Bell Home Solutions Blog : Archive for the ‘Air Conditioning’ Category

What’s an Evaporative Cooling System?

Tuesday, June 19th, 2018

question-markIf you’re thinking about installing a new air conditioning system, you may think there are only three choices: window/portable units, a central AC unit, or a ductless mini-split system. Denver’s climate, with average summer temperatures of 85-90 degrees and humidity less than 40%, makes a fourth option possible: an evaporative cooling system. And while you may think of evaporative cooling systems as the humble “swamp coolers” from the past, new advances make them more efficient and powerful than ever before.

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How Often Should I Replace My Air Filter?

Monday, June 11th, 2018

air-filterMost homeowners don’t give much thought to their AC systems if cold air is produced when needed. Much of the routine, preventive AC maintenance is also best left to trained professionals, but there is one proactive thing you can do: Replace its air filter on a regular basis. How often, however, is a “regular” basis? Sure, you don’t want to needlessly cause your system to run inefficiently. Then again, you don’t want to spend any more than you must on high-quality air filters.

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Repair vs. Replacing Your AC: How to Choose

Monday, May 21st, 2018

air-conditioning-maintenanceIf you jump every time your AC turns on because it sounds like a Piper Cub just landed on your roof, that’s a sure sign your air conditioning system is getting long in the tooth.

Replacing your AC equipment vs. repairing it can carry a hefty price tag. However, that old system could be costing you much more in rising energy bills. Heating and cooling engineers have made major technological, energy-saving, environment-friendly advances in recent years, so you may want to consider taking advantage of them.

If your system is more than ten years old, take a good look at the advantages of installing a high-efficiency air conditioning system.

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3 Ways to Break an Air Conditioner

Monday, May 14th, 2018

If you want to know how to treat your air conditioner right, the first step is knowing what not to do. As your local HVAC service provider of choice, we can make sure that your air conditioning system works well throughout the summer. As a general approach, unless you’re a trained and certified technician, it’s best to go with a hands-off approach.

Now, let’s take a look at some bad ideas that will shed light on what every homeowner should be doing as we approach the hottest time of year.

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Zone Control Systems Make Your Air Conditioner More Efficient

Tuesday, April 17th, 2018

As we enter spring and move into summer, you’re going to be using your air conditioner more and more often. Sadly, there’s not a great deal that can be done about paying more in high monthly AC bills in the summer. But just because you need to pay more doesn’t mean you should pay more than is necessary. And while you can take small steps to curb your AC bills this summer, such as dressing in lightweight clothes and setting the thermostat a few degrees higher than you otherwise might, you might want to consider the kind of savings that a zone control system will bring.

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The Advantages of a Ductless Air Conditioning System

Monday, April 16th, 2018

ductless-air-conditioningMost homes in the area rely on traditional centralized air conditioners, which cool the air in a single location, then blow it through your home via the ducts. It’s comparatively simple and quite effective. Unfortunately, it’s not always the right choice for every home. If a centralized air conditioner won’t work in yours, you might want to look into other options.

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Time for Air Conditioning Maintenance

Tuesday, April 3rd, 2018

air-conditioning-maintenanceSpring is here and summer won’t be too far behind. That means your air conditioner will be seeing increased use in the very near future. No one likes to have to deal with a breakdown unexpectedly, especially when it happens on the hottest day of the summer. We can provide timely repair sessions when your air conditioner needs them, but we also believe that an ounce of prevention beats a pound of cure. In other words, we prefer to stop big problems before they start. That means a routine maintenance session for your air conditioner conducted every spring before cooling season begins.

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Power Levels and Efficiency: The Most Important Things About a New AC

Monday, April 2nd, 2018

air-conditioner-replacementSpring is usually the time of year when homeowners trade in their old and outdated air conditioning system with new systems. Once your warranty has expired, your system needs to be carefully monitored, and if you don’t think your existing air conditioner can handle the strain of another summer, now is the time to schedule a replacement session. Doing so means that you’ll have a new air conditioner in place by the time the first hot day hits: letting you take advantage of improved efficiency and other advantages that a new air conditioner can bring.

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Replace Your Older Thermostat

Wednesday, March 21st, 2018

Thermostats are a staple of most homes: the control center for your heating and air conditioning systems. They have few moving parts and tend to do their jobs very reliably, which means they’ll often last for decades or more. That provides good value for the money, but it has one important drawback: it misses out of some of the remarkable advancements that have been made with thermostats in the past few years. If yours is more than a decade old, you might want to think about replacing it: not because it’s in danger of wearing out, but because a new thermostat can provide a number of benefits to your home.

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Is Your Air Conditioner Leaking Refrigerant?

Monday, March 19th, 2018

ac-replacement-servicesOur air conditioners have sat unused for the last few months. Winter weather has turned attention to our heating systems, and you likely haven’t had cause to run your system since last summer. But spring is here, and summer won’t be too far behind. Soon enough, you’re going to need your air conditioner on a daily basis, and the last thing you need is a breakdown just when the temperature reaches its peak. The sooner you can spot any problems with the system, the better off you’ll be.

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