Understanding the Role That HVAC Dampers Play in Zoned HVAC Systems

June 20, 2022

Homeowners in Champaign, Illinois with existing ductwork were once the envy of their neighbors. Having ductwork installed post-construction to support central HVAC can be an incredibly costly endeavor. Ductless mini-split heating and cooling systems forever changed this. Now, people living in houses without ductwork can enjoy whole-house comfort, too. Moreover, they’re often admired for the greater flexibility, efficiency, and customized comfort that their ductless systems supply. Fortunately, automatic HVAC dampers make it possible for those with central heating and cooling equipment to also zone their homes for efficiency. What Are HVAC Dampers? With a standard central

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How Many Hours Can an AC Run Continuously?

May 19, 2022

If you’re like many people, you might be wondering how long your air conditioner can run without getting damaged. The answer is simple. Your AC could theoretically run for 24 hours a day all summer long without issue. Of course, the longer it runs, the more wear and tear it will experience. This means an increased chance of it eventually breaking down and needing to be repaired. All that being said, just because your AC could run 24 hours a day doesn’t mean it should. In fact, if it is constantly running like this, it indicates that something isn’t working

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Sleeping With Windows Open: Does It Save Energy?

April 19, 2022

Many people have heard of or even remember the sleeping porch. This was an adjunct to a house that had screened-in windows on three sides that let in a breeze and allowed for a comfortable sleep back in the days when home air conditioning was uncommon. Some homes still have sleeping porches. Folks who live in apartments or more modern homes may wonder if simply opening a window instead of automatically turning on the AC can save energy, which translates into saving money. The answer is a bit complicated. Open Window vs. Air Condition The

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Sleeping With Windows Open: Does It Save Energy?

April 15, 2022

Many people have heard of or even remember the sleeping porch. This was an adjunct to a house that had screened-in windows on three sides that let in a breeze and allowed for a comfortable sleep back in the days when home air conditioning was uncommon. Some homes still have sleeping porches. Folks who live in apartments or more modern homes may wonder if simply opening a window instead of automatically turning on the AC can save energy, which translates into saving money. The answer is a bit complicated. Open Window vs. Air Condition The

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4 Ways You Can Prepare Your HVAC Unit for Spring

March 17, 2022

When winter nears its end, that means one important thing for your Champaign, IL household: It’s time to prepare your HVAC system for spring and (eventually) summer. Soon, the temperature outside will be rising, and the air will be filled with pollen. That means that your cooling system will have the crucial task of keeping your home comfortable and your air smooth and clean. If you push the system too hard, you’re liable to end up with a broken-down unit or a serious malfunction. However, if you put in the effort to prepare your HVAC system for the changing seasons,

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8 Signs That It’s Time to Install a New Air Conditioner

February 14, 2022

Air conditioners are an essential element of a pleasant indoor living environment in Champaign, IL, but they aren’t built to operate forever. If you see indicators that your air conditioning system is nearing the end of its useful life, you may want to take steps to save for a new AC unit before it becomes an emergency. Let’s look at eight indicators that your air conditioner needs to be replaced. 1. Increasing Utility Bills If your power costs are rising but you haven’t changed how you utilize your AC unit, it may no longer be functioning

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7 Tips to Guide Your Next Furnace Purchase

January 3, 2022

Do you need a new furnace for your home? If that’s the case, now would be the time to start thinking about your alternatives! Before purchasing any HVAC equipment, there are several aspects to consider, ranging from efficiency and size to the top furnace manufacturers and more. As a leading HVAC expert in the Champaign-Urbana area, we thought we’d put up a furnace buying guideline to assist you in making your decision. Our guide will go over everything you need to know about furnace buying so you can make the best decision for your house. Here’s

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7 Steps to Winterize Your Heating System

December 20, 2021

Winters in Champaign can be downright brutal, and we all count on our furnaces and home HVAC systems to keep us toasty warm when Mother Nature is at her worst. Your home furnace has an anticipated operational lifespan of 15 to 20 years, and a well-maintained furnace or heat pump can often continue to work long past the manufacturer’s estimates. One important part of home furnace maintenance is getting your house and your unit prepared for the winter months. Frozen water pipes are one of the biggest risks that you’ll face in the winter, and blocked airflow or ventilation problems

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Reasons Why Your Furnace is Leaking

November 17, 2021

Noticing water leaking around your furnace is likely to leave you alarmed as you struggle to understand what the issue could be. Leaks can result in your furnace getting damaged and lead to mold growth in the area surrounding your system. However, you do not have to worry as our highly trained technicians at Bash Heating & Air Conditioning, Inc. are always ready to serve you and restore your system to its previous functions. There are various reasons that could result in your heating system leaking. A Condensation Leak If you have a high-efficiency condensing furnace, a condensate leak is most

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What Is a Thermostatic Expansion Valve?

October 20, 2021

When your technician says that the problem with your heating and air conditioning system lies with your system’s thermostatic expansion valve (TXV), you might wonder what that actually means. Understanding the importance of the part that broke makes it easier to understand why the technician recommends that you get it fixed immediately. What Does the Thermostatic Expansion Valve Do? Your system’s TXV precisely regulates the rate at which liquid refrigerant travels to the evaporator. Your HVAC needs the flow controlled to the evaporator for optimum efficiency and to prevent too much refrigerant from flowing and flooding

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