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7 Ways to Save on Air Conditioning this Summer

Posted on June 13, 2018, at 3:41 pm

You can’t control the climate, but with a little upfront effort, you can reduce those atrocious air conditioning bills this summer.

Here are 7 ways to save on air conditioning costs:

 

#1. Annual Preventative Maintenance

Failure to schedule annual preventative maintenance for your air conditioning system can propel your energy bills to an all-time high. Regular maintenance by your HVAC professional is the top way to save on air conditioning expenditures.

While your technician is tuning-up your air conditioning system, he can spot and remedy issues that could lead to major repairs if neglected. Preventative

maintenance can keep your AC running at peak efficiency and extend its life.

 

#2. Change AC Filters

Ongoing maintenance is a joint effort between you and your HVAC technician. Inattention on changing air filters impedes airflow into the air handler. The fan motor must progressively work harder to cool your home, which can cause it to burn out and potentially leads to total system failure.

Save yourself considerable stress and big bucks by regularly replacing the AC filter. And while you may not realize it, dirty air filters contribute to higher energy bills. Another reason changing your AC filter is cost-effective.

 

#3. Upgrade to Smart Thermostat

Smart thermostats fine-tune the inside temperature according to the outdoor climate. This means a consistent comfort level for you and family members regardless of weather conditions.

Like all cutting-edge technology, the smart thermostat is more expensive than its older, programmable counterpart. However, homeowners who have upgraded to the smart thermostat are reporting that they recoup the difference in price via lower energy bills.

Smart thermostats are more expedient than other thermostats because you can program them from anywhere, using a handy app on your phone. Suppose you’re taking a weekend getaway, when halfway there you recall not adjusting the thermostat to “vacation”. In the past, your AC would have kept cooling your home sans occupants.

 

#4. Upgrade your Air Conditioning System

If your air conditioning system is 10+ years old, needs frequent expensive repairs, or your energy bills are suddenly escalating, it’s time to upgrade. Technology has changed since you bought your old unit. Today’s energy efficient AC units will save substantially on utility bills.

If your AC unit continues to fail and repair bills continue getting bigger, in the long haul, you will save money with an upgraded system.

Of course, comfort is the major reason for using your AC system. If your rooms have a big disparity in temperature and/or the humidity is uncomfortable, it’s a good idea to contact your HVAC professionals.

 

#5. Shut the Blinds

“Natural light” is the current buzzword, but do you know that glass heightens heat from the sun? So, shut the blinds when sizzling sunrays start beaming through your windows. Blinds act as an impediment between the glass in your windows and your home’s interior.

Statistics say when you are conscientious about closing your blinds, you can realize as much as 25 percent savings on energy costs.

 

#6. Shut Off the Oven

Are you aware that your microwave uses 30 percent less energy than your conventional oven? While regular ovens can increase the temperature in your kitchen about 10 percent, microwaves produce minimal heat.

Grilling outside and crock pot dinners are auspicious alternatives for oven cooking. Give your air conditioning a break and save on energy costs to boot.

 

#7. Check for Leaks

If there are air leaks around your windows and/or doors, your AC unit will consume more energy than normal. In turn, your energy bills will upsurge. In addition to tracking down any leaks, fix any cracks in your windows, which let cold air out and hot air in.

It’s not easy to detect leaks. This may be a task better left to your HVAC technicians.

 

Please contact your comfort experts at B&B Heating and Cooling Contractors for all your HVAC needs: Phone – (301) 645-2201 E-mail – info@bbheatcooling.com

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Spring Cleaning Begins with HVAC Maintenance

Posted on May 7, 2018, at 6:50 pm

Traditional spring cleaning isn’t as critical as it was ‘back in the day’ when fireplaces were the main source of winter heating. Warmer spring weather presented opportunities to get rid of the built-up dirt and soot from winter.

Even if you’re not planning a ceiling to floor deep clean, spring is the optimal time to take care of maintenance tasks for your HVAC system. During winter months in White Plains, MD, your HVAC system worked hard to keep your home at a comfortable temperature.

