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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A Guide to Thermostat Modes/Settings

July 19, 2021

You probably have noticed the various modes on your thermostat, but you might not know what they mean. With the state of technology evolving at a mind-blowing rate, there’s more than just an on-and-off switch to improve the atmosphere in your home. To catch up with the continuously growing needs, air conditioner manufacturers have constantly been updating the features of their products. Essentially, this improves the efficiency of the air conditioners and improves their inner workings. We’re going to explain the various modes of thermostat operations and what they can do for your home. Once you

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What Is the Ideal Temperature for Home Air Conditioning in the Summer?

June 15, 2021

As the hot summer weather rears its ugly head again, your home’s central air conditioning unit will be working all day long to keep your family feeling comfortable. When it comes to your power bill, you’ll likely want to keep it as low as possible while still enjoying all the comforts that indoor air conditioning has to offer. Fortunately, there is a happy medium that every homeowner can find with their air conditioning system. Is There Really an Ideal AC Temperature? The ideal thermostat temperature is going to be different for every home. Each person has

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How Many Watts Does an Air Conditioner Use?

May 16, 2021

Summers in Champaign, IL, are hot and humid. To keep cool at home, you’ll rely on an air conditioner. There are many types of air conditioners, and each of them requires a different amount of electricity. Electricity use is measured in watts per hour, and it’s important to know how many watts your cooling system uses. This information allows you to predict your electricity bill and keep track of your unit’s energy efficiency. Keep reading to learn about how many watts different types of air conditioning systems use in order to cool and dehumidify a house.

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What Are the Major Parts of an Air Conditioner?

April 6, 2021

Can you name two major parts of your air conditioner? If you are like most people, you may be able to get one but probably not more than two. Not being an HVAC professional, that is totally fine, at least until something in your system goes haywire. Air conditioners are often forgotten members of your home until they stop working. When something does break, it consumes both your thoughts, time, and pocketbook. When you know a little about your system, you can trust that your repair technician is being honest. Understanding How Your System

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5 Benefits of Energy-Efficient Heating System

January 21, 2021

The cold winters in Champaign, IL, mean that you’ll spend a lot of money to heat your home. If you’re tired of paying higher and higher utility bills, but you don’t want to sacrifice your comfort, an energy-efficient heating system is a wise choice. When it’s time to get a new heating system, here are five ways you’ll benefit from an energy-efficient replacement. 1. Fewer Breakdowns and Comfort Disruptions One of the most frustrating parts of owning an older heating system is frequent breakdowns. As a heating system reaches its life expectancy of 10 to 12

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Best Practices to Minimize Wear and Tear On HVAC Systems

December 18, 2020

An HVAC system is expensive, so it would only make sense to want to prolong its life for as long as possible. One of the best ways to do this is to minimize unnecessary wear and tear on your unit. The following practices will do just that and also increase the efficiency of your HVAC unit. 1. Regularly Change Air Filters While air filters may seem relatively simple and not important to the function of your system, they are one of the most important parts for efficiency. They remove dust and debris from the air as

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Decoding Common HVAC Terminology

September 19, 2020

The HVAC industry has terminology unique to it. If you know these terms, it will help you make an informed decision when buying a heating or cooling system, addressing indoor air quality and more. HVAC HVAC stands for Heating Ventilation and Air Conditioning. This is the system that heats and cools your home, such as a furnace and air conditioner. It also provides ventilation, so your home has fresh air. ACCA Many HVAC industry professionals are members of ACCA, which stands for Air Conditioning Contractors of America. This is a professional organization

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How Are Indoor Air Quality and HVAC Related?

August 9, 2020

Aside from your water supply, the air supply in your home is one of its most important features. After all, if the air in your Champaign home suffers in quality, you and your family could wind up with any number of respiratory, neurological, or cardiovascular diseases. With so much at stake, it’s important to understand all the different components of indoor air quality. One of the most important components that determine indoor air quality is your HVAC system. It Filters the Air Even if you have fans in your home, the most effective piece of air-moving

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