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Five Good Reasons To Have Your Cooling System Serviced Annually

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If your household budget is tight (and whose isn’t?), then you may think that postponing or foregoing your annual service call for your cooling system is a good way to save a little money. However, such logic may just be a little short-sighted. Having your HVAC system professionally serviced before the start of the warm weather season can actually help save you money in the long run. Benefits of an annual HVAC service call 1. Saving energy. One of the things that the technician does during an HVAC service call is to thoroughly clean your cooling system. A dust- and debris-clogged system will cause your system to have to work harder to achieve the same results, using more energy than necessary and increasing your household’s carbon footprint. 2. Lower utility bills. Using less energy by having a clean cooling system also translates to lower monthly electric bills. 3. Less frequent repair expenses. Having an HVAC technician examine your system at the beginning of the warm weather season helps to prevent any catastrophic, major repairs or system failures. By catching a problem early, it is more likely that it can be repaired inexpensively and that you won’t have to suffer with no air conditioning in the heat of the summer. 4. Longer lifespan for your equipment. A well-maintained cooling system will generally last longer than one that isn’t lubricated and cleaned regularly. Since the average cost of a new cooling system is currently more than $5,000, extending the life of your system for even a few years can save you a significant amount in the long run. 5. Improved indoor air quality. Yet another benefit of having your cooling system professionally cleaned each year is that all of that dust and debris will be removed and won’t continue to be circulated throughout your home, compromising the air you and your family breathe. This can be especially beneficial if you or someone in your household has a chronic breathing issue, such as COPD or asthma. While having an HVAC technician visit your home for a service call every year may seem like an unnecessary expense, that annual service call can help you save energy, save money on your utility bills, help prevent expensive repairs, improve the quality of the air you breathe inside your house, and even extend the lifespan of your cooling system. The money you spend on that service call is money well spent. For more information, contact an HVAC contractor at a company like A Bailey...

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How to Replace Your Air Conditioner’s Blower-Motor Capacitor

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If you turned on your home’s central air conditioner today, and there is a buzzing sound coming from your furnace but no cooled air is coming out of your vents, then the capacitor on the system’s blower motor has likely failed. A capacitor is a small electrical part that holds a charge and is necessary to start your furnace’s blower motor. When the capacitor gets too old and will no longer hold a charge, then the blower motor is not able to start running and will make a buzzing sound. Thankfully, a replacement capacitor is very inexpensive and something you can replace yourself even if you do not have any experience repairing HVAC system units. Here are the steps you must follow to replace the capacitor for your furnace’s blower motor to get your air conditioner blowing out cold air again. Step 1: Turn Off the HVAC System’s Power Your home’s HVAC system is hardwired into your home’s power panel. In order to “unplug” the system from its electrical source, you need to turn off the breakers that service the system. Typically, residential HVAC systems will have two or three breakers dedicated to them. Turn off all of the breakers labeled for the HVAC system. Step 2: Remove the Old Capacitor  The blower motor is the part of your furnace that is round and has a bladed circular part inside of it that turns. Stuck to the side of the blower motor is a cylindrical capacitor that has two wires connected to its top. The capacitor is about three inches long and about an inch in diameter. Pull the capacitor out of its holder and unplug each of the wires on its top. Step 3: Get a New Capacitor Take the capacitor that you removed to your local home-improvement store and purchase a replacement.  Step 4: Replace the Old Capacitor Place the wires you removed from the old capacitor onto the new one. The connections are universal, and it does not matter which wire you connect to which post.  Step 5: Dust Your Furnace While you have the door open and are working on your furnace, take a moment to replace its filter and dust off any surfaces where you see any dirt or dust buildup. You can use your vacuum cleaner to make the task easier. Step 6: Turn On the HVAC System’s Power Finally, restore the power to your HVAC system by turning the breakers back on. Test the new capacitor by turning down your thermostat and checking to ensure that the air now flows from your system. If replacing the capacitor does not solve the problem, then you will need to have a service technician come to your home and conduct further troubleshooting. Talk to a company such as Airwaves Heating & Air Inc for further advice or professional...

