How to keep your house cool in the summer

General Tips for Keeping Cool

Are you looking for some ways to maximize the output of your air conditioner? Of course you are! The cooler you can keep your home, the more comfortable you are. The thing is, there are things that you can do that will help you to lower the temperature in your home without lowering the thermostat. Here are some general summer tips for keeping your home cool while keeping those heating and cooling bills under control.

Take Advantage of Cool Evenings

It takes some time for the summer to get into full effect. While the days are hot, the nights can be very comfortable without using your air conditioner. Instead of leaving your unit on all night, take advantage of the cool air and open up your windows. The outside air will keep you cool through the night, and then you can turn your AC unit back on during the day.

Ventilation is also good for your home, particularly in spring when you are still trying to get the dust and dirt of the winter back outside where it belongs.

Use Your Ceiling Fans

It may seem like your ceiling fans are just decorative since you have air conditioning in your home but you can take advantage of them in order to keep your home feeling cooler. Think about the winter and how the term wind chill can affect how the air feels. Moving air, while being the same temperature as still air, feels cooler due to a process called convective heating. Moving air takes away more heat than still air.

If you turn on your ceiling fans, they will create a nice comfortable breeze in the room to move the air around. This will help your home feel cooler while leaving your air conditioner’s thermostat at the same temperature.

Lower the Fan Speed for Humidity

While rare, there are days where the humidity might climb. When the humidity does climb, having the fan on high means that your AC unit might not be able to pull out as much moisture from the air as it should. Air conditioners actually perform two major functions. They cool the air, and they dehumidify the air. You need to make sure that your unit has enough time to get the dehumidification done. Having the fan on low gives the air more residence time in the unit, which gives you more dehumidification.

Time Your Appliance Usage

Lights, ovens, computers and older televisions add to the heat in your home. During the times of the day when the heat is at its peak, consider not using those appliances—or reduce the number of them that are in use at any one time. You may be surprised how much cooler your home feels if you wait until dark to bake your brownies!

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Some Money Saving Tips for your HVAC System

Summer is almost upon us, and that means higher energy bills. As the summer heats up there are some great ways to keep the costs of cooling your home down. Not only does this help your pocket book, but it can help to lengthen the life of your Las Vegas HVAC system as well. Check out these tips for keeping your home cooler.

Keep the Diet Light

As strange as it sounds, the food that you eat can have an effect on how warm or cool your home feels. Heavy foods that require boiling or the oven to be on can also affect the temperature directly. Instead, think about having things like refreshing salads or fruit. Keep meals light which will require less cooking and keep the heat out of the kitchen.

Plants Around the Home

One of the best ways to keep your home cool is to have something around the house to suck up some of that sunlight. There are plenty of plants that will thrive in heat while providing your house with shade that can keep the sunlight off. The less direct light your home gets, the less the heat will build up on the inside. Remember, not only does this help to keep your energy bills down, but it reduces the wear and tear on your HVAC system.

Use Your Thermostat

Do you have a programmable thermostat? If you do, it is probably one that can be programmed for different times of day (or even learn and detect your cooling behaviors). If you aren’t using your thermostat’s program function, then you are missing out on a great way to reduce your energy bills.

Take advantage of the fact that your home is empty during certain parts of the day. Let the temperatures creep up and program the thermostat to start to get the temperature down about a half hour before you get home. Remember, it is a myth that it takes more energy to cool your house down than to just leave it at an even cool temperature. Leverage that by programming your thermostat on a regular basis.

Close Up Your Windows

Fresh air is great; the issue is that fresh warm air makes your HVAC system work much harder than it should. That leads to wear and tear on the system and higher cooling bills.

Resist the urge to open up a window. While the breeze blowing in might feel cooler, it is really just heating up the inside by letting warmer air inside. It makes the thermostat climb up and your system work harder to compensate. There are much better alternatives to get some air moving in your home, like adding a ceiling fan or even an oscillating fan on a base.

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Do I have leaky ducts?

Do You Need New Ductwork?

