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Tips to Improve Indoor Air Quality

October 7th, 2019

Air quality is more important than most homeowners realize. Indoor air pollution is on the rise as homes get more efficient and are built with tighter seals. Opening a window for some fresh air sometimes feels like an old-fashioned way to deal with this problem, but it’s on the right track. From air filtration systems to humidifiers, there are a multitude of systems that can work to improve the quality of indoor air.

However, homeowners have proven time and time again that they don’t want to spend the money on an IAQ unit unless they absolutely have to, so in this post we’re going to focus on ways to help the quality of air without spending the money on a new IAQ system. Keep in mind that no DIY solution is ever going to be as powerful and efficient as working with Yonkers HVAC company to install some filtration or humidification technology.

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FAQ: How Does Ice Form on an Air Conditioner?

September 23rd, 2019

There is a short answer and a long answer to that question. The short answer is that airflow has become restricted somehow in the interior of the air conditioner, which has cooled the temperature to freezing degrees. The long answer? Well, a combination of airflow being restricted and increased moisture can both be the culprits of ice forming on an air conditioner. Either way, this is a problem with air conditioning in Scarsdale, NY that needs to be addressed as soon as it’s found. And no, by addressing it we don’t mean using a hairdryer to melt the ice periodically.

For a system that’s concerned with bringing air into a home, airflow is of vital importance to an air conditioner. Without proper airflow maintenance, cleaned filters, and cleaned coils, the system will get air trapped inside of it that steadily drops in temperature. Eventually, a house might be 80°F but the inside of the air conditioner will quickly be approaching 20°F!

So, let’s talk about what can be done to avoid ice, and more specifically how airflow gets blocked in the first place.

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A Guide to Custom Cooling Solutions

September 9th, 2019

A home doesn’t all have to be a single temperature. In fact, it hasn’t been this way for quite a while. While the family squabbles over the temperature in different rooms, racing to hog the thermostat and put the temperature exactly where it shouldn’t be, there exist solutions that can make everyone happy. Call them custom cooling solutions, or just alternatives to the average AC system. Their job is to create a custom cooling environment for the entire family.

We’ll be getting into two main aspects of it today when it comes to custom cooling. One of them is the ductless air conditioning system, which is comprised of several air handlers that cool separate rooms. The other is a zone control system that can be installed in the ductwork of a central air conditioning system. Either of these systems can make the kitchen, living room, bedrooms, and even bathrooms their own temperature for their unique inhabitants.

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5 Sounds an AC Should Not Be Making

August 26th, 2019

Homeowners can usually tell when there’s something wrong with an AC unit, just by the way of the noises they make. A central air conditioner that’s functioning properly shouldn’t make any noises aside from the gentle waft of a refreshing breeze coming from air ducts. However, if an air conditioner is making some peculiar noise, this is often a clue towards a problem that’s much bigger in scale. Sometimes there are even home solutions for AC repair in Harrison, NY, if they’re appropriately addressed with the right tools.

There’s got to be a way to classify these issues by sound and inform homeowners on just how pertinent they should be about an AC that sounds “off.” This list of air conditioner sounds is pretty well known throughout the HVAC industry. It’s not okay to just sit back and pretend that an air conditioner is supposed to make these noises.

So, what kinds of noises are we talking about?

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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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