The more you know about your air conditioning system, the better you can help it operate efficiently and, in the end, help prolong its life.  With a system that runs well and works reliably, you can have stay more comfortable during spring and summer season once the weather starts to warm up.

Fact #1: Your air conditioner requires regular maintenance.
Just like you should stay on top of your car’s oil changes and get your tires rotated on occasion, it’s important to have your air conditioning system regularly serviced. These tune-ups are important, because they help make sure that everything is working properly and can help check efficiency. During your maintenance appointment, our team of experienced HVAC technicians will clean or change the air filters, clean the inside coils and check to make sure all of the inside components are working at peak efficiency. If there are any concerns on a part or a repair that needs to be made, we will talk to you about it and get everything fixed so it’s ready to work well for the upcoming months. The bottom line: regular maintenance prolongs the life of your air conditioning system, so schedule an appointment soon.

Fact #2: The right thermostat can save you money.
When used in conjunction with an efficient air conditioning system, a programmable thermostat can help save you money each year. Programming your thermostat to optimize energy throughout the day will reduce temperature swings that cause increased energy bills. For example, program the thermostat to turn down when you’re gone and schedule it to turn back on when you return home.

Fact #3: Know what system is right for you.
If you have lived through the past few Pacific Northwest spring and summer seasons, you know how warm it can get. This year, if you’ve decided to get air conditioning installed, it’s important to know your options and understand which one is right for you. Central air conditioning systems aren’t always the answer. There are in fact, several different options, including ductless systems or heat pumps. These options are more efficient than central air systems. Do some research on the various options out there and talk to our team about what systems might work best with your home’s specific layout.

If you’re ready to make the investment into a new air conditioning, now is the right time to do it! Take advantage of Carrier Cool Cash and save money on a new system. Or, if your system needs a preventative maintenance appointment scheduled, contact us right away to get it scheduled so you can stay comfortable all spring and summer long!

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Your air conditioner is a complex machine that is made of many different parts and it takes a combination of things to make it work efficiently. Hydrochloroflurocarbons (HCFCs) are chemicals that are used as refrigerants inside of your air conditioner and R-22 is the most commonly used HCFC refrigerant used. However, these chemicals are very bad for the environment and if they are released into the environment they can contribute to climate change and destruction of the Earth’s ozone layer.

The United States Environmental Protection Agency is now phasing out the use of R-22 and other chemicals that cause damage to the environment. As of 2020, no R-22 will be produced or imported. After that time, R-22 supplies will become more limited and servicing machines with this chemical could be more expensive.

What should you do?
First, make sure to stay on top of maintenance for your air conditioning unit. Preventative maintenance will ensure that there are no broken parts, but it will also ensure that there are no leaks that could be causing damage to the Earth.

Second, know that it’s not mandatory to stop using the system that uses R-22, but knowing that it is being phased out by 2020 will allow homeowners to replace this existing equipment and install new systems that are energy efficient and do not cause harm to the environment.

Third, if your system is decades old and it’s not reliable, chances are, it needs to be replaced at some point soon. Replacing it with a new energy efficient air conditioner will save money on energy costs and you’ll know you will be doing your part by utilizing a machine that doesn’t use harsh, harmful chemicals. New systems with the Energy Star® label can be approximately 14% more efficient than systems that do not have this marker.  When you’re doing your research on new systems that are available, be sure to read what kind of refrigerant they use. There are a variety of alternative refrigerants such as R-410A that do not contribute to ozone depletion.

If you have questions about your current system and if it uses R-22 or not, we can help. We’ll take a look and advise you on how you should proceed. If a new system is needed, we’ll talk to you about which system is right for you and your home’s unique layout. Contact us today for a free appointment.

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