Energy Efficiency Tips for Summer – Keep Cooling Costs Low

Energy Efficiency Tips for Summer – Keep Cooling Costs Low

  • Air Conditoning
  • Energy Efficiency

It’s expected that your summer utility expenses will go up. How much they increase will depend on your house’s use of energy. Use these energy efficiency tips to save money on summer cooling costs.

Use Your Thermostat

Set your thermostat higher than 72 degrees, even when you’re home. Adjust the thermostat up one degree at a time until you aren’t comfortable. When you away from home, set it even higher. Install a programmable thermostat to avoid having to remember to manually adjust the temperature.

Update Your Home

To keep your house cooler:

  • Install ceiling fans or purchase portable fans. You can run fans for less money than you can the AC. A good fan in the room can let you lower the temperature on your AC while still maintaining the same comfort level.
  • Draw the blinds during the hottest part of the day. Open them again at night.
  • Strategically place trees and shrubs to provide natural shade.
  • Use your outdoor grill. If you don’t heat up the kitchen, you don’t have to cool it down.
  • Use cold water to wash clothes, if possible. Dry your clothes on the clothesline to avoid heating up the laundry room.
  • Keep your electronic devices away from the thermostat. Computers, lamps and TVs trick the thermostat into thinking the room is hotter than it is. They also produce heat that raises the overall temperature in the room. Turn them off when not in use.
  • Install LED lighting instead incandescent bulbs. LED lights use less energy, last longer and don’t turn light into heat. If you still have regular bulbs, avoid turning on the lights during the day to produce even more heat.

Get your AC checked out if it doesn’t seem to be cooling effectively. Running the AC when it’s acting inefficient can increase your bill. The quicker you make repairs, the more comfortable you’ll be. We’re here 24/7 to get your AC problems resolved quickly.

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Is It Time To Repair or Replace Your Air Conditioner?

Is It Time To Repair or Replace Your Air Conditioner?

  • Air Conditoning
  • Energy Efficiency
  • Maintenance

The dog days of summer are upon us. You’re ready for sun and fun, but your home’s air conditioning system may not be. When it’s not working properly, it generally gives clear warnings signs. Once you notice problems, you’re faced with a question: Do you get an AC repair or an AC replacement? At One Hour Heating & Air Conditioning, we understand this dilemma, and we’re here to help you make the right choice.

Signs Your Air Conditioner Needs Repair

It’s rare that an air conditioning unit breaks down without any warning. Typically, when parts start going bad, the system displays certain signs. Here are some common issues to look out for:

  • Higher than usual electric bills
  • Loud grinding, squealing or scraping noises
  • Weak airflow coming through the vents
  • Warm air blowing out of the unit
  • A musty or pungent odor when the AC is turned on
  • Humidity in your home
  • A broken thermostat
  • Water or moisture settling around the unit

As a general rule, units 15 years or older should usually be replaced. Otherwise, getting an AC unit repaired may be the best course of action. If you’re having any of these issues, you should have an HVAC specialist inspect the system.

A Cool Solution

Here at One Hour Heating & Air Conditioning, we have skilled technicians who can properly diagnose, service and repair AC units. Because problems can arise at any time, we’re available 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Whenever you call, we’ll be there on time, every time. To make it easier on your pockets, we offer a free service call with each repair.

Get It Fixed Now

The sooner you notice the signs of a failing unit, the faster the issue can be resolved. If you’ve had the system for less than 15 years, you’ll probably want to opt for AC repair. Contact us today. Our certified technicians will have you enjoying crisp, cool air in no time.

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Get Set for Summer Heat With an AC Checkup

Get Set for Summer Heat With an AC Checkup

  • Air Conditoning
  • Energy Efficiency
  • Maintenance

The last thing you want to cope with on the hottest days of July is an AC repair. Make sure your air conditioning system is in optimal working condition before summer rolls around with a maintenance checkup from One Hour Heating & Air Conditioning. Our skilled technicians provide affordable, professional service with an on-time guarantee.

