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5 Helpful Tips for Your Window Air Conditioning Unit

A window air conditioning unit is a good choice for keeping part of your home comfortable during the hot Massachusetts summer. However, like other kinds of mechanical equipment, it needs routine maintenance and care to perform efficiently. What window air conditioning unit tips can you use to keep your system running smoothly?

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Tips to Keep Things Smooth and Cool

Try these tips to keep your window air conditioning unit performing in top condition:

  • Isolate the area being cooled by the window unit. Window units are not made to cool an entire home. It is usually meant to cool only one or two rooms. For efficient operations, it is good practice to isolate those spaces from the rest of the house. Closing doors and sealing window leaks will usually do the trick.
  • Make sure your window unit is properly sized. Don’t make the mistake of trying to use an undersized unit to cool too large a space. The unit will never shut off, driving your energy consumption through the roof. Plus, the space will never reach a comfortable temperature. The right-sized unit will do the job efficiently.
  • Do not run heat-generating equipment when the A/C is running. If you run a stove, dryer, or other heat-generating appliance, the A/C is going to have to fight that heat to keep the space cool. Avoid using them when the A/C is on. Otherwise, you may find your electric bill going sky high.
  • Use window treatments to keep windows shaded. If any of the windows in the space you are trying to cool gets direct sunlight, you need to block it to prevent heat gain. Blinds, curtains, or shutters will do the trick.
  • Have routine maintenance performed once a year. This is true for any kind of air conditioning equipment. It will keep the system running efficiently, reduce repair needs, and extend the life of the equipment.

If you follow these window air conditioning unit tips, your space will stay cool without driving your electric bills too high. For more information on air conditioning solutions, contact us here at Rodenhiser Plumbing, Heating & Air Conditioning.

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Helpful Air Conditioning Tips for Spring in Massachusetts

Warmer weather has arrived here in Massachusetts. Summer weather is just around the corner. You need to take advantage of the mild spring weather to get your air conditioning ready for the hot weather ahead. Use these air conditioning tips for spring in Massachusetts.

Tips for Getting Your A/C Ready

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Here are five tips for getting your A/C ready for summer:

  1. Clear trash, debris, and weeds from around your outside condensing unit. It needs clear airflow to work efficiently. Over the autumn and winter, leaf debris can accumulate around its base. As spring starts to blossom, weeds have a tendency to sprout up everywhere. Remove it all.
  2. Wash the exterior condensing unit off with a hose. If there is caked grime, a mild solution of water and dish detergent should remove it. Do not use a pressure washer on the outside unit as the pressurized water can damage the fins and other components.
  3. Change your air filters. This is actually something you should do every month. To cool your house efficiently, the A/C blower needs a steady supply of air. A clogged filter restricts air flow. Plus, it allows dust and debris to get into the A/C equipment and blow throughout your house, lowering your indoor air quality significantly.
  4. Clean your vents and registers. Even with regular air filter changes, some dust is going to make its way into the air ducts. It will often settle on the fins of vents and registers. Spring is the perfect time to clean those fins.
  5. Schedule an annual maintenance visit. Before you turn the A/C on for the season, make sure it is in good shape. An annual service call from a trained A/C technician will do the trick. This will keep the A/C running efficiently, minimize repair needs, and extend the life of the equipment.

These air conditioning tips for spring will keep you comfortable in the coming months of summer. If you need to schedule an annual maintenance visit for your A/C, contact us here at Rodenhiser Plumbing, Heating & Air Conditioning. We serve the Route 495/128 are of Massachusetts.

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Keep Your Heat Pump Working Year-Round With Routine Maintenance

In both winter and summer, your heat pump works hard to keep your home comfortable. To keep it in the best shape possible, you need to have routine heat pump maintenance performed. This will keep it running efficiently, lower repair costs, and prolong the heat pump’s life.

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When It Comes to Replacing the A/C, Consider the System’s Initial and Lifetime Costs

Are you about to make an expensive mistake with your A/C replacement? If you’re not considering both the initial and the lifetime costs of a new cooling system, it could end up costing you a lot of money in the next decade or more.

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Hearing Noises From the Air Conditioner? What They’re Trying to Communicate

air conditioner noisesNo one wants their A/C to shut down in the middle of a heat wave in Massachusetts. If it does, you’ll probably find the temperatures unbearable. Making sure your A/C is running efficiently will prevent the problem and save you money in the long run. But what if you suddenly start hearing A/C noises? Read More Hearing Noises From the Air Conditioner? What They’re Trying to Communicate >>

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Looking for Summer Energy Savings? Don’t Fall for These Myths

summer energy savingsCooling a home in summer can get expensive quickly. Finding summer energy savings is important to keep costs down while maintaining your desired level of comfort. Some tips don’t actually save money though, so make sure you don’t fall for these myths. Here are the real facts on summer energy savings. Read More Looking for Summer Energy Savings? Don’t Fall for These Myths >>

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How SEER, EER and COP Can Guide You to a More Efficient A/C

seer, eer and copIt’s important to invest in an efficient A/C system, but a layperson may have trouble understanding how to tell which systems are efficient and which aren’t. Fortunately there are guidelines out there to help you know. One of the most obvious of these is the Energy Star program, which highlights the most efficient systems. The measurements of SEER, EER and COP also help inform you of air conditioner efficiency.

Coefficient of Performance, or COP

The COP measures the power output of the system divided by the power input. When it comes to more complex processes, more factors go into deducing the power input, but regardless, the output will be in the form of a single number, such as 1 or 3.3. The higher the number, the more efficient the mechanism.

Energy Efficient Ratio, or EER

EER is the output cooling energy (in BTUs) divided by electrical input energy (in Watt-hours). EER it typically measured over the course of an hour. It tells you how efficient the A/C unit is at doing a constant amount of work over a given period of time. Remember, this is energy, not power. Again, the higher the number returned by EER, the better.

Seasonal Energy Efficient Ratio, or SEER

SEER is similar to EER, but it’s designed to take into account the variations in conditions that can occur over long periods of time, hence the use of the term “seasonal.” The calculations get pretty complex, but what you need to know is that the larger the number, the better the system’s efficiency.

For more information on SEER, EER and COP, or for other home comfort needs, contact Rodenhiser Plumbing, Heating, and Air Conditioning today. We’ve been proudly serving the Route 495/128 area of Massachusetts since 1928.

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Duct Sealing Keeps the Cool Air Coming When Summer Swelters

duct sealing, wayland, massachusettsEven if you’ve just upgraded to a highly efficient A/C system, it may come up short if your ducting system isn’t functioning properly. Duct sealing is a great way to keep your home temperate and your A/C functioning the way it should. Read More Duct Sealing Keeps the Cool Air Coming When Summer Swelters >>

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Call Rodenhiser for Superior Heating and Cooling Service in MetroWest Boston

call Rodenhiser, MetroWest Boston areaYou can feel confident when you call Rodenhiser Plumbing, Heating & Air Conditioning when you need any type of heating or cooling service performed in your home. Read More Call Rodenhiser for Superior Heating and Cooling Service in MetroWest Boston >>

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Better Indoor Air Quality Can Make Your Home a Haven When It’s Hot Outside

better indoor air quality, Holliston, MassachusettsDuring the hottest days of summer, you probably want to stay inside and enjoy your A/C. However, you could do yourself more harm than good if you are not breathing good quality air inside. While better indoor air quality can be achieved by taking a few simple actions, you must first identify some of the pollutant sources causing the problem. Read More Better Indoor Air Quality Can Make Your Home a Haven When It’s Hot Outside >>

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