Michall Daimion Heating & Air Conditioning, Inc. Blog: Archive for the ‘Air Conditioning’ Category

How Cool Can Your AC Make Your Home?

Tuesday, June 1st, 2021
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Have you ever looked at the thermostat for your house and seen the lowest setting—which is usually 60°F—and wondered if the air conditioning system could make the house even cooler than that? True, you wouldn’t want it to be colder than 60°F, which is already too cold for most people, but what are the actual limits of an AC? 

This isn’t a frivolous question. Even if you don’t want to turn your home into an icebox during the summer, understanding the boundaries of what your air conditioner can do will help you know how best to set the thermostat and how to avoid pushing your AC harder than its limits. We’re going to examine those limits below.

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Don’t Lower Your Thermostat This Summer Season: Raise It!

Monday, May 17th, 2021
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Did you know that your air conditioning system uses 3,500 watts of electricity per hour? To put that into perspective, the HVAC system’s fan only uses 750 watts/hour when the AC isn’t running, and an electric oven uses 2,150 watts/hour. The AC is one of the biggest consumers of electrical power in your house—perhaps the biggest unless you own an electric water heater. 

In other words, you can expect an increase in your electric bills each summer to enjoy your air conditioning in Wayne, PA. But it doesn’t have to increase as much as it currently does. There are many ways you can cut down on AC use and lower your electricity bills during summer. One of the simplest methods is to raise the thermostat rather than lower it.

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Is a Small Refrigerant Leak in an AC Really a Big Deal? (YES!)

Monday, May 3rd, 2021
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Refrigerant is the life-blood of an air conditioning system. In fact, it functions in a way similar to how blood works in the human body: a pump circulates it through the system, allowing it to carry out vital functions. But while blood carries oxygen, refrigerant carries heat. 

Of course, there are differences between how refrigerant works in an AC and how blood works in the human body, and there’s one important one to point out because it helps to answer the question in the title. The human body makes more blood if any is lost. An air conditioner doesn’t make more refrigerant if it’s lost. And when refrigerant levels start to drop, it means trouble.

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Spring HVAC Maintenance! Here’s Why You Should Never Miss It

Monday, April 19th, 2021
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Spring is a time when people rely less on their HVAC system because temperatures are mild. The cold has eased so heaters start to turn off, and the heat of summer hasn’t yet arrived to make air conditioners run daily. But this is still an important time for any home’s HVAC system, because this is when the air conditioner must have a thorough maintenance inspection and tune-up.

If you’re wondering what steps you need to take to maintain your AC this spring, we’re glad to tell you how easy it is: you just call us and get on the schedule for maintenance. This is a job that only professionals can do. And you’ll be glad you had our pros take on the job, because skipping maintenance even for a year can have major consequences for your AC system.

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Final Reminder: Don’t Shut Down Your AC If It Has Repair Needs!

Monday, November 2nd, 2020
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Cooler weather will soon settle in and you’ll stop using the air conditioning system for a few months. It’s a nice relief, especially since we don’t have stern winter weather in New Orleans. In fact, you may be tempted to simply forget about the AC and leave it be until you need it again next year. And this is fine … as long as the air conditioner doesn’t have anything wrong with it. For example, maybe there was some malfunction you noticed that you think you can tolerate until you need the AC back up in full form next year.

If this is the case, if there’s something amiss with your AC, such as odd noises, short-cycling, a drop in cooling power, or strange smells, please don’t let the system go into shutdown mode yet. You have one more job to do: calling us for AC repair in Wayne, PA.

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You Think You Need a New AC—What Kind Should You Get?

Monday, October 19th, 2020
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In our last post, we talked about whether the time has come for you to replace your air conditioning system. If you’ve made the choice (possibly with the assistance of our technicians) to install a new AC system, you now must face another question:

What type of AC will you get?

It’s okay to feel confused at the question. You’re probably accustomed to thinking that air all conditioning systems are basically the same, the only difference is how powerful they are. You’re partially correct. Except for evaporative coolers (a.k.a. swamp coolers), which are ineffective in our climate, all air conditioning systems operate by circulating refrigerant from a compressor to move heat from a building and release it outside. 

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Is It Time to Consider Replacing Your AC?

Monday, October 5th, 2020
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A central air conditioning system is a major investment for a home, one of the vital appliances for day-to-day living during the middle of the year. You want the air conditioning system that keeps your family comfortable every summer to last for as long as possible. Eventually, no matter how well you care for and maintain your air conditioning in West Chester, PA, it will wear down to a point where it is no longer effective and efficient enough to be worth keeping.

Now that it’s fall and you are looking forward to a period of cooler weather, ask yourself if your air conditioning system has reached the finish line and is ready to retire. The fall is a good season to schedule a new installation, so if you believe your AC just had its last summer, arrange for a replacement with our team.

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5 Reasons Your AC Is Unevenly Cooling the House

Monday, September 21st, 2020
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When you turn on your air conditioner, you expect it to send cooled air to all the rooms in the house attached to the ventilation system. After all, that’s why you have a central air conditioner: to provide cooling all around your house.

But what if you notice the AC isn’t giving your house the even cooling treatment it’s supposed to? You can expect some temperature fluctuations in the house based on room placement, insulation, and window exposure. However, if you find rooms are much hotter than they should be while others are fine (or even too cold), you have a problem with the HVAC system.

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Please Don’t Delay With AC Repairs, No Matter the Time of Year!

Monday, September 7th, 2020
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Fall doesn’t immediately arrive when it’s September, and even the official start of fall at the end of the month isn’t a guarantee that temperatures will continue to cool down—if they’ve even been cooling down to begin with. But people have a fall mindset that kicks in with September, and unfortunately, that often means neglecting necessary air conditioning repair in Wayne, PA. “Well, I soon won’t need the AC at all, so why should I rush out to have it repaired?” they think.

There are plenty of reasons to make AC repairs a priority as soon as you believe your air conditioner needs them.

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The AC vs. The Heat Pump: Is One Clearly Better?

Monday, August 24th, 2020
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When choosing between any two different HVAC systems for a home, no single type starts out as automatically the better choice. If this were true, there wouldn’t be a need for a choice in the first place: every home would have that device!

This is true for the distinction between whether you choose to install an air conditioning system or a heat pump in your house. If one were clearly better, you wouldn’t have to choose. But since there are both homes with central air conditioners and with heat pumps, the question of which is better comes down to the situation. If you are considering either an AC or heat pump installation in the next few months, the right choice for you depends on several factors. We’ll look at the pros and cons of these systems to help you get a better sense of what will work best for you.

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