Here’s an air conditioner filter buying guide from Reimer

Filter Buying GuideAir filter is an important component of the air conditioning unit. The filter removes air pollutants from the air, which can reduce the indoor air quality. Your family will be able to breathe cleaner air when you replace the filter regularly. Also, replacing the filter on a regular basis will result in efficient operation of the system due to which you can save on energy bills.

If you are thinking about replacing the air conditioner filter, this air conditioner filter buying guide will prove invaluable.

Your air conditioner filter buying guide

When buying the filter you need to consider various things. The most important consideration is the filter’s efficiency in removing the dust particles. Generally, filter efficiency is measured by the following technical terms:

  • MERV
  • MPR
  • FPR

Before heading to the stores, you should know the technical terms so that you make the best decision. All air filters have a minimum efficiency reporting value, or MERV. The rating was developed in 1987 to report the effectiveness of air filters in removing the dust particles. The MERV ratings are between 0 and 20. You should select an air filter rated 15 or above as they can remove most of the airborne contaminants.

MPR stands for Micro-Particle Performance rating. Developed by 3M Filtrete, the rating tells how effectively the filter can block particles between 0.3 and 1 micron in size. Consider buying a filter with an MPR of 1900 or above as they are the most effective in removing air pollutants.

Lastly, the FPR that stands for Filter Performance rating has been developed by Home Depot. The rating applies to filters that are sold through the store. They indicate whether the filter has a good, better, best, or premium rating. When purchasing a filter through the Home Depot, you should consider buying a filter with FPR rating of best or premium.

Here’s the bottom-line

Buying a high efficiency filter will result in cost saving for you. High rated filters require less frequent replacement as compared to lower rated filters. Apart from the rating of the filters there are many types of filters such as fiberglass and pleated filters that have different efficiency in removing the dust particles.

Keep in mind that most air filters require replacement after 3 months of use. High energy efficient pleated filters can last for up to 12 months. The area where you reside will determine how frequently you should replace the filter. If you reside in an area with a lot of dirt and dust, you need to replace the filter more frequently.

Call Reimer for more on the air conditioner filter buying guide

You should consider talking with an air conditioner technician to learn more about buying the best filter for your cooling unit. If you reside in Buffalo and Western New York area, you can contact Reimer Home Services.

Financing a new air conditioner through Reimer

It’s the middle of summer in Western New York, and your air conditioner has finally started to give out after more than 10 seasons. With your current, older air conditioner one foot in the grave and your home budget already stretched to the breaking point, it might seem like you’re between the proverbial rock and a hard place.

Financing Air Conditioning SystemsHowever, with financing from Reimer, you can get your air conditioner replaced without having to worry about the upfront cash. We offer financing to customers with approved credit, and that financing can help you in a number of ways, including allowing you to take advantage of seasonal specials on new systems, giving you greater buying power to purchase the right system for your family and home, and letting you buy into greater energy savings. Most importantly, you and your family will stay cool for the rest of the summer.

Financing gives you greater buying power

When you’re limited to the cash you have on-hand, you’re only able to purchase the systems you can afford to pay cash for—not the system that fits your home and cooling needs best. That last part is important. Air conditioners need to be the right size for homes: too big, and the system is constantly starting and stopping, wasting energy as it tries to maintain temperature; too small, and the system is constantly working harder and straining to keep up with demand.

Financing gives you the purchasing power to buy the right system, not just the right-priced system. When you work with Reimer, our professional team will help you determine which system is right for your home. We provide you with a free estimate to get started. Give us a call today to learn more about how we provide estimates to our customers.

Take advantage of specials

When you’re saving up for a new air conditioner, you may have to wait through several specials that would have otherwise saved you money. Reimer regularly offers seasonal deals on new air conditioners (and furnaces) that can offer major savings on the most advanced new Carrier systems. However, paying in cash means that your timing might not be right, leading to you losing out on a special offer from either Reimer or Carrier.

Instead, financing a new system allows you to take advantage of the limited time offer, so that you don’t lose out on an air conditioner that was perfect for your home, at the right price. To see current specials offered by Reimer, visit our coupons page.

