How Multizone HVAC Systems Work and Benefits They Offer

July 20, 2022

If you’re looking for a way to heat and cool different parts of your home independently, you may want to consider a multizone HVAC system. This system allows you to set different temperatures in different zones of your house. Here, we discuss how multizone HVAC systems work and what benefits you can reap from using one. We will also provide tips on choosing the right system for your needs. How Does a Multizone HVAC System Work? A multizone HVAC system has two or more thermostats connected to one central heating and cooling unit. You can set each to a different...

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How Long Can HVAC Systems Last?

June 7, 2022

HVAC systems can range from heat pumps to ductless ACs to dual-fuel and packaged units. Whatever you have currently in your home, though, it will wear down and need replacing eventually — the only question is when. Life expectancy for HVAC systems will vary based on these factors. HVAC System Type and Brand Some types of HVAC systems last longer than others based on how they generate the warm or cool air you want. Heat pumps, for instance, which transfer heat rather than produce it, can last a good 20 years. Gas and electric furnaces may go for 15 years....

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Tips for Getting Your Home Winter Ready

November 20, 2021

Make no mistake. The winter is fast approaching bringing rain, snow, sleet, and the dreaded wintry mix to the Fieldale area. Wind chills can plummet below zero, and you will need a warm place. The one place you can count on feeling warm and cozy is within your own home. To ensure your home is ready for winter, you must act now. There are several things you can do to ensure your home will be a haven from freezing temperatures. Have Your Heating System Checked On the list on how to prepare for winter, having your heating system checked should...

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What Is a Thermostatic Expansion Valve?

October 20, 2021

One little-known but extremely important component in home cooling systems is the thermostatic expansive valve. Found just at the evaporator inlet, this valve regulates the flow of refrigerant through the system. When too much refrigerant is allowed to move through the evaporator, its coils will freeze over. Conversely, when there’s too little refrigerant, the evaporator can overheat and cause accelerated air conditioner wear. If your AC system is having a hard time keeping your Martinsville, Virginia, home cool, a damaged thermostatic expansion valve (TEV) could be the reason why. When the AC System Blows Warm Air, the TEV May be...

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Why Does My Air Conditioner Smell?

May 13, 2021

Air conditioners can make some strange odors from time to time. There are several reasons why this happens, and some require the attention of an HVAC technician to resolve. Motor Issue An exhaust odor is created when there’s a problem with the motor. If you smell exhaust, you should immediately flip the switch in your breaker box to shut down your air conditioner. An experienced HVAC technician is needed to fix this problem. Blocked Drainage Line Your AC system has a drainage line that removes water. This line removes condensation that gets produced on the evaporator coil. If the line...

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What Are the Major Parts of an Air Conditioner?

April 5, 2021

Your air conditioner does more than cool your home. It also dehumidifies humid air. Air conditioners clean indoor air by eliminating debris particles and allergens. That’s why every homeowner in Martinsville should invest in air conditioners. The primary role of cooling systems is to remove heat from the indoors and cool it for a comfortable home throughout the year. Air conditioners comprise several major components that aid in their functioning. The Fans The air conditioning system consists of two fans to enable air circulation in and out of the house. The system has one indoor fan to pull in heated...

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Going Ductless? What You Should Know

September 24, 2020

You may be considering a ductless air conditioning system, or mini-split system, for your home. Perhaps you added a room and need cooling for it, or perhaps there’s an outbuilding, such as a garage or shed, that your central AC naturally cannot reach. Below are some of the advantages of mini-splits in addition to one of the concerns that potential buyers may have. Easy to Install Mini-splits are composed of two units: the indoor air handler and the outdoor condenser. Between them is a conduit with the condensate drain line, refrigerant line, and all the necessary electrical wires. This conduit...

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How To Care For Your Lawn Around an Outdoor AC Unit

August 11, 2020

You need to be aware of where your outdoor AC unit is when you’re mowing the lawn near it. Failure to do so can result in an expensive repair job. Here’s what you need to know about taking care of the lawn around your cooling system. Discharge Mulch Away From the AC Unit You need to be careful when mowing, as your lawn mower can easily throw dirt and mulch into your AC unit. This can especially happen when the air conditioner is being used, during which time it sucks in air. Point the lawn mower’s discharge away from your...

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Five Air Conditioner Maintenance Tips

April 16, 2020

Whether you have a central air conditioning system or a ductless unit, you must prioritize AC maintenance. With the following tips, you can help to take care of your air conditioner even if you’re not an experienced technician. 1. Clean the Condenser Twigs and grime can cause damage that will hinder the cooling process, so remove debris and crud off of the unit. Give the outdoor condenser a good cleaning with a soft brush, a vacuum, and a regular garden hose. Also, take the time to realign any bent fins. 2. Change the Filter A clogged filter is less effective,...

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What Does HVAC Mean?

March 17, 2020

HVAC stands for heating, ventilation, and air conditioning. Most homes and businesses have an HVAC system. There are a number of different HVAC components in use today, including furnaces, air conditioners, heat pumps, and ductless units. Here’s an overview of these systems. How HVAC Works Your home might have separate components for heating and cooling, such as a furnace and an air conditioner. Some houses have heat pumps that can both heat and cool the home. It’s usually the case that even with separate components, there is a single blower that circulates air around your residence. Heated or cooled air...

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