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Reasons To Choose A Professional Air Conditioning Repair Company

Summer is on its way and whether you’ve been using your HVAC over the winter season for keeping warm, or it has been sitting stagnant for the past few months, it’s likely that it needs a good clean and service before the warm weather hits.

There’s nothing worse than waking up on a hot summer morning to find your air conditioner has stopped working. Preparation is the key and attempting to clean your air conditioner yourself could actually cost you money in the long term.

Here are our top reasons for choosing a professional air conditioner service company, rather than attempting to clean or fix the system yourself:

They’re experienced and professional

Take a good look at your air conditioner. Now, imagine what’s under the cover. If you’ve never seen the inside of an air conditioner before, why would you choose today to start? Air conditioner cleaning could be as simple as just changing a filter, or your machine could be in need of some major work. Rather than attempting to figure it out yourself, a professional will be able to tell you right away if there’s anything wrong and how much it will cost to fix it.

Safety is important

A professional HVAC service person knows what they are doing. They know what to touch, what not to touch, and why they shouldn’t touch it! If you’re considering DIY, you are not only putting your health at risk, but also the health of others in the home. There is a risk of leaky gas if your system is gas operated, carbon monoxide leaks and even electrocution if you’re running an electric system. Best to leave it to the people who know what they’re doing!

Save money and time

Sure, those DIY shows make it look easy – but home maintenance can be a lot of work, and there’s always a risk of messing things up. And if you do cause any damage, it’s likely the project will end up costing twice as much! Not only that, but any home maintenance takes time, and cleaning or trying to fix your HVAC in time for summer is going to take away from the time you could be outside enjoying the autumn weather! A professional has done this many times, and what might take you 3 hours, will only take them 1 – saving everyone time, and money.

You can trust them

Do your research and find a good air conditioning repair company to give your system a service. Make sure you do a search for local air conditioner repair companies in your area, and check out their websites. Do they have good reviews or testimonials on their website, do they offer all the services you require? How long have they been operating? And you might also like to do a Google search as well and see if anything comes up – you’re likely to find any bad reviews this way.

We offer a range of repair and installation services – and we have a high quality reputation to boot. Look no further and contact us today for a quote.

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Frequently Asked Questions About HVAC Installation

Having a high-quality air conditioner is a luxury many home owners enjoy but is also something that anyone who doesn’t have it, wishes they had. When it comes to installation, it’s not at all a simple task. If you are considering an upgrade or buying a new system you more than likely have a lot of questions.

To help you to find a professional air conditioning installation company that suits your needs and requirements in your area, here are the answers to 5 of the most frequently asked questions about air conditioning installations:

What type of air conditioner should I buy?

There are several different types of air conditioning systems used, each working in different ways for different sized rooms, at different temperatures. There are split systems which can control airflow to any area of your home, or single room solutions. You should consider things like the size of the area you want to cool, and the number of people who occupy the space. Working from your budget you can easily find pricing for a system to suit, however there are many other factors, like energy ratings, that will help you to decide what type of air conditioning system is right for you.

Is there a better brand?

It is very easy to become overwhelmed when looking at HVAC systems, as there are just so many options available. The best way to decide which brand is best for you is to contact your local HVAC system specialist for advice and pricing.

Can I install it myself?

Although it is possible to do this type of job yourself, it is not advised. It is always best to hire professionals for installation and maintenance on anything to do with electrical or gas based products, and as HVAC systems involve both, your local professional is only a phone call away.

How often does it need cleaning?

One of the roles of HVAC systems is to eliminate dust particles from the air, which unfortunately means that the filters associated with your air conditioning system should be cleaned regularly. Each home is different and depending on how much you use your system and the surrounding areas of your home, you may need to clean the filters at least once every 3 months, however most systems only require cleaning twice a year. It’s also a good idea to have your air conditioning system fully serviced before summer starts, or winter if you use it for heating.

