5 HVAC New Year’s Resolutions You Should Adopt

There is a very good chance that your HVAC system is one of the last things on your mind as the new year approaches. However, as an integral part of maintaining home comfort for you and your family, your HVAC system deserves a spot in your list of New Year’s resolutions for 2017. Want to learn more? Read on to find out how you can resolve to be better to your HVAC system this year and optimize your home comfort.

Top HVAC New Year’s Resolutions

Try something different this year, and add one of these top HVAC New Year’s resolutions to your list for 2017:

  1. Learn repair warning signs.

The quicker you can recognize signs that your HVAC system needs repairs, the sooner you can get the system repaired and restore home comfort efficiency. Do a little research on the most common AC and heater problems. Then, call your HVAC technician when you start to see signs of these issues with your system.

  1. Keep plants and foliage maintained.

Keep your outdoor air compressor free of debris and obstructions by trimming bushes, shrubs, branches, tall grass, and any other foliage that may be growing near the unit. Aim for a two-foot clearing around the unit. This keeps the system free of blockages and also allows for a clear path for your HVAC technician when he or she needs to tune-up or repair the system.

  1. Check your air filter monthly and clean or change the filter.

Checking and replacing the air filter once a month is something that every homeowner should do to maintain efficiency and keep their system running smoothly. A clogged filter can negatively impact your indoor air quality, restrict airflow within your home, increase energy costs, and cause unnecessary wear and tear to your system. Check your air filter monthly and  replace or clean the filter if it is dirty or clogged.

  1. Resolve to get an annual tune-up.

In order to ensure that your HVAC system is running efficiently and keeping you comfortable, it is important to get an annual tune-up from a qualified HVAC technician. During the maintenance visit, your HVAC technician will make sure your system is clean and lubricated while also checking for any repair needs. Most homeowners will get a furnace tune-up in the fall, just before the winter weather starts to hit, and an air conditioner tune-up in the spring before they start using their AC for the summer.

  1. Check your insulation and ductwork for leaks.

Check your insulation in attics and crawl spaces, and seal any leaks that you may find. Make sure that your air ducts are also sealed. Poor insulation and leaks in your ductwork can allow the cool or warm air to escape, causing your HVAC system to work less efficiently. This energy waste can drive energy costs up, costing you more money each month.

Not sure how to get started with these HVAC New Year’s resolutions? Contact us today to find out how you can ensure that your system is taken care of in 2017.

Carbon Monoxide Detectors vs. Carbon Monoxide Monitors

Did you know that many people who are exposed to carbon monoxide don’t even know it? In fact, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, more than 400 people die each year in the U.S. from accidental, non-fire related carbon monoxide poisoning. More than 20,000 visit the emergency room, and more than 4,000 are hospitalized due to this invisible, but deadly gas, which often results from home appliances like furnaces, stoves, fire places, and generators.

Though there are many ways to prevent carbon monoxide leaks, the key to protecting your family from CO poisoning is effectively recognizing when the gas is present in your home. Carbon monoxide detectors and monitors help you do just that, but there is an important difference between these two devices.

The Difference Between Carbon Monoxide Detectors and Monitors

This week, our very own Mike Douglas was on the Chris Krok Show to talk more about how carbon monoxide impacts people and families in the Dallas community. During his segment, he explained the difference between carbon monoxide detectors and monitors and how each helps alert homeowners to the presence of CO in the home.

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As Mike discusses, the main difference between the two is that carbon monoxide detectors alert you to dangerous levels of CO in the home, while carbon monoxide monitors allow you to monitor any level of carbon monoxide. Much like a fire alarm, the detector only alerts you when CO has reached a dangerous level. However, not every member of your family may have the same tolerance, and many detectors will only measure CO levels every couple of hours. Long-term exposure to lower levels of carbon monoxide can also present health issues, making a carbon monoxide monitor a better choice, especially for families with children, pregnant mothers, and elderly folks.

Learn More About Carbon Monoxide

To learn more about carbon monoxide leaks and how to protect you and your family from this silent killer, check out some of our other helpful posts on the subject:

HVAC Safety Tips: Residential Carbon Monoxide Leaks

Should I Be Concerned About Carbon Monoxide in My Home?

Popular Myths and Facts About Carbon Monoxide

Enlighten Yourself About Carbon Monoxide Poisoning

If you are ready to install a CO2 monitor in your home or you have any questions about carbon monoxide safety, call us today for more information: (469) 240-5456.

All I Want for Christmas is Energy Savings: Tips for Saving Money This Holiday Season

Between hosting guests, decorating the house, and trying to keep your home warm, the holiday season is a time of high energy usage. It is easy to forget about saving energy when you’re running errands, purchasing gifts, and preparing for all the festivities. However, there are many simple steps that you can take to save energy this holiday season and decrease your monthly bill.

Energy-Saving Tips for the Holidays

If you want to cut energy costs this holiday season, use these simple tips for increasing your energy efficiency:

  1. Invest in LED holiday lights.

Holiday lights can be a real energy-eater during the holiday season. One way to cut down on energy costs is by investing in LED holiday lights. Using LED lights instead of traditional lights will not only help you save energy, but also allow you to create a safer environment during the holidays. Whereas 90% of the energy used by traditional holiday lights is released as heat, LED lights are more efficient and long-lasting. They also do not give off heat, which reduces the heating risks.

  1. Cook and bake more efficiently.

Cooking is another aspect of the holiday season that can cause your electricity costs to skyrocket. With a little planning and attention, you can save energy while cooking and baking during the holidays. Avoid taking the lids off of pots or opening the oven to take a peek as this can increase cook time and release heat into the air, causing your HVAC system to work harder to keep your home comfortable. Also, try making several dishes at the same time. This allows you to make the most of your oven space and heat time.

  1. Purchase energy-efficient gifts.

Another way to cut down on energy usage is to make a pledge to buy gifts that don’t require electricity or batteries. Instead, use your time and skills to create thoughtful, do-it-yourself gifts for friends and family. If you are planning on purchasing electronics or other gifts that run on batteries or electricity, purchase more energy-efficient gifts. Consider Energy Star qualified electronics and appliances, and purchase rechargeable batteries for any gifts that may require them to function.

  1. Reduce the number of trips you take.

The holiday season is a busy time full of trips out of the house. Whether you are running quick errands, shopping for gifts, or picking up traveling guests, you will often find yourself running back and forth to various locations. One way to save fuel is by combining errands to reduce the number of trips you need to take. For instance, you might stop by the grocery store on your way home for work or take a trip to the mall for shopping before you pick your relatives or friends up from the airport.

Want more energy saving tips? Check out Ways to Increase Your Air Conditioner’s Efficiency or Energy Saving Tips for Winter for more ways to save energy throughout the year.