Should You Change Your AC Unit’s Fan Speed?

September 19, 2022

When HVAC technicians make changes to your AC unit’s output, they often have to determine the average airflow in cubic feet per minute (CFM). This helps them to understand if the appliance can properly cool every room in your home. Changing the unit’s blower fan speed may improve your home’s overall cooling, but it can also impact your comfort and the unit’s efficiency. Adjusting AC Fan Speed Your AC unit has a set CFM output range that varies based on model and energy efficiency. While there are many ways an industry expert can improve your AC unit, it’s never recommended to try to attempt these changes yourself. You may unintentionally harm your unit’s ability to cool the home or remove moisture from the air. Additional strain on the blower fan or motor could even shorten the unit’s lifespan and skyrocket your costs in the near future. The system’s blower fan speed can only be changed by adjusting the wiring in the outdoor unit. The average homeowner doesn’t have the expertise or tools to safely make these changes. If you’re interested in optimizing your air conditioner, it’s best to consult with a local technician who has expert knowledge of the system’s...

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Can You Power Wash Your Air Conditioning Unit?

August 10, 2022

While it is true that your AC unit needs to be cleaned regularly, power washing an air conditioning unit is never a good idea as it can cause more harm than good. If you power wash your AC, you run the risk of damaging the coil inside of the unit. Over time, and through repeated use and power washing, this coil will become more damaged, eventually resulting in the breakdown of your air conditioning unit. The Best Way to Clean Your Air Conditioning Unit Cleaning an AC unit is a job best left to the professionals. Attempting any method of DIY cleaning can result in damage to the unit or the breakdown of the system. For an AC unit to be cleaned properly, it needs to be opened up, and all the intricate parts and pieces inside should be cleaned. How Often Should You Have Your AC Unit Cleaned? Ideally, all homeowners should aim to have their AC units cleaned twice a year. Your air conditioning unit should be cleaned once before summer arrives to ensure that it is clean and ready to use during the cooling season, and then another cleaning should occur during the fall after the system...

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Understanding How Multi-Zone HVAC Systems Work

July 18, 2022

For most people, an HVAC system heats and cools their homes as long as it is running. While you can shut unused rooms to increase efficiency, lots of energy is still wasted in the heating and cooling process. This is where the idea of a multi-zone heating and cooling system comes in. What Is a Multi-Zone System? A multi-zone HVAC is a system that allows you to control the temperature of every room separately instead of having the AC unit heat and cool the whole house whenever it is switched on. This helps you save energy as well as extend the lifespan of your HVAC system by heating and cooling only areas that are frequently used. How Does a Multi-Zone HVAC System Work? A multi-zone HVAC system works by subdividing your house into distinct temperature areas. Each of these areas is then controlled by a different thermostat. The systems can control two to seven zones. You can decide to designate each floor as a separate zone. TechnoAir Heating, Cooling and Refrigeration has qualified and experienced HVAC technicians who can help you determine the exact number of zones you need. The thermostats and dampers are connected to a central control panel...

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How to Quiet a Noisy HVAC System

June 15, 2022

As a homeowner, an excessively loud HVAC system can disturb daily life in your house. Thankfully, there are ways to dampen the noise of your HVAC unit without expensive repairs. Here are three ways to soundproof your HVAC unit in and around your home for better peace of mind. Address the Noise at the Source The first option to reduce the noise emanating from your HVAC unit is to identify what is causing it. This can be done by a professional during an inspection. They will be able to assess the cause and provide a solution. Most times it’s just a component that has come loose during usage, which is an easy fix. Other times, it might be something more serious. Both situations are worth having a technician come out. Line Your Ducts Lining your air ducts with soundproofing material is another effective way to reduce the transmission of noise throughout your home. This process requires professional help, but it is a worthwhile solution that can last for many years. A technician can enter your ducts to install material similar to insulation to deaden the noise emanating from your HVAC unit. The heating and cooling experts with TechnoAir are ready...

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What Are Air Conditioners and How Do They Work?

May 20, 2022

An air conditioner is a machine used to remove heat from an area. The heat is removed through the refrigerant inside the unit. This is why an air conditioner is effective at cooling an area down during the hot summer months. The primary function of an air conditioner is to remove heat from the space. How Long Can an Air Conditioner Run Continuously? There are many factors that can affect the length of time your air conditioning unit will run continuously. The condition and efficiency of your unit, as well as the temperature and humidity levels in your home, will have an effect on the time it will run before it needs a break. An air conditioner can run continuously for a short amount of time. They continuously run from when they are turned on until they are turned off, at which point they will stop. The only exception is cooling units, which will continue to operate as long as the thermostat is set to the desired temperature. There are a few reasons why air conditioners will stop running. If your air conditioner is more than five years old, it may be due to a power surge that damaged the...

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Should You Purchase a Window Unit or an HVAC System?

