Understanding the Cooling Limits of an AC

May 10th, 2021
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Take a look at the thermostat in your house and see how low it can be set. It’s probably 60°F, the standard for thermostats. That’s uncomfortably cool for most occasions, but it does make it sound like your air conditioner is powerful enough to always be able to lower your home’s indoor temperature that far. No matter how hot it gets outside, you can always have your home feel extra cool.

Except that’s not how an air conditioner works. There are limits on how much cooling an AC can provide a house, and in this post we’re going to look at what it is. You can use this information to help you find the right settings for your thermostat during summer.

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Should You Get a New AC Before Summer?

April 26th, 2021
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Spring maintenance for your air conditioning system is one of the most important services for it. If you stay current with maintenance each year, you can expect your AC to have a long service life with few repairs and high energy efficiency.

But someday, maintenance won’t be enough. Eventually, you’ll need to have your air conditioning system replaced. And maybe this is the spring when you have your aging AC hauled to the recycling yard and have our technicians put in a new one. 

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The Hard Starting AC: Let’s Fix That!

April 12th, 2021
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As we settle in for the warm weather of the year and get used to having air conditioning systems running again, we recommend you pay close attention to how your AC is operating. If you already arranged for its annual maintenance inspection and tune-up, then you’re in excellent shape: you can expect the cooling system to have few troubles through the summer. But even with this protection from a system breakdown, an air conditioning system may still malfunction. 

As you start the season of running your AC, watch for early warnings of something wrong. Such as hard starting.

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Understanding Air Conditioning Efficiency Ratings

March 29th, 2021

Are you currently looking for a new air conditioning installation in Indianapolis, IN this spring so you household is ready for the summer heat? That’s great planning: it’s always good to get ahead of the hot weather and take advantage of a slower time for HVAC technicians. 

As you begin looking into possible new air conditioning units, you’ll run across efficiency ratings. If you don’t know what these ratings mean or what counts as a “good” efficiency rating, no worries. We’re here to help. We recommend calling us before you make a choice about your AC, since we can provide you with the knowledge to find a new air conditioner that matches the specific needs of your household as well as your budget. 

Below is a short introduction to AC efficiency ratings and how they’re measured.

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Sign Up for Our Maintenance Plan—AC Weather Is Coming!

March 15th, 2021
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Are you ready for warm weather? We guess that’s a silly question. After a long, cold winter, everybody is ready to have things warm up. A less silly question: Is your air conditioning system ready for warm weather?

If your answer is, “I’m not sure,” or “What exactly do you mean?” then we’re glad you landed on our blog post today. It’s time for your air conditioning system to have its annual maintenance inspection and tune-up, and we can make it simple for you with membership in our Advantage Life Plan.

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Rate Your Furnace’s Performance for the Winter

March 1st, 2021
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At the end of winter, we recommend you take a few moments to think about your furnace’s performance over the past season. If you have a relatively young furnace, you probably enjoyed consistent heating from it without any concerns. Older furnaces may start to encounter troubles, and it’s a good idea to consider if any of those troubles indicates a need for furnace service or even a new furnace installation in Indianapolis, IN. Planning is critical for ensuring you continue to receive the highest quality heating and energy efficiency from your HVAC system.

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How Much Will a High-Efficiency Furnace Save Me?

February 15th, 2021
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If you’re reading this blog post, you probably are considering getting a furnace replacement in Indianapolis, IN at some point in the near future. Maybe your current furnace is starting to fall behind and you’re ready to get a new one once the winter weather is past. Or perhaps your furnace is already on the verge of failing and you think the time for a replacement is imminent. 

Whatever the reason, you’re considering investing in a high-efficiency furnace with an annual fuel utilization efficiency (AFUE) of 95% or higher. This can be a big change from an old mid-efficiency furnace with an 85% efficiency, or from an even older furnace with a meager 70% AFUE. How much can you expect to save with one of these high-efficiency systems?

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Why Does My Heat Pump Keep Bubbling?

February 1st, 2021
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Odd noises from a heat pump can indicate a major problem with the unit, and it’s good to keep an ear out for them. For example, this bubbling sound you keep hearing … what does it mean?

The likely cause for this bubbling or a gurgling sound coming from a heat pump is that there are air bubbles trapped in the refrigerant line. This is a serious problem because it means air has gotten into the line through a leak. Losing refrigerant puts the entire heat pump at risk since the unit is designed to run at a specific charge of refrigerant—if the charge drops, it will eventually lead to a compressor burn-out and a system breakdown. If you call our professionals for heat pump repairs in Indianapolis, IN, they will find the leaks in the refrigerant lines, seal them, and then replace the exact amount of refrigerant lost. This will get your heat pump back to normal.

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How Long Can I Expect to Keep My Heating System?

January 18th, 2021
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It would be wonderful if your home’s heating system was forever. But furnaces, heat pumps, and radiant heating systems aren’t like diamonds—they wear out with time until they can no longer handle their jobs without costing too much in upkeep. You can delay having to replace your heater with regular maintenance. Professional maintenance done each fall will help the heater reach its maximum potential service life. But make no mistake, there is a maximum. 

What is the maximum for your heater? Well, as with many things in HVAC, it depends. Service life expectancy is different depending on the heater type, its use, and its maintenance. We can give you some generalizations, but the best way to know for sure when you have a heating system ready to retire is to consult with our professionals.

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We’ve Been Named a Superpro by HouseCall Pro!

January 6th, 2021

We’ve got some exciting news: Vital Heating & Air has been named a Superpro™ by HouseCall Pro! What does that mean? It means that we’ve joined an elite company of local home service businesses who use HouseCal Pro software. In fact, only 5% of HouseCall Pro users receive this recognition.

Each month, HouseCall Pro awards Superpro™ status to a company that has shown dedication to providing customers with a “transparent, modern, and online experience from day one, establishing a strong relationship for years to come.” 

Although this doesn’t come as a surprise to us, since we are always focused on delivering the best experience to our customers, both online and in the real world, we’re proud to receive this recognition.

Vital Heating & Air: Your Comfort Is Vital!

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