Your Top Heating & Cooling Questions Answered

As a homeowner, it’s your responsibility to maintain your home and all of its components to sustain the best value, comfort and security for your home. This is a lot to ask of someone who is likely a parent and a full-time employee. We certainly don’t expect you to know it all. This is why we take it upon ourselves to proactively answer the important questions that homeowners may have when it comes to the ins and outs of their home’s heating and cooling.

Heating and Cooling Questions

Common Heating & Cooling Questions

Below, we’ve taken the time to answer some of your top questions about heating and cooling your home:

Where is my air filter?

To check on your air or furnace filter, you’ll have to know where it is first. Most units will have the filter next to the unit on the return duct. For older units, the filter is often inside the furnace next to the blower. Other units have a central filter grille that will be located on a wall or ceiling in the house.

How often should I check my air filter?

We recommend that you check your air or furnace filter at least once a month. You will want to check more frequently during high use seasons. This timeline ensures that if the filter is compromised or dirty, that it can be cleaned or replaced before it can cause damage to the unit or worsen the air quality of your home. If you have a replaceable air filter and it is dirty, do not bother trying to clean it, you are better off replacing it, as it is more prone to wear and tear than a more sturdy pleated filter.

What is the ideal humidity level for my home?

The humidity level of a home is vitally important for both safety and comfort. A home that is not humid enough can be too dry for its occupants causing dry throats, noses and potentially damaging electrical equipment. Meanwhile, a home that is too humid is at risks of inviting pests and mold into their home. The ideal humidity level for a home falls within 35-50% with 40-45% being the most ideal.

How does air conditioning work?

The function of an air conditioner is not actually to pump cold air into the house, but rather to suck the heat out of the house and circulate cooler air from within the home until the home reaches the ideal temperature, humidity and air quality. The heat is pulled through the unit and out through the ventilation system, while the cooler air is pushed through the ductwork of the home. If you feel as though heat is not leaving your home quickly, check your ventilation system and if you don’t feel like cool air is flowing through your home fast enough, consider cleaning your ducts.

What size air conditioning unit do I need?

There are more factors than the size of home or business that goes into the size of unit that is required to heat or cool the space. Yes, size is one of the biggest components of this decision, but factors such as window size and quality, home orientation with regards to the sun and overall energy efficiency to the home. If a home is properly insulated and receives a bounty of free energy from the sun, it may be able to use a smaller unit. On the other hand, if a structure is poorly insulated and is shaded in the winter or baking in the sun in the summer, it will likely require a larger unit to properly heat and cool the building. Ultimately it is recommended to have an Albuquerque HVAC specialist come to your home to properly size your new HVAC unit.

What’s the difference between a variable speed furnace and a traditional furnace?

A traditional furnace will run at one speed, or 100%, at all times. This sounds ideal in that it should quickly heat up your home, however, not all temperature differences require this much energy to effectively heat your home. A variable speed furnace has the ability to first release an initial burst of heat at 65% percent capacity. Only if it is completely necessary will a variable speed furnace kick into 100% capacity. This not only saves energy (variable speed furnaces are more expensive but the energy savings can take as little as 4 years to pay off the difference), but the unit will be notably quieter. There is also an additional bonus to heating up a home more slowly, in that it allows the air in the home to be properly filtered and replaced to avoid the buildup of humidity or poor air quality.

For the answers to any of your HVAC questions or for Albuquerque heating and cooling services, contact Anderson Air Corps for an exceptional customer focused experience.

AC Coil Maintenance

Dirty Coil?

If it’s been a while since you had your AC coil cleaned or serviced then chances are you are going to need to have it cleaned. As a by-product of normal operation the evaporator coil on your HVAC system is going to collect dust. If you’ve ever noticed how a cold glass will form condensation and how anything damp or wet seems to collect dust then you have a pretty good understanding of why your AC coil will get dirty. It’s the same processes. During normal operation your coil will pull moisture out of the air as condensation (Which is why you have a drip pan) and any dust that is present in the air will naturally stick to that condensation.

