Frequently Asked A/C Questions

Here are our answers to a few of the most common questions we get on a regular basis:

Q. At what temperature should I set my thermostat?
Temperature settings depend on the time of year and your personal preferences. In the summer, the average temperature setting is 75°-80°. In the winter 68°-72° is the norm. Remember, when leaving your house; try to avoid drastic temperature changes. Do not set your temperature back more than 5°; this will cause your unit to work harder to achieve the desired temperature setting.

Q. Should I try to keep my air conditioning system from running too much?
Generally speaking, a unit that is either on or off is less expensive than one that keeps cycling on and off repeatedly. Every time your system starts up, it will use a lot of electricity and not produce much cooling. That’s why a smaller system is often more economical to operate: even though it runs nonstop and may deliver less comfort, it will usually consume less power than a larger system that cycles on and off.

Q. Should I close the registers and doors to areas of the home that I do not use on a regular basis?
No. Every system is designed to cool a certain number of square feet. By closing registers and doors in certain rooms, you disrupt and decrease the systems’ airflow and efficiency. Your system will have to work harder to cool less space, making it cycle more and become less efficient.

Q. How do I know if my A/C unit is big enough?
Bigger isn’t always better; its performance and efficiency that count. Before purchasing a replacement system you should always make sure your system is sized properly to match your needs and budget. Your Service Legends Specialist will thoroughly assess your home and comfort requirements to determine the proper size and make the appropriate recommendation.

Q. How often should I have maintenance done on my air conditioner?
You should have maintenance done on your air conditioning system at least once a year – spring to early summer being the best times. This not only ensures maximum efficiency, it enables us to foresee any possible problems that may occur in the near future.

Q. How do I know whether my heating and cooling equipment needs replacement or just repair?
Not an easy question to answer, but here are some factors to consider:

  1. The age of the current system. Today, any system that is more than ten years old is probably behind the times in terms of efficiency.
  2. Does the current system provide the level of comfort that you want? There is a growing difference between “builder grade” and consumer choice in what a system can offer in terms of comfort and convenience.
  3. How much will the repairs cost…and how many more repairs will you need in the future? Is keeping an older system operational worth the time, the money and the inconvenience? Sometimes you need to know when to cut bait and say goodbye to your old heater or air conditioner.

Service Legends cares about your comfort. We’re the world-class provider of residential home services such as: Heating, Air Conditioning, Geothermal, and Indoor Air Quality. Our goal is always comfort, reliability and peace of mind in your home. Give us a call today to find out more and to schedule your spring tune-up! Visit Service Legends at http://servicelegends.net/.

The 6 Things That Air Conditioner Repairmen Do That Drives Everyone Crazy And How Service Legends Solves Them

When your air conditioner fails in the middle of the night, on the hottest day of the year, it can be scary to open up the phone book and select a contractor that you don’t know. Are they going to answer the phone? Will they send a highly trained, certified HVAC technician to your home? Will they have the parts in stock to fix your system?

  1. Voicemail. Or even worse, some contractors use an answering machine. Then you have to wait and hope they will call you back. At Service Legends, our phones are staffed 24 hours a day, 7 days a week so you can always talk to a live person at.

  2. Wasted Time. Many servicemen won’t give you a real appointment time. They say, “We’ll be there between 10 and 4” so you have to waste a whole day waiting. Not any more! You get a precise 2 hour “Appointment Window” by calling us or choose your appointment time by using our easy online scheduling feature.

  3. Too Many Trips. Other servicemen can make 2 or 3 trips before they have the right parts to repair your air conditioner. This costs you extra money and frustration. We stock over $65,000 in parts so we can fix the real problem right the first time, saving you money.

  4. Invoice Shock. This is what happens when you are charged “time and material” and the servicemen gets paid more the longer he takes. Only at Service Legends do you get straight forward pricing. We give you an exact “to the penny” price to repair your cooling system before moving forward with any repairs.

