Dalton Plumbing, Heating, Cooling, Electric and Fireplaces, Inc Blog: Archive for the ‘Air Conditioning’ Category

Are You Using Your Cooling System Efficiently?

Monday, April 27th, 2020

HVAC-return-register-low-on-wallAny air conditioning system in our area is going to get a workout during the summer. Fortunately, air conditioners are built with efficiency in mind.

However, what if you aren’t using your cooling system as efficiently as possible? There are Waterloo air conditioning services that will help with this, like routine AC maintenance, but even with maintenance, there are a number of ways an AC system could lose efficiency and start raising your utility bills.

Read on as we uncover some of the top tips for using your cooling system as efficiently as possible.

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Now Is the Time: Schedule AC Maintenance Today!

Monday, April 13th, 2020

two-techs-in-front-of-ac-outdoor-unit-looking-at-tabletTemperatures may be relatively mild for now, but we all know that when summer hits, it hits hard. It’s imperative that your air conditioner be ready!

Understandably, when an HVAC pro suggests maintenance for your air conditioner, it can be an easy recommendation to dismiss. Unless you need emergency AC repair in Evansdale, IA, you may be tempted to put off service to save money, especially if your cooling system is working “just fine.”

We encourage you to change your perspective! Just like maintenance for your vehicle, routine AC tune-ups are essential to the overall performance of your climate control system in preventing repairs, improving efficiency, and extending the system’s lifespan. How so? Read on!

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Is a Heat Pump the Right Choice for Your Home?

Monday, August 19th, 2019

two-techs-working-on-heat-pump-outdoor-unitThe middle of summer, of course, isn’t the most ideal time to schedule a Waterloo, IA air conditioning installation. But, if your air conditioner broke down completely or has a costly repair need that makes it more economically wise to just replace the system, you may not have a choice.

Even though you may be tempted, we discourage you from rushing into this purchase. Doing so can leave you with a system that’s not properly matched for your home and therefore doesn’t perform as it should. Also, in the last decade there have been many technological advancements in air conditioning, and you may discover you want something completely different than what you’re used to.

For instance, if you haven’t thought of it yet, you’d do well to consider the installation of a heat pump!

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When It’s Time for AC Replacement, Consider a Heat Pump

Sunday, August 19th, 2018

heat pump systemWhen you’re looking to replace a faulty AC system, your first thought is probably to replace your old unit with a newer but comparable model. It can be hard to have the drive to do extensive research when your AC unit is on the decline or already inoperative and the summer temperatures are steadily rising. Heat pumps offer an excellent alternative!

Heat pumps provide year-round, high efficiency, low cost comfort while leaving a smaller environmental footprint. Heat pumps are one of the best alternatives to conventional air conditioning in Denver, IA.

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Paying Too Much for Cooling? Consider Going Ductless!

Tuesday, July 3rd, 2018

central air conditioner sitting on pile of money, on white backgroundThere’s a cost to damaged ductwork.

“Well, yes, if my ductwork is damaged, I’ll eventually need to pay to have it repaired, right?” you may be thinking.

That’s not the only factor we’re talking about though. When we say there’s a cost to damaged ductwork, we mean that it causes you to lose conditioned air. And the bigger problem is that you don’t always know when your air ducts are damaged. They might have loose joints due to poor installation, or they may have tears in them due to old age or being exposed to extreme heat in your attic.

Of course, there are a number of benefits to using central air conditioning and heating, and duct repair and sealing are available services. But, what if you never had to worry about this type of Waterloo, IA air conditioning repair ever again?

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How to Make Your Life Easier with Smart Home Additions

Monday, June 11th, 2018

Do you want to know the quickest way to make your life a little easier? Installing smart home technology! In the past few years, smart home upgrades have become more accessible and more affordable. Here are few upgrades that the Dalton team recommends to make your home in the Cedar Falls and Waterloo area more comfortable.

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Smart thermostats aren’t new to the market, but changes in their technology have made them more convenient and easier to use. New smart thermostats take the guesswork out of maintaining your home comfort. They can sense when you’re at home or away and adjust the temperature accordingly. Additionally, you can control them remotely, so no more returning home to an overheated house. Instead, you can lower the temperature while you are in commute and enjoy the cooled air when you arrive.

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Inexpensive Peace of Mind: Everything That Comes With Your A/C Tune-Up

Friday, May 11th, 2018

There are so many things to maintain in your home that it can feel like a full-time job! Don’t worry, the team at Dalton Plumbing, Heating, Cooling, Electric, and Fireplaces is here to help. Our expert technicians are standing by to take care of any issue in your home, including your air conditioner tune-up in Cedar Falls.

