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Some of us are hanging on to summer for dear life while others are welcoming the start of the new season with open arms. No matter which category you fall into, you might be wondering what to do about your air conditioning system this time of year. See below to find out some of the common questions we get about A/C during the final few weeks of summer - you might have the same ones!

Can I turn off the A/C and use my ceiling fans instead?

You sure can. That is, if you can keep cool and comfortable without the use of your air conditioner. While temperatures are still warm, we recommend turning up the temperature on your thermostat a few degrees and running your ceiling fans at the same time. This way, your system won’t need to work as hard to keep the house cool.

What should I do in order to properly shut the system down?

We strongly recommend cleaning or changing the filter and clearing debris from the outdoor condenser unit. Wind, storms and other activities like mowing the lawn and gardening can cause dirt and debris to build up and restrict airflow during the summer. And if you haven’t paid any attention to the filter, now is the time do so.

Should I cover the outdoor unit?

The choice is yours when it comes to covering the outdoor condenser. Keeping it covered helps protect the equipment from ice, snow and all other types of weather during the fall and winter however, it can be seen as a cozy place for animals for make their home.

Should I schedule maintenance?

Absolutely. Having an expert come in to check your air conditioning system before it is shut down for good is always an excellent idea. We also recommend having a professional perform furnace maintenance to make sure your home’s heating system will be ready to go once cooler temperatures settle in.

For more information about taking care of your home’s HVAC equipment, contact the experts at ABC Plumbing, Heating, Cooling & Electric today!
Did you know that you could be wasting hundreds of dollars on energy bills via leaky ducts? If air is escaping through cracks or gaps you might as well be throwing dollar bills right out the window. Any duct leakage translates into extra air that must be supplied so sufficient heating or cooling reaches the conditioned space. So how can you prevent this problem from taking place? Find out below:

Introducing Aeroseal – A Revolutionary New Technology For Duct Sealing

Your home’s HVAC equipment is a complex network of ducts and joints connected and sealed with tapes and adhesives. But even with all of that, the air loss around seams and joints can be significant and that only leads to higher energy bills for homeowners.

Aeroseal Duct Sealing is a patented technology that tackles leaks from the inside out. Aeroseal software allows your ABC HVAC technician to accurately measure the duct leakage in the home. To seal leaks in the air ducts, the Aeroseal process puts escaping air under pressure, causes polymer particles to stick to the edges of a leak, then to each other until the leak is completely sealed off. Say goodbye to leaks and say hello to lower energy bills.

In addition to the annual cost savings you'll enjoy greater comfort and improved indoor air quality and let’s face it, we could all use a little more of that! Rooms that were hard to heat or cool will have more even temperatures and be more comfortable, while dust and fumes from once leaking return air ducts will no longer be drawn back into the fresh air supply.

Interested in learning more about how duct sealing with Aeroseal can help insulate your home from the high cost of heating and cooling? Call ABC Plumbing, Heating, Cooling and Electric for complete details.
While it sounds like a simple question, setting your thermostat too high when you leave for summer vacation could actually end up saving you nothing. The reason is, if the house is allowed to get too hot the air conditioner will have to work overtime when you return to restore the temperature to a comfortable range, negating much of the energy savings. Turning the temperature up too high can also cause problems with excess humidity, which can damage furnishings and cause mold and mildew to grow.

So what is the best temperature? We recommend setting the temperature 4-5 degrees higher than the normal setting to save energy and keep your house safe from excess heat and humidity.  If you normally set your temperature to 72, turn it up to a maximum of 77 degrees.

Have questions about your air conditioner? Call ABC Plumbing, Heating, Cooling and Electric, we're here to help.
Your home’s cooling system has been running ‘round the clock for a few months now and let’s face it, it could use a rest. One of the top reasons for air conditioner breakdowns during the summer is overuse and the hot weather doesn’t make things any easier. But aside from all that, giving your system a break could also lead to lower energy bills this season.

We know what you’re thinking, “how can I stay cool if I turn my air conditioner off?” Believe it or not, you can keep cool even on the hottest days using the simple steps below:

  1. Pay close attention to the temperature outside and when it cools down, open up windows and doors. Tip: open windows on opposite sides of the house to create a cross-breeze.
  2. Fans are your friends. They cost much less to operate than central air systems and they can help make the room you’re in feel cooler rather than chilling the whole house.
  3. Too much humidity inside the house can make it feel warmer. Run a dehumidifier and keep midday washing (yourself and your clothes) to a minimum.
  4. Keep the cool air inside. Take a look around your windows and doors and if you notice any gaps or cracks in the caulking, fill them immediately. We also recommend adding weatherstripping to cut back on the transfer of air.
  5. Keep blinds drawn during the day. This will help keep the sun’s warm rays out and will leave you with a cooler home while the sun’s out.
  6. Spend more time on the lower levels of your house. Hot air rises and tends to make rooms upstairs warmer than the ones in the basement or on the first floor.
Keep your cooling system operating at peak efficiency and correct problems before they become costly emergencies is to have ABC perform an annual system tune-up and safety inspection. This will help prevent against breakdowns when you least expect it! Call us today at 888-903-4070 to schedule an appointment and don’t forget to connect with us on Facebook!
Picture this: Illinois is smack dab in the middle of a summer heatwave and your home’s air conditioning system decides to break down. Sounds like your worst nightmare, right? Well, while this definitely doesn’t sound like an opportune time for your cooling system to fail, there’s no reason get all hot and bothered. Here are a few things you can do to keep cool until the air conditioning repair company arrives:
  1. Go for a swim! There’s no better way to cool off on a hot day than by taking a dip in the pool. Not only can a pool help you cool off, it’s also a great way to clear your mind!
  2. Hungry? Avoid turning on the stove or the oven to cook your meal as these are both major heat-producers in your home. Go out to eat or grill up your favorite meats and vegetables outside.
  3. Turn on your ceiling fans in order to keep air circulating throughout your home. Although ceiling fans don’t actually generate cold air, they can help make your skin feel cooler. We also recommend placing box fans in the windows at night to draw cool air in from the outside.
We understand that air conditioning problems don’t happen between 9 and 5. We’re here for you 24-hours day and that includes weekends and holidays. At ABC we make repairs easy and we’ll keep you and your family cool and comfortable all summer long.
Have you ever been caught up in the family "thermostat wars?" Or maybe you have unoccupied areas that do not need heating or cooling? Zoning a heating and cooling allows you to divide your home into separate areas, giving you the comfort and control you've always wanted.

