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Tuesday, 08 August 2017 19:38

Tips to Keep Cool This Summer

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Summer is always a fun season for all. School is out for the kids, and family vacations are in full swing. It’s the best time to enjoy trips and picnics by the lake. Or you can cannon ball in your backyard pool. Summer is also the best season for BBQs and bringing people together for fun under the sun. Speaking of the sun, summer also brings with it intense heat and in some places humidity. With higher temperatures come increased energy bills with more air conditioning usage. Not to worry, AJ Danboise has some tips on how you can beat the heat and keep cool this summer!

During the Day Shut the Blinds

Keeping the blinds closed during the daytime can help keep heat out of the house. You can lower your indoor temperatures by about 15 degrees just from closing the blinds during those hot summer days. You can increase your coolness by installing light-colored blinds, window sun-screens, or film to help keep the heat outside. Another inexpensive way to keep cooler is putting blackout curtains over your windows to help reduce warmth.

Use Your Ceiling Fans

Instead of keeping the air conditioning running all summer, install some ceiling fans in your home to help reduce how much energy you’re using. During the summer turning your fan on counterclockwise helps bring cool air down. A secret cool down method is filling a large bowl with ice and using your fan to help circulate the cool air in the room.

Plant Some Outdoor Shade

You can make cooler improvements to your home – and not just in the interior. Add some green around your home to help reduce the sun’s rays from entering. For a long-term solution, planting some trees to help provide shade around your home is great. However, if you’re looking for a short-term quick fix, you can add vines and taller shrubs to add some coolness.

Add an Energy Star

If not using your air conditioner is not an option this summer, try upgrading your system to a more energy-efficient model to help save costs. Try switching to a newer, and more efficient model that will save you money and keep a lower carbon footprint in the long run.

Learn More About Energy Star Appliances Here

Take Day Trips to Cool Places

This is probably the best way to keep cool on this list. If the summer heat ever gets unbearable, it may be time to pack up the family and head to the lake for a fun day on the water. Head on down to Lakeshore Park and enjoy the shaded areas, and beach. You can plan to spend the whole day there with a picnic and utilizing the bike trails at the park to really maximize family time.

You can also have an AJ Danboise technician come by and check to make sure your current air conditioning unit is working efficiently with necessary maintenance. If it’s time for a new model, they can help assess the right size and brand best for your needs. Call us at 248-236-5999 to schedule an appointment today!

 


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Friday, 30 June 2017 19:40

Summer HVAC Maintenance Tips

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A typical household spends roughly $2,200 a year on energy bills, and nearly half of that comes from heating and cooling costs. With the summer heat in full force, people here in Michigan are turning their air conditioning up to full blast. But you can save electricity and avoid hefty repair bills by giving your HVAC system an annual check-up. In fact, the best time for summer HVAC maintenance is right before extreme temperatures hit, so try our energy-saving tune-up tips today!

DIY Maintenance

Clean & Change the Air Filter. If you only make one tune-up this season, make sure to give your air filter some TLC. Cleaning your air filter can lower your air conditioner’s energy consumption by up to 15%. In the summertime, you should wash your reusable filter or replace your disposable one at least once per month.

Clean the Area Around Your Outdoor Unit. Keep vegetation at least two feet away from the unit so it is free to pull in air. This includes making sure your grass is not too tall and raking up leaves in the fall season.

Call a Professional

Some parts of a thorough annual check-up require taking apart an AC unit, so you’ll need to call a service technician for a quick, professional check-up. If you call one of our technicians to service your HVAC unit, we will do the following:

Clear the Drain. A clogged drain can waste nearly as much energy as a dirty filter because your unit has to work harder to send out even less cool air.

Clean the Outdoor and Indoor Units. The technician will keep the outdoor condenser fan running efficiently by cleaning the fan blades and will maintain the unit’s ability to cool the air moving through it by removing dust and other buildup from the indoor evaporator coil.

Help Your HVAC Save Energy

To get the most bang from your HVAC buck, use these general energy-saving tips. They will help you support your system and save energy around the house.

Get a Programmable Thermostat. It’s easier to save energy with a programmable thermostat than a regular one because you don't have to think about it each time you want to change the temperature. You pre-program your settings so that the thermostat raises the temperature while you're at work and asleep, and kicks on the air conditioning when you're at home and awake. With "smart” programmable thermostats, you can even control the temperature from your smartphone.

Seal Your Heating & Cooling Ducts and Any Open Spaces. Make sure doors, windows, and nooks and crannies are shut and properly sealed. The less cool air that escapes your home, the less energy you'll waste, and more comfortable you'll be.

Set Your Thermostat to Your Ideal Temperature.  Setting the air conditioner to a colder-than-desired temperature doesn't cool down your house any quicker – it just keeps the unit working longer than necessary. So, set it to where you want it. And remember: You save up to 1% on your yearly cooling bill every time you raise the temperature by one degree for a period of eight hours. So, set it to around 78° - after all, it is summer!

