Air Conditioning Articles

What Does SEER Mean?

August 22, 2018

When it comes to your air conditioner (A/C), a common term used in the HVAC business that you’re likely to see everywhere is your air conditioner’s SEER. But what exactly is SEER? SEER stands for Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio. It’s a rating system of the air conditioner’s cooling capacity to power input, i.e., it’s the…

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Why is My Air Conditioner Short Cycling?

July 20, 2018

When an air conditioner (AC) turns on and off in rather quick successions, without running for longer periods, this is called short cycling. It’s fairly common, but when it happens it means there’s something wrong with the AC. Do not leave these occurrences alone. They will increase your energy costs, usually indicate a larger problem,…

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How Does My Air Conditioner Work?

June 29, 2018

An air conditioner is a standard appliance in interior comfort. The Energy Information Administration reports that 87% of homes have an AC unit and they account for almost 20% of yearly electricity consumption in the US. At Answer Heating & Cooling, we believe that knowledge is power – the more you know about the appliances…

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3 Signs You May Need a New AC

May 25, 2018

Air conditioning is crucial for comfort once summer officially hits here in Midland, MI. A well maintained AC unit, with yearly inspections and monthly filter changes, can last up to 10 or 15 years. So how do you know if you need repairs for your unit or if you need a replacement? 1. Age How…

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The Phaseout of R-22

April 26, 2018

No doubt you’ve heard of Freon®, the refrigerant gas used in your air conditioner. But maybe you haven’t heard of or made the connection with its generic name––R-22 (refrigerant 22), or HCFC-22 (hydrochlorofluorocarbon 22). And maybe you also haven’t heard that by the year 2020, it’s being phased out of usage here in the U.S.…

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Air Conditioner Components

August 11, 2017

Aside from the professionals, like ours at Answer Heating & Cooling, who really thinks about air conditioners and their components? Air conditioners keep your Midland home or business cool and comfy when the outside temperatures are high, and that’s all you really need to know, right? Well, air conditioners do so much more than just…

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Does Your Air Conditioner Kill Mold?

July 17, 2017

Your air conditioners can do several things––keep your home’s indoor air cooler than outdoor temperatures, help to keep indoor airborne allergens at bay, and help keep your home’s humidity low. But one thing it cannot do is kill mold. It can help prevent mold, but once it exists, your air conditioner cannot kill it. If…

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Does My Air Conditioner Help with Allergies?

June 9, 2017

Does an air conditioner help with allergies? Yes, if you properly maintain the unit. Air conditioners can help filter your home’s air and control humidity, and both of these things are important in the allergy world. It’s estimated there are now 50 million seasonal allergy sufferers in America. Properly maintaining your HVAC system is the…

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Geothermal Maintenance

May 9, 2017

One of the benefits of having a geothermal system for your home is the minimal maintenance it requires. Unlike a traditional furnace or air conditioning system that require regular and sometimes monthly maintenance, a geothermal heat pump system is much more durable and does not require the same frequency of attention. There five things you…

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How to Save Money On AC in Michigan

July 21, 2016

The US Department of Energy says that air conditioning can account for up to 47% of your utility bill. At Answer Heating & Cooling, we take energy efficiency seriously. In Freeland and Saginaw, we understand that air conditioning is crucial for comfort during the hot months and our advice may help you save money on…

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