With the moderate temperatures of spring, you rarely need to turn on the heat or air conditioner. So, let’s explore typical HVAC preventative maintenance, before summer heat hits White Plains, MD.

Note: You can likely take care of routine tasks, but the best option is to schedule a professional HVAC technician for annual preventative maintenance at the beginning of spring.

 

Check Your Air Filter

It’s easy to forget about checking your air filter, but unless you change it on a regular basis, dirt and contaminants can clog it up enough to impede quality airflow. Your energy costs will likely skyrocket, while your comfort level will plummet.

 

Get Floor Registers and Air Vents Spick & Span

Homeowners may overlook regularly cleaning of floor registers and air vents. They play a vital role in amplifying airflow from your HVAC system. Ensure that your spring cleaning duties include vacuuming and dusting the vents and registers in every room.

 

Remove Outside Coverings

It may seem like a good idea to cover your AC condenser during winter weather. If you did, ensure that you remove coverings from outdoor condensers and coils, before starting your HVAC system.

Actually, your outside unit was engineered to be hardy (like mailmen) during rain, sleet or snow. Running your system, while covered, often leads to serious repair or possible replacement of your whole HVAC system.

 

Clean Debris from Exterior Coil

Since it’s not good to cover the outdoors coil, dust and other debris probably collects on it during winter. When the coil is not clean, it can’t perform its job to transfer heat. Before turning on your AC, ensure the outside coil is clean. You can carefully spray the area with a garden hose, but don’t get water on the electrical panels.

Pull up weeds that could interfere with the airflow.

 

Look at Exterior Panels

Exterior panels protect the HVAC electric connections. Panels that are askew or gone, potentially endanger electrical equipment. This is too intricate for a DIY task. Call your HVAC technician for assistance.

 

Ductwork

Because ductwork is hidden from view, in inside walls, attic and floors, you may not think about it. When air ducts aren’t in good condition, your AC will not cool properly. Checking for crimps, leaks and so on is a job for certified technicians.

 

Assess the Coil Condensate Drain

The condensate drain is on the inside unit. Its purpose is to eliminate moisture from humidity in the air, while your AC is running. The air temperature in your home is higher than the coil’s, so that any water that is present in the air condenses on the coil and collects in the drip pan.

Unless water from condensation streams into a drain, the drip pan can overflow beneath your AC unit and cause a terrible mess. Assess the line to ensure it is connected and isn’t broken or leaking.

Finally, when spring gives way to summer in White Plains, MD, turn on your HVAC system and ensure cold air is blowing from the indoor vents. If hot air is coming out of the vents, or if no air is blowing, shut off the system and call your HVACcompany for an appointment.

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5 Myths Of Geothermal Systems In White Plains, MD

Posted on January 25, 2016, at 11:40 pm

Geothermal systems are becoming an increasingly popular and environmentally responsible heating and cooling solution for residential homes. Why is it important to purchase a geothermal system? These systems concentrate naturally existing heat contained within the earth and use it to maintain a constant, comfortable temperature indoors. While these systems have been in use since as early as the 1940s, many homeowners are still unfamiliar with what a geothermal system is, how it works, and why installing one is a great investment. Inexplicably, the topic often seems shrouded in mystery. Here are five myths dispelled about geothermal heating and cooling that will hopefully clear up any misconceptions you may have:

Myth: Geothermal systems can only provide heat.

Geothermal systems can regulate your home’s temperature, regardless of how hot or cold it may be outdoors. Systems use a closed water circuit to transfer heat energy in to – or out of – your home.

Myth: Geothermal systems are resource intensive.

While Geothermal systems do require electricity to power the movement of air from within the ground to the building, the environmental impact of this pales in comparison to other forms of heating and cooling that require natural gas, propane, or oils. Geothermal systems can be considered a renewable technology because they utilize heat energy that is naturally occurring underground.

