National Air Conditioning Appreciation Week

Reblogger Maureen McCabe
Real Estate Agent with HER Realtors

Is the third week of August National Air Conditioning Appreciation Week each year?  Looks like the third week of August was last year. 

This is a Re-Blog of a post from last year.  Thanks to Chrissy Doremus of  U.S. Inspect  for allowing the post to be Re-Blogged. 

Every Friday I try to share an HVAC post to my blog, often one written by a home inspector for Furnace Friday...  by the skin of my teeth today.  If I did NOT get this in before midnight tomorrow it would be Space Heater Saturday and what do you say about space heaters in August? 

Here's a checklist

 

Original content by Chrissy Doremus ~ US Inspect ~

Did you know that this week is National Air Conditioning Appreciation Week? Well it is! And U.S. Inspect happens to be partnered with Petro Heating & Air Conditioning Services, so I got together with my friend Barry over there and we put together this "cool" checklist--and thought this was the perfect time and place to share it! Enjoy!


Chill Out About Summer Energy Costs With this AC Checklist


Getting AC Installed ProperlyAC checklist:

  • Get the right equipment and get it installed correctly – Replacing old cooling equipment with a new, energy-efficient model is the best way to save energy costs. But to reach its potential, new equipment must be the right size and properly installed. Improper installation can reduce system efficiency by up to 30% – costing more on utility bills and possibly shortening the life of the equipment (see chart at right).1
  • Bigger isn’t necessarily better – An AC system that’s too large won’t keep your home comfortable because of frequent “on/off” cycling. Incorrect sizing can also put stress on system components and shorten the life of equipment.
  • Change filters regularly – Check filters monthly, especially during heavy use months. If it looks dirty after a month, change it. At a minimum, change filters every 3 months to improve efficiency and air quailty.1
  • Tune up equipment – Take care of problems BEFORE they happen by scheduling an off-season tune-up – before it gets too hot!
  • Install a programmable thermostat – One of the cheapest and easiest ways to save up to $180 in energy costs and reduce your home’s carbon footprint is to automatically heat and cool your home while at work or sleeping.1
  • Clear areas around systems or units – Remove leaves and other debris from around system components to improve air flow.1 Seal ducts properly – If ducts are leaky, more than 20% of the air moving through the system is leaking into spaces you do not want cooled.1 Petro service technicians test the leakage rate and use duct sealant, a metal-backed tape, or aerosol sealant, to seal duct seams and connections.
  • Optimize air flow – If air flow in your cooling system is too high or too low, it may lead to higher utility bills. Petro service technicians can also test air flow and make any needed adjustments for optimal performance.1
  • Install ceiling fans – Fans help cool your home by pulling cool air through the house and exhausting warm air through the attic.2
  • Take advantage of stimulus offerings and rebates – Find out if you qualify for any federal or state tax savings.

1 www.energystar.gov. ENERGY STAR is a program run by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. Department of Energy
2 U.S. Department of Energy, www.energy.gov

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Debbie Holmes
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Gets the job done!

I truly did not realize that this is National Air Conditioning Appreciation Week!  I certainly appreciate mine although I forgot to turn it on today :)

Aug 12, 2011 11:43 PM #1
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Maureen McCabe
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We are much cooler now. We are appreciating giving the AC a rest. 

Aug 13, 2011 06:56 AM #2
Rainmaker
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Sally K. & David L. Hanson
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  Our house is always cooler than most folks....and appreciate the air...you bet...as energy efficiently as possible !

Aug 13, 2011 07:14 AM #3
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Maureen McCabe
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huh?

Aug 13, 2011 07:24 AM #4
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Amy Robinson
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Hi Maurreen,  Living in Arizona we love our AC. I am always looking for good tips on lowering our monstrous AC bills. Thanks!

Aug 22, 2011 09:21 PM #5
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Isn't AC in your area sometimes swamp coolers?  Our AC removes the humidity from the air to cool us off.

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