High Humidity in Your Home? Maybe the A/C Can’t Handle It

High Humidity in Your Home? Maybe the A/C Can't Handle ItSummer is a beautiful season but sometimes the heat and humidity can be stifling. The high amounts of moisture in the air can cause discomfort, especially inside the home. Ideally you should keep your home’s humidity under 50 percent for comfort and health reasons, but that can be hard when outdoor moisture levels exceed 70 percent. To deal with high humidity in your Long Island home, the best solution is a dehumidifier, not running your A/C more. Read More »

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Learn These Basic HVAC Terms and Reap the Benefits

Learn These Basic HVAC Terms and Reap the BenefitsYou wouldn’t buy a new car without knowing the main features you are looking for and how the most important parts work, and looking at HVAC systems shouldn’t be any different. Understanding common terms in the industry will help you communicate with salespeople, technicians and consultants. Here are some of the most prevalent HVAC terms you should be aware of: Read More »

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Ductwork Inspection: Include It in Your Regular Maintenance

Ductwork Inspection: Include It in Your Regular MaintenanceNo one thinks about their ductwork on a regular basis.  Even though ductwork isn’t easily seen, it is important to make sure your ductwork is properly sealed. Properly sealed ductwork can keep excess dust out of your home, hold the conditioned air inside your home, and generally make your home a more comfortable place to live.  Ductwork that is not properly sealed will allow pollutants inside the home that could make you and your family sick or aggravate allergies. If your ductwork leaks, you could be wasting money, trying to cool your entire neighborhood. Read More »

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Is Heat Gain Compromising Your Cooling Efforts?

Is Heat Gain Compromising Your Cooling Efforts?To keep your Long Island home cool throughout the summer and into early fall, you may have an air conditioner running to beat the heat. If you’re letting hot air into your home, though, heat gain can be making your home warmer – and driving up your energy bills. Luckily, you only need to do a few things to trap cool air in while blocking hot air out: Read More »

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Does Your Long Island Home’s A/C Unit Use Freon? Get the Scoop on the R-22 Phasout

Does Your Long Island Home's A/C Unit Use Freon? Get the Scoop on the R-22 PhasoutYou may or may not know whether the heating and cooling systems in your home contain Freon, but many of the upcoming laws pertaining to refrigerants will have an effect on you at some point in the future. That’s because, starting January 1, 2015, new laws come into effect which require the U.S. to reduce its consumption of HCFCs (hydrochlorofluorocarbons) to a level 90 percent below established baselines. Basically what it means is due to government regulation to improve the ecology, changes have, and will be made, to the chemicals used in HVAC systems. Read More »

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A/C Blowing Hot Air? It May Need a Refrigerant Charge

A/C Blowing Hot Air? It May Need a Refrigerant ChargeYour Long Island home air conditioner and refrigerator both rely on the correct refrigerant charge to operate correctly. Refrigerant charge refers to the amount of refrigerant gas within a system. The act of refrigerant charging is the refilling of these gases whenever system repairs and/or leaks have led to depleted levels.  Read More »

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Foggy Windows? Why Window Condensation Could Mean A/C Problems

Foggy Windows? Why Window Condensation Could Mean A/C ProblemsIt’s fairly normal to occasionally find window condensation in your home, especially around the edges or in the corners of the windows. However, it is definitely not normal to have your windows entirely fogged over frequently – and it is not desirable for your home. Read More »

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Explore Your Options for Adding Insulation to Your Home

Explore Your Options for Adding Insulation to Your HomeYour attic plays an important role in your home’s energy efficiency. If it is not properly insulated, you could be throwing away money on energy costs. Your heating and air conditioning system will work twice as hard as necessary to compensate for heat loss in the winter and A/C loss in the summer. By adding insulation, you can make sure you have an energy-efficient home year-round. Read More »

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Need More Savings? Make Sure Your Next HVAC System is Energy Star Approved

Need More Savings? Make Sure Your Next HVAC System is Energy Star ApprovedWhen you are looking to reduce your utility bills, Energy Star approved appliances provide a sure way to save money while lowering your home’s overall carbon footprint. If you are considering replacing an old HVAC system, installing an Energy Star approved unit will reward you with financial savings, improved home comfort, quieter operation, better humidity control and an extended lifespan of your system’s equipment. Read More »

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Benefits Outweigh the Cost — Why You Should Install a Programmable Thermostat

Benefits Outweigh the Cost -- Why You Should Install a Programmable ThermostatHeating and cooling costs are one household expense that can easily be reduced with the right equipment and habits. Programmable thermostats, for example, will help to reduce the amount of energy used to keep your home comfortable. These savings alone will easily repay the cost of installation. Read More »

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