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5 of Our Favorite Bob Jenson Posts for Better Summer Living

It’s summertime and the living is easy — as long as your A/C is functioning and your home’s air quality is good, that is. As you enter into some of San Diego’s warmest months, do you need a refresher on keeping your home healthy and cool?

We’ve assembled some of our favorite Bob Jenson blog posts about caring for your home during the summer. When you go into the sunniest season prepared, you’ll be living your best life all summer long.

Summertime Energy Savings Guide

You don’t want to be a sweaty Betty all summer, but you’re also not made of money. Finding a balance between keeping cool and staying on budget can be challenging when temperatures soar — and they’re doing just that, more than ever.

In our “Summertime Energy Savings Guide,” you’ll learn how to keep energy usage and costs within reason this summer. From sealing your ducts to slightly adjusting your thermostat, it might not be as hard as you think.

6 Things to Do Before Turning On Your A/C This Summer

It’s that day of the year again — the one you turn on your A/C for the first blast of that sweet, cool air. But are you really ready? There are a few items that should be checked off your to-do list prior to kicking on your A/C each year.

Our “6 Things to Do Before Turning on Your A/C This Summer” post walks you through getting your unit ready for use. You’ll learn about cleaning out supply vents and more.

Keeping the Cool Air In and the Hot Air Out

You can have the most efficient air conditioner in the world but if your house is full of leaks, you’ll still waste a lot of money this summer. When cool air escapes through bad windows or poor insulation, you end up paying more than you should to keep your house temperature controlled. It’s important to know how to keep the hot summer air outside, where it belongs.

Our blog, “Keeping the Cool Air In and the Hot Air Out,” outlines ways to update your home (such as adding weather stripping) that will prevent cold air from bleeding outside.

When Is It Time to Break Up With Your Air Conditioner?

Your air conditioner has been there for you all these years, through mild summers and scorching seasons alike. But has your relationship come to an end? Even the trustiest of HVAC systems will reach a point where it needs to be replaced.

If you’re on the fence about getting rid of your A/C, our post “When is It Time to Break Up with Your Air Conditioner?” tells you which questions to ask yourself about ditching your air.

5 End-of-Summer Maintenance Tips

Your A/C can benefit from some TLC (read: maintenance) after a season of heavy usage. You may not be in the mood to worry about your HVAC as summer comes to a close — after all, you won’t turn it on for several months now — but you’ll be thankful next spring if you do some A/C tune ups now.

Read “5 End-of-Summer Maintenance Tips” to learn about cleaning your condenser unit and other steps that will ensure your air conditioning unit has another successful season next year.

Do you have questions about maintaining your HVAC system during summer? Reach out to Bob Jenson for any service, repair, or maintenance questions and requests. We’ll make sure you stay cool and comfortable all season long.

Why a Portable Air Conditioner Won’t Cut It in San Diego.

Things to Consider About Portable A/C

At this point, we all know air conditioning is a non-negotiable, but what type is best for you? If you are trying to avoid the time and cost of a full HVAC installation, you might be considering a portable air conditioner. Portable air conditioners are a common replacement for a full HVAC installation; however, the average portable air conditioner is more limited than you’d expect: these units are more expensive, noisier, and less efficient than their HVAC counterparts.

While a portable air conditioner is more effective than a ceiling fan, it won’t offer the temperature control to combat the warm summer months we face in San Diego. In fact, Consumer Reports found that most portable air conditioners struggled to reduce indoor temperatures below 78 degrees Fahrenheit.

Let’s identify why using a portable air conditioner won’t cut it when compared to an HVAC system.

They Use a Lot of Energy

You may think that getting a portable air conditioner instead of a full-sized HVAC system will save you some cash but the truth is, you’ll spend more money in the long-term.

Most portable air conditioners don’t meet the minimum seasonal energy efficiency (SEER) requirements, and because of this, they often consume more electricity. The SEER ratings are defined by the Air Conditioning, Heating, and Refrigeration Institute and help to clarify an air conditioning unit’s energy efficiency. Even if your air conditioner has a high SEER rating, it’s not a guarantee of energy savings, especially if your unit runs for long periods of time.

