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Cut Your Cooling Costs with These Six Money-Saving Tips

The summer’s heat and humidity have arrived and with them comes the need to cool your home around the clock. This constant cooling of your home will undoubtedly cause an increase in your monthly utility bills. Cooling your home really is not optional when the temperatures start hitting the 90’s, but you do have some methods you can use to help keep the cooling bill lower.


Six Tips to Cut Cooling Costs

1. Utilize Ceiling Fans: cooling

Ceiling fans help your air conditioning system by taking on some of the work. By circulating the cool air in your home, your AC will not have to work as hard to keep you cool and comfortable.

2. Seal Leaky Windows

Windows that are poorly sealed and leaking air are inefficient and they are costing you more money when you are running your AC. Utilizing weather strips and caulk to seal up any leaks will help save you money on your cooling bill.

3. Replace Your Furnace Filter Regularly 

The air filter in your furnace will naturally become dirty over time. Dust, pet hair and debris are just some of the elements that can cling to your filter, slowing the air flow. Thus, a dirty filter will cause your air conditioner to work harder, to move cool air throughout your home. It is best to change your filter as recommended by the manufacturer.

4. Close Your Curtains 

This is probably the easiest cooling cost-cutting task you can perform. When sunlight pours into your home, it warms it. So, by simply closing your curtains, especially those where the sun beams in the brightest, will help keep your home cooler.

5. Have a Programmable Thermostat Installed 

Programmable thermostats are extremely useful little gadgets. They allow you to reduce the amount of energy needed to cool your home and make sure your home is still comfortable when you get home. You program these thermostats to adjust the temperature to a comfortable level when you are home and set it to run less often when you are not there. No more wasting extra money cooling your home, when no one is there. You can see real savings on your monthly energy bill by simply adjusting your thermostat seven to ten degrees, eight hours a day when no one is home.

6. Have Your AC Inspected Annually

Having your air conditioning unit serviced once a year is one of the best ways to ensure that your equipment is running as efficiently as possible, which will save you more money on your cooling bill.  Call on the experts at Team Tiger to perform your annual AC Super Tune-Up and Safety Inspection today at (866) 844-3770  and be ready for whatever summer throws your way.

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How to Protect Your Air Conditioner from Storm Damage

These past few weeks have brought a lot of rain and storms to the area. In addition to all of these storms, the temperatures have also been climbing. You have likely been running your air conditioning system to keep your home comfortable. Unfortunately, thunderstorms can pose a serious risk to your ACFollow these handy tips when a strong storm hits and help protect your
Air Conditioner from the elements.

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-Turn Off Your AC During Thunderstorms 

Whenever possible turn off your air conditioner before a storm hits. Strong storms typically mean lightning. Electrical surges are common when lightning hits and you don’t want your AC’s electrical components destroyed, or risk a fire! If the weather is particularly hot, you can usually run your AC until the sky darkens. Keep in mind, however; lightning might be flashing before the rain comes so don’t wait that long, to turn off your unit. 

-Cover Your AC Before A Storm

Covering your air conditioning unit can be a great option to help protect it during a strong storm. Fast winds, hail and flying debris can cause some serious damage to the exposed components on your unit. You can use a tarp or even a board to cover your AC, to help protect it when severe weather hits.

*Make sure your cover is secure so it doesn’t turn into debris itself to cause damage elsewhere, and after the storm passes, remove the covering before starting up your unit again.

-Clean Up Your Yard

Speaking of flying debris, cleaning up your yard is a great way to help reduce the amount of debris that can be tossed around. Well before a storm hits, pack away outdoor furniture, toys, your barbecue pit and anything else that’s not tied down. Clean up branches that might have fallen and remove anything else that could puncture your AC equipment. Collaborate with neighbors to clean up their yards as well. Storms have no respect for property lines!

*If the storm is already rolling in or you see lightning, it is best to skip this step. Your own safety is more important. 

-Inspect and Clean Your AC Before Start-up

Once the storm has passed and it is safe to go outside, it is a good idea to do a thorough inspection of your AC unit and refrigerant piping to check for damage. Be sure to clear any debris that might be covering your air conditioning unit. As long as you’re certain that the unit is free from damage and debris, turn it on and monitor to make sure it’s working as it should.

