Steps to Clean Your Outdoor Ac Unit This Spring

The weather is warm enough for you to finally start thinking about turning on your AC unit for the very first time. However, in order for you to do that you need to give your outdoor unit the spring cleaning it desperately needs! Follow these steps and your AC unit will be ready for your annual tune-up.

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Step 1: First things first, power down the outdoor unit (the condenser). If you cannot find the power switch you can always switch off the circuit it’s connected to on the main electrical panel of the house.

Step 2: The condenser fins are like fan blades that bring air into the unit, however, they’ll also suck up dirt and other debris into the unit. Carefully remove its cover so you can clean these fins off, thus allowing the condenser to have efficient airflow. Use a vacuum with the soft brush attachment as the fins can be easily bent or damaged.

Step 3: Check the lubrication ports on the fan motor of the condenser fins. If the motor needs oil, apply roughly five drops of the appropriate oil to each lubrication port. Check the owner’s manual or call the manufacturer to find out which oil is recommended.

Step 4: Make sure the area around the outdoor condenser is cleared of any debris. Trim any bushes that are too close to the unit and clear the area of any leaves that could get sucked up by the condenser fins. There should be no debris or possible obstructions within a 2 foot radius of the AC unit.

Step 5: The final step is to turn the power to the condenser back on and call your local HVAC company for an annual service. Having a professional inspect and service your unit will let you know if anything needs repair and will allow the unit to work at its highest efficiency this spring and summer. Once the HVAC technician gives you the okay, you are free to use the AC as you please!

Before you go ahead and turn on your AC this spring, make sure you give it the spring cleaning it deserves! When your AC unit needs repair or a professional tune-up, contact Airtech of Stamford. To learn more or to schedule an appointment, give us a call at (203) 323-3959.

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How You Should Be Cleaning Your Windows

The temperatures are warming up and the sun is starting to shine! Take advantage of the perfect temperatures and FREE natural lighting by opening up your curtains. Chances are your windows are less than clean from this past winter, so make sure you give them a good cleaning inside and out.

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Cleaning the Inside
Step 1: Pour cool water into a bucket and add a few drops of dish soap.

Step 2: Dip your sponge or microfiber cloth into your soapy water and begin wiping down the glass and frame of your window from top to bottom.

Step 3: While the window is still wet, spray it down with a vinegar and water solution or a regular window cleaner (Windex).

Step 4: Dry the window off with a lint-free cloth or a black and white newspaper (old school, but it works). You can use paper towels, however, some will leave behind specks of residue. Use a Z shaped motion when drying off the windows.

Step 5: Repeat the process if dirt, smudges, and marks still remain visible on the inside.

Cleaning the Outside
Step 1: Pour cool water into a bucket and add a few drops of dish soap.

Step 2: First, rinse all of the windows with the hose to remove some of the dirt and buildup. Afterward, use a sponge or microfiber cloth to wipe down your windows with your soapy solution. Then, rinse your windows again with the hose.

Step 3: Proceed to spray down the windows with a vinegar and water solution. For thick areas of buildup (like bird droppings), spray them until they are completely drenched in vinegar and can be removed with a quick scrub and wipe.

Step 4: Using a squeegee, remove the water from the window from top to bottom. Each time you lift the squeegee off of the glass, wipe the rubber blade with a cloth to remove excess dirt. You can use a microfiber cloth or newspaper if you do not have a squeegee on hand.

Step 5: Show your screens some love by rinsing them down with water, soap, and a your vinegar spray. Allow them to dry before reinstalling them in the windows.

Opening up the curtains can provide you with natural light and a cool breeze, but you don’t want to stare at dirty glass all day — do you? Opening windows is a good way to feel the breeze in the spring, but before you know it the summer will be here and you’ll need your AC to keep you cool. To have your HVAC system serviced or repaired, contact Airtech of Stamford at (203) 323-3959.

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Why Your Business Needs to Blast the Air Conditioning

Some may think office buildings and storefronts are too cold, while others think “the cooler, the better.” As a business owner, you must decide which temperature to keep your business at. According to research, you should be blasting the air conditioner at all times!

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Heat = Lazy
Many studies have been done to find out which temperature a room had to be before productivity decreased. The speed at which employees complete tasks will start to decrease when the temperature of the room rises to the 73 to 75 degree range. Therefore, if you want to have employees work as productive as possible, keep the temperature in the 70 to 72 degree range.

