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Benefits of Ductless Mini Splits

April 4th, 2014 by Chad Campbell

Ductless mini split heat pumps have been in use for a number of decades now, but for a large part of that time they remained restricted to businesses, principally restaurants. Now, ductless mini splits are common inside private homes, and their popularity continues to increase because of the benefits they provide for housing construction… as well as other benefits we’ll look at in this post.

AirCo installs ductless mini splits, as well as performs standard air conditioning installation in Dallas, TX. With more than 20 years keeping customers in the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex cool, we are a trusted company to turn to when you want the finest comfort for your home.

Ductless mini split advantages

The operation of a ductless mini split heat pump is the same as a standard heat pump in most ways: it cycles refrigerant through different sets of coils—indoors and outdoors—and transfers heat from one location to the other to provide either heating or cooling for a home. The difference lies in the distribution method: instead of using a single indoor cabinet with an air handler to blow conditioned air into ductwork, a mini split system has multiple blower units placed in different rooms that send the conditioned air straight into the living space without ducts.

There are two major advantages of this system:

a)      No need for ducts! This is not just an issue of saving space (important primarily if you are building a home or adding on a new room). It’s also about receiving healthier air and saving money on tasks such as duct cleaning and sealing. Without ducts filled with dust contamination, you’ll receive cleaner, fresher air—and that’s especially good news for people who live in your home who suffer from allergies.

b)     Zone control. The individual blower units for a ductless mini split mean that you have control over the level of cooling and heating in different parts of the house. There’s no need to cool down a guest room that no one is using, and some places in the house simply need less conditioning than others. This will result in significant savings on your energy bills each month.

Ductless mini split heat pumps also have all the advantages expected of any heat pump: energy-efficient cooling, heating and cooling in one system, and safe operation.

So should you go ductless, or will a standard heat pump with ducts do the job just as well? That’s a question that requires input from an HVAC technician knowledgeable about ductless mini splits. Contact AirCo today and talk to our specialists in air conditioning installation in Dallas, TX. You can schedule an appointment that will help you decide whether “to duct or not to duct.” Whatever the answer, AirCo will make sure it’s the right one.

Benefits of a Zone Control System

March 31st, 2014 by Chad Campbell

You may think that with a central air conditioner, you only have two choices for cooling your home: cool down all the rooms, or cool down none of the rooms. However, you do have a third choice: install a zone control system and cool down only the room you want.

Zone control is a significant upgrade for air conditioning systems in Dallas, TX. They are a network of dampers placed inside the ductwork of a home’s HVAC system that are connected to local thermostats, which in turn are connected to a central thermostat. A person can adjust the temperature in their “zone” using the local thermostat, or someone at the central thermostat can control cooling for the entire house.

You don’t need to have zone control installed with your AC system during initial installation. Experienced heating and cooling technicians can retrofit your ductwork to enjoy its benefits. Get in touch with our Dallas, TX air conditioning system experts at AirCo today to learn what we can do to bring you these benefits:

  • Energy savings: You no longer need to cool down your whole home on a hot day, only the zone you are using. If you have empty guest rooms or other rooms that no one is using, you can shut off the air to those zones. Even if you only have two zones set up in your house, the upstairs and the downstairs, there will be times when you won’t need to have both cooled. This will create a large reduction on your utility bills.
  • Individual comfort: If you’ve often heard people in your home simultaneously complain about being too cold or too hot, then you know how people will have different needs for comfort. With zone control, you no longer have to keep changing your home’s temperature to find a balance that will keep everyone content. Instead, each person can adjust the temperature in his or her location using the local thermostats. You’ll have a happier household in general.
  • Customize temperature for spaces: The same way that people have different comfort needs, so do rooms. You’ll require additional air conditioning power for a room like the kitchen, or for places with large sun-facing windows. Other rooms may benefit from a warmer temperature. Zone control lets you have the house cooled exactly how you want it, in every room.

