HVAC Replacements and Maintenance: A Timeline

HVAC Replacements and Maintenance: A TimelineA heating and cooling system’s expected service life and its regular HVAC maintenance timeline are directly related. Keeping up with both requires only a little attention, but that small amount is critical. Most estimates of useful service life of an air conditioner or furnace are calculated on the assumption that the HVAC maintenance timeline is faithfully observed. While it may or may not be feasible to get more years out of a system than it’s designed and engineered to deliver, it’s definitely possible to shorten expected service life by neglecting regular upkeep.

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Troubleshooting for A/Cs

Troubleshooting for A/CsIf something’s wrong with your air conditioner, is it anything you can repair yourself? Frankly, the list of DIY fixes for central A/C problems is extremely limited. High voltage and toxic refrigerant pose safety issues and exacting technology incorporated in today’s units requires the specialized expertise of a qualified HVAC service technician.

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This is Why Insulation is Important During Summer, Too

This is Why Insulation is Important During Summer, TooInsulation: It’s not just a winter thing! In a chilly house on a cold day, homeowners often wonder if the household insulation is adequate. However, insulation plays an important role in maintaining indoor comfort and energy efficiency during summer heat, too. It’s a fact of physics that heat energy always wants to move from a warm zone into a cooler zone. In winter, heat’s trying to escape from your house while in summer it’s attempting to invade.

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Does Your HVAC Pro Have These Certifications?

Does Your HVAC Pro Have These Certifications?Without recognized HVAC certifications, how much do you really know about the person you’re allowing into your home to install or service your cooling and heating system? It’s not hard to make verbal claims about qualifications and professional status — the fact is, many people don’t go to the trouble to verify them. The truth often emerges, however, in the quality of the work and the reliability and efficiency of the system after its done. As in any industry, the real professionals in our business have gone to the effort and expense to earn recognized HVAC certifications that prove expertise and competence.

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Keeping Your Windows Maintained Properly

Keeping Your Windows Maintained ProperlyYour windows are vital portals that bring sunlight and the great outdoors indoors, enhancing interior aesthetics. However, windows can also represent major efficiency challenges. Glass is a very effective material for transmitting unwanted heat gain and loss, while window framing and woodwork provide opportunities for air leakage and drafts.

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New Digital Features That You Should Look for in an HVAC System

New Digital Features That You Should Look for in an HVAC SystemMany household systems now incorporate digital features and HVAC equipment is no exception. Today’s heating, cooling, and ventilation systems are more efficient, effective, and user-friendly because of technology that didn’t exist just a few years ago. Some of it’s integrated into new units, while some is available as upgrades or add-ons to existing systems already installed. For a more comfortable and healthy indoor environment, and greater convenience keeping it that way, here are some HVAC digital features to be aware of.

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Indicators of a Reputable, Reliable HVAC Company

Indicators of a Reputable, Reliable HVAC CompanyFirst, the bad news: Anybody can claim to be a qualified HVAC company in sales pitches and advertisements. Such outfits assume you’ll take their word for it and not insist upon verifiable evidence of professionalism and an established track record. Now, the better news. There are certain telltale signs that characterize a reputable qualified HVAC company and distinguish it from the incompetent and unreliable. Here are some indicators to look for — and red flags to avoid. Read More »

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What Can the Information on the EnergyGuide Label Tell You?

It’s designed to provide at-a-glance information about energy consumption of a device in order to allow consumers to comparison shop among different makes and models for the most efficient choice and lowest operating costs.Since its introduction in 1992, the Department of Energy’s EnergyGuide label has become a familiar sight among most homeowners. You’ve probably become accustomed to seeing the bright yellow label on a variety of products including air conditioners and furnaces. It’s designed to provide at-a-glance information about energy consumption of a device in order to allow consumers to comparison shop among different makes and models for the most efficient choice and lowest operating costs.

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Ductless Systems are Great for Home Additions

Ductless Systems are Great for Home Additions | Paitson Bros.Adding an addition onto your home is a perfect opportunity to add a ductless system, too, to keep cool in summer and warm in winter. Of course, you have other options. You could extend your existing HVAC ductwork into the new addition — a formidable construction project and, after it’s over, you’re still faced with inherent downsides like air leakage and heat gain or loss from the ducts. Or, you could opt for a space heater and a window unit A/C — the old-school approach with performance, efficiency and aesthetic drawbacks. A ductless system solves the cooling and heating issue in a single efficient unit with minimal installation requirements. Read More »

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How to Decode HVAC Air Filter Ratings

How to Decode HVAC Air Filter Ratings | Paitson Bros.Each HVAC air filter comes with a “MERV” rating printed on it. Merv isn’t the name of the guy who packed the shipment; it stands for Minimum Efficiency Reporting Value, a mouthful of a term that expresses the filter’s efficiency at removing airborne particulates inside your home. MERV is a numeral ranging from 1–16. The higher the MERV rating, the smaller the particles it can filter out of your air. Read More »

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