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Helpful Air Conditioning Tips for Spring in Massachusetts

Warmer weather has arrived here in Massachusetts. Summer weather is just around the corner. You need to take advantage of the mild spring weather to get your air conditioning ready for the hot weather ahead. Use these air conditioning tips for spring in Massachusetts.

Tips for Getting Your A/C Ready

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Here are five tips for getting your A/C ready for summer:

  1. Clear trash, debris, and weeds from around your outside condensing unit. It needs clear airflow to work efficiently. Over the autumn and winter, leaf debris can accumulate around its base. As spring starts to blossom, weeds have a tendency to sprout up everywhere. Remove it all.
  2. Wash the exterior condensing unit off with a hose. If there is caked grime, a mild solution of water and dish detergent should remove it. Do not use a pressure washer on the outside unit as the pressurized water can damage the fins and other components.
  3. Change your air filters. This is actually something you should do every month. To cool your house efficiently, the A/C blower needs a steady supply of air. A clogged filter restricts air flow. Plus, it allows dust and debris to get into the A/C equipment and blow throughout your house, lowering your indoor air quality significantly.
  4. Clean your vents and registers. Even with regular air filter changes, some dust is going to make its way into the air ducts. It will often settle on the fins of vents and registers. Spring is the perfect time to clean those fins.
  5. Schedule an annual maintenance visit. Before you turn the A/C on for the season, make sure it is in good shape. An annual service call from a trained A/C technician will do the trick. This will keep the A/C running efficiently, minimize repair needs, and extend the life of the equipment.

These air conditioning tips for spring will keep you comfortable in the coming months of summer. If you need to schedule an annual maintenance visit for your A/C, contact us here at Rodenhiser Plumbing, Heating & Air Conditioning. We serve the Route 495/128 are of Massachusetts.

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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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Testing Carbon Monoxide Detectors Ensures Your Family’s Safety

Because it’s colorless and odorless, poisonous carbon monoxide (CO)  gas can kill without warning. CO detectors are vital to protect the health of your family, but just like any important part of your home’s safety, these detectors can malfunction from time to time, and their batteries can run low. Because of this, testing carbon monoxide detectors is an important step in protecting your Massachusetts home and your family’s safety.

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Allergy-Proof Your Home With These Tips

Do you suffer from a stuffy nose or itchy, watery eyes even when spending time indoors? If you have indoor allergies, take a few steps to allergy-proof your home and help you breathe easier year round.

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Minimize Indoor Air Pollution So You Can Continue to Breathe Easy

Indoor air pollution is a concern in many Massachusetts homes, especially in the middle of winter, when ventilation is minimal and families spend more time indoors. Though the presence of pollutants may seem unavoidable, there are a number of simple ways to minimize indoor air pollution.

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What Are the Benefits of Using a Whole-House Humidifier in a Massachusetts Home?

whole-house humidifierAs the weather becomes colder and your home’s air starts to dry out, consider the benefits of a whole-house humidifier to solve the problems low humidity causes. Overly dry air affects you and your health, along with home electronics and anything made from wood. When air cools off, it can’t hold as much humidity, and as temperatures drop and you turn on the heating system, the relative humidity indoors will fall even further.  Read More What Are the Benefits of Using a Whole-House Humidifier in a Massachusetts Home? >>

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Choosing Insulation for Your Southeastern Massachusetts Home

choosing insulationEvery homeowner should have winter preparation on their fall to-do list, including making sure your house is well-insulated and prepared for the cold. Choosing insulation that fits your need will keep your home warm and energy-efficient this winter.

There are several factors to consider when choosing insulation for your home. The cost of the insulation itself is a factor, as is the cost of installation. Some types need to be installed by an experienced technician, but others can be safely installed as a do-it-yourself project. Each type of insulation also has a different R-value, which is the measure of the resistance to heat transfer. The effect that an insulation’s manufacturing process has on the environment can also be a factor to consider, along with the impact on indoor air quality. Read More Choosing Insulation for Your Southeastern Massachusetts Home >>

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5 Myths That May Be Impacting the Ventilation in the Attic of Your Home

attic ventilationBecause what goes on up there can affect efficiency and comfort in the entire home, sorting out the facts from the myths of attic ventilation is important. While many homeowners consider the attic a separate, uninhabited zone, the attic is as much a part of the whole-house system as the living spaces below. Read More 5 Myths That May Be Impacting the Ventilation in the Attic of Your Home >>

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Why Taking a Whole-House Systems Approach to Energy Efficiency Can Work in Your Home

whole-house energy efficiency/Your house is more than a home; it’s also an energy usage system. Individual components affect the functioning of the entire system. If attic insulation is insufficient or if doors, windows or ductwork isn’t thoroughly sealed, the system is compromised, and your family’s comfort is then less than it could be while your energy expense is more than it should be. Read More Why Taking a Whole-House Systems Approach to Energy Efficiency Can Work in Your Home >>

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The Importance of Maintaining Proper Humidity in Your Massachusetts Home

home humidity Maintaining home humidity during the summer and winter seasons is important for a comfortable environment. A house that’s too dry in the winter can experience separating hardwood floor seams. The dry air may also cause electric shock when a person touches metal objects. A home that’s too humid may support the build up of mold, mildew and other pathogens. Read More The Importance of Maintaining Proper Humidity in Your Massachusetts Home >>

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