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Why is my air conditioner blowing hot air? Common reasons why. — July 20, 2017

Why is my air conditioner blowing hot air? Common reasons why.

There is absolutely nothing more uncomfortable than sitting in your home and coming to realize that your air conditioner is not only not cooling your home, but in fact blowing hot air.   Even worse is if it is during the sickeningly hot summer months.

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It is best to deal with the issues prior to the dog days of summer, you don not want to be looking for answers for why your air conditioner is not working when you and your family are burning up inside your home. It is, of course, always best to know the reasons ahead of time so you will know how to avoid them and/or when to call the professionals at HVAC Philly, who have been serving the greater Philadelphia, Bucks and Montgomery County, PA areas for over 20 years,to fix the issue.

So why is your AC blowing hot air? Here are the most common reasons:

Your thermostat is turned to heat mode

Although this may definitely be a big hand to forehead moment,  if you are getting hot air, you may just have accidentally flipped your thermostat to “heat” mode. It happens to all of us. If that is the case, switch it back to “cool” and you’re good to go.

Your evaporator coil may be dirty, which is caused by a dirty air filter

Chances are, your thermostat is set to cool, and you’re still getting hot air. Now what?

The cause could be a dirty evaporator coil caused by a dirty air filter. This keeps your air conditioner from properly cooling your home. You can change the filter, but you’ll need a professional to clean the evaporator coil.

Your outside AC unit is not properly maintained

Walk outside and look at your air conditioner’s outside condenser unit. What do you see?

Is there anything blocking the condenser coils air flow? Are they blocked with dirt and debris?

If so, this seriously impacts your air conditioner’s cooling ability.

Cleaning the condenser coils needs to be a regular activity during the summertime.

Low on refrigerant/Freon

This is the usual culprit. Your air conditioner needs a proper refrigerant (usually Freon) charge to cool your home.

So a Freon leak can leave you feeling the heat since you’ll have a complete loss of cold air.

You can tell if your air conditioner doesn’t have enough Freon if ice forms on the inside and outside units.

Getting a Freon charge is best left to a professional.

Get AC maintenance should be done annually

Keeping an eye on these problems will not only will this keep your air conditioner from blowing hot air, it will also prevent a costly breakdown. And the last thing you want is a breakdown during summer.

So it only makes sense to get preventative maintenance done during the spring before it gets too hot.  However life sometimes gets in the way, it is better late than never.  So if you find that you are in need of a professional AC maintenance service, call today HVAC Philly today!

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The Link Between Employee Productivity and Air Conditioning — July 17, 2017

The Link Between Employee Productivity and Air Conditioning

When your office space is at a premium rate and saving money is an extremely necessary priority, you may think updating or installing air conditioning for your business may seem like an unnecessarily and frivolous expense. _68786418_464_businessman-sweat

While fans and wall units may provide some sort of relief from the paralyzing Philadelphia, Bucks and Montgomery County, PA heat, your staff will be the first to tell you that they are not completely effective, in fact by circulating all of that stale humid air around, you may be making matters worse.

Here is the really big news…. Did you know researchers have found a conclusive link between stagnant indoor temperature and workplace productivity?

Comfortable Working Environments Will Mean Employees Can Focus On Doing Their Jobs

You would not dream of making your employees use typewriters, or to work in total darkness. Most likely, you would not consider playing hardcore rap at top volume throughout the day either. And why not? Beyond even basic courtesy: these decisions would have a severe impact on workplace productivity. The temperature of your office environment is absolutely no different.

Cornell University Finds Definitive Evidence Connecting Temperature with Profits

According to scientists at Cornell University, the association between indoor conditions and performance measures is a direct one. As you might expect, workers make more mistakes, use their computer mouse less frequently, and accomplish fewer concrete tasks the more uncomfortable the workplace.

Furthermore, along with loud noise and excessive vibration, unpleasant indoor temperatures (either too hot or too cold) are shown to result not only in deleterious effects to performance rates, but also to your bottom line. The same studies demonstrate that profit generation declines in such environments.

Faulty Air Conditioning and “Sick Building Syndrome”

As if that weren’t bad enough, faulty or ineffective air conditioning also plays a role in the health and well being of your employees. “Sick Building Syndrome,” is a set of nonspecific illnesses ranging from frequent headaches and flu-like symptoms to more serious respiratory problems that are caused by mold, pollutants and poor ventilation. It has been shown to result in increased absence and significantly reduced employee productivity. With an improperly installed or poorly maintained air conditioning system making people sick, your building can literally become a real safety hazard, fast. This doesn’t just harm your profits­–it can result in serious, long-term health problems for employees that lead to lawsuits, disability and ruined lives.

