Air Conditioning Experts Blog : Archive for September, 2014

The Benefits of Scheduling Solar Air Conditioning Maintenance in Atlanta

Monday, September 29th, 2014

Using the power of the sun to run your air conditioning is one of the best ways to provide your home with cool air while saving money. Because the energy of the sun is free, solar air conditioning costs less to run than any other type of AC. Solar panels are also durable, and because they contain no moving parts they will last for many decades provided they receive installation from professionals.

For a solar-powered air conditioner to work its best, it must have annual maintenance like any cooling system. Essentially, a solar air conditioner is the same as other central ACs: the difference is the power source, which in this case is either from solar panels or from a hybrid of a back-up electrical source and solar panels. A technician will need to check over the system once a year to make sure that it has no imminent repair needs and is working in top condition.

Why you need maintenance for your solar air conditioner

One of the many advantages of using solar power for your home is that the PV cells on the roof do not require much in the way of maintenance. They should be washed off once a year, but rainfall will take care of this. When it comes to solar air conditioning, most of the maintenance centers on the AC cabinet and not the solar panels, since the moving parts are located in the cabinet. Regular maintenance will locate any place in the AC that needs repair work. Technicians will help you schedule the necessary repairs, although in many cases the problem can be solved on the spot with a few simple adjustments or replacements.

During maintenance, a technician will test the power draw in the air conditioner to see how much energy it is receiving from the solar panels. This will determine how efficiently the system is running, and point toward possible loose connections or damaged cells. You will have a good idea of how well your solar air conditioner is harvesting the sun’s power after the maintenance session is finished.

Because energy-efficiency is one of the reasons for investing in solar power in the first place, a maintenance session is key to making sure that you are receiving the full benefits, and that the system is operating at peak level. With maintenance done every year, your system should continue to function for many years, saving you money every day using the renewable and free power available from the sun.

Sign up for solar air conditioning maintenance in Atlanta, GA with membership in the Comfort Club at Air Conditioning Experts, Inc. Membership provides you with two preventive maintenance tune-ups a year (the second is for your heating system) plus a 15% discount on parts and labor.

Air Conditioning Experts, Inc. installs, repairs, and provides maintenance for solar air conditioning in Atlanta, GA. Contact us today to enroll your solar AC in our maintenance program.

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How Water Heater Maintenance Extends the Life of Your Unit

Monday, September 22nd, 2014

Water heaters are built to last a long time, but you may add years to your unit with proper maintenance. Many contractors offer water heater maintenance for customers who wish to prevent their water heaters from needing sudden repairs and want to restore some efficiency to their unit for greater energy savings.

Water heaters should last around fifteen years, though this lifespan may vary depending on the type of unit and your manufacturer. But this may only be true for most systems if they receive regular maintenance. Annual maintenance ensures that your water heater is performing as well as it possibly can. A technician will check for any current repair needs as well as any issues that may affect performance in the future. Listed below are some of the problems found during water heater maintenance that could affect the life of your unit.

  • Rusted Anode Rod: The anode rod is a small rod in your tank that helps protect the tank from rust and corrosion. This rod is meant to attract rust to itself so that your tank won’t have to take the hit, but it needs to be replaced from time to time so that the rod does not become too worn down to function.
  • Sediment in Tank: Sediment may build up in the tank as a result of hard water. A maintenance technician flushes the tank with every visit to drain the unit of any buildup. Excessive sediment affects the operation of your water heater, wearing down the tank. It may also cause clogging and reduced heating.
  • Problems with the T&P Valve: The temperature and pressure valve helps ensure proper levels in order to protect your unit and your home. If the water pressure is too high, it may damage your unit, causing it to fail prematurely. During maintenance, the technician will check to make sure the valve is accurate, reducing the chances of any unnecessary wear and tear and reducing the risk of a sudden and costly failure.

Water heater maintenance should be done by a professional who knows which problems to check for and what issues may reduce the efficiency of your unit.

When you decide it’s time to schedule water heater maintenance in Norcross, contact the professionals at Air Conditioning Experts, Inc.

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How Does Ductless Cooling Work?

Monday, September 15th, 2014

Ductless air conditioning has been around for a while, but only over the last few years has it become a popular choice among homeowners. It can sound confusing to have ductless air conditioning, but this whole-home AC works just as well as a ducted system, and may offer a few benefits ducted systems do not. The best way to know if ductless cooling in Atlanta is a good option for your home is to work with a trained professional, like the ones at Air Conditioning Experts.

How Does a Ductless System Work?

A ductless system has two main components: an outdoor unit that is very similar to a regular split-system AC, and indoor blowers that deliver the cool air. The outdoor unit contains the condenser and compressor, and the indoor blowers contain the coils, a filter and the blower fan, all on much smaller scale than with a traditional AC. Indoor blowers are about 35” long and can be mounted flush against walls or hung from ceilings; they just need to connect to the outdoor unit via a conduit (about 3” in diameter) drilled through an exterior wall. This conduit contains a power line, condensate pipe and a refrigerant line. The air conditioning cycle starts when a blower is turned on, and each blower operates separately.

