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    How Often Should You Change Your AC Filter

    Last updated 4 years ago

    Changing the air filter in your home air conditioner can be an important step in home maintenance, and determining how often the change should occur is an important element of this maintenance routine. How often you change your filter is dependent on a variety of factors, including the type of filter you are using, the overall air quality of your home, and the number of family members and pets living in your home. As a good rule of thumb, most standard air filters should be changed every thirty to sixty days. But, keep in mind, if you or a family member suffers from allergies or if you have a pet that sheds frequently, you may need to change your filter more regularly.

    For more information on air conditioner maintenance, contact Blue Dot Services of Maryland at (410) 698-6465. Call us today to schedule an appointment, or visit our website to learn more about our complete HVAC maintenance and repair services.

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    Tips for Maintaining Your Air Conditioner

    Last updated 4 years ago

    Now that the summer months are upon us and the exterior temperature is climbing, your air conditioner is likely being called back into duty. Air conditioner maintenance has multiple homeowner benefits. Not only can a regular maintenance plan help to extend the life of your air conditioner and limit replacement costs, but it can also help keep energy bills down by ensuring that your unit is running as efficiently as possible. Make sure that your air conditioner is ready to beat the summer heat with these maintenance tips from Blue Dot Services of Maryland.

    Have Your HVAC System Inspected
    At the beginning of the cooling season, hire an HVAC professional to make sure that your unit is working as efficiently as possible. Your inspector should look at the compressor, wiring connections, contractor points, voltage, air filter, heat exchanger, and more. If the system is damaged in any way, a certified HVAC repair technician will also be able to give you an estimate on the cost of service and repairs.

    Replace Your Filters
    An air conditioner filter is your unit’s first line of defense against dirt and debris. Make sure that your air filter is in good working order by checking and changing your filter on a regular basis. While you may be able to get up to three months of use out of an air filter during certain times of year, you should change your filter monthly during periods of peak use.

    Limit System Use
    Save your system and lower your energy bills by limiting cooling system use to only the times when you will actually benefit from it. To do so, install a programmable thermostat and set it to raise the temperature during the day while you’re at work or otherwise not at home, and to cool the house down about thirty minutes before you return. Not only will a programmable thermostat help to reduce your energy bills, but it will also prevent your HVAC system from working harder than it needs to.

    If you need help maintaining your HVAC system, contact Blue Dot Services of Maryland. We offer maintenance plans, performance inspections, and more to help ensure that your heating and cooling system is performing as efficiently as possible. Schedule an appointment today by calling (410) 698-6465.

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    Last updated 4 years ago

    Signs It May Be Time to Replace Your Current Air Conditioning Unit

    Last updated 4 years ago

    No one wants to find out that they have a broken air conditioner in the middle of a sweltering heat wave. By recognizing the signs that you have a failing unit in advance, you can get your air conditioner replaced before you and your family need it most. Prevent a problem before it begins by looking for these signs that your air conditioning unit may be in need of replacement.

    Just like all appliances, air conditioners have a shelf life. If your HVAC system is nearing the one decade mark, it may be time to consider a replacement. While the need for a new system may seem like an unfortunate scenario, replacement can actually have several benefits. Not only will a new model provide you with increased energy efficiency and lower electrical bills, but you’ll also see improved air quality and reduced carbon emissions.

    Uncomfortable Environment
    If you are having difficulty stabilizing your home’s indoor environment, it may be time for a new HVAC system. Improper equipment operation, duct problems, leaky ductwork, and inadequate insulation can all contribute to environmental inconsistencies such as rooms that are too hot or too cold, high humidity, and more. Eliminate these inconveniences by installing a new HVAC system that can help to sustain a comfortable environment in your home.

    Excessive Dust and Noise
    Home pollutants can also be a sign that your HVAC system is no longer functioning as it should. Leaky ducts can cause dust to circulate and be redistributed throughout your home, impacting not only the number of times you need to dust in a given week, but also the air quality inside of your home. Alternately, a noisy system could signal a problem with the indoor coil of your cooling equipment or another alternate malfunction.

    If you are in need of a new HVAC system, contact Blue Dot Services of Maryland. We sell and install a full line of central air conditioners from a wide range of leading manufacturers. We also offer parts and labor warranties to help ensure your system’s ongoing success. Call (410) 698-6465 or visit our website to learn more about our HVAC maintenance and repair services.

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