The benefits of zoning include:

Comfort

Zoning meets the specific temperature and airflow requirements of one area, without affecting other areas.

Efficiency

A properly designed zoning system can save you hundreds of dollars in energy costs each year.

Control

Zoning divides the home into different areas and comfort into different levels, giving you more choices and control than ever before.

Quiet Performance

When combined with a variable speed and/or two-stage HVAC systems, zoning allows your heating and cooling equipment to deliver peak performance and efficiency without continually operating at peak capacity. Lower speeds also mean lower sound levels.

Have questions about zoning your home's heating or cooling system? Call ABC Plumbing, Heating, Cooling and Electric. We're here to help.
For many homeowners, the outside part of the central air conditioner is not a feature of their home they want to show off.  With a little planning and time you can landscape around your air conditioner to conceal it from view while also ensuring that it can still operate without interference.

One easy way to conceal your air conditioner is to build a fence around the unit. The fence can be painted to match the trim of the house or an existing fence.

Planting evergreens as hedge rows is another great way to have year-round concealment. Avoid plants or trees that lose their leaves or drop seeds. These can get inside the air conditioner and make cleaning and maintenance a chore.

Whatever method you use to hide your air conditioner, ensure there is plenty of room around the unit for it to operate with enough ventilation. Plants and shrubs should be trimmed back as needed. Always ensure there are no obstructions directly above the unit.
When it comes to keeping your home cool this season the more efficient your air conditioner is, the more you’ll save on energy bills. Simple concept, right? Although it may seem easy to understand, lots of homeowners aren’t getting the most bang for their buck. See the tips below to find out how to save this summer.

Air conditioner efficiency is measured by its Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio, or SEER Rating. Keep this in mind while shopping - it will make all the difference. Think about a SEER rating like the gas mileage you get in your car. The higher the miles per gallon, the more efficient the car, right?

The same goes for air conditioners. The higher the SEER rating, the more efficient the system. The same goes for air conditioners. The higher the SEER rating, the more efficient the system. And if you’re having a new system installed, a higher SEER rating may qualify you for additional rebates from your energy provider. It’s also important to understand that the SEER rating on one brand, is exactly the same as the SEER rating on any other brand.

We know how devastating energy bills can be and that’s why we’re here to help. Contact the AC experts at ABC today. Our techs will gladly help explain the differences between models and help you choose the perfect system for your home.
Sure, you can turn your air conditioning system on for the first warm day of the season and hope it works but going that route will likely come with some consequences down the road. When it comes to prepping your air conditioner for spring and summer a little bit of maintenance goes a long way.

The first step in making sure your home’s cooling system is up to par is to clean or replace the filter. This is a vital piece of maintenance that should be done once a month for the entire cooling season so be sure to get it started on the right foot.

Next, you’ll want to clean the outdoor unit. Oftentimes, they get filled with dust, dirt, leaves and other debris during the off-season which can all have a negative impact on your equipment. Spray it down with a hose and be sure to cut away any overgrown bushes or shrubs. You’ll want to have a few feet of space clear on all sides of the unit.

Then we recommend checking your thermostat. Flip it over to the “cool” setting and make sure the unit kicks on. If it doesn’t here are a few troubleshooting tips to follow: How To Fix A Broken Thermostat.

Once you’ve done those three things, set up an appointment with ABC for a precision tune-up. We go way beyond the basic clean and check. Our Ultimate Air Conditioner Tune Up includes an air delivery system analysis – to insure maximum airflow to all corners of your home. We also check for any malfunctions that can cause costly breakdowns during peak use, giving you the peace of mind knowing your air conditioner is operating safely and efficiently all summer long. We even replace the batteries on your thermostat to prevent inconvenient breakdowns during the hottest days of summer. Call us today to schedule your appointment.
Without a thermostat it would be nearly impossible to keep our homes at a comfortable temperature. After all, they control the heating during the colder months and the air conditioning in the spring and summer so homeowners are relying on them just about all year ‘round. However, just like most pieces of technology, they can run into problems from time to time. So if yours is on the fritz, read below to find out how to fix it:

  1. Adjust the temperature setting. If you notice your air conditioning isn’t kicking on this season when the house seems to be on the warmer side, set the thermostat 5 degrees below the normal setting. This should make the cooling system kick on.
  2. Make sure it’s set to “cool”. Oftentimes, homeowners forget to switch the system over to air conditioning after a long winter of heating.
  3. Sometimes, the condenser unit needs to be reset. Check the owner’s manual for instructions or call on the experts at ABC.
  4. Check the batteries in the thermostat and/or make sure the wires are connected properly. Each wire should be attached securely to its respective mounting screw.
  5. Check the breaker to make sure the fuse that powers the equipment has not blown.

Still can’t seem to get your thermostat or cooling system to kick on? Don’t worry, ABC Plumbing, Heating, Cooling and Electric is here to help! Just give us a call to schedule an appointment and we’ll get you back up and running as quickly as possible.
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