Choosing an air conditioner

Choosing the Right AC System for Your Home

Having a working air conditioner is essential in the Las Vegas area. If you are in the market for a new air conditioner or are looking to upgrade your older model you may be wondering how to go about choosing the right one. Here are some tips that you can keep in mind as you search for your new HVAC system.

The Climate You Are In

While it is the job of HVAC equipment to change the environment for the people employing them, the way the system goes about this is different depending on where you live. That is why it is important to pick the right HVAC system for the environment that you live in.

When choosing a system keep in mind how it will be affected by the desert heat. Make sure that it can operate at peak efficiency in this environment and can stand up to the punishment that will be thrown at it.

Your Investment

The more options you get for your system, the more expensive it is going to be. That is why it is very important to consider your budget when planning to buy a new HVAC system or air conditioner.
Sit down and figure out just how much money you have to spend on the unit then match the features of the system to the budget that you have. Trying to do the process the other way may only lead to disappointment.

Square Footage You Are Cooling

How large (or small) is your home? Getting the right sized HVAC system or air conditioner is heavily dependent on the size of the space you are trying to cool.

Bigger is not always better either. You can very easily oversize a unit. Oversized systems can be as troublesome as undersized ones. Make sure to take into account the spaces that you need to have cooled and size your system appropriately.

The Efficiency of the Unit

The good thing about upgrading your HVAC system is that you are going to be able to improve its efficiency, especially if you have not done this within the last ten years. A high-efficiency unit can save you lots of money when it comes to your energy bills. Make sure to look at the ratings for the system that you are going to purchase.

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Should I Replace my Air Conditioner?

The air conditioner is a critical piece of equipment for keeping your home comfortable in Las Vegas. You want to ensure that your HVAC system is capable of keeping your home cool through whatever the summer can throw at it. That is why you should be looking for the signs that your system is in need of replacement.

Here are some of the common signals that it is time to replace your old AC unit for a new one.

Frequent Visits from Executive Air Conditioning

If you find that you are having us come out and visit you more than twice a year for your regular maintenance, it may be time to get your system upgraded.

As your air conditioner begins to break down more and more, other parts of the system begin to break. As they begin to break, other components are affected. This may mean they have to work harder to compensate, or they may be directly impacted by a critical failure of a component.

Whatever the reasons you find yourself having to call the air conditioner repair people more frequently than you have in the past, it is probably time to replace your unit. However, you already know this. We have probably made this recommendation during one of our repair visits!

Rising Energy Costs

Yes, the costs of energy are rising, but probably not as much as you are seeing reflected in your cooling bills.

As your air conditioner begins to break down, it becomes less efficient. This is simply because the parts that make up the system can not function at the high rates that they used to. Also as components of the system begin to break down, other components are forced to compensate for this breakdown by working harder.

Keep an eye on your energy bills. If you notice a steady and uncomfortable rise in your bills, it can be an indication that your system is getting ready to break down and should be replaced.

The Age of your Air Conditioner

How old is your air conditioner or complete HVAC system? As a system ages, it begins to deteriorate. There is nothing that can stop the process.

A general rule of thumb when it comes to air conditioners is to start thinking about replacement once you reach the ten-year mark. This is usually when the major components of the system begin to have problems and start breaking down.

Another great incentive for replacing older air conditioners is the fact that new ones are much more efficient. As technology advances, significant steps are being made in creating energy efficiency in air conditioners and HVAC systems in general. If your system is ten years or older the savings in your energy bills may end up paying for the system all on their own!

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What to Do About Air Conditioner Water

Properly working air conditioners are important to have during the summer months. As the heat ramps up, it can be critical for your health to stay cool and out of the blazing summer sun. That means having an air conditioner that is in good working condition in order to stay cool.

Since part of the job of an air conditioner is to remove humidity from the air, they end up creating a large amount of condensation. Typically, this condensation is handled by being collected in a tray that is on the outside of your home or that has hoses and pumps connected to a drain that take it outside of the house. If you start to notice that there are pools of water under your Las Vegas air condition unit, it could indicate one of these problems.

