How Are R22 and R410A Refrigerants Different?

September 13, 2022

The refrigerant used in your air conditioning system is very important. If you have an old system, it may run on R22, while newer ones use R410A. This switch occurred because significant problems were created by R22, and the government mandated its phaseout. R22 and Why It Was Phased Out R22, often called Freon, was discontinued in 2010 because it’s a hydrochlorofluorocarbon (HCFC). HCFC contributes to the depletion of the ozone layer. It’s also highly caustic, and it causes local environmental damage when it leaks. As of 2020, it can no longer get produced. If you have an air conditioner that uses R22 and it leaks, you will probably need to upgrade to a system that uses R410A. As production of this refrigerant is slowing, there’s a limited supply. It’s now considerably expensive and sometimes impossible to get. Our team would love to install a new air conditioning system in your home. We are a premier Lennox dealer with years of experience providing expert assistance and superior service. R410A Benefits R410A is a much better refrigerant than R22. Additionally known as Puron, it doesn’t harm the ozone layer. It’s considerably more efficient than R22 since it absorbs and releases heat...

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AC Squealing? Here Are the Possible Causes

August 16, 2022

Your air conditioner shouldn’t make loud noises if it is working correctly. If you suddenly hear your AC start to make squealing or squeaking noises, it is a sure sign that you need to have your system serviced. There are two main issues that can cause an air conditioner to make squealing noises, and both of them will eventually prevent your system from running if not fixed. Misaligned or Damaged Belt If you have an older air conditioner, the squealing is usually a sign that the belt that drives the fan motor in the outdoor AC compressor is worn out. You will also hear the same squealing noise inside the house if the belt that drives the blower fan motor is worn. Heat and moisture can cause the belt to become stretched. The belt can also start to fray or otherwise become damaged. When the belt isn’t in good condition or not properly aligned, it will start to make a squealing noise similar to a squeaky belt in a car. The good news is that the belt can easily be replaced, which will stop it from making noise. Worn-Out Ball Bearings Newer AC units no longer use belt-driven motors. Instead,...

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When Should I Get My New HVAC System Installed?

July 26, 2022

Finding the best time to replace your HVAC system can be difficult. Planning an installation during the peak seasons could have you fighting for your HVAC company’s attention. If you wait too long, you may be faced with an HVAC emergency. Consider planning your installation during the spring or fall seasons to maximize your comfort and savings. HVAC Off-Season The peak season for HVAC services is during the winter and summer. Families need constant temperature control during these months, which increases the average number of emergency calls and maintenance needs. Plan your HVAC installation during the spring or fall when your local HVAC company isn’t busy. You’re more likely to get a timely appointment when your HVAC company of choice isn’t fully booked up. Additionally, you can usually take advantage of manufacturer promotions and better pricing during the fall and spring. Many HVAC companies offer incentives to draw clients in during the off-season. Take advantage of these savings by bundling your installation with a free thermostat upgrade or indoor air quality check. Popular manufacturers also offer amazing rebates and discounts on the previous season’s models. It’s always best to plan an HVAC installation when you don’t need constant temperature control....

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How Static Pressure Impacts Your Home’s HVAC System

June 13, 2022

At Advanced Comfort Solutions, we understand that if you want to run your HVAC system more efficiently and reduce energy costs, it is essential to know what static pressure is. In fact, understanding the effects of static pressure is very important to heating and air conditioning maintenance. The following provides a closer look at why static pressure is important in the HVAC industry. What Is Static Pressure in HVAC Static pressure is the measure of air resistance to flow in a duct system. It is typically measured in inches of water column ( inch WC) and is very important in the proper operation of your HVAC system. The static pressure of your system should be within a range specific to your system’s design and requirements. If the static pressure in your system is too high, it can cause a decrease in airflow and lead to poor indoor air quality. Conversely, if the static pressure is too low, it can cause your system to work harder than necessary, leading to increased energy costs. How to Measure Static Pressure One way is to use a digital pressure gauge. This gauge type is a commonly used tool for HVAC technicians and technicians in...

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Cleaning Your Window AC Unit

May 16, 2022

A window AC unit can be a great appliance for cooling a room in your home. You should clean it regularly to keep it working efficiently and to prevent mold and mildew from growing inside it. While it may seem complicated to clean one, it’s actually pretty easy and doesn’t require any specialized tools. Clean the Filter You should clean the filter every month and replace it every two to six months, depending on how often you use your window AC unit. Unplug the unit, open the front panel and remove the air filter. Vacuum up any visible dust and debris. Wash the filter in warm, soapy water. Clean the Exterior Use warm water and dish soap to clean the exterior. Clean all the gaps in the grill where dust and dirt collect. Be sure to clean any small gaps in the exterior as debris collects in them, too. Clean the Fins and Coils Clean the fins and coils two to four times a year. Use a fin comb or soft brush to brush the fins inside your window AC unit. Be gentle as the fins are easily bent. If there are any bent fins, gently straighten them out. Follow...

