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what a great job ABC Cleaning did on this A/C Unit , cleaning and coating. Hats off to Tony and Chris
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When our air conditioning broke at 10pm last night with a newborn at home, we called dozens of air conditioning service companies advertising 24 hour service with ABC to our rescue. Eddie from ABC was not only quick to answer our call but also arrive at our doorstep equipped with all the tools and equipment to get our air back up and running in 30 minutes. We can't thank you guys enough in staying true to your word...24 hour service..especially during the hot summer months with a newborn! Thanks ABC, we will definitely be recommending you to our friends and family! more ▼ less ▲

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Here is a good example of a cheap air duct cleaning , bait and switch starts low once they get a foot in the door all they do is up sell you , with all kinds of stories. We call it a blow and go . Look for a company that is a NADCA member , listed with BBB and Angie List. To learn more about Air Duct Cleaning go to NADCA.COM or the EPA website and type in air duct cleaning. Learn the facts first , then get a written estimate , a good Air Duct Cleaning Company would come to your house inspect your air duct system and give you a free written estimate for air duct cleaning and explain everything to you.
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Summer is here, which means that dreaded A/C bill is about to increase. The summer months tend to be the most expensive during the entire year, especially if you live in the southern states. The A/C is a wonderful invention, but it comes with a price. Follow these clever tips so you can stop stressing and lower your A/C bill today!
Raise the Thermostat
On average, you can reduce your utility bill by 4% for each degree that you keep from your thermostat. So when leaving the house, turn the thermostat up a few degrees so you’re not cooling the entire house just for the cat and dog.
Create a Draft
When it’s cooler outside at night, leave windows open to create a draft in the house, so that you can turn the A/C off. When you wake up in the morning and it’s cold, put a sweater or jacket on. It’s better to be temporarily cold and saving money, than shutting the “free” cold air out just because you’re uncomfortable. Also, as soon as the outside air becomes hotter than in your house, shut all of the windows.
Optimal fan placement is key to saving money. It takes much less energy to turn a fan on, than it does to cool the whole house with the A/C. If you don’t have a fan in every room, it’s highly suggested that you get them installed. If buying fans is out of your budget, then simple floor fans would suffice to keep the air moving and cool. It is also important to make sure that your fan is rotating the right way. Generally, having your fan spin counter-clockwise will push air down creating a cool breeze, which is what you want during the hot summer months.
Close Unused Vents
If you have multiple rooms in your house that aren’t being used every day (such as the guest room), shut the doors and vents to those rooms. With fewer rooms to cool, the A/C can work less to cool your home.
Fill the Cracks
If you are noticing that hot air is seeping into your home by the cracks in your windows, seal it with caulking. If you see that heat is coming in through the bottom of your door, roll up a towel or old shirt, and shove it into the crack to keep the heat from coming in.
Change Air Filters
Regularly change or clean your air filters. Not only will this keep your air clean in the house, but your A/C won’t have to work as hard to push the cold air through dirty filters.
Blackout Curtains
Hang blackout curtains over the windows to keep the majority of the heat out. Not only will this save you money, but it will allow for a great nap!
Utilize Key Entry Points
Depending on the direction your house faces and the time of day, the sun can accumulate heat on the entry door into your house, letting heat fly into the house when you open that door. If you have another entryway to go in and out of the house, use it instead of the door being baked by the sun.
Keep Lights Off
It’s obvious that energy-saving light bulbs can save you a lot of money on your electric bill, but they can also be very expensive. To help reduce this expense, make sure that your halogen and incandescent lights are off during the evening. Not only do they use quite a bit of electricity, but they generate a lot of heat that can deplete the cool air in your home.
Eat Lighter
Try and eat lighter meals, like salads and vegetables, with less red meat. This may sound strange, but eating beef and pork makes our bodies hot, thus we want to turn the A/C up after we eat. Opt for lighter meals throughout the week to save on your A/C bill and to also feel healthier and fresh.
Hang your Clothes and Grill Outside
The two appliances that probably use the most electricity in your house (besides the A/C) are the oven and dryer. The oven adds a lot of heat to your home, thus making the A/C work harder. Try to grill outside more, rather than cooking on your electric stove. And when possible, hang your clothes to dry instead of tossing them into the hot, electricity-burning dryer.
Hopefully you and your family can use these tips to your advantage in the never-ending battle of saving and spending. As said before, A/C is a blessing, but it comes with a price. Use these tips to lower your A/C bill and enjoy a night out with the money you saved!
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The air ducts in your home have an important job, moving air throughout your house via your heating or cooling system. Over time, it’s possible that air ducts will become dirty or contaminated with mold and dust. If people in your family have environmental sensitivities, they may have health issues connected with dirty air ducts.
Visit the Environmental Protection Agency website for a comprehensive discussion about the purpose and benefits of cleaning your air ducts. Although the EPA doesn’t specifically recommend air duct cleaning, you will learn important information that will help you decide whether you need to have yours cleaned.
Once you’re ready to proceed, learn five tips for air duct cleaning to make sure that you proceed correctly with the cleaning project.
If mold develops, it will appear inside the hard surfaces of the air ducts or on other areas of a heating and cooling system.
1.Assess For Mold
Mold develops in areas where moisture accumulates with inadequate ventilation. If mold develops inside your air ducts, it can create an unhealthy indoor environment because as air travels through the ducts, mold spores will release into this air and enter your living areas. If mold develops, it will appear inside the hard surfaces of the air ducts or on other areas of a heating and cooling system. While you may be able to see areas that appear to have mold, the only way to ascertain definitively that you have mold is to conduct a laboratory analysis of a sample from your air ducts. Lacking this sample, you won’t know for sure whether you have a mold issue.
If insulated air ducts develop mold with moist and moldy insulation, the best course of action is to remove the damaged insulation and replace it.
2.Check for Clogs and Debris
It’s also possible for clogs to accumulate in air ducts from debris and even from rodents and insects. If this happens to an extreme degree, you might even notice particles releasing into the air from the air ducts. The danger from these particles blowing into your home comes from possible mold and mildew that might develop from decaying organic matter.
3.Get a Cleaning Estimate
Because the air duct system is likely extensive, traveling through areas of your home that may be difficult to access, it’s usually a good idea to hire a professional air duct cleaner. Supervise the estimate process so you see how the representative examines your ducts to arrive at the estimate. If the representative suggests that mold exists in your ducts, insist on laboratory analysis to confirm before proceeding with mold removal.

