At Your Service Plumbing, Heating & Air Blog: Archive for August, 2015

What Kind of Air Cleaner is Right for Me?

Monday, August 31st, 2015

If you live in Salt Lake City, UT, you know how important it is to have a good air conditioner in the summer and a solid heater in the winter. But they’re not the only things you need to focus on to keep your home comfortable. Indoor air quality products can be used to raise humidity, clear dust from the air and perform other tasks that make your home a more pleasant place to be. They can also be a boon to your air conditioner and heater, helping them do their jobs more readily and efficiently. But what kinds of air cleaner are right for your home? We’ve broken down the benefits of a few of the more popular models.

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How to Lower the Cost of Air Conditioning

Monday, August 24th, 2015

Air conditioning tends to dominate homeowners’ thoughts this time of year, as temperatures in Salt Lake City, UT hit their peak. We’re used to higher energy bills, as your home cooling system works overtime to keep the heat at bay. But just because we’re used to paying more doesn’t mean we’re not paying too much. With a few easy steps, you can reduce the burden on your air conditioner and lower the monthly cost in the bargain. Some of these are self-apparent: setting your thermostat to 78 degrees instead of 75 degrees, for instance, or wearing lightweight clothes when you’re in the house. Others, however, can be implemented with the help of a friendly local HVAC technician. We’ve listed a few of them below.

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Can My Air Conditioning Repairs Wait?

Monday, August 17th, 2015

We’re sitting in the dog days of summer here in in Salt Lake City, UT, when temperatures are highest and your air conditioner has the most demand placed on it. You’ll likely need your air conditioner on most days, which can present a dilemma if a repair issue comes up. Unless the system is in major distress or flat-out refuses to turn on, you may be tempted to let any lingering repair issues just wait until the weather cools down and you can afford to turn the system off until a technician can take a look at it.

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What Causes Low Air Flow?

Monday, August 10th, 2015

When people think of problems with their air conditioner, they usually think of something that keeps the air conditioner from functioning at all, or something that keeps it from generating cool air. They’re certainly a problem, and here in Salt Lake City, UT, you want to get them looked at right away. But beyond generating cool air, your air conditioner needs to be able to push that air into your home. When it can’t, you’ll notice it with reduced air flow, which can be just as harmful to your system and requires professional attention as soon as you detect it. What causes low air flow? There are a number of culprits, but some of the more obvious causes include the following:

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Why Is Low Refrigerant a Problem for Air Conditioners?

Monday, August 3rd, 2015

A number of people fallaciously believe that air conditioners consume refrigerant, the same way a car consumes gasoline or motor oil. The perception is compounded by the fact that air conditioning technicians often need to recharge (or raise the levels) of refrigerant in order to address a specific problem. In point of fact, however, refrigerant levels should never drop in an air conditioning system. Problems arise when the refrigerant leaks out of the system, and here in Salt Lake City, that can leave you without your air conditioner right when you need it the most. “Why is low refrigerant a problem for air conditioners?” you ask. We’ve provided a quick breakdown below.

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