  5. Call Backs. Other servicemen have a “Concrete Guarantee”…. When their trucks leave your concrete driveway, their guarantee expires! With us you have a 100% Satisfaction Guarantee. If you are unhappy with our service for any reason, we will redo the repair for FREE.

  6. Only 1 Brand. Many companies carry 1 brand which makes them hard pressed to service older brands, when there are over 50 different brands of equipment. We belong to nationwide organization of contractors that allows us access to all brands, which saves you even more time and money. We stock parts for 39 different brands and are able to repair all brands.

When your air conditioner is on the fritz, rest assured our highly trained HVAC repair technicians are standing by to get your system up and running. We will do a thorough evaluation on your air conditioner and give you an exact “to the penny” price to repairing your system. Whether it takes 1 hour or 3 hours to diagnose your broken air conditioner, the evaluation fee is the same. Give us a call today or visit out website at: http://servicelegends.net/index.cfm

Summer Air Conditioning Maintenance

Your air conditioning unit requires regular maintenance for the system to function correctly. Here’s what you need to do to keep your A/C working through the summer. 

Filters

Dirty filters block normal airflow and reduce a system’s efficiency significantly. With normal airflow obstructed, air that bypasses the filter may carry dirt directly into the evaporator coil and impair the coil’s heat-absorbing capacity. Replacing a filter can lower your air conditioner’s energy consumption by close to 20 percent.

Coils

Outdoor condenser coils can also become very dirty if the outdoor environment is dusty or if there is foliage nearby. You can easily see the condenser coil and notice if dirt is collecting on its fins.

The best way to minimize dirt and debris near the condenser unit is by cleaning the area around the coil, removing any debris and trimming foliage back at least 2 feet allows for adequate airflow around the condenser.

Professionals

When your air conditioner needs more than regular maintenance, hire a professional service technician. Our technicians will find and fix problems in your air conditioning system.

Service Legends cares about your comfort. We’re the world-class provider of residential home services such as: Heating, Air Conditioning, Geothermal, and Indoor Air Quality. Our goal is always comfort, reliability and peace of mind in your home. Give us a call today to find out more and to schedule your a tune-up! Visit Service Legends at http://servicelegends.net/

Although the official start of summer isn’t here yet, summer-like temperatures are already making an appearance. With an increase in temperature comes an increase in your energy bill. Save energy and keep money in your pocket with these money-saving energy tips. 

Tune-up your air conditioning system with an annual maintenance check-up. Just like a new car will decline in performance without regular maintenance, so will your A/C. 
Regularly change (or clean if reusable) HVAC filters every month during peak summer months. New filters usually only cost a few dollars. Dirty filters will ultimately lower system efficiency and result in lower indoor air quality.
Block direct heat gain from the sun shining through glass on the east and especially west sides of the facility. Depending on your facility, options such as “solar screens,” “solar films,” awnings, and trees can help keep facilities more cool. Over time, trees can attractively shade the facility, and help clean the air.
Use fans to maintain comfortable temperature, humidity and air movement, and save energy year round. Moving air can make a somewhat higher temperature and high humidity feel comfortable. Fans can help delay or reduce the need for air conditioning, and a temperature setting of only three to five degrees higher can feel as comfortable with fans. Each degree of higher temperature can save about 3 percent on cooling costs. 
Plug leaks with weather stripping and caulking. Caulking and weather stripping let you manage your ventilation, which is the deliberate controlled exchange of stuffy inside air for fresher outdoor air. 

Service Legends cares about your comfort. We’re the world-class provider of residential home services such as: Heating, Air Conditioning, Geothermal, and Indoor Air Quality. Our goal is always comfort, reliability and peace of mind in your home. Give us a call today to find out more and to schedule your spring tune-up! Visit Service Legends at http://servicelegends.net/.

Although the official start of summer isn’t here yet, summer-like temperatures are already making an appearance. With an increase in temperature comes an increase in your energy bill. Save energy and keep money in your pocket with these money-saving energy tips. 

