Jonas Energy Solutions Blog: Archive for the ‘Air Conditioning’ Category

Noises You Shouldn’t Hear Your AC Make

Monday, July 26th, 2021
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There’s no such thing as a silent air conditioner. We’re going to put that out there right now. While air conditioners today are definitely a lot quieter, especially if you purchase one of the leading brands, and particularly with variable speed AC systems, you’re going to hear some noise.

You’ll likely hear the compressor starting up and shutting down if you’re close enough to the outdoor unit. You’ll hear the blower fan whirring, and you may even detect a gentle rattling of the ductwork as conditioned air goes through it and the temperatures fluctuate.

What you shouldn’t hear, however, are any sounds outside of the normal, day-to-day operation of your cooling system. This can include the following:

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Heed These Signs That You Need Professional AC Repair

Monday, June 28th, 2021
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Air conditioning repair is one of those services you don’t want to wait on once you know you need it. You might be tempted to wait–after all if your system is still running and giving you some cool air, you may as well wait, right?

Well, not quite… ignoring AC repair needs risks running into a completely broken down air conditioner when you need it the most–right in the middle of summer.

We encourage all homeowners to take care of their cooling systems as soon as they realize they need a repair. But how do you know when you need one?! Read on to find out.

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Are You Using Your Solar Air Conditioner Efficiently?

Tuesday, June 1st, 2021
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Of course, by the very nature of having a solar-powered air conditioner, you’re helping to boost your home’s energy efficiency. Unfortunately, though, there are still things you can be doing–even small things–that contribute to poor energy use, and therefore you end up spending more money than you should from month to month.

Summer is right around the corner and you want to make sure that your solar-powered air conditioner is ready for it! This means first ensuring that you schedule routine maintenance for the system. Air conditioner maintenance should be conducted by the pros once a year to ensure that the system performs well and doesn’t have any repair issues that need addressing right away.

With or without maintenance though, and whether your air conditioner is powered by the sun or you’re using the traditional electrical grid,here are some ways to use your cooling system more efficiently:

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Have You Scheduled AC Maintenance Yet?

Monday, May 17th, 2021
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It makes sense that when you hear an HVAC professional suggest annual maintenance for your air conditioner, it can be an easy thing to brush off. After all, it’s not like there is anything seriously wrong with your air conditioner, so why schedule a service and pay for it if you don’t need it right now? What if your air conditioner is working “just fine”?

Well, we think your air conditioner could and should work much better than “just fine.” In fact, professional maintenance will ensure that your air conditioner works as efficiently and effectively as it is designed to, throughout its entire lifespan. You can say that you can’t afford to go without maintenance, and it would be an accurate statement.

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What Happens if Your Heat Pump is Stuck in Heating Mode?

Monday, April 5th, 2021
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With how hot we know the daily temperatures will get around here, the last thing you likely want to do is turn on your heater, right? Yet, if you’re unfortunate enough to have a malfunctioning heat pump, that’s exactly what can happen. If you tried to switch your heat pump to cooling mode only to discover warm air still coming through the vents, then this is very clearly a problem.

It appears as though your heat pump is stuck in heating mode, and you’ll need a trained professional to get it working again. But why does this happen? And what will we do about it? Read on to find out!

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6 Sounds You Don’t Want Your AC Making

Monday, August 24th, 2020
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If we were to travel to the future, we’d probably find air conditioners with the ability to text our smartphones when they had a problem. Unfortunately, time-travel isn’t a reality, and our air conditioners aren’t sentient, so it’s up to us to know when something is wrong.

Maybe you’ve noticed a drop in cooling power in your AC, or you have had an unexpected increase in your energy bills. Perhaps even the circuit breakers for the air conditioner keep tripping.

These are all common signs that something is amiss with your air conditioner, but perhaps the most popular sign is unfamiliar noises like the ones we’ve listed here

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Beware These Signs You Need AC Repair

Monday, August 10th, 2020
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Imagine this scenario: you’re sitting in your living room relaxing. It’s about 85°F outside, but that’s okay. Your air conditioner is blasting away, providing you with cool air that makes you feel perfectly comfortable. Until suddenly, it stops.

