Spring is Right Around the Corner: Why Having HVAC Maintenance Now Will Keep You Cool When You Need It

March 6, 2018

Don’t wait until the last minute, and the first hot spring day, to ensure that your air conditioner is good to go. Is there anything worse than your heat going out on a cold winter night? It’s possible that the only thing would be if you turn your air-conditioning on on that first warm day of spring – only to find that it isn’t working. Not only does that mean that you have to make an emergency call, but if it is the first hot day, you aren’t going to be the only person who is in the same boat. That can mean waiting for days for someone to come and fix it, which means hot and uncomfortable nights waiting on an HVAC professional to fix the air conditioner. How to Avoid that Scenario The best way to avoid such a scenario is to have an air-conditioning specialist come and inspect your unit now. Although it might have been a better idea to have them maintain your system before you shut it down for the winter and let the furnace take over, right now is actually the best time to have a technician come out and inspect your air-conditioning unit...

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Should You Have Your Air Ducts Cleaned Now or Wait Until Spring?

January 30, 2018

It will not only help to decrease your monthly heating costs, but it will also increase your indoor air quality. As the cold weather persists, doors and windows in your home are continually closed up. That means that you have the same dirt and dust repeatedly circulating and trapping in all the viruses, allergens, and toxins in your home. If you haven’t had your ducts professionally cleaned, you might not want to wait until springtime to air things out. Duct cleaning is not only important for your family’s health, it can also save on your heating and cooling costs and put less wear and tear on your HVAC system. When you have dust and debris building up in your ductwork, it makes your furnace work harder to push and pull air through the system. That can make your system work overtime and cost you more in energy costs monthly. When your ducts are caked with debris, it takes more energy to move air, which makes you lose all the way around. Having your ductwork cleaned now is an excellent idea to increase the energy efficiency of your home and to not tax your furnace more than is needed through the...

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How to Prevent Frozen Pipes this Winter Season

January 5, 2018

There are tips that you can follow to ensure that your pipes don’t freeze and burst this winter. As we deal with this unusually cold winter, many homeowners cringe at the prospects of rising gas and electric bills. If you live in St. Louis, you know that the weather can be unpredictable. When it comes to winter, there is nothing worse than a cold snap that keeps everyone indoors and can compromise your pipes. One pipe leak can lead to flooding, water interruption, and huge costs. Instead of trying to clean up afterwards, prevention is the best medicine to ensure that your pipes don’t succumb to the cold weather and wreak havoc on your home. St. Louis HVAC contractors and plumbers have to follow certain guidelines about where pipes and heating and cooling vents can be located, but that doesn’t always work to protect them from freezing when the coldest weather sets in. However, there are tips that you can follow to ensure that your pipes don’t freeze and burst. Keep your Cabinets Open If you have plumbing or HVAC piping underneath your cabinets, then leave the cabinets open. When the doors are shut, it is hard for the heat...

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When is the Best Time to Have My HVAC System Maintained?

December 15, 2017

Maintenance isn’t just about repairs, it’s also about making sure you’re not putting additional wear and tear on your system. As the cold weather approaches, many homeowners are glad to be able to shut the air conditioning down and get a break on their electric bills. But before you forget about the air conditioner until next year, you might want to consider having it maintained by a professional HVAC company. Prior to shutting it down, having someone perform maintenance service on it is important to ensure that when springtime rolls around it is ready and able to start up again. Why Maintenance is Important Obviously, if you have noticed signs that your HVAC system isn’t working properly, then it is time to call a St. Louis HVAC contractor to repair it. But maintenance isn’t just about repairs, it is also about making sure that you aren’t putting additional wear and tear on your equipment because it is dirty, has built-up debris or something isn’t working as efficiently as it should. If you don’t maintain your HVAC equipment, including your air conditioner and your furnace, then you are minimizing its life-cycle and aging it faster than it should be. The Best...

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Is it Really Important to Have Your HVAC Ductwork Cleaned?

December 6, 2017

When your heating and cooling equipment runs efficiently, you save energy. As the cold weather comes in and the windows are being locked up tight, many people are wondering whether it’s worth the cost to get their ductwork cleaned professionally, or if it is just hype. The truth is that air duct cleaning is essential – not just for your family’s health, but to reduce wear and tear on your HVAC system. If your ducts are riddled with allergens or dust and dirt, it is recirculating those things around your home and making you miserable. It is also making your furnace run overtime to push air through the compromised ducts. What’s in Your Ductwork? When the windows are closed, a large percentage of the air in your home is just continually being recirculated – which means that dust, dirt and all the other environmental allergens are just going around and around, kicked up time and again. If you can’t open up your windows to let things air out, then all that dirt and debris is getting caught up in your ductwork. When the heater is working and hot air is being pushed through the ducts, it creates an atmosphere of...

