Why Shouldn’t you repair your A/C System by yourself?

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As a homeowner, you may take it upon yourself to fix your home the way you desire. There are many D.I.Y books, manuals, and videos out there to teach you how to be a master at house hold maintenance. Being a handy man/woman is beneficial and can save you tons of money but when it comes to repairing your air conditioning system, things aren’t always what they seem. In fact, you could wind up spending more money than you thought! Let’s look at some of the reasons why you shouldn’t repair your air conditioning system yourself.

When you purchase an Air Conditioning System, most, if not all, come with a warranty. These warranties are there for your benefit and cover very crucial parts. Some warranties will become VOID if a licensed technician does NOT work on your system when something goes wrong. You should never void a warranty on a purchase that costs thousands of dollars.

Like most appliances and hardware, Air Conditioners use electric from your home. Many A/Cs run on 220-240volts of electric current and at this level, can cause death. PLEASE DO NOT attempt to repair this yourself.

When repairing an A/C, we repairmen know exactly where everything is located. If you go to repair it yourself, how well do you know your way around an A/C system? How will you determine what is causing it not to work? There are literally hundreds of parts in the entire system. Once a problem is found, most likely, a technician will have the part on hand to get you up and running. If not, he/she will go to supplier and purchase it. Suppliers will not sell to the general public, only certified technicians.

Say you get as far as figuring out that you’re too low on refrigerant or you have a leak. You’ve somehow managed to buy some refrigerant. Did you know that it was illegal to purchase without certification? Also, if the refrigerant leaks while you’re trying to fix the AC, it considered an environmental hazard and you could be fined thousands of dollars. Refrigerant is so cold, that it can burn you. Yes, burn you. It is extremely harmful to your body and can blindness, frost bite and even in some cases, cancer.

You may feel like you will be saving hundreds, maybe thousands, of dollars by completing a repair by yourself. Maybe even save some time instead of waiting for a technician to come out and service or repair your A/C system. If something goes wrong while trying to do it yourself, you could’ve compromised the entire system itself, making you spend thousands more. Although saving time and money sounds tempting, you can lose these and potentially your life. We cannot stress this enough. PLEASE DO NOT TRY AND REPAIR YOUR A/C SYSTEM YOURSELF!!

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5 Easy Tips for Reducing Seasonal Allergies in your Home

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AH-CHOOOOOO!!! It’s that time of the year once again. Spring will soon be in full swing. Do you find yourself sneezing, coughing, and having an itchy, runny nose? Other than rushing to your nearest convenient store for temporary relief, you can follow these 5 easy tips for reducing those pesky seasonal allergies.

  1. Cleaning out your air ducts is one of the most important things that you can do as a home owner to reduce in home allegies and improve air quality. When the weather begin to get warmer, turning on you A/C system is the first thing  that comes to mind. Although, throughout the year, dust, dander and pollen can accumulate to high amounts! Schedule a duct cleaning before turning it on to avoid the spread of irritants in your home!
  2. After a successful duct cleaning, you can further improve air quality by replacing the filters located in your return air duct. We recommend you change your filter every 4 to 6 weeks to introduce clean air into the home as it cycles through the system.
  3. Pollen is the number 1 culprit when it comes to seasonal allergies. The crisp air may feel refreshing, but believe it or not, closing the doors and windows can dramatically reduce the amount of pollen in your home. Washing the curtains and dusting the blinds go hand and hand in this method. Doing this step will make sure no pollen is left behind!
  4. Did you know that humidity can play a major roll in the batltle against seasonal allergies? Proper humidity levels will allow the air to become dry enough to eliminate the spores that reside in damp conditions.
  5. If you find yourself still congested and sneezey by the end of those steps, there is one last step you can take to eliminate in-home pollen once and for all. Go and purchase an Air Purifier with a HEPA filter. These filters are made to reduce any air pollution left in the home.

If followed correctly, these steps will help you be able to achieve a clean, fresh and happy home without congestion and the added headaches. DO NOT forget to schedule an annual duct cleaning and Air Conditioning Maintenance BEFORE turning on your A/C System.

When Is the Best Time To Purchase A/C Equipment?

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One of the most important ways to purchase new and expensive A/C systems is not necessarily where you purchase it or who you purchase it from, its WHEN. For example, The best time to buy that sporty new convertible, motorcycle or boat you’ve always wanted is in the winter time. Another prime example is golf clubs. Stores drop prices during the winter time because its an off season. “When is the best time to purchase A/C Equipment?” Believe it or not, Spring and Fall are two of the best times to purchase all of your A/C equipment needs. During these “out of season times,” these units aren’t being used. The demand for these units are low as a result. With a less demand, stores drop their prices which makes it better for you to save money. Then you’ll be prepared for the incoming Summer heat.

What Is Humidity and How Can It Affect You?

During the months of Summer, humidity is a major part of the weather. Did you know that it can affect your A/C system? What is humidity exactly? Let’s find out!

Humidity is the concentration of water vapor in the atmosphere. There are 3 types of humidity but the common type of humidity in your home is known as relative humidity. This type of humidity can not only affect you, but also objects as well. In your home, have you ever walked into a room and noticed an unwanted musty smell? That very smell is caused by too much humidity in the air. Too much humidity can cause fungus and various types of mold to grow, even viruses and bacteria thrive in those environments. All of which can be problematic to you and your family’s health. Onhttp://www.gogreenwayhvac.com/wp-admin/post.php?post=305&action=edit the other side of the spectrum, dry humidity and air can affect floors, musical instruments, and even plants. Common symptoms include withered plants, cracked walls and flooring. You’ll notice a dry nose and throat which can aggitate your sinuses and cause respiratory problems. When you install a central air conditioner, it can help mediate humidity levels and lower temperature in the problem areas of the house. Dehumidifiers help in these areas as well.

When humidity levels are too excessive, your A/C Unit has to work a lot harder. An air conditioning system should be able to remove moisture from the air. When humidity levels raise, however, most systems can’t cope. Humidity affects air conditioning negatively because it cancels out the cooling effect. When the humidity is too high, your home will feel warmer than it actually is. You’ll have to keep your air conditioning system running but you wont benefit from using it. In other words, you’ll pay more to cool your home but won’t actually cool it that effectively. Therefore, having unnecessary higher bills.

Dehumidifiers

The single best way to battle with humidity when trying to cool a home is by having a dehumidifier installed on your HVAC system. Dehumidifiers will pull moisture from the air before it is forced through the ducts in your home. They can be paired with air conditioning systems, which allows you to adjust the temperature and humidity level of your home, all in one.

When humidity levels are kept in check inside a home during the summer, air conditioners are able to do their jobs much more effectively. You will notice that you feel cooler and more refreshed under these conditions. You should notice a drop in your energy bill as well. That’s because your air conditioner won’t have to work as hard, but it will still be able to cool your home properly. Issues like foggy windows, musty odors and moist, clammy air should be eliminated as well.