Raleigh Heating & Air Blog : Archive for the ‘Home Improvement’ Category

What to Expect When You Skip AC Maintenance

Monday, August 13th, 2018

Our team is 100% committed to your 100% satisfaction with your air conditioning system. That is why our team wants to stress, once more (and not for the last time), the fact that AC maintenance is an absolute necessity. If you want your air conditioner to meet your needs and expectations, let alone to exceed them, then you need to schedule annual maintenance with the trained professionals on our staff. We will help you to get the most from your system.

 

Of course, we do not just expect you to say “okay, great” and pick up the phone. So today we are going to use this opportunity to help you better understand why this is such a priority. We’ll give you one quick hint—we excel in air conditioning repair in Raleigh, and if you don’t schedule annual AC maintenance, we’ll be seeing you for that particular service before long! So read on, and take advantage of all that AC maintenance has to offer.

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Is My Air Conditioner Leaking Refrigerant?

Monday, 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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What’s the Point of Blower Door Testing?

Tuesday, January 10th, 2017

Among the many home comfort and performance services that we offer is blower door testing. You may not realize the benefits of blower door testing and wonder if there’s any point in arranging it for your home. The truth is that almost any home can benefit from this service: it’s an excellent way to discover where you can improve your home to boost energy savings 12 months of the year.

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Late Season Repairs Your Air Conditioner May Need

Monday, August 22nd, 2016

The end of the summer is the hardest period for an air conditioner. The temperatures are still high (often hotter than they were during July) and the AC has undergone a great deal of work stress already. If an air conditioning system is going to suffer from a major repair need or a breakdown, then it will likely happen during the closing off the season.

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Why Should I Have Blower Door Testing for My Home?

Monday, August 15th, 2016

Energy efficiency is an important part of what we do. When we install or repair an HVAC system, we’re not only providing a service to heat and cool a home properly. We’re providing a service that will save the homeowner money. Duct cleaning and duct sealing are also important parts of making sure that an HVAC system works at the highest levels of energy efficiency.

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Why Is Water Coming Out of My Air Conditioner?

Monday, July 25th, 2016

It’s not hard for a homeowner to become vexed with problems during the summer. At times, it feels like the house itself is conspiring against you, just to make your daily grind a bit more difficult. While some problems are more important than others, don’t let small trouble with your air conditioner cause inefficiency, damage or a potential breakdown on a steamy afternoon in Clayton. One common complaint is: “Why is water coming out of my air conditioner?” Well, why?

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Do Geothermal Systems Use Air Ducts?

Monday, May 25th, 2015

If you have been considering the installation of a geothermal heat pump to handle your air conditioning and heating, you probably have a few hundred questions you would like answered. One question that people often have about how geothermal systems is if they use air ducts like standard air-source heat pumps and air conditioners. The answer is “yes,” because when it comes to the indoor components of a geothermal heat pump, there is not much difference between it and an air-source heat pump. We’ll explain in a bit more detail after the jump.

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Some of the Unusual Movies Released for Valentine’s Day

Saturday, February 14th, 2015

Hollywood has always tried to match movies up to the seasons to draw droves of viewers to the theaters: October is packed with fright-offerings, while the winter holidays skew toward warm and pleasing family films (as well as Oscar hopefuls). Valentine’s Day falls in an odd spot when it comes to the movie release calendar, however, since February tends to be a slower time for the film industry. The studios are as likely to slot strange movies that don’t fit anywhere else in their annual schedules into the Valentine’s Day weekend as they are films with powerful romantic appeal.

So, while the second weekend of February has featured hugely successful romantic comedies like Hitch, The Wedding Singer, and (of course) Valentine’s Day, some truly weird choices have debuted in this weekend as well. And a few have even gone on to tremendous success despite the bizarre match with the holiday. Here are a couple of the odder Valentine’s Day movie releases:

