An energy audit is defined as:
an assessment of the energy needs and efficiency of a building or buildings1
This audit is the first step in determining how much and what kind of energy your home uses. The information gathered in an energy audit is used to develop a strategy for steps to take to make your home (or business!) more energy efficient.
Tasks covered in an energy audit typically include: checking for leaks; inspecting the furnace, air conditioner and ductwork; examining insulation; examination and recording of walls, ceilings, floors, doors, windows and skylights; and more. The goal is to figure out your home’s overall thermal performance, and, specifically, to identify any areas that are negatively impacting the energy efficiency of your home.
Once the energy audit is complete, we can help develop a plan for shoring up any energy weaknesses in the building. This may include things like replacing windows, investing in a new air conditioning unit or furnace, or reinsulating areas of the home. We’ll also let you know if any of the improvements we suggest will qualify for energy efficiency grants or tax rebates.
To learn more about how M&M Mechanical can help complete an energy audit of your home, check out the Comfort & Energy Audits page of our website, or just contact us to get your energy audit scheduled!
Resources & Further Reading:
- Google Dictionary: energy audit
- Wikipedia Entry: Energy Audit
With summer officially starting this month, the last thing you need is to run into an unexpected air conditioning problem on a 95-degree day! One of the easiest ways to keep your air conditioner around longer is to do some preventative maintenance on it every month.
Although your air conditioner is big and looks like it can take on just about anything, it still needs to be cared for! Cleaning it monthly is one of the best tips we could offer. The dirt and debris that gets caught up in and around your unit can hurt your indoor air quality and damage the unit itself. We recommend checking out your unit every month. But, before you do anything, make sure to turn off the power!
Next, you should remove any debris outside the unit. You can do this with a vacuum, or if it’s not too much then you can remove it by hand. After removing the outside debris, you’ll need to clean the inside. You can remove the top grille, and lift the fan out of your unit. Make sure you set it aside carefully as you clean out any dirt inside the fan.
After cleaning the fan, keep it set aside but make sure the electrical wires are not in the way. Next you’ll need to take your hose, and spray the fins (the side part of your unit). Make sure the pressure from the hose isn’t too high, but high enough to remove dirt and spray your unit from the inside out. After you’re done, place the fan back on and you’ve successfully cleaned your condenser!
In order to keep your unit as clean as possible, we recommend maintaining a two feet clearance around your unit. Be sure to trim any tree branches, flowers and make sure yours and/or your neighbor’s sprinkler systems are not hitting your air conditioning unit. Most of the preventative maintenance you can do on your air conditioner is recommended to be done by a professional, but we wanted to offer some tips that you can do at home, for free!
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A clean duct and HVAC system can increase indoor air quality, create a more comfortable interior environment, save energy, and extend the life of your system. In order to guarantee that your home is getting the best quality air for your home, duct cleaning is a must. We offer full duct cleaning for your HVAC system – coils, coil drain pans, plenums, air filters, ducts, fans, vents and registers.
Here are a few signs that might mean you need a duct cleaning by a licensed professional:
- If you are finding insects or rodents in the entrance of your ducts.
- If you’ve noticed mold in your ducts.
- If you’ve noticed large amount of dust or debris in and around your ducts.
- If you just bought a new home.
- If you have a lot of pets.
- If you or your family have allergies year-round.
- If you’ve recently completed a remodeling project.
If you get your HVAC system maintained properly, a duct cleaning should be required every 3-7 years. If you haven’t touched your system is many years and run into problems monthly, this could mean a duct cleaning is required more often.
We’ve had many customers come to us with complaints of unexpected allergy-like symptoms, and, after a full duct cleaning, they’ve noticed an improvement. Unfortunately, indoor air pollution can be worse for you than outdoor pollution. People spend the majority of their day inside their homes and buildings, so clean indoor air with low levels of dust and the right level of humidity is incredibly important for day-to-day health and comfort. A duct cleaning is the best way to improve the quality of the air in your home or workplace.
We’ve all been waiting for spring with baited breath. Winter is finally letting up and soon we can go about our business without getting the shivers! Before we dive right into spring, we have a few tips to make sure your home is prepared for the warmer seasons:
- Change the Air Filter: We suggest checking your air filters more often than you might think! Changing and cleaning your filters helps circulate heating or air conditioning in your home much more efficiently.
- Inspect Caulking & Insulation: Just as you did before these harsh winter months, make sure to inspect the installation and caulking around windows and doors. This will ensure that the air will continue to circulate within your home instead of escaping outdoors!
- Turn Your System On: It may seem silly to test out your system before the heat really sets in, but in case of any issues, you should test your system! That way, you’ll be able to resolve any issues before there’s an emergency.
- Install A Programmable Thermostat: Installing a programmable thermostat allows you to set the temperature controls even when you’re not in your home! This way you can maintain a comfortable temperature in your home.
Consulting one of our HVAC professionals at M&M Mechanical could help you get ahead of any potential problems in the upcoming spring months! Don’t forget to schedule your installation, walk-through or maintenance appointment today!