June 16, 2020

Does The Outside Temperature Affect My AC?

When the temperatures rise, it can be so nice to cool off indoors. Having an air conditioner can make such a difference in terms of not only comfort but your overall health and well-being. Since the AC is such a useful appliance in the summer, you may be wondering how your air conditioner is affected when the temperatures really soar. Below, we’ll explain how your air conditioner works and why it has to work harder when it’s hot outside. The Inner Workings of Your AC Your air conditioner cycles air from the inside to the outside of your home. In your outside AC unit, you have a compressor. As its name suggests, it compresses a refrigerant, thereby increasing its temperature. A fan then blows outside air across the coils that hold the refrigerant. This transfers heat from the refrigerant to the outside air. Next, the refrigerant travels to the inside of your house. At this point, another fan blows inside air across another set of coils, transferring the heat inside your home into the refrigerant. The refrigerant then goes outside to the compressor once again, where heat is released. How Heat Affects the Process Why does the exterior temperature matter?...

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April 16, 2020

Problems Caused by an Oversized Air Conditioner

People often say that bigger is better. However, when it comes to air conditioners, bigger can be a problem. If you’ve got an oversized AC in your home or are thinking of buying one, then you’re bound to face a variety of problems, a few of which are listed below. High Energy Bills Your energy bills will be noticeably higher with an oversized AC, principally because an oversized AC cools very rapidly then shuts off. After it shuts off, your house will heat up once again, and the cycle will continue. This stop-start pattern is very inefficient and is like driving in heavy traffic, which burns more energy than driving long distances without frequent stops. High Humidity Your AC needs to be running in order to remove humidity from the air. If it’s constantly shutting down due to cooling too rapidly, then the unit won’t ever have enough time to deal with the humidity, which requires cycles of at least 20-30 minutes. Over time, this failure to remove the humidity from your home can result in the appearance of mold. Shortened Lifespan The frequent stop-starts are hard on your air conditioner, especially the compressor. Like most motors and engines, your...

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January 7, 2020

Indoor Air Quality Tips For Homes With Pets

Many of us have family members that are pets. While you love your pet, there are times when the fur or feathers of our best animal friends wreak havoc with the air quality in our home. For some people this may be simply an annoying aspect of pet ownership and one that they are willing to put up with. For family members with a pet allergy, the problem may develop into something more serious. You’re Allergic to the Dander and Not your Dog or Cat What is pet dander? Dander is best described as tiny bits of skin that cling to fur and feathers. These microscopic particles float in the air of your home. For people with allergies, this can result in stuffy noses, runny eyes, and other respiratory symptoms. Filter the Air in your Home to Remove Pet Dander While you can vacuum and wipe down surfaces, the real task is to cleanse the air. To achieve this, it’s best to have an air purification system installed to improve air quality. The installation of a HEPA filter can filter out pet dander and remove existing pet odors too. Adding a HEPA filter to your HVAC system creates healthier air...

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December 18, 2019

Heating System Tips for the Holidays

When entertaining during the holiday season, you want your home to be comfortable for guests. At , we specialize in providing HVAC services to keep homes in Madison and St. Clair counties comfortable and energy-efficient. We recommend the following tips to help you save money and keep warm during the holiday season. Turn Down the Thermostat If you plan to do lots of cooking this holiday season, your oven and stovetop will generate additional heat. Turn down the thermostat to avoid overheating your home. If you will be hosting guests, your friends’ and family members’ physical presence will also generate extra heat. By lowering your thermostat, you will not only avoid excess heat and stuffiness, but your energy bill will also be a little lower. Schedule Your Inspection Before Temperatures Drop You should ideally have your HVAC system inspected once a year. If you haven’t already had your inspection, the holiday season is ideal. By allowing one of our technicians to evaluate your system, you can avoid unnecessarily high heating bills and untimely breakdowns. Change Your Air Filter to Keep Air Quality High Your furnace’s air filter removes dirt, allergens, and other impurities from the air that circulate in your...

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November 12, 2019

Why Is My Furnace Blowing Cold Air?

On a cold winter day, the last thing you want to deal with is a furnace that doesn’t produce hot air. This issue could require just a minor fix, or it could be something more major that a professional will need to repair. Here are some reasons your furnace could be blowing cold air. The Filter Needs Replacing Dirty and clogged filters can cause severe problems, such as a cracked heat exchanger. Thankfully, a fail-safe mechanism could shut off the heat exchanger before any cracks occur. Once the part is turned off, the furnace won’t blow hot air. For filter replacements, part repairs, and other solutions, can assist residents of Madison and St. Clair. Changes to the Thermostat The weather outside is freezing, but someone changed the thermostat setting to “cool” or “fan.” Accidents do happen. Changing the setting to “on” could lead to the fan spinning and circulating air, but the heat-generating burners are off. Now, you’re only getting cool air. Check the thermostat and see if the settings are right. The Gas Line Isn’t Running A furnace connects to your gas line. Ignited gas creates the flames that heat the air. Is the gas company performing repairs and...

