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These Myrtle Beach Air Conditioner Tips May Help Save Energy

Sometimes, one just has to turn on their Myrtle Beach air conditioner at home. Sometimes, one also has to keep it running for hours on end. In the height of summer – or the occasional heat wave – there’s no better way to keep cool, comfortable, and healthy.

These occasions might sound alarm bells among the environmentally conscious, but cranking up the cold doesn’t always translate into a huge drain of energy. Homeowners can indulge in air conditioning responsibly by using their appliances wisely, keeping them in good working condition, and making a few other adjustments. At first, these following tips might sound odd and unrelated to your Myrtle Beach air conditioner, but they will help save energy while using the AC.

Tips to Save Energy When Your Myrtle Beach Air Conditioner is Running Constantly

  1. Rearrange the furniture.

Help your Myrtle Beach air conditioner work more efficiently by purchasing a simple vent extender to bring the intended air out into the room.

Sometimes, not-too-obvious factors like furniture positioning can get in the way of maximizing air circulation. Are any air vents behind or under sofas or tables? Are any air paths blocked by cabinets or other furniture? Homeowners should take a good look around their rooms for obstructions like these. They might make one spot in the living room or study really, literally cool, but they also waste the energy that could be cooling the rest of the house. Consider purchasing a simple vent extender to bring the intended air out into the room.

  1. Keep refrigerators and stoves in good working order.

Refrigerators and stoves – especially older, inefficient models – tend to emit what is called “waste heat.” This tends to raise the temperature inside the house. With waste heat filling a room as your Myrtle Beach air conditioner tries to cool it, the latter’s cooling energies are negated, even wasted.

Homeowners can upgrade appliances to reduce waste heat emission. Alternatively, they can also relocate units. Freezers, washers, and dryers, for example, can all be moved to the garage, or someplace without air conditioning.

If your laundry room has a door, close it when running the electric dryer. This will help contain heat emitting from the dryer to that one room instead of letting it spread to other areas of your house.

  1. Turn off the lights and pull down the shades.

More light means more heat – whether the light source is the sun or a bulb. Turning off most or all lights during the day, as well as pulling down shades or drawing curtains, can keep the house cooler and allow your Myrtle Beach air conditioner to accomplish its job more efficiently. Installing low wattage energy-efficient light bulbs can also help do the trick.

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How to Have More Efficient Myrtle Beach Air Conditioning Systems

Regular maintenance and timely upgrades to Myrtle Beach air conditioning systems indeed help households become more energy-efficient. However, taking care of air conditioners and using them wisely are just two things people can do to contribute to global resource conservation. Here are three more tips on how homeowners can help keep the earth green while literally keeping their cool.

Tips for Better Efficiency with Myrtle Beach Air Conditioning Systems

Supplement ventilation.

Take load off of your Myrtle Beach air conditioning systems by adding ceiling fans to every room of your house.

Myrtle Beach air conditioning systems are the best appliances to combat the heat, but they’re not the only ones that can do this. Homeowners can install other cooling appliances, such as different types of fans. If they can determine their tolerance levels for different temperature ranges, they can use these to crank up the cooling in stages.

For example, at the first surges of heat, they can turn on ceiling fans to boost air circulation; later, add standing fans to generate cool air; and, as a final option, switch on their air conditioning system to thoroughly cool a room. Measured steps can conserve electricity as well as help decrease a Myrtle Beach air conditioning systems’ workload, contributing to its longevity.

Design a cooler house.

It’s a known fact: temperatures shoot up in particular months, and with them, so does air conditioning usage. Homeowners can prepare for this by designing a well-insulated house that retains cool air in summer and warm air in winter (e.g., by using “cool roof” tiles). Alternatively, they can also decorate for one (e.g. using insulating window treatments).

These measures can help reduce the instances in which switching on Myrtle Beach air conditioning systems becomes necessary – thereby saving the equipment from extra work, and extra energy.

 

Dispose of inefficient appliances.

This might be little-known information, but important: Electronics – even those that are not meant to warm rooms – give off heat. Called “waste heat”, this extra warming energy comes from refrigerators, washers, stoves, lights, computers and computer monitors, and other frequently used appliances. Older and less efficient units emit waste heat at higher levels. When air conditioners are turned on at the same time as these wasteful electronics, the former’s cooling effects may be negated.

Just as inefficient Myrtle Beach air conditioning systems ought to be upgraded, these inefficient appliances should also be repaired or removed.

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Best Time to Service Your Myrtle Beach Air Conditioning System

Your Myrtle Beach air conditioning system is a major piece of equipment that usually entails a hefty investment. Like any other piece of equipment that you invest a substantial amount of money in, you must occasionally service your system to ensure that you keep it in tip-top shape. By properly servicing your Myrtle Beach air conditioning system, you can maximize its lifespan so it will last you 10, 15 or even more years.

When Is the Best Time to Have Your Myrtle Beach Air Conditioning System Serviced?

When is the best time to have your Myrtle Beach air conditioning system serviced?

