Riley Heating & Air Blog: Posts Tagged ‘AC Repair’

Air Conditioning 101 – Quick Tips for Better Performance

Tuesday, April 30th, 2019

Well-operating air conditioning systems are a necessity in southern states like Alabama and Georgia.

Here, hot and humid summers are the norm, not the exception. A cooling system that runs at peak performance will not only keep you more comfortable but can save you money on utility bills, as well.

The following quick tips can help ensure that your air conditioner offers you cooling relief when you need it the most.

open-air-filtersMaximize System Efficiency

It’s a basic principle of Air Conditioning 101: Systems that use less energy perform better too. An efficiently operating system maintains your ideal temperature. It also helps keep indoor humidity levels balanced. Start by keeping your air conditioner clean. Dirt, dust and debris can have a big impact on the system’s performance:

  • Change the Air Filter. Your air conditioner’s air filter is the equipment’s first line of defense against damaging dirt and dust. Check it frequently during the warm-weather season. Be sure to change it at the first sign of dirt.
  • Check the Vents. Vacuum and dust air conditioning vents often. Make sure they’re not blocked by furnishings, floor coverings or window treatments.
  • Landscape Wisely. Prune back vegetation around the outdoor unit. Doing this ensures maximum air flow and keeps the condenser clean of loose leaves and debris.

Schedule HVAC Maintenance

HVAC technicianOne of the best ways to optimize your system’s performance is to request an appointment for preventive maintenance. Our professional HVAC maintenance service includes a seasonal checkup of all the components of your air conditioning system. This includes the ductwork and blowers to the refrigerant levels and electrical connections. With our fully stocked service trucks, we can usually resolve any potential problems on the spot as well.

Now is the best time to take steps to improve your air conditioner’s performance, before the full heat of summer arrives. For more information about timely air conditioning solutions call us today at 334-298-1278.

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How to Reduce Humidity Levels in Your Home This Summer

Tuesday, July 18th, 2017

Hot and muggy summer weather can leave you scrambling indoors for cooling comfort, but an air-conditioned home that feels damp and uncomfortable offers little relief. When the problem is high humidity levels in your Phenix City, Alabama, home, adjusting your AC’s thermostat setting only sends your utility bills soaring. Instead of resigning yourself to a cold and clammy environment, use these tips to identify the causes of high humidity and find solutions.

What Causes High Humidity?

At any given temperature, the air inside your home can only hold so much water vapor before it reaches its dew point. Then the moisture begins to accumulate on every available surface, including your skin. Water intrusion from everything from cooking to washing dishes in hot water can contribute to an excess level of moisture in the air too. Even small holes and gaps in the building envelope can introduce humid air into your home.

Avoid Damaging Consequences

Too-humid air promotes the growth of mold, mildew, and bacteria, which can aggravate or even cause health consequences like asthma and allergies. The Environmental Protection Agency reports that mold can develop in as little as 24 hours, making it critical to address problems quickly before the fungi cause extensive damage to your health and home.

HVAC Solutions

From ventilators to mold-killing UV lamps, your trusted HVAC contractor is a valuable resource when it comes to resolving problems with indoor air quality. For reducing humidity levels, effective options include:

  • AC Maintenance – Because air conditioners are engineered to extract water vapor as well as heat from the air, sometimes a comprehensive tune-up is all it takes to make sure your system performs these tasks properly.
  • Cleaning for Efficiency – During AC maintenance, our HVAC technicians will also clean the system to remove mold and any other contaminants. Cleaning the filter will also help to increase AC efficiency and humidity control.
  • Dehumidifiers – Designed to work with your existing HVAC system, a whole-home dehumidifier effectively removes moisture from your entire home and is an investment that can pay for itself in lower energy bills.

At Riley Heating and Conditioning, we address all of the factors that influence your comfort during the long hot summer in eastern Alabama or western Georgia. For more information, explore our comfort solutions or call us today at 334-298-1278.

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