What is A/C Refrigerant?

2 Types of A/C Refrigerant Freon (R-22) For over 50 years, older models used Freon as an A/C refrigerant. In just 2 years this refrigerant will no longer be imported or produced. Puron (R410-A) Puron is more environmentally friendly. All new A/C systems use R410-A since R-22 (or Freon) is no longer. All forms of … Continued

How Much Air Loss in Your Duct System?

Most homeowners that have forced air heating and cooling only think about their HVAC system if there is a problem. Typically it would be a no heat or no cooling situation. Unfortunately, most duct systems leak like a sieve and that is a big problem in terms of comfort and wasted resources. If you had … Continued

Does Your Home Have Too Much Humidity?

If you have wooden floors in your kitchen and the felt pads on your chairs are not sliding easily like they usually do, then you know the humidity level is too high. With the recent rains and the absence of any significant sunny days, the net result is a quick rise in the relative humidity. … Continued

How to Survive Extreme Hot Weather

Most air conditioners do a good job keeping us comfortable on average summer days. But when hot weather starts to appear, the temperature hits in the mid 90’or higher, then all normal design conditions become moot. *Hot Weather Warning* A/C units are sized based on the heat gain of the house. But this load varies based … Continued

How to Protect Your Basement

Wondering How to Protect Your Basement? With the recent rains that we have had, many homeowners worry about water damage caused by flooding. If your house has structural problems that cause seepage then you have to consult with an engineer. But most water-related problems in basements can be resolved with more reasonable measures. The most … Continued

Have You Checked Your Humidifier?

Now that we are finally getting a reprieve from the cold weather, most homeowners are turning their attention to their A/C units. One important thing that should bed one at this time is to shut off the humidifier and thoroughly clean it. We can certainly perform this service while doing your spring A/C check and cleaning. … Continued

It’s Official! Spring is Here!

Don’t believe what you see (snow), just look at the calendar. Spring has arrived. The weather forecast is predicting a 70-degree weekend. It is time to think about your A/C system and some preventive measures. This is the ideal time to schedule your annual A/C maintenance inspection. Many homeowners had service issues from last year … Continued

HVAC Equipment and Its Efficiency

Typically, the furnace and A/C are appliances that most homes have.They are in the basement and the side or backyard. For the average homeowner, they are out of sight and are only thought of when there is a problem. A visual inspection of the equipment cannot tell you the efficiency level but only a “guesstimate.” Ratings … Continued

The Dangers of Carbon Monoxide

A family of four from Iowa all died while on vacation in Tulum, Mexico.The parents and their two children all succumbed to fumes(carbon monoxide)from a water heater in their condo. Over the years I have written several articles about the dangers of this gas. It is odorless, colorless, and tasteless but highly toxic to humans and … Continued

Do You Know The Efficiency of Your Equipment?

Most homeowners that have lived in their homes for a number of years probably have no idea how efficient their furnace or A/C units are. It is impossible to determine the efficiency level by merely looking at the equipment. Even the model number can’t tell you how that unit is performing in your home. Manufacturers … Continued