Myth: Geothermal systems require significant open acreage to bury polyethylene piping.

Every system configuration is different based on a number of factors – one of which being land availability. Some loops can be buried vertically, therefore minimizing the required surface area needed.

Myth: Geothermal systems are noisy.

While true that most systems use specialized pumps to move water and air through the system, these pumps are very quiet – even quieter than the traditional furnace or HVAC system that it is likely replacing! Geothermal systems also do not require any additional equipment outside of the home (in case you’re worried about upsetting the neighbors or compromising your ability to enjoy quiet times in the backyard).

Myth: Geothermal systems are quick to wear out.

Earth loops and heat-exchange equipment can both last for decades. Geothermal systems last much longer than their traditional counterparts, and even when a component begins to fail, it can be easily replaced without requiring any modifications to the rest of the system.

Choosing the right heating and cooling system for your home is an important decision. To make the best, informed choice, contact us. Let B&B Heating & Cooling Contractors assist you with all of your HVAC needs.

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Why Is It Important To Purchase A UV Light Purifier In White Plains, MD?

Posted on January 17, 2016, at 8:48 pm

Maybe you’ve heard about them from friends or family members who have or are considering installation of a UV Light Purifier. Maybe you dismissed the topic. You already use great HEPA air filters. Isn’t that enough? But the topic keeps resurfacing, doesn’t it? And when your heating system kicks on and you know the air is flowing through those filters, you wonder if that filter is really doing its job. So why is it important to purchase a UV Light Purifier during the winter? How could it be any better than the system I’m already using? Let us answer these questions for you.

How It Works

We know that sound travels on sound waves. Did you also know that light travels on waves as well? Some sound waves are so powerful that they can break glass. Some light waves- specifically UV light – are so powerful that they can actually kill bacteria. UV light is so powerfully effective that it is used by laboratories to ensure sanitation and even has a special name: Ultraviolet germicidal irradiation. That’s a big term that basically means they use UV light to destroy microorganisms, such as bacteria. This is the technology used to bring UV light purifiers into the home.

Imagine no longer having to wonder if that HEPA air filter is actually doing its job. Imagine being able to rest assured that you’re using a trusted method of air purification because you’re using the best. And, unlike that HEPA air filter, your system doesn’t even have to be running for your UV light purifier to do its job. Every time bacteria passes through the UV light, it’s working.

Why It’s Important

Your health matters. Your family’s health matters. If your household includes children, the elderly, those with asthma or allergies, or if you just want to be sure that you’re doing everything you can to protect your family’s health, contact us today. We’re happy to help because your family’s health matters to us, too.

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Question For White Plains, MD Residents: How Important Is It To Have Your Ducts Cleaned Over The Winter?

Posted on January 11, 2016, at 6:35 pm

How important is it to have your ducts cleaned over the winter? The answer is simple. Very! There are two factors that lead to this simple conclusion… health and wealth.

Have you ever noticed feeling stuffy when you first turn on the furnace? This common feeling is usually dismissed, but it shouldn’t be. According to the National Air Duct Cleaners Association (NADCA), a six room house typically accumulates up to 40 pounds of dust every year. Inside this dust you will find mold, allergens, dust mites, pollen, bacteria, and contaminants. The air you breathe is recirculated through these ducts and dust several times a day. This is especially troublesome for those with children or others who have respiratory issues that can lead to some nasty winter colds. Cleaning your ducts this winter removes that dust making your air cleaner and easier to breathe.

From an economic standpoint, having your ducts cleaned is the smart thing to do. Right now, those 40 pounds of dust is forcing your heating and air conditioning system to work harder than it has to. This overworking will shorten the lifespan of your unit forcing you to replace it sooner. Not only that, the harder the system has to work, the higher your energy bills will be this winter. None of us will want to spend more heating our homes than we have to.

