April 22nd, 2013
Have An Indoor Air Quality Expert From Drain & Air Rescue Come By To Inspect Your Home’s Air Duct System
The quality of their air inside your home is vital to your health and can also decrease the efficiency of your air conditioning system. The ducts in your home are the pathways of air circulation in your home and over time they will accumulate dust, dirt, and debris. When the air ducts in your home are dirty, you will experience low quality air that has the potential to cause health problems. If you can see signs that the air blowing through your air ducts is dirty, then you should contact one of the Austin duct cleaning professionals at Drain & Air Rescue and we will have your home’s air duct network clean and back to blowing clean air.
Proper cleaning and maintenance on your home’s air duct system is essential to the proper performance of your air conditioner unit.
If you don’t keep up with your Austin duct cleaning routine, then you can experience the following:
- Blockage from dust, particles, and other small items greatly reduces airflow & leads to 25% higher energy bills on average
- Bacteria, that is up to five times more contaminating than outdoor air, can become trapped and spread throughout your home
- Hot or cold spots can develop throughout your home due to inefficient duct cleaning & placement
- Increased risk of a potential fire hazard due to inefficient duct cleaning
- Increased odors and allergens that aggravate sinuses & can cause serious health problems
The vast majority of the air contaminants are far too small to be visible to the naked eye. As certified and experienced HVAC professionals, we use proper Austin duct cleaning techniques, and when Drain and Air Rescue performs this service in your home, we inspect and clean out your home’s air ducts so they are free of dirt and dust particles.
How We Go About Our Duct Cleaning Service
When we complete any Austin duct cleaning on your home, we first connect and insert a high-powered vacuum into your ducts and remove all particles and atmospheric soil, as well as other debris from your system. Our friendly and knowledgeable technicians clean all your registers, plus the inside of your circulating air conditioning, and heating systems. To be thorough, we also would like to recommend cleaning the coils inside your heating and air conditioning systems. And if necessary, after the duct cleaning we will seal your ducts, which will greatly help to extend the life of your HVAC systems.
It is time for your home’s duct cleaning and maintenance check up! Call Drain & Air Rescue, your Austin Duct Cleaning & Indoor Air Quality experts, today at (512) 328-2000.
April 15th, 2013
Summer Temperatures Are Beginning To Make An Appearance
Austin and central Texas has seen 90 degree temperatures early in March this year. With that in mind you need to make sure your ac system is in good working condition. With summer rapidly approaching no one wants to be without air conditioning. Getting your ac system tuned up and ready to go will insure comfort in the hot months to come. There are a couple of things that you should know to keep your air conditioner blowing cold air all summer.
Changing your air filter once a month and checking it every two weeks is imperative in keeping your air conditioning system running efficiently. A dirty air filter causes your ac system to work harder than normal. This means using more energy and more money. A dirty air filter left in the system for too long also has the potential to damage your ac system leaving you with costly repairs. Changing air conditioner filters regularly is an inexpensive way to help insure that your ac unit stays in good working condition.
Maintain Your Air Conditioner
Maintaining your ac system in general this time of year gets you ready for the hot summer months ahead. Proper maintenance on your air conditioning system will help prevent future breakdowns and costly repairs. You should consider an ac system tune up from Drain & Air Rescue. Small things like properly cleaning your coils and blower can increase your air conditioning system’s energy efficiency by about 15%.
Regular maintenance items such as filters and cleaning can go a long way in keeping your air conditioner running efficiently and saving you money.
A small investment in your ac system can pay off quickly as temperatures rise outside. To learn more about what you can do to prepare for the heat take this quiz from Energy Star on your air conditioner. Anytime you need more information about anything concerning air conditioning call your friends at Drain & Air Rescue.
April 11th, 2013
Choosing the best AC Unit for your home is very important.
It is a decision that you will live with for many years to come. Earning the ENERGY STAR means products meet strict energy efficient guidelines set by the US Environmental Protection Agency. You definitely want your air conditioner to fall into this category. By choosing an ENERGY STAR ac unit and taking steps to optimize it’s performance, you can enhance the comfort of your home while saving energy. Saving energy on your ac unit helps save money on utility bills and protect our climate by helping prevent harmful carbon pollution and reducing other greenhouse gases.
ENERGY STAR qualified ac units: These air conditioners have higher seasonal energy ratios (SEER) and energy efficiency ratios (EER) ratings. This makes them over 15% more efficient than conventional models.
