8. 3. 2020
Written by: Metro Air
Summer and air conditioning use go hand in hand. With more use of your air conditioning system, your utility bills can increase. But thankfully there are some ways you can help reduce those costs. Here are some tips.
#1: Block the incoming sun.
Natural light is fantastic. But, if you block some of the incoming sunlight at the right time of day, you can reduce your energy costs. To keep your home cooler without excess use of the air conditioner, keep curtains, shades, or blinds closed at the warmest parts of the day. You can also minimize sun exposure in your home by using your yard’s landscaping to your advantage. So, adding trees or tall shrubbery can help shade your home and keep the inside cooler and more comfortable.
#2: Replace and/or clean your air filters.
When was the last time you’ve cleaned the air filters in your AC system? We recommend cleaning or replacing air filters every 1-2 months. This is especially important for individuals with asthma, allergies, pets, or other respiratory issues. Dirty and clogged air filters will prevent good airflow. And, they will negatively affect indoor air quality. That means your system is working harder and the home simply cannot keep things as cool as they need to be.
#3: Get your system professionally tuned-up.
Keeping your air conditioning system professionally maintained is key to its long life. It can also help keep it running at maximum efficiency. An inefficient system works harder and that means your utility bills can skyrocket. Our team of technicians will check current draws, do some cleaning of the outdoor coil as well as the condensate line, and measure temperatures. This ensures everything is working well. If there are any red flags or anything that needs repair or replacement, we’ll let you know what needs to be done.
#4: Replace your air conditioning system.
If your system is over a decade old, it may need replacement. We recognize that a new cooling system for your home is an investment. But, it’s one that’s well worthwhile & will set you up for savings later. Older units can cause premature system breakdowns. That means you could be in for an expensive repair when you’re not expecting it. We’ll work with your budget and offer helpful options to aid with the cost of a new system.
Contact our team at Metro Air Heating & Cooling today to schedule a repair or preventative maintenance appointment. Or, we’re glad to answer questions about new system options. We’re standing by to help keep you comfortable no matter what the weather is doing outside!
3. 23. 2020
Written by: Metro Air
The official first day of spring arrives this month. That means you’ll have to start thinking about getting your system ready for the change of season. Here’s the best way to do that.
Tip #1: Clear and clean the outside HVAC unit.
Winter in the Midwest is brutal. Snow and ice wreaks havoc on your heating system, especially the outside unit. Once the weather clears up and you’re able to start working outside, make sure the outdoor unit is free of debris and dirt. If this isn’t cleared, the performance of your system is compromised. Not to mention, the internal components will also be impacted by debris or dirt that can make its way inside over the last several months. If your HVAC system is working harder than it must, you could also see a spike in your energy bill.
Tip #2: Replace or clean air filters.
Your air filters are often the last thing you think about when it comes to home maintenance to-dos. However, making sure they are cleaned or replaced regularly is important. There are two reasons why:
- Dirty air filters bring in dirty, dusty air.
- Dirty filters cause your system to work harder than it has to, reducing efficiency and increasing utility costs.
To avoid negative impact on your machine or your health, be sure you replace or clean your filters every other month. This will help minimize the flow of dander, dust, pollen, and other harmful bacteria or allergens that circulate the air.
Tip #3: Replace your thermostat.
Spring is a great time to embrace the old saying, ‘out with the old, in with the new.’ Replacing your old, outdated thermostat is a great idea, especially with springtime weather on the horizon. A programmable thermostat helps regulate the temperature of your home both day and night, whether you’re home or not. Programmable thermostats work with your schedule. For example, if you’re gone during the day and don’t need to use your HVAC system, program it to turn down the temperature. Then, program it to turn up again before you get home. You can control the temperature from anywhere in the world through the app. This translates to saved money and energy, all year long. In fact, programmable Wi-Fi thermostats help save the average homeowner up to 20% a year on energy bills.
Springtime is coming soon, and our schedule is filling up fast. Contact our team at Metro Air Heating and Cooling today to schedule your spring preventative maintenance appointment, or to talk to us about a new heating or air conditioning system installation. Let us help find the right system for you! We will work with your budget, too. Contact us today for more information.