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How to avoid 90+% of ALL heating or cooling system failures.


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From Wilson Air Conditioning Service Technician – Jimmy McWhorter.

Dirt. Five year olds love it, plants can’t live without it, and your’re breathing it in every day. Not just breathing it in – you’re paying to inhale the largest cause of home’s duct and allergy problems.

You’re probably thinking that’s an exaggeration.  But the simple truth is that you are paying to run your heating and cooling system, more and more as the weather gets colder or soon – warmer.  And since dirt is the number one cause of system failure – 90% of all failures, in fact- chances are good that dirt is keeping your system from running at peak efficiency.

Before you invest in a family set of gas masks or prepare for a nomadic existence in the Sahara (hey, at least then you’t be paying  for the dirt), you might want to give your heating and cooling professional a call!

“Your system works hard,” says Jimmy McWhorter, it gets dirty and has to be cleaned regularly.  Scheduling the maintenance for your home’s heating and cooling systems is as important as changing the oil in your car – if you don’t do it, eventually you’ll have a breakdown.”

There are a few questions to ask yourself before having your system cleaned:

  • How long has it been since your HVAC system was cleaned? Systems should have regular tune-ups, which most companies can schedule with a Maintenance Agreement (or include cleaning with our Platinum Energy Saver’s Club membership)
  • Are there pets in the home?
  • Do any family members experience burning eyes, nose, or throat while in the house?
  • Does your climate have high humidity?
  • Do any family members show symptoms of mild to severe allergies?

Jimmy says “System failure caused by dirt, as well as expensive repairs, can be avoided with a little preventative maintenance. Most people don’t realize how much money they will save by making sure their system is clean and runs efficiently.”

Learning the precautions are part of Wilson’s effort to educate the public on how to save time, energy, and money.  Wilson Air Conditioning Service wants to show homeowners certain neglected maintenance items  can lead to thousands of dollars in repairs and/or complete system replacement.

You can get Jimmy out to inspect your system, plus receive other energy saving tips by call us at 770-943-1613 or visiting wilsonac.com.

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How to Keep More Cool Cash (in a HOT Summer)


Before your cooling system kicks into high gear, take a look at how to save money this summer and keep your cool. You’ll like these energy-saving tips…

  • Set your thermostat at 79° or higher. Each degree setting below 78° will increase your energy consumption by approximately 8%.
  • Use bath and kitchen fans sparingly when the air conditioner is operating. They can pull out an entire home’s cooling in one hour.
  • Inspect and clean both the indoor and outdoor coils. The indoor coil is like a magnet because it is constantly wetted during the cooling season. Dirt build on the indoor coil is the single most common cause of poor efficiency. The outdoor coil must also be checked for dirt build and cleaned when necessary.
  • Check the refrigerant level. The fuild circulating in your air conditioner is what keeps your home cool. But like most things under pressure, it tried to escape! If there’s too little or too much refrigerant, your system will not work properly. Call us to check it out for you.
  • Reduce the cooling load. For example, effectively shade south and west windows. When possible, delay heat-generating activities, such as dishwashing, until later in the evening on hot days.
  • Keep the house closed tight during the day. If practical, ventilate at night natural or with fans.

Out with the old, in with the cool

If you have an older central air conditioner (12 years or older), it may cost more in energy and repairs than replacing it with a completely new system.  We have always recommended and installed higher SEER equipment and often, with proper maintenance, our systems can (and do) last 20+ years.

When buying new, choose a model with a high-efficiency rating, such as  system that has an Energy Star® label with SEER ratings of 15 or greater. Other features to look for include:

  • Quiet operation. New ones are much quieter.
  • fan Only” switch, so you can use the unit for nighttime ventilation to substantially reduce air conditioning costs.
  • Filter “check light” to remind you to check filter. Great feature!
  • Automatic-delay fan switch to turn off the fan a few minutes after the compressor turns off.

If you’ll follow a few of these tips or have us evaluate your system, we can show you how to keep even more dollars from going into thin air. This is our job…..to keep you comfortable and save some money! Give us call at 770-943-1613 if we can help you or your friends. Schedule your appointment here http://wilsonac.com/contact.html

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How to avoid 90+% of ALL heating or cooling system failures.


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From Wilson Air Conditioning Service Technician – Jimmy McWhorter.

Dirt. Five year olds love it, plants can’t live without it, and your’re breathing it in every day. Not just breathing it in – you’re paying to inhale the largest cause of home’s duct and allergy problems.

You’re probably thinking that’s an exaggeration.  But the simple truth is that you are paying to run your heating and cooling system, more and more as the weather gets colder or soon – warmer.  And since dirt is the number one cause of system failure – 90% of all failures, in fact- chances are good that dirt is keeping your system from running at peak efficiency.

Before you invest in a family set of gas masks or prepare for a nomadic existence in the Sahara (hey, at least then you’t be paying  for the dirt), you might want to give your heating and cooling professional a call!

