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Preparing for My Dream Home

My husband and I have spent a lot of time consulting with an architect. After living in our cramped, starter home for the past 11 years, we were finally ready to make some needed changes to it. We have added an extra 600 square feet of space onto our house. Before the construction began, we finalized the plans for our new heating and air conditioning unit with our HVAC contractor. Because our home was going to be substantially bigger than it is now, we purchased a larger HVAC system. We also installed a new, digital thermostat inside my home. On this blog, I hope you will discover the best types of HVAC units to buy for mid-size homes. Enjoy!


Preparing for My Dream Home

Three Tips To Get The Most From Your Air Conditioning System

by Rita Richardson

Air conditioners can be indispensable for the comfort of your home's interior during the hottest times of the year. However, these systems can be remarkably energy intensive, which may cause your power bills to dramatically increase. Fortunately, you may be able to benefit from using the following three tips to keep your air conditioner running as efficiently as possible.

Keep The Grass And Shrubs Around The Exterior Unit Trimmed

The condition of the grass and shrubbery around your air conditioner may not seem like a particularly important factor. However, if you allow the grass to get too high, it can severely restrict the flow of air into the unit. As a result, it may have to work for far longer to cool your home, which can force it to expend more energy. By making sure to routinely trim the nearby bushes to make sure that they stay at least a couple of feet away and the grass is not allowed to grow high enough to block the vents on the exterior unit, you can ensure that the unit is getting enough airflow to functioning efficiently.

Have Your Ducting Sealed

It is an unfortunate fact that the ducting in your home can allow much of the cooled air to escape through small gaps before it reaches the interior rooms. Luckily, you can help to minimize this source of inefficiency by having the ducting sealed. When this work is done, the various joints between the sections of ducting will be sealed with specially designed tape. If you have a health condition that will make performing this work difficult, you can hire an air conditioning repair professional to seal the ducting in your home.

Use The Ceiling Fans When The Air Conditioner Is Running

You may not fully appreciate the benefits of using ceiling fans while the air conditioner is running. While it may seem like this would be unnecessary, it can dramatically improve the efficiency of the system. Running the ceiling fans can help to prevent the air in your home from settling into thermal layers. When this occurs the colder air will be located close to the floor while the hotter air rises to the ceiling. When the ceiling fan is running, it will help to break up these thermal layers of air. This will give your home a more even temperature throughout it, which can help you to avoid running the air conditioner more than necessary.