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Now that the sizzling summer heat is almost upon us, our thoughts turn to keeping our homes cool. For many of us, that means flipping a switch on our air conditioners and letting the equipment do the work to reduce interior humidity and heat.

While it’s almost unheard of that most homeowners don’t have some air conditioning system, there are those brave souls who do not enjoy the benefits of having cold air blow through vents.

For those who opt for air conditioners, the ability to cool your house is simple. For those folks who live through the heat of the summer without an air conditioning unit, there are several things that you can do in your home to keep it reasonably comfortable.

fan cooling

 

Finding the best method that will cool your home, keep it dry and save on energy bills is an important factor in determining which route you should go that will work the best for you.

Here are different options to choose among to keep your house cool and dry this coming summer season.

Central Air Conditioning

Central air conditioning is the gold standard of relief from summer heat throughout the entire house. This type of system is usually installed in conjunction with your furnace or air handler. The compressor pumps a chemical called refrigerant through the system which lowers the temperature in the house to keep you cool and comfortable.

Window Air Conditioner

Window air conditioner units are not as functional as central air, but they can still do the trick for fewer renovation costs, but only if you have more than one. These are a single-room unit that consists of a portable box design wedged into place in a window. It’s a completely self-contained unit that includes a condenser, evaporator, thermostat, directional slats and fan to input cool air into the room to reduce the interior temperature.

Keep Your Blinds Closed

This is the simplest advice offered for reducing incoming heat into your home. As noted by the Family Handyman, up to 30 percent of unwanted summertime heat comes from your windows. By utilizing shades and curtains, you can keep the house cooler while saving up to 7 percent on bills. Closing blinds and curtains prevent your home from becoming overheated, especially in the case of south and west facing windows.

Blackout Curtains

One step up from closing your curtains and drapes is to invest in blackout curtains. These curtains block sunlight out completely, naturally insulating the rooms in which they are installed. It is recommended to invest in neutral coloured tones with white backings to repel the sun and reduce heat inside by up to 33 percent.

Ceiling Fans

If you have ceiling fans, now is the time to make the seasonal adjustment to your fans for the oncoming summer months. Many people don’t realize it, but ceiling fans generally have a two rotation system, clockwise and counter-clockwise. Setting your ceiling fan/s to run counter-clockwise at a higher speed will increase the airflow and create a chill breeze effect that helps to keep your home cooler and more comfortable.

Close Off Doors

By closing off doors to unused rooms, this tip will help to keep the house cooler because it prevents cool air from permeating these areas during the hottest part of the day.  In the nighttime, you’ll want to take advantage of the cooler night hours, so letting air flow naturally through the house will help cool it down and set you up for the upcoming morning heat.

Keep Cool This Summer

There are a few more tricks you can use to keep your house cool this summer, like swapping your sheets and turning on bathroom fans, but the above tips are the main highlights. By following some of these suggestions, you’ll enjoy a more comfortable home with less hot, sticky humidity being locked indoors.

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Did you know that heating and cooling accounts for nearly half of your home’s energy costs? Most homeowners dread getting their utility bills because rates have skyrocketed in the past years making heating and cooling more expensive than ever before; however, there is something that you can do to combat the costs with the new technology of smart thermostats.

 

Nest Smart Thermostat

 

Smart thermostats are the next generation of temperature regulators by offering more control over your home’s temperature and climate through automation. These thermostats are efficient, allow you to use less energy, help the environment, and offer homeowners greater savings each month on their energy bill.

Smart Technology

Today’s technologies for many types of appliances have come a long way and smart thermostats are no exception. Smart thermostats offer Wi-Fi capabilities that go beyond temperature control. These Wi-Fi thermostats contain sensors, which control the heating and cooling in a home and work in conjunction with your HVAC system. What’s really neat is that they allow homeowners to connect these units to their devices.

This means that you have the ability to control your home’s temperature even when you’re not home by logging in from anywhere in the world with an internet connection. You can make corrections to your thermostat, so if you ever forget to turn down your settings before going to work or on vacation, this feature is very helpful!

Human Error

Smart thermostats take the human error out of the equation by learning your schedule and preferences, making it easier to be energy efficient. The automation allows the thermostat to handle the dropping and raising of the home’s temperature while you come and go, leaving the task out of manual control to smart technology. Anyone who has ever experienced leaving the AC or heater running all day while away from the house will appreciate the way a smart thermostat operates.