Indoor Air Temperature Makes a Difference

There is a solution. Your trained, experienced air conditioning consultant can discuss cost effective indoor air quality and environmental systems that can not only save you money in the long term, but make you money in the form of employee satisfaction, health and overall productivity. Let our technicians at HVAC Philly do a complete assessment of your building’s existing ventilation, temperature control systems, and overall energy efficiency. With so many unknowns in the business world today, why not rely on those changes you can bank on?

 

Not sure if your building is safe for your team? Want to discuss cost-effective ways to keep everyone comfortable and productive? Get in touch with HVAC Philly, http://www.hvacphilly.com, to schedule your appointment with one of our licensed, experienced consultants. We look forward to speaking with you. Call today! (215)725-6111. 

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When You Are Not At Home Should You Turn Off Your Air Conditioner? — July 15, 2017

When You Are Not At Home Should You Turn Off Your Air Conditioner?

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Like most homeowners, you would assume that the best way to save money on cooling costs is for you to turn your air conditioner off when you are not at home.

However there is a much better way to save money, and that is to actually turn your thermostat up instead of turning the AC completely off.

More specifically, we at HVAC Philly, suggest turning the set temperature up 7 to 10 degrees while you’re away for the day.

How could turning up the thermostat possibly be the better option?

Three very good reasons:

  • Protects your home from mold and bugs
  • Saves you money
  • Keeps you comfortable

HVAC Philly takes a closer look at these benefits.

Benefit #1: Turning the thermostat up protects your home from mold/bugs

Turning off your air conditioner can cause your home’s indoor humidity levels to rise significantly. There are two disgusting intruders who love humidity, and they are:

  1. Mold
  2. Bugs

The thing is, your air conditioner does not just cool your air, it also dehumidifies it. So when you turn your AC completely off, it won’t take long for the humidity in your home to soar to upwards of 60%, which is ideal for mold growth and bug infestations.

However if you turn the thermostat up 7 to 10 degrees, your air conditioner will kick on every once in awhile to control the indoor humidity and maintain a healthy humidity level between 45%-55%.

Benefit #2: Turning the thermostat up keeps you comfortable

There is no one that loves coming home to a humid and stuffy home. Unfortunately that is what you are setting yourself up for when you turn your air conditioner completely off.

Instead, turning your air conditioner’s thermostat up 7 to 10 degrees will help to manage the indoor humidity and will keep temperatures at a tolerable level.

So that you may stay comfortable and save money at the same time. Which leads us to the next benefit…

Benefit #3: Turning your thermostat up saves you money

Turning up the thermostat 7 to 10 degrees for 8 or more hours a day can save you at least 10% on cooling costs throughout the entire summer.

You may be asking why and how? Simply, when you raise the thermostat, you decrease the difference between the outside and the inside temperature. And that lowers your air conditioners workload, and therefore, saving you energy.

Here is an example of how you might raise your thermostat to save money:

6 AM: You wake up and get ready for work.

7 AM:  You raise the thermostat from 68 to 78 before leaving the house.

6 PM:  You lower the temperature back to 68 when you get home.

Still not sure that you can remember to raise the thermostat every morning? Think about investing in a programmable thermostat, which can change the temperature automatically for you.

Get more summer cooling tips from HVAC Philly experts who were rated top 10 HVAC provider in Philadelphia.

Have more questions on how you can stay cool and save money this summer?

Just ask the experts at HVAC Philly. We’re always happy to help!

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Freshen Your Home With Air Duct Cleaning — July 12, 2017

Freshen Your Home With Air Duct Cleaning

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When you do your routine daily or weekly house cleaning, you probably don’t clean every little thing in your home. Some areas may remain untouched until it’s time for spring cleaning – and the more hidden away the mess is, the more likely it is to be overlooked.

The insides of your HVAC ducts are a lot like that. They’re out of sight, so they’re probably out of mind, even when other hidden spots come due for their annual cleaning. But just because you can’t see the dirt and dust inside doesn’t mean it isn’t there – or that it isn’t circulating through your home each time the HVAC system turns on.

