Should You Turn Off Your AC When You’re Not at Home?

Most homeowners assume that the best way to save money on cooling costs is to turn their air conditioner off when they’re not at home. But there’s a much better way – Turn your thermostat up instead of turning the AC completely off. More specifically, we suggest turning the set temperature up 7 to 10 degrees while you’re away for the day.

Turning up the thermostat is the better option because:
    Protects your home from mold and bugs
    Saves you money
    Keeps you comfortable

Let’s take a closer look at these benefits.

Benefit #1: Turning the thermostat up protects your home from mold and bugs

Turning off your air conditioner can cause your home’s indoor humidity levels to soar. And two gross intruders who love humidity include mold and bugs. You see, your air conditioner doesn’t just cool your air, it also dehumidifies it. So when you turn your AC completely off, it won’t take long for the humidity in your home to soar to upwards of 60%, which is ideal for mold growth and bug infestations.

But if you turn the thermostat up 7 to 10 degrees, your AC will kick on every once in awhile to control the indoor humidity and maintain a healthy humidity level between 45%-55%.

Benefit #2: Turning the thermostat up keeps you comfortable

No one loves coming home to a humid, stuffy house. But that’s what you’re setting yourself up for when you turn your AC completely off. Instead, turning your air conditioner’s thermostat up 7 to 10 degrees will help manage the indoor humidity and will keep temperatures at a tolerable level.So you can stay comfortable and save money at the same time.

Benefit #3: Turning your thermostat up saves you money

Turning up the thermostat 7 to 10 degrees for 8 or more hours a day can save you 10% on cooling costs throughout the summer. When you raise the thermostat, you decrease the difference between the outside and the inside temperature. And that lowers your AC’s workload, saving you energy.

Not sure you can remember to raise the thermostat every morning? Think about investing in a programmable thermostat, which can change the temperature automatically for you.

Six Tips for Getting Your HVAC System Ready for the Summer Heat

Before we know it, the hot temperatures are going to arrive and stay. We’ll want our AC unit to deliver cool air on demand.

What happens if the cool air doesn’t arrive? Instead of waiting for the hottest weather to get here, now is the time to prepare your HVAC system for its most active time of the year.

Here are 6 steps you should take before turning on your air conditioning unit this year:

Safety First – Before working on your HVAC system, make sure the power is off.

Remove the Cover – This may seem like a no-brainer, but it’s an essential first step. Many homeowners use covers, blankets, or lids to protect the coil on their outdoor air conditioning units during the winter months. If you start your system with the cover still on, you’re risking serious damage to your system.

Inspect the Unit – Look at the panels around your unit to make sure nothing is missing or misaligned. If you find that any panels are out of place exposing any of the system’s electrical components, it’s important to call a technician right away.

Remove any Debris –  If there’s debris around or in your unit, it’s time to clear it out.

Check the Coolant Lines – Your system likely has insulation around the coolant lines which help to prevent wasted energy. If the foam insulation looks cracked or frayed, it should be replaced.

Change the Filter – This is the simplest and  most important step for making sure your HVAC system is operating correctly. Ideally, you should start each season with a new filter, but it’s especially important to start the summer season with one.

Now it’s time to turn on your system and let it run. If it’s making any strange sounds or your house isn’t cooling adequately, it’s time to schedule a maintenance appointment. Please give us a call at 888-365-1171.

Ventilation Tips | Everyone Needs Some Fresh Air

Fresh air is hard to come by with most of us spending the majority of our time inside. On average, only seven percent of our time is spent outdoors. We live about 87 percent of our lives indoors according to the EPA. And we spend an additional six percent of our lives in vehicles.  Learn more about the importance of indoor ventilation from our industry experts.

What are Ventilation Guidelines?

In residential homes, terms such as air change rate or air changes per hour indicate how often inside air is replaced or re-circulated with outside air. Air change rates range from 0.4 to 1.5 air changes per hour depending on how tightly the house is sealed.

What Does This Really Mean?

Homes naturally have cracks and crevices that allow small amounts of outside air in. The simple solution is to open the windows in your home on a warm, sunny day. But for most of us, it’s either too hot or too cold to keep the windows open year-round.