“Your system works hard,” says Jimmy McWhorter, it gets dirty and has to be cleaned regularly.  Scheduling the maintenance for your home’s heating and cooling systems is as important as changing the oil in your car – if you don’t do it, eventually you’ll have a breakdown.”

There are a few questions to ask yourself before having your system cleaned:

  • How long has it been since your HVAC system was cleaned? Systems should have regular tune-ups, which most companies can schedule with a Maintenance Agreement (or include cleaning with our Platinum Energy Saver’s Club membership)
  • Are there pets in the home?
  • Do any family members experience burning eyes, nose, or throat while in the house?
  • Does your climate have high humidity?
  • Do any family members show symptoms of mild to severe allergies?

Jimmy says “System failure caused by dirt, as well as expensive repairs, can be avoided with a little preventative maintenance. Most people don’t realize how much money they will save by making sure their system is clean and runs efficiently.”

Learning the precautions are part of Wilson’s effort to educate the public on how to save time, energy, and money.  Wilson Air Conditioning Service wants to show homeowners certain neglected maintenance items  can lead to thousands of dollars in repairs and/or complete system replacement.

You can get Jimmy out to inspect your system, plus receive other energy saving tips by call us at 770-943-1613 or visiting wilsonac.com.

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Maximizing Energy Efficiency


Maximizing Energy Efficiency

From your friends at Wilson Air Conditioning Service

 

This year most of us are getting a break on our utility bills. The air conditioning isn’t experiencing the same level of demand, and the heater hasn’t been pressed into the full service it usually sees in January.

However, while your air conditioning and heat are a large part of your utility bills (up to 56% in many homes), there are still other factors that absorb your energy dollars month after month.

For example, according to the U.S. Department of Energy, in the typical U.S.home, appliances and home electronics are responsible for about 20% of your energy bills. These include:

  • Clothes washers and dryers
  • Computers
  • Dishwashers
  • Home audio equipment
  • Refrigerator and freezers
  • Room air conditioners
  • Televisions, DVD players, and VCRs
  • Water heaters

 

When shopping for appliances and electronics, you’ll want to compare energy-efficiency ratings. To do that, look for the ENERGY STAR® and EnergyGuide labels.

ENERGY STAR® labels appear on appliances and home electronics that meet strict energy efficiency criteria established by the U.S. Department of Energy and U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. You’ll find this labeling program with most home electronics (except stove ranges and ovens).

Another good source of information, the EnergyGuide label is a requirement from the Federal Trade Commission for most home appliance and provides an estimate of the product’s energy consumption or energy efficiency. They also show the highest and lowest energy consumption or efficiency estimates of similar appliance models.

 

Should You Turn Off Personal Computer?

Most of us now have a computer in our homes. However, since computers first became a popular (and almost essential) item for the home, a debate has raged about whether you will save more energy by shutting off the computer when not in use – or whether that will cause the computer to degrade sooner than its time.

 

According to the DOE, switching the computer on and off does not necessarily use more energy. In other words, though there is a small surge of energy used at the start-up, it’s not likely to be more energy that would be used if the computer stayed on while idle. To save energy:

  • Turn off the monitor if you aren’t going to use the computer for 20 minutes.
  • Turn off both the computer and monitor if you’re not going to use your PC for more than 2 hours.
  • Make sure your monitors, printers, and other accessories are on a power strip/surge protector. When this equipment is not in use for extended periods, turn off the switch on the power strip to prevent them from drawing power even when shut off. If you don’t use a power strip, unplug extra equipment when it’s not in use.

The concern about turning off a computer when not in use has been that the constant “on and off” would shorten the life of the PC. But in most cases, advances in technology are more likely to make a PC obsolete before the wear and tear of switching it on and off.

The Sleep Mode Option: Many PCs come with a power-down or sleep mode feature for the CPU and monitor, which means that they will consume less energy when not in use. Power-down features are good to have, but you’ll still use even less energy when you turn off the CPU and monitor at appropriate times.

Another good point: PCs produce heat, so turning them off reduces building cooling loads. And that’s where a lot of your energy dollars will soon be going. 

Maintaining Your Heating System

One thing about fall: winter follows closely behind. And that means your heating system is going to be called upon for heavy duty. To prepare your system and to prepare for your utility bills, call us for a fall tune-up.

Regular maintenance on your heating /air conditioning system is important to keep it operating like it should.  It’s similar to the regular maintenance needed on your car – you don’t want to go too long without a tune-up and oil change if you want to maximize efficiency, prevent breakdowns and have the car last a long time.   It’s the same concept with your heating /air conditioning system.

And we here at Wilson Air Conditioning train our technicians to fully clean, adjust and reset your system to factory specs which saves on your energy and gives you peace of mind.  To schedule your tune-up, just give us a call at 770-943-1613 and we’ll send someone out right away.

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