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Why Is A Heat Pump Such A Good Choice In A Moderate Climate?

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If you live in an area with a moderate climate – where the winters tend to be chilly but not overly cold – you may want to consider using a heat pump to heat and cool your home. This is an alternative to a traditional HVAC system where an air conditioner does the cooling and a furnace does the heating. Here’s a closer look at heat pumps, how the operate, and why they’re a good choice in a climate like yours. What is a heat pump? A heat pump does what its name suggests: it pumps heat. In the winter, it pumps heat into your home, and in the summer, it pumps heat out of your home. The compressor coils allow the pump to move heat up the temperature gradient (from an colder area to a warmer area) when this is needed. Most heating systems work by the combustion of fuel to generate heat, but heat pumps just move heat from one area to another. They’re powered by electricity rather than by oil or gas. Why are heat pumps ideal for a moderate climate? Heat pumps cool a home well in most any climate. It’s the heating feature that has its limitations. A heat pump can effectively keep your home warm when it’s 40 degrees or so outside, but it’s not as capable of heating a home at 10 or 20 degrees. Heat pumps typically have backup electrical heating systems that generate heat when the pump itself is not sufficient. So your home will stay warm on a super-cold day, but this will use more electricity. Since you only have a few super-cold days in your climate, the heat pumps will rarely have to use its backup heating power. Heat pumps are very energy efficient, so your heating bills will likely be a lot less than with a typical furnace. Plus, since there’s no oil or gas involved, you don’t have to worry about fuel leaks or carbon monoxide poisoning. This makes heat pumps a very safe choice for families and for people who travel often and don’t want their home to be at risk of a gas leak while they’re away. With a heat pump, you also only need to purchase one piece of equipment rather than a furnace and an air condition. This means less equipment to maintain, too, so your repair costs will typically be lower over the life of the appliance. To learn more about heat pumps, speak with an HVAC company, like Bryant Air Conditioning, Heating, Electrical & Plumbing, or one in your...

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3 Important Factors When Choosing Air Filters For Your Central AC Unit

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Air filters play a vital role in removing dirt and debris that could enter your HVAC system and cause problems. You need to regularly change or clean your air filter in order to have a fully functional air conditioning system. The owner’s manual can give you some general instructions and guidance for choosing the best type of filters for your particular unit. But there are a few other qualities to look for when choosing the best filters for your central air conditioning unit. Look for Highest MERV Rating Minimum efficiency reporting value (MERV) rating refers to how effective or efficient a particular filter is at cleaning the air. The higher the MERV rating, the better the filter is at cleaning the air due to having smaller holes that can trap more dirt and debris than a filter with larger holes. You should first find the type of air filter that matches your air conditioner unit make and model. Then compare filters of that type to find the one with the best MERV rating. Note that the higher MERV ratings do come with slightly higher price tags. If budget is a concern, purchase the highest MERV rating you can afford and you will still see an efficiency improvement. Avoid Cheap Fiberglass Filters with Cardboard Frames The cheapest air filters on the market have a blue fiberglass filter housed in a hard cardboard frame. If you can’t afford a better filter, this type will still work but won’t do the job particularly well. The fiberglass has fairly large holes that let through more contaminants and the frame can create an imperfect fit that lets contaminants in around the edges. If you need to watch your budget, try to at least upgrade to a pleated air filter, which should still cost less than a couple of lattes. The pleated filters have a porous design that allows for decent air filtration without costing you any of that precious circulating air. Use a High-Efficiency Filter if Anyone has Respiratory Problems Do you or a family member suffer from allergies or asthma? You will want to put a bit more money into your air filter to give you the lowest chances of breathing in irritants. You don’t want to go for an actual HEPA filter, which blocks out too much circulating air to work in an HVAC system, but rather with the highest efficiency pleated type filter you can find. The high efficiency pleated models are also sometimes coated in a chemical that can block out bacteria and other advanced irritants beyond catching the dirt and dust. Still have questions about filters? Call a heating and air conditioning repairs service, such as Winters Heating Cooling, for more...

