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How Has Modern Technology Improved AC Efficiency?

June 10th, 2019

smart-thermostat-in-forefront-with-house-in-backgroundWe could talk about all the advancements made to HVAC systems and the benefits of installing a new system, your HVAC system options such as ductless mini-splits, and how to boost the efficiency of your air conditioner by using ceiling fans. These are, after all, methods of improving your air conditioner efficiency.

There’s another piece of technology though that has helped air conditioners make huge strides in efficiency with minimal work—the thermostat!

As you likely understand to a point, the thermostat of your HVAC systems is essentially the brain of those systems. Today’s smart thermostats—also called Wi-Fi thermostats—can do so much more than simply set temperatures. You can keep things that basic if you choose, but the biggest benefit of a smart thermostat is the precision and customization it affords you. Keep reading to learn what type of benefits you can take advantage of with a smart thermostat!

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You Don’t Expect This to Happen to Your AC!

May 26th, 2019

woman-looking-shocked-and-covering-mouth-on-grey-backgroundThere are, unfortunately, a number of calamities that can impact an air conditioner at any time. Of course, you can prevent most of these with regular professional maintenance—in fact, professional maintenance prevents approximately 85% of the repair needs your air conditioner may need throughout its lifespan!

But what about unexpected air conditioner problems—problems you should never even have or are so rare you don’t hear about them much? They do happen, and it’s a good idea to be aware of them so that if you’re affected, you won’t be surprised, and you’ll know to call for professional repairs right away. Read on to learn more!

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If You Skipped AC Maintenance, It’s Not Too Late!

May 13th, 2019

air-conditioner-with-tools-sitting-on-topWith May just about halfway over and temperatures already warming up, you might have come to the realization that it was time to schedule maintenance for your air conditioner. But is it too late? Should you just skip it now that you’re going to need your air conditioner on a daily basis soon? Well, no!

It’s never too late to get your air conditioner tune-up. This is a prime example of “it’s better late than never,” and there are a number of benefits to maintenance, as well as becoming a member of our maintenance program, which we’ll share more details on below.

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Can You Add an Air Conditioner to a Heat-Only System?

April 29th, 2019

top-view-of-an-outdoor-ac-unitThe short answer to this is, “yes.” Yes, you can add an air conditioner to a forced-air heating system. It is, however, a complex process and we never recommend it be attempted by a homeowner. Of course, we’ll say this about any air conditioning or heating installation. There are many factors that go into matching the right system to the right home—take sizing for instance.

Many homeowners believe “the bigger the better” when it comes to their HVAC installation. But actually, just as too small of a system won’t be powerful enough for your home, too large of a system will be too powerful and will go through a process called “short-cycling,” which is damaging to the system. But we digress.

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Ocean Air and Your AC: How to Prevent Saltwater Erosion

April 15th, 2019

ben-franklin-bridge-in-new-jerseyIf there is one thing we’re quite familiar with living near the Jersey Shore, it’s saltwater and salty air. As a result, we need to take special care of our HVAC equipment to ensure it’s not in danger of damage. Ocean air can actually lead to a good deal of corrosion, and impact the functionality of your air conditioner. Keep reading to learn more about how salty air impacts your AC so you can take steps to mitigate system problems.

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Heed These Signs You Need Boiler Repairs

April 1st, 2019

technician-working-on-gas-powered-boilerTemperatures are slowly, but surely, beginning to warm. Soon enough you won’t need to use your boiler system on a daily basis to keep warm. So, it can be easy to ignore any possible signs of repair. After all, you don’t have to worry about it again until next fall, so why bother, right? This can be a mistake. Premature system breakdowns can occur when you ignore repair needs or don’t have your system routinely maintained.

By having professional boiler maintenance done and by staying on top of repair needs, you can prevent costly problems. But of course, there is always a chance that something will go wrong eventually anyway. Eventually, your boiler will wear down to the point that it needs to be replaced. But do you know what to look for that indicates yours is in trouble?

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The End of the Season Is No Time to Ignore Your Heater

March 18th, 2019

technician-inspecting-furnaceTemperatures are still chilly for now. But with spring on its way very soon, you know how fast the weather can turn. Soon enough, you’ll need your air conditioner on a regular basis in order to stay comfortable in your home. So, that means you can shut off your heater once heating season is over and forget about it until next year, right?

Well, sure, if you had it maintained before winter began, you had no problems with it over the season, and it has no repair needs. But neglecting your heating system when you actually need work done on it can be detrimental to the system, leading to potential safety hazards if you’re using a gas powered system, and leading to the possibility that your system will completely die on you next fall when you need it again.

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The Detrimental Effects of a Booming Furnace

March 4th, 2019

technician-working-on-heating-systemAs we come to the close of winter, we prepare to turn off our heaters for the season and turn our attention to our air conditioners. But around here, we still have plenty of cold weather to contend with in the coming weeks. So facing a broken down heater is likely the last thing you want to do. The good news is that if you detect furnace problems early enough, you can get them repaired before they turn into an emergency, like a premature breakdown of the system.

One of the first signs that many homeowners notice when it comes to furnace problems is noise that’s not normal for the system to make. The one that is particularly concerning, for homeowners and HVAC pros alike, is a booming sound.

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Is Professional Duct Testing Necessary?

February 18th, 2019

technician-working-on-ductsDuct testing is necessary when you either suspect or know for certain that your air ducts are allowing conditioned air to leak, or outside air to get in.

Your air ducts are what your central heating and air conditioning systems rely on to effectively do their jobs. They either cool or heat the air, and then blow that conditioned air through your network of ducts into the various rooms of your home. This ductwork system is most often located out of sight—behind walls, in the attic, and in other out-of-the-way locations that allow them to do their jobs without getting in your way.

However, this can certainly make it difficult to detect or spot when leaks or other duct problems happen. The good news is that our team can address the problem by performing professional duct testing to determine where your leak is coming from. But first, you’d have to know that you have leaky ductwork. We’ll get down to that below. First we want to talk to you a bit about how leaks happen and why they’re such a problem.

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“Can I Make Heating Repairs on My Own?”

February 4th, 2019

white-question-mark-on-blue-circle-with-white-backgroundDo you have a “handyman” in your household? Perhaps that person is you. This definitely pays off in many ways as you’re able to save money on many small tasks around your home that you don’t need to call in a professional for. All you need is the right tools and maybe a quick online tutorial, right?

Well, for the most part, yes. But not when it comes to repairing your home’s heating system. We do not recommend this for a number of reasons. Sure, you can perform tasks like changing your air filter or resetting a tripped circuit breaker—we encourage you to do these things on your own. But for the reasons we’ve outlined below, we urge you to give our professional technicians a call when you need heating repairs.

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