AC Savings in Kingston: Cool and Cheap!

AC Savings in Kingston: Cool and Cheap!

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AC savings in Kingston by North Shore Home Energy

When the summer heat rolls in, you’ll likely want to stay cool. This means you’ll be using your AC a lot over a few months. However, keeping your AC on all summer will generate some hefty electricity bills. There are plenty of things you can do, big and small, to get some AC savings in Kingston this summer. Let the experts at North Shore Home Energy give you some advice on how to stay cool without breaking the bank.

Here are six tips on getting some AC savings in Kingston:

 

Stay on top of your AC’s maintenance

When was the last time you gave your AC maintenance? If the answer is earlier than “this spring,” you should call us to give it an inspection. Getting your AC an inspection can do a lot to improve your energy savings. The AC won’t have to work as hard to cool, it’ll have less mechanical issues, and any grime built up in your AC will be cleaned out. It’s a simple bit of advice, but it’s very good advice at the same time.

 

Upgrade your thermostat

Programmable thermostats are a great way to help conserve your AC’s energy usage. A major feature in these thermostats is that they are programmable and can follow a schedule. This lets you automatically adjust the temperature around the household’s schedule, so the AC turns off when nobody’s home. Other useful features include the ability to keep a constant temperature and other high-tech features.

 

Keep your home sealed

In a battle between the Sun and your AC to determine the outside temperature, the Sun will win hands-down. Because of this, you want your home to stay well-insulated. A poorly insulated home will leak cool air and let in hot air more easily. At a basic level, you can fix this by caulking leaky windows and insulating doors leading outside. If you’re looking for a more comprehensive examination, call one of our experts to check your home.

 

Close the blinds

If you have windows letting in sunlight, that can make your home hotter than you want. During the hotter parts of the day, close your blinds to keep out the sun to keep the temperature down. In addition, this also helps keep cool air inside your house.

 

Be a fan of ceiling fans

You don’t always need the air conditioner to stay cool. The National Resource Defense Council (NRDC) estimates that a ceiling fan can make a room feel 10°F less and uses 10% of an AC’s energy. There are also smart ceiling fans that can be set on a schedule, similarly to smart thermostats.

 

Get zone control AC

Zone control AC lets you choose individual areas to heat or cool. You probably have one or two parts of the house you don’t use very often. With zone control, you can cool certain parts of the house less or not at all. This lets you save money on unnecessary cooling.

 

What makes North Shore Home Energy a local expert in optimizing my AC performance?

North Shore Home Energy has over 25 years specializing in installing cooling systems. Whether they are residential high efficiency forced air systems, central air conditioning, or ductless mini splits, we know them all. Our state of the art ACCA-approved HVAC software helps us provide proper heat load calculations so we best know how to install your AC. Call North Shore Home Energy today to learn more about our cooling services!

By Brian Renadette

7 Signs You Need an AC Repair in Kingston

7 Signs You Need an AC Repair in Kingston

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AC repair in Kingston by North Shore Home Energy

Problems with your AC never seem to happen at a convenient time. Oftentimes it seems they only break down when they’re working hard on a very hot day. The best way to keep this from happening is to be aware of signs your AC needs repairs. If you know what signs to look for, you can avoid having your home become uncomfortably hot and having a totally broken down AC. Summer is right around the corner, and North Shore Home Energy wants to help you with an AC repair in Kingston.

Here are 7 signs that you need an AC repair in Kingston:

 

Increased energy bills

Have you noticed you’re paying more for your bills than you normally do? That might be a sign your AC is becoming less efficient. As your AC gets worn down, it takes more effort on its part to get the same results. This increased effort can also reduce your AC’s overall lifespan, so it’s a good idea to get it checked out.

 

Strange, loud noises

For the most part, ACs are very quiet when they run. Because of this, if you hear any loud scraping, rattling, or banging noises, you know there’s a problem. There are a few different things that could be causing the noise. There might be a part loose or broken, a component might need lubrication, or a belt might have slipped out of place. Whatever it is, it can be damaging and costly if not repaired. If your AC is being noisy, call us right away!

 

Moisture

A leaky AC can be a sign of a serious repair job. If the AC is leaking water or has ice inside it, that’s just a problem with a drain tube. The water can cause some mold and mildew, but it could be worse. However, what you really have to worry about is your AC having a refrigerant leak. Not only is Freon poisonous, but the leak is a serious AC problem. Whatever problem you have, call one of our technicians ASAP.