Energy-efficiency boost

It’s a well-known fact that the air conditioners built today are far more energy efficient than the ones manufactured 20, 15, or even 10 years ago. Even not accounting for the age of your older air conditioner—since system lose efficiency as they age—today’s AC systems have an emphasis on reduced energy use. If you’re paying high electric bills while waiting, season after season, to save up for an upgrade to a new air conditioner, you could be costing yourself money in the long-run.

Financing allows you to make the leap in efficiency right away, which will save you money on your bills for the entire summer season—and years after that.

Ready to get started?

If you’re ready to learn more about financing from Reimer, give our team a call at (716) 694-8524.

Reasons to finance a new air conditioner this summer

It’s a hot summer and it’s only just getting started. As the temperatures rise, the pressure on your current air conditioner increases, as well. For an older AC system, the question isn’t if it’s going to have a breakdown, it’s when. If you find yourself unexpectedly in need of a new air conditioner, you’ll need a new system—even if your budget isn’t ready for it. That’s where Reimer comes in.

We offer financing to customers with approved credit. To learn more about our financing offers, give Reimer a call. Here are just some of the benefits of using financing to purchase a new system.

Financing new air conditionersYou can get the right air conditioner

When you use cash to purchase a new system, you’re limited to what you have on-hand. However, that amount might only be enough to purchase a system that’s too small for your home, or lacks efficiency upgrades that will save you money over the years to come. You shouldn’t have to settle on a system that’s not a great fit just because you don’t have the exact cash for a better one.

With financing, you could use your current cash as a down payment and then pay for the remainder of the system over time. This allows you to get the system you need for your home without having to scrape the bottom of the barrel.

You can take advantage of seasonal specials

If you’ve been waiting to purchase a new air conditioning system until you have the right amount of cash, you could miss seasonal specials and incentives that greatly reduce the price of new systems. With financing from Reimer, you can purchase the new system when the time is right, allowing you to save money.

You can get an energy efficient system sooner

If your current system has been crawling along, an upgrade to a new system will allow you to reap the benefits of greater energy efficiency. The money you’ll save on your energy bills during the summer months isn’t insignificant. If you’re waiting until the end of the summer to upgrade until a new system, financing can help you save money over the three or four months where you use your air conditioning the most.

You get working AC sooner

This is one of the more obvious reasons. Every day you delay is another day that your family will have to spend in the heat of summer. By applying for financing, you can get your new AC system sooner than if you had to save up cash to pay for it.

Choose Reimer for new AC systems

Reimer sell and installs some of the most sophisticated cooling systems available today. Since 1921, we’ve been providing the residents of Western New York with comfort solutions, including air conditioning. Our NATE-certified technicians are installation specialists. We can help match you to the new system that’s right for your home and cooling needs. Give us a call today!

Should I repair or replace my AC unit?

It’s a question that we get all the time here at Reimer: should I have my AC unit repaired, or should I purchase a new one?

AC unit installationFirst, some advice: every situation (and AC system!) is different, and the best way to have your dilemma answered is by talking to one of the professionals at Reimer and having them inspect your current system. However, to get the conversation started, here are some things to consider when you’re debating between repair and replacement.

When to consider AC unit repair:

  • If you have a younger system: If your air conditioner is less than 10 years old, you should strongly consider repair. As long as it doesn’t have a long or extensive history of breaking down, a less-than-decade-old AC unit probably has years of service ahead of it. Most air conditioners last between 10-15 years but properly maintained ones can last far longer than that.
  • If you have a strong maintenance history: Without annual maintenance from an industry-certified professional, your AC unit may encounter problems that snowball into long-term damage and wear. However, if you’ve done a good job keeping up with maintenance, you’re more likely to ride out the repairs that you do need and have a longer system lifespan.
  • If you’re otherwise satisfied with your system: If your system is delivering you energy efficiency in-line with your expectations and cooling that gets the job done for your family, take that into consideration when weighing repair versus replacement. A new unit will probably have efficiency gains, but if the gulf isn’t significant, you may want to stick with your current system.

