Raleigh Heating & Air Blog

Some Possible Repair Issues for Ductless Mini Splits

May 22nd, 2017

ductless-mini-split-unitOne of the popular options for heating and cooling in modern homes is the ductless mini split heat pump. Rather than operate through a network of ducts connected to an indoor air handler and evaporator unit, ductless mini splits basically break up the indoor unit and blower fans and distribute it around the house in the form of mini air handlers mounted on the wall. If you’ve been in a house and seen something up on the wall that resembles a window AC, but it doesn’t go back through the wall… that’s part of a ductless mini split system. Those wall hanging units are hooked up to a single outdoor cabinet, creating a central heat pump system without ducts.

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Why Raising the Thermostat Settings in Summer Is a Smart Move

May 8th, 2017

temperature-gaugeOne of our goals at Raleigh Heating & Air, Inc. is to help our customers enjoy comfort without wasting energy. The two don’t have to be mutually exclusive! In fact, if you haven’t already arranged for your air conditioning maintenance in Wake Forest, NC to prepare for the hot weather, you already have an excellent way to start saving money as soon as the summer begins. A tuned-up air conditioning system won’t lose energy efficiency from wear and tear until extremely late in its service life.

There’s another way you can begin saving energy with your AC, and it doesn’t require much more than understanding the best way to set and program your cooling system using the thermostat. Unfortunately, many people misunderstand how the thermostat and AC operate, and this leads them to programming settings that waste energy without delivering ideal comfort levels.

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Dealing with Air Quality Troubles in Spring

April 24th, 2017

dandelion-in-field-allergiesSpring is the season when indoor air quality often becomes a major issue for homes. This is “allergy season,” a time when increasing warmth causes plant blooms to raise the pollen count. Mold is also common during the season, and mold spores are a major source of asthma and allergy attacks.

You don’t have to simply accept allergy problems, or even rely only on medicine to deal with it. We all know how awful allergy medicines can make you feel! You can make your home healthier for everyone during the spring thanks to professional assistance. What kind? Well, we have some excellent suggestions for indoor air quality installations in Apex, NC and the surrounding areas that can make spring much more sniffle-free. Speak to one of our team members today to learn more.

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Can I Fix My Thermostat Myself?

April 10th, 2017

Technician-working-on-thermostatThe thermostat is an essential part of running an air conditioning and heating system in a home. If you don’t have a working thermostat, you won’t have the heating or cooling you need (or you may have a system that won’t shut off!). When you find that no matter what adjustments you make to your home’s thermostat, the HVAC system isn’t responding the way it should, it probably means it’s time for a repair.

But can you handle fixing the thermostat on your own? Let’s take a closer look into that.

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Is It the Right Time to Replace My Air Conditioning System?

March 27th, 2017

air-conditioning-condenser-unitWarm weather! At last we’re enjoying a thaw as spring springs into action. It’s time to start saying goodbye to your furnace or other heating system—at least until the fall—and greet your air conditioner for another cool summer season.

But is your air conditioner going to greet you back? It may be time to have a new AC installed. Is spring a good season to do this, or is it better to see how the summer goes before making a commitment to an air conditioning system replacement?

Before we answer the question about whether now is the best time for air conditioning replacement in Knightdale, NC, let’s look into whether your air conditioner needs to retire.

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How You Benefit from an HVAC Maintenance Plan

March 13th, 2017

sun-and-snowflake-badgeOn our last blog post, we recommended homeowners start planning for the coming hot weather with professional air conditioning maintenance. March is the ideal time to have this task scheduled: the weather hasn’t settled into steady warmth yet but the temperature change is coming up soon. Having the AC tuned-up close to when it will be needed the most is a smart strategy.

Air conditioning maintenance is often part of a larger maintenance plan for a home. If you’re looking for air conditioning maintenance in Cary, NC, we advise that you contact us to find out about our Comfort Club, which provides a complete annual maintenance plan with other benefits.

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Warmer Weather Means It’s Already AC Check-Up Time

February 27th, 2017

service-reminderAlthough we can’t say for certain that the weather won’t make sudden radical shifts to the cold during March (or even April), the current warm weather we’re enjoying here in Raleigh is a major sign that it’s time to begin to think ahead to spring and summer weather. And that means making certain that your air conditioning system is up to handling the task ahead of it.

So when you start using your heating system less and less—and perhaps turn on your AC now and then—it’s the time to contact our HVAC team and get on the schedule for your spring air conditioning maintenance visit. The easiest way is to sign up for our Comfort Club, which offer both heating and air conditioning maintenance during the year, plus a number of other great benefits as well.

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How Zone Systems Work for Better Heating (and Cooling)

February 13th, 2017

vent-coverOne of the services that we offer to customers is setting up homes for zone heating and cooling. What does that mean? Basically, we divide up your home’s ventilation systems so you can decide which rooms receive the heated or cooled air. It’s way to defeat one of the big flaws in central HVAC systems, which is that air goes to every room with a vent when the heater/AC comes on, regardless of whether the room needs it or not.

Sure, at times it’s convenient to have the whole house kept comfortable. But what about the many times there are empty rooms? After all, if a room is kept heated and there’s no one there to enjoy it… does the heat really exist? (Unfortunately, yes—which is why this is a big waste of energy.)

Anyway, the point is that it’s a smart idea to be able to close off some of the rooms from the ventilation system so you don’t have to heat and cool empty rooms. And that brings us back to zone control systems.

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Furnace Installation Involves Furnace Sizing: Here’s What That Means

January 30th, 2017

gas-furnace-burnersFurnace installation is an important part of our job. We understand that households here in Wake County need heating systems that keep them warm without causing a large energy drain that creates really scary heating bills. (If you’re afraid to look at your heating bill each month, then you really need to talk to us!)

An essential part of making sure that any home has the right furnace for its needs is properly sizing it. This isn’t choosing a furnace that’s the correct size to fit in the available space—although obviously we won’t choose an overlarge furnace! What it really means is finding a furnace that puts out the right amount of heat to match a home’s comfort needs.

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Air Quality Myth: The Furnace/AC Filter Isn’t for Cleaning Your Air!

January 16th, 2017

We put a lot of focus on reminding our customers about regularly changing their HVAC system’s air filter. This filter is usually located at the point where the return air duct connects to the HVAC system cabinet near the blower. When the blower runs in connection with either the furnace or the AC (or heat pump if you use one), the filter stops contaminants that come in through the return air vents along with the air. This protects that interior of HVAC system and helps it obtain a long service life.

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