Should I replace my old HVAC system?

Often when an air conditioner is broken, it can be repaired rather than replaced, however the age of your air conditioning system, the efficiency rating and of course your budget will all need to be taken into consideration before you begin replacing your system. A lot of parts on older air conditioning systems are replaceable, and many with newer, better, and more efficient parts.

If you need to know more about HVAC services, get in touch with our team. We’re experienced and we know HVAC systems like the back of our hand!

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How do I know which HVAC system is right for my home?

Whether you’re choosing an HVAC system for a new build or replacing one in an existing home – there are a few incredibly important aspects to consider when you are shopping for your new unit. So, let’s take a few minutes to talk about what you need to know as you embark on your journey to find the perfect HVAC unit for your home.

The Load

You need to know how small (or large) a unit you need – this is what we are referring to when discussed your home’s load. It’s the capacity that your unit must be in order to keep you comfortable in your own home. So, it will depend on the square footage of your home. However, it goes beyond that. It also takes into account how many rooms will need to be covered, your insulations R value, your doors, windows, and how many floors your home has.

You may want to speak to the professionals about this to get the most accurate calculation possible. Mathematical formulas are used to ensure all variables are taken into account, and while they may now be computerized, the professionals know how to determine the load more precisely than just using generalized responses. If your HVAC unit is too large it will lead to higher bills and it will shorten the lifespan of your equipment as well, as the cycles won’t be accurate.

Your contractor should handle these calculations for you and if they claim that it isn’t needed or they don’t seem particularly interested in doing it – you’re using the wrong contractor. You may find that your local utility provider will carry out a load calculation.

Why Size Matters

In addition to increasing your utility bills, there are other issues regarding an HVAC system that is too large.

The cooling load has two components – the air temperature (or sensible load) and the air’s humidity levels (or latent load). While a large HVAC system will quickly cool (or heat) the air, what it won’t do is manage your humidity levels effectively. So, in turn you alter the temperature level in hopes of achieving the perfect balance and all this leads to is excess moisture, mold growth, and damage (to your home and your HVAC unit).

Yet, when you have the right size unit your home will be comfortable and you won’t need to keep the unit running as long because it will deal with the humidity levels. In all, having the right sized HVAC unit will make you more comfortable, your HVAC system will operate more efficiently, and you will be spending less money on your utility bills.

When you are looking at the efficiency ratings of HVAC systems there are a few ratings to keep your eyes peeled for. If its air conditioning a rating of 16+ SEER is ideal, while for the gas furnace 94% or higher is what you need, a heat pump should be over 9.2+ HSPF. In every case, the higher the number the more efficient your unit is as your unit will require less energy. It is far worse that you end up with an HVAC unit that is too large rather than too small, however, provided you have an accurate load calculation you shouldn’t need to worry about going wrong with the size of your unit.

You should also have your contractor check your ductwork to ensure ducts are in good condition.

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Air Conditioning Preventive Maintenance [Checklist]

Your air conditioner is one of your home’s key pieces of equipment and if you want to ensure it is in tip-top condition then you need to ensure it is maintained regularly. If you want to keep your utility bills down, your temperature right, and your family happy – then you can use this handy preventative maintenance checklist that will tide you over between technician visits. It will also help prevent major issues from developing.

Here is a look at the most common components of your air conditioning that let you down:

The Thermostat

If your thermostat is malfunctioning it will display the wrong temperature. What you are left with is a system that starts up rapidly, but turns off too soon. It isn’t just uncomfortable for the temperature of your home, it can also cause damage to internal fans as well as the compressor.

The Air Filter

This should always be your second stop – if your filter is dirty it puts additional strain on your unit, forcing it to work much harder than it should need to. Worse still, a dirty filter can’t adequately remove irritants and allergens from your indoor air. HVAC filters should be changed once a quarter, and if you are incredibly affected by allergies then you will want to do so more often.