Call to set up a customized zone control system today

The air conditioning specialists at AirCo can survey your home’s ventilation system and help you come up with a plan to set up a zone control system. Trust to our more than twenty years of experience with air conditioning systems in Dallas, TX.

How to Choose a New Furnace

March 27th, 2014 by Chad Campbell

If the time has come for you to get a new furnace in your home then you may have already become overwhelmed just looking at all the different types and brands of furnaces. Fortunately, we here at AirCo offer total furnace installation service in Dallas, TX and we wanted to help our customers out by putting together a quick guide on how to look for a new furnace. Read on below and then give us a call if you have any questions.

Furnace Pro Tip: What to Look For In a New Furnace

Here are some of the he things that you homeowners should consider when looking for a new furnace. Remember, you can always call the friendly experts at AirCo if you have any questions or if you need help with finding a new furnace.

  • Size – The “size” of a furnace refers to how much heat it can produce. If you get a furnace that is too powerful for your home it could cause it to overheat, operate inefficiently and it could also greatly reduce the comfort of your home.
  • Efficiency rating – Usually, furnaces are given an Annual Fuel Utilization Efficiency (AFUE) rating that describes how much of the fuel is used to create heat. For example, a furnace with an AFUE of 90% means that is uses 90 percent of the fuel that it burns to create heat and only wastes 10%.  Depending on your budget and your energy usage goals, you can find furnaces up to 97% AFUE ratings.
  • Electric vs. gas – Another issue that some homeowners struggle with is whether to get a gas or electric furnace. Both have their advantages and disadvantages. If you currently don’t have a natural gas line coming into your home, it can be quite costly to have one installed which means that an electric furnace might be a good option. However, gas furnaces are often cheaper to buy and natural gas is often much cheaper than electricity as a fuel source.

If you have any questions about your new furnace, don’t hesitate to call the furnace installation experts at AirCo. We have over 20 years of experience in the industry and we can help you with every step of the process.

How Does a Furnace Works?

March 10th, 2014 by Chad Campbell

Furnaces are one of the most popular heating systems in the country because they provide efficient and comfortable heat in even the harshest winters. Here at AirCo, we are dedicated to our customers’ satisfaction and comfort. A common mistake that homeowners make is not calling soon enough for repair when their furnace starts to act up. We thought that it would be good to explain briefly how a furnace works so that homeowners can recognize problems when they arise. We offer 24/7 furnace repair service in Dallas, TX, so call us anytime if you notice any problems with your system.

Heating Education: How Your Furnace Warms Your Home

There are a few key components of your furnace that can start to break down. Understanding how all the pieces fit together can go a long way into giving you the tools you need to recognize issues when they develop.

The fuel and the burner

For gas-fired furnaces, they pull in natural gas and burn it in order to create heat. In older models, the burner was lit by a pilot light that constantly burning. Now, an electronic igniter is responsible for providing the spark to light the burner. A safety feature called a thermocouple detects when the flames of the burner are on and if it senses that the burner goes out it will automatically shut off the flow of gas to keep your home from filling with fuel.

The heat exchanger

The heat from the flames of the burner heat up a large, hollow piece of metal called the heat exchanger. The heat exchanger has two main jobs: first, it needs to get really hot in order to heat the air; second, it is responsible for exhausting the harmful combustion gases that result from burning fuel. The heat exchanger will often be connected to the flue that leads out of your home so that it can safely exhaust those harmful gases.

The blower

One of the main parts of your furnace is a large fan, also called a blower. This fan pulls in cool air from your home to be warmed through a return air vent. The fan blows the air through the furnace’s heat exchanger to get warm and then continues to push the air through your ducts and into your rooms.

If you’re having any issues with your furnace, AirCo is here with 24/7 emergency furnace repair service in Dallas, TX. Call us today if you notice any new noises with your furnace or if you aren’t getting enough heat.

