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What is that Smell? Fighting Air Conditioner Odors Part 2

So you turn on your air conditioner for the first time and notice that there is a strange smell coming out of the vents. In part one we discussed what might be causing the smells and where you should be able to find them. Once you have found them, you need to know what to do about them. Here are tips for getting rid of both the sources of the smell and what to do about making sure that they do not return.

Change Your Air Filter

While this one should go without saying, one of the best ways to prevent odors from coming out of your ducts is to change your air filter. A clean air filter makes sure that old trapped dust and debris do not get spread around your house.

It also ensures that you are pulling everything that you should be out of the air before it circulates throughout your home.

Remember, you can always change the type of air filter that you are using as well. Choosing a HEPA filter or high-efficiency filter can trap smaller particles and will help your home’s overall air quality. Another result is that it will help to prevent strange smells.

Change Your Daily Routine

A good way to improve the air quality and eliminate odors in your home is to change some of your daily habits.

Use Your Exhaust Fans

Any time that you cook or take a shower use the exhaust fans that are in your bathrooms and over the stove. In the kitchen, the exhaust fan will help to eliminate cooking smells (intentional and unintentional) that can leave smoke and grease trapped in your duct work.

In the bathroom, using the exhaust fan ensures that moist, humid shower steam gets pulled outside and does not leave moisture in your ducting for mold and mildew to grow in.

Switch your Home Cleaning Products

If your issues are related to chemical or cleaning smells, then you might want to try switching out the products that you use. Try using cleaners with no fumes or switching to natural cleaners that have citrus or other non-chemical scents.

Vacuum or Sweep More Frequently

Since the air your AC unit comes from inside the home, the more dust that is there means the more dust for your system to pick up. Vacuuming and sweeping more frequently can help to cut down on that issue.

Clean your HVAC System

Since the two major areas that can hold mold and mildew are your evaporator coils and your ductwork, you can start by cleaning there.

If your unit is outside, you can gently hose off the evaporator coils and empty out the drain on the condensation pan. Ductwork can be trickier to clean and really should be done by a professional.

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What is that Smell? Fighting Air Conditioner Odors Part 1

Spring has sprung, and it may have even gotten warm enough to turn on your air conditioner. As you are just about to get your first nice cool blast of AC for the summer you may have noticed something else unpleasant coming out of the vents with it; a strange smell.

Unfortunately along with your cool air, you may also get some strange smells. Here are some of the causes of those smells and where those smells might be coming from in your HVAC system.

Maybe it is the Air Filter

Another source of strange smells can be the air filter. If you did not change your filter before the season ended it too can be a breeding ground for growth. Even if there is no mold or mildew trapped in your filter, all of the other particulates that it pulls from the air may be causing the smells. As air flows through the filter, particles that were previously trapped become loose and spread through the house. You should change your air filter on a regular basis regardless of any strange smells coming from the system.

Maybe it is Not The Air Conditioner?

There is a possibility that it is not your AC system at all. Since air that circulates through the system is drawn in from other places it can be that the smells are coming from the air intake and then sent throughout your home. This is usually true of smells like cleaning chemicals, exhaust smells, perfumes, scented candles or even old gym socks. Depending on where your air intake is these could be the source of your problems.

Where are those Air Conditioner Odors Coming From?

Generally, smells that are coming from your AC system are caused by mold or mildew. Since your AC system picks up air from inside your home and circulates it around, things like bacteria and mold spores can become trapped inside the system. As your air conditioner sits idle over the winter months, those spores and molds have an opportunity to grow inside the system. When you turn the system on in the spring, you find that they have had a busy winter growing and multiplying.

Places to Check on your Air Conditioner for Smells

If you are sure that there is no other source then there are some places on your unit that you can check:

  • Air Ducts – One of the main places mold and mildew can grow are up in the wall ducts.
  • Evaporator Coils – Your evaporator coils are what do the cooling of the air. Over the course of time, they will collect all sorts of dust, dirt and debris. There is also may be a drain pan that collects moisture collected on these coils. That is the perfect breeding ground for mold and mildew.

