Homeowners Guide to Heating and Cooling

AccuTemp's Heating and Cooling Tips for HVAC

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Naturally, your system creates condensation. Typically, this condensation leaves your house through the condensate line. If the line becomes backed up, your drip pan will catch the water and the system will shut off once the water has reached a particular level, as long as you have a float switch properly installed. If you do not have a drip pan and float switch, we highly urge you to have those items installed as soon as possible. If the pan is not there, the area that your furnace or air handler is located in, may flood if your condensate line becomes backed up.

Just like with all other things involving water, if it sits long enough you end up with algae. After a while, this algae can build up in the condensate line and block the flow of water. If this happens, there is something you can do but you must act in a timely manner. Ignoring the problem will only lead to larger, more expensive problems. Basically, as soon as you notice it backing up, start the clearing process immediately.


First, shut the power off to your system. The easiest way to do this is to shut the “light switch” off near your system. It only looks like a light switch though, it’s actually the power to your system. For extra safety, you can remove the filter door. This will trip a safety switch which will not allow the system to run. Next, find the drain line access point. They are usually T shaped with a PVC cover. Remove the cover and you’ll find the drain. Pour a mixture of half white vinegar and half warm water into the drain slowly. Let it sit for 30 minutes. Come back with warm water to flush once again.

Hopefully this will resolve your issue but it may not depending on the severity of the situation. Never force anything into your drain. By doing so, you may puncture the line which would cause a much bigger mess and more frustration. If you don’t feel comfortable with the above steps or your drain is still clogged, no problem! Just give us a call at 770-672-6963. We’ll be happy to come out and clear your drain line for you. Some clogs need to be blown out with nitrogen because they’re just that extreme.

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Some bugs are simply annoying. This is especially true if you’re part of the, "Mosquitoes Love Me" club. Lucky for us, there are plants that can help keep these little pests away. If you have an herb garden, you may already be a step ahead.

Basil helps to repel mosquitoes and house flies. I recommend planting basil both indoors and out. The good thing is, you can never have too much basil. If you boil 4 to 6 ounces of water and add basil leaves, you’ll have half the mixture to a great bug repellent. The other half is vodka, between 4 and 6 ounces. Add to a spray bottle and bam! You have a natural bug repellent that works.

Mint is another amazing plant that repels mosquitoes! Just make sure you plant it in a container. If you plant it near anything else, it’s likely to take over the entire area. It’s good to place it near your garden though. It will help keep bugs off of your other plants.

Lavender repels mosquitoes, moths, fleas and flies! Of course in addition to those great benefits, you get to smell it! Lavender has a calming affect too. If you have any stress, lavender can help ease that a bit.

Rosemary also repels mosquitoes. It’s great for cooking too! This is another herb that you can create a natural mosquito repellent with. As an added bonus, rosemary has such an appealing smell.

Flowers such as marigolds are good for repelling aphids and mosquitoes. Like most of the other plants within this blog, you can actually use this on your body to repel mosquitoes as well. There’s quite the long list of possible medicinal uses with this pungent flower too. You can even plant this within your crops to help keep bugs away too.bug deterring plants

Bee balm is a pretty bug deterrent. This plant also has a long list of other uses! You can dry the flowers to make tea or use fresh flowers as a garnishment. You can actually use bee balm flowers in place of mint. The flowers also make great potpourri!

This is a great alternative to having your yard sprayed with harmful chemicals to keep mosquitoes away. In my experience, they don’t even work that well. All you need are flowers and herbs. Let your friends know too! Who knows what those chemicals are doing to air quality long term. They need to be eliminated before they cause further harm to the environment.

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Home ownership is an on going project. A few small changes to the front of your house can make a dramatic impact on the look of your home. Hopefully after you spruce up your space, your neighbors will want to spruce up theirs.

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The first step is figuring out what needs to be changed. Start by taking a picture of your front entry and look at curb appeal photos online. What do I like about the ones I’m seeing in photos? A lot of the time, door color makes a huge difference. What color is your house? What color will complement the color of your actual house? My house is red brick with white trim. I went with a vibrant dark blue for my door color. Make sure everything from the door hardware to the doorknocker is the same color. Your mailbox numbers should be the same color as the rest of the hardware. They have these upgrades online and in home improvement stores. Luckily the prices are based upon how fancy you want to get with it. There are plenty of really great looking, affordable options.


If you have a boring sidewalk, invest in some type of outline. I went with red bricks. You can go even further with it and outline your driveway too for even more curb appeal. This is a pretty cheap project for a rather dramatic change.


Paint your front porch floor! This is especially  helpful if you just have a concrete slab. It’s a great addition to any surface though. You can even go a step further in the creative department and paint a “runner.” You can still place a welcome mat over this and it won’t look strange. Just make sure to color coordinate.

