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

Should You Winterize Your Air Conditioner?

Monday, November 12th, 2018

A family home in the suburbs on a sunny winter day.For the next month or so, you may need your air conditioner to still be in commission in case of a sudden heat wave, since we all know fall can be unpredictable sometimes. Eventually, though, you’ll look at the upcoming weather forecast, see that temperatures are getting lower and lower, and know that the cold weather is here to stay, at least until spring.

First, we want to mention one very important Denver HVAC service. Heating maintenance: if you haven’t already scheduled this, it’s not too late, but we really encourage you to do it sooner than later.

Back to your air conditioner. You may think you can simply turn it off and leave it, and it will never suffer damage over the winter that might jeopardize its operation before you need it again. This is, however, a big possibility. Therefore, it’s important to take the proper steps to winterize your air conditioner.

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As Summer Ends, Take These Steps to Care for Your AC

Monday, September 3rd, 2018

An air conditioner unit outside a brick home in a residential neighborhood. The air conditioner is in a back yard in the hot summer season. Service industry, working class.With the official end of summer just a few short weeks away, temperatures will slowly but surely begin to drop, and you’ll be done using your air conditioner for the season. That doesn’t mean now is the time to neglect it though, or that you should just shut it off for the season without taking any care steps.

First off, if you didn’t schedule maintenance before summer began, it’s not too late. We’ll get to that in a moment, but it’s also important to know that in a climate such as ours, winterizing an air conditioner is very important. Keep reading for a few tips on how to do so, and when you do need professional Denver air conditioning services, give us a call!

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Unique Ductless AC Needs to Be Aware of

Monday, August 13th, 2018

Closeup view about using some appliance such as air condition.There’s an option for heating and cooling in modern homes that has been exponentially growing in popularity, and that is the ductless mini split heat pump system. Instead of operating through a network of ducts connected to an indoor air handler and evaporator unit, a ductless system basically breaks up the indoor unit and the blower fans in order to distribute conditioned air throughout your home in the form of mini air handlers, mounted high on the wall.

If you’ve ever been in a home and seen something on the wall that looks like window AC unit but it doesn’t go back through the wall, then you’re looking at a component of a ductless system. These wall units are each hooked up to a single outdoor unit, creating a central heat pump system without the use of air ducts. This form of Denver, CO air conditioning is very efficient and beneficial in a number of ways, but there are some unique needs that aren’t necessarily downsides, but are important to be aware of.

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“How Often Should I Replace My Air Filter?”

Monday, July 30th, 2018

man holding air filterThere’s a relatively common misconception among homeowners that the air filter that comes standard with their HVAC system is there to protect their indoor air quality. Therefore, if you don’t seem to have any strong air quality issues, you don’t have to change your air filter that often, right? Well… not quite.

The air filter is actually there to protect your Denver, CO air conditioning system, not necessarily your indoor air quality. It keeps dirt and debris from building up on the inside components, causing your air conditioner to work harder than it should have to. As such, we recommend you replace (or clean, if you have a permanent filter) your air filter every 1-3 months. What happens if you don’t? We’ve answered that below.

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Watch for These 4 Signs It’s Time for AC Replacement

Monday, July 23rd, 2018

An old air conditioner unit, in need of updating, sitting in tall weedsThere is no appliance or piece of equipment that will last forever, no matter how well it is cared for. That is just a simple fact of life. Your household air conditioner is no exception. It has a limited lifespan, and as it approaches the end of that lifespan, it’s a good idea to have it replaced before it suffers from a complete breakdown. You don’t want to end up trapped on a hot day (since this is the most likely time for system stress to cause a failure) with no relief from those summer temperatures.

Instead of scrambling to schedule an air conditioning installation when that happens, it’s wise to know now what the signs are of a struggling system, so that you can be proactive and have the system replaced at your convenience. (P.S. If your system looks like the one pictured here, please call us for a replacement ASAP!)

We don’t encourage to you try to diagnose air conditioner problems on your own, but we do encourage you to give our staff a call once you suspect that something is amiss. In the meantime, read on for 4 examples of what constitutes a failing air conditioner.

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Should You Be Worried about Compressor Burnout?

Monday, July 2nd, 2018

compressor inside air conditioning unitCompressor burnout is certainly something you never want to happen to your air conditioner, so our short answer is going to be a resounding, “yes!”

We may not experience as hot or as long of summers as other parts of the country, but our air conditioners certainly get their deal of stress and strain, and the peak of summer is when your air conditioner is most likely to suffer from a catastrophic problem—unless of course, you had it maintained recently.

Annual maintenance (or biannual, if you have a heat pump system) is one of the most important Denver, CO air conditioning services you can invest in. It enables our professionals to comprehensively inspect, clean, and adjust your air conditioner, while looking for any pressing repair needs so you can get them on your schedule ASAP. Skipping maintenance leaves you susceptible to a number of cooling system problems, including potential compressor burnout.

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AC Installation: Bigger Is Not Necessarily Better

Monday, June 25th, 2018

An air conditioning technician welds a connection prior to installing AC unit.There is a fairly common misconception among homeowners about AC Installation in Denver, CO. That is, that the bigger system you get for your home, the better it will perform. Unfortunately, this is just not the case, and can lead people to get an air conditioning system that costs too much and ends up not doing the job expected of it.

This is one of the variety of reasons you should hire professionals, like the staff here at Bell Home Solutions, when it comes to this type of installation. Our team can ensure that your system is correctly matched to your home, to provide the cooling that you need for comfort through our hot summers.

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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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