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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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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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3 Things You Need to Know About AC Zoning

When it comes to fitting out your home or office with air conditioning, one factor that rates high on importance is the zoning of where the air will be needed and how to get it there.

Some areas of your home or office may need extra heating or cooling than the rest of the building, and working out how to get the right amount of air at the right temperature to the right place is truly a science. On a hot day, the last thing you want is to be stuck in your home office in the heat, while your lounge room is icy cold. And you probably don’t want too much cold air hitting your bathroom while you’re having a shower, with heat lingering over your bed!

HVAC Zoning Is Adaptable

When you’re bearing in mind the air quality inside your home or office space, HVAC Zoning is one of the best ways to utilize your indoor air.

Because not all areas of your home or office will be used at the same time, HVAC zoning has some serious advantages. Zoning allows you to heat one area, and cool another based on your requirements. This is a very useful tool when it comes to changing sun positions within your home or office area. Rooms that catch a lot of sun will require more heating and vice versa for rooms that don’t get as much. Most people are different when it comes to feeling heat and cold, and when it comes to personal comfort, HVAC systems make tailoring the temperature a simple process.

HVAC Zoning is Cost Effective, Energy Efficient

HVAC Zoning set up correctly is far more energy efficient than standard AC systems, which of course will save you money. You will have more control over the temperature in each room of your home or office and the benefits will be seen when your utility bills arrive.

Although there is a larger initial outlay for supply and installation of HVAC systems, they will provide you with far better value for money and long-term savings on your energy bills.


Zoning Your Home or Office Is Simple

There are many great options when it comes to zoning each room in your home or office.

Two zone option– equally sized spaces can be configured to manage around 70% of the air that your HVAC system produces.

Three zone option– A three zone option will manage around 50%.

Four zone option – A four zone option will need more work, and duct expansion may be required, so ask you expert local installer for advice on the best option for your space.

No matter how many zones you will require, each zone will be wired to one central panel, so you can easily control all the zones from the one place.

If you want to know more, give us a call and we’ll be happy to give you advice and help with the installation of a system that hits all the important zoning areas.

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5 Benefits Of Humidifiers For Your Indoor Air Quality

When winter arrives the air suddenly dries out and it leaves us with dry, itchy skin, irritated noses, sore throats, coughs, and overall irritation. A humidifier can give your home some of that much-needed moisture back and plenty of benefits along with it.

If the humidity levels in your home are too low it makes the risk of diseases being transmitted greater, so if you want to limit the sharing of the cold and flu while protecting wood within the home and keeping your skin soft… then you may find these other benefits particularly interesting.

1. Prevent Airborne Viruses From Spreading
Keeping your humidity level around 45% is considered the optimum and that alone can get rid of a vast majority of airborne viruses in your home. In fact, studies have been so convincing that researchers are now trying to increase the levels of humidity in hospitals across America. This would not only protect already ill patients from further illness, but it would protect visitors, nurses, and doctors as well. So, you can say goodbye to the entire family getting the cold with a humidifier.

2. Goodbye Dry, Chapped Skin
One of the most frustrating aspects of winter is what the dry air does to your skin. You know it needs hydration just as much (if not more) as the rest of your body, yet the dry conditions steal it all. You end up with dry skin, bloodshot eyes, an itchy nose, and chapped lips. Even when you don’t have the cold you feel as though you do. A humidifier can help you with that as it adds moisture to the air.

3. Relieve Allergy Symptoms
What better way to relieve allergy symptoms than with a humidifier. Once upon a time, the old school numbers only contributed to the spread of allergens as they created too much moisture. However, the modern models avoid that issue as they can be set to a lower level. It provides relief from inflammation in the nasal passages as well as the throat and keeps allergens at bay.

4. Relieve Sinusitis
Dry air makes your sinuses work harder, suddenly they aren’t draining properly, so if you’ve been wondering why you constantly feel congested… that’s why and you need a humidifier.