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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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Keep your HVAC System in Top Shape with These Maintenance Tips

Spring is here and will be gone before we know it. That means summer—the time when you put your HVAC system to the test—will be here very soon. In order to keep your summer cooling bills low, you need to make sure that your HVAC is up to the task. There are some things that you can do to make sure that your system is running at peak efficiency as well as some routine maintenance tasks to keep it there.

Replace That Filter Now

You have heard it before, but it always bears repeating because it is so important. You filter is one of the easiest to handle yet critically important parts that affects the operation of your HVAC unit. Running a unit with a clogged or dirty filter can degrade the efficiency, cause damage to the unit and spreading all sorts of nasty things through your home. You should change your filter every 60 to 90 days to ensure that your HVAC system is running properly and that your home’s air is clean.

Think about a Filter Upgrade

When you go to change your filter, take a look at what options are out there for you. Even if your HVAC system doesn’t have a special HEPA filter, there are plenty of replacements that you can get that will get the job done? New high efficiently pleated filters are a good example of this. They have an electrostatic charge that can grab very tiny particles—even ones that are carrying bacteria around your home. This can be a great way to reduce allergens. Think about upgrading to a new and more specialized filter than the one you usually get. Your home will thank you for it.

Clear Off that Outdoor AC Unit

Through the winter months of disuse, your AC unit’s outsized part can take a beating. You want to make sure that the unit is clean and has a good two foot perimeter around it for good air flow. Clean out any debris that has collected over the months of disuse. Once that is done, clean off the fins of your AC unit that may have collected any dirt, dust or other debris.

During the summer months pick up and dispose of any sticks or other things that collect around the unit. Be careful when cutting the grass to keep clippings from being tossed into the unit. Also clear away any leaves or other debris that collects.

Check the Insulation on the Refrigerant Lines

There should be one or two lines running from your external AC unit to the inside of your home. Periodically check these lines to ensure that the insulation on them is intact. If you find any insulation missing or broken, replace it immediately.

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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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General Tips for Keeping Cool

Are you looking for some ways to maximize the output of your air conditioner? Of course you are! The cooler you can keep your home, the more comfortable you are. The thing is, there are things that you can do that will help you to lower the temperature in your home without lowering the thermostat. Here are some general summer tips for keeping your home cool while keeping those heating and cooling bills under control.

Take Advantage of Cool Evenings

It takes some time for the summer to get into full effect. While the days are hot, the nights can be very comfortable without using your air conditioner. Instead of leaving your unit on all night, take advantage of the cool air and open up your windows. The outside air will keep you cool through the night, and then you can turn your AC unit back on during the day.

Ventilation is also good for your home, particularly in spring when you are still trying to get the dust and dirt of the winter back outside where it belongs.

Use Your Ceiling Fans

It may seem like your ceiling fans are just decorative since you have air conditioning in your home but you can take advantage of them in order to keep your home feeling cooler. Think about the winter and how the term wind chill can affect how the air feels. Moving air, while being the same temperature as still air, feels cooler due to a process called convective heating. Moving air takes away more heat than still air.

If you turn on your ceiling fans, they will create a nice comfortable breeze in the room to move the air around. This will help your home feel cooler while leaving your air conditioner’s thermostat at the same temperature.

Lower the Fan Speed for Humidity

While rare, there are days where the humidity might climb. When the humidity does climb, having the fan on high means that your AC unit might not be able to pull out as much moisture from the air as it should. Air conditioners actually perform two major functions. They cool the air, and they dehumidify the air. You need to make sure that your unit has enough time to get the dehumidification done. Having the fan on low gives the air more residence time in the unit, which gives you more dehumidification.

Time Your Appliance Usage

Lights, ovens, computers and older televisions add to the heat in your home. During the times of the day when the heat is at its peak, consider not using those appliances—or reduce the number of them that are in use at any one time. You may be surprised how much cooler your home feels if you wait until dark to bake your brownies!