So You’re Ready to Clean Your Coil

You’ll need a few things in order to properly clean your coil

  • Gloves
  • Screwdrivers (Flathead and Phillips) or hex sockets
  • Coil cleaner
  • Fin comb
  • Soft paintbrush
  • New Filter

First things first, turn off your HVAC unit. You don’t need to disconnect power to it, but will want to turn it off. Next you’re going to have to locate your air handler which will house the evaporator coil. This could be on your roof, in the attic, the basement, or even in a utility closet. The coil will be placed after the fan and behind a service panel.

Remove the service panel and inspect the condition of the coil. If it is really dirty, use the paintbrush to remove any large dust bunnies. Next read the directions on your coil cleaning spray and apply it to the coil. Let the cleaner do its work and pull off the remaining dust from the coil. Don’t worry about trying to collect the dripping cleaner as it will collect in the drip pan and exit through the drain line.

Now that the coil is clean and you can see the condition of it better, use the fin comb to straighten-out any bends, dents or kinks in the fins. A bent fin means obstructed airflow and lower efficiencies (And a higher bill!). When doing this step make sure to put on your gloves as the fins are sharp and cut skin easily.

Your coil is now clean and fins straightened. Put the service panel back on the air handler and secure it tightly, taking special care to align it properly against the seals — you don’t want any leaks here.

Next, replace your air filter with the new one.

That’s It!

You’ve now properly cleaned and maintained your AC coil. With twice yearly cleanings your coil will be sure to function properly over the life of your system. If you would rather have one of our trained technicians at Anderson Air Corps service your coil for you, or if you have any further questions, don’t hesitate to call us for service!

What Size Air Conditioner Do I need for My Home?

Getting a new air conditioning is a big expense and a big choice. How do you know which unit is right for your home? To make sure your indoor space is comfortable, that it is cooled efficiently, and that you won’t be paying too much on your energy bills, picking the right size for your new AC unit is a good place to start.

Factors to Help You Choose the Right Size AC 

The size of AC unit you choose is important. Go too small and it will run constantly without ever cooling your home adequately. With a unit that is too large it will cycle off rapidly and never really cool the structure of your home. Here are some important factors to consider for picking the right size:

How big is your home?

An obvious consideration is the size of your home. AC units are sized by TON rating, or cooling capacity. The larger your home, the higher the rating you need. It is important to consider volume of space too, not just square footage.

What about windows and insulation?

It’s also important to think about how your home holds on to heat. If you have good insulation and newer windows, you can make do with a smaller AC. With poor insulation or older windows, a larger unit may be needed to keep your home cool.

Do you get a lot of sunlight? 

Where those windows are in the home and how much heat they let in is also important. If you have a lot of south-facing windows or a lack of shade around windows, you may need a larger AC unit to cool your space adequately.

Making the Most of Efficiency

Efficiency is another important factor to consider when choosing what size air conditioner you need for your home. It is important in making your home as comfortable as possible without paying too much each month. If you have factors that make your home more difficult to cool, you might want to address those before getting a new AC: get better insulation, change out your windows, or plant shade trees.

You can also look for a unit that is the right size for your home, but that has a high SEER rating. This is the rating that tells you about efficiency. The higher the rating, the more energy efficient the unit is. A high SEER unit may cost more, but it could save you money in the end. If you’re stuck and unsure what unit is right for you, let one of our experts help. And keep checking back in with our Anderson Air Corp blog for the latest HVAC information and more helpful tips.

Understanding AC Compressor

AC Compressor: Reciprocating Vs. Rotary

The compressor in your air conditioning system believe it or not uses the more energy than any other component. The compressor plays a vital role when it comes to cooling your home. There are many different compressors on the market today and here at Anderson Air Corps we feel that it is important for you all to know what the differences are between the two most common types before you make any hasty decisions when having to purchase a new one. Below we will provide you with all the information you need to know about a reciprocating and rotary compressor.

What is an AC Compressor?

