Archive for the ‘Heating and Air Conditioning’ Category
Fall is already here and before we know it, the winter months will be making their presence known as well. If you have been someone who has experienced an increased energy bill during the winter months, we are here to provide you with some energy and money-saving tips for the upcoming season.
- Seal your windows and doors. If you have any gaps in your windows and doors leading to the outside, not only will your air conditioning be working overtime to compensate for the cool air coming in, but that same produced heat will escape through the gap, resulting in a cycle of increased energy cost.
- Lower your water heater temperature. We all need to be able to heat our water, right? You can still do so and lower the temperature on your water heater, all at the same time. Adjust the temperature just a tad and notice a change in your energy bill, without compromising your comfort.
- Invest in a programmable thermostat. There are those times that you’ll forget to set your thermostat before you leave the house, leaving it running and wasting energy. With a programmable thermostat, the temperature can be set for a specific time and take that worry off of your hands.
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Duct Sealing – “air duct testing and repairs to leaky duct work could be the most important energy improvement homeowners can make.” (source: Department of energy)
In houses with forced-air heating and cooling systems, ducts are used to distribute conditioned air throughout the house. In a typical house, however, about 25-40 percent of the air that moves through the duct system is lost due to leaks, holes, and poorly connected ducts. The result is higher utility bills and difficulty keeping the house comfortable, no matter how the thermostat is set.
How do you know that your home has poorly performing ducts?
- you have high summer and winter utility bills;
- you have rooms that are difficult to heat and cool;
- you have stuffy rooms that never seem to feel comfortable;
- your ducts are located in an attic, crawlspace, or the garage;
- you find tangled or kinked flexible ducts in your system.
Benefits of Duct Sealing
A duct system that is well-designed and properly sealed can make your home more comfortable, energy efficient, and safer.
Call today or go online to schedule a free evaluation and quote!
Programmable thermostats allow your home to maintain pre-set temperature levels that are customized to your personal comfort levels. They are typically more convenient, aw well as more accurate, than manual thermostats, and can help cut-down on energy bills.
Most homes will see the return on a programmable thermostat investment in about one year. When used correctly, programmable thermostats can help you save about $150 each year. The programming allows you to set the thermostat so that it is only in use when you are at home, cutting down on unnecessary air conditioner use and energy use.
The program feature is perfect for homeowners who are not at home during the day and have a varied schedule on the weekend. They can be personalized to your schedule, so that the temperature adjusts in the morning when you wake up, at night when you go to sleep, or during the day while you are away.
Programmable thermostats automatically store scheduled settings and repeat them on a daily basis. Most programmable thermostats offer a full week’s worth of scheduling, so you can set a different schedule for each day of the week and weekends. They can also be manually set, so that you can override the programming at your convenience.
The scheduling allowed with programmable thermostats gives you the convenience of never having to worry about turning your AC off before you leave the home or on when you return. It also provides the convenience of having the temperature set at a point that is comfortable for you and your family.
And, not only are they easy to use, they’re also easy on the eye. With an attractive, streamlined design, our thermostats will fit beautifully into any home’s décor.
Our main goal here at Casteel Air is to give our customers top-notch service and make sure that we always leave them as happy as possible. We always do our best to make sure that all of your AC needs are met and we leave a smile on your face. Check out what some of our other customers are saying about their 5-star visits from Casteel:
“Our technicians, Sean and Danny were prompt, extremely polite, courteous and patiently answered all our questions. Amazing, considering they work in 120+ degrees ALL DAY. They went over and above the call of duty to ensure the job was done well and right. You could tell they care about their workmanship and have pride in their company. Top notch team – true professionals!!”
“Casteel has always been the best and today, Joe and Kevin proved it again. They installed our new system with quick efficiency and professionalism! They patiently answered my questions and showed me everything that I need to know.
Thanks guys! You are the best!!!”
“Got timely install of new A/C. My installer Chris H was neat and efficient. Could not be happier.”
“I recently had to replace a stolen AC unit. Chris M., Design Consultant for Casteel, assessed what I needed and was able to schedule an install with a comparable unit. Arron H and Chris H who installed my new AC were professional, efficient and neat–cleaning up and being thorough about the entire job. I have been a Casteel customer for 8 years and appreciate their high quality customer service.”
“I highly recommend Casteel. The service technician was thorough, explaining everything he was doing. He answered every question I had, showed me the defective part on my A/C unit, and why it was defective. The same part on my other unit had fallen just below the recommended rating – he explained that I could still use it but it may need to be replaced in the near future (I did replace it). Overall, I am very satisfied with the experience and would use Casteel again without hesitation.”
We want to thank all of our customers for your support! Casteel Heating and Cooling would not be a success without all of you. Thanks for choosing us when it comes to your heating and air conditioning needs.
Sometimes it’s hard to believe that air conditioners weren’t always around, but the creation of air conditioners allowed so many advances in society that we don’t often recognize. For instance, did you know…
- The modern air conditioner was invented in 1902 by Willis Carrier, not for personal comfort, but for a publishing company. The AC kept temperature and humidity low too keep the paper from expanding and contracting
- Movie theaters were early adopters of air conditioning. Summer blockbuster exist because people would flock to the air conditioned movie theaters to escape the summer heat.
- Air conditioning has changed the way houses are built. High ceilings and large windows that allowed breeze to sweep through the home are no longer needed now that central air can cool all areas of the house.
- Air conditioning has helped increase life expectancy and advances in medicine. Hospitals with AC helped allowed advances in surgery, decreased infant mortality rate, inhibited bacteria, and help defeat malaria.
