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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 15-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 15-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 15-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 15-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?

Upgrading your R-22 to an R-410A cooling systemWith the hype in Baltimore about the ban on the refrigerant and upgrading their R-22 cooling system, homeowners are wary before making their next moves.

It can be difficult in the summer sun keeping their homes in a cool and comfortable environment. In fact, by the year 2020, R-22 refrigerant will no longer get imported or produced in the United States.

What does this mean for you? The only options left to keep up with regular maintenance for R-22 cooling systems is to pay high prices for supplies. This includes supplies that have been recovered, reclaimed or recycled.

So should you upgrade your R-22 cooling system to the new R-410A?

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Why is R-22 refrigerant being phased out?

In a nutshell, an R-22 refrigerant is a major contributor to ozone depletion and is now blocked in the USA. Referred to as Freon, R-22 refrigerants’ official name is hydrochlorofluorocarbon (HCFC).

The phase-out period gives homeowners the opportunity to upgrade their R-22 unit. This will lead to a smoother operating system that’s ozone friendly. This also reduces the wear and tear to your compressor, saving you money in the long run.

Why should you upgrade to R-410A?

Often referred to as Puron, R-410A is a hydro-fluorocarbon (HFC). As the go-to choice for AC and heating repair companies, it does not contribute to ozone depletion.

As the new standard for AC systems in the U.S., the performance difference saves homeowners money. Key money-saving factors include no massive repair costs and a savings of up to 50% on your energy bill. There’s no question a new unit is more energy efficient.

What are some other significant differences between an R-22 and R-410A system? An R-410A is well-known for absorbing and releasing heat better than the R-22. This allows your AC compressor to operate cooler which reduces the risk of burnout due to overheating.

The bottom line is with the R-22 becoming banned in Baltimore as well as the rest of the U.S., upgrading your cooling system to an R-410A is the way to go. It’s not only cost-effective but the smart thing to do. You’ll receive a longer warranty period on your new unit, save money in energy costs, and on supplies as R-22 parts become more obsolete.

Luckily for you, the guys at Supreme Air are keeping tabs on these industry changes. We’re offering a free evaluation for those who want to upgrade from their R-22 unit to one that’s more energy efficient.

Contact us at (410) 781-1002 to receive your free evaluation and get your R-22 cooling system upgraded to an R-410A today.