Why doesn’t my home heat or cool efficiently?

Have you had a company come to your home and install a High-Efficiency Heating and Cooling system, but your bills don’t coincide with the savings they said you would receive? Or maybe the rooms at the end of your home still don’t heat or cool well? Has anyone checked the ductwork? Are they leaking? Energy Star shows 20 to 30% of your air escapes from the
ducting through poorly connected ducts and holes within the ducting. This loss of air results in poorly heated or cooled rooms, insufficient air flow, and air going to unwanted locations. So what should you do about it? Seal Those Ducts! There are many products on the market such as water-based duct sealant, metal foil tape, gasket making butyl compound on metal foil tape, and aeroseal. All of these options can be applied from the outside of the duct where the joints and seams are accessible with the exception of aeroseal. Aeroseal is performed from the inside of the duct system so that ducts which are concealed behind the walls and under insulation can be sealed.

Here are some links for additional information on duct sealing and the benefits:

How Your Central Heating Equipment Keeps You Comfortable

We all have our comfort zone; favorite comfy pants that we curl up in near the fire, favorite couch that we sprawl out on to watch the game and, of course, our favorite comfort food. Comfort is an important component to our lives.


So how does your home’s heating system keep you comfortable? It could be temperature; most people prefer somewhere between 70-74 degrees versus 60 degrees. It could be humidity control to keep the static electricity away and help control viruses within the home. It could be zoning to keep certain areas of the home cool while keeping other areas warmer. Whatever your comfort needs are in your home, your heating equipment should be there to meet you at your personal comfort zone.


Today’s central heating equipment is much more sophisticated than a furnace or boiler made even 10 years ago. They offer energy savings, less noise, reduced operating temperatures, and most importantly, increased comfort. However, according to Bob Barclay, President of Hawthorne based American Airflow LLC, “The most sophisticated heating system is only as good as the existing piping or ductwork ran throughout the home, so be sure you select a qualified heating professional to be sure you get the comfort you are looking for as well as the performance of the heating system.”


So, does your heating system meet your comfort needs? Maybe it’s time to consider replacing your heating system or at least evaluate what areas of the home lack comfort and research solutions. Remember, comfort starts at home!

Does Your Home Make The Cut This Season For Carbon Monoxide And Fire Safety?

By now, football fans have seen their teams playing pre-season games to cut the roster and prepare for the 2016-2017 regular season. Well, it’s also time for you to cut your roster for pre-season tune-ups and fire safety in your home.

Take the following test to see if your home makes the cut and make sure you’re prepared for a warm and safe home this winter!



1. Is your home equipped with a low-level carbon monoxide detector?

If you don’t have a carbon monoxide detector, we recommend the installation of one by a reputable company with a digital display which will display the amount of carbon monoxide detected. Remember, the investment is in your family’s health, not your home! Carbon Monoxide is a silent killer so be prepared as we head into the season when carbon monoxide poisoning is a big danger.


2. Have you changed the batteries in your home’s carbon monoxide detectors?

Manufacturers such as Kiddie recommend the replacement of your detectors every 10 years; how old is yours? We recommend replacing your batteries once a year to be sure you have fresh batteries for the heating season. Also, have you every hit that small button that says “TEST”? This test button checks the function of the detector to be sure it’s functioning.


3. Is your furnace ready for this heating season? When was the last time it was maintained?

When would you cut that 20-year veteran from the team?

If you can’t remember the last time your system was inspected, maintained, or even serviced… it’s time. If your furnace has been there since you moved in 20 years ago, it’s time to replace. Even though a heating system is operating and heating your home, it may not be doing it efficiently which directly relates to how much you pay each month for your utility bill. If that same system is 20 years old and not maintained, your heating system will have to run longer and harder to heat the home while will end up costing you more money and energy this heating season.

“Most people don’t realize how important it is to have their furnace serviced every year. If your furnace has a problem, we want to catch it early and get it fixed before it becomes a dangerous or costly problem,” says Bobby Barclay, president of Hawthorne based American Airflow, LLC. So, how did you do? Are you ready for the regular season or are you getting cut this year? Call a professional this pre-season and be sure your home will be warm this winter and more importantly safe.


About American Airflow, LLC: American Airflow is a residential heating and air conditioning service provider based in Hawthorne, New Jersey. Founded in 2010, they provides heating and air conditioning services for Hawthorne, NJ and the Surrounding Area.

Five Significant Service & AC Repair Tips

The middle of summer is a hard time for you to face an issue with your air conditioners. Regrettably, this is also the most common time for such problems to arise. You have to come up with a lot of money and that is very frustrating when it comes to AC repair, couple that with the discomfort of not having cold air circulating through your home.

Here are some very important air conditioning repair and maintenance tips so as not to experience this issue:

1. Schedule a yearly tune-up

Probably the most important step you can take to maintain your AC is planning an annual tune-up. Get your system optimized before the start of the summer heat. HVAC professionals make a number of adjustments and checks to ensure smooth functioning of your equipment. Few of them include:

  • Inspecting external and internal parts for cracks or any other indications of damage
  • Checking loose fittings and connection leaks
  • Adjusting the moving parts and lubricating them if required
  • Recharging the refrigerants
  • Cleaning the condenser coils
  • Checking the pipes for leaks, mold and dirt
  • Checking thermostat battery and performance

2. Take note of some things before you call an AC repair expert

Check the system performance all through summer. Make sure to always start the summer time with a clean and clear air filter. Check it monthly for dirt and replace a grimy filter immediately. An excess of dirt can hamper the airflow. This hinders the efficiency of the AC system. Take note of the not so usual noises that come from your outdoor unit. Take notice also the the consistency in airflow.