Ice Is Blocking the Hose

One of the more common problems is that the moisture buildup has caused ice to form in the drain hose. This means the pump that drains the condensate cannot get the water out due to the blockage.
The first thing you should do is change the filters on the unit—your refrigerant in the system may be low, causing it to work too hard and freeze the line. The best solution for that is to contact the professionals at Executive Air Conditioning to come recharge your unit for you.

Your Condensate Pump Is Unplugged

Some units have a condensate pump that is not integrated directly into the AC unit. This means that it also needs to be plugged into the power in order to function. Pumps like this typically operate with a ball valve that floats on the water. When the water reaches a certain level, the pump turns on and pumps out the water. You can test this by plugging the pump in and pouring some water into the pan to see if it activates. If the pump is plugged in and there is still an issue, it could be with this float switch. You should contact Executive Air Conditioning for assistance.

Leaky Tubing

Depending on how old your unit is the problem may be as simple as the hoses that collect the condensate are in need of replacement. Locate the lines that pump the water from the unit to the drain to see if there is water collecting on them or running from them. If there is, then trace the lines back to see if you can find a hole or leak—which may not be obvious at first.

Once you find the link, you should consider replacing the lines. If they are easily accessible, and you can do the job yourself comfortably, then replace the lines. If not, Executive Air Conditioning can help you replace the lines.

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Why isn’t My Air Conditioner Working?

The temperatures are rising in Las Vegas, so it is time to crank up the AC and keep your home cool for the summer—but what happens when you go to set that thermostat low and notice that your home, which should be at a nice comfortable 72 degrees, keeps creeping up over 80? Something is wrong with the AC, and you’ve got to find out—fast—what’s wrong with it. Here are some common problems that can cause your Las Vegas AC to not work properly.

It Just Won’t Turn On

What happens when you push the power button on your window AC unit or your mini-split, and it just doesn’t seem to turn on? The first thing you should check out is if it is plugged into the wall properly. Over the winter and months of disuse, plugs can become unplugged or even worked just loose enough to cause the unit not to function. Turn the unit off again, and unplug and reset the plug. If that still doesn’t work, check to see if the breaker that the unit is plugged into has been tripped. You should be able to reset the breaker yourself at your home breaker panel.

Next, make sure that you have set the thermostat to cool, and that it is set to a temperature lower than the temperature in the room. This should be your first step if you have in house or central air conditioning.

If none of these things seem to help, it is time to contact your Las Vegas AC professional.

The Refrigerant Has Run Low

Is your AC unit just not cooling the house enough? It is running, but you just can seem to get the temperature down low enough. It might be an indication that your refrigerant has run low.

Your AC unit functions by using an internal liquid called refrigerant. In the past you may have heard this called “Freon,” but Freon isn’t used anymore due to it damaging the environment. The refrigerant is what carries the heat from the inside of your home to the outside, chilling the air inside and cooling your home.

While refrigerant will slowly leak over time, low refrigerant may be a sign that your AC unit has a leak or other serious problems. Your HVAC professional can come and refill the refrigerant, but you should also have them check to make sure there are no leaks or other major problems with the unit.

Improper Installation or Lack of Maintenance

This problem can have the same symptom as low refrigerant. Your AC unit just doesn’t seem like it is able to keep all of the rooms in your home as cool as it should. This can be an indication that your new unit (if you just had one installed) may be undersized for your home.

It can also be an indication that you have been lapse on your routine maintenance—your unit should be serviced annually.

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Portable and Window AC Basics

Do you have an older home that does not have central air? Maybe you are looking for a little extra cooling in a garage or other area not serviced by your central AC. Whatever the reason, you are in the market for a window air conditioner or one of the newer portable AC units.

These are a great option for providing cooling, provided that you understand the difference between them, when to choose one or the other, and if you install and use them properly. Here are some basics on window and portable units.

Window and Portable Units 101

Just what are window and portable AC units? Simply put, they are alternatives to the complex process of installing or adding to a central air conditioning system.

