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HELPFUL HINTS

These hints, brought to you by Carolina Air Services of Raleigh, can help homeowners save money and energy all year long. Following these tips will help you maintain maximum comfort and prevent your equipment from overworking itself no matter what month or season it is.

Please contact Carolina Air Services of Raleigh if you would like more information on reducing the operating costs of your home appliances and HVAC system.

General Tips for All Seasons

  • Consider a programmable thermostat to save you money and maintain a consistent climate in your home.
  • Keep your HVAC system well-maintained.
  • Turn off lights when you leave a room for more than a minute or leave the house entirely. Use compact fluorescent lights for longer lasting bulbs.
  • Close all doors and windows to keep your system operating economically.
  • Use the sunlight to your advantage. In the winter, keep curtains and shades open. In the summer, reduce the amount of direct sunlight by keeping shades closed.
  • Use ENERGY STAR® equipment to guarantee operational efficiency.
  • Use the dishwasher when it is fully loaded only.
  • Clean the lint out of the dryer after every load so the machine does not have to waste energy.
  • Use cold water instead of hot when doing loads of laundry; the change in temperature will positively impact the amount of energy used.
  • Keep your refrigerator, freezer and oven doors shut so as not to let cool or hot air escape.
  • Opt for a shower over a bath if you want to save gallons and gallons of hot water.
  • Install fans throughout your house to cut your energy bill dramatically.
  • Keep your heating and a/c filters clean. Ask us at Carolina Air Services of Raleigh what the proper filter is for your home!
  • Fix any leaks. A drop of water every second can result in 165 gallons per month!
  • Install showerhead and faucet features that conserve water.
  • Do not block vents inside the house with rugs or furniture.
  • Set the thermostat as close to the outside temperature as comfortably possible. 78 degrees for the summer and 68 degrees for the winter are ideal.

Summer Tips

  • Have your equipment inspected by Carolina Air Services of Raleigh before the first heat wave comes.
  • AC units can only cool down an area so quickly. Make sure you do not wait until your home is unbearably hot before turning it on.
  • Install an attic fan - it can cool your attic by nearly 30°!
  • In order not to increase the demand on your AC unit, use the microwave or outside grill as often as possible during the day and avoid running the dishwasher, washing machine and other appliances during the day.
  • Install fans and run them to keep you comfortable in the summer months. During the summer, your blades should face forward to blow air downward.
  • Keep your blinds and curtains closed to keep excess heat out.
  • White blinds and window treatments will reflect the sunlight away from your house.
  • Plant trees and shrubbery around your outside unit to keep it shaded. Your system will use 10% less electricity than a unit in the direct sunlight.
  • Keep debris away from outdoor unit and keep the AC coils clean.
  • Planting trees around your house and windows will limit the direct sunlight and improve operational costs.
  • Do not put lamps and electronic devices that produce heat too close to a thermostat, because it may cause the thermostat to think the house is warmer than it actually is.
  • Have your air conditioning system checked by a professional to make sure it is running efficiently.
  • Do not overly adjust your thermostat. Raising it a couple of degrees while you are away will help you reduce energy consumption by around 4%.
  • Set your thermostat to "fan on" status when cooling your house to keep air circulating.

Winter Tips

  • According to the U.S. Department of Energy, you'll save one percent of your total heating bill for each degree your thermostat is set back in the winter.
  • Don't wait to turn your heating system on. Make sure it works and the filters are changed before the temperature drops. Contact Carolina Air Services of Raleigh if it is not working properly.
  • Turn back the temperature on your thermostat when you leave home.
  • Open blinds on sunny days to bring in additional heat, especially the blinds on the south side of the house.
  • Check your entryways for drafts, look for cracks in and around your windows where you may be losing heat, and correct them.
  • Shut the doors of rooms and closets that are not in use.
  • Set your fans in reverse so that the warm air is circulated around the room.
  • Ask professionals to inspect the condition of the insulation. It should have at least 6 inches of good insulation and enough air pockets to contain cold air.
  • A humidifier can help add needed moisture to your home during the wintertime as well as improve health issues.
  • Close your fireplace's damper and kitchen vent when they are not being used. An open damper or vent can waste a lot of warm air.
  • Have your fireplace chimney cleaned and inspected regularly.
  • Install glass doors on the fireplace for additional insulation.
  • Have your furnace looked at by Carolina Air Services of Raleigh to make sure it is operating optimally.
  • Space heaters are dangerous and expensive to leave running. Avoid using space heaters if possible.
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What Our Customers Are Saying

We finally found a great HVAC company we can trust. Blake came out on a Saturday and was so detailed. He explained the exact problem and how to fix it. He was very professional and courteous. We will be purchasing a maintenance plan to ensure our system is functioning at it's best ability. Thanks Ryan for reaching out and sending Blake out. He was the BEST!


-Melody B.

My wife and I are extremely happy with Carolina Air Services. Tracy and his team have been providing semi annual service for us as well as emergency repair services for many years. We recently had them replace two 20 year old HVAC systems with modern, updated equipment. This installation was not a simple replacement. It involved relocating both the indoor furnaces and outdoor units to accomplish some other goals that we have. All of Carolina Air Services team members were polite, respectful and most importantly knowledgeable. The job was completed quickly with no interruption in heat or cooling. We give them our highest recommendation!


-Gary K.

Tracy and his team are an excellent team to do business with. They treat you with awesome respect and kindness. They are very patient with you while answering your questions and addressing your concerns. They will do their best to fix the issue at the best rate possible. They guarantee their work.


-Lisa L.

We required service to our furnace during the extreme cold this past winter and as it turned out a replacement of our unit. Tracey and his team were able to perform the replacement in 24 hours, doing an excellent job and upgrading us to a newer more efficient product. I would recommend them for their knowledge, work ethic and excellent customer service.


-Judy K.

I have called Tracy 3-4 times over the last couple years when my AC wasn't working properly and he has always respoded quickly. He and his team are always polite and do a good job! They are honest! It is so nice to work with people that I can say this about. Thank you Tracy and guys for helping me again!


-Cheryl V.

Yesterday I was melting! Today I'm cold! Thanks to Tracy Wood and Carolina Air Services! I will only use Tracy and his awesome team for any and all of my heating and cooling needs! Hands down--the nicest, fastest, most reliable, reasonably priced, and trustworthy service in the Triangle! Thank you!


-Dutchess M.

The installation works as advertised. Nice to get something done that doesn't need a call back or two. Great job.


-Lowell Bonnett

Tracy and his team were the best. They came quickly within an hour on a hot Saturday. They fixed my air conditioning problem quickly and were professional and pleasant the whole time. It was one of the best service calls I have ever had. Thanks


-Warren Briggs

Called Tracy on a Sunday morning at 10am and he was at my house at 1015am. He had the A/C fixed within 20 minutes. Very professional and punctual. I will recommend you and your company to everyone that I can. Thanks again.


-Bradley Macey

Tracy and his team provide fast and quality service at a fair price. We had our AC break down on July 4 th and were pleasantly surprised that they were able to come out to repair our AC on a holiday. Tracy returns calls promptly and shows up when he says he is going to. I have used him twice now and been very satisfied both times.


-Ivan Tseng
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