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5 Signs Indicating Your Air Conditioner Is Low On Refrigerant

The last thing you want during the heat of summer is an air conditioner that isn’t cooling your home. If your unit or system hasn’t been keeping your home as comfortable as it should, low refrigerant, or Freon, could be the reason. The colorless gas turns to liquid as it flows through your air conditioner’s coils, which allows it to cool outside heat and push the resulting cold air into your home. Familiarize yourself with the warning signs of lowered Freon levels so you can schedule timely repairs with your local HVAC contractor. Remember, refrigerant always requires professional handling to prevent injuries and accidents. 


Iced Refrigerant Line

One of the many things that can happen when your air conditioner is low on Freon is refrigerant line icing. Low pressure combined with low temperatures causes this freezing process, resulting in a frigid evaporator coil. Because this symptom can indicate other issues with your ac system, look for other low refrigerant signs before calling your HVAC contractors. 

Hissing Sound

Efficient air conditioners are relatively quiet, meaning they don’t hiss or make other unusual noises. A hissing sound emanating from your ac system indicates a major leak in the refrigerant line and the need to contact your local contractors immediately. Again, do not handle Freon! 

Higher Energy Bills

While energy bills naturally rise in the summer when you have the air conditioner on, serious spikes in utility bills mean something is amiss. Low Freon levels cause this appliance to work considerably harder to keep your home cool, resulting in monthly bills that make your wallet weep. In addition to getting the refrigerant level topped off, look for other ways to keep your bills reasonable, such as using ceiling fans and ensure your home is free of air leaks. 

Warm Air

If your air conditioner blows warm instead of perfectly-cool air, it could have a number of problems including low Freon that cannot sufficiently cool the air before pushing it into your home. Since hot air can also indicate a broken compressor or extremely dirty unit among other issues, schedule an HVAC appointment immediately. 

Low Wait Times

When an air conditioner is working efficiently, it doesn’t take long to cool your home. If the system has been on for a while and your home still isn’t comfortable, it’s likely lacking Freon and needs professional servicing. 

Get your ac unit maintained or repaired the right way. Call Precise Air Systems today to make an appointment. 

Is Your Roof A Solar Panel Candidate? How To Tell

ISolar panels remain one of the best ways to lower your carbon footprint and save on monthly energy bills. Once installed, they provide a virtually free source of power and take little effort to maintain. They even work on cloudy days. If solar power is right for your home, learn how to tell if your roof is a candidate.

Age

How old is your roof? Shingle roofs typically last 20 to 25 years, while metal options last 50 to 75 years or more. If your roof is nearing the end of its working life, getting it replaced is highly recommended before installing solar panels. The panels last up to 30 years and will “outlive” your roof, resulting in painstaking removal and re-installation.

Sun Exposure

Is your roof exposed to the searing sun for most of the day, or is it almost always enveloped by shade? While solar panels still work when it’s overcast, they are at maximum power in direct sunlight. If your roof does not receive a lot of sunlight, you may want to install solar panels on another section of your property that gets continually hit with UV rays. You can also trim tree branches if towering woody perennials are the main reason for shade.

Material

What type of material does your roof feature? Composite shingles are among the best roofing materials for solar panel installation not only because they are durable and versatile, but because of how easy it is to add mounting materials. Tile roofs can also handle solar panels; however, the installation is a bit more complex. The panels must be raised and attached to the roof via brackets, which gets expensive. The tile material, such as clay or concrete, also plays a role in the cost.

Tar and gravel roofs are also solar panel candidates, but the brackets must be tilted because these roofs are usually flat. However, the installation process is fairly simple and straightforward. Wood roofing materials are the least conducive to solar panel installation because of the fire hazard they present.

The best roofing material for solar panels is metal with standing seams. Panels attach effortlessly to the seams, and since metal roofs last up to 75 years, there is no risk of having to replace the roof before the panels wear out.


If your roof is right for solar panel installation or you want them installed anywhere else on your property, contact Precise Air Systems today.

5 Tips For An Efficient Air Conditioner This Summer


As you get ready to crank your air conditioner this summer, ensure the system is working as efficiently as possible. There are many maintenance tricks that keep this important appliance operating in a way that won’t make you weep when you get your monthly utility bills. Keep your energy costs and your carbon footprint low this summer with these helpful practices:

Take Advantage Of Ceiling Fans

Turn on every ceiling fan in your home to help your ac unit work a little less. Ceiling fans don’t cost much to operate and keep the air throughout your home circulating so your air conditioning system does not have to use lots of energy to maintain a comfortable residence. Floor fans help as well. Depending on where you live, you may be able to use the fans only at night and give the system a rest.

Clean The Air Filter Regularly

Check and clean your system’s air filter about once a month and replace it as per your manufacturer’s guidelines. Air filters clogged with dirt, dust, and other debris seriously impede airflow to slow down air circulation and make your unit work extra hard. If you are not sure if the filter is dirty, hold it up to the light. Dirty filters do not let any light stream through.

Ensure Your Home Is Well-Sealed

Perform an air leak audit around your home, as any gaps, cracks, crevices, and holes allow cool air to escape into the summer heat. Use weather-stripping materials, caulk, and insulation as necessary to seal your home against air leaks. Not only will you enjoy a more efficient, comfortable residence year-round, you will also help prevent insects and vermin from becoming unwelcome guests.

