Residential Heating and Air Conditioning Blog

How Often Does My Commercial HVAC System Need Maintenance?

September 26th, 2022
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As you can probably guess, a commercial HVAC system needs more service than a residential system, given how large and complex a piece of equipment it is. What you may not know is that a commercial HVAC system needs maintenance just as often–once a year for a commercial cooling system and once a year for a commercial heater. Of course, this means that if your commercial space or business uses a heat pump system, you’ll need to invest in maintenance twice a year.

But what else should you know? Well, just how important it is that your system be maintained and otherwise serviced by folks who have expertise in commercial HVAC work, like the folks here at Residential Heating and Air. Maintenance helps your commercial system work as efficiently and effectively as possible for as long as possible, while professional services keep it operating well day in and day out. Read on to learn why it’s so important to hire an experienced contractor for any commercial HVAC work you need done.

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What Is Asbestosis and Why Is It Dangerous?

September 19th, 2022

beach-houseTo understand what asbestosis is and why it’s dangerous, you first have to understand what asbestos is. You know those popcorn ceilings you see in a lot of older homes? Perhaps you have it in your home? Well, this is the product of asbestos—a mineral material used for insulation for many decades. In the mid-20th century, it was discovered that these small mineral fibers were actually harmful, being inhaled by residents and causing serious illness.

The effects are not immediate, either. Over the years, asbestos can build up in your lungs, creating a range of respiratory illnesses, with the most severe being mesothelioma, a harmful form of lung cancer. Because of this, asbestos hasn’t been used any longer for insulation, but many homes still have it in their living spaces, where it should be removed.

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Why Is My Air Conditioner Freezing Up?

September 12th, 2022

two-air-conditioning-techs-working-on-outdoor-unitYour air conditioner isn’t working properly. You’re not too sure what the source of this issue is, but you know that something has gone awry. You’re not as cool as you should be and it’s really starting to pose a problem as the weather outside is still quite warm.

Then you see it … ice on your air conditioner. What’s wrong? That’s what we are here to tell you! Is the ice on the coils? This is definitely a problem. Read on to learn more! 

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What Is Short-Cycling and Why Is It Bad News?

September 5th, 2022

white-question-mark-on-blue-circleShort-cycling can be as ominous of a phrase as it sounds. Unfortunately, it’s also a relatively common malfunction within HVAC systems. That is, if the system was not properly installed to begin with, or if you don’t have it professionally maintained on a regular basis.

To give you a short description of what short-cycling is, it’s when the compressor of your air conditioning system turns on and off in rapid succession–to quickly to actually finish a cooling cycle, and too fast for your air conditioner to effectively manage. Keep reading to learn more.

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“Should I Join an HVAC Maintenance Plan?”

August 29th, 2022

Service technician with a customer. Plumbers, electricians, cable repair, etc.If you’ve read our blog for even just a season, then you probably have seen us talk about maintenance, also called tune-ups, before. Regular, preventive maintenance is vital for your heating and cooling systems in the fall and the spring, respectively. These are the ideal times for HVAC maintenance because it’s right before you need your systems the most.

However, this is also where we should add a caveat—consistency matters more than timing when it comes to HVAC maintenance. Your central furnace and air conditioning systems should be professionally tuned up once a year each. Or, if you have a heat pump that you use year-round, it should receive professional maintenance twice a year! It’s simple to stay on top of this important service when you enroll in a maintenance plan such as ours. Read on to learn more.

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Residential’s Guide to Server Room Cooling

August 22nd, 2022

technician-checking-systemsWhether you are an office manager or the property manager of a commercial space, server room cooling may apply to you. When people think about commercial HVAC and refrigeration, they often think of the air conditioners up on the roof, or in a food service establishment, they might consider commercial refrigerators and coolers. Server room cooling is a very important part of our commercial services, though.

The server room/computer room of an office space needs protection. Heat-generating equipment can cause hazards, and can also affect the efficiency and safety of the rest of the space. Read on to learn more about our server room cooling services!

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Heat Pump or Central AC: Exploring Your Air Conditioning Options

August 15th, 2022

vent-low-on-wallWhen it comes time to install a new air conditioner, it can be hard to determine what the right choice is. After all, there are so many options on the market today. If you’ve always had a traditional central air conditioner, an easy choice could be to just stick with this model and make a slight upgrade to get a newer one. This might end up being the perfect option for you, but it’s certainly not the only option.

There is, after all, the heat pump! Heat pump systems are set up similarly to traditional central air conditioners. In fact, just like central AC systems, in the summertime, they work by drawing heat out of your home and putting it through a refrigerant process in order to return chilled air back into your home.

Read on to learn why this matters, and what benefits there could be to choosing a heat pump versus a central air conditioner.

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Tips for Improving and Maintaining Your Indoor Air Quality

August 8th, 2022

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If you’re like most homeowners, then your health and the health of your family are a huge priority. But it can be difficult to determine how to keep your family as healthy as possible, especially if your indoor air quality is worse than the quality of the air outdoors. And in most homes, especially those without the right indoor air quality solutions, that could very well be the case.

The good news is that we have some practical and useful tips for you to not only maintain good indoor air quality but improve your home’s overall indoor air quality. Read on!

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Does a Ductless System Help Indoor Air Quality?

August 1st, 2022

woman-sitting-on-couch-with-controller-for-ductless-air-handlerThere are two things that many Minneapolis residents have in common: they want to save money on their energy costs and they want to improve their indoor air quality.

HVAC systems account for about half of a home’s energy use, and indoor air quality can be worse than the quality of the air outside without the right indoor air quality products and services in place. So both of these things make sense!

What if we told you that there is one system you could get that would not only help you financially but would improve the health of your indoor air as well? Well, there is! It’s a ductless system. Read on to learn more.

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How Do I Know if I Need Duct Sealing?

July 25th, 2022

duct-sealing-with-caulkingDid you know the average house loses 20% to 30% of the air moving through the duct system because of poor connections, holes, or leaks? One of the most effective ways to reduce this air loss is by having your ducts inspected by professionals and investing in duct sealing in Minneapolis, MN.

Are you unsure if you need to invest in duct sealing? If so, learn some of the signs it is necessary in the post below. 

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