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5 Helpful Tips for Your Window Air Conditioning Unit

A window air conditioning unit is a good choice for keeping part of your home comfortable during the hot Massachusetts summer. However, like other kinds of mechanical equipment, it needs routine maintenance and care to perform efficiently. What window air conditioning unit tips can you use to keep your system running smoothly?

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Tips to Keep Things Smooth and Cool

Try these tips to keep your window air conditioning unit performing in top condition:

  • Isolate the area being cooled by the window unit. Window units are not made to cool an entire home. It is usually meant to cool only one or two rooms. For efficient operations, it is good practice to isolate those spaces from the rest of the house. Closing doors and sealing window leaks will usually do the trick.
  • Make sure your window unit is properly sized. Don’t make the mistake of trying to use an undersized unit to cool too large a space. The unit will never shut off, driving your energy consumption through the roof. Plus, the space will never reach a comfortable temperature. The right-sized unit will do the job efficiently.
  • Do not run heat-generating equipment when the A/C is running. If you run a stove, dryer, or other heat-generating appliance, the A/C is going to have to fight that heat to keep the space cool. Avoid using them when the A/C is on. Otherwise, you may find your electric bill going sky high.
  • Use window treatments to keep windows shaded. If any of the windows in the space you are trying to cool gets direct sunlight, you need to block it to prevent heat gain. Blinds, curtains, or shutters will do the trick.
  • Have routine maintenance performed once a year. This is true for any kind of air conditioning equipment. It will keep the system running efficiently, reduce repair needs, and extend the life of the equipment.

If you follow these window air conditioning unit tips, your space will stay cool without driving your electric bills too high. For more information on air conditioning solutions, contact us here at Rodenhiser Plumbing, Heating & Air Conditioning.

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Why Is Condensation Forming on the Windows of Your Massachusetts Home?

You’ve seen it often, but do you know what causes condensation on home windows and sliding glass doors? Even energy-efficient windows form condensation, but they’re not to blame. When high indoor humidity comes into contact with a cooler surface, such as cool glass, water vapor in the air condenses on the cooler surface. If you want to rid your home of condensation and mold risks, alleviate high indoor humidity by modifying activities and using practical indoor air quality (IAQ) upgrades.
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What Heating System Is Best for Your MA Home — A Furnace, Heat Pump or a Hybrid?

If your home heating system is on its last leg, now’s the time to consider a replacement. How do you choose from a furnace, heat pump or a hybrid system? Here are some basic facts about each one to help you figure out which is best for your home.

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Getting the Best Furnace Filter for the Coming Heating Season

furnace filterThe bitterly cold Massachusetts winters and stifling summers keep home comfort systems humming nonstop all year long. If you’re not replacing the HVAC air filter when it’s dirty, you could be causing the premature failure of your heating and cooling equipment. Clogged air filters restrict airflow and cause the system to overheat and shut down. They also allow dust to build up on interior components. Even a very thin coating of dust will reduce system efficiency. And don’t forget, the air filter is your first defense against poor indoor air quality, removing harmful pollutants and allergens from your air.
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Advantages of Using a Ductless Heat Pump in Your Massachusetts Home

ductless heat pumpHome heating and cooling expenses are always on the rise, especially in eastern Massachusetts, where weather changes vary from frigid cold to blazing heat. Money, comfort and energy efficiency are always priorities with homeowners, so the advantages of a ductless heat pump should be taken into serious consideration. Read More Advantages of Using a Ductless Heat Pump in Your Massachusetts Home >>

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Adding a Zoning System to Your HVAC System

zoning systemsAre you concerned about the efficiency of your HVAC system? Heating and cooling costs make up a substantial amount of your household budget, so it’s understandable that you want to keep these costs under control. Adding a zoning system to your HVAC system can reduce heating and cooling bills while maintaining comfort throughout your home. Read More Adding a Zoning System to Your HVAC System >>

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Troubleshoot Programmable Thermostat Problems With This Checklist

programmable thermostatDespite a well-deserved reputation for reliability, a programmable thermostat problem can disrupt your cooling and heating comfort. Programmable units turn the task of making temperature adjustments over to customized schedules created by the user or built-in pre-programmed settings provided by the manufacturer. Household comfort can be tailored to your daily routine. Heating and cooling changes are executed more gradually than abrupt manual adjustments, maximizing energy efficiency. A faulty unit, on the other hand, can cause energy costs to increase while resulting in a noticeable decline in indoor comfort.  Read More Troubleshoot Programmable Thermostat Problems With This Checklist >>

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Ductless Mini Split Installation Is a Job for Pros, But Here’s What You Can Do to Get Ready

ductless mini split installationWith benefits such as smaller size, higher energy efficiency and greater interior design flexibility compared to traditional ducted A/C systems, it’s no surprise ductless mini split installations are becoming more popular.

However, if ductless installations aren’t handled by a professional, disadvantages of the technology can easily outweigh the benefits:  Read More Ductless Mini Split Installation Is a Job for Pros, But Here’s What You Can Do to Get Ready >>

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Balanced Humidity Is A Year-Round Challenge, Especially During Winter

balanced humidityYour home is probably your biggest investment and the place where you spend the most time. This is why air quality is so important. If you’re not doing everything possible to maintain a balanced humidity within your home, you may be paying too much on your cooling bill. Rodenhiser Plumbing, Heating, Air Conditioning is an A+ BBB accredited business with over 80 years experience dealing with relative humidity. Read More Balanced Humidity Is A Year-Round Challenge, Especially During Winter >>

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Considering Air Conditioning Zone Control? It’ll Solve Uneven Cooling

Considering Air Conditioning Zone Control?  It'll Solve Uneven CoolingRetaining a steady temperature in every part of your house can be a difficult feat with a common HVAC system. Now, with an air conditioning zone control system, regulating the heating and cooling of each individual room in your home is not only possible but easy to do, and it will increase your efficiency, savings, and overall comfort. Read More Considering Air Conditioning Zone Control? It’ll Solve Uneven Cooling >>

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