Category Archives: Tips & Recommendations

What’s a Furnace Tune-Up?

man tuning up inside of furnace

Fall is officially here, and that means it’s time to schedule your annual furnace tune-up.

While you already know the importance of calling Hauser Air for heating repair when your system fails to function properly, you may not realize that regular furnace maintenance is just as important in the long-term performance of your heating and cooling system. Heater tune-ups are a powerful preventive tool that offers amazing returns on your investment.

Not convinced that you need preventive maintenance this year? Keep reading to find out why you should start scheduling furnace tune-ups.

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What to Do When Your AC System Freezes Up

illustration of an AC unit freezing up

Is your air conditioner freezing up? It can be surprising to see a chunk of ice sitting on your outdoor AC system, especially in the middle of summer. But sometimes you can’t even see the ice on the exterior of the unit.

While you may think something like this during the hottest days of the year is impossible, an air conditioning unit freezing in the summertime is something that happens frequently.

If you fear you’re experiencing a frozen air conditioner, continue reading to learn:

  • what causes it
  • what to do if you’re experiencing a frozen AC system
  • how you can prevent or keep something like this from happening again

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10 Ways To Reduce Your Air Conditioning Costs This Summer

air conditioner with pile of money

Is it possible to keep your house cool this summer without paying an arm and a leg to your utility company?

Absolutely it is. But it takes a little work on your part.

There’s nothing worse than feeling like you’re living in a pressure cooker, so we tend to crank up the AC when the weather gets hot outside. According to the U.S. Energy Information Administration, American households can expect to spend $422, or $141 per month, on electricity bills in June-August. In some parts of the country where summers get extremely hot, it’s common to see utility bills easily over a few hundred dollars per month.

So how can you keep your AC bill down this summer? There are some ways to save money on air conditioning, specifically helping your AC unit run more efficiently, which will help you save some summer cash. Follow these helpful ways to reduce your AC costs during the summer heat.

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HVAC Options to Consider When Finishing Your Basement

Finishing your basement is a great way to expand your living space. Maybe you’re planning that perfect spot to watch the big game or making a play space for the kids. No matter the reason for initiating this project, it’s always a solid investment.

But between conversations about where the air hockey table could go, how much living space and storage space you’ll want, and whether or not to add a bathroom, the one thing that often gets overlooked is how you’ll be heating and cooling your finished basement.

Before any framing or drywall starts going up, you need to take a step back and think about how you want your HVAC system to help keep your new, liveable space comfortable throughout the year.

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Humidifying Your Home This Winter

Humidifying your home in the winter

It’s the middle of winter and if the dropping temperatures didn’t tip you off, maybe your insanely dry indoor air did. Dry indoor air can cause problems for your home and your health! Not only can it cause cracked paint, peeling wallpaper, and warped wood floors — it can lead to chapped skin, inflamed allergies and itchy eyes. Not to mention lots of static shock! Hauser Air is here to help combat the dry air!

When the moist air in your home escapes, it is replaced by dry air from outside, which can seriously compromise comfort. That’s why it’s important to amp up the humidity in your home during the coldest months of the year. How can you add moisture back into your indoor air? Read more below.

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6 Ways to Cut Energy Costs in Your Home

Winter solstice is here! During this season, most homes experience increased energy bill costs due to keeping it warm. There are many ways to keep those prices down. Check out five ways that Hauser Air is heading into the New Year with a new peace of mind and better understanding of how to save energy in your home.
  • 1. Fix air leaks around your home by using foam inserts, weather stripping, and caulk.
  • 2. Forming quick and easy habits can go a long way. Take shorter showers and turn off all electricity when leaving a room.
  • 3. Remember to change your furnace filter every 3 months; this could save you more money than you think!
  • 4. Unplug battery chargers, TVs, and other appliances when not in use. They use energy constantly. If unplugging your TV isn’t an option, adjust the energy saver setting when not in use.
  • 5. Insulation reduces heat gain in the summer and heat loss in the winter. Save hundreds a year by insulating attics, exterior walls, under floors, heat ducts and hot water pipes.

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Heating Mythconceptions

Common myths about heating

How many of these common misconceptions about home heating sound familiar?

Underestimating How Much Energy Heating Takes

According to recent studies, people tend to assume that the household devices they use most often use the most energy. So, while homeowners may make an effort to turn off lights and computers, and buy ENERGY STAR® appliances to save money on energy bills, they may overlook the potentially largest power cost in the house: their HVAC system.

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HVAC Stories That Will Make You Shiver

October 31st

The leaves are falling and the air is cooling down. Halloween will soon be here. In the spirit of the season, have there been a few unexplained noises or bumps in the night? Before assuming that you have a ghostly apparition in your house, perhaps Hauser Air can dispel a few theories.

Are you feeling drastic changes in air temperature?

While there are many causes for inconsistent airflow, leaky ductwork is the most probable reason. According to ENERGY STAR®, a typical home loses between 20-30% of the air that moves through the duct system due to leaks, holes or poorly connected ducts. The end result is a higher utility bill and an uncomfortable home. Air leaks can be caused by age and regular use or a varmint may have tried to make your attic space their new home. Eeek! It is always a good rule of thumb to do a quick visual check each time that you change your air filter and call in a professional if you notice anything unusual.

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It’s Time for Your Furnace Tune-Up

Carrier Furnace tuneup

Your furnace is responsible for heating your home. Furnaces are the most commonly used heating system, burning fuel or electricity to heat air and to push it to rooms throughout your home through your ductwork. Your furnace is likely located in your basement, attic, closet, or crawlspace.

During the cold winter months, your furnace is the key to your home’s comfort, so it needs to be cared for with preventative maintenance. And maintaining your furnace with regular tune-ups can extend your unit’s lifespan, maximize its efficiency, prevent breakdowns, eliminate safety hazards, and lower your heating costs.

It’s best to schedule your annual furnace tune-up at the beginning of the fall, when you’re making the switch from your air conditioner to furnace season. Doing so will ensure optimal performance before temperatures drop. Hauser Air would be more than happy to assist in your furnace tune up.

Read the following Q&A to learn more about how an annual furnace tune-up will save you time and money.

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