4.EPA Recommendations
Understand that if you are cleaning out existing mold or replacing moldy insulation, part of the repair process has to include remedying the environment that enabled mold to develop in the first place. If you don’t fix these issues, more mold will develop.
5.Choosing a Professional
Research any companies that you consider hiring for air duct cleaning. Get references or testimonials from satisfied customers. Check the Better Business Bureau to see if other customers have registered complaints about the company. Get an estimate before you hire anybody and make sure you have a contract for service that includes price and services provided, as well as any service guarantees.

Here you'll find strategies to help you save energy during the spring and summer when the weather is warm and you are trying to keep your home cool. Some of the tips below are free and can be used on a daily basis to increase your savings; others are simple and inexpensive actions you can take to ensure maximum savings through the spring and summer. For more ways to stay cool while saving energy, check out our Energy Saver 101 infographic, covering everything you need to know about home cooling.
If you haven't already, conduct an energy audit to find out where you can save the most.
Also check out tips to save energy during the fall and winter.
Use Your Windows to Gain Cool Air and Keep Out Heat
If you live in a climate where it cools off at night, turn off your cooling system and open your windows while sleeping. When you wake in the morning, shut the windows and blinds to capture the cool air.
Learn more about natural ventilation.
Install window coverings to prevent heat gain through your windows.
Find out about window treatments and coverings that can improve energy efficiency.
Operate Your Thermostat Efficiently
Set your thermostat as high as comfortably possible in the summer. The smaller the difference between the indoor and outdoor temperatures, the lower your overall cooling bill will be.
Keep your house warmer than normal when you are away, and lower the thermostat setting to 78°F (26°C) only when you are at home and need cooling. A programmable thermostat can make it easy to set back your temperature.
Find out how to operate your thermostat for maximum energy savings.
Also see the ENERGY STAR® June 5, 2008, podcast for video instructions on operating your programmable thermostat 
Or see ENERGY STAR's guidelines for programmable thermostats.
Avoid setting your thermostat at a colder setting than normal when you turn on your air conditioner. It will not cool your home any faster and could result in excessive cooling and unnecessary expense.
Use Fans and Ventilation Strategies to Cool Your Home

