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House Not Cool Enough? Don’t Keep Turning Down the Thermostat!

Monday, September 18th, 2017

thermostat-at-66-degreesAs 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!

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Why Closing Room Vents Isn’t “Zone Control”

Monday, July 24th, 2017

room-ventOne 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.

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Benefits of Smart Thermostats (And One Note of Caution as Well)

Monday, May 29th, 2017

remote-home-controlsOne 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.

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What Technicians Look for During an AC Inspection

Monday, April 3rd, 2017

Air-conditioner-repairman-maintenanceTwo weeks ago, we brought up the importance of having regular air conditioning maintenance. Scheduling this service every spring with a professional helps ensure your AC works at peak efficiency and for as many years as possible. It’s easy to get started with air conditioning maintenance in Wake Forest, NC and the surrounding areas: you only have to speak to our technicians to find out about our Comfort Club, a program that provides regular inspections and tune-ups for both your AC and heater—and offers many other benefits as well.

Professional Air Conditioner Inspections: What Technicians Check

Let’s take a look at the “inspection” part of maintenance. It may make sense that an air conditioner requires a “tune-up” before the harsh heat of summer arrives. But what’s important about inspections? What do technicians look for, and isn’t this something you can do on your own?

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Low Refrigerant in a Heat Pump Is a Danger in Winter as Well!

Monday, February 6th, 2017

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Refrigerant leaking out of an air conditioning system is one of the more common AC troubles, and it requires professional repair work right away.

Here in winter, however, you may not think that you need to concern yourself with refrigerant at all. If you use a heat pump, it’s easy to think that loss of refrigerant won’t affect your comfort. It’s refrigerant after all—it’s supposed to keep things cooled down, and what you need during the winter is heat.

But this is a misunderstanding of both refrigerant and how heat pumps run. If a heat pump loses refrigerant during the winter, it will have just as serious consequences as during the summer.

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How a Faulty Thermostat Can Lead to Heating Repair

Monday, January 2nd, 2017

The modern thermostats (or “climate controls” to give them the slightly fancier name) are complex pieces of computerized equipment. But no matter how many energy-saving features a new thermostat comes with, it still fills that same function: turning the heating system and blower fan on and off, and registering the temperature indoor to tell when it needs to turn these appliances on and off.

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An Energy Recovery Ventilator: Great for Winter AND Summer

Monday, December 5th, 2016

To keep as much heat trapped as possible indoors and prevent cold drafts in winter, a house must have extensive insulation and air sealing. This may help with comfort and energy efficiency, but it also leads to a build-up of indoor contaminants and air that can be too humid or sometimes too dry.

What can you do about this? Open up the doors and windows for some fresh air? No, that just ruins the whole point of having a home insulated in the first place. All the energy used for the heating system simply goes to waste.

But what if you could recover that energy and use it to heat up fresh air coming from the outside? That’s just what an energy recovery ventilator (ERV) does, and it’s a great solution to unpleasant indoor air during winter.

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Don’t Delay: There’s Still Time for Heating Maintenance

Monday, November 28th, 2016

We’re closing in on the official first day of winter, and you can already feel the coolness in the air. The true cold hasn’t arrived yet, but it can be expected at any time. So… have you arranged for a professional inspection and tune-up for your household heating system yet? If you haven’t, don’t worry that it might be too late—it isn’t! But you want to contact our offices right away to sign up for our Comfort Club maintenance program and get on the schedule.

Below is our guide to how maintenance helps the different types of heating systems.

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An Idea for a New Air Conditioning System: Go Ductless!

Monday, September 5th, 2016

The transition between summer and fall is an excellent time to have a new air conditioning system installed. This is a slower period of the year for HVAC technicians because they have fewer emergency repair calls to handle, so it’s easier to arrange a time to replace your old air conditioner. They’ll be able to offer you great advice about your options, and you’ll have enough time to weigh the possibilities and then have the best new system put in.

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