Most people know that an air conditioner relies on refrigerant to run. Refrigerant is a common term that applies to a number of different chemical compounds. What most people mistakenly assume is that air conditioners consume refrigerant the way a car consumes gasoline or motor oil, and that problems with low refrigerant stem from this.
Air conditioners invariably generate noise, and most of us quickly become accustomed to the comforting sound of the motor firing up and fresh, cool air blowing into our homes. Here in Westlake, OH, we run our air conditioners almost every day in the summer, and the noise that they generate simply becomes part of the background.
Summer is a great time to install a new air conditioner, letting you get a jump on those high energy bills with a more advanced and efficient system. But before you pull the trigger, you need to take several important steps to ensure that you have the best unit for your home. Chief among these is sizing your air conditioner, which means determining that its power output is matched to the space it needs to cool. If it’s too powerful, it will short cycle (turning on and off too quickly) which wastes considerable amounts of energy, and if it’s not powerful enough, then it will constantly strain to do its job adequately. So what’s involved in sizing a new air conditioner? Here’s a brief rundown of some of the most important considerations. Continue Reading
It sounds irrational at first. “UV lights? The kind they use at rock concerts to make people’s t-shirts glow in the dark? How can that possibly help my home?” The truth is, UV germicidal lights make an invaluable addition to your home HVAC system, and with summer weather in Westlake, OH full of humidity (along with attendant germs and bacteria), they might just be the best investment in your home you’ll make. So how do germicidal lights help you? Here’s a quick breakdown: Continue Reading
Westlake, OH residents know that a good air conditioner is often all that stands between them and the brutal heat waves of summer. We’re all accustomed to paying for that privilege, as higher temperatures mean more frequent use of an AC system and a comparative spike in monthly energy bills. But just because you have to pay more for all that use doesn’t mean you can’t cut down on costs without sacrificing your comfort. With a little help from a trained technician, you can lower those pesky bills and still ride out the heat and humidity with a cool and comfortable household. Continue Reading
A new air conditioning system has to follow what we like to call the Goldilocks Rule: neither too large nor too small but just right. Most people know that an underpowered air conditioner won’t cool your home efficiently—a huge problem in cities like Westlake, OH, with its hot and humid summers—but it may surprise you to learn that overpowered systems can cause even more damage. If it’s too big, your system will short-cycle: turning on and off rapidly and wasting all kinds of energy as well as adding unnecessary wear and tear to your system. A trained professional can size your air conditioner properly, to ensure that it’s the right power levels for you. Here are 3 factors involved in sizing your new air conditioner. Continue Reading
You may have heard the term “short cycling” applied to a problem with your air conditioner. This refers to a tendency for the system to turn on and off rapidly multiple times throughout the day, sometimes before it has had a chance to cool your home down. With summer coming and temperatures in Westlake, OH ready to hit the roof, short cycling can be devastating to your air conditioning system. AC units use exponentially more power starting up and shutting down than they do just running—increasing the strain on the system as well as increasing your monthly energy bills—and the faster you can deal with the problem, the better off you’ll be.
An air conditioning system is like any other appliance. As it runs, it is subjected to stress and strain that will eventually cause a breakdown. That’s of particular concern in towns like Westlake, OH, where summers are hot and the air conditioner needs to run almost daily in order to keep your house cool. A preventive maintenance session, conducted early in the cooling season, can make a huge difference in how your air conditioner functions. This isn’t strictly a repair session: more like a tune-up to address multiple small concerns to keep them from becoming big ones. Here are 3 ways preventive maintenance helps your air conditioner. Continue Reading
Summer is almost here, and now is the time to determine whether or not your air conditioner can survive another hot season. The question is: do you know when your old system is ready to be replaced? If you try and get through another summer with an air conditioner that isn’t able to cope with it, you may find yourself with a broken system in the middle of a hot day. So, in order to avoid that unpleasant possibility, have a look at these 3 signs that your air conditioner needs replacing. Continue Reading
A lot of people will avoid calling an HVAC professional to take a look at their air conditioning system unless something is wrong. The motivating belief behind this is that calling an HVAC technician to come look at your system for “no reason” is a waste of money. While you probably won’t see much benefit from weekly or monthly inspections, you absolutely should have your air conditioning system inspected at least once a year. Read on to find out why preventive maintenance is so important, and why you should schedule yours this spring. Continue Reading