Celco Heating and Air Conditioning Blog : Archive for April, 2015

What Happens During Air Conditioning Maintenance?

Monday, April 27th, 2015

Air conditioning maintenance sessions are an invaluable way for you to extend the life of your AC unit: lowering monthly costs, reducing the risks of damage and stopping big problems while they’re still relatively small. In towns like Fairfield, CT, where heat and humidity are part and parcel of summertime, an annual maintenance session each spring can help you rest a little easier when the temperature starts to climb. But unless you’re an air conditioning professional, you might not know exactly what’s involved in the process. What happens during air conditioning maintenance? We’ve provided a brief rundown below.

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Another AC Repair? It May Be Time to Consider Replacement

Monday, April 20th, 2015

It won’t be long before it’s time to turn on our air conditioners, but if you’ve been struggling with yours since last season, it may be time to consider replacement. Many people think that replacement is only necessary when your AC finally goes belly up, but the truth is, if you know the signs, you can make the replacement before you find yourself without any cooling at all and having to scramble to get a new system installed. The experts at Celco Heating and Air Conditioning have been offering comprehensive air conditioning services in Stamford, CT, and the surrounding area since 1976, and we are here to help you with all your AC needs. Let’s take a look at some of the signs that can indicate it may be time for replacement.

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Is Your Thermostat a Mismatch for Your HVAC System?

Monday, April 13th, 2015

Most people don’t think about pairing the right thermostat with their HVAC system, but you could be missing out on a number of advantages if your new HVAC system is connected to an old thermostat. Having an outdated thermostat is similar to using a push mower to mow your lawn instead of using a power mower. They both cut the grass, but the power mower makes it easier and does it better; the same goes for using an updated thermostat. What are your choices when it comes to upgrading? Here is a general overview:

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Worried About Allergies This Spring and Summer? Consider an Air Filtration System

Monday, April 6th, 2015

After our long New England winters, spring is always a welcome season, but for many people, spring is the beginning of another season: allergies. Spring allergies can range from irritating to flu-like, and finding refuge from pollen and other allergens can be difficult. While it isn’t possible to filter allergens in the outdoor air, it is possible to filter allergens from your indoor air with the help of a whole home air filtration system. Air filters, also known as mechanical air filters, can trap a number of types of allergens, removing them from your indoor air. But there are some important factors to understand about installing an air filter in your Fairfield County home, and we’ll discuss these factors in more detail below.

MERV Ratings

Every air conditioner comes with a standard air filter, but the job of this air filter isn’t to improve your home’s indoor air quality; instead, the standard air filter helps keep dirt, dust and debris from entering the system. Improving your indoor air quality with a mechanical filter requires using a filter made to do the job, and the best way to determine how effective a particular filter will be is to review its MERV rating. MERV stands for minimum efficiency reporting value, and the MERV scale runs from 1-20; household filters used for allergy control typically span the 5-12 MERV range. MERV ratings over 12 indicate usage of a HEPA filter, and while these filters are excellent at removing allergens, they are often so strong that they can restrict the air flow in your system. If you want to use a HEPA filter in your AC system, always consult with an expert first.

Which Is Best for You?

The best way to assess what type of air filter you should use (i.e., what MERV level to choose), is something best decided with an expert. An indoor air quality specialist can review with you the different contaminants captured at each MERV rating. Some homes may only need help with dust, while others may need help removing pet dander and pollen, in addition to dust. The trained IAQ specialists at Celco Heating and Air Conditioning can help determine which air filter will be best for your needs and install it seamlessly into your AC system.

It’s officially spring! Call us today and get ahead of seasonal allergies with a whole house air filtration system!

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