The Condensate Line

It’s within this drainage line where mold can build and if you leave it untreated it can cause leakages that are both a health hazard and depending on its positioning, an electrical danger.

The Wiring

It’s fairly common for wiring problems to lead to overheating – additionally, short circuits can be a fire hazard. You can easily ensure wires are tightly secured and well-insulated.

The Coils & Condenser

Condenser coils are prone to grime and dirt build up and within those coils, more dust can accumulate. This will seriously slow down how effective your air conditioner functions and sap more energy than your system would use normally. You can clean the coils to optimize unit efficiency.

The condenser itself is home the tubing that contains refrigerant. The refrigerant is a chemical that swaps your air between the indoors and out. If the tubing is leaking then you’re losing that chemical. It will increase the cost of cooling your home. Additionally, it can damage the HVAC unit.

There are also general checks you can carry out on the system, which essentially means turning your unit on and determining whether it reaches the correct temperature in the right space of time and shuts off at the appropriate times. Of course, you should always keep your eyes, ears, and nose peeled for leaks, strange noises, and unusual odors.

If you do find an issue with your HVAC unit it’s imperative that you call in the professionals to deal with immediately. It’s going to be cheaper to deal with a small issue than leaving it and allow it to become a much bigger issue. Speak to your technician about how often you should have a professional maintenance check – it’s usually at least once a year. These checks will keep your bills down and your home comfortable.

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5 Reasons Your Commercial HVAC Needs A Regular Service

A commercial HVAC system has a serious impact on what happens within your building. It isn’t just an important part of your company’s growth, it’s an integral component of the building itself. It makes sense then that you would want to invest in a high-quality system and have it serviced regularly. If you’re not sure why you should plan preventative maintenance services, here are some of the reasons:

It Saves Money

Yes, by putting a maintenance plan in place you are saving yourself money over time. Just think about the cost of calling out a technician when you experience a breakdown or the nightmare that comes from losing your HVAC system for a few hours or even days. It’s a lot like running your car – the longer you leave it the worse the problem gets, thus your costs increase.

Having your HVAC system serviced regularly means the technician can pick up on small problems and prevent them from becoming major issues. It’s just a tune-up to keep your system ticking over and running at optimum efficiency.

Detecting Carbon Monoxide

Part of the regular service is carbon monoxide testing. An HVAC system that is malfunctioning can leak dangerous fumes into the air and if you don’t have it serviced regularly you don’t know when you have a small leak (or a major one, for that matter). Typical symptoms of carbon monoxide poisoning include fatigue, nausea, and headaches.

A Comfortable Environment

When you create a comfortable environment everyone is happier. That means your employees will work more efficiently (and happily), which means a boost to your bottom line. Of course, the same can be said for your clients or customers.

If you operate a retail business then you know how quickly customers race through when a building is too hot or too cold. Similarly, it’s difficult to hold meetings with clients when your HVAC system isn’t getting the job done right.

Regular maintenance will keep your HVAC system working efficiently.

Eradicate Foul Odors

This should come as no surprise – but, when your HVAC system is functioning improperly your air flow and ventilation suffers. As a result, you may find that foul odors linger. You may even find that your ceilings have water stains due to leaks which will eventually lead to a fusty, damp smell in your building. There’s nothing more unprofessional (and annoying to clients, customers, and employees) than a smelly building. It also indicates that you operate your business poorly and don’t uphold strict standards across your business.

Excess Moisture

Getting your humidity levels is important, whether at home or in your business. It’s particularly important for stores and restaurants that stock perishables and food items. Excess moisture can affect the overall temperature of a building and affect the shelf lives of a variety of ambient products. You may find that your items aren’t staying fresh, are molding, and that can be costly.

Of course, excess moisture also affects other types of commercial properties as it can encourage the growth of mold which is a major problem that no one wants to deal with.

