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Do You Know How to Choose the Right HVAC Contractor for the Job?

July 8th, 2019

young-and-middle-aged-hvac-technicians-standing-in-front-of-vanIt’s that time of the year! There are two seasons where HVAC contractors are busiest—winter and summer. With summer here, it’s the most common time for us to get called for urgent HVAC service in Bergen County, NJ, or even a “quick” replacement. As the temperatures rise, it’s inevitable that homeowners will run into equipment failures—at least, if their systems are aging or haven’t been properly maintained.

That said, we understand the urgency when something goes wrong with your cooling system. You want help and you want help now—so, you choose the most immediately available HVAC professional and/or the most affordable one. This can end up costing you more in the end, though.

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Signs You Can Use an AC Upgrade

June 24th, 2019

old-air-conditionerAre you wondering if it’s about time to replace your air conditioner? If you’re at this point, chances are it couldn’t hurt. You’ll have a lot of considerations to make—do you want the same type of system? Perhaps you want to get rid of the ductwork in your attic and have a ductless HVAC system installed instead. Or maybe you want to switch out your central AC and furnace for a year-round heat pump.

Regardless of what you decide, we are your trusted resource for professional air conditioning services. In the meantime, we encourage you to think about the signs your air conditioner is showing that might indicate it’s ready for an upgrade. We’ve highlighted some of the main ones below.

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Keep Your Cooling System Healthy with These Tips

June 10th, 2019

ac-technician-working-on-air-conditionerStress isn’t good for anyone. If your air conditioner were a person, it would agree!

And unfortunately, your air conditioning in Oradell, NJ is put under a lot of stress during the summer. We’re not saying you should use your air conditioner any less than you feel you need to. But what we are saying is that you should follow some best practices to ensure that your cooling system is as healthy as possible over the next few months and longer. Keep reading for some of the best ways to ensure this is the case!

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Why Does Ductless Maintenance Matter?

May 27th, 2019

closeup-view-of-hand-turning-on-ductless-air-handler-remotelyUsing a ductless system to cool (and heat) the home has become a popular option for many individuals throughout Rockland and Bergen County, and for good reason! These systems operate on heat pump technology, which gives them that functionality to both cool and heat the home. They use heat transfer rather than heat generation during the winter, making them similar in setup to the traditional central air conditioner—and making them more efficient than a standard central AC or central furnace.

If you already have one in place, then you already know all this! But, do you know how important maintenance is? Professional maintenance is a service that allows our technicians to inspect your entire HVAC system, checking for anything that needs adjustment, cleaning the system, and looking for signs of repairs.

Why is this service even more important for your ductless air conditioning in Emerson, NJ, though? We’ll answer below!

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Is Your AC doing this? It’s Time to Give Us a Call

May 13th, 2019

return-air-vent-on-wall As the warm weather gets underway, we recommend you pay attention to how your air conditioning system is running. If you’ve already scheduled maintenance service for it (and it’s not too late to do so if you haven’t!), the air conditioner will probably run without any problems. Keeping an AC in top-flight condition is a big part of what maintenance is for.

But even with routine service, you may need air conditioning repair in Bergen County, NJ during the summer. Watch for some of the signs below during the beginning of the season—they’ll help warn you in time to get the professional repair assistance you need.

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How Your Indoor Air Can Impact Your AC Performance

April 29th, 2019

top-view-of-an-outdoor-air-conditioning-unitDid you know that the quality of your indoor air can actually be worse than the outdoor air? This is especially true for humidity. Humidity is something we’re all too familiar with here in the summertime. It’s when there is excessive moisture in the air that it’s harder for us to cool off, since we can’t sweat. High humidity can even cause health problems.

The relative humidity in your home can quickly climb above 50% at this time of year, when it actually should be between 30%–50%. We’re going to talk about this more below, in addition to what it means for you and your health, as well as the health of your air conditioner. Remember, your air conditioner does have some dehumidification properties, but it’s not designed to effectively reduce your relative humidity level to where it should be.

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Why Do Heat Pumps Need Tune-Ups Twice a Year?

April 15th, 2019

white-question-mark-on-blue-circleSpringtime is typically when we encourage homeowners to schedule annual maintenance for their air conditioners. This is a season when HVAC technicians usually have less crowded schedules since they’re responding to fewer emergency calls for broken down heaters or air conditioners, and therefore it’s easier to schedule this HVAC service in Bergen County, NJ.

During maintenance, our professionals do a thorough cleaning, make adjustments, and check for repair needs, to make sure your air conditioner is ready for the season ahead. But… what if you have a heat pump that you use for heating and cooling? It was just maintained back in fall, do you really need a tune-up again?

Well, yes.

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Have You Scheduled AC Maintenance Yet?

April 1st, 2019

air-conditioner-being-worked-onTemperatures are still cool, but with spring officially here now is the time to start preparing for warmer weather. Part of this preparation is scheduling your air conditioning system’s annual maintenance appointment.

There are a few small tasks you can do on your own when it comes to maintaining your cooling system. For instance, you should be changing its air filter every 1–3 months during periods of use (same goes for your forced-air heater), but only a trained and experienced technician can manage the numerous tasks involved with professional AC tune-ups.

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What Boiler Scaling Is, and Why You Shouldn’t Ignore It

March 18th, 2019

gas-pressure-valve-on-boilerHave you ever been told by a plumbing professional that your boiler has been affected by boiler scale? Another name for it is boiler deposits. You might not be sure whether to take this issue seriously as it’s not blaringly obvious that something is wrong with your boiler. In fact, scaling in boilers is actually common.

High levels of minerals in your water—namely, calcium and magnesium—get left behind in the boiler tank and tubes, which can lead to reduction in heat along with a loud banging noise indicating damage is being done inside. That said, if you’re wondering if it’s dangerous for your boiler, yes, it is!

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Do Ductless Heaters Have Unique Repair Needs?

March 4th, 2019

person-turning-on-ductless-air-handlerWhen customers ask us what the best options are for new HVAC systems today, we are quick to suggest ductless heating (and cooling). The reason for this is how efficient and effective these systems are. Rather than operating through a network of air ducts connected to an indoor air handler, like a traditional central air conditioner or furnace, ductless systems have an outdoor unit to which you can connect up to four indoor air handlers. These air handlers are mounted up high on the walls of the rooms in which they are installed, and can be controlled independently of each other.

There are a number of good reasons to go ductless in your home. There are equally good reasons to only trust a professional for the installation! Today, we’re going to look at a downside to ductless systems if yours is not professionally installed. It’s nothing awful, but it requires attention nonetheless. If you don’t know what to look for and expect, you could wind up with significant, costly property damage, and we don’t want that for you. So, what is this downside?

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