How to Choose an Eco-Friendly HVAC System For Your Home

July 10, 2024

If you’re like most homeowners in Champaign, IL, you already know there is a strong correlation between energy efficiency and reduced utility costs. A highly energy-efficient system will also use less fossil fuels or eliminate your reliance on them completely, reducing your household’s carbon footprint. However, choosing the right eco-friendly HVAC system can feel overwhelming due to the many available options. High-Efficiency Air Conditioners and Furnaces Modern high-efficiency air conditioners and furnaces are significantly more efficient than their older counterparts. According to the U.S. Department of Energy, replacing an older furnace or air conditioner

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Is Frequent Ductless Mini-Split Cleaning Essential?

April 5, 2024

Ductless mini-split systems have become popular in recent years for their energy efficiency. Unlike other systems that use fuel and electric energy to heat or cool a room, mini-split systems transfer warmth to provide cooling or heating. While your HVAC technician will clean your system during routine maintenance, it may not be enough. You need comprehensive cleaning for complete dirt removal. Cleaning the Indoor Unit Our HVAC technicians will remove the system’s front panel to access the mini-split filter. They will then clean it with a mild detergent solution and air-dry it before replacing it. The

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How Does a Heat Pump Work in Winter?

January 9, 2024

If you’re considering a new heating system for your Champaign, IL home, there’s a good chance that heat pumps are on your radar. They’re not new, but until recent technical innovations, they weren’t a good fit for homes here. Today, however, they offer one of the most efficient heating options on the market. However, they don’t operate anything like other heating systems you may have owned in the past. Instead of consuming fuel to produce heat, they rely on existing heat energy in the outside air to heat your home. Here’s everything you need to know about how a heat

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What Are the Most Common Furnace Problems?

September 11, 2023

It gets very cold in Champaign during the winter months. If your furnace is not working properly, this can make it hard to relax in your home. There are several issues that are not uncommon when it comes to your furnace. Having some basic information that allows you to narrow down the issue makes it easier to know when to call in a professional for a repair. The Furnace Is Not Turning On Sometimes your furnace will not turn on even though it is making that clicking sound indicating that it wants to kick on.

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How Often Should You Schedule an AC Tune-Up?

March 15, 2023

Think of your air conditioner as being similar to your car: to make sure it runs smoothly and reliably for many years to come, it needs some regular attention and care. Instead of oil changes and tire rotations, your AC needs an annual tune-up. This routine maintenance appointment will keep your cooling system effective, efficient, and reliable all summer long. At Bash Heating & Air Conditioning, Inc., we’ve completed many AC maintenance jobs over the years for homeowners in Champaign, IL. One question we’re often asked is, “how often should I maintain my AC?” Here’s what you should know. How

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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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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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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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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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How to Identify the Best AC System for Your Home

August 17, 2021

You should be careful when choosing an AC system since not every one will be perfect for your home. If you are not cautious when selecting a unit, you might end up with one that is not able to cool your space. You might also end up buying an AC system that requires a lot of energy, making your electricity bills go high. To choose the best AC system, you first need to know the types of air conditioning systems that are available. You also need to know the kind of homes in which each

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