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How to Save on Your Air Conditioning Bill

During the summer months, air conditioning is a necessity for most parts of the country. High temperatures combined with high humidity make it especially difficult for the body to cool itself. While air conditioning is a welcome piece of technology, it does consume a lot of power. However, there are many things you can do that reduce its power consumption.

Take Advantage of New Technology

If you have a very old air conditioner, consider buying a newer unit. Specifically, you want to look for a unit with a very high energy-efficiency ratio (EER). The higher the EER, the less power required for the same cooling you get now with your old unit. Investing in a newer air conditioner will quickly pay for itself in energy savings. Have questions on this? Give us a call!

Keep the Filter Clean

A dirty filter reduces airflow through the air conditioner, which reduces its efficiency and overworks the fan.

Keep the Condenser Shaded

When the condenser is exposed to direct sunlight, it consumes more power.

Keep Your Home Well Insulated

Everyone understands how insulation keeps out the cold in the winter. However, it also keeps out the heat in the summer. Insulate your home, including the attic, so excess heat can’t get inside.

Keep Your House Shaded

A lot of the heat that your air conditioner battles against comes from the exposure of your house to direct sunlight. If you are thinking about cutting down trees that are shading your house, weigh in increased cooling costs as one of the cons to this decision. If you are considering transplanting trees from a nursery, place them on the sun-exposed side of your house so that your windows and AC window units are in the shade. Also, install solar screens on windows with sun exposure.

Use a Programmable Thermostat

Set the programmable thermostat to raise temperatures while you’re away from home and lower them when you’re back. Maintaining a constant low temperature when you are away is a mistake because the AC unit consumes more power maintaining a low temperature than a higher one.

Use a Ceiling Fan

When the fan is pushing air downward on you, it has a natural cooling effect on your body, which makes it easier to tolerate a higher temperature setting. The additional power it uses is more than offset by the lower AC setting.

5 Tips to Get Your Home Ready for Spring

Spring is finally upon us! We might still have a bit of a winter chill lingering on, but spring and even summer’s weather is on its way. Have you gotten your home ready yet? Check out our tips for making sure that your home is prepared to spring into spring:

Clean, Repair or Replace Your Furnace Filters: Make sure that you clean, replace or repair the filters in your home before the spring and summer months. Doing this can improve the air quality in your home, as well as ensure that your cooling unit is operating at its most efficient.

Clean Your Outdoor Equipment: One step that might be the most important, but often goes overlooked: cleaning out your outdoor coils! Dirt, leaves, twigs or other debris can really reduce the efficiency of your system and need to be removed. You can use a brush and water from a hose to clean out the debris that you can’t reach with your hands.

Flip the Switch: Flipping the switch on the humidifier may be one of the most overlooked things that you can do to get ready for the spring and summer months. A humidifier is important in the winter months to add moisture and improve indoor air quality but in the spring and summer months you can flip that switch and allow a cool breeze to flow throughout your home.

Duct Sealing and Insulation: If there’s a crack or leak in your ductwork or insulation, your air conditioning unit will not perform at its full efficiency. Because of that, check your insulation and ductwork before springing into the spring months and the inevitable summer heat wave. That way, you can ensure your AC unit will function as best it can!

Arrange for Routine Maintenance: You wouldn’t want to turn your AC on to find it isn’t working! Get a check-up for your cooling system and fix any issues before the cooling season begins. That way, you won’t run into any heat waves inside your home this summer. Our seasoned professionals at Cunningham Associates Heating and Air Conditioning Inc. will make sure that you’re ready for the months ahead leading into our Atlanta summers. Schedule your maintenance check-up today!

5 Ways to Winterize Your Home

In an ideal world, prepping your home for the upcoming winter months would have already been done, before the coldest of the weather starts to creep in. However, if you have let winterizing your home fall to the wayside while the days get shorter and the chill gets colder, here are some tips and tricks to get you back on track!

Set Your Thermostat: This may seem like a complete no-brainer, but make sure that you turn the heat on in your home! A lot of homeowners forget this step and until you find the balance in heat in your home, you could be racking up your energy bill. Try to match your thermostat to the temperature you’ve set for the different rooms of your home.

Change Your Filters: Dirty filters can stifle your unit’s efficiency, and it may make it increasingly difficult for your heating system to heat your entire home in a timely manner. Check to see if your filter is washable! You may be able to use soap and water to clean your filters. Changing the filter also ensures that you keep pollution or debris out of your heating system and, ultimately, if your system works as efficiently as it should, your result will be lower energy bills.

Insulate Vulnerable Or Exposed Pipes: Do you have exposed piping? Pipes that run along the outside of your home, or even in the garage, are exposed to the elements! These temperatures can cause your pipes to freeze so make sure that you insulate those pipes. If you’re unsure which pipes need insulation, do a walk through with an HVAC professional and they can help you avoid frozen pipes by pointing out the weak spots that may need some extra TLC this winter.