Not only do these units offer you peace of mind, but they are like a window into your home, keeping an eye on your house. A smart thermostat allows you to check the companion app while you’re away from home to see if the heat or cooling is running and at what temperature. That’s a world of difference from the old, outdated, manual operation that most of us have messed up in the past.

Flexibility

With smart thermostats, you have flexibility in the palm of your hands. Whether you’re coming home early from work, heading home from the airport or still in bed and wish it was a bit warmer, you can adjust the temperature from anywhere with your mobile device.

You can get emailed alerts in the event of your home’s temperature falling or rising outside of your pre-determined range and make the correct adjustments. If your network is experiencing a problem, such as a power outage, you can be notified of that situation, too.

Easy to Use

Thanks to the modern screen design and companion apps, smart thermostats are easy to use and program. Unlike some of the difficulties operating older programmable thermostats, this generation of smart thermostats are well designed, simple to operate and offer a range of benefits unlike anything before them.

You can even analyze your energy usage with their new technology. Track your energy usage each month and get an easy-to-read monthly report. The report can provide information about how much your heat ran last month or tell you how much energy you used compared to other users. Now that’s smart!

Get in the Groove

Smart thermostats are all the rage these days and can help you be more energy efficient, save you money on utility bills and provide a tremendous amount of smart technology, flexibility and ease of operation, so get in the groove and update today.

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Studies have shown that sitting by a crackling log fire causes our blood pressure to drop and leaves us feeling more at ease. The reason for the relaxing effect harks back to prehistoric times when Stone Age man socialized around campfires and felt safe and warm while bonding with friends.

The longer people watch a fire, either indoors or outside, the more relaxed they become.

 

relaxing with hot chocolate by the fire

The Fireplace Effect

Fire has been part of human evolutionary history since the earliest times. It was essential for survival, heat, and light, warding off predators and cooking.

Although this role has changed over time, a fireplace is often a focal point in our home, providing warmth, ambiance, and social environment. There is nothing more inviting than sitting around a fire in the house, an open pit when it’s cold outside, or a campfire. The sights and sounds we experience actually induce relaxation and positive health benefits.

Studies have shown that fire along with sound is the most influential in effecting the relaxation response.

The results of a study by researcher Christopher Lynn at the University of Alabama, published in Evolutionary Psychology (2014), confirm that “hearth and campfires induce relaxation as part of a multi-sensory, absorptive, and social experience.”

We not only love the decorative appeal of a fireplace, we can understand why we love to watch and listen to a fire that helps us to unwind, relax, and feel calm. After a hectic workday, there is nothing more inviting than to switch into home comfort mode with good food, your favourite TV series, and your fireplace.

The sight and sound of fire triggers different emotions to different people, but if you’re one of the fortunate ones, you’ll enjoy those sights and sounds in a positive way which contributes to relaxation and good health.

If you’re looking to add a little relaxation to your own home, contact the professionals at Hamilton Home Comfort.

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Fireplaces have been a longstanding tradition for providing comfort indoors during the wintertime. But with the many options available in fireplaces, it can sometimes be difficult to choose the best one for your household’s needs.

White Fireplace in modern living room

 

Below, we discuss the three main fireplace types – wood, gas, and electric – in detail to help make this decision easier for you!

Wood Fireplaces Create a Beautiful Ambiance But Require Physical Effort

Traditional wood-burning fireplaces are the best way to create that warm, crackling fire and wood-smelling aroma. Although creating a wood burning fire requires more physical work with lighting a fire than the other options, the ambiance it creates is definitely worth it!

Efficient wood fireplaces that are airtight and prevent heat from escaping can easily heat your entire living quarters. Another major benefit of owning a wood fireplace includes having a stable source of heat regardless of whether the power goes out!

Different wood creates different types of fires – ie. long-burning, extra aromatic, etc. The options regarding the type of wood to burn means you are free to create your own ambiance.

However, wood fireplaces do require you to always have a wood supply on hand. In addition, extra caution needs to be taken around this type of fire since ashes can easily re-spark.

Annual maintenance is normally required for insurance reasons. If your damper does not close sufficiently and drafts occur, you may find your utility bills increasing.

Gas Fireplaces Provide Convenience at the Touch of a Switch (but Can be Costly)

For quick, easy access to a fire using a switch, thermostat, or remote, gas fireplaces provide the solution! Even when the power goes out, your gas fireplace can be used to keep you warm.

