Peoples’ everyday lives have to adapt to the changes of seasons in more ways than one. Aside from adaptations due to societal changes-e.g. preparations for tax season-homeowners are constantly faced with the issue of regulating the energy intake of their household. Given the unpredictability of weather recently, people always need to be ready to confront the most extreme circumstances. Whether the seasons bring abnormal temperatures or follow their regular weather patterns, anyone responsible for their energy bill needs to make sure their system runs as efficiently as possible.

Those that are most successful in this endeavor are those that perform the proper preparatory steps to ready their heating and cooling systems for these seasonal changes. Becoming one of these prepared people can save you a lot of money in the long run. Here are some steps to follow that can make your energy bills much more reasonable:

Upgrade Outdated Technology

As with any industry that is heavily based off of technology, inefficient performance often stems from old machinery. This concept applies fully for homeowners looking to decrease their energy bills. Furnaces and central air units that are outdated continue to lose their energy-efficiency and often need to overwork themselves to produce the desired results. Although this may likely be an expensive purchase, it is truly an investment in cost-savings and the preservation of your home in the long run.

Utilize Thermostat Programming

Provided you have a programmable thermostat; many settings can have your system working as little as possible and still producing the exact results you desire. For instance, if the majority of your household is not home during the day, program your thermostat, so your heating and cooling system kicks into gear just before everyone starts coming home. This will assist you to avoid spending unnecessary money and energy. Keep your system off on days when no one is home, especially during vacations. Catering your system’s energy usage to the times when it is needed the most will result in favourable cost savings over time.

Perform Routine Maintenance

Although your system may appear to be operating correctly, you need to make sure no structural problems are causing it to overwork itself. There are two very popular instances in which this is the case. Often, there are leaks in heating and cooling ducts that waste energy constantly. Also, when the filters of your heating and cooling system are dirty, they will require your system to input excessive energy. Ultimately, eliminating these interruptions in air flow will keep your system running as efficiently as possible.

Schedule a Professional Check-Up

Most preparatory measures for your furnace or air-conditioning mechanism can be performed by anyone. However, there is value in having the helping hand of an industry professional. It can be demoralizing to put forth the time and effort to keep your system running efficiently, only to be confronted with more issues you are unable to solve. Thus, having the eyes, ears, and hands of an expert on your side can only be beneficial. They will make sure that all of the equipment involved is ready to perform properly for the long run.

About Colonial Heating & Cooling

Colonial Heating and Cooling is dedicated to its customers. We are a certified air-vent-duct-cleaning company with decades of experience in the industry. We’ve been a member of the Plymouth, MI community since 1973 and have lived by our commitment to quality HVAC services ever since. Through professional installation, a sales staff knowledgeable of HVAC and ancillary services, and a team of technicians who are irreplaceable when it comes to honest technical excellence, we are proud to be a Trane Comfort Specialist Dealer. We feature a variety of products such as Trane Furnaces, a/c units and Trane thermostats.

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Is It Time To Replace Your Air Conditioner?

Your air conditioner is perhaps one of the most important pieces of equipment in your whole house. If you have any doubts about that statement, you'll likely become a believer when your cooling system goes out at the height of summer. The important question -  "Is It Time To Replace Your Air Conditioner?"

Replacing it can be one of the most expensive things you do for your house, as well. Here are a few things you can do to help prolong the life of your unit to reduce your expenses and minimize disruptions:

Get Regular Maintenance
As with any piece of equipment you own, getting regular maintenance can keep your air conditioner in top working order. Routine maintenance will keep the unit working efficiently, using less power and providing consistent performance. It will also help to reduce the likelihood of repairs, which can save you money in the long run.

Regular maintenance includes having the entire system checked, as well as getting the appropriate parts cleaned or oiled. It also includes topping off the fluids.

Never Try to Make Repairs Yourself
The Internet makes everything seem easy with all the how-to articles and YouTube videos that give you information on how to make any repairs. However, attempting to make repairs on your air conditioner can put the system at serious risk. Being able to make these repairs requires extensive training and experience. The system is complex, and any mistakes can lead to the need for even more expensive repairs or even a total replacement. Attempting your own repairs could even result in serious injury or damage to your personal property.

You should never try to repair your system yourself. Always call a qualified professional to perform the maintenance and the repairs.

Always Work with a Qualified Professional
Finding the right professional to repair or maintain your air conditioner requires much more than just looking up names in the phone book and picking one at random. You should always find a technician that has the specific training and experience to work on the exact type of unit that you own. You should always work with a service professional who is both licensed and insured. Licensing shows that the person has met minimum training and quality standards to receive certification. Insurance protects you against any mistakes that the technician may make while working on your unit, whether it results in damage to your system or damage to your property.

Don't be fooled by the information you read online, making it seem like home repairs are easy if you just read enough articles or watch enough videos. Some home repairs are quite complicated, and attempting them can put your property in jeopardy, as well as your safety. Air conditioner repair is one of them. Hiring a professional to perform regular maintenance on your unit and to make any necessary repairs can help you prolong the life of your system, saving you money and minimizing any disruptions to your comfort.

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