April 11, 2016

Taking care of you air conditioner

If there is one thing we have to admit, is that humans are not always the best in taking care of the things that are important. Or alternatively, we don’t always realize how important something is until we lose it. Anyone who has had to spend a single day during the worst of the summer without and AC knows exactly what we’re talking about. But let’s not be all gloom and doom. We would rather focus on the things you can do right now to ensure your unit works all summer without a hitch. This is not an article on how to troubleshoot you’re air conditioner, it is about giving proper maintenance so you never have a problem to begin with. Keep your unit clean Yes, you probably already know this one, but do you actually do it? If the unit is not getting a decent air flow, it will keep pushing itself in order to achieve the […]
April 10, 2016

Should I replace my AC unit?

The summer is right around the corner, and the one thing we cannot live without during this season is air conditioning. Nothing drains your energy more than endless waves of oppressive heat, which we have all suffered on a day out or worse: because our A/C broke down. It isn’t uncommon for these machines to need some maintenance, but how many repairs are too many before the better deal is to get a new one? How do you know you won’t keep spending more in further repairs? Here are some factors to take into account before you decide. • Take note of the age This is an easy one, as most of you surely already thought about it. Age plays a very important role on how you’re A/C is running. If your unit is more than 10 years old, it is highly recommended to upgrade to a newer model, which will also be more energy-efficient. […]
April 5, 2016

Optimal Air Conditioner Maintenance

Do you really have to service the A/C if there’s no problem with it? There is that saying, “if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it”, which may be true, but if we want to keep optimal performance from our appliances, maintenance must be made. It is not because of some technician’s whim, either. Even if you don’t perceive any damage or malfunction in your unit, the usual advice is to have them inspected and cleaned once a year, although some like to push it for twice a year depending on usage. This is the only way you can guarantee peak performance as well as energy efficiency. Here’s the thing: while you are using your air conditioner, certain areas of the system gather dust and dirt. This wouldn’t be a problem for some time, but if you leave it as it is indefinitely, this buildup will lower the capabilities of you’re A/C, downgrading its performance. If the issue […]
April 1, 2016

Is the size of my air conditioner right for my home?

Whether you are buying an air conditioner for the first time or you are replacing an old unit, once of the most important features is the size of the unit. As a matter of fact, a disproportionate A/C (both bigger and smaller) will not only have a negative effect in the cooling of your home: it will drive your electricity bill up the wall. So if you suspect you’re A/C isn’t the proper size, you may want to think about replacing it even if it work fine. So what sizes are there? The first question to ask is: what sizes do air conditioners come in?What you need to know is that A/C use “tons” as measure, but they are not the regular tons we use for measuring weight. What this one actually means is the A/C’s ability to cool its surroundings. If we get technical, a ton is defined as the A/C’s ability to […]
March 29, 2016

Common AC problems and how to solve them

You may have had your air conditioner working perfectly for years and then boom, it doesn’t turn on at all. Or maybe you thought you were set up for the summer, but once it starts, you’re air conditioner just doesn’t cool your house… or at least not how it used to. Our usual reaction is to try to fix it by ourselves: technicians cost money. While we would certainly argue (with good reason) that fixing you’re A/C is a job you definitely want to leave to a licensed HVAC professional, there is some troubleshooting your can do to check whether your actually need it. In this article, we will focus on the two issues written above: the air conditioner doesn’t turn on at all, and the air conditioner doesn’t cool properly. The A/C doesn’t turn on at all The first thing to check out is that the thermostat is set on “cool”. This is an easy one to […]
December 12, 2015

