We’re all looking for ways to increase the energy efficiency of our homes and small businesses in order to save ourselves some money in our back pockets. As many of us may already know, a calculator has always been a trusty gadget at hand; we’ve used calculators since elementary school up until good old taxes season. But what is an energy savings calculator exactly? How is it different than your trusted hand held calculator?
Well, for starters, an energy savings calculator estimates how much money you can save by using your thermostat’s energy efficient features. Heating and cooling can account for about half of a home’s total utility bill… did you know this? Given that, it’s certainly something you’ll want to keep your eye on as it can add up. By upgrading to a high-efficiency system, you can cut your energy costs while keeping your family comfortable all year long.
Reducing energy use in your home is important because it saves you money, increases energy security, and reduces the pollution that is emitted from non-renewable sources of energy. Here’s a quick tip:
To improve the performance of your AC unit, make sure to clear any debris, leaves or obstructions around your unit, so that you get better and more efficient air flow.
The efficiency of air conditioners is measured by their SEER ratings: the higher the SEER rating, the better the energy performance, and the more your save! We encourage you to check out our energy savings calculator to see how you can increase your efficiency to increase your savings.
If you have any questions about a high efficiency air conditioner, or if you’d like a cooling system serviced or installed in your home, contact us at Clay’s Climate Control today!
Humidity in your home can cause a great amount of discomfort during the scorching heat in the summer months. Even worse, humidity in your home can also cause serious health hazards because of the excessive moisture in the air.
Moisture allows mold and rot to grow and flourish, which poses significant health risks when you’re breathing in that air. Your air conditioning will work persistently to reduce your humidity to a more comfortable level, but there’s an additional step you can take to reduce the amount of humidity in the air: get a dehumidifier.
A dehumidifier removes the moisture from the air inside your home, eliminating the risk for mold to grow and increases indoor air quality. By dehumidifying the air, you make the conditions of your home feel cooler. Therefore, you can increase the temperature of your AC and save money.
Here are some additional benefits of installing a dehumidifier in your home:
- It will reduce odor, musty and rusty smells caused by mold and mildew.
- It helps you to breathe in clean air easier by eliminating the irritation of the respiratory system and skin.
- High humidity in a home makes your air conditioner work harder because it has the double function of cooling and removing moisture. This will increase your energy bill because the harder your air conditioner works the more energy it consumes.
If you’re ready to eliminate high indoor humidity and improve indoor comfort, give us a call today to schedule a consultation!
An air conditioner freeze up can be frustrating, but it is not an uncommon problem. Your air conditioner can freeze up for a variety of reasons that we will discuss within this blog post. This is a problem that can turn a beautiful summer day into a scorching hot one in minutes so it’s important that you know what exactly can be the cause of it. Here are some common causes for your air conditioner to freeze up:
Blocked air flow
If your air filters are really dirty, then air flow is restricted throughout your house as a result. When air flow is restricted throughout your house, there’s no air moving through your AC system to keep the condensate from freezing.
If your AC unit is leaking coolant, it’s best to get it fixed immediately or invest in a new unit. This depends on the age of your current system, which a professional HVAC technician can assess. A leak causes a drop in pressure, allowing the coolant to expand too much and become too cold.
Air conditioners are designed to function in a very specific temperature range. When summer nights are colder than the optimum temperature threshold in your AC unit, the pressures inside of your system will drop. This can cause a freeze up of your air conditioner.
At Clay’s Climate Control, we fix all types of HVAC problems for businesses and residents, including AC freeze-ups. We know that the summers in southern New Jersey can be quite warm and will respond quickly for any HVAC repair – contact us today!
When it’s hot outside, the last thing you want to deal with is having your air conditioner repaired or replaced. This can make it miserable to live in your home during the warmer months and can actually be dangerous in some situations. In order to avoid this situation, it is best to watch for the early signs of needing your air conditioner repaired.
Like most things in your home, an air conditioner will probably require a couple of repairs here and there. When minor repairs are not addressed, it can lead to bigger, more expensive repairs. If you are wondering how to know when your air conditioner is broken and needs a repair or a replacement, check out these telling signs:
- You are hearing odd sounds. When your AC unit isn’t making the typical humming noise it usually makes, and instead you hear things like clanging or grating noises, it’s a good sign that your unit needs to be looked at. Hearing these noises often means that a part inside of the unit has become loose or is breaking down. It’s best to call a repair professional right away to catch this problem before other things in your unit begin to break.
- Your house isn’t feeling as cool as you think it should. This is one of the most obvious signs that something is wrong with your AC unit. When you can tell that the unit isn’t blowing air out powerfully enough or the air doesn’t feel very cool, something is not operating as it should. To fix this problem easily and enjoy colder temperatures again, have a repair professional inspect the AC unit and ensure that what needs to be repaired or replaced has gotten the attention that it deserves.
- Increased humidity in your home. One job of your air conditioner is to reduce the amount of humidity in your house. If your house is more humid than usual, even with the air conditioning on, the unit may need repair.
- The thermostat does not work properly. You might notice that your air conditioner runs for a short time before turning off—or it doesn’t turn on at all. Your thermostat might be malfunctioning. You should have a technician check this as well.