  • Dracula (1931): Yes, this Halloween perennial and the start of Universal Studio’s Classic Monsters actually came out on Valentine’s Day! But perhaps this makes some sense, as the Dracula legend has often received a “doomed lover” approach in the many years since Bela Lugosi made the aristocratic vampire a screen icon.
  • The Silence of the Lambs (1991): Does any film seem less appropriate for Valentine’s Day than this unnerving and sometimes very violent psychological thriller? What’s even more astonishing than the film’s release date is that The Silence of the Lambs eventually nabbed the Oscar for Best Picture, an almost unheard of occurrence for a movie released so early in the year.
  • Daredevil (2003): This Marvel comic adaptation featuring Ben Affleck as a blind superhero does contain a romantic subplot, but the stronger connection to Valentine’s Day may just be that Daredevil wears a bright red costume.
  • A Good Day to Die Hard (2013): The least successful of the Die Hard film franchise, this is an excellent example of a studio dropping a film into a weekend where it doesn’t fit in the hopes that it works as counter-programming. (It didn’t.)
  • Wayne’s World (1992): Now here is an example of counter-programming that clicked with audiences. This comedy based on a Saturday Night Live sketch turned into one of that year’s biggest hits and spawned a sequel.

Whether you celebrate Valentine’s Day with a trip to the movie theater, or you have your own special plans, everyone here at Raleigh Heating & Air hopes you and your loved ones have a wonderful weekend.

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Why Convert from Propane to Natural Gas for Your Heating

Thursday, January 23rd, 2014

There are many different types of heating systems you can have installed in your Cary, NC home. Many homes still use heaters powered by propane, and propane heaters often have a fair amount to recommend them. You may want to consider switching from propane to natural gas, however, especially if you prefer to have your fuel source piped in instead of having to refill a tank.

Why convert from propane to natural gas ?

  • Cost. Propane is more energy dense than natural gas, so it provides more heat with the same volume of fuel. However,  natural gas is comparatively inexpensive and can do the job much more cheaply: saving you a great deal of money on monthly heating costs (up to 44% in some cases.)
  • Safety: While both natural gas and propane will dissipate into the air in an open environment, there is a risk of explosion if they reach a high enough concentration and are ignited. Since propane is heavier than air, it tends to collect at the bottom of enclosed spaces when there is an indoor leak, which can make it a greater explosive risk.
  • Ease of use. While converting from propane to natural gas requires the services of a professional, the steps involved are comparatively simple and can be completed fairly readily. You’ll need to connect your home to a gas main line, which is much simpler than filling up your propane tank periodically.
  • Environmental reasons. Natural gas burns more cleanly than propane, with fewer pollutants being added to the air. If you are trying to make your home more environmentally friendly, switching your home to natural gas is a great place to start.

If you need more advice on how to convert from propane to natural gas for your heating in Cary, NC, then the professionals a Raleigh Heating & Air are ready to help. We can inspect your property and see if a natural gas conversion is the best option for you, then prepare and install a new system with courtesy and care. Give us a call to set up an appointment!

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Types of Geothermal Piping

Wednesday, March 20th, 2013

With a geothermal heating and cooling system you can heat and cool your Raleigh home with greater efficiency than ever before. Whether you want to reduce your energy costs or are looking for a more environmentally friendly way to keep your home comfortable, a geothermal heating and cooling system may be the answer. By utilizing a heat pump, geothermal systems are able to transfer existing heat into or out of your home using just a small amount of electricity. Do this, though, a geothermal loop system must be installed. The type of loop system used in your home will depend on a number of factors. Call Raleigh Heating & Air for more information about the different types of geothermal loop systems.

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The most popular and common type of geothermal loop systems is a horizontal closed loop system. Trenches are dug on your property and a system of pipes is buried in the trenches. These pipes circulate and antifreeze solution throughout the system, allowing it to absorb the heat necessary to keep your home comfortable. Not all homes and properties can accommodate this type of system, though. If you do not have the necessary amount of space for a horizontal installation, a vertical installation may be your best option.

A vertical installation requires geothermal drilling, which makes it a little more expensive. Pipes are buried vertically into the deep holes that are drilled. This requires much less space than a horizontal loop system, though, and is particularly popular in commercial settings. Our professional team will help determine if a vertical installation is necessary on your property.

If there is an adequate water supply on your property an open loop system may be installed. In this type of system water itself is used as the heat transfer fluid. Once it has done its job it simply empties back into the water source. This is a very affordable loop system option, but your water supply must meet a variety of requirements.

For more information about geothermal loop systems in Raleigh call Raleigh Heating & Air. We’ll make sure that your geothermal heating and cooling system installation is a success. Contact us today with any questions you may have.

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