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Air Conditioning Cost Reality Check

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Probably the most common question I get in the heating and cooling business, is, how much does a air conditioner or furnace cost? Most folks are surprised at how expensive a new heating or cooling system can be. The reason for their surprise is most likely due to the fact that they have never had to purchase a new unit, or system in their life. People today are so mobile that every few years we move to a different city or home, and there is already a working HVAC system installed.

What to Do When an Air Conditioner is Freezing Up

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One of the most common problems that people experience with their air conditioning system is when it freezes up. The coils are coated with frost, its not putting out cold air, or it has shut off on its own. This can be a frustrating experience, because it will leave you without the comfort of cold air. Because most people will experience this problem at some point, it’s important to know what to do when your air conditioner freezes. What to Do:

Turn it off!

Go Ductless and Save Money

Mitsubishi cooling and heating

Ductless systems, also known as ductless heat pumps, or ductless mini-splits, include a compact & quiet outdoor unit, and even a quieter indoor wall or ceiling units. These systems transfer heat outdoors when cooling, or indoors when heating. They give just as much heating or cooling as needed – avoiding the temperature swings in many traditional systems. Ductless systems in Meridian are extremely energy efficient, using as little as one third the energy of traditional heating or cooling methods. And you can heat or cool only the rooms you’re actually using, saving energy and money!

Save On Air Conditioning Costs This Summer

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Heating and cooling in Boise can eat up almost half of your household energy budget. The good news is: There's a way to cut down on this expense without succumbing to the heat of summer! In this blog I will tell you several ways you can cut your air conditioning costs this summer, while staying clear of the heat that comes with it.

Plant around Your Home:

Noise You Don't Want To Hear From Your HVAC System

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Your Boise HVAC system is much like your car. When it starts to make a loud noise, you know that's not good! Because your car is so important to you, and it was making loud unusual noises, you want to find out what's wrong. Similarly, when your Boise air conditioner or furnace is operating normally, it should be relatively quiet and the sounds you hear will be normal. However loud squeaking and rumbling sounds, or intermittent loud noises can be a signal that your system needs professional attention.

Home Cooling Problems In Boise

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How efficient is your Boise air conditioner? According to recent studies, you could be spending 30% more, cooling your home or business if a cooling system isn’t properly installed. That’s why I have always said, ‘the most important day in the life of an air conditioner is the day it is installed!’

Be Proactive With Your Cooling System

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Most people today still believe there will not be a problem until there is one. This is called “reactive” thinking. Even though you know that it is far better to use a scheduled maintenance plan, most or us continue to spend the bulk of our time and money operating reactively. The most common reason given for this is lack of finances. But wouldn’t it be better to be able to plan ahead for these “emergencies”?

Cleaning the Coils on Your Air Conditioner

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If you want your Boise air conditioner to function at its best when you need it the most, you must make the effort to properly maintain it. Cleaning the coils allows the unit to continue moving air to cool down the interior of your home. Read on for more information on cleaning the coils.

Causes of Coil Dirt:

Should I Replace my Cooling System?

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Not long ago we went to a client’s home and gave them a proposal for a new heating and cooling system. The client was in a quandary whether to spend several hundred dollars on a repair that was needed, or replace his 20 year old system with a new one. We recommended they replace their old system, do to the number of repairs done over the years and the age of the system. Here we are heading into the warm season when our Boise air conditioners will be working overtime to keep us cool. Here are several questions you can ask yourself to determine what your best choice is.

How Do Heat Pumps Work?

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Heat pumps are components of the heating system used to warm OR cool the air in your home. They sit outside your home and look exactly like an air conditioner. The term ‘heat’ pump is a little misleading. Here is a short simple description of how they work. Actually the 'pump' transfers or moves warm energy from the outside air, heats it even more and then  transfers it to inside your home. In the summer, heat energy from inside your home is pumped or transferred to the outside to cool your home. So heat pumps are more like a “heat transfer device”.

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