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How Ducts Leaks Affect Your Heating System

Monday, January 7th, 2019

When you’re thinking about your heating system, the parts of it that come to mind are probably your furnace itself and maybe your thermostat, but you should focus more on your ductwork. Your ductwork is an extremely important part of your HVAC system, so without quality ductwork, you can’t have quality heating. Forced-air heating systems rely heavily on your ductwork. Problems in your air ducts will cut into your comfort and it will quickly become issues with your heating.

You can count on our team when you need duct services that boost the efficiency of your home. If you’re looking for great service for your ductwork here in Westfield, NJ, contact our team today to schedule an appointment.

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Is Your Thermostat A Hurdle for Your Heater?

Monday, December 24th, 2018

Remote home control system on a digital tablet or phone.As a homeowner, you know that you’ll have to replace your heating system at least once in your lifetime. It’s just to be expected. While these systems have an expected lifespan of 10-20 years, you can’t expect this technology to be able to last you a lifetime. But do you extend this mentality to your thermostat? Most homeowners don’t, but you should, this is technology that needs to be updated too. If you’re still using the same thermostat that you’ve had since you moved into your current home, it’s highly likely that you need an upgrade. If you need a new thermostat in Westfield, NJ then contact our team. We’re always updated on the latest technology in all things HVAC but specifically when it comes to thermostats. In addition to this, we understand the specific needs of New Jersey homeowners because we’re a locally owned and operated business.

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Common Mistakes That Lead to Heating Repair

Monday, November 12th, 2018

cold-sweater-manThe heating system in your home should last you anywhere from 10 to 20 years so it’s understandable that you’ll need heating repair at some point, but there are ways for you to avoid the need for heating repair. If you could avoid the need for costly repairs—wouldn’t you? We understand homeowners here in Westfield and how easy it is to accidentally incur damage to your heating system.

That’s why we’ve comprised helpful tips down below to help you avoid repairs in the future. While preventative measures are helpful to your HVAC system, we understand that certain factors are outside of your control. When you need repairs, go with a responsible team with more than 60 years in the industry.

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How Does a Ductless AC System Work?

Monday, August 6th, 2018

ductless-ac-unit-on-wallWhen you are looking for a new air conditioning system to cool down your house, or as part of planning for a new house, you may notice that one of your choices is a “ductless mini split heat pump,” which offers ductless cooling. These systems have enjoyed years of popularity in Japan and Europe, and now they are starting to show up in more homes in the US because of the many advantages they offer. No longer needing to use ducts eliminates a major cause of energy waste in an HVAC system, removes a source of air pollutants, and allows a homeowner to control the temperature in different parts of the house without affecting the other parts.

But how does a ductless AC actually do all this—without ducts? We’ll explain.

The Basics of Ductless Mini Split Heat Pumps

Before we go into more details, we want to point out that most ductless systems are heat pumps. That means they work as both cooling and heating systems. So when we mention below “ductless cooling,” we also mean ductless heating as well—you get both when you have a ductless mini split installed.

As to how these things work: they’re similar to the standard split system AC or heat pump in that they circulate refrigerant between two sets of coils—one indoors and one outdoors—to move heat from one place to another. In cooling mode, cold refrigerant is evaporated in an indoor unit to absorb heat, then is released to the outside through condensing in the outdoor unit.

What’s different about the two is that a standard split system only uses one indoor unit, which contains a large coil and blower fan, and connects to the duct network to distribute the conditioned air. With a ductless AC, there are multiple smaller indoor units. These small air handlers are installed high up on exterior walls (often over a door or window) and connect to the outdoor unit through the wall with refrigerant, condensate, and power lines. Each air handler contains a refrigerant coil and blower fan, so when they come on they direct the conditioned air straight into the living spaces. There’s no need to have ducts to transport the air.

The standard ductless system has four indoor air handlers for each outdoor unit, although there are some more powerful models that can use eight air handlers. For more cooling power, installers can add additional outdoor units.

Do Ductless Mini Splits Make Sense for You?

You may not be sure if installing ductless air conditioning in Westfield, NJ is appropriate for your situation. Even with all the great advantages they offer, ductless systems aren’t good matches for homes that already have extensive ducts. But they’re great for older homes that have never been able to enjoy air conditioning except with inefficient (and ugly) window ACs. They’re also good matches for new home construction, remodeling, and add-on rooms.

