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Smart Ways to Beat the Heat

Remote control air conditioner

Massachusetts just went through one of the coldest and snowiest winters on record. Now that we’ve put that behind us, you do have to wonder… if winter was so cold, will Mother Nature put it in reverse and give us a long, hot summer?

Even if you’re faced with long bouts of heat and humidity this summer, Needham is here to help you keep your cool! Here are a few ideas from our service team that can help you beat the heat.

Schedule an A/C tune-up. The last thing you want is your air conditioner breaking down on a blistering hot day! If you haven’t done so already, please contact us to schedule your air conditioning tune-up. We’ll inspect, clean and adjust your system, make sure it has adequate refrigerant, check the filter and make sure it’s ready to take on the summer heat—even those dog days of August. The bonus: A properly tuned system can lower your annual cooling bill as much as 10%!

Check your A/C filter. When we service your system, we always check the air filter. On your end, you should follow-up by checking the filter about once a month. (A dirty filter restricts air flow and lowers system efficiency; it can even cause your system to overheat and shut down).

Depending on the system you have, you need to either replace or wash your filter. (Follow manufacturer’s instructions). Make sure the power to the system is off before removing the filter.

Replace your old A/C system. Not only will your new system save you hundreds of dollars on electric bills, it will do a better job of keeping your home cool and comfortable. Need another reason? We can help you save a lot of money through big rebates from Bryant and the Cool Smart program. Contact us today for more details and a FREE estimate.

Create a wind chill. You can raise your thermostat setting four degrees when you run a ceiling fan. You’ll still feel cool because ceiling fans create a “wind chill” effect. Your electric bills will be lower because a ceiling fan uses much less energy than your cooling system.

Put cool air exactly where you need it. A mini-split ductless air conditioning system from Mitsubishi lets you create your own zone of comfort, allowing you to cool individual rooms or even your entire home. Ductless cooling units are quiet and energy efficient and blend with any décor.