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October 17, 2019

What is Balanced Ventilation?

If your home in Granite City, IL, is tightly sealed against the elements, the air inside could be 10 times as polluted as the air outside. It’s a tough problem because tightly sealing the home is important for reducing energy costs. On the other hand, ventilation is important to filter the air. HVAC systems that are entirely reliant on either supply ventilation or exhaust ventilation are limited in their ability to clean the air, and they may cause pressure imbalances. This is where balanced ventilation comes in. What is Balanced Ventilation? To avoid the problems of in-home pressure changes, a balanced ventilation system brings outdoor air in at the same rate that it removes indoor air. If it is set up and has had the proper maintenance, a balanced ventilation system neither increases nor reduces the pressure inside the home. The ventilation in the home is thus not dependent on natural ventilation to clean the air. Separating Temperature and Ventilation Controls One thing that throws a ventilation system off balance is using the same ventilation ducts for ventilation as are used for cooling and heating. In order for there to be pressure balance throughout the home at the same time...

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September 15, 2019

What Are Swamp Coolers?

understands that not every home can use a traditional air conditioner to keep temperatures down during summer. A swamp cooler is a great option for homes without a central air conditioning system. They are inexpensive, energy-efficient, and don’t have any harmful refrigerants in them. They work especially well in dry climates and can keep indoor temperatures reasonable. Many homes are suitable for swamp coolers, especially in desert climates. How Swamp Coolers Work Swamp coolers use evaporative cooling to reduce the temperature in your home’s air. This is the same concept as putting a wet shirt on while running on a hot day to try to stay cool. Swamp coolers work by passing air through a wet filter. In the past, wet towels would be put up in front of fans or doorways where air was passing through. These were early versions of swamp coolers. When the hot dry air comes in contact with the wet surface, it cools down. Through this process, large amounts of heat can be extracted from the air in a room. Areas with low humidity are great candidates for swamp coolers. In humid environments, the air that passes through the wet filter is already wet and...

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August 15, 2019

Which AC System is Best for You?

The time is here to buy a new air conditioning system. A lot of choices exist. You may think a particularly well-known name-brand AC is the best choice. You might also look at the biggest unit and assume it is also the best. Making the right choice isn’t so easy, though. Homeowners should consider a few things before making a selection. Weigh Your Cooling Power Needs Some locations are hotter than others. One homeowner may want a cooler interior than another. To cool a hot interior down to a low temperature, buy an air conditioner with significant power. What are the power levels of the systems you’re checking out? Make sure the levels are capable of delivering what you want. The Entire House vs. Individual Rooms The house might be two floors and comprise of several rooms, but that doesn’t mean the entire interior requires cooling. If you spend most of your time in one bedroom and the living room, perhaps you just need two air conditioners. If many people occupy the home and they’re in and out of all the rooms, maybe a central air unit designed to cool the whole property is best. At , we offer many...

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July 17, 2019

Importance of Maintaining Good Indoor Air Quality During the Summer

Most people spend a significant amount of time indoors during the summer season to escape the high temperatures outside. Although the interior setting may offer comfort, it can also expose residents to poor air quality. Between the various contaminants and pollutants, it can be challenging to breathe ease while spending time inside. Here are a few of the top reasons it’s crucial to maintain your indoor air quality in the summer. 1. Avoid Allergies The summer season is often allergy season, as pollen is active in the environment. Outside air can get into buildings, creating an uncomfortable situation for allergy sufferers. With clean air in the building, it can help you to avoid sneezing, wheezing, and an increase in mucus production. You’ll feel more like yourself and prevent reactions to common allergens by replacing the air filter on your air conditioner and keeping the windows closed. 2. Maintain a Cleaner Interior Setting The air quality in the home has a significant impact on the cleanliness of the interior setting. If dust and particles are present in the air and are circulating, then it will cause different surfaces in the building to become dirtier, which will require cleaning more. Cleaner air...

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June 25, 2019

What Areas in Your Home Need More Ventilation?

Do you know all the major areas in your house that might require more ventilation? You may not be aware of certain spots in your residence that can develop issues such as mold and mildew when you don’t ventilate them well. Read on to learn where it’s best to install vents. Attics Need to Be Aired Out Attics are one of those spaces that can accumulate water. This is mainly the case if there are leaks in your roof. If you don’t go into your attic often enough, you may not see evidence of the water in your attic until there’s damage. In this instance, it’s important that you ventilate using such additions as a ridge vent, which covers gaps in the roof and releases air from the attic; a roof vent, which is a small metal box vent that sometimes has a fan; a gable vent, which fits near the roof’s peak; or a turbine vent, which pulls heat from the attic and is higher than the typical roof vent. Once you do this, you should see no more or only extremely minor issues. Foundations Require Ventilation Your foundation can develop problems with moisture too. The hidden moisture can...

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