Yost & Campbell Heating, Cooling & Generators Blog : Posts Tagged ‘Air Conditioning’

A Guide to Custom Cooling Solutions

Monday, 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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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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2 Alternatives to Central Air Conditioning Systems

Monday, April 23rd, 2018

heating-repair-serviceSpring is usually the time when homeowners with old air conditioning systems look into replacement options, and while conventional centralized air conditioning systems are common in most homes, they’re not the only options out there. Some homes–especially older homes built before the advent of air conditioning–lack the ability to support the ducts that make central air conditioning possible. Others can support central air, but can’t be cooled as effectively with it as they might with an alternative system.

Any home looking at installing a new AC this spring, and which doesn’t believe that a centralized system is quite right, can explore alternative means of cooling. Two of them are discussed at length below.

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Installing a Ductless Air Conditioning System

Monday, April 9th, 2018

ductless-air-conditioningSummer weather will be here soon, and households that have struggled with staying cool and comfortable may want to consider a replacement. And if centralized air conditioning has been an issue–either because the home was built before the advent of ducts or because some architectural quirk prevents ducts from being installed–you might want to consider the advantages of a ductless air conditioning system. Installing one now could be the best decision you ever make.

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How to Decide Whether to Repair a Faulty AC or Replace It

Monday, August 28th, 2017

air-conditioning-repair-replacementAir conditioners tend to break down during the late summer more than any other season year, especially older units which may finally fail after months of keeping a home cool and comfortable. We receive a large number of AC repair calls during this time of year, especially in homes with older air conditioners. And breakdowns late in the season force the homeowner to make a significant decision: repair the damage now and keep the old system running, or replace it with a new system entirely?

Only the individual can make that call. Every home is different, and so too are the specific needs of the air conditioner. There are, however, two factors that can make the decision easier: the state of the warranty and the extent of the costs involved.

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Lower AC Bills with These Helpful Tips

Monday, August 14th, 2017

lower-ac-billsAir conditioning bills tend to skyrocket in July and August as homeowners run their systems constantly in an effort to beat the heat. With proper maintenance–ideally before the summer starts–and judicious use, most air conditioners are up to the challenge, and can provide reliable cooling without risk of a breakdown during the summer months. Homeowners looking to upgrade their systems can cut into costs as well, by replacing older thermostats, installing electronic filters and similar steps designed to ease the load on the AC system. But while those require the services of a trained professional, prudent homeowners can also take a number of simple steps themselves to cut down on those high AC bills and reduce the overall strain on the system. A brief list of possible options can be found below.

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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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