Air Conditioning Articles

How Can I Afford a New AC System (and Other HVAC Equipment)?

August 17, 2020
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The COVID-19 pandemic has affected so many lives around us, both health-wise and financially. At Balance Point Heating & Air Conditioning, we remain committed to providing the best service to all our Colorado customers during this difficult time. Let’s stick together as a community and help each other whenever we can.

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What Is the Difference Between Single-Stage and Variable-Speed ACs?

June 18, 2020
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What’s the difference between single-stage and variable-speed air conditioners? Our team wants to help you find the right AC for your home.

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Be an Informed Consumer by Learning AC Lingo

May 26, 2020
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Want to know more about your home’s air conditioner? Our team is happy to share the following definitions to teach you some common terms.

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How Environmental Issues Can Affect Your AC

March 23, 2020
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When you’re looking at how your air conditioner works, it can depend on a wide variety of factors. Most people realize that the brand you select, the size, the features, and the efficiency rating all play a role in how well an air conditioner will cool your Loveland home. However, many environmental issues also play…

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3 Health Benefits for Using Your AC While Sleeping

August 6, 2019

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Common AC Problems and Solutions

August 6, 2019

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Why Is my AC Failing?

July 25, 2019

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How Does Your Central Air Conditioner Cool Your Home?

July 9, 2019

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What is a Ductless Mini Split Air Conditioner?

June 12, 2019

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How Air Conditioners Help With Seasonal Allergies

May 20, 2019

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4 Things You Might Not Know About Air Conditioners

May 3, 2019

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Central AC Basics

March 31, 2019

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How to Save Money on Your Energy Bill This Spring

March 11, 2019

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Do I Really Need an Air Conditioning Tune Up?

August 23, 2018

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Air Conditioner Components

August 13, 2018

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Do I Need to Chemical Flush the Condenser on My Air Conditioner?

July 31, 2018

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How to Choose Between Quotes for Your New Air Conditioner

July 16, 2018

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Why is My AC Blowing Hot Air?

June 28, 2018

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Common Air Conditioning Problems

June 8, 2018

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Why is My AC Turning On and Off?

May 18, 2018

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3 Signs You Need a New AC

May 8, 2018

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The Importance of Air Conditioning Maintenance

April 25, 2018

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The Phaseout of R-22

April 23, 2018

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How to Save Money on AC

August 24, 2017

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Heat Gain Prevention in Fort Collins

August 4, 2017

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The Benefits of Ductless AC

July 25, 2017

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Why is My AC Freezing Up?

July 19, 2017

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Do Air Conditioners Help With Allergies?

June 22, 2017

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Does an Air Conditioner Kill Mold?

June 9, 2017

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Air Conditioning Knowledge

May 23, 2017

HVAC systems are much like cars – the more you know, the better you can take care of them. Air Conditioning units and furnaces often get overlooked in general home maintenance since they are mostly out of sight and run behind the scenes. Let’s look at a few things about your AC unit that you…

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What Does SEER Mean?

May 8, 2017

When it comes to your air conditioner, a common term used in the HVAC business that you’re likely to see is your air conditioner’s SEER. But what exactly is SEER? SEER stands for Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio. It’s a rating system of the air conditioner’s cooling capacity to power input; the ratio of the amount…

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Why Is My AC Making So Much Noise?

April 24, 2017

Your air conditioning unit will always make some noise when running, and older units are louder than newer ones, so consider the age of your unit before getting too concerned about the noise that it is making. At Balance Point Heating & Air Conditioning, we recommend a maintenance inspection at least once a year to…

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What Size AC Unit Should I Get?

April 21, 2017

Having the right sized air conditioner is a key component in cooling your space effectively. A unit that is too small has to run constantly, playing catch up all day trying to fill a space that it isn’t designed for. A unit that is too big will turn on, cool the space quickly and then…

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When Do I Need a New Air Conditioner?

August 9, 2016

Air conditioning is crucial for comfort in your daily life. A well maintained air conditioner, (yearly inspections and monthly filter changes) can last 10-15 years. What are the signs that I need a new AC unit? Age How old is your air conditioner? The most common reason for a new unit is age. The older…

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Why is my Air Conditioner Blowing Hot Air?

