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Posts Tagged ‘air conditioner’

Abt’s Summer Buying Guides Keep You Cool & Comfortable and Informed

Thursday, June 21st, 2012

Summer can bring scorching temperatures.  If you are in the market for a new air conditioner, visit Abt’s Learning center and read everything there is to know about picking the rightA/C in our A/C Buying guide.

After you’ve discovered which unit works best for you and your home, head on over to our Outdoor Grill buying guide and find the perfect grill.  You may even want to try a few recipes to perfect your culinary creations.

If you have any questions about the products we sell, our learning center is the go-to source for all your information.  Whether it is a blender or an HD 1080p TV, never be without professional help from our experts at Abt!

Beat the Heat at Abt

Wednesday, June 1st, 2011

A recent heat wave here in the Chicagoland area was a harsh reminder for the upcoming summer for us Chicagoans.  In preparation for a hot and sunny summer Abt has air conditioners and dehumidifiers on sale!  Choose from window, portable, central and more.  And don’t forget a dehumidifier to save your home from all those muggy nights.

Start shopping home comfort now.

End Of The Season Sale

Monday, September 20th, 2010

Looking for a new air conditioner or grill?  Save during Abt’s End of the Season sale on most air conditioners and grills, with an additional 10% off our everyday low prices.  Quantity is limited and these deals will not last long.

-Jennifer A.

What Appliance Uses The Most Energy In Your Home?

Monday, July 19th, 2010

HVAC at Abt

Hello again, I’m back with more green tips for you!

Last time we talked about your refrigerator which uses the second most energy of any appliance in your home.  What’s the first?  Your HVAC system.  At this time of year it is your air conditioner using the bulk of your electricity.  I thought we should take a moment to review what you can do to get the most from your AC.

  • If you are buying a new AC, of course buying an energy star unit should be your first choice.
  • If buying central air, get the highest SEER (seasonal energy efficiency rating) you can.  The higher the number, the less energy you will use.
  • Add a programmable thermostat to your existing central air unit.  That way you can program it to cool your house around the times you are actually there.  No reason for the AC to be running full tilt when no one is there.
  • If adding a window unit, try to place it in a window that is in the shade.  Placing your window unit AC in direct sunlight can reduce its efficiency by up to 10%.
  • If you don’t have shade, plant a tree or two.  Trees naturally cool the air and will cut the heat generated by the sun significantly.  Not to mention trees clean pollution from the air!
  • Can’t plant trees?  Install vinyl shades and opaque drapes to your windows.  Both of these can drastically reduce interior temperatures and allow less use of the AC.
  • Don’t run heat generating appliances like dishwashers, clothes dryers, or ovens during the hottest times of the day.  Save those chores for the morning or evening.  The added heat just makes your AC run even harder.
  • Change your light bulbs.  Incandescent light bulbs emit a good amount of heat.  Going to CFL or LED light bulbs can reduce the heat output of your bulbs by 65-80%.
  • Finally, don’t run the AC when the temperature outside is at or below what you have your AC set at.  Open up those windows and let mother nature cool your house for you.  Best of all, she won’t send you a bill!

Stay green and stay cool everyone.

-Tim S.

Stay Cool This Summer with an Air Conditioner from Abt

Wednesday, May 26th, 2010

It’s hot and humid in Chicago; chances are, it will be this way for many, many months. Abt has five types of air conditioners: window, wall, casement, portable, and central A/C units. Now is the time to think about air conditioning!

When looking at air conditioners, consider they type of home you live in, how much space or how many rooms you would like to cool, what floor you will be air conditioning which direction the windows are facing, are you cooling the kitchen, and how many people live in the home.

If you have a large space then you will need a more powerful unit that has a higher number of British Thermal Units or BTUs. A BTU measures the amount of energy an air conditioner will consume. So, if you have a large space to cool, then you will want a unit with more BTUs than you would if you are cooling a small room. Also, increase the number of BTUs when you are cooling sunny areas, rooms on the second floor or higher, a kitchen, or a residence where more than three people live.

For more information on air conditioners, contact an Abt home comfort specialist today!

-Kelly B.