Dayco Systems Blog: Archive for the ‘Air Conditioning’ Category

Do I need a Mini Split for Every Room?

Monday, April 19th, 2021
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Temperatures may have cooled down for a short bit again, but don’t let Mother Nature fool you! You know as well as we do that summer is right around the corner, and if you don’t already have one you’re going to need an effective and efficient air conditioner installed in your home. And if you’re like many modern homeowners, you might be considering a ductless mini-split system as your next air conditioner installation.

These are powerful, efficient, and versatile systems. They have increased in popularity recently, and for good reason! One of the questions we get from customers about these systems is, “Do I need a mini split for every room?” When they ask this, they’re asking about the air handlers, which are often mounted up high on the walls in each room that the homeowner wants cooling (or heating).

The short answer to this question is “it depends,” and the longer answer is a bit debatable among even HVAC professionals. Read on and we’ll help you decide what’s best for your home!

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Ductless AC vs Window Unit – Which is Better?

Monday, April 12th, 2021
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Perhaps for years now, you’ve been “getting by” with window AC units in each room of your home.  But what if you could do much more than just “get by”? You should be able to enjoy comfort in your home as affordably and effectively as possible, and that’s not always possible with a window unit.

More and more homeowners are discovering the benefits of going ductless—not only for their cooling needs but even their heating needs too. The real question, though, is ductless right for your specific home and needs? Or is sticking with window units the better option for you? Read on as we uncover the pros and cons of each option.

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How Do You Know If Your AC Is Low on Freon?

Monday, April 5th, 2021
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Freon is the name given to a particular type of refrigerant that was used prior to this year. If you have a system that still uses Freon, then it’s time to start considering a replacement. First off, this means that your air conditioner is on the older side, and well cared for cooling systems are designed to last about 10-15 years. Secondly, Freon is bad for the environment.

The type of refrigerant used in AC systems today is more environmentally friendly, and absolutely necessary for the functionality of your cooling system. It’s the component that actually allows the cooling system to cool. But, you could have a refrigerant leak, and when your air conditioner is low on refrigerant, it can experience a number of problems.

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How Long Do Central AC Units Last?

Monday, March 29th, 2021
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One of the most common questions we get about central air conditioner installations is in regards to how long they last. After all, you want to make sure you’re getting a good return on your investment, right?

Well, the short answer to this is that central AC systems last about 10-15 years. However, this is dependent on a number of factors, including the steps followed during installation, whether or not your system was installed by a professional, the size of the system, and more!

Read on as we uncover some factors that impact how long a central AC system lasts.

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How to Repair an AC Compressor

Monday, March 22nd, 2021
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With the official end of winter having just passed, you’re probably looking forward to warmer temperatures. Being able to turn off your furnace and save on your energy bills for a while is a relief, right?

Of course, you’ll soon need to turn your attention to your air conditioner. If you want those bills to be manageable, then it’s important to ensure that your cooling system is in the best shape possible. So if you have compressor damage, it’s best to have it taken care of ASAP.

In today’s blog post, we’re going to tell you how to repair an AC compress—wait. We want to be able to help you as much as possible. So we can’t give you DIY tips when it comes to your compressor. This will only leave you with potentially more damage, costlier repairs, and potentially even injuries.

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Does Homeowner Insurance Cover AC Repair?

Monday, March 15th, 2021
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Homeownership is the epitome of the American Dream. But, it doesn’t mean things always go smoothly. There are frustrations that many homeowners throughout Woodstock and beyond have to deal with, whether it be plumbing leaks, power outages, or broken appliances—like the HVAC system.

A broken down air conditioner, or malfunctioning AC system, can be panic-inducing. But what if we told you that you might not have to pay out-of-pocket for your repair costs? In fact, what if we told you that you’ve already been paying for the next repair you need, through your homeowner insurance?

It’s true! In some cases, your homeowner insurance does in fact cover air conditioning repair. Read on as we uncover when this is the case, and when it isn’t.

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How to Calculate Air Conditioning Load of a Room

Monday, March 1st, 2021
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With winter slowly, but surely, coming to an end soon, it’s time to focus our attention on our air conditioning systems. What kind of shape is yours in? Is it time for you to invest in a replacement?

If it is time for you to upgrade, you are likely tempted to just go ahead and buy the biggest and best system you can afford and get it installed quickly, right? We really want to encourage you to slow down and consider the implications of this, though. Rushing into an air conditioner purchase can lead you to not only getting the wrong model of air conditioner for your specific home, but the wrong size too, which will have serious implications to the efficiency of the equipment and the comfort of your home.

To properly size a system, our professionals must do what’s called a cooling load calculation. “Wait,” you might be wondering,” I thought you were going to tell me how to calculate the air conditioning load of a room?”

This is actually a pretty complex job, and it’s not just the room we have to calculate the load for, but your entire home. There are a number of factors that go into this calculation. They include:

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What Is Ductless Air Conditioning?

Monday, February 22nd, 2021
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As we still deal with chillier temperatures for a few more weeks (well, chilly by our standards, right?), our time and attention is likely to be pulled to our furnaces—are they operating as they should? Did you have yours maintained last fall?

We definitely encourage these inquiries! If your furnace wasn’t quite up to par this season, and/or your air conditioner was on its last leg in 2020 and you were already considering a replacement, then now might be the best time to look into it.

Ductless air conditioning has become quite popular for homeowners living in our climate. These systems are heat pumps—this means they work like air conditioners, but also can reverse the flow of refrigerant to work as heaters. Curious? Read on to learn more!

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Don’t Neglect These Potential Late-Season AC Repair Needs!

Monday, October 19th, 2020
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There is a lot going on in the country these days. There are various priorities for you to keep track of—keeping your family healthy and safe. You need to navigate the political landscape. You also need to be sure your air conditioner is in good shape.

Wait, was that last one not a priority of yours? It should be! The last thing you need next spring when you go to use your air conditioner again after the winter season is to be stuck with a malfunctioning or broken down air conditioner, after all. But that’s what can happen if you neglect repair needs. And unfortunately, this is the most common time of year for repair needs to crop up—after a long, hot summer of use.

Read on as we uncover some of the most common late-season AC repair needs we get called for.

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AC Trouble: Don’t Ignore These 6 Ominous Sounds!

Monday, September 7th, 2020
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Did you know this is the time of year that you are most likely to experience air conditioner problems? The reason for this is because by now, your air conditioner has been running a lot and even a well-maintained system will accumulate a lot of wear and tear over the summer.

If an air conditioning system isn’t well maintained, it’s even more likely that something will go wrong. The most likely way a homeowner can actually detect if something has gone wrong is through strange, maybe even ominous, noises. Read on to learn about six we think you should know about.

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