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HVAC Inspection Tips Before You Buy Your New Home

When you are in the market for a new home, you know that there are various things that must be inspected before you make a purchase. “Big-ticket” items, such as the roof and the foundation, can definitely be deal-breakers. There is another important item that needs to be inspected before you make an offer on a home. The HVAC system of your potential home should be inspected from top to bottom to ensure that it is fully-operational and safe.

While the home inspector you choose may turn on each system to make sure they run, they need to take it to the next level as well. The following HVAC inspection tips will help you understand what your HVAC professional should be looking for during the inspection.

Leaky ductwork – The ducts of your HVAC system are like the veins running throughout your body. They carry the heated and cooled air to the different rooms of the home. If your ductwork is shoddy, your energy costs will rise, your HVAC system will not operate efficiently, and you could be exposed to various health hazards.

Mold – One of the health hazards that can arise from ductwork in need of repair, mold grows in moist areas. When your ductwork allows moisture to develop, there is a good chance of mold. Mold will quickly spread and your ducts will carry the mold spores to each room of your home. The mold can trigger asthma attacks and even cause you to become ill.

Carbon monoxide – Your HVAC professional should test for elevated levels of carbon monoxide. This can be the result of a furnace that is not working right. Carbon monoxide is deadly and, while your HVAC professional can check the levels, you should make sure you have detectors installed to protect your family in the future.

Ventilation – Inadequate ventilation can lead to increased allergies, moisture and other problems. Your HVAC professional should inspect the system to ensure that your home has the proper ventilation.

Understanding Your Home’s Heating And Cooling Systems

Ahhh, isn’t it nice coming home to a comfortable home after a long day on the job?

In the summer, stepping from your warm car to your cool home is refreshing. And feeling the warmth when you rush in from a snow storm in the winter makes you instantly happy to be home.

Yet while you probably love your home for a variety of reasons, you probably don’t give much thought to the main system that keeps your home comfy – your heating and cooling system.

Your heating and cooling system – HVAC system – isn’t just the units themselves. The entire system is intricately run throughout every room in your home. Continue reading →

20 Ways To Lower Your Air Conditioning Costs

With summer on its way, you will soon be making use of your home’s air conditioner. Relaxing in a cool environment through the heat of the day is more than a luxury – it is practically a necessity. Without an air conditioner, you may have trouble sleeping and could even suffer heat exhaustion. However, using your air conditioner is sure to raise your energy bills. The following twenty tips will help you lower your air conditioning costs so you can stay cool all summer long.

1.    Check for and seal any air leaks around doors, windows, plumbing and wiring.

2.    Let a professional service your air conditioning unit before summer hits – this will ensure that your system is ready to go when the temperatures start to rise.

3.    Keep the moisture level inside your home down by using a dehumidifier.

4.    Clean and replace your air filters at least once a month.

5.    Avoid using your oven and other heat-producing appliances until the evening when the temperature drops.

6.    Make sure your air conditioning unit is free from any debris, objects and plants – this will ensure that the unit is able to draw air into the system without any trouble.

7.    Make sure you turn off lights that are not being used to save energy and money – your cooling unit will cost you enough without adding to the expense with unnecessary lighting. Continue reading →

How Your Air Conditioner May Help Control Your Asthma

Asthma is a condition that affects millions of people around the world. It is a respiratory condition and attacks can be minor or severe – even life threatening. There are various triggers for an asthma attack – dust and allergens in the air are common triggers for attacks. With spring being in full-force and summer approaching, it can be tough to be an asthma sufferer. You take a few steps outside and the pollen sets off an attack.

While many people head to the doctors office for ways of dealing with asthma symptoms. Yet there may be one easy way you’ve completely overlooked. Your air conditioner. Yes, your air conditioner can help control your asthma.

Your air conditioner is not going to save you from an asthma attack – your asthma medication will handle that. However, your home’s air conditioner can help make your breathing environment cleaner – meaning fewer asthma attacks. Continue reading →

Swamp Cooler or Air Conditioner: What’s The Best For Your Home?

With summer almost here, it is time to make sure your home is ready to battle the heat. If you want to stay cool and comfortable through the hottest season of the year, you need a cooling system for your house. For dry climates, the choice is usually narrowed down to two: an air conditioner or a swamp cooler. But which should it be? What is the best choice to help you stay cool and save money and energy in the process?

In many cases, the decision may be made for you. If you have one or the other in place, the easiest choice may be replacement. But if you are considering adding or changing out your system in its entirety, there are a few things to keep in mind.