The ductwork is an essential part of your home. It is the circulatory system that brings the warm air to rooms in the winter and the cool air to them in the summer. Ducting can easily become clogged or leaky. Sometimes in newer homes the ducting that was installed is of poor quality or was badly routed. The end result is that your HVAC system has to work harder than it should in order to keep your home heated and cooled. Here are some ways to figure out if you may have bad ductwork.

Higher than Average Energy Bills

Do you feel like your energy bills have significantly increased recently? Maybe they have been slowly climbing and you are now just beginning to notice. While there can be several reasons for increased energy bills, one of them may be bad duct work. If you have regular maintenance performed on your HVAC system and can rule that out as the cause, then duct work may be the explanation.

Higher Bills than Neighbors with Similar Sized Homes

Take a quick survey of your neighbors with homes of a similar size to yours. Your heating and cooling bills should be close, and if there is a major difference in the two, it can indicate problems. Again, if you are having regular maintenance done on your HVAC system, and there are no problems with the system itself, ductwork may be the reason for the increased costs.

Inspect Your Ducting

One of the quickest ways to tell if there is an issue with the ducting is by doing a visual inspection. Remember that the parts of your ducting that are visible are small compared to what is hidden inside of your walls, so if you do not find anything, that doesn’t rule out a problem. It just makes it a little harder to find.

For your exposed ducting, take a look to make sure that the ducts are sealed at all of the joints. Make sure that none of it is sagging or hanging at odd angles. All of the parts of your duct work should fit together snugly and not have any air gaps in them.

Bad Ductwork Can Cause Serious Problems

Along with higher utility bills, bad ductwork can contribute to poor air quality. Leaking ducts can collect moisture that eventually turns into molds. They can also pull in dust and dirt that are not caught by the filter, spreading particulates through your home. If you suspect that your ductwork is in poor condition, you should have a professional check it out.

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How to find window leaks

Finding Door and Window Leaks

One of the quickest ways for your heating bills to skyrocket in the winter is if your home has leaky doors or windows. Once your furnace heats up the air in your home, you don’t want to lose it to the outside. That is exactly what happens if you have leaking doors or windows. If you suspect that your doors or windows may be leaking, here are some ways that you can check to see if you are right.

Use the Tools of the Trade

One option, which might be expensive if you don’t have the equipment on hand, is to use specialized tools to find out if you have a leak. The best way to do this is with an infrared thermometer. This is a device that doesn’t need contact with a surface in order to tell temperature. You can point it at a suspect window or door and actually see where the warmer or cooler areas around them are. It will be very apparent that you have a leak using one of these devices.

Keep Your Eyes Open

If you don’t feel like investing in a quality infrared thermometer, another method you can use is simply to look for evidence that your windows or doors may be in need of repair.

Walk around the outside of your home and inspect the windows. You should be able to see a plain bead of caulking around each of the windows that is used to seal them. If the caulking is starting to peel or crack, then you might have a small leak. Large missing pieces can be causing even larger leaks.

If you have older single pane windows look around the edge of the windows at the glazing. Glazing is a hard putty that is used to hold the panes in place and seals the windows. As these windows age the glazing will crack and crumble. If you see signs of this, then it is a potential sign of a leak.

Open your doors and windows to see if the weather stripping is missing. This can also be a major cause of leaks. If you head inside of the house, you can close the door and see if there is light leaking in from underneath the door. This is an indication that there is a leak.

Using Smoke

You can also do an easy test that involves using smoke from an incense stick. Close up all of the windows and doors in your home. If you have any appliances that use natural gas, turn them off as well; they can throw the test off. Finally, turn on all of the kitchen and bathroom exhausts to create a negative pressure inside of your home.

Take a lit incense stick and hold it near doors and windows. If there is a leak, you will plainly be able to see the smoke drawn into your home.

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Energy Saving Winter Tips

Winter weather is here, and that means increased energy bills in order to keep your home warm. Is your home being as efficient as it could with all of the warmth you are putting into it? There are ways that you can keep costs lower during the winter months. Here are some tips for keeping your energy bills down while still enjoying a comfortable home.

