With the coming of spring comes spring cleaning operations in homes throughout the area: a chance to air out the house after a long, stuffy winter. Part of those operations should include a long, thorough assessment of the heating and air conditioning system, and perhaps to consider some upgrades. Indoor air quality products can be connected to existing HVAC systems and do wonders for solving all manner of problems. What kinds of indoor air quality products are there, and what kinds of benefits do they provide? A short list of options follows.
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Winter is officially here, and cold weather in the area is nothing to joke about. When temperatures drop, the freezing cold can affect health as much as comfort, and a reliable heating system becomes absolutely essential. Homeowners become accustomed to paying higher monthly heating bills in the winter, since everyone runs their heaters much more often. But just because people pay more in heating costs during cold weather doesn’t mean they should pay more than is absolutely necessary. Prudent homeowners can find easy ways to improve home energy efficiency and lower their monthly bills in the process.
Some steps are simple, such as setting the thermostat a few degrees lower than normal and wearing warm clothes in the house. Others, however, can be a bit more involved. A brief list of suggestions is included below.
Air conditioners tend to break down during the late summer more than any other season year, especially older units which may finally fail after months of keeping a home cool and comfortable. We receive a large number of AC repair calls during this time of year, especially in homes with older air conditioners. And breakdowns late in the season force the homeowner to make a significant decision: repair the damage now and keep the old system running, or replace it with a new system entirely?
Only the individual can make that call. Every home is different, and so too are the specific needs of the air conditioner. There are, however, two factors that can make the decision easier: the state of the warranty and the extent of the costs involved.
Homeowners with older air conditioners on their last legs would be well-advised to install a new one before the summer heat arrives. With the official start of summer just a few days away, many homeowners are choosing to replace their outdated systems now, in order to better enjoy the benefits when the high temperatures really hit.
Once the decision is made to replace an older air conditioner, the question becomes what type of new system should be installed. That entails a number of questions to be answered, but the first one on any homeowner’s list should be the power output level of the new system.
New York suffers from high temperatures in the summertime, as well as stifling levels of humidity. Most homes use centralized air conditioners to regulate the temperature, but that doesn’t always address high humidity levels. A whole-house dehumidifier can remove excess moisture from the air, benefiting both the air conditioner itself and the household as a whole. Here’s a quick look at how dehumidifiers work, along with three specific advantages they provide.
It may seem odd to think about air conditioning in the middle of February, but warm weather will be here sooner than it seems and proper preparation can save homeowners a great deal of money. Homeowners who can anticipate any problems with their air conditioning systems and take a few simple steps to get their systems ready will find the frequency of problems diminishing in the summer. A properly prepared air conditioner will also save money on monthly bills and suffer less strain overall.
Water heaters are designed to last for many years, but they can suffer wear and tear just like any other appliance. When they run into trouble, it often goes unnoticed since water heaters tend to sit in quiet corners of the home such as the basement or garage. A lack of insulation in those places, combined with the inevitable advance of age can take their toll, and the cold winters in Rye, NY and surrounding communities can add plenty of stress and strain as well. The question becomes when the old heater needs to be replaced, and the steps professionals need to take to do so.
Homes in the Rye, NY area typically rely on centralized heating systems such as forced-air furnaces, which generate hot air in a single locale before blowing it to the various rooms of the home via a series of ducts. The system is elegant and efficient, but it might not be possible in some homes, and might make a poor fit in others.
The duct system is an integral part of heating and air conditioning in many homes throughout the Rye, NY area. It carries heated air in the winter and cooled air in the summer, ensuring that the entire household is heated or cooled evenly. Because they’re hidden in the attics, the crawlspaces, and other out-of-the-way locales, they don’t often suffer damage. But damage can occur when bolts between duct sections wear out, animals like raccoons enter the home, or even when work on another part of the house runs into trouble. A trained technician can seal a leaking or a breached duct, but the problem can be hard to spot since the ducts are usually tucked away out of sight. A diligent homeowner can detect distinct signs of trouble, however, and summon assistance promptly. Such signs can include, but are not limited to, the following:
The thermostat is the control panel for every home’s heating and air conditioning system, allowing residents to set the temperature as they please and maintain it throughout the day. Modern thermostats offer features like smart programming and remote control via phone apps, but almost every thermostat these days comes equipped with basic programming features. Here in Rye, NY, and surrounding communities, those programming features become more important as the temperatures drop and winter grows closer. Judicious use of thermostats can result in considerable savings on monthly heating bills. A few tips for programming the thermostat are included below.