A portable unit also won’t be as powerful as a full HVAC system, which means it has to work harder to cool your room or home. And when a portable air conditioner works harder, it also consumes more energy — increasing your energy bill.

Limited Portability

One major selling point of a portable air conditioner is in the name itself: portability. You can relocate it throughout the day depending on where you need it most. Unfortunately, these bulky devices aren’t as easy to move as they may initially seem. Portable air conditioners are heavy and if you have carpet or stairs to navigate, moving your unit could be a real struggle.

Portable air conditioners also need a window or point of ventilation, which makes them location-dependent — and you must keep power requirements in mind to avoid breaking a fuse. This is unlike an HVAC system, which uses ducts and fans to help seamlessly ventilate your home and is installed by a professional, taking all of the guesswork out of the equation.

There’s a Condensation Problem

Air conditioners cool a room and pull humidity out of the atmosphere at the same time. But when this moisture leaves the air, it has to have somewhere to go. You’ll need to either place your unit near a window, where an exhaust pipe carries the water outside, or you’ll need to use a water pan inside the unit. This means more personal maintenance and attention than an HVAC system would require.

Portable Air Conditioners Are Noisy

An HVAC system is quiet, efficient, and powerful, discreetly working in the background to keep your home cool and comfortable. Portable air conditioners, meanwhile, have all of their components packed into one unit. This means you may experience excessively high noise levels while the compressor or fan is running. The harder your portable air conditioner has to work, the louder it will be, with some units becoming so loud that they drown out all conversation, music, or television in the room.

Limited Humidity and Temperature Control

It’s no secret that the summer months in San Diego can bring hot temperatures and humid days. Unfortunately, a portable air conditioner is only able to combat these temperatures and humidity issues in the short-term — it is not a quality long-term solution. Even if a portable air conditioner does offer some relief, it can only cool one small space at a time. You’d have to purchase multiple units to effectively cool an entire home — and the cost of these can quickly add up.

Instead, central air conditioning offers a comprehensive solution to beat the summer heat. A full HVAC system gives you the temperature control you want to cool your entire home — without having to relocate a unit or find a ventilation window.

Portable Air Conditioners: Worth Your Time and Money?

If your AC suddenly stops working or you’re temporarily between homes, a portable air conditioner might make sense and could provide some temporary relief from summer temperatures. However, these devices aren’t enough to provide long-term comfort, especially in places with long summer seasons like San Diego.

Talk to our experts at Bob Jenson about setting up a home evaluation to see how easy and cost-effective an HVAC solution could be for your home.

7 Common Air Conditioning Questions Answered

Asking the Important Questions

Despite the importance of an HVAC system, most people don’t know much about their cooling system or how it works.

You rely on your air conditioning to feel cool and comfortable during the San Diego summer months. Your system also helps filter the outdoor air to deliver cleaner, fresher air throughout your home. Because your HVAC unit is central to your well-being, you should care about its efficiency and upkeep.

To help you better understand your air conditioning, and ensure its optimal performance, we’ve put together a list of some of the most common questions about HVAC systems.

1. How Often Should I Replace My Air Filters?

The filters in your air conditioning unit help provide clean air to your entire home. But if you are using a blocked or dirty filter, you get lower quality air, and it can make your HVAC system work harder, expending excess energy in the process.

Frequently replacing your filters can help to keep your system running at peak performance for longer. A good rule of thumb is to check your filters regularly and change them when they’re showing signs of wear, dirt, or moisture. You can also ask a professional for their opinion and get advice on the best type of filter for your home.

2. What is the Right Humidity Level for My Home?

According to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), air quality is one of the biggest threats that people face. To keep your indoor air as clean as possible, it needs to be fresh, free from contaminants, and be the right humidity level — often less than 50%.

Maintaining a humidity level under 50% helps reduce the risk of mildew and mold growth, banishes bacteria, and prevents dust mite infestations. If your home is in a colder climate, experts recommend a humidity level of under 40% .

3. How Often Should I Have My HVAC System Serviced?

While it’s tempting to use your home cooling system until it needs repair or replacement, the best way to improve the longevity and performance of your system is to give it proper care and maintenance.

Regular maintenance can help ensure that there aren’t problems lurking beneath the surface. And scheduling ongoing maintenance can also protect you from expensive repair or replacement problems down the road.

