About Our 16-Point Air Conditioner Tune Up

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An annual tune up for your air conditioner is a great way to keep your energy bills down and extend the lifespan of your unit – if it is performed correctly.

Dirt and dust can accumulate on various components of your air conditioner, resulting in increased energy consumption and added wear and tear. During a tune up, a technician should clean these components, inspect them for problems, and replace them if necessary.

The cooling experts at Devine Bros. offer air conditioning tune ups for homeowners in Fairfield County, Connecticut, including the towns of Norwalk, Westport, and New Canaan. We don’t cut corners either – our tune ups are thorough and designed to help you get the most out of your cooling system.

Take a look at what our 16-point A/C tune up service includes:

  1. Clean and inspect condensate drain

  2. Clean and inspect condensate pump

  3. Clean or replace air filter

  4. Check blower belts – adjust or replace if necessary

  5. Check and lubricate blower wheel and bearings

  6. Lubricate and check all motors

  7. Check thermostat operation – check temperature drop across indoor coil

  8. Clean and check condenser

  9. Check and tighten electrical connections

  10. Check and clean compressor contractor

  11. Check condenser disconnect switch

  12. Check condenser fan blade and bearings

  13. Check controls and safety

  14. Test pressure cut-off switches

  15. Check refrigerant check and operating pressures and temperature

  16. Test compressor operating voltage and amperage draw

Ready to schedule your tune up with a Devine Bros. technician? Just give us a call at (203) 866-4421.

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Signs You Need to Dehumidify Your Home

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Humidity is no stranger to residents of Fairfield County, Connecticut, but when does it become too much? Keep an eye out for these signs that may indicate the humidity level in your home is too high:

  • Mold spots and odors: The moisture that’s present in humid air can invite mold to grow in your home. Look for mold spots in your ceilings, and keep your nose peeled for any mildewy smells.

  • Window condensation: When warm, humid air comes in contact with a colder surface (such as your window), condensation is formed. If you constantly have water beads on your windows, this is a sure sign that your home is too humid.

  • Warping wood: Moisture from the air can have a detrimental effect on your wood floors, furniture, and framing. Too much moisture can cause this wood to expand, warp, crack, and rot.

  • Uncomfortable conditions: Sometimes, you don’t need a “sign” to know when it’s humid. If the humidity is making it impossible to be comfortable, that’s the only indication you need.

So, what should you do?

If these signs are apparent in your home, it’s time to dehumidify. Generally speaking, there are two ways to do this:

  • Portable dehumidifiers: you can buy these small dehumidifiers at your local pharmacy, usually for under $50. They are good at controlling humidity in your home’s problem areas, but are only effective for small spaces.

  • Whole-home dehumidifiers: these are installed as part of your home’s HVAC system. As their name indicates, they can control humidity levels throughout your entire house. They are more expensive than portable dehumidifiers, but offer a more complete solution for your humidity problems.

If you live in Fairfield County, Connecticut, trust the heating and cooling experts at Devine Bros. to keep you comfortable all year long. Now is the perfect time of the year to upgrade to a central air system which doubles as a whole-home dehumidifier. If you live in Norwalk, Westport, or New Canaan, give us a call today at (203) 866-4421.

Benefits of Central Air Conditioning

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As temperatures continue to rise across Fairfield County, homeowners are starting to evaluate their cooling needs for the upcoming season. If your home is still utilizing window air conditioners to keep cool, it might be time for an upgrade.

Central A/C systems are a popular option for homeowners across the country, and for good reason. Take a look at just some of the benefits they offer:

  • Cooling for the entire home. Unlike window units, central air conditioning has the ability to cool down an entire house – not just a room or two.

  • Central air is quiet. All cold air is generated from a single compressor, which is usually placed outside the home. Indoor noise is virtually undetectable, which cannot be said about window units.

  • Don’t lose your view. Want to install a window A/C? That’s fine, just be prepared to lose your window for the entire summer. Central air keeps all of your windows available for your viewing pleasure.

  • Improve your air quality. Most new central air systems also act as dehumidifiers and air filters. Controlling these factors isn’t just important for your family’s comfort, but their health as well.

  • Year-round comfort. On the subject of multifunctionality, many central air units can even work in a reversed cycle to produce warm air during the winter. What is more convenient than one unit fulfilling all of your heating and cooling needs?

Interested in upgrading to central air? Fairfield County residents can count on Devine Bros. to help them beat the heat this summer! If you live in Norwalk, Wesport, New Canaan, or the surrounding area, give us a call at (203) 866-4421.

Things to Consider When Sizing an Air Conditioner

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If you are purchasing a new air conditioner for your home, there are many things you must take into consideration. One of the most important factors is the size, or cooling capacity, of your new system. Measured in BTUs (British Thermal Units), the cooling capacity of an air conditioner measures how much cold air it can produce, and thus how quickly and effectively it can cool your home.

When sizing an air conditioner, you have to consider more than just the square footage of your home. Here are a few other factors that could impact the size that you need.

Insulation

Is your home well-insulated, or does it have several air leaks? This is something you will need to consider. A well-insulated home loses less air, meaning you won’t need as powerful of a system to keep cool.

Windows

The number of windows in your home, and the direction which they face can both impact your A/C sizing needs. More windows means more sunlight entering your home and making it warmer, especially if they face south.

