R22 Vs. R410A: The Evolution of HVAC Refrigerant

September 20, 2022

All modern HVAC systems rely on refrigerant to transport heat out of a building and exhaust it outside. For decades, R22 was the refrigerant of choice for most HVAC systems around the world. The trouble was that R22 wasn’t very good for the environment. It contributed to the greenhouse effect that’s now altering Earth’s climate. Therefore, governments acted to ban R22 and replace it with a less-dangerous refrigerant. R410A is emerging as its replacement. Here’s everything you need to know about the two. All About R22 Although you may not recognize the name R22, you might

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Can You Safely Power Wash an AC Unit?

August 17, 2022

It’s the middle of summer and the weather is hot and sticky. You’re looking for ways to cool down, but your air conditioner is on the fritz. Is there some debris or dirt in there that needs to be cleaned out? You might be tempted to take a pressure washer to it to clean it off and get it running again. But is power washing your AC unit safe? At IBBOTSON Heating & Air Conditioning Co., we understand that it can be frustrating to know that your AC unit is not working the way it is intended to when you need

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5 Ways You Can Make Your Air Conditioner More Efficient

July 15, 2022

When the summer comes around, and the temperature outside starts to rise, the natural inclination is usually to crank up the air conditioning. This is an understandable response, but if you aren’t careful, it can end up costing you quite a bit of extra money. If you lean on the AC to keep your Arlington Heights, IL home comfortable for multiple hours every day, that’s going to add up to a lot of energy usage. And when the monthly electricity bills arrive, it’s probably going to be a tough pill to swallow. However, if you’re proactive about making your air

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Tips for Properly Cleaning Your Window AC Unit

May 20, 2022

Before you put your window AC units in for this upcoming summer season, it’s vital that you give them a good cleaning. This will help to remove any stuck-on debris and ensure that your air conditioning is working to enhance your indoor air quality. If this is your first time cleaning your AC unit, then you’ll want to follow the instructions below carefully. Remove the Air Filter The first step in cleaning your window unit is to make sure that it’s unplugged. You should never clean your AC unit or even its filter without unplugging the

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Does Sleeping With the Window Open During Summertime Save Money?

April 14, 2022

Keeping your home cooled throughout the summer can add up to a lot of money. Obviously, the more frequently your air conditioner runs, the more money you’ll spend. As a result, many people attempt to cut back on their energy use by turning off their air conditioning at night and opening their windows to help keep the home cool. Still, the question is whether or not this is actually an effective option for saving money on your cooling costs. Unfortunately, there really isn’t a straightforward answer as it depends largely on the local climate. With this in mind, let’s look

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Myths About Summer Cooling

August 3, 2021

Misinformation about the best way to operate your air conditioner can be an unseen money drain on your budget. Spend time learning more about proper AC use and energy-efficient settings, and you’ll often see an improvement in comfort. Using bad advice about running your air conditioning can increase utility bills, overwork your equipment, and cause system failures. Because many of these myths are false, we’d like to help you understand why and what to do instead. Adjusting temperature settings properly and investigating the cost of operation can go a long way to achieving energy efficiency. Take a

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Tips to Reduce Noise From Your Air Conditioner

July 27, 2021

Most air conditioners get louder as they age. However, even with a new system, you can still experience a noisy air conditioner. Excessive noise from your AC can be distracting, and if it’s not fixed, it can result in a severe problem. Here are some tips to help you fix your noisy air conditioner. Inspect the Unit for Dirty or Damaged Fan Blades Your outdoor condenser casing houses a fan. If falling objects have damaged your fan blades, it could lead to a noisy air conditioner. Be sure to straighten bent fan blades or replace the

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How Does Central Air Conditioning Work?

June 6, 2021

You can think of a central air conditioner as a giant house refrigerator that keeps your home or working environment more comfortable and relaxed. Essentially, air conditioners employ materials, components, and systems similar to those of a refrigerator. For instance, a central air conditioner has a set of fans, tubes, and refrigerant that changes into a gas or liquid as it goes through the air conditioning system. The following is a detailed explanation of the internal workings of a central air conditioning unit. How Central Air Conditioning Works Air conditioning involves the movement

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How To Protect Your Family From Carbon Monoxide Poisoning

September 20, 2020

You must have heard or read of carbon monoxide poisoning. There is also a good chance that you understand what it is. However, if you are like most American homeowners, there is a probability you don’t know what it is or why it could be dangerous to you and your family. You might have heard of warnings issued about carbon monoxide poisoning, but you still don’t find a reason to worry. There is no specific scale that determines where carbon monoxide poisoning can occur. Therefore, you should be aware of the potential signs that you may be

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Everyday Things That Decrease Your AC Efficiency

August 8, 2020

During summertime, temperatures can rise quite dramatically. Therefore, you may rely on your AC unit to keep you cool and comfortable when indoors. Unfortunately, there are certain scenarios where you are likely to notice that your AC system is underperforming. If this sounds familiar, there is a good chance that your equipment is malfunctioning. In some situations, your equipment’s performance may simply be getting affected by everyday household habits. Finding out what you’re doing wrong and correcting it could go a long way in terms of improving your indoor comfort. Do not overlook the importance of these issues when it

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