Discover Why Your AC is Blowing Hot Air

Discover Why Your AC is Blowing Hot Air

There are few more frustrating situations than coming home on a hot day only to find that your indoors is as warm as the outdoors because your AC is blowing hot air.

You count on comfort indoors, and when that doesn’t happen, it is easy to lose your cool.

Rest easy though. There are a few common and easy to fix issues that are generally behind this problem. Here is what you need to know.

Refrigerant Leak

It’s possible that there is something wrong with your refrigerant line and that the liquid has leaked out.

Sometimes this is hard to spot because the leak happens quickly. If this is the problem, you’ll need to get the line resealed and your fluid topped up.

Blown Breaker

In order to reduce electrical fire, your AC is fitted with a breaker switch.

flipped-switchIn the event of a power surge, it can flip the breaker to the off position.

Check that it is in the on position.

If this problem happens repeatedly, it can be a sign of malfunction with your air conditioner.

You should get it looked at by a professional.

Right Thermostat Settings

Is your thermostat on the correct setting?

Sometimes people forget to switch it over as the seasons change, or perhaps someone in your home has been fooling with it. Turn it to cool, and you should be cool soon enough.

Check the Condenser

Go outside and look at your condenser. Is there anything around it that could be interfering with its operation?

Trim back bushes and hedges. Make sure that you don’t have storage too close to the condenser.

Frozen Air Conditioner

If you are holding your thermostat too low, it is possible for the coils to freeze up on you.frozen

This results in blowing hot air from the motor only.

To fix this, you need to turn your air conditioner off and let it thaw out.

This can get messy, so it is a good idea to place a basin or towels around your air conditioner to catch the mess.

To avoid this problem from repeating, keep the thermostat at 72°F always.

Blown Compressor

If your compressor goes out, your air conditioner is not going to cool your home.

This is a problem that will require professional attention.

Avoid an Unpleasant Summer by Preparing Your AC

Avoid an Unpleasant Summer by Preparing Your AC

Ohio gets the full run of seasons throughout the year. Now we’re seeing spring draw to a close, and that means that the longer, hotter days of summer are here again.

That can turn into more time enjoying warm weather, but it can also mean the hottest days can be a trial to put up with.

Luckily, there are modern air conditioning systems in place that help people to beat the heat.

You may be putting in your window units, or check the cooling units in each room if you have a ductless system. And if you have central AC, there are a few things you should do before you put your system to work.

Clean the Condenser Unit

If you own a modern central air system, then you’ll have a big piece of hardware installed somewhere just outside your home, called a condenser.

The role of this unit is to draw in air, expose it to coolant, and then pump that cooled air into the home where it can distribute throughout to cool the home.condensor

The condenser’s role as a suction device means it needs to have clear, uninterrupted air flow.

It’s built with a lot of open space and grating to promote that.

But this means if you have plants, trees, or other leafy vegetation on your property, those leaves can start piling up inside the condenser itself.

Clean those leaves out to keep your efficiency up.

filterRegularly Replace Your Filter

A typical HVAC home system will integrate both the furnace and the air conditioner into a single unit.

This means that both your heating and your cooling systems will rely on the same filter.

In these instances, with a filter being used throughout the year, you should be replacing it four times a year, every three months, as the seasons change.

Your filter is designed to keep the efficiency of your AC up.

Perhaps more importantly, it also protects you by trapping contaminants inside, such as the pollens that might magnify allergies or the fur from pets you have in your home.

Always make sure your filter is regularly replaced so that your AC doesn’t work harder than it needs to.

Make Full Use of Your Thermostat

Older thermostats do just one thing; turn on and keep your HVAC system active until the desired temperature is achieved.

Today’s thermostats can do that, and a whole lot more, but they’re also a bit more accurate at reading temperatures, meaning your HVAC doesn’t work any harder than it needs to.
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The real advantage of a new thermostat, however, is efficiency.

They can be pre-programmed to turn on and off according to your schedule.

