Atlanta, Georgia – Unfortunately, mold is a part of our everyday lives, whether we realize it or not. One area homeowners need to watch closely for accumulation of mold is their AC unit. Without you even knowing, mold can develop and begin spreading through the home as the unit distributes air.
Since many homeowners don’t regularly inspect their heating and cooling units in their Atlanta homes, how can they know if mold has developed? Phil Montgomery, owner of Atlanta Heating and Air Conditioning, an air conditioning repair company, says that the best way to determine if mold is in a home is if the home develops a strange smell.
“Mold smells musty, so if you begin to notice a musty smell that wasn’t there before, the culprit could be mold,” says Montgomery, whose company also provides furnace service. “As soon as you notice a smell, you should call your AC technician to inspect the unit. Another big indicator is if you’ve had a leak in your unit. If either of these occur, call a technician right away.”
“Heating in the winter, and even air conditioning in the summer, don’t have to break the bank,” says Montgomery. “The easiest tip is to turn down your thermostat, especially during times when no one is at home.”
Turning down your thermostat can result in pretty significant savings. For every degree you lower your thermostat over an 8-12 hour period, you can save between 1 and 3 percent on your energy bill each year. And you can even rack up those savings when you’re home! At night, when you’re already nestled under the covers, consider lowering the thermostat a degree or two. And during the day, you can always throw on a sweater or additional layer of clothing in order to sacrifice a degree or two on the thermostat.
Atlanta, Georgia – During the course of the summer while you were frequently running your AC unit, you may have noticed some strange noises coming from your HVAC unit. Some are no cause for concern, but others should have you calling your air conditioning repair company.
Chirping sounds coming from an HVAC unit are typically not a cause for concern. If your unit hasn’t been used for a little while, this sound could just signal it is warming back up. Allow your air conditioning unit to run for a few minutes to see if the sound goes away. If it doesn’t, or if it grows worse over time, call your air condition repair technician to inspect your unit. A continuous chirping could be the sign of a belt that needs to be replaced.