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Purchasing a New Furnace or AC TipsWhen it comes to shopping for a new heating and cooling system, there are a lot of things to consider before purchasing the final product. What kind of air conditioning unit does your home need? How will your new unit be installed?

Does the air conditioning company you’re going with carrying the brand you’re partial to? Take a look at the following five things you should take into consideration before the final sale.

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Purchasing a New Cooling or Heating System

1) Knowing a fair price

Air conditioning systems are not cheap. They’re an investment for your home that will last for many years. However, with so many different makes and models on the market, how do you know you’re paying a fair price for an air conditioning unit?

Similar to purchasing a new car, there are dozens of brands out there, and each varies in price. Also, does the purchase of a cooling or heating system automatically include installation and ductwork?

2) Choosing a contractor for installation

Alongside knowing a fair price for an AC unit or furnace, selecting a quality contractor to install your new cooling or heating system can be a daunting task. The most significant tip we can give you is to do your research.

For the company you’re considering contracting out, check their Google, Facebook, and Yelp reviews. What have their previous clients said about the company’s service? Are all of the reviews legitimate? Also, be aware of your potential contractor prospect has hundreds of 5-star reviews. As with all things in life, if something sounds too good to be true it most likely is.

3) The size of your unit matters

Despite popular belief, the size of your unit plays a prominent role when it comes to cooling and heating your house. However, picking the most efficient size air conditioner is going to depend on a handful of factors.

For instance, where is your home located and which direction is it facing – East or West? What is the overall square footage of your house? Is your home properly insulated? All of these things and more factors should be considered when picking the best size AC unit or furnace for your home. It’s best to ask a professional to give you a free consultation for the most accurate quote. Click here to learn more.

4) 24/7 Emergency Service

Once your AC or heating system is installed, does the contractor offer 24/7 emergency service? We’ve had people contact us in the middle of the night because their new AC unit broke down and they couldn’t get ahold of their contractor.

Especially important if you have young children or older relatives, be sure your contractor offers 24/7 support. If you’ve ever had a heating or cooling system break down in the middle of the night during inclement weather, you’ll never want to experience it again.

5) Ongoing service maintenance

Before the final purchase and installation of a new AC unit or furnace, it’s important to think about what you’ll be doing afterward. Just because your new unit is running efficiently now doesn’t mean it always will.

To keep your new cooling or heating system in tip-top shape, looking into ongoing service maintenance plans. By signing up for a service plan, homeowners will often enjoy significant discounts. Some include a 15% discount on repairs and automatically schedule AC tune-ups.

In Conclusion

As a homeowner in Baltimore, you know the importance of having a comfortable home. Inclement weather will often come out of left-field and, if you’re not ready for it, can blindside you quick. Follow these five things to know before the final sale of your heating or cooling service and installation. You’ll keep your home in the best shape and ready for almost anything!

In the market for a new air conditioning system or furnace? Supreme Air happily services Baltimore and the surrounding communities. Contact us today for a free consultation!

Keep Your AC Strong All SummerWith the heat of the summer at its peak, it’s easy to assume your AC has your back. But how do you go about guaranteeing your AC is going to run strong all summer without any dips in operation?

Take a look at the following maintenance tips to keep your air conditioner operating strongly. It is possible to enjoy a cool summer night despite the temperatures heating up outside.

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AC tips for the summer

1) Clean your filters

With all of the pollen, pet dander and allergens floating around in the air, your air conditioner’s filters can quickly become clogged with loads of unwanted garbage. It’s important to change out your filters frequently. Standard industry practice would be to exchange your filters every 60 to 90 days.

If you have pets or allergy season happens to be strong this year, it’d be smart to change them out sooner than later. This will allow the air to flow freely throughout the house, which can greatly increase the efficiency of your whole house cooling system.

2) Call an AC professional

To truly extend the life of your air conditioner, it’s always a good idea to call an AC professional like the guys at Supreme Air. After doing a thorough inspection of your system, they can recommend what you would need to do to get the most out of your system.

An AC professional can also conduct an in-depth 15-point AC tune up of your system as well. This will lead to cooler, free-flowing air, more energy efficiency, and save you a ton of money down the road in preventable repair costs.

3) Consider a programmable thermostat

While you are home, you like to keep your home temperature cool. We get it – those summer nights can get pretty heated up. However, during the day while you are at work or out galavanting around town, there’s no point in you running your AC system 24/7.

