Now that summer has arrived, you’ve probably been feeling the heat and humidity more than ever, and it’s time to get yourself an air conditioning system. With the Legacy™ Line air conditioner unit and Metzger’s professional installation services, you can cool off and live in comfort. You know that when you buy from Metzger’s, you get the quality product that you need to keep you at a decent temperature.
While it’s important to have a trusted central air conditioning expert in Kalamazoo you can trust to call if there is maintenance needed on your unit, you should also keep up on maintenance you can do yourself. Regular maintenance is a key component to ensuring your air conditioner is working effectively and efficiently throughout the summer. While most maintenance needs should be left to the experts, there are a few things you can do yourself. In this post, we will discuss three items you want to be sure you’re taking care of.
Fans reduce a room’s temperature
Fans do not make the air cooler in the room, they just make you feel cooler if they’re blowing on you and lowering your body’s temperature. Many people leave the fan on in rooms they are not in because they have been told that the moving air is making the room cooler, when really, it’s just using energy unnecessarily. It is true, however, that if the outside air temperature is lower than inside a fan blowing the cool air in can reduce the room’s temperature.
With winter slowly melting away, a working air conditioner is a must. There’s nothing worse than waking up in the middle of the night, sweating bullets and listening to the utter silence that is the result of a malfunctioning air conditioning unit. If you, like many people, have come to rely on your air conditioner to keep you cool and comfortable during the warm summer months, then an occasional A/C tune-up is a must. In this post, we’re going to look at a few things that you can expect when you have your air conditioner serviced. Continue reading
- Check your house
The best thing you can do is have a professional energy audit of your home – sometimes utility companies will even perform this service for free. If you cannot get an audit performed by a professional, you can do an amateur audit yourself. Go outside and check along windows and doors to see if there is cold air leaking out from inside. If you find leaks – seal them.
- Review thermostat placement
You want your thermostat to be in the main area of your home and out of the way of direct sunlight. If the sun is shining in on your thermostat, your AC is probably blowing more often than it needs to.
Keeping a maintenance schedule for your air conditioner, furnace, and other HVAC equipment is an important part of keeping everything in working order. In this post, we will look at five tasks you should perform before you turn off your furnace for the spring and summer.
- Look over electrical connections
If you notice any fraying, loose wires, or anything disconnected, you should call an HVAC professional to come over and take a closer look. Do not attempt to handle or repair electrical components on your HVAC equipment yourself.
Everyone knows that a lot of money can be saved by adjusting your thermostat when you’re going to be out of the house on a short vacation or trip. But what should you do if you’re going on an extended vacation or you have a secondary property that is vacant most of the time? In this post we will discuss what you should do that’s easier on your wallet and your property.
A common mistake that homeowners make is thinking they can set the thermostat above 80 degrees in the summer and below 55 degrees in the winter. When a home gets really hot and humid during summer months, the high temperature and humidity can warp wood, strip wallpaper off the wall, and cause various other problems. In the cold winter months, too low of a temperature can mean freezing pipes and damage due to condensation.
There are many things to take into consideration when deciding which option will better serve you. It’s not always an easy decision to make. It’s important to take your time and consider the pros and cons for your exact situation.
The first thing you’ll want to look at is the age of your air conditioning unit. If it’s more than ten years old, it’s probably time to really consider getting a new unit. They simply do not function as well as newer models. There is a good chance that the SEER rating is below the current standard, which means your unit does not have the energy efficiency that it should. A more efficient unit will certainly save you money on your monthly electric bill.
Already this summer we are seeing very high temperatures and high humidity. There is no better feeling than walking into your air-conditioned house from the sauna-like weather outside. You’re living in bliss until you realize your air conditioning unit has been running non-stop for hours. Once your first energy bill comes after a full month of summer heat, you realize you’re going to have to find a way to cut down the amount of work your air conditioning system is doing. In this post we will look at four ways to reduce your air conditioning energy costs.
With spring here and the warmer temps of summer of their way, it’s time to start thinking about air conditioning. There are essentially two basic options when it comes to air conditioning your home: window units or a centralized cooling system. Window units are wedged into an open window with the back end hanging out sucking in air from the outside, while central air units sit outside your home and are connected through pipes that run coolant from a condenser into an air handler usually located near the home’s heating system. Continue reading
After an unexpected second wind, it seems like winter is finally on its way out. And, with summer upon us, it’s time to start thinking about the best ways to keep your home cool and your electric bills low. Thankfully, the Department of Energy has put together a list of tips for homeowners that will protect their wallets and ensure they get the most out of their air conditioning. In this post, we’re going to look at five of these tips and discuss how the team at Metzger’s Heating & Cooling can help you have a cool, comfortable summer. Continue reading
When warm weather rolls in, homeowners want to be certain that their air conditioner is up to the task of keeping them cool and comfortable. Nobody wants to flip that switch the first time only to hear a ghastly rattle, a high-pitched whine or worse… complete silence. In order to be certain that your family will have a pleasant summer while indoors, regular tests and checks are recommended throughout the year to ensure that your AC unit is functioning and prepared. In this post, we’re going to look at a few of the most common causes of air conditioner malfunction and, more importantly, how to prevent them.
If your air conditioner isn’t in optimal shape, several of its critical components can be negatively affected. If you find that your air conditioning unit is cycling on and off repeatedly, it is likely causing wear and tear to internal components that could lead to a serious malfunction. A good way to prevent your AC from turning on and off is to supplement it with ceiling or standing fans. By circulating air throughout your house, a fan will help your AC unit run more efficiently and reduce the stress placed on it.
Lack of maintenance
Just like your car, your air conditioner requires periodic tune-ups to ensure its long-term health. And, again, like a car, allowing these tune-ups to fall by the wayside can lead to a decrease in performance and, in some cases, a complete breakdown. To avoid this, it is important to check your air conditioner’s filters and coils for any dirt or buildup that could interfere with the unit’s compressor or fans. An easy way to be sure that you avoid AC problems come summer is to schedule a yearly tune-up at the tail end of winter or during the early spring.
Aside from the air conditioner parts, external devices such as faulty thermostats can be trouble. If it’s been a while since you last changed the batteries in your thermostat, you may consider doing so for a number of reasons. First, drained or depleted batteries can cause your thermostat to function improperly. Second, if your batteries die, you risk losing the settings that you have created to keep your home comfortable.
At Metzger’s Heating & Cooling, we want everyone to have a pleasant – and cool – summer. With our affordable pricing and 100% satisfaction guarantee, we’re certain that you’ll rest easier knowing that your home’s AC is in working order.