Yost & Campbell Heating, Cooling & Generators Blog : Archive for July, 2017

Beware of Short Cycling Air Conditioners

Monday, July 31st, 2017

short-cycling-air-conditioningWhen air conditioners run into trouble this time of year, homeowners pay attention. A faulty air conditioner can turn the average home into a hot house very quickly during a heat wave, which can pose a health risk to sensitive family members as well as reducing comfort levels to nil. The sooner one can recognize the signs of a problem, the better. And while only a professional technician should attempt to repair a faulty air conditioner, prudent homeowners can learn to watch for early signifiers indicating something is wrong.

Among the subtler indications of a problem is short cycling, when an air conditioner runs for just a short time and turns off, only to turn on again a few minutes later. It doesn’t sound like much, but in fact, it usually signals a significant problem. If it’s not dealt with effectively, it could spell big trouble for the system itself.

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The Advantages of Zone Control Systems

Monday, July 17th, 2017

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Homeowners in the area have buckled down for the summer, ensuring that their air conditioners perform as expected and taking steps to keep cool in the midst of the scorching July heat. That usually means paying more in monthly energy bills for keeping the system running, which is to be expected. Obviously, air conditioners need to run more often when the weather is hot. But that doesn’t mean that residents should pay more than is necessary to keep their homes cool, and indeed there are a number of ways to keep those energy bills down. Some of them involve simple and basic steps such as dressing in lightweight clothes around the home or setting the thermostat a few degrees higher than one might normally do.

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Modern Thermostats Provide Real Benefits

Monday, July 3rd, 2017

modern-thermostatThermostats have been a part of most homes for generations, and most of us have become accustomed to seeing them on the wall, quietly doing their job. They have few moving parts and can do their jobs for decades without needing replacement, making them a good investment for your money.

There’s one significant reason to exchange your older thermostat for a more modern one. Technological advances in the past few years have improved the available features modern thermostats immeasurably. If your thermostat is more than a decade old and running fine, congratulations! Having said that, it might pay to look into a more up-to-date model and the benefits it can provide. What kind of benefits? Read on for the answers.

(Note that if you have an older thermostat that still uses mercury, you should get it changed immediately regardless of your current needs. Mercury is toxic and has no place in any home. A trained professional can safely dispose of such a thermostat and replace it with a safer digital model.)

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