Can Closed Doors Increase Your Bills

Do Closed Doors Save You Money?

As homeowners, we do what we can to save as much money as possible which includes making our air conditioner’s job as easy as possible. If there are simple measures we can take to make our home more energy efficient then we would love to know. One common idea is that closing bedroom doors will save you energy and money – but does it really? Ken’s AC explores this topic with you today.

Most homeowners believe that closing vents and closing doors when not being used will save you money. The logic is simple – if you’re not using a space, it’s safe to turn it off or close it to save you money right? Specifically for heating and cooling systems, this logic would actually not be true.

Your heating and cooling systems are designed to keep your home at a constant temperature regardless of the season and must have appropriate airflow to achieve the desired results. So in actuality, closed doors and vents restrict airflow, creating pressure differences between rooms and causing your system to pull the ‘missing’ air from any source it can, which can cause unconditioned air to be brought in from attics, windows, or any other cracks leading outside. This introduces warmer air to your indoor environment and can make your air conditioner work harder just to reach that comfortable temperature, which can lead to considerable increases in utility bills.

If you’re interested in improving your energy efficiency or have ‘hot’ or ‘cold’ spots in certain rooms or areas, there are multiple solutions you can consider. Contact your local air conditioning professionals at Ken’s so we can evaluate the options best suited for your home and your budget. Pick up your phone and call us today 830-693-5152!

Get Your Home Vacation Ready

How to Get Your Home Vacation Ready

You and your family may be excited, getting ready for that long awaited and well deserved vacation, but it would be smart not to neglect your home while you’re away. Little things make a huge difference and you wouldn’t want any unexpected surprises to home to. See the below tips from Ken’s AC to show how you should take care of your home this summer right before leaving for vacation!

  • Adjust your thermostat – Although often overlooked, you should make sure to set your thermostat before you leave for a few days! One of the biggest misconceptions of good thermostat practice is turning your AC off if you don’t need it for a few days to save money on bills. Unfortunately, this method will only cause you to spend more money since it takes more energy to cool up your home and furnishings again. The recommended option is to turn your thermostat a few degrees higher while you are gone and the best recommendation is to install a Programmable thermostat that saves you money all the time.
  • Replace your air filter – Make sure your air filter has been replaced, a dirty air filter will greatly affect your system’s efficiency. Don’t let your system work harder than it has to which will lead to higher energy bills as well.
  • Make sure your air vents are opened – For the same reason as having your air filters replaced, make sure your system is optimizing at full efficiency by making sure your air vents are opened.
  • Tune- up/maintenance – If you haven’t already, make sure your system has been tuned up. Don’t let small problems accumulate into bigger ones, this is definitely something you don’t want to deal with when you get back from a vacation.

Minimize your risk for unwanted surprises while you’re out for vacation by following our steps. If you’re due for a routine maintenance or tune-up, make sure to contact Ken’s at 830-693-5152 and don’t forget to visit our Facebook page to leave us some love!

Is Your Air Conditioner Constantly Running?

Is Your Air Conditioner Constantly Running?

Living in Texas, being hot and sticky during the summer is not only bothersome, but when your A/C runs constantly it can become costly.  If your system seems to be running constantly, here are the Top 3 Tips from Ken’s AC to help either fix the problem or at least find the source of your problem.

  1. Check Your Air Filter for Immediate Relief!
    When was the last time you changed your air filter?  If it’s been more than 30 days, it’s probably dirt restricting air flow. This will cut down on the amount of cool air your air conditioner can produce, which in turn will make your A/C run more through the day. When your air filter is clogged, your air handler must work harder to compensate.Would you believe that replacing your filter monthly is the easiest thing to do to ensure your system works more efficiently and lower your energy bills during the summer months?
  2. Air Conditioner Coils Covered in Dirt?
    Dirt, in the form of grass clippings, pet hair or mud will block the air flow.  What happens with reduced air flow… diminished performance, lower energy efficiency and your A/C running non-stop.  Condenser coils need to be cleaned because they are exposed to the outdoor elements. You can maintain condenser coil efficiency by simply hosing down the unit. Make sure to turn off any electrical power to your system first!  The evaporator coils are harder to get to but are just as susceptible to debris buildup because of being exposed to airflow that could have airborne dust, dirt, or pet dander particles. Homeowners should have one of our qualified service technicians perform a system tune-up that includes inspecting your condenser and evaporator coils.
  3. Proper Size of Your System?
    Having a properly sized air conditioning system is imperative for proper cooling operation.  If your system is too small, then it is going to have to work harder to cool your home which over time will increase the wear and tear on your unit and reduce its life.  If your system is too large, it won’t effectively dehumidify the air in your home because of the shorter run times which will result in a moist, clammy climate and could result in higher utility bills.During the tune-up that cleans your coils, our technicians will also check to ensure that your system is operating at the optimal run cycles.

