Why Heat Pumps Need Maintenance Twice a Year

October 16th, 2017

heat-pump-cashIf you’re using a heat pump for climate control, you’re probably going to be shifting it from air conditioning to heating mode over the next couple of weeks. Before we get too deep into the heating season, though, it’s important that you take some steps to make sure that your heat pump is ready for it. The best thing you can do to get your heat pump ready for winter is to schedule preventive maintenance for it. You should be scheduling preventive maintenance for your heat pump even if you have already it conducted this year. Read on to find out why heat pumps need more maintenance than other climate control systems. Continue Reading

Options to Consider for New Heating Systems

October 2nd, 2017

burner-assemblyWe’re getting closer to heating season, which means that now is the time to prepare your home for the cooler weather. If you aren’t sure whether or not your current heating system is up to the task of keeping your home warm through the winter, now is probably a good time to install a new one. There are many different kinds of heating systems available on the market, each of which is designed to suit a different set of individual situations. Read on to find out more about some of the most common options available for those that need a new heater. Continue Reading

Should I Replace My Heat Pump This Fall?

September 18th, 2017

heat-pump-replacementWe still have a few more weeks of summer, but fall will be here before you know it. That means it’s time to start thinking about whether or not your heat pump will be able to keep your home comfortable through the heating season. You don’t want to have your system permanently break down on you in the middle of a cold day, after all. If your heat pump isn’t up to the task, it’s better to replace it now than to wait for the weather to turn cold. Have a look at some of the signs that you need to replace your heat pump this fall. Continue Reading

Make Sure You Schedule Furnace Maintenance Soon

September 4th, 2017

furnace-maintenanceHard as it may be to believe, we’re coming up on heating season pretty soon. That means that now is the time to schedule maintenance for your heating system. You don’t want your furnace to be unprepared when you start to rely on it to stay comfortable on a daily basis. If you’re not sure whether or not you really need maintenance for your furnace, have a look at some of the advantages of doing it below. Continue Reading

When is it More Cost-Effective to Replace My Air Conditioner?

August 21st, 2017

air-conditionerEven if you take the best possible care of your air conditioner, you won’t be able to keep it up and running forever. Sooner or later there’s going to come a point where it costs more money to keep the air conditioner running than it does to replace the entire thing. It’s important that you are able to recognize when that time is, so that you can replace the system with minimal downtime. You don’t want to have the system break down permanently in the middle of a hot summer day, do you? With that in mind, let’s have a look at some of the signs that you might want to install a new air conditioner. Continue Reading

Ways a Malfunctioning Thermostat Can Affect Your AC

August 7th, 2017

hand-setting-thermostatBecause the thermostat is a small object designed to look unobtrusive on the wall of a home, it’s easy to think of it as not having a huge effect on the operation of an air conditioner. Of course, it’s the place where the homeowner sends instructions to the air conditioner and the blower fan—that makes it important. But people may not realize that a thermostat with even a small malfunction can create multiple problems for an AC, leading to a drop in company, a rise in electrical bills, and even a broken down cooling system. Continue Reading

When Should I Schedule Duct Sealing?

July 24th, 2017

ducts-in-atticDuct sealing is a professional service that closes up gaps and leaks along the ductwork of a home’s ventilation system. And we have to emphasize professional: this isn’t a job an amateur can handle with a roll of duct tape. Duct tape isn’t even designed to work on ducts and won’t work at creating lasting seals. Professionals must use special equipment to find all the leaks and then use sealants and metallic tapes to restore the airtight seal along the ductwork.

There are a number of times when we recommend you schedule duct sealing in Mills River, NC. You can call us to arrange for this service and we’ll be glad to put you on the schedule. Continue Reading

What Air Conditioning Tonnage Means

July 10th, 2017

technicians-evaluate-air-conditioning-systemWe hope that your air conditioning system is working at peak performance, seeing how we’re already deep into summer and dealing with warm to hot temperatures regularly. But sometimes, no matter how well you care for an AC, it can abruptly break down in the middle of the year and make it necessary to replace it.

When you have to arrange for an air conditioning replacement, it’s vital to have professionals do the work. There are many reasons for this. One of them is that it takes special skills to find out the correct tonnage of the new cooling system. Continue Reading

Can Air Conditioning Be Added to My Older House?

June 26th, 2017

ductless-mini-split-and-remoteCentral air conditioning first entered homes in the 1920s. However, these were expensive luxury items that only the wealthiest could afford. It wasn’t until the 1950s and the invention of the window air conditioning unit that air conditioning started to become widespread. In the 1960s, central air conditioning started to become a standard part of new home construction: ductwork was designed to be placed between walls and in the attic so cooled air from an evaporator and air handler could travel to the different rooms.

However, if you live a home that was built before central heating and cooling became commonplace (and there are plenty of these older homes here in Western North Carolina), there won’t be space for ductwork to allow for standard central cooling—not unless you have large house of the home ripped out. Will you just have to rely on window air units? We’re sure you won’t want that, since window units are inefficient, look unpleasant, and can add a security risk to your home.

But there is a way to add central air conditioning to an older home without making significant changes to it: The answer is ductless mini split systems. Installing a ductless mini split system won’t require doing major remodeling work to install ducts wherever installers can find a place to squeeze them in. Ductless systems combine the power and convenience of central air conditioning with the small size and direct cooling of a window unit. Continue Reading

Saving Money with a Home Energy Audit

June 12th, 2017

house-surrounded-by-rainbowWhen you hear “audit,” do you think about taxes? Most people do, and the word is definitely a bit scary in that sense. But there are many positive ways to use to word audit. It simply means “an official inspection by an independent body.” And there are parts of everyone’s life that could all use a review from an outside professional at some point.

This is what a home energy audit in all about. It’s a thorough inspection of how your home uses energy, from the insulation to the ductwork and appliances, done by experienced professionals. Although you can find some online guidelines for dong a home energy audit on your own, this isn’t recommended. It takes technicians who have the right equipment for testing a home’s thermal envelope and the training necessary to analyze the results. Professional auditors ensure you receive the right advice for how to improve your home energy performance. Call our team today to schedule a home energy audit. Continue Reading