For your health and for your wealth, we hope you’ll contact us today and schedule an appointment to have your ducts cleaned this winter. We’d even be happy to set you up with a regular maintenance schedule so that you never have to worry about the health of your system or 40 pounds of dust again.

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Get Your Carbon Monoxide Detectors Inspected On Your Gas Furnace In White Plains, MD

Posted on January 6, 2016, at 3:34 pm

If you have a gas furnace, you have probably heard about the dangers of carbon monoxide. Luckily, having carbon monoxide detectors in your home can help keep you and your family safe. If you need help with these detectors, consider asking us for assistance next time that you have your gas furnace maintenance done.

Ensure Your Carbon Monoxide Detectors Are Fully Operable

We can check your carbon monoxide detectors to ensure that they are fully operable, which can provide you and your family with safety and peace of mind.

Inquire About Proper Placement For Your Carbon Monoxide Detectors

If you are having trouble deciding where to install your carbon monoxide detectors, or if you are afraid that your current detectors are not installed in the right place or if you think that you may need to install more carbon monoxide detectors to properly protect yourself and your family, call us so we can take a look at the layout of your home and provide you with guidance.

Check For Potential Problems With Your Gas Furnace

Ensuring that your gas furnace is in good condition is one of the top ways to prevent carbon monoxide from being an issue in the first place. By having your unit inspected and maintained, you can ensure that it is safe and help prevent any incidents.

Carbon monoxide detectors and proper gas furnace maintenance are very important. If you need help with these things, contact us today so that we can schedule an appointment.

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Points To Consider When Buying A Furnace In Waldorf, MD

Posted on December 21, 2015, at 6:38 pm

If you’re in the market for a new furnace, the best time to start thinking about your options is long before you actually need one. As you come closer to making a decision, a reputable Waldorf heating services contractor can help you narrow your options. As you begin your research, here are some things to keep in mind.

Furnace Types

Gas furnaces are a common choice, and they are relatively inexpensive to operate. Alternatives to gas furnaces include electric units and oil units.

Consider The Maryland Climate

We live in an area where you’ll be running your heating system virtually day and night for several months a year. Our local climate should guide you as to whether you want to spend big bucks on a high-efficiency furnace or get a less-expensive unit for occasional heating.

What Are You Replacing?

Swapping out an old furnace for a new one of the same type can keep costs down when gas, electric or oil, preexisting ductwork and connections can be reused with your new unit.

Efficiency Ratings

Annual fuel utilization efficiency (AFUE) measures how efficiently a furnace operates. The higher the AFUE rating, the more efficient the unit. While higher-rated units will likely cost you more at the time of purchase, the difference can be recovered over time as you spend less on heating costs. Energy Star labels indicate that a furnace meets a higher than average efficiency rating.

Incentives

Some high-efficiency furnace models qualify for local, state or federal tax incentives that can help offset the more expensive purchase price. Also, be on the lookout for manufacturer rebates. Also consider the breadth and duration of the warranty offered when making your decision.

Once you have an idea about what type of furnace you want to purchase, look for local Waldorf heating services companies for estimates on buying the unit and having it installed.

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Reliable Heating Solutions In White Plains, MD

Posted on December 12, 2015, at 12:12 am

Keeping a home or office warm and comfortable in spite of the weather is easier with a professional company for support. B&B Heating & Cooling in White Plains, MD, is a local, family-owned business that provides friendly, reliable service and quality for maintenance, upgrades and emergency calls.

Maintenance

Good maintenance can prevent problems before they start. Schedule a furnace check to prevent an unpleasant surprise when temperatures are the lowest. Getting the thermostat checked and the air filter changed will help save on heating costs and improve air quality. A well-maintained heating system is also a safer one.

Upgrades

High tech isn’t just for electronics. Improvements and changes to heating system designs have increased the options for keeping a space comfortable. B&B Heating & Cooling offers White Plains residents customized services on a variety of products to improve comfort, reduce energy costs and still stay within budget. New thermostats can help a furnace run at the right time. With an automation system, homeowners can control temperature, lights and even the front door from wherever they are.