July 21, 2016

  Summer is time to enjoy cooling off by the pool or lake, but remember that while you are relaxing your AC is running all day. What happens when suddenly your air conditioning unit starts blowing hot air? Here is a few things that you should check: Your Thermostat Sometimes the simplest explanations are the…

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How Does My AC Work?

July 7, 2016

An air conditioner is a standard appliance in home comfort. The Energy Information Administration reports that 87% of homes have an AC unit and they account for almost 20% of yearly electricity consumption in the US. At Balance Point Heating and Air Conditioning, we believe that knowledge is power – the more you know about…

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Common Mistakes Made When Purchasing New AC

May 24, 2016

The Wrong Sized Unit It is easy to buy a unit too large or too small for your space. A larger unit does not necessarily mea more cooling power. Each AC system is designed for certain sized spaces, different cooling needs, household age etc.. A unit that is too large or too small is inefficient…

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Common Reasons Why Your A/C Keeps Tripping the Circuit Breaker

August 25, 2015

One moment you’re basking in the cool comfort your A/C offers, and the next you’re breaking into a sweat wondering why your air conditioner isn’t working. If this sums up your situation, then chances are your A/C is tripping the circuit breaker. There are plenty of reasons why this happens. The following offers three explanations…

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Reasons to Replace Your Indoor and Outdoor A/C Units at the Same Time

August 13, 2015

Central air conditioning systems, sometimes known as split systems, consist of two sets of components: one housed indoors and the other kept outside in a sturdy cabinet. These two collections of important parts are separate from each other, but they make up one entire system. When replacing your existing air conditioning system, both indoor and outdoor…

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What Should Your HVAC Technician Do During Regular A/C Maintenance?

August 6, 2015

Scheduling annual maintenance appointments for your air conditioner is vital for to ensure the system stays in optimal condition for as long as possible. An A/C that’s well cared for experiences fewer breakdowns and is also more energy efficient, which means your monthly utility costs will be less. Your home will feel more comfortable and…

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Keep Heat Gain in Check With These Tips for Your Fort Collins Home

August 4, 2015

Summers in the Fort Collins area can get toasty, and with the hot weather comes increased heat gain and household cooling costs. The good news is that you can reduce your dependency on your air conditioner by taking some relatively simple and low cost steps. Doing so not only results in greater energy savings, but also…

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How to Save Money On AC

July 30, 2015

How to save money on your air conditioning and energy bill in the summer. The US Department of Energy says that AC can account for up to 47% of your utility bill. At Balance Point Heating and Cooling we take energy efficiency seriously and have some advice on air conditioning use as well as tips…

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Refrigeration Cycle: Learn How Your A/C Cools Your Home

July 30, 2015

If you’re like a lot of homeowners, your central air conditioning is something you only think about when problems start to arise. Understanding the principles behind air conditioning can help you recognize why regular A/C maintenance is so important and provide you with the ability to troubleshoot problems. The refrigeration cycle is at the heart of…

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How to Reduce Uncomfortable Humidity in Your Home

July 23, 2015

While the Front Range is relatively dry in terms of relative humidity, we can still get some sticky days in the summer, and some homes have unique conditions that make the indoor air more humid. The good news is that a variety of strategies are available to reduce humidity in your Fort Collins area home. This…

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What Are Some Common Air Conditioner Condensate Drain Problems?

July 16, 2015

If you think your home’s central air conditioner is purely a cooling system, you’re ignoring a second important function: dehumidification. Both heat energy and moisture are extracted from household air in order to provide comfortable cooling, and all that moisture has to go somewhere. Unfortunately, the process for removing residual moisture can cause A/C condensate drain…

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Don’t Fall for These Home Cooling Myths

July 14, 2015

Over the years, you’ve likely heard a lot of misinformation concerning residential air conditioning. Some of these home cooling myths are harmless, but others can cost you money while keeping your home from achieving the comfort you might otherwise enjoy. Get the truth about these four home cooling myths. Myth: Ceiling Fans Will Lower the…

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Simple Advice to Landscape the Area Around Your Fort Collins A/C Unit

July 9, 2015

For many homeowners, the gray box sitting on a concrete pad beside the home — known as the condenser/compressor of the central air conditioning system — is a necessary evil. No indoor cooling happens without that box to expel heat energy that’s been removed from the house. Fortunately, you can have cooling without ruining the exterior…

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Learn the Facts About Air Conditioning That Every Homeowner Should Know

July 7, 2015

It stands to reason that the more you know about a home system, the better equipped you’ll be at maintaining it and diagnosing any problems that arise. This definitely applies to your home’s air conditioning system, which operates in the background. Following are some helpful facts about air conditioning that will help you keep an eye…

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Why is My Air Conditioner Making Noise?