Components of AC Maintenance

Even if your home’s AC worked fine at the end of last summer, it’s still worth having a tune-up during the off season. Our experienced service providers will do the following:

  • Identify damaged or worn components that must be repaired
  • Clean the internal components, including fans, coils, and belts
  • Check the airflow
  • Oil the motors
  • Adjust refrigerant levels and check for leaks
  • Change filters

Benefits of Summer AC Maintenance

These advantages make regular AC maintenance a smart choice for your home and your wallet.

  • A maintenance check can prolong the life of your system, extending the time before you need an AC replacement. Most AC systems are designed to last up to 15 years but will have a much shorter life without regular maintenance.
  • Adjustment and cleaning of critical components helps your AC run more efficiently, cooling the home more effectively and saving you money on utility bills.
  • Repairing broken parts of the system decreases the chance you’ll need a major AC repair when you need it working most. Most system failures can be prevented by making minor repairs as they are needed.

In the Springfield, MO area, you can schedule an appointment with One Hour Heating & Air Conditioning. All work is completely guaranteed. You can also save by signing up for our Comfort Club to receive regular maintenance twice a year, along with a 15 percent repair discount, priority service when repairs are needed, and reduced diagnostics fee. Call us today at 417-323-2397 or complete our convenient online contact form.

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3 Issues Caused by a Dirty Condenser Coil

3 Issues Caused by a Dirty Condenser Coil

  • Air Conditoning
  • Energy Efficiency
  • Maintenance

Get more efficiency and longer life span of your air conditioner

You may be wondering just exactly what condenser coil is. A condenser coil is located outside your home within the condensing unit. Condenser coils are a vital part in the reliability and overall operation of your air conditioning unit. The condenser itself is responsible for converting gas into liquid. Your AC unit transfers a lot of air so it is important to make sure the condenser coil is always clean and free of debris.
A dirty condenser coil can cause many problems if neglected. Below you will find a list of the top three issues you may experience as a result of dirty condenser coils:

  1. When your condenser coil is dirty, the energy efficiency of your unit drops considerably which will result in higher electric bill. Reduced efficiency means that your HVAC unit will use more energy to produce the proper amount of air to your home.
  2. The overall lifespan of your air conditioner unit is reduced. Regular maintenance of your HVAC unit is important to expand the life of your unit. A dirty condenser coil makes the unit to work much harder to cool your home. This leads to more wear on the system.
  3. The cooling efficiency is reduced by over 30%. If you notice that your air conditioning unit is not producing as much cold air as it once did, you may need to simply have the condenser coils cleaned. It doesn’t take much dirt to decrease the effectiveness of your HVAC unit.

Regular maintenance of your AC unit, including having your condenser coils cleaned is important. Some homeowners may be tempted to try and clean their condenser coils on their own, but the only way to make sure it is done correctly is to have them maintained by a professional HVAC technician. It is a good idea to have your entire air conditioning unit inspected and thoroughly cleaned once at least year.

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What You Should Know About the New HVAC Federal Regulations

