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Do I Need a New Central Air Conditioning System?

Central air conditioning systems in Salt Lake City can last a long time, but eventually will need replaced. Is your A/C working as efficiently as it used to? Is it running at all? If you are having issues with your central air conditioning system, it is a good time to consider whether you should replace it or repair it.

Do You Need to Replace Your Central A/C?

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Here are seven reasons you might want to replace your central A/C:

  • Your current system is 10 years or older. Energy efficiency standards have improved over the past decade. Even a system installed a decade ago will not be as efficient as one purchased today.
  • Your cooling bills keep going up. As an A/C system ages, it can start requiring more energy to do the same job it did when it was first installed. This means your energy bills go up every cooling season.
  • You want to make your home more energy efficient. A brand new, energy efficient central air conditioning system is a greener choice, especially if your old system is highly inefficient.
  • The ductwork in your home was installed when it was built. Ducts installed even 10 years ago are likely to have leaks and gaps. This makes them inefficient and will drive up your costs.
  • You have rooms in your home that never get comfortable. The cool air never seems to reach those rooms. It may be due to a struggling A/C system or major issues in the ductwork.
  • You have high levels of humidity in your home. Air conditioning systems pull humidity out of the air while simultaneously cooling it. If your A/C is not running efficiently, you may be having humidity problems.
  • You may have a malfunctioning thermostat. Older thermostats are not as accurate as they were when they were first installed. The temperature on the thermostat may not be what the temperature of the air is.

If you want to talk with an HVAC expert about central air conditioning systems in Salt Lake City, call us here at Rodenhiser Plumbing, Heating & Air Conditioning.

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Are There Benefits to Installing a Ductless Air Conditioning System?

Ready to install a new air conditioning system? A ductless air conditioning system is an option to consider. It is a flexible, affordable alternative to ducted central A/C or window units. The benefits of ductless air conditioning show why it is a serious contender for keeping your space cool.

Some Essential Benefits of Ductless A/C

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Let’s look at some benefits you get from going ductless:

  • Easy installation – This happens because there are no ducts to run. Using a two-man crew, a typical central A/C system can take up to a week to install. All the ductwork needs to be run, the air handler installed in the attic or closet, and the outside compressor set. A ductless mini-split usually takes a day or less for complete installation.
  • Small footprint – The external compressor for a ductless mini-split is only a fraction of the size of the compressor for central A/C. The interior unit is even more petite. A regular central air system requires a large air handler installed into the attic or a closet. A ductless system uses air handlers that hang on the wall.
  • Very efficient – A ductless mini-split typically uses far less energy than a typical central air system. Plus, because there are air handlers in individual rooms, it is possible to control temperatures in each room, making the system even more efficient.
  • Remote control operation – Every air handler has its own remote control. This makes it possible to control the exact temperature within a room without running out to the central thermostat all the time. The room’s occupants can control the temperature from the bed, the couch, or even the water closet.
  • Very quiet – Many A/C systems make a ton of noise while keeping your home cool. A ductless system is built for residential quiet. At most, the occupants hear a low hum.

If you need an efficient, affordable way to cool your space, consider the benefits of ductless air conditioning. For more information on a ductless system, contact us here at Rodenhiser Plumbing, Heating & Air Conditioning.

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Don’t Forget to Spring Clean Your HVAC System

Winter is gone. The warmer winds of spring have arrived. It is the perfect time to get some spring cleaning done. If you are getting your spring to-do list together, don’t forget to spring clean your HVAC system.

Your spring cleaning HVAC list

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Use this simple checklist to get your HVAC systems ready:

  • Have a professional do routine maintenance. Your HVAC equipment needs annual maintenance to keep it running efficiently. This helps reduce repair costs and prolongs the life of the system.
  • Check and replace your air filters. This is something you should do every month. However, if your A/C is separate from your heating, you may not have checked the A/C filter since last fall. Now is the time to do it.
  • Make sure the drain hole is not plugged. Under your inside A/C unit, you will find a drain hole where moisture escapes. If that hole gets plugged, it could overflow causing damage to your home.
  • Clear any debris or dirt from around outside units. Dirt, fallen leaves, weeds and trash can clog the airflow going into and out of the unit. It is also important to make sure no plants are growing too close. Airflow is critical for it to run efficiently.
  • Clean vents and registers. It is very easy for dust and other particulates to cling to the fins on vents and registers. You can use a soft cloth or brush to remove any built-up dust. This helps keep air flowing.
  • Have your ductwork cleaned. If you see a shower of dust coming out of your vents when your heating or cooling turns on, you need to have your duct work cleaned. This will help improve indoor air quality year round.