You run over to your thermostat–the settings are correct and it still seems to be working fine. You check the circuit breaker–did it trip? Nope, the circuit breaker is fine. So what’s going on? You call for emergency repairs, but you have to wait a little bit because everyone else is doing the same thing.

Suddenly your relaxing afternoon turned into a frustrating and uncomfortable one. But what if you could prevent this? Read on to learn how you can.

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AC Efficiency Tips for a Carefree Summer!

Monday, July 27th, 2020
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While we can’t promise you a 100% carefree summer, we can get you a lot closer to it than you would be without the following tips.

The thing is, too many homeowners don’t realize just how important efficiency is when it comes to running their air conditioners. They assume that if their energy bills are too high, they should just stop using their air conditioners for awhile to cut down on those bills. But the fact of the matter is, you don’t have to stop using your air conditioner at all!

Read on as we go through some tips to help you use your cooling system more efficiently, and subsequently save some dough.

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Is It Ever Too Late for Air Conditioning Maintenance?

Monday, July 13th, 2020
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There’s only one scenario in which AC maintenance would be too late, and that’s if your cooling system has completely broken down to the point that it’s beyond repair. Perhaps your 15+-year-old system had a compressor failure, or you let a refrigerant leak go on too long and the system is dead. Chances are, this is not the case for you. But if you skip maintenance consecutively each year, it could be.

Consecutively is the keyword here—consistency is more important than the time of year you have AC maintenance done. Yes, we do typically recommend it in the spring, before temperatures rise and you actually need the system on an hourly basis. This lets you get your tune-up on the schedule right away and lowers the risk of your experiencing AC trouble when you actually need the system. However, if you at least commit to scheduling AC maintenance once a year, it’s never too late. But, is maintenance really that important?

Yes! Read on to learn why.

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These Factors Impact the Cost of Your AC Installation

Monday, June 29th, 2020
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One of the brand promises we pride ourselves on is that we offer upfront pricing. So naturally, a common question we get is “how much will my AC installation cost”? While pricing can be upfront, we do need to go over some specifics first before we can give you a truly accurate answer.

While this blog post won’t give you an exact price, we’re going to break down the factors that go into the cost of your cooling system installation so you can be better prepared when you give us a call to install your next AC.

Type of Air Conditioner

The first factor to consider when determining the cost of your AC installation is what type of air conditioner will best suit your specific home and needs. Just a few of the AC systems we install and service include:

  • Central Air Conditioners: When you hear the term “air conditioner,” this might be the one you envision. Traditional, central air conditioners are comprised of an indoor unit and outdoor unit, with a network of ducts to route cooled air throughout your home. Older central AC systems have their efficiency issues, but today’s central air conditioners are highly efficient and make a great option for many homes!
  • Heat Pumps: A heat pump is a great option for a family that needs both a new air conditioner and furnace or heating system, or even a family who is just looking for more cost-efficient cooling and heating in general. It’s set up like a traditional central system, but has a reversing valve that enables the flow of refrigerant to change so you can use it for cooling and heating.
  • Ductless Systems: A ductless system takes heat pump technology a step further. It’s comprised of a single outdoor unit and up to 4 indoor, wall-mounted air handlers that can be individually controlled from one another. They’re highly energy efficient and great for families who disagree on what the “right” temperature is for comfort.

Efficiency Needs

Every type of air conditioner comes with a SEER rating. SEER stands for Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio and this refers to the ratio of cooling output of a cooling system over a typical cooling season, divided by its energy use in Watt-Hours.

Comfort Needs

When you install a new air conditioner, one of the first things you’ll notice is that your home is much cooler than it was before. This is the nature of replacing an aging system with a new one, since today’s models are so powerful and efficient.

But, some air conditioners will simply provide more powerful and direct cooling than others, depending on your living space, and this goes back to what type of air conditioner you have installed. If you have a large home and depend on an evaporative cooler, you may not be able to stay as comfortable as you would have if you’d invested in a ductless system.

Jonas Energy Solutions is a fourth-generation family-owned company providing expert air conditioning installation services and much more throughout Lake County. Contact us today!

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