Besides being efficient and requiring minimum maintenance, you can zone heat with a gas fireplace. This means you can switch off the central heating system and turn on the gas fireplace in the room desired.

Gas fireplace installation can be high, and even more so if you need to install a gas line, too. Unlike wood-burning fireplaces, gas fireplaces lack the sound and smell of aromatic firewood.

Electric Fireplaces: A Significant Heat Provider, but Not Without the Cost!

As the most significant heat provider, electric fireplaces are easy to install and source. Because they only require a plug, electric fireplaces are a convenient heat solution for locations that cannot accommodate other types of fireplaces.

However, since they create fake fires, they don’t look as natural as a wood fireplace. Also, they tend to be more costly, and don’t work during power outages.

Finding a style that matches your décor can sometimes be more difficult with electric fireplaces versus gas or wood-burning fireplaces.

Contact Hamilton Home Comfort for Your Fireplace Needs!

Looking for the best fireplace installer in the area? Then look no further than Hamilton Home Comfort!

Whether we are installing, repairing or servicing a wood, gas or electric fireplace for you, you can count on us to provide the best in quality products and service.

Contact us today to discuss your fireplace options with us!

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Gone are the days when you needed to painstakingly stack wood and carefully light a fire. Gas fireplaces make creating a relaxing, warm atmosphere as easy as switching a little switch!

Fully Installed Home Fireplace

 

Although most homeowners know how easy and convenient gas fireplaces are to use, knowing where the best location for a gas fireplace to be located can be difficult. And like many questions, the answer to where you should locate your gas fireplace is not straightforward!

Choosing the Most Efficient Place to Locate Your Gas Fireplace

Because gas fireplaces primarily heat the immediate room that they are located in, it’s best to place them in rooms that are normally cooler – yet are frequently used. In many homes, this means the basement.

By placing your gas fireplace in the room that is more frequently used, ambiance and warmth can be instantly added. Over the cooler months, many families tend to hibernate in their basements – and since the basements tend to be cooler, a gas fireplace becomes quite popular in this room.

Any heat that does extend past the basement has a chance of reaching the rest of the home since heat rises.

Family Room: Another Great Option for a Gas Fireplace

For people that either don’t have a basement or don’t utilize it often, think about which room you do use frequently. Main floor family rooms are sometimes the answer to this question.

Placing a gas fireplace in a room that you and your family frequently utilize means that the immediate area is heated, which contributes to energy savings.

Gas fireplaces use less BTU’s then furnaces (typically about a quarter less), so when your furnace does not need to be used as often due to a gas fireplace, less energy is consumed.

Efficient Gas Fireplaces Contribute to Energy Savings

Savings add up on your monthly energy bill when you install an efficient gas fireplace!

Not only do gas fireplaces decrease the amount of fuel consumed by your furnace, but using an efficient gas fireplace can reduce home heating bills by 20 to 40 percent!

The Benefits of Having a Gas Fireplace

It’s no secret that homeowners love their fireplaces! In fact, owning a gas fireplace is one of the top features on the list of amenities that home buyers look for when buying a home.

By being accessed with a remote control or a wall switch, there is an ease associated with using a gas fireplace. In addition, a certain type of ambiance is created – perfect for entertaining with friends or enjoying a relaxing night in as a couple.

Contact the Experts at Hamilton Home Comfort

Gas fireplaces can be installed basically anywhere you want to enjoy a fire’s comfort. Choose from a variety of styles to find the perfect one to match your home’s decor!

Have your house feel more like a home with the addition of a gas fireplace! Contact the professionals at Hamilton Home Comfort to find out more about installing a gas fireplace in your home.

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A fireplace mantle can significantly enhance the look of any living room, family room or even kitchen and offers great decorative value. Unlike medieval times when their sole purpose was to catch smoke, today’s mantles are accessories as part of the home’s interior design and ornamental element.

Santa sleeping in front of the fireplace

 

Regardless what mantel theme you decide upon; simple, classic or an elaborate design, the fireplace has become a centerpiece of the entire room. Not only does it beautify and decorate an otherwise ordinary looking fireplace, but it serves a functional purpose as well. Mantels are used to display knick-knacks, candles, family photos, heirlooms pieces, and other items of interest that you wish to display.

Considering the Types

Once you’ve decided to invest into a fireplace for your home, you’ll first need to consider the importance of its design and which one will be suitable for your interior. There are several types of materials that can be used in constructing fireplace mantels, ranging in styles from rustic and natural to contemporary and elegant.