What to Do With a Dirty Duct

Your ductwork is like your home’s lungs, and along with your HVAC equipment, it completes your home’s respiratory system. And just like your lungs, the health of your ductwork is affected by the quality of the air flowing through it.

Dust and dirt particles are basically everywhere. But your ducts may be picking up much more: pet hair, residue from smoking, airborne allergens or even construction dust from a recent remodel. Many of these particles will flow through the system or get caught in the filter, but some will stick to the duct walls, where they may contaminate the otherwise clean air flowing by.

Fortunately, many HVAC service companies, like HVAC Philly, offer professional duct cleaning services that will give you a clean slate. And if you’re not sure whether or not you need duct cleaning, a reputable service provider should be able to provide you with a low-cost inspection and report.

If duct cleaning is warranted and you schedule the service, here are some tasks commonly performed by a duct cleaning professional:

  • Brushing and vacuuming of all accessible ductwork
  • Cleaning return air chases
  • Cleaning blower wheel
  • Removal, cleaning and reinstallation of vent grills
  • Cleaning evaporator coil
  • Disinfectant spray throughout duct system
  • Application of antifungal sealant
  • Complete cleanup of the job site

What to Expect

If your ducts are truly dirty, there’s a good chance that a professional cleaning will make your entire home smell fresher. Some contaminants, like smoking residue, can produce a foul odor that may circulate through your home for years. When you purchase a home from a previous owner who smoked indoors, it’s smart to schedule duct cleaning before you move in.

Duct cleaning can also clear out accumulated allergens and irritants, so it’s particularly important maintenance in households where one or more people suffer from asthma or severe allergies. Pet hair, pollen and other problem particles can all be swept away in a few hours, bringing serious relief to residents and guests.

A Step Further

If indoor air quality is important to you, there are additional steps you can take to keep your ducts cleaner and the air fresher after your professional cleaning is complete.

Consider exploring your options for UV systems that use special lights to reduce the concentration of germs, bacteria, viruses, toxic gases and even common odors from your indoor air. Better yet, ask your HVAC technician about systems that combine UV technology with sophisticated air filtration systems so that you get all of those air purifying benefits plus a huge reduction in the concentration of airborne particles in your air. These supplemental systems can catch particles that are microscopic — particles that are most likely slipping right through your HVAC filter.

If you think your ductwork might be a candidate for cleaning and you’re ready to learn more, reach out to the home comfort professionals at HVAC Philly.

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Ten Steps To Make Hiring An HVAC Contractor Easy — July 7, 2017

Ten Steps To Make Hiring An HVAC Contractor Easy

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If you’re like most homeowners, just the very idea of hiring a HVAC contractor can make you break out in a sweat (especially if you are in need of an AC repair in the middle of summertime). Every HVAC contractor out there makes promises that they are the best and most affordable service, but who, among the many will actually deliver what they promise? HVAC Philly offers some simple steps and tips to make the hiring process easier:

 Step 1- Know the local requirements. All states have HVAC licensing requirements, and Pennsylvania is no exception. Make sure that you are only dealing with technicians who have current licenses.

 Step 2- Get together as many referrals as possible. Ask your neighbors, your family members and your friends for referrals to contractors they have personally worked with in the past.

 Step 3- Always follow up. Contact as many local contractors you can find in the area and ask them for references. Any reputable HVAC professionals will be happy to provide them, and you should be sure to follow up.

 Step 4- Look for quotes that have no-obligation. There should be no pressure involved in the quote process or any process for that matter. Any HVAC contractor who pressures you into agreeing to hire them when you’re at the quote stage should be raising a red flag.

 Step 5- Insist that there is a thorough evaluation. Any reputable HVAC professionals will be able to visit your home and perform a complete inspection before quoting a price or even diagnosing the problem.

 Step 6- Make sure to get it in writing. It would benefit you and your HVAC contractor to ensure that all quotes are in writing, and itemized. This protects yourself and your contractor in the event of a future dispute.

 Step 7- Make comparisons on costs and services. By calling around and comparing quotes against what other HVAC professionals are offering, you can use this as a way to drive down the price.

 Step 8- Increase your competitive edge. If the different HVAC companies you are considering know that you are looking at their competitors, they may drop their price or even sweeten the deal.

 Step 9- Check and recheck the contract. Make sure the contract is exactly as agreed upon before you sign it.

 Step 10- Always trust your instinct. You should work with someone who makes you feel comfortable. If you have a gut feeling–bad or good–go with it. Your home is your personal space, you should feel safe and secure with the contractors you choose to let in your home.

