Ace Hardware Home Services Blog: Archive for the ‘Air Conditioning’ Category

Going Ductless: The Innovative AC Choice

Monday, March 18th, 2024

Switching to a ductless HVAC system? It’s a move many are making for a slew of solid reasons. Efficiency, personalized comfort, and slashing those energy bills top the list. Reach out to Ace Hardware Home Services for all choices of ductless systems in Huntersville, NC.

Let’s unpack why opting for a ductless solution might just be the upgrade your home needs.

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Can You Have Your AC Repaired in the Winter?

Monday, January 8th, 2024

Yes, absolutely! But this can be a bit more complicated, since your air conditioner is most likely encased by either a tarp or a thick layer of snow from one of our recent snowstorms. So, why exactly is this a point of our blog?

Well, your air conditioner is going to be extremely relevant in only a few months. And, if you’re someone who skipped out on maintenance last year, or if you started hearing problems toward the end of the cooling season, then AC might still be on your mind even if temperatures are cold out now. Some folks have new heating systems that don’t need as much attention as the air conditioner might, so we should focus on where help is needed the most!

So, let’s talk about HVAC repair in Gastonia, NC–more importantly, why AC repairs can be very helpful during the winter.

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Why Is the AC Running for Long Cycles?

Monday, November 13th, 2023

We often talk about short cycles on this blog, but rarely do we explore the world of long cycles. A long cycle is usually one that takes no longer than 20 minutes. It’s normal for an air conditioner to cycle on 2-3 times an hour to keep temperatures in the zone that you want them to be.

Long cycles can usually signify one huge problem–that your system can’t reach your thermostat’s temperature settings and it’s working too hard. This is something that only professional AC repair in Lincolnton, NC can fix properly.

Before you lose interest and close out this blog, remember that if it’s allowed to run like this, your air conditioner will cause your energy bill to spike dramatically. For every long cycle, you could be paying more money for no real difference in comfort. So keep reading and make sure you schedule repairs as quickly as possible!

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Is Your AC Still Not Satisfying You?

Monday, October 16th, 2023

Air conditioner repair is supposed to be a one-and-done thing, at least that’s what it should feel like. But sometimes, a customers’ experience can feel much worse. Right after a technician fixes a problem, what if you identify a new one?

This is a problem that can happen, and it’s why two things are incredibly important when scheduling repairs–that it get done by a licensed professional, and that you pay attention to your system’s lifespan.

Air conditioners are not designed to last forever, but they should last well into their second decade if you keep them in good condition. Follow along with our guide to evaluate the current condition of your AC technology and whether you need to invest in replacement or AC repair in Gastonia, NC. While either option is available with our team, the choice is ultimately up to you!

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What Does a Successful HVAC System Look Like?

Monday, September 4th, 2023

This might be a strange blog topic, but stay with us. Most of the time we’ll use this blog to talk about air conditioning and heating problems that can cause homeowners a lot of stress. While this is usually a great idea, it can leave some people with the wrong impression.

We don’t want anyone to turn into a hypochondriac about their HVAC system, diagnosing every little noise or bump as a problem. This can lead customers to be unnecessarily anxious about their home and their comfort, and it can also lead them to spend more money than they need to. To prove to our customers just how trustworthy we are, we’d like to make sure that customers know what a good HVAC system looks and sounds like.

If you’re confident that your system is running smoothly, then don’t let anyone on the internet tell you otherwise. It’s okay to know what’s good and what’s bad, it’s your home after all! We’re just the experts you should call if you need help with your HVAC in Gastonia, NC.

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Staying Energy Efficient This Summer

Monday, August 21st, 2023

As summer draws to a close in the next few weeks, we can only look back in awe at the amount of days we needed to rely on our air conditioning systems and home electrical devices. It can’t be stated enough how important our energy grid is for the safety and comfort of our local residents, and the more we can save on energy, the better off everyone will be.

So, what can someone at home do to improve their energy efficiency? What does energy efficiency even mean?

This is what we seek to answer in this blog post. Being more energy efficient, especially in how you run your air conditioning in Gastonia, NC, is going to make a huge difference for you, your budget, and your local environment. Efficiency is 2023’s hottest topic, and we’re going to cover it in great detail so our customers are prepared for future industry-wide changes.

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What’s the Best Benefit to Maintenance?

Monday, August 7th, 2023

AC maintenance has a ton of benefits, but narrowing down the most important one can be tricky. Every homeowner has their own priorities and that makes a one-size-fits-all approach a lot harder than expected.

Some customers want to pay the lowest prices possible throughout the lifespan of their system. Other people are concerned with being eco-friendly, and want to improve the efficiency of their AC.

In reality, everyone has different metrics for measuring how good their air conditioner is doing, and how important maintenance is. But we’re not going to give up on finding the best benefit for you and your family.

So, how does AC maintenance in Gastonia, NC impact you the most, and what can you be most excited about when scheduling for an appointment this year? Keep reading and you’ll find out!

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The Smart Way to Handle a Heatwave

Monday, July 24th, 2023

You’re likely aware of the fact that temperatures are reaching all-time highs throughout the country. Here in North Carolina, things are no exception! We’re getting powerful heatwaves mixed with uncomfortable bouts of humidity, often in the same stretch. This means that our air conditioners are running on full blast most of the time.

However, your air conditioner isn’t the only tool you have in the toolbox to fight against the heat. It’s the most powerful one, sure, and for that you should schedule AC maintenance in Gastonia, NC with our team. AC maintenance, even when late, will be a huge boon to your AC’s efficiency and performance. But even if your system is in perfect shape, there are still some strategies you can employ to reduce your overall energy consumption and remain more comfortable on hot days.

Here’s our guide to staying cool and comfortable on the hottest days of the year.

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Why the Brand Matters

Monday, July 10th, 2023

Have you ever compared two air conditioner models and been confused why one with seemingly identical parts and a similar feel, might cost more? Then you notice the “Carrier” brand name on the product, and it all starts to make sense. Brand labels represent more than the average air conditioner system.

We do this subconsciously with cars all the time. A Ford or GMC truck is going to conjure up a different picture in our minds than a Toyota. Our expectations change and technology behind each product shifts from brand to brand, which is why it’s so vital that you really understand why our partnerships with brands like Carrier and York really matter.

Today, we’re going to talk about how brand names relate to air conditioning in Gastonia, NC. We’ll discuss the two major partnerships we have, Carrier and York, and talk about why they might be worth more than a generic AC or heating system.

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Heat Pumps: 2023’s Must-Buy System

Monday, June 26th, 2023

Thanks to the Inflation Reduction Act and a whole lot of local initiatives, you’ve probably heard a ton about heat pumps recently. At least we’re finding that more homeowners than ever are starting to realize that there’s more to heating and cooling a home than just purchasing a furnace or a central AC. There are some incredible options out there, and whether you’re doing it for the savings or the desire to be eco-friendly, there are a lot of reasons to switch.

Today, we’re going to focus on heat pump technology. These systems used to be niche, expensive units that only wealthy customers could afford.

Now, they’re more affordable and efficient than ever. And with available tax credits, rebates, and promotions, you could get your hands on a heat pump in Gastonia, NC as early as this year. Let’s discuss how these systems work and why they’re so popular right now.

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