What Is the Ideal Temperature for Home Air Conditioning in the Summer?

June 15, 2021

You want your home to be comfortable during the summer, but you don’t want high energy bills. It’s a balancing act between what temperature your air conditioner should be set at and how much you pay for electricity. The ideal temperature for your home depends on what you’re comfortable with. Department of Energy Recommendation The DOE recommends that you set your air conditioner to 78 degrees when you’re home. They recommend 85 degrees as the temperature when you’re away for a long time, such as at work. While this is theoretically ideal, most people don’t want

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Why Do Air Conditioners Freeze Up?

May 10, 2021

It’s common that air conditioners freeze during the summer. You’ll see frost on the copper tubing of the outdoor AC unit or elsewhere. You can turn off your AC system so the ice melts, but it’s important to know why it froze up. Low Refrigerant Level Your air conditioning system is designed to operate with the refrigerant at the right pressure. If the pressure is low, it can cause outside air to condense and freeze. You’ll need to have a professional HVAC technician measure and restore your refrigerant’s level to correct this problem. We often come

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Why is My Air Conditioner Making Noises?

April 5, 2021

Your air conditioner should make a humming sound when it’s operating normally. If it makes loud noises, it’s a sign something has gone wrong. The type of noise it’s making is helpful in figuring out what the problem is. Clicking This sound comes from your outdoor AC unit’s electrical parts. You’ll often hear it when the air conditioner turns on or off. If you hear a clicking sound at other times, it’s a sign the controls are faulty. Banging A banging sound can indicate several things. The indoor blower may be

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What Are Indoor Air Quality Monitors?

March 15, 2021

You spend more time in your Madera, CA, home than anywhere else. You might be shocked to learn that the air in your house could be two to five times more polluted than the air you breathe in your backyard. Indoor air pollutants come from many sources, including the materials used to construct your residence, the furnishings and belongings in your home, and the activities you do every day. Here’s what you need to know about indoor air quality monitors. What Do Indoor Air Quality Monitors Do? Indoor air quality monitors have built-in fans that draw

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Why Is My Furnace Blowing Cold Air?

February 5, 2021

During the winter months, the last thing you would wish for is a faulty furnace and, worse still, one blowing cold air. However, if you encounter such an issue, you don’t need to panic. Some of the most common causes of this problem are simple to fix even without technical know-how. The list below highlights three common reasons why your furnace might be blowing cold air. 1. The Pilot Light Is Off Most older versions of furnaces have a pilot light. This small light runs continuously and is responsible for lighting the furnace burners. Check to

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How Often Should Ducts Be Cleaned?

January 5, 2021

In order for a heating system to keep your home comfortable, hot air has to reach the vents somehow. A fan blows the air through the air ducts to deliver the air at the preferred temperature. Unfortunately, the air doesn’t always travel solo. There may be dust, dirt, pet dander, and other debris inside the air ducts. Hopefully, cleaning out the ducts could restore them to a better and cleaner state. How often should homeowners perform duct cleanings? A Recommended Time for Air Duct Cleanings Is there an established recommended timeframe for air duct cleanings? Yes,

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Reasons Why Attic Ventilation Is Important

December 3, 2020

Proper ventilation in your attic affects the entirety of your home. If your attic doesn’t have enough ventilation, it increases your utility bills and causes damage to your roof. Sufficient insulation is vital to safeguarding your comfort and lowering your utility bills. How Attic Ventilation Works A properly ventilated attic has intake vents in the soffits and exhaust vents at the roof’s peak. This allows air to continuously flow through the area. Cooler air is pulled in through the intake vents, and warm air blows out of the exhaust vents. Why You Need

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Don’t Overlook the Importance of Duct Sealing

November 16, 2020

Central heating and cooling systems are fixtures in most newly built homes across the United States. As you may know, central HVAC systems use long stretches of hollow, insulated ducts to carry air to and from HVAC units. Although duct sealing is often undervalued by homeowners, HVAC professionals insist that duct sealing is a necessary measure for keeping central heating, ventilation, and air conditioning systems in good shape. Understanding What Ducts Are Made Of Although there are other options, the HVAC industry typically sticks to three types of air ducts: duct board, metal ducts, and

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Learn About How Long Your Furnace Is Likely to Last

October 20, 2020

The weather is changing in Madera, CA, which means now is the time to make sure your furnace is ready for the upcoming cold winter months of the year. If your furnace is old, you might be wondering how much longer it will last. Learn about the lifespan of a furnace and what you should do if your furnace has reached its life expectancy. Life Expectancy of Electric Furnaces An electric furnace usually lasts for 20 to 30 years. They are quick to install, and they have low maintenance needs. Because nothing is burned,

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What You Should Know About Ductless Heating and Cooling

September 23, 2020

A central heating and cooling system provide conditioned air to a home through ductwork. The problem with this is a lot of the air is lost through holes and misaligning in the ducts. Ductless systems have a number of advantages as they don’t use ducts. Energy Efficiency Since ductless systems don’t deliver air through ducts, all of the conditioned air that is generated is delivered to your home. This makes them a highly energy-efficient way to heat and cool your home. They’re at least 30% more efficient than central systems as that’s how much-conditioned

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