Air Conditioning Experts Blog : Archive for July, 2014

Signs That Your AC Needs Replacement

Monday, July 28th, 2014

No one wants to think about replacing their air conditioning system in the middle of summer, but sometimes it is necessary. Odds are you’ve been seeing signs of malfunction and/or experiencing problems for a while, and with the added stress of running full-time for the summer, your AC may be ready to call it quits. So how do you know when it’s time for air conditioning replacement in Atlanta? Our trained professionals here at Air Conditioning Experts, Inc., have put together a list of some common signs that it may be time to replace your current AC:

Age

Most air conditioners have an average lifespan of 10-12 years. After 12 years, the rate at which parts and components break and/or malfunction begins to accelerate. Operating your air conditioner with aging parts and components can result in malfunction and/or breakdown, and will also exacerbate existing wear-and-tear.

Constant Repair

As with any mechanical device, you can expect to do air conditioning repairs at some point. But if you are calling frequently for repairs, it may be time to consider replacement. Repairs can add up, and enough repairs can add up to the cost of a new system.

Jump in Utility Bills

As the property owner, you have a good idea of what to expect for each month’s energy costs, especially if your cooling habits stay relatively even. If you see a big jump in your monthly energy costs, and there isn’t an existing problem with your AC or a price increase from the power company, your system may be struggling to supply the amount of cooling you need. When this happens, it uses more energy and your energy bills go up.

Inconsistencies with Temperature

It isn’t unusual to experience slight differences of temperature in different parts of your home, but very distinct areas of hot and cold throughout your house point to problems with cooling. There are several problems that can cause inconsistent temperatures, and one of these issues may be that your AC can no longer keep up with your cooling needs.

At some point, repair may no longer be enough for your air conditioner.

If you need help determining whether or not it’s time to replace your existing system, call the trained specialists at Air Conditioning Experts, Inc., and set up an appointment

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3 Benefits of Professional Duct Cleaning

Monday, July 21st, 2014

Your ductwork acts as the highway for delivering cool air into your home. When maintained properly, it does the job of delivering clean, fresh air; when it’s not, leaks, holes and cracks can develop, and dust, dirt and debris can build up, causing an array of problems. However, when you schedule duct cleaning in Decatur with Air Conditioning Experts, Inc., you will not only get the benefits of clean ductwork; you’ll also be made aware of any possible problems that exist with your ductwork.

Benefits of Professional Duct Cleaning

  • Reduction of allergens – air duct cleaning can’t remove every allergen particle, but it can remove a lot of allergens, including dust, dirt, pollen and mold and mildew spores.
  • Less stress on your system – when dirt and dust continuously build inside your vents, the air flow can decrease over time. Less air flow means your system has to work harder to achieve the cooling you need. By cleaning and removing this build-up, you help lessen the strain on your system.
  • Better energy efficiency – similar to above, when your system is stressed, it has to use more energy to operate. Cleaning your ductwork properly can help with better efficiency, which you’ll see in your monthly bills.

How Often Should Ductwork Be Cleaned?

The industry average is once every 5 years, but if you have any of the following, you may want to consider doing it every 3-5 years:

  • Pets
  • Smokers
  • Occupants with severe allergies
  • Occupants with chronic respiratory problems such as asthma or COPD
  • After home renovations/remodeling
  • Prior to moving into a new home

How Cleaning Is Performed

Ductwork can be hard to get to, but your technician will have the tools to clean it effectively:

  • High-powered, portable vacuum
  • Access tools
  • Visual inspection devices
  • HEPA vacuums
  • Pneumatic tools to dislodge debris

Is It Time for a Duct Cleaning?

Duct cleaning helps with indoor air quality and efficiency, and can help reduce the stress on your system.

Has it been a while since your ductwork has been professionally cleaned? Call Air Conditioning Experts, Inc., today and schedule a duct cleaning for your air conditioning system in Decatur.

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How Does Heat Pump Installation Differ from Centralized AC Installation?

Monday, July 14th, 2014

If you are trying to choose between installing a centralized air conditioner or a heat pump for your home’s comfort, then you probably already know that a heat pump offers both heating and cooling using the same method of heat exchange. But perhaps your budget sways you more toward a standard AC and then installing a separate system for heating. You might wonder what other differences there are between heat pumps and ACs; for example, what differences are there in installing the two units?

Whether you want central air conditioning or heat pump installation in Atlanta, GA, you can entrust the work to the team that has kept houses cooled and heated just right since 1995: Air Conditioning Experts, Inc. We can also help you decide between a heat pump and an air conditioner if you are still in doubt about which one will best serve your needs.

The differences in heat pump and central AC installation

Because heat pumps and air conditioners work on the same principle—circulating refrigerant between an indoor and outdoor unit and set of coils to shift air from one location to the other—there are not many differences when it comes to installation. Heat pumps are a bit larger, but for the most part they resemble their AC counterparts.

The reversing valve is the key component difference between heat pumps and ACs; this valve allows the heat pump to switch between heating and cooling modes. However, this valve doesn’t make installation any different, since it is already installed inside the unit that the installers will fit outside your home.

One area of difference for installation is the condensate drainage. In an air conditioner, the system only needs to remove excess condensation moisture from the indoor coil, where heat and moisture are absorbed from the air inside the house. For a heat pump, condensation will also occur along the outdoor coil during heating mode, and therefore condensation moisture must be removed from the outdoor unit as well. During installation, the technicians will need to connect the outdoor cabinet to a drainage system.

Call professionals for proper installation

Although there is not much difference between installing an AC and a heat pump, the performance for your home may be extremely different. You need to know that you are choosing the correct system for your comfort needs and budget. Once they’ve assisted you with the best choice, they will handle the work of installing it so it operates at its best… and will keep doing so for many years to come.

