Hutchins Plumbing & Air Conditioning Blog : Posts Tagged ‘Air Conditioning’

7 Best Practices for Your AC

Monday, September 21st, 2020

Air conditioning is less of a type of machinery and more of a lifestyle. Many homeowners like to pretend they don’t have a complex system keeping their home cool all summer or fall long, while the air conditioner toils away being neglected. The more you come to terms with the fact that this is a partnership between you and your air conditioner, the better off you can be.

So, as we help to better this partnership between you and your air conditioning in Plano, TX, we’ve listed some best practices to owning a system like this. These are great tips to follow along with, regardless of your familiarity with your air conditioner. We promise that by following these best practices, you’ll see some demonstrable results that make your AC last longer and perform better. As your local HVAC service provider, we know what we’re talking about.

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Ice on an AC Is Never a Good Sign

Monday, September 7th, 2020

If you look at your air conditioner with ice forming on the coils and think it must be doing a good job, you’re poorly mistaken. We haven’t used ice to keep homes cool since a few hundred years ago. In this day and age, if you notice ice forming on your air conditioner during the summer, it’s safe to say that there’s something wrong.

Before you get the hairdryer to start melting the ice, remember that something is causing that ice to form. Just melting it over and over again is not going to do you any good. Only signing up for air conditioning repair in Plano, TX will get at the heart of the problem and leave your air conditioner off better than it was.

Don’t believe us? Keep reading as we get into what causes this ice and why it’s so important that you call us!

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Be Smart with a Smart Thermostat

Monday, July 27th, 2020

In an ideal world, your air conditioner will be able to cool your home without the help of you or your thermostat. Your AC would be able to know exactly what your comfort standards are and meet them. Wouldn’t that be amazing?

Unfortunately, the world is a bit more complicated than that. Machines can’t read our minds (yet) and we’re still finding technical problems to the maximized efficiency and efficacy of our comfort systems. You can try to run your air conditioner efficiently without smart thermostats in Plano, TX—but it won’t work.

Smart and Wi-Fi thermostats are the next generation of advanced comfort technology. They can more easily adapt to our custom temperature patterns and learn what we like and what we dislike. These systems aren’t just convenient, they’re efficient at curbing our energy consumption when it comes to comfort. Keep reading, we’ll get into the details.

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Curb Your Bills and Increase Your Commercial Efficiency

Monday, July 13th, 2020

Commercial air conditioners are incredibly powerful these days. They have the ability to keep entire buildings at low, comfortable temperatures no matter what the heat is like outside. Seriously, compared to how commercial air conditioners used to function, they’re more than able to keep buildings cool for long periods of time at the lowest possible energy consumption rate.

That being said, we see business owners time and time again forget some key responsible practices that drive their commercial air conditioning in Plano, TX into disrepair. If you’re fighting the heat on a hot summer day and you’ve got your commercial AC system running at full blast, pay attention to some of the things you could be doing to make its job easier.

Remember, if you need help, don’t hesitate to call the pros at Hutchins Plumbing & Air Conditioning!

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Enjoy the Best of Both Worlds with a Heat Pump System

Monday, October 7th, 2019

We’d definitely call our winters down here in Texas mild if anything. We’re not like the other climates around the country where winters provide consistent temperatures below zero and blizzards every other day. That’s not to say it doesn’t get chilly down here but it’s mild, to say the least. That’s why we want to talk about heat pump systems that can often be the best choice for homes in our neck of the woods.

Heat pumps cover a wide variety of heating and air conditioning systems, but we’ll be focusing on the most common heat pump—the ductless mini-split. If you’re in the market for HVAC in Denison, TX you’ll probably be shocked to know that there are systems like ductless mini-splits that can provide both heating and cooling all year round. They function via electricity, so they’re incredibly efficient and can reduce your heating bill by almost 50% compared to furnaces and baseboard heaters. Sounds simple, right?

Sometimes the simplest solution is the best, as we’ll show you why below.

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How Long Will My AC Last?

Monday, September 9th, 2019

That’s a good question, but hopefully, one we can shed a little light on. Air conditioners don’t last forever, but like any good mattress or home appliance, you’ll want it to last as many years as possible. So how long exactly does the typical air conditioner last?

Well, it’s more complicated than that. In the best cases, air conditioners generally last anywhere from 10-15 years before they become ineffective. However, this number can vary on the type of air conditioner you have as well as with the maintenance that’s been performed over the years. A system that has not been checked on or maintained is obviously going to live a shorter life than a system that has been cared for. Not only that, but an AC system will get more energy inefficient as time goes on, which will only cost you more money and push you to replace it.

Let’s get into the specifics of how long your AC will last.

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Why You Should Go Ductless

Monday, August 26th, 2019

Air conditioning is a necessity in Plano. You don’t want to bother with a different type of AC system if it’s not going to work as well as your central air system. However, what if we told you that these new ductless mini-split systems worked better than your central air conditioner, in most cases? Does that pique your interest?

Ductless air conditioners are just that, air conditioners that function without a duct system. They’re much different than a central air conditioner. Ductless mini-splits are functional heat pumps that use refrigerant to pump the heat from inside your home and disperse it outside. The system is composed of small air handlers that connect to one large cabinet outside, allowing you to have several handlers scattered through rooms in your home.

If you’re hard-set on your central AC ways, we understand. But if you’re tired of your faulty central air conditioning in Plano, TX– read on!

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Call an Air Conditioning Repair Service for Short Cycling Problems

Monday, May 7th, 2018

air-conditioning.maintenanceSpring is the ideal time to check your air conditioning system for any problems it might be experiencing. Doing so gives you a chance to deal with those problems when the weather is still relatively cool, rather than in the middle of summer when high temperatures demand you run your system every day and a repair call suddenly becomes much more difficult to deal with.

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Don’t Skimp on These Important Factors in a New Air Conditioner

Monday, July 31st, 2017

air-conditioning-replacementIdeally, you’d never need to replace an air conditioner in the middle of summer. An older air conditioner which needs to be put out to pasture should ideally be replaced in the fall or early spring, when there’s no demand for it and you can proceed carefully with your decisions.

Unfortunately, not every old air conditioner is polite enough to wait until September to break down, and if you’re facing a serious repair call in the middle of a heat wave, it may be more beneficial to simply replace the failing system instead of spending money unnecessarily to prop the older one up.

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Commercial Air Conditioning Services Keep Your Business Running

Monday, July 17th, 2017

commercial-hvac-systemsIf you own a business or manage an office space, you know how important it is to keep your space comfortable. That means not only having a quality commercial air conditioning system installed, but choosing the right team to keep it maintained and perform repairs when the need arises. That’s trickier than it sounds, and certainly more complex than handling a residential air conditioning system. The team you choose to take care of your system can play a huge role in the day-to-day functions of your business.

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