If you’re experiencing any of these issues, your AC may be broken. Call Clay’s Climate Control today to make an appointment for an AC repair!
Spring is here again, and that means that many people throughout the Southern New Jersey area will be cranking up those air conditioners soon! You want to ensure that your system is up and running all season long with no surprise breakdowns, while operating at its highest efficiency. Before we reach higher temperatures, it’s important to ensure that your HVAC system will be able to properly serve you and your home throughout the warmer seasons ahead. Here are some tips to take into consideration when you’re giving your HVAC system a well needed cleaning and getting it prepared for the spring and summer months ahead:
- Clean clutter around your home. If there’s too much clutter around your house, dust can accumulate which can aggravate allergies and lower indoor air quality. Having more things lying around your house means having more places for unwanted dust and debris to collect.
- Stay cool and stay green. You can install a programmable thermostat in your home to save money on energy costs. This is one of the most cost effective ways you can save money on your air conditioning this season. Programmable thermostats automatically adjust the temperature in your home to your presets, increasing your home’s efficiency and saving you money!
- Check your refrigerant levels. If you have a central air conditioner, there is typically a visible gauge that can quickly let you know the refrigerant levels in your system. You want to make sure that your system always has the proper amount in it because too much or too little refrigerant will cut into your system efficiency, increase energy costs, and overall shorten its lifespan.
Regular HVAC maintenance is an important part of caring for your air conditioning system and keeping it running efficiently! If you have any questions about your HVAC system, give us a call at (609) 653-2295 or click here to visit our website.
Spring is finally here, which means the weather is starting to get warmer! While that doesn’t mean it’s time to crank up your air conditioning full blast just yet, it does mean that you should take some time to make sure your unit is in good working condition and is prepared for the warmer weather ahead. A properly maintained HVAC system is one that’s going to last for a long time, so make sure you’re prepping your unit for the upcoming seasons.
Spring is the time of year when you don’t necessarily need to use your air conditioning or heating, which makes it the perfect time to do a little maintenance to make sure it’s running properly. Here at Clay’s Climate Control, one of our professional HVAC technicians will inspect and clean the wiring of your unit and much more. We’ve outlined a full spring HVAC checklist for homeowners in our area of New Jersey:
- Check the functionality of all HVAC units. Test out all of your HVAC system’s units by turning them on to make sure they’re working properly. If your system isn’t cooling your home to the temperature you set, then this could be an issue with your thermostat or your HVAC system in general. If you need help, you can always give us a call!
- Remove any debris surrounding the unit. Your HVAC technician will inspect your outdoor unit, removing any debris such as pollen, twigs, and leaves. Too much debris surrounding the unit could prevent your system from operating properly, so it’s important to keep it clean for maximum efficiency. One of our technicians will also confirm that the outdoor unit starts, runs and shuts off correctly.
- Replace your air filters. When your air filters are dirty, it slows down the process of cooling your home and can also negatively affect your home’s indoor air quality. You should typically change your air filters once a month if they look dirty or brown.
- Make an appointment with Clay’s Climate Control! We will work to tighten your electrical wiring, replace your filters, and check safety controls. We will also check your refrigerant levels to make sure that your HVAC system can properly cool your home.
We are proud to serve the local residents of New Jersey as the trusted experts in all things HVAC! Contact us today to learn more about our services, or to schedule a spring HVAC maintenance checkup.
People spend most of their lives inside of their homes, so clean indoor air is extremely important for everyday health. Purifying the air in your home requires a dynamic, multi-faceted approach that is unique to each household. Here at Clay’s Climate Control, we offer air purifier installations. Air purifier systems filter the air in your home removing all airborne particles like pollens, dust and cleaning supplies. This investment will greatly improve your indoor air quality and will keep you from constantly rubbing your eyes.
There are a few different ways that the air in your home can be making you sick. By addressing these three signs, you can ensure a healthy living space where you’ll love spending your time.
- Check your heating and cooling systems – Your HVAC system is probably the biggest culprit of spreading pollutants in your home. When your air conditioning cools your home, it leaves traces of water in the ducts that become the perfect breeding ground for mold and other bacteria. This can be the cause of respiratory issues such as asthma, allergies, and coughing. Although this doesn’t happen to everyone, some members of your family may become symptomatic. In order to avoid this happening, you should have your ducts professionally cleaned at least every couple of years.
- High humidity – A house with high humidity levels can attract mold and let it spread easily. Levels of high humidity can also affect the drywall in your home and create an environment where mold spreads behind the walls. Certain species of mold can cause serious health issues, so you want to be sure to lower the humidity in your home. You can do this by running vents when showering and cooking, or purchase a dehumidifier to extract some of the moisture out of the air. Low humidity can also cause problems such as bacteria, viruses, respiratory infections, allergies and ozone production as well. We offer humidifiers to help with that.
- Tightly sealed homes – The air in our home needs to be ventilated so that the toxins inside our homes are filtered out by fresh outdoor air. The air we exhale and the gas our appliances give off can potentially cause a huge health problem for you and your family. By simply opening a window or a door, you can get some natural ventilation and remove the toxins in the air from your home.
