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It's Time! Top 3 Reasons to Get Your Home Air Conditioning System Checked Before Summer

[fa icon="calendar'] March 30, 2017 at 4:55 PM / by Home Services Expert

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So how many miles have you put on your air conditioner in the last year?

Since we don’t log miles on an air conditioning system as we do on a car, this is actually an impossible question to answer. But the bigger point is worth making: just as you put miles on your car every time you drive it, you put “miles” on your air conditioning system every time you use it. And for the same three reasons you take your car into the shop for a tune-up, you should schedule an annual maintenance check – an air conditioning system tune-up – with Experts in Your Home.

A better question, then, would be: Would you remind me again why it’s so important to get my air conditioning system checked before summer?

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How an Energy Efficient Furnace Affects Your Home Heating Budget

[fa icon="calendar'] February 12, 2016 at 9:58 AM / by Home Services Expert

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Even the home heating and cooling experts at The Hignell Companies would have to agree: the concept of efficiency is much easier to grasp when the subject is cars rather than furnaces.

 

What accounts for this disparity? Perhaps because we're mindful of how often we have to fill up our cars with gas. And if you've ever traded a big gas guzzler for a smaller, fuel-efficient car, you might have been amazed over how much farther you could travel on one tank.

 

Your furnace presents a fuzzier set of circumstances, including at what temperature you set your thermostat and whether you alter the setting overnight or for long stretches during the day.

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What to Do if There's Ice on Your Air Conditioner Unit

[fa icon="calendar'] July 20, 2015 at 12:06 PM / by Home Services Expert

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You've come to think of your central air conditioner as a virtual workhorse – humming along and running at a steady pace all summer long to keep you cool.

But if you spot ice on your outdoor air conditioner unit – whether it's spotty and scattered or thick and widespread – there's only one thing to do:

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5 Pieces of Bad Advice We've Heard About Your Air Conditioning System

[fa icon="calendar'] July 15, 2015 at 9:59 AM / by Home Services Expert

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Over the years, homeowners have received some misguided advice about their central air conditioning systems, most often from inexperienced or unscrupulous contractors. Some of this advice can contain just enough logic to make you wonder whether it's accurate.

Just as your system depends on a tune-up, your knowledge might need a “tune up” to set the record straight about this misguided advice – and potentially save you money on your summer electric bills at the same time.

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The Worst Advice We've Ever Heard About Your Air Conditioning System

[fa icon="calendar'] June 30, 2015 at 2:19 PM / by Home Services Expert

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The “bigger is better” theory doesn't apply to a central air conditioning system. In fact, when it comes to all the inefficient, misguided and downright wasteful advice out there, buying an oversized air conditioner is absolutely the worst air conditioning advice of all.

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Check Your Heating and Air Conditioning System's Air Flow [DIY Test]

[fa icon="calendar'] May 8, 2015 at 11:01 AM / by Home Services Expert

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If one room or area of your home often feels too warm or too cool, you probably have what heating and air conditioning experts refer to as an air flow problem. So what exactly is causing this problem? It could be a leaky, blocked or damaged duct. Or the problem could be traced directly to your air conditioner or furnace.

You can determine if your home has an air flow problem by performing the garbage bag air flow test – so named because the goal is to determine how long it takes for a garbage bag to fill with air (or whether it does it all).

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Could Your Heating and Air Conditioning Thermostat Be Poorly Placed?

[fa icon="calendar'] May 6, 2015 at 10:01 AM / by Home Services Expert

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If you've said it once, you've probably said it a dozen times about your home: “It was like that when we bought it.” Such are the decisions that we inherit from previous owners and especially the builder of our home. While some decisions are irreversible, some quizzical and even unwise decisions can be easily altered, including a poorly placed thermostat that inihibits your heating and air conditioning system from doing its job.

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Am I Allergic to My Heating and Air Conditioning System?

[fa icon="calendar'] March 18, 2015 at 11:07 AM / by Home Services Expert

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You don't need to hang a sign on your back declaring that you're an “allergy sufferer” when you're coughing, sneezing and rubbing your red, watery eyes. The people around you already know and may feel at a loss to help ease your symptoms.

When even you cannot pinpoint every mitigating factor, it's no wonder that you're considering what role your heating and air conditioning system plays in the scheme of your allergies. (The Hignell Companies discussed the role of indoor air quality in two recent articles: “How Your Heating System Affects Indoor Air Quality” and “Beyond Your Heating System: Counteract Poor Indoor Air Quality.”)

All things considered, it's no wonder you may ask, “Am I allergic to my heating and air conditioning system?”

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To Clean or Not to Clean Your Heating and Air Conditioning System Ducts?

[fa icon="calendar'] March 6, 2015 at 9:28 AM / by Home Services Expert

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Unlike an air conditioner that is leaking water, a furnace burner flame that has changed from blue to yellow or even a furnace filter that is obviously clogged with lint and dust, it can be difficult to tell when air ducts may need to be cleaned.

For most people, seeing is believing, and since you can't climb down into the deep recesses and twists and turns in your home's ducts, how do you know for sure that they're dirty?

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Ways to Save on Your Heating System Bill This Winter

[fa icon="calendar'] October 8, 2014 at 10:16 AM / by Home Services Expert

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If the thought of your impending heating bills is enough to give you a chill, it's time to roll up your sleeves and get to work. Call it The Hignell Companies Challenge because we're a heating system service determined to help you get your heating bills under control – if not reduce them – once and for all.

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