If no one is home during the day, they can be less active, but, just as everyone is returning, the HVAC can turn on, so people can come into a cool, comfortable home.

Some of the newest thermostats can even receive commands from your phone.

How to Avoid Costly Repairs with These Monthly HVAC Maintenance Tips

How to Avoid Costly Repairs with These Monthly HVAC Maintenance Tips

Would you like to reduce your cooling bills this season? It’s easy to do if you start spending a few hours every month doing simple HVAC maintenance tasks. These tasks help you save money in a number of ways.

They help you keep your system components in good working order, which means that they are less likely to break and require expensive repairs. Regular maintenance also helps prolong the lifespan of your system, which will save you more money in the long run.

It’s time to make your maintenance checklist. Here are some items to make sure you cover off:

Clean or Replace Your Filter as Needed

Get in the habit of pulling your air filter out every month and inspecting it.ac-filter

If it is in decent shape, you can likely get a little more mileage out of it by wiping the dirt off gently with a toothbrush and a mixture of dishwashing liquid and warm water.

It is a good idea to change the air filter every month, especially during the summer season, when your A/C is at full tilt.

A clean filter will improve the air quality in your home and improve energy efficiency.

Tune Up Annually

While this particular task only needs to be done once a year, people do tend to put it off. That’s not a good idea.

tune-upAnnual maintenance is one of the best investments that you can make to generate cost savings from your energy bills.

Add to that; you’ll also have peace of mind that your A/C is going to be reliable as we head into summer.

Make your appointment today!

Clean up Outdoor Debris

For your next task, head outside to the condenser.

Trim away any overgrown grass, bushes or plants that might be interfering with the condenser’s air flow.

Turn the power off before you move on the clean the inside of the unit.clean-outdoor-ac

Remove the fan unit from the top, being careful of any connecting wires.

Clean the blower’s blades with a damp rag, which can help the system run more quietly.

Use a wet-dry vac to clean out and dirt or plant matter that has gotten inside your unit.

When you are done with that, use a soft bristled brush to clean the coils, starting inside the unit and then moving to the outside.

Take care to get deep within the fins, because there is usually caked in dirt in the crevices.

Going Green: Earth Day is Here Again

Going Green: Earth Day is Here Again

carbon-footprint_480It’s now that time of the year again when we celebrate the great strength of our environment and consider how we can best safeguard our natural resources. This April 22nd is Earth Day, and as part of the process of recognizing Earth Day, we thought we’d present a few techniques for going green at home.

Turn to LED Bulbs

One of the leading causes of energy waste in the home is incandescent bulbs. These small items can be left on throughout the day and require significant amounts of energy to run. They are inefficient and are not as durable as the latest bulb products. To ensure their home is running efficiently over the coming years, homeowners might consider LED bulbs, which can be operated cost-effectively and for the long-term.

adjust-the-thermostat_480Optimize Your Thermostat Use

Homeowners often forget that their thermostat is programmed at a specific temperature throughout the day. Many thousands of people simply turn their system to the right temperature for comfort in the morning before they leave for work, and then leave the system at that temperature throughout the day. This is not only a significant waste in terms of heating or cooling energy but can cost the homeowner thousands of dollars per year in additional costs.

Homeowners can try to optimize their thermostat use by only turning the system on when they’re home. They might also consider setting the temperature a few degrees lower during the winter and a few degrees higher during the summer when they’re not at home to minimize energy waste.

Consider Natural Cooling Methods

natural-cooling_480One of the leading environmentally friendly ways many homeowners are now cooling their homes during the summer months is capitalizing on natural techniques. For example, homeowners might be able to plant a tree in their yard to block the light coming into their home kitchens and living room spaces. They can then ensure that they only have to use their cooling system sparingly during the summer months, while the tree has a cooling effect on the property.

Through careful use of home energy systems, property owners can reduce their over-use of resources and play an important role in safeguarding the environment over the coming years.