If you want cleaner, healthier indoor air, Clay’s Climate Control services installs the latest air filtration systems, purification systems, and dehumidifiers. Give us a call today and start breathing easier!
When it comes time to update your heating and cooling system, the amount of options on the market can make it difficult to know what choice is best for your home. More and more, customers are leaning towards ductless heating and cooling systems and reaping the many benefits over time. If your heating and cooling system is in need of a replacement in 2018, consider a ductless system installation in your home. We’re sharing with you a few of the reasons why we love ductless systems.
- Energy efficient: The small size of ductless systems allow for greater energy efficiency inside your home. An energy efficient system operates more effectively and keeps your home at a comfortable temperature without exerting any extra effort, meaning that it will stay in better shape over time. A ductless system is also better for the environment than many other systems out there.
- Money savings: Since your ductless system will be far more energy efficient than many other options on the market, you’ll notice a decrease in your energy bills following installation. Because your system won’t have to work as hard to heat and cool your home, you’ll be saving in energy costs and repair and maintenance costs over time.
- Easy to install: While a traditional heating and cooling system can take weeks to install in a home and will require contractors to have access to the entirety of your house, a ductless system is comparatively very easy to install. Your new system can typically be up and running in as soon as one day, which also means that keeping up with maintenance will be a breeze moving forward!
- Improves indoor air quality: Traditional systems require duct cleaning on a regular basis. Since many homeowners are unable to keep up with a cleaning schedule, ducts easily become cluttered with dirt, debris, and allergens, which can negatively affect the indoor air quality of your home. Ductless systems, alternatively, offer multi-stage filtration that can help to reduce common allergens and keep your home a healthy and happy environment.
For more information on ductless systems, visit our website.
Nothing beats returning to your warm home on a cold, winter day. A comfortable home all begins with an efficient and effective heating system, but not all heating systems are created the same. There are many variations to your common heating system, one of the biggest differences being size. The size of your heating system can determine how well it works to heat your home at a reasonable cost. Continue reading for more information on how to select the right size heating system for you and your home.
Having the appropriate sized heating system for your home is important for a variety of reasons. When it comes to size, people are inclined to think that bigger is better, but this is not always the case. A larger heating system can lead to your home being heated too quickly, constantly using energy, as well as inappropriate humidity levels in your home which can contribute to your home feeling dry during the winter months. All of this will lead to discomfort, higher energy bills, and more repairs and fast replacement down the line.
The right sized heating system for your home will heat it at a steady rate, keeping your home comfortable without costing you a fortune in energy bills. It will adequately account for the size of your home and your lifestyle.
When choosing a system that is right for your home, it’s important to consider your home’s heating and cooling “load.” There are many things that factor into your load, including square footage of your home, construction, orientation towards the sun, number, size, and placement of doors and windows. With these calculations in mind, you still need to consider your family’s personal heating and cooling needs. For example, are occupants home throughout the day or primarily in the mornings and evenings? Are there pets that will require the home to remain at a fairly moderate temperature?
Needless to say, figuring out the right size unit for your home can be a complicated process. That is why if you’re purchasing a new system or replacing an existing one it is important to consult a professional to determine the best system for you and your home.
If you are in need a new heating system or have questions on choosing the right system for your home, please visit our website.
Hot water is an essential component of comfortable living in your home, especially during the cold winter months. This is why it is so important to have a reliable and effective hot water heater at your disposal. You know you have a hot water heater in your home, but unless you’ve run into issues it’s unlikely you’ve put much thought into replacing it. Replacing your hot water heater is inevitable, however, and when the time comes it’s a good idea to consider a tankless water heater. Here are just a few of the benefits of going tankless.
- Energy efficient: Tankless water heaters work by heating water on an as needed basis, which means that it isn’t constantly working to keep sitting water warm. As a result of this, tankless heaters use 30 to 50% less energy than units with tanks. These kinds of energy savings ensure that you’ll see roughly $100 off your water bill each year.
- Space saving: Unlike a traditional bulky water heater that takes up space in a closet or basement, a tankless heater is compact and is usually mounted on a wall. This is key for those living in a smaller space, looking to maximize their square footage. A mounted heater frees up floor space for additional storage.
- Cleaner water: Because water isn’t sitting in a tank waiting to be used, the warm water used in your home is actually cleaner and safer. With a tankless water heater, you avoid using water that has had the opportunity to accumulate rust and scale.
- Longer life expectancy: Tankless water heaters, when properly maintained, can easily last up to 20 years. This is 5 to 10 years longer than you can expect to have a more traditional water heater. While it may be more expensive to install a tankless heater initially, you will see your return on investment over time.
- Never run out of hot water: Nothing is worse than getting into a shower to find the water running cold within a few seconds. With a tankless water heater, you’ll never have to worry about running out of hot water. This is ideal for families with multiple bathrooms, those with hot tubs or whirlpools, and is truly one of the biggest benefits of having a tankless water heater.
For more information on tankless hot water heaters or to schedule your water heater replacement, please give us a call at Clay’s Climate Control. Feel free to click here to visit our website.