Professional Heating & Air Blog: Archive for August, 2015

What Factors Go Into Air Conditioning Sizing?

Monday, August 31st, 2015

If you’re purchasing a new air conditioner, you need to know how powerful it should be to adequately cool your home. Undersized air conditioners simple won’t do the job, while oversized ones will short cycle – turning on and off too rapidly – which wastes power and adds undue strain on the system. (Air conditioners use most of their power starting up and shutting down, which is why you want yours to run for at least 15 minutes every time it turns on.) Both of those situations can cost you a great deal of money in monthly bills and add to the risk of a breakdown, which is a serious concern here in Hammond, LA, where our summers are blisteringly hot. A good technician can perform proper calculations on your home to determine the properly sized air conditioner for you. But what factors go into air conditioner sizing? Here’s a quick rundown.

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3 Ways to Cut Your Air Conditioning Costs

Monday, August 24th, 2015

August is here and with it comes the highest cooling bills of the year. Hammond, LA is rife with humidity on top of the high temperatures, and while a reliable air conditioner will see you through it, you’re likely going to have to pay for the privilege. Just make sure you aren’t paying more than you should. You can take a few simple steps to cut down on your bill: steps you’re already likely familiar with such as wearing lightweight clothes in the house and setting your thermostat a few degrees higher than you might otherwise. But with a little help from a trained technician, you can do even more. Here are 3 ways to cut your air conditioning costs.

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3 Signs That You Need Duct Sealing

Monday, August 17th, 2015

The duct system in your home is vital to ensuring that cool air from your air conditioner and warm air from your heater gets where it needs to go. Normally, they don’t encounter any problems, since they’re tucked safely away in your attic or in the crawlspace between your walls. But breaches can occur, either because the ducts suffer damage, or because the bolts and fittings become loose.

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Why Is Low Air Flow in Your AC a Problem?

Monday, August 10th, 2015

If you’ve noticed that your air conditioner is generating plenty of cool air, but that the air flow doesn’t seem to be moving as swiftly as it once did, you might have a serious problem on your hands. We tend to think of air conditioning issues as something solely centered around cooling capacity, but in truth low air flow can be just as troublesome as a lack of cool air. Here in Hammond, LA our summers are too hot and sultry to just leave an issue like that alone. But what causes low air flow? And more importantly, why is low air flow in your AC a problem?

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What Kinds of Problems Do Air Filtration Systems Fix?

Monday, August 3rd, 2015

We live in Hammond, LA, which means that temperatures are excruciatingly high in the summertime. But because of those high temperatures, we often focus exclusively on our air conditioners to make our homes comfortable. They do a great job, but they tend to only address the heat, leaving a lot of other indoor air quality issues unaddressed. A good air filtration system can address many of these issues, whether it be a simple set of filters or a more elaborate system such as UV germicidal lights or a dehumidifier. Which system works best for you will depend on the specifics of your home, and the kinds of problems you need your air filtration system to fix.

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