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4 Tips For Choosing Energy Efficient HVAC Systems

Are you renovating your home, working on a new build or just shopping for a new HVAC system? These days you can’t afford to choose one that isn’t energy efficient, but it can be challenging when there are so many different options available. No wonder so many homeowners feel intimated as they embark on their journey – the good news is we’ve compiled some tips to help you choose your new energy efficient HVAC system.

The Size Of Your Home

What good is an HVAC system if it doesn’t adequately control the temperature of your home? If your system is too small for the size of your home then it will need to run constantly in an attempt to keep up. Then again, if it’s too large it won’t kick in long enough to manage your home’s humidity levels.

So, your first step in choosing your new energy efficient HVAC system is to know the professionals recommend around 20 BTUs for each square foot of your home.

Fuel Sources

Natural gas is an excellent fuel source for an energy efficient HVAC system, however, not everyone has the option of this. If you’re looking to avoid rising electricity bills then you can always choose a propane or kerosene system. Check with your local utility company to find out whether natural gas is available in your locale. From there you can do more research to determine what fuel source is right for you and your new energy efficient HVAC system.

Rebates

If your HVAC system is outdated then there’s a good chance it stopped operating properly a long time ago. Replacing it with an energy efficient upgrade is a no-brainer because it’s going to save you on utility costs and make your home a much more comfortable temperature all year round. It goes beyond that, though. If you choose natural gas there are distributors who offer rebates for choosing more efficient appliances. You may find that utility companies and government agencies also offer incentives to encourage people to choose more energy efficient HVAC solutions.

Energy Saving Ratings & Features

You can narrow down your choices easily by looking at the ratings. If you want a very good system, keep your eyes peeled for a SEER rating of 16 (or higher). There is also the HSPF rating for heating and 9.2 is the lowest level of efficiency you want if you’re looking to improve your energy efficiency. Additionally, heat pumps and gas furnaces use an AFUE rating and you want to find one with at least 94% rating or higher.

Some systems may have energy-saving features to sway you. They tend to feature on HVAC systems that are already efficient, but it will more than pay you back. There is also the option to zone your home so you can direct your heating or air conditioning to the right areas.

Buying a new unit is the right decision – but getting it wrong could be a disaster for your energy costs and your comfort levels. So, if you’re not sure on what is right for you ask the professionals for a bit of advice and guidance.

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Reasons Zoning Is So Important

You are probably familiar with HVAC zoning because it’s something that you have seen at work or in someone else’s home. It’s never something that you have considered important for your own home, though, which needs to change. Zoning is so important for so many reasons. Firstly, there may be certain areas of your home that need more or less heat/cooling. For example, there may be a spare room which is rarely inhabited and doesn’t need the heat that the living room or your own bedroom does.

The Basics of Zoning

Perhaps the best way to describe zoning as a whole is – it’s much like having a separate HVAC unit in every area of the home. So it increases comfort and reduces costs.

For example, a typical home has one HVAC unit and if that home is 2-stories the AC or heating is split in half between each level. However, if you were to have a zoned system you can instead divert the airflow where it’s really needed, thus getting the best from your system and more bang for your buck. Additionally, zoning reduces how often the system cycles off and on which is another way to save money and prolong your system’s life.

There are numerous benefits to zoning your HVAC – you should speak to a professional about how best to zone your home.

The Benefits of Zoning

It’s Simple – There are various options when it comes to zoning, from two to four or more. For more zones, there will be additional work as your ductwork may need to be expanded. The best way to decide what is right for you is to speak to a professional and determine is right.

Regardless of how many zones you need each one will be wired to a central panel so you can control each zone from one location.

Adaptable Zoning
– A zoned system is one of the most efficient ways to utilize air indoors. You won’t be using every room in your home at the same time, so you can simply heat the necessary areas as and when required. This is especially useful if certain rooms change temperature as the sun makes its way around different areas of your house throughout the day. If there’s a room that catches a lot of sun then it won’t need the heat other rooms do, but come summer it might need extra air conditioning. Thanks to zoning, you can get this just right.