Keep The Area Around The Unit Clean

Ensure the area around your outdoor unit is clear of leaves, brush, and other debris that can make it run hotter and increase your energy bills. Trim tree branches as well to create at least five feet of air space, and make certain there are not any shrubs encroaching on the unit. If the system is under direct sun, consider installing some type of canopy or awning over it to protect it from extreme heat and efficiency issues.

Ventilate Your Attic

Ventilate your attic if you haven’t already to lower your home’s internal temperature and give your air conditioner a break. Well-ventilated attics also prevent ice dams in the winter because hot air escapes your home instead of melting roof snow.


Give your air conditioner even more love with maintenance and repair services from Precise Air Systems.

5 Reasons To Consider A Ductless Heating & Cooling System Today


If your current HVAC system is nearing the end of its working life, consider the benefits of “going ductless.” Ductless heating and cooling systems offer several key benefits contributing to more functional, efficient, and comfortable homes. Learn about these benefits before reviewing options with your HVAC contractor.

  1. They Save Space

Ductless heating and cooling systems take up little space compared to their traditional counterparts. Most can be mounted to exterior walls to save floor space in basements once occupied by bulky furnaces. Use the extra space in your basement for anything you want, such as creating a craft or home gym area. Ductless HVAC systems also require less time to install than traditional options, with most operational in a day.

  1. They Save Money

These systems allow you to create temperature “zones” within your home instead of heating or cooling the entire space and subsequently unoccupied rooms such as dining rooms or guest bedrooms. This improves efficiency to reduce monthly energy bills as well as your carbon footprint. Ductless systems are also ideal for heating and cooling additions, such as in-law suites, garage apartments, and sunrooms.

  1. They Improve Home Comfort

Because you heat or cool the rooms you use most, you won’t have to pile on the hoodies and blankets in the winter or strip down in the summer just to feel comfortable in your own home. Heat and cool each space exactly as much as you would like to enjoy your home instead of being distracted by how uncomfortable you feel. Ductless HVAC systems are also quiet to further improve home comfort because the space becomes more peaceful.

  1. They Are Easy To Use

In addition to quick and easy installation, ductless systems are easy to use. They come with controls allowing you to adjust the temperature, something particularly helpful if you are snug in bed or comfortable on the couch. Instead of getting up to manually increase or decrease the temperature, simply press a button.

  1. They Improve Indoor Air Quality

Traditional air ducts require cleaning on a routine basis so you are not circulating dust throughout your home and causing allergy and asthma flare-ups. Dust contains innumerable contaminants such as dust mites, pollen, animal dander, insect remains, mold and mildew spores, and vermin excrement to irritate the eyes, noses, throats, and lungs of household members. Even ducts that receive regular cleaning still get dusty and lower indoor air quality, a problem ductless systems eliminate for easier, healthier breathing.


Get the ductless HVAC system perfect for your home at Precise Air Systems today!

5 Pollutants & Allergens Air Quality Systems Remove


Indoor air pollution is a problem for many homeowners due to the wide variety of allergens and contaminants floating around. Air quality systems remove these contaminants; however, how many and what allergens they eliminate depends on what system you use. Electronic air filters remove smaller particles via ionization, while mechanical cleaners remove larger particles that result in respiratory issues. UV filters kill organisms found in ductwork. Take a moment to learn about the pollutants air filters remove from your home for a cleaner, healthier indoor environment.

Mold

Mold spores collecting in your ductwork and other damp, dark sections of your home cause asthma and allergy flare-ups among other health problems without proper cleaning and air filtration. Toxic black mold is especially hazardous to health and can cause watery eyes, itchy skin, headaches, digestive problems, sinus infections, stuffy nose, sneezing, and coughing. More serious symptoms include chronic headaches, vomiting, diarrhea, weight loss, and hair loss.  

Animal Dander

The dander shedding from the skin of furry friends, unfortunately, contributes to allergy flare-ups such as sneezing, watery eyes, and blotchy skin. Air filtration systems extract dander particles from the air, something especially important if you have multiple cats and dogs in your home.

Pollen

Pollen enters homes through windows and doors, coating assorted surfaces and causing hay fever among other allergy symptoms. Sinus pressure, scratchy throat, watery eyes, and swollen, bluish skin behind the eyes are some of the symptoms resulting from high pollen count in the home.

Gaseous Pollutants

Cigarette smoke makes the air in your home smell stale in addition to contributing to asthma and allergy problems. Depending on the air filter you purchase, it may filter smoke and other gaseous pollutants, including those that enter the home when the windows and doors are open. Pesticides and insecticides are some of the most common examples of these pollutants. Off-gassing chemicals in your home are also removable with the right air system, including those from paints, solvents, and paint thinners. All can cause eye, nose, and throat irritation, as well as headaches and other health issues.

Dust

Dust alone contains innumerable contaminants. It collects insect remains, mildew and mold, animal dander, vermin excrement, dirt, chemical cleaners, and pollen. Dust also features dust mites or microscopic organisms that cause just as many allergy and asthma problems as dust itself. Air filters extract dust particles from the air to help you and your family breathe easier.


If an air quality system is right for your home, find what you need at Precise Air Systems today.