Importance Of Regular HVAC Maintenance

HVAC maintenance should be a priority for every homeowner in Raleigh, Durham and Chapel Hill, North Carolina. Regular tuneups can save you from premature system failure. Consider the following… Stress – A malfunctioning or inefficient HVAC system can be the source of all kinds of stress. Many of the signs that your system needs attention, from strange noises to uneven heating and cooling, can make it difficult to feel comfortable in your own home. That’s part of why preventive…

Guide to Your HVAC Systems’ Components and Lifespan

From heating to air conditioning to ventilation, the HVAC system handles a number of different operations in your Raleigh, Durham, Cary, or Chapel Hill home. Get to know each component and its lifespan in this guide to your HVAC system.   Furnaces When the winter season brings chilly temperatures to the Raleigh Durham area, the furnace helps keep your home cozy and warm. Most furnaces last for 10 to 15 years, but some homeowners opt…

Tips To Keep Your Air Conditioner Running All Summer

The Triangle in North Carolina can really heat up, and your HVAC system has to keep up with all of it. You don’t want to risk your air conditioner failing to keep up. Luckily, all it takes is a few DIY tricks to keep your air conditioner running all summer.   Air Conditioning Filters The first thing you need to remember is to clean the filters and change them periodically. When your filters are dirty…

Is Your Ceiling Fan Spinning The Correct Direction?

Not many homeowners give much thought to which way their ceiling fans turn. However, ceiling fan direction plays an important role in maintaining a comfortable and energy efficient home. Setting your ceiling fan in the correct direction can help you save on energy costs throughout the year. Why Does Direction Matter? Ceiling fans help circulate the air, which is important for a number of reasons. During the spring and summer, your ceiling fan helps you…

Common Problems That Affect The Cooling In Your Home

A properly running air conditioner is important for both your overall home comfort and your pocketbook. Unfortunately, your Triangle home cooling system may experience several common AC problems that can put a damper on a summer day. Such problems often arise from poor installation, faulty operation, and/or inadequate maintenance and processes. For example, for most efficient AC operation, it’s important to keep windows and doors closed while the system is running. Other common AC problems…

Reduce The Need To Run Your Air Conditioner This Summer And Save Money

It may seem difficult to keep cool during a hot Raleigh Durham  summer without racking up expensive electricity bills. Fortunately, it’s easier than you think to reduce the need for home air conditioning and save money all summer long. Tighten and insulate your home: Reduce the amount of air infiltration into your home. Seal gaps and cracks in your home’s outer envelope, including around windows, doors and attic floor penetrations. Caulk, weather stripping and expanding…

DIY Solutions For Common HVAC Issues

It is essential that your HVAC is working during the hot, humid months, especially in Raleigh Durham and surrounding areas. During the seasons where it is in constant use, your system might experience a few technical issues, mainly related to either human error or electrical failure. Problems with the thermostat, the air filter or condenser can usually be fixed without calling a technician, so it’s a good idea to become familiar with the most common issues…

The Future Of Air Conditioning – What’s Happening To R22 Refrigerant (Freon)?

The HVAC industry is changing in order to provide a cleaner environment. Currently over half of central air conditioning units in the U.S. still use R22 refrigerant. R22, often called by its brand name Freon, is a type of gas that has been widely used in air conditioning and refrigeration systems. In recent years it has been added to the list of substances that are known for causing ozone depletion. Because of this, R22 is…

When Is A New HVAC Installation the Best Option?

The summer and winters in the Triangle can put a strain on any HVAC system. If it’s receiving proper maintenance, your HVAC equipment should last you approximately 10 years, but even the best equipment eventually wears out. The following are common signs that your HVAC system isn’t running well anymore and may need to be replaced: Inefficient Cooling or Heating of Your Home – If you feel like you’re running the AC or heat on high…

Habits That Waste Energy In Your Home

Many homeowners around the Raleigh, Cary, Durham, and Chapel Hill areas waste a lot of energy without even realizing it. You may notice an increase in your utility bills during certain times of the year. Avoid energy waste by stopping habits that cause your household to use excess energy. Keeping Appliances Plugged In – Leaving a cell phone charger plugged in when it’s not currently in use won’t waste a lot of energy on its own….