When to consider AC unit replacement:

  • When it’s only slightly more expensive than the repair: The cost of some repairs—depending on the problem and how extensive the fix is—may come close to the cost of just purchasing a new unit. If this is the case, you’ll want to go with a new system, even if it costs you some extra money. You’ll make it up in the added energy efficiency and years of your new system. Remember: sometimes, your current AC unit is a sunk cost. It’s time to move on.
  • If the repairs are becoming repetitive: It’s one thing to pay for a single repair a single time. However, if your AC is starting to become a money pit where small repairs keep adding up, you may need to cut the cord and move on to a new system. Weigh the costs and think about an honest figure for how much your AC has cost you—in both actual money and in time and patience.
  • If you stand to benefit from better efficiency: If—on top of needing repairs—your current AC is an aging energy hog, you may want to think about a new unit as not only an AC replacement but an investment. Chat with the technicians at Reimer, and they’ll help you figure out how much a new, advanced system can save you every single month.

Why choose Reimer Heating and Air Conditioning?

Since 1921, Reimer has provided Western New York and Buffalo with quality heating and cooling services, including installation, repair, and maintenance. We also offer plumbing services. That’s nearly a century of helping homeowners keep their homes comfortable. Our 100% satisfaction guarantee, NATE-certified technicians, and overall commitment to quality service have made us a local favorite.

Whether you need help deciding between AC repair or replacment—or already know and need to schedule service—give the professionals at Reimer Heating and Air Conditioning a call.

5 Signs Your Home Needs Air Conditioning Repair

In many cases, you know when you need air conditioning repair because your AC system simply stops functioning. It’s not always that easy, however. Here are five other warning signs that you need to have a professional from Reimer inspect your air conditioner prior to the situation getting worse.

Air Conditioning Repair Buffalo#1. Your air conditioning system isn’t generating cold air

This is often what prompts homeowners to pick up the phone and dial the local AC repair company. When your air conditioner isn’t generating cold air, it’s not cooling down your home, and the heat and humidity becomes noticeable, if not downright uncomfortable. However, it’s important to note that your air conditioner can be still be broken, even if it’s emitting cold air. In fact, you might not find out there’s a problem until…

#2. Your cooling bills are out of control

Your air conditioning is working just fine. You skipped the tune-up this year, and went straight into summer with the system in the same state it was in last year. Then, you open your monthly energy bill. We sure hope you were sitting down before you did, because the ultimate total is faint-inducing.

An AC system may be broken in a way that causes it to work harder to emit less and less cooling over time. If you find that your energy bills have spiked, call an AC repair specialist and have them look over your system.

#3. Your air conditioning unit is making sounds that it shouldn’t

You’ll know it when you hear it. Maybe your air conditioning system is making all the usual noises, but is louder than usual. Or, perhaps, it’s emitting a metallic screeching or a grinding sound. If you hear any of these noises coming from your air conditioning unit, you should call Reimer Home Services and have them send a technician out to diagnose the problem. Metal-on-metal scraping might be a sign that something is look or interfering with the fan. Besides the annoying noise, such a problem would lead to major air conditioning repair needs down the road—if not the total replacement of the system.

#4. Moisture is inside your ducts

Your air conditioning system is meant to handle a degree of moisture: after all, it’s outside, and rain can fall on it and inside of it, to a degree. However, you shouldn’t have moisture coming from the ducts inside of your home. If you do, it might indicate a number of problems. Call the experts at Reimer immediately. While it might be water or condensation from a nearby pipe, the water might not be water, but leaked AC coolant from the system. This liquid is toxic, and you’ll want to have us clean it up to ensure you and your family’s safety.

#5. Your unit is emitting strange smells

If you’re smelling a foul, metallic smell, that may be an indicator that your AC’s wire insulation has been burned through. In contrast, a musty smell might indicate that mold is growing inside of your AC system or in your ducts. Either way, a call to Reimer Home Services is the only way to know for sure.

Call Reimer

Reimer Home Services is western New York’s source for quality customer service and incredible air conditioning repair. Whether you need repair, a tune-up Call them to schedule your appointment today.

