Are You Prepared for This Weekend’s Hot Temperatures?
Thank goodness we still have the creature comforts to unite us.
In a time when it seems as if the nation is divided on everything from truth and lies, friend and foe, spy and saint, and leader and loser, at least we can still unite around the week’s high temperatures and the comfort or air conditioning. In a time when the politicians and the public are both strongly divided between the need for more or less government, we need to find a common ground where we can still have a civil conversation. And if you cannot agree with your neighbor, your boss, or your pastor about who is the hero and who is the villain, at least you can complain together about the temperature and the fact that both heating and cooling systems only seem to fail when we need them the most.
Tis the Season for Staying Inside Where It Is Cool
As the coasts prepare to swap the hottest of temperatures this weekend, many home owners find themselves again hoping that they can find comfort from the heat of the hottest summer days of summer so far. And when the temperatures soar to near hundred degrees for the first time this year in some locations, we know all too well that we are at the mercy of our residential heating and cooling systems. For those families who have taken the time to have their residential HVAC systems serviced before the summer season starts, the weekend will likely go off without a hitch. For those families, however, who never bother with residential heating or cooling services until an emergency occurs, let’s hope for the best!
- At least twice a year, you should have your residential heating and cooling system serviced.
- Reports from HVAC experts indicate that both commercial and residential heating systems should be served a month or two before the cold weather is expected. Likewise, the cooling systems in both businesses and homes need to be serviced four to eight weeks before the arrival of the hottest temperatures.
- Estimates indicate that 25% of a home?s heat is lost through small cracks and holes.
- Yearly costs totally $11 billion for all home owners combined, air conditioners use nearly 5% of all the electricity produced in the U.S.
- One of the trendiest reasons to upgrade your HVAC system is the quest to be more green. Heating and cooling system manufacturing companies are making the switch from the old standard refrigerant, R-22, to R-410A. Removing the chlorine from air conditioning refrigerants makes them ozone friendly.
- Until you have the proper amount of installation properly installed you risk losing valuable heating and cooling energy. In fact, installing insulation is generally the best move to reduce energy waste. Without adequate attic insulation, however, as much as 20% of every dollar spent on home heating escapes through the roof.
- Research indicates that as recently as 1993, only 68% of all occupied housing units had AC.
- Energy bills consume about 2.7% of a home owner’s annual income, equalling about $2,000 a year.
- Air conditioning units typically last between 10 and 15 years.
- Deciding to pay attention to your thermostat settings can make a signifiant difference in the cost of monthly utility bills. For instance, for every two degrees you lower your thermostat, you can save approximately 5% on heating costs. While you sleep, for instance, thermostats should be turned down or turned completely off, if your health allows for substantial savings.
- Your home’s heating and cooling accounts for more than 50% of the total energy use in a typical U.S. home, making it the largest energy expense for most homes.
The first air conditioner was invented in 1902 by Willis Carrier in 1902. His invention was in an effort to keep his paper from expanding and ink from running at the publishing company where he worked. In that year, Theodore Roosevelt became the first American President to ride in an automobile. Although today may seem like divided times, perhaps we can find comfort in the fact that more than 115 years ago disgruntled voters might have also been talking about the creature comforts of staying cool and accessible transportation instead of the heated politics of the day.