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5 Types of Thermostats- Which is the best fit for your home?

5 Types of Thermostats- Which is the best fit for your home?

The most common discussion we have with homeowners regarding their HVAC equipment typically revolves around their thermostat.  All homeowners maintain a minimal expectation that their  A/C and furnace will operate as it should, but how exactly do you make sure you are optimizing the use of your system?  What temperature should the thermostat be set at?   Should it be altered for the times when you are not  home?  What features are the most beneficial to your lifestyle?  In this quick list, we aim to help homeowners to better understand the ideal thermostat ...

It's Time To Demo Your Dehumidifier

It's Time To Demo Your Dehumidifier

        It’s time to rethink the term “cut the cord”.  This popular phrase which characterizes the use of streaming services in preference to standard cable tv needs to be re-coined as a means for ditching your old portable dehumidifier           Did you know there is a current recall on over 60 brands of portable dehumidifiers totalling 5.6 million units which have resulted in almost 800 house fires and caused over $24 million in damage!  Yikes. These  recalls stretch over a 10 year period to units which were manu...

Help! My A/C Is Frozen.

Help! My A/C Is Frozen.

  It may happen at the beginning of the season or after a few months of operation, but many homeowners find that their A/C system has frozen.  To some this is a yearly occurrence while others it’s a first time surprise.  Here is a guide to help you understand why it has happened and how to prevent it from repeating. There are only two things that will cause a residential A/C system to freeze:   1- Lack of airflow 2- Lack of refrigerant Lack of Airflow            The most common cause for lack of airflow is a dirty filter.  Negli...

Tips and Tricks for New Homeowners

Tips and Tricks for New Homeowners

           There is a lot to be excited about when purchasing a home, especially if it’s your first!  Making decisions based upon your wants, needs, and must-haves can shape what neighborhood you end up in, what school your children attend or even how big your yard is.  But throughout the selection process, be sure not to neglect the things which can impact your pocketbook the most.   Before the Purchase:            Consider the type of home you purchase as it can have a significant effect on your family’...

Is a High Efficiency A/C Worth Your Investment?

Is a High Efficiency A/C Worth Your Investment?

  When it comes time to buy a new air conditioner, one of the first questions a homeowner asks our team is almost always about efficiency.  What is a high efficiency A/C?  What’s the price difference?  How long is the payback for installing a high efficiency A/C? While it’s important to note that every home is different, here is a quick reference guide to help you understand if installing a high efficient A/C is worth the investment. What is a high efficient A/C? The most common measurement of an air conditioner’s efficiency is SEER (Seasonal Ener...

Care for Your Air: How to Improve the Air Quality in Your Home

Care for Your Air: How to Improve the Air Quality in Your Home

Do you or your family suffer from seasonal allergies?  Do you experience symptoms similar to the common cold more regularly than you’d like?  The EPA states that indoor air quality (IAQ) is often 5x more polluted than outdoors, and sometimes up to 100x more!   IAQ is an ever-emerging topic with homeowners as we all want to make our homes a healthier place to live.  After all, we spend as much as 90% of our days inside!  So whether you struggle with seasonal allergies, never-ending cold symptoms, or just want to freshen the air you breathe, here are some grea...

6 Simple Ways To Troubleshoot Your A/C Unit

6 Simple Ways To Troubleshoot Your A/C Unit

It’s every homeowner's worst nightmare to discover their A/C has broken down.  It’s inevitable that it will happen on the hottest day of the year, on a weekend or holiday, or when you’re planning to have company over.  If you find yourself in this situation, here’s a list of some easy things you can check before calling in a professional. 1.  Make sure your thermostat is set to “Cool” with the temperature turned down.  It may seem like a no-brainer but it’s an easy thing to overlook during Spring in St. Louis when the weath...

6 Key Tips to Prepare for Spring Air Conditioning 

6 Key Tips to Prepare for Spring Air Conditioning 

Spring has sprung! We’ve officially left the winter months behind us and the warm days are fast approaching.  As we prepare  for another HOT St. Louis Summer, it’s important to know a few tips to get ready for the season.  No one wants to find out the first warm day of the year that their A/C isn’t  up to the task.   Here are a few things to keep in mind so that when the hot, humid weather arrives, you’re ready. Inspect your outdoor air conditioner before startup.  If you keep your A/C covered during the winter months, make sure...