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Tips for Better Cooling Efficiency

August 12th, 2019

checkmark-greenWe know how hot it can get in New Rochelle. Sometimes it gets so hot that a well-maintained air conditioning system will have trouble keeping up. Even the best air conditioners have trouble keeping it more than twenty degrees cooler than the temperature outside. So what can be done as a homeowner to mitigate these problems and give an AC all the love and support it needs to function as efficiently as possible? There are plenty of nifty tips for increasing the efficiency of an air conditioner!

An air conditioner is made of several different parts that require yearly maintenance in order to make sure it can function properly on the hottest of days. A good tip to remember is to schedule a tune-up for air conditioning in New Rochelle, NY before the summer starts—this ensures any air conditioning system is up to the challenge.

Aside from that, we can talk about some things that a homeowner can do to make their AC run more efficiently.

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AC Tip: Fresh Filters Needed!

July 29th, 2019

man-with-filterHomeowners today have the luxury of living in complete comfort during even the hottest days of the year thanks to the many whole-house air conditioning options on the market. What too many homeowners fail to realize, however, is that even the best air conditioning systems can really under-deliver in certain circumstances. Scheduling routine air conditioning maintenance is the best way to keep air conditioning systems working as efficiently and effectively as possible.

It is also the best way to keep the need for air conditioning repair in Queens, NY, at bay. One part of the equation that is sometimes overlooked is the need for changing the air filter regularly. Yes, the air filter will be changed during the system’s annual tune-up. No, changing that air filter once a year is not enough. It may not sound like that big of a deal, but a dirty air filter will really set any air conditioning system back in a substantial way.

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3 Reasons a Heat Pump Makes for a Good AC Replacement

July 15th, 2019

temperature-guageBecause investing in a new air conditioning system is a pretty major expense, and because investing in the wrong AC system is such a major mistake, it only makes sense for homeowners to consider all available options before replacing their systems. One option that every homeowner is wise to consider is the heat pump. Are they right for everyone? Well, no—no air conditioner is right for everyone. For many, however, the heat pump is ideal.

What makes the heat pump such a great AC replacement? That is the focus of today’s post. We’re going to explore the benefits of using a heat pump, as well as a bit about how heat pumps actually work. As always, we are the HVAC contractor in White Plains, NY, to trust with any questions that may come up. Our clients know they’ll have the right systems in place when they work with the pros on our team.

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Always Check the Thermostat Before Scheduling AC Repairs

July 1st, 2019

thermostatIf an air conditioner doesn’t start up when needed, or if it starts up but fails to provide the level of cooling that a home actually needs, what’s the homeowner to do? Call for AC repair in Queens, NY, of course.

But wait a minute—first, that homeowner should always check the thermostat.

Now hold on just a second, everyone knows how to use a thermo—

We know, we know. Everyone knows how to use a thermostat. But we all make mistakes from time to time, right? Doesn’t it make sense to rule out a simple fix before an AC repair technician shows up to do something that anyone could have easily done on their own? We know that it sounds kind of funny, but that doesn’t change the fact that we’ve seen this issue happen in real life time and time again. So read on, and keep the thermostat in mind next time the air conditioner is not operating properly.

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Are Duct Leaks the Cause of High Energy Bills?

June 17th, 2019

ductsWhen you are looking for an HVAC company in Queens, you need to know that the individuals you’re hiring to do the job are going to do the job right. That doesn’t just mean fixing a problem. It means finding the root cause of the problem in the first place! Don’t settle for treating symptoms when our technicians are here to diagnose problems accurately and to resolve them completely.

One issue that homeowners often come to us with is high energy costs. If you notice that you’re having trouble cooling your home efficiently this summer, you may automatically assume that the problem lies with your air conditioner itself. That may not be the case, however. It could be the result of leaky ductwork! Before you go reaching for a roll of duct tape, let us tell you that you absolutely cannot fix this problem on your own—and certainly not with duct tape! Reach out to us for a job well done.

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Don’t Entrust the Home to Portable Generators

June 3rd, 2019

generatorMany homeowners like to have a portable generator on hand. We understand the appeal: it’s nice knowing that there’s a backup energy source in the home. It’s small, easy to wheel around, portable, and powerful. They’re great to take on camping trips or for events where power is needed. We have no issue with portable generators being used in accordance with their capacity.

However, we can’t condone the use of portable generators for the home. It’s hard to resist thinking that a portable generator or two can be a convenient way to power up a home during an outage. But in truth, they’ll become a huge hassle if used that way. Below are a few reasons why it’s wiser to invest instead in a whole-house generator.

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Reasons for An Under-Performing AC System

May 20th, 2019

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Does it ever seem like the air conditioner isn’t performing like it used to? It’s not just the imagination or impatience at work—a declining air conditioner is a very real symptom of a system in need of replacement.

A good way to confirm any suspicions is by monitoring the cooling bills. Any gradual increases that correlate with the decrease in performance will be a strong indication that there’s a problem with the system.

Here are some of the reasons for that and what can be done about it:

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It’s Not Too Early for AC Maintenance

May 6th, 2019

service-timeThere’s really no way to be “too early” for air conditioning maintenance. On the other hand, it is possible to be too early for air conditioning repairs. Repairs are necessary after a problem has already developed, but maintenance is what helps prevent those repairs from becoming necessary in the first place.

In fact, the best time to get air conditioning maintenance is early. Regular maintenance offers a host of benefits that can keep an air conditioner running efficiently throughout the season, but these benefits are only going to make a difference when maintenance is performed early.

Below are a few reasons early AC maintenance is actually a good thing:

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4 Killers of Air Conditioning Efficiency

April 22nd, 2019

ac-moneyIn the pursuit to spend the least amount of money on their air conditioning systems, homeowners will do what they can to boost efficiency without spending any money. Unfortunately, that can lead them into some trouble.

Here are four of the biggest efficiency killers often committed by homeowners:

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What to Expect When Operating a Heat Pump

April 8th, 2019

heatpumpMany homeowners rely on furnaces for their home heating. Naturally, they’ve become accustomed to the way these systems heat the room—whether they realize it consciously or not. As a result, furnace owners who switch over to heat pumps may be alarmed by the way they operate. They might even call in for HVAC services in Queens because they’re not sure whether what they’re experiencing is an actual problem or not. In this post, we’ll go over what to expect when operating a heat pump.

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