Energy Heating Saving Tips

March 5th, 2014 by Chad Campbell

Every homeowner deserves to be able to stay warm during the winters but no one wants to have to pay through the nose to do it. AirCo offers total heating service in Dallas, TX for many types of units and we wanted to share some of the ways that you can keep your energy usage as low as you can. Call us today if you have any questions. We’re available 24/7 for emergency heater repair service in Dallas, so call us anytime and you’ll always get a live dispatcher on the other end.

Heating Tips from the Pros: How to Save Energy

Check out a few suggestions from our NATE-certified heating repair technicians about how you could be able to reduce the amount of energy that you use to heat your home.

  • Get your system maintained – No matter what kind of heating system you have, getting regular maintenance is probably the most important thing that you can do for the efficiency and performance of your system. Not only can regular tune-ups reduce the need for repair, it can also increase the efficiency of your system as well.
  • Have your insulation checked – Your insulation is designed to resist heat movement in or out of your home. If your insulation is thin, rotting or has holes in it then it could be allowing lots of heat out of your home. AirCo offers total insulation repair and replacement in Dallas, TX.
  • Energy audits – An energy audit helps homeowners determine where their home is losing energy. Our NATE-certified specialists will perform a thorough inspection and test of your home and then alert you to where you can make improvements.
  • Air sealing – Another great way to increase the efficiency of your home is to get air sealing. Our technicians will use the information gathered from the energy audit and then target their efforts in the locations that need help. We’ll use caulking, sealants and weather stripping to help you keep more of the conditioned air that you’ve paid for inside your home.

Call AirCo today if you’re interested in learning more about how you can increase the efficiency of your home.

The Importance of Routine Heating System Maintenance

February 24th, 2014 by Chad Campbell

Your heating system is a critical part of your home’s comfort system and you rely on it a lot in order to stay comfortable throughout the year. If you want to your heating system to continue to keep your home comfortable and to operate efficiently, you simply must have it regularly inspected and maintained. AirCo offers a routine heating maintenance program that includes regular maintenance visits from our expert Dallas, TX heating system technicians. Read on below to find out why heating maintenance is so critical.

Tip from the Professionals: Get Heating Maintenance

There are a few tremendous benefits to having your heating system regularly inspected and tuned up.

  • Less repairs – One potential benefit that many homeowners enjoy because of regular heating maintenance is a reduced number of repairs. This is because during maintenance visits, our heating system technicians will look for any small problems that might be developing and fix them before they cause further damage.
  • Greater efficiency – If your heating system has a lot of small problems with it, then it probably has to work a lot harder to heat your home. But with regular maintenance, those problems can be taken care of so that your system operates at peak efficiency.
  • Longer life – No home enjoys having to replace any of their home’s appliances. By having your heater regularly inspected and tuned up, you could be able to extend its life. We often get called to replace heating systems that have been completely left unattended and they eventually just fall apart.

Call AirCo today if you’re ready to invest in the future of your home’s comfort and efficiency by scheduling regular maintenance for your heating system.

Getting Your Furnace Winter-Ready

February 17th, 2014 by Chad Campbell

We’re in the middle of the winter so it may be a little late to get your furnace ready for the cold weather. But there still are some things that you can do to make sure that your stays nice and warm even through the toughest winter nights. AirCo offers complete heater repair service as well as a whole range of other heating services in Dallas, TX, including installation, replacement and maintenance. Read on below to see some of the suggestions from our NATE-certified heating system technicians about how you can keep your heater running well this winter.

Furnace Tips: Get the Most Out of Your Furnace This Winter

If you want to keep your furnace operating at peak performance this winter, make sure that you read on below. Call AirCo if your furnace runs into any problems. We’re available 24/7 for furnace repair service in Dallas, TX because we know that your system could malfunction at any time.