It’s Energy Efficient & Cost Effective – A zoned system that has been designed by a professional is more energy efficient than a standard system, which means you save money. Because you have control over each room’s temperature you can enjoy the correct temperature in every room and benefit when your energy bills arrive.

Yes, the initial outlay will be more expensive than a traditional HVAC installation, however, it will pay you back in long-term energy savings.

Regardless of how many zones you need each one will be wired to a central panel so you can control each zone from one location. Call a professional from our team today for more information.

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Industrial HVAC systems – All You Need To Know

Firstly, what does HVAC stand for? Quite simply – Heating, Ventilation, and Air Conditioning. There are systems that heat and cool small homes and industrial systems that service apartment blocks and large office buildings and beyond. A good quality system will provide indoor comfort and thermal control.

Typically, industrial HVAC systems are those with the big boxes you see on the top of a building. These are used in apartment blocks, offices, industrial buildings, and skyscrapers. HVAC helps keep the temperature right as well as maintaining an acceptable humidity level.

HVAC costs generally account for around half of the energy people use within their homes (and offices). This is why it is so important for businesses to make the right decision about their HVAC system. It is required to meet the comfort needs of employees without drawing too much power.

The Available Choices

If you are in a cold environment (or a hot one) you may choose to opt for a single system that will produce the temperature you most need. There are more affordable, however, they are not as efficient as they work at capacity most of the time.

Advanced units provide varying fan speeds which can help reduce power usage, though compared to a multi-stage HVAC system these are inefficient and more expensive.

Zone systems were designed to cool specific areas of a building or home. This works by creating zone valves within the vents and ductwork with dampers that can block airflow to certain areas of the home. Essentially, diverting it to the one (or more) areas and cutting off areas you don’t want to heat or cool. When it comes to industrial HVAC, this is real value as you can easily heat/cool the important areas at the right times without wasting your energy elsewhere.

HVAC systems also provide control over humidity levels – dehumidifiers and humidifiers can be included within the HVAC system, which is helpful for those living in specific environments.

HVAC doesn’t need to be a mystery, it’s an everyday part of life. Anyone who owns and operates a system should have a basic idea of how it operates as this will allow them the ability to make wise decisions.

Heating – the heating aspect of the system produces hot air either through a radiant heat system or a forced air system. In any system, a central source creates the heat and evenly distributes it.

Forced air – a furnace heats the air and disperses it through the ductwork and vents in each room.

Radiant heating – a boiler disperses heat through hot water tubing or electric coils that are installed in the ceiling or flooring.

Geothermal heating – this is all about solar power maintaining a constant temperature through the use of a heat exchanger.

Ventilation – your indoor air quality matters and the ventilation aspect of your system helps to purify the air, circulate it, and control moisture. Every system does this differently. The forced air systems rely on an air filter – if your home does not use this system you can use a dehumidifier/humidifier.

Air Conditioning – in the warm months, your AC will keep you cool. Again, there are different types just as with heating. You may have a window unit, a portable one, ductless or split. They all do the same job, though. Industrial AC tends to be zoned for the most efficient operation possible.

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Importance Of Getting Your HVAC Regularly Checked By Professionals

If you don’t take your car for a tune-up or take yourself for a physical, you’re not going to expect it to run as well as it should, are you? The same can be said of your HVAC system. If the system isn’t getting attention by way of regular maintenance then you can’t expect it to properly cool or heat your home. Your unit will get overworked and that means loose wires, broken parts, and perhaps, a loss of refrigerant. Sadly, the likelihood is that your HVAC unit will break down when it is used heavily, in other words… when you need it the most.

Regular Maintenance

You can avoid this problem by having your HVAC checked regularly by the professionals. In addition to their maintenance checks, you can do your own. You can check the filters and change them as necessary (generally four times a year), and you can run the unit before the hot/cold weather really kicks in to ensure everything is in working order.

