Maintaining Your Heating and Air Conditioning Units
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Maintaining Your Heating and Air Conditioning Units

Hello. My name is Max. My wife and I have five children who all live at with us in our large two-story house. My wife and two of our kids suffer from severe allergies which means keeping our home as dust-free as possible. I have learned that it’s crucial to keep our heating and air conditioning units properly maintained at all times. We have a fantastic HVAC company that comes out two times a year to perform routine maintenance on our system. They have taught me what I can do on a monthly basis in order to not only help with my family’s health but also keep our system running efficiently. I would like to share some of the tips I’ve been given. I hope you find this to be useful!

Maintaining Your Heating and Air Conditioning Units

Tips For Maximizing Your Fridge's Efficiency

Kristin Pierce

Whether you are worried about your fridge at home or at work, there are quite a few different things that you can do to improve your refrigerator's efficiency. To help you get a better idea of how to handling your problematic unit, here are a couple of places that you can start with:

Increase Insulation

One of the biggest reasons for inefficient fridges is improper insulation. To be more precise, your fridge might have a compromised seal that could be letting a lot of heat get into the fridge.

Most parts of the fridge are pretty sturdy and you don't really need to worry about heat going through a solid wall. Therefore, the walls of the fridge aren't likely to be your culprit. However, the parts of the fridge that are meant to open (primarily the door) will have a seal around the edges that essentially lock the door in place when closed, preventing heat from getting around the edges of the door. If that seal is damaged or just worn down, then it can let a lot of heat get through.

To that end, you should take a look at your seals and replace them if they look worn or damaged. If you are comfortable with installing the seal on your own, then you can, but there is no harm in hiring a pro for it either.

Cool Before Before Storing

This tip is often more valuable for smaller units, but it can also work in larger units if you are dealing with large volumes of hot material.

After preparing a food that you want to store for later, it's often easy just to put it in a container and throw it in the fridge. However, that extra heat can force the fridge to work overtime to bring the temperature back down to the ideal range. You can greatly reduce this effect by allowing your food to cool down to room temperature before placing it in the fridge.

You will only need to leave your food exposed to room temperature air for a few minutes before it cools down near an acceptable level, so you don't need to leave it out long enough to develop bacteria, which might be one of your biggest concerns. Bacteria generally takes a few hours before it becomes a legitimate concern, and your food should have long cooled and gone in the fridge by that point.

For more information, contact companies like Pro-Staff Mechanical Inc.