When choosing a fireplace mantel, it also helps to know what’s available and features of each type. It should match the fireplace design and room interior to provide a uniform and overall appearance in your home.

The rustic style remains one of the most popular styles for fireplace mantels. A stone fireplace immediately conjures up the image of warmth and comfort; however, more modern mantels made of wood are becoming quite popular these days. Modern designs using materials like steel, marble or stucco have gained in popularity and offer a creative approach to mantel designs with intriguing ideas.

  • Wood – Most fireplace mantels are made from wood because it’s a material builders can easily construct and maintains a natural look. Wood is the most popular and also the most affordable material since you can paint and stain it to suit the colour theme and décor of your interior space. Wood has a lot of flexibility because it can be carved, manipulated and designed into various styles and shapes. Wood mantels come in a variety of wood types such as oak, cherry, walnut, pine, maples, cedar and many other hardwoods.
  • Stone – Stone mantels are also popular because they are especially resilient to damage. Stone is more expensive than wooden mantels, but the expenditure is worth it because of their durability, fireproof, heatproof nature and easy maintenance. Stone mantels are generally precast and simply fitted to surround the fireplace. Stone mantels can be constructed from limestone, sandstone, granite, river rock or travertine and available with different colors and textures of stone. Stone mantels are best suited for rooms with a large fireplace.
  • Marble – Marble mantels are the most expensive and cost thousands of dollars. The marble is usually hand carved and provides a rich, elegant and formal look to the room. Marble is a study and extremely hard material. Not only beautiful and elegant, marble is known for its longevity and durability.
  • Brick – Brick mantels are simple, affordable and ideal for creating different looks. Brick is usually available in a single colour and best suited for interiors that have a country feel. Since brick is an exceptionally heavy material, it will need additional support at the fireplace.
  • Ceramic Tile – Ceramic tile mantels are similar to stone mantels in that ceramic tile mantels are precast using ceramic solid units. Ceramic mantels give you the option of customization depending on the room interior and they come in a wide range of finishes, colours and styles
  • Metal – Metal mantels can look either contemporary or historical, such as a Victorian style that’s finished with hand-rubbed gold. Metal has the flexibility in experimenting with unique shapes and sizes. They come in a variety of materials such as aluminum, bronze, stainless steel and brass and particularly attractive in a room having a contemporary decor.

It’s Your Choice

Whichever material you ultimately decide upon using for your fireplace mantle, a mantle will add beauty, charm and style to your interior décor.

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If you’re looking for a great way to save on your energy bill, avoid costly repairs, and extend the life of your furnace, then now’s the time to get your annual furnace inspection completed!

Lennox Furnace

Prevent Costly Repairs This Winter

Many times, a furnace breaks down in the middle of one of the coldest winter nights. An emergency repair call is made, and costly repairs are completed.

Getting your furnace inspected this fall means that you have a better chance of avoiding the surprise and inconvenience of those unexpected furnace problems this winter!

If during the inspection it’s found that your furnace needs to be replaced, you have the luxury to research your options before the cold weather hits.

Making Your Winter More Affordable

Approximately half of your energy bill’s costs are a result of using your furnace. Depending on how long and cold the winter is, that energy bill can sometimes be extra high.

Because a well-maintained furnace runs more efficiently and uses less energy, regular maintenance on your furnace can save a household 30% on energy costs!

Not only that, but a furnace that is well-maintained means that it will last longer, meaning a replacement furnace is much further into the future!

Maintain Your Manufacturer’s Warranty

If anything major ever goes wrong with your furnace, manufacturers normally require proof that you’ve been taking care of the unit. In a lot of cases, regular furnace inspections are normally a requirement.

Check your furnace’s warranty paperwork to ensure you’re doing what’s needed to maintain its warranty.

The Particulars of a Fall Furnace Inspection

The particulars of a fall furnace inspection differ depending on the company you choose. However, all inspections should include a thorough cleaning to increase efficiency and save on energy costs.

In addition, controls (such as the thermostat and start-up/shutdown) should be checked to ensure proper functioning, moving parts should be lubricated, filter replaced, and proper electrical connections verified.

After a furnace inspection, homeowners should feel confident knowing that their furnace is at peak operating performance to ensure a comfortable, warm winter ahead!

An Annual Furnace Inspection Can Save Your Life!

Many homeowners don’t realize the health benefits of getting their furnace inspected annually.

While conducting an inspection, qualified technicians can check for carbon monoxide leaks. When leaked, this colourless, odourless gas can lead to headaches, dizziness, nausea, and even death.

