What You Need to Know About Replacing Your A/C Filter

Have you taken the time to change your cooling system’s air filter this year? By regularly changing your air filter you’ll extend the lifespan of your unit, improve energy efficiency, maintain good indoor air quality, and prevent breakdowns and repairs.

How often does my air filter need to be replaced?

There are many factors that go into the life of your air filter. For example: the density of airborne contaminants, how frequently you’re using your cooling system, as well as the type of filter you’re using.

  • Fiberglass filters can last up to 30 days.
  • Pleated filters can last up to 90 days.
  • Washable filters can last up to five years but must be cleaned every 30 days.

While there is no golden rule when it comes to the lifespan of your air filter, be sure to check it regularly until you’ve figured out your home’s cycle.

What size replacement filter should I buy?

You can easily find out what size air filter your cooling system requires by checking the frame of the one you’re replacing. This information is also located in the owner’s manual.

How do I change my air filter?

Air filters in most modern air conditioners are located near the blower unit. Some other places the filter might be found, include: near the central air return register, near an attic air handler, near a basement air handler, or next to an electrostatic air cleaner. Once you’ve located the air filter, remove the grill/box cover that holds it in place. Next, remove the dirty filter.

  • If it’s a washable filter clean it thoroughly before returning it to the unit.
  • If it’s a disposable filter, throw away the old one and insert the new one with the arrow pointing towards the blower.

Pro Tip: Remember to record the date each time you clean or change the filter on your air conditioner so you can easily figure out when it needs to be changed next.

Should I call a professional?

While changing your filter is relatively simple, we recommend scheduling an air conditioning tune-up each year. During a standard tune-up, Devine Bros. will clean or replace your air filter, show you how to do it yourself in the future, and service your unit from top to bottom.

If you live in Fairfield County, trust Devine Bros. with all of your air conditioning needs. Contact us today at  203-866-4421.

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Important Questions to Ask Before Your Next Concrete Project

Taking on a concrete project can be stressful. That’s why it’s important to hire an expert contractor to handle your job from start to finish. We’re here to tell you what questions to ask and why you should choose Devine Bros.

What kind of experience do you have?

Experience is a key factor when choosing any service, but it’s especially important when it comes to concrete. Who would you trust more: a contractor that has 40 years of work under his belt or the one on his first job?

Residents of Fairfield County, Connecticut have trusted Devine Bros.. for nearly 100 years.

Do you have any recommendations for my project?

Be sure to have any potential contractors visit your property prior to hire. A skilled contractor will likely have suggestions that you haven’t considered.

Devine Bros.. can provide stylistic recommendations that fit well with the look you desire.

How should I prepare for the job?

Once you’ve chosen a contractor, there are a few things to do to prepare for your specific project.

Devine Bros. is here to guide you through the process from start to finish. We’ll provide instructions on how to prepare for the job and keep you updated through completion.

Devine Bros. operates two ready-mix concrete plants in Fairfield County. We have lightweight structural concrete, high strength microsilica concrete, and can even create a custom blend designed to meet your specifications. In addition, we’re certified by the National Ready Mixed Concrete Association and the American Concrete Institute.

If you live in Norwalk, Westport, New Canaan, or any of the surrounding areas, Devine Bros. is just a phone call away. Contact us today at 203-866-4421.

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How to Save Money with Your Thermostat

As temperatures rise, it’s everyone’s first instinct to crank the A/C, but using your air conditioner to cool your home 24/7 can get expensive. That’s where we come in! Did you know that your thermostat plays an integral role in energy savings? Read on for key ways to keep cool without breaking the bank this summer:

