Brown's Heating & Cooling Blog: Archive for the ‘Air Conditioning’ Category

How These Undervalued AC Components Help (or Hurt) Efficiency

Monday, August 15th, 2022
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You may already know this, but your central air conditioner came with an efficiency rating known as SEER. This stands for Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio. The higher the SEER rating, the more powerful your air conditioner will be in general. When you’re installing a new cooling system installed, you work with an experienced team to ensure you’re being matched with the right SEER and the right sized air conditioner.

It’s also important to know what can help, or hinder, that efficiency rating. For instance, professional maintenance will help your air conditioner retain about 95% of its original efficiency rating. But each year you skip maintenance, your cooling system can actually lose 5% of that rating.

In addition to maintenance, the types of components and how well you take care of them make a difference too. Take your ductwork and your thermostat, for example. Read on to learn how these components can hurt or help your air conditioning efficiency.

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What Makes Professional AC Installation Different Than DIY Installation?

Monday, August 1st, 2022
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If you found this blog post because you were looking up information about AC installation at this time of year, chances are that you’re in a hurry to get one so you can be comfortable again ASAP. This is one of the warmest summers we’ve experienced in recent years and may only get warmer.

Now, while we completely understand your sense of urgency in this case, we do want to stress how important it is that you not rush things with your new AC purchase and installation. Rushing could leave you with a system that’s not properly matched or sized to your specific home.

This is especially true if you decide to DIY your AC installation–which we really do urge against. Read on to learn why professional AC installation is different–better–than DIY installation.

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Should I Include a Smart Thermostat with My AC Installation?

Monday, July 4th, 2022
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What kind of thermostat are you using in your home? Is it the old, manual slider thermostat? Or maybe you have a digital, programmable thermostat. The latter is a bit better, as it is more efficient than the old manual types.

But you can take your HVAC efficiency up an even bigger notch by upgrading to a smart thermostat! Smart thermostats are compatible with any of today’s centralized air conditioners and can benefit you in ways you might not even know about. Read on as we elaborate!

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How to Choose the Right-Sized Air Conditioner for Installation

Monday, June 20th, 2022

This is the time of year when, if homeowners are doubting their air conditioner’s ability to get them through summer, they start looking for a replacement. We want you to be able to rely on your next system, and for that reason, we want to make sure you’re matched with the right system for your specific home and needs.

Did you know that not only can an air conditioner be too small (or underpowered) for your home, it could actually be too big (overpowered) too? Size matters either way when it comes to your air conditioner, especially if you want an efficient and subsequently affordable air conditioner for your home. Read on to learn more about why proper sizing is so important.

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How Long Does an Air Conditioning Repair Last?

Monday, June 6th, 2022

One of the most frustrating household problems to have is a broken down or malfunctioning air conditioner–especially during one of the hottest days of the year here in Colorado Springs. With summer right around the corner, this may very well be on your mind. But if you have an aging air conditioner anyway, you might be wondering if it’s worth repairing, or if you should go ahead and replace it now. How long does an air conditioning repair last, anyway?

There are a lot of factors that go into this answer, which we’ll cover below, in addition to how to prevent repairs and what some of the common repair needs are that you may face with your cooling system. Read on!

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These Are the Steps of AC Maintenance

Monday, May 23rd, 2022
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If you’ve followed our blog from the beginning, then you already know we mention maintenance, a lot. This is because of how important of a service it actually is. Homeowners often think it’s more of a “luxury” service, for people who can afford it. But air conditioning maintenance is something you can’t afford to go without, if you want your system to work as effectively and efficiently as possible, for as long as possible.

Routine professional maintenance enables our technicians to spot small problems with your air conditioner before they become much bigger ones. And this helps your system operate smoother and last longer, which is great news for your budget, right? But what actually happens, during this service? Read on to find out!

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4 Sounds You Don’t Want Your AC Making

Monday, May 9th, 2022
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With springtime chugging along and summer just around the corner, homeowners throughout Peyton and beyond are looking forward to warmer temperatures and more time spent outside enjoying it. However, it’s important to remember that you want a nice, cool, comfortable home to come back to on those warm days. And if your AC system isn’t working as it should, this may not be what you get.

What if your air conditioner is operational, but it’s making some odd noises as it runs? Should you be concerned?

If you hear sounds that are outside of the usual day-to-day operational noises you typically hear your air conditioner making, then yes, you should probably be concerned. Keep reading as we reveal some odd noises you may hear come from your air conditioner if it’s in a state of disrepair.

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AC Installations to Consider

Monday, April 25th, 2022
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When you’re shopping for something as big and important as an air conditioner, it can be overwhelming. You only need one air conditioner for your home, and yet there is such a variety of options to choose from, it can turn frustrating quickly if you don’t have the information you need.

That’s what we are here for! First off, no matter what air conditioner you choose, we’re the experts to install it for you. We know how to properly install your system so it will work as efficiently and effectively as possible. Read on to learn about your options and make an educated decision.

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The Best Way to Prevent AC Repair This Spring

Monday, April 11th, 2022
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With our variable weather throughout the year, it’s absolutely vital that you have a powerful and efficient air conditioner in place to keep you and your household comfortable. The last thing you need is to be met with unexpected repair needs in the middle of summer though–can this be prevented?

Yes, absolutely! Professional maintenance can help you avoid up to 85% of the repair needs your air conditioner may ever accumulate. Read on to learn more, in addition to the other benefits of professional air conditioner maintenance.

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The Various Sounds You Don’t Want Coming From Your AC

Monday, August 16th, 2021

Perhaps, in the not too distant future, we will have air conditioners that self-diagnose malfunctions and report them back to the homeowner in explicit detail. It’s really not too far-fetched of an idea if you really think about it–a smart air conditioner to go with your smart thermostat, right?

Unfortunately, this isn’t quite the reality yet, and we have to rely on other methods for our air conditioners to send us warning signals that something is amiss. Maybe it’s a decline in cooling power or an unexplained increase in your energy bills. Or, it could be that your circuit breakers for the indoor and outdoor units keep tripping.

One of the most common signs that something is indeed wrong with your air conditioner is strange sounds coming from the system. But what qualifies as a strange sound? Honestly, it’s going to be anything that’s different from the normal, everyday noises you hear coming from the system.

Like what, you ask? Read on!

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