June 28, 2015

Your air conditioning unit will always make some noise when running. Older units are louder than newer ones, so consider the age of your unit before getting too concerned about the noise that it is making. If the regular noise level from your ac unit is too much for you, one of our professionals can…

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How to Know the Difference Between SEER and EER Ratings

June 16, 2015

SEER and EER ratings are common standards used to express the efficiency of an air conditioner—basically, how much cool comfort you get for the utility costs you pay. Prominently displayed on the yellow EnergyGuide sticker attached to all new units, these metrics are an invaluable aid in arriving at an educated buying decision. Which efficiency…

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5 Methods of Protecting Your A/C From Theft in Fort Collins

June 11, 2015

You may not consider your air conditioner something that could just “walk off” and vanish into the darkness, but the reality is that air conditioner theft is on the rise because of the valuable copper A/C units contain. For that reason, it’s important to take some simple steps to protect your A/C from theft as…

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How to Troubleshooot Your A/C When It’s Blowing Hot Air

June 9, 2015

It’s certainly distressing when the cooling system is blowing hot air. At the same time, though, you may have an inkling of hope that you can troubleshoot your A/C since it is actually running. You’re right. Many problems can be resolved without a call to your HVAC technician. Here are a few tips. Thermostat Check…

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5 Air Conditioner Sounds That May Signal a Problem

June 2, 2015

Despite an unusually wet, cool spring here in northern Colorado, the summer is shaping up to be another hot one. The last thing you need is to hear are strange air conditioner sounds as the temperature starts to soar outside. If you hear any of these five sounds, call in a professional to take a…

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Energy-Efficient Ways to Lower Cooling Costs and Stay Comfortable

May 26, 2015

It’s bound to be another hot, dry summer in northern Colorado. How do you plan to keep your cooling costs down? You could shut off the air conditioner altogether, but what about staying comfortable? The following energy efficiency tips will help lower cooling costs without sacrificing comfort. Program your thermostat for savings. Don’t have a programmable…

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Why is My Air Conditioner Freezing Up?

May 19, 2015

One of the more common and frustrating things that can happen to your Air Conditioning Unit is a freeze up. This is when a layer of ice forms on the outside of your AC unit. Whether you have a window unit or a central air system the causes and effects of this, as well as…

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Ductless Troubleshooting: How to Maintain Your System for Better Efficiency

May 14, 2015

Ductless mini split systems can increase convenience and comfort for Fort Collins homeowners, but when they malfunction, many owners don’t know where to start looking for an answer. To keep your ductless mini split working and avoid a call to the repairman, know these ductless troubleshooting and maintenance tips: Change your air filters once a…

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Air Conditioner Maintenance: Simple Tasks a Homeowner Can Handle

May 12, 2015

Performing regular air conditioner maintenance will improve energy efficiency and extend the life of your system. It’s easy to take your HVAC system for granted until it breaks down, but this approach will result in larger repair bills as well as higher electricity bills. Add these simple tasks to your regular home checklist to keep…

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7 Crucial Air Conditioner Parts That Keep Your System Running

May 7, 2015

Summer is coming, and Fort Collins homeowners are scheduling their air conditioner maintenance to make sure that they stay cool through the hot months. But how many homeowners know about the air conditioner parts being serviced? Understanding how your A/C works can shed some light on how your home stays cool, and why you need…

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4 Elements of a Professional A/C Installation

April 2, 2015

Once you’ve weighed the pros and cons and decided to replace the A/C in your Fort Collins home, you need to make sure that it’s installed correctly. Your HVAC contractor can provide the specific details on what’s involved, but you can expect that every professional A/C installation will include four key elements. Equipment Sizing The…

