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Your A/C’s Air Filter: MERV By the Numbers

Posted on: July 19, 2012

Taking the mystery out of what MERV ratings are and how they affect the air quality of your home doesn’t have to be a chore. We’ll break it down for you in an easy and comprehensive way. MERV stands for Minimum Efficiency Reporting Value, by which your indoor air filter is measured according to the […]

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Hiring an HVAC Contractor: 8 Tips to Get the Job Done

Posted on: July 10, 2012

Selecting an HVAC contractor to come to your home deserves very careful consideration. Asking family members, friends and neighbors for referrals is a good place to start. When you’re ready to call an HVAC contractor, ask the right questions, expect straight answers and keep these eight tips handy. Homework: Write down the exact reason for […]

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Acosta Heating and Cooling Celebrates 40th Anniversary With Big Bang

Posted on: July 9, 2012

2012 marks the 40th year Acosta Heating and Cooling has been keeping Charlotteans comfortable. To celebrate, Zeke Acosta, founder and President wanted to give something back! “We have been extremely fortunate to live and work in this community for 40 years. Charlotte has always been good to us. We wanted to have a unique celebration […]

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Your Heat Pump: Tend to It Before You Really Need It This Summer

Posted on: July 5, 2012

Outdoor temperatures at the height of summer can be extremely hot. Heat pumps need regular maintenance, so tend to yours now and you’ll be able to rely on it to work at its best when summer temperatures are highest. Change or clean filters Dirty filters are a major source of system breakdowns. They restrict the […]

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Uneven Cooling? Your Return-Air Ducts Could Be the Problem

Posted on: July 3, 2012

One way to look at your HVAC installation is as a very large air circulation system, with the ductwork forming a critical pathway for air traveling in and out of your home’s interior. The main unit heats or cools the air and sends the conditioned air into the supply ductwork toward rooms in your home. […]

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Ductless Cooling: An Innovative Option When Your Choices Are Limited

Posted on: June 28, 2012

If you have a space in your home that’s a challenge to cool, or if you’re going to add space, consider ductless cooling. These HVAC systems don’t require ducts to distribute the air. They use technology that simply moves the heat from your space outdoors. These systems, also called ductless mini splits, present some major […]

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OK, Your Air Conditioner Does the Job – Now, Do You Know How It Works?

Posted on: June 26, 2012

You may be perfectly content with your existing air conditioner, but learning how it works can benefit you. Understanding the refrigeration-cooling process will not only help you select the right unit when it comes time to upgrade, but it will also help you learn to value regular maintenance. Ultimately, in either case, you’ll be able […]

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Elements of a Well-Designed Duct System

Posted on: June 21, 2012

As a homeowner, you’re likely to think that your duct system is not as important as your heating and cooling equipment. But it is. That’s because a well-designed duct system can boost the efficiency and comfort potential of your HVAC equipment—significantly. You see, your HVAC equipment relies heavily on your ductwork to deliver the heated […]

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Your Energy Bills: Six Easy Ways to Take Charge and Stay Cool

Posted on: June 19, 2012

With summer comes unavoidable increases in our home energy bills as we add the air conditioner to the assortment of electronics and appliances we already use every day. Here are a few ways you can save substantial amounts of money while still keeping your home at the temperature you prefer. 1. Cooling efficiency: Home cooling […]

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Manual J: Why the Contractor Who Sizes Your Air Conditioner Should Know It Inside Out

Posted on: June 14, 2012

The purchase of a new or replacement air conditioner for your home is not simply a matter of choosing a cooling unit and having it installed. Among the more important of the additional considerations is determining what size cooling system you need. The amount of cooling required to keep your home at desired levels is […]

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