-Get Professional Help

If despite your best efforts, your unit or piping has been damaged, call us right away at (866)844-3770We can also help you prepare for the storms ahead and reduce your equipments risk of being damaged.

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The School Year is Ending! Are You Ready for Summer Break?

It is May and we all know what that means, the school year is almost over! With summer break approaching quickly, you may be trying to plan ways to keep the kiddos entertained for the next few months. Fear not! Here are some helpful activities you can do with the kids this summer!

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Summer Break Activities:

1. Water Fun

Beat the heat this summer with the kids by breaking out the hose! Kiddie pools, water balloon fights and running through sprinklers are some of the best benefits of dealing with the summer heat! The good news is that your family can enjoy the waterworks, without sending your monthly bill through the roof. Try only filling kiddie pools about halfway, instead of all the way to the top, most of that water will just splash out and be wasted anyway. If you’re using sprinklers, try running the hose on a lower setting versus having it going at full blast. Your kids will still have fun playing with the sprinkler and you’ll save a little money on your water bill.

2. Light Reading

One downside to summer is that kids can actually lose some of what they learned from the school year over the break. Encourage kids to read more to help fight against this knowledge loss. There are several great summer reading programs in our area. The more time kids spend reading, the less time they are spending on video games, watching TV or bugging you because they are bored. So, if you are looking for a way to keep the kids busy this summer, place them in a well-lit room, with a good book!

3. Plant a Garden

A small garden, even just a simple herb garden, can be a fun activity for you and your kids to do over the school break. Gardening is a great way to teach kids about patience, the seasons, watering practices and it gets them outdoors for awhile!

4. Camp at Home

Grab a tent and head out to the backyard. Backyard camping is a lot of fun and conveniently located next to your own personal bathroom! String up some outdoor lights and roast marshmallows over a fire pit if you have one and tell funny campfire stories. 

5. Stay Cool in the Kitchen

Baking is always a fun activity, but a hot kitchen can be an unpleasant place to be during the hot summer months. Skip the part where you add extra heat to home and opt for making no-bake treats with the kiddos!

Have a Great Summer Everyone!

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Labor Day Already? Are You Ready for the Changing Seasons?

Labor Day is the unofficial end of summer here in the Midwest. The weather will slowly start to transition from hot, humid summer temperatures to cool, crisp autumn air. As we begin to move from one season to another, here are a few things to keep in mind to ensure that you are ready for what is to come.

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Life After Labor Day:

One important thing to keep in mind is that summer is ending, it is not over. You will want to hold off on packing up those summer clothes and you will likely want to keep using your AC for the next several weeks. The good news is that as the days start to become a little cooler, your AC will need to run less often to keep you and your family comfortable. Saving energy and money!ceiling-fan-558988_960_720 (1)

A ceiling fan will also go a long way in keeping your home comfortable over the next couple of months. Ceiling fans will help distribute the cooler air throughout your home, causing your AC to run less often.

Seasonal Allergies:

With the changing weather comes fall allergies, making this time of year rough for those of us who have to battle seasonal allergens. Ragweed, pollen, dust mites, all on top of all the other allergen triggers can turn the beautiful months of fall into a sneezing nightmare. While you may not be able to do much about the air outside, you can clean and purify the air you breathe inside your home.

Start by changing the air filter inside your furnace. Changing your air filter as recommended will not only greatly improve your indoor air quality, but it will also help your heating and cooling system run more efficiently.

The next step is to have a member of our team come out and thoroughly clean and sanitize your ductwork. Having your ducts cleaned is a great way to get the allergens and bacteria out of the air you and your family breathes. Call (866)844-3770 to schedule your duct cleaning today!

Have a Safe and Happy Labor Day!

 

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More than Just Comfortable: the Added Benefits of Your AC

Summer is in full swing and you are loving the cool air and comfort provided by your AC. After all, these warmer months would be fairly miserable if air conditioners weren’t around, but you may not be aware of some of the other added benefits that your AC system provides.

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Bonus Benefits from Your AC:

 Indoor Air Quality:

Your heating and cooling systems go a long way in improving the air quality of your home. Most notably, they drastically reduce the amount of pollutants and allergens floating around in the air of your home. A well maintained AC system will also help improve the quality of living of people who suffer from allergens or respiratory illnesses like asthma.

P.S. Having regular maintenance tasks performed will greatly improve your indoor air quality and extend the life of your AC system. These tasks include; yearly system checks, having your filter changed as recommended, having your air ducts clean annually, etc.

