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How Can I Lower My Air Conditioning Operating Costs at the End of Summer?

August 29th, 2016

The end of summer is near, although we can still expect our warm weather to last at the very least a few more weeks. This means that your air conditioning system will still be working as hard as ever to do its job. Chances are, you are tired of seeing your high electrical bills. The good news is that you can increase your home’s energy efficiency and decrease these costs with a few simple steps. Keep reading to learn more.

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HVAC Air Filter Maintenance: How Often Are You Changing or Cleaning Yours?

August 22nd, 2016

In order to keep your HVAC system working as efficiently and effectively as it should, you need to schedule professional maintenance. It’s during your preventive maintenance appointment that our HVAC staff will fully inspect and clean your system, all while checking for any pressing repair or service needs.

This is typically a yearly appointment—recommended bi-annually if you have a heat pump system. That being said, there is one maintenance task that you can, and should, do on your own as it is required much more often than once or twice a year. That task is changing or cleaning your air filter. But exactly how often should it be done? The short answer is, it depends. Keep reading to learn more.

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No, Ice on Your Air Conditioner is Not Normal

August 15th, 2016

It may seem only natural that since ice implies cold, and providing cold air is your air conditioning system’s job, that it’s normal for the system to develop ice on one of its components. However, ice on your air conditioner is unfortunately a sign that something is wrong, and is one of the most common reasons for air conditioner problems. But how does that ice form? And why is it such a problem?

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Beware These AC Problems near the End of Summer

August 8th, 2016

Summer may be winding down, but we still have plenty of hot days left, which will require the use of an effective and efficient air conditioning system. Hopefully yours has served you well over the last couple of months, and you haven’t faced any big emergencies.

However, we’ve found that this is typically the time of year that air conditioners are most likely to suffer from breakdowns—particularly if you have not had routine maintenance done. This is due to their extensive use over the summer. These systems may be capable of withstanding high temperatures and many years of use, but no air conditioner is completely invulnerable to problems. If your AC system is aging, then you will definitely want to be vigilant and watch for any signs of a failing unit this month.

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No Ductwork for a New AC? No Problem!

August 1st, 2016

Have you been struggling through summer with window air conditioning units, or portable systems, because you lack ductwork in your home? Are you delaying buying a central air conditioning unit because you fear the costs or inconvenience associated with duct installation? The good news is, you can actually enjoy whole-home cooling without air ducts of any kind.

When you have a ductless mini-split installed in your home, you will enjoy a number of benefits that a ducted system can’t provide. This is of course dependent on professional installation and services from a team you can trust, such as ours!

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Air Conditioner Efficiency: Is Going Solar Right for You?

July 25th, 2016

When you think about cooling down your home in the summer, you’d probably never imagine using the power of the sun to do so. However, solar air conditioning is an innovative technology that provides an energy-efficient way to run your air conditioning all season long. Of course, going solar isn’t right for every situation or person, and there could be a better solution for you.

For example, some HOA communities don’t allow the installation of solar panels, but a ductless system may be a great option for you. Keep reading to learn more about the benefits and the opportunities that going solar presents, to make an educated decision on whether this technology is right for you or not.

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Have You Installed a Dehumidifier in Your Home Yet?

July 18th, 2016

Summer has been here for a month now, and the weather is only warming up. As a result you’re depending on your air conditioning system more and more. However, an air conditioning system can only do so much for your comfort. Sure, it reduces the temperature, but what does it do for your overall indoor air quality?

Your air conditioner naturally removes some humidity from the air as it operates. It can only do so much though, particularly when humidity reaches its peak and soars above the comfortable relative humidity level of 50%. High humidity makes it harder for the human body to release heat through the skin by evaporating sweat. It doesn’t raise the temperature but as a result you’ll typically feel hotter.

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3 Reasons the Air Flow from Your AC May be Low

July 11th, 2016

There are two things your air conditioner must do in order to provide you with cooling relief this summer: the temperature must be reduced and there must be an effective flow of air through your ventilation system. One without the other means finding yourself suffering. Even if your evaporator coil is appropriately siphoning heat from inside your home, if your AC isn’t adequately distributing cold air you’ll notice uneven cooling throughout the home.

If you start to notice hot spots in your living space while the AC system is running, be sure to check your vents to determine if air flow is at its appropriate level. If the air coming out of the vents feels weak, then you probably need repairs. Be sure to call professionals for this type of service. In the meantime, it may help you to know what the 3 most common reasons for low air flow are, which we’ve highlighted below.

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4 Frequently Asked Questions about Indoor Humidity Control

July 4th, 2016

Humidity is certainly a well-known issue here in North Carolina. Humidity problems shouldn’t affect your indoor comfort, however. Without controlling the excess moisture in your home, you can suffer from property damage and microorganism growth that can cause illness for you and your family. Too little moisture can cause just as many problems.

In addition to having a properly sized and appropriately functioning, high-efficiency HVAC system, your indoor humidity must be controlled with a quality humidity control device such as a humidifier or dehumidifier, depending on the time of year. Below, we’ve shared some of the most common questions that HVAC professionals receive about humidity control, in order to help you understand the effects of moisture or lack thereof.

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What Factors Contribute to AC Efficiency Loss?

June 27th, 2016

Summer is officially here, although we’ve been feeling the heat for a few weeks now. You’re probably already using your air conditioner on a pretty regular basis, and hopefully haven’t run into any problems. Just be sure to pay attention to your electrical bills, since a rise in cost compared to what you paid last year could signal that your AC system is starting to lose its energy efficiency.

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