What You Should Know About the New HVAC Federal Regulations

  • Air Conditoning
  • Energy Efficiency
  • Maintenance

HVAC Federal Regulations

2015 will be seeing some big changes in the HVAC manufacturing and contracting world. The Department of Energy (DOE) and the American Public Gas Association (APGA) recently reached an agreement on the application of new Federal Regional Efficiency Standards, which will go into effect January 1, 2015. The regulations will apply to air conditioners and heat pumps, both split system and packaged. (Conversely, the regional furnace efficiency standards are currently being reassessed.) These new standards can be a bit convoluted, as they affect contractors, distributors, and manufacturers in separate ways, depending on their geographic area and equipment type. For those affected by these new regulations and those consumers who are interested in environmental conservation and energy efficiency, here are a few highlights from the new HVAC federal regulations.The main objective of the Regional Efficiency Standards is to make sure that more efficient HVAC systems are installed across the country, thereby making the U.S. less dependent on fossil fuel and other energy sources. Under this five-part agreement, the U.S. is divided into three regions: the North, the South (AL, AR, DE, FL, GA, HI, KY, LA, MD, MS, NC, OK, SC, TN, TX, VA, DC), and the Southwest (CA, NV, AZ, NM).For the very first time, each region has its own unique minimum federal efficiency standards for air conditioners, and there is a new national standard for heat pumps.According to the Department of Energy document outlining the new regulations, “Federal Regional Standards for cooling equipment will go into effect as planned on January 1, 2015. All air conditioners (A/C) and heat pumps (H/P) (split system and packaged) manufactured after December 31, 2014 must comply with these Federal Regional Standards.

The Federal Regional Standards for air conditioners sold in the south and the southwest are based on the date of installation; however, the industry will have an 18 month sell-through or grace period (starting on 1-1-2015). Original equipment manufacturers, distributors and dealers will be allowed to buy, sell, ship and/or install non-compliant products (13 SEER) during this period as long as they are manufactured prior to January 1, 2015.

Split system and packaged heat pumps are not subject to the 18 month sell-through or grace period, as the standard applied is based on the date of manufacture. Split system and packaged heat pumps manufactured before January 1, 2015 can be sold after January 1, 2015 for as long as inventory exists.”

For more information, visit the Department of Energy’s page on Residential Central Air Conditioners and Heat Pumps.

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Do AC Cleaning & Tune-Up Services Improve Performance and Save Money

Do AC Cleaning & Tune-Up Services Improve Performance and Save Money

  • Air Conditoning
  • Energy Efficiency
  • Maintenance

Ways to Save Money – Get your Air Conditioner Cleaned and Tuned Up

When an air conditioner breaks, your first thought may be to simply get another one to replace it (especially in the summer). However, there are several distinct advantages to getting your air conditioner cleaned and tuned up instead of running out to get a new one—not only does it save money and energy, but it also improves performance, allowing you and your family to feel more comfortable on those scorching summer days. Read on to learn more about why you should consider repairing your AC instead of throwing it out.

  • Cleaning and tuning up your air conditioner saves money. A quality repair company can save you a lot of money. Instead of emptying your bank account on brand-new air conditioner, it makes more fiscal sense to simply clean, tune-up, and repair the air conditioner you already have. Your repaired air conditioner will work just as well as any new ones you could purchase, and your bank account will thank you for it.
  • Cleaning and tuning up your air conditioner will improve its performance significantly. An ill-maintained air conditioner has to work much harder to put out the same amount of cold air—which is inefficient, expensive, and frustrating when all you want on a hot day is a nice, cool room. An inefficient AC can affect you, your family and any potential visitors, so it’s important to keep your current AC cleaned and tuned up.
  • Cleaning and tuning up your air conditioner is more environmentally conscientious. Save your air conditioner from the overcrowded landfills by tuning them up and repairing them instead of driving them to the dump. Remember, it takes a great deal of natural resources to make new products in terms of water, minerals, metals, timber, petroleum products, and more. Buying a new air conditioner means more transportation and storage costs as well as packaging, so repair your air conditioner not just for money’s sake, but for the environment’s too.
  • Cleaning and tuning up your air conditioner will give you time to save up for quality new air conditioner. While you save money repairing your air conditioner, you’ll be able to build up a fund to buy top-of-the-line air conditioner down the road. If you’ve got your eye on a modern, energy-saving AC, you’ll have time to save up for it instead of spending your savings on a lesser-quality new appliance that may break or become obsolete in no time.

Does your AC need attention ASAP? One Hour Heating & Air Conditioning can get your AC up and running in no time—so call us today at (417) 886-3456. Our experts are available day and night!