Productivity Boost:

If you are hot, uncomfortable and all around miserable you will be less productive. AC’s to the rescue! Air Conditioners are designed to keep you cool and comfortable, no matter how toasty things become outside. The more comfortable you are, the more productive you will be!

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This is also a matter of being comfortable. Keeping your bedroom between 60 to 65 degrees is often ideal for a perfect night of sleep. A properly functioning AC is the easiest way for you to keep your bedroom in this comfort zone.

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Protect Your Home From the Summer Heat With One Simple Trick

The summer heat is taking over the Midwest and we are all feeling the effects. Every time we open our front doors a wave of heat hits us in the face, yuck! Thank goodness for air conditioning, for making dealing with the summer heat bearable. Of course, running your AC comes with higher monthly energy costs, which is frustrating. The good news is that if your home happens to have an attic, there is a simple trick you can do to combat the summer heat and reduce cooling costs.

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It is not uncommon for the temperature in your attic to reach over 150 degrees during the summer. All of that heat has to go somewhere, right? Yes, the heat from your attic seeps into your home. Causing your AC to work harder and run longer, which causes you to spend more money cooling your home.

You can stop this endless cycle of overpaying to cool your home with one simple addition. You can greatly reduce the temperature of your attic by having an attic fan installed. An attic fan can cut the costs of your AC bill by as much as 30%.

Attic fans are a simple solution to protect your home and save you money. Fans work by drawing in cooler air from outside that replaces the boiling summer air that typically becomes trapped in your attic. These fans come with automatic turn-on and offs sensors that allow you to set the temperature you desire so your fan will not run around the clock!

P.S. An attic fan will not only help in the battle against the summer heat, but it can also protect your rafters and shingles from deteriorating. It can also help stop your floors from becoming warped over time. The fan will help keep air circulating, which keeps moisture from building up and prevents condensation from ruining your rafters and floors. During the winter months, the heat and humidity from your furnace rises into your cold attic, causing you to spend more money on your heating bill. All of the extra humidity and moisture in your attic can mix with the cold air and create frost in your attic. This frost can cause mold to grow on the wood framing in your attic.

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Should I Shut My AC Off During Thunderstorms?

Thunderstorms and rocky weather are a way of life here in the Metro-East Area and we are all aware that there are some safety precautions we should follow when severe weather starts. Head indoors or take cover, do not sit near windows, roll up your car windows if driving, etc. but many people may not be aware of the risks that come from running their AC Units during thunderstorms.

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The extremely hot, sticky, humid conditions that make you want to run your AC are the same conditions that thunderstorms thrive in. Unfortunately, running your AC during a storm can cause some serious and expensive damage to the unit. So, it is a good idea to shut your AC off when a storm rolls in.

Why Are Thunderstorms and AC Units A Bad Combination?

One of the most dangerous elements of any storm is the possibility of lightning, and AC’s are not immune to the damage that comes with a lightning strike. The good news is that lightning striking homes are rare, but they are possible. And if lightning strikes the spot were your utility lines connect to your roof, five billion joules of electricity will surg10426_image7 copye throughout your home’s electrical system and wiring. This power can surge through your home before the breakers have a chance to be triggered to trip, leaving your electrical devices and appliances vulnerable.

Your AC can be rendered completely unusable by the damage caused by a lightning strike. If your AC is running when lightning hits your home, the delicate electrical circuitry of your AC Unit can be completely fried and the plug for your unit can be melted. Your AC could require expensive repairs or need to be replaced outright. 

In order to protect your AC Unit, it is best to turn it off when Thunderstorms or lightning begins rolling in.

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Staying Safe During this Extreme Heat

It is going to be one of the hottest days of the year and it is important to stay safe, to avoid a heat related injury. Heat stroke, heat cramps, heat exhaustion and severe sunburns are just a few of the issues to be concerned about.  If you’ll be spending any amount of time outdoors this week, keep the following information in mind to remain safe during the extreme heat.

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Firstly: If you or someone near you is experiencing signs of heat stroke, heat cramps, heat exhaustion, etc. call 911 right away.

-Stay hydrated! Drink plenty of water and try to avoid alcoholic beverages when possible.

-If you work outside, do your best to stay cool and take frequent breaks to avoid over doing it.