Schedule AC maintenance before summer arrives

AC maintenance is one of the most important steps you can take to make sure your air conditioner is ready for the summer ahead. Have an industry-certified technician from Buffalo’s own Reimer Home Services thoroughly inspect your air conditioner, and we’ll identify any problems and ensure that you’re getting the best energy efficiency possible. Spring is the best time to have your AC maintained.

An AC tune-up can lower your bills.What are the benefits of AC maintenance?

  • Better performance: Like heating, cooling is expensive, and many families closely regulate how often they run the AC. But, they should also be thinking about an AC tune-up. Over the winter, dust settles in your system, blocking airways and making your AC have to work harder to cool your home. Reimer can clean the system and give it a boost in performance.
  • Longer life: A well-maintained system is going to live a longer life. While you may wish to upgrade your system in 10 or 20 years, have it be on your terms—not because your AC died prematurely. Reimer’s inspection will replace worn parts and solve issues that lead to air conditioners going out for good. All of that adds up to a chance at a longer life.
  • Solve issues: If parts are loose, or something isn’t working quite right, they may not break when you first turn on your AC for the season. But, keep in mind that your AC may run at full force for hours at a time during the warmest days of the summer. At that point, those minor problems have the potential to become a big catastrophe. Through AC maintenance, Reimer can help diagnose any issues and fix them before it gets to that point.

When is the best time to get an AC tune-up?

The best time to schedule an AC tune-up is in the spring, prior to you turning your air conditioning on for the season. If there are major issues, catching them prior to running the AC could save the entire system from a breakdown. Plus, having one of our technicians inspect your air conditioner prior to summer means that you maximize your energy efficiency returns.

Why should I choose Reimer?

iStock_000008182320XSmallOur experienced technicians service all AC makes and models, and, using their fully stocked and equipped trucks, they can quickly and effectively perform a quality AC tune-up on any system. In addition, our AC tune-up is far more thorough than a typical AC tune-up. For example, we use digital instruments to measure the performance of your air conditioner before and after the maintenance, so that you know you’re getting results.

Generations of families in western New York have trusted Reimer, since 1921, for their home cooling and heating needs. It’s a legacy of excellence that we believe in and continue to this day. When you hire Reimer for your AC tune-up—or any other of our HVAC, plumbing, or indoor air quality services—you’re getting a 100% satisfaction guarantee. This is our promise to you that we’re going to do things right.

Heating and Cooling Buffalo NY – Tune Ups and Repair

Having a heating and cooling system working at peak efficiency is one of the most important things to ensure for every household. In order to keep your HVAC system working properly, you should ensure proper maintenance on a regular basis. Our experienced heating and cooling Buffalo NY professionals recommend regular HVAC tune ups and quick repairs, when needed.

Why is regular tune up essential for optimal HVAC performance?

A regular HVAC tune up is very important for the system’s optimal performance and longevity. Such a tune up usually includes a thermostat check, a return air filter check, checking the blower wheel and motor stability, etc. Regular tune ups can prevent expensive repairs later on and give you a peace of mind by keeping your heating and cooling systems at working condition.

When performed on a regular basis (once or twice per year), HVAC tune ups guarantee a prolonged life cycle of your heating and cooling system. These routine checks are especially important before the beginning of the main heating and cooling periods of the year. Avoiding the tune ups may result in freezing low temperatures in your home/building in winter, or unbearably high temperatures over the summer.  

The routine tune ups usually include filter checks. HVAC filters are one of the key parts of your heating and cooling system. They prevent dust and dirt from blocking your HVAC unit. When these filters are clean, your unit will certainly work properly and more efficiently. Excessive dust and dirt can cause damage in the system that will eventually require a major repair. Such repairs can be costly and may take more than a few days.  

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Moreover, by keeping your HVAC unit filters clean, you keep the air in your house fresh as well. If there is a dirty filter, the unit may stop producing cool air since the air system’s coil may become frozen. So, instead of having to deal with a pricey repair, our heating and cooling Buffalo NY team advises you to schedule an AC unit tune up on a regular basis. Currently, our AC tune up service will cost you just $79.

