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AC Installation: Bigger Isn’t Always Better

July 6th, 2020

technician-welding-connection-for-ac-installationWith summer officially here, we’re going to assume that if you’ve come upon a blog post about AC installation, you’re likely in a bit of a rush to get one in your home. Maybe your old system broke down, or perhaps you’ve never had central air conditioning and have decided to make the upgrade. Either way, we commend your decision—but do want to discourage you from rushing!

The thing is, too many homeowners rush into their air conditioner purchases and/or installation without really thinking through all the considerations there are to make. The AC you choose should perfectly fit your home and specific needs. Without adequate installation, you could wind up with an air conditioner that works inefficiently throughout its entire lifespan, breaks down early, or has numerous repair issues.

There’s one factor in particular that’s missed when homeowners don’t invest in professional AC installation. That’s the size of their air conditioner and the difference that makes to efficiency and performance. Read on to learn more!

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Have You Tuned-Up Your AC Yet?

June 22nd, 2020

technician-working-on-outside-ac-unitIf not, there’s no need to worry—it’s not too late!

Summer is officially here, and soon enough you’ll be using your air conditioner on nearly a 24/7 basis. Therefore, it’s important that your air conditioner is ready to do its job.

Scheduling your air conditioner maintenance before temperatures get too high is the best way to do so. Of course, it’s more important that you have your tune-ups done consistently (every year for central systems, every 6 months for heat pump systems) but arguable, it’s best to get it done before you need the system the most. Why is this so important? Read on!

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Tips to Keep Your AC Performing at Its Best

June 8th, 2020

male-and-female-technician-standing-over-outside-ac-unit-with-tool-bag-and-toolsDo you know what it takes to keep your air conditioner running as best it can, while also keeping your energy bills low and not sacrificing comfort? There are a number of factors that play a role in this, actually. Professional installation is vital, first off. Only a professional will know how to adequately size a new system for your home, and properly install it so you don’t have any operational problems right away.

Of course, if you do have a problem, you can contact our team for reliable AC services in Bergen County, NJ. But we’d also like to help you avoid expensive AC repair needs and costly cooling bills, if possible. So how exactly can you keep your AC performing at its best? Read on!

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Air Quality and AC Efficiency: What You Should Know

May 25th, 2020

vent-register-low-on-wallWhen folks hear the term “indoor air quality,” they often think about the temperature of their living space. This is certainly part of good indoor air quality, but not all of it! If you’ve lived in this area for even just a year, you know that humidity is a problem. Your air conditioner does have some dehumidification properties, but not enough to truly make a difference.

A whole-house dehumidifier, however, can successfully remove excess moisture from the air, benefiting your comfort and the air conditioner itself. Read on as we uncover the problems associated with high humidity, and how a professionally installed dehumidifier will help.

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Yes, Your Ductless System Needs Biannual Maintenance

May 11th, 2020

comfortable-woman-witting-on-couch-in-front-of-ductless-air-handler-holding-remoteIf you’re at all familiar with air conditioning maintenance schedules, which we hope you are if you’ve had a cooling system for at least a year, then you know that the typical schedule we recommend is that you have a tune-up each year. The reason for this is that the system needs annual cleaning and adjusting, as well as an inspection to check for repair needs.

This might lead you to believe that if you have a ductless system, also referred to as a mini-split, you don’t need to schedule spring maintenance for it, since you just had maintenance in the fall before the heating season started! Unfortunately, this can be a costly mistake. Biannual maintenance is one of the most important ductless services in Bergen County, NJ if you’re utilizing a mini-split.

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Give Us a Call if Your AC Is Showing Any of These Symptoms

April 27th, 2020

animated-checklistAir conditioners are complex systems that rely on a number of various components in order to function. If something goes wrong with even one of these components, it can bring your cooling efficiency and effectiveness to a halt. This is why we recommend calling a trained HVAC professional at the first sign of trouble.

Sure, there are some things you can do as a homeowner, such as changing your air filter or checking that your thermostat isn’t miscalibrated. But when you need actual air conditioning repairs, it’s best to call in a pro. Read on as we uncover some of the most common signs that something is amiss with your air conditioner, and give us a call if you notice any of them!

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Indoor Air and Your AC System: What You Should Know

April 13th, 2020

air-conditioning-ventYour air conditioner can be both the cause of and the victim of poor indoor air quality, but it doesn’t have to be either!

You probably do your best to keep dirt and debris out of your living space—dusting fairly regularly, doing your dishes and laundry, making the beds, etc. But do you do anything to clean your air conditioner?

Chances are, your answer to this is “no” and we wouldn’t expect it to be anything different if you’ve never heard of the great indoor air quality products and services you could invest it, or professional Bergen County, NJ AC services that can help. Here’s what you should know:

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Time for a Tune-Up: Set Your Cooling System Up for Success!

March 30th, 2020

outdoor-air-conditioning-unit-with-clipboardWhat do we mean when we say you should set your Bergen County air conditioning system up for success? Well first off, it starts with a professional installation. Your air conditioner must be sized and matched correctly to your specific home in order for it to work as efficiently and effectively as possible. Otherwise, you could find yourself paying way more in energy costs than you should be.

But it doesn’t just stop at installation. In order to truly ensure that your air conditioner will work successfully for the years to come, you must keep up on repair needs, and schedule annual maintenance for your system! Maintenance tune-ups are vital to efficiency, your home comfort, and even the lifespan of your cooling system. Read on as we uncover a few of the biggest benefits of staying on top of your tune-ups.

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“How Often Does My Heat Pump Need Maintenance?”

March 16th, 2020

ductless-heat-pump-air-handlerWe’re approaching that time of year again—the time of year where we start stressing the importance of yearly air conditioning maintenance. We’ll always tell homeowners that right now is the best time to schedule that maintenance as HVAC technicians typically have less crowded schedules during the spring, when they’re responding to fewer emergency calls for urgent heating repair in Bergen County, NJ.

What if you have a heat pump, though? Chances are, you hopefully had fall maintenance done for your system to ensure it would be able to get you through our chilly winter season. And we always say that HVAC systems need maintenance once a year… so you don’t actually need spring maintenance on your heat pump, right?

Wrong!

Heat pumps require maintenance twice a year as they are a year-round system. Read on as we uncover just why this is so important.

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“Does My Boiler Have a Scaling Problem?”

March 2nd, 2020

top-of-boiler-with-pressure-gaugeBoilers serve as one of the most efficient forms of heating in Bergen County, NJ there is. Not only that, but these systems are incredibly durable and long-lasting. That doesn’t mean, however, they’re immune to any problems at all.

Scaling is one of those problems. In fact, we’re here to say that if your boiler is experiencing scaling, it’s certainly a problem! Fortunately, it’s one of the most common problems that boiler users experience.

What happens is that high levels of minerals in the water, like calcium and magnesium (which make up what we call hard water) gets left behind in the boiler’s tank and tubes, and eventually this turns to scale and leads to a reduction in heat along with a loud banging noise.

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