How Healthy Is Your Indoor Air?

September 21st, 2020
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Were you aware that the air within your household can be lower quality than the air outdoors? At least, this is the case if your home isn’t equipped with the right indoor air quality systems and services. It’s even more likely that your air quality is bad if you have a modern home–one built in the last couple of decades or so. The reason being homes today are built very “tightly” to prevent conditioned air from escaping.

This is good news for your HVAC efficiency since there won’t be any heating or cooling loss. Unfortunately, this traps contaminants inside. If you suffer from allergies or asthma, or if anyone in your home does, this definitely isn’t great news. Things like pollen, dirt, dust, and pet dander don’t have a way out of your home, and this is what contributes to the poor air quality. So, what can you do about it?

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Are You Believing This AC Myth?

September 7th, 2020
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In the age of the Internet, there isn’t much information about air conditioners you can’t find. However, this doesn’t mean that all that information is correct. In fact, some of what you find can be based on myths and misconceptions, leading to you treat your air conditioner in a way you think is helpful, but is actually harmful.

There’s one myth, in particular, that seems harmless in theory, but can actually make your air conditioner work quite inefficiently, and could even lead to premature system breakdown. What’s that myth? Read on to find out!

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An Unexpected Cause of AC Trouble

August 24th, 2020
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Homeowners often don’t realize this–or perhaps they’re even in a little bit of denial about it–but a dirty air filter can actually cause a great deal of trouble for their air conditioners.

Now, you’ve probably seen us talk about dirty air filters before–we recommend changing yours every 1-3 months. But it’s probably not for the reason you think. The reason we suggest this is not for your indoor air quality like you might assume, but to protect the air conditioner itself.

You see, this filter is in place to block particles and contaminants from damaging the inside of your HVAC system by pummeling it or jamming the fan. When an AC system is too dirty, it can accumulate a lot of problems. Read on to learn more about what these problems are.

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Tips to Spot an AC in Disrepair

August 10th, 2020
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We recently posted about the different sounds that indicate a need for AC repair. Strange or unfamiliar noises are certainly something to be aware of, but this is not the only sign of an air conditioner that needs repair.

Of course, just like a car or any other important piece of machinery, you can avoid the worst of repair needs with routine maintenance. This is a service we typically recommend in the spring before you need your air conditioner the most. But consistency is really what’s most important when it comes to your annual tune-ups. And still, even with maintenance, it’s good to know the signs that you need repair so you can give us a call right away. These signs include:

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Unique Ductless Needs to Be Aware Of

July 27th, 2020
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When you find yourself in need of a new air conditioner, it’s easy to be overwhelmed. After all, there are a lot of options out there! You may find it easier to just go with whatever system you’ve always had, but what if this isn’t the most efficient option available?

It may be time for you to consider a ductless system!

Ductless systems are comprised of a single outdoor unit connected to up to four air handlers that can be controlled independently of each other. They’re highly efficient and a great option for homeowners looking for a system that provides effective cooling and efficient heating.

However, if not installed correctly, you could run into a few unique repair needs, such as:

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Compressor Replacement vs. AC System Replacement

July 13th, 2020
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Air conditioning systems have a variety of components that work together toprovide you with your home comfort. The thermostat, for example, serves as the “brain” of the system, while the compressor serves as the “heart” of your cooling system.

The compressor is what causes the refrigerant to move through your air conditioner and transfer heat from the inside to the outside. When a compressor fails, the air conditioner essentially fails. This may sound automatically like it means you have to replace your entire air conditioner, but this isn’t always the case!

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How the Air Filter Impacts Your HVAC System

June 29th, 2020
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Many homeowners believe that the only purpose of the air filter inside their HVAC system is to filter allergens and other potentially harmful particles from their indoor air. Here’s the thing—not only is this not its only purpose, it’s not its purpose at all.

The air filter that comes standard with your HVAC system upon manufacturing is there to protect the inside components of the HVAC system itself from dust, dirt, and other debris. Sure, it helps a bit with indoor air quality by drawing particles out of the air, but what you should be more concerned with is the state of your heating or air conditioner. Why? Read on!

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How to Boost Your Air Conditioner Efficiency

June 15th, 2020
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In less than a week, summer will officially be upon us. Of course, that doesn’t mean much with the variable weather we have. We could have “summertime temperatures” just about any time of the year it seems like. That said, when you do need to use your air conditioner, you want to do so as efficiently as possible, right? Hopefully, you have had spring maintenance done on your air conditioner to ensure this is the case (if not, it’s not too late—give us a call!)

Even without maintenance though, you can still take some actions, which we will get into below, to boost the efficiency of your air conditioner and therefore lower your cooling costs. Read on as we go through some tips on how to boost your air conditioner efficiency.

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What Goes Into AC Installation Costs?

June 1st, 2020
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One of the most common questions homeowners have for our team is, “How much is my air conditioner installation going to cost?” The quick answer is, “It depends!” The thing is this is a rather loaded question and doesn’t have a simple answer. In fact, one of the factors homeowners are most often surprised by when it comes to their AC installation is the cost of the equipment itself.

We are a Daikin dealer, and have found that many folks understand the quality and the value of what they’re getting—including how much their system choice can affect their monthly utility bills for years to come.

Equipment is just one factor in your AC installation costs. Our team will first look at your home and do a load calculation to determine what type and size of system would best suit you. We look at things like the home’s square footage, how many windows and doors are present, if you’ve made any energy upgrades, and so on. We’ll take a look at your current air conditioning system to determine the best options for your home, and then we’ll go from there to make recommendations for you.

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These Sounds Indicate a Need for AC Repair

May 18th, 2020
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Summertime is the most likely time for air conditioners to develop problems. While we have heat waves and variable weather throughout the year, AC systems are placed under considerably more stress in the summer, and the added wear and tear makes it more likely for various components to break down.

It’s vital that you have your cooling system checked out by an experienced professional if you notice any signs of malfunction. Read on as we uncover one of the more common signs that your AC is in disrepair—loud or unfamiliar noises coming from the system.

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