Heat Pump Troubleshooting Tips


If you own a heat pump, there may be times where it stops working properly. Before you call a HVAC repair company, there are a few things you can try yourself to troubleshoot and perhaps repair the issue yourself. Here are some of the most common issues related to heat pumps and how you may be able to fix them. Pump is Not Running If the unit itself stops running, this can be extremely frustrating.

2 December 2015

Three Reasons To Have Your Home's Ducts Cleaned


It's easy for the average homeowner to go through life without giving much consideration to the state of the home's air ducts. Over time, however, this network that runs throughout your home can get dusty, dirty and lead to potential problems. It's smart to find a reputable, licensed duct-cleaning business in your city and arrange a visit. A professional has the right tools to get the job done correctly, including specialized vacuums that put your ducts under negative air pressure to draw out the dust, compressors to blast stubborn dust away and even video cameras to ensure the job is done correctly.

22 September 2015

Why Your Air Conditioner Is Running Constantly


If your air conditioner is running constantly, it may be trying to tell you something. When your air conditioner keeps running it can increase your utility bills and lower the life span of your air conditioner. Here are some issues that may be causing your air conditioner to keep running.      Broken Thermostat Your air conditioner may keep running if your thermostat is on the fritz. When your thermostat breaks down it's almost like it's speaking a different language than your air conditioner.

27 August 2015

HVAC Appliances You Want When Building A New Home


If you're building a new home you have the chance to start your adventure in your new space with some great energy efficient appliances, especially in the HVAC department. If you want to make a house that is both efficient and functional, making the upfront investment in the right appliances will save you money while you live in the property. Talk with your building professional and an HVAC contractor about getting the following things in your newly constructed house.

19 August 2015

5 Tips To Get Through A Low Heating Oil Emergency


A small oversight can leave you shivering. If you run out of heating oil or are running low, and you can't get a delivery right away, you don't have to freeze. The following tips can help you survive until the delivery can be made. Tip #1: Lower Your Use If your tank isn't quite empty, you may be able to stretch it until a delivery can arrive. Begin by shutting off all the rooms that aren't in use.

17 August 2015

Preventing Three Common Air Conditioning Problems


Air conditioning systems are pretty complex, so it might seem impossible to prevent damage to its parts. However, preventing your air conditioner from malfunctioning really traces back to preventing three main issues. Issue #1: Debris Buildup There are two main areas where you want to prevent debris from entering your air conditioner. The first is outside at your condensing unit. The second is indoors where your duct work meets the blower unit.

14 August 2015

Eww, That Smell! Diagnosing Unwelcome Odors Coming From Your Central Air Unit


To beat the summer heat, you head indoors, adjust your thermostat and wait for the cool fresh air to trickle its way through the vent system in your home and bring you relief. However, if it has been a whole heating season since you have had your home's central air unit on, you may find something unwanted trickling through the vents in your home--bad odors. Air conditioners that have not been in operation for a while are infamous for filling homes with unpleasant smells.

12 August 2015

Understanding Your Air Conditioner Options


If you are a homeowner, then HVAC (heating, ventilation, and air conditioning) plays a big role in your life. Educating yourself about your climate control options can save you a nice chunk of change and make your home as comfortable as possible. To help you get better acquainted with the subject, here is an explanation of the different types of air conditioners and their uses: Central Air Conditioners Most air conditioners are centralized systems that serve entire buildings.

11 August 2015

What Is A Cold-Climate Heat Pump?


While traditional heating systems generate heat by burning fossil fuels, air-source heat pumps move heat from one area to another, allowing them to operate much more efficiently than a furnace or boiler. In fact, heat pumps are so efficient that they can heat and cool a home for as little as one-fourth the cost of heating and cooling with a standard furnace and central air conditioner. Unfortunately, once it gets too cold outside – generally below 40 degrees F  -- heat pumps struggle to find enough heat energy to keep the home warm and toasty, forcing homeowners to rely on more expensive backup heating systems.

10 August 2015

Caring For Your Evaporator Coils


When you have a central air conditioning system in your home, you will have a set of evaporator coils located in the mechanical room of your home. The purpose of these coils is to extract heat from the air flowing into your home. The air thus cooled will cool down the rest of your home. Over time, these evaporator coils can get dirty, and when they do, they will decrease the efficiency of your AC system.

7 August 2015