Is Your Home Ready for an AC Upgrade?

July 27th, 2020

old-air-conditioner-falling-apartIf your air conditioner looks anything like the image we’ve shared in this blog post, then yes, we can say with certainty that your home is ready for an air conditioner upgrade! Of course, you’re probably not in this bad of shape. To be honest, sometimes the signs that your home is ready for an AC replacement aren’t visual at all–so you may think you have years left of efficient use, or at least this summer.

But the thing is, too many homeowners overlook the signs of disrepair in their air conditioner. They live in denial that it may be time to upgrade because let’s face it–air conditioners aren’t exactly cheap! But the truth is, you’re wasting more money month-to-month if you’re using an inefficient and failing air conditioner.

So, if the signs that your AC is ready to retire isn’t visually obvious, how can you tell? Read on to find out.  Continue Reading

How Healthy Is Your Indoor Air?

July 13th, 2020

woman-holding-sign-about-healthy-airThere’s no denying that summer is here, and with all of us spending more time in our homes these days, it’s likely you want to be as comfortable as possible, right? This begins with ensuring that your air conditioner is properly maintained, of course. If you haven’t scheduled an AC tune-up yet, now is the time.

Indoor comfort, though, also is achieved through high quality and breathable air. No matter what time of the year it is and no matter the circumstances, inadequate indoor air quality is a concern for homeowners. Virus transmission is a risk, while contaminants like pollen, dust, and smoke can also get trapped in your living space, causing asthma and allergy symptoms. Long-term exposure to pollutants can cause chronic symptoms as well, like fatigue and respiratory distress.

The good news is, we have solutions! Read on as we uncover a few easy ways to ensure the air you breathe is healthy. Continue Reading

“Bang! Clang! Hissss” Sounds You Should Never Hear from Your AC

June 29th, 2020

woman-covering-her-earsIt’s never a good sign to hear alarming sounds coming from your air conditioner. Sure, there’s no such thing as a silent air conditioner, but you know the sounds yours makes from day to day. You hear the fans whirring, the compressor starting up and shutting down, your outside unit running, and maybe even your ductwork fluctuating with the temperature and airflow.

What you shouldn’t hear is banging or clanging, hissing, grinding, or short-cycling. Wondering what all these sounds mean? That’s what we’re here for! Read on as we uncover why these sounds are so detrimental to your air conditioner’s functionality. Continue Reading

“What Do I Do if My AC Compressor Fails?”

June 15th, 2020

compressor-inside-ac-outdoor-unitIf you’ve been following our blog for very long, you may have seen us refer to your thermostat as the “brain” of your HVAC systems. Well, if the thermostat is the brain, the compressor is the heart of your air conditioner! It’s what allows for the movement of refrigerant throughout the rest of the air conditioner to transfer heat from inside your home to the outdoors. When this compressor fails, the air conditioner fails. Sure, the fans might still run, but no cooled air will come in through the vents.

Since the compressor is such an essential component to your cooling system, and an expensive one to replace, you as a homeowner may be left with the decision about what to do next. Sometimes replacing the compressor is the right call, while other times replacing the whole entire system is more economically feasible. Read on as we help you explore your options. Continue Reading

AC Efficiency Boosting Tips for Optimal Comfort

June 1st, 2020

vent-on-white-wallThat said, one of the most common questions we get from homeowners about air conditioner is how to use their most efficiently in order to lower their cooling costs. Considering that being warm inside our homes is uncomfortable, it’s only natural that you may wonder this as well.

The good news is, there are a number of AC services to help, including professional routine maintenance to help prevent repair needs and lengthen system lifespan. There are also HVAC and indoor air quality products than can help boost efficiency too. But you don’t necessarily have to invest in or buy anything to boost your AC efficiency! Read on as we explain. Continue Reading

What Type of AC System Is Right for Your Home?

May 18th, 2020

technicians-working-on-air-conditioner-outside-unitThere are a lot of words getting thrown around today when it comes to air conditioners. With so many types on the market, it can be overwhelming to have to choose one. Which one will give you the most bang for your buck?

We can’t answer what is the best system for your specific home and needs without seeing your home first, but we can offer some guidance, at least. Each type of central air conditioner installation has its own unique advantages, and we’re happy to go over those with you so you can make an educated decision about what’s best for your living space.

Read on as we uncover what the differences are between each system. Continue Reading

Rainy Day Activities to Keep Your Home in Top Shape

May 4th, 2020

home-on-street-after-rainfallResidents in our area are no strangers to the rain! No matter the season, we definitely get more than our fair share. As we spend more time inside our homes these days due to the current health crisis, it’s easy to feel down about not even being able to enjoy your own backyard!

There’s good news though. We have ideas for a number of activities you may not even think of as being that important, but can benefit your home in a variety of ways—making it more comfortable and more efficient, plus increasing its value and lowering your energy costs to boot! Continue Reading

Take Care of These Late Season Heating Repairs

April 20th, 2020

woman-looking-cold-in-her-homeIn our area, it’s practically heating season all year-round, right? We’re using our heaters on a pretty consistent basis no matter the months. While homeowners in other parts of the country get ready to turn their systems off for the season and turn their attention to their air conditioners, we don’t quite get that break. Therefore, it’s even more important for us to make sure our heaters are in good shape, because we’re still going to need them even though “heating season” is practically over.

Remember, ignoring any type of heating system problem can cause it to turn into a much bigger issue. You could find yourself facing a completely broken down heater next year when you need it the most. Or depending on the circumstances, you could even find yourself with a malfunctioning air conditioner (for instance if you’re using a year-round heat pump system).

But how do you know if you have heater problems that need to be checked out? Read on to learn some of the symptoms of a heater in disrepair. Continue Reading

Is Your Furnace about to Call it Quits?

April 6th, 2020

couple-sitting-on-couch-in-parkas-looking-coldIn our last blog post, we talked about how vital air conditioner maintenance is. Now is the best time to get this service done, since you don’t actually need your air conditioner yet—meaning there will be no interruption in service!

Of course, temperatures are still quite chilly for now, and may still be for several more weeks to come. Which means… you’ll be using your furnace for several more weeks to come.

Is your heater up to the task? Just like AC maintenance is vital for summer, furnace maintenance is essential for winter and early spring. If you skipped maintenance this last fall, then this blog post is for you. Continue Reading

Is AC Maintenance Really Necessary?

March 23rd, 2020

outdoor-ac-unitWe understand—when it gets as cold as it does here, and never really warms up to the point we need our air conditioners to run for weeks on end, it’s easy to forget about these cooling systems and the service they need. Still though, however briefly you’ll need your air conditioner for, it’s wise to keep up on your annual maintenance appointments, so when you do need it, you can ensure it works as efficiently as possible.

Just like a tune-up for your care, an AC maintenance tune-up is vital to the overall performance of your air conditioner in addition to repair prevention. Continue Reading