4. What Kind of Air Conditioning System Should I Get?

Air conditioning systems come in a range of different types and sizes. The most traditional option is a full-home ducted system, but ductless solutions are steadily becoming more popular because these systems are more energy-efficient and can bring comfort to your home all year round.

Some properties will only need a small, basic system, while others will require a more comprehensive heating and cooling solution. The best way to determine which air conditioning system is right for you is to speak with an expert about scheduling a home evaluation.

5. How Can I Improve Indoor Air Quality?

Even though the air is polluted with toxins, chemicals, and contaminants, you can prevent these from entering your home with your HVAC system. Your HVAC system is one of your first lines of defense against outdoor particles, and by installing the right filter (and changing it regularly) you can banish allergens and bacteria.

It’s also important that your home is properly ventilated so that particles can’t build up within your walls. Keeping your home clean and scheduling a regular HVAC maintenance plan can keep you breathing easily throughout the year.

6. How Can I Save Money on My Air Conditioning?

As energy bills soar higher, it’s important to think about how you can keep your costs as low as possible. Fortunately, there are plenty of ways that you can save on energy costs:

  • Upgrade your HVAC system to a newer, high-efficiency model.
  • Use a programmable thermostat and turning the temperature down when you’re not around.
  • Change the filters regularly and schedule annual maintenance on your HVAC system to ensure long-term performance.
  • Use ceiling fans to circulate air more efficiently.

7. Should I Repair or Replace My Cooling System?

Depending on how long you’ve had your HVAC system, you may need to consider a replacement. The life expectancy of home heating and cooling equipment is dependent on several factors, including the model you choose and the preventative maintenance you perform. Most experts recommend replacing a unit if it’s more than seven years old, especially if it demands frequent repairs. A replacement may also be necessary if your system can no longer cool certain spaces within your home.

Regular inspections of your HVAC system from the professionals at Bob Jenson will help to ensure top performance for a longer period.

6 Things To Do Before Turning On Your A/C This Summer

Prepping Your Air Conditioning System

In most cases (and beyond the occasional heat wave in San Diego), your air conditioning sits idle during the winter months. So before you start the system running again in the spring and summer months, it’s important to check for any signs of wear and tear. The last thing you want is to find out that your HVAC is malfunctioning and is stopping you from staying cool.

The following tips will offer you insight on items you should investigate, check, or clean before you turn your air conditioning on for the first time this summer season.

Change your Filters

It’s crucial that you change your HVAC filters every few months depending on their use, quality, and manufacturer requirements. But if it has been a while since you last changed your filters, then the spring season is the perfect time to do so. The winter months generally cause debris and dust to build up in your filters. Changing your filters can help ensure your system is clean and ready for summer.

Be sure to purchase the right type and size of air filter for your system. If you’re not sure what kind of filtration you need, speak to our experts.

Clear Outdoor Overgrowth

There is also some work you can do outside the home to help prep for the summer months. Examine the exterior of the air conditioner unit and remove any overgrown plants, branches, or debris that may be blocking the unit. Keeping this area clean can make sure your air conditioning is performing at its best.

You should get in the habit of cleaning the space around your exterior unit all year round. It’s a good rule of thumb to maintain an open space of around 2 feet around your HVAC unit.

Clean Registers and Supply Vents

Your vents and registers can gather dust and other particles during the off months, too. When you’re cleaning for the spring season ahead, also make sure that you are paying close attention to the supply vents for any dirt or debris. You can easily vacuum them to remove any pet hair, dust, or other particulates that may have accumulated.

If you’re not sure how to conduct a thorough cleaning of your system, then it might be a good idea to schedule some annual maintenance. A professional duct cleaning can improve the overall airflow of your HVAC and may even enhance the indoor air quality in your home, too.

Test the Thermostat

In the home, thermostats are used year-round, and often are one of the most used devices in an HVAC system. But if you haven’t used yours in a while, then you should test it ensure that it’s working properly. To test your thermostat, run and monitor your thermostat control system.

If you don’t already have a programmable thermostat, now might be the perfect time to make the upgrade and potentially reduce your energy bills in the months ahead.