In order to best understand the difference between a reciprocating compressor and a rotary compressor we feel that it is important that you know what a compressor is and how it operates in general. The compressors are one of the most important parts of the refrigeration cycle within the air conditioner. The compressor compresses the refrigerant which flow to the condenser and that is where the refrigerant becomes cooled. It then travels to the expansion valve, then to the evaporator, and is then sucked up by the compressor again. In order for the refrigeration cycle to function properly the refrigerant must be compressed to the pressure corresponding to the saturation temperature, which is higher than the temperature of the naturally available air or water. Compression of the refrigerant to the suitable pressure ensures its proper condensation and circulation throughout the cycle. The capacity or the refrigeration or air conditioning depends solely on the capacity of the compressor.

Reciprocating AC Compressor

We wanted to start out with the reciprocating AC compressor because it is one of the most widely used types of refrigerating compressors. They have a piston and cylinder arrangement that is very similar to that of an automobile engine. The piston moves in a reciprocating motion due to external power compression on the refrigerant inside the cylinder. There are several different types of reciprocating compressors and they are, hermetically sealed, semi-hermetically sealed, and an open type. The open type of reciprocating compressors can be a single cylinder type or a multi-cylinder type.

Rotary AC Compressor

The rotary compressors are made up of two rotating elements that are like gears between where the refrigerant is compressed. Rotary compressors can pump the refrigerant to lower or moderate condensing pressures. They can handle small volumes of gas and don’t produce as much pressure as other compressors therefore they are used in fewer air conditioning systems.

Anderson Air Corps

We understand that when it comes to the parts of an air conditioner and how it operates can get a little tricky and that’s what we are here for. The main purpose of this article was to distinguish the difference between a reciprocating compressor and a rotary compressor. The basic difference is a reciprocating compressor is used in much larger air conditioning systems and a rotary compressor is used in smaller air conditioning systems. We have a highly trained team of professionals who are trained specifically to help you with problems you may have concerning your air conditioning system. Don’t attempt to check or replace a compressor on your own. You know now how confusing they can be so don’t hesitate to give us a call for some help. We can provide you with a technician that is very knowledgeable about compressors and who can fix any problem that you may have with your AC compressor. We also offer many more services not just work on compressors so if you are experiencing any problems with your HVAC system don’t hesitate and give us a call today.

Air Conditioning Evolution

 

Air conditioning has changed significantly over the years and has steadily improved. Here at Anderson heating and cooling, we believe that it is important to know where air conditioning first started and how much it has improved over the years.

HVAC technicians install, maintain, and fix cooling systems each and every day. The science behind modern climate control systems has provided us with better air quality, energy efficiency, and comfort for our home and workplace. HVAC dealers deserve a lot of credit for bringing this high level comfort to customers. Their hard work goes unnoticed and so we want to tell you what air conditioning was like years ago and what it would still be like today without the help of HVAC contractors.

Air Conditioning 130 Years Ago

130 years ago sophisticated heating and cooling hadn’t made an appearance yet. Since air conditioning wasn’t common, neither were HVAC technicians or HVAC companies.

Air Conditioning 100 Years Ago

100 years ago air conditioning was very slowly making an appearance in the world. Residential installations were very scarce and not heard of much. The first home unit was installed during this time. The problem with the first air conditioning systems was that no one had much knowledge of how they operated, or what chemicals they produced. HVAC contractors were put at great health risks because they were exposed to ammonia. Because of the lack of knowledge and technology, they didn’t know how to take care of the problem.

Air Conditioning 80 Years Ago

About 80 years ago cooling systems were becoming quite popular among homeowners. Since new improvements were being made with technology, air conditioning systems were beginning to improve as well.

Today

Today more than a quarter-million HVAC technicians hold down stable jobs, and the employment outlook is bright. Air conditioning units are being made smaller than ever so they don’t take up too much space. They are also being designed to conserve energy. Conserving energy is not only good for the environment but its good for your pocket as well. The more energy your air conditioning system saves the more money you will save on your monthly electricity bills.

Air conditioning systems are no different than anything else in the world. They started out at the bottom and have been steadily improving. For instance, cell phones started with a very large phone that you could only use to make phone calls and now they have transitioned into a device that we can control just about anything from. As mentioned above, air conditioning systems started out as nothing and have now evolved into something that we depend on and couldn’t do without.

Anderson Heating And Cooling

Here at Anderson heating and cooling we feel that it is very important to recognize our team of highly trained technicians because if it weren’t for them we would not be where we are today and neither would cooling systems. They are what keep air conditioning systems improving because they are able to develop new ways and techniques to cool homes while saving money.