Extend the Life of Your HVAC Equipment with Proper Maintenance

HVAC stands for Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning. Dust, dirt, and debris are an HVAC system’s worst enemies; therefore, heating and air conditioning systems needregular maintenance, where the most important aspect is maintaining unrestricted air flows. To increase the efficiency and life of your home’s heating and cooling systems here are a few quick tips: • Your system will heat and cool more evenly when the blower is in the “on” position. The blower provides constant air movement throughout the home, and allows for better filtration. • To keep room temperatures at moderate levels install shades, drapes, shutters, or screens on windows that are exposed to extreme sunlight • It is imperative to clean and replace filters frequently. Filters All filters need to be kept clean whether it’s an indoor or outdoor unit; also heat exchangers and coils should remain free of restrictions at all times. Ideally heating and cooling systemsshould get a spring and autumn tune-up, which means they are to be checked and serviced […]
December 8, 2015

Replace or just repair HVAC

If you are having trouble with your HVAC and you are wondering if it needs replacement or just repair, here are some factors to consider: 1. The age of the current system. Today, any system that is more than ten years old is probably behind the times in terms of efficiency. 2. Level of comfort. Does the current system provide the level of comfort that you want? There is a growing difference between “builder grade” and consumer choice in what a system can offer in terms of comfort and convenience. 3. Cost-benefit analysis. Compare whether it is more advantageous for you to keep your current system or replace it with a newer one. Repair An older system that breaks down once is expected to break down again; which means more emergency service calls or, worse yet, the risk of damage to other components of your heating and cooling system or to your home. Therefore, give careful thought if the repairs cost is worth the time, the money and the inconvenience of keeping an older […]
December 4, 2015

Replace or Repair?

If you are having trouble with your HVAC and you are wondering if it needs replacement or just repair, here are some factors to consider: 1. The age of the current system.  Today, any system that is more than ten years old is probably behind the times in terms of efficiency. 2. Level of comfort. Does the current system provide the level of comfort that you want? There is a growing difference between “builder grade” and consumer choice in what a system can offer in terms of comfort and convenience. 3. Cost-benefit analysis. Compare whether it is more advantageous for you to keep your current system or replace it with a newer one. Repair An older system that breaks down once is expected to break down again; which means more emergency service calls or, worse yet, the risk of damage to other components of your heating and cooling system or to your home. Therefore, give careful thought if the repairs cost is worth the time, the money and the inconvenience of keeping an […]
November 7, 2015

Five Tips for Heating System Maintenance

As temperatures drop, many families are reaching for the thermostat. Some people don’t realize that their heating system needs to be properly maintained in order to get the most out of it. Improving the performance of heaters and radiators allow families to optimizeenergy consumption and reduce heating costs up to 10%. On the other hand, lack of maintenance of the heating circuit can be up to 10% more energy for homes. In addition to the type of heating solutions you use, how you operate and maintain your system will also have a big impact. Here are some tips for maintenance of the boilers and to reduce heating costs: 1. Check that the boiler is properly connected Be sure to check all your connections before starting the boiler to avoid further failures. Check the plug into the main energy power, the gas pipes, and the inlet and outlet water. Once everything is ready, you can turn it on. 2. Make sure that the pressure is constant A number of things can cause pressure to drop. It may be that there is a water leak somewhere in […]
October 14, 2015

How to use your home heating controls

With the temperatures dropping, many are reaching for the thermostat. The vast majority of consumers think they know how to use their home heating controls – yet research shows that more than 60 per cent are making at least one basic error that could be costing them very much. Simply setting your thermostat to 72 F, not 71 F, could add a considerable amount in a year to your annual energy bill. Here are some basic heating errors for you to consider and avoid: 1. When it’s cold outside, turn the thermostat up The very purpose of the thermostat, whatever the weather outside, is to preserve thepreferred temperature indoors. Accordingly, the common practice of turning the heat up shouldn’t be necessary. If you turn your thermostat up high, you’ll probably simply find it’s a bit too hot – and you’ll have wasted energy and cash in the process. 2. To heat the room more quickly, turn the thermostat up When you […]
September 25, 2015

Do you need an electronic Thermostat?

