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Tune up Your Air Conditioner to Avoid Problems this Summer

With the warmer temperatures of spring upon us, many people will be turning on their air conditioners for the first time. Before you turn on your system, you’ll want to perform some maintenance and tune up your air conditioner to make sure that it is running properly.

Change the Filter

Changing the filter on your air conditioner is a basic form of maintenance, and it’s important to look after it if you want to keep your air conditioner running smoothly. Once you replace your current air conditioner, plan to keep doing so on a monthly basis. With the heavy use your air conditioner will be subjected to during the summer months, you will want to keep on top of this chore.

Call a Contractor to Tune up Your Air Conditioner

Your air conditioner tune-up should include the following:

  • Checking the refrigerant pressure
  • Testing the electrical components
  • Cleaning the coils to ensure good air flow

If you are having a problem in any of these areas, it could mean that your air conditioner is not running as efficiently as it should. Taking this step will help you to head off any potential problems that could lead to a breakdown when the temperatures really start soaring.

Once the air conditioner is running well, leave it on for the entire season. Shutting it off when you leave the house is not an efficient way to use it. If you allow your home to heat up through the day and then have to run the air conditioner to bring the interior temperature down several degrees, it means the system will have to work harder to make you comfortable.

A better choice is to turn the thermostat up a few degrees when you go to work and let it run at that temperature during the day. Buy a programmable thermostat so that you can bring down the temperature shortly before you are due to arrive home from work. It’s much easier on your system and you will feel more comfortable when you arrive home.

To schedule your appointment for a tune-up on your air conditioner, call Air Depot today at 281-477-3700.
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3 Air Conditioning Terms That Can Save You Money

If you are like most people, you could use a bit more green in your pocket. With temperatures starting to get warmer, you’ll want to keep an eye on your energy bill. Rather than ignoring your air conditioner until you have a problem with it, take the time to get familiar with air conditioning terms now. You’ll be able to make better choices when you need have your unit repaired or if you decide to invest in a new one.

Air Conditioning Terms that can Lead to Savings for You

1. Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio

The Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio (SEER) is a way to measure the air conditioning system’s efficiency. The higher the unit’s efficiency, the less expensive it will be to operate. Keep in mind that energy-efficient systems are also more environmentally friendly. If you are looking for a greener choice in an A/C system for your home, this is a good option.

Look for an air conditioner with a SEER rating of 16 or more if you are in the market for a new unit. It will save you money on your energy bill over an older, lower-efficiency one.

SEER models with higher ratings will cost more than lower-rated models. For Cypress-area residents, it makes sense to invest in a high-SEER system, since the air conditioner will be used regularly.

2. Humidity

Indoor humidity can make your home feel warmer, even if you are running your air conditioner constantly. If you are looking for a new air conditioner, you may want to choose one with a humidity control to keep your home more comfortable. This feature will help you save on your energy costs.

3. Modulation

Modulated air conditioners are less expensive to operate. They can operate at variable speeds and can vary the amount of energy used to power them. Instead of making the house feel chilly when they are operating and feeling like it is too warm when the fan kicks off, you will be able to have an even temperature.

A modulated system will also help to control humidity. If you are able to keep it under control, you may be able to set your thermostat at a higher temperature and still feel comfortable. This type of air conditioning system will can also help you save money.

To find out more about air conditioning systems that can help you save money, contact Air Depot at 281-477-3711 today.

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Smart Air Conditioner: There’s an App for That

General Electric and Quirky have produced its first product, the Aros in-room air conditioner. It can sense when someone has left the room or comes back into the space. This smart air conditioner also keeps track of energy usage, which is an important feature for consumers who want to keep a close eye on the family budget.

The Aros was developed by Quirky, a crowd-source site where people input ideas. GE invested a massive amount of funding into Quirky in 2013.

This in-wall air conditioner is designed for people living in apartments. The 8,000 BTU unit looks similar to a standard window air conditioner. They are very common in any city or town once the temperature starts to rise. The difference in these air conditioners, which will be available to consumers at $300.00 each, is entirely on the inside and how they are controlled. (The Aros is now available for pre-order on Amazon.com and orders will be shipped in May.)

