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Ways to Stay Warm and Save Energy This Winter in Asheville

After a hot North Carolina summer and fall, cool air is certainly a welcomed change. You may have pulled out the sweaters and coats, but is your home ready for the winter? Read below to learn about some simple ways to stay warm and save energy at the same time.

Open Blinds and Curtains During the Day in Arden and Candler, NC

Too often, people keep the blinds and curtains closed during winter months to try and keep the heat in their house. If your home is properly insulated, open the blinds and curtains so that they may allow the sun to enter and heat the room. Not only is sunlight good to combat the winter gloom, it won’t cost you anything to warm your home naturally.

Throw on Another Blanket and Lower Your Thermostat

While you may be tempted to turn up the thermostat when you feel cold, try a blanket instead. Keep some throw blankets on the couch and add another layer onto your bedding. You can stay warm and save money. Did you know you can save up to 10% per year on your heating bills by reducing your home’s temperature by one degree?

Reverse Your Ceiling Fan

A great way to beat the heat is to turn on ceiling fans, but did you know that ceiling fans can help keep you warm in the winter months too? Reverse the ceiling fan cycle so that it turns clockwise if you are looking up at the fan.  By doing this, the fan pulls the warm air up and circulates it around the room. Keep it at a low speed and make sure that it rotates clockwise.

Insulate Your Home in Asheville, NC

The best thing you can do to keep down heating costs during the winter months is to make sure your home is properly insulated. First, check your windows and doors for potential leaks. If needed, caulk around the windows and replace weather stripping.

Make sure the ducts in the attics and crawlspaces are properly insulated. Run your hand along the heating ducts for holes. If you feel warm air escaping, then you’ll need to have your ductwork sealed and insulated by a professional contractor.  

Change Your Filters in the High Country

Replacing your filters is an inexpensive and a highly effective way to keep heating costs down. It’s also essential to caring for your furnace. Always remember, no matter what season, a clogged filter makes your heating and air units work harder and less efficient. Change your filters every three months at minimum.

Service Your Furnace

A regular maintenance schedule is necessary to maintain a safe and efficient furnace. Your licensed HVAC technician at American Air Heating & Cooling will inspect your furnace to ensure it is functioning to best of its ability.  If you need to schedule heating maintenance or have further questions, please contact us!

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Should I Do My Own Repairs to My HVAC System in Asheville, NC?

DIY home repairs are a routine part of life for the average homeowner. Nobody wants to spend unnecessary money, but should your air conditioner be one of the items on your DIY checklist? Hmmm, maybe not….. unless you’re a licensed HVAC contractor like American Air Heating & Cooling. It may be best to leave repairs to the professionals and here’s why:

It Could Be Dangerous for Candler Residents

Air conditioners are powered by electricity. Electrical current can cause serious bodily harm or even death. Even if you’ve take precautions and think you’ve turned off the electricity at the breaker box, electrical power could still be flowing to you’re A/C unit. You could be electrocuted you when you begin to work on your unit.

You Could Cause More Damage

Have you ever tried to fix something only to cause more damage?  Now imagine that it’s your air conditioner. If you don’t know what you’re doing, it’s best not to tinker around or you could cause further problems. What could have been a simple fix could lead to a more serious, and much more expensive problem. You may have seen YouTube videos on how to change a capacitor, but if it’s not done correctly you may end up with more than a bad capacitor.

Your Warranty

Whether you have a limited manufacturer’s warranty or purchased an extended warranty, it is likely that neglecting to have your certified HVAC technician perform annual maintenance and repairs could potentially void your warranties.

Neglecting annual maintenance by a professional will lead to unnecessary wear and tear on your unit and a manufacturer will not warranty the equipment unless it has been kept in proper working condition. Annual maintenance is what keeps your unit clean and functioning properly.

Extended warranties function similar to the manufacturer’s warranty. The difference is the repairs MUST be done by a licensed HVAC contractor that is registered to perform the work with the manufacturer. So any repairs and maintenance should be done by your licensed HVAC professional.

Then What Can I Do?

Change your air filters monthly. This cuts down on dust and pollen in your home as well as helps your air conditioner to operate more efficiently.

Keep your outdoor unit clean and free of debris; such as bushes, tree limbs, and leaves. A dirty condenser coil may cause your unit to blow a fuse, potentially cause a refrigerant leak, a fan motor failure, or even cause your compressor to fail.

So, leave your air conditioning and heating system repairs to the experts at American Air Heating & Cooling. Please contact us for information on maintenance and proper service.
You can reach us through our website or call (828)633-4460.

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How to Prevent Mold Growth This Spring in The High Country

Preventing Mold Growth

Once the temperatures begin to rise this spring in the Asheville area, so will the humidity. Unfortunately, this can often lead to mold and mildew growth in your home. Follow these four tips from American Air to prevent mold growth this spring in Candler, NC.

Spring Maintenance for your Heating & Cooling system

The first thing you should do to prevent mold growth in your home is to schedule HVAC maintenance from American Air. Our expert HVAC technicians will clean your entire system and make sure that there are no potential damages or problems that could contribute to mold in your home. Call or click to schedule your preventative maintenance today!

Set humidity on thermostat

The more humid your home is, the more ideal of an environment it creates for mold to thrive in. Use the humidity controls on your thermostat to lower the humidity in your home and prevent mold growth. Ideally, the relative humidity in your home should be somewhere around 50%, and not exceed 60%.

Prevent mold growth in your home with a dehumidifier

You can also alter the relative humidity in your home with a dehumidifier. This is especially helpful if you notice problematic mold and mildew concentrated in a particular room or area of your home. Use a dehumidifier to prevent mold growth and reduce allergy symptoms this spring in Asheville, NC.

Seal doors and windows this spring in the High Country

A well maintained and properly operated air conditioner will do most of the work to prevent mold growth in your home this spring in Candler. However, if your home is open to the elements, your A/C unit won’t be able to fight off mold and mildew for long. Cracks and gaps around windows and door frames allow outside humidity to enter your home, creating a safe haven for mold to spread. Seal your home with caulk and weatherstripping to keep mold out and lower your energy bills.

Call American Air or click here to schedule your A/C maintenance!

828-633-4460