An air conditioner is a more complex piece of equipment. It utilizes two fans, a compressor motor, and a pump to remove water that condenses on the outside of the cooling coils. A swamp cooler uses a fan, a water pump and water. Continue reading →

Tips To Consider Before Updating Your HVAC Equipment

Has your furnace been acting up? Are you wondering if your air conditioner will keep up with the high temperatures this summer? If your home’s HVAC system is aging, you may be in the market for a new one. After all, you do NOT want to be caught in the middle of a snowstorm or heat wave without a working system for your home.

If you haven’t shopped for heating and cooling systems in a while, there are key things to keep in mind before you finalize your decision. Never make a decision on a coupon and a “promise” from a flyer or mailer. Instead, do your research and make sure you are getting the right system and the right contractor for you. An informed consumer makes the best purchases and the following tips can help you choose the right HVAC system for your heating and cooling needs.

  • Size matters – especially when it comes to an HVAC system. You might be able to find a great price on a unit, but the question remains – is it large enough to heat or cool your home? The square footage of your home must be taken into consideration when choosing an HVAC system – too small and your home will not be the proper temperature, too large and you will be wasting precious energy (and dollars).
  • Professional installation is a must – HVAC systems are complicated and the installation of a new system is not something to be taken on by the average DIY homeowner. Will your new unit replace the old, or does it need retro-fitting in order to make it a compliant unit? Make sure you find an expert that guarantees their work, so if you run into any problems, help is only a phone call away.
  • Proper maintenance goes a long way – keeping your HVAC system maintained could extend the life of your system. Without proper maintenance, you risk voiding your warranty. After your warranty expires, proper maintenance can help you fix potential problems before they become disasters.

With an updated HVAC system, your home will keep you warm, cool and comfortable all year long – and for many, many years to come.

Does The Compressor In Your Air Conditioner Need Replacing?

Summer is approaching and this means that temperatures will be rising. And because Colorado has been experiencing unseasonably warm weather, we may be in for a real scorcher this year. The last thing you need is your air conditioning unit to fail on the warmest day of the year. It is important to catch problems before they start – which is why regular maintenance on your unit is essential.

However, even with regular maintenance, air conditioners can fail.

One of the main components of your air conditioner is the compressor. This vital piece of machinery is necessary for your unit to cool your home. It is the job of the compressor to pump the refrigerant to the evaporator coil, which cools the air that enters your home. If your compressor fails, you will be left in the heat.

So, the question remains – does the compressor in your air conditioner need replacing? To find that answer, you need to know the signs of a failing compressor: Continue reading →

What Does A MERV Rating On An Air Filter Mean?

When you have to replace the air filter on your home’s air conditioning unit, you have probably noticed a MERV rating. MERV stands for the Minimum Efficiency Reporting Value, a numerical value given to filters in order to identify its filtering abilities. The rating includes a number from 1 to 16. While you may have noticed this number, you might not know what the number means.

A MERV rating lets you know how well the air filter removes dust from the air that comes through the filter. Basically, it rates the efficiency of the filter at removing dust. We all know that clean, dust-free air is better for our overall health. So, having this type of rating on air filters lets you choose the filter that will work best for your home and unit. Continue reading →

Money Saving Tips For Running Your Air Conditioner This Summer

Spring is in the air, and summer is just around the corner.  This means warmer days and an increasing demand for air conditioning.  While we all want to be cool and comfortable this summer; we would also prefer to avoid the power bill that usually comes with it.  Try these simple tips to stay cool and save money this summer.

Change your filter – This is one bit of advice we all know; yet few of us actually follow.  Changing your filter can drastically improve the function of your air conditioning unit.  Clean air filters mean the air conditioning unit doesn’t have to work as hard to draw air in.  Check your air filters once a month and change them every two months during the summer to help your unit function efficiently. Continue reading →

Summer Is Coming: AC Maintenance and Cleaning Tips

With the warmer weather upon us, it is time to get your air conditioning unit ready to battle the heat. If you wait until the last minute, you may face costly repairs that will leave you broke and sweltering – two uncomfortable situations for any homeowner. And if you wait until the HVAC contractors have a long list of clients to visit, you may wait days to have your unit fixed.

Homeowners should perform maintenance on their air conditioning units before summer strikes – preferably in the spring – so that the unit is ready and waiting to do its job. The same can be said of heating units – maintenance should be performed in the fall before the cold weather sets in. By properly upkeeping your cooling unit, you will ensure a cool, comfortable summer.

  • Make sure the condensing unit is not covered. Your AC unit has to draw air into the system before it can cool it and release it through your vents. If the condensing unit is covered, the AC cannot cool the air. Make certain that the condensing unit is clean and free of any obstructions. Continue reading →
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6225 W. 48th Avenue | (Near I-70 and Harlan) | Wheat Ridge, CO 80033 | 303-421-5525

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