Protect Your Home with a Whole House Dehumidifier

whole house dehumidifierA whole house dehumidifier is installed as part of your heating and cooling system and works in combination with your air conditioner, or on its own as required. It eliminates the exact amount of moisture to protect your home from the humid stuffy air without drying the air completely. Compared to an air conditioner that regulates temperature, a whole house dehumidifier keeps your home comfortable and healthy.

Reasons to Purchase a Whole House Dehumidifier

  • Reduces Humidity Levels. High levels of humidity are usually present in basements and crawlspaces, but the excess moisture can go through your entire home. This can make you feel hot and clammy. It attracts allergens such as dust, mites, pests, mildew, and mold that can cause allergy symptoms. With a whole house dehumidifier, the healthy humidity level in your entire house is maintained;, making it dry, comfortable, and healthy.
  • Keeps Home Air Clean and Fresh. It keeps your home smelling fresh and clean by minimizing odors and must that is brought in by mold and mildew.
  • Keeps the Home Clean. It helps reduce dust and dirt so you do not need to clean as often.
  • Preserves Home Items. It protects floors, ceilings, walls and other surfaces from getting moist and sticky. It rids your home of wet blotches on ceilings or walls and condensation on water pipes that trigger allergies.
  • Keeps Foods Fresh. It prevents foods like bread and cereals from getting stale easily.
  • Saves on Energy. A whole house dehumidifier helps your air conditioner operate more efficiently, meaning lower energy bills. The A/C works harder if the air in your home is more humid. 
  • Quiet and Convenient. It runs quietly and efficiently, away from your living space.
  • Low Maintenance. A whole house dehumidifier only needs an annual filter cleaning.

 

If you need advice on choosing and installing a whole house dehumidifier, call (614) 851-0099. The people at American Air will help you find the ideal unit that suits your needs.

Most Common Air Conditioning Repairs

air conditioning repairAmerican Air advises homeowners to understand simple components of air conditioning repairs so their units will work effectively. The most common AC problems are:

  • Leaky Ducts or Refrigerant Seepage

If an air conditioner is not properly charged during installation, it will leak or will have a low refrigerant. Adding refrigerant will not resolve the leak. Look for a qualified technician to repair the leak, test the repair and then charge the correct refrigerant to the system. If the refrigerant is set based on the manufacturer’s specifications, your AC will work efficiently and will not be overcharged or undercharged. Refrigerant leaks are dangerous to the environment, to ensure that your AC does not have any leakage.

  • Inefficient Maintenance

Dirty air conditioning coils and filters will prevent the AC to perform and work efficiently. It can also result in early damage to the fans or compressor. Always hire the services of a qualified AC service technician. Failure to do so can aggravate the existing AC problems.

  • Deficient Electric Control

Frequent turning on and off of the AC could lead to the early deterioration of the compressor and fan controls. The same thing will happen with a large AC unit. Make sure to have your electrical connections and contacts checked by a qualified technician to avoid the corrosion of your system’s wire and terminals.

  • Sensor Issues

The thermostat sensor is a feature of most portable air conditioners. Located behind the control panel, it measures the temperature of air emanating from the evaporative coil. The AC could behave unsteadily or cycle continually if the sensor is mispositioned. The correct position of the sensor is near the coil. To adjust its position, carefully bend the wire that keeps it in place.

  • Drainage Issues

Always check the condensation drain when it is humid outside to ensure that it is not blocked and that it is draining properly. Mount window air conditioners levelly or steadily so they will drain properly.

Repairing AC problems can cost you time and money. If you find yourself in need of air conditioning repair in Grove City OH, hire the services of a qualified and reputable air conditioning repair company like American Air. We will solve any issues in a fast, effective and economical manner.

Upgrade with a Sump Pump Battery Backup

sump pump battery backup

A sump pump clears water from your basement brought by excessive rain and flooding. There are five types of sump pumps:  pedestal, submersible, battery backup, combination and sewage; all of which are powered by electricity. Of these five types of sump pumps, the sump pump battery backup offers you the assurance of usability even if the power goes out or fails. Its battery propels when the power goes out, so you can continue using the pump.  

A battery backup, aside from a primary sump pump, has a second sump pump. It consists of the battery-powered pump, a powerful battery, a charger and an extra piping. It eliminates water from a sump basin that passes through a discharge pipe on the way out. The battery is long-life and does not require frequent charging.

American Air can also install a water-sensing alarm on your sump pump. With this alarm you will be alerted if the water level grows too high in the sump pump well so that you can examine further before water floods the basement.

Battery backup sump pumps are sold on the market all year long. Upgrade your sump pump and add a battery backup to enjoy the following benefits:

  • Forceful Pumping Power. Some battery backup sump pumps can be very forceful, capable of pumping 3000 gallons/hour at 10 feet of lift.
  • Flexibility. Homeowners can operate the battery backup themselves.
  • Easy to Install. Installation is easy, as they usually use the same discharge pipe as that of the primary sump pump.

Some manufacturers of battery backup sump pumps offer three models that are classified as good, better, and best. The best battery backups are fitted with a larger battery, a more sophisticated charger, and are the most expensive.

Spring lifts the spirits as we see more sunny days and blooming flowers. This season also brings rains, swollen rivers, the rapid melting of snow, and recurrent storms that elevate water table.  Standing water (even just a few inches) can damage furniture and appliances, corrode metal fixtures and wooden posts, immobilize mechanical systems, as well as encourage the growth of bacteria. Don’t be caught in a spring thunderstorm with no electric and a rapidly flooding basement. Upgrade your sump pump and add a sump pump battery backup to avoid water in your basement.

Save Energy with a Remote Programmable Thermostat

Programmable Thermostat

A remote programmable thermostat will help resolve your high energy bills. The heating and cooling systems in a home consume a huge amount of energy, which results in higher utility bills. Is there a possible way to reduce energy bills without sacrificing the heating and cooling in your home?

How a Programmable Thermostat Works

Programmable thermostats are devices that allow you to regulate the temperature of your home based on different settings for different times of the day. They help reduce energy bills by ensuring that your heating and cooling system is set high only in those times of the day that it is needed.  

The total amount of savings on your energy bills will depend on how you use the programmable thermostat. Adjusting the normal setting of your thermostat by 7-10 degrees for 8 hours/day will give you an average saving of around 10% per year.  

You can store several daily settings on the thermostat like 7 or more temperature settings per day. You can even cancel it manually without disturbing the daily or weekly programmed settings.

With a thermostat, you can decrease the temperature during winter and increase it during summer. By doing this, the heating and cooling system work less, which means lower energy costs.

To maximize your savings when using a thermostat:

  • Set the thermostat to remain at its energy-savings level for up to 8 hours per day
  • Adjust its settings if you will be away from home or go on a holiday for several days. A number of thermostats have a “hold” or vacation mode for this purpose.
  • Install a thermostat in every delineated area to maximize comfort and savings if you have a zoned heating or cooling system.
  • Observe proper maintenance by changing the batteries every year or when indicated.
  • Adjust the settings to increase your savings and comfort. Remember that you save around 2% on your electric bills for every one-degree adjustment.

 

Install a programmable thermostat at your home now and lower your energy bills without sacrificing the comfort of your home. Not only will it save you on energy costs, it will also make your home sustainable.

American Air Heating & Cooling can also install a wi-fi thermostat to give you the ultimate control for comfort in your home. With a wi-fi thermostat you will be able to control and program the settings using a smart phone, tablet or computer.