In the greater Philadelpha, Bucks and Montgomery County, PA, choosing the right HVAC contractor is easy. We at HVAC Philly are proud to have been rated one of Philadelphia’s top 10 HVAC contractors. We offer no-obligation estimates, thorough home inspections and complete professionalism. Contact us to learn more or arrange service.

Our goal is to help educate our customers about energy and home comfort issues (specific to HVAC systems).  For more information about hiring a contractor and other HVAC topics, visit our website.

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HVAC Philly AC Repair and Installation — July 3, 2017

HVAC Philly AC Repair and Installation

The air conditioner in your Philadelphia, Bucks or Montgomery County, PA home isn’t just a luxury, it’s a necessity. At HVAC Philly we understand how fundamental your AC ac-unit-meyerairDOTcomsystem is to your home comfort and health. We provide air conditioning repair, maintenance, and installation services to keep you cool and comfortable throughout the year.

If your system isn’t meeting your needs for any reason, HVAC Philly can help. We have licensed HVAC technicians standing by to take care of all your heat pump and AC repair and installation needs.

RELIABLE PHILADELPHIA, BUCKS, AND MONTGOMERY COUNTY,PA SERVICE AND INSTALLATION

At HVAC Philly we strive to do more than simply install a new system in your home or workplace. Our goal is to offer the full range of support and services necessary to ensure your system is operating at an optimal level. You deserve the best return possible for your HVAC investment, and our NATE-certified technicians know what’s required to get the best results from a new installation, and achieve the longest lifespan possible with all of your HVAC equipment.

AC INSTALLATION & SYSTEM DESIGN

Are you considering a new air conditioner? According to the U.S. Department of Energy, most central air conditioners have a lifespan of just 15 to 20 years. If your home has an older air conditioner, installing a new unit could solve all your troubles, from resolving hot and cold spots to lowering your utility bills. If your air conditioner is even ten years old, upgrading to an energy efficient model can cut your cooling costs by 20 to 40 percent. We proudly install a wide variety of home comfort systems, including:

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  • Ductless air conditioning systems
  • Heat pump systems
  • Air handler systems
  • Thermostats

If the options seem a bit overwhelming, rest assured that you’re not alone in the search for a new air conditioning system. Our knowledgeable and experienced HVAC technicians can help you every step of the way. We understand the importance of choosing the right unit for Philadelphia, Bucks, and Montgomery County, PA air conditioning. The hot, humid climate of the summer makes efficient cooling essential. We understand all the small elements that can come into play where home comfort is concerned, including humidity and indoor air quality.

Selecting your new air conditioner begins with proper sizing. This critical step can make the difference between a successful installation and an ongoing hassle. A unit that’s too small will offer inadequate cooling and increase your energy expenses by running constantly in an attempt to keep pace with your needs. You may think a small system will save you money, but the added strain on an undersized unit will increase repairs and minimize the unit’s lifespan.

Bigger isn’t always better in the world of Philadelphia air conditioning, however. If your new air conditioning unit is too large, it will cycle on and off too frequently. This causes your energy bill to climb and can create unwelcome hot or cold spots in your home or office.

The key is to choose a system that’s perfectly sized for your residential or commercial building. We carry a wide range of products with options for buildings of every shape and size. Whether you’re cooling a small space or managing workplace health and comfort in a spacious complex, we can help you pinpoint the proper system for your needs.

You don’t have to settle for an off-the-shelf solution, either. We can help you design a custom HVAC system that’s an ideal fit for your home or workplace. We offer installations that will help you incorporate humidity management or improved indoor air quality right in your system. Are you battling mold and mildew problems, or striving to create a safe and breathable space for asthma sufferers? We can build the right solutions right into your Philadelphia, Bucks and Montgomery County, PA air conditioning system.

From duct configuration to complete AC installation, we’ll outfit your building with a comprehensive solution that will keep you cool and comfortable in even the harshest of the greater Philly’s hot, humid summers.

HEAT PUMP AND AC REPAIR PHILADELPHIA, MONTGOMERY AND BUCKS COUNTY, PA

If you’re satisfied with your current system but feel like it’s not performing up to its potential, a repair or maintenance visit is in order. HVAC Philly has qualified technicians who can handle all your air conditioning AC repair needs in and around the greater Philadelphia area. We’ll help you diagnose and fix common AC repair problems like refrigerant leaks, sensor problems, drainage issues, and electrical control failure.