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Top Signs Your A/C System is in Need of Repair

December 23, 2014

As much as you’d like to think your A/C system will run perfectly forever, this just isn’t going to happen. All mechanical things break down at one point or another. However, most systems will show signs that a repair is necessary to keep it from dying completely. Here are some ways your A/C system is telling you it’s in…

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Setting the Right Temperature for Your Ductless Mini Split

December 11, 2014

Now that your ductless mini split is installed, you could probably use some tips for finding the perfect comfort zone. Operating at maximum efficiency will enhance the energy cost savings these systems were designed for. How the Thermostat Measures Temperatures. Your old HVAC system was probably set up so that the thermostat was measuring temperatures at about four…

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Learn the Basics — How Your HVAC System Works 101

August 21, 2014

For many people, the inner workings of their car engines are a mystery. For others, their Fort Collins heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) system is similarly just an odd assortment of metal. Understanding your HVAC system, though, can help you save money and improve energy efficiency. The HVAC System Comprises Its Parts While at…

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Home Renovation? Tips for Keeping Your HVAC Free of Dirt and Debris

August 19, 2014

Renovating your Fort Collins area home means dealing with many unpleasant side effects of the remodeling process. One of those side effects, however, doesn’t have to be damage to your HVAC equipment if you follow the proper home renovation tips to keep your heating and cooling system protected during the renovation process. Plan Ahead –…

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A/C Not Working as It Should? Symptoms It May Be Saying Goodbye

August 14, 2014

Is your A/C not working the way it should? How do you know when your air conditioning inside your home needs to be replaced?  Air conditioners don’t live forever and the EPA actually recommends that you replace your air conditioner with a more energy efficient Energy Star rated unit every ten years. But if you aren’t in…

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A/C Out? It Could Need a Refrigerant Charge

August 12, 2014

It’s your A/C’s job to keep you and your Fort Collins home cool. When your A/C stops cooling, or working sufficiently, any number of things might be responsible for causing it to falter. One of the culprits could be a refrigerant leak or an improperly charged system. If your A/C is low on refrigerant, then the unit…

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Overloading Your A/C Is Easy But Not Helpful — Ways to Lighten the Load

July 29, 2014

Even if your Fort Collins home has a highly-efficient air conditioner, how it is used, how it is maintained and the overall condition of the home itself can influence the efficiency of the system and how much you pay for cooling every month. With the following tips you can learn ways to avoid overloading your…

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R-22 Phaseout is Happening Now — What You Need to Know

July 17, 2014

Due to government regulations regarding R-22, the most common refrigerant used in air conditioning and the target of an ongoing phaseout because it depletes the earth’s ozone, homeowners should be aware that at some point, they will have to replace their A/Cs with equipment that uses new refrigerants. The good news is that when you…

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Planning a New Home? Consider These 4 Types of HVAC Systems

July 3, 2014

Building a new home in the Fort Collins area (or anywhere really) is exciting for a number of reasons. One important reason is the chance to do everything right, creating the home environment you (or your buyers) truly want. Among the many decisions you’ll need to make is how to heat and cool the house.…

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A/C Problems to Avoid

July 1, 2014

The top three A/C problems technicians find on service calls are: Improper operation Improper maintenance Improper refrigerant charge Two out of three of those you can troubleshoot yourself before calling a technician. Improper Operation Believe it or not, the first thing you should check is the thermostat. Is it set to cool? If not, flip…

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A/C Making Strange Sounds? Tips for Determining What’s Up

June 24, 2014

A functional A/C makes summer a lot more pleasant, and if you live in a place where it routinely gets very hot, an A/C unit is pretty much essential. However, even the best air conditioners have problems, and one of the most common customer complaints is an A/C making strange sounds. While it can be…

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Help Your A/C’s Performance This Summer

June 19, 2014

As energy costs continue to rise in the Fort Collins area, keeping your home cool during the summer may prove to be an expensive proposition. If you would like to keep your house comfortable, while reducing your utility bills, consider these guidelines to help optimize your A/C’s performance: Use Only Matched Components: All of the…

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Reading the Signs for When It’s Time to Replace the A/C

