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Improve Your Comfort with a New Smart Thermostat

June 18th, 2018

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Tired of fighting over the thermostat in your house? Wish it wasn’t too hot or too cold at the wrong times? Want to save money on your energy costs? While manual thermostats were the standard for decades until the development of programmable models, a new smart thermostat takes temperature control to the next level and could be the solution you’ve been looking for. We’ll look at the benefits of installing one below so you can decide if this is the right option for you.

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The Benefits of Ductless Air Conditioning

June 4th, 2018

ductless-ac-unitSummer has rolled around again, and you’re thinking now’s the time to replace your old air conditioning unit. Or maybe you have a new vacation home which needs a cooling system installed. Either way, you may think there are only two choices: a collection of window units or a traditional central air conditioning unit. This is no longer the case as today there is a third option: a ductless mini-split system. The unique benefits of ductless air conditioning systems might just make one the right choice for you.

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How to Lower Air Conditioning Bills This Summer

May 21st, 2018

The average electricity rate nationwide is 10.54 cents per kilowatt-hour. Running your central air unit that uses 3,500 watts for 9 hours a day during the warmer months will cost about $100 a month. Naturally, everyone wants to know how to lower their air conditioning bills during summer. What should you do? Let’s take a look at some tips for homeowners in Callaway, FL…

Lower Air Conditioning Bills as Much as Possible

To lower your air conditioning bills, you may have to get creative. Creating shade is a sustainable solution to saving energy. Using additional fans and regularly replacing air filters also help to ease the burden on your A/C.

Plant Trees and Shrubs

A significant portion of the heat that builds up in your home happens as a result of sunshine hitting your roof or coming in through the windows. A simple solution is to create shade.

By planting trees around your property, less sunlight will reach the roof and windows. You won’t have to run your AC unit as much as you would without the shade provided by tall trees. In addition, if you protect your air conditioner from the sun with shrubs or trees, you can increase its efficiency.

Create Cover for Windows

Another way to shield yourself from direct sunlight is to make your windows more sun-proof. This can be accomplished via solar screens or window films. Window films reflect a certain amount of light and heat without adding anything visible to the window.

Solar screens are popular among many restaurants and business establishments that have large windows and are in the path of direct sunlight. These mesh screens block the sun with whether the window is open or closed. For twice as much protection, apply window films before adding solar screens.

Circulate the Air in Your Home

In addition to having a central cooling unit, keeping the air moving helps to mitigate the effects of extreme heat.  Any fan will do the trick. An added benefit of constantly circulating the air in your home is that it causes sweat to evaporate from your skin more quickly.

 

Replace Air Filters

Air filters quickly become clogged and usually need to be replaced every few months. Keeping your home and AC unit equipped with clean air filters means air can flow through easier, reducing your AC costs. Make sure your air ducts are clean, too.

Easily Lower Your Air Conditioning Bills

These methods provide simple and affordable ways to lower your air conditioning bills this summer. While trees and sunscreens may be somewhat of an investment, you will eventually recoup the costs in energy savings. The environment will thank you as well.

Another great way to save is to take care of any problems with your air conditioner.

We offer responsive AC repair in Callaway, FL and surrounding areas. Contact us today!

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Alternate Forms of Air Conditioning

May 7th, 2018

ductless-air-conditioningWhen most people think of air conditioning systems, they think of classic centralized systems, which generate cool air in a single location, then blow it into your home with a fan. They’re safe and effective forms of cooling your home, which is why they’re used so often. But what happens when a household can’t support such a system or it’s not right for their needs?

Thankfully, you have other options. There are alternate forms of air conditioning that can get around any issues caused by traditional centralized systems in your home. And now is an excellent time to install such a system, when the temperatures are still relatively cool. If you’re considering a new system and a centralized model isn’t quite right, consider one of these alternative forms of air conditioning.

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How Does Refrigerant Work in Air Conditioners?

April 23rd, 2018

air-conditioning-servicesMost homes in the area use central air conditioning systems to stay cool, and with another scorching summer on its way, yours is going to be tested like never before. Among the most common problems experienced by centralized air conditioning systems is a loss of refrigerant, which happens quite often and which can cause serious trouble if you don’t get it treated. How does refrigerant work in air conditioners and why does it create problems when it leaks? Read on for the answers.

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Signs You Need Air Conditioning Repair

April 9th, 2018

air-conditioner-repair-serviceSpring is here, and most of the homes in the area have already begun using their air conditioning systems on a regular basis. Soon, you’ll be using yours for days on end, and in the midst of our patented summer heat waves, you absolutely need it to perform as expected under extreme pressure. The last thing you need is a sudden breakdown and a repair call just when the temperatures hit their peak

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Planning for a New Air Conditioning System? Get It Sized

March 26th, 2018

new-air-conditionerSpring is here, and summer won’t be too far behind. If your air conditioner struggled last summer, or the warranty has expired and you feel like it’s clearly on its last legs, now is the time to get it replaced. Doing so means you’ll be able to take advantage of the new system’s improved efficiency and similar benefits as soon as the heat rises.

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4 Ways to Protect Your Air Conditioning System

March 12th, 2018

ac-flower-unitYour air conditioner is one of the most valuable pieces of equipment in your home. This is truer in Florida than it is in most parts of the country, as its absence would surely be mourned. You want to keep your air conditioner around for as long as possible, but that can be difficult when you don’t have time to learn the ins and outs of your AC system for proper maintenance.

Luckily, proper air conditioning maintenance can be simple, at least on the part of the homeowner. While you may need to call in technicians for some of the work, taking these steps is so important in protecting your AC system from damage and keeping it around for as long as possible.

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Surprising Reasons to Change Your Home’s Air Filter

February 26th, 2018

filter-duct-handYou might not realize how important an air filter is to the operation of your heating and air conditioning equipment. Yes, the filter helps to protect against many of the allergens and pollutants that make you feel ill. But it’s also a shield for your air conditioning system. Its defenses are down, though, when the filter is covered in dirt or debris.

We go over more of this concept in today’s guide, and show you just what happens when you neglect to change the filter. For more information, reach out to our expert technicians for a visit or for expert advice.

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What You Get from an HVAC Maintenance Program

February 12th, 2018

customer-survey-penMost technicians recommend scheduling maintenance for your HVAC systems (heating, ventilation, and air conditioning) at least once a year, though twice is preferable. An HVAC maintenance program through a local contractor makes it so much easier. You get connected with a company that specializes in air conditioning service (and heating service as well) and agree to schedule future maintenance services with that contractor.

Does this sound one-sided? It’s far from it. Regular maintenance keeps your comfort equipment running at its very best, and the top maintenance plans come with so many additional benefits. Learn more below or call our team to find out the many benefits of signing up for maintenance with Alexander Air Conditioning, Inc.

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