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Replace or Repair: Find the Most Cost-Effective AC Solution for You

Jun 21.2017

Author: Brian Arlinghaus

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Every decade or so, you might be faced with this conundrum: your AC unit needs repair, and you have to decide if you will pay to have it fixed or replace it with a new unit. Your budget and your home comfort hang in the balance as you consider each option, so make sure that you’re making a well-informed decision.

Why Does My Air Conditioner Keep Turning Off Too Quickly?

Jun 7.2017

Author: Brian Arlinghaus

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On a hot day, you might need the air conditioning a lot. However, if you start to notice that the cool air shuts off too soon, you might have a problem. Air conditioning units that cycle too frequently and quickly are said to be “short cycling,” which can have an impact your home comfort, energy efficiency and the lifespan of the equipment. Follow these tips to solve the problem and prevent it from happening again.

What Is Zoned Air Conditioning?

May 31.2017

Author: Brian Arlinghaus

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Anyone who has a larger home has probably wondered how much money they’re wasting to cool the whole house, and not just the rooms being used, every time the air conditioner turns on. After all, you may not need every empty guest bedroom to be as cool as the kitchen while you are cooking a meal. In these circumstances, a more energy efficient option might be a zoned air conditioning system that allows you to set different temperatures for the various parts of your home. With a better understanding of the pros and cons of zoned cooling and heating, you can decide if it is right the right home comfort solution for you.

Air Conditioner vs. Heat Pump: Which Is Right for You?

May 24.2017

Author: Brian Arlinghaus

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Air conditioners, heat pumps and furnaces, oh my! It can be really difficult to separate out the functions of these appliances and figure out what options are best for your home. The versatility of the heat pump can be a great choice for many houses as the single unit offers both heating and cooling, but only in certain circumstances. The effectiveness of a heat pump over an air conditioner depends on your budget and your heating needs.

The Right Way to Camouflage Outdoor Air Conditioning Equipment

May 17.2017

Author: Brian Arlinghaus

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You’ve got the most delightful landscaping this year; the flowers and greenery are in full, wonderful bloom. The only trouble is that your air conditioner is spoiling the whole effect. While moving your outdoor air conditioning equipment to a less visible place isn’t always an option, you do have some choices for making the air conditioning unit fit into your landscape more ideally. With some creativity and careful planning to ensure airflow, you can protect your air conditioner and make sure it won’t be an eyesore.

Want to Be More Eco-Friendly? Improve Your Home Cooling Efficiency.

May 10.2017

Author: Brian Arlinghaus

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Frying an egg on a car’s hood is a fun summer science project with the kids. Having a home that feels the same temperature is less exciting, however, especially if you’re trying to save energy. Use these handy tricks to bid farewell to the stuffy heat without blowing up your carbon footprint or your energy bills.

Why Is My Air Conditioner Making Noise?

May 3.2017

Author: Brian Arlinghaus

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Every time you turn on your air conditioner during the summer, you hear some normal sounds: The clicking noise as the machine turns on, or the flow of air as the blower sends it through the ductwork. On occasion, you may notice that there are sounds, loud or soft, that seem entirely abnormal. If you hear one of these noises coming from your HVAC system, you should schedule service.

How Does an Energy Efficient Air Conditioner Work?

Apr 26.2017

Author: Brian Arlinghaus

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If you went back in time 150 years and tried to explain to people you met that you had a system in your home that took heat and humidity out of the air, they might think it was magic. Given how effortlessly your air conditioner functions, with minimal adjustment on your part, you can almost understand how someone could believe that. It clearly is a masterful piece of machinery. By understanding how it works, you can appreciate your choice in staying energy efficient while you keep your home cool.

Why Is My Air Conditioner Icing Over?

Apr 19.2017

Author: Brian Arlinghaus

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A cool air conditioner in the summer can be awesome. A frozen air conditioning system is another matter entirely, and one that could leave you screaming in frustration. If your air conditioning unit is freezing up, you may notice it through inefficient cooling, constant cycling or even leaking water. These tips help you figure out what is going on, and what you need to do to fix it.

These Common Issues Are Behind Most AC Problems

Apr 12.2017

Author: Brian Arlinghaus

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As we brace for another hot summer, you want to make sure that your air conditioner is ready to keep your house cool without missing a beat. If you spot some trouble when you first turn it on this spring, you may not know what is causing it. Each of these common air conditioning problems have unique causes that could affect your cooling efficiency or even the system’s ability to function at all. Fortunately, regular maintenance and scheduled service can often keep them under control for another year.

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