Why You Shouldn't Put off Your Annual AC Inspection

Minimize Energy Bills with Passive Solar Heating

Heating and cooling systems are the largest energy consumers in most homes. This means you can reduce your energy bills greatly if you can reduce your heating and cooling energy needs. Passive solar heating is a good way of increasing your house's temperature to reduce the HVAC's load and the associated energy consumption:

Install Large South-Facing Windows

Installing large south-facing windows allows maximum solar radiation to reach your house. In fact, the sun's orientation during the winter season (when the sun is low in the sky) maximizes the amount of sunlight entering the house through the windows. Just make sure that the windows are efficient so that they don't lose any of your house's heat when they are closed. To help keep the house cool during the hot summer days, you need to have roof overhangs so that the sun, which will be high up in the sky during this time, doesn't get inside the house.

Embrace Thermal Mass Flooring

Thermal mass is a measure of a materials response to temperature change. Materials with high thermal mass are able to absorb considerable heat and retain the; in short, they don't lose heat easily. Therefore, when you use a material with high thermal mass on your floor, it will absorb the sun's energy during the day, and it won't lose it easily.

The material will only lose the heat slowly during the night when the heating effect of the sun is no longer there. These materials may also help with cooling since they tend to keep cool as long as they aren't exposed to direct heat (such as direct sunlight). Examples of flooring materials with high thermal mass include concrete, stone, ceramic, and other dense materials.

Add a Trombe Wall to Your House

A trombe wall is a conventional masonry wall that is separated from the exterior atmosphere by a glass wall. The design allows the wall to absorb maximum solar heat and release it into the house's interior. The masonry wall should be painted black for maximum heat absorption. The space between the masonry wall and the glass wall contains air, which helps to prevent heat loss since air isn't such a good conductor of heat.

Most of these are things that are best incorporated into a house's design during construction or renovation. A combination of passive heating systems will go a long way on reducing your heating and energy usage in the house. To learn more, contact heating system maintenance technicians.

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Why You Shouldn't Put off Your Annual AC Inspection

I almost always have my air conditioner inspected every spring before I start using it in the summer. However, last year I decided to skip the inspection. Everything had been OK for the last couple of years, so I assumed that it would be fine this year as well. Why not save a few dollars and skip the annual check up, just this once? Of course, this was the year that my air conditioner decided to break down. It ran for a few days, but it never really seemed to get cool enough to bring the indoor temperature down. Then it started making a loud noise, right before shutting off completely. By that time, the AC repair company was swamped like it always is when the weather is warm, and I had to wait days for an appointment. Next year, I will definitely be getting that yearly inspection first.

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