What is AC Short Cycling?

May 20, 2020

During the summer months, your thermostat starts reading higher temperatures. When it does, it will tell your air conditioner to turn on so that your home is cooled. If the temperature you have set is not reached before your unit turns off, there is an issue. This is called short cycling. There is something in your system stopping your air conditioner from finishing the cooling cycle. A complete cooling cycle begins when your AC unit turns on. Once your house has reached the temperature you have set your thermostat at, your system turns off to complete the

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How To Cut AC Power Consumption Without Replacing Equipment

May 1, 2020

In many households, the indoor comfort system is the top consumer of energy. Typically, fall and spring seasons bring low utility bills, and winter and summer bring much higher ones. With some care and planning, however, you can reduce your air comfort expenses so that your energy usage and resultant costs will be lower even in extreme temperatures. It is true that if you have an older system, buying a newer one can improve your energy efficiency. It is also a fact that there are many other ways to reduce your cooling costs without installing new

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Is Air Conditioning Healthy?

September 4, 2019

With the modern focus on natural living, some people are starting to worry that air conditioning might cause health problems. After all, it artificially affects your temperature. However, the reality is that air conditioning has complex effects on health. Most of the results of air conditioning are overwhelmingly positive, but just like anything else, it can cause a couple of issues if misused. Air Conditioning Prevents Overheating The first AC compressor was built to protect patients in a Florida hospital, and it continues to provide this valuable service today. Extreme heat is associated with dehydration,

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Tips for Reducing Exposure to Indoor Air Pollutants

August 15, 2019

A whole host of biological and chemical pollutants often permeates a typical home. These pollutants can trigger respiratory diseases, headaches, and fatigue. The good news is that you have direct control over the air in your residence. You can take action to reduce the presence of contaminants in your environment. Cleaning Helps Control Indoor Air Pollution Regular vacuuming and dusting will remove dust, pollen, mold spores and particulates that drift inside your home. You can enhance indoor air quality by adopting a few simple strategies. Conditions tend to improve when people begin:

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Should You Turn Off Your AC When You Leave for a Vacation?

July 30, 2019

If you are going to be away from home for an extended period, you’re likely wondering if you should turn off your air conditioner while you’re gone. After all, no one will be home, so why waste electricity and money to cool your residence? As tempting as it may be, you should not shut your AC off when you’re going to be away for some time. Reasons Not to Turn Your AC Unit Off While you won’t be home to enjoy the cool air from your AC, there are other benefits associated with running

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Signs That Your Thermostat Needs to Be Replaced

July 20, 2019

A thermostat that is starting to falter can cause some major discomfort. After all, your home’s temperature is controlled by this device. How can you determine if it’s past the time you purchased a new one? Let’s look at some indications your thermostat should be changed out. Temperature Discrepancies One of the first and most obvious signs you may notice is simply that the comfort level in your home does not seem to match your thermostat setting. If your indoor temperature is much higher or lower than it should be, the fault could lie

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5 Sounds You Shouldn’t Hear From Your AC

July 10, 2019

Air conditioning units, especially central AC systems, will make sounds from time to time. While some sounds are normal, such as the clicking you hear when the AC turns on and off, others signal a problem with the unit. Below are a few sounds that you don’t want to hear coming from your AC. 1. Rattling and Banging in Your AC These both indicate a loose or broken part. It could be loose wiring or loose nuts and bolts. Banging shows that the problem is growing worse. The sounds could also point to failing motor bearings.

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Dealing With Uneven Cooling in a Home

June 10, 2019

If you’re noticing that certain rooms in your home don’t cool down enough when you turn your air conditioner on, there are a variety of steps you can take. Uneven cooling can be uncomfortable and lead to energy bills that are higher than they need to be. Addressing various issues can improve the livability of your home and save you money in the long run. Check Your Air Vents Go through each room in your home and check to see if the air vents are open or closed. Having furniture or other large objects in

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When to Schedule AC Maintenance

June 1, 2019

Your air conditioner works hard to keep you comfortable and cool. If you want your AC unit to protect you from the coming warmer months, it’s important to schedule AC maintenance. Many homeowners don’t think about calling an AC contractor until there’s a major issue. However, an annual AC tune-up can save you money in the long term. It will also give you peace of mind going into the Seattle summer. Catch Problems Early Scheduling your AC maintenance before the system starts to receive major use is a wise idea. The extreme weather changes

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Tips for Choosing the Right HVAC Contractor

May 22, 2019

Perhaps you’re new to Seattle or just require a fresh start with a different heating and cooling company. Choosing the right HVAC contractor for you and your home may not be simple. There are many companies servicing this region, and although their prices are an obvious distinction, the aspects that distinguish them beyond that can be less obvious. Here are some tips to help you find the right contractor for your needs: Rely on Neighbors for Recommendations As a leading heating and cooling company serving Seattle, Tacoma, and the surrounding areas, we receive much of our new business

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