Yost & Campbell Heating, Cooling & Generators Blog : Archive for the ‘Air Conditioning’ Category

Are Duct Leaks the Cause of High Energy Bills?

Monday, 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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Reasons for An Under-Performing AC System

Monday, 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

Monday, 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

Monday, 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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How to Get Air Conditioning in a Historic Home

Monday, 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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3 Questions a Good HVAC Contractor Can Answer

Monday, 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

Monday, 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

Monday, 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

Monday, 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

Monday, 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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