– Wear loose fitting, light colored clothing during outdoor activities.

-Avoid exercising during the hottest parts of the day.dog-700227_960_720

-Never leave pets or children in closed/locked vehicles.

– Keep an eye on your pets. Make sure they have access to plenty of shade and drinking water. Also consider bringing them inside during the hottest parts of the day.

 -Eat less often and stick to smaller portions. Avoid foods that are high in protein and carbs. Instead, opt for fresh fruits and veggies.

-Protect your skin and eyes from sunburns with sunscreen and by wearing sunglasses and hats with brims to protect your face.

Have A Safe and Fun Summer!

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The 5 Most Serious Plumbing Issues to Worry About During the Summer

Plumbing issues are often tied to the winter months since frozen pipes are such a major concern. Unfortunately, plumbing problems that can cause expensive repairs can happen during the summer months as well. Be on the lookout for these five most common plumbing issues and avoid a summertime plumbing nightmare.

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Summer Plumbing Issues:

1. Damaged Sprinklers:

Embedded sprinkler systems are great and really help you maintain a healthy lawn all season long. However, like anything else, sprinkler systems need to be inspected and maintained in order to ensure they are functioning properly. And of course one of the most common issues with sprinkler systems happens when someone accidentally runs over a sprinkler head with a lawnmower. So be careful when mowing.

2. Broken or Clogged Garbage Disposal:

Cookouts, bonfires and summertime hangouts are a tradition here in the Midwest. And these events would not be the same without a selection of yummy summertime foods! But take caution with what you do with those scraps! Overloading or putting the wrong foods down your garbage disposal can cause some unpleasant plumbing issues. Chicken bones, potato peels/skins, corn husks, banana peels, pasta, celery and other stringy foods should never go in your disposal!

3. Overworking Your Washing Machine:

Summertime means more time spent outdoors and more time outdoors means clothes will get dirtier and you’ll go through more of them (this is especially true if ywashing-machine-902359_960_720ou have small children). So you will undoubtedly need to do more laundry to keep up. An older washing machine may have trouble keeping up and may give out altogether. Take a moment to inspect your machine’s hoses for signs of damage or leaks. And consider upgrading to a more energy-efficient model to save you money in the long run.

4. Sewer Line Backups:

Summer weather can be unpredictable in the Midwest; we can go through spots of drought, followed by days of heavy rains and storms. A large amount of rain can wreak havoc on your sewer lines, especially if your pipes have any cracks. If you notice water from your toilet backing up into your shower or bathtub or any other warning signs, call us out right away!

5. Sump Pump Nightmares:

Heavy rains can cause plumbing issues with your sump pump as well. An out of date or poorly maintained sump pump can spell disaster on a rainy summer day. It is important to have your sump pump inspected regularly, in order to prevent major basement flooding.

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Warning Signs that Your Home Needs A Dehumidifier

A dehumidifier can be extremely helpful during the hot summer months. Humidity is on the rise here in the Midwest and many of us turn to the comfort of our Air Conditioned homes to escape the sticky weather. However, sometimes an air conditioner is not enough to beat summer’s humidity. Your home may also need the aid of a dehumidifier.

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Signs You Need A Dehumidifier:

1. You see mold and mildew spots on your ceiling or walls.

Mold loves moisture and during the warmer months the added humidity can raise the moisture levels in your home. This makes it easier for mold spores to take root and grow. Bathrooms and kitchens are especially vulnerable, since cooking and bathing only help to increase the moisture levels; but during the more humid months, you may see mold growth in other areas of your home. Be sure to inspect areas with little to no ventilation: basements, attics, closets, etc.

2. You have water marks on your walls, floors or ceiling.

Not as worrisome as mold but just as unsightly, water marks can be a sign that you have an excess of humidity in your home.

3. You or your guests notice a musty odor when entering your home.

Musty odors can be a dead giveaway that the humidity levels in your home are way to high. These odors can also be a sign that mold and mildew growth is present.

4. You notice condensation on your windows.winter-1169046_960_720

High humidity levels in your home can cause condensation to form on your windows and sometimes other glass surfaces as well.

5. Your home just feels sticky and uncomfortable.

There is no bigger sign that you need a dehumidifier than a sticky home. Living in the Midwest, we all know what high humidity levels feels like. Keep this icky feeling outdoors in the summer, where it belongs!

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