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reducing your ac bill

5 Tips For Reducing Your AC Bill This Summer

reducing your ac bill
Summer is just around the corner and that means our electric bills are going to rise with the heat. Below are some tips for reducing your AC bill.
1. Draw the window shades
It’s a simple, but brilliant concept. Closing your shades will block a large amount of sunlight that would otherwise directly enter and heat up your home. If you prefer to have some natural light then turn the shades open just enough to not let the sunshine hit directly the floors or walls inside.
2. Use a Ceiling Fan
Ceiling fans do not work by cooling the air, but by moving the air around and making us think that it feels cooler. Oscillating fans box fans are even more effective in creating the feeling of cooler air.
3. Lighten up the bedding
If you like the AC cold when you are asleep, then don’t use the same bed comforter that you do in the winter. Try sleeping with a light blanket or just a bed sheet so that you aren’t surrounded by your own body heat
4. Use Your thermostat’s AC program
If you have a programmable thermostat, review the settings make sure your house isn’t trying to cool when no one is there. Opinions vary, but we say that 80 degrees is a good place to start when the house is vacant. At 80 degrees the house will still be able to cool down in a reasonable amount of time when you get home. If you don’t have a programmable thermostat, be sure to change the settings before you leave the house.
5. Change the Air Filter
In the summer your air conditioner is running a maximum capacity. This means that more air than normal is passing through the air filter and bringing dirt and dust with it. As the filter collects more dust, your ac system performance goes down. Make sure to check your air filter at least monthly.
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AC Unit Leaking Water

Why Is Your AC Unit Leaking Water?

AC Unit Leaking Water
Do you ever see water running out of a pipe on the side of your home, or worse, water stains on the ceiling below your AC unit? This is not normal for your ac unit and needs attention right away. To help explain why you need it checked out we will cover some common causes of your AC unit leaking water.

My AC Unit Makes Water?

When cooling the air in your home, the humidity is also being removed. The result is water that has been condensed from vapor in the air. During normal operation this water removed from the AC unit by a pipe called a condensate drain. When you can see the water that means that something is abnormal and the water is not flowing throw the condensate drain properly. This is a simple issue to fix, but If left untreated the overflow of water can lead to further issues.

Blocked Condensate Drain

As mentioned above, the condensate pipe’s function is to remove normally occurring water from your AC unit. Over time, rust, dirt, and other debris can build up in the line. Eventually that build up will block the flow of water. On the tough clogs we use compressed nitrogen to force the blockage out.

Dirty Air Filter

That’s right, a dirty air filter can cause water to flow out of unwanted areas of your AC unit. A dirty air filter restricts the air flow across the evaporator coil and thus causes the coil to ice up. Once the ice thaws the amount of water is too much for the condensate drain to handle and it overflows.

Low Refrigerant Levels

Low refrigerant levels can cause your unit to ice up, as well. This will have the same effect as a dirty air filter.

Broken or Disconnected Drain Line

Over time, the materials on your condensate drain can weaken and even come unglued under the wrong conditions. If either happens, water will leak out of the unit.

Broken Condensate Pump

Some AC units need to have their water removed via a condensate pump. Like all machines, these pumps can fail. The pump should have an emergency switch that detects failure, but if it doesn’t work water will leak out where it shouldn’t.

Higher Than Normal Humidity Levels

Running a humidifier or leaving the front door open on a rainy day with the AC on? You can bet that this will cause excess condensation in your AC unit.
It is normal for AC units to make water and even to overflow in the emergency pan at times. If you notice prolonged drainage out of a pipe on the side of your home or a water stain on your ceiling below the unit, call an HVAC professional right away!
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Air Conditioning System Cost

How Much Does A New Air Conditioning System Cost?

New Air Conditioning System

For many reasons, “How much does a new air conditioning system cost?” is a big unknown for homeowners. The broad answer for 2017 is $5000-$18,000, and you shouldn’t see more than a $1000 difference between HVAC contractors on an “apples to apples” bid. We will dive in further on this post to explain the variables that can greatly affect the cost of an air conditioning system replacement and give some more specific pricing.

Tonnage

This is the size of the air conditioner unit that you need to stay comfortable in your home. Like most things, the price goes up with the size of the unit. This factor is largely determined by the composition of your home. An HVAC professional can properly size the unit for you.

SEER

This is the efficiency of your AC system. Federal registrations require a minimum of 14 SEER in the DFW area and we have units all the way up to 20 SEER. The 14 SEER HVAC systems are basic in terms of features and energy usage. As the SEER goes up, the energy usage goes down and comfort features are added.

There are many factors may come into play such as: duct work, unit relocation, energy efficiency, accessibility, air balancing, and difficulty of the install. Now that you have some more information, we will give you some price tiers within the broad range:
Good = 14 SEER AC & heat system – $5000 to $7000
Better = 16 SEER AC & heat system – $6000 to $8000
Best = 17 SEER  and some 18 SEER AC & heat systems – $8000 to $10000
Premium = some 18 SEER and 20 SEER AC & heat systems – $10,000 to $18,000
As you can see, the ranges for each type of air conditioning system still vary even when we break them down into tiers. The best way to see what it will cost is to replace your air conditioning system is to schedule an appointment with us for a free estimate and we can take a look at all of the factors and give you a quote.
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