Advent air conditioner Lewisville, Texas

5 Home Cooling Myths

When the temperature soars, people often go hunting for air conditioners and other ways to keep their home cool and comfortable. The following are the top 5 home cooling myths that you should be aware of:

#1: Fans Can Help Cool Down a Room

Fans do not cool down the room, instead it cools down your body by moving air over it in order to bring down your body’s temperature. Thus, there is no need to have a fan running when you’re not in the room because it isn’t going to cool it down.

#2: Bigger Air Conditioners are Better

When it comes to air conditioning, the phrase ‘the bigger the better’ does not apply. Thus, instead of upgrading your air conditioner to an even larger one, you should consider having it serviced for a better performance. Also, you might want to check around the room for leaks, cracks or gaps that allow cool conditioned air to leave the room.

#3: Air conditioners simply cool the air

This is certainly not true because apart from producing a steady flow of chilled air, air conditioners also help in reducing the humidity of the room. Some ACs can also perform the drying function in order to reduce humidity and save energy while you’re at it. In case your AC does not feature this setting then you can invest in a dehumidifier to bring down your energy bills.

#4: Crank the AC temperature down in order to cool the room more quickly

Cranking your air conditioners will not help in making the room cooler faster, in fact it will make the room frigid in case you leave it on for too long. In order to solve this problem, you should be mindful of putting the temperature back to normal once you find a comfortable temperature. This way you will not be wasting energy and increasing your energy bills.

#5: Leave on your air conditioner all day rather than adjusting the temperature

When you don’t leave your AC on for the whole day but rather adjust the temperature you will be able to save a lot of money. If you have a programmable thermostat then you might want to pre-set the temperatures depending upon the time of the day in order to reduce electricity bills.

So don’t be fooled by these myths, call us for your air conditioning requirements.

Advent Carbon monoxide detector

Popular Myths And Facts About Carbon Monoxide

Carbon monoxide is one of the byproduct gases of combustion. It is found in smoke that is produced by burning fuel. Though much is known about the gas, many people remain ignorant about its characteristics and effects. As a consequence they don’t know what preventive measures to take against carbon monoxide poisoning. There are many myths and facts about carbon monoxide. Understanding them can help one keep the harmful effects of the gas at bay.

Smell

Many people claim that carbon monoxide has a unique scent and taste. These are unfounded claims. Carbon monoxide is a tasteless and odorless gas. This means that one cannot smell it or taste it. The smell and taste comes that sometimes people experience comes from the burning fuels, not the gas.

Existence

Since carbon monoxide poisoning mostly happens when there is combustion, people tend to believe that the gas only exists as a byproduct of burning fuels. Well, this is not true. Carbon Monoxide is a constituent of the air people breath everyday. In fact the human body needs a little percentage of carbon monoxide in order to function well. The gas only becomes harmful when its concentration exceeds a certain limit.

CO Alarm Installation

It is a common belief among people that carbon monoxide alarms should be installed and maintained the same way smoke alarms are. This is not necessary because CO is the roughly the same weight as air. Therefore, CO alarms can be installed anywhere in the room and operate with the same efficiency.

False Alarms

Since carbon monoxide is in the air at all times, wouldn’t it trigger the CO alarms anytime? Well, this used to be the case with the first CO alarms. They were so sensitive that sometimes they gave false alarms. However, the old versions have been replaced with new ones which have improvements to prevent that.

Those are some of the myths and facts about carbon monoxide. With this information, one is able know how to prevent himself or herself from being a victim of carbon monoxide poisoning. In addition to this, one is able to make an informed decision when selecting a CO alarm for his or her house.

Advent refrigerant Leaks

Temperature Control Tips & Tricks For HVAC Systems

When it comes to HVAC systems, efficiency is one of the most important factors to consider. A few HVAC tips should help homeowners keep their AC units running efficiently. Before each cooling season, it’s advisable to have central air conditioners professionally tuned up to prevent major malfunctions.

Cleaning or replacing the air filter every month is probably the most important step that can be done by a homeowner. In fact, electrostatic filters are considered to be the best. Always check the owner’s manual for the filter cleaning procedure. Don’t run the unit with the filter removed and ensure the filter is dry before putting it back.

At least once a month, especially during the summer, remove any debris or leaves from outdoor condenser units. You can also clean the coils and fan blades before each cooling season to help the outdoor condenser fan running at its best. Other than superficial cleaning, always turn off the power before attempting anything.

Remove the fan grill and fan blades. Use a brush to remove any debris from the blades then uncover the condenser coils before brushing the dirty side. Then, ensure the motor and other components are protected as you hose water from the inside.

If the condenser fan makes a grating noise or clicking sound, it may indicate that the blades may be striking an obstruction. If a blade becomes bent, don’t try to straighten it. A straightened blade may either hit the condenser coil or become unbalanced resulting in a loose fan motor. A bent blade should only be replaced with a new one. After replacement, be sure the blades rotate freely. Applying a drop of thread locking compound can help if the fan becomes loose.

A dirty indoor evaporator coil diminishes the units’ cooling ability. To clean the coil, you have to expose it by removing the front panel of the furnace/air handler. Be sure that the coil is dry. Use the soft brush attachment on a vacuum cleaner to remove any dust or debris that may have accumulated on the coil. The tips mentioned can be particularly helpful in controlling temperature in your home. Call us for all your heating and air conditioning unit.

Advent HVAC technician

Air Filter Change: Important Home Maintenance

Home owners often pay attention to the big repairs and maintenance issues associated with their properties but can neglect the small things. An Air Filter Change on a HVAC system is one of those small, but very important, maintenance items.

Changing the air filter on a home furnace is simple, and most anyone can do it. A clean air filter boosts the efficiency of a furnace, lowering energy bills overall by 5 to 15 percent say industry experts. Also, clogged filters increase wear and tear on the HVAC unit with build-up of dirt and other debris damaging blowers and other important furnace components.

In addition, a clean filter improves air quality in the indoor environment. Think about it. Everything a family breathes inside the house passes through furnace or air conditioning. If those systems are dirty,and filtered by, well, clogged filters, air quality is contaminated by dust, pollen, pet hair and dander, mold spores and bacteria. None of these makes for healthy indoor air.

The solution is routine Air Filter Change. Each HVAC unit is different, but most manufacturers and HVAC service technicians recommend home owners switch out filters every 3 to 4 months. The part itself is inexpensive and can be purchased at any hardware or big box home store. Just refer to the size specifications on the filter already in the furnace, or refer to the owner’s manual. Arrows on the filter itself indicate how to place it so that air flows through it in the right direction.

Filter materials and types include:

~fiberglass (very inexpensive, but needs frequent changes)
~pleated (sturdy and provides great filtration because of the high surface area which catches dirt and dust)
~HEPA (High Efficiency Particulate Air)–a hard working filter good for trapping allergens such as pet dander)
~media air (This professional’s favorite is multi-layered and durable.)
~activated carbon (especially adept at catching and neutralizing heavy odors from smoking and cooking)

It’s important to ask a heating and cooling professional what type of filter is best for the home. Purchase the type which has the efficiency (filtering capability) most suited to your air quality needs. Contact us with any questions or needs you have regarding your HVAC system.