AC Warning Signs

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Here’s a list of common air conditioning warning signs

Warning Sign #1: My Air Conditioning Won’t Turn On

Warning Sign #2: I’m Not as Comfortable as I was Last Year

Warning Sign #3: My Utility Bills Are Abnormally High

Warning Sign #4: Weird Noises During Startup and Operation

Warning Sign #5: The AC Shuts Off Before or Long After I’m Comfortable

Warning Sign #6: There’s a Puddle of Water Next to my Furnace

Warning Sign #7: The Air Coming Out of the Registers Doesn’t Feel as Cold as it

Warning Sign #8: My AC Unit Refuses to Kick On at All

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5 HVAC Danger Signs You Should Not Ignore

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Your HVAC system is designed to make your home comfortable and livable, but sometimes things go wrong…horribly wrong. Aging, lack of maintenance, poor installations, and pure bad luck contribute to potentially dangerous malfunctions that should be fixed immediately. If you see any of these signs, please take the appropriate action!

Here are 5 danger signs you should not ignore:

The Sign: Rotten Egg Smell
Statistic: Natural gas explosions do happen in homes and are the cause of over a dozen deaths each year. These leaks are not a sign to ignore.

The Sign: Electrical Smell
Statistic: There were about 16 deaths due to air conditioning electrical fires in homes in 2011. Be sure to keep yours properly maintained!

The Sign: Moldy/Musty Smell
Statistic: Living with untreated mold in your home increases your odds of developing a respiratory infection by 30-40%

The Sign: Burning Smell
Statistic: 100% of furnaces emit the burning smell within the first 24 hours, as oil was applied to make sure the initial startup is smooth. However, if the smell continues for more than 24 hours, or comes back again at a later point, then contact a professional.

The Sign: Puddles
Statistic: Energy.gov lists refrigerant leaks as one of the most common problems among AC units. It’s commonly found in the top 5 for lists of the most common AC repairs.

Keep your eyes, ears, and nose about you and don’t ignore any of these signs. If you do notice any of them, then be sure to have them repaired as soon as possible.

TO READ MORE GO TO: https://www.comfort-pro.com/2014/05/5-hvac-danger-signs-you-should-not-ignore/

What You Must Know About Vent Covers

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Vent covers are small but mighty items when it comes to both your HVAC system and your home’s décor. While most of your HVAC is hidden, the vents allow comfortable air to pass through your home. They are an important part of the system that heat and cools your home.

Often, we don’t put too much thought into these areas unless they stand in the way of a room’s décor, which sometimes they do. Coming in all shapes and sizes, it can either be a neutral look or an eyesore. They also can impact the overall health of your home. Here’s what you need to know about vent covers and how they function in the HVAC system.

Understanding Your Vent System
In your home, you have two types of vents, return and supply vents. As your HVAC system works to keep air in your home at a comfortable temperature, the return vents help get the air back to your system to continue regulating the temperature.

Cold Air Return Vents
Return vents can either be larger and more centrally located or they can be in every room. Most pros recommend that each room has a return vent. You can usually find these higher off the ground on an interior wall.

Supply Register Vents
Similarly to the return vents, all rooms in the home should have a supply register vent. These pathways allow the air from your HVAC to enter the room and change the temperature to your desired setting. These can be found on outer walls, under windows or on the floor. Keep in mind, the supply vents should be spaced separately from your return vent, so the air coming from the supply is not recirculated.

Vent Covers Or Grills
While both types of vents have an important role, they simply cannot be an empty hole in your wall or flooring. Air vent covers have an important function, to maintain airflow to a room and in some cases, remove impurities from the air. They also come in a variety of styles to help blend in with your room’s décor.

Cleaning Your Vent Covers
Regardless of style, a clean vent is important for the air quality and efficiency in your home. It’s recommended that you professionally clean your air ducts and vents once a year. This will give your vents a thorough cleaning and ensure all bacteria, fungi and dust that can build up over time, is removed.

Conclusion
Your vent covers are an important part of your HVAC system. They require proper care and regular maintenance like other areas of your home. Use a few of these tips to keep them looking and working their best.

TO READ MORE GO TO: https://www.improvenet.com/a/what-you-must-know-about-vent-covers

Fun Facts that Will Surprise You About Air Conditioning

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Here are some surprisingly cool facts about the innovation that keeps us comfortable during hot summer days and nights.

1. When AC systems were first introduced, the output settings were measured in “Ice Power” – in other words, how many blocks of ice it would take to produce the same amount of cooling power. Now we call them AC units (1).

2. The motivation for the first air conditioner wasn’t comfort. Willis Carrier invented a modern air conditioner in 1902 for a publishing company in New York that was experiencing problems with the ink control and paper expansion and contraction due to varying humidity levels (2).

3. Approximately 88 percent of new single-family homes constructed in America in 2011 included air conditioning. Compare that figure to how only 55 percent of Canadian households had air conditioning in 2013. Sounds like it really is naturally colder in Canada (3).