Contact Air Conditioning Experts, Inc. and talk to our specialists about whether you should have AC or heat pump installation in Atlanta, GA for your home.

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SEER Ratings and Heat Pump Efficiency

Monday, July 7th, 2014

Can a heat pump help you save money this summer? You might be surprised by the high energy efficiency and cooling power of heat pumps. Heat pumps work best in warmer climates, and, in Atlanta, you tend to turn on your air conditioning unit more than you use a heater. Because of this, a heat pump is a great choice for both cooling and heating your home. If you’re looking for a new AC unit, consider a heat pump installation service.

As with other central air conditioners, a heat pump cools by moving heat from the inside of your home to the outside. However, a heat pump can also reverse this process, moving heat from the outside to the inside. In areas with harsh winters, a heat pump may be unable to pull heat from the air, but an Atlanta winter will rarely cause issues for your heat pump.

You can determine the energy efficiency of a heat pump during the cooling season by looking at the SEER located on the EnergyGuide label. The SEER number represents a cooling system’s seasonal energy efficiency ratio. A system with a higher SEER will likely cost more, but it will save you a lot more money on your energy bill every month.

All air conditioning units sold in the U.S. must have a SEER of 13 or higher. If you have purchased a heat pump in the past, you may not realize that standards for efficiency are much higher than what they were several years ago. For higher efficiency, look for a heat pump with a SEER between 14 and 18.

During winter, the measure of a heat pump’s efficiency changes. The HSPF (heating season performance factor) determines a system’s heating efficiency. The HSPF of any heating system must be 7.7 or higher. While you may choose to look at this number as well, the SEER is probably a more important number to look at for heat pump installation in Atlanta.

Air Conditioning Experts, Inc. can help you choose an energy efficient heat pump with a high SEER rating. For quality Atlanta heat pump installation, call today!

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Why Add a Dehumidifier to Your Air Conditioner?

Monday, July 7th, 2014

Humidity is as much a part of Georgia summers as fresh peaches and barbeques. The great thing about your air conditioning system is that it helps remove humidity, but during periods of excessive humidity (which can be frequent in our part of the world), your air conditioner works harder and may not remove all the humidity from your indoor air. Humidity in your indoor air can mean discomfort, something no one wants to deal with in the middle of a hot summer. One of the best ways to combat excessive humidity is to install a whole-home dehumidifier to your air conditioning system in Roswell.

Benefits of a Whole-Home Dehumidifier

Humidity doesn’t just make things feel hotter and stickier, it can actually cause problems that can affect those in your home. Here are some of the benefits you can experience with a whole-home dehumidifier:

  • Better health – viruses, bacteria, mold, mildew and dust mites thrive when the humidity level is over 60%. Considering the average summer humidity in Georgia is 57-89%, having a whole-home dehumidifier can help keep your allergy sufferers from having frequent attacks, as well as keeping the rest of your home healthier.
  • Energy efficiency – when it’s excessively humid outside, your AC has to work harder to achieve the same indoor temperature as when it’s not. Not only will your air conditioner run harder, it will also run more frequently. A whole-home dehumidifier takes the extra moisture away ahead of the air conditioner, allowing it to work as if the excess humidity wasn’t there. This means less work and cycling for your AC, which helps with better energy efficiency.
  • Better comfort – humidity sticks to everything, including your skin; this is why humidity makes everything feel clammy. In your home, the temperature may be much cooler than the outside, but if the humidity level is still elevated, your home won’t feel cool and dry, it will feel cool and clammy – similar to the inside of a refrigerator.

Don’t Feel Like a Wet Blanket This Summer

Excess humidity can compromise your indoor air quality on several levels, defeating the purpose of having an air conditioner in the first place.

Call Air Conditioning Experts, Inc., and schedule an appointment to speak to one of our consultants about installing a whole-home dehumidifier to your air conditioner in Roswell.

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The Famous Painting of the Declaration of Independence Isn’t What You Think It Is

Friday, July 4th, 2014

If you grew up in the United States, you probably first saw John Trumbull’s painting of the Signing of the Declaration of Independence in an elementary schoolbook. This oil-on-canvas 12’ x 18’ painting hangs in the rotunda of the United States Capitol in Washington, D.C. It is one of the most famous symbols of freedom in the country and almost every citizen can conjure it from memory.

Except… the painting isn’t of the singing of the Declaration of Independence. The actual title of the work is Declaration of Independence, and although it does portray an important moment in the history of the document that announced the Thirteen Colonies’ decision to break away from British rule, the event in the painting occurred on June 28, 1776, not July 4, 1776.

John Trumbull, a Connecticut native who fought in the Revolutionary War and whose father was the state governor, was commissioned to create the painting in 1817. He did painstaking research on the figures in the picture and also visited Independence Hall to see the actual chamber where the Second Continental Congress met. Trumbull only included 42 of the original 56 signers, because he could not find adequate likenesses for 14 or them, and added a few figures who were not present (most of whom declined to sign the actual document). In fact, the men depicted in the painting had never been present in the same room at one time.

So if the painting does not portray the singing of the Declaration of Independence, what is happening in the image? The Trumbull’s scene depicts the presentation of the draft of the declaration to the Continental Congress for editing and approval. The five-man drafting committee (John Adams, Roger Sherman, Robert R. Livingston, Thomas Jefferson, and Benjamin Franklin) is handing over their finished work, which congress would then edit carefully over the next few days before voting on it and signing it on the day that we now celebrate as the start of the United States of America.

One last, odd, fact: two of the five-man drafting committee, John Adams and Thomas Jefferson, both died on the July 4—although many years later.

Our family at Air Conditioning Experts, Inc. hopes that your Fourth of July (or Twenty-Eighth of June if you decided to start celebrating early) is a memorable and happy one.

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