A Guide to Effective Thermostat Use in Summertime

Programmable thermostats made a huge impact on the HVAC industry when they were implemented into homes in the late 20th century. Today, you can find a programmable thermostat in many homes, yet a lot of homeowners are still unsure how to use them. We are committed to helping our customers save energy, which is why we have a few useful tips to help you out. [Read more…]

“Topping Off” Refrigerant: A Common AC Myth

You have probably heard it said before that an air conditioner in need of repair might only need the refrigerant (better known by a somewhat outdated trademarked name Freon) topped off. But usually, adding refrigerant into a system does not solve the actual problem. [Read more…]

Why Does My Air Conditioner Use So Much Energy?

When you’re saving up for a summer vacation across the country or a family trip abroad, you may decide to take steps around the home to cut costs so you can afford to take the vacation of your dreams. For many homeowners, cutting costs in the summertime begins with the air conditioning system. Most people know that the air conditioner can occupy a very large part of a family’s monthly bills in the warmer season, but cutting out the air conditioning altogether is just not an option. [Read more…]

Keeping Your AC System Clean: Why It Matters

When we tell homeowners just how important it is to keep the parts of their air conditioners clean, they are often surprised. You may have heard before that you should clean or replace your filter each month, but did you know that not doing so could damage your air conditioner? And would you guess that many other parts of the AC system commonly cause performance and efficiency issues because they are so covered in dirt and debris? Learn more about why air conditioners must be well-maintained in today’s guide. [Read more…]

AC FAQ: Can Closing Vents Save Me Money?

Let’s say that everyone in your home is gathered in your living room to watch a movie. Nobody is occupying the bedrooms but the air conditioner is running throughout the house, so you close the vents in these rooms in order to reduce your cooling costs a little bit. Unfortunately, this doesn’t actually accomplish what you may think. [Read more…]

High Humidity? Why Your Air Conditioner May Not Be Enough

The amount of water vapor in the air in your home can have just as much of an effect on your comfort as the temperature. Low humidity can dry out your skin and sinuses, while high humidity leaves you hot and uncomfortable and could lead to health issues. Because excess water vapor in the home can lead to mold growth or other moisture issues, we recommend having a system in place to dehumidify the home, especially in the summer. And while an air conditioner can help matters, a whole-house dehumidifier may be a better option. [Read more…]

Does Your Air Conditioner Really Need Maintenance?

Would you drive your car for tens of thousands of miles without changing the oil? Most car owners know that regular oil changes keep the automobile running in optimal condition. And routine air conditioning maintenance is just as important in making the system operate properly for longer. In fact, regular maintenance improves performance, lowers your monthly bills, and could keep your AC around for a little bit longer. [Read more…]

How Long Will It Take to Replace My Air Conditioner?

There comes a time when an air conditioning system needs to be replaced. The good news is that new air conditioning systems save homeowners a lot of money each month if they go with a high-efficiency replacement. Of course, the downside is that it comes with an unexpected cost and a fair chunk of your time. So how long will this process take? This is one of the questions we get asked the most, but it’s a tough one to answer. [Read more…]

Tank or Tankless: Which Water Heater Is Best for My Home?

Most people are accustomed to seeing large storage tank water heaters that keep water hot in a tank so that it is always available for use. But if you’re in the market for a new water heater, you may be considering another option: the tankless water heater. Tankless water heaters have become popular in the last couple of decades due to the energy benefits that go along with installing them. [Read more…]

Finding a High-Efficiency AC for New Installation

The price tag on a new air conditioner may be a major influence on whether you purchase it. But our experts recommend that you pay more attention to a different number: the efficiency rating. Choosing a high-efficiency air conditioner is often a more economical choice. A less expensive air conditioner with a low efficiency rating only costs more to operate. The cost of running the cheaper unit can quickly catch up with you until the low initial price no longer seems worth it. [Read more…]