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Air Conditioning Myth: Refrigerant Needs to Be “Topped-Off”

Monday, July 20th, 2015

There are a number of major myths about residential air conditioning systems that have circulated for years. And due to the large amount of misinformation available online, most of these myths show no signs of disappearing in the future. (more…)

The Problems an Air Conditioning Refrigerant Leak Can Cause

Monday, June 29th, 2015

The refrigerant in an air conditioner is one of the most vital components for its operation. All of the other mechanisms in an AC are meaningless without this fluid that does the actual job of heat exchange: absorbing heat from inside your house and then releasing it to the outside. A key thing to know about refrigerant is that it does not become “used up” during the process of heat exchange. If your AC doesn’t encounter any refrigerant leaks during its lifetime, it will never need to have more refrigerant added. (more…)

The Special Component That Makes a Heat Pump a Heat Pump

Monday, June 22nd, 2015

A heat pump is one of the most useful ways of providing comfort for a home in a place with hot summers and mild winters. A heat pump works like an air conditioner, except it can change the direction that it moves heat so that instead of moving heat out of a home, it can also move heat into a home. This makes a heat pump an excellent summer air conditioner and an efficient winter heater. (more…)

Why Air Conditioning Repair Timing Is Everything

Monday, June 15th, 2015

When you notice trouble with your home’s air conditioning, such as a decrease in cooling output or airflow, or an unusual sound coming from the cabinet, how soon do you call for repairs? If your answer is something along the lines of, “Whenever I can get around to it,” or “Whenever the problem gets worse,” you need to know that you are putting your AC—and your budget—in jeopardy. Timing is critical when it comes to air conditioning repairs; you need to have them scheduled as soon as you are aware of the problem. Call a professional service that offers 24-hour emergency repairs for air conditioning. (more…)

Is It Possible to Install an Air Conditioning System on My Own?

Monday, June 8th, 2015

We live in a “Do It Yourself” world, where almost anyone who has access to the Internet can pull up a ream of pages offering advice on how to handle numerous household repairs and installations on their own. In some cases, it’s laudable to tackle repairs on your own, and you can save money by taking this route. But the DIY mentality can also lead to costly mistakes: there are some jobs still require the work of professionals, and probably always will. One of these jobs is the installation of central air conditioning systems. (more…)

How an Air Conditioner Uses Refrigerant to Cool Your Home

Monday, June 1st, 2015

One of the basic components of a residential air conditioner (as well as other home refrigeration equipment) is a fluid call refrigerant. Sometimes known under trademarked names such as Freon and Puron, refrigerant covers a number of different blends of chemicals that allow the AC to move heat from one location to another. Most air conditioners today use a refrigerant blend known as R-410A, a mixture of difluoromethane and pentafluoroethane that does not contribute to ozone depletion. It took over from the previous common blend, R-22 (which a few older air conditioners still use). (more…)

Why Ice Appears on Your Air Conditioner—And Why You Need to Do Something about It

Monday, May 11th, 2015

When your air conditioning system is working right, you’ll feel crisp, cool air blowing from the room vents in your home. The sensation is almost like a breeze passing through a cavern of ice. So if you notice ice forming along the indoor components of your AC, you may think that it’s no big deal: perfectly normally considering the air conditioner’s function.

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How Duct Sealing Will Save You Money This Summer

Monday, May 4th, 2015

The ductwork that runs through the walls and ceilings of your home is something that you probably do not think about often. You just assume that it is doing its job as long as you can feel cold air coming out of the vents whenever the air conditioning system is running.

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3 Thermostat Tips for the Summer

Monday, April 27th, 2015

You might not be aware that the thermostat you use to control your air conditioning system through a hot Texas summer is also a tool you can use to save money. Many homeowners set their thermostats with little regard for energy saving: they turn it down when they’re hot and back up when the house cools down enough. But this is usually a wasteful strategy that provides short-term comfort with long-term losses, both for energy bills and the air conditioner’s prospects for longevity.

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How Well Does a Heat Pump Work for the Summer?

Monday, April 20th, 2015

A heat pump is a common type of home comfort system that becomes more popular each year. The main advantage a heat pump offers a household is its dual heating/cooling function. Operating similar to an air conditioner, a heat pump uses the evaporation and condensation of chemical refrigerant to absorb heat from one location and release it in the other. Where an air conditioner can only move refrigerant one direction, a heat pump can move it both directions, enabling it to switch between cooling the inside of a house (removing heat) and warming it (releasing heat). (more…)