Dalton Plumbing, Heating, Cooling, Electric and Fireplaces, Inc. Blog: Archive for the ‘Cedar Rapids Blog’ Category

Efficiency Is Key: Understanding the Efficiency of Your Air Conditioner

Monday, June 17th, 2024

Your air conditioner has one job–to turn on and then cool the air inside of your home. This is a no-brainer and something we’d expect every air conditioning unit on the planet to do. However, there’s another hidden job that your air conditioner has, which other homeowners might not be as aware of.

Your air conditioner needs to also run as efficiently as possible while cooling your home. This means it needs to do the job of cooling your house by consuming a minimal amount of electricity. This is what makes turning the system on a sensible choice because a skyrocketing energy bill will quickly cause customers to stress out and turn their systems back off.

So, how do you better understand this secondary, hidden job of your air conditioner? Follow along below for some tips to evaluate the efficiency of your air conditioning in Cedar Rapids, IA.

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Seeing, Hearing, Smelling, and Experiencing an AC Problem: Dalton’s Tips

Monday, June 10th, 2024

Air conditioner issues come in all shapes and forms. For instance, your neighbor might complain about a very specific AC issue that they’re experiencing when you see them for the Fourth of July this year. But it’s actually pretty rare that you experience the same problem with the same source as them. AC units are very different depending on their size, the home they’re installed in, and even the preferences of the owner.

That’s why we think that customers need to be prepared to experience some unique things, like strange noises or foul odors, which can be a sign of a problem on its own. And, if you have the tools to detect these issues by yourself, you can also call our team for AC repair in Cedar Rapids, so the issue can get resolved quickly.

Ready to get started? Keep those eyes, ears, and nostrils peeled for what’s to come!

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The Problems With DIY AC Work

Monday, June 3rd, 2024

Air conditioners are complex systems, built with many different components. In order to provide support, like diagnosis, repair, and maintenance, someone would need the proper training and HVAC licensure to work confidently. This is why our team exists, and why our repair and maintenance services are vital.

But times are tough, and many people are resorting to DIY work for a variety of different things at home. This is fine, until customers bite off more than they can chew and they start doing damage, either to themselves, their homes, or their air conditioning units. We’d argue that investing in professional AC maintenance in Cedar Rapids is a far better use of money than purchasing equipment to dive into DIY work.

Let’s talk about why DIY AC work might be a very bad idea.

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Now Is the Best Time for a New AC

Monday, May 27th, 2024

Yep, we’re serious. It’s not that hot out yet, and we’re not even into June yet, so why the heck would now be the best time for an air conditioner installation in Cedar Rapids?

Well, some of you might have already guessed this, but it can be more difficult and expensive to install an AC during the hottest days of the summer. Customers might be too hot and inconvenienced to do their research and find the right system or professional installation team that fits their home and preferences. It’s no fault of their own, but it’s a reality of this kind of purchase in an industry that depends on the local climate.

Right now, while temperatures are still slightly mild, let’s talk about how you could make some serious steps toward installing a new air conditioner and staying more comfortable (and efficient) this summer.

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The Most Important Maintenance You Can Do: Right Now!

Monday, May 20th, 2024

Air conditioning season is almost upon us, and homeowners are scrambling to get their homes ready for it. It’s tricky, HVAC technician’s have busy schedules around this time of year because of just how many neglected AC units are currently in disrepair that need to be jump-started for the summer. But did you know that there’s one crucial bit of maintenance that you could do right now, on your own?

It’s true! Don’t just take our word for it, keep reading down below as we get into one of the most important components in your AC system and how it can be easily cleaned and maintained by our customers without any background in HVAC.

Just remember that if your AC encounters additional issues, or problems with other components, then you should still call us for AC repair in Cedar Rapids.

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The Dreaded Short Cycling: What It Is and Why It’s Happening

Monday, May 13th, 2024

Nobody wants to find out that their air conditioner is short cycling. And for all you heat pump owners out there–this problem could affect you as well! It’s not just reserved for central AC units and other standard cooling equipment, short cycling can impact any refrigerant-based HVAC system in use today.

First of all, don’t panic. If you suspect your air conditioner or heat pump is short cycling, then right off the bat you can call our team to get things fixed. We provide effective AC repair in Cedar Rapids, IA that’s designed to quickly diagnose problems and get them alleviated at the source.

But with a short cycling air conditioner, the tricky part can be detecting that the problem exists in the first place. That’s what this blog will hopefully help us achieve.

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Is It Time for a New Thermostat?

Monday, May 6th, 2024

Thermostats are some of the most important components of an HVAC system. Think about it, how would you be able to interface with your heating system or air conditioner without a piece of equipment dedicated to that? This is what a thermostat is designed for.

Ever since the early days of human civilizations, people have needed ways to measure the temperature of objects, water, and air. The thermostat was invented ages ago, but only now has it become a modern home appliance that can be used to change the temperature to fit exactly what you need.

If you’re eager to learn about smart thermostats, Wi-Fi thermostats, and other thermostat installations in Waterloo, IA, then keep reading!

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Spring Plumbing PSA: Careful Where You Dig!

Monday, April 22nd, 2024

Your backyard can be a sanctuary during the warming spring months. The plants are starting to bloom, the trees are all budding, and it’s such a wonderful time to really start spending time outdoors. However, a fun adventure in your new garden can quickly turn into a catastrophe if you’re not careful.

Just a few feet underneath the garden beds and gravel pathways could be a potential leak just waiting to happen. From sewer lines to power lines and even your water lines, all of these important parts of your home run underground. So, if you’re looking to do any improvements to your home plumbing in Cedar Rapids, IA, then you’ll want to follow this checklist to be sure you don’t cause any accidents.

Remember the age old adage: better safe than sorry!

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No Cooling? A Step By Step Guide of What to Do

Monday, April 15th, 2024

People are used to immediate results when it comes to an appliance. You flip the switch and it should start working right away. Think about the lights in your home or your television, when you press the button or flip the switch, you can probably imagine how it’s supposed to react. This instant gratification is important because when a system doesn’t operate exactly as it should, you might start getting worried.

This is normal, but it can be stressful when it has to do with your cooling system. Air conditioning in Cedar Rapids, IA is pretty important, especially when hot temperatures are right around the corner. It feels like heatwaves are coming earlier and earlier each year, which means time is running out.

If you turn your system on and don’t feel any cooling, then be sure to follow our guide to alleviate any panic. It’s going to be okay!

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IAQ Tips: Making Your Air More Breathable

Monday, April 8th, 2024

Indoor air quality is often overlooked when compared to heating or cooling. After all, it’s much easier to detect a problem with your heater on a cold day when you’re literally shivering and chattering your teeth! Likewise, summertime temperatures are almost unbearable without proper air conditioning. But many people have the ability to get used to their indoor air quality, even if it’s not very good.

Humans are experts at adapting. Our nostrils and respiratory systems can allow us to breathe air that might be filled with dust, pet dander, viruses, mold, and other contaminants that are bad for us. We’d like customers to adapt in the opposite direction and become more used to clean, fresh air that feels more comfortable.

But how does one achieve this goal? Do you need an air filter or air purifier in Cedar Rapids? Do you need both? The answers to these questions might surprise you.

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