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Reasons to Consider a Geothermal System for Your Home

July 19th, 2021

geothermal-loopsGeothermal heat pumps (a.k.a. a “ground-source” heat pumps) are becoming more common for residential homes. People who once thought that installing geothermal heating and cooling was out of their reach are finding that these installations are more flexible and affordable than ever before. If a home already has a standard AC or heat pump, most of the indoor work for installation is already done—a geothermal heat pump will use the same ductwork the current AC or heat pump uses. Putting in the ground loops isn’t as difficult as it may seem either.

If you’re thinking about changing over to geothermal heating and geothermal cooling in Brighton, MI, you should know about some of the major benefits of this switch. It’s true that a geothermal installation is a larger investment than other HVAC systems, but the system can pay you back in many ways:

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Why Is My AC Leaking Water?

July 5th, 2021

water-dropletsAs the hot months of summer in Brighton keep getting hotter, your air conditioner is most likely going to be working overtime to keep your home cool and comfortable. If you have had your air conditioner for a long time, you must have faced several issues over the years that require repairs. One fairly common issue that people face with their cooling systems is an inexplicable water leak from their ACs.

If your air conditioner is leaking water, you might be confused about why that’s happening and if you need to do anything about it. We will discuss why your air conditioner might be leaking water inside your house and why you should consider hiring expert Brighton, MI geothermal heating and air conditioner services to address the problem before it gets worse.

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The Hot, Stuffy Home—You May Need Air Duct Sealing!

June 21st, 2021

duct-sealingYour summer season inside your home has gotten off to a rough start. Even though you have a central air conditioning system that you’ve relied on before, something isn’t working right. It’s not just that the house isn’t cooling down enough, even though the air conditioner is sending out cooled air. It’s also that the house feels stuffy and humid, and your electric bills are higher than ever before. What’s going on?

There are several possibilities, but all of these problems are signs of a particular problem the house may have: leaking air ducts. When you’ve got leaky ductwork, it will create a host of problems like the ones we’ve already listed. If you’d like to have comfort restored in your house and an HVAC system that does what it’s supposed to do, call us for air duct sealing in Brighton, MI.

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Let’s Talk About Your the Limits of Your AC

June 7th, 2021

advanced-thermostat-on-hot-dayYou know that you can’t press down the pedal of a car and expect it to accelerate forever. The car’s motor has a top speed, a point where it mechanically cannot put out more power. The same applies to your home’s air conditioner. Even if the thermostat lets you set a temperature lower than 60°F (the standard lowest setting), you couldn’t keep making your house colder and colder until you could freeze ice cream in it. 

Of course, you don’t want your house this cold—but how cold can you make it? 

Knowing the answer to this question can help you in the future with setting your thermostat and avoiding placing strain on the AC. Below we’re going to look at the cooling limitations of your AC, it’s “maximum speed.”

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No, It’s Not Too Late for Air Conditioning Maintenance!

May 24th, 2021

tool-kitEach year we remind our customers to schedule their regular appointment to inspect and tune-up their air conditioning systems before the summer heat arrives. Early spring is the best time to arrange for AC maintenance, but there isn’t an “expiration date” for this service. It needs to be done each year, and it’s always better to have it done later than to skip it entirely.

But you don’t need to worry about getting your AC maintenance done “late,” because right now is a great time to have it done. It’s still officially spring, and although the weather is warming up now into the 80s on a regular basis, the most serious heat hasn’t arrived yet. You’re not late if you schedule air conditioning maintenance now. You’re right on time!

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Will a High Efficiency Air Conditioning System Save Me Money?

May 10th, 2021

If you’re considering installing a new air conditioner for your house before the summer heat arrives, now is the ideal time. But what kind of AC installation in Brighton, MI are you going to get? 

This is a more complicated question than it may seem at first, because there are more options for central cooling than before. If you’ve had your current air conditioning system for more than ten years, energy-efficiency standards have shifted and even the lowest efficiency system you can purchase will be higher than what it was when you purchased your current system. And there are also many special high-efficiency models.

High-efficiency ACs are an attractive choice because they have the lure of reducing energy use. But is getting a high-efficiency system a guarantee of saving you money? The short answer is no. You can’t be guaranteed money savings, but you can increase the chance of saving money if you make the right choices.

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Winding Down the Furnace for the Season

April 26th, 2021

The cold weather may still linger, but it won’t linger for much longer as we get deeper into spring. You’ll soon turn on the AC and stop using the furnace for many months. This is the time to schedule regular air conditioning maintenance with our technicians to ensure your AC is in peak shape for the summer heat.

But you do have to think about your furnace at this time as well. You may need furnace service in Brighton, MI before it’s time to shut it off, as well as take a few other steps.

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Planning Your Future With (Or Without) Your Current Furnace

April 12th, 2021

gas-furnaceAs we switch into spring and focus on air conditioning systems, it’s easy to forget about the furnaces that just put in a hard winter keeping our homes warm. Now, your furnace doesn’t have feelings, but we recommend you give some thought to its future at this time—such as whether it has a future in your house. 

Spring is a good time to take advantage of warmer weather and the less crowded schedules of HVAC technicians to make major changes to how you heat your home. Maybe you can get that important furnace repair in Howell, MI done that you’ve been putting off. Or maybe it’s time to finally get a new furnace, or even another type of heating system.

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How Long Can My Boiler Last?

March 29th, 2021

boiler gaugeOne of the major benefits of using a hydronic boiler to provide heat to your house is that these systems often last longer than standard forced-air heaters such as furnaces and heat pumps. Boilers do not contain as many moving mechanical parts as forced-air heaters, and this slows down the speed at which they age.

But no boiler can last forever—yours will need to be replaced eventually. But when? How many years can you expect to get out of your current boiler before you get a new one?

As with all questions about the longevity of a heating system, the answer is “It depends.” Several factors affect the service life of a boiler, such as maintenance, repair, and its type. We’ll try to give you a short overview to help you consider the future of your home heating. 

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Your Heating Future: Is It a Condensing Furnace?

March 15th, 2021

furnace-isolated-whiteAs we enter the final stretch of winter, we recommend you think about how your heating system performed and if you’ll need to have it replaced at some point during the middle of the year so you’ll be ready for the next winter. 

If you’re due to have an upgrade to your home heating system, there are many options available. One example that’s popular and which we often recommend to our customers is the high-efficiency condensing furnace.

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