Sometimes you can tune it out, but it always creeps up at the most inopportune times – like the moment you settle onto the sofa with a good book or just as you begin to drift off to sleep. Suddenly it starts, and no matter how hard you try to ignore its churning, clanking, humming and buzzing, your air conditioner’s irritating jumble of sounds is as close to pure torture as you can imagine. Luckily, there are a few ways to quiet air conditioner noise.
Donald P. Dick Air Conditioning Blog: Archive for August, 2012
When it comes to keeping their homes energy efficient, people generally consider installing better insulation, replacing old doors or windows, laying down weatherstripping, buying an attic fan or investing in an Energy Star certified heating and cooling system. While all of these options are effective in both lowering utility bills and reducing energy consumption, there’s another option very few people consider – landscaping.
It’s another sizzling San Joaquin Valley summer, and just when you need it most, your air conditioner is failing to keep your home at a reasonable temperature. Even the simplest tasks, such as eating and sleeping, have become difficult and uncomfortable. Although recent utility bills read as if your unit has been on full blast for months, the cold breeze you desire is simply nonexistent. Sound familiar?
If you’re like most San Joaquin Valley homeowners, you’re looking for the best way to block the blistering heat from entering your home. Luckily, by getting to know insulation basics, you can learn how to keep your home cool without spending a fortune on air conditioning. Knowing insulation basics will also help you save energy in the winter.
Duct leakage can account for as much as 20 percent of the energy consumed by an average residence. It’s a major source of high utility costs for Fresno homeowners. California’s Home Energy Rating System (HERS) requires duct certification after a new central air conditioner or furnace is installed. The requirement has been extended to apply to change-out of individual components, as well, such as an air-handler, coil, or installation of more than 40 feet of ductwork. After the installation, an inspection must be carried out by a professional HVAC contractor using industry-standard equipment and practices. If leakage greater than 15 percent of system airflow is determined, duct sealing is required.
When was the last time you cleaned your clothes dryer’s vent? Like most people, you probably clean the lint screen regularly, but beyond the lint screen your dryer has a vent hose that carries hot air, humidity and more lint to the outside. Over time, that vent hose can become clogged with lint.
A ductless mini split is an ideal choice for heating and cooling areas in your home that do not have ducts. This can be a room add-on or expansion, or a previously unheated area such as a garage that’s being converted into usable living space. A ductless mini split system with multiple air handlers allows you to incorporate a zoned cooling and heating system in your home, saving energy and increasing climate-control flexibility. Because ductless mini splits don’t have ductwork, they also don’t have a problem with leaky ducts, a major source of inefficiency in many modern homes.
If you came across this post because you’re looking to schedule HVAC maintenance, we commend you for being proactive. Because of the moderate weather in Fresno, many homeowners don’t worry about their HVAC system until there’s a problem. Most of the time it’s something that could have been avoided with the proper maintenance. It’s unfortunate but most people don’t realize the benefits of regular service.
Now that the California sun is really warming things up, you’ll want to turn your air conditioning on to cool your house down. But take a moment to think about last summer. Was your entire home consistently cool or were some rooms too warm while others were too cool? What about the second floor? Was it too hot to sleep up there on some of the warmer nights?