Why You Need Professional Ductless Split AC Services

March 13th, 2015

AccuTemp Heating and Air Conditioning offers a number of quality air conditioning systems to our customers in the Louisville area, with ductless split ACs being among the fastest growing in popularity. When professionally installed and serviced, ductless split air conditioning systems are capable of cooling homes with great efficiency and versatility. Should you attempt to service your ductless min split system on your own, though, or allowing a novice to attempt doing so can lead to serious operational problems. Here is some information to consider which should make it clear why professional ductless split AC services are so necessary.

First of all, there is the split nature of the system to consider. While you may be able to place an outdoor unit on a pad in your backyard, and you may even be able to successfully hang the wall-mounted blowers within your home, connecting the indoor and outdoor components properly is an entirely different situation. Various tubing and wiring is needed to connect the different parts of the system, and the failure to connect the electrical wiring and refrigerant lines properly can lead to the catastrophic failure of your system, and may even create unsafe working conditions.

Additionally, there are the controls of your ductless split AC system to consider. When installing a ductless split air conditioner, it is likely that multiple indoor units will be installed. Each of these units will have its own controls. If they are not installed properly and able to regulate the operation of your system precisely, then there is no way in which you can hope to cool your property effectively or efficiently.

Should something go wrong with your ductless split cooling system, it can be difficult to determine precisely where the root of the problem lay. With the various air handling units, thermostats, and other components present in the system, it takes a skilled, trained technician to diagnose the issue correctly, let alone to go about resolving it entirely. Of course, our technicians have the diagnostic tools, and the skills to use them properly, in order to get the job done. Once the problem is pinpointed, we can get your system back on track as soon as possible.

Remember that exceptional ductless split AC services in Louisville are never more than a phone call away.

You’ll find the technicians you can count on here at AccuTemp Heating and Air Conditioning. We look forward to helping you to beat even the most intense of the summer heat.

3 Reasons to Schedule a Commercial AC Tune-Up

March 6th, 2015

We know, we know; we’re not exactly entering the hottest time of the year just yet. As anyone who has lived or worked in this area for any amount of time can tell you, though, that is subject to change much more quickly than you’d expect. The heat of the summer season will be back in full swing before long. Will your commercial air conditioning system be able to keep up with the demands that you place on it? Ensure that this is the case by scheduling a professional commercial AC tune-up in Prospect, KY with the experienced technicians here at AccuTemp Heating and Air Conditioning.

Having your commercial cooling system tuned up by a trained professional can benefit you in a number of ways. First and foremost on many commercial property owners’ minds is the fact that keeping your commercial AC tuned up can help to boost and maintain its efficiency levels. Considering just how hot it can get around here during the summer season, along with the hustle and bustle within the confines of your commercial space, temperatures therein can really soar. You don’t want to break the bank just keeping your property cool during this time of the year.

Additionally, routine commercial AC tune-ups can help to minimize the frequency with which you encounter commercial cooling repair needs. If any component in your commercial air conditioner is not functioning properly, the system as a whole will suffer. The unnecessary strain put on other components within the system can easily lead to damages if given the opportunity. Maintenance services give a professional technician the chance to find and resolve such problems while they are still in their infancy, as well as to prevent such situations from developing in the first place.

Finally, by keeping your commercial air conditioner in fine working condition with routine maintenance services, you can ensure that you enjoy the longest service life that it has to offer. Replacing a commercial air conditioner prematurely due to subpar maintenance services over the years is a serious waste of funds.

Get more from your commercial cooling system, for the longest stretch of time possible, by entrusting your commercial AC tune-ups in Prospect, KY to the pros on the AccuTemp Heating and Air Conditioning team.

3 Causes of Indoor Air Quality Problems

February 27th, 2015

Homeowners need more than just comfortable temperatures in their homes in order to live in the complete comfort that they deserve. They must also be able to breathe the clean, pure air that they desire within their living spaces. If you are at all concerned about or dissatisfied with the quality of the air in your household, then contact a member of our staff immediately. We can outfit your home with the indoor air quality systems and equipment you need to resolve the problem. That being said, it is helpful for homeowners to understand some of the common causes of indoor air quality problems. Here are some of the reasons why you may require indoor air quality services in Southern Indiana. If you do, call AccuTemp Heating and Air Conditioning right away.

One of the reasons why it is sometimes tough to resolve problems with indoor air quality is the fact that our very surroundings can be the catalyst of such issues. It’s not like you can just up and move your home away from problematic locales. If you live near major roadways, for example, or even heavily wooded areas where lots of allergens are present, you may find the quality of the air in your home slipping. While we cannot have the roadways, construction sites, and natural areas near your home relocated, we can certainly find the solutions you need to prevent them from compromising the quality of the air in your home.

