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Old furnace: Replace or Repair?

Good question. Let’s answer that question with some more questions. Run through this list and you should be able to figure out which option is best for you. Is it safe? If it’s releasing carbon monoxide into your home and can’t be fixed, well, that’s a clincher. You will need a new one. How old is it? If you don’t know, look for a date of manufacture on the unit. If there isn’t one, call the manufacturer with the model and serial number. You may need to turn off the heater and let it cool down before you look for...

Tricks to Improving Your Indoor Air Quality

We’ve all driven down the freeway and seen the warnings to drive less. Our society has scales and colors to let us know the quality of the air outside, and warnings to stay inside when the air quality drops too low.  However, the air quality inside your home or office building can be just as dangerous or damaging to your health if not regulated.  Here are some easy steps to take to improve your indoor air quality. Clean Your Air Filters One of the most important things you can do is regularly clean or change your air filters.  Your air...

How to Lower Your Heating Bill by 20%

With fall in full swing and winter lurking just around the corner, it’s time to start thinking about your heating system.  The switch from cooling to heating your home can have a huge impact on your energy bill.  However, it’s possible, with just a few tips we’ve listed here, to drastically reduce your heating bill. One of the easiest ways to reduce your heating bill is to turn down your thermostat.  While it’s not a good idea to leave your home at freezing temperatures, simply turning down the thermostat a few degrees can have a huge impact on your heating...

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....

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...