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8. 3. 2020

How to Lower Your AC Costs This Month

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!

Posted on:
7. 27. 2020

Neglecting AC Maintenance? Here’s What Can Happen

Written by: Metro Air

Furnace repair and installation by Metro Air Heating & Cooling

Have you forgotten to get your heating and cooling system professionally tuned-up? Perhaps you have put it off for other reasons. Neglecting regular tune-ups could be an expensive mistake. Not only are you at risk for a system breakdown right when you need to use it most, but you could also be risking replacing it early. Regular air conditioning maintenance can help you avoid these issues.

#1: Clogged filters.
HVAC systems require air filters to run efficiently. If they become blocked up with dirt, debris, and other build-up, it could cause a variety of issues. This can cause increased allergies and asthma for people. And, it can also cause the system to work harder than necessary. That creates unneeded wear and tear on the machine which can cause premature system breakdown and/or increased energy bills.

#2: Refrigerant leaks.
Your AC utilizes refrigerant to run correctly. If you notice that your home is not as cool as it normally is, or if you hear unusual sounds coming from the system, there may be a refrigerant issue. During your preventative maintenance appointment with our team at Metro Air Heating and Cooling, we complete a refrigerant check. This ensures that it has the right refrigerant needed to keep your system running and your home cool, all summer long.

#3: Increased energy use.
If you have noticed a spike in your utility bills, but you have not been using more AC than normal, you may have an issue with your machine. When the system must work harder to keep up, there may be an internal component that needs to be repaired or replaced. We will run an energy efficiency check, test current draws, and ensure that your system is not wasting energy.

During regular AC maintenance,  we clean the outdoor coil and the condensate line, measure temperature drops across the evaporator coil, and measure vapor line temperature. And, we also test motor capacitors and clean or replace air filters. Over 30 individual items are cleaned or inspected for cooling!

The best way to stay on top of your AC and furnace maintenance during the year is through our customer care club! This includes:

  • $58 discount on initial tune-ups ($90 initial tune-up is required to join the customer care club)
  • 10% discount on upgrades
  • 10% discount on repairs
  • 2% discount on replacements
  • Fall furnace tune-up ($119 value)
  • Spring air conditioning tune-up ($119 value)
  • Priority scheduling and accommodations

Join our customer care club for just $15 a month. Our staff calls you in the spring to set up an appointment for an air conditioning tune-up and in the fall, we call you for a furnace tune-up. Easy! So, contact us today to schedule an appointment!