Why You Should Insist On A NATE-Certified Technician When Your HVAC System Needs Attention

September 13, 2012 Uncategorized  No comments

If you had a toothache, you wouldn’t go visit just anyone who called himself a dentist. You would take the proper measures to ensure the person you trusted with your dental issue had the proper education and experience to back his or her supposed title. So, if your cooling or heating system was in need of service, or you wanted to discuss an upgrade, why would you hire an HVAC technician who wasn’t specially certified?

Read More

3 A/C Troubleshooting Tips To Try Before Calling An Expert

September 11, 2012 Uncategorized  No comments

Most Twin Cities homeowners are not A/C experts, and should probably rely on the professionals for most aspects of air conditioning service and repair. Before calling an expert, though, you may be able to narrow down the source of a problem by doing a little A/C troubleshooting.

Read More

Principles Of Zoning System Design You Should Know Before Installing One

September 6, 2012 Uncategorized  No comments

Although zoning systems do offer substantial benefits to your home’s comfort levels and overall energy usage, their effectiveness can sometimes be hampered because of poor zoning system design. To get the maximum benefits from zoning, you should be aware of several zoning system design principles before having one installed.

  • Firs...
Read More

High Energy Bills? Control Air Conditioning Costs With 3 Tips

September 4, 2012 Uncategorized  No comments

Are you running your air conditioner at its optimal performance level? If not, this could easily result in high energy bills and reduced efficiency. It’s important to have your cooling equipment regularly serviced by an experienced technician or contractor who will know exactly how to diagnose and fix efficiency issues. However, there are some basic procedures you can do yourself to prevent high energy bills and ensure your system is running effectively.

Outdo...

Read More

Keeping Your A/C Drip Pan Free of Mold

August 30, 2012 Uncategorized  No comments

As you probably remember from grade school science class, where damp conditions exist, there’s also the potential for fungus growth. This is why mushrooms may spring up in your yard after a spring shower or mold spores begin to dot sealed containers of old food in the back of the refrigerator. These types of fungus may not pose you any sort of immediate threat, but mold growth in other areas in your home can become a health hazard to you and your family.

Durin...

Read More

3 Steps To Improving Home Energy Efficiency

August 28, 2012 Uncategorized  No comments

Improving home energy efficiency is one of the best things you can do with your spare time this summer. Temperatures are moderate, and it’s a good time to work in the attic or outdoors, undertaking projects that will help lower your energy bills year-round. Three of these projects include adding insulation, sealing air leaks and tending to your HVAC equipment. 

1...

Read More

Finding And Fixing Those Little Air Leaks

August 23, 2012 Uncategorized  No comments

During the hottest and coldest months of the year, increased utility bills are not uncommon. While paying more for additional energy usage sounds fair, paying for wasted energy is not. Luckily, there are ways to reduce energy consumption, and one of the most effective is to seal air leaks.

Read More

The Worrisome Signs That Your Air Conditioner May Soon Fail

August 21, 2012 Uncategorized  No comments

Although the Twin Cities area is typically known for its relatively mild summers, the high rates of humidity can make an 80 degree day feel much hotter. If you’re lucky enough to own property in this beautiful region of the country, then you know that after a long, sweaty afternoon on the lake, there’s nothing quite as wonderful as the feeling of stepping inside your well air conditioned home. However, if your air conditioning system is on the brink of failure, reprieve from the humidity may be long hours – or days – away.

Read More

Manual J: The Crucial Part It Plays In System Sizing

August 16, 2012 Uncategorized  No comments

One of the more important pieces of information you should know when searching for a new air conditioner is the cooling load of your home. This is the amount of cooling that’s required to keep your indoor environment at the temperature you prefer. The industry accepted method of determining your home’s cooling load is set forth in Manual J, “Residential Load Calculation.” This manual, published by the Air Conditioning Contractors of America (ACCA), provides all the procedures and technical details your HVAC professional needs to assess your home’s thermal characteristics and perform accurate cooling load calculations.

When you know the...

Read More

Know How Your Duct System Does Its Job?

August 14, 2012 Uncategorized  No comments

As you’re probably aware, ductwork is the (usually) hidden pathway within your walls and crawl spaces used by your home comfort system to route conditioned (cooled or heated) air throughout your home. It’s a bit like your body’s respiratory system, serving as the lungs of your house. It’s also like your circulatory system, with ducts acting as veins, delivering blood/air pumped from the heart (of your home comfort system) through the body and returning it back again for recirculation.

Here’s what’s going on ...

Read More