  1. Tune-up your air conditioning system with an annual maintenance check-up. Just like a new car will decline in performance without regular maintenance, so will your A/C. 
  2. Regularly change (or clean if reusable) HVAC filters every month during peak summer months. New filters usually only cost a few dollars. Dirty filters will ultimately lower system efficiency and result in lower indoor air quality.
  3. Block direct heat gain from the sun shining through glass on the east and especially west sides of the facility. Depending on your facility, options such as “solar screens,” “solar films,” awnings, and trees can help keep facilities more cool. Over time, trees can attractively shade the facility, and help clean the air.
  4. Use fans to maintain comfortable temperature, humidity and air movement, and save energy year round. Moving air can make a somewhat higher temperature and high humidity feel comfortable. Fans can help delay or reduce the need for air conditioning, and a temperature setting of only three to five degrees higher can feel as comfortable with fans. Each degree of higher temperature can save about 3 percent on cooling costs. 
  5. Plug leaks with weather stripping and caulking. Caulking and weather stripping let you manage your ventilation, which is the deliberate controlled exchange of stuffy inside air for fresher outdoor air. 
Service Legends cares about your comfort. We’re the world-class provider of residential home services such as: Heating, Air Conditioning, Geothermal, and Indoor Air Quality. Our goal is always comfort, reliability and peace of mind in your home. Give us a call today to find out more and to schedule your spring tune-up! Visit Service Legends at http://servicelegends.net/.

Air conditioners seem to fail at the worst times. Usually, the reasons for failure are relatively easy to repair or can be prevented with regular maintenance. We’ve compiled a list of 3 of the most common A/C problems people experience and what you can do about them.A/C Unit Won’t Turn OnSometimes mysteriously, an air conditioning unit won’t come on, but the fan inside the home seems to be working OK. There can be several reasons for this. The first thing to check is your thermostat to make sure it is working properly. A broken thermostat can easily disable an entire A/C system.If you are able to rule out the thermostat as the problem, check your home’s circuit breaker and the circuit breaker outside near the unit. If you suspect it may be the breaker, it doesn’t hurt to try to figure out what might have caused it to trip before you attempt to reset it. If you flip the breaker and it does trip again, don’t repeat the process. Call a professional to diagnose and repair the problem.If you have excessive vegetation growing around your unit, it could also be a reason your air conditioner has quit. Grass, leaves and debris can be easily sucked into the vents of your unit and cause damage to the capacitor. If you suspect this might have happened, you will need to call for service.Air Conditioning Unit Sounds Most air conditioners make some noise when they are running, and this is normal. If you are hearing vibration or loud rattling noises, something could be wrong. Your ac unit could have been installed incorrectly and should be checked by a professional.Sometimes people report squealing sounds when their air conditioner is running. This may actually be coming from your air handler, the part of the ac system that regulates and directs air through the ductwork. Most air handlers have direct-drive motors, but older units may be belt-driven. The squealing noise sometimes occurs when the belt connecting the blower to the motor slips. If you suspect this is the case, shut your ac unit off and call a professional – proper diagnosis and repairs are likely needed.A/C Runs, But Doesn’t Cool Your HomeIf air is flowing through your vents, but it is not coming out cold, you might have a stalled condenser coil – the part of the air conditioning unit that produces cold air. The condenser fan will run even if the condenser isn’t working properly. Condenser failure can be caused by a blown fuse or tripped circuit breaker. Sometimes, it isn’t the condenser at all and a lack of cool air can be due to low refrigerant. In either case it is best to contact a professional to help you diagnose the problem.If the lack of cool air you are noticing has been gradual or appears to be fairly minimal, your air conditioner may not be to blame. You could have leaks in your ductwork that are allowing conditioned air to escape. If your ducts are older, or tightly constructed you might be a good idea to have your air ducts inspected and sealed.Anytime your air conditioner fails or you suspect something is mechanically wrong, contact a professional to help you diagnose the problem. We offer A/C service and repair to help you avoid costly repairs and unexpected system failure.
 
