Tune–up Your AC Unit and Get Ready for the Heat
When your air conditioner is fully operational, it can keep you comfortable during the hottest days of the year. It’s imperative, therefore, that you maintain your AC unit throughout its lifetime. Spring is a great time to think about how you might tune–up your AC.
To tune–up your AC means inspecting, cleaning, repairing, and, if necessary, replacing parts of your system. To be done properly, much of this work requires the expertise of an air conditioning professional. A properly installed and serviced AC unit will maximize your energy–efficiency, and will help to save you money.
The first step is to call a professional. An expert technician will be able to assess any issues in the compressor, coils, refrigerant levels, electrical supply and thermostat. Attempting to do so yourself may be dangerous and could prove costly. Here a few maintenance tune–ups even the most efficient air conditioners could benefit from:
- Clean or replace the air filter. Your air filter is one of the most important parts of your AC unit. It promotes airflow and prevents the passage of dust and other allergens from entering your ductwork or home. If you are highly–sensitive to allergens, particularly those that come about in the spring time, then this is an absolute must. Air filters also keep the parts of your AC unit working properly by preventing the accumulation of dust and other materials on the internal structure. Check your air filter monthly.
- Insulate the ductwork. Your ducts are the structural skeleton of your indoor air system. They make the measured and even distribution of cool air possible, but they depend upon a closed system. As well as repairing or sealing any duct leaks and testing that the system is efficient, insulating ductwork tends to significantly reduce heating and cooling loss, sometimes up to 30%. By sealing air leaks, your cooling professional may be able to save you serious money this spring and summer.
- Install a programmable thermostat. A programmable thermostat allows you to customize your home temperature for specific times of the day and days of the week. Not only will adjusting your temperature automatically cut costs, but it is also takes care of your home comfort for you.
Remember that only a professional AC technician can tune–up your system for this upcoming cooling season. Call one today.
Trench or Trenchless?
Unless you appreciate the sound of the bulldozer, the smell of fresh dirt, and the ruin of your recently manicured lawn, you may be wondering whether there are any alternatives to trench digging to run sewer and water lines. Trenchless technology offers solutions to customers who don’t want the disruption that comes with trench digging.
How does it work? Instead of digging a massive trench in order to repair a sewage line, trenchless technology works by feeding a new smaller pipe through the length of the old one. Your trenchless technology experts will dig two small pits on either side of the damaged pipe, having already been pinpointed using video camera inspection technology. A temporary inflatable bladder is inserted along with an epoxy material. When the bladder is expanded, the epoxy solution hardens to form a durable new pipe on the inside of the old one, repairing any leaks or damage. The bladder is then removed. This new material has a solid rating, and last long or longer than conventional PVC or copper piping.
If your underground piping is blocked, then trenchless technology can also help. In this case, a similar set–up is involved, with two small pits dug in order to facilitate a hydraulic system. This pulls a flexible internal pipe with a bursting cone at the head, which can remove any blockages, burst your collapse pipe and replace it with a new epoxy–based pipe, all in the same process. The result is a highly–efficient solution, and can often be performed in a single day, depending upon the results of a preliminary inspection.
The tradition trench method requires digging a 1 to 2 foot trench a few feet down, often in a very visible part of your front or back lawn. The result is not easily disguised and can task as long as 6 months to a year to restore itself to its original condition. Trenchless pipe repair is not only faster, but it also keeps disruption of your property to a minimum. For further information on how this new technology might benefit your home, call your local sewer, water, and electrical line expert.