4. The first fully air-conditioned home was built in a mansion in Minneapolis in 1913 by Charles Gates. Sadly, he died before he could ever experience it (4).

5. Air conditioning systems helped coin the term “Summer Blockbuster.” One of the first businesses to utilize air conditioning technology back in the early part of the twentieth century were movie theaters. In the 1930’s, patrons flocked to theaters to enjoy the films – but also to enjoy the cool air during summer months. Marketers took advantage of this trend and saved their big hits for summertime releases. Thus, the term “Summer Blockbuster” became a part of our vocabulary (1).

6. Herbert Hoover was the first President to enjoy air conditioning. He spent $30,000 to install the system in the oval office, just after the start of the Great Depression (4).

TO READ MORE GO TO: https://greatercomfort.com/blog/air-conditioning-service/ac-facts/

HVAC Maintenance Tips for the New Year

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With the New Year, we each take pause to consider the year that has ended and the year that has just arrived. For homeowners, this is a chance to take better care of your heating and cooling systems, which are some of your home’s biggest energy drains. By maintaining your HVAC system, you will gain increased home comfort, better indoor air quality, and energy and cost savings.

Tidy Up
Get rid of any dirt, leaves, or grass clippings that have accumulated around your outdoor heating and cooling units since you last cleaned around them. Remove any obstructions that could prevent the flow of air around them and in your systems.

Clean & Maintain
First, make a schedule for checking and replacing your filters, usually every 2 to 3 months. This will vary among different filter types, but regularly changing your filters will maintain the system and ensure optimal performance.

Inspect & Replace
Once the cleaning has been done, take a close look at your control box and any writing, connections, or controls. Repair as needed.

Seal Leaks
Look for any leaky, damaged, or un-insulated ductwork. Repair accordingly, specifically using duct tape or spray foam insulation for those leaky ducts.

Add-Ons
Purchase a programmable thermostat for your home, which will save energy and money by giving you greater control over your home’s temperature. Installation is relatively easy and simple, as the wiring is the same as for regular thermostats.

TO READ MORE GO TO: http://blog.snyderac.com/blog/bid/371989/HVAC-Maintenance-Tips-for-the-New-Year

Reasons to Consider Buying a New Air Conditioner in the Fall

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With temperatures dropping, your air conditioner is likely the last thing on your mind. What many homeowners don’t know is that fall is an ideal time to purchase a new air conditioning system. Below are a few advantages to buying a new air conditioner now instead of waiting until next cooling season, along with tips for protecting your unit at winter approaches.

Avoid installation delays.

The average lifespan for an air conditioning system is approximately 15 years, although it can vary based on usage, maintenance, and environmental factors. If your current air conditioner is nearing or past this mark, you should probably expect to replace your unit in the next few years, if not sooner. Purchasing a new system now instead of waiting will prepare you for next cooling season, and set you up for lower cooling bills.

When you buy an air conditioner in the summer months, you may experience installation delays, leaving you to suffer through the heat longer. Air conditioning installation is in high demand in the summer, and your HVAC contractor may not be able to install a new unit for you right away. If a new air conditioner is in your future, you can avoid delays and minimize your discomfort by purchasing and installing one in the fall instead of waiting until next summer.

Experience more frequent repair needs.

If your air conditioner is breaking down on you often, this can be a telling sign that its time may be up soon. If the repair costs for your current system equal 25% or more of the price of a new system, now is the time to upgrade. Buying a new air conditioner now can save you the time and hassle of having to do so quickly and suddenly in the future, when your system gives out for good.

Time to research your options.

When air conditioners break down unexpectedly in the heat of summer, homeowners feel rushed to decide on a unit because they need cooling quick. Save yourself from making a hasty purchase decision by buying an air conditioner before your current one breaks down.

TO READ MORE GO TO: https://www.hvac.com/blog/3-reasons-consider-buying-new-air-conditioner-fall/

Your Furnace Repair Questions Answered

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Tis the season… for furnace repairs! Hopefully you will not find yourself without heat this winter, but if you do, you may have questions about furnace repairs. We’ve answered some of the most frequently asked furnace repair questions below to give you the information you need about repairing your heating system.

Furnace Repair Question 1: How much do furnace repairs cost?
The cost of furnace repairs is unique to each situation. Your furnace repair contractor likely charges a service fee, that typically ranges from $50 to $100. On top of that is the cost of the repair, which depends on what needs to be done, including labor and replacing components. The average furnace repair cost is $268.

Furnace Repair Question 2: What are common furnace problems?
While a number of issues may arise with furnace performance, there are some issues that seem to take place more commonly than others. Below are common furnace repairs and their approximate costs.

  • Faulty ignitors can be caused by dirt and grime buildup due to lack of maintenance. Replacing ignitors costs approximately $300 to $400.
  • A bad thermostat will prevent your furnace from effectively heating your home, as it will not be able to call for heating when needed. The cost to replace your thermostat depends on the model you choose, starting around $50 to exceeding $250 for advanced smart thermostats.
  • Faulty flame sensors can cause fuel to burn improperly, which is unsafe for your family. When the flame sensor is bad, the furnace can shut down. Replacing flame sensors runs from $80 to $250 on average.
  • Replacing a furnace motor is costly, and may require parts to be ordered. This furnace repair can cost between $400 and $1,500.

