Pepperell Homeowner is Mystified
A homeowner in Pepperell, MA contacted us. He was baffled by a build-up of ice on his air conditioner’s outdoor unit. It may seem crazy for ice to be building up when the weather outside is 90+ degrees, however ice on your air conditioner’s unit is indicative of a common problem.
Proper moisture levels are critical to the comfort of your home, not to mention the ability to limit mold and mildew growth through controlled moisture levels. A homeowner in Hollis, NH recently contacted us. He was concerned about mold growth in his home. A stand-alone dehumidifier wasn’t doing the trick and he was looking for a long-term solution.
A Milford homeowner recently called looking for service on his air conditioning unit. The unit was working hard, but barely managing to keep the home at a steady, comfortable temperature. Upon paying a visit to the home, our technician immediately found the source of the problem – a neglected condenser unit.
Merrimack, NH Family Asks
It isn’t unusual this time of year for a hot, humid day to be followed by a passing summer thunderstorm. During one of these thunderstorms, a family in Merrimack called us with concerns about whether it was safe to running their home’s central air conditioning unit during a storm.
Pelham, NH Family Seeks Suggestions
The hazy days of summer are upon us. Many homeowners look to their home to escape the stifling heat and humidity outdoors, but for homes with a poor indoor air quality this can be anything but. A family in Pelham recently contacted us looking for some simple, inexpensive solutions for improving their home’s indoor air quality.
It is certainly the time of year when those homeowners that have a central air conditioning unit in their home have it working overtime. Unfortunately, this comfort does come at a cost, in the form of increased electric bills. A Brookline homeowner who was sticker shocked by her electric bill recently contacted us looking for ways to make her central air conditioning unit more energy efficient.
One common factor that will affect your air conditioning unit’s ability to cool the home is a refrigerant, or Freon, leak. When a family in Amherst suddenly noticed that their air conditioning unit wasn’t cooling the home, but was instead blowing warm air, our immediate suspicion was that the cause could be a refrigerant link.
Convinced that his thermostat needed replacement, we recently received a call from a homeowner in Brookline. There are actually many scenarios that can affect your thermostat’s ability to provide an accurate reading, including dirt, accidental bumping or an abnormally high humidity level. This can lead to the thermostat reading a temperature that is actually several degrees off.
A homeowner in Tyngsboro recently called our office concerned about a musty smell coming from his home’s vents when running the central air conditioner. It isn’t uncommon for a smell to come from the ductwork the first time the air conditioner is turned on for the year. However, what this homeowner was describing was well beyond this.
It seems like the cold months are finally past, which means that at last your home’s heating unit that has worked hard all winter can take a break. A homeowner in Litchfield recently contacted us inquiring about what he should do for his heating system before it lies dormant through the summer.
Turn Off Your Furnace During the Summer to Save on Heating Costs
After seeing the high heating bills over the coldest New England months, it can be tempting to simply “flip a switch”, taking a break from this during the summer. It may surprise you to know that your home’s furnace does still consumer natural gas, propane or whatever heating fuel you use, even in the summer. It also continues to consume electricity, powering valves and sensors 24/7.
Even when not in use, your heating system’s pilot light is still burning gas, staying lit at all times. The pilot light in a furnace or fireplace consumes 600 – 900 BTUs. A gas furnace also has electronic valves and a thermocouple that consume electricity, even when the unit is not in use. Turning off the gas and electricity to your furnace during the summer months can save up to $25 / year.
Using Central Air Conditioning? Keep Electric On
If you are using air conditioning in the home during the summer months, you will not be able to turn off the electricity to your furnace. The air blower is used by the AC unit to blow cold air throughout the home.
In the case of this Litchfield homeowner, his home was equipped with central air conditioning. While he did have to keep the electricity going to the furnace, turning off the pilot light will save him money all summer long.