Thursday, July 27, 2017

Protect Your AC From The Summer Heat

With temperatures nearing the 100s, AC units will be humming along all over the Lake area. We want to make sure the summer heat doesn't make your AC unit overwork. If your AC unit isn't performing efficiently, the extreme heat may cause it to overwork. Luckily, with just a few simple steps, we can help you beat the heat and keep your AC from overworking and running more efficiently.

1. Check the Filters

It's best to check the air filters once a month and change as necessary. Replacing the air filter is one of the easiest and most effective methods of conserving energy and saving money on your energy bills. It's a critical step in maintaining your system. It's important to regularly change the filter, as they get clogged with dust and other contaminants. If your filter becomes clogged, your system will have to work harder to supply the same amount of cool air. In addition, a dirty filter can cause cold air to get caught in the system, which can cause it to freeze up and stop working.

2. Keep AC Unit in the Shade

Making sure your AC unit is in a shaded area can help make it run more efficiently. Air in shaded spaces is cooler, which means that the AC unit will have an easier time cooling the air.

3. Don't Keep Thermostat in Heat

It's important to keep the thermostat away from heat producing appliances like lamps and TV sets. The thermostat would sense the heat coming off these appliances, which would cause the AC unit to run longer than necessary. When installing the thermostat, be thoughtful of the location. If it's placed near a window, the sun might shine on it also causing the AC unit to run longer.

4. Is it Time To Upgrade?

If your AC unit is over ten years old, it may not be very efficient in keeping your home at a comfortable temperature. Newer models are much more energy efficient and can keep your home comfortable no matter the temperature outside. If you have decided to replace your current AC unit, it's important to make sure it's the right size for your home. If your AC is too large for your home, it will cycle on and off more frequently, which will reduce the efficiency of the system.

5. Seal It Up

Make sure the cold air stays inside by properly insulating your home. In addition to ensuring there is enough insulation in the attic and around the air ducts, seal up any cracks and crevices around the windows and door frames with caulking. If your home is not weatherized, you could be wasting precious cold air during the summer months, which could make your AC unit work harder to keep your home at a comfortable temperature.

6. Call An HVAC Professional

The best way to make sure your AC unit is prepared for the summer heat is to have a professional Lake of the Ozarks HVAC technician take a look at your system. Royal Heating & Air can ensure that your system is prepared for even the hottest of days. Call us today at 573-480-4313 to schedule your service appointment.

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Monday, July 17, 2017

Best Cooling System For Your Home

As a homeowner, there are many decisions you have to make when it comes to your home. From what type of flooring you want to the different appliances you can choose from, the options are endless. On top of that, you also have to decide what type of cooling system you want in your home. While your home probably had a cooling system installed when you bought it, depending on how old it is or what type it is, you may want to upgrade it. There are several different units you can install into your home to keep you cool all summer long. Royal Heating & Air takes a look at the different units available to help you decide which is best for your home.

Central Air Conditioning

Central AC units are probably one of the most common types of AC systems. These units are best for large buildings and homes. They use a split system, which includes an outdoor compressor unit and an indoor coil.  The air conditioner pulls heat from inside the home and brings it outside, which gives you cooler air in your home. The biggest difference between central AC units and other forms of AC system is the use of air ducts, which allows the cool air to reach multiple rooms in your home. Although central AC units are a big investment, they're highly beneficial. They don't make much noise, are efficient at keeping the indoor air cool during the summer and can help keep the indoor air clean by removing dust and other contaminants.

Heat Pumps

When cooling, heat pumps are essentially the same as AC units, as they work the same way to cool your home. However, what makes heat pumps different than AC units is that they can be reversed to heat your home. The reverse system can take heat from the outside of the home and move it inside, which makes your home warmer during the winter. Heat pumps can do twice the work, which can keep your home comfortable all year long, and keep your energy bills lower. However, once the temperature drops too low, heat pumps won't be able to keep your home warm, and another heating source like a furnace will have to kick in to keep your home at a comfortable temperature.

Mini Split

There are two components that make up a mini split, which are an indoor unit and an outdoor unit. The indoor unit contains the evaporator coils as well as the cooling fan, while the outside unit houses the compressor, condenser and expansion valve. Mini splits work very similarly to heat pumps, as they are a high-efficiency air conditioner that can be reversed to also heat your home. One of the benefits to a mini split is that they don't need ducts to works. However, because of this, they're best in cooling down specific areas rather than whole homes, so they work best in small homes, condos and apartments.

If you are wondering what system is best for your home, call a professional Lake of the Ozarks heating and cooling company. At Royal Heating & Air, we can discuss the available options and figure out which system is best for your home. Call us today at 573-480-4313 and let the King of Comfort keep you cool all summer long!

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Tuesday, July 11, 2017

The Importance Of Maintaining Your AC Unit

With the summer cooling season fully underway, AC units all across the Lake of the Ozarks are humming along to provide precious cool air. While millions of people rely on AC in the summer, the units won't work well without a little care. With regular maintenance, you can count on your AC unit operating at top efficiency. If you are diligent about your AC maintenance, your AC unit will take care of you.

1. Remember to check the air filter monthly and change as necessary. This is a very simple task that can do wonders for your unit. If the filter gets clogged with dust and dirt, the unit will have to work harder and use more energy to keep your house cool. This could potentially overwork your AC unit and damage it. It will also lower the air quality in your home, which could aggravate allergies and asthma.

If you're running your system with a dirty filter, there are a couple major consequences that could happen.

- Short Cycling: When an AC or furnace cycle stops before hitting its temperature goal, it's known as a short cycle. A clogged air filter can cause this by trapping stagnant air inside the system tricking it into stopping the cycle early or forcing it to shut down to avoid overheating. This puts excessive wear on the system components and often leads to unpredictable temperatures in your home.

- Frozen Coils: During the summer season, dirty air filters can trap cooled air inside the HVAC system, which can eventually lead to frost buildup on the condenser and evaporator coils. If the frost continues to build, it could cause the unit to freeze up.

2. Have your HVAC system serviced at least twice per year. While you are able to change out the filter yourself, having your HVAC system serviced requires the professionals. A Lake of the Ozarks HVAC technician can give your entire system a good once-over to make sure everything is operating at peak condition and that there are no damaged parts. If there is anything that needs to be repaired or cleaned, the technician will make sure it gets done correctly. The HVAC system has a lot of moving parts and it's important they get taken care of properly to ensure there are no problems down the line.

3. Don't forget to clean the ducts. While it's important to take care of the HVAC system itself, it's also important not to forget about the ducts themselves. However, ducts don't need regular maintenance, so it's easy to forget to take care of them. Air ducts need to be cleaned and checked every couple of years by a professional. If you suffer from allergies or asthma, you may need to clean them more often. It's best to have your air ducts checked every couple of years to get rid of any dust or grime that accumulated over the years and to ensure there isn't any leakage.

If you need help ensuring your AC unit can last you until the end of the summer season, contact Royal Heating & Air at 573-480-4313. We can take a look at your AC unit and ensure everything is working the way it should.

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