Service Legends cares about your comfort. We’re the world-class provider of residential home services such as: Heating, Air Conditioning, Geothermal, and Indoor Air Quality. Our goal is always comfort, reliability and peace of mind in your home. Give us a call today to find out more and to schedule your spring tune-up! Visit Service Legends at http://servicelegends.net/. 
Air conditioners seem to fail at the worst times. Usually, the reasons for failure are relatively easy to repair or can be prevented with regular maintenance. 

We’ve compiled a list of 3 of the most common A/C problems people experience and what you can do about them.

A/C Unit Won’t Turn On
Sometimes mysteriously, an air conditioning unit won’t come on, but the fan inside the home seems to be working OK. There can be several reasons for this. The first thing to check is your thermostat to make sure it is working properly. A broken thermostat can easily disable an entire A/C system.

If you are able to rule out the thermostat as the problem, check your home’s circuit breaker and the circuit breaker outside near the unit. If you suspect it may be the breaker, it doesn’t hurt to try to figure out what might have caused it to trip before you attempt to reset it. If you flip the breaker and it does trip again, don’t repeat the process. Call a professional to diagnose and repair the problem.

If you have excessive vegetation growing around your unit, it could also be a reason your air conditioner has quit. Grass, leaves and debris can be easily sucked into the vents of your unit and cause damage to the capacitor. If you suspect this might have happened, you will need to call for service.

Air Conditioning Unit Sounds 
Most air conditioners make some noise when they are running, and this is normal. If you are hearing vibration or loud rattling noises, something could be wrong. Your ac unit could have been installed incorrectly and should be checked by a professional.

Sometimes people report squealing sounds when their air conditioner is running. This may actually be coming from your air handler, the part of the ac system that regulates and directs air through the ductwork. Most air handlers have direct-drive motors, but older units may be belt-driven. The squealing noise sometimes occurs when the belt connecting the blower to the motor slips. If you suspect this is the case, shut your ac unit off and call a professional – proper diagnosis and repairs are likely needed.

A/C Runs, But Doesn’t Cool Your Home
If air is flowing through your vents, but it is not coming out cold, you might have a stalled condenser coil – the part of the air conditioning unit that produces cold air. The condenser fan will run even if the condenser isn’t working properly. Condenser failure can be caused by a blown fuse or tripped circuit breaker. Sometimes, it isn’t the condenser at all and a lack of cool air can be due to low refrigerant. In either case it is best to contact a professional to help you diagnose the problem.

If the lack of cool air you are noticing has been gradual or appears to be fairly minimal, your air conditioner may not be to blame. You could have leaks in your ductwork that are allowing conditioned air to escape. If your ducts are older, or tightly constructed you might be a good idea to have your air ducts inspected and sealed.

Anytime your air conditioner fails or you suspect something is mechanically wrong, contact a professional to help you diagnose the problem. We offer A/C service and repair to help you avoid costly repairs and unexpected system failure.
 
Service Legends cares about your comfort. We’re the world-class provider of residential home services such as: Heating, Air Conditioning, Geothermal, and Indoor Air Quality. Our goal is always comfort, reliability and peace of mind in your home. Give us a call today to find out more and to schedule your spring tune-up! Visit Service Legends at http://servicelegends.net/
Here are 5 summer electrical safety tips to help prepare you for the warm weather ahead!
Service Legends cares about your comfort. We’re the world-class provider of residential home services such as: Heating, Air Conditioning, Geothermal, and Indoor Air Quality. Our goal is always comfort, reliability and peace of mind in your home. Give us a call today to find out more and to schedule your spring tune-up! Visit Service Legends at http://servicelegends.net/. 

Here are 5 summer electrical safety tips to help prepare you for the warm weather ahead!

