DIY AC Tip #1

Light Switch in the Attic

Most everyone has noticed that there is an extra light switch in the attic. This switch doesn’t control the lights in the attic, it controls the power to your furnace. This switch should never be turned off except by a qualified technician. Often this light switch will accidentally be turned off then back on, or just left off. If you have had a recent roof repair, cable repair, or if you have been in the attic recently, your light switch may be the issue. If you are unsure if it is the correct light switch that is the problem or you have tried the light switch and nothing has happened, contact the experts at Miculka Mechanical for a solution to your AC problem.

DIY AC Tip #2

Thermostat Settings

Most of us know that in order to cool your home you have to press the down arrow and to heat your home you have to press the up arrow, however when trying to heat or cool your home you have to set your thermostat to the correct setting of “heat” or “cool”. These setting are on the thermostat itself and older style thermostat have a small toggle switch that you can use to select the setting. Often times in the spring in the first burst of heat or in the fall for the first cold front homeowners forget to set their thermostat to the correct setting. Check your thermostat for the correct setting to save yourself a quick service call and if you are having difficulty with the thermostat don’t hesitate to contact your helpful professionals at Miculka Mechanical.

What SEER Means

With the increase of affordability for high efficiency air conditioning systems and the greater electrical savings that those systems provide the term SEER is tossed around quiet frequently, but what does it really mean for you. SEER also known as Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio and is a measurement calculated based on the cooling output for a typical cooling season divided by the total electric energy input during the same time frame. This boils down to the higher the SEER rating, the greater the energy efficiency of the air conditioning system and higher savings on your electric bill. The next questions that is asked after that is, “which SEER rating is right for me?”. This is a loaded questions for several reasons. The first is because everyone is comfortable at different temperature throughout the summer, secondly the size of your home and the insulation of your home plays a big factor on how much your air conditioning system needs to run in order to cool your home. That being said most homeowners find that moving from a 10 to 13 SEER equipment (usually ten years old) to a new air conditioning system that is 16 SEER results in a 20 to 40% energy savings every month! For a free in-home estimate on replacing your air conditioning system, or to find out more about energy efficiency contact us today.