Get Your A/C Ready for Summer With a Tune Up from Devine Bros.

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Summer is coming — is your air conditioner ready?

They say that an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure, so the best way to keep your A/C running all summer is by having it tuned up this spring! The last thing you want is for your cooling system to break down in the middle of a heat wave, when HVAC companies are at their busiest. That’s why mid-spring is the perfect time to schedule your tune up with the trained technicians at Devine Bros.

The Benefits of Tune Ups

A little bit of maintenance can go a long way for your home cooling system. In fact, annual maintenance is necessary to keep your air conditioner running at peak efficiency for years to come. Some benefits of tune ups include:

  • Reduced energy consumption
  • Extended equipment life span
  • Improved cooling capacity and comfort
  • Prevent costly breakdowns
  • Maintain your warranty (some cooling system manufacturers will void their warranty if routine professional maintenance is not performed)

About Devine Bros. 16-Point Tune Up

Devine Bros. 16-point A/C tune-up offers the most comprehensive cooling system maintenance routine in Fairfield County, CT. During your service, our trained technicians will:

  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 air conditioner tune-up? If you live in Norwalk, Westport, New Canaan, or the surrounding Fairfield County area, give Devine Bros. a call at (203) 866-4421.

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Spring into Savings with these Energy Conservation Tips

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Spring has sprung, and summer is just around the corner. If you are already sweating at the thought of high energy bills, keep cool and follow these ten tips from the air conditioning experts at Devine Bros.

  • Change your air filters. Air filters should be changed once per month to prevent extra wear-and-tear on your HVAC system.
  • Switch on your ceiling fans. Setting your ceiling fan blades to rotate counterclockwise can create a cool, gentle breeze throughout your home.
  • Schedule an A/C tune up. A professional tune-up can lower your energy bills, extend the lifespan of your system, and improve cooling capacity.
  • Control your humidity levels. High humidity makes the air feel warmer than it really is. Investing in a dehumidifier can help you save on air conditioning costs.
  • Invest in a programmable thermostat. Save money by having your air conditioner automatically turn off when it isn’t needed – such as when the house is empty.
  • Upgrade to Energy Star. A brand new Energy Star cooling system can offer significant energy savings, if it is properly installed by a trained technician.
  • Seek more shade. We seek shade when it’s hot outside – the same thought process applies inside the home too. Closing your blinds, installing an awning, or even planting a tree can all help keep your house cool.
  • Don’t add more heat. If your home is already hot, the last thing you want to do is add more heat by cooking in the oven or using your clothes dryer.
  • Lay Low. Warm air rises, so hanging out on the first floor of your home is a better option than upstairs on hot days. The basement is even better, so long as it’s not too humid (refer to point #4).
  • Seal air leaks. Air leaks around your windows and doors can cause cold air to exit your home, and hot air to enter it. Luckily, these leaks can be sealed quickly using caulk or weatherstripping.

Residents of Fairfield County, Connecticut can trust the air conditioning experts at Devine Bros. to keep them cool this summer. Our home cooling services include professional A/C installations, repairs, replacements, tune-ups, and more. If you live in Norwalk, Westport, New Canaan, or the surrounding area, schedule an appointment with one of our trained technicians by calling (203) 866-4421.

5 Biggest Lawn Care Mistakes

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Maintaining a healthy lawn is no easy task. Don’t make it harder on yourself by making these five common mistakes:

Not testing your soil.

Everything about your lawn starts in the soil, which is why it is important to have your pH level tested. Testing your soil will help you determine which type of lawn treatments are required, the best type of fertilizers to use, how much is required, and other important decisions.

Cutting the grass too short.

When mowing your lawn, it’s tempting to set the mower blades as low as possible. After all, the shorter you cut your grass, the longer until it’s time to mow again. However, it is possible to cut your grass too short, leaving it prone to disease and drying out. Set the mower height to about 2½ inches and never cut off more than ⅓ of the grass blade at once.

Bagging lawn clippings.

Do you bag your lawn clippings after mowing? If so, you are essentially throwing away free fertilizer. Freshly-mowed grass clippings are full of nutrients such as nitrogen; leaving them on your lawn can reduce your need for fertilizer by up to 25%.

Watering too much.

When it comes to watering your grass, less is more. Overwatering your lawn not only wastes water, it discourages your grass from developing a deep root system, making it more likely to die in periods of drought. A good rule of thumb is to add ⅓ of an inch of water three times per week. Water early in the morning if possible, as this helps minimize evaporation.

Waiting until it’s too late.

A lush lawn is a year-round commitment. If you wait until the late spring to start prepping, you’re already too late. This season-by-season calendar from House Logic details exactly what you need to do to maintain a healthy lawn all year long.

Devine Bros. offers the widest selection of landscaping and masonry materials in Fairfield County, Connecticut. From mulch to flagstone and everything in between, look no further than us to supply your next project. All of our products are available for pickup and delivery. If you live in Norwalk, Westport, New Canaan, or the surrounding area, call (203) 866-4421 to learn more, or view our product selection online.

5 Areas Not to Forget While Spring Cleaning

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Break out your brooms and dustpans, it’s time for spring cleaning. Before you get started on your to-do list, make sure you aren’t forgetting about these five important areas:

Air Filters

It is estimated that four out of every five HVAC-related breakdowns are caused by dirty air filters. A dirty filter limits fresh air intake, thus increasing the wear-and-tear on your HVAC system. Clean or replace your air filters at the start of spring, and every month afterwards.

Gutters

A clean, fully-functioning gutter system is a home’s best defense against water damage. Clogged gutters force rainwater to seep into the roof, or pour over the edge and puddle near the foundation. A clean gutter system, on the other hand, directs rainwater safely away from the home. Clean your gutters now, before the April showers strike.

A/C Condenser Coils

The condenser coils on your air conditioner are designed to vent warm air, but they have been collecting dust over the winter season. When these coils can’t adequately release heat, your cooling bill will skyrocket, and you are more likely to experience costly breakdowns. Refer to your owner’s manual for instructions on how to locate and clean your system’s condenser coils.

Patio

Your patio is the heart of your backyard, and usually the gathering place for summer barbecues. Now is a good time to clean it off and seal any cracks or potholes that may have developed over the winter season. Click here for a step-by-step guide to cleaning brick patios.

Air Ducts

Air ducts are a common hiding spot for dust, pollen, pet dander, mold, and all types of other allergens. This accumulation can hinder airflow, limiting the energy-efficiency and overall effectiveness of your cooling system. These particles can also spread throughout your home, triggering allergies. Air duct cleaning requires specialized tools and equipment, which is why you should hire a professional service every 3-5 years.

If you live in Fairfield County, Connecticut, let the home cooling experts at Devine Bros. help get your home ready for the warm weather. We offer professional air conditioner installations, repairs, tune ups, and more. Give us a call at (203) 866-4421 to get started with a free estimate.