From heat pumps to ductless units to a more efficient gas furnace, heating options abound. If it’s time to upgrade a heating system, it’s important to learn about all those options. A professional company will be able to clearly explain those options and what will work best in the customer’s space.

Emergencies

Even regularly maintained systems sometimes experience problems. The right heating company will have the staff available to provide emergency service as soon as possible. When choosing a company, be sure to get important details up front about service charges and technician qualifications. Be wary of companies making promises that sound too good to be true. Go with a locally-based company with a solid reputation.

B&B Heating & Cooling is the quality, for heating maintenance, system upgrades and emergency service in White Plains.

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Keeping Your Home Cozy in White Plains, MD During A Cold Snap

Posted on December 7, 2015, at 4:10 pm

Weather is something that is somewhat predictable but completely out of human control. Thankfully, even during a Nor’easter or winter cold snap, you can keep your home cozy with the following tips.

Programming Your Thermostat

If your house is mostly uninhabited during mid-day on weekdays, take advantage of energy savings by programming a lower temperature while the house is vacant. Then set it so that your heating system engages about 30 minutes before people start arriving home. It’ll be comfortable for all – even in a cold snap. Don’t forget about night settings too. Under the blankets and in warm pajamas, a temperature of at least 10 degrees cooler should be enough to keep everyone comfy.

Servicing Your Heat Pump

Typically when the action of geothermal energy is used to warm your home, programmable thermostats are not recommended. So the way to get the most out of your heat pump is to contact a HVAC technician in White Plains, MD. During a service call various tests can be performed that can lead to increased efficiency. If a repair is needed, you’ll have a professional by your side to take care of the job, no matter how complex.

Be Flow Conscious

Flow is both a friend and foe when it comes to winter heating. As a friend, moving warmer air into the rooms helps to maintain a comfortable indoor temperature. But as a foe, heat losses occur when warm air escapes through cracks or through windows. For best results, keep interior doors open to maintain good circulation through the home. Remember to close curtains, especially during a cold snap, to prevent heat from escaping. A HVAC technician in White Plains, MD can bring specialized equipment to check diffusers and air returns to help you maximize efficiency.

It shouldn’t be hard to keep your Maryland home cozy, even during the coldest times of the year. By partnering with a professional, you can ensure the comfort of you, your family and your pets.

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Tips For Choosing A Home Heating System In White Plains, MD

Posted on December 2, 2015, at 4:11 pm

Choosing a heating system is a major decision for any homeowner. There are many factors to consider, ranging from budget to climate. When deciding on a heating system, consult with a professional offering heating services in White Plains MD. HVAC experts will be able to assess your home and help determine what system would suit it best.

Gas vs. Electric Heating Systems

There are several available heating systems, but the two most popular are gas and electric. Gas furnaces require more maintenance than electric systems, as filters and ducts need to be cleaned on an annual basis.

Electric heating systems, on the other hand, require almost no maintenance. They are also cheaper to install than gas systems. This initial savings, however, is offset by the cost required to run an electric heating system. Gas furnaces are more energy efficient in the long run, and result in a smaller monthly electricity bill. Homeowners having a hard time choosing between the two systems should confer with a White Plains area company offering heating services.

What about Solar Heating?

While gas and electric heating systems are the most popular choices, homeowners looking to maximize energy efficiency should look into solar heating. It is not a practical choice for all climates, but if you live in a particularly sunny area, solar heat might be enough to keep your home warm.

It is more expensive to install than gas or electric systems, but it oftentimes pays for itself in as little as ten years. Solar heating puts a massive dent in the monthly energy bill, as it costs basically nothing to run. Many states offer financial incentives to homeowners who generate a surfeit of power.

Solar heating is a good option for environmentally conscious homeowners, and it can also be used to supplement traditional heating systems. If you are interested in solar heating services in White Plains MD, check with your local HVAC professionals at B&B Heating & Cooling.

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