Central air works off of the ducting in your home, if such ducting even exists. If you are adding on a room or have no previous ducting installed, this can be an expensive, invasive and time consuming process. Portable and window AC units solve this issue.

Instead of using ducting, they are installed directly into the room or area that they are going to cool. They are smaller and less effective than central air, but that is the way that they are designed.

Window units take up one of the windows in the room or space that you are trying to cool. They sit half inside and half outside using the window as the portal to do this. More expensive units can be set to a specific temperature while cheaper units simply have settings like low, medium and high.

Portable units are similar to window units, but they sit fully inside your home. They still need to exhaust air to the outside, so they will have some ducting on the back of them that needs to be attached to the outside somehow. This may be through a window or a permanent exhaust port put into the wall. A portable unit is different than a window unit in that it is not always in the same position in the room. It can even be moved from room to room as long as the exhaust is long enough or moved to accommodate.

Windows and Portables Do’s and Don’ts

Any space that does not already have air conditioning is a great option for a portable or window AC unit. They are very effective at keeping a specifically sized room cool and comfortable.

Do not put one of these units into a room that is already supplied by central air. If you have a room that just isn’t being kept cool by your central air unit, it can indicate serious problems with your unit. A smaller supplemental system is not the answer.

Also, don’t try to cool large spaces with these units. They are typically sized for small enclosed areas, like a bedroom. Larger areas require more power.

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Should You Only Replace the Outdoor Unit on Your Air Conditioner?

Are you having issues with your air conditioner? Before the summer heat kicks up, you want to make sure that your AC is in working order. This might mean you are looking at replacing your AC unit instead of having your old one repaired.

You may have heard this idea that replacing the outdoor unit while leaving the indoor unit intact is a good way to keep the costs of replacement down. While this might save money in the short term, it can cause long term issues that end up costing more in the long run.

What Does That Outside Unit Do?

What does the outdoor unit do in the first place? In order to cool your home, the warm air on the inside must be cooled and exchanged with cooler air; that’s at the heart of what the outdoor unit does. It is made up of a compressor, a condenser, coils with refrigerant in them and an air handler. All of these components work together to absorb the heat from the air in your home, expel it outside and subsequently return the cool air to the inside of your house.

An Issue of Compatibility

Companies that manufacture air conditioners pair their outdoor units with specific indoor units, which means that there is a certain compatibility built into the two units that allow them to function together to cool your home. If you pair two units that are not compatible, even if that mismatch is small, it can lead to several issues. This can be particularly worse if the indoor unit is significantly older than the outdoor unit.

  • Energy Efficiency – New units contain the latest technology in order to make them as energy efficient as possible. If your older unit is not designed to be able to handle this efficiency, it can cause the two units to be even less efficient and significantly increase your energy bills.
  • Reduced Cooling Capacity – While the outdoor unit does the heavy lifting of cooling the air, the indoor unit has to be able to distribute it through your home. If the indoor unit is not able to handle the outdoor unit’s high efficiency coils, it can put extra wear and tear on the motor, eventually causing the motor to break down.
  • Incompatible Geometry – Sometimes the newer units simply cannot fit into the spaces that are left when old parts are removed. Radiator coils are one of the main parts that can significantly change from model to model, year to year, making it possible that the parts simply won’t fit at all.
  • Thermal Expansion – The system that controls how the refrigerant runs through the outdoor unit uses something called a thermal expansion valve. The controls for these valves may be incompatible from new units to older ones.

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Why Annual AC System Checks Matter

It’s an understatement to say Las Vegas is a hot place to live. Many people in this area rely on their central air to get through the sweltering days. To keep your system running strong, you need to stay on top of the regular repair work and preventative maintenance. Many aren’t sure how often they should have their system checked (or whether they can do the maintenance on their own). While there are some things you can tackle, it’s vital to have your system checked every year. Learn why annual AC system checks by a qualified, professional HVAC technician can make the difference between keeping or losing your cool!

