Raleigh Heating & Air Blog

What Makes a Heat Pump So Efficient?

January 15th, 2018

cold-coupleHere in North Carolina, the heat of the summer season far outweighs the cold of our winters. While mild winters are definitely something that a lot of us love about living here, it is important that you are not lulled into a false sense of security. Sure, you may not be using your home heating system to the same extent that you are your air conditioner. That being said, it is still vitally important that you keep your heater in great working condition.

It is also very important that you choose your home heating system wisely. Living in a relatively warm climate such as ours actually gives you a benefit when choosing your heating system. You see, our weather is perfectly suited to the use of a heat pump, which just so happens to be one of the most efficient home heating options out there. If you are interested in using a heat pump in your home, give the Durham, NC HVAC pros on our team a call.

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Your Forced-Air Heater Needs a Fresh Filter

January 1st, 2018

air-filterHomeowners today are definitely not lacking when it comes to options for heating their homes. While there is a wide variety of different heaters on the market today, there are certain components that many of them share in common. Furnaces, heat pumps, and ductless mini splits, for example, all use air filters in their operation. Another thing that they all share in common is the fact that their air filters really do need to be replaced on a regular schedule.

We cannot really define that regular schedule for you here, as many factors are going to influence the frequency with which your filter needs replacing. These include the tightness of your home’s thermal envelope, as well as any pets in the home and other factors. Typically, though, the filter (or filters in the case of ductless mini splits) should be changed every 1-3 months. Our Durham, NC HVAC pros have some information to share with you about why this is so vital.

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Commercial HVAC Options: Why Choose a Rooftop Unit

December 18th, 2017

rooftop-unitWhether you’re talking about clients visiting your eatery on one of the hottest days of the year, or a team of workers diligently doing their jobs one of the chilliest days of winter, those individuals deserve a comfortable environment upon entering and patronizing your commercial property. That is why it is so important that you have a great commercial HVAC system in place. If the time has come to install or replace your commercial HVAC system, you should give the rooftop unit some serious consideration.

Rooftop units offer commercial properties some unique benefits, a few of which we will discuss in today’s post.  Just keep in mind the fact that even the best commercial heating and air conditioning equipment will fail to impress if you do not schedule your commercial HVAC services with trained,  experienced professionals. Our Durham, NC HVAC technicians are some of the finest in the industry, and they have the training and expertise to handle your commercial HVAC services properly.

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HVAC Problems: Are Your Ducts to Blame?

December 4th, 2017

interior-of-corrugated-ductIt does not matter if you’re talking about one of the hottest days of summer or the chilliest night of our admittedly-mild winter season—you need to know that your HVAC systems are going to be there for you when you need them. Unfortunately, even a great installation and routine maintenance will not guarantee that your HVAC systems always function exactly as they ought to. There are a lot of different issues that could negatively affect the overall performance of your heating and air conditioning systems, after all.

In fact, some of these problems don’t even stem from the heating or AC units themselves. If you use a forced-air heating and/or cooling system, then the very ductwork that those systems use to distribute conditioned air throughout the house could be the source of the problem. If you are experiencing trouble with your home comfort systems, you need only dial our number to work with some of the finest Garner, NC HVAC professionals around.

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Signs That You Need Furnace Repairs

November 20th, 2017

chilly-manMention North Carolina to most people at all familiar with our country’s geography, and they’ll probably immediately think of hot, sticky weather. While that may be our reality for much of the year, what many people seem to forget is that the most intense heat of summer does not, in fact, last indefinitely. Truth be told, we have more than our share of uncomfortably chilly weather around here, especially on winter nights. Just because we don’t get hit by blizzards doesn’t mean that winter doesn’t come to visit.

That is precisely why it is so important that you keep your heater functioning at peak performance levels. The furnace is such a popular heater thanks to the fact that it functions very effectively and is, overall, quite reliable. The moment that you see any heater advertised as 100% reliable, though, is the moment that you should recognize an impossible claim. At some point, you’ll need furnace repairs. When you do, call in the Apex, NC HVAC pros on our staff.