April 18, 2022

Should You Purchase a Window Unit or an HVAC System? Selecting a new cooling system for your Grove City, OH household is a major decision. Obviously, it’s always nice to save some money, but it’s equally important that you have an AC unit that can meet your home’s needs. There are a handful of different air conditioner types you can choose, but the most common options are HVAC systems and window units. Each kind has its benefits, but which is the right fit for you? Different Capabilities Before selecting a cooling system, you must consider that HVAC systems can control the climate of your whole house whereas window units cannot. Window AC units are only designed to cool down one room or section of the house. So, if you have a good-sized household or a large family, it may take as many as three or four separate window units to keep everyone comfortable. Different Purchase Prices HVAC systems, on average, are much more expensive than window AC units. The exact price will always depend on the size, efficiency, and model of the unit you’re purchasing, but the price will typically be somewhere in the range of $2,000 to $10,000, with...

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How Leaky Windows Reduce Heating Efficiency in Your Home

March 17, 2022

Generally, windows account for about 15-20% of the surface area of the walls. They certainly improve the aesthetic appeal of your home, but they also affect how your home gets heated during winter. The U.S. Department of Energy estimates that about 25-30% of the energy used to cool or heat your home gets lost through leaky windows. A well-insulated window can prevent outdoor conditions from disrupting your indoor temperature, while poorly insulated windows can drastically alter your home’s indoor temperature, affecting your loved ones’ comfort. If left untreated, poor insulation can adversely affect your home’s structure and increase your utility costs. How Heat Loss Occurs Through Windows About two-thirds of heat loss occurs when the heat comes into contact with an inefficient glass. Naturally, heat moves towards cooler objects until the temperature attains an equilibrium, a process called radiation. A poorly insulated window cannot prevent this flow. As a result, it allows the internal surface of the pane to absorb heat from the inside and transmit it through conduction to the external surface of the pane that remains in contact with outdoor conditions, leaving chilled air behind. Poorly insulated windows also result in poor heating efficiency through infiltration. Old and...

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Are Space Heaters Energy Efficient? 

March 15, 2021

The long Grove City winter can seem relentless at times. When you come in from working in the cold, or you just can’t seem to get your house warm enough, you may want to utilize a space heater to provide some extra warmth. Before you turn the dial on your space heater, though, it’s important to understand if doing so will come with an efficiency penalty on your utility bill. To understand how to use a space heater efficiently, make sure to read this guide from TechnoAir. Great for Small Spaces Although you can use a space heater just about anywhere, it is especially efficient when you need to heat a small space. For example, if you have a small home office that you need to keep warm and you don’t want to run the heat for the rest of your house, a space heater can make a great choice. If you can place your space heater underneath a desk to capture even more of the heat, you’ll experience faster heating and lower energy usage. Avoid Extended Operation One important tip that TechnoAir wants you to remember is to avoid any extended operation of your space heater. If you can’t...

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Signs Of Poor Indoor Air Quality

February 16, 2021

The indoor air quality in your home is crucial because it helps maintain a healthy environment for you and the other people in your home. Poor indoor air quality may also affect the pets in your home. If you only feel ill or notice that your allergies are worse when inside your home, you could have poor indoor air quality. Coughing and Respiratory Issues If you have a cough caused by your indoor air quality, it is usually because of a higher concentration of airborne particles in your home. Coughing is how your body tries to get rid of inhaled particles because they are irritating you physically. You may even notice that you have respiratory infections caused by excess contaminants in the air. Having good air quality is very important if you have young children, pets, or people with asthma in your home. They may be more vulnerable to air quality problems and become sick more often. Dizziness or Fatigue While in Your Home If you feel dizzy or overly tired while in your home, you may have chemicals or other types of gas air contaminants in the air. These symptoms could be from carbon monoxide, fumes, or other pollutants....

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How can I save money on energy bills in the winter?

January 20, 2021

For many homeowners, winter leads to increased heating bills, but how high do they have to go? That answer depends on what steps someone takes to improve efficiency. Try Moderate Temperature Settings Picking a better thermostat setting could drop expenses. When the furnace sits at a high setting for extended periods, expect the bills to match the usage appropriately. Try a lower setting; even a slight reduction could lead to lower bills. Investing in a smart thermostat might be, well, a smart move. Smart thermostats allow for automatic pre-settings or programmable ones. Smart thermostats also work with mobile devices, such as smartphones and tablets. By better scheduling temperatures at particular times, the furnace won’t run at the top temperature when no one is home or when a lower setting proves wiser. Care for the Furnace Properly servicing the furnace could also save money. If the filter is old or another part is worn out, replacements might improve efficiency. Maybe the entire system needs a good cleaning, leading to a better running heater. Better efficiency could reduce costs, so a yearly tune-up could actually save you money. TechnoAir offers heating repair and maintenance for people living in the Grove City, Ohio,...

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