Annual AC System Checks

Even if your system seems to be running strong and reliable, there can be underlying problems that you don’t notice until it’s too late. Your AC system can very literally work fine one day and then blow warm air, or no air at all, the next day. This is why it’s vital to have your system checked every year by a qualified heating and cooling technician. Make no mistake—annual AC system checks are vital.

Saving Money

A system that is clean, serviced and running smoothly will save you money. Everyone knows that central air can raise your electricity bills, but the better it runs, the more efficient it will be and the more money you’ll save during those sweltering summer months. A poorly-maintained system, on the other hand, will have to work much harder to maintain the temperature, costing you money in the long run.

Healthier Living

A properly-functioning air conditioner can actually improve the health and well-being of you and your family. AC units do much more than just keep the air cool; they help to clean the air by filtering out dust, pollutants and contaminants such as pollen and allergens, things that can make life miserable for those who are sensitive to such substances. Because annual AC system checks keep your system running optimally, annual servicing also helps keep you healthier!

What Can I Expect?

When your tech comes in to service your AC, they will give the entire system a thorough top-to-bottom checkup. They will look at the cooling unit, evaporator and condenser. They will check over the fan and motor. They will inspect the ductwork, and they will professionally clean the entire unit to get rid of dirt, dust and debris that could clog up the ducts and drainage system. You will be left with central air that runs like a dream and keeps you cool throughout the summer.

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At Executive Air Conditioning, we offer the best in professional, friendly and reliable Las Vegas HVAC technicians to keep your system running strong and reliable through the hottest summer months. If it’s been awhile since you’ve had your system serviced, or if you’re just looking for a new tech for your annual check, we’re here to help. Check out our Air Conditioning Services and give us a call for an appointment today!

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Installing AC with No Ducts

Homes that have older heating systems like a boiler are not traditionally able to have central air conditioning units installed. This is because of the lack of ductwork that needs to transport the air through the house to keep it cool.

With modern advances in cooling technology however, there are options that are available for home owners who have no ducts. These allow you to keep the aesthetic of your home without having unsightly window units poking out of every other window while keeping your home cool.

Attic Cooling Systems

The first option you have available to you if you have no ducts is an attic cooling system. This option has an outdoor condenser unit and an air handling unit installed into your attic. Typically, these are installed in the basement.

An attic install allows ductwork to be run into all of the rooms that need it (you may have some challenges if you own a multi-story home) and provides your home with central air. It can keep your home much cooler than window units would and will allow you to have all of the benefits of having ducts installed.

This option is great for homes that have the room for the ducting and home owners that don’t mind the possibility of opening up a wall in order to install them if needed.

Ductless Air Conditioning

A recent development is a technology called the ductless air conditioner. You may also know it by ductless mini-split. These units work by having very low profile tubing installed that runs to an outdoor condensing unit; the same kind you see for most central air conditioners.

Instead of the cooling running to a central blower unit that blows air through your home, the runs go to a unit that is installed into the room or rooms that you want to have cooled. Each of these units operate independently of each other. This allows you to set different temperatures in different rooms.

The only downside is that each compressor unit can typically only support up to four splits. This means to have additional units you will need to add units to your home if you need more rooms cooled. This of course means increased costs. Mini-splits are perfect for the desire to cool a small space, say a bedroom, while leaving other portions of the home without cooling.

High Velocity Attic System

The setup of this system is very similar to the first air conditioner discussed. It uses an attic mounted blower and compressor. However, instead of having ducts installed to move the air around, this system uses smaller tubing instead. This means a much lower profile for getting cooling into each of your rooms if you have no ducts. This option allows you to preserve the classic aesthetic of your home at the same time you load up on cooling power.

If you need help choosing an alternative to the typical duct central air conditioner, contact Executive Air Conditioning. We can help you choose the right AC unit for you.

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Busting Common Air Conditioning Myths

We all get friendly advice from friends and relatives about the “best way” to do something. This can be anything from how to wash your car to be most effective way to run the air conditioner to keep your house cool. Here are some of the common air conditioning myths that someone might tell you are a good idea to “keep your house cool,” yet aren’t necessarily the right advice.

