Heating & Air Conditioning Resources & FAQs

With more than 40 years of experience in the cooling and heating industry we have discovered that many of the problems homeowners incur require a simple adjustment or check. We have developed this helpful information, so that you can gain useful knowledge regarding operation of your systems, explore the benefits of the latest in comfort system technology and energy saving tips for your home.

FAQs

Air Conditioning FAQs

Now that you’ve settled into your new home, you may have noticed that some rooms will occasionally be hotter or cooler than others. Your upstairs bedroom may take longer to cool in the summer, or the kitchen may be chillier in the winter.

Don’t worry! There may not be anything wrong with your system. If your home is multi-level, you will naturally experience the effect of warm air rising to the upper level and cooler air falling to the lower. In addition, solar gain can cause temperatures to rise in certain rooms. This is definitely the case in rooms with west-facing windows during the late afternoon. Forces of nature are not the only factors that will raise your home’s indoor temperature. Cooking and showering will cause the humidity of your home to increase. Even without a rise in temperature, higher levels of humidity can cause you to feel warmer and uncomfortable.

While the laws of nature (and the law of teenagers taking long showers) may be out of your control, you can use your home’s ventilation system to improve the situation. By adjusting or closing registers that are too cool in summer or too warm in the winter, you can divert conditioned air to rooms where you need it the most. By making the laws of nature work for you, you should be able to achieve even, comfortable temperatures in every room of your home.

There are countless tips and tricks to get the most out of your home’s cooling system. Some of them are simple and some of them will require a little bit of patience and commitment. Although many are helpful in reducing unwanted escalating monthly energy bills, none are as effective as our in home Repair vs. Replace A/C evaluation. Our professional technicians are trained to provide you with a detailed analysis of the pros and cons of a complete air conditioning replacement. When the summer heat gets hot and system breakdowns occur A/C repairs provide a quick fix, but are they the best solution? Depending upon what’s currently operating within your home, the installation of a new more efficient system can be a wise financial decision paying you immediate dividends on a month-to-month basis.

Heating FAQs

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Now that you’ve settled into your new home, you may have noticed that some rooms will occasionally be hotter or cooler than others. Your upstairs bedroom may take longer to cool in the summer, or the kitchen may be chillier in the winter.

Don’t worry! There may not be anything wrong with your system. If your home is multi-level, you will naturally experience the effect of warm air rising to the upper level and cooler air falling to the lower. In addition, solar gain can cause temperatures to rise in certain rooms. This is definitely the case in rooms with west-facing windows during the late afternoon. Forces of nature are not the only factors that will raise your home’s indoor temperature. Cooking and showering will cause the humidity of your home to increase. Even without a raise in temperature, higher levels of humidity can cause you to feel warmer and uncomfortable.

While the laws of nature (and the law of teenagers taking long showers) may be out of your control, you can use your home’s ventilation system to improve the situation. By adjusting or closing registers that are too cool in summer or too warm in the winter, you can divert conditioned air to rooms where you need it the most. By making the laws of nature work for you, you should be able to achieve even, comfortable temperatures in every room of your home.

Ventilation FAQs

Note: If you are unsure of how to do any of this on your own, feel free to contact us for help on how to perform this heating and cooling maintenance yourself, or set up an appointment to have a service technician provide maintenance for you.

As with any purchase, new homeowners want to know how best to care for their investment. Considering that air conditioning and heating systems play such a large role in overall comfort, system maintenance will ensure absolute running efficiency.

Don’t worry! Performing regular maintenance on your system should not require a lot of effort. Setting aside less than an hour every month to perform a few routine procedures will help keep energy costs down and allow your system to perform at peak efficiency. If you are serious about extending the life of your system, keep the checklist below for future reference.

STEP 1: Clean or change air filters
Whether your system uses disposable or reusable filters, it is important they be maintained to allow your system to breathe better.

Disposable filters: change every 30 days
Reusable filters: wash every 30 days
High performance air filters: as recommended by manufacturer
Keeping your filter clean will prevent system malfunction, increases in your energy bills, and reductions in the life expectancy of your system. See our website for more information on benefits of high performance filter options that may be available for your system.

STEP 2: Maintain the outdoor unit
It is important to maintain a clean outdoor unit.