Another factor that can have negative implications for your indoor air quality is the humidity in your home. Striking the right balance of humidity can be tricky, especially when the humidity outside is less than ideal. Very humid air can make it tough to cool off, and can even promote the growth of mold and other biological pollutants in your home. Very dry air can dry out your sinuses and your skin, as well as cause problems with the condition of your property itself. Treating the source of these symptoms is far more effective than treating the symptoms themselves, so determining that improper humidity levels are the cause of your air quality problems is the first step towards resolving those problems.

Finally, remember that keeping your HVAC system in great shape can help to maintain great indoor air quality. If your ductwork, for instance, is full of holes and poorly connected, then it can let pollutants into the system. Then it can distribute them throughout your house. Likewise, infrequently changed or replaced air filters in your system can allow for the buildup and distribution of dirt, dust, and dander.

Whatever indoor air quality services that you may require in Southern Indiana, remember that AccuTemp Heating and Air Conditioning is the company to call.


Gas or Electric: Which Furnace Should I Choose?

February 20th, 2015

Using a centralized heating system for homes dates back to the time of the ancient Romans. Today’s options for home heating systems are numerous, but if you have a home with ductwork, you may want to consider the installation of a furnace. Many of today’s furnaces have efficiency ratings over 90%, and you can choose from a gas furnace (or propane) or an electric furnace. The experts at AccuTemp Heating and Air Conditioning have been installing, repairing, replacing and maintaining home heating systems for over 30 years, so call us today!

Gas Furnaces

Gas furnaces provide heat from combustion: the burner is lit and the burner heats the heat exchanger, and together these two components generate the heat that is blown into your home’s living spaces. One of the great benefits of a gas furnace is the easy access to the fuel source, i.e., the main gas line. Tapping into your city’s main gas line means you don’t have to manage fuel deliveries or worry about running out of fuel; you can also use the gas coming into your home for other appliances. Natural gas is the cleanest-burning of all the fossil fuels, and efficiency ratings of gas furnaces can be as high as 98%.

Electric Furnaces

Many people may remember when electric furnaces weren’t very efficient, but new technologies and product design have made electric furnaces very energy efficient. In fact, many have energy efficiency ratings of 100% because electric furnaces don’t lose any fuel to exhaust. Electric furnaces heat by electrifying tightly-wound metal coils that reside in a component called a heating element. Once the air around the heating element reaches the correct temperature, the fan blows the air into your home. Electric furnaces can be good choices for homeowners who do not have access to a natural gas line or for those who don’t want to use a fossil fuel.

Which Is Best for You?

Your furnace is going to be with you for 15-20 years, so one of the best ways to determine which type of furnace will be best for your home is to work with a trained expert.

If you are ready for a new furnace installation in Louisville, schedule an appointment with an AccuTemp Heating and Air Conditioning specialist today!

Valentine’s Day: Pagan Revelry, Clandestine Marriage, and 14th Century Poetry

February 14th, 2015

What do you think of when you think of Valentine’s Day? Perhaps rushing off to the stationary store after work to choose the perfect card with which to express your feelings towards a loved one? Dinner reservations at a fancy restaurant? Roses, dark chocolates, and other gifts and confections? Whatever Valentine’s Day may look like to you, chances are that it is a far cry from the history surrounding this holiday – or at least we hope so. Here are a few interesting facts about this most romantic of holidays, from your friends here at AccuTemp Heating & Air Conditioning.

The fact of the matter is that there is no definitive history as to how Valentine’s Day came to be. There are a few different saints with variations of the name Valentine, for example. One of the most prevalent legends, and one certainly in keeping with the romantic nature of the holiday as we know it today, pertains to a priest serving during the 3rd century in Rome. Under the rule of Emperor Claudius II, who believed that young men made for better soldiers if unfettered by marriage, it was illegal for young men to marry. A true believer in love, Valentine would marry young couples in secret. Until, at least, he was found out, and met a very unpleasant end for his crimes.

Like many of our modern holidays, Valentine’s Day can also be traced back to pagan ritual. Lupercalia, as the pagan festival is known, was a fertility festival dedicated to Faunus, a god of agriculture. As is often the case with Roman celebrations, the details of this celebration are unfit to detail here. Suffice to say that, while there is certainly a touch of the amorous in the proceedings, the festival was a far cry from what we associate with Valentine’s Day today.

How, then, did our modern version of Valentine’s Day come to be? The answer may lie in, of all places, 14th century poetry; particularly, in the writings of Geoffrey Chaucer. Famed for his Canterbury Tales, Chaucer may well be the very first writer to associate Valentine’s Day with romantic love, in the manner of which we are familiar with it today. His The Parliament of Fowls details the dream-vision of a narrator consumed with the idea of romantic love and the natural order of finding a mate. Valentine’s Day is mentioned by name a number of times, as the narrator witnesses a parliament of eagles vying for the hand – or, perhaps more aptly, the wing – of a mate.

