What Is The Best Temperature For Your Home?

Living in the Cedar Rapids area, The City of 5 Seasons, we know that as temperatures fluctuate, you rely on your homes heating or cooling system to stay comfortable. But to what temperature should you have it set? In some homes, this question is a point of contention. The fact is, some people simply are like it warmer than others. That said, is there a certain temperature that is ideal to maintain both health and comfort?

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Should You Repair Or Replace Older HVAC Components?

As your homes air conditioner or furnace begin to get older, it’s not always easy to know when you should repair or replace them. When a homes HVAC system needs to be repaired, especially when it’s not expected, can become big decision that you had not planned for. While there’s no hard-and-fast rule, there are some important considerations to keep in mind when choosing to repair or replace your homes comfort systems.

How Old Is Your System?

On average, the life expectancy for your homes air conditioners and heat pumps is around 10 to 12 years. Furnaces are generally a little longer with about 15 to 20 years worth of effective life.

Check the age of your equipment. If it falls within the age ranges above, repairs are going to cost more and you can start to be on the lookout for trouble.

Do You Have Outdated Technology?

Technology is always evolving. This is just as true for your homes HVAC system as it is for your mobile phone.

When you replace aging equipment, you’ll find that you are able to take advantage of new smart features that make your life easier and more comfortable. Newer technology also improves efficiency that often will save money on utility costs.

Cost of repairs

As a good rule of thumb is to plan on replacing most products when repairs exceed 50% of the cost of a new one. When older systems require repair, often there is a good chance that it is just the start of more to come.

At H&J Heating and Cooling, we can help you determine if you should repair or replace your HVAC system.

Tax Credits and Utility Rebates

There are a lot of incentives available to offset the cost of replacing your homes HVAC systems. If you’re considering the purchase of a high-efficiency systems, you may be eligible for federal, state and local tax credits.

In addition, many of local utility companies also encourage upgrading by offering additional incentives and rebates.

When you replace your older system with a new high-efficiency one, you can not only benefit from these one-time rebates and credits, but because of the advancements in efficiently, you can also significantly reduce monthly utility bills.

Do You Have the Right Size System For Your Home?

Most general upgrades to your home can improve energy efficiency. Updates like new windows, replacing the roof and adding insulation, can often result in improved efficiency for your comfort system.

If you have made some improvements over the years, you could actually benefit from downsizing to a smaller unit. This will provide better comfort at a lower cost.

How Is Your Heating & Cooling System Performing?

Here are a few indicators of a poorly performing heating and cooling system:

  • Are you constantly having to adjust the thermostat to keep your home comfortable?
  • Does your air conditioner or furnace make odd noises when starting?
  • Does the air in your home feel stuffy or damp?
  • Is your heating and cooling system appearing to run more than it used to?

If you said ‘yes’ to any of these issues, it may be time to consider having your homes HVAC system checked.

At H&J Heating and Cooling, we have been serving the Cedar Rapids area since 1975 and have the experience to diagnose any issues and help you evaluate your options.

Don’t get caught by surprise when it’s time to replace your air conditioner or furnace!

Tips To Get The Most Out Of Your Homes Air Conditioner

Here in Eastern Iowa, the summers can really be hot and humid. When  the heat comes (and it will) there is no worse feeling than having sweat run down your neck, especially when you are in your home. While most homes in the Cedar Rapids are do have air conditioning, what we find that is many do not operate as efficiently as they could.

It is a good idea to have your air conditioner serviced every spring to ensure that you are not caught off guard when summers heat does show up.

That said, there are a few things you can do to help improve your air conditioners performance.

Tips To Get The Most Out Of Your A/C

Replace Air Filters

When your homes HVAC filter gets dirty, it restricts the air flow. In the summer, this will force your air conditioner to work harder and will impede the circulation of air through the system.

A clogged and dirty filter can also allow dust to be released into the house and irritate allergies and other respiratory issues.

By installing a new filter, your air conditioner doesn’t work as hard and that will decrease electric usage.

Check Your Thermostat Regularly

Make it a habit to check the thermostat regularly. Make sure the system starts, operates and shuts off when the temperature reaches the desired level.

If left unchecked, a faulty or inefficient thermostat can result in higher electric bills and cause the a/c unit itself to malfunction.

Keep The Outside Condenser Clear

Most air conditioning systems have an exterior condenser. This is where heat is exchanged and cycled through to be cooled. When air flow is restricted to it, it will limit the systems cool capacity.

Keep the area around the condenser clear of plants, toys and other obstruction. This will not only allow for better air flow, but will help prevent it from being damaged.

Limit Indoor Heat

You home will heat up quickly if your are baking in the oven or running the clothes dryer. Try to do these things at night, rather than during the heat of the day.

The less heat other appliances generate, the less the air conditioner will need to run to keep your home cool.

Close Blinds and Curtains

The sun beating down on your house can heat it up quickly. When blinds and curtains are closed, they reflect the majority of the sun’s heat.

Once again, the more you can keep the heat out, the better your air conditioner will perform.

Get An Air Conditioner Check Up

Having your air conditioner evaluated by our service technicians is the best way to make sure your system is running at it’s best. Too often, we see that a minor repair or cleaning is all it takes to save money, improve comfort and extend the life of cooling systems.

Call us today to schedule your A/C check up and stay comfortable in your home this summer!