We hope that this article was able to teach you a little something about what air conditioning was years ago.

We offer many different services here and would be more than happy to have you as a customer. Our team here at Anderson is highly trained and has the knowledge to help you fix whatever problem you may have concerning your air conditioning system. To schedule a service or to just get some more information about air conditioners just give us a call.

HVAC System Maintenance

HVAC SystemsGetting ready for summer means more than changing out your wardrobe. It also means taking steps to ensure your home and air conditioner are ready for those rising temperatures. Here at Anderson we can help to tune-up your AC system to make sure it is running smoothly and efficiently.

Our technicians will assist you in a few steps of making this process easy but you can do some of the summer preparation steps yourself. Here are a few simple steps you can take to make sure your HVAC system is ready for summer.

HVAC System Maintenance

First is to make sure you have your annual maintenance on your system. By having HVAC system maintenance performed by a professional technician like those at our office, you can rest easy knowing you’re ready to face whatever the temperatures might get to. They will inspect the unit, clean the unit and inform you of any repairs that are needed. You can catch small repairs before they become big repair costs.

Change Air Filters

One of the first lines of defence in your indoor air quality is the air filters in your system. Changing these out regularly is important to your breathing and helping your HVAC system run efficiently. Clogged or blocked filters make it hard for the system to get the proper amount of air it needs to run. It also means that that debris can make it back into the air you’re breathing in your home. These filters can block out dust, dirt, dander, pollen and allergens that would irritate those who are sensitive in your home. Make sure you clean these or change them every 30-60 days.

Programmable Thermostat

If you do not already have a programmable thermostat in your home you may want to consider installing one this summer. These thermostats can make it much easier to keep your home regulated and cool while saving you money on your electric bill each month. These thermostats can be programmed for when you’re away from home or to come on at certain times each day. It’s a simple addition to your HVAC system that can have many benefits.

Outdoor Unit

You should add cleaning up around the outdoor unit of your HVAC system to your regular outside chores. Simply go around the unit and make sure there is no dirt or debris blocking the air flow. This is a step that should be performed regularly to make sure things such as leaves, sticks or grass clippings are not piling up around the unit. Also try to aim the lawnmower away from the unit when you are cutting around it.

These are just a few steps you should take to help prepare your HVAC for the summer months. By having our technicians at Anderson come out to inspect your unit you can rest assured it’s going to help you stay comfortable on those blazing summer days to come. You can easily make sure that your family is comfortable and that your wallet likes the savings as well. Make sure your system is ready to face summer by taking these simple steps to prepare.

Don’t forget to change your air filters regularly such as every 30-90 days depending on the type of filter you buy. You can help your family breathe easier and your HVAC system to do it’s job of keeping the pollutants out of your air system. Call Anderson today to schedule your regular HVAC system maintenance that will prolong the life of your unit and give you more peace of mind for the upcoming months.

 

DIY Air Conditioner Maintenance

Taking care of your air conditioner unit is important to keep your family comfortable. Summer temperatures can reach triple digits in some places making it very important that your air conditioning system is ready to face those high temperatures. When you have performed regular maintenance on your air conditioner, it can perform as you need it to.

While we here at Anderson will gladly perform your annual maintenance, there are a few simple DIY air conditioner maintenance tasks you can do at home to help your air conditioning unit perform as it should. These simple steps can help make a difference in whether you’re home stays cool or you have problems this summer.

Change Filters

One of the simplest and most forgotten steps of DIY air conditioner maintenance is to change out the air filters on a regular basis. This simple step helps your system run more efficiently and helps you breathe easier.

This is your first line of defense against pollution in your indoor air. By changing out the filter on a regular basis you can prevent the allergens from floating around your home. It also helps your air conditioner system run easier as when the filters are blocked the system has to work harder to cool your home.

Clean Condenser

When you’re working outside make sure to clean out around your unit. Check your outdoor unit and clean out debris, dirt, sticks and leaves from around the unit. When these items surround the unit it is hard to get the necessary air it needs to cool your home. This makes the unit work harder than it should have to. This DIY air conditioner maintenance task does not need any technology and can be part of your gardening tasks.

