heating and AC, plumbing & electric
heating and AC, plumbing & electric

We are taking the following precautions due to the COVID-19 virus. All of our technicians have masks, glasses, latex gloves and shoe booties if they have to enter your home. Our technicians also have hand sanitizer and disinfectants that they use after every call.

If we are there to do maintenance and we don’t have to come inside your home to get to the equipment, we are asking homeowners to adjust the thermostat for us so we can do the system maintenance without entering the home. We will not be shaking hands and will keep our distance from customers.

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July 22, 2014

Don't Put Your A/C on Full Throttle -- Keep Cool and Save Energy

Don't Put Your A/C on Full Throttle -- Keep Cool and Save EnergySummer is here, and if you need to run your A/C on full throttle to keep your home comfortable, now is the time to find out why. Inefficiencies in your home make your A/C work harder than it should, which takes money out of your pocket every month. 

So, before the next big electric bill arrives, here’s what to check for when your A/C is on full throttle:

  • Ensure the conditioned air stays inside.
    • If you feel a draft from a window or door during the winter, the same leak is now letting the cool air out. If the weatherstripping on your windows and doors is old, replace it. You can find affordable adhesive backed weatherstripping at the home improvement store and expanding foam to fill in cracks.
    • If you have a fireplace, make sure the damper is closed.
    • Inspect your ductwork for damage and air leaks. If your ducts weren’t correctly installed, air will escape from the joints into your attic or other areas where it’s not needed. After any repairs are made, insulate as much of the ductwork as you can.
  • Change your habits.
    • Keep heat generating activities like washing clothes, running the dishwasher and cooking on the stove to the cooler morning and evening hours. When you add heat to your home, your A/C has to compensate by working harder.
    • Raise your thermostat when you’re away or sleeping. Consider a programmable thermostat to make it even easier.  Don’t turn it completely off, just raise it 8-10 degrees. You don’t need your A/C on full throttle when you’re not there.
    • Use ceiling and individual fans to spread the conditioned air around. You’ll be able to raise the thermostat but still stay comfortable.
  • Keep the sun out.
    • Creative use of landscaping can shade your home from the hot sun. Plant deciduous trees on the west and south sides of your home.
    • Awnings will also block the summer sun.
    • Finally, keep your curtains or blinds closed during the day to control solar heat gain.

For other ways to save money, or more professional insight, contact Paschal Heat, Air & Geothermal.

Our goal is to help educate our customers in Springdale, Arkansas about energy and home comfort issues (specific to HVAC systems).  For more information about A/Cs and other HVAC topics, download our free Home Comfort Resource guide.

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