At Your Service Plumbing, Heating & Air Blog: Archive for the ‘Air Conditioning’ Category

Preventing Pest Access Via HVAC System

Friday, January 18th, 2019

preventing pest access hvacOne simple reality of any HVAC system, whether in a home or business, is that it will have some connection to the outdoors. Air has to be exchanged between outdoors and indoors as part of basic heating and cooling operations, and this does present at least the theoretical risk of various outdoor critters – from tiny pests to larger rodents – attempting to invade.

Luckily, the pros with At Your Service Plumbing, Heating & Air are here to help prevent this from happening to you during our various heating maintenance services. Let’s go over a few of the broad basics on pests and your home, plus how you can prevent them from invading through various HVAC-related channels.

Pests, Warmth and Indoor Locations

In general, most pests and rodents are always on the hunt for warmth and food – especially during the winter when these are less available in outdoor areas. They will go to great lengths to seek out warm areas that provide moisture and any scraps of food they can find, and when it gets cold, this often means they look to your home for refuge.

Your exact pest risks may vary based on your area or other factors, but your HVAC system has several characteristics they’ll often go for. They love to flock to moisture areas, such as leaking water heaters. Some of them are capable of chewing through significant materials, as well, meaning you have to keep yourself protected. Our next section will go over just how you can go about this.

Tips for HVAC-Related Pest Prevention

A few basic tips we can recommend for keeping your HVAC system fully protected from any pests or other invaders, both during this winter and throughout the year:

  • Seal off entry points: One of the primary aspects of our heating and air services is inspections, and one element of these inspections is checking for entry points where air might be able to get in – but also various pests. We can help you with everything from protective screens to pinpointing draft areas, which may point you to the cracks or openings where pests are entering and allow you to seal them off effectively.
  • Ductwork: Duct material can wear down over time, particularly if you have any duct tape on your vents. Make sure you regularly check your ducts for leaks, as several pests may look to nest in them if you don’t.
  • Moisture: Any puddling water is an invitation for certain pests to gather and breed, so look to prevent this however you can. Seal outdoor areas and use dehumidifiers if certain areas of your home are too humid generally.
  • Pest control and inspections: Basic pest inspections and spraying can go a long way here, as can basic HVAC inspections to ensure your system doesn’t have any easy openings for pests.

For more on preventing pest access through your HVAC system, or to learn about any of our other HVAC or plumbing services, speak to the pros with At Your Service Plumbing, Heating & Air today.

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3 Unexpected Reasons Your Air Conditioner Isn’t Working

Monday, September 24th, 2018

blue-question-markIs your air conditioner simply not working the way it’s supposed to? Or maybe it seems to be working fine, but your recent energy bill tells a different story. If you’re not noticing anything obvious that would lead to your AC’s poor performance, it could be something you’d never expect, such as:

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The Problem with Improperly Sized Air Conditioners

Monday, August 13th, 2018

outdoor-ac-unitImproperly sized air conditioners is a surprisingly common problem. Unfortunately, the problem is always due to the negligence of the HVAC technician who installed it, and you’re the one who has to pay for it. In this post, we’ll explain why it’s so important to make sure your HVAC contractor in Salt Lake City, UT takes all the proper considerations into sizing your unit.

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Your Guide to Air Conditioner Coils

Monday, July 30th, 2018

air-conditioner-evaporator-coilWhenever you’re dealing with refrigerant-based air conditioners, you’re bound to hear about coils. But just what are they? In this post, we’ll go over what they are, their purpose, and how to keep them out of trouble.

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3 Reasons You Need an AC Replacement

Monday, June 4th, 2018

air-conditioning-repairIt’s one thing no homeowner wants to hear – it’s time to replace your air conditioning system. And there’s good reason for this as a new AC system can require a significant financial investment, one that you probably weren’t planning (or wanting!) to make any time soon. You shouldn’t wait, however, until your old system completely gives up the ghost on its own. Instead, while a new system isn’t cheap, there will be signs when your old system is starting to cost you more than it should, and you can avoid these ongoing expenses by going with a new AC.

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Air Conditioning Services Can Handle Refrigerant Leaks

Monday, May 7th, 2018

air-conditioning-repairsAir conditioning systems usually rely on refrigerant to cool the air: cycling it endlessly through a series of valves and coils that allow it to do its job. Many people falsely assume that the refrigerant is consumed as part of the cooling process, just like a car consumes oil or gas. In fact, the refrigerant isn’t consumed. But it can leak, and when it does, it can cause huge problems with your system. Here’s a breakdown of how it all works.

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Signs You Need Air Conditioning Repair

Monday, April 23rd, 2018

air-conditioning-repairSpring is here and temperatures in our neck of the woods are already rising. You’ve probably had to run your air conditioner more than once already this year, and pretty soon you’re going to need to use it every day just to keep your home comfortable in the midst of another scorching summer.

With that in mind, the sooner you can spot any issues with your air conditioner, the better. If yours has problems in need of repair, then now is the time to spot them. Doing so gives you several weeks to plan repairs before the weather gets really hot, and can usually reduce the cost of repairs as well, since the damage won’t have as much time to spread.

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Spring is Here! Time for Air Conditioning Maintenance

Monday, March 26th, 2018

Air-conditioning-efficiencyWith the coming of spring comes spring cleaning in most homes in the area, as we air out our stuffy living rooms and beat the dust our of our rugs. Your air conditioner should be a part of that cleaning process, since you’re going to need it to run like a clock in a few weeks when the weather warms up. Now is the ideal time to prepare for it with an air conditioning maintenance session from a qualified service. What is a maintenance session and how can it help you? Read on for the answers.

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Time to Check the Status of Your A/C

Monday, August 28th, 2017

air-conditioning-repairSummer has entered its last few weeks, and while temperatures remain high in the area, they’ll soon be cooling off, and our air conditioning use will give way to heating use before you know it. Now might be an excellent time to take a look at your air conditioner and see how the long summer has treated it. Qualified air conditioning services often offer maintenance plans for just such circumstances, giving your technician a chance to see how your system has held up over the long summer.

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What Is Short Cycling, and Why Is It a Problem?

Monday, July 31st, 2017

short-cycling-air-conditioningSummers mean increased use of your air conditioner, which in turn means keeping an increased eye out for potential problems. Most breakdowns are preceded by some kind of warning, which canny homeowners can spot and respond to before the system shuts down in the middle of the summer. Generally speaking, anything you detect as out of the ordinary in your air conditioner’s functioning should be grounds for concern, and some signs are subtler than others.

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