Just Turn Down the Thermostat

When initially cooling down your house after a long day at work, you might have some friends telling you to just lower the temperature on the thermostat to get the job done. This really does nothing to make your home cooler faster.

Central air conditioners all cool at the same rate. The thermostat only acts as an On/Off switch to communicate your ideal temperature to the unit. Turning the thermostat down while the air conditioner is already running will do nothing to cool your house faster. It will only waste electricity by making your home cooler than you want after you forget to turn the thermostat back up.

Just Leave the AC On When You are not Home

This misconception is founded in the idea that it takes more energy to cool your home down than it does to maintain it at a constant temperature. If you sit down and take a minute to think about it though, that doesn’t really make much sense.

By letting your home heat up while nobody is there you are conserving large amounts of energy that would otherwise be spent cooling and empty home. If you have a programmable digital thermostat, you can program your house to warm up while you are gone and then begin cooling down before you get home so you never even notice the difference — until your lower utility bills come in, that is.

A Larger AC Unit means Cooler Homes

Bigger is always better. At least, that is what some people think. Unlike car engines or power tools, bigger does not always mean a cooler home. Take the case of an air conditioning unit that is too large for your home.

Yes, you may be able to achieve a cooler temperature faster. That is not always a good thing. Cycling an air conditioner takes energy and that energy costs you money. Most modern air conditioners need to run for more than a minute or two in order to reach peak efficiency. Missing this operating window means that you are wasting energy.

Secondly, a unit that is too large can also leave other parts of your house warmer than you would like. The area where the thermostat is gets cooled very quickly leaving other rooms not getting the amount of cooling they need. Choosing an AC unit that is the correct size for the square footage of your home will help to ensure that you are getting the most energy efficiency and best cooling out of your unit.

One of the most common air conditioning myths is that you don’t need to service it in the fall, since (relatively) cooler weather is on the way. On the contrary, fall is one of the best times to have your HVAC system serviced. To have your air conditioner inspected to keep it in peak condition, contact us today.

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Hiding Your Outdoor AC Unit

Sure, it keeps your house cool, but isn’t there some way for companies to make that outdoor AC unit more attractive? If you don’t have a deck to hide yours under you may be looking for ways to obscure or hide your air conditioner. Here are some ideas for keeping your unit out of sight. It might add security to your home as well, since copper theft has led some enterprising thieves to steal the copper piping from outdoor AC units!

Things to Remember

Here are some things to remember when building your AC unit enclosure:

  • Make sure the unit has plenty of room to breathe. Do not make an enclosed compartment to house your unit. Airflow is what makes the cooling possible; with no airflow, you get no cooling.
  • Leave room for access or add a maintenance door. Your outdoor unit will need cleaned and maintained every so often. Closing it off with no access is a bad idea.
  • Keep it clean on the inside. Make sure to not let debris and dirt collect inside of your enclosure. This can cause damage to your unit.

Garden Lattice

One quick way to make an attractive enclosure for your unit is to use gardening lattice. This is the same thing that you might use for growing ivy or other types of vines in a garden or along the side of your home. It can usually be found in most local big box hardware stores for a relatively low price. It typically comes unfinished as well, so you can paint it to match the color scheme of your home or whatever other accent color you like. Garden lattice gives your AC unit plenty of room to breathe and can have a hinged door built into it that allows access.

Fencing

If you have a fence around your home, then you may have some leftover fencing material. That makes a perfect enclosure for your AC unit and will match your existing fencing. If you don’t have any leftover, you may be able to get fencing remnants from a contractor or from a big box hardware store that matches yours perfectly.

Fencing also makes a great enclosure as it allows plenty of room underneath for dust, dirt and debris to blow in and out without gathering and allows your unit to be ventilated.

Get Creative

There really is no limit to what you could do. Consider making a panel out of one side and having a mural painted. Of course, make sure that it isn’t the side the fan is using to vent hot air out of. Enclosures can be made of any material you like and can assemble. The best part is they don’t have to be expensive.

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