Air Conditioning Articles

Air Conditioners: Things You May Not Have Known

July 15, 2024
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Air conditioners have come a long way since they were first invented. Present-day AC units use 30 to 50 percent less electricity to create the same amount of cooling as their 1970s predecessors, according to the US Department of Energy (DOE). Advances in the past 10 years have been significant. In fact, by switching out your decade-old AC, you could subtract 20 to 40 percent from your utility bill.

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Summer Savings Tips for AC

June 14, 2024
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It’s summertime in Texas. The team at Blue Air Heating and Air Conditioning hopes you find time to relax with friends and family, taking in the beautiful sunny days.

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Air Conditioning Basics––Did You Know?

May 15, 2024
Air Conditioning Basics––Did You Know? Air conditioning units.

Since the early 20th century, engineers have significantly improved on Carrier’s initial design. Even in the past decade, cooling technology has become much more efficient. For instance, if you replace a 10-year-old air conditioning unit with a new efficiency model, your energy use could go down as much as 50 percent, according to the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE).

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When Do I Replace My Air Conditioner?

April 16, 2024
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The shelf life for a well-maintained central air system is typically 10 to 15 years. We emphasize “well-maintained.” Replacing your filter monthly and seasonal maintenance is crucial for a long-lasting air conditioner.

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Purchasing the Right Air Conditioner

August 18, 2023
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You decided to part ways with your old air conditioning (AC) system. It is not always an easy decision to make.

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Air Conditioners Versus Heat Pumps

June 20, 2023
Image of a heat pump. Air Conditioners Versus Heat Pumps.

In some ways, heat pumps have an edge over the traditional combination of a furnace and central air conditioning (AC) unit. However, no two households are the same, and each option has its pros and cons.

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Why Is My Air Conditioner Blowing Hot Air?

May 12, 2023
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When the temperature is high in Texas, the last thing you need is more hot air. But on occasion, your air conditioner (AC) malfunctions and can turn your home into a stuffy inferno.

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5 Common AC Problems

April 19, 2023
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The first step to optimizing efficiency is remembering to change your system’s air filter once every three months. This simple maintenance task ensures a balanced airflow, so your AC doesn’t overwork itself.

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How Does Your Central Air Conditioner Cool Your Home?

July 8, 2022
Blog Title: How your AC cools your home Photo: Woman turning on the air conditioner.

Air conditioners do so much more than just cool, like dehumidify your home or business and help keep your inside air cleaner. Understanding a bit of its basic components and how they work can help you identify a problem or malfunction when it occurs. 

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3 Health Benefits for Using Your AC While Sleeping

June 10, 2022
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At BlueAir, we understand that depending on your AC to run efficiently is crucial to helping you get the good night’s sleep you deserve.

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When Is It Time for a Split-System AC Replacement?

May 17, 2022
Blog Title: When Is It Time for a Split-System AC Replacement? Photo:Man setting up ventilation system indoors.

In heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC), a split-system air conditioner is an air conditioner for your home with its components located both outdoors and indoors. 

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Do I Really Need an Air Conditioner Tune-Up?

March 21, 2022
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Our professionals at BlueAir want to be sure you realize the long-term benefits of regular maintenance and tune-ups for your air conditioning system.

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Heat Gain Prevention Tips

August 4, 2021
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When you are in the middle of summer, it can be difficult to keep heat out of your Leander home even if you have your central air conditioning system going full blast. Our team at BlueAir wants to help you prevent heat from building up inside your home as much as possible so that your air conditioner can be more effective and efficient. Here are some tips to consider.

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Is It Normal for My AC to Turn On and Off?

July 9, 2021
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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 this happens it means there’s something wrong with your air conditioner. So what should you do?

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How to Protect Your AC From Storms

June 24, 2021
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Our professionals at Blue Air Heating and Air Conditioning want you to have a reliable air conditioning system before, during, and after a storm. Here are some tips on helping you protect your air conditioner investment.

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How to Properly Size an AC System

May 24, 2021
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Air conditioner loads must be calculated carefully, so you can match the unit to your cooling needs. Our professionals at BlueAir would be happy to help you select the best-sized air conditioner for your particular Texas home. In the meantime, here is a peak into how our trained experts calculate air conditioning needs.

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Spring Money-Saving Tips

March 12, 2021

Everyone loves to save money, and it’s a good idea to review different aspects of your budget now and again to see if there are more opportunities you have missed in the past. In the springtime, considering how you can reduce your energy bills is always a great idea.

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What Is the Difference Between Single-Stage and Variable-Speed ACs?

August 31, 2020
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Here at BlueAir in Austin, TX, our highly trained and experienced team of professionals would like to help you with your air conditioner.