Generally, you should have routine servicing done on your Myrtle Beach air conditioning system at least once a year. A professional HVAC company like Brown & Reaves Services can perform this type of routine servicing, and some of the tasks we will perform during our routine servicing of your unit include the following:

  • Conduct a thorough examination of the unit
  • Clean and/or replace the air filter
  • Tighten any loose screws
  • Remove any blockages in the unit or ducts
  • Clear the exterior areas of the compressor
  • Check refrigerant levels
  • Check for any leaks
  • Measure airflow through the evaporator coils

Additionally, if you begin noticing any signs that your Myrtle Beach air conditioning system might not be functioning properly, then you should schedule a service call so you can have it inspected. Some of the types of situations that might be signs your unit should be serviced include:

  • When your unit continuously runs but the temperature doesn’t seem to be getting any lower
  • When you suspect the air quality in your home is poor and is full of dirt, dust and debris
  • When your unit is emitting sparks
  • When you notice leaking around the unit
  • When the unit cuts itself off suddenly without any apparent reason

While all of the above-listed situations can sometimes be fixed with a simple servicing appointment, in some cases, repairs may be needed. One thing is for sure, though. The longer you allow a minor air conditioner issue to go unchecked and unattended to, then the greater the likelihood the problem will morph into a larger one that will cost more time, money and hassle to fix in the long run.

Ask us about our annual maintenance agreement as well. Call us today at 843-497-9867, or fill out our short form and someone will contact you as quickly as possible to schedule having your Myrtle Beach air conditioning system serviced.

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Having Your Myrtle Beach Air Conditioning Unit Cleaned Regularly

Having a properly functioning Myrtle Beach air conditioning unit is important to ensuring that you can stay cool and comfortable throughout the hot summer months. However, just like you have to maintain any other appliance, you also must take the appropriate steps to maintain your air conditioner. One of the most essential considerations of having an air conditioner is ensuring that you have the unit cleaned occasionally.

The Importance of Having Your Myrtle Beach Air Conditioning Unit Cleaned

It's important to have your Myrtle Beach air conditioning unit cleaned periodically.

Dirt, dust and other debris tends to accumulate on and in your air conditioner over time, and it’s essential that you clean all these from your unit in order to keep it operating optimally. An air conditioner that is bogged down with dirt and dust won’t run as well, or it could even run more often without the temperature getting as cold as it should be. Fortunately, there are plenty of steps you can take to clean your air conditioner.

One of the steps that homeowners can take on their own to clean their air conditioners is to change their filters every month or so during the seasons when the air conditioner tends to be constantly running, especially if they have replaceable air conditioner filters. If you have an air conditioner that has a filter that must be cleaned, then ensure that you clean the filter every month.

Additionally, you should check the coils of your air conditioner at least once every year and clean them to get rid of any accumulated dirt, dust and debris. Although changing your air filter will help prevent the accumulation of dirt and dust on your unit’s coils, some dirt and dust will still collect on them, which will negatively impact the performance of your unit. Clean the coils as necessary, and if you don’t know how or can’t get to them yourself, then you will have to call Brown & Reaves Services Inc. to check your unit for you and perform any necessary cleaning.

Ask us about out annual maintenance agreement as well. Most manufacturers recommend twice yearly inspections and maintenance to keep your system running at maximum efficiency. Call us today at 843-497-9867, or fill out our short form and someone will contact you as quickly as possible.

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Seek Professional Advice When Determining AC Unit Size

Homeowners who are considering buying a new air conditioning unit should understand that units do not come as one-size-fits-all. When trying to determine the correct AC unit size, the size of the living space must be taken into consideration. Buy a unit that is too small and it will be unable to keep the home cool during the peak season. On the other hand, money is wasted if the unit is larger than it needs to be and ends up cycling on and off too often. [Read more…]

Myrtle Beach Temperatures Rising – Watch Your Electric Bill

Myrtle Beach temperatures last summer were not too bad, but this year we may not be so lucky. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration is forecasting Myrtle Beach temperatures to be much steamier. And along with the rising temperatures comes higher electricity bills. The U.S. Energy Information Administration expects the typical residential electric bill to go up 4.8 percent this summer. Some areas other than Myrtle Beach could see even bigger increases, up to 15 percent. But there are ways to save without sacrificing comfort.

Myrtle Beach Temperatures Rising – How to Keep Your Cool

Keep the rising Myrtle Beach temperatures managable with a box fan or ceiling fan

Some simple things you can do to keep the outside Myrtle Beach temperatures from heating up the inside of your home include keeping the shades drawn during the heat of the day and using the microwave or gas grill to cook instead of the oven. Running a ceiling or box fan is cheap and allows you to raise the thermostat on your air conditioner or do without AC on milder days. And if you have a programmable thermostat, take advantage of it so you’re not cooling the house when you’re not home at the same level you find it necessary to do when you are at home.

To save money, install window air conditioners in shady windows where they don’t have to work as hard. The same goes for the outside part of your central air system. No matter what kind of system you have, change or clean the filters monthly during the cooling season to keep the unit running efficiently.

If you’re buying a new air conditioner, make sure you get the right size. Call it the Goldilocks Paradox: An AC that’s too small will work overtime to keep you cool and run up your electric bill in the process. But an AC that’s too big will stop cooling before it removes enough humidity from the air creating a cold, clammy room. For central air systems, have a professional help you with sizing, and remember, if you leave a cool home in the morning only to come home to a warm one in the evening, you may need to give us a call. Brown & Reaves Services is on call 24/7 to help you stay cool this summer. Give us a call for any Myrtle Beach area air conditioning problems. Our number is 843-497-9867 or contact us here. Remember to grab our 20% off coupon on your next service call by Liking us on Facebook. Don’t forget to also follow us on Twitter!

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