Air Conditioning System – CheckThisHouse Home maintenance, remodeling, repair, and improvement tips for your property Tue, 04 Aug 2020 11:35:59 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Ideal Portable ACs for an Open-ended Kitchen and Living Area Wed, 18 Dec 2019 20:27:49 +0000 closeup product shot of a portable air conditioner with white backgroundAir conditioning devices are essential devices used to cool rooms and buildings when it is hot. In the past, you could not carry around an AC because they were usually AC wall units. Nowadays, you can even find portable ACs that you can carry anywhere. However, there are very many portable air conditioners on the ... Read more]]> Is a Mini “Split” Air Conditioner Right For Me? Mon, 25 Nov 2019 18:50:26 +0000 When it comes to heating and cooling your home, you have options – but which option is most appropriate for your home? One of the newer styles of air conditioning units is the mini split air conditioner and, given all of its great benefits, it may be the best fit for cooling and heating your ... Read more]]> Improving Air Circulation in Homes with No Air Return on Second Floor Sat, 19 Nov 2011 01:15:49 +0000 Air circulation in homes - single, central air return register installed on the ceilingAir circulation in homes which are older and/or in poorly designed newer ones equipped with a central, forced air system might be compromised because they do not have an air return port installed on the second floor. It doesn’t matter how much you run the air conditioning system during the summer – that second floor will ... Read more]]> How to Use Thermostat Fan ON – OFF Feature Fri, 11 Nov 2011 00:56:59 +0000 Picture of the thermostat fan ON-OFF switchThermostat fan ON – OFF Use forced air heating and / or AC thermostat fan ON – OFF feature to your advantage and help your HVAC forced air system perform most efficiently. Utilizing thermostat fan ON – OFF feature will probably be more beneficial for multi-level homes equipped with just one HVAC unit and little to no air return ports assigned for each room (ie. two air returns on a two story residence / one per floor only). HVAC systems designed with a single air return port, usually installed in the center of the house or in the center of each floor, are often [...]]]> Recommended Thermostat Settings For Energy Savings Mon, 31 Oct 2011 21:29:08 +0000 Recommended thermostat settings savingsRecommended thermostat settings  and thermostat location Before I explain recommended thermostat settings for energy savings I’d like to point out the best and the worst thermostat locations. To maximize home energy savings and ensure the most efficient operation of your HVAC system, thermostat location should be chosen on an inside wall in a frequently occupied area of the house or the apartment. Additionally, thermostat location should be at least 18″ (46cm) from any of the house’s outside walls, and approximately 5′ (1.5m) above the floor surface in a location with freely circulating air of an average temperature. Thermostat locations you should avoid! The recommended thermostat settings [...]]]> Attic Air Conditioner Drip Pan Installation & HVAC Coil Catch Pan Thu, 29 Jul 2010 16:01:31 +0000 Attic air conditioner drip pan installation falls under the IRC (International Residential Code) and UMC (uniform Mechanical Code) regulations. Like with any building codes, check with your local building department if any or all of the following requirements apply in your jurisdiction. Even if you don’t like rules, make that attic air conditioner drip pan ... Read more]]> 10 Furnace / AC Seasonal Inspection – Do You Trust Your HVAC Guy? Thu, 23 Jul 2009 22:32:47 +0000 Read more]]> HVAC Air Filters Type and Locations | Forced Air Systems Sun, 24 Feb 2008 00:54:16 +0000 Air Conditioning Icing Sat, 23 Feb 2008 21:55:10 +0000 Read more]]> 2 Refrigerant Line Insulation, How to Properly Insulate Refrigerant Lines & AC Foam Lines Sat, 23 Feb 2008 20:41:09 +0000 Refrigerant Lines InsulationRefrigerant Line Insulation Refrigerant line insulation is partially responsible for the efficiency of your air conditioning system operation. Two different diameter copper refrigerant lines, run between the air conditioning system condensing unit (house exterior), and the AC coil (named after its shape) installed inside the house (sometimes crawlspace or attic) / contained within its own compartment. Suction refrigerant line This is a thicker copper pipe, carries cool refrigerant gas and has a temperature of approximately 40°F (4.4°C) / requires insulation. Liquid refrigerant line Thinner copper pipe carries liquefied refrigerant, [...]]]> AC Wall Units Sat, 16 Feb 2008 00:00:49 +0000 Read more]]> AC Condenser Disconnect & Proper AC Disconnect Grounding How To Thu, 14 Feb 2008 04:57:41 +0000 AC Condenser DisconnectAC Condenser Disconnect | AC Disconnect Grounding Your house’s central cooling system ac condenser disconnect switch is a requirement and an important safety feature. AC condenser disconnect must be located in sight and not directly behind the condenser so it’s easily accessible. Depending on the manufacturer, enclosures have a disconnect handle located on the exterior or behind the small cover. Accessing of some older air conditioning condenser disconnect switches with a hidden handle might be difficult, they are often corroded, have padlocks installed with missing keys which might prevent emergency disconnect when needed. Therefore, house AC disconnect enclosure should be periodically tested for proper operation, and maintained accessible [...]]]>