Homeowners Guide to Heating and Cooling

AccuTemp's Heating and Cooling Tips for HVAC

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Perhaps last year you had a goal of saving money but never followed through. Either way, there's nothing you can do about last years fails so move on to your goals! Sit down and create a realistic goal list. It doesn't have to all be financial, personal gains are helpful for your well being too.

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When you first get your check, go ahead and transfer a reasonable amount into savings. It doesn't have to be anything astronomical, something is more than nothing! Calculate how much you need for bills and living expenses and transfer what you can. Even a $10 a week deposit adds up to $520 in savings per year. It might not be much but if you only saved $0.00 in 2016, $520 is a huge step up. For those who know they won't take the time out of their day to do that, sign up for a Chime bank account! Say you make a purchase of $1.11. They will round it up to $2 and place $0.89 into your savings account. You won't even feel it.

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Create a budget. If you get a $400 check every week, it's easy to just put it in your bank account and spend it. This isn't going to get you anywhere. The best way to do this is on a monthly calendar.  First, fill in all your bills on their due date and the amounts. Next, fill in where you get a paycheck. Write in the amount you're transferring to your savings account on the days when you get your pay check. Deduct all the bills that week from your paycheck and write the number out to the right hand side of your calendar. That's what you have left. Of course you need to bare in mind unexpected expenses and not spend every available dollar. Keep what you can in your bank account. Do you really need that purse? Probably not. Do you really need another pair of shoes? Again, probably not. Be sensible about your spending.

Hide your credit cards! The less debt you have, the better. You are your credit card companies paycheck. The higher balances you carry with interest rates, the more money in their pocket. They love when you only pay the minimum each month. If you've ever calculated how long it will take you to pay off a credit card only paying the minimum, you know that you can be paying off some of your cards for 10 years! That's a lot of interest. That means whatever you bought for $2,000....you may have paid double that by the time you've payed it off with minimum payments + interest. Don't be this person. You will be kicking yourself when you realize that your $2000 couch cost you $4000.

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Follow our blog! We post plenty of money saving tips. By following our guides you will at least save yourself a few hundred per year. Of course these things are easier if you have company so share with your friends! Happy savings!

 

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Most people clean out their fridge every once in a while. That's not particularly ideal when it comes to maintaining your health. How is the rest of your food suppose to nourish you when it's being contaminated? The amount of perishables your fridge has to cool, the more electricity it uses. These are all losses for you, but you can turn those into WINS!

moldy-strawberriesMoldy food in your fridge isn't only contaminated itself, it's contaminating your good food too. Eating mold can make you incredibly sick or lead to sinusitis, asthma attacks or allergies. It can also lead to headaches or nausea, which isn't life threatening but it'll definitely lead to some discomfort. To avoid this, inspect the food in your fridge weekly. Try to only buy what you will eat that week so that you don't have any food to grow mold and go bad. Make a solution with water and baking soda. Scrub your fridge with the solution at least once per month. If you noticed mold on the seal of your fridge, scrub that area with a water and bleach solution. This mold can spread into your fridge too.

By keeping your fridge clean every week, you will see a savings on your electricity bill. imagesThink about it: if you have 1 apple in your fridge, your fridge doesn't have to work very hard to maintain temperature. Now think about the opposite: it's Thanksgiving and you couldn't fit another stick of butter in the fridge if you wanted to. Your refrigerator has to work a lot harder to maintain temperature for that many items.

When you have a clean fridge, you save more money at the grocery store too! Who hasn't at some point had a packed fridge, went to the grocery store and bought a 2nd of something perishable that you didn't know was already in the fridge due to the massive amount of junk blocking it from view? I know I have! We all know, one of those is going to go bad. I don't want to buy food that just going to end up becoming a mold party. Gross.

Save your health, save your money and eat all the food before it goes bad. Clean out your fridge weekly and have realistic ideas of how much you will eat when you're at the grocery this week. This isn't an unreachable goal, you can do this. Share this with your friends. Help one another by sending fridge clean out reminder texts to one another.

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We can't stress the importance of changing your air filter every month enough. The dirt and debris build up in your HVAC system only causes the system to become less efficient. The less you change your air filter, the less efficient your system will be. If you bought the most efficient system, what would be the point if you didn't maintain it?

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Some people like to lean on yearly maintenance alone for filter changes. While you're headed in the right direction by having your system maintained yearly by a professional, this isn't where the effort should end. You can't expect your system to run at it's fullest efficiency on 2 filter changes per year. If you find that your filter is in a difficult location to get to, you can schedule extra filter changes in addition to the yearly maintenance and our technician will take care of it for you.