Turn Your System On

Once your HVAC system is properly cleaned and prepped, you’re ready to turn your air conditioning on. Don’t be alarmed if you can’t feel cold air immediately coming through the vents after turning it on. However, if you don’t notice any change after a few minutes, then you should call an HVAC technician to come and evaluate your system.

If you do notice that your air conditioning isn’t working properly, don’t keep it running because this could potentially overheat the system and cause damage.

Watch out for Signs of Damage

Even if your HVAC works fine after initially turning it on, it’s important to keep an eye on the system over the course of the next few weeks. The more the temperature rises, the more stress your machine will be under to keep a cool environment in your home. Take notice of the following:

  • Unusually high utility bills, which could indicate that your system is working too hard
  • Problems with achieving the correct temperature from your thermostat
  • Water gathering on top or beneath your furnace

The best thing you can do to set yourself up for summer is to arrange for a professional to visit your home and perform routine maintenance. This will ensure that your unit is ready to run at its best for the months ahead. Call our team at Bob Jenson to schedule an appointment today.

HVAC Troubleshooting: 6 Articles to Help You Solve HVAC Issues

Articles to Help You Before You Need a Pro

HVAC systems are designed to keep your home environment comfortable for years, but that doesn’t mean you won’t face the odd rattle or creak every now and again.

Though in some cases you’ll need to hire a heating and cooling professional to fix your HVAC system, you can do some troubleshooting of your own to get to the bottom of what’s causing the problem. At Bob Jenson, we’ve rounded up our best blog posts for helping you solve the most HVAC common concerns.

1. Spending a Fortune on Temperature Control?

For you to get the most out of your HVAC system, your machine not only needs to be effective, but efficient too. If you’ve noticed your energy bills going up, you may simply have air leaks that you need to fill so your HVAC can perform at its best.

If you notice signs of air leaks within your home, such as drafty spaces or a rising energy bill, check out our useful infographic for an easy-to-follow guide on how to eliminate gaps for good.

2. Does Your HVAC Smell Terrible?

You can’t enjoy the satisfaction of a well-heated or cooled home if it means living with an unpleasant and mysterious odor. Because HVAC systems are designed to circulate air around your entire home, a bad smell coming from the unit will be blasted into every room in no time.

The good news is, if you can get to the bottom of what’s causing that terrible smell, you can fix the problem. Read through our helpful article about the 5 most common causes of unexpected aromas, and discover how you can solve your problem pronto.

3. Have You Noticed a Strange Sound?

Chances are you’ve heard the whines and crackles of various mechanical devices around your home at one time or another. Machines often make strange noises – particularly as they begin to grow older – but certain sounds are a bad sign if they’re new or disruptive.

If the soft buzz of your HVAC system has recently evolved into a clank or rattle, then it’s time to get to the bottom of the clatter. Our handy blog post on common HVAC noises will help you to identify what each noise means, so you can decide whether to fix the issue yourself or call in the experts.

4. Is Something Just Not Right?

Sometimes the problem with your HVAC might not be so obvious. There may not be any strange smells or sounds, but you have noticed your system isn’t performing as well as it used to, and you can’t figure out why.

Whether your unit is taking longer to heat up and cool down than it did when you first had it installed, or you’re struggling to maintain the same temperature across your house, it helps to understand the most common issues that come up with HVAC systems. Our list of the top 8 common HVAC problems will help you figure out if your problem is an easy fix or a case for a professional.

5. Has Your Air Conditioner Suddenly Failed?

If your heating and cooling system suddenly stops working, or if it’s been showing signs that it might be about to give up, you’ll find yourself facing a difficult question: Do you call out a technician for a repair, or do you replace the entire unit?

Our in-depth article “When Is It Time to Replace Your AC?” will take you through all the elements you need to consider before making a careful and informed decision between these two options.

6. Not Sure Who to Call?

Whether you’re in need of repair or a fully new unit, you’ll need the assistance of a professional engineer to get your HVAC back on track. The problem is, it can be difficult to distinguish a reliable HVAC expert from one who’s going to charge you a fortune for a low-quality job.

Our step-by-step guide to hiring an HVAC expert covers everything you’ll need to consider before you hire a professional, to help you make a more confident choice. You’ll learn which questions you need to ask, what you need to know, and how you can ensure you hire the expert that’s right for you.