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Should I Get a Window Unit or Central Air?

April 11, 2022

As the warm weather rolls in, you’ll likely begin preparing your air conditioning for the coming summer. Keeping the home cool can be expensive depending on your appliance of choice. While window units are less expensive than installing central air, both forms of air conditioning have their unique benefits and costs. Central Air Conditioning Central air will pump air conditioning into your entire home by using your existing HVAC system’s ductwork. This is the best air conditioning option for you if you’re interested in improving the value of your home or want more secure air conditioning. Central air also uses your HVAC system’s filter system to pull impurities out of the air, improving your indoor air quality. While central air is the most effective form of air conditioning, it’s also the most expensive to install. You’ll be responsible for regular maintenance and repairs just like with your furnace. Central air is perfect for your household if you want to invest in a reliable cooling system that will last more than a decade. Window Units Window units don’t cost nearly as much as central air conditioning, but they cool much less space. These appliances can be installed in key areas to...

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Getting Your AC System Ready for the Spring

March 14, 2022

You need your heat pump ready by spring to keep you cool during summer. This means ensuring that it runs efficiently and won’t break down when you need it the most. Here are some steps to take to ensure your HVAC is ready for spring. Replace the Air Filter If you haven’t been replacing the air filter periodically, now is the time to start. The average pleated air filter is only effective for 90 days. After that, it can become a serious obstacle to airflow and put increasing pressure on the motor, leading to overheating. Besides that, a dirty filter will let particles into the system, covering the coil and other components that are essential to generate cool air. Clean the Outdoor Unit The compressor unit outside needs the occasional cleaning. Not only does dust and dirt get into the compressor, but also fallen leaves can get in and hinder the cooling process. You can gently hose down the grill and use a brush and soft cloth to wipe away dirt from the condenser coil. Give the AC a Test Run Make sure the heat pump is set to cool mode and run it for a few minutes. By the...

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Choosing the Right Furnace Filter

February 16, 2022

When you’re considering your options for replacing the filter in your furnace, there are several ratings and options to consider. Since indoor air can be two to five times more polluted than outdoor air, it’s important to have a good filter in your furnace. A quality filter can remove many particles that can come from pets, outdoor sources, people, and various other places. Understanding Ratings The MERV, MPR, and FPR ratings are different measures of the efficiency of a filter. Regardless of which ratings you’re comparing, the higher it is, the more efficient the filter is. Highly efficient filters can impede airflow and put an increased load on a furnace, however. Most furnace systems can be adjusted to accommodate this, but check your owner’s manual. Other Filter Considerations You can choose between washable filters or disposable ones. Most 1-inch disposable filters have to be replaced every one to three months. Being able to wash a filter when it gets dirty can make it last much longer. Filters also come in pleated or non-pleated models. The pleated filters are more efficient, but they have the potential to reduce the air flow through your home. They are also more expensive than non-pleated...

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A Guide to Buying a Furnace

January 10, 2022

Getting a new furnace installed in your home is a major investment. It’s important to get the best one for your home so it lasts as long as possible and works well. These are the major things you need to know when buying a furnace. Size Matters It’s essential you get the right size furnace for your home. If you have one installed that is too small or too large, it won’t keep your home comfortable, and it will have a reduced lifespan. The HVAC company should perform calculations so they can recommend the right size furnace for your home. Efficiency If you’re shopping for a gas furnace, look for energy-efficient models. Standard-efficiency furnaces are about 80% efficient. High-efficiency models are 90% to 98% efficient. While more efficient models cost more, they can save you a lot on your monthly energy bills. Advanced Comfort Solutions in Cheyenne, WY, will provide you with expert advice about which furnace to have installed. We have a 100% customer satisfaction guarantee. Single-Stage Furnace A single-stage gas furnace is either running at full output or is off. They’re less expensive than more complex furnaces. Two-Stage Furnace These furnaces have low and high output. They’ll output...

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Is My Home Furnace up to Code?

December 16, 2021

Your furnace, air conditioning unit, and HVAC system that heats and cools your home needs to be installed very precisely in order for it to work as intended. Proper installation also equates to the overall safety of your system. In order to ensure that companies are completing installations and repairs properly, local municipalities will institute building codes that must be followed. This relates to not only work on an HVAC system but also things like electrical work and plumbing installation. It’s recommended by the International Association of Plumbing and Mechanical Officials that these codes are looked at every three years to see if any necessary changes should be made. Not to fear–work done before the code changed doesn’t mean that you’re out of compliance. Your home may be grandfathered in, based on the age of your home and when the HVAC system was installed. Understanding HVAC Codes A reputable professional in the Cheyenne area should be able to determine if there are any concerns with your HVAC system with regards to it being within the current code. A professional must keep up with any changes that are being made to the area’s requirements. Any repair work and maintenance that you...

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