Before Adding Refrigerant to Your AC

Your air conditioner’s refrigerant is probably the one component of your cooling system that you don’t give much thought to — and yet it plays a significant role. Without the right amount of refrigerant, your air conditioner will not function properly. Of course, you want to keep your air conditioner running during a North Carolina summer! But don’t worry; you don’t have to add more refrigerant to a working system. What may happen is a…

Cleaning Air Naturally

Have you ever felt refreshed or energized while walking or hiking outside? If so, then you have experienced the beneficial effects and feelings associated with breathing air filled with high concentrations of ions. Ions are essential to the natural process of air purification and essential to healthy living. Unfortunately, however, people spend the majority of their time indoors.  According to the US Environmental Protection Agency, the air inside our homes, schools and offices is often…

The Dangers of Carbon Monoxide Leaks from a Furnace

During the winter season, it is important to avoid any possible safety hazards from operating the furnace in your home. Most furnaces are gas-burning and produce carbon monoxide (CO), a colorless, odorless, tasteless gas. The carbon monoxide from your furnace is mostly contained within the walls of its heat exchanger. The heat exchanger is the metal wall or tubing that is heated up when the burners are ignited. In a unit that’s operating correctly, the…

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…