Service Legends cares about your comfort. We’re the world-class provider of residential home services such as: Heating, Air Conditioning, Geothermal, and Indoor Air Quality. Our goal is always comfort, reliability and peace of mind in your home. Give us a call today to find out more and to schedule your spring tune-up! Visit Service Legends at http://servicelegends.net/

Electrical Safety Tips For Kids

School is almost out for summer! The National Safe Kids Campaign estimates that every year, one in four kids ages 14 and younger will sustain an injury that requires medical attention. Forty percent of all injury-related ER visits and 42 percent of all injury deaths happen between May and August. We can keep kids free from about 90 percent of these accidents by educating ourselves and our kids on how to stay safe while still enjoying summer vacation. Make sure your child’s summer stays accident-free by teaching them important electrical safety tips. 

  • Teach toddlers and preschoolers to stay away from electrical outlets altogether. Put outlet caps on every socket in the house that your child can reach. For older kids, emphasize the importance of never touching the outlets with their fingers or objects.
  • Show them the correct way to safely plug an electrical cord into an outlet and also how to unplug it. For extension cords, teach them not to plug too many items into one extension cord, as it can cause electrical overheating, which could lead to a fire.
  • Teach kids about being safe with their electronics, such as music players, cell phones and household appliances. The most important thing is to emphasize that electrical items and water do not mix!
  • Tell the kids they should never attempt to use anything electrical while in the shower, taking a bath or standing in water. Make sure that their hands are dry before reaching for the blow dryer. Young children should always ask an adult to use electrical equipment in the household, such as kitchen appliances. Do not allow the kids to use their computers near any beverages, as a spill could cause computer damage and there is a risk of being electrocuted.
  • Teaching your kids about outdoor electrical safety is important because of all the outdoor electrical equipment found in many neighborhoods. Take a walk around the neighborhood and point out dangerous electrical items nearby, such as power lines.
  • Teach your kids to avoid playing under or near them as much as possible, advising them against climbing trees that touch power lines. Point out any transformers that might be in your neighborhood. While these square-shaped machines appeal to kids as something to climb and play on, let your kids know that they can be extremely dangerous, and to never go near them. If you live near a sub station, show your kids the electrical warning signs on the fence surrounding it and make it clear that going near it is off-limits.
  • Teach your kids what to do in case of an electrical emergency. If the power goes out in your home, tell your kids to stay where they are until you come and get them to prevent accidents. Most rooms in your home should be equipped with a battery-operated flashlight, as well.
  • If your child encounters a fallen power line while playing outside, he should get far away from it and tell an adult right away.
  • Teach the kids to get out of the pool immediately if they see lightning, as lighting is attracted to water and they could get electrocuted. If they ever get stuck outside in a lighting storm, tell them to get away from trees and metal playground equipment, and show them how to squat as low to the ground as possible, with only their shoes touching the ground.
  • Most importantly, if they see anyone hurt from electricity, tell them to avoid touching the person and to run for help immediately.
  • For young children, you may want to consider coming up with songs that teach the rules on electrical safety to help them remember. Use a familiar, kid-friendly tune that they already know to make it easier for them to learn. Constantly remind the kids of specific rules on electricity when you come across things like fallen power lines or several power cords plugged into an extension cord. 
Service Legends cares about your comfort. We’re the world-class provider of residential home services such as: Heating, Air Conditioning, Geothermal, and Indoor Air Quality. Our goal is always comfort, reliability and peace of mind in your home. Give us a call today to find out more and to schedule your spring tune-up! Visit Service Legends at http://servicelegends.net/
Electrical safety isn’t only relevant to inside of your home. There are plenty of electrical hazards outside to watch for and avoid. Follow these tips to ensure you and your family’s summer days and nights are fun-filled and safe!
Assume all wires are power lines and never touch one. If you spot a downed power line, keep everyone out of the area and immediately call 911.
Pay attention to the location of all overhead power lines. Make sure to check for power lines in or near trees before pruning branches. Don’t use pruning tools or ladders near power lines. Use the 10-foot rule. Always keep yourself and anything you’re handling at least 10 feet away from overhead power lines. Never try to remove a branch that is tangled or lying across a power line. 
Call before you dig when putting in fence posts, planting trees, installing sprinkler systems or excavating for new construction. Contacting underground power lines can be dangerous. Call 811 at least 48 hours before you dig to have lines marked for free.
Landscape carefully around electrical equipment. 
Take care when climbing trees. Always look for power lines before climbing. 
Please don’t attach flyers, signs, or any other items to utility poles. They create a hazard for workers, reduce the life of the pole and are a violation of state law.
Use lighting and power tools that have the label of an independent test laboratory and made for outdoor use.
Keep electric tools away from children.
Check lighting and extension cords for damage before using. Replace any damaged cords right away. 
Head inside a car or building when you see lightning. Avoid wide open spaces and tall trees since lightning is attracted to the tallest object in a given area. Get out of the water if swimming outside when it’s lightning.
Service Legends cares about your comfort. We’re the world-class provider of residential home services such as: Heating, Air Conditioning, Geothermal, and Indoor Air Quality. Our goal is always comfort, reliability and peace of mind in your home. Give us a call today to find out more and to schedule your spring tune-up! Visit Service Legends at http://servicelegends.net/.

