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Why Adding Efficient Air Conditioners Makes Sense

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According to news reports, now may be the perfect time to invest in home improvements, such as energy-efficient air conditioners. The key here is to make responsible, cost-effective, and environmentally-sound improvements that add value to your home with minimal impact to your wallet. Below, we'll examine some benefits of adding efficient air conditioners to homes.

With summer approaching, many homeowners are upgrading or adding energy-efficient air conditioners to their homes. Over time, efficient air conditioning can reward home owners with lower energy bills. A downloadable calculator developed by the U.S. EPA and U.S. DOE helps homeowners realize what their home air conditioning savings can be. And federal tax credits may also provide savings to homeowners. Between January 1 and December 31, 2013 Federal 10% of cost up to $500 or a specific amount from $50–$300 tax credits are available for consumers who purchase qualifying high-efficiency heating and cooling products for their homes.

Energy efficient air conditioners can save families up to 56% on their cooling costs.

Energy Efficient

By purchasing qualifying energy efficient air conditioners that earn the ENERGY STAR® logo you could be eligible for the tax credits. ENERGY STAR-rated products meet strict energy efficiency guidelines supplied by the federal government using Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio ratings (SEER). Higher SEER numbers mean more efficient products and play a big part in determining a unit's efficiency.

Also, with research, you'll find that the most environmentally sound A/C units out there today use refrigerants such as Puron® refrigerant, an environmentally sound refrigerant, instead of Freon. Puron refrigerant, designed to not harm the ozone layer, is approved by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.


Air Conditioning Maintenance Saves Money

Proper air conditioning maintenance can help your unit last decades. On the flip-side, a neglected air conditioner loses roughly 5% of its efficiency each year that it operates without upkeep. So that green machine you bought to stay cool could start to function like the most inefficient thing on the market, if you fail to perform regular air conditioning maintenance.

Filters and coils are both parts that require regular maintenance for your air conditioner to operate effectively and efficiently. Neglecting your unit leads to poor air conditioning performance and increased energy consumption. And regular maintenance is far less costly than repairs or a replacement.

By keeping your unit operating at peak performance, you will recover any money invested in upkeep by lower repair costs and savings on your electric bill.

Both the homeowner and a professional can accomplish different aspects of preventative air conditioning maintenance. Homeowners can:

  • Regularly make sure the condensing unit located outside is not covered up or clogged with leaves or debris. The unit needs to breathe, to draw air into the system.
  • Change the filters regularly.
  • Do not use a hose and water to try to clean the interior of the unit. Cleaning the unit in this way can lead to serious risk of electrical shock and possible shorting of electrical components.

One last word of advice in regular air conditioning maintenance to consider is having your ducts properly sealed.

When cooled air leaks from supply ducts, or when hot air creeps into return ducts, this can lead to wasted energy, and an overworked air conditioner.

Our Professional Air Conditioning Servicing Includes:

1.Condenser Coil fins will be cleaned as required.
Benefit: Dirty condenser coils raise refrigerant pressure higher than needed, increasing your electric bill. 

2.Evaporator Coils will be cleaned
Benefit: Evaporator coils become dirty because air filters collect only a portion of the particles in the air. Even a small amount of dirt can decrease efficiency and increase operating cost. This is also a major cause of compressor failure. 

3.Blower Motor will be cleaned 
Benefit: Dirty blower motor reduces air flow, causing longer operating time and increased cost. This problem can lead to lost in comfort and compressor failure. 

4.Refrigerant Charge will be checked. 
Benefit: A low or high refrigerant charge can easily go unnoticed and increase operating cost. An improper charge can cause compressor shutdown.

5.Air Filter will be replaced. (High quality Pleated) 
Benefit: A restricted air filter can cause your air conditioning and heating unit to waste energy and shorten the compressor's life. 

6.Belts and Pulleys will be inspected and adjusted as required.
Benefit: Loose belts worn pulleys decrease air flow, increasing operating cost and shorten the compressors life. Belts may crack and break with age.

7.Lubrication of motors and bearings.
Benefit: Improperly lubricated rotating equipment will eventually fail.

8.Thermostat will be checked.
Benefit: Improper calibrated thermostats all the unit to run longer than necessary. Every degree your air conditioner operates bellow 75 degrees can add 5-8% to the cost of cooling.

9.Controls and Safety Devices will be inspected and tested. 
Benefit: Controls and safety devices that do not function properly can increase operating cost and cause further complications. 

10.Condensate Drain will be checked. 
Benefit: Algae can plug a condensate drain which can cause expensive water damage. 