- AC has revolutionized many other industries besides medicine: the manufacture of computers and chipsets; data storage centers; the production, delivery, and storage of food; pharmaceutical manufacturing; and chemical manufacturing.
Odors increase with temperature, and with the temperature in Georgia rising, you may start noticing some unpleasant smells around your home. It doesn’t happen that often, but when it does happen, it’s something that you can’t ignore. Follow these steps if you notice unpleasant odors in your home:
- Look for the source of the smell. The cause may be a dead animal or a mess that was left uncleaned. In this type of situation, if you get rid of the source, the smell should also quickly disparate.
- Check your air filter. If your filter is dirty, it may be the cause of the odor. Replace your filter, or wash it if it is reusable.
- Check the condensation drain line and rain pan for stagnant water and mold. If the pan or drain line needs to be cleaned, you can do so with bleach and hot water. Remember to make sure that they are fully dry before putting them back in place.
- If none of the steps above remove the odor, consider having your entire unit cleaned. There may be an issue in a spot that you cannot access.
Seasonal tune ups for your HVAC system are important, especially in preparation for the summer and winter months. With the summer heat here (whether we like it or not!) we all know that our HVAC systems will be working a little bit harder than normal to keep us cool. Here is a quick checklist of the tasks your contractor should do to prevent any problems or unwanted costs this summer:
1. Clean! Your contractor should clean your evaporator and condenser air conditioning coils to enhance your system’s ability to cool your home. Dirty coils cause the system to run longer, resulting in a higher electric bill and lower life expectancy for your system.
2. Check Refrigerant Levels. He/she should check to make sure that there is just the right amount of refrigerant and adjust if needed. Too little or too much refrigerant could again, increase your energy bill and reduce the life of your system.
3. Check, Clean Again and Adjust It’s important to check, clean and adjust the blower components for your system. If your blowers go unchecked, it could create airflow problems which could reduce the efficiency of your system.
The summer months are fast approaching and the temperature is heating up. If you live in the state of Georgia, then you are already familiar with humidity! Sometimes an air conditioner is not enough to get rid of that heavy, sticky, hot feeling in your home. Dehumidifiers are perfect for the summer heat! Experts have identified the ideal level of relative humidity in a home should be between 30% to 60%.
Not only does a dehumidifier help keep you comfortable in your home, but excessive humidity can also create an excellent breeding ground for mold and mildew – invaders that can be unhealthy and destructive to a home, its occupants and its furnishings. Just another reason to fight the humidity!
Just so you understand how a dehumidifier works, let’s break it down into four simple components Fan Compressor, Reheater, Compressor cooling coils and Reservoir. These parts work together to collect the surrounding air, then, the coils use condensation to extract the moisture from the air. The dehumidifier reheats the air and exhausts it back into the room. Simple enough, right?
It’s only May, so you still have time to invest in a dehumidifier before it’s too late and your hair frizzes out of control! If you have any questions or comments let us know in the comment box or on our Facebook and Twitter pages!
Are you having some problems with you air conditioner? We are going to go over the common problems according to Kudzu and explain how you can fix them. It is always a good idea to remember that you should have your system serviced annually by a qualified HVAC technician, and you should use such a technician to resolve any home air conditioning problems where the cause and solution are not both obvious. Also, we recommend that you read through your HVAC manual, to familiarize yourself with your specific unit.
Your AC Unit is not Cooling: This is the most obvious sign that something is not working properly. Make sure that your thermostat is properly set a few degrees cooler than room temperature and make sure it is switched to the “cool” setting. Once you’ve determined that it is not a simple switch error, turn off your system. It may need to be cleaned. Start by removing any debris, twigs, dirt etc on and around it. Sometimes dirt can be restricting the air flow. If these simple steps do not resolve the issue, it would be best to call an HVAC technician.
Clean Filters: Your air conditioning system needs clean filters in order to run properly and efficiently. A filter collects all the dust and allergens from incoming air in order to keep the air in your home clean. We recommend that you change these filters every couple of months. If you do not, the filter will no longer be able to collect dust, forcing your system to work extra hard, which could lead to a breakdown.
If you are facing air conditioning problems that do not have an obvious cause or solution, we highly recommended that you call an HVAC technician. It is always better to be safe then sorry! If you have any questions please feel free to ask in the comment box below or on our Facebook and Twitter pages!
Are you considering installing a new air conditioning system? It might be a good idea, since the summer heat is starting to roll in! Before you make an investment like this, you should consider all your options, so you can invest in a system that is perfect for your wallet and your home!
The most common type of air conditioning system is a split system. This means that part of the system is located outside of your home and another part is inside. The loud, heat-generating parts are outside, and the condenser coil is located inside. The split system is perfect for those who already have ducktwork in place.
If you have an older home that does not have existing duct work, you may want to consider a Mini Split system. This is set up almost the same way as the split system except that instead of one air handler to cool the whole house, you have and air-handler for each room to be cooled.
When it comes to air conditioners, size matters! It is important that you purchase an air conditioner that is the correct size for your home. It’s simple, an air conditioner that is too small with not be able to properly cool your home. An air conditioner that is too large, will turn on and off too frequently and have trouble maintaining a constant temperature, which will reduce the efficiency.
An HVAC professional will be able to determine the optimal size air conditioner for your home. So before you go and make a purchase, make sure you consult an HVAC professional.
According to Kudzu, the average air conditioning estimates range between a low $3,500- $5,500 or a high $6,500-$15,00. This all depends on the existing ductwork you may or may not have and the size of your home. These estimates are based on an average 2,000 square foot home.
Now that you have the air conditioner run down, you can make an investment that fits both your budget and home! If you have any questions or comments let us know in the comment box below or on our Facebook and Twitter pages!