Rinse Off Unit

You can easily rinse off the condenser unit and the condenser coils by turning off the unit and spraying it down. Be sure you take that step to turn off the power to the unit so you are safe during this clean up. Again this This DIY air conditioner maintenance is simple to do.

Supply Grills

Don’t forget to check around the supply grills in your home. This is where your air conditioning system sends your cold air into the home. You want to make sure they are cleaned off and not blocked by rugs or anything similar. You need to clean around them if there’s any dust or debris on the ceiling or the grills themselves. This will help to keep the dust and dirt blown around your home down to a minimum.

This DIY air conditioner maintenance task is also simple to undertake, but may need a few tools. All the tools such as brushes or air blowers are all available in any hardware shop.

HVAC Maintenance

While there are plenty of DIY air conditioner maintenance steps you can do at your home to make sure your system runs smoothly, calling in a professional for air conditioning maintenance is also advised. Our team here at Anderson can assist you with more detailed inspections and cleaning of the unit on items such as the evaporator coils, and testing the lines. This is important to have done annually to make sure your air conditioning system is at its peak efficiency at all times.

As you can see there are several This DIY air conditioner maintenance tasks you can do at home that are simple steps in keeping your air conditioner system running smoothly. These steps may not seem like much at first but they can mean the difference in a comfortable home and one that the system is struggling to keep up. Debris and dirt can wreak havoc on the system when it’s causing it to work harder than it should have to.

Keep the areas around the outside unit clean and free of debris. Always remember to change out the air filters to give your system a fresh start each month. Keep an eye on the supply grates to make sure they are not blocked by items in your home or that they are not dirty and dusty.

Air Conditioners & Energy Efficiency

Energy Efficiency StandardsComfort is defined as a state of physical ease and freedom from pain or constraint. Home owners all want to have complete comfort in their homes. This means that the climate in the home should be pleasing at all times. Most home owners think that residential central heat and air conditioning systems will supply the perfect comfort for their home. This is true, but there are certain things to think about when it comes to central heat and air such as: energy efficiency. Energy efficiency is providing and limiting energy consumption. A product is considered energy efficient if it can provide more services with the same energy consumption, or provide the same services using less energy consumption. In these days and times, energy consumption is a huge deciding factor in what consumers are buying as energy resources are being depleted and energy costs are soaring. At Anderson Air Corps we can help you decide what kind of central air conditioning unit will be best for household by supplying you with our expertise in the HVAC field.

SEER Rating

In past decades, when central air conditioning was more of a luxury in households, the need to regulate energy consumption was not the deciding factor for many units. Now, the government wants to regulate how energy consumption is used, and how products can use less energy consumption. Older central air conditioning systems are less qualified for energy efficiency, while newer systems are required to have a SEER (Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio) of 13 or greater. Older systems have a SEER of 10 or less. So what does the SEER rating mean for you? The SEER rating is determined by how much power is used to cool divided by the electricity used. This means that the higher a SEER rating is for a system, the more energy efficient it is. Now whether you are building a house, or needing to replace an older system, determining how high of a SEER rating you need may be a daunting task. The more energy efficient the unit is the more you will save money. The higher the SEER is the more money you will spend on the unit.

What SEER Do I Need?

The costlier a central air conditioning system is does not necessarily mean it is going to save you money. There are certain factors to consider when buying a new air conditioning unit. If you live in an area where your winter or summer months are extreme you may want to opt for a higher SEER rating, you want your unit to run as little as possible, this is why it is considered energy efficient. The size of your house can determine what type of SEER is needed. The higher the SEER in this case isn’t always needed, but maybe a bigger unit itself. Of course, if you are updating an older, outdated central air conditioning system, any new unit will be considerably better than your old one. Look at the image above to understand what minimum SEER ratings are defined by the government. Match this to the city/state you live in. In New Mexico, the minimum SEER rating your should look at is 14 with specific EER rating.