Spring cleaning your HVAC system will only take a short amount of time. However, it is time well spent in making sure it will work as the warmth of summer arrives.

If you need an HVAC professional to check your HVAC system, contact us here at Rodenhiser Plumbing, Heating & Air Conditioning. We proudly serve our neighbors in the Route 495/128 area of Massachusetts.

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What Steps Should You Take to Weatherproof Your Home?

Is your home protected from the elements? Whether you’re trying to keep the cold out during winter or keep cool air in during summer, use these tips to weatherproof your home for enhanced comfort and efficiency.

Read More What Steps Should You Take to Weatherproof Your Home? >>

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How to Prevent Dirty Ductwork as Best You Can Throughout Your Home

While it may not be immediately obvious, the condition of your ductwork can greatly affect indoor air quality. Your home’s ducts can be contaminated by dust, mold and other particulates. When this happens, it’s possible to have them cleaned, but preventing dirty ductwork in the first place is an even better idea.

Read More How to Prevent Dirty Ductwork as Best You Can Throughout Your Home >>

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Duct Noises Can Catch You Off Guard, But What Do They Mean?

Are unusual sounds emanating from the duct work hidden behind your home’s air registers? Some duct noises aren’t a cause for concern, while others can point to HVAC system issues that impact comfort, indoor air quality and energy efficiency. Here’s how to tell what some of the most common ductwork noises mean:

Popping

air ductsWhen the blower cycles on and pushes air through the ducts, the increase in pressure against the metal can cause a popping noise. This type of sound is completely normal. It’s often more noticeable when ducting is new or just cleaned, since accumulating dust has a muffling effect.

Whistling

If the ductwork is leaky, escaping air can produce a whistling sound when the blower is running. Having the ducting properly sealed and insulated can stop the noise, and prevent unnecessary energy losses that rob you of up to 30 percent of the equipment’s heating or cooling output.

Banging and Rattling

Loose or disconnected duct sections can bang or rattle when the heating and cooling equipment is operating. Checking all the joints, correcting any poor connections and then sealing the ducts using mastic or metal-backed tape can solve the noise issue and help avert future problems.

Scraping

Metal ducts expand in response to temperature changes. If enough space wasn’t allowed around the ducts during installation, you may hear a scraping noise when the expanding metal rubs against floor joists or other building components.

Whooshing or Roaring

While it’s normal to hear a low roar or whoosh through the ducts when the air handler is running, a sudden increase in noise volume warns you that airflow has become restricted. If replacing the system’s air filter doesn’t help, contact an HVAC professional to identify the cause before airflow loss issues lead to equipment damage.

Scuttling

If you’re hearing scuttling sounds, rodents may have taken up residence in the ducts. Contact an exterminator to get rid of the infestation, then schedule duct cleaning to remove any contaminants.

For expert advice about the cause of duct noises in your home in the Route 495/128 area of Massachusetts, contact Rodenhiser Plumbing, Heating & Air Conditioning.

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Balanced Airflow Is the Key for Comfort

balanced airflowCentral HVAC units are specially constructed to provide an entire building with heated or cooled air. Why, then, do so many buildings end up with uncomfortable hot or cold spots? In many cases, it boils down to unbalanced airflow in the building. Read More Balanced Airflow Is the Key for Comfort >>

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How to Know When to Replace Ductwork or Just Have It Cleaned

clean or replace ductworkHave you taken a look at your home’s ductwork lately? If you’re having problems with this easily neglected aspect of the HVAC system, chances are it may be time for a cleaning or, in some severe cases, it may need to be replaced. Knowing when it’s time to clean or replace ductwork is crucial for maintaining healthy indoor air and excellent HVAC comfort. Read More How to Know When to Replace Ductwork or Just Have It Cleaned >>

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Duct Sealing Benefits HVAC System Efficiency, Even in the Heat of Summer

duct sealing benefitsAlthough seasonal maintenance on your air conditioning or other cooling systems is important, some guidelines remain the same whether it’s chilly winter, humid summer, or mild spring and autumn. In particular, maintaining your home’s ductwork is essential to keeping your home comfortable. At the same time, duct sealing will also raise energy efficiency and lower utility bills. Read More Duct Sealing Benefits HVAC System Efficiency, Even in the Heat of Summer >>

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How Does Central A/C Work?

central a/cWhen the mercury rises on the thermometer, air conditioning can play a big part in your home comfort. Many times, homeowners have only a minimal understanding of their HVAC system, which can make an A/C upgrade or replacement even more difficult. So how does central A/C work?  Read More How Does Central A/C Work? >>

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