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With the mild weather of spring, energy efficiency is not necessarily a top concern for many homeowners, but there are still a few things that you can do to cut energy costs. With these simple spring energy saving tips, you can shave a few dollars off your utility bill and prepare for the hot and humid summer that will soon arrive in the Southwest Florida region.

spring energy saving tipsHave Your HVAC System Serviced

After a long winter, the HVAC system in your home is due for a thorough inspection, some cleaning and a bit of routine maintenance. By having your system serviced now, you can make sure that your cooling system is running efficiently and is ready for the summer heat. During the service visit, your HVAC technician will inspect the system, clean the condenser and evaporator coils, change the air filter, clean and adjust the blower fan, check the refrigerant levels and inspect the electrical system. This can increase cooling efficiency by up to 15 percent, saving energy and reducing cooling costs. You should also check the air filter yourself at least once a month, and replace it when it becomes dirty or clogged.

Take Advantage of Natural Ventilation

With mild weather of spring, it is the perfect time to open up the windows in your home and take advantage of natural ventilation, especially during the mornings when it’s cooler. By reducing the use of your air conditioner during nice weather, you can save significant amounts of energy and reduce your utility costs.

Avoid Heat Gain

You can keep your air conditioner off for longer periods by controlling the amount of heat introduced into your home, saving significant amounts of energy. Use curtains or blinds to shade south or west-facing windows during the afternoon to prevent the sun from heating your home, and avoid cooking, washing dishes, or using heat-generating appliances during the hottest parts of the day to keep your home cooler.

For more spring energy saving tips, talk to our professionals at Conditioned Air today, proudly serving the Ft. Myers, Sarasota and Naples areas.

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It is important to both your comfort and your safety that the people working on the HVAC equipment in your Florida home are both experienced and knowledgeable. NATE certified technicians are extensively trained, tested and certified by the NATE industry organization to provide quality installation, maintenance and repair service on all types of HVAC equipment.

Nate Certified TechniciansThe NATE Organization

NATE, the North American Technician Excellence organization, is an association of industry professionals that includes equipment manufacturers, contractors, distributors, technicians and educators. It offers training, testing and certification of HVAC technicians that ensures they conform to the highest industry standards, and can competently install, maintain and service all types of HVAC equipment, including furnaces, boilers, air conditioners, ventilation systems and refrigeration systems. NATE certification is a voluntary process, and the NATE organization works with both industry partners and government organizations to ensure that NATE certified technicians meet all quality, safety and professional standards.

Why Choose a NATE Certified Technician?

If your HVAC system isn’t installed or serviced correctly, not only can it impact the life of your HVAC equipment, reduce your comfort and increase your energy costs, but it could also lead to safety problems. By choosing an HVAC professional that employs NATE certified technicians, you can be sure that your equipment is installed and serviced correctly.

A NATE-certified technician will know how to size your system properly for your home, using the Manual J procedure instead of a rough estimate, and how to service it properly, according to the manufacturer’s recommended procedures and service intervals. This extends the life of your system, protects its warranty, keeps it running efficiently and minimizes your energy costs. It also keeps your home and your family comfortable, with the proper temperature, good indoor air quality and healthy humidity levels.

To learn more about the benefits of choosing NATE certified technicians, talk to our heating and cooling experts at Conditioned Air. We offer professional installation, maintenance and repair services throughout Southwest Florida, including the Ft. Myers and Sarasota areas, and we proudly feature highly-experienced, NATE certified technicians.

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Poor indoor air quality can cause symptoms such as stuffiness, coughing, sneezing, itchy eyes or a runny nose, and it can be especially detrimental to those with asthma, allergies or other respiratory conditions. With just a bit of work, though, there are a few simple ways that you can improve the indoor air quality in your Florida home and make it more comfortable.

improve indoor air qualityChange the Air Filter on the HVAC System Often

The primary job of the air filter in your HVAC system is to protect the system from dirt accumulation and damage, but it also helps to keep the air in your home clean. It should be checked every month that the HVAC system is used, and replaced when it becomes noticeably dirty or clogged, or about every three months. To improve indoor air quality, choose a filter with a higher MERV rating, or upgrade to an electrostatic or HEPA filter. Also, consider installing a whole-home air cleaner.

Avoid Dust Accumulation

Vacuum your home at least once a week with a machine that uses a HEPA filter, and dust tables, shelves, ceiling fans, wood trim, and other areas with moist cloths or electrostatic wipes. Remove throw rugs once a month and take them outside to beat the dust out of them. Reduce clutter and store extra clothes and other items in sealed containers to avoid dust accumulation. Wash bedding at least once a week, and consider installing washable slipcovers on upholstered furniture.

Keep Humidity at Healthy Levels

Dust mites and many microorganisms prefer high humidity, and by keeping humidity levels between 40 and 50 percent, you can improve indoor air quality. Have your HVAC system inspected and maintained at least twice a year to make sure it is running well and dehumidifies properly, and consider adding a separate whole-home dehumidifier. Use ventilation fans in the bathroom and kitchen when bathing or cooking to avoid adding extra moisture to the air.

For more ways to improve indoor air quality, talk to our HVAC professionals at Conditioned Air, serving the Southwest Florida area.