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Maintenance For Your Gas Heating System

Maintenance For Your Gas Heating System

  • Energy Efficiency
  • Maintenance

Care for your gas heating system

Keeping your gas heating system running smoothly, safely and efficiently is an important part of home ownership. Proper furnace maintenance supports optimal functioning and helps prevent hassles and breakdowns down the road. Maintaining your gas heating system can be done in just 5 basic but important steps:

1. Visual Inspection

Start by turning the thermostat up. Check the fuel jets to make sure the fuel-burning process initiates properly. Next, turn off the power and fuel supply and conduct a visual inspection of the venting system, which is responsible for removing gases. Check venting ducts and joints to make sure they are well-sealed and in good condition. Be sure each one is secured with three (or more) screws.

 

2. Remove Covers and Check Filter

Remove the furnace and blower-compartment covers. Check the filter and inspect the internal mechanical parts. Remove the filter to get an even closer look and replace if clogged. Most filters are marked with an air-flow indicator and slip easily into a slot within the air-handling portion of the furnace. Make sure the filter is oriented and installed properly, with its arrow pointing toward the furnace.

 

3. Inspect the Blower

Use a flashlight and a small mirror to check the condition of the blower. Make sure there are no obstructions. Lubricate the blower motor if needed.

 

4. Remove and Clean the Furnace Burners

Cleaning the furnace burners helps to ensure safer and much more efficient burning. Remove the burners from the furnace for cleaning and also to allow for a more thorough visual examination of the inside of the furnace. Check the inside furnace chamber for visible defects such as rusting, punctures, holes or separating seams. Clean the burners using plain water; remove any and all dirt, dust and other debris. Clean the sensor and pilot area as well with an emery cloth and a wire brush to ensure these devices will operate optimally. When finished, reassemble all components into the furnace.

 

5. Safety Testing

Finally, clock the gas meter to verify the rate of fuel usage; check the “high limit” on the furnace to make sure it doesn’t overheat. Use a carbon monoxide meter to check overall carbon monoxide levels and to make sure the furnace is burning cleanly. Safety Tips: Consider installing a carbon monoxide alarm in your home; always keep the area around your furnace tidy, uncluttered and unobstructed for maximum accessibility and safety.

 

Too busy to DIY or out of your comfort zone? Contact One Hour Heating & Air Conditioning and we’ll take care of all your gas heating system maintenance needs.

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What’s the Best Thermostat for Me?

What’s the Best Thermostat for Me?

  • Air Conditoning
  • Energy Efficiency

Do you have the right thermostat for your heater and air conditioner?

In today’s economy, homeowners are paying attention to home expenses more than ever. Energy-saving products such as a programmable thermostat can help lower your heating and cooling costs and manage your home’s energy usage. According to the Department of Energy, you can reduce your energy bills up to $180 every year, and those savings add up over time.

How They Work

Thermostats can be preset to temperatures that you choose and that fit your daily schedule. They can also adjust temperatures automatically throughout the day or night. If you’re away or asleep, the temperature can adjust to a higher setting to save energy, then adjust to a lower more comfortable setting when you’re home.

Many models adjust temperatures by sensing body movement in the house. And now, they can even be controlled remotely from your computer at work, tablet, or smartphone. You can adjust the temperature to a comfortable setting from virtually anywhere!

There are many models on the market right now that offer different functions and features. In addition to temperature settings, some models control humidity, provide weather forecasts and alerts, and even let you know when you need air conditioner maintenance or repairs.

Selecting the Right Thermostat

  • The Nest Learning Thermostat – various programming functions; measures ambient light, humidity, and motion. New Features: Sunblock – turns AC off when the thermostat is in direct sunlight; Auto Away – motion sensors speed up temperature adjustments; Advanced Fan Control – allows preset fan settings
  • Ecobee Smart Thermostat – seven-day programming functions; energy conservation mode; weather forecasts and alerts; maintenance and problem alerts; printable system performance reports
  • Homewerks Radio Wireless Thermostat – seven-day programming functions; fan-only mode; two warm and cool stages; touch screen
  • Honeywell Prestige Comfort – various programming settings; humidity and air quality controls; service reminders; touch screen

If you would like to find out more on the benefits of programmable thermostats, One Hour Heating and Air Conditioning of Springfield can assist you. As a leading Springfield HVAC company, we provide expert services for heating and air conditioner maintenance, repairs, and installations. Give us a call at 417-886-3456.