If you’re in need of HVAC maintenance and repair, or you simply have a question about managing your home temperature, Contact Bob Jenson today to speak to a team of experienced HVAC technicians you can trust.

5 Common Reasons Your A/C at Work, Isn’t Working!

Find Out What Has Gone Wrong

An air conditioner that doesn’t work as it should is a serious problem in the heart of summer. We rely on our AC to keep us feeling cool and comfortable — especially in the workplace, where discomfort leads to lowered productivity.

The average cooling unit lasts between 10 and 15 years, and there’s a good chance your workplace unit will need a repair or two during its lifetime. Even if the unit is newer, you may find that problems occur, particularly if the unit is not frequently serviced.

If your workplace AC is acting up, one of these 5 things is likely to blame. Here’s how you can spot the signs of these problems so you know to seek help from a professional.

1. Refrigerant Leak

A refrigerant leak may be the culprit if the AC unit is blowing air with no problems — it just isn’t cold air. Refrigerant is a crucial chemical inside your unit that cools the air that will circulate. If there’s a leak, you’ll need to get it filled with the right level of refrigerant.

Leaks are trickier to diagnose and fix than you might think. You should always call a technician not only to recharge your missing refrigerant, but to find the source of the leak. Never attempt this process yourself — refrigerants can be hazardous.

2. Condenser Malfunction

Your workplace AC unit likely works through a process of condensation, taking gaseous vapors and cooling them into liquid form. Heat moves throughout the coils and is transferred into the air outside, but if the condenser fan or compressor cannot run, then your air conditioner can’t cool properly.

Before calling in the experts, check that your thermostat is set at an appropriate temperature. If adjusting the thermostat doesn’t work, then you may need to clean the condenser on the outside of the building, removing any debris or sticks that might have entered the cabinet. If this doesn’t solve the problem, then the issue is probably electrical, and will require the attention of a technician.

3. Airflow Issues

Airflow is crucial for an effective AC unit. However, there are various factors that can block or disrupt airflow. Change filters frequently to reduce airflow problems. If they aren’t replaced often, the restriction of air could lead to poor performance from your AC. If you see the filter looking “domed” — this could be a sign that the unit needs more air, so replace your clogged filter.

If replacing filters doesn’t repair issues with airflow, then the problem may be deeper in your system. Although you can clear away debris and replace filters yourself, you’ll want to contact a technician if the problem goes beyond that.

4. Short Cycling

Short Cycling is a problem that often happens when the AC unit is too powerful for the area it’s attempting to cool. When this problem occurs, it will turn on and off frequently in an attempt to regulate the indoor temperature. This switching between on and off settings can cause compressors and controls to stop working properly.

When a motor or other electrical components begin to malfunction, you should contact an expert. This is another one of those elements on an AC unit that you’ll need a professional to repair and diagnose.

5. Insufficient Maintenance

Finally, allowing your air conditioner to run over long periods without maintenance is likely to cause issues as time passes. Many people don’t realize that a lot of problems arise within an AC unit as a result of both neglected maintenance or improper repair.

Hiring the wrong technician, or failing to seek one out, can set you up to face costly issues down the road. For the sake of your AC unit and the comfort of your employees, it’s always best to seek out the help of a professional.

Caring For Your AC Unit

Remember, you should never allow someone to work on your unit who isn’t certified as a technician. Air conditioning units can differ depending on make and model. Make sure that you always choose trained technicians who are certified to support you and your business.

At Bob Jenson Air Conditioning & Heating, we service AC units from all brands. If you’ve got a problem with your AC unit at work or at home, get in touch with us so we can get to the bottom of the problem.

Imagine A World Without Air Conditioning

Fewer People Would Live in Hot Areas

Modern technology like air conditioning is not just a luxury. It’s a necessity. Lifestyles have changed a lot in the last generations, and without air conditioning, we wouldn’t be where we are today. Here’s what life might look like if we didn’t have this vital piece of modern technology.

It’s no secret that places like Florida and Arizona are hot year-round. The average daily high temperature in Phoenix tops 100 degrees Fahrenheit three months out of the year. Prior to the 1950s, few people lived in deserts like this because the excessive heat is not only unpleasant — it can be life-threatening.