It takes the shape of an unassuming box on the wall, but that modest device controls the comfort of your home on the coldest day in Winter and the hottest day in Summer. A thermostat is a temperature-sensitive switch that controls a space conditioning unit or system, such as a furnace, air conditioner, or both. When the indoor temperature drops below or rises above the thermostat setting, the switch moves to the “on” position, and your heater or air conditioner runs to warm or cool the house air to the setting you selected for your family’s comfort. The location of your thermostat can affect its efficiency and performance. Place thermostats away from direct sunlight, drafts, doorways, skylights, and windows. Read and follow the manufacturer’s setting up procedures to prevent unnecessary furnace or “ghost readings” or air conditioner cycling. A thermostat, in its simplest form, must be manually adjusted to change the indoor […]
September 21, 2015

How Important Is Replacing Air Filters

Air filters carry out a very important role in the performance of the air conditioning system. As a matter of fact, it is one of the most important parts in the machine, due to its multiple tasks. It cleans the air as it enters in the A/C equipment preventing dirt, dust, pollen and another airborne particles entering at home thought the system. Replacing them could be something that can be easily forgotten. A lot of house holders even ignore its existence and a long period of time can go pass without paying any attention to the maintenance. Therefore, it is vital to understand the importance of replacing it, both for the machine and for our health. An air conditioner filter should be replaced depending on its use and requirements. A house air conditional system would need a filter replacement every month or two, and for some systems in the commercial […]
September 16, 2015

Is your AC unit strong enough for your home?

Size matters when you’re buying a central air conditioner. Buy too small and it will struggle to keep the room at a comfortable temperature; buy too big and the room will cool too quickly without removing enough humidity from the air. Buy just right and you’ll be comfy and save money too. Modern central air conditioners run in cycles; slowly but steadily lowering the temperature of your house instead of rapidly. They are energy efficient and take advantage of insulation. If your central air conditioner is sized too small for your house, it doesn’t have the power to cool your house rapidly, especially if the outside temperature is very high, and in a satisfactory way. It will run constantly and spend most of the day trying to catch up to where it should be. Modern central air conditioners, unlike your air conditioner from the 80’s, are made to work slowly over time. If […]
September 12, 2015

Servicing your heater before Winter

When that first cold day hits, you don’t want to turn on the furnace only to discover that it isn’t working. Previous to wintry weather arrival, it’s paramount that you ensure that your heater is fully operational and as safe and energy-efficient as you can make it. This can help you keep your heating bills under control and ensure that your home stays warm all winter long. A lot can happen during the warmer months to affect your furnace. Properly preparing your furnace for winter requires just a few hours of your time and a little effort in order to keep you and your family comfortable. The exact maintenance routine a heating system needs depends on the manufacturer. Still there are several simple tips you can follow to get your furnace ready for cold temperatures. Annual Checkup With proper maintenance, your furnace will work more efficiently, and save you money on […]
September 9, 2015

If Your House Properly Insulated?

Families spend hundreds of dollars in sophisticated air-conditioning and heating systems. These usually spend a lot of energy, resulting in emissions of CO2, maintenance costs and limited lifespan. And yet, there may be an issue preventing heat to stay indoors. If every time you turn on the heat to its maximum capacity, you still feel cold, it is that your house is poorly insulated. Most households are losing money every month and do not know the reason. Heat flows from warmer to colder areas until there is no longer a temperature difference. To prevent cold from entering your house and maintain the desired temperature, the solution is to isolate. Insulation provides resistance to heat flow.  Most common insulation materials work by slowing conductive heat flow and — to a lesser extent — convective heat flow between two areas which naturally tend to equalize in temperature. Proper thermal insulation seals your home […]
June 30, 2015