11. Relays and Contractors will be inspected.
Benefit: Worn contact and loose wire connections can lead to a motor or compressor failure.

12. Unit Disconnect will be inspected.
Benefit: A worn or overheated disconnect blows fuses and is dangerous.

13. Unit Warning will be inspected and loose connections tightened. 
Benefit: Loose connections can lead to a motor or compressor failure. 

14. Temperatures and Pressures will be taken and recorded. 
Benefit: An accurate record of your equipment's vital data can indicate potential problems, which can be eliminated.

15. Duct Work will be checked for leaks and proper installation.
Benefit: Duct leaks may exist from the time it was installed. Unrepaired duct work problems can increase operating cost.    


Improve the health of the air in your home without even breaking a sweat.

Improve the health of the air in your home without even breaking a sweat.
Today, it's all about being healthy. We exercise and watch what we eat. But what about the air in our homes? Is it healthy? Probably not. Dust, dirt, pollen, mold spores, etc., make untreated indoor air up to 100 times worse than outdoor air. And since we spend 90% of our time indoors, here are some tips to consider....
Having an air cleaner cleans air effectively by removing bacteria, pollen, animal dander and pollutants as small as 0.01 microns.

Another great tip to increase indoor air quality is to use a humidifier to control moisture.
Plus, consider installing a ventilator. It brings fresh air into your home year-round with minimal energy loss.Complete home comfort is about more than just temperature—it's also about maintaining a healthy home with indoor air quality.

Air Quality

Dusty, dirty homes at any temperature can mean discomfort. The air in today's tightly sealed, well-insulated homes can become stale as the same indoor air is circulated and re-circulated. In fact, indoor air quality is among the Environmental Protection Agency's top 3 health concerns. The agency reports that with dust, pollen, pet dander, mold, skin flakes, chemical fumes, cigarette smoke, Radon gas and more, the air inside your home can be 2-5 times dirtier than the air outside.

Although we usually can't see them, air pollutants are all around us, already inside our homes, and waiting to come in from outside. From our yards to our kitchens, dangerous air pollutants threaten our home health and air quality. Plus, each season brings its own dangers, from mold in the fall and winter to pollens and high humidity in the spring and summer.

Fortunately, Carrier's wide range of air quality solutions, including humidifiers, ventilators, UV lamps, media filters and air cleaners, can together eliminate many of the pollutants threatening your home's health and improve indoor air quality. For more information on these products or similar products call us at Quick Response A/C, Inc. (619) 301-3694. We are determined to help you make your home air quality as pure as it can be.


Change Thermostats To Save Money On Heating and Cooling

Energy Saver

According to EnergyStar.com, homeowners can save about $180 a year by changing thermostats to a new, digital, programmable thermostat and maintaining those settings. So, whether you are planning a remodel or simply trying to make your home as energy efficient as possible, you may want to change thermostats.

Several online forums mention tips for reducing energy use and lowering utility bills, including utilizing a programmable thermostat to maintain an even temperature. New technology in programmable thermostats and changing thermostat designs helps homeowners so that they do not have to change thermostat settings so often.

In hot weather, keeping your thermostat at an even, comfortable level (75-78 degrees Fahrenheit) helps to reduce energy use, and ultimately utility costs. However, as thermostats age, they become less efficient due in part to aging wiring, poor location (too near a heat source or in a drafty hallway), or dust accumulation on movable parts. Most people can actually feel when their thermostat settings are off because the home is suddenly too hot or too cold.

Saving Energy With a Programmable Thermostat

Save!

Because digital thermostats operate very efficiently, changing your thermostat may be "one of the easiest ways you can save energy, money, and help fight global warming," according to the ENERGY STAR web site. So, if your current thermostat is older, or is just not performing up to par, you may want to swap it out. This is true also if your thermostat is simply unattractive.

Some of the newer thermostats are designed to fit into a wall and a room's overall décor quite seamlessly. If you've been daydreaming about redesigning a room, you may have wondered how you could hide that ancient, blocky thermostat implanted in your wall.
Carrier has introduced a sleek new, ENERGY STAR rated thermostat, the Edge. It sports seven designer thermostat faceplates to complement any room. More than just a pretty face, the Edge is just 8/10ths of an inch thin, works with nearly all heating or air conditioning systems, is fully programmable, and wait for it, can be programmed via your PC. How cool is that?
If your old thermostat isn't operating up to par, or if it's just plain unattractive, now might be the time to upgrade your controls to match your home.

For More Information Contact Us at 
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