Electrical safety isn’t only relevant to inside of your home. There are plenty of electrical hazards outside to watch for and avoid. Follow these tips to ensure you and your family’s summer days and nights are fun-filled and safe!

  • Assume all wires are power lines and never touch one. If you spot a downed power line, keep everyone out of the area and immediately call 911.
  • Pay attention to the location of all overhead power lines. Make sure to check for power lines in or near trees before pruning branches. Don’t use pruning tools or ladders near power lines. Use the 10-foot rule. Always keep yourself and anything you’re handling at least 10 feet away from overhead power lines. Never try to remove a branch that is tangled or lying across a power line. 
  • Call before you dig when putting in fence posts, planting trees, installing sprinkler systems or excavating for new construction. Contacting underground power lines can be dangerous. Call 811 at least 48 hours before you dig to have lines marked for free.
  • Landscape carefully around electrical equipment. 
  • Take care when climbing trees. Always look for power lines before climbing. 
  • Please don’t attach flyers, signs, or any other items to utility poles. They create a hazard for workers, reduce the life of the pole and are a violation of state law.
  • Use lighting and power tools that have the label of an independent test laboratory and made for outdoor use.
  • Keep electric tools away from children.
  • Check lighting and extension cords for damage before using. Replace any damaged cords right away. 
  • Head inside a car or building when you see lightning. Avoid wide open spaces and tall trees since lightning is attracted to the tallest object in a given area. Get out of the water if swimming outside when it’s lightning.
Service Legends cares about your comfort. We’re the world-class provider of residential home services such as: Heating, Air Conditioning, Geothermal, and Indoor Air Quality. Our goal is always comfort, reliability and peace of mind in your home. Give us a call today to find out more and to schedule your spring tune-up! Visit Service Legends at http://servicelegends.net/.
May is National Electric Safety Month! Throughout the month we’ll be raising awareness of potential home electrical hazards and sharing about the importance of electrical safety.
 
To kick things off, here are 10 home electrical safety tips you really need to know!
 

1. Check electric cords  for damage and have damaged cords repaired right away. Worn cords can easily cause shock, short circuit or fire.
2. Pull the plastic housing of the electric plug to take it out of the wall socket; never pull on the cord.
3. Don’t overload electric outlets with too many items plugged in at once.
4. Water and electricity don’t mix! NEVER EVER use electric appliances such as radios or hair dryers near a bathtub or sink full of water. 
5. Teach your children to never stick their fingers, toys or anything except electric plugs into electric outlets.
6. Unplug any appliance that emits sparks or that doesn’t work properly.
7. Unplug an appliance before cleaning or repairing it.
8. Always unplug the toaster or other appliance when removing a piece of stuck food.
9. Remember that a turned-off appliance is still connected to electricity until it’s unplugged.
10. Limit use of extension cords. Make sure the cord is the appropriate size for use. Some appliances or equipment require heavy-duty cords.
Service Legends cares about your comfort. We’re the world-class provider of residential home services such as: Heating, Air Conditioning, Geothermal, and Indoor Air Quality. Our goal is always comfort, reliability and peace of mind in your home. Give us a call today to find out more and to schedule your spring tune-up! Visit Service Legends at http://servicelegends.net/. 
May is National Electric Safety Month! Throughout the month we’ll be raising awareness of potential home electrical hazards and sharing about the importance of electrical safety.
 