Avoid the chance of your furnace leaking this hazardous gas by getting it inspected this fall.

We Handle All of Your HVAC Needs

As one of the most complex systems running throughout your home, HVAC systems should be inspected by the right professional.

At Hamilton Home Comfort, we have spent the last 25 years providing the most reliable HVAC service you can get in Hamilton and surrounding area.

Let the qualified experts at Hamilton Home Comfort get your furnace ready for the cold season ahead. Call us today to learn more about our fall inspection prices and maintenance plans!

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About half of every energy dollar you spend goes towards heating your home. Your windows and doors are often a major factor in energy loss in your home and you certainly don’t want that money leaving through cracks and windows.

Insulation and draft proofing can make your home more comfortable and quiet, while saving energy and reducing heating costs by 5-10 percent.

Single-paned windows that have metal frames are not well insulated and do not keep the heat in or out very well. These types of windows only take up between 5-10% of a home’s total surface area that is exposed to outside temperatures but account for as much as 30% of the heat lost in a home. Older homes are more susceptible to heat loss because of the structure of the windows. The edges of doors and windows account for a large amount of air leakage.

woman looking out of the window

 

You have options to fix these heat losses and improve your energy efficiency of existing windows by adding storm windows, caulking, weather-stripping and using window treatments or coverings.

Caulking and Weather-Stripping

If you are unable to replace your current windows, there are other ways to improve efficiency and reduce energy loss. Caulking and weather-stripping can reduce air leakage around windows. Use caulk for stationary cracks, gaps, or joints less than one-quarter-inch wide, and weather-stripping for building components that move, such as doors and operable windows.

Alternatives

You can also:

  • Use a heavy-duty, clear plastic sheet on a frame or tape clear plastic film to the inside of your window frames to reduce drafts
  • Install tight-fitting, insulating window shades on windows that feel drafty after weatherizing.
  • Close your curtains and shades at night to protect against cold drafts; open them during the day to let in warming sunlight.
  • Install exterior or interior storm windows, which can reduce heat loss through the windows by approximately 10%-20%, depending on the type of window already installed in the home. They should have weather-stripping at all movable joints; be made of strong, durable materials; and have interlocking or overlapping joints.

Window Treatments

Window treatments or coverings can reduce heat loss in the winter and heat gain in the summer. Most window treatments, however, aren’t effective at reducing air leakage or infiltration. Window coverings, such as blinds and curtains can help lower the possibility of heat loss, especially at night, but make sure that the coverings don’t restrict the movement of air because it can cause the window to sweat.

Storm Windows

Another option to help you improve efficiency and save you money is to install storm windows.

You can install these windows on the inside or the outside. Your insulation will improve by the dead air that is trapped between the windows. There are a few different types of storm windows such as rigid plastic storm windows, which are attached to the window with a mounting strip.

There are the single pane storm windows that you install each fall and remove each spring. There are also the permanent type storm windows, which are more convenient than the removable type with both screening and glass in the same unit. Temporary storm windows are plastic and are attached to the frame with tightly shrunken two-sided tape.

The End Result

Whichever method you decide to employ for sealing your windows and doors to prevent heat from escaping your home, each offers a good solution to help your home become more efficient and save you money in the long run.

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With stars twinkling above during the summer or cooler fall nights, there is something special about family and friends gathering around a roaring fire. If you have an area in your backyard or cottage that could use a unique spruce up, patioflame tables offer you the beauty and warmth of a campfire experience without the mess, work, or regulations of a real wood fire.

Napoleon patioflame table

 

Benefits

Patioflame tables add a focal point and dimension to your backyard while increasing your living space with dancing flames set into a comfortable, functional piece of furniture. They are the perfect addition to your outdoor living space and come in many styles and features, from classic to linear designs that will match any outdoor décor.

You get immediate warmth and beauty added to your outdoor living area as you, family and friends gather around a cozy and inviting setting. Patioflame tables offer you, not just a place to set your drinks and bring beauty to your backyard, but also a living piece of art that brings you and your friends and family closer together.

 

Options

The options are endless when considering a patioflame table for your backyard. From the simplest square designs to the most extravagant stationary rectangular models, patioflame tables, such as the Napoleon line, are manufactured with the highest quality materials.

