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.
March 26th, 2018
With the coming of spring comes spring cleaning operations in homes throughout the area: a chance to air out the house after a long, stuffy winter. Part of those operations should include a long, thorough assessment of the heating and air conditioning system, and perhaps to consider some upgrades. Indoor air quality products can be connected to existing HVAC systems and do wonders for solving all manner of problems. What kinds of indoor air quality products are there, and what kinds of benefits do they provide? A short list of options follows.
March 12th, 2018
Late winter tends to see more furnace and heater repair calls than other times of the year. Most homes have been running their heaters nonstop for months, and all of that wear and tear can add up. This is especially true in the case of older heating systems, which may be experiencing more problems than less worn systems at the end of heating season.
The weather is still far too cold to go without a heater, especially at night when temperatures really drop. The good news is that a number of heating repair services can be found in the area, giving homeowners options when it comes to getting the issue resolved. But which company makes for the best fit? Ultimately, only the homeowner can answer that question. However, there are some firm guidelines that can help point smart homeowners in the direction of a high-quality service. Three of the most important can be found below.
February 26th, 2018
In the heart of winter, a heater breakdown can be a real emergency. Homes with malfunctioning heaters need to get them taken care of quickly, before the indoor temperature drops too low, and any heating contractor worth its salt will do so with all deliberate speed. But older heaters that run into trouble raise a difficult question: is it better to spend the money on repairs? Or would that money be better spent on a new heater instead of wasted on the old one?
At the end of the day, only the homeowner can make the decision to repair a faulty heater or replace it. There are, however, several key factors that can make that decision a lot easier.
February 12th, 2018
Forced-air furnaces are a common means of keeping homes warm in the area during our long, cold winters. They usually run on a daily basis for months on end, and few homes can go without them for even a few hours. Furnaces are comparatively simple forms of heating: using burners and heat exchangers to warm the air in a centralized location, then blowing the heated air through the home via a series of ducts.
The system is efficient and inexpensive, especially when you used models with the EnergyStar label, but like any system, it runs into trouble from time to time. When it does, homeowners need to move fast to get the problem treated, let their house turn into an icebox while they wait for repairs. The sooner one can spot the signs of a serious problem, the better.