For homeowners, we recommend installing a filtration system depending on where you live and your health concerns. Outside air is full of pollen, dust, moisture and other contaminants which ultimately decrease indoor air quality. Call the professionals at JMD Corporation/Jackson Heating and Air today.

 

Geothermal Heat Pump: What Is It and Why Is It Special

The geothermal heat pump is one of the best HVAC units available. It doesn’t burn any fuel for heating, but rather harnesses clean energy from the earth. It can also cool your home in the summer. When it’s hot, it pulls the heat from your home, cools it below ground and pumps chilled air to your rooms through the ducts.

Here are some of the most notable advantages of the geothermal heat pump system:

It Is Useful in Any Climate

The temperature of shallow ground usually stays at 54° F all year long. Compared to air-source heat pumps, geothermal units are more reliable because their energy supply is stable regardless of the surface’s temperature.

It Helps Reduce Carbon Emissions

Considering its superiority to traditional HVAC units in terms of energy efficiency, the geothermal heat pump system can reduce your home’s peak electricity demand. In turn, it helps ease the load on the electric grid, minimizing the pollutants produced when generating electricity.

It Lasts a Long Time

Its indoor components can remain in good shape for about 25 years. Its ground loops can last twice as long because the earth protects them from the weather.

It Pays Itself Back Within 10 Years

Upgrading to a geothermal heat pump system can be a costly proposition, but it pays for itself with guaranteed energy savings. According to the Department of Energy, you can recoup your expense usually in just a decade.

Say Goodbye to Costly Heating and Cooling Bills

Installing this heating unit comes with challenges, but JMD Corporation/Jackson Heating and Air can integrate it into your HVAC system with as little inconvenience as possible. Call us now at 888-365-1171  to talk about your upgrade to geothermal technology.

 

Tips To Insure That Your HVAC System Operates Safely

Warmer weather is on the way. But before you celebrate the first day of spring, there are a few steps to take to prep your HVAC system for big temperature changes. Follow these four suggestions to ensure that your heating and cooling system operates safely and efficiently all season.

  1. Do An Energy Audit

Now that winter has passed, it’s a good time to sit down and total your heating costs.

  1. Replace Filters

When’s the last time you changed your air filter? Chances are, you don’t swap filters each month (even though that’s recommended). But changing filters is one of the easiest ways to prevent damaged equipment.

  1. Schedule an AC Tune-Up

Your cooling system has been sitting dormant for months.  A spring air conditioning tune-up can prevent costly repairs, detect refrigerant leaks, address inefficient equipment, and beat the heat long before hot temperatures make their way to your home.

  1. Consider an HVAC Protection Plan

This is a good time to consider an HVAC protection plan. Call JMD Corporation/Jackson Heating and Air for more information.

 

Don’t let minor HVAC problems turn into major headaches

As spring weather approaches, many homeowners forget about their furnace and ignore potential HVAC problems while dreaming of warmer temperatures. But in our area, spring is no guarantee of warm weather. Don’t let an unexpected cold snap catch you off guard. That minor maintenance task could turn into an expensive  repair bill next winter. Your heating system has worked hard all season to keep your family warm and could be showing signs of stress right now.

If you have any concerns about HVAC problems, a professional inspection can help. Protect your heating system investment and ensure that your system is functioning properly so you won’t be inconvenienced next fall.

How Daylight Saving Time Affects Your Thermostat

Spring is almost here, and with it comes the start of Daylight Saving Time. On March 10th, you’ll dutifully set all your clocks ahead one hour. But will you remember to reset your thermostat? There are a number of ways Daylight Saving Time impacts your HVAC system, without your even realizing it.

First of all, if you have a programmable thermostat, you need to change its time settings.
And when Daylight Saving Time begins, it’s  an ideal time to change your thermostat’s batteries. You’ve probably heard the rule of thumb to change your smoke detector’s batteries once a year, at the same time you set your clocks ahead. Well, your thermostat battery should also be changed once a year. So to make sure you remember, do it along with your smoke detector, at the start of Daylight Saving Time.

To learn more about how Daylight Saving Time affects your HVAC system, contact us at JMD Corporation/Jackson Heating and Air. Our goal is to help educate our customers  about energy and home comfort issues (specific to HVAC systems).

March Comes In Like A Lion

The saying that “March comes in like a lion and goes out like a lamb” means that when the month begins it is still winter and by the time it ends it is spring. Needless to say March is a strange month for the weather, and it always has been.

