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September 5, 2013

Air Conditioner Capacity Is Expressed in Tons–Have You Ever Wondered Why?

When contractors talk about air conditioner capacity, they usually measure a system’s cooling performance in tons. There’s a good reason for this and it stretches back to the turn of the century, when keeping homes and foodstuffs cool was done quite differently. During the late 19th and early 20th centuries, most cooling and refrigeration was done with blocks of ice. Just like modern-day refrigerant, the ice removed heat from a space by absorbing it. As the block of ice reached […]
September 3, 2013

Unhealthy Volatile Organic Compounds: Getting Them out of Your Indoor Air

Volatile organic compounds, or VOCs as they are often called, are gases that are released by common materials found in your home. Exposure to VOCs can result in short-term problems including headache, dizziness, sore throat, itchy eyes and nausea. Long-term exposure has been linked to increased risk of certain types of cancer, liver damage, kidney damage and damage to the central nervous system. There are VOCs in your home right now. Learning how to bring the concentrations down can help […]
August 29, 2013

That Heat Lurking in Your Attic: Ignore It, and It Could Sneak Into Your Living Space

Accumulated heat in your home’s attic can radiate through structural components and into the home’s living spaces. Attics are a significant source of heat gain if they aren’t adequately insulated and ventilated. Excessive heat in the attic causes the air conditioning to work harder in order to keep your home at the desired temperature, wasting energy and increasing utility spending. Here are tips to reduce heat in the attic of your home to prevent it from sneaking into your living […]
August 27, 2013

The Oversized Air Conditioner: When Too Much of a Good Thing Is Bad

Although homeowners want air conditioning that won’t struggle to cool their homes during the warmest days of the year, an oversized air conditioner isn’t a good solution. In humid climates like ours, it’s especially common to find incorrectly sized A/C installations. Too large an A/C has three main drawbacks: Unnecessary cost When you buy a new A/C that’s larger and more expensive than necessary, you’re throwing money away. Homeowners sometimes mistakenly believe that the largest A/C they can get is the […]