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HVAC Vacation Preparation

HVAC vacation

HVAC vacation preparation is important and easy to do!

Oh, what’s that? You don’t do anything to your HVAC before you go away for two weeks? Well, let me tell you why you’re wrong. Horribly, horribly wrong. And probably just a bad person too.

HVAC Vacation Prep is Essential

Everybody loves going on vacation. If they didn’t, we would call it going to work. That doesn’t mean you don’t need to properly prepare your home and your HVAC system before you head to Disney Island or whatever. You definitely need to do that, so make sure you follow these simple HVAC vacation preparation steps.

Adjust the Thermostat

You’re going to be out of town, so you turned your thermostat up right? No? Who are you trying to keep nice and cool while you’re away? I assure you the mice don’t care too much. Click your thermostat up to about 80 degrees or so. Yes, your house will be uncomfortable. No, you won’t be there to worry about. Yes, that will save money while you’re gone.

Change the Filter

One thing you don’t need to do before you leave is turn your air conditioner off. You want to keep it running every now and again to pull the humidity out of your home. Since it’s going to be running, make sure you check the air filter before you head out. It will be impossible to change it while you’re 1000 miles away on a beach drinking from a coconut.

Schedule Maintenance

If you’re the kind of people who leave town all summer, you need to go a little above and beyond in your HVAC vacation prep. Contact your HVAC technician a month or two before you’re going to be out of town. Arrange for them to give your home system a good once over before you leave, because if it breaks down when you’re away, who would know?

Security Precautions

It sounds ridiculous, but stealing air conditioners and heat pumps out of somebody’s backyard is becoming a more common crime. Your exterior condenser probably has a lot of copper in it. Thieves can make a quick buck selling that copper to a salvage yard.

If you’re worried about somebody absconding with your system, take reasonable precautions before you leave. This might be as simple as rigging a motion activated spotlight on your unit or going a little more extreme with something like razor-wire.

Or whatever. I don’t you.

Summer Cooling Tips & Tricks

summer cooling tips

Summer heat is great on the beach. It’s not so great at home, at the office, or when you’re mowing the backyard. Rely on MrCool’s patented (not really) summer cooling tips and tricks to beat the summer heat without breaking your bank account.

Summer Cooling Tips & Tricks

The simplest and most effective way to beat summer heat is with a MrCool air conditioner like the DIY or the Oasis. I mean, obviously. If you are looking for non-mechanical ways to stay cool, we do have some suggestions.

Close the Blinds

Natural illumination is nice. It can also make your rooms a lot hotter in summer. If you want to keep cool without the a/c, close your curtains and draw the blinds. Believe it or not, blocking hot summer sunlight will help you stay comfortable.

Appreciate Your Fans

We appreciate our fans and you should too. No, we’re not talking about that weird guy at the library who always asks for your autograph. That guy is just crazy, and insanity does not reduce temperatures. We’re talking about ceiling fans and box fans. They won’t actually lower the temperature, but the air flow will make your feel a lot more comfortable. Fans, of course, use electricity, but not at the same rate as most conventional HVAC systems.

Stay Hydrated

Your body is quite efficient at cooling itself. Yeah, sweating isn’t exactly as comfortable as cool, crisp conditioned air from a MrCool Advantage, but sweat does work. The key is to stay hydrated. Not only will that help you stay cool, but it’s simply a matter of health and safety. If you get too hot and you’re not properly hydrated, you are at risk of overheating. That’s bad. Keep a glass of water handy, and, y’know, drink the water on occasion. The drinking part is key.

Summer Air Conditioning – Are You Ready?

summer air conditioning

Summer air conditioning season has already arrived for many Americans. If you’re one of those lucky enough to still be enjoying mild weather, don’t worry. You’ll soon be sweating your butt off just like the rest of us.

With that in mind, is your air conditioner ready for high summer temperatures?

Summer Air Conditioning – What You Need to Know!

First, if you don’t have an air conditioner, now is the time to buy one. Don’t wait until you’re miserable. Get one today, and get it installed before you have to suffer. We, of course, recommend the MRCOOL DIY, but, then again, we’re horribly biased.