During the latter half of the 20th century, areas like the Southwest and parts of the South saw above-average population growth as air conditioning became a common technology in modern homes. The population of Phoenix, for example, has roughly tripled in the last 50 years. Without air conditioning, these areas would never have seen these population spikes. This could have brought with it a side effect — an overcrowding of places with more neutral climates.

Architecture Would Be Different

Different parts of the country have different architectural styles that reflect the culture, history, and influences of that particular area. But that’s by choice, not by necessity — we can build any style of home pretty much anywhere. It wasn’t always that way, though. Homes used to be built to suit the weather because we had no means of controlling the temperature indoors.

For example, prior to air conditioning, architects would use overhangs as a functional aspect of a home rather than an aesthetic one. South facing windows would be shaded from the sun to help reduce heat in the house. If designed correctly, these overhangs could allow the sun in during the winter, but not in the summer. Shading also involved strategic planting of trees to keep the sun off the house in the summer.

Another architectural concept used before air conditioning was transom windows, which are mini windows above interior doors. These windows allowed light into areas that didn’t have windows, such as hallways. Not only that, but they acted as ventilation, allowing hot air to move throughout the building without having to open doors and reduce privacy. You might still see these transom windows in old buildings.

Speaking of windows, without air conditioning, homes might have more of them today. Architects used to design buildings so that windows were placed on opposite sides of the room to allow air movement when the windows were open. If two windows couldn’t be placed in one room, the rooms would be lined in a row so air could flow between them.

We’d Hang Damp Laundry to Cool Us Down

One of the more creative ways people used to cool down in the summer heat prior to air conditioning was to hang their wet laundry in doorways or in front of windows. This cools the air coming into the house or room as the water evaporates off the fabric. Chances are that without the popularization of air conditioning, we’d still be using life hacks like this to cool our homes — and they wouldn’t be nearly as effective as the tools we have today.

Our Schedules Would Change

These days, we have air conditioning to keep us comfortable while we work. Back before air conditioning, people would nap during the hottest parts of the day to help cope with the heat. They’d work later in the afternoon and then socialize after the sun set. People still do this in some parts of the world, such as Spain, Italy, Greece, and the Philippines, to name but a few. Without air conditioning, this might be a much more common practice.

It’s safe to say that our day-to-day lives would be quite different without air conditioning. It’s now become a necessity we’ve built our lives around. So that’s all the more reason to take good care of your air conditioning unit today!

The Perks of Having Ductless Air Conditioning

Reasons to Consider Ductless Air Conditioning

Comfort doesn’t come cheap. Trying to stay cool in the summer and warm in the winter is expensive – even in relatively moderate climates, like San Diego. Across the U.S., heating and cooling represents about half of the average homeowner’s utility bill.

So, why would anyone ignore opportunities to save on their energy bills?

The answer is simple: many people aren’t aware of all the cost-effective opportunities available. The option to install a ductless system, for instance, is often overlooked — despite the fact that it can bring significant savings on cooling and heating.

Here are four of the best reasons to invest in ductless heating and cooling technology in your home or office.

More Money in Your Pocket

Ductless heating and cooling systems operate by using less power overall, significantly cutting the monthly energy bill. Property residents also benefit from the ability to personalize the perfect temperature for each zone of the house, depending on your needs and preferences. This unique feature ensures that energy isn’t wasted in an unoccupied room of your home — further lowering your bill each month.

Reduction of Your Carbon Footprint

Saving money is a worthwhile perk — but how many home improvements allow you to save money and improve your planet at the same time? Going “green” has a reputation for being the more costly option, but that’s not true in every case. Ductless heating and cooling systems enable both financial and environmental benefits, by using significantly less energy than traditional HVAC systems. These innovative mini-split designs are manufactured to reduce the effects of HVAC systems on the environment, through a zero-ozone depleting refrigerant called R410A. And because they take up very little space — often as much as the average microwave — ductless air conditioning allows homeowners to vastly increase their energy efficiency.