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Address issues before they become problems.

Chances are it is something simple. Even if it is a more significant problem, dealing with the repairs now will greatly reduce your bills in the future.

Any of the above reasons can cause your air conditioner to run more often than it needs to, which will cost you more money. Your best bet is to contact Ken’s Heating and Air to let them know you have an A/C system running constantly.

HVAC Noises - Decoded

HVAC Noises – Decoded!

If your air conditioner is quiet or creating a pleasant white noise, that could be one indication that your system is running smoothly and quietly. However, if your system is making disrupting or weird noises, your system most likely isn’t running as smoothly as it should be. Determine whether your HVAC noises are minor or major with our decoded guide below!

  • Whining – a “whining” noise from your HVAC system typically indicates that there may be an air leak somewhere. Many times, a whining noise will be accompanied by a moaning noise, which can mean worn motor bearings.
  • Bubbling or hissing – a “bubbling” or “hissing” sound is another indication of leaking due to the refrigerant, which is necessary in the cooling of your home. For any “leaky” cases, please contact your local HVAC tech to perform an inspection.
  • Rattling – a “rattling” noise may indicate loose ductwork. When ducts have loose connections, it allows your air to leak into vacant spaces and draw in dust-filled, untreated air.
  • Buzzing – a “buzzing” noise may be an issue with the electrical system. Arcing is occurring causing either a steady buzz sound or crackling noise. Be sure to contact your local tech to avoid this turning into a dangerous situation.
  • Grinding or squealing – a “grinding” or “squealing” noise could be another indication of a serious issue due to loose parts or mounts. Refusing or prolonging to get this issue inspected can turn it into a larger and more damaging problem for you. Please refer to a professional to help resolve this issue as well as begin investing in preventative maintenance AC tune ups in the future.

Ken’s Heating & Air services the Marble Falls and surrounding areas with fully licensed and certified technicians.  Regular maintenance will keep your system running smoothly, but we also offer repair services for when those mysterious noises appear.  Visit us on our website or Facebook for more information or call 830-693-5152 today!

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Marble Falls Winter Saving Hacks Texas HVAC Heating and Air Conditioning

Marble Falls Winter Saving Hacks

Being used to the Texas heat, we could all use a few tips and tricks to save this winter while keeping warm. Ken’s Heating and Air is prepared to provide you with the top winter saving hacks! With just a few simple steps, you can be on your way to ultimate savings on your heating and cooling.

  1. Prepare your home – start by inspecting your home for any leaky areas and seal them immediately and accordingly. The most common methods are caulking and weather stripping doors, keeping the cold air out and the warm air in.
  2. Install & use your thermostat – a programmable thermostat, when used properly, can ultimately save you hundreds a year on heating and cooling. Just by setting your thermostat 5-10 degrees lower for eight hours while you’re asleep at night can save you 5%-10% a year. To compromise for the lower temperature at night, make sure to stack on blankets and clothes for a comfortable night’s sleep.
  3. Check your filter – whether spring, summer, fall, or winter, you should be consistently checking and replacing your filters according to the manufacturer’s instructions. Dirty filters restrict the flow of air therefore increasing the use of energy.
  4. Clear your registers – often overlooked, this winter you can check all your registers to make sure nothing is blocking them. Make sure there isn’t any furniture, rugs, or carpet covering the registers.
  5. Consider switching equipment – if your system is in due of an upgrade, switching to a more energy efficient model such as ENERGY STAR appliances will help lower your bills and can even provide you with tax credits.

Saving this winter is easy as 1-2-3! You can always utilize these steps for extra savings, but make sure to contact Ken’s Heating and Air for pre-season maintenance and tune-ups for your system. This is essential in preserving the life of your system and making sure its running at its peak efficiency. Call us today at 830-693-5152!

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