Let’s suppose thought that you already have an air conditioner. Is your air conditioner ready for summer? Are you confident it’s going to work when you turn it on? If it doesn’t, do you have a plan?

You’ll be a lot less sweaty answering these questions now.

Clean Your Condenser

The air conditioner condenser is the noisy part of the system that sits outside your house. It connects to air ducts and the air handling system. It also is exposed to a lot of wind, rain, and debris like grass clippings, insects, sticks, etc. All that dust and debris can get stuck in the condenser vents. Which is a bad thing. Just like you don’t want gunk clogging up your lungs, you don’t want gunk clogging up your condenser.

Clean out your condenser before your start the unit up this year. You can buy condenser cleaning sprays if you want. However, simply spraying the condenser from the inside out with a water hose, then letting it dry will make a big difference.

Annual Check Up

Are you a heating, ventilating, and air conditioning professional? No? You might want to think about hiring one to come out and give your air conditioner a quick pre-summer maintenance check then. A regular maintenance inspection is a good way to spot small problems that might develop into big problems if left unfixed. Yes, inspections are not free, but they can save you a lot of money down the road.

They can also save you a lot of sweat and tears. If your unit goes out at the height of summer heat, you will probably have to suffer a couple of hot days before a technician can get out to you. A pre-summer checkup goes a long way toward preventing that.

Check Your Filters

Summer air conditioning isn’t just about the outside condenser. You also need to make sure everything is going good on the inside, and by that I mean your air filters. When was the last time you checked them? When was the last time you changed them? If you don’t know that answer to either question, you need to do, at minimum, the first one today. A dirty air filter reduces energy efficiency and makes your whole system work a lot harder than it should. This costs you money while it heightens your risk of catastrophic mechanical failure.

Enjoy Your Summer!

Reliable summer air conditioning is the best way to make it through the hottest season of the year without a lot of sweat and hassle. Follow our simple steps, and you’ll go a long way towards ensuring your comfort until the season starts to turn. Of course, if you need a new air conditioner, you know where to find one.

I’m talking about us; buy a MrCool!

6 Ways to Cut Summer Energy Bills

cut summer energy bills

Summer is great. Paying a high utility bill is not so great. You could save money by turning off the A/C, but who wants to do that? All is not lost. You can cut summer energy bills, save money, and still enjoy great air comfort at the same time.

We’ll even tell you how.

Cut Summer Energy Bills Simply & Easily

All you have to do is keep these 6 easy steps in mind.

1. Keep the Air Filter Clean

A dirty air filter can be major drag on your air conditioner’s operating efficiency. You should check it at least once a month. If it’s dirty, change it out. Your unit will use less energy with a clean filter, so you’ll save money.

2. Buy & Use a Programmable Thermostat

Do you already have a programmable thermostat? Probably. Do you use it. If you’re like most people, you don’t. Did you know using a programmable thermostat properly can shave 20% of your annual energy consumption? It can.

3. Ceiling Fans!

Fans don’t actually change the temperature, but they can make a room feel a lot more comfortable. Which means you can set the thermostat slightly higher than you otherwise might. You don’t sacrifice comfort, but you do trim some fat off your bill.

4. Turn the Air Off on Cool Days

It seems like a no-brainer, but a lot of people leave the A/C running even during mild weather. Stop doing that. Turn off the air conditioner, open some windows, and let nature in. A few A/C-free days can make a real difference.

5. Grill Outside More

Yes, now you have a money-saving reason to grill steaks out on the porch. Why is that? Ovens and stove tops are hot. That heat is inside your house. It doesn’t evaporate magically, the air conditioner has to compensate. The more you grill out, the less your HVAC has to do.

6. Trim Back the Hedges

Air conditioners, not surprisingly, need steady air flow to operate effectively. If you’ve got weeds, vines, and who knows what else growing up and around your exterior condenser, you’re not going to get good efficiency. To make matters worse, dirt and debris inside the condenser from an untended yard can lead to mechanical failure.

You’re Welcome

And that’s it. Follow those six easy steps and you will, I promise you, cut summer energy bills significantly. Best of all, you won’t have to suffer to do it.