Air Conditioning Duct Leaks

Our HVAC systems are essential parts of our lives, making most of our activities during the colder or warmer months possible. We expect them to run almost all year long, always reach our desired temperature, and never fail; however, HVAC problems are very common, mostly due to ignoring the regular maintenance and cleaning they need, and waiting until it is too late to repair them. If we use our HVAC units so much, we should give them the same care we do to, say, our cars, which means investing a little money now and avoid much bigger expenses in the future. AC units are crucial to homes, apartment buildings and commercial establishments during the summer, and it’s precisely during these extremely hot days when your AC will have to work overtime to keep you cool. And it’s not just about staying comfortable indoors, AC units are the ones that also […]
June 28, 2015

Air Conditioning Duct Leaks

Our HVAC systems are essential parts of our lives, making most of our activities during the colder or warmer months possible. We expect them to run almost all year long, always reach our desired temperature, and never fail; however, HVAC problems are very common, mostly due to ignoring the regular maintenance and cleaning they need, and waiting until it is too late to repair them. If we use our HVAC units so much, we should give them the same care we do to, say, our cars, which means investing a little money now and avoid much bigger expenses in the future. AC units are crucial to homes, apartment buildings and commercial establishments during the summer, and its precisely during these extremely hot days when your AC will have to work overtime to keep you cool. And its not just about staying comfortable indoors, AC units are the ones that also […]
June 24, 2015

My Compressor is Dead, What Should I Do?

The compressor is the most essential component of your air conditioning system, since it is the one responsible for pumping the refrigerant around. When such an important part of your air conditioner burns out, we are faced with a difficult question – should we replace the compressor or replace the entire unit? Unfortunately, there is no simple answer, so here are a few aspects you should consider that will help you make the right choice: Is it under warranty? Most units come with a 5- or 10-year warranty, which you should first verify before calling for a whole new replacement unit. If yours is still under warranty, it would make sense to contact your manufacturer and just get a replacement compressor. If it is no longer under warranty, a good tip is that if the estimated cost of replacing the compressor is over half the price of a new unit, you […]
June 20, 2015

5 Most Common Problems with Your HVAC Unit

HVAC units are an essential part of any home, and yet, at times we fail to give them proper care and maintenance. Just as you would frequently upgrade any other important appliance in your home, your HVAC unit requires regular attention to deliver the best results, and save you money in energy you might be wasting. Heaters can fail for many reasons, however, there are 5 problems that account for most of the issues people encounter, and those should be the ones to consider first when diagnosing your broken heater. Grab a flashlight and inspect your heater for signs of any of the following problems:   Defective Thermostat   Your thermostat is the device that essentially controls your entire unit, and therefore, should be the very first thing to check. A thermostat that is not working properly could result in intermittent heating or non at all, fan not working, or […]
June 4, 2015

How To Keep Your Air Conditioner Running Properly

A lot of times air conditioning is considered a luxury, but in some cases, it is a necessity. If you live in a warm climate or in a place with unbearably hot summers, you more than likely have air conditioning. Unfortunately, the power and equipment to maintain that cold air in your home might end up being expensive, mostly due to improper care of your air conditioner. Basic air conditioner maintenance can keep your unit running more efficiently, saving you a good amount on your cooling costs. A properly maintained air conditioning system will also last longer and be less likely to break down as it won’t have to work as hard to get to a cooler temperature. Should it become necessary to replace your unit, seek out a professional technician. However, here are steps that can make a difference in the performance of your unit and prevent the need […]
April 1, 2016

Is the size of my air conditioner right for my home?

Whether you are buying an air conditioner for the first time or you are replacing an old unit, once of the most important features is the size of the unit. As a matter of fact, a disproportionate A/C (both bigger and smaller) will not only have a negative effect in the cooling of your home: it will drive your electricity bill up the wall. So if you suspect you’re A/C isn’t the proper size, you may want to think about replacing it even if it work fine. So what sizes are there? The first question to ask is: what sizes do air conditioners come in?What you need to know is that A/C use “tons” as measure, but they are not the regular tons we use for measuring weight. What this one actually means is the A/C’s ability to cool its surroundings. If we get technical, a ton is defined as the A/C’s ability to […]