Archive for the ‘Air Conditioning’ Category

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…)

The Sizing of an Air Conditioning System: Why It’s Important

Monday, July 11th, 2016

One of the most prevalent misunderstandings of air conditioning systems is that it isn’t really important what “size” of air conditioner you have installed in your house. Just get the biggest one you can afford, and everything will be fine. We understand why people might have this misunderstanding: it only seems natural that if a house has a large system, it can simply be “dialed down” as necessary—and there will always be enough cooling for even the hottest day. Nonetheless, it’s still a misunderstanding, as we’ll explain below. (more…)

What’s Involved in Installing a Ductless Mini Split System?

Monday, July 4th, 2016

Last week we wrote a post about the virtues of a ductless mini split system to handle residential heating and cooling, and situations where you may find a ductless system your home’s best option. This week, we’re going to look at exactly what goes into installing one of these systems. (more…)

Why You Might Want to Consider a Ductless Mini Split System

Monday, June 27th, 2016

People so closely associate central air conditioning for a home with a network of air ducts that it’s often hard for them to imagine there is any other way to cool down a large space. It’s either inefficient window units or a ducted air conditioner. But this isn’t actually true: the ductless mini split system (which, as a heat pump, also provides warmth) is an effective way to deliver cooling around a home without requiring an inch of ductwork. If you live in a home that doesn’t have space for ducts, or you are building a new house, you should make a ductless mini split one of your top comfort choices. (more…)

Plan Ahead for Parties When It Comes to Air Conditioning Comfort

Monday, June 20th, 2016

Most of the time when you’re thinking about maintaining summer comfort inside your home, you’re considering your family’s comfort. The average household air conditioner is designed to keep your family cooled down, and if you have it professionally sized and installed, it will be able to keep up no matter how hot it gets outside over the summer.

But even the best AC system may have trouble when there are large numbers of people in house. When you’re having a party, you’ll need to do some planning ahead of time when it comes to the air conditioning system so that it can keep up with the demand of maintaining comfort for more people than normal. (more…)