Climate

What kind of climate do you live in? A home in Arizona, for example, will need significantly more BTUs to keep cool than an identical home in Michigan.

Personal Preference

How cool do you like to keep your house during the summer months? Your personal preference has a large impact on the size of your cooling system. For instance, keeping a 3,000 square foot house just five degrees colder requires 15% more BTUs.

For more information about air conditioner sizing, check out this free online BTU calculator.

Purchasing an air conditioner for your Connecticut home? Let the cooling experts at Devine Bros. install it! If you live in Norwalk, Westport, New Canaan, or the surrounding area, trust us with all of your cooling needs! Call us for a free air conditioning consultation at (203) 866-4421.

3 Easy Ways to Incorporate Masonry Into Your Landscape

Spring is the perfect season for home improvements, and one of the most popular projects for homeowners is upgrading their lawns and gardens. If you are looking to spice up your yard, few things can tie a landscape together like a well-placed stone fixture. Here are three masonry projects you can try this season:

Wall” You’re at It…

Stone walls are as versatile as they are beautiful. You can implement them into your landscape in a variety of ways, including using them as a garden bed, keeping unwanted visitors off of your property, or providing a scenic border for your pool.

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If you have multiple gathering areas in your yard (patio, pool, fire pit, gazebo, etc.), what better way to connect them than with a stone walkway? Not only is a stone path a beautiful addition to any landscape, it is practical too, providing your family and guests with a clear line to walk without damaging your grass.

Light Up Your Landscape

Landscape lighting is becoming increasingly popular for homeowners in Norwalk, Connecticut, and it’s easy to understand why. Not only do they accentuate your yard, but they offer safety benefits too – a well-lit exterior can prevent tripping hazards at night and makes your home less of a target for burglaries. Take your lighting to the next level by installing your lamps on top of beautiful stone pillars.

Planning a masonry project for your Fairfield County home? There is only one name you need to know: Devine Bros. With a variety of landscaping and masonry supplies available for pickup or delivery, we are the number one choice for homeowners in Norwalk, Westport, New Canaan, and the surrounding area. Visit our website for more information or give us a call at (203) 866-4421.

5 Ways to Alleviate Your Spring Allergies

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Spring Pollen is in the air, and for those of us who suffer from seasonal allergies, this can be the most uncomfortable time of the year. Living with allergies can be tough, but these five tips can help alleviate your symptoms and provide some much-needed comfort during the harsh spring months.

  1. Start medicating now. If you wait until you start sneezing to take your allergy medicine, you are already too late. For best results, start taking your medication two weeks before symptoms are likely to set in.

  1. Change your air filters. Your heating and cooling systems have air filters that should be cleaned or replaced periodically. Not only does this keep them running efficiently, it limits the amount of air pollutants that can enter your home.

  1. Opt for the A/C. Instead of opening your windows to cool down, use your air conditioner – both at home, and in the car. It may cost you more money, but at least you are preventing high levels of pollen from entering your home through your window.

  1. Keep your floors clean. If you don’t keep up on your carpet cleaning, your rugs could be harboring all kinds of contaminants, including dust mites and pollen. Vacuum and mop regularly, and instill a strict no-shoes policy for your family and guests.

  1. Clean your air ducts. Air ducts are an afterthought for most people, but they are one of the biggest reasons for allergies indoors. Allergens can infiltrate your HVAC system, and use the air ducts as a way to spread throughout your entire home.

Your home is supposed to provide shelter from your outdoor allergies. If your symptoms get worse while inside, poor air quality could be to blame. If you live in Norwalk, Connecticut or the surrounding area, contact Devine Bros. for a free indoor air quality consultation at (203) 866-4421.

5 Ways to Save Energy this Spring

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Staying comfortable shouldn’t have to cost an arm and a leg. Follow these energy saving tips from Devine Bros. to stay cool this spring without breaking the bank.

Reverse your ceiling fans.

Did you know that the direction that your ceiling fan rotates can impact how air circulates throughout your home? Set the blades to rotate counterclockwise during the warmer months – this will force air down into the room, creating a wind chill effect.

Seal air leaks.

Air leaks are common in homes, especially around windows, doors, and any place two edges meet (wall to ceiling, wall to floor, wall to wall, etc.). Seal these leaks with weatherstripping or a caulking gun to keep cool air in your home and more cash in your wallet.

Purchase a programmable thermostat.

Programmable thermostats are a great way to save money on your heating and cooling bills all year long. By automatically adjusting the temperature based on your preset preferences, you can use less energy at times of the day when it’s not needed. Click here to learn more about the energy-saving benefits that programmable thermostats offer.

Open your windows.

Spring is a relatively mild season for most places across the country. Use this to your advantage by keeping the windows open when the weather permits. The cross-breeze going through your home is a free way to keep cool.

Tune up your air conditioner.

Having routine maintenance performed on your cooling system is not only a good way to save energy, it can help prevent future breakdowns as well. In fact, many A/C manufacturers will void your warranty if you don’t have your system professionally tuned up every year. Spring is the perfect time to schedule a tune up, before the hot weather hits and HVAC companies enter their busy season.

Schedule an A/C tune up for your Norwalk home with the heating and cooling experts at Devine Bros! For almost 100 years, residents of Fairfield County, Connecticut have trusted us to stay comfortable all year long. Give us a call at (203) 866-4421 to get started.