Why Is My Upstairs Hotter Than My Downstairs?

July 31st, 2020

My high school physics teacher, Mr. Ploplys, said you can’t fight physics.  Hot air is always rising and cold air is always falling.  If you live in a townhome, you know first-hand how this gets worse as you walk to the upper floors.  The laws of physics apply, but we can at least help!  

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One way to win the fight for comfort in your home is air movement.  Set your thermostat fan setting from “auto” to “on” to constantly mix up and redistribute that hot and cold air.  Properly sized and multi-stage or modulating air conditioners will help with this as well (see below). 

Hot Roofs and Attics  

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Temperatures in poorly ventilated and poorly insulated attics can easily reach 140 degrees F or more making a sauna seem breezy.  Ensure your attic is well ventilated and insulated or that heat will make your top floor uncomfortable. 

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Your Ductless AC Might Need Repair If…

July 27th, 2020
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Air conditioning repair is not a service you should wait on when you know or suspect you need it. This is especially true for ductless cooling and heating systems, that have unique qualities and equally unique repair needs.

While an air handler can be easily replaced, it’s not the cheapest purchase to make, especially if the problem that led to the replacement could have been avoided. And then if the outdoor unit–namely, the compressor–fails, you’re really out of luck!

Essentially, the longer you wait to have your air conditioner professionally repaired, the higher chance there is of a complete system breakdown. And when you do need AC repair, we’re the team to call! But how do you know when there’s a need? Read on as we uncover a few of the top ways to tell if your ductless air conditioner needs repairs.

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“My AC Compressor Failed! What Do I Do?”

July 13th, 2020
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If you’ve been reading our blog for a while, you might have seen us refer to the thermostat of your HVAC system as the brain of the system. If it fails, you lose all control of your air conditioner and cannot possibly get it to function and cool your home properly. Fortunately, thermostats are relatively easy to replace, and affordable as well, when compared to other AC components.

Take the compressor, for example. This is considered the “heart” of your air conditioner. Unfortunately, when this component fails, the fix is typically an expensive one. And your air conditioner can’t do any part of its job with a failed compressor. Because this is such an essential component, actually, homeowners have an important decision to make if theirs fails. Read on as we uncover what your options are at this point, and if you’ve come across this problem give our team a call for further guidance.

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AC Not Performing As It Should? Here’s Why

June 29th, 2020
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Nobody needs to explain to you why an air conditioner is beneficial. Air conditioning is more than just a luxury these days, it’s a necessity to stay comfortable and even healthy inside of our homes. If you have a whole-house air conditioner in place, however, and it’s not performing as it should, it could leave you frustrated and miserable.

We would like to help you avoid this! There are a few AC performance problems in particular that homeowners will often ignore or neglect at first, because “it’s not that bad” or they’re afraid that a repair will be expensive. The truth is, though, that the longer you wait on fixing a cooling system problem, the worse the problem can get—until you’re stuck with a completely broken down system.

So, read on as we uncover these few common AC problems and what they may mean for your air conditioner.

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Why Is AC Short-Cycling a Problem?

June 15th, 2020
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One of the most common, and unfortunately one of the most damaging, problems an air conditioner can experience is a condition called short-cycling. Short-cycling is both the symptom of a problem and a problem in itself. In some cases, a few simple adjustments from your HVAC pro can fix this issue. But in many cases, the root cause is serious and requires a bit more than just that.

And unless the short-cycling is stopped, it will lead to the premature breakdown of your air conditioner, prompting you to have to replace it much sooner than you planned. Plus, until that point, your air conditioner will have wasted a whole lot of energy and money.

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Can Your Air Conditioner Cause Allergy Symptoms?

June 1st, 2020
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Using your air conditioner can cause your allergy symptoms to flare up if you aren’t utilizing the right indoor air quality practices and products.

Ideally, you are well aware that your central air conditioning system has a filter in it that you should change on a regular basis (every 1-3 months, to be exact—it depends on the type of filter and the level of contaminants in your home). A clean air filter helps your cooling system operate as it should. What it won’t do, however, is filter out all the allergens and contaminants that can cause you to have flare-ups.

The standard air filter is actually designed with the purpose of protecting the air conditioner itself. It should provide a basic level of filtration, but may not be all you need. In fact, it probably isn’t. Read on as we explain.

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4 Reasons to Consider Going Ductless

May 18th, 2020
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Did you know there is an alternative to using your air conditioner and heating system that only involves installing one system? For many homeowners throughout Chicagoland, a ductless system is becoming the preferred option for home temperature control, and for good reason. They’re good at not only keeping your home warm in the winter and cool in the summer.

We get it—choosing the right HVAC system for your household can seem overwhelming, as there are many options to choose from. Our best advice is for you to speak with a trained and experienced professional before making a final decision. Not all homes are candidates for a ductless system, but our pros can help you make an informed decision about what’s best for your household.

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Why You Shouldn’t Wait on Your Furnace Replacement

May 4th, 2020
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We’re nearing the end of the heating season, so if you’ve been discussing replacing or upgrading your current heater at all, you’re probably tempted to wait until next fall when you need it. We understand this temptation. After all, why spend money on something you don’t need right now?

Well, if you paid for repairs a couple of times already this past winter and spring, and your system is aging, you’re wasting money anyway. Why not look into a replacement? Additionally, it’s always better to replace your system now rather than waiting until fall and struggling to get on your HVAC technician’s schedule.

Plus, considering your furnace replacement now gives you time to look into various system options without the pressure of needing the system very shortly. But, how do you know it’s really time for a new furnace? Luckily, we’ve shared some common indicators, below!

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Air Conditioning Maintenance: Does Your Ductless System Need a Tune-Up?

April 20th, 2020

Has it been 6 months since your last ductless system tune-up? If so, then yes, your ductless system needs a tune-up again!

The fact of the matter is, if you are utilizing a ductless mini-split system for your heating and cooling, you need to schedule maintenance twice as often as other HVAC systems—after all, you’re using it twice as much. Without this bi-annual maintenance, you simply won’t be able to enjoy the full benefits of your ductless cooling and heating system since it won’t be able to perform as efficiently or effectively.

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How Can You Boost Your Heating Efficiency?

April 6th, 2020
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In a recent blog post, we talked about how neglecting repair needs would be a disservice to your heating system’s efficiency, as would skipping maintenance. It’s fine to know what not to do, but as chillier temperatures carry on and we still use our heaters quite frequently, you’d probably like to know what to do to boost efficiency, and therefore save money this time of the year.

The good news is, we have 4 ways you can in fact boost your heater’s efficiency, resulting in a more reliable and more effective heating system. Our heating seasons can last beyond the “official” fall and winter, so making sure you know everything you can do to boost efficiency and lower energy bills is essential to your wallet!

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