5. Faster Healing
You can rely on humidifiers to keep your throat and nasal passages well lubricated, so not only will that relieve allergy symptoms, but it will also improve asthma, and you’ll find yourself recovering from the cold much quicker than before. If you have particularly bad allergies you will notice the difference immediately as many have been designed to also purify the air. Just another benefit is the lack of nosebleeds you will experience, as those well lubricated nasal passages won’t be as prone to springing a leak.

A happy bonus for everyone else in the home is that humidifiers can also alleviate snoring. That’s not the only reason everyone will get a better sleep, though, it’s far more comfortable to sleep in a moist environment.

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Get Your AC System Warmed Up, So It Can Cool You Down!

Spring is here, and summer is right around the corner! Is your air conditioning system prepared for the heat after its long hibernation? Let’s face it, winter sucks; at least the freezing temperatures do. But even if you are a fan of the winter, don’t deny that you’re not a little excited for the nice sunny days ahead of us. So even though your shorts, t-shirts and sandals are ready for their long awaited appearance when that first 75+ degree day arrives, that doesn’t necessarily mean your AC is. The last thing anyone needs to worry about is expensive air conditioning repair; so while you’re putting away those sweaters and picking out a new pair of summer shades, don’t forget to share the love and properly prepare our good ole friend that keeps us nice and cool. Here’s a quick run through of some common, yet overlooked, things you can do to get your system ready so it stays as efficient and consistent as you do cool and comfortable.

*Prior to checking your AC system, make sure you turn off the power from the circuit breaker*

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Filters – Basic Good Air Conditioning Manners

The first and easiest thing you can do is replace the air filters. They will often be clogged with dust (especially if you’ve been neglecting them…tsk tsk) which will restrict the airflow causing your system to be less efficient. It will also result in poor ventilation as dust will be circulated back into the house; so be sure to check the filters in any return-air registers in addition to the furnace or the unit’s air-handler cabinet. Replacing or cleaning the air filters is a simple solution for most alleged issues and it can help eliminate the need for a costly AC repair.

Condenser – The Thing with the Big Fan

Next on the list is the actual condenser unit. This most likely sits outside alongside of your house; you know, the big box with the fan in it. Now, a good preventative measure is to protect the unit with a tarp or cover of some sort during the winter so that dirt and debris doesn’t make its way inside. However, I realize many people don’t do this and that’s fine, but now you just need to clean any dirt in the unit. This process requires several steps and is rather difficult as many things can go wrong or get damaged, costing you even more money. Since cleaning and maintaining the condenser coils can be tricky, and not necessarily for the do-it-your-selfer, calling in a professional HVAC technician or contractor is highly recommended.

Insulation – An Easy Check

This is an easy one, check to see if the coolant lines are properly insulated. You will notice there is black foam around the copper piping going from your unit into the house. The winter weather can take its toll on the insulation so any pieces that may be ripped, torn, or missing entirely must be replaced. Luckily the foam insulation is relatively cheap, we carry all sizes and additional materials in order to fulfill your HVAC service needs.

Refrigerant – It’s not Leaking Out

Refrigerant is last on the list because despite its necessity, most homeowners assume they need air conditioning repair, meanwhile most complications are not caused by this. Homeowners often think they have low refrigerant because of warm and/or low airflow, meanwhile the issue is something more simple like dirty filters and condensers, as previously mentioned. Refrigerant is a “self contained system”, meaning it cycles throughout the unit and does not actually get used and run out. However, if you have your levels checked and they are in fact low, that means you have a leak, so now you do have a more serious problem. One of our professionals can provide you with air conditioning service by first going over the previous steps, then safely checking the refrigerant levels with the proper gauges if required.

No one wants to be hot, uncomfortable AND spend more money than necessary. Properly maintaining your system allows it to last its full life span and ensures that it will run effectively and efficiently, ultimately saving you money. With proper preparation, you’ll be sure the cool air comes-a-flowin’ when you hit that thermostat switch!

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