The Workings of a Heat Exchanger

December 16, 2021

For most homeowners, knowledge of what, where, and how a heat exchanger works is not necessarily in their list of priorities, at least until there’s a problem with their heat exchanger. While the heat exchanger is one of the more integral parts of the furnace, it’s worth noting that most furnace problems usually stem from failures in the heat exchanger. How Does a Heat Exchanger Work in HVAC? The heat exchanger is the part of your furnace that, among other things, is responsible for preventing carbon monoxide poisoning. On the furnace, the heat exchanger works by

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4 Heating Options This Winter

November 17, 2021

Did you know that there are a variety of ways that you can heat your home this winter? There’s no one-size-fits-all approach here; you should choose the heating option that best fits your budget and lifestyle. Here are four options that you have for heating your home this winter. Geothermal Heating System A geothermal HVAC system is the most efficient way to heat and to cool your home. Though the upfront cost is more than with other heating methods, the monthly savings on energy bills more than make up for it. Since this system draws

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Your Heat Pump Questions Answered

October 13, 2021

Heat pumps are a great way to heat and cool your home as they provide year-round comfort. These are the things you should know about them. What Is a Heat Pump? A heat pump moves hot air from one place to another. It cools your home in the summer and heats it in the winter. Heat pumps work even at low outdoor temperatures as there is still heat in the air. What Types of Heat Pumps Are There? There are two types of heat pumps. Air-source heat pumps collect heat from

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Mistakes That Can Void Your HVAC Warranty

September 13, 2021

When you get a new HVAC system, it comes with a warranty that covers parts. As having a warranty is valuable, you need to avoid mistakes that can void it. The length and terms of warranties vary, so carefully look it over to understand what is and isn’t covered. Failure to Register Your HVAC System You need to fill out the warranty for it to be valid. Don’t set it aside, as you then may forget to promptly fill it out. The technician that installed your HVAC system will provide you with the information you need.

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How Is an AC Unit Installed?

August 2, 2021

If you plan to have a new air conditioning system installed, you may be curious about the process and what will happen. There are many different steps that will need to be taken to install your new AC unit. You will be amazed at what goes into doing it and how quickly it is done by professionals who are well-experienced in AC removal and installation. Meeting Permitting Requirements The first step in getting a new AC unit installed is getting the necessary permits. In most cases, your contractor will be responsible for getting these permits

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Common AC Problems in Summer

July 13, 2021

Your air conditioner has to stay working throughout the summer if you want to stay comfortably cool. But the reality is that your air conditioner could go out at any moment. Knowing some common ways that air conditioners go out makes it so you can be ready in the event yours does. Refrigerant Leak In order for your air conditioner to be able to cool the house, it needs evaporator coils that have refrigerant in them. Even a small refrigerant leak can reduce the efficiency of the air conditioner, and refrigerant that isn’t cleaned up can

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How To Prepare Your Air Conditioner for the Summer

June 15, 2021

It’s a good idea to prepare your air conditioner for the summer. It hasn’t been used in months, so it needs maintenance to ensure it will reliably keep your home cool through the summer. Some maintenance will also help you avoid repair bills. Change Air Filters The most important thing to do is change the air filter. The air filter prevents dust, dirt, allergens and other contaminants from invading your indoor air and the critical components of your AC system. Change the filter out every three months at most. Clean Coils Your

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How Many Watts Does an Air Conditioner Use?

May 21, 2021

When choosing an air conditioner, most people and HVAC contractors consider the unit’s BTUs and area to be cooled. This is done to ensure that you are getting an AC that will cool your home properly. However, this does not give you the full picture of what your energy costs will be. Here are a few things that will help you understand how many watts of electricity your air conditioner will use. Three Ways to Check How Many Watts Are Used There are three basic ways to determine how many watts an air conditioner will use.

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What Are the Major Parts of an Air Conditioner?

April 13, 2021

An air conditioner relies on several parts to operate. When any single part suffers from wear and tear or another issue, the entire system could perform poorly. Peoria homeowners may benefit from familiarizing themselves with the main parts of an air conditioner. This way, they could be on the lookout for symptoms indicating certain parts might be failing. The Primary Parts of an Air Conditioner Four specific parts rank as the top components that make an air conditioner work — the condenser, the evaporator, the compressor, and the expansion valve. The all-important liquid refrigerant runs through

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How to Clean an Air Conditioner Filter

March 8, 2021

Your air conditioner has a filter that keeps it clean and improves the indoor air quality of your home. It needs to be cleaned regularly. You should clean it every one to three months, depending on how quickly it gets dirty. Locate the Filter The air conditioner’s filter will be in one of two places. It can be found at the return register, which is where air enters your home’s HVAC system. It can also be in the air handler, which is in the crawlspace, basement, closet, or attic. It will be at the bottom of

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