You don’t have to let the swings of March make this time of the year difficult in your home. Proper HVAC services this month not only help maintain comfort, but they also prepare your air conditioning for the coming summer and help the heating system close out the season on a strong note. Even if it’s still cold outside, March is an excellent time for scheduling your annual AC maintenance.

Spring maintenance is essential to ensure that an air conditioner will work in top condition during the coming hot weather and won’t unnecessarily drain power. With proper maintenance your air conditioner should enjoy a lengthy service life.

Stay on top of heating repairs. You take a big risk when you let heating problems go without repairs at any time of the year. But in March, the risk is higher because you’re more likely to ignore the problems outright due to the approach of warmer weather.

Take a moment to think about the age of your home’s AC and if it has shown signs that it’s wearing down. If it’s over 15 years old and isn’t working as well as it once did, take advantage of this month and arrange to have a new system installed. During maintenance, one of our technicians can assist you with making the choice about a replacement. If you do need a new air conditioner, you can trust our team to find the best system to install and have the work done fast and correctly.

So call us today at JMD Corporation/Jackson Heating and Air!

Taking a Late Winter Vacation? Don’t Forget To Secure Your HVAC System

Winter is a great time to take a vacation, but before doing so, tend to your HVAC system and other critical components of your home before you leave. A bit of preparation before you go will assure you that your home will be safe and secure during your absence.

Change the air filter for the blower if it’s dusty. The furnace will run more efficiently.
 
Schedule a heating system tune-up if you haven’t had it serviced this year. Besides running more efficiently, a maintenance visit may turn up any issues that could become bigger problems while you’re away. Considering how cold it is in the winter here, the preventative care will give you peace of mind while you’re away. If your furnace doesn’t run properly, you risk frozen pipes and the damage that plumbing problems cause.

 If you’re going to be gone more than a few days, turn the water valve off to your home. Once off, turn on a faucet and leave it open for 15 seconds or longer to make sure there’s air in the pipes to prevent broken pipes.

Turn the thermostat for your HVAC system down to 60 degrees F to save energy. It’s also a good idea to open the cabinets under the kitchen and bathroom sinks so that the pipes stay warmer, especially if they’re located on exterior walls.
   
The pros at JMD Corporation/Jackson Heating and Air can help you prepare the HVAC system in your home, helping it run smoothly and safely throughout the heating season.

Home heating tips during the Polar vortex

At JMD Corporation/Jackson Heating and Air, we want to help you keep your home comfortable during these record-low temperatures. Follow our tips for keeping your heating system operational. If you run into any problems, please contact us at 888-365-1171. We do have emergency service if necessary.

If you’ve repeatedly turned up your thermostat and you’re not feeling the temperature heat up, it just might just be the polar vortex. Furnaces aren’t designed to function in subzero temperatures, so your heating system may struggle to keep up with this week’s extreme cold.  Even if your thermostat is set at 70 degrees, it doesn’t mean your furnace can keep your home at that temperature.

The key is to not mess around with the thermostat or change it frequently. Turning your heating down or off during the evening can put even more strain on the system. Without proper heating, pipes can also freeze during the night — even more reason to keep your thermostat on a “hold” during extreme cold.

Keeping garages and doors shut can also keep the heat in.

Be sure to check pipes on external walls for snow or ice because that can stop furnaces from functioning. Keep your outdoor condenser clear of snow if you have a heat pump.

Replace your furnace filter. Ideally in the winter months, especially during these ultra-cold spells, you should change the filter monthly.

Be sure your ceiling fans are on to keep the warm air moving if they have the reverse setting for colder months.

Help to heat your home with some cooking or baking—or even just boiling water. It gives extra humidity and warm temperatures to your indoor air. Under no circumstances should you ever heat your home with your oven, stove, or grill, as this is extremely dangerous.

Be sure to keep your cupboard doors open where your plumbing is located to allow your heat to keep your pipes warmed. The last thing you want is frozen or burst pipes. In these extreme temperatures, keep all your indoor faucets on a constant trickle with room-temperature water. This also helps to prevent frozen or burst pipes.

Check on neighbors or anyone elderly in this freezing weather to be they are safe and warm.