The exteriors range from lightweight rust-resistant aluminum construction with a central flame that allows you to move it around to different locations when the mood suits you, (hence getting the best out of your space at any time) to patioflame tables that are modern works of art with beautiful topaz glass embers that produce rippling flames flowing from multiple burner ports and reflecting dancing flames into your space.

Napoleon patioflame tables are approved for use on wooden decks, stone or brick patios and concrete, which is a great attraction for placement versatility. The burners are constructed from all stainless steel for maximum outdoor durability and weather resistance.

Many patioflame models, such as the St. Tropez Square Patioflame® Table offer 60,000 BTU’s of heat and there are no unsightly fuel lines and tanks cluttering your space because they come with a hidden propane tank behind an easy access door. There is also a thermocouple valve as a safety feature that cuts the gas off to the unit if the flames are interrupted for any reason. In addition, if you accidentally leave the included burner cover off and you get some rain overnight, there are drainage holes in the burner to make sure that water will empty before the next use.

 

Commercial Products:

Hamilton Home Comfort carries a complete line of Napoleon models and styles to suit your every need and home surroundings, so contact us to find out which models suits you and your family best.

  • Napoleon’s St. Tropez Rectangle Patioflame® Table
  • Tropez Square Patioflame® Table by Napoleon
  • Napoleon’s Kensington Rectangular Patioflame® table
  • Kensington Square Patioflame® Table.
  • Napoleon Kensington Round Patioflame® Table.
  • Napoleon Hamptons Rectangle Patioflame® Table
  • Napoleon Hamptons Square Patioflame® Table
  • Gas Patioflame® from Napoleon
  • Napoleon’s Patioflame® outdoor gas firepit with glass embers

 

Be Cozy

With summer winding down and the feel of fall nights getting closer, maybe now is the time to consider a patioflame table. It will provide you with a cozy, warm and delightful environment for your backyard.

Check out some of our other fireplace blogs for more home heating and fireplace tips and help.

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Keeping your air conditioner well maintained is not just important for ensuring you have a nice cool home when the weather heats up. It can also ensure your AC is running at maximum efficiency and can help to prolong the life of the unit, meaning a long time before you have to face the costly project of replacing your air conditioner. By following these tips you can easily perform general maintenance on your air conditioning, and keep it running smoothly for much longer.

Air Conditioner Unit

Turn it Off

Due to the fact that your AC has a whole lot of moving parts, it is crucial you turn off the power to the unit. Near the condenser or compressor on the unit, there should be an exterior shut off box or switch, make sure to turn that off. Inside your home, though, you will also need to turn off the power supply to the unit at the breaker box.

Clean up Debris

Using a screwdriver (or a wrench, depending on the unit you have) take off the fasteners holding the cage or fan grill secure. Then lift off the cage, or flip it open if it doesn’t come off entirely, and clean out the debris from inside the unit. This can be done either by hand or with a vacuum that has wet/dry capabilities.

Clean the Fins

Using a regular garden hose on a steam or mist setting, with the cage/fan grill still off, spray the fins from the inside out to clean all the dirt that might have accumulated on there over time. It is strongly recommended to never use a pressure washer on this step because the fins on the unit are quite thin and a pressure washer might cause damage to them. If there is dirt that you cannot remove you can purchase a fin cleaning spray from your local home improvement store to help remove the rest of it.

Straighten it Out

If any of the fins on the unit have been bent then the efficiency of the AC can be greatly reduced. To ensure your unit is running at maximum efficiency you should straighten out any bent fins using a butter knife. Make sure to be very gentle as there is tubing within the fins and you don’t want to damage that part of the fin.

Clean up the Area

Make sure, once you’ve cleaned inside the unit, that you also clean around it. This includes clearing away leaves and fallen branches, and cutting back any bushes or small trees that might be within two feet of the unit. This ensures proper air flow around your AC.

Change the Air Filter

The filter in your furnace should be changed, a minimum of twice a year – more if you have pets that may cause the filter to clog early. This should be done once before the winter and once before the AC is turned on for the first time. Make sure that when you change the filter you purchase a new filter with the exact same airflow rating to keep consistency in your home.

Turn the Power Back On

Since you turned it off in step one to make sure that it is safe to clear the air conditioner then it’s important to turn it back on to ensure it’s working. By following these steps your AC will remain in top shape and ready for use when those warm summer days hit, and you’ll prolong the life of your unit meaning more money saved since you won’t need to spend on a new one.

Not entirely confident on completing this task yourself? You should consider contacting a service professional, especially if your air conditioner is in need of any sort of maintenance.