How to Stay Cool AND Save Energy

With summer in sight, your air conditioner will be on for a good portion of each day for the next few months. This can become rather expensive, but is it worth the price to stay out of the heat? Well, when you apply these tips to your daily life, you’ll be able to save money on your energy costs while also staying cool.

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  1. Slight Thermostat Increase – Raising your thermostat just a few degrees can save you a bundle on your monthly energy bill. If you normally set your thermostat at 68 degrees Fahrenheit, raise it to 72 degrees. You’ll barely notice the difference and remain comfortably cool while also paying less.
  2. Switch to a Smart Thermostat – Using an old thermostat can cost you money as an old unit can be inaccurate in its readings and limit you by not having any money saving features. By upgrading to a smart thermostat, you’ll have more accurate readings and the ability to set timers and utilize zone cooling to be able to cool specific areas of your home.
  3. Complete Chores During the Night – Avoid using appliances that produce heat like ovens, stovetops, and clothes dryers. Limit cooking indoors and laundry to the nighttime when you can turn the AC off and open the windows to allow the cool breeze in. For cooking during the day, start utilizing your outdoor grill more (it’s a win-win if you ask us)!
  4. Install New Lights – Incandescent light bulbs not only cost more to keep on, but they also produce a lot of excess heat. Consider switching to CFL or LED light bulbs as they produce less heat AND are more energy efficient.
  5. Close All Blinds & Shades – When the sun shines through your windows, its heat can increase the indoor temperature — even if the AC is on. Keep all blinds and shades drawn closed on whichever side of the house the sun is facing. However, you can absolutely open shades, blinds, and windows on the other side of the house that isn’t receiving direct sunlight.

If you’re looking to save money on energy bills without sacrificing your own comfort, think about utilizing these helpful tips. An efficient HVAC system can also help you save money, so if yours needs service, repair, or replacement, 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 Add Freon to Your AC Unit

Freon is a refrigerant that’s used in AC units to help remove heat from the air and allow cool air to be dispensed into the house. Oftentimes this Freon can leak out of the unit which will cause your cooling system to dispense room temperature air. In order for your AC unit to work properly again, you’ll need to fix the leak and replenish the supply of Freon.

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Step 1: Identify Problem & Gather Supplies

First, you want to make sure a Freon leak is the problem with your AC unit. Units made before the year 2010 use refrigerants, while newer units do not. If yours is made before this cutoff year and you’ve ruled out broken parts or serious duct leaks, proceed with purchasing the corresponding Freon repair kit for that specific unit.

Step 2: Find the Leak

Turn off the AC system and put on your goggles and breathing mask before you begin (for your own safety). Since Freon doesn’t evaporate, if the refrigerant levels are low, a leak exists. Attach the temperature and pressure gauges from your Freon repair kit and measure the temperature and pressure of each line. Whichever line has a pressure of less than 65 psi and a temperature higher than 45 degrees Fahrenheit, is the one with the leak.

Step 3: Attach the Repair Kit

Open up the outdoor AC unit and locate the two compressor lines. Follow the instructions carefully on your repair kit and connect the injection hose and can of sealant to the appropriate compressor lines. Next, turn on the power to the AC unit and open up the can of sealant to allow it to spread throughout the lines. Allow this sealant to run through the lines for at least a full minute so it can thoroughly patch up the leaky areas.

Step 4: Add the Freon

As you follow your instructions, reconnect the pressure and temperature gauges to the appropriate lines, along with your container of refrigerant. Once connected, release a small amount of Freon into the system (keep the Freon container upright). Wait 10 minutes and add another small amount. Do this in increments of 10 minutes so you can see if the gauges are moving due to the addition of Freon. Once the gauges are reading the normal levels, turn on the AC unit and test the system. (If cool air still isn’t coming out, contact your local air conditioning company.)

When your cooling system isn’t blowing out cool air, you might have a coolant leak that needs to be repaired and refilled. If you’d rather leave this cooling system repair to the pros, contact Airtech of Stamford. To learn more or to schedule an appointment, give us a call at (203) 323-3959.

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The Pros and Cons of a Ductless System

Have you been toying with the idea of having a duct-free heating and cooling system in your home? If your current heating and cooling systems are ready for replacement, a ductless (mini-split) system could be perfect for your home. Before you dial your local HVAC technician, here are the pros and cons of the ductless HVAC system.

