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Different Ways Rain Can Affect Your HVAC System

Rain on Umbrella

It’s easy to take your outdoor AC unit for granted. After all, you never really have to look at it, and as long as it continues to produce that cool, comforting air when you need it, you likely never give it another thought. But when you think about it, your air conditioner spends its entire life out in the elements, which are often anything but comforting. 

Every quality air conditioner is built to withstand inclement weather, but that doesn’t mean they can handle everything. Normal precipitation should never pose a threat to your outdoor unit, but there are some weather conditions that can cause damage. 

About Your Outdoor Unit 

Since the outdoor unit is supposed to go outside, it only makes sense that it is built to withstand normal weather patterns during the year. It consists of the condenser and compressor that are built with metal that resists corrosion. Any internal connections and wiring are sealed to protect against dust, rain, snow and anything else that may cause trouble. The evaporator coil is also housed in the outdoor part of your air conditioning system.  

Risks of Extreme Weather 

When the weather goes from normal to extreme, that’s when you can encounter trouble. Everyone is going to get some rain on their air conditioner, but there are times when severe storms can cause widespread damage to homes, including your AC system. 

Some of the things that could put your outdoor AC at risk include: 

  • Lightning strikes resulting in a power surge 
  • Hail, sleet and strong winds 
  • Flooding 
  • Heavy snow 

Keeping Your Unit Protected 

Covered A/C Unit

It’s not possible to protect against every act of nature, but there are steps you can take to keep the likelihood of damage to a minimum. Having regular maintenance performed on your AC system will allow you to keep it in good running condition, and fix any smaller issues before they have a chance to get bigger. It’s also a good idea to keep your unit elevated to reduce the risk of flooding, install hail guards to protect against flying debris during wind storms and use a quality cover for the off-season. 

What If My Unit Gets Damaged? 

If you do end up with damage despite your best efforts, call for professional service to ensure your AC is running safely and it will continue to provide you with the comfort you need. If you notice reduced performance after a storm or if there is visible damage to the unit itself, call for professional help before it gets worse. 

April showers are upon us, which means your outdoor unit is weathering the storm. Keeping your outdoor HVAC unit in tiptop shape is possible when you rely on the experts at D&B ClimateCare. 

6 Ways to Make Your Home More Energy Efficient

Green Home

You have probably heard before that conserving energy is essential. By doing this as a homeowner, not only will you be cutting costs, but also contributing to the preservation of the planet. Global warming is becoming more predominant, and its effects are quite detrimental.

As a property owner, you can do your part by limiting how and when you use utilities in your home. Due to the high demands for energy, it is becoming even more pivotal to conserve. Here are some energy-efficient home improvements you can make to help you become more eco-friendly.

1 – Change Over to LED Lights

The old bulbs you have in your home are likely playing a role in your high utility costs. By making a switch from incandescent bulbs to LED energy-efficient ones, you can reduce your energy consumption. LED bulbs use up to 10% less power, making it a remarkable switch that significantly plays a role in decreasing energy expenses.

2 – Light Automation & Sensors

Having a lighting system that is automated and regulated by sensors is very beneficial. It enables you to have more control over how energy is used in your home. It ensures that light is used only when it is required. The addition of sensors with this system ensures lighting is turned on upon entry into a room and turned off as you exit.

3 – Programmable Thermostat

A programmable thermostat is designed to regulate temperatures based on programmed settings. It offers precise temperature control to maximize comfort as these systems learn your heating and cooling cycle and adapt accordingly. This smart technology provides you versatility and responds to how you use energy and saves you money.

4 – Proper Insulation

The cracks, gaps and open crevices by your doors and windows are likely contributing to your high energy bills. Poor attic insulation can be impactful as well. Hence, filling these openings, performing attic upgrades and installing proper insulation can improve the outcome of your utility bills.

5 – Clean or Replace Air Filters

For your air filter to operate efficiently, you must clean or replace it regularly. Failing to do so leads to a restriction of airflow. Dirt hinders the movement of air through the unit. As a result, this restriction forces HVAC systems to exert more energy in an effort to compensate for the lack of power. Dirty filters can cause a significant increase in your energy bills.