If you haven’t done so already, consider upgrading to a programmable thermostat. Doing so will allow you to pre-set scheduled temperature changes as to optimize your energy savings. It may not seem like huge savings from day-to-day; however, it can add up pretty quickly. When you take into consideration that for every degree +/- 78 degrees Fahrenheit can cost you $8, the saving can add up fast, according to Energy Star.

4) Weatherize your home

If your AC is running and you have air leaks throughout your house, you might as well open all of the doors and windows so you can cool off the front and back yard too. Do yourself a favor, and spend a day doing some basic weatherization around your home. Use air sealant or caulking to seal cracks by your windows or in the attic.

If there seems to be a lot of airflow around your exterior doors, try using weather stripping to seal it off. Is your attic heating up too much? Add insulation around your air ducts. These small measures can lead to great results in your monthly energy bill.

5) Place your AC unit in the shade

While it might not be possible to relocate your air conditioning unit, it is feasible to build a well-ventilated pergola or cover around your AC unit. Doing so will allow the air around your air conditioner to cool down significantly as it’ll be out of the sun.

In return, your air conditioner won’t have to work nearly as hard cooling down the air that’s entering your home. Want a bonus? A simple AC unit cover can both beautify your backyard and is cost-effective to build.

These simple steps can lead to an effective solution in keeping your AC blowing cold all summer. What are your tips to keep your AC strong in the heat of the summer months?

Best reasons to get an AC tune-up for your home air conditionerOver the course of time, you can put a lot of wear and tear on your home’s AC unit. Naturally, it’s important to consider getting a 21-point AC tune-up completed to keep your air conditioner in the most efficient shape that it can be in.

But what exactly are the perks for tuning your AC? Why should you invest your hard earned money into tuning your AC? Take a look at the most important reasons below to take advantage of Supreme Air’s 21-point AC tune-up.

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Why should you get an AC tune-up?

1) Improve energy efficiency

Tuning your AC does more than just get the unit back into tip-top condition. You are ensuring the system is operating at its best so you have an efficient and cool home. When the cooling systems are tuned, they tend to operate at a much more efficient level, requiring less of your AC unit.

2) Clean and restore your system

Did you know having your AC tuned can lower the amount of sound pollution it emits? During a tune-up, essential parts of the unit are oiled, wires are checked, and the nuts and bolts (so to speak) are tightened. These steps also are optimizing your AC unit’s performance. With regular tune-ups, you’re not just helping achieve a quieter system, you’re ensuring the unit is as close to its original condition as possible.

3) Prevents breakdowns

Is your AC unit constantly running? Just like your car, it’s important to have a mechanic take a look at the motor periodically. Whether or not you are having issues, getting your AC tuned up helps prevent future breakdowns. In return, this saves you loads of money down the road in costly repairs.

4) Healthier air indoors

One of the best benefits to having your cooling system go through a 21-point AC tune-up is the simple fact that it can lead to cleaner, healthier air indoors. With cleaner air in your home, you are effectively lowering the effects of allergies, dust mites and pretty much anything else that can set off a chain of chronic sneezing. When you combine a few indoor house plants with a freshly tuned AC, you’re pretty much changing the entire quality of air indoors.

Have you scheduled your 21-point AC tune-up for your home’s cooling system? Contact Supreme Air in Baltimore today to get started!

Reasons why you should choose geothermal energy
Have you asked yourself why you should choose geothermal energy for your home? As one of the industry’s most experienced geothermal energy design and installation companies in the state of Maryland, Supreme Air knows a thing or two about geothermal energy.
As a clean, safe and eco-friendly way to bring renewable energy to your home, take a look at the benefits of upgrading to a geothermal energy alternative in your home today!

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Why choose geothermal energy?

1) It is eco-friendly

Did you know geothermal energy plants involve no forms of combustion? It’s true. It’s also a complete opposite form of energy as compared to fossil fuels which are known to emit plenty of greenhouse gases. Binary geothermal power plants emit close to no greenhouse gases in the world’s atmosphere and are extremely eco-friendly.
 
Geothermal energy is ranked among some of the most efficient in cooling and heating systems available today. It uses a relatively low amount of power due to their low electricity requirement. As an added benefit, it also ranks among the smallest amount of land used per kilowatt of all electricity produced in the world today. This includes nuclear, coal and other renewable energies.

