8. 19. 2019
Written by: Metro Air
Your air conditioning is one of the most important household investments. It plays a critical role in keeping you cool during hot Midwest days. These systems are big and bulky, and they can sometimes be an eyesore for your yard. Here are some unique ways to keep it hidden, so your yard’s aesthetic appeal isn’t compromised.
#1: Hide it with greenery.
Not only will you hide your AC unit, but you’ll be planting some beauty around your yard at the same time! Plant small trees or shrubs around it. This can help provide natural shade so the system isn’t exposed to scorching sun and it will also enhance your landscaping which can increase curb appeal and add value to the home. Make sure that you always keep the greenery trimmed with accessible space to the system, so you can clean, repair, or keep on top of annual maintenance.
#2: Add a dedicated structure.
If you’re handy, this could be a fun project! It’s common for homeowners to build structures for their air conditioning unit, acting as an outdoor closet with a removable top. Make sure you never fully enclose the AC system, because this will stop airflow and cause a problem with the system’s efficiency and functionality.
#3: Build a fence.
Fences are commonly used to disguise the exterior AC unit. It’s important to know how to properly do this, though. If you decide to build a fence, make sure it is not completely enclosed and leave space around the unit for air to circulate well. Allow for 1-3 feet of open horizontal space. Once the fence is installed, you can plant a climbing plant that flowers, like a clematis to add a pop of color to the area!
With some creativity, your exterior air conditioning unit won’t be an ugly part of the yard. If it’s done correctly, it could even make your home look better! Is your system old and out of date? It’s likely that it is not energy efficient and could be increasing your utility bill. Your system is meant to last 10-12 years, so if your is older than that, our team at Metro Air Heating & Cooling can help with a Bryant cooling system replacement! Contact us today to talk to us about your system options. We will work with your budget and get your new system installed right away!
8. 12. 2019
Written by: Metro Air
Summer is still going strong. That means you’ve likely put your air conditioner to good use. But what happens if the air that’s coming out of it isn’t cold? This could cause concern in your mind. Here are some reasons why this may be happening.
#1: The thermostat isn’t set properly.
If your AC isn’t blowing cold air, the first thing you should do is check the thermostat. Ensure that the fan is set to “auto”, as this will save you money and cause the fan to only run when the air conditioning is cooling the air. If the fan is set continuously to the “on” position, it will run all day and night, whether the air is cool or not.
#2: Your air filters are dirty or clogged.
Air filters play a large part in how your system functions. When was the last time you cleaned or replaced it? If it’s been more than two months, it will likely have a lot of buildup, debris, and dirt in it. That means the airflow is hindered and cold air simply cannot get through as it’s supposed to. In addition, your home will feel warmer than necessary. One of your primary home maintenance to-dos should be to clean or replace your air filter every 1-2 months.
#3: The vents are blocked.
Return vents should always be clear of any obstruction like furniture or drapes. If the vents are blocked, the return intake of air will weaken how much air will come out of the supply vents and therefore, the home will not be cooled as efficiently.
Summer isn’t over yet, and you’ll need your AC system! So, don’t delay in calling our team of experts at Metro Air Heating and Cooling! We can diagnose any problems and get them fixed. That translates to a cooler, more comfortable rest of the summer.