June 17, 2014

The decision to replace the A/C requires considering several factors. It’s a not-too-soon/not-too-late scenario: Ideally, you want to upgrade after you’ve gotten the maximum service life out of your existing unit but before it begins costing you lots of money in high-priced repairs and overall outmoded efficiency.  Here are some guidelines to help you make…

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It’s Summertime, and the Savings Are Easier With Energy Star

June 5, 2014

We are all looking to save a little money where we can and when it comes to keeping your home cool during the summer, the place to begin is with an Energy Star cooling system. Because these appliances are designed with efficiency in mind, they are not only better for the environment, they are better for…

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Cooling Season Tips That Make a Difference

June 3, 2014

During the warm summer months, many households see a dramatic spike in their electricity costs. It is possible to decrease the amount of money that you have to spend in your costs though. The following cooling season tips will help you save a lot of money this summer. Use Modern Conveniences Cooking in a microwave will…

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The Pros and Cons of Professional Ductless Mini Split Installation

May 29, 2014

Are you looking for a way to cool your home while improving indoor air quality (IAQ)? Ductless mini split systems offer an ideal solution. These systems are energy-efficient and can be retrofitted into nearly any building. Cons of Professional Installation There are no disadvantages to having a professional complete the ductless mini split installation process,…

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Ductless Mini Split Installation: A Task Mostly for a Pro, but Homeowner Can Help With Prep

May 27, 2014

A ductless mini split system may be something you are seriously considering having installed into your home. Many people choose ductless mini split installation for a couple of reasons. One is that a home may be older in construction, and there may not be adequate space to install a traditional HVAC system. Another reason may…

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Four Basic Types of A/C: Which Is Best in Your Fort Collins Home?

May 22, 2014

As summer fast approaches, it’s time to start thinking about how to keep cool once temperatures soar. Whether you’re replacing an aging cooling system or installing the first, it’s important to know there is more than one kind available for your Fort Collins home. Here is some information on the four basic types of A/C,…

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Changing the Air Filter Is Easy, Right? Yes, but There’s More to Know

May 8, 2014

The air filter in your HVAC system is the only thing standing between a wide assortment of airborne contaminants and your family’s breathing air. Indoor air pollution is composed of not only the common dust particles you can see, but invisible microorganisms like mold spores and bacteria, as well as pet dander, lint and even…

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Time for Your Annual A/C Inspection

May 6, 2014

Now that spring has finally come to the Fort Collins area, it is a good time to do some maintenance around your home and during the process, you should go ahead and schedule your annual A/C inspection. By scheduling it now, rather than at the beginning of summer, you can avoid your contractor’s busy season…

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Air Leaks Can Cost A Lot in the Long Run: Learn How to Stop Them

April 29, 2014

Have you noticed air leaks in your heating or cooling systems? Air leaks could even occur without you noticing the problem, but you’ll notice increases in your utility bills that can add up over time. Use these tips to stop leaks to keep your home comfortable at a fraction of the cost. How To Find…

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Here Are Common Air Conditioner Problems That You Should Keep an Eye On

April 24, 2014

Soon the warm season will be coming to northern Colorado, and that means you’ll want your air conditioning system to be in tip-top shape. Some of the most common problems are things that you can actually manage yourself, so it’s worth being on the lookout for some of these to avoid any degradation to the performance of…

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5 Ways to Keep Your Air Conditioner from Being Stolen

April 10, 2014

Your air conditioner keeps you cool in the spring and summer months and it’s an essential part of your home if you live in a warm climate. However, air conditioner theft is rising, and many thieves are taking whole units or simply stripping the units for valuable parts inside like copper wiring. Use these five…

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Energy Star Appliances Offer Year-Round Savings

January 16, 2014

Need to purchase a new HVAC system for your home? Look for the Energy Star label on heating and cooling systems and you’ll save energy, which is good for both the world and your wallet. Before you begin your search for an Energy Star appliance, here are some terms that you should become familiar with.…

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Ductless Mini Splits Come in Several Types

January 7, 2014

Ductless mini splits are available in many types, offering home and business owners high-efficiency heating and cooling solutions to meet the demands of practically any remodeling, new addition, whole-home or simple space air-conditioning project. Discover the multitude of mounting options afforded by ductless single-, multi- and flex-zoned configurations, and how going ductless is a wise…