To kick things off, here are 10 home electrical safety tips you really need to know!
 

1. Check electric cords  for damage and have damaged cords repaired right away. Worn cords can easily cause shock, short circuit or fire.

2. Pull the plastic housing of the electric plug to take it out of the wall socket; never pull on the cord.

3. Don’t overload electric outlets with too many items plugged in at once.

4. Water and electricity don’t mix! NEVER EVER use electric appliances such as radios or hair dryers near a bathtub or sink full of water. 

5. Teach your children to never stick their fingers, toys or anything except electric plugs into electric outlets.

6. Unplug any appliance that emits sparks or that doesn’t work properly.

7. Unplug an appliance before cleaning or repairing it.

8. Always unplug the toaster or other appliance when removing a piece of stuck food.

9. Remember that a turned-off appliance is still connected to electricity until it’s unplugged.

10. Limit use of extension cords. Make sure the cord is the appropriate size for use. Some appliances or equipment require heavy-duty cords.

Service Legends cares about your comfort. We’re the world-class provider of residential home services such as: Heating, Air Conditioning, Geothermal, and Indoor Air Quality. Our goal is always comfort, reliability and peace of mind in your home. Give us a call today to find out more and to schedule your spring tune-up! Visit Service Legends at http://servicelegends.net/

5 Ways to Prep Your A/C System for Summer

Spring is the best time to make sure that your A/C system is ready for warmer weather. Taking a few steps to prepare now ensures that your cooling system will keep you comfortable when temperatures rise. Preparing now can save you a significant amount of money over the length of the cooling season as well. 

1. Check Your Air Filters

The air filter in your air conditioner helps protect you from breathing in allergens and protects the equipment from the accumulation of dust and debris. According to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), HVAC system air filters should be checked every month for cleanliness during the summer and replaced as needed. The EPA recommends replacing the filter at a minimum of every three months.

2. Schedule an Air Conditioner Tune Up

Preventative maintenance is the most economical way to make certain that your air conditioning system operates at peak performance when you most need it. A well-maintained cooling system lasts longer and needs fewer repairs than a neglected one.

3. Seal and Insulate Air Ducts

Leaks in your air conditioning system’s ductwork can impede the system’s efficiency by as much as 25 percent. Should your seasonal tune up reveal leaks in the network of air ducts that runs through your home, sealing and insulating the ductwork is an affordable solution. The air distribution system will deliver better performance and lower your energy costs as well.

4. Install a Programmable Thermostat

When temperatures skyrocket, it can be tempting to leave your cooling system running while you’re away from home so that you don’t return to a hot and humid house. A programmable thermostat offers a more affordable option, allowing you to program your air conditioner to adjust temperatures according to your schedule. Some even let you interface with the device remotely from your computer or mobile device.

5. Consider Replacement

If your air conditioning system is more than ten years old, needs an expensive repair or simply isn’t delivering the level of comfort that you want, replacement can be a viable solution. Modern systems are up to 50 percent more efficient than outdated systems and they offer better performance. The experts at Service Legends can help you determine which system is best for your family’s needs. 

Service Legends cares about your comfort. We’re the world-class provider of residential home services such as: Heating, Air Conditioning, Geothermal, and Indoor Air Quality. Our goal is always comfort, reliability and peace of mind in your home. Give us a call today to find out more and to schedule your spring tune-up! Visit Service Legends at http://servicelegends.net/