We can also help you spot problems caused by improper installation, such as leaky ducts, an improperly sized system, or incorrect refrigerant charge. Unqualified service technicians can do more harm than good when servicing your system. Our experienced staff will help you spot any lingering problem areas so you can enjoy the maximum energy efficiency from your system.

AIR CONDITIONING MAINTENANCE & SERVICE

Every air conditioner needs a little attention from time to time, even if you haven’t noticed a significant decline in performance or efficiency yet. You can stave off many common issues by making a regular investment in annual maintenance.

standard maintenance visit will give your air conditioner the boost it needs to get back in peak condition. During a standard maintenance tuneup, our technicians will tighten electrical connections, lubricate moving parts, and thoroughly clean and inspect your unit to make sure it’s operating as efficiently as possible. A unit that receives regular maintenance will require fewer repairs and enjoy a longer lifespan with better energy efficiency.

PHILADELPHIA’S MOST TRUSTED AIR CONDITIONING CONTRACTORS

A carefully installed and well-maintained air conditioner will serve you well, keeping your Philly home comfortable with only minimal energy expenses. Whether you’re in the market for a Tampa air conditioning installation or you need to schedule repairs for your existing unit, we can get you back in shape in no time. Contact HVAC Philly today.

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Top 5 Steps To Keep Your AC Unit Running Cool All Summer — June 26, 2017

Top 5 Steps To Keep Your AC Unit Running Cool All Summer

imagesImagine this….you are sitting at home, enjoying a lazy summer day with the family, everyone pleasantly cool. The kids are playing outside and running in periodically to cool off from the summer heat. The dog is content to lay in the sun indoors. Then, disaster strikes…you air conditioner breaks down! 

Now also imagine that your unit needs a full replacement and your AC is on your roof. It could take over two weeks to get a replacement put in.  It would be completely unbearable to live in a 100 degree home while waiting for the unit to be fixed. You would have to, in the meantime,  move the whole family, including the dog, and live with your in-laws for two weeks. That is if you are lucky enough to have family to turn to and that you get along well enough that you wouldn’t drive each other crazy during that time. Otherwise you are looking at either an extremely high electric bill from all of the fans and tricks you try to stay cool, or a costly hotel stay.

Basically it’s your everyday, run of the mill, nightmare. That is why it is incredibly important to  make sure your air conditioner is running well- before it’s too late. HVAC Philly, who serve the greater Philadelphia, Bucks and Montgomery County areas, provide some steps that you can take to prevent a situation like the one above. By keeping yourself aware of what to do, you can proactively prevent any major issues from occurring.

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Step 1. Replace your air filter when it’s dirty. Be sure to check your filter every single month to make sure it is not getting full of dust, lint, or pet hair. A clogged filter makes your HVAC unit work harder. Filters are readily available at your local store or online and they are a lot easier and whole lot less expensive to replace than an air conditioner! If your unit doesn’t look particularly dirty, be sure to change it at least every couple of months anyway to keep everything running smoothly.

Step 2. Pay attention to how your AC unit sounds. If your HVAC is making noises beyond a low humming, it’s time to call an expert. You should not be able to hear any clanging or banging.  If you do, be sure to call someone to diagnose the problem ASAP.

Step 3. Keep nature at bay. Whether your unit is on your roof, on the side of your house, or in the back, be sure that there aren’t any bushes, trees, or other things in the immediate space of your unit. Having your unit that close to any natural obstruction. can actually block the airflow.

Step 4. Clean the drain line. You should be pouring a solution of 1 cup bleach and 3 cups water down your condensate drain tube every three months. That will help it keep clear of algae and other debris. It’s best to call an HVAC tech to help with this, especially if your unit is hard to get to.

Step 5. Call in a professional at least once- but preferably twice- per year. Think of it as a doctor for your air conditioner- your unit may not be broken yet, but a check up could prevent something serious down the line.

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Prevent having to learn the hard way the trouble that it takes to go through replacing an HVAC system in the middle of the summer. Not only will it cost you time and your comfort, but it cost a lot of money as well. Fortunately, HVAC units typically work for 10-14 years if they’re treated right- which means regular checkups and maintenance as soon as a problem begins, not when the damage has been done.

