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Summer Decorating Tips That Keep You Cool

After waiting through the cold, dark months of winter, summer is finally here! Sunlight, warm breezes, and overflowing gardens make summer a season worth savoring. If you feel like your home is still stuck in winter’s rut, consider a few of these simple changes to bring the spirit of summer to your living space.

What is R22 and how does it affect my HVAC system?

R22 is a refrigerant that is also a chlorodifluoromethane and more widely recognized as a hydrochlorofluorocarbon — a greenhouse gas. R22 is used extensively in air-conditioning units and HVAC systems. R22 has a negative impact on ozone in the atmosphere and is being phased out by order of the Federal Government.

How To Save Money On Cooling Costs

Keeping your home cool during the summer months can be difficult. Your electricity bill is sure to spike because you will be running the air conditioning (AC) unit a lot more. There are several ways you can keep a consistent temperature in your home throughout the year. Ways To Make Your Home Energy Efficient Get new windows. The windows in your home are one of the first places you need to upgrade if you want your house to hold cool air for longer. A single paned window is going to allow heat from the sun to spill into your home. This heat will be detected by your thermostat, which causes your AC unit to continue running. You also want to upgrade your windows so that they are properly sealed around the edges. It is very common for a set of old windows to allow air to leak outside of the home. Replace your roof. Replacing the roof on your home is another way to help it stay cooler year round. There are now energy-efficient roofing options that you can choose to reflect sunlight from your home. When your home reflects sunlight rather than absorbing it, it will remain between ten and twenty degrees cooler on the inside. Make sure your home is properly insulated. Check the insulation in your attic to make sure that it is in good condition. Also, check the seals around your doors as well as your windows. The seals in your home should be so tight that you can’t see any light leaking through the cracks. The better your home is insulated and sealed, the longer cool...

Identifying Common HVAC Problems

One of the most important things you can do in your home is keep your HVAC unit working properly. A good HVAC contractor will tell you that you should have your HVAC unit serviced at least once a year to make sure everything is working properly.  Servicing your HVAC unit can only save you money in the long run, whether it be saving on energy bills or spotting repairs that are needed for the unit before they become more costly. What are some of the most common problems your HVAC unit can experience? Dirty Filters It is important to keep dirt, dust, mold, and other pollutants out of your HVAC unit.  Believe it or not, there is a lot of dirt, dust, debris, and other contaminants floating in the air in your home.  Leaving the filter in your HVAC unit unchecked will guarantee you will have a heavy air conditioning repair bill in the long run. If the filter becomes too clogged, air flow will become restricted, and this can cause improper functioning of your unit.  Check your filter frequently.  If it is too clogged for light to pass through it, the filter should be cleaned or replaced. Blown Fuses The fuses, found in the evaporator in your HVAC unit, protect the motor or compressor from overheating.  If a fuse is blown, it can cause an unexpected work stoppage in your HVAC unit.  A good HVAC contractor will check all the fuses, and even the breaker when performing air condition repair or heating repair. Sensor Issues Your HVAC unit cycles on and off based on the temperature detected in...

When Should I Repair or Replace My HVAC?

When should you replace your HVAC unit? Ultimately, the decision comes down to the age of the unit and the cost to keep it running. In addition to these factors, a heating and cooling system’s performance also weighs in to the HVAC maintenance or replacement equation. Classic Air Inc. installs and services all brands and makes of residential and light commercial heating and air conditioning equipment. Our technicians often help guide property owners through this exact predicament. We are the leading HVAC service provider in the area and have served Central Ohio since 1978. Calculating Costs Versus Value Property owners can use a simple formula to estimate the financial practicality of repairing a central air unit. When a property owner must repair a unit, they should multiply the cost of the repair times the age of the unit. If the value is more than $5,000, it is a good idea to replace it. This formula takes into account the 10-year expected lifespan of a climate control unit and factors in the weight of HVAC repair costs. Any machinery has a limited number of operating hours to expend until its continued use is no longer cost-effective. Using this formula can help property owners measure the value left in their equipment. What if the Unit Just Needs Refrigerant? This service issue—which appears somewhat innocuous—is actually a sign of more underlying problems. A HVAC unit that needs recharging has most likely developed a leak. Repairing the leak and replacing gallons of refrigerant can run upward of $500 to $1,000. Furthermore, HVAC systems that have developed a leak are more likely to have a...

Is Your HVAC Unit Costing You Money?

The key to achieving longevity with any purchase is properly maintaining your equipment. If you neglect to change the oil regularly in your vehicle, you risk having to replace the engine.  Even smaller items like window blinds and gutters require regular cleaning and upkeep. Many people fail to realize that an HVAC system also demands appropriate maintenance to operate efficiently. Not only do you risk costly repair or replacement parts, but you may also be throwing cash away every month with higher energy costs. Cleaning your filter, maintaining your condenser and evaporator units, and vacuuming the outside drain are all steps you can personally take to help with HVAC maintenance. However, certain tasks should be regularly checked by professionals. If your unit was installed before you moved into your home, you need to verify that it was installed professionally and does not contain any safety hazards or operational defects. Even if you are the original buyer of the HVAC system in your home, it’s a good idea to get professional HVAC maintenance performed often. These are some of the things a certified service technician will inspect: Check electrical connections. The technician will tighten all connections and test the voltage of the motors. If this is neglected, it can cause unneeded wear and tear on the unit and result in repair or replacement sooner than necessary. Check system controls. This process is needed in order to make certain your unit is starting, cycling, and stopping properly. This, in turn, will help lower your monthly energy costs. Lubricate major components. HVAC units have a great number of moving parts. When they are not properly lubricated, it can cause friction build-up, and costly repairs become...