In most of these photos you’ve probably noticed all the plant life. There’s something so inviting with presence of plants. The green also helps to balance out all the color and add an element of something more natural to the mix. The even better part about adding plants is that there are billions of choices! You can keep it simple with a few ferns or you can add splashes of color with flowers. You can even add flowers like marigolds to help deter bugs from your entrance. The less bugs near your door, the better!

Have you recently revamped your front entrance? We’d love to see it! If you’d like your photo to be featured on our blog let me know. Just send an email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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What do I do if my air conditioner won’t turn on?

Refer to our troubleshooting guide for air conditioning. If you follow these simple steps and still are unable to get the unit to turn on, give us a call.

Can I save energy without upgrading my unit?

Absolutely! All you need is a programmable thermostat programmed to run optimally paired with yearly maintenance. Part of this is making sure the schedule is set to maintain a higher temperature (between 2° and 4° higher) while you’re away from home and having it switch back to your normal temperature an hour before you return. When you return home, the temperature in your home will be to your comfort level before you ever step through the door. If you find that it's not, make the program switch back to your normal temperature 2 hours before your arrival. Of course this isn’t the only way, but this is one of those most effective methods.

How do I change my air filter? 

All systems are different but we have a short video explaining how to find your filter.

How often should I be replacing my filter?

Every month, you should replace your filter. The cleaner your system stays, the better. Think of it like an investment in the longevity of your system.

Why is R-22 being phased out and do I have to replace my system now?

Researched have learned that R-22 is not good for the ozone layer. Since we want to protect the Earth’s natural sunscreen, R-22 will be incredibly rare after 2020. We now have better more environmentally friendly options available. While you don’t need to replace your system immediately, we do recommend upgrading to a system that uses something other than R-22. R-410A is a great option! If you’d like to learn more, visit our blog.

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Whether you have an old air conditioner or a new one, these steps can help you squeeze more good years out of your system. Of course maintaining your unit is key but there are a few other small things you can do yourself to assist the process.


This is the single most important step when it comes to extending the life of your air conditioner. The filter helps to keep all the dirt and debris out of your air and the moving parts. If your filter becomes clogged often, chances are, there is dirt and debris building up in your system more and more everyday.


A programmable thermostat saves you money based upon your temperature settings. If you can stand it, set your thermostat to be between 76° and 78°. While you’re away, set the program to run between 4° and 6° higher than your comfortable level. With a programmable thermostat, you can set your thermostat to get your home back to your comfort level before you return. With a non-programmable one, you’d have to wait till after you came home to make the adjustment and would then be waiting for your home to be at a comfortable temperature again.


You can block a lot of heat from the inside of your home by closing blinds and or curtains on the sunny side of the house. It will also help to block any conditioned air that may be escaping. Thermal curtains are especially helpful.


When you’re a little warmer than you’d like to be, instead of running to the thermostat immediately, try turning on your ceiling fan. Make sure it’s blowing down on you. The air moving across your body will make you feel cooler.


Your air conditioner deals with a lot being outside in the elements. It can deal with quite a bit, but dirty coils aren’t one of those things. Make sure to gently hose off anything you see building up on your coils. Keep the unit free of weeds, tall grass and all other debris. The cleaner the coils, the easier refrigerant moves. That means less work your system has to do.


This one may sound odd but your dryer puts off a lot of heat. If your air conditioner is battling both indoor and outdoor heat, it may not be able to keep up so well. Even if it can, it’s only causing it to work harder which ultimately means more wear and tear of your system.


Every 3-5 years, you should have your ducts professionally cleaned. The reason we recommend this is due to the better air quality you will experience afterwards and it helps to remove gunk from the air cycles. With regular duct cleanings, your system will last much longer than a system with continually dirty ducts.


This is the single most important step in extending the life of your air conditioner. During each visit, the technician will do a 15 point check of your system. Each check tells the technician important information about your system. For example, if your motors are amping high, he knows he needs to further investigate your system for issues. If he find that you have lower than normal refrigerant levels, he knows there’s a leak within your system. As Benjamin Franklin once said, “An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.”

While a lot of these sound like tips to save your money and air quality, it all leads back to extending the life of your system. By taking the above steps, your system doesn’t have to work as hard or as much. The less your system has to run, the longer it will last.

If your have any questions, leave them in the comments. We’re happy to help in any way we can. Also, feel free to share this with your friends and family.

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We provide air conditioning and heat pump repairs, maintenance and replacement to the Metro Atlanta Area and are centrally located in Marietta, Georgia.

Our service area includes: Adairsville, Acworth, Alpharetta, Austell, Ball Ground, Buckhead, Buford, Canton, Cartersville, Cumming, Dallas, Dawsonville, Decatur, Doraville, Douglasville, Duluth, Dunwoody, Gainesville, Holly Springs, Hiram, Jasper, John’s Creek, Kennesaw, Marietta, Norcross, Powder Springs, Roswell, Sandy Springs, Smyrna, Stone Mountain, Sugar Hill, Suwanee, Villa Rica, Vinings Waleska, White and Woodstock.

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