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Pitfalls Of Saving On Heating Costs: How A Cold Home Can Cause Damage To Your Property

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If one of your goals this winter is to conserve your heating fuel to help save money, be sure to consider the risks that may come with doing that. Keeping the house too cold can come with many problems, especially in freezing climates, so it’s important not to keep your house too cold and to have a heating repair company on call for emergencies. The following are some issues that can result from low uses of heat: Pipe Will Freeze One major risk–when the house is too cold–is frozen water pipes. The residual water left in the pipes will freeze and cause the pipes to possibly rupture. Water will expand and cause too much pressure on the walls of the pipes. Even if they do not rupture, they will prevent any water flow into your house until they thaw. Electronic Damage A house that is too cold can also have an impact on electronics, especially computer equipment. Homes that are not adequately heated will result in these delicate pieces of equipment to become too cold. Once the temperature begins to increase by turning the temperature up, it can cause condensation to accumulate inside the circuits in the equipment. This will result in a short or other malfunction that will prevent the item from functioning properly. Damaged Ceilings If you have ceilings that are made from plaster, it can crack when the temperatures get too cold. Plaster is very sensitive to cold and can become warped in harsh temperatures. After it warps, it will then begin to crack, leading to major ceiling damage. Dead Houseplants Houseplants will probably suffer the most in a cold home. If you have tropical plants in particular, they are surely going to get damaged beyond repair. They need a certain climate in order to survive. A sudden dip into cold weather can be detrimental to them. If you want to save money by keeping the heat off or at a low level, at least find one place in the house to keep the houseplants so that they will make it through the winter. Saving money is important to a lot of homeowners, but a cold house is likely going to cost you more money in the long run. You can end up having to pay for major damages as a result of the indoor temperature. One thing you can do to help save some money on your heating costs is to contact your fuel company. Ask them what temperature you home should be in order to heat it adequately without utilizing all of your fuel. This way, you can save money while keeping your home free of...

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Creative Ways To Conceal Your A/C Unit

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You love having central air conditioning inside your house, but you don’t love the unattractive A/C unit outside your home. The outdoor A/C unit is a necessary appliance, but that doesn’t mean you have to see it every time you’re in your yard. These creative ideas for concealing your A/C unit are simple to implement and will make a big difference in the aesthetics of your outdoor space. As long as you leave enough space around the unit for accessibility by the air conditioning repairman, you won’t run into problems with the following ideas. 1. Plant Mature Shrubbery You can accomplish two yard improvements by planting mature shrubbery around your outdoor A/C unit. The shrubbery will enhance your yard’s landscaping while it simultaneously hides the giant air conditioning unit. Suitable shrubbery choices that provides consistent and uniform coverage include boxwood hedges, such as Hicksii Yew. Mature shrubbery will cost a lot more than younger plants, but you’ll avoid waiting years for the shrubbery to grow. Your local nursery will be able to provide delivery and planting services. Be sure to supervise the digging process so that no wiring or conduits are damaged that run from the unit to your house. 2. Install Lattice Fencing Lattice fencing is a simple solution to conceal your A/C unit. Lattice fencing panels also satisfy the need for your A/C unit to have plenty of air circulation around it. If you dislike being able to see through portions of the lattice, you can either weave faux vines through the lattice, or plant fast growing vines at the base of the panel. You can purchase lattice fence panels from major hardware stores in a variety of materials including vinyl and wood. You can also customize the look of your lattice fencing by either purchasing it in a color of your choice or painting it at home. 3. Make a Vertical Garden A vertical garden placed in front of your outdoor air conditioning unit will disguise it even though you’re actually drawing attention to the area. This attractive outdoor feature can be used to grow flowers or even some vegetables and herbs. Pre-made vertical gardens can be purchased online and in big box hardware stores. You’ll be able to pick up relatively mature plantings for your vertical garden at most plant nurseries or many hardware stores. Whichever option you decide on for concealing your outdoor air conditioning unit, remember to leave enough space around it so the AC repair professional can easily access the...