3. Check if your AC is overly running

If you find out that your air conditioner is running in excess, it is advised that you check the thermostat settings. Make sure that no on hasn’t changed it accidentally. If you find that your setting are right, look at your battery to make sure that it isn’t weak. A bad battery can affect the thermostat.

4. Plan a repair right away if your system is affected by heat waves or storms

Before you start using your air conditioner in the summer, it is recommended that you get a preventive maintenance tune up. Summer months might come with serious issues related to storms and heat waves. Heavy storms like hurricanes lead to equipment damage. High temperatures are able to put stress on the system as well. In both these cases, pay attention to your external unit, clearing debris and taking note of any physical damage. Plan your repair as quickly as possible.

5. Never try AC repair on your own (unless you are qualified to do such work)

Even though it may seem economical to take a do it yourself approach to air conditioner repair, you may do more harm than good in the process. This is especially true if you are going to recharge the refrigerant. There are many restrictions on the use and upkeep of equipment using Freon for cooling. Most sellers won’t sell such products to homeowners. If you do not have a license, you will likely not be able to get supplies necessary for the repair. Gases like Puron that are easily available are not a valid replacement to Freon. Your equipment needs to be serviced with proper refrigerant.

What should you do if your AC stops working all the time?

If you are faced with several instances of equipment failure, then you should start considering replacing your device. Every homeowner should consider this possibility. While an air conditioner can last for several decades, it would eventually need replacement. It is good to realize that modern systems tend to be more efficient than those produced decades ago. What this means is replacing your unit will give you an immediate improvement in terms of energy-efficiency and reduced costs.

A Basic Guide To All Your HVAC Questions And Needs

When properly maintained, your home’s HVAC system isn’t something you notice. You just walk in the door and enjoy an air temperature and quality you find comfortable. When your home HVAC isn’t working right though, everyone knows. Keep reading this article for advice on ideas on proper installation and maintenance of your home’s heating, ventilation and air conditioning.

Make sure the equipment you are buying is ENERGY STAR compliant. It may seem a small thing, but it isn’t. Products that are ENERGY STAR compliant can save you a lot of money in energy costs over the year. It can be over $100 easily, sometimes a lot more.

Ask for references and be sure to call them as well. You are dealing with a high ticket item here, so you’ll want to do your due diligence to make sure you are getting the best for your money. Ask for references, but don’t stop there. Call each reference to check. A lot of people don’t take that important last step.

Sometimes, it can be hard to figure out if your HVAC system needs to be fixed or needs to be replaced. If your system frequently breaks down, is always turning on or off on its own, or if your bills are too high, it may pay to have it replaced. Otherwise, little things can just be fixed.

In order to cheaply cool your home, turn the temperature up. If you take a few showers a day or just drink a cold ice water, you’ll find that you’re saving a lot of money on your utility bills by keeping the thermostat a little higher than usual in your home.

If you want to seriously extend the life of your HVAC system, as well as cut down your overall power bill, install ceiling fans in commonly used warm season rooms. Energy-star certified ceiling fans can sometimes cut your HVAC use in half. However, you won’t physically notice a difference in temperature.

If you are looking to save money with your HVAC system, consider turning down the air conditioner in the summer and turning the heat down in the winter. Putting on a sweater on a cold day can save you a ton of money on your utility bill, as can enjoying a cold drink instead of heavy air conditioning use.

If you have fans in place to help make your HVAC more efficient, be sure that they’re turning in the right direction. They should be pushing air downwards over the people in the room to help cool their skin. If it’s blowing upwards, all it does is push hot air into the room.

Getting a programmable thermostats can be a terrific way to realize savings. It may save you as much as 10 percent of your overall utility bill if you turn your thermostat down by 10-15 degrees for a portion of the day. Some of these thermostats can even be controlled from your smart phone or computer.

If you want to ensure your air conditioner offers you great performance, keep it dry. If it is located in a dry, cool area, you’ll find that the efficiency goes up and the unit lasts a long time. You can even buy a water vapor cooler to cool it as it is running.

Installing a whole-house fan can either cool your home without the use of air conditioning or make your air conditioner more efficient. It blows out all of the hot air which collects in your attic, and this air flow draws in cool air from your basement and up into your home.

You should think about putting in a radiant barrier in order to help your system run efficiently. It can help keep heat out during the hot summer months, which means you will lower your power bills. It can even make your attic a livable space.

When dealing with HVAC contractors, make sure that you get everything in writing. While verbal contracts are legal in many places, it is usually very difficult to prove them. Having everything on paper is a great way to make sure that no ons is confused about any aspect of the process.

Properly functioning home HVAC means room temperatures indoors in seasons both cold and hot. Improperly functioning home HVAC means variable humidity levels indoors, uncomfortable temperatures and air that is possibly even dirty to breathe. Keep your family comfortable, healthy and happy with the ideas within this article about your home’s HVAC.