Archive for the ‘Air Conditioning’ Category

3 Air Conditioning Problems That Can Make Your Life Harder

Monday, July 23rd, 2018

Frozen-ACSummer is the time of year when air conditioners are most likely to develop all kinds of issues, and no wonder. All the added strain from operating for hours each and every day for months at a time is bound to cause issues to crop up every now and then. Preventive maintenance is a great way to prevent issues from occurring as frequently in your air conditioner, so hopefully that’s something that you’ve already scheduled for the year.

If not, you should have that done as soon as possible. Even if you have, though, you need to keep an eye out for any signs that your system is malfunctioning. The following are just three of the many common air conditioning problems that can make your life harder this summer. (more…)

Have You Properly Prepared Your Air Conditioner for Summer?

Monday, July 9th, 2018

air-conditioner-techYou probably don’t think about your air conditioner all that much while you’re using it, as long as it’s working properly. The thing is, though, summer happens to be the time when air conditioners break down the most often.

They’re put under quite a lot of stress during those months, after all. If you don’t want to suddenly find yourself with a broken-down air conditioner during the hottest time of the year, you should make sure to protect your system by taking certain steps. Let’s go over those steps below. (more…)

Air Conditioning Problems You Need to Watch For This Summer

Monday, June 25th, 2018

air-conditionersSummer is prime time for air conditioner problems. This should come as no surprise, considering the amount of strain the average air conditioner is put under during the average summer day. We’re not saying that you should avoid using your air conditioner during the summer, of course. It wouldn’t be good for much if not for keeping you cool during hot days.

All we’re saying is that you should keep an eye out for signs that your system is in need of repairs during the summer season. If you can identify problems with your air conditioner faster, you can get them repaired faster and your system will be better off as a result. Below are some of the more common air conditioner problems that people run into during the summer. (more…)

Signs That It’s Time to Replace Your Air Conditioner

Monday, June 11th, 2018

Air-Conditioner-TechSummer is usually the time of year when people crank their air conditioners to the fullest, having already had them tuned-up by a professional the previous season. For some, though, no amount of maintenance will be enough to keep the system in good shape. For those times, we recommend replacing your air conditioner with an entirely new system. If you’re not certain whether or not you need a new air conditioner installed in your home this season, have a look at the symptoms below that might help you decide. (more…)

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

Monday, 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. (more…)

Ways a Malfunctioning Thermostat Can Affect Your AC

Monday, 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. (more…)

What Air Conditioning Tonnage Means

Monday, 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. (more…)

Can Air Conditioning Be Added to My Older House?

Monday, 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. (more…)

Benefits of Wi-Fi Thermostats (And a Word of Caution!)

Monday, May 29th, 2017

remote-home-controlsThe speed at which HVAC technology is advancing with each year is amazing. And there’s no part of an HVAC system where this progress is easier to see than in thermostat technology. The days of the “slider-n-dials” manual thermostat are far behind, and even the digital thermostat is old news. The Wi-Fi thermostat with “smart” technology is the current top-of-the-line when it comes to climate controls.

We recommend homeowners look into installing a Wi-Fi thermostat for their home to help increase their energy savings without a drop in comfort. We especially recommend them for any new heating and air conditioning system installation, when our technicians can best match the thermostat to the HVAC system for best performance. We can also see about how to retrofit an older system with an improved thermostat. (more…)

Replacing an Air Conditioner in Spring: A Few Things to Consider

Monday, April 3rd, 2017

air-conditioning-grillAlthough the spring season officially starts in the third week of March, it doesn’t really seem like spring until the calendar flips over to April. Even then it doesn’t mean warmer weather will rapidly sweep in and tell everyone that winter is fully in the past.

However, here in Wester North Carolina, we’re already enjoying temperate weather, with some rain as well, in these first days of April. If you’ve thought about installing a new air conditioning system to replace your home’s older model, now is the time to jump onto this task. You want to be ready for the summer heat when it arrives… and it will almost certainly arrive before the official first day of summer. (more…)