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Air Conditioning vs. Heat Pump: Choosing Between the Two

cool-house-hot-houseThe summer has started, and you’ve made the discovery that your old air conditioner is not getting the job done. Time for it to retire to the scrap heap. What should you have installed in its place?

“That’s kind of a silly question,” you say. “Another central air conditioner, of course!”

We’re not arguing that you don’t need a new air conditioner for your house. But there’s an option for air conditioning that comes with heating as well. It’s not the standard combination of an air conditioner and a furnace, which is what you probably already have. It’s a single unit called a heat pump, and it’s an air conditioner that can switch how it works so instead of moving heat out of your home, it moves heat into the home.

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Window AC Units: Here’s Why You Should Get Rid of Them

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A ductless AC unit—a great replacement idea.

The invention of the compact window air conditioning unit in the 1950s was a significant advance in home comfort. Until then, only expensive central systems could provide homes with mechanical air conditioning, and most houses didn’t have a place for the ducts necessary to transport the conditioned air. With window ACs, almost anyone could have cooled air sent into their rooms.

That was then, this is now. Central air conditioners are more affordable than ever, and even homes that don’t have space for a central air conditioner system with ducts have the option for a ductless mini split system. There’s just no good reason to stick with window air conditioners—and plenty of reasons to tear them out and have HVAC professionals fix your home with central air. Below are some of the drawbacks of sticking with window ACs for your home.

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These Two Simple Steps Will Save You Money on Cooling This Summer

thermostat-controlLet’s face it—it’s tricky to maintain a balance of saving money with your air conditioner without letting your home turn into an oven. Running your AC less often is the quickest way to cut down on high electrical costs over the summer. But running your AC less is also the quickest way to have your family turn on you and start warring over the thermostat.

There are plenty of ways you can cut down on your cooling costs this summer with your air conditioner in Lockport, IL. We want to focus on two basic ones—and they’re both connected to the thermostat. They’re easy steps: the first one is something you can do yourself without much effort, and the second one only requires calling our office to make an appointment.

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Have You Scheduled Annual AC Maintenance Yet?

service-reminderReady to leave behind the cold weather for good—or at least for the season? Before you answer, think about your air conditioning system. Is it ready for the hot weather? Because if it isn’t, then you won’t be either! Any home air conditioner needs to have regular maintenance from HVAC professionals each spring. If you want to beat out the hot weather and have an AC that can handle the hottest days without breaking down or wasting energy, call our team today and arrange for an AC tune-up and inspection.

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Can a Ductless Mini Split Really Get the Job Done?

ductless-unitIf you’ve been looking around for a new air conditioner or heat pump installation for your home, you’ve probably run across the option for installing a ductless mini split heat pump. There are a number of excellent benefits to installing a ductless air conditioning/heating system. If you’re planning to build a new home or are renovating your current home, a ductless system is one of the best choices available because it removes the need to find room for ducts.

But you may have hesitated about using a ductless mini split because you aren’t sure if it can actually keep your home cool in summer and warm in winter. We understand why you might feel reluctant: going from years of using a conventional central heating and cooling system that uses ducts to a system that runs from smaller air handlers posted in different rooms sounds like it’s a risk. Can a ductless mini split really keep up with the weather extremes here in Illinois?

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Repair Your Air Conditioning System Before It’s Too Late!

AC-outdoor-unit-toolsWe all have the urge to procrastinate every now and again. But that rarely ever gets us the results we need. Waiting too long to repair your air conditioning system is no exception. As the warmer weather comes to a close, you need your air conditioner less and less, so it may not seem like such a big deal when you find it needs repair.

However, you owe it to yourself and your wallet to get that problem under control. Find out why the end of the season is a great time to repair your air conditioner, and what can go wrong if you wait, in the guide below. Call our air conditioning experts any time to get the repairs you need today!

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The Anatomy of an Air Conditioning System

evaporator-coil-acOur job is to know your air conditioner inside and out, so that we can quickly detect problems and do any AC service the right way the first time around. But that’s because our technicians have years of experience, receive ongoing training, and work only on equipment having to do with your home comfort. This is our specialty; we don’t expect it to be yours!

Still, you may be curious about some of the components within your central air conditioning system, and we’re here to help. Today, we detail some of the major components of your air conditioning system. Remember, when you do need air conditioning repair or replacement, reach out to our team.

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Is It Too Late for an Air Conditioning Tune-Up?

air-conditioning-tune-upIn past posts, we’ve recommended air conditioning tune-ups, professional maintenance visits from trained air conditioning technicians, once per year. And typically, we recommend that you have this completed early in the summer or, better yet, in the spring.

So does that mean your time is up if you want to get your air conditioner into better shape for the remainder of the summer days? We don’t think so.

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A Ductless Mini Split Just Makes Sense

ductless-blower-unit-white-wallFor homes without central heating and air ducts, there are solutions. Of course, you can use ceiling fans, but this will not really cool a room. Eventually, homes with few other options turn to the local stores to find window air conditioning units. For those who don’t want to block the windows, room air conditioners can fit into the side of the house, or portable air conditioners stay on the floor with a duct through the window.

But these types of systems have their flaws—big ones. They simply are not held up to the same standards as central air conditioners, and over the years, it shows. Ductless mini splits are different: highly efficient, high-performance, and long-lasting.

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Why Does My Circuit Breaker Keep Tripping When I Run the AC?

This is something that could frustrate even the handiest of homeowners. The air conditioner is running, but as it turns on, the circuit breaker shuts it off. You can get it started up simply by resetting the circuit breaker. (Hopefully, you don’t have a fuse box, which would force you to replace a fuse each time!)

This may have to do with your electrical system. It might be a problem with the circuit breaker. Or, sometimes, it’s actually an issue occurring within the air conditioner forcing it to draw more ampage than it should. We’ll go over all of the possibilities, as well as what you should do when your circuit breaker does trip, in this guide. Feel free to reach out any time for more information!

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