The single most frustrating summer repair call for an A/C contractor has got to be the water leak. A water leak from the a/c system can be difficult to prevent and hard to diagnose. Additionally, it can cause significant property damage. Where does the water come from? The water from an A/C system actually comes from the air in your home. As you A/C unit runs, it dehumidifies the air. The dehumidification process basically means that moisture is being taken out of the air and turned into water. If everything is working as it’s supposed to, this water then gets drained to the outside. How does the A/C system make the water? All air conditioning systems have an evaporator coil, more commonly called an A Coil. This is basically a part made up of metal tubes that get very cold when the A/C unit is turned on. As these tubes […]Read More
Summer appears to have arrived early, and with it will be the increased electric bills. Each year I get questions about quick and easy ways to save energy (and money) on cooling bills. While the most significant savings go to those willing to invest in cutting edge technologies like solar and geothermal, most of us don’t have an extra $30,000 to spend in order to save a few hundred dollars per year. Instead, I’m listing my top 3 energy savers under $100. #1 Install a programmable thermostat Programmable thermostats will save you money…if you use them properly. The experts say that a programmable thermostat can save in excess of $150 per year. The newer programmable thermostats are much easier to program than they used to be. In fact, there are even “learning” thermostats available that monitor the times of day that you adjust the thermostat setting and will program themselves […]Read More
Geothermal Heat Pumps – Highly Efficient and the Feds will Help Pay for It Geothermal heat pumps have gotten more attention over the last few years than any other single source of home heating and cooling. Why? Because they’re extremely efficient AND the federal government is willing to pay for 30% of the cost to install them in your home! Geothermal heat pumps provide both heating and cooling to your home. What this means is that it is going to reduce your utility bills year round – not just during the winter or summer. Additionally, with an option called a “desuperheater”, a geothermal heat pump can provide free heat for your domestic water during parts of the year. Air Source Heat Pumps Struggle in Extreme Weather Traditional air-source heat pumps use the outside air as a source of energy. The unit that sets outside most homes has a bunch of […]Read More
A/C Frozen Up? The most common problem during the cooling season is the frozen a/c. You’ve probably seen it yourself. The copper pipe at the outdoor unit has a thick coat of ice surrounding it. You may have even found the indoor unit soaking wet because the evaporator coil has turned into a solid chunk of ice. What causes an a/c to freeze up? The most common cause is a system that is low on refrigerant, or Freon, but that’s not the only cause. A system that is not moving enough air through the duct system can also freeze up. Low airflow could be caused by an under-sized duct system, a dirty filter, or even a dirty indoor evaporator coil (often called an A-Coil). A frozen system can also be caused by setting the thermostat too low at night. What’s too low? Every house is different, but we’ve seen units […]Read More
Are you trying to decide if now is the time to look into replacing your existing HVAC system? In order to make your decision, you should take into consideration three factors: The efficiency of your system The cost of fuel The heating or cooling load of your home TweetRead More
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