Dirty Little Secrets

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I am surprised and saddened by the number of homeowners who are fooled by contractors that present a proposal, bid, or estimate, for a heating and/or air conditioning system, that is intentionally designed to hide information. These clever deceivers use a variety of means to write a proposal lacking important information that could help homeowners…

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All About Ducts

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I thought it was high time to write an article about residential heating and air conditioning ducts, so here goes. Ducts are simply a vessel to deliver air into your home from the heating and/or air conditioning system. The ducts are a crucial component of all conventional heating and air conditioning systems. If the ducts…

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What is Condensation?

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Willis Carrier originally developed what we now know as air conditioning, back in 1902. His objective was to help a friend who owned a printing business. Excessive humidity was causing problems with the printing paper. A system was installed that removed humidity from the air. Another result of this new machine was that it also…

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What is 'Manual J?'

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Residential air conditioning systems are available in a variety of capacities, commonly referred to as ‘tons.’ You’ve probably heard of an air conditioning system referred to as a three-, four- or five-ton system. This term has nothing to do with the actual weight of the equipment, but rather, a measurement that determines the amount of…

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Making Better Decision

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How long would you like your air conditioning condenser to last? As long as possible, right? Modern air conditioning condensers will typically last about 20 years. If your condensing unit did not last quite that long, it’s possible the cause of the failure was preventable. So, unless you enjoy buying a new condenser sooner than…

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Being a Smart Shopper

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Your income tax refund is burning a hole in your pocket so you’ve decided to start shopping for a new television set – probably one of those new high definition models. Like many of us today, you may have begun your research online. Then, you might visit some of the local merchants before deciding on…

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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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