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How to Protect Your AC From Storms

September 13, 2019
Hard rain in Leander

“An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.” There’s a reason why that old adage has been passed down through the years. It’s always better to be prepared for misfortunes than to have to deal with the consequences. During storm season in Austin, that proves true for protecting your air conditioning system as…

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3 Health Benefits for Using Your AC While Sleeping

August 8, 2019
Baby and dog sleeping in great air conditioning in Austin

A major part of your health relies on getting a good night’s sleep. That’s why it’s not just important to run your air conditioner during the hot summer days. You also need to keep your home comfortably cool at night as well. At BlueAir, we understand that depending on your air conditioner to run efficiently…

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When Do I Replace My Air Conditioner?

July 19, 2019
Air conditioning technician outside in Austin

The central air conditioning system is a simple pleasure of everyday life. Your home should be a place where you can relax. On a 90-plus-degree summer’s day in Austin, TX, cool air is essential to your relaxation. If you take good care of your air conditioner with annual inspections and monthly filter swaps, it should…

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Ductless AC

April 23, 2019
Close up of a ductless air conditioner in Austin

Ductless air-conditioning (AC) systems can be the perfect answer for that room that’s never quite cool enough or for that new addition you’re building. It’s a low-maintenance and affordable option to upgrading to a newer A/C unit when more cooling is needed inside your home. The ductless system works, obviously, with no ducts, as a…

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The More You Know About Your AC

March 12, 2019
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HVAC systems are much like cars – the more you know, the better you can take care of them. AC units and furnaces often get overlooked in general home maintenance since they are mostly out of sight and run behind the scenes. Let’s look at a few things about your AC unit that you may…

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Air Conditioner Components

September 20, 2018
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Aside from the professionals, like ours at BlueAir, who really thinks about air conditioners and their components?

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Does an Air Conditioner Kill Mold?

September 9, 2018
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Contact us at BlueAir if you would like us to check your system to see if it is good working condition.

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Ductless AC Systems

August 16, 2018
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Ductless AC systems are a great alternative to traditional AC units.

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Problems with your Air Conditioner?

August 7, 2018
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In the hot Austin weather, we can run our air conditioning units pretty much around the clock.

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What Does “SEER” Mean?

June 28, 2018
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SEER is a term that gets thrown around a lot in reference to air conditioning products.

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How to Save Money on Your Air Conditioning This Summer

April 25, 2018
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The US Department of Energy says that air conditioning can account for up to 47% of your utility bill.

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Why is My Air Conditioner Freezing Up?

April 16, 2018
Air conditioning unit outside covered in snow in Austin

A freeze up is when a layer of ice forms on the outside of your AC unit. Whether you have a window unit or a central air system the causes and effects of this, as well as the solutions, are the same. The ice build up on your AC unit creates an inability to cool…

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Why is My AC Making Noise?

September 7, 2017

If the noise your air conditioner is making is unusual or is different from its regular hum, there are a few things to consider.

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How Does My Texas AC Work?

August 22, 2017

At BlueAir, we believe that knowledge is power: The more you know about the appliances you are using, the more effectively you can operate them.

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Why is my AC Blowing Hot Air?

July 5, 2017

There are many reasons your air conditioning unit could be blowing hot or warm air. Keep reading to learn why this happens, and how BlueAir can help.

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3 Signs You Need a New AC Unit

May 8, 2017

AC is crucial here in Austin, and a well maintained unit can last for 10 or 15 years. So how do you know if you need repairs or if you need a replacement?

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Air Conditioning Facts

May 1, 2017

The more you know about your air conditioning, the better you can take care of it. AC units and furnaces often get overlooked in general home maintenance since they are mostly out of sight and run behind the scenes.

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What’s All This Talk About Ductless AC Systems?

November 12, 2013

Anyone who has lived outside of the great state of Texas can tell you that not all air conditioning systems are created equal. The swamp coolers and attic fans that are staples in arid, cooler climates do not provide the constant temperature homeowners with central heating and air conditioning enjoy. Within the past 20 years…

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AC Noises – How to Know When it is not Working Properly

September 30, 2013

Air conditioners are designed to run with as little sound as possible. Unless you are sitting directly under a vent or the unit is directly outside your window, you shouldn’t notice when it comes on or shuts off. However, if you are hearing things go bump in the night or notice other unusual noises throughout…

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How to Choose the Best AC Size for Your Home

August 2, 2013

Texans have a tendency to think bigger is better. While that may be true for steaks, cowboy hats and trucks, it’s not necessarily true of air conditioners. Here are some things to consider before you purchase a new air conditioning unit for your home or business. Square Footage How much area are you planning to…

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Smart Ideas to Beat the Summer Heat

June 10, 2013

Beat The Summer Heat Summer heat saps your energy, transforms your car into an oven, makes a branding iron out of your seat belt and is the single greatest cause of dehydration among Texas residents. Use the following tips and tricks to keep your cool this summer.  Sno-Cones Whether you visit the local sno-cone stand…

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