(Near I-70 and Harlan)
Wheat Ridge, CO 80033
Summer is near and soon, the temperatures will be soaring. Now is a good time to make sure your air conditioning system is ready to beat the heat. It is also a good time to learn some common mistakes you may be making with your air conditioning. These mistakes can cause your electric bill to rise and your air conditioner to be overworked. Make an effort to understand and avoid the following air conditioning mistakes for a cool, comfortable summer.
Proper maintenance is essential. Maintenance includes more than turning the system on in the spring to make sure it is working. Clean or replace your air filters at least once every two months. Make sure the seal around window units is tight.
Size matters. Make sure you choose an air conditioning system that fits the size of the area you need cooled. Too big and you will be wasting energy because your air conditioner will not operate efficiently. Too small and your air conditioner will be overworked. If you are unsure of the size you need, ask a professional for advice. Continue reading →
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 →
As summer approaches with its intense heat, many of us will discover little (or big) issues with our AC systems that require attention from a professional. If you happen to find yourself in this situation, here is are a few terms you might want to familiarize yourself with.
Air handler – This term refers to the blower fan, the heating coil, and the materials that house them.
Attic Fan – A fan mounted in your attic that forcefully expels air from the attic.
Attic Vent – An opening in the attic that passively allows hot air and condensation to escape from the attic.
Blower fan – The fan used to move air over the heating/cooling mechanisms in the unit.
BTUs – An abbreviation for British Thermal Units, the measurement for heat output.
Compressor – The compressor applies pressure to the coolant so it can move through the system.
Condenser – The condenser puts pressure on the coolant, changing it from a gas to a liquid.
Dampers – These control the direction of the airflow in your system.
Ducts – No, this is not a misspelling of the quacking bird. Ducts are the tubes that carry conditioned air (hot or cold) through your home. Supply ducts carry conditioned air throughout your home while return ducts bring air back to the unit for conditioning. Continue reading →
8. The first concept of air conditioning was developed by British scientist Michael Faraday in 1820 when he discovered compressing and liquefying ammonia could chill air when it was allowed to evaporate.
7. In 1842, Florida physician John Gorrie used the compressor technology to create ice and use it to create cool air for his patients. He envisioned his ice making device could be used in homes and buildings everywhere, and was granted a patent in 1851. His hopes for its success vanished when he lost financial backing, and died a pauper in 1855. The idea didn’t catch on for more than 50 years.
6. One of the biggest boosts to the movie industry was the introduction of air conditioning. As you can imagine, movie theaters could get rather stuffy in the warm summer months. In 1902, Willis Carrier came up with an idea to artificially cool the air, and the idea of air conditioning was born. Continue reading →
We all want to save money. With summer just around the corner, we also want to stay cool. Here are a few things you should do this summer to stay cool and still save money on your air conditioning energy bill.
1. Change the filters – One of the simplest things you can do is change the air filters every two or three months.
2. Raise the temperature – Keep the thermostat set to the highest temperature possible for your comfort. They say each degree difference means a 3% increase/decrease in your bill.
3. Don’t make drastic temperature changes – If you are warm, change the temperature slowly. Setting the thermostat ten degrees lower only stresses the system out and costs more money. Continue reading →
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.