Friday, July 20, 2018

Reasons to Replace your Dirty Air Filter

A dirty air filter in your air conditioner can spell disaster for your comfort and your A/C system. Replacing the air filter is an essential maintenance task that can help keep your air conditioner operating efficiently and problem-free. Here are four wonderful things that happen when you replace your dirty air filter with a new, clean one.

Improved Air Quality
The air filter in your air conditioner traps harmful particles in your home's air. According to the Environmental Protection Agency, particles smaller than 10 micrometers in diameter can affect your heart, lungs, exacerbate allergies, asthma, and other respiratory conditions. Replacing a dirty filter ensures that particles like mold, pollen, dust, dead skin cells, and highly allergenic dust mites are trapped and stopped from polluting the air in your home.

Increased Air Flow
A dirty filter restricts air flow through your air conditioner and makes your system work harder to keep you comfortable, increasing your cooling bill. A clogged filter and the resulting restricted air flow can also cause your air conditioner to overheat and shut down. Optimal air flow is essential for system efficiency and personal comfort, and a clean air filter is central to proper air flow.

Dust Stays Out of your System
Dust buildup inside your air conditioner can lead to reduced efficiency and operating problems. Dust on the coils prevents them from properly absorbing heat, and dust on the moving components like the fan can cause breakdowns of these parts. Dust can clog the condensate drain, leading to water damage and mold growth. A clean filter keeps dust out of your air conditioner far better than a dirty filter does.

Improved Cooling Efficiency
The more efficient your air conditioner, the less money you'll spend on cooling your home. According to the U.S. Department of Energy, replacing a dirty air filter with a clean one can reduce your system's energy consumption by up to 15 percent!

With all of that said, we hope you check your air filter each month, and replace it when it's coated with dust. Bonus Tip: For best results, choose a high quality, pleated air filter.

Please contact us with any questions and/or service needs that you may have. Take a deep breath of that indoor quality air, and remember we’re always in your corner!

Monday, June 25, 2018

Get your AC Installation Done Right the First Time

It's important to find the right company for air conditioning installation; because this is the kind of job that needs to be done right the first time. If there are issues with your air conditioning installation, you will most likely end up spending even more money for the wrongs to be made right with the system. Given that, it’s best to go with a reputable company from the start so you can rest assured that the installation is done right. Here are a few questions you should ask before hiring an HVAC company for the job…

How long have they been around?

In general, the longer a company has been around, the more reliable they are going to be. By staying within the industry for several years, a company builds their expertise in that field. Also, with being in the business for quite some time, they will most likely have a good amount of customer reviews that you can take into consideration.

How up-to-date do they seem?

Another thing you might want to be aware of is whether a company is up-to-date or whether they're stuck in the past. A lot of older companies may not even have websites as they may not understand the developments in technology. Viewing the company site will give you some great insight into their company and service.

However, you want to hire a company which knows everything there is to know about air conditioning installation. If there are new methods that are supposed to be more efficient than older methods, the company should know about them.

What does your gut tell you?

In general, most people trust their gut feelings about a company. If an air conditioning repairman comes in, solves your problem in five minutes and doesn't explain much about what went wrong, you would be right to wonder if they're reliable. You want to work with someone who solves the problem at its root, not just superficially. If you’re looking to work with a company that gives good service, we encourage you to contact us!

Thursday, May 31, 2018

How to Find the Best Air Conditioning Contractor

Whether you own or rent an apartment, home, or business, you will always need an air conditioning contractor, because air conditioners are practically guaranteed to break down one day. Finding a reliable contractor who will not only be there for you in the event of an A/C emergency, but also keep your system maintained enough so that it is unlikely to even break down is important. Here are some suggestions to help you pick the right one:

Are they drug-tested and background checked?

This may seem obvious now, but many trade/journeyman companies don't do this with their employees. We would highly recommend asking your prospective contractors if their employees are checked for felonies and tested for drugs. This will ensure your own safety and help to prevent any possible damages or liabilities to your property.

Do they have good customer reviews?

Checking out customer reviews on social platforms such as Yelp, for example, can help you to gain insight into both good and bad experiences that are openly shared. If you come across a number of bad reviews that appear to be valid, it can serve as a warning for any bad business practices that the company may have gotten away with in the past.

Are they courteous and professional?

If you've only had a conversation with them on the phone, how did they treat you? Were they kind and treat you with respect, or were they dismissive and pushy? If you get a good feeling, run with it until your gut tells you otherwise; if you get a bad feeling from the star, just run.

Find out if they are required to wear shoe covers when entering the home, as this is a common business practice among top quality contractors. Also, if they have pictures on their website, notice if their uniform is more than just a plain t-shirts. Again, a polished uniform is a tradition used by top companies in the business and is a good sign of the contractor being traditional and professional when it comes to getting the job done.

What services do they offer?

This is the most important clue to whether or not you should hire a specific contractor, as their services are what you are paying for. A good air conditioning company should offer to clean and maintain your system two times per year, or once every six months. They need to have 24/7 emergency service, and also do installations, as well as repairs. And finally, do not make a decision based on price. In this business, the good companies need to charge the most because they spend the most, on you.