Further on, our experienced and skillful technicians inspect the HVAC system contacts, wires, and relays to ensure they all work correctly. These professionals check if there are parts of the unit that require tightening or wires that should be replaced. They also inspect the evaporator coil and check if there is dust or dirt that should be cleaned. In order for the system to work properly, the drain has to be kept clean, too.

In addition, our skilled professionals inspect the condenser, as well as the fan and blades. The condenser may require cleaning, while the fan and blades should be lubricated for the system’s optimal performance.

The HVAC system coolant also needs to be checked annually – or its level and pressure, to be more precise. Without the right level and proper pressure, your unit will not keep your room temperature as desired.

By keeping your HVAC system checked and maintained each season, you can avoid major unexpected expenses for unit repairs. Our technicians are knowledgeable and can notice potential failures and issues before they cause serious damage to your HVAC system and your wallet.

Signs that your heating and cooling system needs repair

When a heating and cooling system runs smoothly, people tend to forget that it should be regularly maintained. In fact, this is the main reason why some people miss out on the regular HVAC system tune ups before the heating or cooling season starts. However, as soon as it stops working properly, they know it is time to repair or replace the unit.

Since every system needs maintenance from time to time, it is always good to recognize the signs – before it is too late. As your heating and cooling system works almost constantly, it’s important to pay attention to these signs.

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No matter what the season, if your heating and cooling system doesn’t distribute the desired temperature evenly, it’s a sign that it doesn’t work properly. An uneven temperature is a sure sign that something isn’t right and you should contact an HVAC professional to inspect the possible issue right away.

If you hear strange, unfamiliar sounds coming from the HVAC system, it is another sign that you need to contact professionals. Our experienced heating and cooling Buffalo NY experts can detect the issue and offer you an effective and efficient solution.

One other important indicator that your HVAC system needs to be checked by a professional are higher bills. If your bill is higher for no apparent reason, it’s good to have your heating and cooling system inspected thoroughly. Of course, your energy bill will be higher in August than in April due to the difference in the temperature outside. But, if you notice that it doesn’t correspond with how often you use the HVAC system, it is time for an expert check.

Why do we suggest hiring trustworthy heating and cooling Buffalo NY professionals?

Odd noise, higher energy bills, uneven inside temperatures – these are some of the common signs that indicate the need to hire an HVAC professional. But, why hire the best heating and cooling buffalo NY technicians – Reimer’s experienced professionals? Here’s why.

Heating and cooling systems are complex and expensive. Tune ups and repairs require proper knowledge, skills and experience – otherwise, it can be hazardous. HVAC repairs may include working with gas, electricity or dangerous materials. At Reimer’s, we take our job very seriously. Our main goal is to deliver a high quality service, ensure your safety and give you a peace of mind.

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Don’t waste your money on unreasonable energy bills while having to deal with the uneven temperature or odd noise whenever you enter your home/building. Instead of risking your safety and trying to fix your HVAC system by yourself, leave it to our heating and cooling Buffalo NY technicians.

Regular check-ups and maintenance of your HVAC system are a priority if you want to keep it working for many years to come. So, give us a call and schedule an HVAC tune up at least once a year.

What You Need to Know About Air Conditioning Tune Ups

If you are like many homeowners, you hear things like “Air Conditioning Tune Up” and all you think about is more money coming out of your pocket for an unnecessary expense. Is it really that important to get your air conditioning tuned up every year? The beauty of being a homeowner is that you get to make these sorts of decisions for yourself. But before you dismiss your annual a/c tune up as an unnecessary cost, you should make sure that you’re informed about a/c tune ups and why the HVAC professionals recommend them.

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If you are the type of homeowner who doesn’t fix something unless it’s broken, it might be time to start thinking about preventative maintenance. When it comes to your air conditioner, there are many benefits to be proactive with regular tune-ups and maintenance. Take a look at the following advantages that come with making sure your air conditioner is tuned up on a regular basis.iStock_000016316087Small

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Repairs: Air conditioning repairs can be costly and unexpected. When your air conditioning unit finally does break, you might be stuck paying some crazy repair costs that you weren’t prepared for and did not have time to save up to cover the expenses. Unfortunately this is a reality. If you’re not changing the oil in your car on a regular basis, you are asking to be stranded on the side of the road. Same goes with your air conditioning unit. If you go long enough without giving it some attention, it’s sure to give up on you. So by scheduling your air conditioning tune up annually, you won’t be taken off guard and you will be able to catch small problems early that could turn into scary disasters.