Whatever you may think of the holiday’s sordid and convoluted history, we here at AccuTemp Heating & Air Conditioning hope you have a wonderful Valentine’s Day with the special someone in your life.

Can I Use Duct Tape for Duct Sealing?

February 5th, 2015

We hear this question a lot at AccuTemp Heating and Air Conditioning, and there is a single answer: no. It may be a bit confounding to hear that using duct tape on your ducts is not a good idea, mainly because it’s called “duct tape”. Duct tape isn’t a good solution for damaged ductwork because the glue wears off, so it isn’t any kind of permanent solution. However, duct sealing for your ducts is a long-term solution, and one that will bring you the benefits and results you need. Having trouble with faulty air ducts? Call AccuTemp Heating and Air Conditioning today and schedule an appointment for duct sealing in St. Matthews, KY.

What Is Professional Duct Sealing?

When a technician performs professional duct sealing for your home, it isn’t a quick-fix kind of job. First, he/she will inspect the entire system to assess the damage and where your ducts need to be sealed, including hard-to-reach places like crawl spaces. Once the locations of need are determined, the technician will apply a layer of mastic to the damaged areas; mastic is a fibrous adhesive that forms a hard, impenetrable seal when it dries. To reinforce the mastic, a piece of foil or fiber glass tape is laid on the mastic before it dries. When repairing broken disconnections, the technician will coat both ends of the disconnected ductwork with mastic, bring the ends together, wrap the connected joint with metal binding and secure the binding with sheet metal nails. The mastic serves as an extra bond that helps keep the ends sealed.

Why Schedule Professional Duct Sealing?

It’s estimated that faulty ductwork can account for up to 30% of your home’s total air loss. Your HVAC system has to compensate for this loss, and does so by working harder. This increases your energy usage and puts a great deal of excess stress and wear and tear on your HVAC system. You may also have problems with indoor air quality. When ducts have cracks and holes, contaminants, pollution and humidity can enter the air flow in the ductwork and are delivered directly into your living spaces. Having your air ducts sealed by a professional helps restore your ductwork to its normal functioning.

If you have faulty ductwork, don’t just apply a piece of duct tape and forget about it.

Have your ductwork repaired correctly by hiring the experts at AccuTemp Heating and Air Conditioning to perform professional duct sealing on your St. Matthews, KY duct system.

Does My Zone Control System Need Maintenance?

January 29th, 2015

One of the most useful innovations in modern heating and air conditioning technology is the development of the zone control system. Zone control systems help to eliminate arguments in the home over the temperature in the house, and may even end the daily race for control over the thermostat for good. Zone control systems consist of a set of dampers in the ductwork and controls that connect the dampers to the AC and individual thermostats. Or, you can control all of the dampers at once through a master thermostat.

When everything is working properly, the dampers should open and close as needed to reduce or increase airflow into a room or zone. This helps to keep every member of the family content and can even out temperatures in the home if you have trouble balancing the upstairs temperatures with the downstairs temperatures or if an architectural feature makes even heating and cooling difficult. However, it is possible that your zone control system can run into repair needs at some point, and you’ll need a professional to help correct the damage.

Just like any other part of an HVAC (heating, air conditioning, and ventilation) system, a zone control system needs regular maintenance in order to run in top shape throughout the year. A technician may visit your home and see that a damper is opening too slowly, a problem which may call for lubrication. Or, your technician may notice a potential wiring issue and may decide to tighten electrical connections or replace a damaged electrical component. The technician should also calibrate thermostats as necessary.

Zone control system maintenance may be completed during an AC or heating maintenance if you request the service from your technician, although an extra fee may sometimes be necessary. Keep in mind that you can only get maximum performance and efficiency levels from your HVAC unit when all of the parts of your heating and AC system run effectively. That’s why a maintenance visit with a thorough cleaning, adjustment, and inspection is necessary for the well-being of every component.

Call AccuTemp Heating and Air Conditioning to schedule AC & zone heating maintenance in The Highlands, KY today.

How to Ensure a Long Lifespan for a Commercial Heating System

January 22nd, 2015

Commercial heating systems are a big investment for your business. They are responsible for making your place of business comfortable for yourself, your employees, and your customers. If properly maintained, they can last many years. If neglected, however, you may find yourself investing in a new system far sooner than you or your checkbook would like. Let’s take a look at some of the ways that you can ensure a long and healthy lifespan for your commercial heating system.

Never Miss an Annual Maintenance Appointment

No heating system, no matter how large or small, can live up to its full potential without regular maintenance. Simply waiting for a problem to occur before calling a professional does not classify as regular maintenance. You need to schedule a preventive maintenance appointment at least once a year. Annual preventive maintenance can find and replace failing parts before they cause bigger problems, and ensure that your system is running smoothly. This decreases the possibility of costly breakdowns.

