Getting the Most Out of Your Central Air

Central AirWhile the past week or so hasn’t exactly felt like summer is on the way, nevertheless, it is.  Soon we will all be complaining about the heat and humidity and forgetting that Mid-May featured 40 degree temperatures.  Soon, the sun is going to drive the temperatures through the roof and it is during this time that we will be clamoring to switch on the air conditioning, so here are some tips and tricks for getting the most out of your central air.

Central air systems can be finicky creatures, especially if you’re pushing the limits of an older unit.  However, if you follow these simple tips, you can maximize your comfort without breaking the bank!

  • Close the Blinds/Curtains – During the day, when you’re not at home and the heat is raging outside, close all the curtains and blinds in your home. Sunlight pouring through the windows drives up the internal temperature of your home, thus making the central air kick on when you’re not home to enjoy it.
  • Shade Your Unit – Your outdoor unit is going to be exposed to the elements, of course. However, providing some shade for the unit is an excellent idea.  Giving it a break from the constant stream of sunlight can ensure that it isn’t working too hard!
  • Replace Your Filter – By replacing the filter in your system, you’re cleaning it of all the dust and allergens that have been accumulating over the month, or past three months, depending on how often it’s changed. Removing the fouled filter can allow the system to operate a lot more efficiently, and thus cool your home better.
  • Rearrange – If you’ve had an end table or a recliner blocking the vents in your home, it may be time to move it. Think about it this way; do you want to cool your entire house, or the underside of your couch? 

If you’re using all of these tips and tricks and your home still isn’t comfortable, contact us and schedule an appointment for service or for an estimate to replace your tired old AC unit!

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There’s a New Judge on the Bench

Sponsored by FLIR FLIR’s first thermal imaging camera specifically designed for electronics bench testing in the lab. The FLIR ETS 320 accurately measure temperatures across more than 76,000 points on your device with just the push of a button. Save time […]

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FLIR ETS320 Case Study Video

Sponsored by FLIR The FLIR ETS320 is an affordable IR camera kit for reducing test times and improving product design for electronic board and device evaluation. FLIR’s first thermal imaging camera accurately measures temperatures across more than 76,000 points on your […]

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New Adhesive Transfer Tapes Introduced

Polyonics introduces a new family of adhesive transfer tapes at the International Converting Exhibition in Orlando 25-27 April. The tapes are designed specifically for high temperature bonding of electronic, transportation and general industrial components. The solvent-based, double linered adhesives are available in acrylic […]

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Protect Your Home From Leaks

leaksWith the amount of rain that has been falling in the mid-state lately, we’re finely attuned to the possibility of leaks.  When we’re home we can closely monitor whether or not that rain is coming inside our homes, but sometimes leaks are a bit more sinister than your common roof or basement leak.  Plus, let’s face it, we’re not always going to be home.  Common household appliances can be the culprit for water damage to your home, but now there is a way to protect your home from leaks, whether you’re there or not.

By now, we’ve all seen the devices that are being manufactured to make our homes smarter.  With simple installation of an app on your phone or tablet, homeowners are able to monitor their temperature, garage door, and even security systems.  Did you know that there is also a smart sensor to detect leaks and freezes in your home?

Did you know that a water leak can cost in excess of $7,000 in damages to your home?  That’s a pretty big chunk of change for a drip you didn’t even know was happening, but the latest in the line of smart technology for your home can change all of that!

The Lyric Wi-Fi Water Leak and Freeze Detector is set up to know if your water heater is leaking or if that isn’t just condensation in your laundry room from the heat of the dryer.  The average homeowner can install this type of device on their own, but to ensure proper placement, it wouldn’t be a bad idea to have a professional place it for you. 

Not only can this system detect small leaks before they become a major issue, but it is also set up to detect serious drops in temperature that could cause pipe freezing.  If humidity is an issue in your house, there is a sensor for a rise in humidity levels as well. These sensors can be placed in the home where a problem is easily anticipated; under the sink, beside the washing machine, around the water heater, or close to the sump pump.  Essentially, this device is an early warning system for your home, and can even provide serious peace of mind when you’re traveling.

If you’re interested in one of these sensors, and you probably should be, contact us today.  We can help protect your home!

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The Problem with Effective Thermal Conductivity

Simply stated, the problem with the use of volume weighted, effective thermal conductivity, kvw, in the thermal modeling of a printed circuit board (PCB), is inaccuracy. In this paper, we show how using kvw can lead to serious errors in […]

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