Replacing Your Old AC Unit That Takes R-22 Refrigerants

You might not have heard that in January of this year, the Environmental Protection Agency moved ahead with its next step in phasing out hydrochlorofluorocarbons (HCFCs). They have banned the import and remaining production of HCFC-22 and HCFC-142b. These chemicals, also called R-22s, are known to deplete the ozone layer leaving the Earth less protected from the sun’s ultraviolet radiation. Why this might impact your household is if you have an old R-22 air conditioning unit. This ban means that…

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Preventative HVAC Maintenance

No matter what the age of your HVAC is, it still needs preventative maintenance. Just as your doctor needs to see you for well checks each year to ensure you are healthy and prevent serious health conditions the same safeguard applies to your HVAC. Routine inspection and trouble-shooting can stop minor issues from becoming expensive and inconvenient headaches. It will improve your chances that your air conditioner won’t conk out on a 100-degree day or your furnace won’t stop working…

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What are the Best HVAC System Brands Available?

If all HVAC systems look the same to you, how can you possibly know which brand to buy? That’s easy — you can turn to the experts. They know which brands are the best in their fields, as well as what you need to know about a unit you’re considering. Great Furnaces and Air Conditioners When heating your home, these three companies offer top-of-the-line furnaces and air conditioners. Carrier: This company, founded in New York, has been in the HVAC…

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How to Choose an HVAC Company You Can Rely On

If you’ve been putting off choosing an HVAC company because you aren’t sure which one to pick, it’s time to work through the issue and decide. With summer right around the corner, now is the perfect time to establish ties with a company and schedule preventative maintenance. That might help prevent any equipment failures this summer that will temporarily leave you without air conditioning in the sweltering heat. How do you know which company would be a good fit for…

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How to Winterize Your Air Conditioner

As we move into winter and start using our furnaces, it’s easy to push any thoughts of air conditioning out of your head and forget about the unit altogether. But you could extend the life of your air conditioning unit by taking the time to prepare it for winter, something we call winterizing your air conditioner. Below are some simple steps you can take yourself to make sure your unit will be ready to use come summer. Shut Off Power…

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Pros and Cons of Ductless Mini Splits

If your home is older and has never had air conditioning before, you have a couple of options to cool your home. One option you’ll come across is a ductless HVAC system, also referred to as a ductless mini split. This type of system can be advantageous in many ways depending on your budget and needs. Let’s take a closer look at the pros and cons of a ductless mini split. Pros Ductwork – No ductwork needed for the installation…

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The Difference Between a High Quality and Low Quality Air Conditioning System

Are you faced with high energy bills and wondering if your air conditioning unit is quality enough to meet the demands of your home? In 2019, it’s safe to say that an air conditioner isn’t high quality if it’s not an energy efficient unit. But there are some specific features to call out that make the difference between a high and low quality air conditioning unit. What is an Energy Efficient Air Conditioner? Simply stated, an energy efficient air conditioning…

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What is a Good SEER Rating and Why?

Have you ever wondered how efficient your air conditioning unit really is? Maybe your energy bills have been high lately, or you’re noticing that your unit can’t keep up with the heat. The SEER rating is the number one indicator of how efficient your unit is, and also a great thing to keep in mind when shopping for a new unit. What is SEER? SEER, or Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio, is used to measure the efficiency of a central air…

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How to Know It’s Time to Repair or Replace Your HVAC Unit

An HVAC system is a lot like a car. There comes a point when it will cost too much to salvage the car and it makes more sense to get a new one. The same goes for your HVAC system. You can continue to repair it and watch those repair bills rack up, as well as your monthly energy bill due to the inefficiency of an outdated unit, or you can put that money toward a new system. But how…

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What to Consider Before Buying a New HVAC System

So your old unit has finally given up on you… now what? It has probably been a while since you went shopping for a new air conditioner or furnace (or maybe you’ve never had to!), and technology has changed since then. There are so many new options related to energy efficiency, and some new features you can choose as well. With so much to choose from, it’s important you make the right choice and make a smart investment for your…

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