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Your UV Lights Need to Be Bright to Do Their Job

January 2, 2014

Ultraviolet lights in HVAC systems are installed to help eliminate allergens and organic pollutants in the air. The lights accomplish this by destroying the DNA of the organisms that are drawn through the system. UV lights naturally lose some effectiveness over time and thus keeping up with maintenance is as important as any other HVAC system…

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Zoning System: Ask These Questions to Determine if You Need One

December 31, 2013

Have you ever walked into a room and wondered why it was so cold? Or ducked into the spare bedroom for an extra blanket and found it warmer than the rest of the house? If you find your house has areas which are constantly at a different temperature, or you seldom use some rooms, a zoning…

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Mini-Split Heating and Cooling: From the ’70s to Today

December 5, 2013

You may think of the ductless mini-split as relatively new technology. Actually, it has been around since the disco music and the leisure suits of the ’70s. But that doesn’t mean it has stayed the same. This marvelous little system has been continually evolving until today, when some mini-splits can even efficiently heat and cool…

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Ductless Mini Splits: How to Get More Out of Them During Fort Collins’ Heating Season

October 24, 2013

The ductless mini-split is a remarkable piece of heating and cooling technology. It can provide all the energy efficiency of an air-source heat pump without any ductwork. Today’s mini-splits are ideal for additions, and some are even capable of heating and cooling a small home. To get the most from your ductless mini-split, keep it…

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How an Air Conditioner Works: Key Components for Cooling

August 22, 2013

Although the majority of American homes have central air conditioning, few homeowners know how their system works. Understanding the basics of air conditioner operation can help you troubleshoot common air conditioning problems that often occur later in the Fort Collins cooling season, as well as communicate with your service technician if repairs are needed. Your…

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Maintenance for Your Ductless Mini Split Is Easier Than You Think

August 20, 2013

Over the past several years, ductless mini splits have become an increasingly popular cooling and heating option for homeowners across the United States. They’re versatile and require no ductwork. But like any other cooling or heating system, mini splits require regular maintenance. Fortunately, this is fairly easy to do, with the assistance of your expert HVAC-system…

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Solar Attic Fans — An Affordable Method of Summer Ventilation

August 1, 2013

A properly vented attic keeps your home cooler while lowering your utility bills and combating condensation buildup, which can lead to mold, mildew and rot. Attic ventilation creates constant air circulation throughout the space and helps to dissipate moisture. Electric attic fans and passive ventilation have traditionally been used. But solar attic fans can function…

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Seal Air Leaks to Keep the Conditioned Air You’re Paying For Inside Your Fort Collins Home

July 30, 2013

It can cost big bucks to keep a Fort Collins home cool in the summer. And because of that you might be hesitant to turn down the thermostat if you’re not as comfortable as you’d like to be. But did you ever stop to think that the air conditioner might not be the problem? Air…

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Common A/C Problems That May Cause a Headache in Your Fort Collins Home

July 16, 2013

Your air conditioner works hard to keep you comfortable all summer long, but a neglected system will likely encounter one or more problems during the cooling season. Yearly preventive maintenance is essential to ensure that your system operates efficiently. Your tune-up will also go a long way toward preventing these common air conditioner issues resulting…

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Ensuring a Quality Air Conditioner Installation: Your Homeowner’s Checklist

July 11, 2013

The decision to go ahead with an air conditioner installation is a major commitment. You’re putting up a lot of money for that new system, and you want to ensure that it’s installed correctly. It may be that you’re interviewing more than one contractor for the job. How do you do compare one contractor against…

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R-22 Refrigerant Supplies Are Evaporating–Is Now the Time to Replace Your A/C?