We encourage you to contact us at New England Cooling Towers, Inc. We’re happy to answer any questions you may have, as well as take care of your service needs.

Friday, May 4, 2018

Announcement: New England Cooling Towers, Inc. is a Viessmann PROfessional Contractor

New England Cooling Towers, Inc. is proud to announce that we're a Viessmann PROfessional Contractor. This means we're part of an exclusive membership program for Viessmann's best trained and most experienced mechanical contractors in the US. Viessman is a manufacturer of heating and solar products. We're excited to be a part of the team! Visit our website.

Monday, April 23, 2018

Save Energy through an Ideal Air Conditioning Installation Processes

Many people who are interested in air conditioning installation services are specifically getting new air conditioners installed in order to quickly reduce their consumption of energy. After all, in many cases, getting a new air conditioner will help.

Many modern air conditioners are more efficient than their older counterparts. Aging air conditioners will typically become less efficient because of problems with their components. However, it should be noted that many different factors can influence the energy efficiency of an air conditioning system in practice.

1. The air conditioning system must be installed correctly. 

Even the position of the air conditioning system can affect its performance, and the ideal position will vary. The most skilled professionals will be able to get a sense of how to install the air conditioning system in order to make it as efficient as possible.

2. The professionals must make sure that the air conditioning system has the right proportions for the right space. 

If the air conditioner is too big for a particular area, people will usually end up using much more energy than they need in order to keep that area cool. However, if the air conditioning system is not big enough for a given space, the system will eventually be under too much stress.
This can cause it to degrade quickly, thus compromising its cooling ability. The small air conditioning system will also usually end up running too frequently, making it less efficient in the process. It's important to find a balance.

3. People must use their air conditioning system properly when it is installed. 

Some people will try to quickly reduce a room's temperature by changing the temperature setting on the air conditioner itself. This won't actually make the room cool at a significantly faster rate, but in many cases, it will cause people to increase their energy costs.
Air conditioning installation is a truly delicate process in many ways. We encourage you to contact us at New England Cooling Towers, Inc. so that we can ensure that everything is work efficiently.


Thursday, March 29, 2018

4 Reasons to Install a New Air Conditioner This Spring

If your air conditioner is underperforming, it might be time to install a new unit. Should you do it now, or wait until summer? In many cases, spring is the better choice. Here are four reasons you should schedule your air conditioning installation this spring.

You will save money. Older air conditioning units are less efficient than newer models. Replacing your old air conditioner with a high-efficiency unit can save anywhere from 20% to 50% on cooling costs which is a good reason to install a new air conditioner this spring so that you can save money on your cooling bills when you use it the most.

You'll save time. HVAC technicians are in high demand during the summer months, leading to longer wait times. During the off season, it's easier to schedule an appointment when it's convenient for you. Want to save even more time? During your installation, have your duct and cooling system inspected, too. You can address any need repairs before the summer heat arrives.

You'll be sure you're getting the best air conditioner for your home. Installing your new air conditioner in the spring gives you more time to do research and prepare. You will have time to compare different models and select the best option. Your HVAC technician will be available to answer any questions you may have and recommend the best air conditioner for your home.

You will have peace of mind. You don't want to wait for scorching temperatures to hit, only to discover that your air conditioner doesn't work. By installing a new air conditioner now, you won't need to worry. You'll know that you can rely on your air conditioner when it counts.

We encourage you to give us a call! We’re here to help

Wednesday, February 28, 2018

Is Your Heat Pump Running?

Your air conditioner is going to act differently throughout the seasons, no matter what system you have. But if you've recently moved into a home with a heat pump instead of a more traditional model, then it's important to take note of which behaviors are typical and which are not.

How often should your heat pump be running in the winter?

Once the temperatures start staying below freezing, your heat pump will be running almost constantly. They don't work like furnaces, which generate heat in cycles once the internal temperature dips below your thermostat's setting. Instead, they pump air between the inside and outside until the temperature reaches the right point. Heat pumps are often also matched with an auxiliary heat source -- a furnace, a heat strip, or a stove -- that can make up the difference when air exchange doesn't provide enough heat. However, as a general rule, heat pumps work slower and less dramatically than furnaces; they will be working almost constantly, and that's fine when it's cold.

How often should your heat pump be running when it's warmer out?

Warmer in this context means above the low- to mid-thirties. Above this range, heat pumps should be able to pull enough heat from the outside air to keep your home comfortable, and it shouldn't be a constant effort for the pumps to maintain that internal temperature.
Then again, if the heat pumps aren't turning off, something is wrong with your unit. The most common culprits are:
  1. an outdoor unit that's icing over
  2. too much demand for your unit, which is usually caused by poor insulation or a pump system that's too small for the property
  3. lack of tune-ups; since every air conditioning system needs a quick look-through, cleaning, and filter replacement.
If you have any questions or service needs, please feel free to contact us at New England Cooling Towers, Inc.