For some people, there’s no better sign that summer’s coming than when it’s time to put in their window air conditioners. Yes, there’s nothing like the timeless ritual of dusting off and cleaning a few big, clunky machines, dragging them around the house and finagling them into windows — and hoping they don’t fall out.
A duplex with two garages near the beach has a lot to offer the summer renter. However, even though people rent places like this to be close to the ocean and enjoy the summer air, there was still something missing from one Ocean City, NJ duplex: Climate control.
Simply, HVAC stands for Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning. An HVAC system is made up of ways to heat and cool an enclosed space, whether we are talking about a home, a commercial building, or even your car!
Emergency heat is kind of like those hefty overdraft fees from the bank: They may get you out of a jam, but they’ll cost a lot to do so. One homeowner in Ocean City experienced this when the old heat pump in his duplex failed and switched over to emergency heat. It got the job done, but was costing him a bundle, and he wasn’t even aware of the problem right away!
Replacing a furnace is a huge expense, and a major hassle, for most people. It’s not on their radar, and when it finally breaks it’s a costly, sudden expense. Many people, then, try smaller fixes and hope they do the trick.
Most people don’t think much about their heating and air conditioning system until it doesn’t do what it’s supposed to. Then, when the A/C suddenly doesn’t cut it during those grueling summer months, and you’re finding yourself wrapped in extra blankets when the weather’s cold, you realize something is wrong. And, you figure, it’s going to be a long, painful, expensive fix.
Ah, the Jersey Shore life. The summer feels like a party when you’re near the ocean: Families at the beach all day, barbecues and parties at night. You can go for a swim, play board games on the porch, or just relax and watch the crowds go by.
Most people wouldn’t just ignore the Check Engine light on their car. It may be annoying, but it tells you to get to your mechanic quick before you end up on the side of the road. If only the same were true of a furnace.
There’s endless advice about how to best take care of your HVAC system, or how to save money on your energy bills. How many of these things are true? How many are the equivalent of urban myths? Here’s the real truth on those bits of “common knowledge” from the folks here at Comfort Now by Bob McAllister Heating and Cooling who work with HVAC systems every day.
Getting people excited about saving energy is like trying to get a kid excited about kale salad- it’s not the easiest thing in the world to do, even if it is good for them in the end. Energy costs can be a large chunk of a monthly budget, but who needs another lecture about putting on a sweater when it’s cold or changing light bulbs and shower heads? It is a great and effective way to save energy, but the inconvenience can seem bigger than the reward. So we asked ourselves- what would be the biggest energy saving tips we could give our customers that would make the biggest impact on their budget?