Severe weather and fallen trees are some of the most common causes of power outages. We have all been inconvenienced by the momentary interruptions or worse, hours of no electricity. Once the power is restored our biggest concern is resetting the clocks throughout our homes. But have you considered the effects of power outages on your HVAC equipment?
If you are like most homeowners, you have taken steps to protect your valuable equipment with surge protectors and battery back-up power supplies. The computers in your home may already use an external hard drive or cloud service to routinely save your data in case your computer stops working. But what can you do for your HVAC system?
Back-up power generators that are large enough to operate your HVAC equipment and other critical electrical equipment can keep your family safe in the most disastrous conditions. And an electrician can recommend a generator that will run your heating and air conditioning as well as other items in your home in case of a power emergency.
If you do not have a back-up generator, you should take some basic steps to protect your valuable HVAC system in the event of a power outage.
Turn off the system at the thermostat. This prevents the system from abruptly starting when power is restored. Sudden surges of electricity could damage the equipment and shorten its lifetime.
When the power is restored, check your circuit breakers first. Reset any that were tripped by the power outage.
Wait at least 20 minutes after resetting the breakers before adjusting the thermostat for your HVAC system. The reason for doing this is that most modern heating and cooling systems have internal circuit breakers that will need time to reset.
The HVAC equipment should operate normally. If you have problems restarting the system call JMD Corporation/Jackson Heating and Air. We can schedule a visit by one of our technicians. Many times the problem is easy to remedy, but you may have a larger problem looming due to damage caused by the surge of electricity before or after the power outage.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Do An Energy Audit
Now that winter has passed, it’s a good time to sit down and total your heating costs.
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.
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.
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.