How Summer Yard Work Affects HVAC Systems

How Summer Yard Work Affects HVAC SystemsThe outdoor component of your air conditioner is built tough. It’s designed to withstand the forces of nature, including snow, wind, hail and driving rain. But that doesn’t mean it can’t benefit from a bit of A/C maintenance. Here’s how to include it in your regular yard work duties.

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Indicators Your A/C System is Dying

Indicators Your A/C System is DyingIf your A/C system is about to give up the ghost, will it give you a warning? Central air conditioners are sturdy and expected service life averages about 15 years — assuming the unit receives annual preventive maintenance by a qualified HVAC professional. However, like all mechanical devices, wear and tear eventually catches up and a replacement air conditioner must be installed.

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5 Easy HVAC Maintenance Tips for Summer

5 Easy HVAC Maintenance Tips for SummerYou love your home and you want it to be comfortable, efficient and attractive. While your HVAC system won’t score any curb appeal points, it can keep your home comfortable and help you save energy this summer. It just takes some TLC, which we’ve outlined in these five easy HVAC maintenance tips:

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Reasons to Thank Your HVAC Technician This Summer

Reasons to Thank Your HVAC Technician This SummerOn June 22, you’ll have reason to pause for a moment and be thankful. Why? It’ll be National HVAC tech day, the second best and if you don’t know why that’s a good cause to celebrate, we’re happy to fill you in.

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Top Reasons Your A/C is Tripping the Breaker

Top Reasons Your A/C is Tripping the BreakerIf your home’s A/C quits unexpectedly, check its breaker in your main electrical panel to see if it has tripped. An air conditioner that’s tripping the breaker should be dealt with immediately, because breakers are essential electrical safety devices that are meant to trip when a circuit is overloaded to prevent a possible fire.

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Tips to Remember to Change Your Air Filter

Tips to Remember to Change Your Air FilterAny steps you take to remember to check and change the air filter for your HVAC system are worthwhile. A dirty filter undermines your system’s energy efficiency and ranks at the top for causing premature mechanical problems.

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Staying Safe While Working in Your Attic

Staying Safe While Working in Your AtticAn unconditioned attic is a dangerous place to work this time of year when temperatures can reach unsafe levels during the daytime. Besides the danger of overheating, this unfinished space poses other hazards as well, such as trip and fall accidents, electrical shocks, inhalation of insulation fibers and head impact injuries.

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The Importance of Bathroom Fans

The Importance of Bathroom FansYou may not realize it, but your bathroom exhaust fans play an important role in maintaining good air quality in your home. If they don’t work properly, are undersized or installed incorrectly, your exhaust fans won’t be effective at removing bathroom odors or:

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What You Should Know About Washable Air Filters

What You Should Know About Washable Air FiltersTempting as it is to use washable air filters for your HVAC system, doing so may backfire if you’re goal is to save money. These filters may cost you more in lost efficiency and parts replacement than disposable filters could ever add up to.

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4 Tips for Quieting Your Air Conditioning Unit

4 Tips for Quieting Your Air Conditioning UnitWhat’s that racket? Chances are it could be your air conditioning unit. It’s not out of the ordinary for A/C systems to make noise during startup or operation. Eventually, those noises may get loud enough to become a nuisance to occupants in your home and even your next door neighbors.

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