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Mechanics of an Air Conditioner

August 10, 2017 9:08 AM : Blog

Most do not put much thought into their air conditioner. When it is hot out, the air conditioner goes on to cool off the house. Have you ever thought about the mechanics of your air conditioner and how it works? All homeowners should know the basics of their unit. A better understanding of the basics will help when issues arise.

The first air conditioner was invented in 1902 in Brooklyn to help a paper stock company with humidity issues. The first machine treated the air within the building by blowing it across chilled pipes. As the air passed across the chilled pipes, it cooled. The cooler air did not carry as much moisture, which decreased the amount of humidity. The side effect of reduced humidity was a cooler building that in turn resulted in the invention of the first air conditioner. The machine quickly gained popularity and started popping up in multiple businesses including movie theaters and department stores.

An air conditioner runs using a simple scientific law known as phase conversion. The main compound found in the unit is refrigerants, which have properties that enable them to change at relatively low temperatures. Your air conditioner works similarly to another household unit: the refrigerator. The only difference is that while your fridge has an exterior housing to insulate the cold, the AC relies on the walls in your home to keep in the cold air.

Quality Heat and Cool is the number one choice for your heating or cooling needs in Brooklyn. If you would like to know more about your air conditioner and how it works, give us a call today!

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Common Questions From Homeowners

July 19, 2017 5:22 AM : Blog

When it comes to air conditioning, homeowners have many questions. Luckily, we are here to answer them. Below we will go over some of the most common questions homeowners have regarding their air conditioning.

  1. Will a bigger cooling system offer better performance? When it comes to air conditioning, bigger does not always equal better. It is more important to choose a system that works with your home’s square footage.
  2. If I notice a problem with how my system runs, is it better to repair or replace it? The choice to repair or replace will depend on your system. If your air conditioning unit is older than seven years and regularly needs repairing, consider replacing the system. Replacing the unit will save money in the long run.
  3. How often should I change air filters? The answer to this question depends on the size of your filters. Change filters that are about one inch every one to three months. Thicker filters can last from six months to a year. When in doubt, always check the manufacturer’s recommendations.

If you have any other questions about what it entails to have an air conditioning system in your Brooklyn home, give us a call. We can answer any questions you may have, or help repair any issues that may arise.

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Summer Vacation and HVAC Systems

July 14, 2017 11:11 AM : Blog

A summer in Brooklyn is almost unbearable without air conditioning. Most homeowners make sure that they have their HVAC system up and running before the temperatures start to rise. However, there is one thing that homeowners tend to forget about when planning for the summer: vacations. It is a bad idea to simply forget about your air conditioning when you leave for a vacation.

Some people believe that turning off the HVAC system when on vacation is the best option. However, this is not the case. Your air conditioning should still run, just not as often as it would when you are home. Before leaving for vacation, adjust the temperature by five degrees higher than normal. For example, if the standard temperature for your home is 72 degrees, turn it up to 77 degrees before vacation.

Prep your home for inclement weather before heading out. Summer thunderstorms can happen out of nowhere, and you want to make sure your home is prepared while you are away. Check the area around your HVAC system for unsecured structures or low hanging limbs.

Before heading out for vacation, make sure that your air conditioning is working properly. You do not want a problem to occur while you are away. Contact us for an inspection of your HVAC Brooklyn system to make sure everything is running smoothly. We can repair or replace any issues that may arise.

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Summer Tune Ups

June 20, 2017 6:11 AM : Blog

Emergency repairs and new purchases of air conditioning units will always be more expensive than preventative care. Showing your machine TLC, even when it seems to be working fine, is the best way to avoid broken down systems. As summer months approach, you want to make sure that your conditioner is running at peak performance.

The spring is the best time to schedule air conditioning tune-ups. The spring and fall are the most flexible times for HVAC technicians. Making appointments is usually easier at these times. You also want to tune up your unit during the spring, to that you avoid any issues or breaks during the hot months.

Tuning up a system will:

  1. Significantly reduce the chance of breakdowns. Air conditioners tend to break with little to no warning. The only way to spot problems before they occur is with a thorough inspection.
  2. Increase the overall efficiency of your system. With a good cleaning and the addition of lubrication, your air conditioner can run as if it were new. An optimized machine will keep rooms cooler while wasting less energy.
  3. All systems deteriorate with extended use. During the life span of an air conditioner, parts can and should be changed/fixed. Annual air condition maintenance will extend the lifespan of your system.

We offer complete air conditioning repair throughout Brooklyn. We can help you optimize your system, which will extend its life, lower energy bills, and prevent major breakdowns. Give us a call today!

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Mold and HVAC Systems

June 14, 2017 10:24 AM : Blog

Mold in the home can pose potential health risks for those living under that roof. At times, mold is easy to spot because it makes a clear marking on wall, floors, and ceiling. Once mold gets to a certain size, it becomes hard to miss. Visible mold can be taken care of quickly, but homeowners still must worry about mold inside of HVAC systems. An air condition that has mold inside of it will end up blowing mold particles throughout a home.

It is hard to conclude if mold is in your system from only looking at it. At times, mold can produce a smell, which can be used as an indicator. The only way to fully inspect a system for mold is with the hired help of an HVAC technician. Our trained team knows how systems work and we have the right tools: mechanical brushes, blowguns, air whips, air skippers, and vacuums with HEPA filters.

Air conditioning repair in Brooklyn is the best way to get your system working properly and the air in your home clean. Our team of professional can fully remove mold from systems, including ducts. If you use air conditioning in Brooklyn, make sure that the system is pumping cold and clean air.

