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A Brief FAQ on Smart and Wireless Thermostats

October 8th, 2018

remote-wireless-thermostatWe often get many questions about thermostats. Many homeowners don’t give a second thought to their thermostat, but that’s a good thing—it means that it’s doing its job properly.

However, with the advent of more advanced thermostats on the market, many homeowners wonder if they should upgrade. Of course, the answer depends on the individual and their needs. In this post, we’ll answer a few common questions that we hear asked about thermostats.

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How to Get Air Conditioning in a Historic Home

September 24th, 2018

historic-homesFor those living in an older home, central air conditioning systems in Briarcliff Manor aren’t a feasible option. Classic homes don’t have enough space between the walls and floors to accommodate the duct system. Remodeling is infeasible or just impossible.

This might lead a homeowner to believe their only option for comfort is with a ductless mini-split system. Mini-splits are great, but they do come with a higher price tag that not everyone is willing to invest in.

Luckily, there is one other option: High-Velocity Air Conditioning.

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Facts About Air Ducts

September 10th, 2018

duct-sealingFor a central air conditioner or furnace, air ducts are the most important component, but perhaps the least understood. While homeowners are often asking questions about how the air conditioner itself works, they might not realize how much work goes into taking the air from the air conditioner and sending it through the vents in the home. In this post, we’ll go over some facts about air ducts that shouldn’t be overlooked.

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Control the Humidity, Control the Indoor Air Quality

August 27th, 2018

mold-created-by-humidityMany factors can affect indoor air quality, and not all of them are noticeable. Those with allergies or asthma will certainly feel allergens and contaminants in the air, but what about for everyone else?

The humidity level is undoubtedly the most noticeable symptom of poor indoor air quality because it tends to affect everyone equally. When the humidity is under control, the indoor air quality will also be under better control. This post will explain how controlling humidity can improve indoor air quality in general.

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3 Questions a Good HVAC Contractor Can Answer

August 13th, 2018

blue-question-markWhen 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.

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The Guide to Air Conditioner Short-Cycling

July 30th, 2018

air-conditioning-unitsAmong 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.

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Tips and Tricks for Lowering the AC Bill

July 16th, 2018

air-conditioner-money-saverHaving 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.

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Short-Cycling Demands Quality Air Conditioning Service

July 2nd, 2018

hvac-technician-repairing-air-conditioning-unitShort-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.

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How Low Refrigerant Levels Affect Air Conditioning

June 18th, 2018

air-conditioner-low-refrigerantSome 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.

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3 Ways to Improve Your Home’s Indoor Air Quality

June 4th, 2018

heating-cooling-ventAir 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.

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