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4 Warning Signs That Your Old A/C System Needs A Permanent Time-Out

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Nothing lasts forever, especially when it comes to your home’s heating and cooling systems. Sticking with an A/C unit that’s well past its prime could prove a poor decision in more ways than one. Unfortunately, many homeowners don’t recognize the warning signs of an A/C system that’s on its last legs, resulting in a premature breakdown that could leave them without air conditioning. Here are 4 warning signs to look for in an old A/C system that needs replacement. It’s Been at Least 10 Years Since You Last Replaced Your A/C When was the last time you had your A/C system replaced? If the answer is “over a decade ago,” then chances are you’ll want to seriously consider replacing it as soon as possible. Although a typical A/C system can last for 15 to 20 years, according to the US Department of Energy, most experts recommend taking a close look at your A/C system if you haven’t replaced it within the past 10 years and make plans accordingly. It Can’t Keep Up with Your Home’s Cooling Demands If you’re wondering why your A/C seems to struggle to keep your home cool, it could be because your unit is losing its touch. As your A/C system gets older, it slowly loses its overall performance and energy efficiency. Along with dirt and debris accumulation, overall age-related wear and tear can cause your A/C system to lose 5 percent of its cooling capacity with each passing year. It Uses Far More Energy Than Normal Thanks to cumulative wear and tear on various components throughout its lifespan, older A/C units may start using an increasingly large amount of energy as they age. This explains the increased electricity costs that many older A/C users face during the summer months. With nearly half of your home’s energy usage devoted towards heating and cooling, you’ll know when something’s amiss with your A/C system’s energy consumption. The Repair Bills Keep Adding Up Aging A/C units are often the subject of frequent repairs. Minor A/C repairs can cost an average of $315, according to HomeAdvisor, while major repair issues such as a failed compressor can cost up to $1,800 to repair, depending on the size of the unit. When the repair costs reach and even exceed the average cost of a brand-new A/C system, it may be time to consider replacing your current A/C system with something newer and more reliable. To learn more, contact a company like Tropic Air Conditioning...

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Ductless Air Conditioners Vs Heat Pumps

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Air conditioning can be a pretty tricky beast since it can be very difficult to find a solution that is perfect for your home. Some air conditioners are better in certain circumstances, but picking the wrong air conditioner can end up costing you quite a bit in operating costs. To help you find the right air conditioner for you, here is a comparison of two popular types: What is a ductless air conditioner? A ductless air conditioner manages the feat of cooling your entire home without needing to rely on a ventilation system. With other options, you need to choose between the two, but a ductless unit allows you to have the best of both worlds. To elaborate, central air conditioners (and heaters) rely on your ventilation system to move air throughout your home. Ductless units get around this by using remote nodes in each room that you want to cool. Cold air is transferred from the central unit to these units, which means that it doesn’t need to go through air ducts in your walls. What is a heat pump? Heat pumps are reversible air conditioners, meaning that they can also be used to heat your home. There are a variety of different types of heat pumps, with two of the most important types being air-source and geothermal units. Air-source heat pumps draw heat from the air, which means that there are fairly easy to set up and install. However, they can lose a bit of efficiency when it comes to extremely cold weather, where there isn’t too much heat to find in the air. Geothermal heat pumps instead take heat from the soil beneath your home, which is much more reliable when it gets particularly cold. On the other hand, they do require a substantially larger upfront investment, since there is a bit of excavation involved. When is a ductless unit better than a heat pump? If you don’t have good ventilation, then a ductless unit can be much more valuable. Similarly, if you live somewhere that gets very cold and aren’t willing to invest in an expensive geothermal installation, then a ductless unit can be preferable. When is a heat pump better than a ductless unit? Over the long run, a heat pump can end up being more efficient and cheaper to run. If you do have ventilation in place, then a heat pump can be more aesthetically pleasing since you won’t need to deal with obvious ductless nodes in each room. For an HVAC contractor, contact a company such as #1 Air...