  • Strategically Set Your Thermostat: Believe it or not, 78-degrees is the optimal thermostat temperature for energy savings. — GASP! Say it ain’t so! — Shocking we know. Your air conditioner uses less energy when the thermostat is set more closely to the temperature outside. Set your thermostat according to the weather forecast to slash your energy bill.
  • Invest in a Programmable Thermostat: One of the easiest ways to cut cooling costs is to purchase a programmable thermostat. You’ll be able to schedule your A/C to automatically turn off while you’re at work and on right around the time you plan to return home. This eliminates the need to manually fuss with the settings every day. Just set it and forget it! (Pro Tip: Check out the Nest Learning Thermostat — it learns your temperature habits in about a week and is compatible with Amazon Alexa. You can also adjust the temperature from your smartphone or tablet.)
  • Acclimate to Higher Temperatures: Though it may be unbearable to imagine, getting your body acclimated to warmer temperatures is extremely beneficial to your budget. Try raising the temperature gradually. If you’re comfortable in a 68-degree atmosphere, try raising the thermostat one degree per day until you work up to 78-degrees — or whatever you can comfortably handle. You’d be amazed at how quickly you’ll adapt.
  • More Ways to Save: Of course, there are ways to supplement that higher thermostat setting to stay cool.
    • Block the Sun: Invest in blinds and/or curtains to block the sun’s rays from baking your home in the afternoons.
    • Open the Windows: Temperatures can drop up to 20-degrees in the evenings. Give the A/C a break and crack open the windows to stay cool and get a dose of fresh air in the process.
    • Install Ceiling Fans: A great way to supplement your cooling system is to install ceiling fans in various rooms of your home. They only cost pennies per day to operate and circulate the air, making warm rooms feel cooler.

If you live in Fairfield County, trust Devine Bros. to help get your home ready for the summer months. We offer air conditioner repairs, installations, and tune ups, and have one of the largest inventories of landscaping supplies in southern Connecticut. If you live in Norwalk, Westport, New Canaan, or the surrounding area, contact us today at 203-866-4421!

5 Things to Consider When Buying an Air Conditioner

things to consider when purchasing an air conditioner

In the stifling summer heat, we live and die by our air conditioners. Whether you’re utilizing central air or a window air conditioner, there’s no denying the importance of a working cooling system. However, not all air conditioners are created equal. In order to find the perfect cooling system for your home, it is important to consider these five factors:

  1. Window Unit or Central Air: How many rooms are you looking to cool? Window unit air conditioners are a great solution if you’re looking to cool one or two rooms, while central air is best for cooling an entire home.

  2. Cooling Capacity: This is measured in British Thermal Units (BTUs). Find an air conditioner with a BTU level that is designed for your space.
    • If your BTU level is too low, the unit will run continuously in an effort to cool the large space. This will cause your energy bills to skyrocket.
    • If your BTU level is too high, the unit will turn off before the space is fully cooled and dehumidified. This will cause inconsistent temperatures  throughout the room.

  3. Energy Efficiency: While you’re shopping, search for a unit with an Energy Star certification. These air conditioners use 10 percent less energy than standard models. In addition, be aware of the Energy Efficiency Ration (EER) measurement. This tells you the how many BTUs are used per watt of power. The higher the EER, the more efficient the unit.

  4. Electrical Installations: Be sure your electrical system can support your chosen air conditioner. The electrical requirements for your cooling system will be listed in the specifications. More powerful air conditioners may require a 220-volt circuit. If you do not have one of these in your home, you a licensed technician can install one for you.

  5. Maintenance Requirements: Air conditioning units require maintenance every now and again to ensure they stay in tip top condition. Over time, these units can accumulate dust, dirt, and debris. This can clog the filters and hinder the unit’s effectiveness.  Be sure to clean your cooling system once a year. For window units: wash the air filter with soap and water. For central air: schedule regular professional tune-ups.

As the temperatures rise, trust the air conditioning experts at Devine Bros. to keep you cool this summer. Our home cooling services include professional air conditioner installations, repairs, replacements, tune-ups, and more. If you live in Norwalk, Westport, New Canaan, or the surrounding area, contact us to schedule an appointment with one of our trained technicians by calling (203) 866-4421.