Energy Costs: A tuned-up a/c is an energy efficient a/c. By making sure that your air conditioner is tuned-up and working properly, you will also be ensuring that your a/c isn’t having to work harder than it should to cool your home. Why is this important? Because the less efficient your air conditioner is, the harder it has to work, and the more money that you have to pay for your energy costs. Homeowners that get their air conditioners tuned up regularly find themselves with lower monthly energy bills. With heating and cooling attributing to around 50% of your energy bill, it is worth taking some necessary steps to make sure your air conditioner is running as efficiently as possible.

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Longer A/C Lifespan: Hopefully you are eating your veggies, exercising and taking other steps that help you live a longer life. Your air conditioning unit’s life can be prolonged as well by taking some extra time and effort to invest in its health. You want your air conditioner to last as long as possible while maintaining a high level of quality because when it goes out or stops cooling your home like it should, you have to invest in a whole new unit! And if you thought repair costs could be pricey, having to replace your air conditioning unit early than necessary is going to cost you a pretty penny! Regular air conditioning tune ups will help your unit stay in good health and live a longer, happier life.

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Consistency: Unless you live in a 1 room studio, it’s likely that you have a variety of rooms of all different shapes and sizes, and perhaps even different levels or stories. Have you walked through your home and felt freezing in one room and sweltering in another? This is because your home isn’t being cooled consistently by your air conditioner. There are many factors that this problem could be attributed to, but having an out of tune air conditioning unit is definitely one of them! When your a/c is tuned up regularly, it gives you more consistent cooling through out the rooms, levels, and stories of your home.

Reliability: Anyone who has dealt with an unreliable air conditioning unit, knows how frustrating it can be. Those of you who haven’t can take a pretty good guess. If there is one feature we want our a/c to have it is reliability. However this isn’t always the case. An a/c unit that has been neglected over the years can be extremely unstable. The cooling power can diminish in the worst possible times. However an air conditioning unit that has been proper tune-ups over the years will be as reliable as a golden retriever. Knowing that your air conditioning unit will be working properly on hot summer days, when family is coming to stay, or anytime really, gives you peace of mind.

Indoor Air Quality

Trust the Air you Breathe: You can’t really put a price on the quality of the air that you breathe in your home. Poor indoor air quality is known to cause allergies, headaches, dizziness, sinus congestion and more. Taking the necessary steps to increase the purity of the air in your home is extremely important. There are many ways improve your home’s indoor air quality and one of the many ways to do this is to make sure that your air conditioning system is properly maintained. An a/c unit that isn’t tuned-up regularly can push dust, debris, and contaminants into your home harming your overall air quality. Tuning-up our air conditioning unit can keep you and your family safe with cleaner air to breathe.

Scheduling your Air Conditioning Tune-Up in New York

The “don’t fix it if it’s not broken” rule is totally legitimate, but when it comes to your air conditioner, following this rule leaves you at risk to paying higher monthly energy bills, unexpected costly repairs, poor cooling in your home, and reduced indoor air quality. So in this case, it might be better to ditch that rule, and start taking some preventative action. Find a professional and experienced heating and cooling company in your area to come to your home and give your air conditioning unit a good tune-up! At Reimer Heating & Air Conditioning, we will help you tune-up your air conditioner to keep it running great!

 

Extending the Life of Your Air Conditioning Unit

Your air conditioning unit is an investment that you made in your home, and the longer it lasts, the farther your investment goes. In other words the more you get your money’s worth. A typical air conditioning unit will last anywhere from 10-15 years. Every year that you get out of your air conditioning unit matters. So is there anything you can do to help extend the life of your air conditioning unit?

