The last month of summer is the time when air conditioning systems face their most stern challenge: wearing down. Your home’s air conditioner has probably already put in a few solid months of work to provide the household with comfort, and now the work strain might start to catch up with it. The end of summer is usually not noticeably cooler than the middle of the season, so your air conditioner won’t receive much of a break—making it more likely to suffer a malfunction because of the strain. Even with maintenance done in the spring, an AC can still hit a snag during the home stretch. Continue Reading
Ventilation ducts with air leaks are a major source of air conditioning and heating inefficiency in homes. In fact, the ductwork can lose up to 30% of the air moving through it due to small gaps and holes. If your ducts are suffering from air leaks, you’ll want to have professionals seal them up and restore the HVAC system to full efficiency. (Yes, you must have professionals handle this job; store-bought duct tape will not take care of it!) Continue Reading
Along with residential heating and air conditioning services, our technicians work extensively with commercial HVAC. Among commercial cooling systems, packaged air conditioning units are by far the most common. Homes are usually outfitted with what are called split systems, or in some cases mini split systems that don’t use ductwork. If you’re curious what makes a packaged air conditioning unit different from the split systems found in in homes, we’ve provided a short explanation below. Continue Reading
One of the most common myths about air conditioning is that hot spots in homes are just inevitable and nothing can be done to stop them. Uneven cooling (and uneven heating during the winter) is a problem that many homes face, but there are ways to stop it and enjoy cool temperature throughout a house. Below we’ll look at some of the ways hots spots can be fixed. Our technicians are here to help you out: they’ll track down the cause of uneven heating and offer great solutions. Continue Reading
The electrical panel in a home does the important job of shutting down electrical circuits when there’s too much electrical draw from one of the appliances, such as the air conditioner. If your air conditioning system suddenly stops working completely, one of the first things you should do is check the electrical panel to see if the AC’s circuit breaker has tripped. Resetting the breaker will usually solve the problem. Continue Reading
Homeowners are often curious about regular duct cleaning. Is it really necessary, and does it make that much of a difference for a home?
The answer to that is a qualified “yes.” The qualification is that you must have experienced professionals with the best tools handle this job. Relying on someone who makes a suspiciously low offer to clean your ducts will usually result in nothing more than a superficial cleaning that doesn’t offer you any benefits. Make sure that when you schedule regular duct cleaning (every 3 to 5 years) that you go to experienced ventilation experts like those on our team. Continue Reading
If you remembered to schedule regular maintenance for your air conditioning system during the spring, then your home’s AC has a great chance of making it through the summer heat without running into a major malfunction. That is, after all, one of the main reasons to have maintenance done in the first place.
The electro-mechanical air conditioning system has been around since 1902, when Willis Haviland Carrier invented a refrigerant-based device designed to lower humidity inside paper plants. The AC has gone through many developments during the century-plus it’s been around, and now it’s a standard part of the daily lives of most people in the U.S.
Your air conditioning system doesn’t run using water. Nor is it part of the plumbing system. But you may at some point notice that water is dripping out of it. Why is that happening—and should you do something about it? Continue Reading
Summer is now officially here… and so is the summer heat. The temperatures are rising into the high 80s now, and it will only grow hotter during July. Your house’s air conditioning system is going to be doing a great deal of work over the next few months. If it’s operating correctly (and it was properly sized when it was first installed) it shouldn’t experience any trouble delivering the household with comfortable temperatures.