attractive return on your investment. If you plan on financing the purchase, the monthly savings on your utility bill should be considered when determining the actual monthly cost of replacing a system. The offsetting savings may permit you to purchase a more efficient system.
What can You Do for Allergies and Asthma?
Allergies and asthma are two health problems that can be helped with clean indoor air. When airborne irritants are removed, allergy and asthma sufferers often find relief from their symptoms. Even healthy people who have never suffered from allergies can benefit from clean air. Dust, smoke and other particles float around in the air, causing your drapes and furniture to gather dust. By removing airborne dust particles, you reduce the amount of exposure your respiratory system has to allergens. At Indoor Weather Professionals, we offer several IAQ (Indoor Air Quality) products such as electronic filters and UV lights.
Indoor Weather Professionals are ready 24 hours a day in the Austin area to answer your questions and help you out in a pinch!