Individual (and Improved) Air Quality

Ductless heating and cooling systems keep your indoor air fresh and void of irritants. Clean indoor air isn’t just vital for people suffering from nasal allergens, but for the overall health of yourself and your family. These revolutionary ductless mini-split systems offer multi-stage filtration — stopping dust, dander, bacteria and pollen from invading your precious indoor airspace. Ductless systems also give individuals control over the temperature of a certain room, allowing for customization of air flow that isn’t possible with traditional HVAC systems.

Easy Installation

While traditional duct system installations are incredibly disruptive, installing a ductless mini-split system is a much easier and smoother process. Basic ductless systems can be installed in a matter of hours, instead of taking an entire day. Instead of making space for heavy duty space-hogging hardware, installation for ductless vents simply requires drilling a few holes in the existing architecture of your home. Despite its ease of installation relative to a traditional duct system, it’s still wise to have an expert do the work for you, to ensure it’s done right. Find an HVAC technician who knows the ropes and can quickly and efficiently get your system up and running.

A ductless air conditioning system really is the complete package: energy efficient, cost effective, health restorative, and easy to install. By switching to energy-efficient ductless cooling and heating vents, you can take control of your energy consumption — and keep more money in your wallet each month.

Brand Highlight: York

The History of York

Whether it’s a furnace to keep your home warm in winter, or an HVAC system for constant cooling during summer, it’s important to find a company that you can rely on to offer dependable comfort, year after year. With over 130 years since their inception, the York company works to offer confidence and peace of mind to commercial and residential buyers, across the United States.

As a company that focuses on home-grown talent, hard-work, and the latest in high-quality techniques and materials, York has made a resoundingly positive name for itself in the HVAC industry.

Although it first emerged in 1874, York’s official journey into cooling and heating began in the early 1900s. As the years passed by, the company earned its place as one of the largest heating and cooling suppliers across the globe, offering a comprehensive range of products for interior comfort.

Over the course of York history, the company has made its mark on the timeline of HVAC development. York installed the revolutionary “air washing” system in the Empire theatre during 1914, and created the world’s first air-conditioned structure in 1924.

During 2006, York joined forces with Johnson Controls, an alliance which allowed both organizations to achieve incredible things for the future of interior comfort. Today, York products are still used throughout some of the most famous buildings in the world; from the Sydney Opera House, to the Empire State Building.

York Products

When it comes to creating the perfect atmosphere, York offers one of the most comprehensive lines on the market. Every product is designed and built in the company’s warehouse in North America, with stringent testing to ensure reliability that lasts for years to come.

York Furnaces:
The York furnace line includes the Affinity Series, LX Series, Latitude Series, and commercial grade products. Affinity models are the most efficient options, providing up to 98% AFUE (Annual Fuel Utilization Efficiency). These models operate alongside the ClimaTrak system, which automatically adjusts temperature cycles to fit your unique needs. The LX series is a low-price and compact option; measuring at 33-inches, with an impressive AFUE rating of 96%.

Finally, the Latitude furnaces provide 95.5% AFUE — ideal for those in search of quality at a low price point.

York Air Conditioners:
York air conditioners are available from both the Affinity and LX Series. The options in the Affinity Series provide up to 18 SEER (Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio), for more efficient cooling — plus a QuietDrive system for whisper-soft operation. The LX Series are efficient and cost effective, using Microchannel coils for a smaller carbon footprint.

Heat Pumps:
Like the air conditioner line, York heat pumps come in Affinity and LX Series models. The Affinity series offers higher efficiency and QuietDrive comfort, while the LX Series provides a budget-friendly solution for quality performance.

Indoor Air:
When it comes to indoor air, York offers LX air handlers that provide comfort and luxury in indoor environments. They also offer air quality systems, designed to infuse the interior of any property with fresh outdoor air — without sacrificing the contained temperature.

York offers a range of innovative thermostats, taking comfortable living to the next level. With the Affinity series, you can connect to your comfort system using Wi-Fi, and adjust settings for up to 6 individual rooms. You can control temperature from anywhere with the York touchscreen. The LX series thermostat provides a digital temperature management solution to match your unique preferences.

Other products from York include:

  • Residential packaged equipment
  • Mini-Split systems
  • Evaporator coils

Why Choose York HVAC?

