A.J. Perri – Ask the Experts

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Make sure you add Air Conditioning System Tune-up to your spring cleaning list. Just like your car and every other hardworking machine that you rely on, your air conditioner has moving parts that are going to wear out. It’s just the nature of machinery. You wouldn’t want to be left on the side of a road with your car for a major problem that could have been avoided with a minor repair, and you don’t want to be left in a sweltering, hot home when your air conditioning system unexpectedly fails. Regular maintenance is a necessary part of owning any type of complex machinery.

A modern air conditioning system has so many parts that it takes a qualified repairman to recognize when some of those parts are nearing the end of their lifespan. That’s one reason you should have your air conditioner inspected and tuned up annually. It is significantly less expensive, and not as inconvenient, to have any worn-out parts fixed as part of a tune-up than to have to call for emergency service on a Sunday night when you’ve just come home from a week’s vacation to find your home feeling like an oven.

There is nothing better for your air conditioning system than annual maintenance. Annual maintenance allows your system to continue to work at peak efficiency year in and year out. A system that is well maintained experiences considerably fewer breakdowns and costly repairs along with using less energy. You’ll enjoy the peace of mind knowing that your system is saving you money on your utility bills every time it comes on. And in some instances, the energy savings are enough to pay the cost of the planned annual maintenance service.

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Q&A’s – HVAC & Plumbing

Q:  What’s the best way to get my air conditioning running in the spring?

A: First, remove the air filter on the furnace and clean it out. If you have a humidistat, turn it from 35% to 0%. Next, 24 hours before starting your air conditioning, turn the disconnect back on. You can also wash the condenser unit (that’s the unit outside your house). Set your hose nozzle for a fine spray of water and spray from the top down. Now you can turn on your air conditioning and enjoy the cool comfort inside.

If you haven’t already, be sure to schedule a tune-up for your air conditioning before the heat of the season is in full swing. Annual maintenance improves efficiency and increases safety, comfort and reliability.

Q: What are some things I can do to take care of my faucets and sinks?

A: Even small drips can waste thousands of gallons of water, as much as 150 gallons a day. Be sure to check under sinks for moisture or small leaks. And always repair leaky faucets right away to avoid paying for wasted water, and also to avoid water damage to your fixtures and pipes and surrounding areas. Remove and clean your faucet aerators annually to ensure an even flow of water. Make sure overflow holes on tubs and vanities are clear and open to prevent water damage to floors and ceilings.

Looking to update your current fixtures? At A.J. Perri our trucks are stocked with beautiful, time-tested faucets and toilets, however, we will install ANY fixture you desire.

Q:  Your three favorite companions are Fido, Whiskers, and Tweety, but you worry about the effect that they may have on your indoor air quality…

A: Your pets are constantly shedding dead skin cells. These dead cells are called dander and they can aggravate asthma and allergies. They also happen to be a dust mite’s favorite dinner. There’s no such thing as a totally hypoallergenic pet, since the allergens that come with your best friend are in fur, saliva, feces, and urine as well as dander.

A good first line of defense is keeping your best friends out of the bedroom, where you probably spend eight hours or so breathing deeply any dander and fur that may be in the bedding. If pets don’t come into the room or onto the bed, these allergens are severely limited. Give them their own areas of the house and their own bedding—they’ll still love you. Be sure to purchase pet bedding that can be easily washed to remove dander and fur.

Install a whole-house air cleaner and have your air ducts cleaned or at least inspected regularly. This will help eliminate any dirt, fur, dander, and dust mites that are circulated through your house and into rooms where your pet isn’t allowed.

Change the air filter in your heating and cooling system every month to two months, depending upon the number and size of the animals. Always use a top-quality pleated filter to reduce the number of particles that are recirculated. A HEPA-type filter is best for allergy and asthma sufferers.

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