If you're looking for home air conditioning service in Southeastern Michigan that you can depend on to get the job done right you've come to the right place! We're a family owned and operated business and have been serving homeowners throughout Southeast Michigan since 1925. 

We have the expertise you need and can be counted on for all of your home air conditioning needs. From regular maintenance, to repair and replacement, we offer complete air conditioning service. Our highly trained technicians can service all makes and models of air conditioning equipment. Give us a call today and schedule some maintenance for your HVAC this summer!

 


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Friday, 09 June 2017 06:00

Ways to Use Your Ceiling Fan to Save Money

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Summer is just about here for the Michigan area and that means that you’ve probably had to kick on the air conditioning a few times already. For some of us, that means the beginning of very big electric bills, but using a ceiling fan to save money is a great idea!

But while a typical air conditioning unit uses 3,500 watts of energy when running, the average ceiling fan uses only 60 watts – even on its highest setting. So, if running your ceiling fan all day allows you to cut down on your AC usage – even by just a half an hour a day – you could feasibly save a lot of money over time.

To do this, it’s important to know ceiling fans don’t cool rooms; they cool your skin through a wind-chill effect. If you leave a ceiling fan on while you’re gone for an extended period, it won’t change the temperature of the room. However, some experts say it helps to limit humidity and prevent mold. The U.S. Department of Energy says if you use a ceiling fan and air conditioning unit simultaneously, you can raise your thermostat setting by 4 degrees without a change in comfort. You can save a lot of money and energy if you do some careful planning and tinkering when it comes to using your ceiling fans. So, the best way to cut electricity bills with ceiling fans during warm-weather months is to:

Turn fans on only when you are home and using rooms that they are located in.

  • Increase your house temperature by 4 degrees, or more if you are comfortable. This strategy can also work during the winter months. If you reverse ceiling fan rotation, it pushes warm air downward, so you’ll save money by dropping your thermostat to find your ideal room temperature.

  • Make sure your ceiling fan height is at least 8 feet. They work best when blades are a foot from the ceiling and 7-9 feet from the floor.

  • Install Energy Star ceiling fans, which on average circulate air with 20 percent more efficiency than non-certified models.

  • If it doesn’t mess up the aesthetics of your room, go with a large ceiling fan, as they move more air and cool at a lower speed than smaller fans.

  • When applicable during the summer months, close your window blinds and curtains to keep the sun’s heat out. In the winter months, open your blinds and curtains on windows facing south to let warm sunlight in, but close them at night to reduce cold drafts.

Adjust the Direction of Your Ceiling Fan

Most fans have a “clockwise” setting and a “counterclockwise” setting, each appropriate for a different season. There are conflicting accounts of which direction to use and when, because the direction you want to use depends on how the blades are aligned, and that can vary by model.

Luckily, there’s a straightforward way to determine the direction your fan should rotate in summer: Stand beneath the fan and turn it on. If you immediately feel a breeze from the fan, then it’s set on the “summer” setting, usually counterclockwise.

Otherwise, you can turn off the fan, climb up near the base of the fan, and look for a little button or switch that sets the fan to run in the opposite direction.

If you need help with ceiling fan installation, give AJ Danboise a call today or schedule your appointment online using our online service request form. If you're looking for home electrical service in Southeastern Michigan that you can depend on to get the job done right you've come to the right place! We're a family owned and operated business and have been serving homeowners throughout Southeast Michigan since 1925.  We have the expertise you need and can be counted on for all of your home electrical needs. From regular maintenance, to repair and replacement, we offer complete electrical service. 



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Using a humidifier in the summer seems a bit ridiculous. After all, why would you want to be humid during the hottest season? Summer doesn’t always mean it’s time for fun activities and hitting the pool. Summer is the prime season for allergies. With all the bugs and pollen spreading throughout the air, it’s not uncommon to notice more runny noses than usual. On top of that, the constant use of an air conditioner can make the air dry. Dry air can cause irritation if allergy symptoms are already present, and can even lead to infection in some cases.  

 

What role would a whole house humidifier play in fixing any of this? The uses of a humidifier go beyond just making areas in your home humid. In fact, there are some significant reasons to use a whole house humidifier in the summer, and the experts at AJ Danboise have documented them for the benefit of our Southeastern Michigan neighbors.

 

Benefits for Summer Humidifying:

It Can Remedy Allergies

  • Hydrating during allergy season is helpful in fighting the symptoms.
  • Having cool mist absorbed by your body will help energize it and clear up congestion in the nose and throat.
  • Humidifiers can help fight off infection with their ability to kill germs and other contaminants.
  • Combatting dry air can build your body’s defense toward sicknesses and allergies.

 

It’s Healthy for Your Skin

  • Whether or not you’re sick, your body needs moisture.
  • Using a humidifier to moisturize is great for your skin, and can help clean your pores as well.
  • Hydrating your skin will give it a healthier look and keep your body temperature at a stable level.
  • The hot sun can dry out your skin, so it’s good to rehydrate constantly.
  • Keeping your skin hydrated will help prevent wrinkles as well.