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Tips For Keeping Your HVAC System Running Smoothly For Years To Come

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A heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) unit is a key part of many homes. But it’s also something that some homeowners may take for granted until it needs to be repaired. It can help if you think about your HVAC system along the same lines as you would your car. An HVAC system requires regular maintenance if you want it to keep your family comfortable for many years to come. Here are three things you can do to help ensure that your HVAC will not develop easily avoidable problems in the years ahead. Keep the Area Around the System Cleared If your HVAC unit is outside, you will want to make sure that the surrounding environment does not encroach on the unit. Keep the grass in the surrounding area neatly trimmed and keep any shrubs at bay. Letting a nearby tree or shrub get too close to the HVAC system can lead to a system clog. Change the Air Filters on a Regular Basis You regularly change the air filter on your vehicle, right? Let that serve as a reminder that it’s a good idea to change the air filter on your HVAC system on a regular basis as well. A clean filter will prevent clogs and also help improve the quality of the air you and your family are breathing. A new air filter can also help the system run more efficiently, reducing your energy bill in the process. Schedule a Regular Inspection with a Local Contractor While there are some things you can do on your own to keep your HVAC system running, you may not be aware of the more advanced inner workings of the system. That’s why it’s a good idea to form a long term partnership with a local HVAC contractor. Schedule a regular inspection of your system, at least once a year, so that any potential problems can be fixed before they turn into something larger. The ongoing cost of regular maintenance will still likely be cheaper for you than the amount you would have to shell over in the event that your system dies and it needs a complete replacement. HVAC systems require regular maintenance just like your car. Get into the habit of changing the air filter and clearing the area around the system of debris on a regular basis. For best results, contact an HVAC specialist to set up an ongoing maintenance plan. Contact a service like Reed Heating to learn...

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Crawl Space Sealing: 4 Good Reasons To Consider Encapsulating Your Crawl Space

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Traditionally, homeowners have their crawl spaces vented. Many believe that venting the crawl space will reduce moisture levels, which will prevent mold and mildew. Unfortunately, venting your crawl space isn’t as good for your home as once thought. Contrary to popular belief, it may actually be better to have your crawl space encapsulated or sealed. While it might sound odd, there are actually several good reasons to consider sealing off your crawl space. Here’s just four good reasons: 1. Improved Comfort Sealing, or encapsulating, your crawl space can actually make your home more comfortable. Because your crawl space will no longer be subjected to cold or hot temperatures from the outside, the interior of your home will stay at a much more comfortable temperature. 2. Less Strain on HVAC System Going hand-in-hand with the above benefit, your HVAC system may actually last a few years longer if you encapsulate your crawl space. Since your system won’t need to work extra hard to keep your home at a comfortable temperature, it will likely last longer. 3. Improved Home Health and Air Quality Another reason you might want to consider encapsulating your crawl space is because it can actually improve the health of your home. When the crawl space is sealed off, it is far less likely to grow mold or mildew. It might sound odd, but since damp air won’t be able to get inside, it is much harder for mold to form. Add in a dehumidifier and your crawl space will be almost guaranteed to be mold-free. When there is no mold or mildew in your home, it improves the air quality. 4. Keeps Pests Out Encapsulating your crawl space also makes it difficult for animals to enter your home. This is another handy benefit, because bugs and birds won’t be making your home their home. This also helps to improve the air quality of your home. Since animals won’t be leaving their droppings or urine in your home, it won’t be in the air; therefore, making your indoor air healthier. As you can see, venting your crawl space isn’t the only option—and it might not even be the best one, either. If you are thinking about venting or encapsulating your crawl space, talk to a qualified HVAC contractor such as Atlantic Heating and Cooling for more information. These professionals can help you make the right decision for your...

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