Basnett Plumbing, Heating & AC Blog: Posts Tagged ‘Air Conditioning’

Your Home’s Ductwork Is Probably in Bad Shape

Monday, September 11th, 2017

aeroseal-duct-sealing-technicianWhen something goes wrong with an air conditioner or a heating system, you wouldn’t suspect that the problem does not have to do with the system itself. While some air conditioning and heating issues have to do with your home’s electrical setup or the gas supply from your utility company, most heating and AC repairs are made to the system itself.

But one part of your home may actually be the main contributor if your comfort equipment tends to need repairs more often than you’d like. The ductwork, the part of your ventilation system that sends cooled or heated air throughout the house, is likely making you less comfortable, costing you money, and leading to a number of preventable repairs.

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3 Ways to Save Money on Heating AND Air Conditioning

Monday, July 18th, 2016

Small repairs and upgrades to your furnace can help you to save on heating costs in the winter and a quick tune-up for your air conditioner may keep costs low in the summer. But don’t you wish there was a way to lower your comfort costs throughout the year? Here, we offer a few tips of ways you can get your entire HVAC system into shape, helping you save on your monthly bills throughout the years.

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Watch Out for Critters in Your Home Comfort System

Wednesday, July 13th, 2016

This week, we want to talk about something that’s come up a lot lately with our service calls. We’ve had a surprising increase in calls about animals causing problems for home comfort systems!

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With Very Hot Weather, Remember the 20 Degree Rule

Wednesday, August 5th, 2015

We’ve been topping out at or just around the 90 degree mark lately, which means you’ve been using your whole-home air conditioning system at its maximum. Pushing your AC during very warm weather can be risky, as the unit, or parts of the unit, can overheat. If you are trying to find that middle ground where you are comfortable but not putting too much stress on your air conditioner, it’s good to use the 20 degree rule.

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How Long Will My Air Conditioning Equipment Last?

Wednesday, July 22nd, 2015

One of the thing top things homeowners want to know about their cooling systems is life expectancy: how long will the system last? It’s a valid and important question, but the truth is, the answer depends in large part on you. Why? Electro-mechanical systems can’t look after themselves. They are made to be durable, but they aren’t infallible, nor are they impervious to the effects of weather, the environment or aging. First, let’s take a look at some average lifespans.

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Why Do I Have to Replace the Air Filter in My Air Conditioner?

Tuesday, July 7th, 2015

While the purpose of the standard air filter in your AC isn’t to improve your home’s indoor air quality, it does serve a very important purpose: trapping excessive amounts of dust and dirt. At this time of year, your air conditioner runs pretty regularly, so it is capturing a great deal pf particles. Air filters cannot remove these particles on their own; instead, they need to be changed out every three months to ensure they work well and your air flow is good. What can happen when you leave a clogged, dirty air filter in your air conditioning system? Let’s take a look:

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Do I Have to Have My Refrigerant Recharged Each Year?

Monday, July 6th, 2015

Most homeowners understand that refrigerant is the key chemical that makes their air conditioner function, but what many don’t understand is that the refrigerant isn’t used like a fuel. As such, it isn’t consumed and doesn’t require recharging each year. In fact, your refrigerant level should never change, and will only do so if there’s a leak in your system. Understanding how refrigerant works in your system helps explain the nature of refrigerant, so the experts at Basnett Plumbing & Heating have provided an overview for you.

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What Does the SEER Rating Have to Do with My AC?

Monday, June 22nd, 2015

Most mechanical systems have a way to gauge or rate how it performs. Cars have miles per gallon (mpg) and furnaces have British thermal units (BTUs). Air conditioners have SEER – seasonal energy efficiency ratio. Why is SEER important to understand for your air conditioner? Let’s take a look.

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Air Conditioning 101: How Does an Air Conditioner Cool?

Monday, June 15th, 2015

As we head into summer, you may have already experienced the cool air your whole-home air conditioning system provides. Have you ever wondered: how does my AC actually cool my home? Even if you haven’t, we’re going to give you a simple explanation here. However, if you are experiencing any kinds of problems with your air conditioner in Littleton, MA, or are looking to install a new system, the AC experts at Basnett Plumbing & Heating are the ones to call!

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What to Look for in a New Air Conditioning System

Tuesday, April 28th, 2015

Here in New England, we’re all breathing a sigh of relief now that the winter snowstorms have finally left us behind. But that also means that summer is just around the corner, with months of heat and humidity arriving with it. Prudent homeowners looking to replace an old or outdated air conditioning system may want to find a new unit before the heat starts to rise. But how can you make sure you get the most for your money? Here’s a few tips on what to look for in a new air conditioning system in Littleton, MA.

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