 

It Can Cool You Down

  • Fighting the heat can be difficult during the summer, but a humidifier can help cool you down without using a lot of energy.
  • Using a humidifier in tandem with the air conditioning can keep rooms cooler, allowing you to raise the temperature of the A/C – and use less energy.
  • Using a humidifier can make you feel cooler for longer periods of time, due to the hydrating nature of the affected air.

 

A humidifier can make your summer even better. If you notice any damage or leaks in your humidifier, contact AJ Danboise today. We specialize in whole house humidifier installation and repair, and are always looking out for our Southeastern Michigan neighbors. Give us a call at 248-236-5999 to schedule an appointment and get started. Remember to stay hydrated and have fun this summer!


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Friday, 21 April 2017 20:07

3 Benefits of a Spring A/C Tune-Up

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A Spring A/C Tune-Up Will Keep You Happy and Cool This Summer

After the biting winter Nokesville had, we’re glad to finally see some warmer weather. While there are still a few more mildly chilly days ahead, you can expect the temperatures to continue to rise. Before a heatwave hits, be sure to schedule your spring A/C tune-up! As it continues to heat up, you’re going to want your HVAC system operating at optimal efficiency. We’re already slated to see several days in the upper 80s; make sure you’re ready to beat the heat. Don’t risk having to go without cool air during the dog days of summer.

There are numerous benefits to having your air conditioner maintained on a routine basis. While peace of mind is the most basic benefit of maintenance, there’s so much more to it. Here are three reasons as to why your HVAC system should undergo regular TLC. 

1. Safeguard your system against frequent, expensive repairs.

Homeowners rarely think about the state of their conditioning system because it’s something they use on an around-the-clock basis. Once you’ve adjusted the temperature to your liking, you move on with your day. Don’t wait until something isn’t quite right to pay attention to your A/C, because you could be dealing with a costly repair.

When you neglect to care for your system, you’re more likely to experience frequent breakdowns because it’s in constant over-drive. The more you overwork you’re A/C, the less efficient it becomes. A dirty filter, worn or old capacitator, or loose electrical component can make for an ugly, costly situation. For example, if you have a small refrigerant leak, we can easily repair that during your tune-up. However, if left unrepaired, your refrigerant can drain, causing your compressor to burn. This kind of repair can cost upwards of $1,000. It’s far better – and cheaper – to repair a minor problem before it worsens. Think of it like your car. Every 3,000 to 5,000 miles you change your car's oil to prevent troubles from occurring. Show the same kind of care to your air conditioner!

By scheduling routine maintenance, you can rest easy all summer long in the comfort of your cool home. During your check-up, a licensed technician will inspect all the inner-workings of your system to ensure that everything is up to par. A tune-up is just a fraction of the cost of a repair; save money and ensure comfort by scheduling A/C tune-up with AJ Danboise today!

2. Prevent the need to prematurely replace your system.

Since you use your HVAC system year-round, it’s so easy for it to become an afterthought. With routine maintenance, you’ll not only prevent frequent breakdowns, you’ll increase your system’s lifespan. We’ve all been guilty of ignoring things that demand regular care. What many of you found in doing so was that the object didn’t last as long as it could’ve. Without a regular air conditioning tune-up, you can expect to replace your system much sooner than you intended to. When you have clogged and dirty coils, a dust and debris-filled filter, low refrigerant levels, or damaged fan blades, it’s no wonder your system isn’t running efficiently. At this rate, it won’t be too long until your system can no longer keep up with your demands.

Because a new A/C is a costly investment, it’s important to get the most of your system to avoid a premature replacement. A well-maintained central air conditioner should last between 15 and 20 years. Give your system a long, healthy by showing it some regular love. 

3. Ensure your system operates at maximum efficiency.

Because heating and cooling account for nearly half your utility costs, it’s important to make sure that your HVAC system operates at maximum efficiency. A poorly-maintained system will cause your electric bill to skyrocket. If you find yourself constantly adjusting the thermostat because the temperature just won’t seem to get any cooler, it’s a good indication that your system isn’t operating efficiently. A simple yearly cleaning will boost efficiency and help lower cooling costs.

Tips on How You Can Keep Your System Happy & Healthy

We highly recommend enlisting the help of a certified technician to complete your annual maintenance. However, this isn’t to say that you can’t complete a few simple tasks on your own to help keep it running smoothly year-round. Follow these extra HVAC maintenance tips:

  • Change your air filter every 30 to 90 days. Read your manufacturer's guide on how often you should change out the filter. If you have pets or are prone to allergies, you may want to ere on the side of caution and change it every 30 days.
  • Keep your system clear of debris. When dirt, debris and twigs make their way into your system, it can decrease efficiency. Keep all plants at least two feet away from your air conditioner.
  • Install a programmable thermostat. Gone are the days where leaving your air conditioner on all day is the only way to maintain comfort. Simply program your thermostat once, and sit back and relax.

For all your plumbing, heating, cooling and electrical needs, you can count on AJ Danboise! Schedule service online or by giving us a call at 1-248-236-5999.

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