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The History of the AC Unit

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When Was The Air Conditioner Invented? Summers before the air conditioner was invented could be down right miserable for some people! When the summer heat sets in, those who live in areas affected by the temperature understand the importance of air conditioning. It helps make the summer months bearable and even enjoyable for us. It was not always that way. Prior to the invention of the air conditioner, residents in warmer areas of the country had to face the summer heat with just the help of fans and the local swimming hole. The development of the modern air conditioner, however, was an adventure itself. The First Air Conditioner The building blocks for the first air conditioner began back in 1902, thanks to an engineer working for a printing company. Willis Carrier had sought to find a way to prevent heat and humidity from expanding and contracting the paper, thus disrupting the company's work. Carrier developed a way to circulate cold water through heating coils. He was thus able to drop the air temperature down to the appropriate degree within the printing factory. The idea quickly caught the attention of people everywhere. Willis Carrier, 1915In 1914, an air conditioner was first used inside a residence. The Charles Gates mansion in Minneapolis, Minnesota, was the first for this honor. Within the next decade, department stores began to take advantage of the idea, with J.L. Hudson's in Detroit, Michigan, being the first. The following year, movie theaters began to take advantage of the...
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Is it Time to Replace Your Air Conditioner?

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Home Maintenance…the two words every home owner hates.  Sometimes it seems like our homes are a moving target. Just as soon as you get one part of the house just like you want it, something needs tending to in another area.  If you think you might need to replace your air conditioner or if you need an air conditioner repair done, there are a few things you should consider. System Age – If your heat pump or air conditioner is more than 10 years old, you could save up to 20 percent on cooling and heating costs if you replaced it with a unit that has earned the Energy Star label. Repair/Energy Costs –If your system is racking up repair bills and guzzling up your energy dollars, you may be overdue for an efficiency upgrade. Uncomfortable Environment – A home comfort system is supposed to create a comfortable home environment, right? Well, if you’re not comfortable, take note. Are some rooms too hot or too cold? Does your home have humidity problems? This could be a sign of poor or improper equipment operation. If you think it might be time to replace your air conditioner or you might just need an air conditioner repair done give us a call or schedule a service call.  We are happy to help.

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Saving Energy and Money This Summer

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Summer is here and your air conditioner is working hard to keep you and your family comfortable. So while you’re A/C is in high gear, you may be wondering how to save some energy around the house. The positive consequences of saving energy are undeniable: it reduces air pollution while reducing the cost of your energy bill. Here are a few simple steps you can follow this summer: Turn off lights and equipment when not in use. This is a no-brainer, but easily overlooked by family members in a hurry.  Replace incandescent lamps with compact fluorescent lamps (CFLs). Compact fluorescent lights use one-fourth the amount of electricity that incandescent lamps use, and they last seven times longer. Use free daylighting when possible, Furniture can be strategically located for the best use of available light.  Use task lighting, which allows lighting to be applied directly to a task rather than illuminating an entire room. A bright light over a desk or under-counter lights in the kitchen are examples. Control direct sunlight through windows with blinds. This is especially a concern in the summer when sunlight can cause overheating. Install occupant sensors on lighting. Intended to detect activity within a certain area, they turn lights on automatically when someone enters a room, and reduce energy use by turning lights off when the last occupant leaves. This approach is also effective for outdoor security lighting. Get you’re A/C cleaned every year. Regular maintenance will keep you’re A/C running efficiently.  Regularly change/clean HVAC air…

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Programmable Thermostats Aren’t Just Helpful When It’s Cold

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When people use them correctly, programmable thermostats quickly pay for themselves. They cut air conditioning expenses by about one to three percent, according to the Consumer Energy Center. This equipment also saves time; residents don’t have to waste it by adjusting the thermostat every day and reminding each other to do so. Programmable thermostats can be configured to set cooling equipment at optimal temperatures during each portion of the day. This process varies from one model to the next; thermostats usually come with instruction booklets that supply detailed directions. Most HVAC equipment manufacturers post their instructions online. Ideal Temperatures After learning how to set a thermostat, it’s time to decide how cool it should make the building at different times of day. We urge homeowners to turn off their A/C or program it to a temperature above 84 degrees when they’re away. Energy in Your Life recommends setting it at 78 degrees during times that people remain indoors. It is reasonable to set a somewhat higher temperature if the home contains multiple fans or the thermostat is close to a consistent source of heat. For example, a refrigerator may cause it to detect a deceptively high temperature. It’s best to avoid installing thermostats near appliances. Efficient Scheduling Start by programming the thermostat to increase its target temperature during times when everyone in the household is at work or school. Consider letting it turn up the temperature 30 minutes before people normally leave; enough residual cool air will remain. Program somewhat…

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What Does Cleaning Your Air Ducts Mean for Your AC?

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There are several reasons why you should have your air ducts cleaned. When your air ducts are clogged, it causes your AC to work harder. This can cause malfunctions that require a professional from Sears Heating and Cooling to have to come to your home. An HVAC Repair may be necessary to get your AC system up and running properly again. When your air ducts are dirty or clogged, your AC system does not run properly or efficiently. Therefore, you should have a professional from Sears Heating and Cooling come to your home each spring and do a spring inspection. If the air ducts need to be cleaned, you can have it taken care of before the hot weather hits and your AC doesn’t want to work. Aside from roasting during the hot summer months, there are several other reasons why people call for HVAC Repair. The two most common reasons are energy saving and indoor air quality. Energy Saving According to the U.S. Department of Energy, up to 40 percent of the energy that is used for cooling or heating your home is wasted; impurities in your home’s HVAC system make it work harder, which shortens the lifespan of your HVAC system. Even though your system uses filters, they still get dirty. If they are not properly cleaned on a regular basis, it can lead to all kinds of repairs or even a complete system replacement. When your HVAC system is clean, it does not have to work harder to…

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AC Health & Your Pocket!

