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Does it Make Sense to Replace your Air Conditioner in late Summer?

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If you have been noticing that your air conditioner has not been working as efficiently as it should be, you may be wondering whether it makes sense to replace it in late summer or if you should hang in until next spring. It can be tempting to want to hang onto an older model unit so that you can get every ounce of usage out of it before you get a replacement, but this is probably not the best choice. In a situation where you have real concerns that your system needs to be replaced, now is not too late to replace your air conditioner.

Why You Should Replace Your Air Conditioner in Late Summer

  1. Your older model air conditioner can break down at any time.
  2. There is still plenty of hot weather ahead and unless you are prepared to take the chance of being suddenly without air conditioning, you may want to choose to have the unit replaced at a time that is convenient for you.
  3. A newer unit is less likely to need extensive (and expensive) repairs.
  4. Rather than spending money on several repairs for an older air conditioner, you will likely be better off investing in a new system that will probably cost less in the long run.
  5. Newer air conditioner systems are more energy efficient.
  6. An older air conditioner will likely have worn-down parts that will need to work harder to keep your home cool. You may even notice that your home has some spots that are warmer or cooler than others. Upgrading to a more energy-efficient model will help you save money on your energy bill.
  7. A new air conditioner system will probably cost more next spring.

The longer you wait to make a decision to upgrade your air conditioner system, the more it will likely cost you to buy it. If you need an air conditioner, the best time to buy one is now!

Contact Air Depot at 281-477-3700 to discuss your new air conditioner needs today. We can help you find the right size and type for your home so that you can keep your cool for the rest of the summer.

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Tips for Dealing with High Humidity in your Home

In the summer, warm and sunny weather is welcomed but very few people can honestly say they like humidity. This type of climate makes it challenging to be outside for and makes us feel drained of energy after just a short time. Potential problems from high humidity in your home start once it reaches the 60 level percent range or higher. At that point, you may start noticing the following effects:

  • Indoor air feels “stale”
  • Relative temperature is higher than indicated (humid air at 80 degrees feels hotter than dry air at the same temperature)
  • Increase in “bad hair days”

These are frustrating problems, but there are more serious issues that can affect your home from high humidity. If the problem is not checked, it creates the perfect breeding ground for mold growth.

Potential Health Issues Linked to Mold Growth

Household mold needs a warm, damp environment in which to grow. It can trigger a number of health issues, including:

  • Allergies
  • Asthma attacks
  • Irritation of eyes, nose, and throat
  • Respiratory problems

How to Deal with High Humidity in your Home

To keep household mold and mildew out your house, you’ll want to make sure that the humidity levels are kept in the 45-55 percent range. There are a couple of ways you can do this:

  • Make sure that your home is properly ventilated. While it would be unwise to keep the windows open – this will only let in moist, humid air from the outside – you can make sure that you use the exhaust fans located in your kitchen and bathroom. These are the areas of your home which are most likely to have the highest levels of humidity.
  • Keep your air conditioner well maintained. As the air flows through your home’s vents, it passes over the evaporator coil and deposits moisture onto it, which is blown off and then moves through a condensate drain. If your air conditioner is not working properly, it will not dehumidify you home properly, and you could end up with a frozen AC coil. If you see an ice buildup on your air conditioner, you’ll need to arrange for a service call from an air conditioner technician.

At Air Depot, we want everyone to have a cool, comfortable home this summer. If you are having issues with high humidity in your home or need air conditioner repair, contact us at 281-477-3700 today!

4 Things you Can Do to Lower your Summer Air Conditioning Bill

HotThe summer is when your air conditioner is really put through its paces to keep your home cool and comfortable. If you aren’t ready to replace your entire system to keep your energy costs down, you can still lower your summer air conditioning bill. Here are some tips to help you make sure that you are not paying more than you have to this year.

How to Lower your Summer Air Conditioning Bill

1. Clean your air conditioner filter regularly.

When the filter gets dirty, it has to work harder to pull air into the system. This uses up more energy, which ends up costing you more money. Make a point of checking your outdoor filter every couple of weeks to make sure it is clean. If it’s an outdoor filter, you may be able to hose it off and replace it in your unit.

2. Keep your drapes or blinds closed to beat the heat.

We all like to see the sun on a warm, summer day; except that when you let the sunshine into your home, you are also allowing the heat to enter in as well. The south and west sides of your house are particularly vulnerable, so make sure that you keep the blinds and drapes closed unless you have someone in the house who is particularly enjoying the sunshine. If not, close them up to lower the temperature and save on your energy costs.

