It’s important to maintain all aspects of your home, not just your air conditioning system, in order to keep energy consumption low, overall comfort high, and compliance issues at a minimum
ST. PAUL, Minn. (PRWEB) May 28, 2015
May 28, 2015 – Minneapolis Saint Paul Plumbing, Heating & Air, an HVAC and plumbing company serving the Twin Cities area, is offering advice to optimize homes for the summer season. With increasing temperatures, a heavier need for water usage and changing regulations regarding air conditioning refrigerants, Twin Cities’ residents are at risk of losing money without proper summer home preparedness.
Due to increased usage during the summer, a home’s air conditioning system is the most susceptible to stressing as the refrigerant inside can lose effectiveness. Signs of an inefficient system can be increased energy bills, uneven home cooling, inadequate dehumidifying, and visible leaking. In many cases, a professional inspection and recharge can help an air conditioner get back to its manufacturer’s specifications but, this can uncover another set of issues as a result of regulations from the Environmental Protection Agency.
“The vast majority of air conditioning units built before 2010 use a type of coolant called R-22, which was deemed environmentally hazardous by the EPA and will be completely phased out within the next five years,” said Andy Ryan, general manager of Minneapolis Saint Paul Plumbing, Heating & Air. “While the replacement coolant, R410A, is better for the ozone, it does not work with older units, and we have seen a steady and substantial increase in the price of R-22, meaning now might be the best time to invest in a new system.”
In addition to professional maintenance of central air conditioning units, homeowners can take personal steps in an effort to optimize home efficiency. Simple measures include:
- Replacing filters with high-efficiency units made from either pleated filter paper or synthetic polyester fibers
- Installing programmable thermostats to help keep a home comfortable and efficient
- Being watchful of garbage disposal usage and reducing the amount of heavy food scraps during dinner cleanup
- Washing laundry while at home in order to catch any damaging mid-cycle leaks
- Inspecting outside gutters, pipes and wash sinks to help identify any and all other leaks
“It’s important to maintain all aspects of your home, not just your air conditioning system, in order to keep energy consumption low, overall comfort high, and compliance issues at a minimum,” said Ryan. “In the Twin Cities, many residents tend to neglect some systems due to the extended winter season but without preparedness, the warmer weather can put unnecessary strain on your home, causing costly damages along the way.”
To find out more about summer preparedness, visit http://mspplumbingheatingair.com/.
About Minneapolis Saint Paul Plumbing, Heating & Air
Minneapolis Saint Paul Plumbing, Heating & Air is a Better Business Bureau accredited, A+ residential HVAC provider servicing the Twin Cities, MN area. Founded in 1918, the company is family-owned and provides complete home repairs, replacements, and maintenance for Dakota, Ramsey, Hennepin, Washington, Anoka, Scott, and Carver counties. Regular and Emergency services are available with savings options such as the Service Partner Plan which can save customers up to 10 percent on repairs and services. For more information, call (651) 228-9200 or visit http://mspplumbingheatingair.com/.
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