Simple Cooling Tips That Help Save Energy

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Simple Cooling Tips That Help Save Energy

April 25, 2016
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It’s that time again when the dreaded heat and humidity start to affect outdoor as well as indoor temperatures. Keep cooling and comfortable in your Overton, Texas, home doesn’t have to be a struggle. Simple cooling tips can help you to effectively manage indoor temperatures and humidity so you can save on cooling costs.

Programmable Thermostats

If you don’t have a programmable thermostat, it’s time to make that upgrade. A programmable thermostat will allow you to set comfortable temperatures day and night.

As long as you program your thermostat correctly you can see significant energy savings. Instead of keeping the temperature in your home at one setting for the entire day or constantly making changes, you will be able to program it in advance according to your schedule. By doing so, your home will be comfortable at all times.

Look Around Your Home for Ways to Save

There are many simple strategies you can implement around your home to keep cool. Take a room-to-room approach and look for ways you could be contributing to heat gain in your home. You can help to cool your home by:

  • Keeping windows and blinds closed during the day. Closing blinds or angling them to block the sunlight will help to reduce heat gain. You can also keep curtains drawn to reduce the effect of the sunlight.

  • Preparing meals that don’t require a lot of cooking time. The more time spent cooking, the more heat that is added indoors.

  • Using ceiling fans to help with cooling. Just make sure they are set to spin in a counterclockwise position during the hot months.

  • Change or clean your air filter as required. A dirty air filter will eventually prevent your AC from working properly.

For more ways to save energy and beat the Texas heat, contact JD’s A/C today at (903) 759-7483. Our technicians can provide the advice and services you need to improve comfort and efficiency in your home.

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Why It’s Necessary to Upgrade an Old AC

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Why It’s Necessary to Upgrade an Old AC

April 12, 2016
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Your Gilmer, Texas, home feels cool enough, so you don’t think you have anything to worry about. However, if you’ve had your AC for more than a decade, it could be costing you more than you realize. An old air conditioner is likely to be very inefficient, resulting in higher utility bills. Additionally, hanging on to an old system could be affecting your air quality and your health. These and other reasons prevent convincing arguments that you should never hesitate to upgrade an old AC.

A Variety of Problems

An AC that needs to be replaced will show clear signs of problems. Inefficient cooling is what most persons are concerned about. Even if your home feels comfortable now, as the Texas heat and humidity continue to rise, your AC might not be able to keep up. Other common problems experienced when an AC is old include the following:

  • It becomes harder to heat rooms evenly
  • It is difficult to reduce high humidity levels
  • You notice strange odors every time the AC cycles on
  • Electrical problems caused by frayed wiring
  • Increased difficulty managing dust throughout the home

These problems can lead to even more serious concerns if not addressed in time. Fire, mold, and water leaks can damage your home.

You might not look forward to paying for a new unit but considering the problems and expenses associated with an old AC, an upgrade will be worth it in the long run.

Trust Your HVAC Expert

During routine service or preventive maintenance your HVAC technician will take a comprehensive look at your system. A qualified and trustworthy technician can provide valuable advice. There comes a time when repairs are no longer cost-effective. Sometimes a part replacement will do the trick. But an old AC loses efficiency over time so you will be looking at replacement soon, anyway.

If you experience frequent breakdowns and pay a lot each year for repairs, it would make sense to replace your system. When you are ready to upgrade your air conditioning system or if you are not sure a replacement is warranted call the experts at JD’s A/C today at (903) 759-7483.

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