The central air conditioner also needs a blower motor. This motor is usually part of the furnace. It blows the cool air through the ductwork. The only way to ensure that your new air conditioner performs at it’s rated efficiency is to replace your heating system at the same time as your ac unit, especially if your furnace is 15 years old or older. If you purchase a new energy efficient air conditioner but connect it to an old furnace blower motor, your system will not perform to it’s rated efficiency.
Other things to consider when buying a new AC unit:
If you have decided to purchase a new ac unit, hire a contractor who can get you an air conditioner that qualifies for ENERGY STAR and does a quality installation. Remember that even if your new air conditioner is a little more expensive in the beginning, the cost difference will be paid back over time through lower energy bills.
You can get better heating and cooling performance at home with ENERGY STAR home sealing. This is insulation, air sealing, and duct sealing for your new ac unit. Consider regular maintenance of your heating and ac unit to prevent future problems and unwanted costs. EPA offers additional suggestions for improving the performance of your air conditioner as well as general home improvement advice. EPA
April 8th, 2013
So, the question is – have you had your annual air conditioner tune up?
The temperature in Central Texas has already started its rise leading into the summer months. This means that it is time to consider having an expert Austin air conditioner technician out to perform an AC tune-up. It is estimated that 80% of all air conditioner repairs could have been avoided with proper maintenance. Make sure your air conditioner runs all season long by having Drain & Air Rescue perform a 17-point air conditioner tune up that will bring your system to peak efficiency.
You might wonder what all an air conditioner tune up entails, several services included in the ac tune up are:
Inspect the condenser fan: Bent and mis-shaped motor blades will cause loud vibration and can cause system overheating.
Check thermostat for accurate calibration: If your thermostat is misreading the temperature, your AC may be running unnecessarily. This, in turn, wastes your money and energy.
Check refrigerant level: Low levels of refrigerant can indicate a leak in your system. This can be harmful to your air conditioner system and the surrounding environment.
Carbon Monoxide Inspection: Improperly functioning air conditioner units have the potential to distribute dangerous levels of carbon monoxide throughout your home.
The last thing that anyone wants to face in the heat of the summer months is a broken air conditioner system.
Preventative maintenance on your Austin air conditioner will go a long way to help you avoid AC breakdowns and the costly repairs that go along with it. Stay ahead of the game by scheduling an air conditioner tune up from Drain & Air Rescue before you get stuck in the heat. Drain & Air Rescue is your Austin air conditioner tune up and repair specialists and we always work quickly to get your AC system running at its peak performance level.
April 3rd, 2013
The summer is almost upon us and we all know that the sizzling heat will be coming with it. With the intense heat approaching your AC unit will be working hard to keep your home cool so we would like to remind you of some tips to help you become more energy efficient this summer. These tips will save you some money and keep your air conditioner running at its optimal performance level.
Turn Off Lights -
Pretty easy right? Well, unfortunately, we all forget to turn lights off occasionally. If you have kids, you should talk to them about remembering to turn off lights when they leave a room. This simple task will add up the savings over time and you will be surprised with the impact it will have on your energy bill.
Make the switch to LED or CFL bulbs –
While we are on the subject of lights, you should also make the switch from traditional bulbs to the more energy efficient CFL or LED light bulbs. These bulbs use a fraction of the energy when compared to traditional bulbs and will last much longer. Changing just one of these bulbs has the potential to save you $30 over the life-span of the bulb.
Use a Programmable Thermostat -
Almost every new AC system installed today comes with a programmable thermostat, so put it to work for you! Your air conditioner should not be set for the same temperature all day and night. It doesn’t take long to program your thermostat to right temperatures for your home. In a study done by Energy Star, it has been shown that the proper programming of a thermostat can save a family around $180 annually in energy costs.
Regularly change your air filter -
To complete this energy efficiency list we would like to remind you the importance of regularly changing your air filter. A dirty air filter will make your air conditioner work much harder than it needs to when cooling your home. During normal usage months you should change air filters once a month. During the high usage months of the summer you should check your filter every two weeks to make sure it isn’t too dirty. If you have a very active family or have pets you should check your air filter every two weeks year-round to ensure that your AC is running efficiently.
Hopefully following some of these tips will save you some money on your energy bills this summer. Thanks for reading!