Maintenance

Tips Xcel Energy Wants to Keep Quiet

Summer is here and energy costs are rising. Between the warmer weather and children being out of school and using more electricity, the market for electricity expands. As it expands, electricity suppliers raise costs. While the average homeowner has no recourse but to pay their electric company the market rate, they can change some of their habits to reduce their use. Respected area heating and cooling service company, Lion Home Service wants to get the word out on how to save on energy costs during the dog days of summer. According to CEO and founder, Barton Palmer, there are several tiny steps that homeowners can take to save big on energy costs.

“A lot of service companies will try to tell people that need a new, energy-efficient cooling system for their home and while they can certainly lower a home’s energy use, not everyone can afford it,” says Palmer. “I usually tell people to look for tiny ways here and there that they can save on energy use because over the course of a few months those tiny changes in behavior will add up to big bucks.”

Lion Home Service recommends changing filters and performing routine maintenance on heating and cooling systems will make a huge difference. When a system doesn’t have to work hard to do its job, energy is reduced. Dirty air filters play a huge role in cooling costs, which is why Lion Home Service stresses changing filters regularly.

Other tips include purchasing UV shades to block out the suns more harmful rays and being sensible with the cooling dial. Instead of setting the temperature to 69 degrees, set it to 70 or 72. According to Palmer, the little things add up to big savings.

“If our customers have a little extra money,” he says,” installing solar powered attic fans, roof vents, or additional insulation may also help. You’d be surprised how much heat is stored in the attic of a home. If you can reduce that, it lowers the effort on the cooling system to regulate the temperature.”

For more information on how to adopt energy-saving polices or have a system serviced for summer contact us.

Maintenance

5 Common AC Issues

AC IssuesWhen you count on your AC to keep your Fort Collins home cool during summer, having something go wrong with it can be frustrating. Although there are many different kinds of issues that air conditioning systems can have, some occur more often. Learn more about five common AC issues that your system might end up having.

1. AC Has Frequent Cycles

If your air conditioner turns on and off a lot throughout the day, this is known as frequent cycling. Although air conditioners are designed to run as often as they need to in order to keep homes cool, they shouldn’t have short and frequent cycles. When this happens, it can mean that your air conditioning system is too big for your home. If you have the right size air conditioner, frequent cycling could be due to bad wiring or problems with other components.

2. Air Conditioner Won’t Come On

Air conditioners that won’t come on at all might have a problem with the power source. This could mean faulty wiring or loose wires that need to be repaired or replaced. When your air conditioner won’t come on, you might also have a problem with the thermostat.

3. AC Blows Warm Air

When your air conditioner only blows warm air, this can be due to different causes. AC units can blow warm air when they’re frozen or when the compressor is broken. Other possible causes of warm air from an AC system include a refrigerant leak or a blown breaker.

4. Loud Noises

Air conditioners usually make some noise when they’re running, but they shouldn’t be making any unusual noises, such as rattling or grinding. If your AC system is making loud noises, there could be a problem with debris in the fans, ducts or exterior vents. Problems with the motor or other components can also cause unusual sounds.

5. Air Conditioning Leaks

Air conditioners can end up with leaks when there is a frozen evaporator coil that prevents condensation from evaporating. This water typically drips into a condensation pan and does not cause any problems. However, if you have a frozen AC unit or if the condensation pan is damaged, leaks can occur. Keep in mind that a frozen AC unit can cause damage to the compressor if the system continues to run.

AC Technicians in Fort Collins

If you need AC installation, repair or maintenance at your home, contact Lion Home Service today. Our team provides quality cooling services for homeowners in the Fort Collins area, whether you need a new system installed or your current system repaired or maintained.