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Tips to Make your A/C Unit Last Longer

There are definitely some ways to help you get the most out of your air conditioning unit! Following these tips will not only help your A/C to last as long as possible, but will keep it in better condition during the years that it is in service. Take a look at the following tips and put them into action asap to help extend the life of your A/C unit.

Get Regular Tune-Ups

Annual A/C tune-ups are extremely important in extending the life of your air conditioning unit! Not only do they keep your A/C in excellent condition, but they help prevent problems before they begin. Schedule and annual a/c tune-up with your HVAC company. The best time for a tune-up is typically in the spring before the hot summer months set in and your A/C needs to be used more frequently. The HVAC company will come out and inspect all necessary components, clean, and fix any issues that are found. Usually, if you keep up with your annual A/C tune-ups it’s unlikely that the HVAC technician will discover a large problem that needs to be fixed. Usually it will just be a routine check-up. Preventative Maintenance is always the way to go!

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Help Your Air Conditioner Stay Cool & Protected

As ironic as it may sound, your cooler needs to stay cool too. It takes a lot of work to maintain a steady comfortable temperature throughout your home, and it doesn’t help if it is placed in an exposed area with the sun’s rays beating down on it. It’s not just the sun that it needs protection from, but from all of the elements that it will be exposed to outside like rain, hail, snow, wind, etc. These all have the potential to cause damage to your unit. You can provide your air conditioning unit with ample protection by planting trees, bushes and shrubs around it to provide some much needed shade as well as protection from the outdoor elements. Some other options might include installing an awning above the unit, or even putting up a wall. Keeping your air conditioning unit cool and protected will definitely help to put some added years on it’s life.

Cleaning Your Unit Regularly

Everything needs a good bath every once in a while. Your air conditioning unit is no exception. Even with necessary protection, your A/C unit is still going to need regular cleaning. Unfortunately, just from being outdoors, it is going to get dirty! Cleaning out dirt, dust, leaves, and other debris will keep your A/C unit working properly.  Make sure to take a peek at your owner’s guide before you clean your A/C! It will have helpful information on proper cleaning procedures that will keep you from damaging your A/C.

Allow for Easy Air Circulation

Your A/C unit works hard to get the cool air to your home, make sure that once it passes those vents it is allowed to circulate freely throughout your home. Clear away any obstructions from the vents in your home. When the vents are allowed to pass the cool air into your home easily, your air conditioner wont have to work as hard to circulate cool air throughout your home consistently.

Inspect and Clean your Air Ducts

 

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Air ducts in some cases can be the culprit behind the cool air not reaching your home. In many circumstances, air ducts have gaps that allow cool air to escape. By sealing these gaps, all of the cool air produced by your air conditioner will make it into your home, instead of loosing a percentage in the journey through your air ducts. Dirty air ducts can also slow down the air flow into your home. Over time dirt and debris accumulate inside your air ducts making it difficult for the cool air to pass through. Regular air duct cleaning will prevent the air from being slowed down by dust, dirt and debris as well as improve your homes indoor air quality by cutting down on the amount of dust in your air.

Filter Change

It’s important to change your air conditioning’s filters frequently to prevent them from getting clogged. Not only will replacing the filters regularly extend the life span of your a/c unit, but it will also improve it’s overall efficiency and save you money on energy costs. Your filter should be replaced every 30 to 60 days. This depends on how much your air conditioner is being used.

 

Depend on Other Sources for Cooling

There are other simple ways to cool your home, without relying completely on your air conditioning unit. By relying on other sources to keep you cool, your a/c unit wont be having to work as hard around the clock. For instance, at night, when the weather cools down a bit, consider using ceiling or floor fans to keep you cool while you sleep. Make sure to take advantage of a cool breeze by opening the windows and giving your a/c a rest for a while. Also, during the hottest part of the day make sure that the blinds and drapes are closed blocking out the heat of the sun.

 

By utilizing these tips, your air conditioning unit should be able to give you many years of a cool and comfortable home.  When the time comes to replacing your A/C unit, give us a call at Reimer Heating & Air Conditioning.  We specialize in residential heating and cooling and will be able to provide you all of the information that you need when it comes to choosing a new A/C unit.