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HVAC Maintenance

Most people know that it is important to have their heating and cooling systems checked on an annual basis. This routine maintenance check can help prevent all sorts of potentially big (and expensive) problems by spotting them when they are small and easily fixed. However, not everyone is sure what he or she should have inspected in this annual check-up. To help you feel more comfortable when talking with your HVAC technician, here is a list of recommended checks: For Both Heating and Cooling Systems Electrical connections: Your HVAC technician should check and make sure that all your connections are...

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...

How Air Conditioning Works

Air conditioning is by far the most popular cooling system in the United States. In fact, over two-thirds of all homes use air conditioners and air conditioning accounts for 5% of the country’s total energy use. So just how does this cooling system work? Your home’s air conditioner actually works in a similar way to your refrigerator. Energy – usually electricity – is used to replace warm air with cooler air. In the case of an air conditioner, your home is equipped with an evaporator, a cold indoor coil, and a condenser, a hot outdoor coil. The evaporator cools the...

Evaporative Cooling Systems

In today’s energy-aware society, many people want to find cooling systems that work efficiently to create a cool and comfortable atmosphere. In Utah and others with low-humidity, one of the most common choices is an evaporative cooling system. An evaporative cooling system uses the process of evaporating water in order to cool down the temperature of the air. The evaporative cooler (sometimes called a swamp cooler) takes the outdoor air and passes it over several water-saturated pads. The combination of the hot air over the wet pads causes the water to evaporate into the air. This water causes the temperature...