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Leaving for Winter Vacation? Read This.

Thinking of leaving your home for the winter to catch some warm sun? You’ll want your home to be in good working order when you get back, so make a checklist of what you need to do to winterize it properly and keep thieves away. You’ll enjoy your vacation more if you know your home is safe. Water Turn off and drain out all your water including the toilet, faucets and all appliances. After the water is off, open faucets to get water out of the pipes. Drain the washers and refrigerators according to the manufacturer’s directions. You can then...

How to Choose an Air Filter

We’ve discussed many times on this blog the importance of regularly changing your air filter. The air filter is responsible for cleaning the air that runs through your air conditioning system. As the air is sent throughout your home, it passes through the filter, which then removes any pollutants from that air. An air filter can only hold so much, which means that when your air filter is full, it is no longer effective. Changing your air filter is key to ensuring your air conditioning is running at its peak, energy-efficient, level. It also helps keep contaminants (such as dust...

Storing Your Air Conditioner for the Winter

Now that the weather is starting to cool down, it’s time to start thinking about the switch from cooling to heating your home. If you have a window air conditioning unit, it’s important to take the proper steps to clean and store it correctly during the winter. This will protect your air conditioner from the harsh winter weather, ensuring that it will be ready to go the following year when the weather begins to warm up. In this article we’ll take a look at the four basic steps to taking care of your window AC unit through the winter. 1....

Heat Pump 101

When most people think about their air conditioning, the word “heat pump” does not immediately come to mind. However, heat pumps can be used to both heat and cool and are often a part of both heating and cooling systems. So what exactly is a heat pump? A heat pump is a device that has the ability to move hot air from one location to a different location. Heat pumps are used in many heating systems to pull the heat from the ground or out of the air, which is then used to heat a room. However, this process can...

A Brief Look at the History of Air Conditioning

On a hot summer day, you often hear people exclaim, “I just don’t know how people survived before air conditioning!” While people have found different ways throughout history to keep cool, the modern air conditioning system is still a fairly recent invention and has succeeded in making even the most extreme temperatures bearable. The most extreme case we have on record of someone trying to artificially cool himself off actually dates back to Ancient Rome. It is recorded that the Emperor Elagabalus was suffering through an intense 3rd century BC summer. In order to beat the heat, he sent 1,000...

Spring Cleaning for Your Commercial Air Conditioner

In order to keep your employees and customers happy all summer long, it is important that you have a dependable and effective air conditioner. This will make sure that your office or store is kept at a comfortable temperature no matter what the outside thermometer says. In order to ensure that your air conditioner works smoothly all summer long, there are several things you should do at the start of the season. This “spring cleaning” will help you fix minor issues, ensure that everything is in good repair, and spot early warning signs of trouble. Roof top air conditioners Check...

Identifying Cooling System Problems

There is nothing quite as frustrating than having your cooling system malfunction in the middle of a hot day. For most cooling systems, there are several causes to most of your main problems. Here are a few ways that will help you identity the source of the problem. The first area to check in the power source. Take a look at your main electrical panel to see if any of the fuses or circuits for your houses power have tripped. Make sure that you are aware of where the main power entrance into the house is as many homes have...

Preparing Your Air Conditioner for the Summer

If you have central air conditioning in your home, you want to make sure that your system works smoothly all summer long. To make sure that you don’t have any problems, there are several easy steps that you should take before the temperatures start to rise. While these steps can help make your air conditioner ready for summer, it is wise to have your unit inspected by a HVAC professional on a yearly basis to ensure that everything is working properly. Change Air Filters The first thing that you should do is to check the state of your air filters....

Energy Efficient Ways to Cool Your Home

During the summer, it can seem that your energy bill rises with the temperature. However, with a few easy actions, it is possible to keep your home cool and your energy bill low. Here’s a look at some of the suggestions made by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to “help the public cut cooling costs, protect their health, and stay comfortable at home.” 1. Check your light bulbs. Not only do more energy efficient light bulbs automatically use less energy (therefore reducing your bill), they also emit about 75% less heat into the room, reducing your cooling needs. 2. Install...

Old Air Conditioner: Replace or Repair?

When your air conditioning system is on the fritz, the biggest decision you have to make is whether it’s time to replace your system or if you are better off repairing it. The factors behind that decision can often seem overwhelming. However, there are a few questions that you can ask that will help guide you in making the right decision for you and your home. How old is your system? Technologies have increased so rapidly over the last few years that unless it is an extremely easy fix, it can often be cheaper to replace a system than it...