As another school year begins, it’s a good time to learn more about the HVAC system that powers your home. After all, it’s never too late to learn something new, and learning about HVAC can help you be a more informed customer and homeowner. After more than 75 years in the business, the experts at Chas Roberts have a wealth of knowledge regarding all things HVAC. Here are some of our best blogs that you can use to learn the ins and outs of HVAC systems.
Just about every home in the Valley has a modern air-conditioning system, and you only need to spend a few minutes in the summer sun to know why. The long, harsh summers create an unforgiving environment for air conditioners and can create a whole host of problems. As a homeowner, it’s important to know how the summer can impact your air conditioner, and what you can do to help your system run well for years to come. In Everything You Need to Know About Air Conditioning in Arizona, our experts provide the 411 on the ins and outs of HVAC in the Valley of the Sun.
SEER is an acronym that stands for Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio. It’s a unit of measure that quantifies the energy efficiency of your air conditioner into a single rating. SEER ratings usually range from 13 to 17, with a maximum of 25. The higher the rating, the more efficient the system. But, choosing a system with a higher SEER rating may not always be the best choice for your home. You can learn everything you need to know about SEER in Good SEER Ratings 101: How to Save Energy and Money.
Can you save money by only running your air conditioner in short bursts? How often do you really need to change your filters? When it comes to HVAC, it can be hard to differentiate well-meaning advice from harmful myths. We fact-checked common misconceptions in 7 Common HVAC Myths Debunked. The world of HVAC can be confusing, but with our help, you can separate fact from fiction.
What’s that noise? It might be your air conditioner. Air conditioners aren’t always quiet, and some noise every now and again is normal. But, some noises can signal that something’s gone wrong with vital components in the system. Learn which noises you can ignore and which ones need your attention in Air Conditioner Noise: What’s Normal and What’s Not. From clicks and whistles to buzzing and hissing, you’ll be able to decode what your air conditioner is trying to tell you in no time.
Chances are, you’ve heard about things like refrigerant, evaporator coils, compressors, and BTUs if you’ve ever had a contractor out to fix your air conditioner. But what do these terms actually mean? In 9 Terms You May Hear From Your AC Contractor, we break down common HVAC lingo that every homeowner needs to know. That way, you can be a more informed customer when it comes time for your next HVAC service.
Many different components work together to power your air conditioner and cool your home. When functioning properly, the process is seamless from the moment you set your thermostat. But, when things go wrong, it can be difficult to know exactly what happened. By learning about the main components, you’ll be better equipped to understand how they can malfunction, and what you can do about it. From refrigerant to expansion valves, learn what makes your air conditioner tick in Understanding the Main Components of Your Air Conditioner.
Part of learning about HVAC means learning about how to avoid scams, schemes, and shady business. These schemes can happen to anyone and may target homeowners who are new to the area, or older homeowners who are more vulnerable. If you’re aware of the most common tactics that scammers use, you can ensure that you don’t give them any money or leave your system in their hands. From overcharging for materials to not leaving a paper trial, we cover contractor red flags in Scam Alert: Protect Yourself From Common HVAC Schemes.
As you learn about all things HVAC, it’s important to learn about the technicians and industry experts that work on your system. In any industry, there are reputable businesses and not-so reputable businesses. When you’re choosing an HVAC company or contractor to work with, it’s important to find someone with the right qualifications. In The 411 on HVAC Contractor Education and Certification, you’ll learn to ask the right questions and look for the right certifications to make sure you only put your HVAC system in capable hands.
Air conditioning is only one aspect of HVAC. When the weather cools down and your heater takes over, you may find yourself dealing with a heat pump system or a gas furnace. Both have their fair share of pros and cons, and one may be a better fit for your home than the other. Many new construction homes in Arizona are built with heat pump systems, while natural gas furnaces are more common in older homes. Read all about the benefits, drawbacks, and background information on both heating systems in Heat Pump System vs Gas Furnace.
There’s a lot to learn in the world of HVAC, and we’re here to help every step of the way. Aspiring home handymen and first-time homeowners alike can take advantage of our expert knowledge and superior customer service. Contact us to get started and experience the Chas Roberts difference for yourself.