Strange odors are a symptom that will put any homeowner on alert, especially when a home’s air conditioner smells bad when it’s turned on. The blast of cool air you feel when your air conditioner starts up should be the only thing you’re hit with – a sudden wave of stench is out of the ordinary. Learn what it means when your air conditioner emits unpleasant smells upon startup and what to do to avoid them in the future.
We’re into the hottest part of the year. Here are the top things you can do to save money and make your air conditioning unit as efficient as possible. As the summer heat cranks up, your air conditioning system may be under pressure to perform. According to the Department of Energy, we pitch in about 11 billion dollars a year to keep all those HVAC systems humming in hot weather.
Is your air conditioner blowing hot air? There’s a chance it’s low on refrigerant. When it comes to replacing air conditioner refrigerant, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency takes things pretty seriously. That’s because Section 608 of the Clean Air Act prohibits those without a professional certification from handling the air conditioner refrigerant in your unit.
Unless you have a finished attic, you probably aren’t fond of spending time up there during a hot summer day. With no air conditioning vents pumping in cool air and the hot sun beating down on the roof right over your head, attic temperatures can soar. But with proper ventilation, you can at least bring those temperatures down to match that of the outdoor air.
Your home is filled with endless chores: dishes, laundry, vacuuming and the dreaded task of dusting. While these duties are unavoidable, some of them may feel like they have to be done too often. If you’re struggling to keep up with a dusty home, it could be that your HVAC system is part of the problem. Fortunately, for every common HVAC problem that may contribute to excessive dust, there is a simple and effective solution.
Responsible homeowners know to replace their HVAC system filters on schedule. But sometimes, “on schedule” just isn’t good enough. If you check your filter at replacement time and find that it’s completely covered in dust, hair and other particles, you might start wondering what causes it to clog up prematurely.
There are a few common causes of this, as well as a few things you can do to correct the problem.