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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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Answers to Common HVAC Questions

You may not realize how important your HVAC system is to your home—that is, until it is no longer working. Your HVAC system is a rather complicated piece of equipment that has one purpose: to keep your home at a comfortable temperature. Here are some of the more common questions people have about their Las Vegas HVAC systems, and the answers to those questions.

How Long Should My System Last?

Of course, that is a very difficult question to answer. There are many factors that go into determining just how long your HVAC system is going to survive. In general, you can expect to get between 10 and 15 years out of a quality air conditioner and probably 25 years out of the same quality furnace. Of course, ensuring that routine maintenance, care and upkeep of the system is taken care of will help to extend the life of the system. Just remember, the older your system is, the less efficient it will become.

How Often Should I Replace My Air Filter?

This is a common question that has a lot of different answers depending on who you ask. The ideal replacement interval would be once a month for disposable filters. If you have a filter that can be cleaned, you can plan on cleaning off the filter on the same time frame.

Of course, this time period could also be shortened by factors like pets, high amounts of dust, pollen or dirt in the home.

Fortunately, most modern HVAC systems have sensors or timers that will report to you when it is time to clean or change your filter. Check your owner’s manual to see if your system has such a notification feature and how to read it.

How Often Should I Service My System?

You should at the very least schedule an annual inspection of your AC system in the spring and one in the fall for your furnace. Any cleaning or minor repairs that need to be done to the system can be handled during that yearly inspection. These visits will help keep your system running smoothly and efficiently. They can also help to detect problems with your system that may otherwise go undetected until a critical failure occurs.

How Can I Make My System More Efficient?

There are several ways you can help out with the efficiency of your system. Of course, scheduling yearly maintenance is one good way. Other ways include:

  • Ensuring that your doors and windows all seal tightly and have no leaks that would let outside air in
  • Using a smart or programmable thermostat to control the temperatures of your home when you are not there
  • Keeping your registers open and free to flow air (don’t put furniture or other objects over them and subsequently block the flow)
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The Benefits of a Smart Thermostat

The internet is making all sorts of exciting futuristic devices into a reality. While a smart home that would respond to your voice or remote commands was once a thing of science fiction, it is now a reality. You probably already have a programmable thermostat at home, but have you considered upgrading it to one that is capable of connecting to the wireless network in your home? It can offer several advantages over your programmable thermostat. Here are a few of them.

Remote Programming

If you have a programmable thermostat, you already know how much you can benefit by taking advantage of the ability to have the temperature change without you interacting with your HVAC system. Unfortunately, you still have to be at home in order to make changes to the settings. Not so with a Wi-Fi enabled thermostat.

Wi-Fi thermostats come with an interface that can be accessed from anywhere. This means instead of having to change your temperature settings at home, you can change them anywhere. This means you can change the temp if you happen to leave work early or program a delay if you are staying late. Wi-Fi access provides you with true flexibility in how you control the temperature in your home.

Remote Monitoring

Do you want to know when something goes wrong at your house? What if your thermostat was smart enough to tell you that something unexpected had happened to the system that might need your attention? A Wi-Fi enabled or smart thermostat can do just that.

You can program your thermostat to send you alerts when the temperature creeps up too high (or falls too low) as well as send you alerts if something unexpected happens to shut the system down entirely. It provides you with the peace of mind that comes with knowing exactly what is going on at your home at all times.

Most Wi-Fi enabled thermostats have a range of parameters that you can set to send you alerts. You can customize these to your very own preferences.

Learning Your Behavior

Some smart thermostats are able to learn from the behavior that you and your family have when it comes to controlling the temperature in your home. If the kids tend to open the door often during the afternoon when they are coming in and out as they play, the thermostat will learn and understand that the AC needs to run a little more during those times.

If you like your house to be a little warmer in the evenings as you go to bed, it can learn that behavior as well and adjust accordingly. These settings can, of course, be changed to better tune the device to your desires, but the longer you allow it to learn, the closer it will come to predicting what you want.

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