TO READ MORE GO TO: https://www.hvac.com/blog/furnace-repair-questions-answered/

Why Are Some Rooms in My House Hotter (or Colder) Than Others?

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Have you noticed that some of the rooms in your home are always hotter or colder than others no matter what you set your thermostat to?

First, check for these common problems:

  • Dirty air filter—A dirty filter restricts airflow, not letting your home get enough cool air.
  • Closed vents—Closed vents in rooms can cause them to be hotter than other rooms.
  • Open windows—Your conditioned air can flow out of open windows, leaving uneven temperatures in your home.
  • Air duct issues—If you have any kinked or crushed supply ducts, certain rooms won’t get enough air. Also, leaky ducts cause a host of problems, including uneven temperatures. Here’s how to tell if your ducts are leaking.

If it’s not one of the problems above, the next likely cause is an unbalanced air conditioning and heating system. You’ll need an AC company to balance it.

What is air balancing?
Air balancing is the process of adjusting the amount of cooled and heated air each room in your home gets.

In a perfectly balanced system, every room in the home would reach the same temperature at exactly the same time. A home with very different temperatures in different rooms is said to have an unbalanced system.

Causes of an unbalanced system (and how to fix them)

Many different things can cause your air conditioning and heating system to be unbalanced.

When an air conditioning system is installed, larger ducts and more supply vents are used to get larger volumes of air into the rooms that need it.

Proper duct installation gets your system pretty close to balanced. Dampers are then used to fine tune the airflow and provide even temperatures throughout your house.
Dampers are valves that let you accurately adjust the amount of air going to each room or part of the house. They are installed on the main ducts near the inside unit of the air conditioner (usually in the attic or a closet).

TO READ MORE GO TO: https://www.cooltoday.com/blog/why-are-some-rooms-in-my-house-hotter-or-colder-than-others

Fun Facts that Will Surprise You About Air Conditioning

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We are lucky to be able to get through the dog days of summer without much discomfort. It’s wonderful to be able to sit through a long business lunch in a suit without breaking a sweat—and to come in from an afternoon of yard work and feel the refreshing blast of air greet us at the door. Or to snuggle in our favorite pajamas and not miss a wink because we didn’t have to wake up feeling like we were baking.

Here are some surprisingly cool facts about the innovation that keeps us comfortable during these hot summer days and nights.

  • When AC systems were first introduced, the output settings were measured in “Ice Power” – in other words, how many blocks of ice it would take to produce the same amount of cooling power. Now we call them AC units (1).
  • The motivation for the first air conditioner wasn’t comfort. Willis Carrier invented a modern air conditioner in 1902 for a publishing company in New York that was experiencing problems with the ink control and paper expansion and contraction due to varying humidity levels (2).
  • Approximately 88 percent of new single-family homes constructed in America in 2011 included air conditioning. Compare that figure to how only 55 percent of Canadian households had air conditioning in 2013. Sounds like it really is naturally colder in Canada (3).
  • The first fully air-conditioned home was built in a mansion in Minneapolis in 1913 by Charles Gates. Sadly, he died before he could ever experience it (4).
  • Air conditioning systems helped coin the term “Summer Blockbuster.” One of the first businesses to utilize air conditioning technology back in the early part of the twentieth century were movie theaters. In the 1930’s, patrons flocked to theaters to enjoy the films – but also to enjoy the cool air during summer months. Marketers took advantage of this trend and saved their big hits for summertime releases. Thus, the term “Summer Blockbuster” became a part of our vocabulary (1).
  • Herbert Hoover was the first President to enjoy the air conditioning. He spent $30,000 to install the system in the oval office, just after the start of the Great Depression (4).

TO READ MORE GO TO: https://greatercomfort.com/blog/air-conditioning-service/ac-facts/

Air Conditioner Buying Guide

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Note the Noise
Models that scored excellent or very good in our noise tests are so quiet that the only sound you might hear is the fan running. Air conditioners that scored fair for noise could disturb light sleepers when the setting is on low, and are distracting to all when set on high.

Factor In the Window Location
Window air conditioners generally do a better job blowing air in one direction. That can be a problem if your window isn’t centered on the wall. To uniformly cool a room, you’ll need to direct air to its center, so check whether your A/C needs to blow air to the right or to the left. Some have fan arms that swivel.

Install It Correctly
To get the most from your window air conditioner it must be properly installed. Most units are intended for double-hung windows. If you have casement windows, you may want to consider a through-the-wall air conditioner. Make sure your window unit is level so that it drains correctly. And move any heat-generating devices such as a TV or lamp away from the unit.

TO READ MORE GO TO: https://www.consumerreports.org/cro/air-conditioners/buying-guide