How to Maximize Air Conditioner Efficiency

With summer drawing near, few things are more enjoyable than coming home to a crisp, cool house. It’s easy to take this modern amenity for granted until you have to go without it. But just like owning a car requires more than filling up the gas tank, an air conditioning unit is a complex machine that requires monthly and yearly maintenance to achieve maximum efficiency. These five tips will help you beat the summer heat, get longer life out of your unit, and cut your monthly energy bill. Note: Before cleaning or maintaining your air conditioner, ensure all power flowing to the condenser and evaporator is halted.   Replace or clean the filter every month. This is the cheapest and easiest way to aid efficiency. When the filter is full of dirt and grime, it can cause the air to flow to the evaporator coil, which can result in more problems. Pay attention to what kind of filter you purchase, as some are reusable. These require regular cleaning and do not need replacement as often as disposable filters. Clear the drainage system. Locate your drainage outlet by walking around the foundation of your house. It will be a small pipe that drains out into your lawn. Mold and other bacteria can build in your drain and impede your unit’s efficiency and contaminate the air. At the beginning and end of summer, use a wet/dry vacuum to suction anything that could be obstructing the drain. In most cases, 30 seconds is plenty of time to clean the area. Clean the evaporator. If your evaporator is not sealed, clean it at least once a year.  Carefully remove the foil and access...

Prep Your Air Conditioner for Summer

With summertime just around the corner, it may be time to check up on your air conditioner before it becomes time to turn it on and enjoy the cool air. There’s nothing worse than having a broken or poorly performing air conditioner on a blazing hot day in the summer. When an AC unit sits unused for a long period of time, some maintenance is usually needed to make sure it’s ready to handle the summertime heat. Because many people wait until it’s already hot outside to check their air conditioners, it can be tough to get a heating, ventilation and air conditioning technician to do any repairs or maintenance in a timely manner. Prepping your AC unit before summer will prevent your home from becoming too hot and unsafe for children and pets. Check the Filter The first thing to do to get your air conditioner into shape is a little cleaning that can be done easily on your own in most cases. The filter in the air handler should be changed twice a year, so this is a great time to check whether it needs replacing or cleaning. A dusty filter inhibits an AC’s efficiency and circulates dust into the home. Clean the Condenser Unit The condenser unit outside will also need some cleaning, especially if it is located under trees or around other plants. It’s best to cover the condenser during the winter months to prevent debris and leaves from building up in the unit where the fan can be found. If you don’t cover the unit, there will surely be a cleaning project waiting for you in the...

Spring HVAC Tune Ups

With warmer weather approaching, it is time to think about AC and HVAC (heating, ventilation, and air condition) repairs. Throughout the winter, your heating and air conditioning unit will have been running on overdrive. As the HVAC system runs, it can accumulate dust and dirt in key areas, such as the air filters or condensing coils. Without HVAC repairs, your system can lose up to five percent of its operating efficiently each year. To improve HVAC efficiencies and to conduct necessary AC repair work, you should consider hiring a certified technician to conduct a maintenance inspection. What Is an HVAC Maintenance Inspection? These professional inspections can help your unit improve its energy efficiency, which will help you to save money on utility bills and reduce the likelihood that you will need to conduct numerous AC repairs. In fact, yearly maintenance checks have been shown to reduce monthly energy bills by as much as 15 percent. A maintenance inspection should include checking the following areas: Motor Blower Operating pressures and temperatures Drain line Return and supply lines Coils Connections Refrigerant levels Hiring a professional to maintain your HVAC system will help you to address AC repairs before they become too costly. In addition to the above checks, the technician will also inspect the combustion process to ensure that the entire system is working safely and efficiently. AC Repair and HVAC Repair Checklist During your yearly inspection or spring tune-up, your professional technician can also conduct these five simple steps to ensure that your system continues to work safely and efficiently. The technician should inspect all ducts, filters, coils, and the...

Spring Cleaning Starts With HVAC

The spring air flowing through your home is welcome after the winter of 2015.  However, it is also heralding the onset of summer heat and stifling humidity that is arriving very soon.  Before you begin any spring cleaning efforts, your first attention should go to your HVAC system.  This important and expensive system will need a dusting and cleaning, too, after a winter busy supplying heat throughout your home.  The HVAC requires a yearly tune up and analysis to continue providing your family with the temperature control that you expect and need. Old Furnaces Require More Maintenance If your gas furnace is over ten years old, you can be certain it loses heat and costs excessive money to operate. Our team can inspect and analyze its compliance with heating standards and advise you on any action needed. The same is true of your HVAC air conditioning system, vents, and ductwork.  It is time to arrange for Classic Air Inc. to inspect and clean your vital cooling system before the first heat wave. Taking the time to have your HVAC air conditioning thoroughly inspected and approved by our experts can save you money and puddles of perspiration for HVAC repair. Consider an Air Purifier Warmer summer weather will bring along its cousins: pollen, dust, and other allergens polluting the air you breathe inside your home.  Installation of an electronic air purifier can guarantee your home air is as healthful as nature first made it, and your family is relieved of allergy symptoms and communicable diseases attacking them within the safety of their own home. If You Don’t Know HVAC, Know...