What Are the Benefits of a Ductless System?

As mentioned above, one of the biggest benefits of a ductless system is that ductwork is not needed to deliver the cool air. Here are some other benefits to consider:

  • Energy efficiency – because the indoor blowers operate individually, you no longer have to cool a whole house in order to cool the few areas you occupy at a time. This reduces your operation time, which reduces your energy usage.
  • Flexibility – blowers can be mounted easily in a number of places, such as over doorways and windows, and expansion of the system to other rooms or additions only requires another blower (NOTE: an outdoor unit supports up to 4 blowers).
  • Easy installation – without the need for ductwork, installation consists of setting up the outdoor unit, mounting the indoor blowers and connecting the blowers to the outdoor unit.

If ductless cooling in Atlanta seems like a good fit for your home, call Air Conditioning Experts today and schedule an appointment with one of our specialists.

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Some Problems Caused by High Humidity

Monday, September 8th, 2014

Humidity is synonymous with Georgia summers, and can cause problems beyond discomfort. One of the best ways to counter excessive humidity is with a whole-home dehumidifier from Air Conditioning Experts, Inc. With a dehumidifier in Marietta, you can save yourself, your family and your AC from the effects of high humidity.

Problems Caused by High Levels of Humidity

Your air conditioner dehumidifies on its own, but during extended periods of excessive humidity, it can be challenging for your AC to keep up with the dehumidification needed to cool your home. Here are some problems that can develop from excessive humidity:

  • Mold and mildew growth – mold and mildew thrive in moist environments. Not only do these contaminants irritate allergy sufferers, but they can ruin household goods and damage structural items like dry wall.
  • Decreased energy efficiency – as we mentioned above, during periods of high humidity, your air conditioner has to work harder to achieve the cooling you need. Whenever your AC has to work harder, it needs more power to do so; this decreases its energy efficiency.
  • Clinging dirt and dust – it’s normal for your AC to accumulate dust and dirt on its components, but during excessively humid periods, the components can be damp, which attracts more dust and dirt, and makes them cling even more. Too much dust and dirt can insulate the coils in your system, which can lead to problems with the refrigerant cycle.
  • Poor indoor air quality – allergens, pollen and other particles cling to moisture in the air, which can decrease the quality of your indoor air.
  • More wear-and-tear on your system – long periods of humidity mean your air conditioner works in a stressed state for a long period of time. This can cause premature aging of the components and contribute to earlier breakdown.

Dehumidifiers Take the Load Off

Adding a dehumidifier to your Marietta home can help reduce or eliminate all of the above-mentioned issues. Additionally, it’s not a difficult upgrade: the dehumidifier becomes part of your air conditioning system and operates in conjunction with its cycling.

If you think your home may benefit from the installation of a dehumidifier, call the indoor air quality people you can trust: Air Conditioning Experts, Inc.

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The Fashion of Wearing White and Labor Day

Monday, September 1st, 2014

You may have heard about the fashion faux pas of wearing white after Labor Day. In the present, this tradition is usually treated as old fashioned and a joke. Few people will criticize you for wearing white articles of clothing after the first Monday in September, or even take notice of it except to wonder why it was ever a major concern at all.

Where did this tradition of white clothing going out of fashion after Labor Day come from, and why did it fade away like colorful fabric washed in a hot load in the washing machine?

In general, white makes sense for the heat of summer. Light-colored clothing reflects away the radiant heat of the sun, instead of absorbing it the way dark colors do, so for thousands of years of human history people have preferred to wear white clothing during the hotter months.

However, the idea of white as strictly fashionable during the summer season only emerged in the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries—the time when the very concept of “fashion” began to spread across the Western Hemisphere.

It was only the highest level of post-Civil War society in the U.S. that strict and often bizarre rules for fashion controlled whether someone was in with the “in” crowd. Compared to our ideas of what’s fashionable today, the Czars of Style in the 1880s were true despots. Things as trivial as sleeve length could determine whether a woman in high society—no matter her level of wealth—was fashionable or a pariah.

Wearing white during the only summer, when it was common for weddings and outdoor parties, was only of these restrictive society rules. When the U.S. government made Labor Day a federal holiday in 1894, the Fashion Czars gained a definite cut-off point for when wearing white was no longer “acceptable” in the upper echelons of wealthy society.

For many decades, this rule only applied to a small number of millionaire socialites in a few big cities, but in the 1950s it reached general fashion magazines that were read around the country and started to affect more people.

But time eventually broke apart this odd rule, and during the 1970s fashion became more individual. Some fashion legends, like Coco Chanel, also purposely rejected the restriction and wore white throughout the year. Today, the “no white after Labor Day rule” is little more than an amusing gag to tease friends, and almost nobody takes it seriously.

Whatever you choose to wear after Labor Day (and if it’s white, we won’t tease!), everyone here at Air Conditioning Experts, Inc. hopes you have a happy end of the summer and great plans for the fall!

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