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HVAC repair and maintenance is extremely important when you are trying to save money. Your air conditioning unit should not be something that you replace regularly; they are made to last, though not all of them do. There are several ways that you can extend the life and efficiency of your unit while still ensuring its safety. These tips can also be beneficial if your heating and cooling system seems to suffer from “Murphy’s Law” and is consistently having common HVAC problems. Use Fans Sometimes it is a good idea to give your air conditioning unit a break. On days that are not unbearably hot, try to use fans to keep cool. Your AC will last longer if it is not on full blast when it does not have to be. Use A Programmable Thermostat If you have the ability to turn the temperature up overnight, while you’re on vacation, or when your house is empty, it will save money and help preserve your unit. A programmable thermostat will also stop you from having to flip a switch or push buttons anytime you need to change the temperature. Check Your Airflow Airflow is extremely important when it comes to making sure your AC does not have to work as hard. Check around vents and make sure they are clear of dust and debris, which can constrict airflow. The more freely air can flow, the less work your unit will have to do. This helps to ensure that your AC is not…

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Why Do I Need a Yearly Air Conditioner Efficiency and Safety Check?

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Something that many people forget is that air conditioning is just as important as a furnace. Would you ignore your furnace? Would you not make sure it was running safely and correctly? Heating, ventilation and air conditioning professionals, who specialize in HVAC repair and maintenance, will tell you that annual service to your AC unit is a good way to not only keep it energy-efficient and in working order but also to ensure its safety. Why Should I Have My AC Unit Checked? Just like a furnace, an air conditioning unit is used to control the temperature inside of your home. Your air conditioning is what you blast in the summer to cool down from the nasty heat outside. But did you know that your AC is actually extremely important to your health and safety? According to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, the United States has a large number of heat-related deaths and illnesses during the summer months. These occur mostly in areas that see a lot of sun and high heat, including California, Texas, Kentucky and other Southern and Midwestern states. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the most common weather-related deaths and illness are because of the heat — not from the cold, as some may believe. Common heat-related illnesses are heat stroke, heat cramps and heat exhaustion. Each of these can lead to a quick death if not treated properly. Keeping your air conditioning in working order is one of the best ways to prevent these…

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Indoor Air Quality and What It Means for You

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The quality of indoor air has often been overlooked. Fortunately, with modern science and communications, most people have become aware of the importance of maintaining clean air in homes and businesses. Dust and other pollutants accumulate inside heating, ventilation and air conditioning systems if they are not properly designed and maintained, potentially causing a variety of health problems. New technologies account for these issues and can help keep your home not only fresh but clean and healthy. The effects of having poor indoor air quality can be numerous. It can cause headaches and dizziness with very little exposure. In other cases, it may cause nuisance problems such as dry eyes or an itchy nose and throat. In general terms, unclean air will nearly always cause some form of discomfort among those who breathe it. Although air that is not clean can be particularly dangerous for people who already face health conditions, breathing unclean air can also affect people in perfect health. A number of issues are known to begin with, and be exacerbated by, unclean air in the home. People with asthma are especially at risk when pollutants are in the air. Dust and mold in the air can aggravate the lungs of a person who typically breathes normally; for someone who already has problems with breathing from asthma, those pollutants can introduce new problems while worsening the existing condition. Other respiratory problems besides asthma are also affected by poor air quality. Infants and toddlers are especially at risk, because…

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Furnace Tips and Tricks

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This winter has been brutal. Day after day of subzero-like temperatures have us all cranking our heat up to combat the chill. Hopefully you had an annual furnace tune-up at the beginning of the season to make sure your furnace is running at its best. If you haven’t, it’s not too late to have a professional from Sears Heating and Cooling come out to give your furnace a check-up. This is especially helpful at the start of the season, but we still have plenty of cold weather left to deal with, even heading into Spring. Other than changing the filter once a month, there are some tips and tricks to keeping your furnace in tip top shape and your home much warmer year-round. Lower Your Thermostat Setting By lowering it setting just a few degrees, your thermostat won’t have to work as hard to keep your home warm when it’s extremely cold outside. At night it’s also good to have it set at a lower temperature, so it’s not coming on quite as much. You can easily add extra blankets to your family’s beds and additional layers of clothing to keep yourself warmer without having the heat set so high. Plus, as an added bonus for every degree lower you set the thermostat, you’ll save up to 5 percent on heating costs.   Close Unused Vents You may have rooms in your house that you don’t use as much––or even at all. Close those vents off so that more warm…

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Tips for Picking an HVAC Contractor

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Ready to hire an HVAC contractor? Not so fast! Finding a skill, experienced contractor is especially important when it comes to advanced HVAC repairs and replacement. Remember these key points when making a decision. Certification Is a Must Any contractor or technician that you hire should be certified and have a license to work in your area — and should show evidence of that licensing. Licensing shows both good intent and access to insurance. Certification shows training in specific types of repair or installation, and both are important. The Better Business Bureau may have more information about the business you are examining, and you can also find out the history of reviews the business has. Know a Little About Your System It’s wise not to walk into a contractor relationship totally blind. Try looking up the basics of your heating, ventilation and air conditioning unit and how it operates. Even a very basic level of knowledge will help you spot frauds and allow you to understand explanations and estimates much better than before. Thanks to the Internet, the basics of heating and cooling equipment are easy to learn in a very short time, and knowing where your furnace box, coils and fan units are will help you when introducing the contractor to your system, too. Start by finding out what model you have. Look for Brand-Specific Experience It’s always better to find a contractor who has experience in your particular brand. Brands often differ in how they manufacture units and…

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