Air Conditioning Experts Blog : Archive for February, 2015

Why Duct Tape Does Not Repair Your Ductwork

Friday, February 27th, 2015

Faulty ductwork can account for up to 30% of your home’s total air loss and introduce unwanted contaminants, odors and excess moisture into your home’s air. So just put a piece of duct tape over the problem areas, right? Wrong. Just because the word “duct” is part of the product known as “duct tape” doesn’t mean that duct tape is the solution for faulty air ducts. In fact, it could potentially make things messier. So what can you do to reduce the effects of poorly performing ducts? Schedule an Air Conditioning Experts, Inc., technician to perform duct repair on your system.

What’s Wrong with Duct Tape?

Your ductwork has to have a certain level of air balance to work correctly. One of the problems that develops from cracks, holes and disconnections in faulty air ducts is air imbalance. To regain this balance, the cracks and holes don’t just have to be covered, they either have to be sealed or repaired; duct tape is not capable of sealing or repairing. Not only will duct tape fail to create a proper seal, but it also won’t stick for long. The glue on the tape wears down quickly, typically within 3 months. What you are left with is a duct system that still needs to be repaired and messy glue residue.

When It’s Time to Repair

Duct repair is necessary when your air ducts are damaged or has serious corrosion. Damage can result from loose connections, animal and insect infestations and poor installation, and corrosion typically results from the development and spread of rust. Some signs that it may be time for duct repair are:

  • High energy bills – Low performing ducts don’t allow the full amount of air generated by your HVAC system to get into your living spaces, which forces your HVAC system to work harder and use more energy.
  • Poor indoor air quality – faulty ducts allows outside contaminants into your indoor air, which can significantly decrease your indoor air quality.
  • Excessive dust in your home – do you clean frequently but still have a great deal of dust in your living spaces? This can be a sign of badly performing ductwork.
  • Uneven heating and cooling – are you experiencing multiple hot and cold spots throughout your home? This can happen when your air ducts don’t evenly deliver air due to faults.

Air ducts can be restored, but only when a trained professional handles the repair.

When you call the specialists at Air Conditioning Experts, Inc., you can rest assured that your duct repair in Atlanta will yield the results you need and last a long time.

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Why Maintenance Is Important for Your Heat Pump

Friday, February 20th, 2015

One could argue that heat pumps work even harder than separate heating or cooling systems simply because heat pumps provide both heating and cooling on their own. This means that your heat pump operates almost all year versus a single season. As such, it is highly recommended that you schedule heat pump maintenance for your Snellville system twice a year.

What Happens During a Heat Pump Maintenance Appointment?

Here is a general overview of what happens during a heat pump maintenance appointment with your Air Conditioning Experts, Inc., technician:

  • Full inspection of the system
  • Change the air filter
  • Check refrigerant levels
  • Check all electrical wiring and components, including circuit boards
  • Cleaning of components
  • Performance testing
  • Cleaning of condensate array

Why Schedule Maintenance?

Here are some reasons why maintenance is important:

  • Better energy efficiency – many homeowners use heat pump systems because they are very energy efficient, but when your heat pump system isn’t properly maintained, the efficiency level can decrease significantly, anywhere from 10%-25%.
  • Prevents repairs – the cleaning, adjusting and lubrication heat pumps receive during a routine maintenance appointment helps keep the components in optimal shape, reducing potential repairs. Additionally, the thorough inspection allows the technician to detect any problems before they can become big issues.
  • Extend life of the equipment – maintenance keeps your system in good working order year after year, which can help extend the life of the equipment.

Can I Perform Maintenance Myself?

The short answer is yes, but the better question is, should you? Heat pumps are complicated devices; as such, there is a lot of room for error if you don’t have the expertise needed to work on them. Are you willing to take the risk of breaking and/or damaging your heat pump just to save a few dollars?

If it’s been more than twelve months since your last heat pump maintenance appointment in Snellville, call Air Conditioning Experts, Inc., in Atlanta to day and schedule an appointment!

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Some of the Unusual Movies Released for Valentine’s Day

Saturday, February 14th, 2015

Hollywood has always tried to match movies up to the seasons to draw droves of viewers to the theaters: October is packed with fright-offerings, while the winter holidays skew toward warm and pleasing family films (as well as Oscar hopefuls). Valentine’s Day falls in an odd spot when it comes to the movie release calendar, however, since February tends to be a slower time for the film industry. The studios are as likely to slot strange movies that don’t fit anywhere else in their annual schedules into the Valentine’s Day weekend as they are films with powerful romantic appeal.

