Archive for the ‘Air Conditioning’ Category

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…)

Have That AC Tune-Up Scheduled—And Receive Extra Benefits!

Monday, March 6th, 2017

money-out-the-roofLast week we talked about getting a mid-winter tune-up for your heating system and why it’s a good idea to schedule work on your home’s heater even when winter is coming to a close.

And that topic leads right into today’s. With the end of winter in sight and temperatures starting to rise into the 60s, now is also a great time to consider the regular spring maintenance and tune-up for your air conditioning system. March is a notoriously unpredictable month for weather (“in like a lamb, out like a lion” and the other way around as well) and it’s not yet time to shut down your furnace or other heater—but the AC needs to be ready to get to work soon. (more…)

Why You Should Have Zone Control for Your Home

Monday, August 22nd, 2016

What is a zone control system? It’s a way to divide up your home into different heating and cooling “zones” that can have different temperatures than other parts of the house. The standard central heating and cooling system is an “all or nothing,” so that when the furnace, heat pump, or air conditioner turns on, the heated/cooled air travels through the ventilation system to each of the vents. With zone control, a series of dampers within the ducts shut off one of more of the vents, and local thermostats control whether a specific zone receives conditioned air. All of the thermostats network through a central control panel that allows manipulation of all of the zones. (more…)

Why Does My AC Keep Tripping the Circuit Breaker?

Monday, August 1st, 2016

It’s the middle of a hot day, and suddenly the air conditioning system that’s keeping your home cooled down and pleasant shuts off. You go to the circuit breaker panel to check on it (something you should always do whenever a large appliance in your house stops working) and find that the breaker for the AC has tripped. You reset it, turn the AC back on… only to have the circuit breaker trip again not long afterwards. And it happens again and again.

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Air Conditioning Myth: “Noisy Is Normal”

Monday, July 18th, 2016

An air conditioning system cannot run in complete silence. Regardless of how far technology develops to lower the sounds coming from the motors, compressor, and fans, there is no way that a AC can be designed and manufactured to work without creating any noise volume.

However, the idea that it’s normal for an air conditioning system to work noisily each time it comes on is also false. There’s a threshold of sound that an AC shouldn’t cross. If your home’s cooling system begins to become what you would call “noisy,” then it’s time to either have it repaired… or have it replaced. (more…)