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How Air Handlers Work to Save You Money

How Air Handlers Work to Save You Money

  • Air Conditoning
  • Energy Efficiency

Air Handlers Save Springfield Homeowners Money

The right air handler will improve the energy efficiency of your system and make your home more comfortable. Working with your home heat pump or central air unit, the air handler is what moves air throughout your home to create and maintain a consistent temperature. Below, discover how the right air handler from One Hour Heating & Air Conditioning of Springfield can help you save money.

Reduce the Strain on Your System

Moving air between the interior and exterior units, the air handler should operate as smoothly as possible to reduce the strain on your central air or heat pump. The air handler is typically inside the home, and keeping it in excellent working order limits the strain on your outdoor units. This makes the system more efficient and helps you reduce your energy bills.

Ensure Steady Operation

It’s important to trust your Springfield air conditioning professionals to provide you with regular maintenance of your system. Keeping your air handler clean is a vital part of preserving the energy efficiency of the system and helping you save money. We can catch small problems and make repairs to ensure that your system runs smoothly even when hot weather settles in this summer.

Avoid Costly Repairs

As vital part of your air conditioning system, the air handler should not be neglected.

  • Taking the time to have it cleaned and serviced annually will help it last longer.
  • You will also avoid costly repairs by making this investment, helping you save money in the long run.
  • More importantly, a system that is regularly serviced and operating smoothly will also cost less money to operate every month.

Let One Hour Heating & Air Conditioning of Springfield provide you with the services you need to keep your system running smoothly and efficiently. Avoid costly repairs or a system breakdown by calling us today at 417-886-3456. Don’t forget to ask about how the right air handler can help you save money while making your house more comfortable.

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What Does an Air Handler Do?

What Does an Air Handler Do?

  • Air Conditoning
  • Energy Efficiency
  • Maintenance

What is an air handler?

An air handler (AH) is a critical component of a Springfield home’s heating or cooling system. In a central air conditioning system, the AH is typically housed indoors in the system’s central unit, a metal box that contains an air filter, a blower, dampers and other components that help the air conditioning system distribute and remove air in your home. One Hour Heating & Air Conditioning of Springfield is pleased to offer air conditioning service in Springfield that includes AH installations, service and repairs.

Handlers typically use a large blower powered by a motor to blow air through your home’s duct work. Because the handler is the equipment that determines the amount of air that is circulated throughout your home, it’s important to ensure that your AC system has the right-sized AH. AH equipment can improve the energy efficiency and functionality of your Springfield’s air conditioning too, through the use of variable speeds, high quality air filters and humidity controls.

One Hour Heating & Air Conditioning of Springfield can ensure that your HVAC systems are enhanced by quality handlers that will help keep your home at the ideal temperature and humidity level while conserving energy. From handlers designed to vary their speed according to the cooling needs of your home to those designed with whisper-quiet operation for installation near living areas, One Hour Heating & Air Conditioning of Springfield can install the best AH for your AC system.

Air conditioning repair often involves accessing the AH in your home’s central air conditioning system. Because AH inspections are part of regular air conditioning maintenance service, by scheduling regular AC service, you can help prevent AH repairs, ensure that your system is operating at peak efficiency and extend the life of your air conditioning system.

One Hour Heating & Air Conditioning of Springfield HVAC technicians are experts in all aspects of your Springfield home’s air conditioning system, from the AC’s air handler, blower and air filter to the system of duct work. Whether you need service, an installation or a repair, call us today at 417-886-3456 for all your air conditioning needs.

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