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How Do I Know if I Need an AC Tune-Up?

on Wednesday, February 14, 2018 Posted in First Class HVAC Blog

How do I know when it is the right time for an AC tune-up?

The easy answer is to call our team at First Class HVAC to take a look! But there are signs to be on the lookout for that will tell you it’s time to call us. The sooner you notice these signs, the more money you’ll save on your utility bills, as well as by avoiding the need to replace the entire system.

Here are some common symptoms of a forthcoming AC problem:

Warm Air

When your cooling system operates for a long period of time without effectively cooling your home, your energy bills will rise significantly. If you feel air blowing out that is warmer than it should be, you’re wasting electricity. There are multiple possibilities for why this could be occurring.

Radiant Heated Floors in your Home

on Friday, December 29, 2017 Posted in First Class HVAC Blog

Winter makes everything harder including getting up and going to work in the morning. The hardest part is getting out of your nice warm bed and walking on freezing cold floors. The solution to cold floors? Radiant heated floors. Consider a bathroom or kitchen remodel to install heated floors. Your feet will thank you.

Why install heated floors?

Your floors are cold because heat rises. Your Central Air blows warm air that immediately rises to the ceiling leaving your floors the coldest part of the home.

With heat radiating from below your floors, the heat will remain lower for longer compared to fast-moving central air. This will keep your floors, feet, and the rest of the room warmer than central air.

Why You Should Switch to a Smart Thermostat

on Tuesday, December 26, 2017 Posted in First Class HVAC Blog

In post after post, some of the best advice for lowering your heating bill and increasing your energy efficiency is changing your filters often and lowering the heat (and AC in the summer) when you aren’t home.

Programmable thermostats make the second part a little easier as you can easily change the temperature in your home. Some thermostats even allow you to set timers for easy heating and cooling in your home.

However, in the age of technology, why not take it a step further and install a Smart Thermostat in your home for more options and bigger savings?

Is a Ductless Mini-Split Unit Right for my Home?

on Friday, December 22, 2017 Posted in First Class HVAC Blog

Ductless mini-split heating and air conditioning units are not for every home. In fact, installing a ductless system into a home that already has existing ductwork can be more expensive than connecting a new central air unit to the ductwork. Find out more about which homes or buildings work best for a ductless mini-split unit.

Advantages of a Ductless Mini Split HVAC

on Wednesday, December 20, 2017 Posted in First Class HVAC Blog

Ductless Mini Split HVAC systems have many advantages and disadvantages. Depending on the space you have, a mini-split system may save you hundreds or even thousands of dollars in the long-run. But first…

How does the Ductless Mini Split HVAC System work?

Ductless Mini-Split systems work with two separate units. The outdoor unit condenses and compresses the air while the indoor unit is mounted on the wall of your home to blow cool air.

6 Signs it’s Time to Replace your Furnace

on Saturday, December 16, 2017 Posted in First Class HVAC Blog

Your furnace is one of those things that you expect to work when you need it. But like everything else in your home, there comes a time when your furnace needs to be replaced. When is that? How do you know when your furnace needs to be replaced? Don’t worry. We’ve got you covered.

These 4 Myths could be Harming your HVAC and your Wallet

on Wednesday, December 13, 2017 Posted in First Class HVAC Blog

There are a number of “tips” for “hacking” your HVAC to heat your home this winter. Some of those tips might even claim to save you money on your electric or heating bill. The truth is, some of those tips could actually be harming your HVAC system. Other might be costing you money too.

New Home Buying Guide for Plumbing

on Friday, December 08, 2017 Posted in First Class HVAC Blog

When buying a new home, there are a lot of things to consider. The least of which is the plumbing in your new home. Forgetting to inspect the pipes, water pressure, and water heater in your potential new home could spell problems down the road.

Use the Following Checklist:

Before you purchase a new home, use the following checklist to ensure that you won’t be spending hundreds or thousands of dollars down the road on plumbing repair and replacement.

Check for:

  • Toilet flush pressure
  • Water pressure in sinks and showers
  • Water heater maintenance
  • Water damage in crawl space or basement
  • Lead pipes

Don’t Let Hair Clogs Cause Serious Plumbing Problems

on Tuesday, December 05, 2017 Posted in First Class HVAC Blog

According to the American Academy of Dermatology, you lose between 50-100 hairs every day. While this amount of hair loss is perfectly healthy for your body, it is not good for your plumbing. Prevent plumbing problems with a drain cover in your shower and sink for only a few bucks. Spending a few dollars now will save you hundreds in plumbing repair later. 

Being Proactive is the Key to Preventing a Plumbing Emergency

on Friday, December 01, 2017 Posted in First Class HVAC Blog

Emergency plumbing visits can be expensive. You not only pay for the expense of the fix, but you’ll also be shelling out extra for the off-hours or emergency visit. Avoid hefty plumbing bills by taking proactive care of your home’s plumbing system.

Know the Difference

The first step to preventing an emergency is to know the difference between an emergency and a non-emergency.

Prevent Frozen or Burst Water Pipes

on Tuesday, November 28, 2017 Posted in First Class HVAC Blog

When the weather starts to get colder, freezing pipes begins to become a concern for many homeowners. Luckily, there are a few really easy tricks for preventing your pipes from getting too cold and preventing burst pipes in your home.

What NOT to Send Down the Garbage Disposal

on Wednesday, November 22, 2017 Posted in First Class HVAC Blog

With Thanksgiving right around the corner, your kitchen will most likely be incredibly busy. The messiest part of your kitchen will probably be the kitchen. To ensure that you avoid a visit from the plumber, you’ll need to be wary of what goes down the drain.

You may think that the garbage disposal can handle anything, but there are certain items that should never be sent down the drain. Keep reading to learn more about can and cannot be sent down the garbage disposal. The last thing anyone wants or needs is a clogged sink.

How to locate the emergency shut-off valve

on Friday, November 17, 2017 Posted in First Class HVAC Blog

Like knowing where to find the electric breaker, you need to know where your main water supply shut-off is in case of a plumbing emergency.

In the event that your home has a burst pipe or other emergency, your main supply shut-off valve is your best line of defense. If you don’t know where your shut-off valve is, your home is at risk for severe water damage.

Why is my water heater leaking?

on Tuesday, November 14, 2017 Posted in First Class HVAC Blog

Finding a water leak coming from your water heater can be scary. Whether it’s just some dripping or gushing water, it’s important to find the cause of the leak. Some leaks require an emergency visit from your plumber, while others could be a quick DIY fix.

Common causes of a water heater leak:

  • Faulty drain valve
  • Too much pressure in the tank
  • Faulty Temperature & Pressure Relief Valve
  • Internal problem with the tank

Why is my furnace blowing cold air?

on Friday, November 10, 2017 Posted in First Class HVAC Blog

This is perhaps one of the most common questions we get regarding furnace repair. “Why is my furnace blowing cold air?”

The problem is cold air coming from your furnace could be a sign of several different problems. To try and diagnose this problem, our HVAC technicians will check several different parts of your HVAC system for damage or malfunctioning parts.

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