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April 2019

Single Room Air Conditioner

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Can I Get an AC To Cool a Single Room? What are my options to cool a single room vs an entire house? Let's find out! If you recently added an addition to your home or have a room that you would like to cool or heat on a stand-alone basis, a single room air conditioner may be your best bet. Here are the most popular options. Ductless Mini-Split System These things are pretty cool! Not only can they keep a single room of your home cool in the summer, they can also provide it heat in the winter! It's basically a two-in-one unit. These units are not the cheapest things to have installed, but they can save you a boat load of money as opposed to having to have all new duct work ran to a new room of your home. The Mitsubishi Mini Split system is a great option for attics and recent room additions to a home such as a sun room or 4-season room. Standard Window Air Conditioner Window air conditioners are for the budget friendly consumer. They are generally cheap and can be self installed with not much effort or knowledge. Window air conditioners come in different sizes for different size rooms. Obviously, the higher the capacity, the more they cost. Most small units are built to cool a 100-300 sq ft room and the largest units can cool rooms as big as 1,000 sq ft. You can expect to spend anywhere from $150-$900 on...
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Air Conditioner Making Loud Noise

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Air Conditioner Making A Loud Noise When Running. What's Up? Is your air conditioner making some strange loud noises while running? Let's check out some possible causes of this non-sense! In general, your air conditioner should not be overly noisy while running. Sure, you will be able to hear the slight hum of the compressor and the condensor fan running, but it shouldn't be anything overly noticeable. If you are noticing louder than usual noises from your air conditioner, chances are it is having some issues. Here are a few areas that could be causing your noise problems. Loose or Broken Parts If you are noticing a loud banging noise coming from your air conditioner while it is running, there is a good chance that you may have a loose or broken part inside the condensor or compressor. Air conditioner compressors contain a crankshaft, connecting rod and a piston pin that could all cause noise issues if they begin to fail. A failed compressor is one of the most expensive AC repairs out there, so if you have an old air conditioner, you are better off just replacing it. Compressor replacements can easily climb to $1,500 or more. Blower Motor or Fan Out of Balance Your air conditioner's blower motor and fan are actually located in your furnace as they share the same air movement mechanisms. If your blower motor or fan blades come out of balance or shift somehow, you may notice a consistent clanking noise as the fan...
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How To Minimize Dust

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How To Minimize Dust In Your Home Here are some popular ways you can minimize the dust in your home. Have Your Carpets Cleaned Regularly Did you know that your carpets are your homes biggest air filter? Over time, the dust in the air falls to the ground and buries itself in the carpet fibers of your home. By vacuuming regularly and having your carpets cleaned professionally (hot water extraction) at least twice per year, you are well on your way to cutting down on the dust levels in your home. Set Your Thermostat Fan To "On" By setting your thermostat fan to "on", your furnace blower will run constantly and filter the air in your home. You may think that this would be expensive to leave it running, but it's actually not. Blower motors are designed for long and extended periods of time. If you are really looking to save money on energy bills, have a variable-speed motor installed. These motors run at different speeds as opposed to just an "on-off" setting. Change Your Bedding Dust and dust mites love to hide in your bedding and sheets. For dust (and sanitary) reasons, be sure to change or wash your bedding at least once per week. You can also encase your mattress and box spring in an allergy proof cover. Upgrade Your Furnace Filters Standard 1-inch filters are generally effective for removing dust from the air of your home, but there are much more efficient options out there. By having a...
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How Much Is a New AC?