So, while the second weekend of February has featured hugely successful romantic comedies like Hitch, The Wedding Singer, and (of course) Valentine’s Day, some truly weird choices have debuted in this weekend as well. And a few have even gone on to tremendous success despite the bizarre match with the holiday. Here are a couple of the odder Valentine’s Day movie releases:

  • Dracula (1931): Yes, this Halloween perennial and the start of Universal Studio’s Classic Monsters actually came out on Valentine’s Day! But perhaps this makes some sense, as the Dracula legend has often received a “doomed lover” approach in the many years since Bela Lugosi made the aristocratic vampire a screen icon.
  • The Silence of the Lambs (1991): Does any film seem less appropriate for Valentine’s Day than this unnerving and sometimes very violent psychological thriller? What’s even more astonishing than the film’s release date is that The Silence of the Lambs eventually nabbed the Oscar for Best Picture, an almost unheard of occurrence for a movie released so early in the year.
  • Daredevil (2003): This Marvel comic adaptation featuring Ben Affleck as a blind superhero does contain a romantic subplot, but the stronger connection to Valentine’s Day may just be that Daredevil wears a bright red costume.
  • A Good Day to Die Hard (2013): The least successful of the Die Hard film franchise, this is an excellent example of a studio dropping a film into a weekend where it doesn’t fit in the hopes that it works as counter-programming. (It didn’t.)
  • Wayne’s World (1992): Now here is an example of counter-programming that clicked with audiences. This comedy based on a Saturday Night Live sketch turned into one of that year’s biggest hits and spawned a sequel.

Whether you celebrate Valentine’s Day with a trip to the movie theater, or you have your own special plans, everyone here at Air Conditioning Experts hopes you and your loved ones have a wonderful weekend.

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The Importance of Duct Sealing

Friday, February 13th, 2015

Ducts are often neglected by homeowners, for any number of reasons. They’re often out of sight, don’t have any moving parts, and a lot of the problems that affect them don’t have physical symptoms. That doesn’t mean that ducts don’t need maintenance, simply that it’s hard to treat their maintenance issues on a case-by-case basis. In fact, duct maintenance is very important for both the health of your home and yourself. Let’s take a look at one of the most important kinds of duct maintenance, and the issues it solves: duct sealing.

What is Duct Sealing?

Duct sealing is the process of examining ductwork for leaks, and sealing any that are found. There are a few homeowners who try to do this themselves, though they are often met with failure due to lack of proper expertise and equipment. Though they may look simple, ducts are actually quite difficult to both install and maintain. This difficulty is actually what contributes to a lot of duct issues in the first place.

Problems that Duct Sealing Solves

Ducts are so difficult to install correctly that many HVAC companies make mistakes when installing them. Poorly installed ducts are often misaligned or not connected properly, leaving large spaces for air to escape through. Even properly installed ducts can form leaks as they expand and contract over time.

While most leaks may seem small upon inspection, they can actually waste an incredible amount of energy and money. The US Department of Energy has estimated that the average home loses up to 30% of its total heat output to leaks the ductwork. That’s almost a third of your total heat that could be going to waste.

Duct sealing saves you money by finding and closing these leaks. It also identifies any more serious problems, like ducts that are poorly installed or in need of replacement. If you haven’t had your ducts checked or serviced in a while, you owe it to yourself to do so now. You could improve your heating efficiency and save yourself money at the same time.

If you’d like to know more, call Air Conditioning Experts, Inc. We provide duct sealing services throughout Atlanta.

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Why Enroll in an HVAC Maintenance Program?

Thursday, February 5th, 2015

Your HVAC (heating, ventilation, and air conditioning) system contains many electro-mechanical components that get quite a bit of use over the year. And unfortunately, that means that there’s always a chance that your unit can break down without warning. Luckily, a heating and air conditioning maintenance visit may help to reduce your chances of a sudden breakdown. And enrolling in a maintenance program ensures regular visits from a technician so you can make sure your AC or heating system continues to work well throughout the year.

The Comfort Club Membership program at Air Conditioning Experts, Inc. includes many benefits that can help to improve your heating equipment and get it in top shape before inclement weather kicks in and the parts begin to wear down again. Call us today to join a heating maintenance program in Decatur and the surrounding areas.

Energy Savings

One of the most popular reasons homeowners choose to enroll in a maintenance program is because regular maintenance can save you a whole lot of money over the months to follow. Air conditioning and heating systems occupy a large portion of our monthly bills much of the time. But some of this cost is unnecessary, and is brought on by air conditioning and heating equipment that is bent out of shape, dirty, or in need of repair. With a maintenance visit, a technician will inspect your entire system and do some routine cleaning and adjustments.

Peace of Mind

Another reason to choose an HVAC maintenance program is knowing that your system is protected. With a twice annual maintenance visit, homeowners are unlikely to run into sudden unexpected problems. Furthermore, maintenance may extend the life of your heating and cooling equipment. And when you choose a maintenance program over individual maintenance visits, you don’t have to worry about remembering to make the call every six months.

Additional Benefits

Most HVAC maintenance programs benefit customers by including various additional features as well. For example, you may be able to save on parts and labor for any problems that are discovered, and the maintenance fee may come at a discounted price thanks to your enrollment.

Call Air Conditioning Experts, Inc. to enroll in our HVAC maintenance program. You get 15% off parts and labor and priority service from a team that takes pride in the quality of their tune-ups.

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