If you are getting an HVAC system – whether it be brand new, installed in your home, or buying a home with an existing HVAC – there are some questions you’ll need to ask during the process to make sure you are getting quality. Here are some of the HVAC questions to ask during the buying process so you don’t end up with buyer’s remorse.
The humidity levels in your home play a big factor when it comes to the comfort of you and your family. If you have too much humidity in the air, your skin can feel wet and sticky when it’s hot out and cold and clammy when it’s cooler. Too little moisture, and you’ll get dry, cracked skin that will feel itchy and uncomfortable. It’s so important to achieve that balance, so that’s why we want to share some of the basics of home humidity control.
Topics: Air quality
If you’ve heard anything about how air conditioners work, you may have heard the term Freon. Freon is a chemical that is used as a refrigerant in most HVAC systems in the United States – or what helps your AC actually cool your home. However, because we learn more every day about how best to protect our environment and all the things that can cause harm – Freon will someday be a thing of the past when it comes to the air conditioning units in your home. Here’s a quick lesson on Freon and AC: why it’s been used, why it’s being phased out, and what’s next for air conditioners.
If you’ve ever felt static shocks, a scratchy throat when you wake up, or hear your floors creaking as you walk on them, then you may be in need of more humidity in your home. Getting a whole house humidifier is one solution. Unlike a portable humidifier, the whole house humidifier is installed directly into your HVAC system, and the moisture travels through your ducts and into your home. There are sensors either on the humidifier itself or your thermostat that monitor humidity levels and can regulate how much or how little you need. Here are some of the pros and cons to having an HVAC humidifier.
Fall means the kids are back at school, football is back on TV, bonfires are burning again, and — unfortunately for many people — fall allergies are rearing their ugly symptoms again. So what can we do to keep the air cleaner, feel more allergy free, and breathe easier when in our homes? Here are some simple tips for air quality control to help prevent fall allergies!
Topics: Air quality
When you are on the verge of making a big purchase, you research the different brands, makes, models, features and price points. From cars to computers and telephones to TVs — marketing is a big reason why you have heard of and purchase many brands (Apple iPhone anyone?), but quality is the true test of a brand’s longevity. This also applies to one of the biggest purchases you may make for your home – a new HVAC system. There are brands that lead the way in the industry, but to sort through them all you need to ask a few question about your potential HVAC manufacturer before you pick.
Air conditioners today have better efficiency and higher quality parts than air conditioners from 10 years ago – even the top-of-the-line ACs from 10 years ago. That’s just the advancement of technology, and with advancement comes more reliability too. Nevertheless, just like everything else we buy, there is a certain life expectancy to each product. It's common sense: the better you take care of something, the longer it will last – and that’s no different with ACs. So, we turned to our resident expert, Keith Hill, technical support manager at Minnesota Air, for some of the most common air conditioner problems you may run into as it ages or if it needs a little maintenance.
Topics: Home Maintenance
We get it, HVAC talk can seem pretty dry and boring. But what if we talk about saving you money, keeping you safe, and feeling more comfortable in your home? Well, then HVACs are the place to start because knowing more about your system can help you do all those things. If you are new to home ownership, or just want to learn more about the equipment responsible for your comfort in your home year-round, consider this your crash course on some of the HVAC basics.
What is an HVAC system?
In its most basic explanation, your HVAC is the system that keeps your home comfortable inside even when the weather outside is not as comfortable. HVAC stands for Heating, Ventilation, and Air Conditioning. Many systems are made up of a furnace, air conditioner, ducts, vents, grilles, and all the other components that come with it. It’s of vital importance in homes since the HVAC system is responsible for the comfort (heating and air conditioning) and the safety of your home (ventilation).
Have you ever gone to change your thermostat setting and it just doesn’t seem to respond? That can be a nightmare when you are looking for cooling on a humid day or some heat on a frigid one! Maybe it seems to run, but you can’t feel any cool or warm air coming from the vents. Maybe it doesn’t even turn on. Here are some of the first things to check if you need to do some thermostat troubleshooting.
Topics: System Maintenance
Whether you are building a new home or in the market to replace an existing HVAC system, it’s always good to go into the process armed with the knowledge of installation costs and other features. We have advice from our resident HVAC expert, Keith Hill, manager of technical support at Minnesota Air, to help you learn about all the factors that can influence your HVAC installation cost.