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Are We Melting Yet?

I think the only person who isn’t melting this summer is Olaf!

One of the most asked questions we get this time of year is, “how do I keep my home cool without breaking the bank?” There are lots of ways to keep cool in the heat, but did you know there are some small things you can do every day to help keep your home cooler and running more efficiently this summer?

  • Ceiling Fans! If you have them, keep them running. These help to keep the air in your home circulating and your unit running more efficiently. Consider installing a couple to help with the comfort level in your home.
  • Smart Thermostats! If you have not yet installed a smart thermostat, it is proven to provide more efficiency to your home. This allows you to set certain temperatures for different times of day and the thermostat turns these on and off without you having to remember to do so. We offer a variety of these in stock, just call in to the office and ask.
  • Air Filters! This mind seem like an obvious one, but it’s easy to overlook your air filters. It’s kind of like out of sight out of mind sometimes. But, when you don’t change your air filters monthly you are allowing allergens to build up in your home and reducing your air quality. An easy way to do this is to set a reminder on your phone to change your air filter on the 1st of each month.
  • Blinds! Did you know that keeping your blinds closed can reduce the heat gain in your home? Lots of open blinds allows in a lot of sunlight and possibly unwanted heat. Try keeping them closed during the hottest part of the day to cut down on higher temperatures inside.

Finally, people are often asking us to share our top tips for troubleshooting. Here are a few of the most commonly asked questions we receive. And, remember, for all of these needs and more, we here for you 24/7. Call us anytime at 864-213-9899:

My unit is not cooling/heating, what should I check first?

Check the circuit breaker. Often, a simple tripped breaker may be the answer. Turn back on to reset and wait about 30 minutes to see if cool/warm air is flowing.

I think my system is frozen, what do I do now?

Check for ice on or around your unit. If icing has occurred, turn off the unit to allow it to defrost. This may take 4-6 hours.

My utility bill is higher than normal this month, any idea why?

Due to extreme temperatures outside, your unit may run more to keep your home at the comfort level you have set on your thermostat. New, large appliances may also cause a spike in your bill. First, consider these things and check with your utility company about possible rate increases.

We are here for you. Call us anytime at 864-213-9899 with questions or service needs. We are happy to serve you!

 

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