Don’t Get Burned by Your Air Conditioning Inefficiencies

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Putnam Fuel Company, Inc. offers this helpful public service announcement about the costs and consequences of air conditioning do’s and don’ts.

"Our promise to you is that we will strive to provide the best service possible and keep you cool during the hot summer months."

Putnam Fuel Company, Inc. offers this helpful public service announcement about the costs and consequences of air conditioning do’s and don’ts

According the heating and cooling experts at Putnam Fuel, while seemingly an “everyday item” that’s rarely given a second thought, the air conditioning unit is actually a complex piece of equipment that requires proper upkeep. Unlike a fan that can be used again and again with no real maintenance needed, an air conditioner requires seasonal maintenance to ensure that it’s operating safely and efficiently.

Putnam Fuel, a growing family owned Fuel and Oil Service company in Goffstown, NH, understands the necessity of a properly maintained air conditioning unit and seeks to share their knowledge with consumers. “Our number one goal here is to keep our clients healthy and safe” said John Miles, President of Putnam Fuel.

As New Hampshire residents gear up for the hot summer months just around the corner, Miles offers three tips to help ensure that your air conditioning unit performs safely and efficiently:

1)    Heating Coils – make sure that both the indoor and outdoor heating coils are free from any dust build-up. An air conditioner’s indoor heating coil gets wet constantly during the cooling season, which causes it to act as a dust magnet. Dust build-up on the heating coils is the number one contributor to the reduced efficiency of an air conditioning unit.

2)    Filters – during the cooling season, be sure to change the filter (at least) once per month. A dirty filter greatly reduces the efficiency of an air conditioner. All filters have a “MERV” rating (Minimum Efficiency Reporting Value) from 1 to 12 – the higher the number, the better filtration it provides. Higher-rated filters require more energy to pull the air through, so air quality concerns versus energy costs should be considered.

3)    Temperature Settings – the difference of just a few degrees can impact a homeowner’s wallet significantly. For example, changing your temperature setting from 73 to 76 degree Fahrenheit can result in an approximate 30% cost savings on an electricity bill. Recommended temperature settings are 76 to 78 degrees when at home and 80 degrees while away.

Every year, Putnam Fuel signs up dozens of new heating and air conditioning service plans. The company shared that the importance of a service plan cannot be underestimated.

“Families in Southern NH need a service plan because, if they don’t have one in place, they are risking the safety and health of their family and are likely paying too much in energy costs” said Miles. Putnam offers a “Central Air Service Plan” that includes a tune-up to keep your air conditioning system running safely and at peak efficiency.

The air conditioning service technicians at Putnam Fuel are EPA Certified and are trained to work effectively and efficiently to accommodate a homeowner’s needs. They offer a full suite of services, including sales, installation, preventative maintenance and emergency services. All of Putnam’s service technicians have been trained and certified on all types of air conditioners including split systems, mini-split ductless systems, and all-in-one systems.

The firm also shared that letting an air conditioning unit go from season to season without proper, professional maintenance is a potential recipe for what they called, “Serious harm”. Putnam Fuel shares just a few of the common dangers that families face with air conditioning units that are not properly serviced or maintained:

  •     An air conditioning unit that is not properly maintained by a professional, certified technician runs the risk of circulating bacteria, mold, allergens, dust and other irritants throughout a home. This can result in a wide range of illnesses, including bacterial infections and allergy symptoms. Those with compromised immune systems or sensitivity to allergens and mold are especially at risk. Children and the elderly represent the largest group in this category.
  •     Air conditioning units are meant to keep a house cool, but a malfunctioning unit can make a home hot…BURNING hot. A report by the U.S. Fire Administration confirmed that 55% of all home fires were the result of an air conditioning unit malfunction. Most air conditioning unit malfunctions are caused by an electrical or mechanical failure, which a professional, certified technician would be able to identify during a routine inspection.
  •     When the power goes out in a home, 80% of the time the cause of the outage originated under the homeowner’s own roof. Among the biggest culprits contributing to home power outages are devices with motors and/or compressors…like an air conditioning unit. Proper servicing and maintenance of an air conditioning unit by a professional, certified technician can help to keep the power on all summer long!

A Putnam fuel spokesman offered that service and maintenance of your air conditioning unit by a certified professional is important and suggests that homeowners take action to keep their family safe.

About Putnam Fuel:
Putnam Fuel is a residential oil and family energy delivery company that also offers a myriad of other services throughout southern New Hampshire. Its focus has been on the growing need for home efficiency, safety and health and creating programs to help families solve those types of problems while saving money using the Oil Save Score™ Energy Savings Program. It has specialized in heating and A/C system service and maintenance and has enjoyed serving a growing region of southern New Hampshire since 1937. The firm’s current focus is on helping families raise their energy. They continue to deliver their message of giving and increased energy throughout the year as they offer automatic fuel delivery and their Oil Save Score™ Energy Savings System.

For questions or insights, please contact John Miles, President. Phone: (603) 497.4897, or, visit the Putnam Fuel website at

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