3. Use caulking to seal cracks.

If you notice that an area near a door or a window feels particularly warm, check it for leaks or cracks. If you find a gap, use caulking or an expanding foam to fill up the gap. It will keep the cool air in your home so that you are using less energy to keep it comfortable during the summer months.

4. Take steps to keep your kitchen cool.

One way to increase the temperature in your home is to use your oven to cook meals. Now is a good time to plan some no-cook meals or use the microwave or a slow cooker more often to avoid heating up your kitchen.

Air Depot is your go-to source for air conditioner sales and service in the Cypress area. Call us at 281-477-3700.

 

How to Buy an Energy-efficient Central Air Conditioner

A central air conditioner can reasonably be expected to last for between 15 and 20 years. If your current unit is close to or at this mark, it’s time to think about replacing it with a new energy-efficient central air conditioner. While you will have to spend money at the outset, updating your unit will help you save money on your monthly energy bills. Before you can make a good decision about your next central air conditioner, you’ll need to gather information so that you have all the facts you need to make the right decision for your home.

Two Types of Central Air Conditioners

Before you make a decision about replacing your current air conditioner system, you’ll need to know which type of central air conditioner you have in place: a split system air conditioner or a packaged central air conditioner.

Split-system air conditioners have an outdoor cabinet which contains the condenser and compressor. An indoor cabinet houses the evaporator; in many cases it also contains the indoor part of a heat pump or a furnace.

Packaged central air conditioners have the condenser, compressor, and the evaporator in an outdoor metal cabinet. It is usually positioned on a concrete slab next to the foundation. Air supply and return ducts extend from the cabinet through the home’s exterior wall to a series of internal supply and return ducts. They circulate and return cool air throughout the home.

Tips for Buying an Energy-efficient Central Air Conditioner

  • Consult with an experienced HVAC contractor to make sure you buy the right size unit for the square footage of your home. If the unit is too small, it will have to work too hard to keep your house cool, which will raise your energy bills. If the central air conditioner is too big, it will cycle on and off too quickly, which will result in too much humidity in your home.
  • Look for a system that runs quietly. New, energy-efficient systems on the market make about the same level of noise as a distant conversation and you will not find them disturbing to your everyday activities.
  • An air conditioning system with a check filter light to remind you to check the filter after a certain number of operating hours will help you to perform this necessary function regularly.

Call Air Depot at 281-477-3700 to get a quote for installation for your new energy-efficient central air conditioner.

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Thermostat Maintenance: Calibration Check

A thermostat is a very sensitive instrument that is made to respond to even the slightest change in temperature. It has fewer parts that are likely to break down than the rest of your air conditioning system, but that doesn’t mean that it can’t present some problems for you. You should still perform regular thermostat maintenance to keep it working properly, which will, in turn keep your Cypress air conditioning system performing at its best.

If your thermostat cover is not installed properly or it gets bumped, your air conditioner or heater may not start when you turn it on. The base may slip out of level, which means it will not operate properly. A dirty thermometer will not calibrate or operate properly . Wires can become loose or corroded over the years, and they will need to be tightened with a screwdriver and and cleaned with a cotton swab.

Thermostat Maintenance: Check the Calibration

  1. Pad a glass tube with paper towels and tape it to the wall a few inches away from your thermostat. The paper towels will prevent it from touching the surface of the wall directly.
  2. Wait about 15 minutes. At this point, the mercury will have stabilized. Compare the reading on the thermometer with the reading on the thermostat needle.
  3. If there is a variation by more than a degree, you’ll need to check to see whether the thermostat is dirty. Remove the faceplate; it is usually held in place by a friction catch or a snap. Blow away any dust you see inside it. Do not use a vacuum cleaner; the suction power will be too great. If you see accessible contact points, rub a new dollar bill between them to clean them up. If the element is coiled, you can use a soft brush to clean it up.
  4. If you see a mercury vial inside your thermostat, use a level to make sure it is straight. If it isn’t straight, loosen the mounting screws and readjust the vial until it is level. Retighten the screws.
  5. Check the thermostat again to make sure it is giving you the same reading as the thermometer. If it is not calibrated properly, the thermostat will need to be replaced.

Air Depot is your one stop for all your air conditioning needs in Cypress. We offer sales and service. Give us a call at 281-477-3700.

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