To find out what your best cooling options are, work with our team of air conditioning and heating specialists. We install top brand ductless mini split heat pumps.

Talk to the AC professionals at Air Creations, Inc. “We Do It Right” Since 1987.

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Help! I’m Not Getting Any Cooling from My Air Conditioner!

Monday, June 11th, 2018

man-before-fanMaybe it’s not as sinking and unpleasant a feeling as trying to start your car and having it fail, but turning on an AC during the summer and not having it provide cooling isn’t something you want to experience. But it can happen to even the best cared-for air conditioner. It’s usually nothing that professional air conditioning repair in Westfield, NJ can’t fix!

We’re going to look at why your AC isn’t doing its job so you’ll know when to call our technicians for the repairs that will get your home cool once more. When in doubt, please don’t try to do any DIY work on your air conditioner, since you may cause even more damage to it.

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Should I Shut Down My Furnace for the Summer?

Monday, April 30th, 2018

sunshine-iconYou’re probably happy to read this headline, because it means summer is getting closer and you’re that much nearer to not needing your home’s furnace at all. (At least until toward the end of the year.) But when the warmer weather settles in and the furnace won’t have to run, should you shut the system down entirely?

The answer depends on the type of furnace installed in your house. The main reason to shut down a furnace for the season is to avoid energy waste or possible safety hazards, and this isn’t the same for all furnaces.

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Be Aware of These Furnace Repair Warning Signs

Monday, December 11th, 2017

natural-gas-furnace-basementDo you use a furnace for your winter heating needs? Since the furnace is the most common type of residential heating system across the country—ahead of boilers and heat pumps—chances are high that you do. A furnace can offer powerful heating and reliable performance, but like any type of complex mechanical system, it can malfunction and need attention from trained professionals.

We offer the heating repair in Westfield, NJ that can get your malfunctioning furnace back to work. However, we know that some furnace issues can be a bit tricky to spot at first. To help you detect problems early so you can get us out to help before the trouble worsens and you end up with a cold house, we’ve put together a list of warning signs. When you notice these, contact us and we’ll be there to locate the problem and fix it.

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Why Won’t My Heat Pump Switch to Heating Mode?

Tuesday, November 7th, 2017

heating-cooling-zones-homesFurnaces are the way the majority of homes keep the chill of winter away from their families. But heat pumps are becoming more common, thanks to the advantages they offer the right homes: a two-in-one operation that takes care of air conditioning needs in summer, energy-saving performance in winter, and increased safety in general.

You’re probably about ready to turn your heat pump over to heating mode, where it will stay for the next few months. There’s nothing complex about doing this: you make an adjustment on the thermostat to raise the indoor temperature rather than lower it, and the heat pump automatically switches the direction it moves refrigerant so it brings heat into the house, rather than removing it.

But… what if you make the changes and instead of feeling warm air from the vents, you feel either room temperature air or cold air? This might be a simple mistake, but in some cases, a heat pump that’s stuck in one mode requires you call for heating repair in Westfield, NJ or wherever you are in our service area throughout Central and Northern New Jersey.

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Saving Money on Air Conditioning: Closing Vents Won’t Do It!

Monday, August 21st, 2017

room-ventIf you live in a standard multi-room house, you receive conditioned air (whether coming from a furnace, air conditioner, or heat pump) through a network of ducts that lead to room vents. The covers over room vents often have slats in them you can manipulate using a lever. These adjustable slats help to control the direction that air flows into a room.

However, people often look at these slats and think, “Why don’t I just close them all the way? That will prevent cool air from reaching a room that’s empty and help save money.”

This is not the way the slats in a room vent are supposed to work. Trying to close the vents or block them in any fashion doesn’t save money. In fact, it usually creates the opposite problem of raising electrical costs and leading to numerous air conditioning repairs in Westfield, NJ.

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Commercial HVAC Question: What Is an Economizer?

Monday, June 26th, 2017

rooftop-unitsIf you operate a business in Westfield, NJ or the surrounding areas, the HVAC equipment that keeps your commercial spaces properly conditioned around the year is an essential part of daily operations. But few people really understand the workings of commercial air conditioning and the ways it is often different from residential air conditioning and heating. This is why you must always work with commercial HVAC experts in Westfield, NJ for all jobs, large and small.

One of the least understood parts of commercial HVAC—a part that many customers have no idea is even there—is the economizer. An economizer is an important part of helping keep costs low when providing environmental control for a building.

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