6 – Wash Clothes in Cold Water

Laundry Room

Of the various energy-efficient home improvements, another one you can implement right away is changing the temperature you use to wash your laundry. Washing clothes in cold water has a notable influence on your energy costs.

A high percentage of energy used by washers stems from heating water. So, choosing to wash your clothes in warm, preferably cold water can vastly decrease utility expenses. Furthermore, choosing to do laundry during non-peak hours, such as after 7 pm, can also improve costs.

Contact D&B Climate Care for Quality Service

Since 1992, D&B Climate Care has been providing reliable HVAC products and services. If you are looking for a team of HVAC contractors committed to improving and maintaining the comfort of your home, consider our team. For all of your HVAC needs, contact D&B Climate Care first.

Does Closing Air Vents Actually Save Energy?

air vent

Closing your vents to save energy sounds like an obvious solution to high energy bills. Closing off vents in unused rooms means less square footage to heat or cool, right?

Sadly, this logic doesn’t hold up. Instead of saving energy, closing your vents can actually cost you money.

What Happens When You Close an Air Vent

Your HVAC works by pulling air from the house through the return ducts and then pushing it back into the house via the supply ducts. Closing a supply vent doesn’t decrease the amount of air flowing through the system, it just forces it elsewhere.

This increases the pressure within your vents. At this point, any air duct leakage gets much worse, as the increased pressure forces even more air out of the leaks. It may even expand those leaks.

Also, depending on the type of blower your system uses, increased pressure has two other likely outcomes:

  • A PSC (permanent split capacitor) blower cannot overcome the extra pressure and have lower air flow – meaning it will take longer to heat or cool your home
  • ECM (electronically commutated motor) blowers can overcome the pressure but you will see this extra effort as an increase in your energy bill

How Closing Air Vents Can Harm Your System

Other consequences of closing your vents can result in damage that requires replacement parts. Or, if you don’t have a warranty, an entirely new outside system or furnace.

For example, because PSC blowers slow down when you close vents, you risk damaging your air conditioner’s evaporator coil as well as your furnace’s heat exchanger.

  • Heat exchangers can overheat and even crack with a lack in air flow. Cracks allow exhaust gases to mix with conditioned air. In some cases, it can send deadly carbon monoxide into your home.
  • Air conditioner coils can become too cold and become encased in ice. Liquid refrigerant then destroys your system by flowing back into the unit’s compressor.

air vent

Additional Consequences of Closing Air Vents

Besides energy bill increases and possible extreme damages, closing air vents may cause other issues. The lower surface temperatures in rooms with closed vents may lead to condensation and mold growth during winter months, causing more headaches and costly repairs down the road.

Solutions to Save Energy

The examples provided here are some of the more intense issues that arise from closing your air vents but for the most part these issues won’t appear over night. So, if you’ve already started closing off your air vents, you can still find a better way to save on energy bills.

Alternative solutions include lowering your thermostat in winter and drawing the blinds in unused rooms in the summer – just remember not to close your air vents!

For more tips and advice on how you can save energy today, contact the trusted professionals at D&B ClimateCare directly.

Door-to-door sales agents can leave you out in the cold

There are many door-to-door sales agents promising great savings on furnaces. These savings may seem hard to believe – and they are. Don’t be fooled. Here are a few of the tricks you should watch out for:

  • Sales agents dressing like a technician or representative from another well-established and credible company.
  • Implying they represent your current utility.
  • Signing you up for a long-term contract at rental rates higher than others, while claiming to be saving you money.
  • Telling you your furnace isn’t energy efficient.

BEWARE! READ THE FINE PRINT.

Don’t get trapped in an expensive, long-term contract.

The front door of your home is no place to make an important decision like buying a furnace. This should not be an impulsive decision. The installers may not be qualified, which can result in frequent breakdowns or poor performance. Installing a heating or cooling system properly requires taking the time to get all the technical specifications right. If it’s the wrong furnace or isn’t installed properly, it may not be covered under the manufacturer’s warranty.
Industry leaders and consumer advocates regularly issue warnings about the dangers of dealing with door-to-door heating and cooling sales agents. Don’t be pressured by their scare tactics!

ClimateCare would never employ door-to-door sales representatives. We respect your privacy. If you ever do need us, just call and we’ll be there right away. Call us before you sign a contract that you may regret later.