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How You Can Make Your Heating Cost Less This Year

September 20th, 2021

piles-of-moneyPlenty of locals enjoy the wintertime in Colorado Springs. For many, it’s their favorite time of the year. But no matter how much you enjoy the winter, you still need a warm house through the season, and keeping a house warm can get costly.

It doesn’t have to be too costly, however! We’ve put together a few tips for lowering your big heating budget from last year to one that’s more manageable. 

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September Arrives! Time to Have Your HVAC System Maintained

September 6th, 2021

fall-checklistSeptember already! Although fall doesn’t officially start until later this month (September 22 if you want to mark your calendar), everyone knows that September signals the time to get ready for cooler temperatures. The march toward winter weather has started. And we can think of no better way to use your September than to schedule regular HVAC maintenance in Colorado Springs, CO with us. 

Routine HVAC maintenance should be done twice a year: first in spring to prepare the air conditioner, and second in fall to prepare the heater. We experience tough winters in Colorado Springs, and the heating system in your house needs all the help it can get so that it will provide you and your family with all the heat you can get. 

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Will My AC Freeze If I Lower the Thermostat Too Far?

August 23rd, 2021

ice-on-an-acYou may have heard about an air conditioner’s indoor coil freezing over because someone lowered the thermostat too far. This may sound a bit fanciful: after all, the lowest setting on most thermostats is 60°F, which is definitely far above freezing. 

But there’s truth to this—an air conditioner can suffer from coil-freeze with the thermostat lowered too far. It’s more likely to occur at higher altitudes, such as more than 5,000 feet above sea level. Colorado Springs is 6,035 feet above sea level, so the danger of a frozen coil is extremely real for our ACs. 

Even if your AC doesn’t freeze up because of a low thermostat setting, you still shouldn’t lower the thermostat too far because it creates other problems for an AC leading to air conditioning repair in Monument, CO and high costs to run the system.

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Thinking of Getting a New AC? Some Questions to Ask Yourself

August 9th, 2021

question-markIf your air conditioner is getting old, breaks down frequently, or you have a case of rising energy bills in the summer, it may be time to get a new air conditioner.

Buying a new AC may look like a tough job, but it can be easy with help from a professional HVAC Company in Colorado Springs, CO. With that in mind, we are presenting a short guide on all the important factors you should consider in your search for a new AC.

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What a “Split System” Air Conditioner Is

July 26th, 2021

air-conditioner-condenser-3D-renderMany homeowners buy an HVAC system for central air conditioning in Colorado Springs. Although we have intense winter weather, we can also experience summers that get quite hot. If you’ve lived in the area for even one summer, you know it can be difficult to stay indoors without good air conditioning to cool off you and your family.

When you’re looking to get a new AC, you have three main options: a packaged all-in-one system, a split system, or a ductless mini split. All three have their own pros and cons.

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Ways a Clogged Filter Will Make Trouble for Your AC

July 12th, 2021

air-fliter-cuWe offer our customers plenty of advice for how they can get the most out of their air conditioning in Colorado Springs, CObetter performance, lower costs. The one piece of advice we share more than any other is “Change the AC’s air filter every one to three months.” It’s a basic job and it does so much to prevent numerous air conditioner troubles. 

Unfortunately, it’s the basic jobs that people are the most likely to forget. Although we’ll change out the air filter when we come for your annual spring maintenance, you’ll have to remember to do the filter changes through the rest of the summer on your own. One technique you can use to help you remember is to attach checking the filter with another monthly task, such as paying a utility bill. 

To help convince you to keep a regular filter change schedule, we’re going to take a look at the various problems a clogged filter can create for your air conditioner. 

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Your AC Has Limits—Here’s What You Need to Know

June 28th, 2021

advanced-thermostat-on-hot-dayAn air conditioner can often seem like a magical device. We understand how we get heat from furnaces and fireplaces—combustion gives off warmth. But an AC is a box or set of boxes that somehow creates cool air, the opposite of fire. Because an air conditioner can feel like a remarkable device, people might treat them as if they don’t have limits. They can cool a house down as much as necessary.

Of course, air conditioners aren’t magic, and they do have limits. An AC cools a house by moving heat from the indoor air and exhausting it outside, and there is a capacity to how much heat an air conditioner can draw from a house. We’re going to talk about the limits of your air conditioning system and how it affects the way you cool your home.

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Is Your AC Cooling, But Not Cooling Enough? Let’s Find Out Why

June 1st, 2021

flushed-man-before-fanWhen you have a small window air conditioner, you expect that it will only be able to cool a limited radius, at most a single room, and it still may not make the space evenly cool. When you have a central air conditioner for your house, you do expect that it will keep up with the heat and provide enough cooling for your whole house to stay comfortable. Yes, there will be some temperature fluctuations based on the house, but overall the house should feel close to the setting on the thermostat.

If you are currently not getting that from your AC, it’s possible you need to call us for air conditioning repair in Colorado Springs, CO. Below we’ll take a look at why you may be experiencing this problem. 

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How High-Efficiency ACs Achieve High Efficiency

May 17th, 2021

air-conditioner-on-leavesHigh efficiency is a phrase tossed around plenty in the world of home services. People are often laser-focused on getting appliances labeled as “high-efficiency.” Thankfully, there are government regulations about efficiency that make it easier to identify when a product meets the criteria for improved energy consumption. For electrical products, this is the ENERGY STAR label, which is determined by the US Department of Energy.

But when we talk about high-efficiency air conditioners, we’re referring to appliances that go beyond the ENERGY STAR requirement. For a central AC to receive the ENERGY STAR label, it must have SEER (the standard efficiency rating for air conditioners and heat pumps) of 15 or more. But there are central ACs with SEER up to 25. In general, if an air conditioner has SEER greater than 18, it’s considered “high efficiency.” A standard for many high-efficiency systems is 20–22 SEER.

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Achoo! Allergy Season Is Here—We Can Help

May 3rd, 2021

blowing-noseThe arrival of warm weather in spring is a cause for celebration. But spring also brings with it a problem that can make life much less enjoyable for people in your household—allergies.

Spring is allergy season because the plant bloom that occurs during the first warm weather of the year releases large amounts of pollen into the air. The increased pollen count triggers seasonal allergies, known as hay fever (allergic rhinitis). Hay fever isn’t a viral infection, but its symptoms are similar to those of flus and colds, and can be just as unpleasant: runny nose, sneezing, itchy eyes, congestion, and sinus pain. And unlike fevers and colds, hay fever’s symptoms start immediately after a person is exposed to the allergens that trigger it.

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