What to Do Now that Spring is Here

What to Do Now that Spring is Here

Spring-is-hereThe arrival of spring means it’s time to put away the shovels, get going on spring cleaning, and pull out the summer clothes. But if you suffer from seasonal allergies, then this time of year should also mark the time you start getting the house ready and protected from pollen.

If you or a family member knows the horrors of seasonal allergies, then today’s discussion will tell you all about allergies, how allergens get into your house, how to keep them out, and how to keep yourself clear-headed and symptom-free this spring.

Understand What You’re Up Against

Pollen is what some plants use to reproduce. It’s small, it’s airborne, and it’s itchy as heck! Well, to be fair, the pollen itself isn’t itchy, but it can make your skin, throat, eyes, and nose itch if you’re allergic to it. This is because, for allergic people, pollen and other allergens trigger a histamine response (runny noses, sneezing, etc.) because the body thinks it’s under attack. Pollen uses the wind to travel and can hitch a ride several miles on a gust.

So even if you don’t live near what you’re allergic to, you still may experience seasonal allergy symptoms once pollen season gets into full swing.

Protect Your Pets

Pet-AllergensPet fur is notorious for harboring allergens like dander, saliva, urine, pollen, and mold spores. These allergens stick to your pet’s fur like Velcro. And while you can’t stop this from happening, you can prevent your pet from tracking those allergens into the house with daily outdoor brushings and weekly baths.

This is especially important at this time of year because your pet is probably shedding his or her winter coat, which means allergens will be all over your house if you aren’t diligent about grooming.

Protect Your Home

closed-windowAside from your pets, there are a few other ways that allergens can get into your home, and this spells trouble for seasonal allergy sufferers. Because while you can’t control what’s going on outside this spring, you can control the air purity in your own home, and your house needs to be a safe and symptom-free place where you can hide while the pollen storms are raging outside. Here are a few tips for keeping your house clean during allergy season:

  • Dust twice a week, especially shelves and other areas where dust and allergens can hide
  • Vacuum immediately after dusting
  • Shut your doors and windows
  • Shower and wash your clothes immediately after coming in from outside
  • Keep your pets out of the bedroom
  • Wash area rugs weekly
  • Wash pet bedding and toys weekly

Springtime can spell trouble for allergy sufferers in Centerville, OH, but that doesn’t mean you have to spend the next several months miserable. Call the experts at CJS Heating & Air at 937-432-2406 for help with this and other maintenance issues around the house.

Did You Know This About Your Air Conditioner?

Did You Know This About Your Air Conditioner?

The need for something that makes a process or condition better is what makes the mind tick and inventions come to life. That’s exactly what happened with the invention of the first air conditioning system: a concept made to make a process simpler turned into a modern day necessity. Watch below to learn more!

 

The experts at CJS Heating & Air, in the Centerville, OH area, are always willing to share their knowledge with you. If you’re interested in learning more contact us at (937)-432-2406.

Common HVAC Myths Guide

myth-or-factCommon HVAC Myths Guide

As a homeowner, you take pride in your home and in keeping all of its components in excellent shape. Part of staying on top of things is being proactively informed about how things work and understanding what your role is in preventative maintenance.

When it comes to your HVAC system in particular, it is important that you are aware of the facts. There are a number of misconceptions around how your unit works and what is harmful or helpful. Here is what you need to know.

1. When it’s Not Broken, Don’t Fix it

The biggest mistake that you could make is to ignore your HVAC unit until it has broken down. Chances are that you’ll be without heat or cooling just when you need it most.

Regular preventative maintenance, like servicing and tune-ups will keep your system running efficiently; regular service will also help identify developing problems and give you an opportunity to fix small problems before they get out of hand. You’ll save money in the long run and have peace of mind.

2. Maxing the Thermostat to Cool or Heat Your Home in a Hurrythermostat-up-or-down

Say you’ve returned home from a holiday and want to get your home heated up or cooled down as soon as possible. There is a myth that if you turn the thermostat all the way up or all the way down, it will accelerate the process. The opposite is actually true.

