July 10th, 2017
If possible, plan to have an aging air conditioning system replaced before the summer heat arrives. Spring is a good time to arrange for the work with our installation specialists. However, we understand that air conditioners can appear to be in good shape before the summer starts, only to abruptly crash when the heat becomes intense, requiring an emergency new system installation.
And we also understand why homeowners might want to attempt to do the installation on their own, or look to an amateur who makes big promises about saving money. But air conditioning installation and replacement must be left to professionals. Here are some reasons why:
June 26th, 2017
During winters in the Twin Cities, homes face a major problem with indoor air quality: they can’t enjoy fresh air because that would mean opening up doors and windows onto outside temperatures that are sometimes –10°F and rarely higher than freezing. Sure, you could turn the heating system up as high as it will go to try to counter the cold weather, but not only will that not work well (it’s hard to stop a blast of freezing cold wind!) , it’s a tremendous waste of energy.
This is where heat and energy recovery ventilators are so useful. HRV and ERV systems allow fresh air to enter a home, but pre-heat the fresh air before it reaches the living spaces. Instead of generating heat to apply to the air, HRVs and ERVs use the heat already in the house to raise the temperature of the incoming air. This is the “recovery” part: these devices recover the energy already used to heat the inside of a home and use it to warm the incoming fresh air. Thanks to an HRV or ERV, a Minnesota home can have fresh air moving through the rooms, replacing the stale air, without putting stress on the heater or creating cold drafts.
June 12th, 2017
Living in Minnesota means getting used to ice. We deal with it a lot during a significant stretch of the year. We get so accustomed to seeing it, that when it appears on an air conditioner during the summer, we might assume it’s normal.
For people who aren’t HVAC professionals and don’t know the details about how an air conditioner works, it makes some sense for ice to appear on an AC’s evaporator coil. During the summer, the air conditioner sends out chilled air; why wouldn’t there be ice associated with that?
May 29th, 2017
We have years of experience working with air conditioners during the spring and summer in Minneapolis-St. Paul. During those years, we’ve run into many misunderstandings people have about air conditioners, how they run, and how to best take care of them. These various air conditioning myths have been around as long as residential air conditioners have been common. But unfortunately they can spread faster because of the Internet, and they’re harder to stamp out with truth from knowledgeable professionals.
But we’re going to try to stamp out a few myths as best we can. At least we can offer our customers a debunking of the three myths that can be most destructive to an air conditioner. Whenever you need professional assistance with your air conditioning system, contact us and we’ll take care of everything.
May 15th, 2017
Our last two blogs dealt with topics about rough summer conditions: humidity in your home and how heat affects your air conditioning system. Today we’re going to combine these two and examine how humidity specifically affects an air conditioning system. With the high humidity we experience here in the Twin Cities (we can thank all the lakes for that), air conditioners face some unusual problems. Let’s examine some of the more common ways high moisture levels in the air can make it necessary for you to call for air conditioning services in Plymouth, MN.
May 1st, 2017
Now that it’s May, and summer will officially arrive in only a few weeks, the time has come to schedule maintenance for your air conditioning system—if you haven’t already done so. You don’t want to be caught unprepared when the serious heat and humidity starts. May is a slower period for HVAC technicians, making it easier to schedule the maintenance job at a time that’s convenient for you.
April 17th, 2017
Spring thaws the snow in Minnesota. But it also ushers in the first rush of humidity. This is a consequence of being the Land of Ten Thousand Lakes! (Actually, it’s twelve thousand.) Humidity not only makes the heat of the middle of the year feel worse, but it encourages the growth of allergy-triggering molds and creates water damage inside homes.
The best way to deal with high humidity inside a home is to have air quality specialists install a whole-house dehumidifier. (Don’t spend money on a portable dehumidifier. These devices pose fire risks and won’t get the job done you need.) When correctly paired with an air conditioning system installed by a professional, a whole-house humidifier balances relative humidity levels in the comfort spot between 30% and 50%.
For assistance with whole-house dehumidification in Minneapolis, MN and throughout the Minneapolis-St. Paul area, contact our staff. Below are ways to help lower your indoor humidity in the meantime. (Don’t worry, we’ll be there soon to have the right dehumidifier in place.)
April 3rd, 2017
Even the harsh winters in Minneapolis-St. Paul must come to an end at some point—although they can linger through April and spring sudden surprises on us just when we think we’ve at last hit warm weather. Now that the temperatures are warming up, with highs in the 50s, it’s time to look forward to the hotter weather. And that means making preparations for our air conditioning systems.
The most important step to take to get an AC ready for the hard work of summer is to have it professionally maintained during the spring. However, there are some steps you can take to check out the air conditioner’s operation. In fact, we recommend you give your air conditioning system a test run to see where it may have problems. This will make professional maintenance easier for the technicians since you’ll be able to tell them about any odd behavior you noticed from the system. If you do the test run after maintenance, you’ll have enough time to arrange for repairs before the warm weather sets in. (Yes, even with the best maintenance, an air conditioner can develop malfunctions.)
March 20th, 2017
Spring is now officially here—even if the warm spring weather hasn’t arrived along with it. However, that’s what we expect in Minnesota. The rest of March and April will see gradual warming, maybe some sudden spikes in heat, but the periods of rough cold weather aren’t done.
No matter what conditions are like outside during the early spring, it’s the time to schedule regular maintenance from professionals to tune-up and inspect your household heat pump. This is the best way to ensure quality performance over the coming summer, as well as to end the winter on a strong note with a healthy system.
But if you’re thinking you can skip maintenance for the heat pump because you already had annual maintenance for the system in the fall, we have some information about heat pumps we need to share with you.
March 6th, 2017
March has a reputation as a month with unusual and difficult to predict weather patterns. The proverbial saying that “March comes in like a lion and leaves like a lamb” means that the month starts in winter and ends in spring, so people should expect bitter cold through much of the month, with warming setting in soon after the official start of the new season (which is March 20 this year).
However, like many old proverbs, the “lion to lamb” saying doesn’t describe the full truth—and anyone whose spent March in Minnesota can tell you this. In fact, the proverb is often reversed, so March enters like a lamb and then leaves like a lion. Now we’re getting closer to what March in Minnesota is actually like: highly unpredictable!