Riley Heating & Air Blog: Posts Tagged ‘air conditioning service’

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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Button Up Your Furnace to Help Cool Your Home

Wednesday, April 15th, 2015

You wouldn’t think of running your furnace in the middle of the summer, but you may not be aware of other elements in your home that can raise your indoor heat index. Now is the perfect time to button up your home against hot and humid weather, so you keep more of the air that you pay to cool indoors. The following tips can pay off big when it comes to enhancing your comfort at home.

Seal Up the Envelope

Any opening in the exterior walls, floors and ceilings that make up your home’s building envelope lets heat inside. Air sealing your home can help keep summer heat at bay:

  • Use household caulk to plug cracks around plumbing and gas fixtures, dryer vents and mail chutes.
  • Seal up larger gaps using a can of spray-foam insulation.
  • Make sure that your attic is adequately insulated and properly ventilated to relieve heat buildup.
  • Apply weatherstripping to drafty windows and doors.

Address Indoor Heat Sources

The last thing you want on a hot summer’s day is to generate additional heat inside your home. When outdoor temperatures rise:

  • Instead of using the oven, use a microwave, slow cooker or outdoor grill.
  • Postpone running the washer and dryer until the cool of the evening.
  • Anything that uses electricity also gives off heat, so keep lights and electronics turned off when not in use.

HVAC Solutions

Scheduling end-of-season furnace maintenance ensures that no energy-wasting leaks and cracks have developed in the system’s combustion or air delivery system. From preventive air conditioner and furnace maintenanceto whole-home energy audits, the skilled HVAC professionals at offer a variety of services that can help lower your cooling costs and improve your comfort.

To find more warm-weather strategies for keeping your home cool and comfortable without raising your utility bills, browse the energy-saving tips offered Riley Heating and Air Conditioning at or call 334-298-1278.

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