2) Notable savings on your utility bills

While a geothermal energy system may require an upfront investment, many homeowners fail to realize the remarkable difference they can make. Don’t forget to look at it from the bigger picture. Once your geothermal system is set up, you’ll immediately notice a huge drop in your monthly utility bill. Sometimes these savings can wrack up to as much as 50%, making the installation of a geothermal system extremely affordable!
 
Generally speaking, geothermal energy uses a very small amount of energy to move heat energy in between the ground and your house. On average, most systems are on a 4:1 ratio, meaning for every unit of energy used to keep the system operating, 4 units of energy are created.

3) It produces hot water

Another perk of geothermal energy is its ability to generate hot water. Geothermal systems are capable of providing nearly all of the hot water you’ll need within your household. It also comes at a much more efficient rate than conventional techniques. It’s a relatively simple modification to adjust your geothermal system to do so. Then you can enable all of the hot water to be stored in your water heater for later use.
 
Additionally, while your system is going through a cooling cycle, all of the heat extracted from the ground is redirected from your home to the water heater. In a nutshell, this will give you an endless supply of hot water that’s guaranteed to deliver for as long as your system is functioning.

4) Geothermal systems are quiet

While traditional heating and cooling system emit noise that can be fairly annoying (especially in the dead of night), the geothermal system emits little to zero noise. They essentially work on the same principles as a refrigerator. Operating silently, dependable and always there when you need it.

5) Low maintenance

While geothermal energy systems aren’t as popular as your mainstream renewable energy resources, they are a form of renewable energy you should consider for your home. Their essential parts are housed indoors and the modest amount of moving parts makes their life expectancy high.
 
This allows most systems to have a warranty of up to 25 years. That’s 5 years longer than their average lifespan, making this essentially a lifetime warranty for a convenient, safe and environmentally conscious upgrade for your home.
Have you considered installing a geothermal system in your home? Contact Supreme Air in Baltimore today to see how we can help you choose geothermal energy!

Cleaning Indoor Air Pollutants in Your HouseFighting off indoor air pollutants can be quite the battle, especially in Baltimore.

But what are the most efficient methods for removing air pollutants from your home? Review these following tips to get your home’s air cleaner than ever before.

Removing indoor air pollutants

1) Keep your home’s humidity level at a safe range

Did you know keeping an indoor humidity level outside the safe 30-50 percent range can increase your indoor air pollutant levels? Not sure where your home sits? Pick up an affordable humidity gauge at the local hardware store to find out. (more…)

If you find yourself below 30 percent humidity, you may want to consider installing a whole house humidifier. This will increase the humidity in your Baltimore home. Find yourself well over the 50% humidity threshold? Simply turn on the AC or open the windows (if it’s not humid outside) to level things out.

2) Clean your home regularly

There’s nothing worse than having a dirty home. The same holds true for common indoor air pollutants. To keep your indoor air pollution at a minimal, make sure to clean your house regularly.

Wash blankets, sheets, and pillow cases minimally every 1-2 weeks. Dust on a weekly basis, using a cleaning method that physically picks up the dust as compared to just pushing it around. Most importantly, clean any mold thoroughly and allow the area to dry properly. Fix all of your water leaks and keep the area well ventilated.

3) Clean your air filters

A dirty air filter both prevents your AC from cooling off the interior of your home and it limits the ability to clean your home of indoor air pollutants. Change your air filters regularly or as recommended by your particular manufacturer. This will allow your system to do a thorough job cleaning the air around you while keeping your home at a comfortable temperature.

4) Plants remove air pollutants

Indoor house plants do a positively good job at keeping the indoor air quality of your home clean. Plants and their roots work collectively to reduce indoor air pollutants to maintain good air quality. Although you would need a handful (approximately 15 plants for a 1,800 square feet home), there’s no better way to get clean air.

5) Air duct sealing

If you haven’t done so in a while, you may want to consider having a full inspection of your home cooling system. In many cases, we find that air ducts become damaged. This causes the air in your attic to seep in and fill your home with indoor air pollutants that you don’t want in there.

If this is the case, have a professional AC repair technician come and take a look for you. You’ll not only clean your home of those air pollutants but make your AC more efficient which will save you loads on your energy bill.

What do you do to limit indoor air pollutants from infesting your home?