Comparing and Choosing A Filter – Part Three

As a general rule, the filter is either determined by the manufacturer or by your service company when they install your system. This is an often overlooked, but very important, aspect of system design. First we will see how a filter should be sized and then see what the options are for the everyday homeowner after the fact. Choosing a Filter Based on Design: Today’s high efficient system need to be able to breathe to achieve

Two Stage Air Conditioners

Two stage air conditioners have gained significant popularity in recent years, and rightfully so. Once a property owner experiences the benefits of two stages, it’s hard to go back. In many cases, our customers tell us that they feel comfortable during summers at higher indoor temperatures, and that they feel the benefits of reduced humidity every time they walk through the door. A two stage air conditioner can back off to operate at 60% of

AC Replacement vs. Repair

It is often brought up when is a good time to replace your air conditioner and not repair it. When it begins to fail there are so many scenarios that run through your head. Here are things to consider. Utility Bills Most systems have a life expectancy of 10-13 years. At 10 years the cost to repair say a capacitor could be hundreds of dollars and this will have no positive effect on your utility

Understanding Air Filters – Part One

Filters for your HVAC system are essential; yet most people do not fully understand their importance. Prevailing marketing hype only tends to confuse people even more! This article will establish what a filter’s job is, how we select the proper filter and the differences in the filter types. A Filter’s Job: Easy right; a filter is designed to “clean the air” of dust particles! Well, yes and no… The primary job of the filter is

Residential Kitchen Hoods – Improving your Home AC Efficiency

Restaurant owners are very familiar with the comfort issues associated with unbalanced kitchen hoods, but how does this relate to residential kitchens? New codes and potential changes to accommodate these changes are leading residential constructors to consider adding make-up air systems to homes. These make up most of the air lost to the kitchen hood. As kitchen hoods get bigger and more powerful, using a high end kitchen hood at maximum settings for long periods

Importance of Air Filters

Dirty air filters are a leading cause of air conditioner performance problems, but are one of the easiest to fix. These problems include higher humidity, poor airflow, condensation in the wrong areas, higher energy consumption and lower equipment service life. Every space has its own unique needs, so the frequency of filter changes is not equal for all, nor is the task of replacing or cleaning filters. Basic 1” thick filters in an active environment