What is the Best AC Unit for You?

When choosing the right AC unit, there are a few things you need to keep in mind in order to find the perfect one for your needs: Central Air Conditioning Central air conditioners will distribute air throughout the whole house, as opposed to a window or single-room air conditioner. In order to establish energy efficiency, there is the SEER (Season Energy Efficiency Rating). The higher the number, the more efficient the unit will be, and it will cost less to provide cooling to the home. In addition to the SEER, there are other energy-saving features. These features include large coils, a variable speed blower, a fan-only switch, and a filter indicator light. You may not need an ultra high-efficiency air conditioner unless you live in an area that requires the air conditioner to run often. The size of the air conditioner will matter. The technicians should measure, but it will depend on the location, insulation, square footage and some other factors. Ductless Air Conditioner If central air conditioning is going to be too much of an undertaking to install the proper ductwork, there is the option of a ductless air conditioner. A ductless system will filter the air the best...

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What Happens During an Air Conditioning Maintenance Call?

Let’s explore what an HVAC technician does during an air conditioning maintenance call. This is an explanation of a call for a split system, but the process is similar for package units and heat pumps. First, the technician will switch off the circuit breaker for your system and remove the service-disconnect for the condensing unit. This is not simply a safety measure. When a service-disconnect is removed while there is still electricity flowing, an arc occurs. Over time, this can lead to the condenser receiving only 110 volts, instead of the 220 volts it needs to operate, which can damage your unit. Next, the technician will remove leaves and other debris from the condensing unit, and wash the coils thoroughly. Clogged coils cause your unit to run less efficiently, and can shorten the service life of your compressor. The technician will also check the condition of your unit’s capacitors. This step can eliminate the need for a follow-up call. While the condensing unit is apart, the technician will also check the electric motor to ensure that the air vents are open, which allows the copper windings to cool properly. Next, the technician will turn to the evaporating unit. The evaporating...

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Why Is Indoor Air Quality Important for Your Health?

Indoor air quality tells us if the air inside a home is clean and healthy. Bacteria, mold, particulates and common gases such as carbon monoxide and radon negatively affect indoor air quality (IAQ). Undoubtedly, air quality directly affects the comfort and health of a building’s occupants. The best way to test the quality of building’s air is an IAQ assessment, which involves collecting air samples, monitoring exposure to air pollutants, and checking airflow using computer models. Typically, there are two primary effects of indoor air pollutants: Immediate Effects Some effects are visible soon after exposure or after several exposures to a particular pollutant. They include eye irritation, dizziness, fatigue, and persistent headaches. Typically, immediate effects are treatable. Often treatment involves simply moving a victim away from an identifiable pollutant. Moreover, prolonged exposure to the contaminant may aggravate the symptoms of certain diseases such as asthma. An individual’s immediate reactions to pollutants depend on their age and health condition. Also, different people have varying sensitivities. A person’s sensitivity increases once they get exposed to specific chemical or biological pollutants. Individual effects resemble those of viral diseases such as colds. Therefore, it’s vital to determine if the symptoms are due to an...

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How Do Geothermal Heating Systems Work?

Geothermal Systems – What Are They? The word ‘geothermal’ is often heard in conjunction with natural springs in Iceland. But the heat of the Earth is of far more utility there than just for warm-water recreation in an otherwise frosty climate; a full 70% of the nation’s entire energy needs are met by geothermal means. Did you know that this energy solution is available to you, too? It’s a highly elegant system; the Earth’s scorching inner layers house molten rock that produces a phenomenal amount of heat, churning away at thousands of degrees Fahrenheit. On top of that, the Earth absorbs almost half of all the solar-generated energy we receive from the sun. So while the air temperature can vary dramatically from day to day, the ground holds heat in a much more consistent and stable pattern. This sustains a regular, moderate temperature that can be found, and used for home energy needs, at a level just below the Earth’s surface. Bryant®, the Geothermal Leader Bryant® geothermal heating and cooling systems tap into the Earth’s surface to use this thermal energy found underground, or in a pond or well water. Geothermal heat pumps are able to maintain very high efficiencies on even the coldest...

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Why You Shouldn’t Skip Home Energy Audits

Home energy audits are rarely something a homeowner has on their list of to-dos. However, home energy audits are worth your time and more straightforward than the term would lead you to believe. Audit Insights The word audit is off-putting at times.  However, a home energy audit is merely an assessment of how energy efficient your home is operating. A home energy assessment is the same thing as a home energy audit. The information gathered from your self-audit lets you know the amount of energy you consume versus ways to make your home more energy efficient. During the assessment, you will check for leaks, gaps in insulation, examining your ductwork for blockages, and testing furnaces. You may not feel confident in auditing your energy efficiency yourself. A professional technician, also known as an energy auditor,  is available and trained to spot issues that you miss. Benefit of Energy Auditor Expert technicians have equipment and knowledge that make them more efficient than you performing the audit yourself. The auditor will go room to room for close examination and includes a blower door test. If you plan on utilizing a professional energy auditor, you will want to make a list of questions and concerns....