Check The Doors and Windows: Check to make sure that your home’s doors and windows are properly sealed! Making sure that there are no cracks in the caulk or weather stripping could help your heating system immensely! Your heating system won’t have to work as hard to maintain a comfortable temperature if there’s no way for the warm air to escape or the cold air to enter your home.

Clean Your Vents: Make sure that before you go into the winter months and turn on your heat that your vents are clean. If you don’t know how to clean them properly, don’t be afraid to ask an HVAC professional! Even getting your system checked or a tune-up would allow for the professionals to clean the vents before you start using your heat each day.

Our trained HVAC professionals at Cunningham Associates Heating and Air Conditioning Inc. will help you and your family transition seamlessly into the Atlanta winters. Schedule your maintenance check-up today!

Winter FAQs

What should I do if my furnace stops working?

First, shut-off the unit at the thermostat. Next, check the filter to see if it is clogged with debris and change if needed. Check to see if the breaker has been tripped at the main electrical panel. Check to see if the thermostat is operational or requires battery replacement. Contact Cunningham Associates for repairs or service if needed.

What should I do if I smell natural gas around my furnace or water heater?

If you smell natural gas, call your gas company, open windows and doors and exit the home immediately. Contact Cunningham Associates for repairs or service if needed.

How often should I change or clean my filters?

Standard filters should be changed every 6 – 12 months as needed. To change, replace the filter with the correct size and follow all manufacturer’s instructions. Contact Cunningham Associates for filter upgrade options or any questions about replacing the filter.

How often should I have my heating equipment serviced?

Cunningham Associates recommends annual maintenance on your heating system, which should be completed prior to the cold winter months.

See the full answers to these winter-related FAQs, and more, on our FAQs page!

6 Tips to Get Your Home Ready for Fall

We may wish that fall was farther away than it is, but September 23rd is rapidly approaching. You may not see the leaves start to turn, but that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t be prepared for autumn. Have you gotten your home ready, yet? Check out our tips for making sure that your home is as ready for sweater weather as you are.

  1. Clean, Repair or Replace your Furnace Filters: If you have an electrostatic filter, make sure to clean it thoroughly with soap and water. If your home uses disposable filters, be sure to change them at least once a month. Remembering to clean, repair or replace your filters could reduce fire hazard as well as help heat your home faster and more efficiently!
  2. Check the Seals on Your Pipes, Ducts, Doors and Windows: Checking the areas where the cooler air can sneak into your home is paramount when it comes to getting ready for fall. If any of these spaces need to be sealed, you still have the time you need before winter.
  3. Turn Your Fan On: This may seem counterproductive, but warm air rises. Because of this, the cold air can sit stagnant in the room, only being able to be filtered by the ceiling fan! Most ceiling fans have reversible motors which allows for the fan to disperse the heated air evenly and warm the room again.
  4. Open Your Vents: An HVAC system can function much more efficiently when all of the air vents are open in your home. Blocking or closing the vents can disrupt the airflow to your home.
  5. Make Sure Your Fireplace Has A Tight Fitting Damper: Fireplaces can let out heat or bring cold air in if their dampers are not closed when the fireplace is not in use.
  6. Arrange for a Check-Up: Just like children, your HVAC system needs a back-to-school checkup! With a professional coming in to check on your unit, you are able to go into the fall months without any fear or hiccups along the way! Our seasoned professionals at Cunningham Associates Heating and Air Conditioning Inc. will make sure that you’re ready for the months ahead leading into our Atlanta winters. Schedule your maintenance check-up today!

Pre-Season Maintenance & Spring Prep

Spring is quickly approaching and that means it will soon be time to crank up the air conditioning! There are many different things you can do to prepare your A/C system for spring and summer. Here are a few things that Cunningham Associates will be able to assist you with to be sure your A/C is ready for the hot weather ahead!

  1. Check, clean and, if needed, replace the filters.
  2. Detect any issues with your air conditioner that, if neglected may cause problems with the heavy use ahead.
  3. Check and clean the oil/gas valve.
  4. Check and clean the coils.
  5. Make sure all panels are secured properly.
  6. Clear out any debris that has gathered around the system, i.e., leaves, trash, etc.
  7. Calibrate the thermostat.
  8. Thoroughly clean the system.

We know that maintaining HVAC systems can be stressful and daunting, but that is why we are here! Keep this in mind: if you take care of your HVAC system, it will benefit you on those long, hot summer days!

Please remember that we are here for you! Do not hesitate to contact us if you have any questions, concerns or just want to double check to make sure you are properly maintaining your cooling system.

PS: Contact us today at (770) 455-6722 to ask about our Maintenance Agreement options, which take care of all these issues (and more!) twice a year!

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