Beware of the “Get Air Conditioning for Free” deals!

Beware of the “Get Air Conditioning for Free” deals… Sounds obvious but does anyone really think they can get something that expensive for free?

Some contractors out there in the Treasure Valley will stop at nothing to get your business and they will pull unsuspecting people in by offering free air conditioning with the purchase of a new furnace.

This is pretty common for a couple of contractors in town and I have even seen where they also say “OR get a $1500 tax credit”. People need to be very careful with these kinds of contractors, first off no one can control if you can get the Federal Tax Credits or not, it is entirely based upon what you purchase as qualifying equipment, it really is that simple. Secondly no one can provide any air conditioner for free, these are very expensive pieces of equipment and you will pay for it one way or another and more than likely pay much more than it is worth.

These “deals” scare me only because we feel bad for the unsuspecting people that fall for these deals. You can always count on Ameri-Serv to tell you the truth and provide an honest quote for services because we care about our customers and we want to keep our customers for a very long time.

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The time of year when a whole house fan pays you back the most

As the seasons change in the Treasure Valley we all love the fairly consistent cool evenings and mornings with the nice warm days. It’s part of what we all love about Idaho.

The only problem is that the inside of your house does not mimic these temperatures at all, unless you have a vintage home with poor insulation. We all know that our homes will stay pretty much warm unless you run that air conditioner. Which these days cost much more than it ever has.

This is the time of year when having a whole house fan will make all the difference in the world. We have all tried the box fan in the window and it may work pretty good for one room but it just does not compare to a whole house fan.

At bedtime if the outdoor temperature is less than the indoor we shut off the air conditioner and open a few windows with the whole house fan running and it cools down the house in just a few minutes at a fraction of the cost to run the air conditioning system.

In the mornings we almost always run the fan with the windows open for a couple of hours to pre-cool our home and it works great, freshens the air in the house and the best part is that when we do run the fan and shut it off before the outside temperature starts to rise the air conditioning system does not need to run for better than half the day on most days. In comparison on those days when we do not run our fan the air conditioning system begins to cycle as early as nine in the morning.

While the whole house fan does have it’s limitations, such as it not being a good idea to run it when the humidity is high, it has many other advantages as well. We have all burned toast or worse yet the dreaded popcorn in the microwave… Well, nothing works better at getting that out of your house fast than the whole house fan. One last advantage is that they also pre-cool your attic space as well which just adds to the energy savings you will gain.

The best part is that whole house fans are relatively inexpensive, they are usually very simple fans that are installed in the ceiling so that they blow their air into the attic space of your home pulling the cool air from outside to cool down your house and your attic at the same time. They are sized to move a whole bunch of air all at once and can come with either two or three speeds or there are even variable speed models.

So if you are looking for ways to save money on your utility bill or maybe you just want to reduce your carbon footprint, this is a great way of getting several benefits from one simple measure.

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It’s Getting Hot Out There: Homeowners, you should check on your air conditioning system

The last few weeks in the Treasure Valley temperatures have been consistently in the 90s and that means that all of our air conditioners are working their hardest. The last thing anyone wants right now is for their air conditioner to break down and stop cooling our homes when the temperatures are hot.

The best insurance against a broken air conditioning system is regular maintenance and while many of the parts in your air conditioning system are technical there are some things that a homeowner can do to make sure that they stay cool all summer long.

1. Make sure to clear the area around the condenser, the condenser is the outdoor unit and it circulates air through itself by pulling air through the coil and blowing out the top. Bushes and any other obstructions must be kept clear of the condenser so that the air can flow properly.

2. The coil in the condenser also must be kept clean, occasionally rinse the coil with the garden hose to clean any dirt and debris off and your air conditioner will run cooler and save you energy.

3. Change your air filters regularly, a clean air filter is even more important in the cooling season than in the heating season. A dirty filter can restrict air flow possibly allowing the indoor evaporator coil to freeze. A frozen indoor evaporator coil will stop air flow and can easily lead to damage of your cooling equipment which can result in expensive repairs.

4. Keep your condensate drains clear, as moisture condenses on the cold indoor evaporator coil it is collected in a pan under the coil and flows out a drain that typically is made of white PVC piping. It’s important to make sure this drain flows freely to prevent water damage and possible build up of any mold growth.

5. Periodically check to be sure that the condenser fan runs when the air conditioning is running, this fan acts just like your car’s radiator fan and if it stops working the air conditioning system overheats and this causes damage that can lead to expensive repairs.

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It’s Getting Hot Out There: Homeowners, you should check on your air conditioning system

The last few weeks in the Treasure Valley temperatures have been consistently in the 90s and that means that all of our air conditioners are working their hardest. The last thing anyone wants right now is for their air conditioner to break down and stop cooling our homes when the temperatures are hot.

The best insurance against a broken air conditioning system is regular maintenance and while many of the parts in your air conditioning system are technical there are some things that a homeowner can do to make sure that they stay cool all summer long.

1. Make sure to clear the area around the condenser, the condenser is the outdoor unit and it circulates air through itself by pulling air through the coil and blowing out the top. Bushes and any other obstructions must be kept clear of the condenser so that the air can flow properly.

2. The coil in the condenser also must be kept clean, occasionally rinse the coil with the garden hose to clean any dirt and debris off and your air conditioner will run cooler and save you energy.

3. Change your air filters regularly, a clean air filter is even more important in the cooling season than in the heating season. A dirty filter can restrict air flow possibly allowing the indoor evaporator coil to freeze. A frozen indoor evaporator coil will stop air flow and can easily lead to damage of your cooling equipment which can result in expensive repairs.

4. Keep your condensate drains clear, as moisture condenses on the cold indoor evaporator coil it is collected in a pan under the coil and flows out a drain that typically is made of white PVC piping. It’s important to make sure this drain flows freely to prevent water damage and possible build up of any mold growth.

5. Periodically check to be sure that the condenser fan runs when the air conditioning is running, this fan acts just like your car’s radiator fan and if it stops working the air conditioning system overheats and this causes damage that can lead to expensive repairs.

Call Ameri-Serv for a complete maintenance inspection today.
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