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Replacing Air Filters During Summer

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Did you know hot weather plays a big role in how often you need to change your air filter? During the hot summer months, air conditioners are working overtime to keep us cool. When your air conditioning system is working harder the air filter collects dust at a faster rate and thus affects how often it needs to be replaced. Explore our blog to learn all about air filters and how often they should be replaced during the summer!

Using Your Air Conditioner

To keep your home comfortable during the summer, chances are you have been using your air conditioner regularly. When your air conditioning system is running more often it is blowing more air through the air filter. When more air is moving through the filter, more dirt and other pollutants such as dust, mites, pollen and mold get drawn inside. These particles can impede performance and efficiency of your air conditioner and they can also be recirculated into your air supply – yuck!

Dirt and Your Air Filter

When the air filter is dirty, it is not as effective at keeping air particles out. This can lead to many problems such as:

  • reduced indoor air quality
  • reduced air flow and efficiency
  • warm and cold spots due to reduced airflow
  • dirty coils and fans which can lead to breakdown

In order to avoid running into these problems, it is recommended to check the air filter and change it when it starts to get dirty and lose its efficiency.

When to Replace Air Filters

According to Department of Energy, replacing a dirty, clogged filter with a clean one can lower your air conditioner’s energy consumption by 5% to 15%. It is generally recommended to change your air filter every 3 months. But during the cooling season, air filters need more frequent attention if the AC is in constant use and might need to be changed every month or two. It is smart to check your air filter often during summer especially if you have pets or if the air conditioner is subject to dusty conditions.

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Bob’s Heating & Air Conditioning installs furnaces, air conditioners, and other systems that provide comfort and increase indoor air quality in Western Washington homes. We offer air conditioning and gas furnace repair and maintenance by expert technicians dedicated to providing only the best service. Bob’s Heating & Air Conditioning proudly partners with organizations focused on sustainability and innovation, including Built Green, Energy Star, and Puget Sound Energy. Call us at (800)840-3346 or contact us online.

Energy Saving Tips for Summer

With high temperatures this summer, everyone is looking for ways to keep their energy bills low. Due to the heat, people tend to run their air conditioner more often, take longer showers and use more electricity to run fans throughout their homes. But did you know that saving energy this summer does not have to be a challenge? Check out these energy saving tips that will help you get through summer and save you money!

Install a New Air Conditioner

How long have you had your current air conditioning unit for? If it has been over 10 years it may be time to consider replacing it with a new unit that is more energy efficient. According to Energy Star, high-efficiency units can save up to 20 percent on heating and cooling costs. Bob’s Heating & Air Conditioning offers affordable and energy efficient air conditioners that give you economical performance, comfort and value.

Change Your Showering Habits

One way to save on your energy consumption this summer is to turn down the temperature of hot water when taking showers and decrease the duration of your showers. Taking colder and shorter showers will save on your hot water tank usage, which will therefore lower your energy bill. Another way to save on water consumption is to install a tankless water heater. Tankless water heaters only heat water when needed, instead of having a full tank of unused water.

Invest in Window Coverings

Keeping the sun out of your home as much as possible can help to keep your cooling costs down. When sunlight enters a home, it turns into heat, so reducing solar heat by keeping sunlight out will keep your house cooler. Using window coverings such as shutters or drapes when the sun is at its hottest can help block out warm rays. This is especially useful at times when you are not home during the day.

Alternate Methods of Cooking

During the hot summer season, consider limiting the use of your oven. Using your oven daily traps more heat inside of your home, causing temperatures to rise. This can lead to uncomfortable conditions and requires your air conditioning system to work harder. Instead, you can use your microwave or spend more time with your family and loved ones grilling outside and enjoying the sunshine. If you have a need to use the oven every day, consider using it in the morning when temperatures are cooler outside and the air conditioner is not in use.

Install Energy Efficient Light Bulbs

Upgrading from traditional incandescent light bulbs to more energy-efficient ones such as halogen incandescents, compact fluorescent bulbs, and light emitting diodes could bring you many advantages. Energy efficient light bulbs use 25%-80% less energy, last longer and can emit a brighter light, compared to traditional incandescents. Although energy-efficient bulbs are more expensive, they cost less to operate and will save you money down the road.

TRUST BOB’S HEATING & AIR CONDITIONING, INC.

Bob’s Heating & Air Conditioning installs furnaces, air conditioners, and other systems that provide comfort and increase indoor air quality in Western Washington homes. We offer air conditioning and gas furnace repair and maintenance by expert technicians dedicated to providing only the best service. Bob’s Heating & Air Conditioning proudly partners with organizations focused on sustainability and innovation, including Built Green, Energy Star, and Puget Sound Energy. Call us at (800)840-3346 or contact us online.