Another issue we hear is, "I forgot, it felt like I JUST changed the filter but somehow its already been 3 months!" We understand. Unfortunately, a filter change is put off in the back burner of most minds. We have a solution for that too! Sign up with Filter Easy. You choose what type of filter you want and attach a credit card to the account. They take it from there, sending you your requested filter every 1-3 months depending on what you set up. They come in 3 grades:  LiteAllergen, MicroAllergen, and SuperAllergen. They are manufactured by AAF Flanders, the largest air filter manufacturer in the United States.
Another advantage to changing your air filters every month is that you will SAVE money! You will spend about $240 on filters per year. The average HVAC repair is around $600. By changing your filters, you reduce the risk of needing a repair. On top of that, maintaining clean air filters can save you main-3-ways-to-save-money-in-may5%-15% on your energy bill.

Your air filter is in place to protect your system. It catches pollen, dust, dirt, pet dander and all sorts of other small particles. Once an air filter becomes clogged with all this gunk, the system will eventually become polluted. This includes all parts of your HVAC system. Those who don't change their air filters usually end up with a prematurely failed system. They also need duct cleaning more frequently.

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With all of that information, I have no idea why one would not change their air filter. What do you have to lose? You'll be saving money on your energy bills and breathing easier. What more could one want?

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Urban gardening has gained popularity in the last several years. This isn't surprising as people are becoming more self sustaining. If you're jumping on that train, you should know what to plant in what months.

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Broccoli, beets, cabbage, carrots, cauliflower, celery, cucumber, egg plant, kale, leeks, lettuce, okra, onion, peas, peppers, radish, spinach, Swiss chard and tomatoes all need to be planted in March here in Georgia. The Farmers Almanac has a great planting calendar for free download.

If you want a garden but don't think you have the space, worry not! Many plants can be grown and maintained in pots. Tomatoes and basil are just two of these. There is a long list of herbs that can be planted in pots as well. Not sure where to start? Ask google about DIY urban gardening, they will provide you with tons of websites and blogs explaining the process start to finish.

This is a good time to prune holly shrubs. Don't be afraid to take too much but don't cut them down to less than 18". If you plan to have bare root roses, go ahead and plant this in well tilled soil with plenty of organic matter. Repot houseplants that you plan to move outdoors.

Gardening at your house can save you plenty of money. It's also a great way to ensure that you are getting organically grown products. Reduce your trips to the grocery store! Live a healthier lifestyle! #growyourown

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As spring approaches, there a few things you should consider doing for the sake of your home. Some of it may cost you a little up front but will save you more in the long run. Your home is an investment and in order to maintain the value, there are things you must take care of every year. It’s an ongoing project but it’s well worth it.

If you see mold, stains or dirt on the exterior of your home, rent a pressure washer or hire a professional to remove it. Surfaces other than concrete or stone should be only be pressure washed after you have consulted a professional on the matter. Not all surfaces can handle the pounds of pressure that a pressure washer provides.

Wash your windows on the inside and outside. Not only will it look nicer but this may expose spots that will need to be covered with a glazing compound to properly seal the window with the frame. Overtime, dirt can build up in openings and disguise them as being sealed. These a little areas where air escapes your home.

Repair sidewalks and driveway. In some cases, you can do this yourself. Not only will you be making a safer space to walk and drive but you’ll be making your home look better. Lowe’s has great articles on how to repair a driveway or sidewalk with specific issues.

Keep your basement dry. Moisture can build up in your basement and cause mold and mildew. Depending on the circumstances in your home, you may need a dehumidifier. It also helps to run a fan on low constantly. If your furnace is in your basement, you especially want the air to be dry. Moisture constantly being sucked into your blower and pushed through your home is bad for the parts inside your furnace and creates an oasis for mold growth within your ducts.

Reseal your deck. This will reduce the risk of warped boards and a possible deck replacement in the future. Damaged boards on a deck pose a hazard for anyone standing on it. The worse case scenario would be a collapsing deck. Be sure to inspect the beams and all boards regularly. Replace rotting, cracked or otherwise dangerous looking parts as needed.

Have a professional check your air conditioner. The job of the technician is to inspect your system and ensure that everything is working properly. They lubricate moving parts, check the amps on motors and check the refrigerant charge. They make necessary adjustments and change your air filter. This will help to prevent breakdowns during the hot summer months and will save you money long term.

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