Here at Anderson Air Corps we are well qualified to help you find the perfect residential air conditioning system for your family. We know how to apply the correct calculations to determine how high of a SEER rating your home will need. We can install the unit in an efficient manner to keep air flow running swiftly and smoothly. No one wants to pay for an air conditioning unit that is not suited for their home, or that does not meet the requirements for your home. Our HVAC technicians are certified and can help keep you in your comfort zone for years to come.

Call (505) 855-9028 today!

 

HVAC Inspection

 

HVACs are not as simple units are many of us think. Any HVAC unit is a complicated piece of machinery that senses the temperature, moisture and other factors, and works to stabilize them. In the process, it grabs air from the outside, filters the air, heats it or cools it, and then pumps it into your home. As it completes this cycle, it is put under a lot of pressure by the environment including dirt, pollutants and temperature differences. Regular HVAC inspection is necessary to ensure your HVAC function properly all the time. HVAC inspection will help identify issues and make necessary repairs before the HVAC unit breaks down.

An HVAC inspection ensures your heating, air conditioning and ventilation work freely and efficiently. All HVAC systems require annual inspections to ensure energy-efficient operation. Neglected and dirty HVAC equipment is the main reason for the majority of system failures.  A homeowner can conduct his own HVAC system inspection, and decide whether there is a need for repairs. After a do-it-yourself HVAC system inspection, you might consider an annual maintenance or service contract to protect your home’s HVAC investment.

 

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Upgrading Your Thermostat

Carrier Programmable ThermostatEven though every home is equipped with a thermostat that does not mean that the controls receive a great deal of attention. Many people don’t really think of their thermostat unless they go to change the temperature inside their home. A thermostat is just a simple appliance that has a big effect on your homes comfort and energy savings. With technology advancing, better thermostats are being introduced that will save you more energy. If you are considering upgrading your thermostat there are a few things that you should consider. Our team at Anderson Air Corps can help you learn more about temperature controls and thermostat devices. Read on below for more information.

What type of Thermostat Do You Want?

Before you establish what type of thermostat you want, you first need to make sure that your current one is not managing your HVAC properly. Why would you need to know if it is not working properly? Well, if the thermostat you have currently is not managing your HVAC properly then that type should be the first to be marked off your list. If the only reason you are replacing your thermostat is because it is broken or you want it to match everything inside your home you generally are probably thinking about just installing a manual thermostat. Most homeowners are used to manual thermostats so when they go to upgrade to a new one they tend to want to stick with the manual one because they already know how to operate it.

Programmable Thermostats

If you are really serious about upgrading your thermostat it would be a great time to consider installing a programmable thermostat. Programmable thermostats have been proven to be energy savers and they will allow you to make automatic changes to your heating and air.

Will the Thermostat Work With Your HVAC System?

Many thermostat manufacturers work hard and try their best to make all thermostats compatible with all types of HVAC systems, however that is a very difficult task and not all thermostats will work with all HVAC systems. If you are planning on upgrading your thermostat it is important that you look through your owners manual or give us at Anderson Air a call to make sure that the thermostat you are considering purchasing will work with your HVAC system. Our employees here would be more than happy to assist you with any questions that you may have when it comes to making sure the thermostat you want will work with your HVAC system. It is also extremely important that you know how to operate the thermostat you are considering buying. If you do not know the proper way to operate your thermostat then it can end up costing you tons of money on electric bills and damaging your HVAC system.

What Features Do You Want?

The last thing to consider when purchasing a new thermostat is what features you want and how you need to go about buying it. There are a ton of different thermostats on the market today and each one offers a variety of different features.

Do you want a thermostat that has multiple sensors that will balance the temperature in your home? Or do you want a programmable thermostat that will be able to hold different temperature settings for every day of the week? You definitely want a thermostat that will save energy because that will only save you money, but the rest is up to you.

How Should You Buy One?

After most people have picked out their thermostat the next question is how do you go about buying one? That is the simple part. It does not matter whether you purchase one from a single manufacturer or not, that choice is solely up to you.

You should contact us here at Anderson Air to come and upgrade it for you as we are your local HVAC experts. Our technicians here will make sure that it is installed correctly and also make sure that you know the correct way to operate it so that you can save money. We are always eager to help our customers so never hesitate to give us a call or visit us on the web to schedule a new upgrade on your thermostat.