August 1, 2016

3 Tips to Determine Which Cooling System is Right for You

  Shopping for a new cooling system can be overwhelming. It’s not an inexpensive purchase and many people go 12-20 years without needing to purchase a new system. There are many manufacturers, units, styles, and options.   Here are 3 tips to determine which cooling system is right for you: Have a load calculation done by a licensed HVAC professional. A load calculation helps you pick the perfect unit for energy efficiency and to maximize the cooling comfort in your home. A load calculation measures how big your home is, how many floors you have, the current cooling system, the...

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July 1, 2016

Warning Signs for HVAC Repair

Warning Signs for HVAC Repair Knowing your HVAC system might need to be repaired or replaced soon is better than being caught off guard. Inevitably, when HVAC systems break, it’s the hottest or the coldest day of the year – because that’s when they’re working the hardest. Watch out for these warning signs you may need to repair or replace your HVAC system: The system is more than 15 years old. The average life expectancy for a gas furnace is 18 years. Energystar.gov recommends replacing furnaces over 15 years old to enjoy 15% more energy efficiency. The heating or cooling...

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June 1, 2016

Shopping For a New Air Conditioner or Heater? Keep These Tips in Mind!

Chances are, if you’re shopping for a new air condition or heating system, it’s been a while since you’ve done this before – if at all. Systems can last from 12-20 years, so you’ll likely only have to shop for a few in your lifetime. Each year, HVAC systems advance, so it’s important to keep these tips in mind while shopping for a new system: Look for efficiency. Models with high efficiency will cost more initially, but will save you much more in the long run. High-efficiency models have an Annual Fuel Utilization Efficiency (AFUE) of 90 or above. Look...

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April 20, 2016

What to Look for In An Air Conditioning Company

For most of us, a house represents the largest financial investment we’ll ever make. That means finding a company to handle your AC needs is of utmost importance, as well. The company you pick will be your partner in choosing and maintaining your home’s HVAC unit, which has consequences you might not have thought about. Since cooling and heating can account for almost half of a typical homeowner’s energy costs, making the right decision can have an impact on your financial well-being, in addition to the comfort of you and your family. For years, people in have trusted for their...

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April 20, 2016

Should I Continue Repairing My AC Unit?

We have a lot of customers ask us if they should continue repairing their air conditioners, or if they should just go ahead and replace them. We tell them to consider the following factors: How old is your unit? After a unit has been in use for 10-15 years, it’s time to replace. By this age, parts start to break down and air quality is compromised. How often are you repairing your AC unit? If you’re repairing your air conditioner often, it could mean the unit needs to be replaced. Think about how much money you’ve spent on repairs and...

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April 4, 2016

The Best Way to Protect Your HVAC Investment

As with any expensive investment, you want to protect your HVAC system. But because it’s not as fun or glamorous as a new car or boat, it often slips to the back of the mind when thinking about maintenance. Air conditioning and heating units malfunction, often at the most inopportune time.  Unfortunately, when your HVAC unit breaks down, it’s usually not a cheap or easy fix. But by performing maintenance on your HVAC unit annually, you can save thousands down the road and ensure your HVAC system lasts a long time. Performing maintenance before the start of cooling season ensures...

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March 1, 2016

5 Simple Ways to Improve Air Quality At Home

Many people don’t think about indoor air quality, but it has a significant effect on your comfort and health. Improving air quality reduces contaminants, allows you to breathe easier, reduces allergy and asthma symptoms, and keeps your home cleaner. Improving indoor air quality is simple and homeowners can do many of these services themselves or for relatively cheap: Air purifiers and filters – Air purifiers and filters capture contaminants as air passes through the purifier/filter. There are different types of air purifiers and filters, designed to trap different contaminants. In addition to cleaning the air inside your home, duct mounted...

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October 13, 2015

Three Rules To Find Out If You Need Your Duct Clean

We are often asked by customers “Should I get my ducts cleaned?” and unfortunately the answer is not so straight forward. Duct cleaning certainly can be a great benefit, But unlike air conditioning maintenance there is not a manufacturer suggested schedule for duct cleaning. Instead the need for duct cleaning should be left to the judgment of the home owner, and the integrity of the duct cleaning company. Though the EPA (Environmental protection agency) has published guidelines to assist in making a wise choice of when to clean your ducts, Along with NADCA (National Air Duct Cleaners Association) Creating a...

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July 14, 2015

Save Energy through Duct Testing and Sealing

Did you know that in the average home, up to 30 percent of heating and cooling energy is lost through the duct system? This means conditioned air is lost through leaks and poor connections, escaping the system before it ever reaches your living areas. Air loss through your duct system is a huge waste of energy; imagine how much you could lower your energy bills if you resolved this issue! Signs Your Ducts Aren’t Performing Properly Though their installation locations make them harder to assess visually, there are some tell-tale signs which point to poor duct performance: High utility bills...

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June 1, 2015

Insulate Your Home for Comfort and Energy Savings

A lack of insulation is a major problem with today’s homes, often causing homeowners to lose heating and cooling energy. Insulation issues cause temperature and comfort control problems, as well as contribute to higher energy bills due to energy loss. Adding insulation to your home is a home improvement project that will pay for itself in increased energy savings. Where should insulation be added? The most common areas where homes are lacking insulation is in the attic, between walls, floors above unconditioned areas such as a garage or basement, and in crawlspaces and basements. Heating and cooling energy can escape...

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