AUGUST HOME TIPS
Circulating Air with a Fan
- Most people use a fan when it’s warm and switch to the AC when it’s hot. But fans and ACs should not be either-or; in fact, ACs work better when combined with fans.
- Cool air accumulates where it gets blown out. For window AC units, this means the area right in front of the unit is the coolest. For central units, the coolest areas are right around the vents.
- To cool down the rest of your air space, you either must wait for thermal transfer-which is painfully slow-or you can force the cooled air to circulate using a fan.
- Imagine a drop of blue food coloring in a glass of water. If you wait, it could take hours before the color seeps throughout the water. But if you stir it, the color goes everywhere within seconds.
- In addition, the circulation of air helps your sweat to evaporate faster, and this has a cooling effect on your skin. Which means you can set your AC to a higher temperature while feeling just as comfortable. This trick can shave significant amounts off your energy bill on hot days.
JULY HOME TIPS
Cooling DFW in 100+ Degree Heat
1. CHANGE YOUR A/C FILTER!Changing the air conditioner filter really does have a HUGE effect. Even a partially clogged filter can result in a/c breakdown during extreme heat.
2. Keep the a/c thermostat at a steady temperature: when you are away, 76 to 78 degrees indoors is a starting point.Some people think that turning the a/c off during the day saves money on energy bills: it does not. When turned off all day – the a/c must work so hard to cool down a totally hot space that it uses more energy! And, you (and your house!) are hot for hours.
3. Close doors and vents in unused spaces: don’t cool what you don’t use.
4. Install shade or thermal curtains on sunny side windows of home or office; this also includes doors with glass panels.
Thermal insulating, energy-efficient curtains are available at reasonable prices at Walmart.com, BigLots.com, Amazon.com and more.
5. Do not use the oven for indoor cooking during heat of the day (just like the early pioneers!).
6. Do not run indoor clothes dryers during the heat of the day.
Or the dishwasher – or any appliance that generates heat.
7. Turn down the a/c thermostat a couple degrees at night.
You will sleep better – and the a/c must work less to cool your home during evening hours.
8. Use a Digital Thermostat. Digital Thermostats are more accurate and can be programmed to set different temperatures for specific times of the day.
9. Maintain Your A/C! Like running a car for 100,000 miles without an oil change – never maintaining your air conditioner could mean a total a/c breakdown at the worst time.
10. Shade the A/C outdoor unit, if possible.
In times of extreme heat – an unused beach (or patio) umbrella can be re-purposed to provide shade for the outdoor unit. (However, be careful not to block or touch the coils.)
Thanks to Integrity Air Conditioning
Yes, the US will phase out Freon R22 in 2020 and you may need to upgrade your AC system. The VERIFY team shows how to tell whether your air conditioning unit will be impacted by Freon being phased out in 2020.
Author: Jason Puckett, David Tregde
Published: 6:24 PM CDT May 21, 2019
Viewer Michael B. emailed the VERIFY team a compelling question: “I’m being told that home air conditioning freon will no longer be sold after the current supply runs out in the USA. This will force homeowners to install all new furnaces and condensers. Is this really true?”
Is what Michael heard correct? Is the US phasing out Freon, forcing people to buy new systems soon?
The short answer is yes. Freon is the common name for HCFC-22 and R-22. Those chemicals are the most popular refrigerants that have been used in AC units, and more, over the past few several decades. In 2010, the EPA banned any new systems that used HCFC-22 and starting January 1, 2020, they will ban the manufacturing and import of the chemical itself.
There’s no definitive timeline for when HCFC-22 will no longer be available, but as supplies start to dwindle, it’s likely that the price will increase. Put simply, at some point in the future anyone with an AC unit that uses HCFC-22 will have to get a new system.
WHAT WE FOUND:
The agency explains that HCFC-22 was found to be particularly damaging to the environment with links to ozone depletion. As a result, the agency banned new systems that used it from being built or installed after 2010.As the site details, the January 2020 deadline has to do with the chemical itself:
“you can no longer purchase a central air-conditioning unit that uses HCFC-22. However, you can continue to service your existing HCFC-22 system. You can also purchase a “self-contained” system (typically, a window unit) if is second-hand and/or was produced prior to 2010. Keep in mind that supplies of HCFC-22 are expected to become more limited in the years ahead as this refrigerant is phased out of production.”
To check what kind of system you have, look for a sticker on the side. If it says “HCFC-22 or R-22” your system uses the older coolant that the EPA is phasing out.
If it reads as R-401A, it’s a more modern system that uses readily available coolants.
When do you pay the contractor?
- When the technician arrives at your home and before the diagnosis of the repair (just like your Doctor’s office).
- When a service technician is on the way to your home and you cancel the appointment.
- When you are not home and have not cancelled the appointment.
- Even when the service contractor’s diagnosis results in a complete or partial denial.
- On a “recall” service claim, a part failure is diagnosed as different from the previous failure.
- If payment is not made, your account will be placed on hold, and we will not schedule future claims until any outstanding co-pays have been satisfied.