AC Maintenance: It’s Not Too Late to Schedule Your Tune-Up!

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May is nearly over, and temperatures are already rising. Did you forget to schedule air conditioning maintenance? Is it too late? Maybe you should just skip it, not that you’re going to need your air conditioner on a daily basis.

Don’t do this!

Skipping maintenance altogether can be detrimental to the functionality and efficiency of your cooling system, and in the absence of a total system breakdown, it’s never too late to get your air conditioner tuned up. This truly is a case of “it’s better late than never,” and there are many benefits to maintenance. There are also a number of advantages to being part of our maintenance program—more on that below.

Keep reading to learn more!

What to Do with an AC System That Won’t Cool

What to Do with an AC System That Won't CoolFirst, we’ll start with what not to do. Please do not look up an online tutorial on how to fix your air conditioner and attempt repairs on your own. The problem is, an air conditioner that won’t cool may be acting this way for a number of different reasons, and only a trained and experienced professional can accurately diagnose what the problem is (though, we will get into possible causes below).

A lack of cooling coming from your AC is obviously an urgent problem though, particularly as we progress closer to summer. So what should you do if you notice this problem? Give our pros a call! In the meantime, keep reading to learn more about what causes this problem.

Have You Heard about the Daikin Inverter Air Conditioner?

First off, what is an inverter air conditioner? We are glad you asked!

In a standard air conditioner, the compressor has two modes: on, and off. When the system is on, it’s working at full capacity and consumes full electricity and energy that it is designed to consume. Once the temperature in your home reaches the desired temperature on your thermostat, the compressor shuts off.

Inverter technology, however, essentially functions like the accelerator in a vehicle. When the compressor needs more power, the inverter gives it more. When the compressor needs less power, the inverter gives it less. Why does this matter?

Are Germicidal Lights Right for Your Home?

uv-light-on-blue-backgroundAs summer approaches, so does humidity, and along with humidity comes some byproducts, like the development of mold and mildew. These can cause significant ill health effects, especially for people who already suffer from allergies or asthma.

One way to fight back against this is to have germicidal lights installed in your HVAC ductwork. These devices use ultraviolet radiation within your ventilation system to kill, or render inert, bacteria, mold spores, viruses, and microorganisms. They’re effective, don’t place harmful chemicals into the air, and require little maintenance.

What to Know About Damaged Ducts

ductwork-being-repairedWhen you live somewhere like Lawrenceville, there’s a good chance that you already think about your air conditioner quite a bit. You’d understandably like to expect that it works efficiently and effectively throughout its lifespan. But what many homeowners don’t think about when it comes to their HVAC system is the “V” part of the equation—the ventilation that connects your cooling system to the outside, making the distribution of cooled air possible.

This ventilation system, known as your ductwork, is usually out of sight—hidden behind walls, beneath floors, or in your attic or crawlspace. Unfortunately, if your ductwork was installed by an inexperienced ‘professional,’ then there is a good chance that it has accumulated damage over the years. And if your air ducts are negatively impacted by anything like air leaks or poor connections, you could be experiencing problems that lead to poor HVAC efficiency and possible even AC repair needs.

Wall Heating & Air Named in “Best of Gwinnett” Magazine

HVAC technician working on air conditionerOne of the best ways to find out if you want to hire a service company or support a business in your community is to see what your neighbors are saying. That’s part of the goal of Best of Gwinnett magazine.

Best of Gwinnett is an opinion and editors’ selection poll. Winners are determined by its readers, and named in the magazine are companies throughout 20 broad business and community sectors. There are categories for “Best,” “Among the Best,” and “Ones to Watch.”

You can find the mention for Wall Heating & Air on page 71 of the Best of Gwinnett- Digital Edition.

We’re proud to be a part of your community and we look forward to doing business with you.

To vote for Wall Heating and Air, and your other favorite businesses, for the 2019 year, please visit BestOfGwinnet.com!

I Need a New AC: Is Bigger Better?

top-view-of-outdoor-ac-unitThe short answer is “no.” Sometimes bigger can be better, but in the case of installing a new air conditioner, this isn’t always the case.

There’s a term in the HVAC industry that’s used to describe the cooling capacity of an air conditioner, which is what we look at when determining what size system should be installed in a home. This term is called tonnage.

Temperatures Are Warming; Time to Prep Your AC!

technician-working-on-air-conditionerWith springtime comes spring cleaning projects—do you have any in mind for your home? Is your air conditioner included in your plans?

We’re guessing not, but it certainly should be! Your air conditioner can only work as effectively as it’s meant to if it is properly cared for. This means, first off, investing in AC maintenance. Professional maintenance is vital to the longevity of your cooling system as well as its continued reliable performance. There are a few maintenance tasks you can do on your own, though. And the best time to prep your AC for spring is now, before temperatures start getting very much warmer.

Can a Thermostat Prevent Furnace Problems?

man-adjusting-programmable-thermostatThe short answer to this is, “no.” No matter what type of thermostat you have and how professionally installed it is, it cannot directly prevent furnace problems. What the right thermostat can do, however, is help you use your furnace more efficiently, preventing high energy costs—which is just as important!

The quality of your thermostat and how you use it plays a huge role in saving energy. This is true not only now, in the winter time, but also when temperatures warm up in the summer. Read on to learn more about the relationship between your heating, and cooling, system and the thermostat that contols it, while learning what your thermostat options are, should you decide to upgrade.

The Unfortunate Power of a Dirty Air Filter

persons-hand-switching-out-air-filterYou may have read in one of our other blog posts that we recommend changing your air filter every 1-3 months. We aren’t just saying this because it’s a nice thing to do—it will actually help you get the most effective and efficient use out of your heating and cooling systems as possible. And consider how much we use either one of these HVAC systems, chances are that you’d like to do anything you can to save money when you use them, and prevent repairs.

One way to do this is by performing one small maintenance task—among the only tasks we actually suggest homeowners do on their own—change that air filter! It’s easy to underestimate how powerful and important this HVAC component is, but we assure it that it has a lot of power. It protects the HVAC system itself, although there’s a common misconception that it’s there to protect your indoor air quality. Read on to learn more!