Studies have shown that air conditioner maintenance will extend equipment life. Air conditioner maintenance, when done properly, will keep equipment running efficiently and effective throughout its useful life. There are some things you, the homeowner, can do. And, then there are other things that require a trained service professional. Both are important. The Homeowner’s Role in A/C Maintenance There are several things that you, as the homeowner, can do for yourself. Most important, remember that every air-conditioner unit has moving parts and high-voltage (240 V) electrical components that can be dangerous. Except for the panel specifically designated “filter access”, never remove any panels from your air conditioner equipment for any reason.
We begin the new year looking forward to a few months of cooler weather – a welcome respite from the sweltering summer. So why think about air-conditioning? There are three main reasons let’s look at them today: Air conditioning should be part of your New Year planning If your air conditioner is more than 10 years old, you should factor at least some AC repairs into your annual budget. The air conditioner that needed major repair last year will likely need replacement in the next year or two. An older air-conditioner that has been repaired is likely to have increased repair costs in the future. A planned replacement will avoid this costly trap. A great
People understand large expenses frequently have tax consequences, either for better or for worse. As we draw near the end of the year, tax planning is on our minds. We need answers to help decide what we will do this year, and how we will plan for the next year. Will My New AC Raise My Taxes? You will benefit every month by having a new air conditioner. A new system will raise your comfort and lower your utility bills. It will also increase the value of your home. You can demonstrate lower home operating costs to a prospective buyer. The home you show will be free of musty odors and temperatures will be even throughout. The new air conditioner is
If you spend enough time with the over-65 crowd, you will find they like the thermostat set a bit warmer than most. If you are over 65, you are probably looking for a sweater when younger folk set the temperature just a bit lower than you prefer. There is much more than meets the eye, here. It is not as simple as “old people feel the cold” as there is some medical science behind how our bodies sense our surroundings. The best article I have read is reproduced below. The author is Andrea Gallagher, from Senior Concerns in California. She writes: “As we sailed into the second hour of our meeting and the early-morning coolness gave way
It was my privilege to have lunch the other day with 8 young men. They will soon graduate high school after having studied HVACR (heating, ventilation, air conditioning, refrigeration) for the past 4 years. They are sharp, well-trained, and ready to enter the work force. During lunch, I tried to gain some insight into what makes the next generation tick. Here are some of my questions – the answers both surprised and inspired me. Why Study HVACR? This is not an easy trade. As one graduate put it, “it didn’t take me long to figure out that wherever I went, the air conditioning wasn’t working.” Yes, it’s often a hot and uncomfortable job, working in a hot