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3 AC Zoning Tips to Prepare for the Summer Months

5.05.2021
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Saving money and staying comfortable this summer starts with AC zoning at home. HVAC zones are one of the most cost-efficient ways to lower your energy bills. Best of all, you don't have to sacrifice comfort in the process. Follow these tips to prepare your system for the summer months:

  1. Stop Cooling Unused Rooms
  2. Do you use every room of your home each day? The truth is that most families tend to congregate in limited spaces. But if you don't create efficient zones, you may end up wasting energy to cool rooms no one ever uses. Instead, have a trusted HVAC technician rezone your home so that unused spaces are in a different zone entirely. Your wallet will thank you later.

  3. Program Every Thermostat
  4. A separate thermostat controls each HVAC zone, but it's easy to forget to turn off the AC before leaving a room. Luckily, you can program the thermostat to adjust automatically. For example, you might want to turn up the upstairs a few degrees when no one is home. After programming the desired setting, the system will change the temperature without you lifting a finger.

  5. Consider Environmental Factors
  6. When creating zones, it's wise to consider the cooling load of each room. What does this mean? The position of the sun greatly affects the temperature inside your home. Any rooms on the west side of the house, for example, will get hotter at sunset. Other environmental factors include immediate weather changes and the time of day. Creating energy-efficient zones will reduce the load on your heating and air conditioning system.

HVAC zones are a proven way to reduce energy consumption. They will also ensure your family stays cool and comfortable all summer long. Contact H.H. Hovey Heating and Cooling, Inc. to discuss customized AC zoning for your home.

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Split HVAC System vs. Traditional HVAC System: Which Is Best for You?

4.28.2021
 

There’s more than one option when it comes to heating and air conditioning options for your home, and it can be confusing. To help clear things up, let’s take a look at split systems and traditional HVAC. Which is best for you? Here’s what you need to know.

Split Systems and How They Work

There are two main parts to a split system – the outside unit and the inside unit. The one outside works to cool the air before sending it into your home. The inside unit, usually mounted on a wall, blows the cool air to circulate it through the rooms. The benefits include:

  • Energy efficiency
  • Low maintenance and maintenance costs
  • Temperature control for each room
  • No ducts mean installation is easy
  • A good option for mild southern climates

Traditional HVAC and How it Works

A traditional HVAC System uses two units, like the split system, but the big difference is that it requires ducts for airflow. The furnace is usually inside the home, and the air conditioning unit is outside. There are options for packaged units where both are in the same cabinet. The benefits include:

  • Excellent energy efficiency in recent models
  • Central system that controls both units with one or more thermostats
  • They last 12-15 years
  • Whole-house ventilation using ductwork
  • Affordable installation

To determine which type of system is best for your home, don’t guess based on pros and cons, talk to the pros. Contact the team at H.H. Hovey Heating and Cooling for the expert advice you want for the heating and cooling system you need.

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4 Spring Cleaning Tricks for Your HVAC System

4.21.2021
 

If you’re making your spring-cleaning to-do list, don’t forget to put your heating and air conditioning system on it. You don’t need to be an HVAC technician to get the job done. Here are some tricks for cleaning you can do yourself.

1: Change the Air Filter

The air filter protects the equipment as well as your indoor air. It traps dirt and dust and keeps it out of the unit and out of the air. Changing it will keep your system running the way it should, and it will also help keep your house cleaner.

2: Clean the Condensate Drain

Your air conditioner creates condensation as it cools your home. That water goes down the condensate drain, unless it’s clogged. Clearing the drain will help keep the water flowing where it should instead of overflowing and causing a flood.

3: Clean the Evaporator Coil

There is an external coil that helps your air conditioner cool your home. When the coil gets dirty, it can’t do its job. Cleaning the coil will help increase its efficiency and effectiveness.

4: Clear the Way

If you have anything stored within two feet of your heating and cooling equipment, it’s time to clear the decks. Making sure nothing is up against the equipment will help it be more efficient. It will also make it safer.

Spring is the time for cleaning up your house. Don’t neglect your heat and air conditioner when you’re getting ready for summer. Reach out to the H.H. Hovey Heating and Cooling team for more tips and resources for keeping your system clean.

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3 Energy Saving Tips for Your Home HVAC Maintenance

4.14.2021
 

We could all use some energy-saving tips this time of year, especially when it comes to home HVAC maintenance. You’ve come to the right place. Take a look at three easy ways to save money and take care of your heating and cooling system at the same time.

1: Start with the Thermostat

Upgrading your thermostat to a programmable or smart model can help you use less energy, save money on your utility bills, and manage your HVAC system. You can program it to cool your home only when you need it, so you use less energy. And since the thermostat runs the system, you’ll get more consistent temperatures without lots of manual adjustments and on-off cycles of your air conditioner.

2: Don’t Neglect the Filter

The air filter is the gateway to the equipment, protecting it from dirt and dust while also helping to keep your indoor air clean. But it can’t do its job if it’s clogged. Changing the filter every 90 days will help your equipment work more effectively and more efficiently. It won’t have to work as hard to circulate air, and a clean filter can keep the air in your home cleaner.

3: Schedule Routine Maintenance

There are some routine things you can do on your own when it comes to HVAC maintenance, but that doesn’t mean you don’t need a professional. Professional maintenance in the spring before cooling season and in the fall before heating season will ensure everything is running as it should and that it’s doing so using as little energy as possible.

For maintenance that goes beyond what you can DIY, contact H.H. Hovey Heating and Cooling for professional help your system running efficiently year-round.

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