So, why should you consider York for your residential or commercial needs? Benefits of York brand products include:

  • Higher efficiency for lower utility bills
  • Low sound levels
  • Attractive and innovative design
  • Simple operation
  • Compact in size

The York company uses the latest technology and equipment to create the innovative solutions in their state-of-the-art American facilities.

Although York may not give the most volume to its environmental efforts when compared to other companies, a large aspect of their growth is connected to the creation of more efficient systems. Many York products carry the Energy Star seal of approval, and York is active with the UNFCCC, Energy Efficiency Forum, and Clinton Climate Initiative. Most importantly, the company puts customer service and satisfaction first — a focus that has helped them to develop and maintain incredible technology, year after year.

Why Does My HVAC Smell Bad?

When HVAC Stinks…

There’s no denying our society’s love for air conditioning — it’s what allows us to live comfortably in beautifully sunny climates. The cool air moving through our homes is a welcomed bliss during hot summer months. But, what happens when that cool, refreshing air is also spreading a bad odor throughout your home? Unfortunately, air conditioners are prone to mildew, malfunctioning, and more.

Different odors point to different problems, which is why today we’re going to walk through the 5 most common reasons your air conditioner may smell bad:

Dirty Sock Smell

While we rely on air conditioners to cool our homes, it’s easy to forget these systems are also used to remove moisture (or, dehumidify). In some cases, a system may be too large for the home, causing it to move through its cooling cycles too fast. This opens up the possibility for moisture to remain in your home. On days where humidity is particularly strong, mold and mildew growth on air conditioner parts can push this stink, “dirty sock” smell throughout your home. Call an HVAC professional to assess whether your system is too large for your space; if so, an expert can help you adjust your system needs based on the size of your home.

Mildew or Dirty Feet Smell

As we mentioned above, air conditioners are prone to mold and fungus growth, which tend to cause the smell of mildew, or dirty feet. Clogged or dirty filters can cause this fungus growth, due to trapped organic particles being exposed to this moisture. Clogged condensate drain lines can also lead to moisture build-ups around the coils of the air conditioner. If your moist ducts aren’t sealed correctly, you may find mildew growing as a result. Drip pans that aren’t positioned properly — or are overflowing too fast — can accelerate this growth even more. Sometimes cleaning the clog around the drip pan is all it takes; though, professionals should be brought in for more serious issues.

Rotten Egg Smell

Of course, the smell of mildew is nothing compared to the rank smell of rotten eggs wafting through your home. If you’re experiencing this smell, it’s most likely due to a dead animal in your air duct. You probably haven’t done anything wrong — unfortunately, it’s not uncommon for an animal to climb inside a duct during the winter, and then pass away without anyone knowing. At the end of the winter season, when you restart your unit in the spring, the resulting odor can be a wakeup call for your home — and will require professionals for carcass removal. Talk about spring cleaning!

Skunk or Raw Sewage Smell

Surprisingly, although the “rotten egg” smell often correlates with animals, the recognizable scent of skunk could actually signal something more serious than a dead animal. Methyl mercaptan is a gas that smells a lot like a skunk’s icky spray, and could indicate a gas leak in your home.

Similarly, the smell of gas or sewage could indicate a sewage leak, or ruptured vent pipe near your system’s air duct. Both methyl mercaptan and methane are very dangerous to inhale — so if you whiff these smells, leave your home immediately and call an HVAC professional to deal with the issue.

Carbon, Gunpowder, or Exhaust Fume Smell

You may have frayed wires, a burned-out circuit board, or a burned out fan motor in your system — all three of these issues can produce the smell of carbon or gunpowder, rather than a traditional burning or smoke scent. If you notice the scent of exhaust, this signals that something other than water is leaking from your HVAC system (nothing except water should leak from your system). In either case, professionals should be contacted immediately.

Turn to the Experts

While homeowners can change air filters or drain drip pans on their own, sometimes this isn’t enough to remove smells from your home. Fortunately, all the issues listed above can be taken care of by HVAC experts, who know what to look for and how to safely deal with these problems within your system. You should already be scheduling professional maintenance on a regular basis, in which case many of these issues can be caught and prevented by your HVAC expert before they cause a real problem. While some smells indicate more serious danger than others, either way, there’s no reason to live inside a smelly home — so call a professional to get an expert solution, and you can go back to living amid cool, fresh, and clean air.

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