  • Get your furnace tuned up – Probably the best thing that you can do for your furnace this winter is to have it inspected and tuned up. Over time, your furnace may develop a number of issues that can keep it from working at its best. With a tune-up, you might be able to return some of that efficiency to your system.
  • Have your insulation checked – One of the points of vulnerability that too many homeowners leave unchecked is their insulation. Insulation is designed to keep the heat inside your home. If your insulation is old or rotting, it could be allowing a lot of the heat that you’ve paid for to leak outside.
  • Get a home energy audit and air sealing – Finally, if you really want to keep your home comfortable, call AirCo for an energy audit and air sealing.  An energy audit allows us to perform a number of tests to find areas of energy weakness around your home and fix them. Air sealing is a service that we provide which helps you keep more of the conditioned air inside your home by sealing up leaks.

Call AirCo with any questions that you might have or to learn more about our professional furnace services in Dallas, TX, including our maintenance program, energy audits and air sealing.

Common Commercial HVAC Problems

January 27th, 2014 by Chad Campbell

As fellow business owners in Texas, we here at AirCo know how important it is to offer your customers, clients or employees a comfortable and cool environment during the hot months. In order to accomplish that, you probably run your HVAC system almost constantly during that time which can lead the your system developing a number of common issues. AirCo has over 20 years of experience offering /7 commercial HVAC repair service in Dallas, TX for all types of commercial equipment. Here are a few of the most common HVAC problems that we see.

Commercial and Cooling Tip: Common AC Problems

Check out a few of the most common issues that business owners face with the air conditioning system.

  • Not enough cooling – One of the most common complaints that our customers have is that their system doesn’t deliver enough cooling. This can often happen with older systems that haven’t been maintained and their air filter gets clogged and blocks the flow of air through the system. If may also be that you have low refrigerant, a compressor problem, a fan motor problem or a variety of other issues.
  • Noises – Keep an ear out for any new noises that your cooling system starts to make. It’s usually not a good sign when your AC starts to make noises like hissing, squealing, or gurgling. Our NATE-certified experts can quickly find the problem and fix it fast.
  • Inefficiency – If you’re paying the utility bills for your business then you probably know the average monthly cost of keeping your doors open. But if you see an increase in electricity use that can’t be explained, it might mean that your AC is in trouble.

Call AirCo for professional commercial HVAC service in Dallas, TX. We’re available 24/7 and whenever you call us you’ll always get a live person on the other end of the line.

Common Furnace Problems in Dallas, TX

January 20th, 2014 by Chad Campbell

Furnaces are a terrific heating option for homes of all sizes because of their efficiency, consistency and the comfort that they deliver. But just like any other piece of equipment, furnaces can develop a number of common issues. Here at AirCo, we offer total furnace repair service in Dallas, TX for all types of units including electric and gas-fired furnaces. Check out some of the most common issues that we get called for and if you notice any of these problems at your home, call us 24/7 for emergency furnace repairs in Dallas, TX.

Furnace Tip: Common Repair Issues

Furnaces have a pretty simple goal: to provide heat to your home. In order to do that, they consume a fuel source like electricity or natural gas to create heat. From there, they have a large fan motor that pushes the heated air through your home’s ducts. While this might seem like a simple system, there are some common problems that can develop.

  • Not enough heat – Probably one of the most common issues that homeowners face is not enough heat from their furnace. If your system is blowing cold air or if it’s just not putting out enough heat, call AirCo for furnace repair. This could be from a clogged air filter, a bad circuit breaker for your electric furnace, or a broken thermocouple on your gas-fired system.
  • Noises – If your furnace starts to make a rattling noise, call for repair immediately. This could be a sign that you have a cracked heat exchanger which might be leaking carbon monoxide into your home. Squealing is often an indication that you need to change your fan motor belt.
  • No heat at all – If your furnace isn’t producing any heat then you obviously have a big problem. This might be because of a bad thermocouple which has shut off the flow of gas to your furnace. For electric furnaces, it might be that one of the system’s safety features has malfunctioned or that it has tripped its breaker.

Call AirCo when you need any kind of furnace repair services in Dallas, TX. Our technicians are available 24/7 so call us anytime and you’ll always get a live dispatcher.

 

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November 22nd, 2013 by Chad Campbell

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