Washington DC is Filtering Out the Clutter

Our homes really know how to collect stuff, don’t they?  The amount of stuff may be in proportion to the size of the family.  But most of us, in one way or another, keep bringing more stuff into a home that can only hold so much.

That’s probably a reason “spring cleaning” never goes out of style.  Everyone needs a time to clear away the clutter and give our home some breathing space.  So we start tending to the areas that need attention in order to get our homes back in good working order.

If you’ll allow me to switch to a home comfort analogy here, I would say that what is true for your home is true for your air conditioning system.  It collects clutter in the form of dust, dirt and airborne particles.

Fortunately, your AC has a filter that captures a lot of this kind of airborne clutter.  But, please be aware, your filter can only hold so much.  Changing it regularly is important for the efficiency of your system and for the quality of your indoor air.

To learn more, take a look at this report, The Easiest Maintenance Step You Can Take.

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Social Media Workshop

So I’m at this social media workshop today, learning how to interact with our customers in a better way on social media.

I can’t wait for you guys to see the plans I have to implement.  Facebook, twitter, linkedIn, YouTube, even you, Mr. Blog….watch your back.  You’re about to be hypnotized, mesmorized, and prioritized.

I think you, the customer, will be happy with some of the changes too.  I’m going to format all of our media outlets so that YOU can find EXACTLY what you need from me, without searching forever.

Questions, comments, hate mail? Let me know.

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Clearing Out & Cleaning Up

It hits everyone around this time of year that things have accumulated, piled up, been neglected, and generally overlooked.  The warm weather inspires us to wipe away the cobwebs that formed in the previous months and get our homes ready to fully enjoy during the long summer days.

Clearing out winter and spring growth and grime and de-cluttering your rooms and outdoors so you can enjoy your living spaces just makes you feel good. A lot of homeowners even have their pressure washers out and are cleaning off their concrete and siding. This is also the perfect time to have your home’s cooling system cleaned and serviced.

Think about it. You have not turned your air conditioner on since last year and it has just been sitting there, outside, in all the winter weather and muck. Just sitting there accumulating dirt and dust and parts rusting and getting loose. It seems a little absurd to wash away dirt from your driveway and walkways, but not clean the unit that is blowing air into your home.

No one expects a car that has been sitting for months, unused, to crank right up and run efficiently, but that is exactly what we think should happen every year with our home cooling system.

In order to really get our homes running efficiently during these long, hot days of summer, we need to have a professional service our air conditioning system. To learn more about what routine maintenance your system needs, read A Little TLC Goes a Long Way.

Boy, Does It Feel Good Outside!

You can’t beat this weather!  It feels too good outside to not be anything but happy, and thankful for such a pleasant Summer.

It did get me thinking, though.  How can we take advantage of these cool temps?  What can we do to save money on our energy bills?

A good place to start is to get rid of any “energy vampires” you may have in your home.  These are TVs, lamps, appliances and whatever else you leave plugged in all the time, but rarely use.  They are using energy and costing you money even though you are not actively using them.

So, put your TVs on a power strip and turn them off when you are not at home and while you are sleeping.  Also, unplug lamps and kitchen appliances that you don’t use on a regular basis.

While this is valuable information that everyone should take advantage of, you should also find out how to save energy and money on your home’s biggest energy burner – your air conditioner.  There are “high-efficiency” air conditioners that can save you between 24-40% on your usual utilities.

That is definitely worth investigating!

For more information on lowering your energy consumption and putting more money in your wallet, take a look at this info, The Definition of Insanity.

How a 1987 Treaty Changed Air Conditioning in 2010

Ever heard of the Montreal Protocol?  Like many things that happen among and between nations, even if you haven’t heard of it, we’re talking about an event that could affect your life – or, in this case, your home comfort.

Offered up in 1987 for nations to sign and adopt, the Montreal Protocol was an international treaty that focused on a concern for how chemicals and other things in the atmosphere were depleting the ozone layer that was protecting life as we know it on earth.  The treaty was amended in 1992 to set a timetable for phasing out chemicals known as HCFCs – which includes in this list a refrigerant that has been used in air conditioning systems since the early ‘70s.

Now, fast forward to today and what this means in practical terms for you: Air conditioners manufactured after 2010 can no longer use the refrigerant R-22 (also known by the brand name Freon) as the coolant of choice.  While this refrigerant can still be produced and used to service existing equipment for the time being, in 2020, the production and import of R-22 will end, and it will only be available through recycled and reclaimed processes.  As of 2010, prices for refrigerant have been going through the roof!  Some have seen this reflected on their invoices for service, if you had to have any added.

That means simply this: any air conditioning that uses R-22 is looking at a time limit.  As you face repairs with any pre-2010 system, we’ll be glad to talk with you about the best ways to extend the life of the equipment (hint: regular maintenance!), and when the time is right for replacement, we’ll give you our best guidance there too.

In the meantime, to learn more about what’s going on, take a look at this info, What Every Homeowner Should Know:  Government to Take A/C Refrigerant Off Market.