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What are the Pros & Cons of Surge Protectors?

Many people believe that the concept of ‘power’ is simply based upon whether the power is on or off. This is simply not true!  Surge protectors are designed to protect the sensitive, delicate components from the many variations of power spikes or surges.  Surge protectors provide protection to the many electronic components found in the 21st century home. In fact, our prized electronic devices actually receive repeated assaults – power spikes and surges, every day. Routers, mobile phones, and other high-tech digital devices remain vulnerable to these power surges.  Proactively protecting your electronics is more critical than ever, because we, as a modern society,  have truly come to rely on our technology for pretty much everything. What is an Electrical Surge? It is a quick increase in voltage that exceeds the normal flow of electricity in your home.  The standard in the U.S. is 120 volts, although world standards vary.   Therefore, if the voltage in an American home rises beyond  120 volts, damage is likely to occur. Three Types of Surge protectors: Strip-style Protectors provide low to medium protection levels.  These are inexpensive and not recommended for high-end electronics.   Ensure that you know the joule rating of the surge protector.  These are best for use with clocks or lamps, etc. Station Style Protectors provide medium to...

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What is a Forced Air Heating System?

A forced air central heating system uses air as its transfer medium. Most people are not aware of the term. It does not mean you have not done research; it means the choices vary in a way that you and your technician will find and discuss what is best to heat your home in the depths of winter. Defining Forced Air Heating System The simple explanation of a forced air heating system is that it uses air to carry heat to distribute it throughout your home.  The heated air then travels through ducts to heat your home efficiently. The temperature the air warms to directly connects to what temperature you have set your thermostat. When your desired temperature is reached, it will shut itself off, and you stay comfortable. Difference In Heating Units The primary difference of forced air heating systems is the equipment used to warm and emit the warm air. Gas furnaces emit heat through the combustion of natural gas. Furnace repair and maintenance is a yearly chore to ensure you are warm in the winter. Electric furnaces use a heating element rather than gas. The spark, when turned on, creates the flow of warm air.  Both gas and electric furnaces have...

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How Does an AC Compressor Work?

Most of us prefer to not think about our air conditioners. It turns on and off when needed, runs quietly, and efficiently cools our home. However, if you stop and think about air conditioners for just a moment, you realize how amazing they are. Your AC unit cycles the air inside your home and releases the hot air outside which results in a cooler indoor temperature, and this process is possible due to the AC compressor. Parts of an AC Unit Every air conditioner consists of three major parts that work together to cool your home: the evaporator, condenser, and compressor. Although all three parts are important, the compressor plays a critical role in cooling your home by working between the evaporator on the inside of your home and the condenser on the outside. It is the compressor’s job to take the low-pressure, gaseous refrigerant that the evaporator supplies, and convert that into a high-pressure gas before sending it off to the condenser outside. Understanding How an AC Compressor Works The scientific process that an AC compressor uses to convert the low-pressure gas from the evaporator to a high-pressure gas before it leaves your home through the condenser outside is quite fascinating. For the refrigerant...

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Considering a New Cooling System in Trinity?

If you’re considering replacing your old air conditioning system, we have the solution for you. WA Air Conditioning is the leading choice for air conditioning Trinity locals trust, and we’ll find a solution that’s perfect for you. Consider these things before upgrading your air conditioning system: How old is your system? The age of your current system could determine when to replace your AC unit. 10-15 years is the recommended time to replace.    How often are you repairing your current system? If you’re repairing frequently it may be hurting your wallet more than a replacement in the long run.    How much efficiency would you gain? The level of efficiency you’ll achieve with a new system compared to the level of efficiency of your current system could be a large difference.   How much are you spending on cooling bills for your current system compared to what you’d be spending with a new system?    Is your current system properly sized? Both oversized and undersized air conditioning systems are very inefficient and don’t cool homes properly.   Is your system producing quality air? A new system may be able to produce much cleaner and healthier air. If you decide it is time...

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5 Tips to Extending the Life of Your AC Unit in Trinity

No one likes to think about the end of their AC unit’s life. So don’t! There’s no reason you’re your machine can’t stay with you for many, many years to come. Keeping your AC unit around is easier than you think. At , we sell you products that are guaranteed to last. Still, there are a few easy ways to make sure everything stays running well. Here are 5 simple tips on how to extend the life of your AC unit: Got a lot of stuff hanging around your condenser? Clear all of that away! Keeping too much stuff around your condenser can cause its functions to become restricted, which is never good. Make sure to keep your bushes trimmed and debris cleared out around your condenser as a way to add a few more years to your air conditioning unit’s life. Try to keep your AC unit out of direct sunlight. Doing so can make sure it stays cool and doesn’t overheat. Think about planting some trees near your air conditioning unit in order to keep it in the shade— maybe even a palm tree, for a tropical feel. Clean your AC unit regularly. Leaving the unit dirty can...

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