 

Warm air

Obviously, you bought an AC to cool your house, not sit around looking pretty. If it’s not keeping the house comfortable during hot weather, it’s time to give it an examination.

 

Low airflow

A similar issue to the air being hot is the airflow not being strong enough. It might be an issue with the AC’s compressor or possibly the ducts themselves. There’s definitely some uncertainty in this issue, so it’s a good idea to call a professional to diagnose the issue.

 

Strange odors

If the air in your home is starting to smell strange, there might be trouble. If your AC doesn’t get proper maintenance, mold might be growing on the coil inside the unit. When your AC is operating, it’ll spread that mold through the air. That musty smell could be a sign of mold in either the unit or the duct work. Alternatively, the wire insulation inside your AC might be burnt out. Either way, it’s worth calling in a professional to fix the issue.

 

Thermostat not working

Your thermostat acts as the command center for your AC. Its job is to tell the AC how much cool air to generate and constantly take measurements to make sure its working right. When the AC won’t turn on or won’t stay on for long, the thermostat might have a problem. You’ll need a trained technician to look at the thermostat, as they have plenty of complex electrical components.

 

Why choose North Shore Home Energy for my home service needs?

North Shore Home Energy is a locally owned HVACR service company with over 25 years of experience in the industry. We strive to not only leave our customers satisfied but also to help educate them on maintenance. As a proudly participating contractor in the Mass Save program, we can offer you rebates up to $3,500 and 0% financing for up to seven years. Call North Shore Home Energy today to learn more about our services and schedule a repair today!

By Brian Renadette

6 Benefits of a Yearly AC Tune-Up in Kingston

6 Benefits of a Yearly AC Tune-Up in Kingston

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AC tune-up in Kingston by North Shore Home Energy

As spring turns to summer, Kingston homeowners will be swapping out their heaters for air conditioning. But is it ready to tackle the summer heat? The people at North Shore Home Energy know that it’s a good idea to give your AC a tune-up before the warm weather moves in. That way, you’ll be able to rest easy knowing your AC will survive the summer heat. Here are six reasons you should get an AC tune-up in Kingston before the summer arrives.

Here are six ways an annual AC tune-up in Kingston can help you and your home:

 

Lower electricity bills

Summers are hot- there’s no way around it. It’s likely that you’ll want to be running your AC most days, but that can create a steep increase in electrical bills. A system with clogged filters and failing parts will need to work harder to do the same work. By tuning up your AC now, you’re increasing its efficiency and lowering your utility bills.

 

More comfort

What would you call an AC that can’t keep you cool? A bad one. Summers can be tough even for modern systems. If you want to keep your home at a consistent and comfortable temperature, you’ll want our professionals at North Shore Home Energy to make sure your AC is running at top performance.

 

Fewer breakdowns

If you use your AC system this summer, are you certain that it won’t fail to start up? Do you know for sure that it’ll run smoothly all season? If you’re not sure, give us a call! Our tune-ups come with a complete inspection that can identify problems before they cause a breakdown.

 

Cheaper repair bills

In the event that your AC winds up needing repairs, they’ll likely be cheaper if you’ve got maintenance beforehand. The reason for that is because our maintenance addresses the more costly problems (like air flow issues and broken parts) during our inspections.

 

Extended AC lifespan

If you want your AC system to stay operational for a long time, you’ll want to give it regular maintenance. By routinely checking on your AC and preventing breakdowns, we can help extend your AC’s lifespan by years. Without regular maintenance, the average AC only lasts a few years.

 

Better air quality

During the months where you never use your AC, various bits of dust and grime build up in it. When you turn it on, all that nasty junk is going to go into the air, which can hurt your air quality and aggravate those summer allergies. When you call North Shore Home Energy to give your AC a tune-up, we’ll clean it out, ensuring that your home’s air stays fresh.

 

Why should I choose North Shore Home Energy for my cooling needs?

North Shore Home Energy has been helping New Hampshire homeowners stay comfortable for over 25 years. We’re not just here to sell you a product. We also want to help you learn how to best maintain a healthy home. If you’re planning on buying from us, ask about our rebates. We’re a proud participant in the Mass Save program, so you can get a rebate of up to $3,500 and 0% financing for up to seven years. Call today to learn more about how we can help you stay cool this summer!

By Brian Renadette