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Pros of a Ductless System

  • They are more energy efficient than window AC units and baseboard heating. Which make them perfect for replacing old systems or installing in new home additions.
  • Since there’s no unit in the window or ductwork funneling throughout the house, there are minimal chances for experiencing air leaks. Central heating and air can be 25 percent more wasteful as the ductwork will experience air leaks and the air will experience temperature changes.
  • Only a small hole will need to be drilled into the wall to feed the unit to the outdoor compressor. Which can also save you money in the installation and repair of ductwork through the years.
  • The compressor powering the ductless system will speed up and slow down based on temperature needs rather than shutting down completely like traditional systems. A heating and cooling system that adjusts usage instead of turning on and off will save you more money and increase the longevity of the system.
  • An Energy Star Ductless system can also qualify you for a federal tax credit because of how efficient the unit is.

Cons of a Ductless System

  • If you wish to install multiple ductless units throughout the house, the price can add up to be a lot (compared to window AC units and baseboard heating).
  • Replacing your central heating and cooling system with a newer, similar model will be cheaper than installing all new ductless units. While you will save in heating and cooling costs over time, the payback period will be lengthy.
  • Each unit’s air filter should be washed out monthly in order for it to work efficiently. Failing to clean the filters will result in costly repairs and a shortened lifespan. (Even though traditional systems should also have their air filters changed out on a monthly basis.)
  • Ductless systems aren’t able to be hidden and only come in white and beige colors. Therefore, you won’t be able to make this system fit into the look and design of whichever room it’s in.

Once you read through the list of pros and cons of a ductless system, you’ll be able to make an educated decision on if they’re right for your home. When you need your cooling and heating system replaced, 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 Manage Allergies in Your Office

Living with allergies can be a miserable feeling for a few months each year. You might think to yourself: “At least my allergies won’t be so bad when i’m at work.” Unfortunately, allergies can bother you at work just as much as if you were home, in the car, or elsewhere.

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Keep Windows Closed

Not all office windows open like they do at home, but there are some that will open outwards to allow fresh air into the office. During allergy season, opening windows should be avoided to prevent a terrible work experience. Check all of the windows in the office and make sure they’re closed until allergy season has officially passed by. You may want to consult with the building maintenance staff or the owners of the business to make that it’s okay to keep the windows closed and the air conditioner on.

Keep a Clean Workspace

Allergy season is tough on millions of people throughout the country, but having a dirty workspace can further aggravate your allergies. Working next to a buildup of dust and debris can trigger an allergy attack that will leave you sneezing and tearing up before you know it. Be sure to clean your workspace regularly to limit the amount of dust that surrounds you. You Should also suggest to management that the office should be vacuumed by the maintenance staff at least once per week to remove dust that has settled onto the carpeting.

Steer Clear of Mold

Mold can appear in a multitude of places throughout the office. The office kitchen is probably the most common area where mold is found. Between water splashing from the sink to food that was left in the refrigerator for too long, mold can easily grow here. For those who have allergies and are sensitive during this time of year, accidentally disturbing mold can cause an allergy attack. Mold can also grow on the metallic surface of air ducts, so any building with central air should have its ductwork inspected for mold on an annual basis.

Keeping your allergies in check is tough to do, even when you’re at work in the office. When your office or business needs its HVAC system inspected or 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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How to Keep Your Cooling System Running Smoothly

Now that the weather is starting to creep into the 70s and higher, cooling systems will be turned on more and more until the summer weather has fully arrived. Aside from having your AC serviced, additional maintenance should be continued by the homeowner. In order to keep your AC unit running smoothly, make sure you…

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  • Clear Out Debris – The fan blades and louvers on an exterior AC unit can oftentimes become filled with debris. These leaves, sticks, garbage, etc. should be removed immediately as it will impede airflow going into the unit. Clean out any debris by removing the cover of the condenser above the fan blades and using a shop vacuum to suck up anything that’s not supposed to be there.
  • Hose It Down – Don’t just grab the hose and start spraying the AC condenser. While you have the cover open, place your hose inside and spray the fins from the inside out.This way you’ll be able to remove any dirt and small pieces of debris you missed earlier without dousing the entire condenser in water — just the fins is fine.
  • Level It Off – Grab a leveler tool and check to see if the unit is evenly leveled. A condenser that sits and runs on an angle is likely to experience more wear and tear, thus shortening its lifespan. If the soil has shifted and the unit isn’t perfectly leveled, purchase rot-resistant shims to place underneath for a once again even level.
  • Make Some Room – AC condensers are usually placed on the side or back of the house so they’re out of sight. Many homeowners will plant trees, bushes, or shrubs around the unit to keep it out of sight. As a rule of thumb, keep all obstructions at least two feet away from the unit. You want space for proper airflow in order to avoid moisture from building up on the inside. However, it might be a good idea to cover the top of the unit to prevent debris from falling through the spaces of the fan blade cover.

If you want to make sure your cooling system doesn’t break down this spring and summer, make sure you complete these small maintenance tasks. For those who need AC repair or replacement, contact Airtech of Stamford. To learn more or to schedule an appointment, give us a call at (203) 323-3959.

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