Check Your Attic Insulation

Heat rises. This means that most of the warmth escaping from you home will be doing so from the roof. If your attic insulation levels are low, you may be letting more heat out than you should.

Have an expert check the insulation levels in your attic. With proper amounts of insulation, you could save anywhere from 10 to 50% on your heating bills in the winter.

This heat loss can also lead to your furnace running more to keep up. Added strain on your heating system could eventually lead to repairs needing done much sooner than they would if the furnace had not run so hard.

Get into Baking

While this may not save a lot in energy costs, it sure is a great smelling and great tasting way to heat your home. Turning the oven on to bake bread, a cake or even a roast will get your food cooked as well as help to heat your home with the radiant heat from the oven.

Remember, your oven is designed to heat the enclosed space inside of it, not your home. Do not open up your oven to provide supplementary heating. This is very dangerous and can damage your oven or even lead to a fire.

Invest in a Humidifier

What do most people complain about in the summer? The humidity. “It wouldn’t be so bad if it were a dry heat” is a common summer turn of phrase. Well, there is a reason for that, and you can use it to your advantage in the winter. Simply put, humid air feels warmer.

The humidity can also help your family stay healthy in the winter. Dry winter air irritates nasal passages and can aggravate conditions like asthma or other respiratory problems. Having a home humidifier can help to ease these conditions. It also helps out with dry skin. The humid air will keep skin moist reducing the need for lotion or other moisturizers.

Humidity can be added directly to some home heating units, or separate humidifiers can be purchased. The professionals at Executive Air Conditioning can help you choose the one that is right for you.

Keep Safe

Remember, carbon monoxide poisoning is much more common when you have a gas furnace or fire place heating your home. Know the signs or have a carbon monoxide detector for the winter months. It can keep your family safe and healthy.

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Benefits of a High Efficiency HVAC System

Studies have shown that almost half (more than half in Las Vegas) of the energy that is consumed by your home is done so in heating and cooling. That is a lot of money when you start to add it up over time. That is why if you are in the market for a new HVAC system you might want to consider a new high efficiency system. High efficiency systems can add many benefits to your home. Here are just a few.

Programmable Thermostats

Do you find yourself constantly adjusting the temperature on your old dial thermostat? New high efficiency systems can help you with that problem by replacing it with a programmable thermostat.

Programmable thermostats offer several benefits over traditional mechanical ones. High efficiency HVAC systems let you control zones of your house. This means that those rooms that get all of the day sun and don’t need as much heat can be kept cooler while the other rooms that need a little more heat can get what they need.

You can also program thermostats for times. No need to keep the house warm or cool while you are at work. You can program your thermostat to keep the house at a less comfortable temperature then adjust it a half hour or 15 minutes before you arrive home from work. This can save a large amount of energy with a very simple device.

Less Noise

Older HVAC systems were noisy. Motors, fans and even ducts created noise throughout your house as they operated. High efficiency systems change all of that. They are built of high-tech sound-absorbing materials that dampen out the operating noise. These devices are so quiet that you may not even notice they are on.

Longer Life

You expect a certain amount of life out of your HVAC system considering the cost investment that you put into it. Most standard systems can expect a life of up to twelve years if properly maintained. A high efficiency system can operate much longer than that. If properly maintained and taken care of, you may be able to get twenty years or more out of a quality high efficiency system.

Better Air Flow

The key to modern HVAC systems is air flow. The better the air flow that you get from your system, the better it is able to maintain the temperature.

Traditional systems had one setting, on or off. High efficiency systems feature variable speed motors that can ensure that the airflow is consistent in all parts of your home. This enables you to better control the climate while doing so more efficiently.

Cost Savings

Of course there is the energy cost savings. This one speaks for itself.

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Keep Those Holiday HVAC Heating Bills Low

With all of the other things going on during the holidays most people aren’t considering the impact that holidays can have on energy bills. The truth is that with all of the traffic your home might be seeing during that time, your heating bills could see quite the upturn.