If you haven’t had your HVAC unit checked out in awhile, it’s time to schedule your free estimate with HVAC Philly, today! Air conditioner repair involves complex mechanical systems, our Philadelphia AC repair service technicians are certified and well trained to handle any and all Air Conditioning Repair in Philadelphia – HVAC Philly Offers Same day AC Repair Philadelphia Trust

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Why You Should Service Your Air Conditioner for Summer Comfort — June 19, 2017

Why You Should Service Your Air Conditioner for Summer Comfort

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It is common knowledge that we can make the choice to pay our auto mechanics a small fee now for a routine maintenance service, or eventually pay them a lot later for a major repair. It is the same concept that holds true for your air conditioner or heat pump. Unfortunately by not servicing your air conditioner or heat pump on a regular basis, you will certainly find yourself not only uncomfortable in the hot summer, Philadelphia, Montgomery and Berks County, PA nights, but also scrambling to pay for a whole new AC system.

In this article the term air conditioner will apply to a heat pump or a standard air conditioner. Both benefit equally from annual service tune-ups.

An air conditioner is a very rugged piece of equipment. It is engineered and made to withstand any and all hard work and keep on running. This is fantastic in most ways, the only downfall is that it can lead to complacency about maintenance. Again, like a car, air conditioners need regular tune-ups to run properly.

Without proper and regular maintenance an air conditioner loses about 5% of it’s original efficiency for each year of operation. This means that the 12 SEER unit that you bought just a few years ago may be functioning like a 9 SEER unit today.  It’s not all bad news. You can recover most of that lost efficiency through regular maintenance. There have been studies show that with regular tune-ups a unit will maintain up to 95% of it’s original efficiency! This will mean that the cost of an annual tune-up is recovered rather quickly by earning savings on your monthly electric bill and reduced repair costs. A properly serviced air conditioner will also do a better job of dehumidifying your home.

The service check should include cleaning the condensing unit coils, checking the amp draw of the compressor, oiling the fan motors, checking that belts are well adjusted, and checking the system operating pressures and temperatures against the manufacturers specifications. One of the most important items to check is the coolant level (previously known as Freon) in the air conditioner. A system that is only 10% low on coolant will cost about 20% more to operate! The Air Conditioning Contractors of America (ACCA) recommends that coolant levels be checked every year.

If your unit is low on coolant, and more must be added, there are new laws governing its use. Freon is a chlorofluorocarbon (CFC) that will damage the Earths protective ozone layer if released into the atmosphere. The laws governing CFC’s now do not allow your air conditioner contractor to add Freon to a leaky system. [Ed note: CFCs are no longer allowed and various alternative refrigerants are now common.] They are first required to find and fix the leak in the system. Don’t ask them to violate this law as they may lose their license if they are caught doing this.

There are some things in addition to yearly tune-ups that you can do to help ensure a high level of comfort and proper system operation:

  1. Buy good filters and change them regularly.
  2. Keep bushes and other materials away from the outside unit of your air conditioner.
  3. Avoid closing supply air outlets in your house. In almost all cases, closing supply outlets is harmful to the operation of the overall system.

All equipment, even the most reliable, needs routine maintenance. Complicated equipment like today’s air conditioners benefit in many ways from annual service. They recover much of their lost efficiency, they are less likely to suffer a major break down, they have a longer life span, they increase your comfort, and they operate for less money.

Check with HVAC Philly for specials offers and special prices at this time of the year. Some HVAC contractors even offer annual service programs that insure that you will be reminded of the need to service the unit at the beginning of the cooling and heating seasons.

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How to Find the Right Air Conditioning Repair in Philadelphia — June 14, 2017

How to Find the Right Air Conditioning Repair in Philadelphia

Summer is in full swing in Philadelphia, which means it’s the busiest time of the year for air conditioning repair. When your air conditioner breaks down in the summer, you’ll need emergency air conditioning repair. With temperatures in the upper 90’s, going without air conditioning for an extended period can be dangerous and costly. When your AC breaks down there are two things you should do: Stay cool and call a professional. There are a lot of professional HVAC companies out there, so how do you find the best one? When you search air conditioning repair Philadelphia online, there’s an overwhelming amount of companies that appear. Don’t worry though, we’ll tell you exactly what to look for to find the best air conditioning repair in Philadelphia.