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How Much Does a New Air Conditioner Cost? How much can you expect to pay to have a new air conditioner installed in your home? Let's find out! High Efficiency Air Conditioners When it comes time to buy a shiny new air conditioner, many people look to replace their old unit with a higher SEER rated one to save money on energy bills. By having a high-efficiency air conditioner installed, such as the 19 SEER Bryant 189BNV,  it is possible to save up to 38% on energy costs. With this increase  in energy savings, you can expect to pay more up front to have a high-efficiency AC installed. Most high-efficiency air conditioners can be installed for between $3,500-$5,000 depending on the efficiency rating and other accessories you may want added on.  It's important to note that if you are looking to purchase a high-efficiency heat pump, you can expect to pay a bit more than you would for a regular air conditioner. This is due to the fact that a heat pump is able to both heat and cool your home, making it somewhat of an all-in-one package. You can expect to pay between $4,000-$6,500 for a new high-efficiency heat pump system and air handler on average. Standard Efficiency Air Conditioners If you are looking to go the budget friendly route and purchase a standard efficiency air conditioner, such as the Comfortmaker N4A3, prices can drop quite a bit. Standard efficiency air conditioners are around 13 SEER as opposed to the...
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How To Keep Your Air Conditioner Clean

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Importance Of Keeping Your Air Conditioner Clean A clean air conditioner is a happy air conditioner! Important Of a Clean AC An air conditioner is generally one of those things you don't give a second thought to most of the time. It's job is to keep your house cool and as long as it's doing that then you have better things to think about. However, in order to keep your air conditioner happy and healthy, it is very important that it stays clean and free from debris, especially in hot weather when it's running. Did you know that the number one cause of breakdowns and a need for air conditioner repair is dirt and debris? Yep! Who knew a little dirt over time could do so much damage. Keeping Your Air Conditioner Clean Air conditioners thrive on getting proper air circulation when in use. If your ac unit is covered in dirt, grass or other debris, it can literally suffocate your air conditioner over time. Think of it this way, would you want to be wearing a heavy coat of something when it's already 80+ degrees out? I think not. Here are a few ways that you can ensure your air conditioner stays happy all Summer long: Be mindful when mowing around your air conditioner. It is very easy for grass clippings to get blown up and stuck to the walls of the ac unit. If this does happen, be sure to wash it off after you finish mowing the...
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Indoor Allergy Relief

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Indoor Allergy Relief | How Your HVAC System Can Help Do you struggle with allergies? Are you looking for some indoor allergy relief? Believe it or not, your HVAC system can help as it is responsible for the quality of your air indoors. Read on to learn more! Causes of Indoor Allergies As a sufferer of allergies myself, I know how terrible it can be to have to deal with them on a daily basis. Spring time is generally when most people start to have issues, but allergies can be a year round deal as well when it comes to indoor air. Believe it or not, your HVAC system can help you in this regard through the use of advanced filters and UV lights. Some of the most common causes of indoor allergies include: Pet Dander We all love our indoor animals, but for some of us they can cause quite the problem with our allergies as well as our HVAC system. The dander from your pets fur can stay in the air for hours at a time, being blown all around your house and wreaking havoc on your allergies.  Mold Spores These babies aren't only bad for your allergies, but are bad for your health in general. Mold is prone to grow in damp, dark places such as basements or closets. Over time, the spores from any mold growth can become sucked into your HVAC system and blown all over your house. Gross. Pollen Even though most plants and...
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How Cold Should My AC Be?

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How Cold Should The Air From My Air Conditioner Be? The air from your vents feels warmer than usual. How cold should the air be anyways? When the weather gets really hot outside, you count on your air conditioner to provide a constant stream of cool air to keep you and your family comfortable. But, how cold should the air from your air conditioner actually be?  Temperature Drop The difference between the temperature of the air flowing into your vents via the return vents and the temperature of the cool air coming out is known in the HVAC world as "temperature drop". In most cases, a temperature drop of 15-20 degrees is all that most air conditioners are capable of handling today. Run your ac any cooling and you risk needing an ac repair. Therefore, if the temperature outside is 85 degrees, most air conditioners should be able to cool your home to 65-70 degrees inside under normal conditions. Granted, cooling it to these temps means it will be working hard and running for most of the day. If you are looking to cut back on your energy bills, try leaving the temp a bit higher instead. Adjusting your temperature just 1 degree can save you up to 10% on utility costs over the course of a year. 
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