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  • What am I covered for when I purchase my Air Conditioning System.

    I just purchased a brand new air conditioning system with a 10 year warrantee from the factory.  I should be good for the next 10 years or so shouldn't I?  First, what does the manufacture cover?  Is it all parts or just major components.  Is labor covered, if so for how long?  What about servicing the system.  Is regular servicing required?  Lets take a look at this step by step. [...]

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    When is it time to replace?

    Certain telltale signs indicate it's time to consider replacing heating and cooling equipment, or improving the performance of your overall system. It may be time to call a professional contractor to help you make a change if: Your heat pump or air conditioner is more than 10 years old. Consider replacing it with a unit that has earned the ENERGY STAR label. Installed correctly, these [...]

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    A Bad Duct System Trumps High Efficiency HVAC Equipment

    by Jeff Sizemore In the past two years, I've helped my parents-in-law make dramatic improvements in their home. Two years ago, I tackled their building envelope, sealing the air leaks, isolating the mechanical room, and adding insulation. One year ago, I advised them on the purchase of their new high efficiency, sealed combustion furnace and variable speed air conditioner. This year, my task is [...]

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    Consumer Reports Best Pic 2014

    Consumer Reports has recently come out with their reviews of the nine most popular brands of furnaces, air conditioners and heat pumps based on over 55,000 responses from readers and hundreds of conversations with HVAC contractors in the past seven years.  The nine (two duplicate brands so actually seven) were:  Trane / American Standard (same system, different name); Carrier / Bryant (ditto); [...]

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