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Air Conditioners and Freon®: What You Need to Know

Posted by Gregg on Aug 24, 2017 12:18:36 PM

Freon® is the trade name of a group of refrigerant gasses that have been in use since the late 1920s. Freon products have been used extensively in commercial applications, such as food storage, processing, and transportation. Most homeowners are familiar with Freon’s use in refrigerators, freezers, and air conditioning units.

Freon gasses fall into the categories of chlorofluorocarbon (CFCs) and hydrochlorofluorocarbons (HCFs), which have been found to negatively affect the earth’s ozone layer. As a result, they have been in the process of being phased out since 1987 as part of the Montreal Protocol. That’s raised a number of questions for homeowners as they look to repair or replace household appliances, especially air conditioning units, that use Freon.

Here’s what you need to know to decide how to handle your Freon-based AC.

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Topics: Cooling

Plasma Air Purifiers: An Alternative Approach to Air Quality Control

Posted by Gregg on Aug 22, 2017 3:41:59 PM

Homeowners are increasingly concerned with providing their families with the cleanest indoor air possible. Fortunately, technology is keeping up with that demand. Among the latest developments are plasma air purifiers. They’re definitely an option to consider if you’re looking for ways to improve your home’s indoor air quality.

What is a Plasma Air Purifier?

Plasma purifiers were originally designed for use in hospitals because of their effectiveness in eliminating bacteria, viruses, and other allergens. They were also quite large and not feasible for in-home use. However, in recent years the technology has improved and plasma air purifiers are now much smaller, and consequently have become more practical for home use. They’re installed as part of your overall HVAC system and use a combination of ionization and very small filters. Together they eliminate dust, smoke, and pollen, which other types of purifiers can miss.

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Topics: Air quality

Which Central Air Conditioner Pairs Well With My Current Furnace?

Posted by Gregg on Aug 17, 2017 9:18:25 AM

Are you thinking about adding a central air conditioner to your home? Or maybe you’re ready to upgrade your current central air? If so, it’s wise to think ahead and ask what adding or upgrading means in terms of compatibility with your current furnace. The answer can depend on a number of factors. Let’s start with the basics and work our way to the more complex.

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Topics: Cooling

Understanding Codes Surrounding Combustion Air or Ventilation Air

Posted by Gregg on Aug 15, 2017 10:34:03 AM

At its most basic level, your home is a barrier between you and the elements. But it’s not a hermetically sealed container. Like you, it needs air to function well. In a sense, you could say your house needs to breathe — to have an exchange of air between the indoors and outdoors.

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Air Conditioning Repair Service: 11 Ways to Tell You've Hired the Right Experts

Posted by Gregg on Aug 10, 2017 10:31:06 AM

Your heating and cooling (HVAC) system is a fundamental component of your home. It’s also one that you will typically spend more to purchase, install, and maintain than almost any other part of your home. It just makes sense that you want to hire the best professionals you can. But how to decide on the best pros for you? Here are some tips to help make sure you’re hiring the right experts.

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Topics: System Maintenance

What Features and Devices Can I Sync with Cor Home Automation?

Posted by Gregg on Aug 8, 2017 1:12:39 PM

The “smart home” is the trending standard for homeowners. It seems everywhere you turn there’s a new device, a new company, a new “best of” for home protection, connection, and safety. As with so many trends, not every device or company is created equal. Before you invest in the latest “must have” device, take a look at what Carrier’s Cor® Home Automation has to offer. It may be the only product you need to raise the IQ of your home.

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Topics: Smart Home

Why Zone Cooling Might Be the Answer to Your Home's Rising Heat Problem

Posted by Gregg on Aug 3, 2017 8:42:53 AM

Heat rises. It’s a concept taught in grade-school science class and one that can prove to be a problem for some homeowners. It’s not uncommon for upper levels of a home to be harder to cool than lower levels. A typical solution is to lower the thermostat temperature to compensate, but that can have the whole family grabbing sweaters just to stay comfortable on lower levels. And guess what that does to your energy bill? Here are some situations where zone cooling might be the solution.

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Topics: Heat Gain, Zone Heating and Cooling

6 Things Air Conditioning Experts Want Homeowners to Know

Posted by Gregg on Aug 1, 2017 9:58:26 AM

Air conditioning experts are partners in helping maintain and service your entire HVAC system. They love to talk about the ins-and-outs of heating and air conditioning, and not just when they're making small talk during a seasonal tune-up. So, since you may not have one to talk to for a few months, here are six tips those pros really want you to know to help keep your system running smoothly for years to come.

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Topics: Cooling

Should I Clean Air Ducts? Here's What The Pros Suggest.

Posted by Gregg on Jul 27, 2017 11:11:42 AM

While air duct cleaning isn't required (like changing your filters), there are definite benefits to having your air ducts cleaned occasionally. Clean air ducts can mean fresher indoor air; more efficient heating and cooling; and removal of contaminants that can aggravate allergies or asthma.

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Topics: Home Maintenance, Air quality

Heat Wave: Home Cooling Options For The Hottest Days of Summer

Posted by Gregg on Jul 25, 2017 10:14:44 AM

They’re called the “dog days” of summer — the hottest days of the year. They usually start mid-July and continue, well, they can continue for quite a while here in the upper Midwest. It’s the time of year we’re all looking for ways to keep cool, especially when we’re at home. But, hopefully, we don’t have to spend a fortune doing so. There are actually quite a few home cooling options for homeowners that won’t break the bank.

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Topics: Cooling, Summer