Don’t worry; there are some ways that you can limit the impact of the holidays on your heating and cooling bills. Here are some tips for keeping your energy costs at a minimum.

Check Those Filters

The first thing you should do, if you haven’t done so already, is to check and change the filters in your HVAC system. There is a reason that we suggest this so often. Dirty and clogged filters are the number one cause for additional wear and tear on your HVAC system, as well as increased energy bills. Take some time to ensure that your HVAC system has all of its filters changed before the guests start to arrive.

Try to Manage the Door Traffic

With so many people coming in and out this can seem like an insurmountable job. Especially with all of the other things that you are trying to do at the same time. It can be done with some minimal effort and is probably easier than you think.

Remind people when they are coming in to close doors behind them. Yes, you do have to prop the door open to get the tree into the family room, but you can limit the time that it is propped open.

Also, try to manage the foot traffic in and out as people bring in holiday goodies and gifts. Try to maximize the amount of stuff carried in and out during each trip if you can so that the door stays open as little as possible.

Keep the Windows and Doors Shut

With the oven going, the stove top boiling water and six extra people inside, you may be tempted to open up a window to cool things off. The problem is, you may not notice that open window until well after the temperature inside has dropped way down and the furnace is kicking on to compensate. What is even worse is that if it goes unnoticed for a long period of time, the furnace will just run and run to try to keep up.

If you do have to open up a window or crack a door to cool off, make someone in charge of closing it. Set a timer to remind you if you must. Just make sure that someone closes it as soon as possible to avoid sending your furnace into a race condition with the outside. Trust us, it will lose.

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Energy-Saving Tips for the Winter

As the seasons change it is time to start thinking about those cool nights when the furnace is going to kick on to keep us warm. While it is necessary for a comfortable home, the furnace does take a lot of energy to run. There are ways to reduce your winter energy consumption. Here are a few energy-saving tips for the winter to lower the cost of keeping your house warm.

Humidifiers

If you think about most people’s comment about summer heat, humid air is much warmer than dry air. The same holds true in the winter months. If you want to keep your home feeling warmer, then you need to up the humidity. Many modern furnaces have a humidifier built in. If not, there are many options to buy ones that will work for a room or a whole floor. Keeping the air a little humid can help your home feel much warmer.

Furnace Maintenance

A dirty furnace has to work much harder to keep your home warm. Even if it doesn’t see much use, dirt and dust can build up inside. This means that you are going to spend more energy because your furnace isn’t working as efficiently as it could.

Regular maintenance on it can help to solve that problem. While some of it can be done by you (have we mentioned you should change your filters?), a yearly checkup from a professional is the best way to ensure that everything is running properly. Of all our energy-saving tips for the winter, this one is perhaps the most important.

Check your Insulation

While this is a must no matter what season it is, a properly insulated home can be the difference between modest heating bills and outrageous ones. Your walls and roof are where the majority of your heat loss occurs. Having proper insulation in your attic and wall spaces is a must. If you are unsure about the condition of your insulation you can have it checked by an HVAC professional.

You could also consider having insulation on your exposed heating ducts. Aluminum ducts lose heat quickly which means that to get your top floors warm can take more energy that just gets lost to a basement that doesn’t need it. Wrapping insulation around your ducting can help to keep that heat in and direct it where it is needed.

Open the Shades

While you might be tempted to keep the shades closed when it is cold outside, the sun can actually provide a lot of heat to your home. Open up the blinds during the day to let the sun warm up your home. You might be surprised how quickly it can warm up a room.

Remember to close the drapes at night, though. Just like the sun can warm up the room, a cold night can pull heat away. Once the sun goes down, close up the drapes for the night and wait until the next day to open them up again.

These energy-saving tips for the winter are sure to keep your wallet fuller during the holiday season. To get a new energy saving furnace or have yours maintained, contact Executive Air Conditioning today!

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Save Money with Routine Maintenance on Your HVAC System

One saying goes that you have to spend money to make money. Another version of that might be that you have to spend money to save money. Sure, it might seem odd at first, but spending money on proper maintenance of your air conditioner can end up saving you a bundle in the long run, particularly if you have routine maintenance done by the professionals Executive Air Conditioning. Here are some ways that routine maintenance can save you money.

