First Choice Heating & Cooling Blog

The AC Compressor: Why You Don’t Want It to Fail!

July 22nd, 2019

compressor-in-ac-unitA short quiz. What is the most important component in your air conditioning system?

  1. The blower fan
  2. The condenser coils
  3. The evaporator coils
  4. The compressor
  5. The thermostat
  6. All of the above

If you answered “6,” you’re right! There isn’t such a thing as “the most important component” out of options 1-6, because if any of these fail, you won’t have cooling from your AC. No fan means no air sent into the ventilation system. Losing either set of coils means the AC can’t carry out heat exchange. No thermostat means cooling can’t be turned on. And no compressor means the entire air conditioning system is dead and probably needs to be replaced.

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Ways We Can Improve Your Cooling This Summer

July 8th, 2019

temperature-guageWhen it comes to cooling your home during the summer season, “good enough” just isn’t good enough. Not if you ask a member of our team, anyway. We are the local HVAC  company in Brighton, MI, that you can count on to help you enjoy the level of comfort that you deserve, regardless of how hot it may be outside. Sometimes, that means upgrades to your system. In other instances, it may just mean a bit of rejuvenation.

Whatever the case, you need to know for certain that your AC is optimized and ready for action. You’ll have no doubt about it when you choose to work with us. From central ACs to heat pumps and ductless mini splits, we’ve got the experience and expertise necessary to help any air conditioning system excel. So read on, reach out with any concerns that you may have, and give us the pleasure of helping you to live in the most comfortable environment possible.

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Warning Signs Your Commercial AC Is in Trouble

June 24th, 2019

commercial-ventThe early summer, before the heavy heat of July and August start up, is a good time to pay close attention to the air conditioning system for your commercial space. It’s just started doing it’s regular work, and making sure that it isn’t developing malfunctions is helpful to head off serious system breakdowns during the summer—the kind of breakdowns that lead to work stoppage and other costly interruptions.

The best step you can take to get ahead of potential repairs is to schedule routine maintenance for your commercial air conditioning in Brighton, MI. This should always be done during spring, before the system goes to work for the year. If you’ve already had maintenance for your AC, it should be in good shape. But just in case, watch for these warning signs you need to call our repair technicians for help:

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AC Tune-Up Benefits That May Surprise You

June 10th, 2019

family-posing-in-kitchenA pre-summer air conditioning tune-up in Brighton, MI is one of the best things a local homeowner can do for their comfort during the middle of the year. We’ve written before about the numerous benefits of scheduling regular AC tune-ups. And they are numerous: lower operating costs, fewer repair needs, sudden breakdown prevention, an extended service life, and all-around peace of mind.

But there’s even more to talk about. Below we’ve listed a few benefits of having routine air conditioning tune-ups from professionals that you may not have known about.

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If You Haven’t Scheduled AC Maintenance Yet, Now’s the Time!

May 27th, 2019

calendar-scheduling-bookOne of the most important jobs of a professional HVAC company in Highland, MI is seeing that its customers have their cooling equipment inspected and tuned-up before the hot weather arrives. Although it’s better to have maintenance done later than never, it’s best to have the service done during the spring.

In other words, if you haven’t scheduled maintenance for your home’s air conditioning system yet, we urge you to call us now to arrange for it. We’ll get you on the schedule for the most convenient appointment time.

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Pre-Summer Commercial HVAC Services Are Essential!

May 13th, 2019

First Choice offers excellent residential air conditioning services, but people may not know we’re also skilled with commercial air conditioning in Highland, MI and all throughout the surrounding areas. We want to help your commercial space remains cool through a hot summer so your business stays up and running. A failing air conditioner can mean loss of revenue and overheating equipment.

No service is more important for protecting your commercial air conditioning from summer time problems than regular maintenance.

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Shutting Down the Furnace for the Summer

April 29th, 2019

furnace-burners-smallAt First Choice, we like to help our customers save money with their heating and cooling systems. Our summers and winters can force HVAC systems to put in an immense amount of work, which can make for steep utility bills. But there are many ways to cut down on energy costs, and one of them is partially or completely shutting down your home’s furnace during the summer.

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Changing to a Heat Pump—What Do You Need to Know?

April 15th, 2019

question-mark-badgeBetween the winter chill and the summer roast is the ideal time to have a new HVAC system installed. If you’ve suspected that your current heater and air conditioner are coming near the end of their usefulness, when air conditioning and heating repair in Highland, MI are no longer cost-effective, then talk to our HVAC installation pros. We’ll be glad to make your home happy with an excellent new AC and heater …

… or maybe we only need to install one system! A heat pump takes care of the heating and cooling needs for your house in a single installation. We recommend looking into a heat pump for your home if you plan to upgrade both your heater and AC this spring. Here are a few things you should know about making this change.

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Furnace Repair Cost vs. Furnace Replacement Cost: What You Should Know

April 1st, 2019

piles-of-moneyWhen the winter weather finally ends during spring is one of the best times to consider making a big change with your home’s central heating system. Most years you won’t need to make any major changes—as long as the furnace is receiving regular maintenance and hasn’t shown signs its losing efficiency/dropping in performance. (Always be on the look out for a spike in your heating costs as a sign the furnace may be aging rapidly.)

However, if your furnace has recently given you trouble, you may be thinking about putting in a new one. Or, you could choose to have repairs and keep the furnace running for a few years. When comparing the cost of repairs against the cost of replacement, there are a few things to keep in mind.

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A Late Season HVAC Fix: Air Duct Sealing

March 18th, 2019

duct-sealing-with-caulkingIt’s the official end of winter and the start of spring. Your HVAC system is going to make the change from cold weather to warmer weather, although the process can be a slow one with occasional returns of colder temperatures. You may still need to schedule heater service in Highland, MI before the warmer weather settles in.

We want to address a particular issue with your HVAC system that affects the heating system as well as the cooling system: leaks along the ducts. If your ventilation system needs sealing, we recommend you have it done as soon as possible so you have quality heating for the next few weeks, and so you’re ready to go with your air conditioning when you need it.

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