May 11, 2014
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Air conditioners may be tough pieces of equipment, but machines do have their limits. They just don’t stop working out of the blue. Without proper care and regular maintenance, they reach their limits faster than their shelf life. Here are three red flags to watch out for; signs to take heed that it may be time to call on the experts:
It Feels Warmer than Usual
This usually means something is wrong with the airflow. The problems could range anywhere from having clogged air filters or vents. Filters should be replaced or cleaned on a regular basis, preferably every month. If the problem persists, call a repair man to check your ductwork and vents. Read more of this post
April 14, 2014
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Though summer is still a few months away, preparing for the scorching heat it brings can and should begin as early as today. One area you can start with is indoor temperature, specifically with your air conditioning system. You may not know it, but your home’s cooling system may already have underlying problems that may compromise your family’s comfort when summer arrives.
Begin by changing the filters of your air conditioning system. The filters are the ones responsible for your cooling system’s efficiency, and having them all clogged up with dirt affects its cooling capabilities, especially during the warm months of summer. Another thing you would want to check are the ducts which may already have some leaks.
Another way of maximizing the performance of your air conditioners this summer is to avoid overworking them today. You can do so by keeping your blinds or shades down during the day, or perhaps consider installing awnings that will give protection against the intense heat of the sun. Feel free to call a qualified technician or a maintenance guy from the company where you purchased your cooling system from, and have your units checked. If you bought from a trusted source and they say you need to replace something, do so immediately.
Keep in mind that it is better to worry about these things this early, not unless you want to sweat it out even further this summer.
March 10, 2014
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Houston is one of the most polluted cities in the United States, right up there with Los Angeles. Dark clouds of smog can be seen hanging over the city at different times. Particles or aerosols, composed of carbon or sulfate compounds that come from autos and chemical plants and many other sources, are a big part of pollution problem.
You may think that you are safe in your home, but these pollutants are also entering your home. If you have a good air conditioning system, some of these particles may be filtered out. One way to improve your air quality is to call an air conditioning repair shop and have them install a high-efficiency particulate air filter (HEPA) to help keep pollutants out the home.
However, there are also many sources of indoor air pollution. These pollutants will adversely affect the respiratory health of the homes occupants, and may even contribute to the development of lung diseases.
One of the major pollutants found in homes is mold and pollen. A home that is improperly air-conditioned and has a high humidity, can contribute to the formation of molds, which can cause asthma, especially in young children. An AC that is functioning properly will remove moisture from the air.
Other pollutants can come from the materials in the home such as lead and asbestos, which is often found in older homes. There are also many household products such as cleaners and pesticides that provide their share in indoor air pollution.
Sometimes indoor air quality can be worse than outdoor air quality. Try to look carefully at what you have in your home and remove them if they can possibly be a source of pollution.
February 12, 2014
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There are so many ways for you to save on utility costs in your home. For instance: did you know that maintaining your air conditioner can contribute to that?
With the daily grind of home ACs, especially in the summer, these appliances are bound to incur damages and break down eventually. Such damages tend to go unnoticed, accumulate, and lead to the unit’s malfunction. This could well be the reason behind your home’s soaring utility costs. Read more of this post
December 28, 2013
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Your HVAC (Heating, Ventilation, and Air Conditioning) system is a crucial element affecting the level of comfort and amount of energy consumption in your home. Hence, you ought to make sure that your heating and air conditioning units are working the way that they should be. When the time comes for you to have your AC repaired or replaced, it’s always a wiser idea to go for the services of professional technicians.
It’s even more essential that you hire the services of a credible AC repair and maintenance company when you have two or more units in your household. Your units may need immediate repair or replacement of vital parts that only the certified technicians can conveniently provide, mainly when they are affiliated with trusted manufacturers. Bad things could happen to your appliances that could be costly and stressful when you resort to do-it-yourself repair tricks.
It doesn’t matter whether you have the best or the most expensive air conditioning system when you don’t actually make it a point that proper and regular maintenance is implemented. Even the most reliable systems can break down, especially when you live in areas with extreme weather patterns forcing you to maximize the usage of your HVAC units. Air conditioning repair and maintenance companies can ensure a well-performing unit before and after change of seasons.
November 26, 2013
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The condenser is an essential part of every room or central air conditioning system, as it helps air move across the cooling coils, which then lower the air’s temperature. In most AC units, you can identify the condenser quite quickly. Here are some maintenance tips that you can try to keep your condenser functioning effectively:
Clean the Surroundings
If your condenser is set on the ground outside your house, make sure to clear the area of grass, vines and other things that may get inside the unit and cause it to function erratically. Then, use a commercial coil cleaner to clean up the unit itself, taking care to follow the manufacturer’s instructions to the letter. Flush the coil clean and allow it to dry.
Cleaning the Fins
Use a soft brush to remove dirt and debris that may have gathered in the condenser’s fins; make sure that the protective grilles are properly removed (you may have to hose this down, too). Take note that the fins are extremely fragile, as they are made of light aluminum, so hosing it down should be out of the question.
Outside condenser units should be protected from the ravages of the weather, particularly throughout autumn and winter. You can find commercially sold condenser covers for this, just make sure that it’s the appropriate size for your condenser.