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Professional Assessment of the Status of your Air Conditioner

May 21, 2017 8:35 AM : Blog

A properly functioning air conditioning unit is an absolute necessity for surviving summers in NYC. The sweltering heat can leave people sticky and feeling uncomfortable. A cold home is supposed to be a sanctuary from the hot sidewalks and stuffy trains.

Before the days get too hot, you should ensure that your air conditioner is up to par. Running your system before the summer will help you assess any problems. If you notice any problems while running your machine, it is important to reach out to an HVAC technician in New York City. Some individuals panic at the first sign of a broken machine and quickly run out to buy a new one. Do not run and buy a new air conditioner at the first evidence of trouble.

After a technician has thoroughly assessed your unit, they will be able to tell you if you need repairs or a replacement unit. Repairs are cheaper than new purchases, but sometimes a fix will not work for extended periods of time. This forces the user to have to repair their unit continually.

Trusting professionals is the best way to make a smart decision about your home cooling situation. For more information about optimizing your air conditioning staten island, do not hesitate to give us a call.

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HVAC Offseason

May 18, 2017 12:49 AM : Blog

Buying a new air conditioner is never a fun or exciting activity. Most people dread having to shop and pay for home appliances. Being smart about shopping decisions will help you to save money while purchasing and installing a new system.

Buying an air conditioner during the offseason is smart. It is logical to think that winter is the offseason, but in reality that is not the case. Winter and summer are considered busy times for the HVAC industry. An HVAC technician in Brooklyn is just as busy during the summer as they are in the winter. This will increase the cost of purchase and installation.

The best time to buy and install a new air conditioner is the months between winter and summer (fall and spring). During these months the weather tends to be pleasant, and so heat and cold air are not needed in the house. HVAC technicians will be available to work on your system before the summer gets hot.

If you are in the market for a new air conditioning unit, consider waiting until the fall or spring to buy and install. You will save money this way. We are able to address any questions regarding new systems and installations.

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Common Winter HVAC Issues

February 26, 2017 6:35 AM : Blog

If you live in the NYC area, you truly understand just how cold a New York Winter can be. The only way to truly survive the winter is to make sure that your home has hot water and proper heat. The strain of constant usage throughout winter months can hurt your system, which can potentially lead to a breakdown. The problems a person will face during this time are common, and so heating repair Staten Island can quickly assess and fix all problems. If you notice that your system is running subpar, it is most likely one of the below issues.

Noises coming from your heater indicate that something is wrong. Typically, people report hearing rumbling, squeaking, and rattling noises. It is hard to diagnose a system without a visual inspection, but noises are usually caused by poor air flow, mechanical problems, or clogged burners.

Thermostats can give wrong readings, which means that temperatures and times can be inaccurate. This leads to an overworked system and a higher energy bill. A faulty thermostat can also be responsible for wearing out a fan.

Insufficient heat is a common problem when an HVAC system is not properly maintained.  Vents get jammed, filters clog, and lines rupture, which will cause a system to work harder while performing poorly.

Heating repair Staten Island is the best option when your system is malfunctioning. Do not simply go out and by a new system. If you own an HVAC in Staten Island, you should take care of it.

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Control Heating Costs during Winter

February 20, 2017 9:38 AM : Blog

Considering the extreme heat and cold of NYC, HVAC systems tend to get used more than they do in other parts of the country. Heating and cooling bills account for some of the highest utility bills in a home because of the energy consumption necessary to power the system.

If you would like to try and lower the cost of your yearly HVAC bill, you can try and follow the below steps. The more you do to actively alter your habits, the less money you spend consuming energy.

The most important thing that one can do is to make sure that their system is running at peak performance. If you have a dirty filter, your system will have to work harder, which draws more energy. Vents that clogged will cause your system to work harder as well. Make sure your system is working.

You need to set your HVAC at a stable and comfortable temperature. It is important that you consult your systems owner manual because each system has a different optimal temperature. A properly set system is a properly working system.

If you want to keep your home warm, you will also want to make sure your heat does not escape through cracks in doors and windows. Sealing your home from drafts and insulating doors and windows will help keep you comfortable.

Being mindful of your system and how you use it will help you keep your annual heating/cooling costs down.  Heating service Staten Island can assist in ensuring that your system is running and that you are saving money.

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Optimize Your Furnace

January 20, 2017 8:43 AM : Blog

If you want to make sure your furnace is working efficiently, then proper maintenance is required. Regular maintenance of your furnace will help to prevent it from breaking down. It can also contribute to saving money on your energy bill and ensure the safety of you and your family.

The heat from a furnace generates from the inside of the combustion chamber. The ratio of gas to air must be extremely precise for the furnace to work at its maximum ability. If the ratio is not exact, toxic substances can find their way into the exhaust flue. These toxic substances can have serious repercussions if they enter the home. In some cases, the results can even be deadly.

One of the most common issues that release the toxic fumes is improper combustion. This problem can be tough to detect for someone who is untrained. Even with improper combustion, the furnace will appear to run smoothly. However, the furnace will start to run longer and consume more fuel. It will need to work harder to still heat the home.

Another problem that tends to arise with a furnace is a buildup of gunk in the fuel nozzle. This buildup will block the flow of fuel.

Many problems can arise from your furnace that will prevent it from working properly. Unfortunately, many of these problems can go undetected by homeowners. A professional from a heating service Staten Island company should come in to inspect the furnace. The heating repair Staten Island professional will be able to ensure there are no issues with your HVAC Staten Island system.

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