FAQs & Best Practices
The following articles answer frequently asked questions and provide best practices when using and maintaining your chimney, fireplace, or heating and cooling appliances.
Air conditioning costs vary based on unit type, size, features, and installation complexities. A window unit can range from $150-$600, while central systems are typically $2,500-$7,500, and ductless mini-splits fall between $1,500-$5,000. Operational costs depend on energy efficiency and usage.
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Disconnect power to the AC unit. Clean exterior condenser coils/fins with a soft brush & coil cleaner. Rinse gently. Straighten bent fins. Access & clean interior evaporator coils. Replace or clean air filter. Clean drain pan & line. Ensure smooth operation post-cleaning.
Air conditioning works by transferring heat from inside your home to the outside using a special liquid called refrigerant. The refrigerant circulates through coils and pipes, absorbing heat from the indoor air and releasing it outside, thereby cooling the indoor air.
A ductless mini-split system is an energy-efficient HVAC solution without traditional ductwork. It consists of an outdoor compressor and indoor air-handling units, providing zone-specific heating and cooling. They offer installation flexibility, quiet operation, and improved air quality.
Whether you need air conditioning depends on your personal comfort needs, local climate, budget, and environmental considerations. There are also alternatives available, from energy-efficient AC units to passive cooling techniques, which can accommodate various needs and preferences.
Your water heater needs repair when it provides insufficient hot water, shows water temperature inconsistencies, makes unusual noises, or leaks. Discolored or foul-smelling water can also indicate a problem that requires repair or possibly replacement of your water heater.
A boiler works by burning fuel to heat water, which is then circulated through a system of pipes to radiators or underfloor heating systems. The key components of a boiler include the burner, combustion chamber, heat exchanger, controls, and exhaust stack.
It's time to replace your boiler when you notice warning signs like increased energy bills, frequent repairs, unusual noises, or leaks. Also, consider replacing it if it's nearing its 15-20 year lifespan. Always factor in its performance, your comfort, and environmental impact.
Typically, a furnace should be replaced every 15 to 20 years, or sooner if there are persistent issues like frequent repairs, increasing energy bills, inconsistent heating, or strange noises. A timely replacement ensures efficient heating and potentially lowers costs.
Custom chimney solutions enhance your home's aesthetic appeal, ensures optimized functionality, and boosts property value. It also allows for the integration of advanced safety features. This approach can turn your chimney into a masterpiece that meets your unique needs.