July 9, 2013

If you have an older air conditioner, you may be aware that supplies of R-22 refrigerant — the kind that your cooling system probably uses — are drying up. Your HVAC technician may have mentioned this during your last A/C tune-up. The Environmental Protection Agency has ordered a steady reduction in production and consumption of the…

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Air Conditioner Filters: MERV Ratings Explained

July 4, 2013

Colorado is blessed with big skies and a beautiful climate, but as is the case in other regions of the United States, we need our air conditioners in the summer. A well maintained air conditioner can provide many years of dependable service. You should have your system tuned-up at the beginning of the cooling season. After…

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Preventing Heat Buildup in Your Fort Collins Home

June 27, 2013

When it gets hot in Colorado, staying cool while keeping your air conditioning bills in check can be a challenge. A key way to accomplish these two goals is guarding against heat gain in your home. Heat buildup can cause your air conditioner to work much harder than it should. And when that happens, your…

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Is It Time for An Air Conditioner Replacement? 3 Telltale Signs

June 20, 2013

With the dog days rapidly approaching, you may be wondering if this is the year you should replace your air conditioner, or should you chance nursing it through another cooling season. After all, the last thing you want is a breakdown and costly repair when you need your system the most. You can’t see into…

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Manual J and Manual D: Why Your HVAC Contractor Must Go by the Books

June 6, 2013

When you hire a contractor to advise you about and install your new home-comfort system, make sure he’s not a rule-of-thumb guy. When it comes to sizing your new home-comfort equipment, exacting measurements and calculations are necessary. Get a true HVAC expert on your side to make sure you have the right system for your…

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Your New Air Conditioner: 4 Installation Issues That Can Reduce a High SEER Efficiency Rating

May 30, 2013

You probably know about the importance of the seasonal energy efficiency ratio when you’re shopping for a new air conditioner. But did you know that the contractor you choose for the installation plays a major role in whether your equipment achieves its SEER rating? After all, field conditions are quite different from lab conditions. These…

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Time for a New Air Conditioner? Go With a Replacement Now, And You Stand to Gain These Benefits

May 28, 2013

Replacing your old, inefficient air conditioner could significantly lower your cooling costs. But that’s not all you stand to gain if you invest in a new system. Take a look at how you’ll benefit by replacing your system before Fort Collins really heats up this summer. Improved technology The technology in today’s air conditioners enhances…

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Air Conditioner Maintenance: It Starts With Your Spring Tune-up But Doesn’t Stop There

May 14, 2013

You’ve probably pulled out your spring to-do list by now. If you haven’t added air conditioner maintenance to the list yet, now’s the time. You’ll soon be relying on your air conditioner, and you’ll want it to be in tip-top shape. Air conditioner maintenance begins with a professional tune-up. Your expert A/C tech will thoroughly…

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Finding the Right Match for Your Split Air Conditioner

May 9, 2013

Replacing an air conditioner is a sizable investment. It’s only natural to want to keep the outlay as minimal as possible. That’s why it’s tempting to replace only half of a split air-conditioning system if the other half seems to be working OK. For example, you might consider replacing just the indoor coil unit if…

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Dual Fuel: A Singularly Efficient System

May 2, 2013

Are you looking for an efficient way to heat and cool your greater Fort Collins home? A dual fuel system may be just the solution. Here’s how the system works, and how you can benefit from this efficient two-in-one system. Dual fuel systems take advantage of hybrid technology, which is particularly useful during the heating…

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Ductless Mini Splits: The Straight Scoop On Inverter Technology

April 25, 2013

Ductless mini-splits offer unique advantages, especially when they’re used in construction where there’s no ductwork, an unheated cabin or home addition, for example. They’re a highly efficient and flexible system, and the technology is continually improving. One of the unique components in some ductless mini splits is the inverter compressor. Here’s how the inverter compressor…

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Replacing Your HVAC System? Now’s The Time To Correct Any Problems In Your Ductwork

April 11, 2013

If you’re going to the trouble of replacing your HVAC system, it pays to ensure that your home’s ductwork is as efficient and problem-free as possible. Many heating and cooling inefficiencies in a home can be traced to ductwork problems. Now’s the time to work with your HVAC-system professional to correct these problems. Air leakage…

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Choosing The Energy Star Most-Efficient Label

February 12, 2013

Most homeowners know the value of choosing products with the Energy Star logo. Since 1992, it has been the go-to beacon, helping homeowners differentiate more-efficient home heating and cooling equipment, electronics and appliances from less-efficient products. But the Energy Star program is evolving. Motivated by multiple factors, the program has unveiled its Most-Efficient label, a…

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