With high summer temperatures and rising energy costs, you will want to get the most out of your air conditioning units without breaking the bank on the upkeep and utility costs. Here are some affordable ways you can improve your AC’s efficiency from Schmitt Heating & Air Conditioning, the top residential cooling company in the area.
Your air conditioning and heating system is a major part of your home or business. No matter what you use it for, it makes up a major part of your home expense in both the construction phase and the maintenance phase. Getting the specifications right is extremely important; otherwise, you may waste a lot of money on something that may not make you comfortable at all.
If you think you have a problematic HVAC unit and you’ve eliminated your HVAC system as the culprit, your thermostat may be the issue. Your thermostat is responsible for communicating the temperature you want as well as the temperature of the room to your air conditioning system. If the former malfunctions, then your whole system can malfunction or do things you don’t want it to.
When you own a heater, you should know when something’s wrong and how you may be able to fix it. Before you call a professional, it’s good for you to know what the problem is so you can better describe to your technician the problem before they repair it.
Taking good care of your air conditioning’s air filters is one of the easiest and most effective ways of maintaining your HVAC system. Among other benefits, your system will perform better and will last longer. Here’s a look at why you should prioritize air filter care.
The ENERGY STAR® program declares that 50% of the average American home’s energy consumption is devoted to heating and air conditioning. The problem with this is that if you happen to use an inefficient HVAC system, you’re bound to waste a lot more energy and end up paying for it in the end with frequent repairs and ballooning energy bills.
Understanding the factors that can affect the life span of your HVAC system can help you get the most out of it. As a cooling and heating system installation expert, Schmitt recommends that homeowners research and study their HVAC systems to make smart decisions regarding the care and maintenance of their equipment. To help you with this, we will discuss the things that can affect your HVAC system’s service life. Read more
Many people in San Francisco consider their pets, whether cat, dog, bird, or a more exotic species, as a part of their family. We know to feed, water, and groom our pets, but it is also crucial for pet owners to understand how having a pet can affect your home’s air quality. Pets are a fantastic way to improve both your mental and physical health, but when caring for pets, it’s wise to be mindful of the quality of your indoor air.
Many pets, especially mammalian pets, such as cats and dogs produce what is called dander. Dander is a term for very small particles of skin that fall from your pet’s skin and coat. Many people assume that pet hair is the trigger or most animal allergies, when it fact, dander is more often the culprit. To effectively keep dander and other pet debris to a minimum, we’ve offered up a few tips. The biggest issue with pet dander is making sure that it never gets out of control in the first place. Follow these simple tips to prevent pet dander buildup and improve the IAQ in your pet friendly home.
IAQ for Pet Friendly Homes
- Bathe and/or groom your pets as recommended by your veterinarian. Clean and healthy pets will produce less dander than pets who are not groomed regularly. If not properly groomed, excess dander could form on your pet and be distributed around your home. Brush your pet regularly to remove dander and keep their coat healthy and be sure to provide them with high quality food and plenty of fresh water. This will help ensure that your pet is properly hydrated, and this will keep their skin soft and less apt to producing dander
- Get regular maintenance on your home’s HVAC system. Not only will this keep your HVAC system running smoothly, it is also essential for maintaining excellent air quality. And, for homes with pets, maintenance is even more fundamental, since pet hair and dander can collect not only within your air filter, but also in other areas. A professionally trained technician can spot any issues, whether performing routine maintenance or beyond, before anything grows into a more serious problem.
- Speaking of filters, be sure to clean or change your HVAC system’s air filter every month or two, or according to the manufacturer’s directions. Since air filters vary on size and function, depending on what type of filter you have, it could need changed less or more often than monthly. The simplest advice is to check your filter often and change or clean it whenever it appears dirty. If you are using a basic air filter, consider upgrading to a HEPA filter or a filter that can help capture pet dander and debris.
- Another way to ensure excellent air quality is to consider an air purifier for your home. Pet dander, dust, and other debris can accumulate in your home’s ductwork and an air purifier can truly help!
Give us a call today to learn more about improving your home’s Indoor Air Quality, whether with HVAC services, UV Lamps, Humidifiers or Ventilators, we can help! Phone: 415-689-7849