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Simple HVAC Efficiency Tips

November 6th, 2017

AC-money-pileIt doesn’t matter if you are talking about heating your home during our relatively mild winter season, or if you have the hot, humid summers and your air conditioning system in mind; you don’t want to be paying more than you should have to in order to keep your home comfortable throughout the year. That is why our team has some efficiency tips to help you enjoy a more affordable — but no less comprehensive — comfort experience in your home.

Our Apex, NC HVAC experts are some of the finest in the industry, and we are happy to help ensure that you are able to keep your home comfortable all throughout the year with as little damage to your bank account as possible. And no, we are not just going to suggest that you invest in a brand new, more efficient HVAC system, either. Replacing low-efficiency models with new ones is definitely a good means to this end, but there are smaller steps that you can take which can also offer big benefits.

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HVAC FAQ: Why Is My System Short Cycling?

October 23rd, 2017

comfortable-womanWhether during the very hot, very humid days of summer, or on the chillier nights of the winter season, one thing is certain. You want to be comfortable in your home. You are not going to be able to achieve that goal if your HVAC systems are not functioning properly. There is a lot that can go wrong with any mechanical system, our heaters and air conditioners included. Remember, just because these systems are technically running does not mean that they are running as they ought to.

Spotting the signs of trouble with your HVAC systems is not always as simple as it sounds. An air conditioner that is blowing warm air, or a heater that won’t start at all, are pretty clear cases in which you’ll need to contact a Durham, NC HVAC service. However, you should also recognize short cycling as a sign of trouble, and one that could be caused by a number of different issues. So what is short cycling?

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HVAC Replacement? Consider a Ductless Mini Split

October 9th, 2017

ductless-blower-womanIt’s inevitable. Eventually, your existing HVAC system is going to give out on you. Whether you are replacing an old HVAC system that can no longer keep up, or if you need to invest in a brand new system for a brand new home, it is always in your best interest to weigh all of your options very carefully. There is no need to stick with what you’ve always known, and you may do yourself a disservice by deciding on the first type of system you research.

Today, we are going to talk about an HVAC system that has really grown in popularity recently. This is the ductless mini split. With a ductless mini split system, you can enjoy many benefits unique to this particular design. So read on, and be sure to contact our Garner, NC HVAC experts if you have any questions about this unique type of system. We have the answers that you need to determine if going ductless is right for you.

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When to Schedule Heating System Maintenance

September 25th, 2017

opening-furnace-cabinetHere in North Carolina, the heat and the humidity of summer tends to get more attention than our relatively mild winter seasons do. Just because our winters may be mild when compared to those areas dealing with heavy snowfall and subzero temperatures, however, does not mean that your heating system is any less important than your air conditioner. It may not be used as heavily or for as long a period throughout the year as your AC, but it still sees plenty of playing time.

With cooler weather on the way, we want to use this blog post to answer one of the most common questions that we hear. When should I schedule heating maintenance? The answer to that question, as you’ll see, is pretty straightforward, so we’re also going to remind you of why it is so important that you schedule routine heating maintenance in Raleigh, NC in accordance with this schedule. Our technicians are the ones to trust with the job.

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Is My Air Conditioner Leaking Refrigerant?

September 11th, 2017

service-timeThe purpose of the blog posts that we provide on our website is not to cause alarm among our readers. They are intended to inform homeowners about how their home comfort systems work, the benefits of professional services, etc. However, there are certain subjects that cannot be broached without acknowledging how serious the issue at hand can be. The case of the refrigerant leak is one such subject. The good news is that we are not writing this to hammer home the many ways in which a refrigerant leak can negatively affect your AC.

Instead, our goal is to help you better understand the role of refrigerant in your air conditioning system, and how you can recognize that your system may be leaking this vital heat transfer fluid. We’ll touch on the the problems that this can cause, of course, but our hope is that you will keep this information in mind, and that you’ll contact us the moment that you notice a problem with your air conditioner in Cary, NC. That way, we can resolve the problem before serious damage is done.

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