Why Do I Need UV Germicidal Lights?

uv light on blue backgroundDid you know that diseases can be treated with concentrated UV light rays? In fact, Professor Niels Finsen won the Nobel Prize for Physiology of Medicine for this discovery over 100 years ago! We aren’t really talking about that here, but it is good insight into the fact that UV rays can actually be good for you.

You might be surprised to find that a leading benefit of UV light rights is actually what it can do for your Lawrenceville, GA indoor air quality, and subsequently the health of you and your household.

“Can I Repair Breached Ducts On My Own?”

A dirty male hand, holding a paintbrush, is spreading caulk over a house air duct joint with a paintbrush. The caulk has been applied from a tube with a caulk gun and the brush is evenly spreading it over the joint. Caulking residential ducts prevents air-conditioned or heated air from escaping the duct and prevents ambient air from entering the system. This is a new practice in homebuilding to increase energy efficiency, eventually it may be come standard or mandatory.With the better part of spring behind us and summer well on its way, now is the perfect time to take care of any air conditioning maintenance needs. This is the best way to ensure your cooling system will work without fault over the summer and won’t cost more to run than it should.

During your maintenance appointment, our technicians will thoroughly inspect your entire system for any signs of repair needs. Among the things we find may be the need for duct repair in Lawrenceville, GA. Breached or broken ductwork is one of the biggest “energy thieves” in homes, since it allows conditioned air to leak out into unoccupied spaces, such as your crawlspace or attic, instead of your living space.

AC Care: Time for a Tune-Up!

An air conditioner unit outside a brick home in a residential neighborhood. The air conditioner is in a back yard in the hot summer season. Service industry, working class.It doesn’t take a weather forecaster to tell you that Georgia experiences pretty hot and unbearable summers—just ask anyone who has lived here for even a year. At the height of summer, you’re going to want a great air conditioning system for much more than a luxury—it will be a necessity. This is why you should schedule Lawrenceville, GA air conditioning maintenance if you haven’t done so already.

Without regular AC system tune-ups, there is no way that you can rely on your home cooling system functioning at peak performance levels. This is a mechanical system after all, and running it as much as we do for as long as you’ll need it means it will accumulate some serious wear and tear over the years. Let us tune-up your air conditioner so you’ll be able to enjoy the level of performance and quality you deserve.

AC Installation: Bigger Is Not Always Better!

ac system sitting on top of moneyHave you discovered that your AC is suffering, or ill-prepared to handle another long and hot summer? If it’s aged to the point that it no longer can work effectively and efficiently, even with a maintenance session, then you may be ready for a replacement. And with temperatures warming up already, the time is now to have a new air conditioner installed.

But we discourage you from just rushing out and buying the first Lawrenceville, GA air conditioning system you find, especially if your goal is to get the biggest one that matches your budget. There’s a pretty common misconception that “bigger means better,” and unfortunately this is just not the case. In order to work as effectively and efficiently as it’s meant to, your air conditioner must be properly sized for your specific home and needs.

FAQ: Can a Clogged Air Filter Hurt Your Cooling System?

air filter being changed in hvac systemA clogged air filter certainly isn’t going to help your cooling system. And this is a question we get pretty often—since many people assume that the only purpose of an air filter is to improve your indoor air quality, they wonder if a clogged air filter really does have an impact on the performance of their cooling system.

The air filter of your Lawrenceville, GA air conditioning system is actually there to protect the inside components of that system, by blocking particles from damaging these components by pummeling them or jamming the fan. But when your air filter is too dirty, it can create problems.

So first, we want to recommend that you change your air filter every 1-3 months, according to the manufacturer’s recommendation. Secondly, we want to share some tidbits below to help you understand the effect a dirty air filter has on your air conditioner.

What You Need to Know about R22 Refrigerant

top view of an air conditioning unitOne of the most common misconceptions homeowners have about air conditioning maintenance is that refilling refrigerant is a normal part of this service. On the contrary, if your system is losing refrigerant, it’s indicative that you need air conditioning repair. Please don’t ever let an amateur HVAC technician tell you that refilling—or, recharging rather—is a normal part of Lawrenceville, GA air conditioning care. The source of the leak must be found, and repaired. Then the refrigerant can be recharged.

But we’re not done there. There’s been a development in the last few years that is important for all homeowners to be aware of. And that’s if you are using an older AC system with R-22 refrigerant in it, it’s about to be fully phased out. This is because of the harmful impact it has on the environment. The good news is, if it’s time for you to replace your air conditioner anyway, you don’t need to look any further than our team for professional installation, and you don’t need to worry about the new system having this outdated fluid in it.

AC Care: Should You Be Concerned about “Dirty Sock Syndrome?”

Girl pinching her nose against a white backgroundTemperatures are still cool enough that you likely haven’t turned on your air conditioner quite yet. But as we’re all very well aware, when spring and summer hit, they hit hard—bringing with them soaring temps and high humidity. As a result, you want a fully effective and efficient whole-home Lawrenceville, GA air conditioning system to keep your household comfortable and healthy.

If you haven’t scheduled air conditioning maintenance yet, that’s okay! Right now is actually the perfect time to do so, before you need to use your cooling system on a daily basis. There’s one issue in particular that we check for during your tune-up and that you should be aware of too, before starting up your AC for the first time. This is water line backups, which can result in mold development and foul smells from your system’s supply vent. This is known as dirty sock syndrome.

Are You Using Your Heater as Efficiently as Possible?

Young smiling woman sitting on sofa and looking up while drinking hot tea. Young brunette woman thinking at home in a leisure time. Happy girl relaxing at home on a bright winter morning.With plenty of winter weather still ahead of us, we’re still going to be getting plenty of use out of our Lawrenceville, GA heating systems. And understandably, you’d like to do everything in your power to save money on your energy bills, including making sure that you’re using your heater as efficiently as you can.

Even if you had your heater maintained before the winter season began, there are still steps you can take to utilize the system more efficiently, while keeping your home comfortable and lowering your heating bills.

Is It Worth It to Sign Up for a Maintenance Plan?

woman's hands writing in scheduleThe short answer to this question is “yes.” But, we don’t expect you to take that at face value. To truly understand the benefits of a comprehensive Lawrenceville, GA AC maintenance plan, you need to understand the advantages of maintenance itself, and when maintenance is best performed.

Generally speaking, we recommend scheduling your maintenance sessions before your HVAC systems’ heaviest periods of use. For your air conditioner, this means in the springtime. For your heater, this means in the fall. But more important than when you schedule this service is how often you schedule it.

For most air conditioner and heaters, once a year—for each system—is sufficient. For a year-round heat pump system, though, you’ll want to schedule a tune-up every 6 months.

Now Is the Time to Schedule Heating Repairs!

man looking cold, standing in front of a thermostatWe would certainly like if we could help you avoid any heating repairs you may need during the lifespan of your heating system, but unfortunately, this is not the case. Routine heating maintenance is the best way to prevent the biggest of heater repairs, but eventually, you are going to encounter problems of some kind with your home heating system.

The best thing you can do to care for this heating system is to learn how to recognize the signs that heater repairs are needed. This way, you can get out ahead of them and schedule them ASAP, before they get any worse.

Our technicians are standing by and ready to help when you do need heating repairs, and we’re even offering a special right now on diagnostics, but keep reading to learn the signs that you even have a problem with your heater.