Know the Signs

Even with the best preventive maintenance available, you’re probably going to have a heating problem crop up at some point. Though you may not be able to completely prevent heating issues from occurring, you can mitigate their effects if you react quickly enough.

Listen for any strange noises coming from your heating system, especially grinding or banging noises that indicate a major issue with the motor or burners, respectively. Pay attention to your heating bills, and call a professional to inspect your system if you notice them start to rise consistently. The faster you act when you notice these issues, the more likely it is that you’ll be able to avoid costly repairs.

Above all else, do not ignore your heating system if it begins to act strangely. Heaters are not known for developing harmless little quirks. If something odd is happening, it is usually the harbinger of a larger problem, and you don’t want to let things get worse.

If you’d like to know more, call AccuTemp Heating and Air Conditioning. We provide commercial heating services throughout Louisville.


The Most Hazardous Contaminants Found in Ducts

January 15th, 2015

Just as you wouldn’t want your family to wear unwashed clothes, eat from dirty dishes, or sleep in unclean linens, you wouldn’t want them to breathe in polluted air either. But it surprises many homeowners to hear that the air inside of the home may actually be more polluted than the outside air. And regardless of whether your heating and air conditioning system has a quality filter installed along with it, there may still be any of these harmful contaminants positioned in the duct lining.

  • Dust: For household members with allergies or asthma, dust can be particularly problematic. It can remain in the ducts for long periods of time, building up until it is forced into your home through the vents and repeatedly cycling through your HVAC system.
  • Fiberglass: If your ducts have any holes or cracks, it’s possible that insulation material gets sucked into the ducts. This can cause serious lung irritation, and is especially dangerous with older building materials, in which asbestos may be present.
  • Bacteria/Viruses: Some bacteria and viruses thrive in the conditions in the ducts, potentially leading to illness and causing trouble for those with immune disorders.
  • Mold Spores: Mold develops in the damp, dark areas of the ducts, sending spores into the home as the blower fan forces air into the room.

Schedule Duct Cleaning with a Professional

It is difficult and potentially unsafe for amateurs to attempt to perform standard duct cleaning on their own. The following list contains some of the reasons to trust trained contractors with the job.

  • Professionals provide a thorough inspection of your ductwork before and after duct cleaning to better target the specific contaminants that exist in your air ducts.
  • Contractors are equipped with industrial vacuums which are strong enough to create negative pressure in the ducts.
  • A professional may point out areas of the ducts that need sealing or replacement for better efficiency in the future.
  • Your technician is trained to use the safest cleaning agents only and to clean gently enough that the ductwork remains intact and unscathed.
  • Professional duct cleaning can improve the performance of your HVAC system, reducing friction and allowing air to flow into a room more efficiently.

Get peace of mind with your next Louisville duct cleaning service when you call the experts at AccuTemp Heating and Air Conditioning,

How a Faulty Thermostat Affects Your Heating

January 8th, 2015

Although the heating system in your home contains lots of parts that must all work together to keep your home warm, it’s unlikely that you’ve dealt with any of the components in a hands on way—except for the thermostat. The thermostat is generally the only part of a furnace or heat pump that a homeowner deals with in a hands-on manner, but you may not expect that it can contribute to some common heating issues. In some drastic cases, the problems that occur as a result of thermostat trouble can lead you to call for premature heating installation in the Highlands.

Modern thermostats are far more effective than older thermostats. This is because older thermostats had dials and switches that were tough to read, making it difficult to tell whether you have set your heater to turn on at 67, 66, or 68 degrees, for example. And even a couple of degrees of difference can mean a lot for your heating bills or your comfort. If you set the thermostat higher than intended due to incorrect calibration or a thermostat that’s tough to navigate, the unit will have to work harder, meaning you’ll pay more on your monthly bills.

However, even with a newer thermostat, you can run into a number of different heating issues if it isn’t working properly. Often, you’ll be able to tell that something is wrong when your heater no longer gives off any heat. While this could be due to a faulty ignition system, electrical trouble, or one of many heating issues, it may also mean that the thermostat is failing. If something interferes with the thermostat wiring, your thermostat may be unable to communicate to your unit when it is time to run.

Another common problem resulting from defective thermostat wiring is short cycling. Short cycling is when a heating system is unable to complete the necessary cycle. It will run for a short period of time and then shut off before running again shortly afterwards. This is greatly detrimental to efficiency and can force components to wear down quickly.

The friendly technicians at AccuTemp Heating and Air Conditioning are trained for any sort of heating repairs or heating installation in the Highlands.

If you need a new thermostat or if you suspect any other heating issue, give us a call as soon as possible to prevent any further damage.