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Summer is when we see frequent problems with air conditioning units due to the fact that they are operating at peak performance. During this time, units will break down, or even fail, leaving homeowners stuck with the heat. Cooling system problems should never be ignored, as keeping your home cool is very important to your home comfort.
If your system isn’t cooling, you can do a check of some simple DIY basics:
Check to make sure your filter is clean
Verify that your thermostat is set to COOL
Make sure all vents are open in your home
Close all of the windows
If you have a humidifier, make sure that it is OFF
Once you’ve taken those steps, if you are still experiencing problems, you should contact a professional. The system could be experiencing a refrigerant leak, problems with electrical components or motors. Keep in mind, that annual maintenance of your equipment can help find problems before they shut down, or damage your system.
Annual maintenance of your equipment is vital to it running efficiently, and having a long life. At Thielmann & Son, we offer maintenance agreements to ensure your equipment never misses a check-up, and has priority if something were to go wrong.
Maintenance Agreement Benefits include: Inflation protection, 15% discount on parts and labor (non-cleaning), priority customer status, supplemental heat, if needed, guaranteed same day service (if called in prior to 12 pm the day of service), maximized life expectancy of listed equipment and continued reliability.
Indoor air pollution is now listed by the Environmental Protection Agency as the fourth greatest environmental threat to Americans. When your heating and cooling system is running, airborne contaminants are being drawn into your duct system. Over a period of time, these harmful contaminants will eventually build up inside your air ducts.
Indoor contaminants may include dust mites, tobacco smoke, household mold, chemicals, airborne allergens, bacteria, animal dander and carbon monoxide. These contaminants are then circulated throughout your home or office and effect the health and comfort of you, your family, or your employees. Having your air ducts cleaned can help eliminate these problems. It can also reduce the amount of dusting needed, improve indoor air quality, save energy and money and extend the life of your equipment.
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Humidity control was the problem that originally spurred the need for air conditioning. Lack of humidity control in hot, humid climates, in particular, can lead to mold growth and other moisture-related problems. High indoor humidities can lead to health and comfort problems. Modern air conditioners dehumidify as they cool; you can see that by the water that drains away, but this dehumidification is incidental to their main job of controlling temperature. They cannot independently control both temperature and humidity.
Combat allergies this season by implementing a whole home air purification system! PureAir is the only single indoor air quality system to attack all three classes of indoor air contaminants. This system filters out small, breathable particles such as dust, dirt, pollen, allergens, mold spores, bacteria and viruses, as well as odors and chemical vapors. This system is hospital level filtration, and will work with your existing heating and cooling system. Breathe easier knowing that the harm you can’t see is eliminated.
As with anything having to do with energy conservation SEER is probably the least understood concept, both by homeowners and contractors. Simply put, SEER stands for Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio. The resulting number that is applied to an air conditioner is called it’s SEER rating. The higher the SEER rating the more energy efficient a given air conditioner is.
Most programmable thermostats are either digital, electromechanical, or some mixture of the two. Digital thermostats offer the most features in terms of multiple setback settings, overrides, and adjustments for daylight savings time, but may be difficult for some people to program.
When programming your thermostat, consider when you normally go to sleep and wake up. If you prefer to sleep at a cooler temperature during the winter, you might want to start the temperature setback a bit ahead of the time you actually go to bed. Also consider the schedules of everyone in the household. If there is a time during the day when the house is unoccupied for four hours or more, it makes sense to adjust the temperature during those periods.
There really are 2 main types of air conditioning systems.
The first type is a split system. This system would have a ground mounted condenser outside that is connected to a coil which is mounted either a furnace or an air handler. That system would then distribute the air through the homes ductwork.
The second type of system is a ductless split system. This system has a condenser that is directly connected to an indoor unit that directly distributes the air into the space without the use of ductwork.