If you use air conditioning, a ceiling fan will allow you to raise the thermostat setting about 4°F with no reduction in comfort.
Learn more about using a ceiling fan to increase cooling efficiency.
Find ENERGY STAR ceiling fans.
Turn off ceiling fans when you leave the room. Remember that fans cool people, not rooms, by creating a wind chill effect.
When you shower or take a bath, use the bathroom fan to remove the heat and humidity from your home. Your laundry room might also benefit from spot ventilation. Make sure bathroom and kitchen fans are vented to the outside (not just to the attic).
Find ENERGY STAR ventilating fans.
Keep Your Cooling System Running Efficiently

Schedule regular maintenance for your cooling equipment.
Learn about operating and maintaining your air conditioner, evaporative cooler, or heat pump.
Avoid placing lamps or TV sets near your room air-conditioning thermostat. The thermostat senses heat from these appliances, which can cause the air conditioner to run longer than necessary.
Learn additional tips for operating a room air conditioner efficiently.
Vacuum registers regularly to remove any dust buildup. Ensure that furniture and other objects are not blocking the airflow through your registers.

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Easy Air Conditioner Tips Help You Keep Your Cool Avatar of Home Owners Network Home Owners Network By Tom Feiza, “Mr. Fix-It” Central air conditioning is a pleasure – unless it breaks down or you get that really high electric bill. But proper care and feeding of your air conditioner will avoid headaches and help you get the most bang for your buck, energy-wise. The Inside Story Start indoors by checking the filter of the fan/coil unit. You’ll find this filter in the return duct for a basement AC unit, in a hallway for an attic unit, or in a closet next to a closet unit. Check the filter once a month and either change or replace it – depending on your unit’s requirements – when dirty. A dirty filter blocks normal air flow and reduces the efficiency of your system. Your air conditioner removes moisture from the air in your home, and all that moisture has to go somewhere. It condenses on the AC’s refrigeration coils and runs down a drain line; most systems use a white PVC (plastic) pipe for this drain. You should periodically inspect the inside of the drain line. If it’s full of debris, clean it out, using a wet/dry vacuum if you have one, or replace it. An air conditioner can produce several gallons of water per day and will eventually flood the floor if not properly drained. Does your home have a central humidifier? Make sure it’s turned off for summer. Also, some humidification systems have a bypass duct from the air supply to the air return on the AC unit; close the damper on this duct to prevent air from running through the humidifier. If your walls have high and low returns (registers), switch them for summer cooling. The upper (high) vent should be open to draw hot air from the ceiling into the air conditioning system. The lower vent should be closed for the summer. Picture1 Take It Outside Next, go outdoors for a few additional checks. Make sure the exterior coil and fan aren’t blocked by trees, plants or other obstructions. Allow three feet of clearance at the air discharge and one foot all around the unit. Also, check that the exterior unit is level. Keep the exterior coil clean. It’s best if your clothes dryer doesn’t vent near the exterior AC unit, but if so, vacuum lint from the exterior coil on a routine basis. If the coil is plugged with lint and dirt, hire a professional to clean the unit. Overall Hints Have your unit serviced yearly by a professional. If you do this in early summer, you can save money by having the heating unit checked at the same time. Also, keep your thermostat set at a reasonable temperature – 78 degrees is a good compromise. If high humidity is the norm in your area, keep your AC unit running all the time, even when the outside temperature dips lower temporarily. It costs a lot of money and takes a lot of energy to remove moisture from the air in your home. Every time you open the windows, that moisture rushes back into your home. Finally, keep an eye on the air conditioner. Listen for strange sounds or vibrations. As with any mechanical system, it’s better to catch a problem in its early stages rather than waiting until a crisis develops. Just a little bit of maintenance will ensure that your central air conditioner stays efficient and keeps your home comfortable. And in the summer, that’s really cool.

