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February 2014

Keep Your Air Conditioning System Running Longer

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A little prevention goes a long way. This is especially true when it comes to large home investments like your air conditioning system. The air conditioning system is often overlooked once it has been installed and never thought about again until something goes wrong. Follow these few tips recommended by HVAC contractors so that you can prevent those things from going wrong in the first place. Clean Up Keep your unit outside clean of debris such as leaves, twigs or any other material that might collect on it. A dirty unit not only hinders the performance of your system but can also be a safety hazard as collected debris can increase the chance of fire. After turning off your electricity you should also rinse out your compressor with a garden hose. Change Your Filters This is the easiest maintenance chore, yet this is the one most overlooked. Changing out your filters will improve the air flow in your system, not only keeping it working longer, but also saving you a lot on power bills. When the air can’t flow, your entire system will work harder trying to keep your home comfortable, and that translates into higher bills. Your filters should be changed once a month. Take a Look Around You should check fan belt tensions every so often to ensure that all is in proper order. Checking the hoses for leaks or cracks is also a great way to head off a major problem before your entire system is affected….

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Choosing a Trusted HVAC Contractor

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A heating and air conditioning system is a huge home investment. For this reason you want to make sure that the HVAC contractor you choose is going to do the job right the first time. Correcting problems caused by a poor HVAC installation can be costly and inconvenient. You should also consider that the quality of the work of the HVAC contractor you choose will also affect the safety of your home as heating and air conditioning system malfunctions can be dangerous. Talk to Friends The best way to know what a contractor’s work will be like is to talk to folks who have already worked with them. Your friends and family will have real life experience they can share with you about different contractors in your area. Check Qualifications Most reputable HVAC contractors will belong to some type of qualifying association such as the Air Conditioning Contractors of America. There are several such associations. Do your research to learn who they are associated with. Do not forget to check with the better business organization too, to see what their standing is among the other businesses in your area. Up to Date A good indicator that you are working with a great HVAC contractor is that they and their employees are up-to-date on the latest energy efficient heating and air conditioning designs. If you are dealing with a contractor that either is not aware of this technology or discourages you from purchasing it, he may not be the best qualified…

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The Importance of HVAC Maintenance Agreements

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Prevention and Performance | HVAC Maintenance One of the modern marvels we take for granted is our ability to control the temperatures in our homes. We’re able to stay warm in the winter and cool in the summer thanks to our heating, ventilation, and air conditioning units. When HVAC contractors install these systems in a new home, they know they’re delivering equipment with the ability to deliver years of service and keep the family living in the house comfortable in all kinds of weather. Modern HVAC systems are efficient and reliable, especially considering how hard they have to work 24/7. However, any unit is actually a combination of a number of mechanical parts with motor, belts and lots of moving parts. Like any piece of heavily used equipment, our HVAC systems need regular inspections, care, and preventative maintenance. These steps help to eliminate the majority of breakdowns and allow us to enjoy our comfortable homes without interruptions in heating and cooling. During a regular inspection HVAC contractors will: Check for any loose connections or parts Listen for any sounds indicating problems Lubricate moving parts Add refrigerants, if needed Planning Ahead To properly handle their many customers, many professional HVAC contractors offer maintenance agreements to cover these regular inspections and breakdowns when they occur. A maintenance agreement is a win-win agreement for both the HVAC service company and us as homeowners. Systems tend to breakdown during extremes of weather due to the stress it puts on our systems. Maintenance agreements allow…

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HVAC Brand Comparison: Byant & Armstrong

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With many HVAC brands available, you want to know what features are available in each brand to help you navigate the promotional adverts and get value for your money. Two of the leading brands in the Ohio area are Armstrong and Bryant. Read on to learn which one is right for you. Bryant A Carrier International’s brand boasts of a good warranty and high-energy efficiency. For example, model 127A units have up to 20 SEER rating and come with long lasting stage scroll compressors that won’t make you regret the high price you paid. Although the maker gives a warranty, it is not as attractive as its competitor units are. The brand is engineered with high technology, and its evolution series units are designed to connect seamlessly with the rest of a home’s central heating system to deliver the best comfort. The brand features Aeroquiet systems that minimize noise. Armstrong This is a brand from Lennox International. The brand features 4AC13 units, which are builder grade gadgets. However, these units come with a good warranty. They also have drain pans coated with Microban to help protect against mold growth. The brand presents 13 SEER units with scroll compressor to deliver reliable service to homeowners. The compressor blanket is installed to minimize operation noise. The brand also presents 4SCU16LT series model that features fan blades that enhance sound control and the durability of the unit.  

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