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Frosted Evaporator Coils Can Affect the Efficiency of an HVAC System

October 25, 2017

Having regular maintenance on your HVAC system can prevent frost from accumulating on the evaporator coils. As the weather becomes colder the frosted evaporator coils start restricting the airflow and can reduce the HVAC efficiency. This is a common problem faced by the building owners and managers. Frost is the root cause of many HVAC issues. When the temperature in the evaporator coil becomes lower than the dew point and dew collects on the surface of the coil, it does not pose a problem. But when the temperature reduces further and goes beyond the freezing point turning dew into frost it reduces the airflow and can cause a a major HVAC problem. Types of Frost The initial layer of ice which forms on the evaporator coil is thin and is not harmful. In fact, it is conducive for the functioning of the HVAC. It increases the evaporator tube’s surface area. The subsequent layers of ice are more snow-like or crystalline depending on the temperature of the evaporator, humidity and airflow. They are known as hoar frost or radiant frost. They reduce the heat absorbing capacity of the evaporator. Indications of Diminished Airflow Low Levels of Head Pressure – The heat load...

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Things to Do When an Air Conditioner Freezes

September 28, 2017

Having regular maintenance performed on your HVAC system will save you money in the long run. Whenever you notice any signs of frost or ice in your air conditioner, or find that the unit is not performing properly, take immediate action. It is important to nip it in the bud otherwise it may damage the walls, floors and ceilings. If the issue is ignored for too long it may lead to compressor failure. You may have to pay for expensive repairs or buy a new one. Here are some helpful tips on dealing with this type of an issue. Common Reasons Why Air Conditioners Freeze Diminished Airflow – This can happen due to a clogged filter or a broken fan. If the fan runs sluggishly or does not turn on, the unit may freeze because when the fan does not work properly sufficient air does not flow over the coils and they become excessively cold. Obstructed Drain Line – There may be some obstruction in the drain line. Refrigerant Leak – The chemical which runs in the AC coil and changes the pressure and temperature to remove heat is known as the refrigerant. If there is a leak, the pressure...

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4 Ways to Enhance Your Air Conditioner’s Ability to Cool Things Down

September 21, 2017

Having regular maintenance on your AC is essential for keeping costs low as well as extending the life of your HVAC system. Summertime can be extremely taxing on your air conditioner and your wallet. The best way to make sure that you are minimizing the damage to both is to make sure that you are doing everything possible to make your air conditioning run as efficiently and as smoothly as possible. There are things that you can do to enhance the way that your air conditioner runs that cost very little, but can have a profitable return. Replace Your Thermostat If you have a traditional thermostat, then you aren’t using your HVAC system as efficiently as you should. New smart thermostats are the best way to manage the temperature and conditions inside your home. They have better sensors than traditional thermostats to communicate with your units; they even consult local weather forecasts. It is estimated that upgrading to a smart thermostat can save you as much as ten percent off of your overall energy bill a year. Make Sure Your filters are Clean When your HVAC filters get dirty or clogged, they decrease the flow of air and increase the...

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5 Warning Signs Your HVAC is Working Overtime and How to Fix Them

September 8, 2017

Your HVAC system can’t talk to you and tell you when it needs your help, but it just might be showing you signs. There is nothing more frustrating than wasting money. If your home’s HVAC system isn’t working efficiently, then that might be exactly what you are doing. The key to keeping costs low is spotting signs that are meant to warn you that your HVAC system is working overtime and burning money. While not always apparent, it is the minor things that can add up to a need for major repairs. If you can spot the signs, however, then you will not only cut back on your monthly costs but can extend the life of your HVAC system. Temperatures from One Room to the Next Vary Greatly If you walk from room to room and the temperature varies greatly, then you either have ductwork that is too long or dirty. The easiest way to solve the problem is to have your ductwork cleaned and change the air filter. If that doesn’t work, then you might have to consider reworking the ducts to shorten their supply chain. Your House is Still Humid Even with the AC On If you are...

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How to Prevent Air Conditioner Failure?

August 3, 2017

The last thing you want is for your air conditioner to fail on a hot summer day in St. Louis. The last thing any homeowner would want on a hot summer day in St. Louis is an air conditioner that does not work. It is important that all HVAC owners understand the reasons for air conditioning unit failure and know the measures that can help prevent it altogether. While a number of issues can crop up and lead to HVAC unit failures, they are all preventable and very easy to put into practice. The most common reasons are irregular or lack of service and maintenance of the HVAC unit, incorrect installation and improper care of the AC unit and its components. To ensure that such issues to not lead to an HVAC unit failure, HVAC owners should put the following into regular practice. Ensure Proper Installation Poor installation of an HVAC unit can cause it to overwork and this lead to failure. Poor installation could include poorly planned installations, for example, placement of HVAC unit, vents and ducts in a way where optimized cooling does not take place and renders the ability of the HVAC to condition the air, ineffective....

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