Archive for Air Conditioning
Aug 2013 22

R-Value in the HVAC World

Posted in Air Conditioning, Efficiency
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R-value is a term that you commonly hear out of the mouths of HVAC contractors. So what is it, exactly?  Well, R-value is a measure of insulation's ability to resist heat traveling through it. Technically, it is calculated by taking the ratio of the temperature difference across an insulator over the heat flux through it. But all you really need to remember is the higher the R-value, the better the insulation works. The R-value is ...

Aug 2013 15

Even and Efficient Cooling in Two-Story Homes

Posted in Air Conditioning, Efficiency

Anyone who has a two story home (or has ever been in a two story home in the summertime) is familiar with the issue of uneven cooling. You may be enjoying the cool air in the downstairs living room, but then walk upstairs and begin to sweat. Joey touches on this issue and offers some resolution to this common problem!     ...

Aug 2013 08

Energy (and Money) Saving Tips for the High-Use AC Season

Posted in Air Conditioning, Efficiency

Summertime usually calls for a lot of fun and a lot of sunshine. This usually brings with it lots of heat and, therefore, lots of air conditioning use. The air conditioning system is usually the highest draw of electricity and energy from your home. However, there are ways to cool your home without breaking the energy - or the money-  bank!       For more tips and tricks, connect with us on Facebook! ...

Aug 2013 02

Duct Insulation : Don’t Let Your Cool Air (or Money) Leak Out!

Posted in Air Conditioning, Efficiency
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You’ve probably seen HVAC ducts at some point in your life. Those silver space-age looking tubes that deliver hot and cold air to a home or building. But did you know that ductwork insulation is a major key in getting them to properly do their job? Ductwork insulation is important because it ensures that the air traveling through the ductwork will stay at the desired temperature and that the air won't "leak" out. If ...

Jul 2013 26

When to Replace Your Ducts

Posted in Air Conditioning, Efficiency
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Replacing the ducts in your home can sometimes be more cost efficient than duct cleaning. Here are some signs that your ducts need replacing!   ...

Jul 2013 05

The Importance of Matching Your Indoor and Outdoor Units

Posted in Air Conditioning, Efficiency, Heating

For both efficiency and long-term cost, it is important to match your indoor and your outdoor HVAC unit!   ...

Jun 2013 14

3 Tips for Staying Cool While Saving Energy and Money

Posted in Air Conditioning, Efficiency
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It’s official: summer is here! It won’t be long before the sweltering heat has you running to your air-conditioned home for cover. For many people, this idea is one that incites fear of large energy bills. Fear not! Here are some tips for keeping your home cool this summer without breaking the bank. Close Your Windows: It may seem counterintuitive, but on hot summer days, opening the windows will often make your home warmer, not ...

May 2013 17

The Importance of an AC Tune-up

Posted in Air Conditioning, Maintenance
AC and Heating, Alps

According to, a yearly tune-up of your heating and cooling system can improve efficiency and comfort and pre-season check-ups can prevent future problems and unwanted costs. While there are certainly some steps that you can and should take to maintain your air conditioning system, such as regularly changing or cleaning the filters, it’s best to leave the tune-up process to a qualified HVAC professional.  A trained air conditioning specialist can troubleshoot for potential ...

May 2013 10

Why a System Doesn’t Perform As it Should

Posted in Air Conditioning, Efficiency

As we're inching closer to summer it's time to start thinking more about your A/C system. Improperly sized equipment can greatly effect your comfort levels as well as your operating costs. Beat the heat this summer and address these problems BEFORE A/C season begins! Al, the owner of Alps Air Conditioning & Heating, and his family are here to help! ...

May 2013 03

The Cost of Installing a New System

Posted in Air Conditioning, Efficiency, Heating

"So how much does it cost?" That's the number one question a person asks when contemplating replacing their HVAC system. Many companies will give you a quote without even taking a look at your home. This is unfair and will lead to surprise costs in the end. At Alps, we do things differently. Joey explains why.   ...

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