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Are Mini Splits Worth It? Pros and Cons of Mini Split Systems

Should you buy mini splits for your home?

Are mini splits worth it? Mini splits have taken the air conditioning and heating industry by storm. With their sleek design and ease of use and installation, mini splits are the way of the future. They offer individual room temperature control unlike traditional HVAC systems, and are extremely energy efficient. Whether you are considering a mini split system for your home or short term rental, there are some pros and cons you should consider before making the decision to invest. Our team of experts has the important facts you need to know about mini split systems to keep your home and wallet happy.  

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Furnace Leaking Water when AC is On? Here’s Why!

How to fix a leaky furnace before it’s too late!

If you have a furnace leaking water, ignoring it can result in major problems and expenses. There are 2 main reasons why your furnace might leak water when the air conditioner is running. Although cleaning up the water from this leak can be easy, you will want to fix the root of the issue as soon as possible so you don’t end up with bigger and more expensive problems. Oftentimes a water leak can cause damage that you can’t even see, so consulting with a professional HVAC tech is highly recommended. In today’s blog, we will share the answer to this very common and very important question of what to do when your furnace is leaking water.

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Household CO2: What Causes High Carbon Dioxide Levels?

How to tell if your household co2 is high, and how to reduce it for health and vitality.

Are you worried about high household co2 and the possible risks it can cause? We have all heard the stories about co2 and the damage it can cause, but for most of us, the knowledge stops there. We wanted to take a chance to help you understand what causes high household co2, and how you can prevent it. You’re probably wondering “How do I know if the level of co2 is high in my home?” We’re going to break down everything you need to know about carbon dioxide and how to control the levels in your home. 

But first, we need to…”clear the air” about the difference between carbon dioxide vs carbon monoxide. 

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Open Windows – A Common Air Conditioning Mistake

Summertime is a great time to get outside and enjoy the weather, but it can also be a costly time for your air conditioning bill. One of the biggest mistakes people make when running their air conditioner is leaving windows open. This causes all sorts of problems, including incorrect cycling, dust, and humidity. In this blog post, we will discuss the dangers of opening windows while running your air conditioner and how to properly close your windows to get the most out of your AC!

The Problem with Open Windows

Incorrect Cycling

People often think that they will save money by leaving the windows open and letting the cool air from outside come in. However, this is not the case! You are actually wasting money and cool air by doing this.

One of the most important things your air conditioner does is cycle on and off to maintain a comfortable temperature in your home. When you leave a window open, it can cause your air conditioner to cycle incorrectly and make your home too hot or too cold. This can be avoided by simply closing your windows!

Wasting Electricity

Your air conditioner doesn’t know what the temperature is like outside. When you leave a window open, cool air escapes and hot air replaces it, tricking your air conditioner into thinking that it has to work harder and waste electricity. By keeping your windows shut, you can save money on your air conditioning bill and keep your home cool and comfortable.

Increased Dust and Pollen

Opening windows while air conditioning is running can cause dust and pollen to enter your home. This can be a problem for people who suffer from asthma or pollen allergies. By keeping your windows closed, you can avoid letting in any unwanted dust or pollen.

Humidity and Mold

Opening windows while running the air conditioner can allow external humidity to enter, raising the moisture level inside your home. This can make it feel muggy and uncomfortable. It can also lead to mold growth, which can be a dangerous health hazard. When using air conditioning, keep your windows closed to maintain a comfortable humidity level inside your home.

So how do you avoid these air conditioning mistakes? The best thing you can do for your air conditioner is to run it at night when it is already coolest and then keep windows and doors shut as much as possible during the day. This will help your air conditioner work less and save you money on your energy bill. If you must open a window during the day, make sure to close it as soon as possible so that your air conditioner doesn’t have to work overtime.

How to Properly Close Your Windows

Now that you know the importance of keeping your windows closed, you may be wondering how to properly close them.

