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Know When It’s Time to Replace Your Geothermal System

September 26th, 2016

With the sudden dip in temperatures last week, we’re all well aware that fall is officially here, and reminded of how important our heating systems are going to be very soon. If you have an aging geothermal system, it’s vital that you take notice of your heater.

Geothermal systems are designed to last a very long time, typically longer than other HVAC systems, but they are not immune to the natural wear and tear of time. Keep reading to learn more about the signs of an aging geothermal system that may need replacement.

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Should you Have a Gas or Electric Furnace Installed?

September 19th, 2016

Temperatures may still be mild in these parts, but with the official start of fall just a few days away, it is now time to start thinking about your heating system and if it’s up to par for the coming winter season. If you know you need a replacement soon, you might be considering a furnace installation. But should you go with a gas-powered system, or would electric be a better choice for you? Keep reading to learn more about the benefits of each.

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Is Your Heater Ready for Winter?

September 9th, 2016

With temperatures still steadily in the high 70s and low 80s, it may seem silly to begin thinking about our heating system already. However, we all know how quickly the weather can turn and temperatures can drop—particularly at night—as we come closer to the cooling season. With the official start of fall just a little over a week away, now is the time to schedule your heating system maintenance appointment.

Having your heating system serviced now, before you need it on a consistent basis, is the best way to ensure that it serves you well throughout the winter season. A tune-up of your heating system will assist your heater in running efficiently and effectively, prolonging the system’s lifespan and reducing the need for repairs. Read on to discover what happens during maintenance to ensure the system is ready for winter.

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Why Should You Include Zone Controls with Your HVAC Installation?

September 6th, 2016

Though recent temperatures may make you believe otherwise, fall is well on its way. This is the perfect time to consider replacing an outdated or failing HVAC system, whether it’s the air conditioner you just used all summer or a new furnace before the heating season starts.

Arranging for an installation now means that you’ll be able to easily reach our professionals. We’ll be less likely to be out on emergency calls often required during the summer or wintertime. And while you’re at it, you should definitely consider adding a zone control system to the installation.

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How is a Heat Pump Different from a Standard Air Conditioner?

September 5th, 2016

Many homeowners throughout the country are choosing heat pumps as an alternative to a central air conditioning system, and a furnace. A heat pump functions as an air conditioner, in that it evaporates and condenses refrigerant to move heat from inside your home to the outside. However it can also switch the function of its two sets of coils in order to move heat into the home. This means that it functions as both and air conditioner and a heater, for optimum year-round comfort.

While a heat pump does work in the same fashion as an air conditioner—it has indoor and outdoor coils, a compressor, a thermostatic expansion valve, condensate drains, and fans—it has very specific components that help it function as a heater. Keep reading to learn more about the parts of a heat pump that makes it different from a standard air conditioning system.

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3 Signs That It Is Time for a New Water Heater

August 29th, 2016

Water heaters are developed to last a long time, and have been a trusted appliance in homes and businesses throughout the community for decades. If your water heater is properly maintained, then it will almost certainly last its entire intended lifespan. It won’t last forever though.

At some time or another, you’ll need to start exploring the need to replace your water heater system. To avoid costly repairs later on or interruption from a faulty water heater, you’ll want to be able to recognize the signs that your water heater is struggling. But how do you really know if it’s time for a replacement?

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Ensure Your Air Conditioner Can Make It Through the End of Summer

August 22nd, 2016

Officially, summer is going to be over in one short month. However, that certainly doesn’t mean we’ll all of a sudden be hit with cooler temperatures, or that we’ll get to stop using your our conditioning systems.

The end of summer is actually when air conditioners work the hardest, particularly if they are aging and struggling to do their job. Breakdowns are most common during this time of year, but there are steps you can take to prevent this. We’ve highlighted these steps below.

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Combatting Hot Spots in Your Home

August 15th, 2016

Summer may only be here for a few more weeks, but we certainly still have some warmer weather to contend with. As a result, we continue to run our air conditioners on a regular basis so that we can maintain a cool home. Hopefully your cooling system has been working for you and hasn’t run into any big problems this season.

However, have you noticed that certain rooms in your home are warmer than others? This is usually a sign that something is amiss with your air conditioner or ventilation system. It is first important to ensure that the trouble isn’t from the rooms themselves—such as windows that aren’t properly sealed. If that’s not the problem, then it may be one of the following factors.

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How Does Professional Duct Sealing Help Your Air Conditioner Perform?

August 9th, 2016

If you already have a central air conditioner installed in your home, then you likely have a basic understanding of how important it is to have high quality ductwork installed as well. Your air ducts provide a direct path for both your heating and cooling units to distribute air to the various areas of your home. But since they are mostly out of sight, it’s rare that a homeowner thinks much about them, until they have a problem.

Air ducts have no mechanical components, so therefore they shouldn’t have many issues, right? Unfortunately this is a common misconception—most air ducts develop leaks at one point or another. Granted, these leaks may only be coming from small tears here and there, but these small leaks can add up to a much larger problem.

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How Does a Clean AC Filter Benefit You?

August 8th, 2016

When summertime comes and we are met with soaring temperatures, the only thing on your mind when it comes to your HVAC system is how well the air conditioner works. While this is of course a vital part of your home comfort, you should also consider your indoor air quality. The efficiency and effectiveness of your air conditioner is heavily affected by one small component: your air filter.

Our expertly trained team is here to conduct your regular air conditioning maintenance and will be happy to go over the many options of high efficiency air filters we have available. However, it’s important that you pay close attention to the air filter that comes standard with your HVAC system. This filter is designed to protect the inside components of your AC system, but if it’s compromised then it will affect not only the system itself, but also your indoor air quality.

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