October 2nd, 2017
There’s no denying fall has arrived. When the calendar turns to October and the store displays switch over to a Halloween theme, you know that it’s autumn—even if the weather hasn’t cooled down significantly yet.
But winter will arrive quicker than we can imagine (think of how fast the summer went past), so now is the time to turn your attention to having your heating system inspected and tuned-up, whether it’s a furnace, heat pump, or ductless heating system.
September 18th, 2017
As summer ends and we officially enter the fall, you’re more likely to encounter problems with an air conditioner. After all, it’s just done a hard summer of work, and that causes it to accumulate dust, grime, and general strain. The cumulative total of a full summer workload for an AC can result in it struggling during the fall homestretch.
This is a time to be cautious about an air conditioner’s performance. Unfortunately, caution is usually the opposite of what happens: people are more likely to simply ignore the trouble because the falling cooling is about to start. For example, if an air conditioner begins to have difficulty providing the cooling for the home that it usually does, homeowners often just push the thermostat setting down lower. Is the standard 78°F setting not getting the job done? Push it down to 70°F! Hey, the thermostat can drop as low as 60°F, there’s plenty more to go to keep cool!
September 4th, 2017
Hey there, compressor! How are you feeling this late summer?
As summer winds down and temperatures cool, homeowners are often a bit more careless with their air conditioning in Rolesville, NC. They’ll keep it running—there are still hot days ahead, and fall can strike with major heat waves—but they may not pay as much attention to it or carefully monitor how long it runs. And this is unfortunate because at the end of cooling season is the period when an AC is most likely to suffer a catastrophic failure. The system already put in an immense amount of labor handling the heat and humidity of summer, and when that wear and tear catches up, it can mean a serious malfunction…
…including the most dreaded of all, COMPRESSOR BURNOUT!
August 21st, 2017
It’s already the second half of August, and peeking over the horizon is the official end of summer in September. We aren’t out of hot weather trouble in North Carolina yet, but now is a good time to take summary of your air conditioning system’s performance over the hottest parts of the year and ask the big question: “Is it time to replace the air conditioner in the coming fall, or can I stick with repairs as needed for a few more years?”
Autumn is one of the better times to arrange for an air conditioning system replacement in Zebulon, NC. You’ll have fewer worries about the short period when your house will go without cooling, and you’ll be prepared for any of those fall heat wave surprises. But you don’t want to arrange for an air conditioning replacement unless you have to. The more effective and efficient performance you get from your current system, the better a return on your original investment you’ll receive.
August 7th, 2017
We’re glad you’re asking this question, because understanding refrigerant and how it works inside an air conditioner is an essential part of understanding when an AC may need to have repairs.
The short answer to “When do I need to put in more refrigerant?” is “Never.” Because
- you shouldn’t need to replace refrigerant because the AC doesn’t use it up, and,
- even in the event of a loss of refrigerant because of leaks, you must have licensed professionals handle the job of putting new refrigerant in.
Let’s take a look at both these points to give a fuller answer to the question.
July 24th, 2017
One of the services that we’re proud to offer our customers when it comes to air conditioning in Wake Forest, NC is installing zone control systems. With zone controls, you can manipulate temperature levels in different areas of your house separate from one another. There are plenty of benefits to this, such as providing individual comfort for people in your household (no more wrangling over the thermostat when people don’t agree on temperature) and reducing your energy bills by only cooling parts of the home that need it (helpful if you have a guest room).
However, when people hear about the basics of zone controls—dampers inside the ducts shutting off airflow to specific vents—they sometimes wonder why can’t they just do zone control by closing the shutters over the room vents.
There are two good reasons why they can’t: 1) It doesn’t work. 2) It can damage the HVAC system. Let’s take a closer look.
July 10th, 2017
When summer rolls into the Triangle Area, people expect to see their electric bills start to rise. Air conditioners can be pretty greedy about using electricity: the compressor that’s at the core of how a cooling system works draws a large amount of amps as it runs. High electric bills are simply part of life during the summer.
But there’s a difference between higher electrical bills—and bills that are absurdly high. If you’ve noticed you’re paying much more to run your air conditioner this summer, and you don’t believe it’s because you’re using it more or the days are hotter, then this post is for you. We’ve put together four reasons your cooling costs might be higher and what you can do about it.
June 26th, 2017
As HVAC technicians with plenty of experience working with both residential and commercial customers, we often encounter misunderstandings about cooling and heating. Many of these misunderstandings have been around for decades.
But today, with the quick access that almost everybody has to information, these misunderstandings travel even faster—and it’s almost impossible to stamp them out. We can only try our best to see that our customers are informed so they receive the most efficient and longest service from their heating and central air conditioning system in Zebulon, NC.
June 12th, 2017
Here’s a question we often hear from customers. In fact it’s a question any quality HVAC company will hear multiple times:
Hey, there’s ice on my air conditioner’s evaporator coil. Is that … supposed to happen?
It’s a good question. That people think to ask it in the first place is good sign. It shows they have an understanding that, even though air conditioners blow out chilled air when they’re running, ice is probably not a part of the cooling process. Or at least, it shouldn’t be.
This instinct is correct: when ice starts to appear on the indoor coil of a central air conditioner (i.e. along the evaporator coil), it means something is wrong. In most cases, you’ll need to call for air conditioning repair in Raleigh, NC or elsewhere in order to fix the problem—and sooner, rather than later.
May 29th, 2017
One area of heating, ventilation, and air conditioning that has seen immense progress over only a small number of years is climate controls. The old manual thermostats you operate with a slider or a dial are long out of date. Even digital programmable thermostats are yesterday’s news. The top of the line in climate control technology today is the “smart” thermostat, a Wi-Fi enabled thermostat that can find the best comfort settings for a home while saving energy—all on its own!
For reasons we’ll get into below, you shouldn’t run out to buy a new Wi-Fi smart thermostat or grab one online, no matter what kind of “deal” you find. Our HVAC experts are here to assist you with finding the right thermostat for your needs. To learn more about our services for thermostats in Wake Forest, NC and throughout the Triangle Area, contact our offices.