Lack of Decision Making
When a person is exposed to temperatures in the mid 70s and above, their decision making skills are slowed down. This goes back to the theory that heat makes people lazier and less likely to use their critical thinking and decision making skills. This doesn’t just affect an employee’s ability to work, but also a customer’s ability to make decisions (purchases).

Increase in Temper(ature)
Excessive heat can leave people feeling flustered and irritable. The last thing you want is to have a customer complain that your employees are rude or having all of your customers walk into the store and immediately be put in a foul mood. To avoid having disgruntled employees or angry customers within your business, you might want to lower your thermostat just a smidgen!

Being the owner of a business means you have to make calculated decisions, one of which is to determine the perfect indoor temperature. When your business needs a quality HVAC system or have the current one repaired, contact Airtech of Stamford. To learn more or to schedule an appointment, give us a call at (203) 323-3959.

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5 Tasks That Should Be on Your Spring Cleaning Checklist

Now that winter is finally behind us, it’s time to look forward to the spring and all of the wonderful things that come with it. One of those things: spring cleaning! While you might not be completely excited to spend your days giving your home a good cleaning, your home and future self will thank your for it.

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  1. Detector Check – Inspect each smoke and carbon monoxide detector in your home. Replace all of the batteries and test them to make sure they are working properly. If it’s been almost a decade since you’ve installed new detectors, consider now the right time to do so.
  2. Window Watcher – Inspect each window in your home to see if there are any gaps or cracks around the frame. If there are any gaps or drafts present, apply a caulking sealant. For further energy savings, install weatherstripping around the frame of the windows as well.
  3. Dust Removal – Start dusting your home from top to bottom using an electromagnetic duster. After all of the dust has been removed from the surfaces in your home, start vacuuming the floors to remove all of the settled dust and any other dirt and debris. Don’t be afraid to open some windows to allow some fresh air into your home while you clean!
  4. Filter Changes – The air filters within your HVAC system need to be changed regularly. The less expensive filters will need to be changed out every month, while the higher quality ones can go anywhere from 3 to 6 months before needing to be changed. Mark your calendar for an easy way to remember when to change each filter.
  5. Tune Up – Now that your heating system is no longer needed, it’s time to shut that down and start up your cooling system. Before you use your air conditioner for the first time, it’s best to have it serviced to see if it’s working properly.

Your spring cleaning checklist might be a long one, but make sure these 5 tasks are circled, starred, and underlined! When your HVAC system needs a tune up or repair for spring, contact Airtech of Stamford. To learn more or to schedule an appointment, give us a call at (203) 323-3959.

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How to Hide Your Outdoor HVAC Unit

Having a home with a forced-air HVAC system means you have one of the best types of cooling systems on the market. While the temperature might feel great on the inside of the house when it’s on, the outside of the house won’t look so great. If you’re sick of staring at your big AC unit while you sit on your patio, here’s a few great ways to hide it.

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Distract the Eyes
Most AC units are going to be located on the side of the house, which can easily be seen if you walk from the front yard to the backyard. For those who have a walkway leading from the front to the back of the property, consider creating a pathway to distract the eyes. Place a small fence on either side of the walkway, use stones to create a walkway path, and add a few small shrubs to keep your focus on the walkway.

Screened In
For those who aren’t willing to go above and beyond to hide their large AC unit, opt to screen it in. There are see-through fences and screens that are stylish and decorative made specifically for blocking off areas of your property. You can choose between a single screen or screens on multiple sides for greater effect. There are even some types of plants that can grow vertically up and down the screens.

Boxed In
Rather than just purchasing a decorative screen, you can also consider boxing in the AC unit. These boxes can be used to cover HVAC units, pool pumps, and anything else you’re looking to hide in your yard. Not only do these boxes do a great job of hiding whatever it is you’re trying to hide, they’re also well-ventilated to allow for the proper airflow.

Having a good quality and well-maintained HVAC system is important, but you don’t have to display it to the world if you don’t want to. When your HVAC system needs service, repair, or replacement, contact the pros at Airtech of Stamford. To learn more or to schedule an appointment, give us a call at (203) 323-3959.

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