At Dalton, we want our customers’ hard-earned dollars to work for them. That’s why every service we offer is completely comprehensive, so you can get the most bang for your buck. Here are just a few things that come with your air conditioner tune-up.

What Comes with Your Air Conditioner Tune-Up?

  • Lubricate Moving Parts. Ensuring all pieces of your unit are properly lubricated will prevent wear. Even better, it will prevent your system from overheating, the typical cause of a mid-season breakdown.
  • Test Refrigerant Levels. Another common cause of overheating stems from a unit running low on coolant levels. Low levels can also indicate there is a leak, which requires maintenance as quickly as possible.
  • Test Starting Capabilities. We suggest having your air conditioner tuned-up before the heat of summer sets in. That way, the Dalton technician can ensure your unit is starting correctly and running efficiently.
  • Tighten Electrical Connections. As with lubricating parts, tightening electrical components will help your system run smoothly. Additionally, it will prevent safety concerns — like electrical fires — when promptly taken care of.
  • Check & Replace Air Filters. Air filters should be regularly replaced to ensure your unit is functioning properly and not spreading dust throughout your home.
  • Remove Dust & Debris. Your A/C technician will help keep your unit clean, including the condenser coils, evaporator, and other key components. We will remove all built-up debris to prevent overheating and decreased efficiency.
  • Clean Dryer Vent. Cleaning your dryer vents is a quick and easy way to prevent fires in your home.
  • Examine Safety Components & Proper Venting. During your tune-up, our technicians will inspect the electrical components, wiring, plugs to ensure your cooling system is free of frayed wires, loose electrical connections or any other safety concerns.
  • Apply Protective Coatings. At Dalton, we take safety very seriously. We elevate the standard of fire prevention by applying non-conductive coatings to the electrical components.
  • Calibrate Thermostat. Thermostats can lose their calibration season to season. Dalton technicians will readjust the settings, as needed, to make sure your unit is cooling your home to the correct temperature.
  • Measure for Proper Volts & Amps. We will test the volts and amps of your air conditioner to determine the amount of energy your unit consumes. If the compressor is operating normally, the unit should consume what is called the Rated Load Amps or RLA.
  • Check Blower Speed. Another key way to test your unit for functionality is to check the blower speed. If the speed is low, it could mean there is a bad blower resistor, or there is a problem with overheating or ventilation.

 Peace of Mind All Summer Long

 Are you ready to schedule your air conditioner tune-up? Or, do you want to take peace of mind to another level with a Complete Home Comfort Membership? Dalton Plumbing, Heating, Cooling, Electric, and Fireplaces is just one call away! Book your service now by calling (319) 266-3513.

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How Can You Lower Your AC Use?

Monday, August 7th, 2017

family of 3 sitting in living room in front of fansTemperatures may be slightly cooling down around here, but that doesn’t mean we’re quite out of the woods yet with our summer temperatures. You’ve probably been using your air conditioner on a pretty regular basis for the past few weeks, and as such it’s only natural that you’d like to find a way to cool off that doesn’t require spending so much on energy bills!

Perhaps the better question, however, is rather than how to lower your AC use, how to get the most out of your air conditioner and how to stay cool otherwise, to reduce your reliance on your cooling system, and therefore reduce your cooling bills. Of course, when you do need air conditioning services in Janesville, IA, we are the team to call. In the meantime, we’ve shared some helpful tips below.

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How Can Ductless Cooling Benefit You?

Monday, July 10th, 2017

ductless-cooling-benefitWe probably don’t need to tell you that in our area, effective and efficient cooling is an absolute necessity. For some homeowners, who may not have had a central unit installed in their home when they moved in, this means getting by with noisy window units. But do these actually do an effective job of cooling? Fortunately, there is another option—the ductless mini split.

Ductless systems are among the most reliable home cooling solutions there are, and are made just for those of us who don’t have ductwork installed in their home, or whose homes cannot accommodate the placement of air ducts. So, should you invest in a Waterloo, IA ductless system installation?

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Summer Is Near—Are Your Ducts in Good Shape?

Monday, June 12th, 2017

duct-shapeWith temperatures quickly heating up, you’re likely already using your air conditioner on a daily basis. But is it working as efficiently as it can? One way to ensure that it is doing so is to schedule professional duct repairs for your cooling system. This is just one of the many quality Waverly, IA air conditioner services that we provide, but an important one.

Leaking ductwork is the hidden problem behind many of the heating, cooling, and indoor air quality issues you might encounter over the years. As such, it pays to know the symptoms of damaged ductwork. After all, it’s not like it’s easy to visually inspect your air ducts on your own. Fortunately, we’ve shared some information below to help you out.

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