Planning well ahead for summer which is around the corner is prudent. Your home HVAC systems need to be serviced periodically for optimum efficiency by either opting for an expert service provider or DIY options. Maintaining your air condition system will help minimize your electricity bills and also gives long life to your unit which need not be replaced often. Here are some basic dos and don’ts for homeowners to help them understand how the system works and how to periodically maintain it for smooth and hassle-free functioning this summer.
Air conditioners are a boon in summer where our homes or work places maintain the desired temperature helping us stay out of the heat. This is possible because of the refrigerant installed in a window air conditioner or central air conditioning system. For many years, the most common refrigerant R-22 has been used as a liquid agent to help cool and dehumidify the air inside the room or building.
Recently, developed countries have phased out the usage of R-22 as it causes irreversible harm to the environment. Despite the R-22 compound being categorized as ‘ozone depletion potential’ and extreme ‘global warming potential’, this refrigerant is in high demand in developing nations because of its versatile intermediate for commercial use.
Basements represent some of the most underused home space for families in Utah. Because these underground lairs are often the most difficult to heat, they tend to be forgotten during the colder winter months. However, keeping a basement warm isn’t as much of a challenge as you might think. With a few DIY updates or even an added vent from your furnace repair company, you can double your usable home space and stay warm all year long.
Like most major appliances and systems in your house, the best way to keep your furnace running smoothly is to perform regular checkups. While you should always plan on having a furnace repair specialist in to perform an official annual checkup (the best time for this is in the early fall), you can take on the task of regular monthly maintenance yourself. Not only will this save you money in small repairs and breakdowns, but the more familiar you are with your HVAC or furnace system, the more confident you’ll feel about your home’s heating overall.
We might be a little biased, but we believe the climate in Utah is one of its biggest selling points as a great place to live. Warm and beautiful summers that rarely break into the hundreds, cold winters that make the most of the mountains and the skiing landscape, spring and fall seasons awash with color—there are few places in the world with so many varied seasons as our own Park City.
One of the greatest things about our technology-dependent society is that it’s easier than ever before to stay connected. Around the world, across the country, even in our own neighborhoods—all it takes is the press of a button to find ourselves transported to a new place.
In fact, if the place you want to be transported is to your very own home so you can make sure the furnace kicks on before you arrive, there are several different options available to you. Using your smartphone or iPhone, you can perform tasks like:
- View the temperature inside your home
Having a great furnace, HVAC, and air condition system will help regulate the temperatures in your home and keep you comfortable year-round, but it isn’t the answer to every energy issue you face. Old houses, drafty houses, houses that haven’t been audited for energy efficiency—these kinds of things will affect your overall comfort level and your monthly heating/cooling bill.
To save money on energy costs and ensure that you’re doing everything you can to keep your energy usage low, here are a few home energy tips that can enhance your heating/cooling experience.
One of the easiest air conditioning and furnace repair issues in Park City that we regularly see is when a thermostat is on the fritz. Like the command center of a military outpost, almost all the information about your home’s heating and cooling system is run through the thermostat. Is it too hot? Is it too cold? Is it the right hour to start the system kicking into high gear?
While a digital thermostat can be a great way to maintain your home’s temperature, a malfunctioning thermostat can wreak all kinds of havoc—if only because you might suspect a much larger problem than you actually have. The common signs of thermostat irregularity include:
Many people hear the word “humidity” and immediately assume it’s something negative. After all, we’re told time and time again that when it comes to feeling uncomfortable in the summer, it’s not the heat so much as the humidity that does the real damage.
While humid places can be uncomfortable when temperatures soar in the summer, the reality is that humidity is needed to keep us safe, comfortable, and in good health. Humidity refers to the amount of water vapor in the air, which affects how we breathe and how we sweat. (For easy reference, a jungle has high humidity; a desert has almost none.)
To save money on home heating and cooling costs, and to avoid having to call in a Park City furnace repair company every time you hear a rattle and clank, it’s a good idea to set up a seasonal maintenance plan. By getting used to doing a quick energy check four times a year as the seasons change, you can reduce the amount of time you spend thinking about your home’s heating and cooling systems—and still enjoy a comfortable temperature year round.