Use Heavy Curtains or Blinds

When trying to keep your home cool it can feel like the sun is your enemy. To keep out sunlight and heat, use heavy curtains or blinds. This will create another barrier between your home and the outdoors, making it easier for your air conditioner to do its job.

Install Weatherstripping

If you have windows that are old or ill-fitting, air can still escape. To make sure your windows are properly sealed, install weatherstripping to seal any gaps around your windows.

Turn On Floor or Ceiling Fans

It may seem old-fashioned, but sometimes the best tricks are the oldest ones in the book.  Using a floor or ceiling fan can help circulate air and make your home feel cooler without having to rely on your air conditioner as much.

Additional Problems

If you’ve followed all the steps listed above and your home is still sweltering hot, it’s best to call in an AC specialist to give your AC a tune-up.  By doing this, you can avoid any air conditioning mistakes and keep your home air-healthy.

By following these tips, you can avoid air conditioning mistakes and keep your home cool and comfortable all summer long. So next time you turn on your air conditioner, make sure to close those windows!

If you have any questions, or if you would like to schedule a consultation with one of our comfort specialists, contact us today! Our team of experts is always ready to help you with any HVAC issues.

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What’s The Best Temperature To Keep Your Central Air On?

Whenever we near a new season, we start to wonder what temperature is best for interior comfort.

What is the best temperature to keep your central air on during summer? The temperature at which you feel most comfortable, without physical signs of sweat or chill, but also one that is feasible for your budget.

What about your ceiling fan? What about when you’re asleep? These are all valid questions that we will answer in this blog post.

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How Does Home Oil Heat Work?

Weather at this time of year can be sunny and warm one day and then overcast and chilly the next. On rainy and chilly days, we know you’re appreciating your home’s oil heating system. At the same, though, a lot of people take for granted everything that’s needed for oil heat to work.

How does home heating oil work? Oil-fired heating systems deliver heat in one of three ways: warm air through vents, hot water through baseboards, or water vapor/steam through radiators.

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How Much Does A New HVAC System Add To The Value Of A House?

If you’re thinking about selling your home soon, or you’re thinking far ahead to someday in the future when you may want to sell your home, you’re probably wondering whether adding an HVAC system to your property could increase its value.

The answer is yes it can increase your home’s value, but the exact dollar or percentage value will vary depending on a number of factors. So how much does a new HVAC system add to the value of a house? Continue reading

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How Long Do HVAC Systems Last? (And How To Extend Their Life Span)

If you’re thinking about getting an HVAC system installed in your house, or you’re wondering if you’ll need to replace your existing system soon, you may be wondering “How long do HVAC systems last?”

HVAC systems usually last 20-25 years, depending on a number of factors including how large of a house it’s servicing, how well it is maintained, and how cold of a climate it’s in.

That said, as HVAC systems age, they tend to require more frequent repairs and use more energy, so some homeowners choose to replace their system after 15-20 years of use. In this article, you’ll learn what factors contribute to causing an HVAC system to wear down more quickly than it should, and what indicators to look for to know if it’s time to replace the whole system. Continue reading

How Much Does It Cost To Replace An HVAC System? [ANSWERED]

If you use an HVAC unit to heat and cool your house, you know how much less you’re paying compared to other forms of heating and cooling. But when it comes time to repair the system, it starts to eat into those savings. And if the cost to repair would be a few thousand dollars, if you’re like most HVAC home owners, you’re probably wondering, “how much does it cost to replace an HVAC system?”

For the average home size, expect to pay between $6,000-$8,000 to replace your HVAC system, and add an extra $2,000-$4,000 if the ductwork needs to be replaced as well.

The final price will vary depending on the size of your house, the type of unit you choose as a replacement, how much of the entire system needs to be replaced, and other factors. The best way to get an exact quote is to contact a local company who has experience installing and maintaining HVAC systems. If you’re in or close to Montgomery County PA, contact us here at Young’s Home Comfort because we are located near you!

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