Your HVAC heats and cools at the same rate, regardless of what the thermostat is set to. It just achieves its targets sooner if it is set at more moderate levels.

ceiling-fan3. Have an A/C Unit? You Don’t Need a Fan

Yes, your air conditioner will do the lion’s share of cooling your home down, but a ceiling fan is a low-cost, very efficient way of helping air circulate through your home. That means that your HVAC works less hard, saving you money.

Want even more savings? Run your ceiling fan in reverse in the winter, pushing the warm air down into your home.

4. I Don’t Need the Professionals to Change my Air Filter

No question, changing an air filter is a DIY job that you can probably attempt, but you don’t have to. The professionals will do it much more quickly and efficiently. What’s more is that the technician will be able to inspect your system for wear and tear at the same time. They will be aware of the best size and product for your unit and will get the job done right the first time.

It comes down to saving you both time and money.

Do you have questions about how you can make your HVAC unit as efficient as possible? We can help. For service in the Centerville, OH area, call today at (937)-432-2406.

Ways to Cool Down your Valentine’s Day

Ways to Cool Down your Valentine’s Day

Valentine’s Day is a great excuse to spend some time giving your home some TLC so that it will not be too hot when the warm weather arrives with Spring. This Valentine’s Day, follow these tips to ensure that your home is a cool sanctuary where love will not wilt.

ac_love1. Show Your Unit Some Love

When the hot weather arrives, you want your AC unit working at 100 percent to keep you cool. Valentine’s Day is a good time to have your AC unit inspected by a professional AC service company.

Our service techs will check out your AC unit from top to bottom to make sure that all of its parts are in good condition. This will ensure that you don’t have to worry about your air conditioner breaking down in the middle of the summer.

bonfire2. Give Your AC Unit a Break

These days, it is the responsibility of all of us to try and limit our energy consumption as much as possible to lower our carbon footprints. You do not have to keep your AC unit running 24 hours a day to keep cool when the weather warms up.

Think about alternative ways to cool off your house. For example, there are many times when you can simply open up your windows to get a cooling breeze moving through your house to keep your comfortable.

You should also think about adding fans to your home to help keep the air moving. There are many times where you can simply turn a fan on to cool a single room off instead of turning on the AC to cool off the entire house.

loveisintheair copy3. Love Is in the Air

Many people only think about how insulation helps to keep their home warm in the winter. In fact, insulation helps to keep your home comfortable all the time.

In the summer, the insulation keeps your cool air inside the home and the hot air outside. This time of year is a good time to inspect your insulation and make sure your home has enough.

As well as keeping your house properly insulated, you also want to make sure you keep all the doors and windows closed when you are running your air conditioner. You don’t want to waste climate-controlled air by letting cool air flow out the window.

Also, you should think about raising the temperature of your home a few degrees in the summer. As long as you are still comfortable, raising the temperature setting on your thermostat will lower your energy costs and shrink your carbon footprint.

When you want to make sure your air conditioner is working right, turn to CJS Heating & Air in Centerville, OH. We are here to service all your Cooling needs. Call us at 937-432-2406, and our topnotch Air Conditioning service techs will inspect your system this Valentine’s Day to make sure that your home is ready to handle the summer heat.

4 Prevention Tips to Stay Warm This Winter

how_old_is_your_thermostat.jpg_360Staying warm in winter is a basic need that all creatures share, but you can also use winterizing projects around the house to help save yourself some money.                             Keeping warmer and saving money doesn’t have to cost a lot either, and today’s discussion will be all about the things you can do around the house to stay warm and keep some extra money in the bank.

1. Make Your Home Winter-Proof

This is a series of mini projects that involve things like putting up more insulation, installing or replacing weather stripping, repairing leaks around windows and doors, and sealing drafts that can steal warm air from your house and allow bitter winter breezes in. Don’t forget to plug up unused chimneys, reverse your ceiling fans (they should run clockwise in winter), and put up storm windows and doors.

