7 Ways of Improving Your Home’s Indoor Air Quality

January 20, 2023

Indoor air quality is an important and often overlooked part of your daily life. Poor indoor air quality can lead to various health issues, such as allergies, asthma, and headaches. Fortunately, there are many ways to improve the air quality in your home. The following are some simple steps to ensure that the air in your home is healthy and comfortable. 1. Keep Humidity Levels Low High humidity levels can offer a favorable breeding ground for mold and mildew, which could be hazardous to your health. Invest in a dehumidifier to keep humidity levels in check or use fans to...

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A Guide to Geothermal and Heat Pumps for Home Heating

December 19, 2022

When it comes to heating and cooling your home, there are many options available. Two of the most popular options are geothermal and heat pump systems. But which one is right for you? Let’s take a look at both systems and what makes them different so that you can make an informed decision about which system will best suit your needs. What Is Geothermal? Geothermal heating works by using natural energy sources from underground to heat and cool your home. It uses the constant temperature several feet below the surface of the earth to draw heat in or release it...

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Should You Be Concerned When Your Heat Pump Runs in Auxiliary Mode?

November 20, 2022

With prices rising on everything in Olathe, it makes sense to save money however you can. One way that many homeowners are able to save some money is by lowering their utility costs with a heat pump. While it’s true that a heat pump is an economical way to heat your home, it does have some unique operational modes that may catch you off guard if you’re not well-educated on the operation of the system. One such mode is called “auxiliary mode.” If you’ve ever seen your system operating in this mode and wondered what it means, the pros at...

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Why Do Heat Pumps Rely on Refrigerant?

October 20, 2022

Heat pumps have slowly gained popularity here in Olathe, KS, in recent years. They deliver heating and cooling efficiency that conventional systems can’t match. That’s not all. They’re also environmentally friendly and require less maintenance than conventional heating and cooling systems. Despite that, we’ve noticed that many homeowners don’t quite understand how heat pumps work. One of the facets of their operation that we get the most questions about has to do with their use of refrigerant. As soon as we mention that heat pumps require refrigerant to operate, we get some puzzled looks. So we decided to offer this...

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Call a Professional When Your AC Motor Needs to Be Replaced

September 20, 2022

Motors determine how efficiently your HVAC system functions. A trained technician must perform annual preventative maintenance on them to ensure that your system provides adequate cooling. When necessary, they will also identify any underlying issue and advise you on whether to repair or replace one. These components are complex and somewhat dangerous. It’s certainly not advisable for a homeowner to tackle these chores of their own. Signs of a Failing AC Motor Before your AC motor breaks down, it will give off some subtle signs. You might hear strange squeaking or grinding noises that point to weak or worn-out motor...

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Find Out Why Your Air Conditioner Is Making Squeaking, Squealing Sounds

August 17, 2022

When it’s working properly, the air conditioner in your Olathe, KS home may emit a faint humming sound. This background noise is non-intrusive and completely normal. However, if your cooling system starts squeaking and squealing while in action, it may be a sign of trouble. The good news is that HVAC systems often declare the very issues they’re experiencing by the types of noises they produce. Paying careful attention to what you hear could help you pinpoint the source of the problem. Following are several reasons why air conditioners squeak. Worn Components Older air conditioners have belt-driven motors. Newer models...

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Frozen AC Unit Causes and Fixes

July 15, 2022

It’s summertime, and you want your AC unit to work properly. However, sometimes your AC unit can freeze up. Having an air conditioner that is too cold might seem counterintuitive, but it can happen. But before we know how to deal with a frozen AC unit, let’s first talk about why it happens. Low Refrigerant Have you ever wondered why your air conditioner freezes when it’s low on refrigerant? Well, it all has to do with the laws of thermodynamics. When the AC unit is low on refrigerant, it can’t remove heat from the air as effectively. As a result,...

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How Long Should an HVAC System Last on Average?

June 20, 2022

Replacing or installing a new HVAC system can be an expensive proposition. Depending on the type and quality of the equipment, you could easily be looking at spending several thousand dollars to $10,000 or more. As a result, you may be wondering how long you can expect your HVAC system to last before needing to have it replaced. For this reason, we have put together this guide to help you understand the average lifespans for different types of HVAC equipment and also the various factors that can influence how long your equipment lasts. Expected Lifespan for Heating and Cooling Equipment...

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Can I Lower My Energy Bills by Closing Upstairs Vents?

May 20, 2022

With continually rising energy prices, keeping your home heated and cooled can be a costly proposition. This often results in homeowners looking for any ways they can reduce these costs. One option that many people consider is closing all of the upstairs vents and only heating or cooling the main level of the home. While this may sound like a good way to save some money, the truth is that it won’t lead to any reduction in energy usage. In fact, keeping some of your vents closed will almost always end up costing you more money in the long run....

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Should You Choose a Window AC Unit or HVAC System?

April 12, 2022

Soon, you’ll be depending frequently on your air conditioner to maintain a comfortable home. So, if you’re currently shopping for a brand-new system, you’ll certainly want to pull the trigger on a decision before the Olathe, KS weather becomes hot and muggy. However, if you aren’t especially knowledgeable about the different kinds of AC units, then making your choice can be stressful. You could go with a more traditional HVAC unit, such as a central air system or a heat pump, or you could instead invest in one or more window units. Both kinds of air conditioning systems are effective...

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