Wall Heating & Air Conditioning Blog: Posts Tagged ‘Duluth’

Soaring Commercial Energy Costs? Your HVAC System May Be the Source

Monday, January 22nd, 2024

The energy bills for a commercial building are no joke. People who have only ever looked at residential energy bills have no idea. So when those bills start rising even higher, you notice right away. But you might not know what’s causing it. After all, those utilities cover a wide range of energy needs in your building.

The first thing you should consider in this situation is your HVAC system. When your commercial energy costs are going up and you don’t know why, your commercial HVAC system is the most likely culprit.

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Why You Need Professionals to Size New Commercial HVAC Installations

Monday, October 16th, 2023

Your business or commercial building needs an HVAC upgrade, perhaps a new air conditioner or heating system. Can you simply estimate what you’ll need, hope for the best, and install a system based on your guess? Definitely not. 

The process of commercial HVAC installation has to begin with a thorough assessment of the commercial space so the proper system can be selected. The size of a commercial HVAC system must be correct for the space, or major problems can result. This requires a qualified professional technician. Here’s why.

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“What Does It Mean if My AC is Screeching?”

Monday, April 4th, 2022

woman-covering-earsThe last thing you want to do as a homeowner is to pay more for your utility bills than you need to, right? Well, if you aren’t keeping up on your air conditioning maintenance each year, this is exactly what can happen! Maintenance reduces repair needs by as much as 85% throughout the lifespan of the system, and also helps the unit work more efficiently, and last longer.

That said, even with maintenance, an aging air conditioner (10-15 years old) or even a newer AC with a defect or damage of some kind, may need a repair, and it’s important that you know the signs! One of these signs is strange noises–and the one that usually alarms people the most is screeching. So what does it mean if your air conditioner is doing this?

We’ll answer the question in more detail below, but it essentially means that your cooling system’s motor needs attention from an HVAC professional. Read on as we dive into what screeching means for your AC, and explain what other sounds could mean for the system.

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How to Choose Your HVAC Company

Monday, March 8th, 2021

technician-standing-in-front-of-vanWhen it comes to making sure your home is a comfortable, healthy, an safe place to be, you want to ensure that the people you’re trusting to service that home are reputable, have great integrity, and will get the job done right the first time, right? There’s no exception when it comes to HVAC installation, repair, or maintenance.

But, just because someone in your community calls themselves an HVAC professional and is affordable doesn’t necessarily mean they are the right professional for you and your specific needs. It’s vital that you do your homeowner, and choose an HVAC contractor that’s the best fit for you and your needs. We’ve provided some guidelines below to help you do just that.

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Tips for Boosting Heating Efficiency at the End of the Season

Monday, February 22nd, 2021

vent-low-on-wallWhen it comes to the weather we’re used to, our recent temperatures have been relatively cold! As such, our heaters are getting quite the workout. Hopefully, you had maintenance done this past fall, to ensure that your system works as efficiently and effectively as possible. This is the #1 way to maintain heating efficiency, actually, by scheduling tune-ups once a year if you have a furnace or boiler and twice a year if you have a heat pump system.

But maintenance isn’t the only way to improve efficiency, and subsequently save money! In fact, there are a number of things you can do to boost efficiency that don’t cost you any money at all. Read on to learn what they are.

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Why You Should Worry If Your Heater Has a Cracked Heat Exchanger

Monday, October 19th, 2020

furnace-burnersGas-powered furnaces are not inherently dangerous appliances. This is something we want to clarify right away! We aren’t looking to panic you just because you choose to heat your home with a gas-powered furnace. But like any other powerful appliance in your home that uses gas, hazards can happen if it’s not well cared for.

When a gas-powered system isn’t well cared for, you risk one component failure in particular you never want to have—a cracked heat exchanger. This is most likely to happen with an aging heater (10-15 years old or older). For this reason we recommend looking into a replacement once your furnace has reached about a decade. Routine maintenance will help you avoid this problem, but it’s still a problem you should be aware of.

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6 Noises Your AC Should Never Make

Monday, August 24th, 2020

woman-listening-closely-holding-hand-to-earWouldn’t it be great if our air conditioners could send us a little warning when something is amiss? Like, we could get a text message to our smartphones telling us when a motor bearing needs lubrication or replacing, or when we have a refrigerant leak?

To be honest, this technology probably isn’t too far off in the future. But for now, we have to rely on other means to know when our air conditioners are suffering. Of course, you can limit the risk of sudden air conditioner problems by staying on top of your AC maintenance each year. But it’s also a good idea to know the signs of AC trouble to begin with. One of the most common signs of AC problems is loud and unfamiliar noises.

What noises are we referring to, exactly? Read on as we uncover what they are.

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Never Neglect These Signs You Need Furnace Repair

Monday, February 24th, 2020

heating-ventImagine it’s the coldest day of winter, and you want into your home after a long day out to discover it’s practically no warmer inside than it was outside. Fortunately, you won’t have to deal with chilly temperatures for very much longer at the time of this blog post. But that certainly doesn’t mean you should neglect any signs you need furnace repair.

Holding off on furnace repairs could mean you find yourself facing a severe problem with the system by the end of winter, potentially even in the form of a premature breakdown. But how can you tell if your furnace needs repair?

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What Does a Dirty Air Filter Do to Your Furnace?

Monday, February 10th, 2020

man-holding-air-filterYou may have heard us recommend replacing your HVAC air filter every 1-3 months. This isn’t just something we’re throwing out as a random suggestion—we are offering this advice as a way for you to get the most effective and efficient use out of your heating system as possible. And considering how much we’ve all used our heaters so far this winter, chances are you’d like to avoid problems and spending unnecessary money.

One way to achieve this is by performing that very small maintenance task—changing your air filter when needed. You’d probably be surprised to find out just how important this small HVAC component actually is. It doesn’t just protect indoor air quality—in fact, that’s not its purpose at all. Read on to learn more!

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Does Size Matter When You Get a New Heater?

Monday, November 18th, 2019

jets-of-a-furnace-firingIf you’re looking for a new furnace this time of year, then you understandably have a lot on your plate. And with options to consider like what fuel type to use, the AFUE vs. HSPF ratings, whether to go with electrical or gas, etc. you may be tempted to go with the first furnace that fits your budget just to get the process over with.

However, we really do not recommend rushing into this type of purchase, for quite a few reasons. The most important of these reasons is—size matters! If the furnace system you have installed in your home is either too large or to small, you’ll be unpleasantly surprised by how quickly things will turn sour for you.

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