Aros:the Smart Air Conditioner

Aros connects via Wi-Fi to the home’s network. Along with having an On/Off switch, it is controlled with the Wink app for Android and iOS. The unit’s front is outfitted with a screen control panel.

The app is considered the heart of this device. With it, a user does not have to make decisions about whether the unit should be left on when he or she is not at home. Instead, the app tracks the amount of energy the AC uses, it learns the home’s normal usage patterns so that it knows when it should operate and will turn itself on when the smartphone is a certain distance from the home.

To perform this function, the app accesses the smartphone’s GPS location service. The unit can be set to turn off automatically once the phone leaves the area. It will turn on when the app senses that the person is close to home again. Since it can keep track of the energy being used, the app can offer suggestions about the most energy-efficient times to run it based on the owner’s schedule.

Basic features for the Aros air conditioner include three cooling modes, as well as three fan speeds. It’s also equipped with two retractable screens to fit squarely into the window.

AirDepot is your cooling specialist in the Cypress area. Call us to discuss a new installation or to schedule a service call at 281-477-3700281-477-3700.

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4 Spring Air Conditioning Maintenance Tips

Now that spring is just about upon us, it’s time to think about focusing on warmer weather. For homeowners, that means spring cleaning. One item that should definitely be on your list is air conditioning maintenance.

You’ll want to make sure that it is in good working order now. Don’t wait until the hot Texas summer starts and then find out what your air conditioner is either broken or not cooling your home to its highest capacity. Air Depot suggests that you have your air conditioner checked in the early spring. In many cases, a maintenance check will reveal small problems that can lead to bigger problems that, if left unattended, will be more expensive to repair.

Air Conditioning Maintenance Tips for Homeowners

  1. Even though you don’t need to run your air conditioner on a regular basis yet, run it for a few minutes. If it is broken, you’ll want to arrange for a service call right away instead of being placed on a waiting list on a sweltering hot Texas summer day.
  2. Change the filters on a regular basis. The instructions will indicate how often they should be changed, and it’s a good idea to mark the date on your calendar so that you keep on top of this chore. Disposable air filters need to be replaced, while electrostatic ones will need to be cleaned and replaced in your air conditioner.
  3. Check all of your access panels carefully and make sure that all the screw are firmly in place.
  4. Remove leaves, dirt, debris, and other obvious obstructions from the exterior of your air conditioning unit.

Call Air Depot at 281-477-3700281-477-3700 to schedule your spring air conditioning maintenance check. We are your repair and service experts!

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Types of Cypress Home Ventilation

Last time, we looked at ventilation and air quality, and now we’re going to examine types of Cypress home ventilation. When the weather is warm enough, natural ventilation could be an option. Mechanical ventilation helps you to control air movement inside your home.

Natural Home Ventilation

If you want to get home ventilation you do have the option of opening a window. Leaving a screen door open will also allow air to circulate, but each of these options does create a security risk. Neither one is a cost-effective, especially during colder months when you are more interested in keeping your home heated to a comfortable temperature.

Opening windows or vents is not a good idea if you want to ventilate a basement or a structure located below ground level. If you allow air to get into a cooler space below the ground, it will lead to issues with humidity and condensation.

Mechanical Home Ventilation

There are several advantages to having mechanical ventilation in your home. For one thing, it allows you to easily raise or lower the interior temperature. Some systems provide air filtering as well. If the system is well designed, it will be able to virtually eliminate hotter and cooler zones in the house, as well as stagnant air pockets. Your home will feel comfortable, no matter where you happen to be.

A Heat Recovery Ventilator (HRV) can help to control the level of health air in your home, even when your home is sealed up tight. Mechanical ventilation is achieved by using a fan to circulate air into a particular space. A local exhaust fan can be used to enhance filtration in your home, which increases the ventilation airflow rate.

For more information about how updating your HVAC system can improve the air quality in your home, contact Air Depot today at 281-477-3700281-477-3700. We are your local experts.

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