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How to Choose the Best Contractor for Your AC Installation

Monday, June 1st, 2020

Technician-working-on-outdoor-ac-unitWhen you live in a climate as hot and humid as ours, there’s no exception to the fact that you need an efficient and effective air conditioner to stay comfortable and healthy. Also, you need that system to work flawlessly day in and day out, season after season.

Of course, in order to get this kind of reliability, you need to invest in professional AC services, with an HVAC contractor you can trust—especially for installation! This isn’t a partnership any homeowner should just rush into as it could leave you with an air conditioner that’s not correctly sized for your home, or one that’s installed incorrectly so it can’t possibly work as well as it’s meant to.

But, how exactly do you choose the best contractor for your AC installation?

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Can a New Air Conditioner Be Too Big?

Monday, May 18th, 2020

top-view-of-outdoor-ac-unitYou likely already understand that there isn’t much point in getting an air conditioner that’s too small,—that is, underpowered—for your home. But did you know that, yes, an air conditioner could actually be too big—or overpowered?

With summer right around the corner, you want to ensure that your air conditioner is fully equipped to handle the heat. For some people, that means scheduling another maintenance appointment for this year. But for other folks, it means investing in a complete air conditioner replacement.

Of course, you may be tempted to buy the biggest, most powerful cooling system you can afford for your needs. But we’re here to tell you that this isn’t necessarily a good idea. When it comes to your air conditioning system, size really does matter, and we’re going to explain why below! Read on to learn more, and when the time comes for you to purchase your new air conditioner, reach out to our team of professionals.

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Beware These Sounds from Your AC

Monday, April 20th, 2020

woman-covering-her-earsWere you aware that summer is the most likely time for your air conditioner to call it quits, or at least start developing problems? It makes a lot of sense, honestly. The system is getting much heavier use than it would in the spring or fall. And all appliances accumulate wear and tear over the years.

Fortunately, you can usually avoid nasty surprise repair needs or sudden cooling system breakdowns, with routine professional tune-ups. These maintenance sessions give our professionals the chance to discover any signs of malfunction or pending repair needs. It also gives us the opportunity to clean out the system and ensure it is operating as it should.

Even if you are diligent about maintenance, though, it’s always smart to be aware of the sounds you should not hear coming from your air conditioning system. The following sounds each indicate that something is amiss within your cooling system.

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For Quality Cooling, Schedule Your Maintenance Appointment Today!

Monday, March 23rd, 2020

technician-servicing-outdoor-ac-unitOur warm and balmy summertime temperatures may still be several weeks off, but if you’ve lived in the Alpharetta area for even just a year, then you know when summer does hit you’ll be thankful for a fully effective and efficient air conditioner, right?

One of the best things you can do to ensure that your AC system is in good shape is to schedule preventive maintenance for the system. Routine professional AC maintenance makes sure that your unit is ready for the added strain of summer. Skipping or even delaying maintenance will make it much more likely that you’ll face problems by the end of the cooling season, or even before.

Read on to learn more about how important this service is, and why you should call today!

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Heed These Common End-of-Season AC Needs

Monday, September 9th, 2019

outdoor-ac-unitsThe official end of summer is near, and while you may be ready to welcome cooler temperatures outside soon as well as the chance to stop using your air conditioner as often, this is no time to forget about your air conditioner, or its repair needs.

Hopefully, you had maintenance done at the beginning of the season and didn’t experience any major cooling system catastrophes over the summer. If you didn’t schedule maintenance this year, not to worry, it’s not too late! It’s only too late if you have an aging system that’s completely broken down and has no hope for repairs.

That said, whether you had professional maintenance done or not, there are some needs that can crop up at the end of the season that require your attention. They include the following:

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No, Your Cooling System Shouldn’t Make THAT Noise

Monday, August 26th, 2019

woman-covering-her-earsHave you ever heard someone say that it’s okay for an air conditioner to operate louder on a muggy day, because it’s “working harder?” Unfortunately, even if it was an HVAC technician that told you this, it’s just not true. Nor does a grinding noise mean that your system is just “warming up.”

Take our word for it, these silly claims are not right.

Air conditioners are built to operate as quietly as possible. In fact, the only sounds you should hear coming from a functional air conditioner is the sound of the air “wooshing” through your vents, and the hum of the compressor outside. True, these not be “quiet” sounds to you, but in relation to the noises that we’re about to describe below, they’re pretty minor.

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Can Better Indoor Air Quality Help Your AC?

Monday, August 12th, 2019

hvac-vent-on-wallThe short answer to this is “yes.” But don’t worry, we’ll elaborate below.

There are many factors that contribute to good indoor air quality. Yes, the temperature of your home is one aspect, but when we talk about indoor air quality, we’re talking about the presence (or absence) of contaminants, allergens, and pollutants, as well as how stale your air may be, and the relative humidity levels in your home. Today we’re going to talk about that last point.

Humidity is the excess moisture that tags along with high summer temperatures. This moisture makes us uncomfortable, for starters. The only way to lower that humidity is to lower the temperature. So, you turn on your AC system and set it to the lowest possible temperature, making it work harder and harder as summer progresses.

Is this really the right way to handle it though? If you worked to improve your indoor air quality by getting a system that handled humidity the right way, could you help your air conditioner out? Yes! Keep reading to learn more.

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Is It Ever Too Late for AC Maintenance?

Monday, July 29th, 2019

tech-working-on-ac-systemThe short answer to this is “no.” It’s important that you have maintenance done for your air conditioner every year (or every 6 months, in the case of a heat pump) but frequency and consistency are more important than what time of the year you have it done.

The next most common question we get about maintenance is “Is it really worth it? What does this service actually do for my air conditioner, anyway?”

We totally understand the inquiry. So, we want to share what actually happens during a maintenance tune-up. This way you can feel informed and confident that your investment in maintenance is a good one.

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How to Choose the Best HVAC Company for the Job

Monday, July 15th, 2019

contractors-standing-side-by-sideIt’s that time of year again—there are two seasons where HVAC professionals are the busiest. Winter, and summertime.

With summer here now, it’s the most common time we’ll get called for urgent repair sand services—perhaps even a “quick” replacement (spoiler alert: no air conditioner replacement should ever be rushed).

As the temperatures start soaring upward, it is inevitable that homeowners will run into cooling system problems, especially if their systems are aging or have not been maintained properly. As such, we understand the urgency when something goes awry with your cooling system. You want help and you want it fast! So, you choose the most immediately available HVAC company and give them a call.

What if we told you that was the wrong approach?

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Poor Installation Can Lead to These Ductless Problems

Monday, July 1st, 2019

ductless-unit-with-remote-controlDuctless systems have been increasingly growing in popularity, and for good reason. Rather than operating through a network of ducts connected to an indoor air handler and evaporator unit, ductless units break up the indoor unit and blower fans to distribute air through handlers that operate independently of each other—meaning the temperature settings can be different for each air handler.

This makes ductless systems operate much more efficiently than a standard central air conditioner, which is forced to cool your entire home, even if you don’t need conditioned air in your entire home at the time. There are a number of benefits to the installation of these systems—but there can also be drawbacks if you don’t have yours professionally installed.

We’ve covered some unique ductless repair needs below. These can happen even with proper installation, but they’re a lot more likely if the install is done by an inexperienced amateur.

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