First, shut the power off to your outdoor air conditioning unit, either at the breaker and/or at the disconnect box. Spray the air conditioner coil down with a hose to clean off any debris. If you have cottonwood trees close by, you may need to do this several times each spring. Trim bushes away 18” from the air conditioner to prevent a restriction of air to the unit. It may be necessary to use professional coil cleaner to remove built up pollution on the coil. Do not use household chemicals that could cause corrosion damage to the coil. It is best to have a professional perform this when needed. It is not necessary to cover the outdoor unit during the winter.

STEP 3: Check the indoor unit

Inspect your indoor unit to protect against water damage.

Check that there are no water leaks and that the system is draining properly. Turn the unit on and let it run for about 15 minutes, periodically checking for any visible water leaks. Water build-up (due to the condensation on your indoor unit’s plumbing) is nothing to be nervous about. However, if there is a significant accumulation due to a broken, loose or malfunctioning part, your problem could eventually turn into a costly repair. In addition, blockages inside your pipes can also become hazardous to your system. If your system is leaking water in any significant way, call a service technician immediately.

While these three steps will help to keep your system in proper running order, the best way to save money and avoid system malfunctions is professional, seasonal tune-ups. Having our service professionals perform a full 15-point tune-up each heating and cooling season helps to keep your system running…like a finely-tuned vehicle.

Regular maintenance (coupled with seasonal 15-point tune-ups) can help lower your energy bills as well as provide extended life and efficiency to your indoor and outdoor comfort systems. Visit our website today for additional information and to find out what steps you can take to maintain your system. Schedule an appointment for a full system tune-up with a trained technician.

Energy FAQs

When it comes to saving money on home heating and cooling costs, sometimes size does matter. A programmable thermostat, a small piece of your overall comfort system, could be the key to saving 22% or more on your monthly bill.

How can such a small item perform such a big task? Programmable thermostats allow you to program your comfort system to suit your lifestyle- with the simple touch of a button. Do you work 9 to 5? Are you going out for the day?

Your thermostat allows you to take control of your homes temperature settings during periods when your home is empty, saving you from unnecessary heating or cooling costs.

Programmable thermostats can include options that will also allow you to zone your home; effectively dividing it into separate sections, so you can choose which portion of your home is heated or cooled. Diverting your systems airflow from unoccupied rooms allows you to heat or cool the parts of the house you spend the most time in much more efficiently.

Simple measures can also save you plenty of money. By turning your temperature up a few degrees in the summer (around 78) or down a few in the winter (68 degrees), you can save even more without a loss of comfort.

Be sure to ask our trained technicians during your next service call how a programmable thermostat could help alleviate some of your home energy costs and start saving today.

With warm weather already upon us, it’s time to start preparing your home for the summer heat. We offer some simple tips that can help you stay cool, conserve energy and save on energy costs.

  1. Keep your thermostat setting under control.
    During the summer, turn up the thermostat to 78 degrees or higher throughout the day, especially when you are not at home.
  2. Cover the windows.
    Keep your window coverings closed on the south, east, and west windows during the hot months to help maintain a comfortable climate inside.
  3. Switch from Incandescent to Compact Florescent Bulbs (CFLs).
    CFLs last four to 10 times longer than traditional incandescent light bulbs – and they only require one quarter of the energy! Take a look at all of those bulbs around the house – it adds up.
  4. Use appliances efficiently.
    Do only full loads when using your dishwasher and clothes washer. Use the cold water setting on your clothes washer when you can. You can conserve up to 75% of the energy required to run the washer by using cold water. Also, be sure to clean your clothes dryer’s lint trap after each use and take advantage of the moisture-sensing automatic drying setting on your dryer if you have one.
  5. Save the dryer.
    Use a stand-alone clothes rack to dry your clothes. If you must use your dryer, try to dry two loads consecutively to make the most of the heat you generated in the first load.
  6. Install Low-flow water fixtures.
    Save energy while saving water. A low-flow showerhead can reduce your water usage by two thirds.
  7. Take Showers.
    Start taking showers instead of baths. Baths consume two and a half times more hot water than a shower.
  8. Set your ceiling fan in reverse.
    Something as simple as setting your ceiling fan in reverse will circulate the warm air, pulling it away from the ceiling and cooling off the room. Ceiling fans use about the same electricity as a 100-watt light bulb and cost just pennies a day to run.
  9. Use the microwave.
    Whenever possible, use the microwave instead of the oven. The microwave uses two-thirds the amount of energy as a regular oven.
  10. Be smart with home electronics.
    Turn off your computer and any other home office equipment when you’re not using them. Also switch to a flat-panel monitor and you’ll use one third of the power compared to conventional monitors.