Quality = Value

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For those of you who read this feature regularly or have attended one of our workshops, you know that one of my primary concerns is the lack of quality heating and air conditioning work currently being done in our community. My goal is to educate homeowners so they can make an informed choice before they…

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13 SEER is Here

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If you have no idea what a SEER rating is, then please read on. SEER (Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio) is a Federal rating system that is designed to help consumers determine how much electricity every new air conditioning unit will use when connected to a specific furnace and cooling coil. This rating system applies to…

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That Thing on the Wall

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It’s called a thermostat. It is designed to basically do just one thing; turn on and off your heating and cooling system when your house gets to a pre-selected temperature. Some thermostats are simple to use, others may require some sort of degree, or at the very least, the assistance of your resident pre-teen to…

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Installing a New System: It’s All About the Design!

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It’s time to replace your heating and/or air conditioning system. We want to help you understand the services you should expect from your heating and air conditioning contractor at change-out time. A quality installation begins with a professional design Unfortunately, some contractors merely size a new system based on the old system’s capacity rather than…

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It's Getting Chilly!

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We’re getting close to the holiday season and nobody wants to think about a new furnace, let alone a new air conditioning unit. However, what if you don’t have a choice? What if your old furnace is beginning to groan, moan, and grumble? What if you turn up the thermostat one chilly evening and your…

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Oh Good, More Rules

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Like it or not, two new regulations will soon go into effect. The first is a State Law that starts October 1, 2005 and is designed to decrease the amount of energy lost through leaking heating and air conditioning ducts. This will be accomplished by a test, which may result in a repair or possibly…

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Back to the Basics

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The basic design of heating and air conditioning systems has not changed much in over forty years. The systems main components are a furnace, a cooling coil, and a condenser. Ducts, grilles, thermostats, refrigerant lines and electrical wiring are also needed for a complete system, but for now, we’ll just go over the main system…

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Saving a Buck or Two

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June Gloom is just a fading memory, and summer has finally arrived. Have you received your latest electric bill? I hope you were sitting down. As electric rates continue to climb, what can you do to keep your bill from increasing? One sure way is to replace your old air conditioning system with a new,…

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So Many Choices

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In 1997, after many years as a heating and air conditioning service technician, I decided to hang up my tool belt and begin selling heating and air conditioning systems. I wanted to help my service customers when the time came to replace their old systems by informing them about the choices they had when selecting…

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“Two out of three ain’t bad”

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I like Rock and Roll music and was inspired to use the title of a song by Meat Loaf (Marvin Lee Aday) as the title of this months’ article. I’ve also been an L.A. Dodgers fan since the early 1960’s. Trust me, this will all make sense in a minute. If a Dodger, or any…

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