Start With Experience

When you first start your search for air conditioning repair Philadelphia, you’ll see a lot of companies. The first criteria you can use to narrow your search is experience. While this isn’t the end all be all of a good HVAC company, years of experience usually translate to better and faster service when you need it. Also, an air conditioning repair company that has been around will have word of mouth about their business one way or another, so you can avoid any bad eggs. At HVAC Philly, we have over 20 years of experience in AC and heating repair. We’ve seen it all, and we have it down to a science.

Ask for Reviews

Make sure you do your research on whichever Philadelphia AC repair company you choose. It’s easy for a company to fabricate a few positive reviews on their website. Be sure to check services like Yelp, Angie’s List, and Google Business to get a better idea of how each company treats their clients. You should also ask a prospective AC repair Philadelphia company if they’ve had clients in your neighborhood for a trusted testimonial.

Get an Estimate and Compare

The sad truth is, some HVAC companies will try to rip you off. Getting an estimate to compare to another company’s is a great way to make sure you aren’t getting a bad deal. Of course, during the summer heat waves, you’ll want to get air conditioning repair as soon as possible, so you may have to settle for calling around to other companies or researching average prices for the estimate you were given.

Ask About Insurance

An air conditioning repair Philadelphia company is required to be bonded, licensed, and insured in order to operate in the state of Pennsylvania. Make sure you ask to see proof of insurance from whoever you have come to fix your air conditioner. Some people will try to take advantage of the summer heat and operate amateur HVAC businesses. If someone who isn’t properly insured is working in your house and gets injured, you could be held liable.

Ask About 24 Hr Emergency Air Conditioning Repair

When you need summertime air conditioning repair Philadelphia, find a company who offers 24 hour emergency air conditioning repair. Summer is the busiest time for AC repair, so if a company doesn’t offer emergency AC repair, it could take days until someone can come to see you.

If you live in Philadelphia, Montgomery, or Bucks County, give us a call at 215-725-6111. With over 20 years of experience in Philadelphia AC repair, we offer unparalleled professionalism and quality service.

Stay cool my friends.

4 Reasons to Regularly Replace Your AC Filter — June 13, 2017

4 Reasons to Regularly Replace Your AC Filter

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The filter for your HVAC unit is one of the most important components of the machine that is often overlooked. With the help of filters they keep HVAC systems running as smoothly as possible with very little maintenance intervention. New filters can also help improve the air quality in your home.  HVAC Philly of the greater Philadelphia area, provide the top four reasons to change your AC filter — and the consequences of how it can affect your home if you don’t.

Improve Efficiency

Most people assume that air filters are just for the clarity of your home’s air, the filters also play a huge role in the efficiency of your HVAC system. Filters keep the dirt and bacteria that circulate through your air and clog your filter from reaching the rest of your system.

When your filter gets dirty, it can build up and increasingly block air flow, which then in turn increases your energy bills. Your air conditioning system has to then work harder which will consume more electricity or fuel to maintain the temperature at which you keep your thermostat.

Reduce Maintenance

If the filter in your HVAC unit is dirty, it can make the system work much harder to heat or cool the air and that increase in energy and strain on the A/C unit can end up wearing down components faster than usual, leading to the need for maintenance to create a well-functioning HVAC unit.

You may even have to replace your HVAC system sooner if you don’t change your air filter. There will come a point, that the cost of repairs and maintenance will far outweigh the value of the system. If you want your air conditioner and furnace to last as long as possible, replace your AC filter regularly.

Improve Air Quality

When you have a dirty air filter, your HVAC unit is forcing the air through the debris, which means that all the pollutants and allergens caught on the filter are re-entering the air supply of your home and your lungs. If you replace the air filter for your unit regularly, this isn’t something you’d have to worry about, but irregular replacements can lead to higher levels of allergens entering your home.

By regularly replacing your filter, the air quality of your home will increase markedly, since the air isn’t being forced through a dirty filter anymore. This can help the overall health of your family, especially during allergen-heavy seasons.

Save Money

If your system isn’t working as hard or breaking down due to overuse, you won’t spend nearly as much money on maintenance. Replacing the filter regularly can not only help you cut down on maintenance costs, but also on electricity bills. Your system will consume less energy, so you’ll benefit each month when your utility statement arrives.

Also, if you reduce your exposure to allergens in your home,  you will not have to put more money into buying medication and doctors visits. You will breathe easier without assistance from allergy medications, which means greater health and a bigger bank account.

The filter on your HVAC unit is an important component that often gets overlooked, but it can end up making all the difference in the efficiency and longevity of your unit, as well as affect the state of your health and budget.

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