Longer Times Between Replacement

A new air conditioner is a big investment in your home. This means that you want to get as much out of that investment as you possibly can. Having a routine checkup of your air conditioner is a great way to prolong the life of the unit.

Your air conditioner is made up of several complex systems. If any of these systems begin to have small issues the other parts of the system will have to work harder in order to compensate. This means more wear on them which shorten their life.

Having a professional perform routine maintenance on your air conditioner will allow them to identify small problems before they become big ones. This reduces the stress on the system and will extend the life of your AC unit for years.

Reduce the Number of Repairs

The nature of a mechanical system is that something is eventually going to break. There is no way around this. Having someone take a look at your air conditioner on a regular basis might mean spotting that part that is about to go before it does and then causes damage to other parts around it.

Having someone find issues early also means that your AC unit is going to be more reliable. No more 3 a.m. calls for repairs: You can depend on your system to function when you need it because all the issues are addressed prior to them becoming a serious issue.

Energy Savings

The energy rating that is on your air conditioner is only accurate if your system is working properly. As it runs, things are going to go wrong that force it to behave much less efficiently. With routine maintenance, you can prevent this.

As time goes on and your air conditioner sees more use, your parts are going to slowly stop operating as efficiently. AC professionals are able to work on and align the parts of your unit so that they are working at 100% efficiency or as close to it as the age of your unit will allow.

Think About Maintenance Once a Year

Having a visit once a year before your unit is going to see heavy use is a great idea. Twice a year (once in the spring and again in the fall before winter) is an even better idea. This will allow the professionals at Executive Air Conditioning to make sure that your air conditioner and furnace are running and in turn saving you money. For more information or to schedule a checkup, contact us today!

Fiberglass air duct insulation

Consider Fiberglass Air Duct Insulation

If you take a minute to look in the unfinished parts of your basement you may see large metal ducting hanging there. Those ducts are what carry the cool air through your house in the summer from your air conditioning unit to the places where people spend time. Those ducts can also be a major source of loss of efficiency in your HVAC system. Going the extra mile and putting fiberglass insulation over your ducting can improve the comfort levels in your home as well as help to reduce energy bills in the hot summer months.

Reduce Background Noise

One of the first things you might notice if you have your ducting insulated is that the noise from your HVAC unit is reduced. Since ducting is metal it can carry sounds very easily. This means that any noises that your HVAC unit makes when operating, such as fan noises that can be generated by the system that moves the air through the ducts and even voices from other rooms, can all be carried through ducting. Fiberglass insulation helps to dampen out these sounds and can reduce background noise in your home significantly.

Elevated Comfort Levels

Your air conditioner cools the air and then blows the it through your home using fans and the ducting for transport. Ducting that has no insulation on it is not as effective at keeping the temperature of that air constant. As the air is moved through the ducting more of the heat of the rooms the air moves through creeps in and heats it up. By putting insulation over your ducting your losses due to heat from outside of the ducts will be reduced, meaning the cool air goes where you want it to: your living space.

Conserving Energy

An HVAC system is a complex machine. It does the work of taking the ambient temperature air in and then puts it through a cooling process. Once that is done it blows the air through your home via your ducts to the rooms that you want cooled. The whole process takes energy. If your ducts are not insulated, then some of that cooling power is lost as the air is circulated through your home. This means the system has to run longer to match the temperature at which you set the thermostat. It also means the pumps, fans and coolers must work longer as well. Insulated ducting will cause your home to be cooled more efficiently and will reduce the amount of energy that it takes to hold your home at the desired temperature.

Lower Bills

With reduced energy demand comes a reduced costs in your energy bills. Improving the efficiency of your system by insulating the ducts will translate to savings for you at the end of the month when the bill comes in for operating your HVAC system.

Give Executive Air Conditioning a call today to see about getting your ducts cleaned and inspected, and ask about insulation while we are there!

Insulation in your ducting can save energy and reduce your summer cooling bills.