There are a lot of issues that can be prevented by relying on professional checks. Of course, it also provides the professional the chance to check for outdated systems and to upgrade anything that may be lagging behind, whether it’s related to safety or energy conservation. Not to mention how much money you can save on your energy bills just by having an HVAC system that works properly.

Remember, HVAC professionals are busy during the hottest and coldest months, so get ahead of the crowd by doing everything in advance. In addition to the money you save on your bills, regular maintenance will also reduce repair costs. Your system is more likely run smoothly when it is being looked after properly.

Additional Benefits

One benefit of having preventative maintenance is catching issues before they become a real problem. Your costs increase the longer a problem is allowed to run riot as it can often impact how other parts of the unit operate. These issues also affect how effective the unit runs which, as noted above, increases your energy costs.

Typically, a preventative maintenance visit will include a complete inspection of the electrical system, as well as the other parts, including a filter change.

How do you know how to schedule the maintenance visits? Well, it’s obvious when your HVAC system needs a repair because it doesn’t run properly. We often let the maintenance side of things slip under the radar because we don’t notice the little things that are causing the system problems.

The longer it goes without the more likely it is to run into issues that require repair. Have your HVAC system checked regularly to ensure that it runs smoothly. You can speak to your HVAC professional about what maintenance checks are right for your system. If your bills have recently increased, if your home isn’t the right temperature or you’re hearing noises that weren’t there before… your HVAC system needs a check-up.

Call the professionals if you need any advice!

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How To Get The Most Out Of Your Heating In Winter

There’s nothing worse than struggling to heat your home in the winter because you’re afraid of the energy bill at the end of the month. It’s going to cost you a lot more to run that heating if it isn’t in good condition or you’re not taking the proper steps to maximize it. Let’s get your system up to speed.

Regular Maintenance

If you want your system to run smoothly and efficiently then you need to look after it so it can look after you. That means regular maintenance throughout the year, but also having a professional come check it over before the change in season truly begins. Following summer there is a lot of buildup in the unit which just adds more stress to it making it less efficient.

The technician will check the filters, tighten belts and bolts, and clean your system properly so it’s ready to go.

System Upgrade

Your system may be outdated, but that doesn’t mean you need a brand new one. Your HVAC professional may be able to help you by providing the system with various upgrades to improve its efficiency. This includes zoning, the installation of a humidifier, a thermostat you can program or using a more efficient filter.

Insulation Issues

The insulation in your home plays a major role in how efficient your heating system is. There are different ways you can improve this. The first and most cost-efficient is to do a full walk of the doors and windows in your home and ensure they are properly sealed and there are no drafts. The next walk should include attic, crawlspaces, and basements to make sure there are no small cracks which could allow for cold air to enter or warm air to escape. Don’t forget to check the outer walls for cracks to seal. Once you have done that you can shore up your insulation if necessary. This doesn’t just help the heating situation, it also allows you to manage humidity, too. You may also need to check the ductwork for cracks or areas that are allowing air to escape.

Other tips

Other helpful ways to get the most from your heating system include curtains. You can hang curtains over doors as well as windows, so if you have a particularly problematic door/window choose a heavy curtain to block some of the problem out.

Generally, your air filters should be replaced four times a year, however, changing it monthly during the times you use it the most could make a major difference to your energy bill and the temperature in your home. Don’t forget to have a full system checkup at least once a year. You can try insulating your pipes with a blanket or some type of other cover. It just means that it won’t need to work as hard to heat your water. It could also prevent burst pipes.

As a bonus: a dirty refrigerator can make a difference to the overall temperature of your home. Yes, really. Just take a look at the back of it for the condenser coils. If they are dirty then your fridge is working too hard and increasing your energy bill. Check the seals on your fridge, too, this is just another way you’re affecting your energy bills.