December 11th, 2017
The furnace is the ol’ workhorse of home heating. There are more furnaces in houses in the U.S. than any other type of heating system. Furnaces have held this top position for decades because, simply put, they get the job done. A well-maintained furnace can last more than 15 years—even longer for an electric model—and they can combat the most intense cold conditions.
Yet, when it comes time to make a big change in an HVAC system, some homeowners have switched from a furnace to a heat pump. A heat pump is an electrically powered system that operates on the same principle as a split system air conditioner, and uses the same set of ducts to distribute air. The difference between a heat pump and an air conditioner is a heat pump can work as both a heating and cooling system by switching the direction of operation.
If you’re considering replacing your furnace this year, a heat pump might be on your list of possibilities. But is it the right choice?
November 27th, 2017
When it comes to choosing a furnace to provide heating to your house in North Carolina during the winters, you’ll probably lean toward a furnace that burns natural gas to generate heat. Natural gas furnaces are the most popular type of heating system across the country because of the immense heating power they can put out and their relatively low cost of operating compared to using electrical heating systems. (Natural gas is a less expensive energy source in general.)
The electric furnace option, however, is there as well. Electric furnaces aren’t going anywhere! Considering the benefits of going with a natural gas furnace, are there any reasons to instead select an electric one? The answer is yes, and we have listed some of the reasons below.
November 13th, 2017
The weather has cooled down for the fall, but the true chill of winter still hasn’t arrived. This means you have time left to arrange for regular maintenance for your residential heating system. This is a job that requires HVAC professionals: you can’t simply run through a checklist and do it yourself. (You can, and should, change the HVAC filter on a regular basis, but this is the only major maintenance job that can be don DIY.)
Don’t delay calling to schedule your maintenance inspection and tune-up, because you want your heating system ready to go when the big drop in temperatures arrive—probably in the next month.
October 30th, 2017
Has the last heat of the year come and gone? Maybe. Or maybe not. You might still require the hard work of your air conditioning system in your house before it shuts off for the rest of the year and the heating system takes over for winter. Because the AC may need to leap back to work, it needs to be in the right shape to handle a heat snap.
Do you have any current concerns that your AC may not be up to the task of coming back on for another run at the heat? If so, please don’t decide to wait it out until the spring. Repairs for an air conditioner should always be done promptly, regardless of the date on the calendar. Yes, even in November. We’ll explain why these fall repairs are still important below.
October 16th, 2017
Judging by the history of weather here in the Triangle Area, we likely have some heat left at the end of the year. Although you should be preparing your household heating system for the winter (start by scheduling routine maintenance through our Comfort Club), this isn’t a time to take the air conditioning system for granted. It’s tempting to simply leave any issues with the AC alone, thinking you can have them dealt with next year when it’s time to get ready for warm weather again.
What you need to ask yourself now is whether the AC can deal with a final heat wave. If it can’t, or you have any reason to believe it has a malfunction, we recommend calling us right away to have our technicians look into it and fix any problems. You don’t want to delay with air conditioning repair in Cary, NC or elsewhere in our service area, no matter how close to colder weather we are.
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.