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    Conducting a Home Energy Audit

    Last updated 6 days ago

    When it comes to examining the ways your house can save on energy costs, it is always a good idea to hire a professional. However, you can perform a rudimentary residential energy audit yourself to get an idea of your energy consumption and loss on your own. Here is a look at how to conduct a home energy audit.

    Electronics
    The careless use of electronics can lead to a substantial waste of energy. Children have a tendency to turn on lights, televisions, video games, and a plethora of other electronic appliances and then walk away from them. Be sure to unplug electronics that are not in use, and if you live with children, encourage them to do the same. If you walk around your house and find several electronic devices powered on but not being used, you may be losing a significant amount of money paying for this waste.

    Air Conditioning
    In investigating your sources of energy loss, it is important to inspect your air conditioning and heating units. This should be done at least once per year. Your air filters should be inspected at least every other month and cleaned or replaced; this will prevent them from gathering dust so the air conditioning unit can function efficiently. The more you use your air conditioner, the more often it should be inspected. If you regularly maintain your air conditioning unit and it still falters, it may be time for a replacement; this is especially true if the unit is nearing 15 years old. Newer models also tend to be much more efficient.

    Air Leaks
    The efficiency of your air conditioning also depends on the integrity of your home. If air is allowed to escape around or through windows and doors or gaps in your walls or ceiling, you could be paying unnecessary high energy bills.

    If you have any questions about conducting a home energy audit, call Estes Services at (404) 935-0170. We have been proudly serving the Atlanta area with air conditioning and heating services including air conditioner repair and replacement. If you would like to know more about our services, feel free to visit our website.

    Keeping Your Air Conditioner Energy Efficient

    Last updated 13 days ago

    If you want to save money on energy bills and enjoy pure air conditioning, it is important to maintain your air conditioner unit. Watch this video to learn about keeping your air conditioner energy efficient.

    One of the most important components of your air conditioner is the air filter; a dirty or dusty air filter can greatly decrease the efficiency of the unit, driving up energy costs and limiting its ability to purify your air. You should be cleaning or replacing your air filter at least once every three months. You should also clean the housing of the air conditioning fixture using a vacuum or a cloth. Be sure to regularly maintain your condenser unit to ensure that it continues to effectively remove heat.

    Want to know more about keeping your air conditioner energy efficient? Call Estes Services at (404) 935-0170 or visit our website. We repair and replace air conditioners in the Atlanta area. If you live nearby, feel free to stop in and meet with us.

    Tips for Improving the Efficiency of Your Air Conditioner

    Last updated 20 days ago

    Are your energy bills steadily increasing each year? You can save money and improve the comfort of your home this summer with air conditioner maintenance and energy-saving tips. Read on to find out how you can improve the efficiency of your air conditioner.

    Use Fans
    Installing a whole-house fan is a great way to circulate cool air inside your home and stay comfortable, while giving your air conditioner some time to rest. If you have a window air conditioner, put a fan in front of the window to spread cool air without substantially increasing your energy use.

    Set Your Thermostat High in the Summer
    The higher the indoor temperature this summer, the closer it will be to the outdoor temperature. When the indoor and outdoor temperatures are closer to one another, less air loss occurs, which lowers your overall cooling bill. To ensure your thermostat detects the true temperature of the room, do not place an appliance that gives off heat near a thermostat.

    Avoid Setting Your Thermostat Low to Accelerate Cooling
    When you get home and you’re uncomfortably hot, do not lower the thermostat. Lowering the thermostat won’t accelerate cooling in that moment, it will only prolong the amount of time your air conditioner works to change the temperature of the room, which creates unnecessary expense. Save money by sitting in front of a fan instead.

    Keep Up with Air Conditioner Maintenance
    Experts recommend replacing the air conditioner filter before cooling season, and then every month after that. To improve the efficiency of your air conditioner it’s also important to schedule an annual inspection and cleaning service with your local HVAC company.

    Know When Air Conditioner Replacement is Appropriate
    Sometimes an air conditioner becomes so inefficient that it’s best to replace it rather than repair it. New ENERGY STAR certified air conditioners are more efficient and effective at cooling your home.

    For quality air conditioner repair or replacement services, call Estes Heating & Air Conditioning at (404) 935-0170. We have been serving residential and commercial customers in the Atlanta area since 1949. Visit our website for more information.

    What Is Aeroseal?

    Last updated 27 days ago

    Aeroseal is a cutting-edge product used to seal air leaks in ductwork. Estimates indicate that between 20 and 40 percent of air conditioned air is lost through duct leaks, which amounts to $5 billion in wasted energy according to the EPA. Aeroseal is computer controlled, so the leaks do not have to be manually located. Instead, the product automatically accesses leaks from the inside of the duct. Aeroseal effectively seals up to 80 percent of duct leaks, which can save you a great deal of money. If you schedule an Aeroseal service for your home, you will be given a detailed before and after report of the sealing.

    To learn more about how Aeroseal works to make your home more efficient, reduce the strain on your HVAC unit, and save you money on your energy bills, contact Estes Heating & Air Conditioning at (404) 935-0170. We are one of the few authorized Aeroseal dealers in the Atlanta area. Visit our website to learn more about the residential and commercial air conditioning services we offer.

    Inspecting an Air Conditioner

    Last updated 1 month ago

    A professional HVAC contractor should inspect your air conditioning system at least once per year if you want to ensure reliability, performance, and efficiency. During this inspection, the technician will look at the unit to see if it is clean, whether there is rust, and if it is being blocked by buildup or nearby plant life. He will also look at the age of the unit and its overall condition to see if it is time for an air conditioner replacement. Learn more about the air conditioning system inspection process by watching this video clip.

    For a top-notch air conditioner inspection in the Atlanta area, contact Estes Heating & Air Conditioning Services at (404) 935-0170. We have provided residential and commercial heating and air conditioning service since 1949. Click over to our website for more information.

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