Note: If you don’t have storm doors and windows, invest in some plastic window film that will reduce drafts.

2. Get Your Furnace a Check-Up

At about $100 on average, an annual furnace inspection is possibly the most expensive item on this list. However, when you compare that to the cost of major furnace repairs and pricey energy bills, the money you’ll spend on maintenance is well worth it.

Annual furnace tune-ups involve cleaning, dusting, lubricating, removing blockages, testing efficiency and safety, and other things that will make sure your furnace is running properly. Because of this, your furnace will be more efficient and cheaper to operate, and you won’t need to worry about it breaking down in the middle of winter.

3. Hike Up the Heat Index

humidifier_staywarm_winter_360This is one of the simplest and cheapest things you can do to make your house feel warmer, and running a humidifier in winter also has other benefits. When you add more moisture to the air, the air will feel warmer, meaning you’ll be more comfortable and be able to turn down the furnace. Plus, humid air will help prevent:

  • Dry skin
  • Chapped lips
  • Bloody noses
  • Static buildup and shocks
  • Sore raspy throats

4. Get More Control Over the Heat

If you don’t already have a programmable thermostat, it’s time you invested in one. This simple device can be programmed to have different temperatures for different times of day, and this can mean savings of up to 20 percent on your energy bills. How? Because if you program the thermostat to turn down the temperature when there’s less activity in the house (in the middle of the day and the middle of the night), you can save big on your heating bill.

Taking on projects that will make your house warmer and your energy bill lower are a great way to spend the cold days of winter. These four winterizing tips will keep your family cozier, make your house more efficient, and leave you with more money left over at the end of the month.

For HVAC help, including furnace maintenance, trust the experts at CJS Heating & Air. Give us a call today at 937-432-2406 to chat, ask questions, or book an appointment.

Home Cleaning Checklist for the New Year

cleaning_yourhome_tipsThe New Year is an opportunity for a fresh start, and what better way to get a fresh start than to establish a quick but efficient way to clean your house.

Sticking to a schedule for things that you do on a daily, weekly or monthly basis can help motivate you to keep your house looking like you spent hours cleaning it when it really only took a small fraction of your day. Use this basic cleaning schedule as a guideline to get and keep your home in order.

What to Clean Daily

Spend about 30 minutes a day doing the chores that need to be done around your home. These basic tasks might seem simple, but make a world of difference in how your home looks and feels.

  • Wash dishes at least once a day. If you can’t find the time to wash them all, at least make an effort to scrape excess food off and rinse them so the food doesn’t stick. Alternatively, throw a load in the dishwasher once a day.
  • Tidy up. Tidying up helps control clutter. Walk through your house one room at a time and put things that are out of place back where they belong. Do a room or two and then take a break.
  • Wipe off countertops to clean crumbs and spills

What to Clean Weekly

Some tasks do not necessarily need to be done every single day. Instead pick a day of the week where you will tackle these tasks. Which include: cleaning_forthe_newyear

  • Empty the trash in bedrooms, bathrooms, and the kitchen
  • Dust furniture and wiping down cobwebs
  • Clean mirrors and windows
  • Wipe down appliances in the kitchen, cleaning out the microwave and empty the crumb tray in your toaster
  • Mop the floor
  • Spray down and scrub the toilet, sink, and tub in the bathroom

What to Clean the First of Each Month

Monthly tasks are important and easy to forget. Don’t fall behind. Try to do these tasks at least once a month for optimal cleanliness.

  • Move furniture and vacuum or sweep under it
  • Clean outside windows
  • Disinfect and deodorize garbage cans
  • Run vinegar through your appliances to clean them
  • Dust your blinds, shades and lighting fixtures

Keeping your home clean is a great start to the year. Contact CJS Heating and Air, located in Centerville, OH at 937-432-2406 for assistance with getting your home in order.