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We Provide Professional And Thorough Dryer Vent Cleaning! Dryer Vent Debris Removed from DryerLike your chimney, your dryer vent has the tough task of bringing heat, gases and debris from an appliance to the outside of your home. And, like your chimney, it can only do that adequately and safely if it’s clean, clear and in proper working order. Here’s another thing dryer vents have in common with chimneys: when not properly maintained, they can become a dangerous fire and health hazard. For this reason, the Chimney Safety Institute of America (CSIA) has the same recommendation for dryer vents as it does for chimneys: a professional cleaning once each year. What’s The Harm In Neglecting My Dryer Vents? As your vent moves the exhaust from your dryer toward the outside of your home, it carries toxic carbon monoxide, lint and debris with it. Over time, lint, in particular, builds up in the vent, and if it isn’t attended to, that lint can build up to the point where it blocks or constricts the vent and prevents it from doing its job properly and efficiently. And since lint is highly combustible, the heated air trapped in a blocked or constricted vent can easily cause a home fire. It’s unfortunately all too common for improperly maintained dryer vents to cause home fires. A Home Structure Fires report released in 2013 by the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), notes that more than 15,000 home structure fires involving dryers were reported each year, between 2007 and 2011. These fires resulted in an annual average of 30 deaths, 460 injuries and $216 million in property damage. The most common contributor to dryer-related home fires was “failure to clean”.

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NADCA for Residential Consumers
NADCA is dedicated to educating residential consumers about the proper methods of HVAC inspection, maintenance and restoration. Consumer education helps promote a higher standard of performance for all NADCA members. NADCA seeks to improve education about the air duct cleaning industry by providing tips to consumers on how to select a qualified HVAC cleaning professional. Through the videos, checklist, and other resources found in this area of the web site, consumers should find everything they need to become more informed about our industry.
Consumers should always check with NADCA to see if a company is a member of our Association. Some companies may claim to be NADCA members, but they are not.  Visit our "Find a Professional Directory" to find a NADCA member company in your area.
Beware of Scammers!
Click below to watch an Inside Edition segment hidden camera investigation about "blow and go" companies who overcharge for services. The segment features NADCA expert and chair of our Anti-Fraud Task Force, Mark Zarzeczny to help expose companies who are scamming consumers.

Why Buy an Energy Efficient Air Conditioner?

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In an average air conditioned home, air conditioning consumes more than 2000 kilowatt-hours of electricity per year, causing about 3,500 pounds of carbon dioxide and 31 pounds of sulfur dioxide to be emitted at the power plant and, at average electricity prices, costs you about $150. In high-cooling climates those numbers can be doubled or even higher.
•Central A/C units are more efficient than window or through-the-wall units. They are also out of the way, quiet, and convenient to operate.
•High-efficiency A/C units save money on your utility bills.
•High-efficiency A/C units result in fewer environmentally harmful emissions.

Manufacturers generally agree that plants should not be closer than 18 inches. Air conditioners need to take in and exhaust air to operate efficiently. If air cannot circulate, the unit could build up heat and require service.

Central Air Conditioning and Cooling Info

It might surprise you to know that buying a bigger room central air conditioning unit won’t necessarily make you feel more comfortable during the hot summer months. In fact, a room air conditioner that’s too big for the area it is supposed to cool will perform less efficiently and less effectively than a smaller, properly sized unit. This is because room units work better if they run for relatively long periods of time than if they are continually, switching off and on. Longer run times allow air conditioners to maintain a more constant room temperature. Running longer also allows them to remove a larger amount of moisture from the air, which lowers humidity and, more importantly, makes you feel more comfortable.

Sizing is equally important for central air-conditioning systems, which need to be sized by professionals. If you have a central air system in your home, set the fan to shut off at the same time as the cooling unit (compressor). In other words, don’t use the system’s central fan to provide circulation, but instead use circulating fans in individual rooms.

Cooling Tips
•Whole-house fans help cool your home by pulling cool air through the house and exhausting warm air through the attic. They are effective when operated at night and when the outside air is cooler than the inside.
•Set your thermostat as high as comfortably possible in the summer. The less difference between the indoor and outdoor temperatures, the lower your overall cooling bill will be.
•Don’t set your thermostat at a colder setting than normal when you turn on your air conditioner. It will not cool your home any faster and could result in excessive cooling and, therefore, unnecessary expense.
•Set the fan speed on high except in very humid weather. When it’s humid, set the fan speed on low. You’ll get better cooling, and slower air movement through the cooling equipment allows it to remove more moisture from the air, resulting in greater comfort.
•Consider using an interior fan in conjunction with your window air conditioner to spread the cooled air more effectively through your home without greatly increasing your power use.
•Don’t place lamps or TV sets near your air-conditioning thermostat. The thermostat senses heat from these appliances, which can cause the air conditioner to run longer than necessary.
•Plant trees or shrubs to shade air-conditioning units but not to block the airflow. A unit operating in the shade uses as much as 10% less electricity than the same one operating in the sun.

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