August 13th, 2018
When working with an HVAC contractor, it’s expected that they’ll be able to answer any questions about air conditioning. Expected—but not guaranteed.
While some questions are good to ask to test the knowledge and expertise of the contractor, some are worth asking simply because asking now might save time and money later.
July 30th, 2018
Among air conditioner problems, short-cycling is potentially one of the worst. It might seem like short-cycling is relatively harmless, but it actually can have compounded effects on an air conditioner. Fixing short-cycling can be as easy as changing a filter, or it can be as bad as needing to replace the entire system. In this post, we’ll explain what short-cycling is and how to fix it.
July 16th, 2018
Having air conditioning is great, but it does bring up a few more complications. The biggest one being what to do about the monthly energy bill. It’s not that having an increased energy bill is unexpected, but an AC bill running slightly higher than budget is something no one wants.
Luckily, there’s hope. There are several ways that any homeowner can lower their AC bill and a couple of them can even be done right now.
July 2nd, 2018
Short-cycling is when a unit turns on-and-off far more often than is normal. But is short-cycling really that bad?
Yes, it is. In fact, short-cycling demands the service of a professional.
We understand why it doesn’t seem detrimental since the symptoms aren’t loud or scary, but if ignored for long, it can cause way more problems than it’s worth. Read on to understand why short-cycling is a problem and what causes it.
June 18th, 2018
Some problems with a central AC unit are easy to recognize: a banging, misaligned fan, cooling coils which suddenly quit working, or a compressor unexpectedly making loud noises. One problem which can happen behind the scenes but be equally damaging is a low refrigerant level. AC units shouldn’t ever need refrigerant added, so at the very least, low refrigerant levels indicate a leak of some sort in addition to the possibility of secondary problems. We’ll discuss below how this issue can affect an air conditioning system.
June 4th, 2018
Air quality in the home is just as important as it is easy to forget—air is invisible, after all, and it’s not something homeowners often think about. They vacuum the floors when they see dirt and they wipe off the counters when they see dust. But why don’t they focus on scrubbing the air with air purifiers with the same intensity? Here is a startling fact: out of every 10 people, 5 are breathing air that would be given a grade of “F” when rated.
It’s no wonder 26 million people a year suffer from some hay fever and other respiratory problems—the air people breathe is stale, full of pollutants, and in need of a good spring cleaning.
May 21st, 2018
Even after adding up all of the electronics, kitchen equipment, and home lighting, the U.S. Department of Energy estimates that well over half of the energy consumption in the average home is a result of heating and cooling. It’s no wonder that heating and cooling a house can be a real budget buster. Whether a homeowner is in a brand new house or living in a dreamy craftsman style they have always wanted, every single one is looking for ways to save on energy costs by making their home more efficient.
May 7th, 2018
Air conditioners need to function all day every day during the summer, and with temperatures in the area on the rise, homeowners would be well-advised to ensure that their system is ready to go. If problems exist in a given air conditioning systems – either left from last summer or forming over the winter – now is the best time to identify them and take care of them by calling in a repair service.
April 23rd, 2018
Spring is usually the time when homeowners with old air conditioning systems look into replacement options, and while conventional centralized air conditioning systems are common in most homes, they’re not the only options out there. Some homes–especially older homes built before the advent of air conditioning–lack the ability to support the ducts that make central air conditioning possible. Others can support central air, but can’t be cooled as effectively with it as they might with an alternative system.
Any home looking at installing a new AC this spring, and which doesn’t believe that a centralized system is quite right, can explore alternative means of cooling. Two of them are discussed at length below.
April 9th, 2018
Summer weather will be here soon, and households that have struggled with staying cool and comfortable may want to consider a replacement. And if centralized air conditioning has been an issue–either because the home was built before the advent of ducts or because some architectural quirk prevents ducts from being installed–you might want to consider the advantages of a ductless air conditioning system. Installing one now could be the best decision you ever make.