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How Does HVAC Retrofitting Work?

The HVAC system in your home may have been designed to be effective when it was built, but if it’s older, it may not be an energy-efficient system. The longer your old system runs, the more energy it uses—and the higher your utility bills will be. An inefficient system can waste energy and money and cause problems, such as increased humidity and condensation, which can lead to illness or damage to your home.Another issue is that many older systems don’t have the technology needed to control how much energy they use. For instance, many older HVAC systems have a single […]

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Can You Install an AC On Its Side?

If you have an air conditioner that is installed in a window, what do you do when the window opens and closes vertically? Can you put an AC on its side?You might also ask this question if you’ve discovered that space is at a premium in your area. These days, plenty of homeowners are attempting to get creative when installing their HVAC technology. Some homeowners put their air conditioners in sideways in an attempt at saving space. But should you really ever install an air conditioner on its side? It’s actually not a good idea to do so. It can […]

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Does a Mini-Split Heat and Cool Your Home?

These days, there are many different heating and cooling devices on the market. Naturally, you want to make sure your HVAC system meets all your needs before buying. If you’re unfamiliar with a mini-split, you probably have some questions, such as, does a mini-split heat and cool your home? That’s where the HVAC experts at Entek can help. Read on to find out more about this system and it can both heat and cool your home. What Is a Mini-Split? A mini-split is an HVAC system that works for individual rooms and spaces in your home. For this reason, they […]

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How Do Portable Air Conditioners Work?

Most central air conditioning units are bulky, unwieldy machines that have to be installed in a permanent location outside the home and connected to a complex system of ductwork to do their jobs. Of course, this isn’t always practical. Many older homes don’t have ductwork, having been built before it was common. This is also true of newer homes that rely on modern climate-control technologies that don’t use ducts. In either case, it may be necessary to use a portable air conditioner. How do portable air conditioners work, though? Since they’re so much smaller than standard fixed AC units, are […]

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Is It More Efficient to Use Gas or Electricity for Central Air?

For years, experts have debated the most efficient methods for heating and cooling homes. Should central air use gas or electricity? What are the best ways to save money on energy costs without compromising safety and comfort? Plenty of studies have been done regarding the best and most energy-efficient methods for heating (or cooling) a home with central air, but researchers have yet to fully agree on the topic simply because there are so many variables in play. We don’t expect to settle the debate in this article, but we do hope to provide you with a clearer understanding of […]

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Is Air Conditioning More Expensive Than Heating?

When configuring the cost of living, there are many important and necessary factors to take into consideration. One primary point is the cost of utilities, particularly air conditioning and heating. This monthly cost can fluctuate depending on a few variables, such as the size of the house or building, the geographic location of the property (and the seasonal weather there), in addition to a few other relative factors, yet the question still remains: is air conditioning more expensive than heating? Imagine the energy needed to compress and circulate clean, cool air, specifically during a dry or humid summer. Or if […]

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Should I Replace the AC Condenser Coil or the Whole Unit?

If you have an older air conditioner unit that’s acting up, you may be wondering if you can salvage it or if it’s time to cut your losses. It all depends on the issue. Some problems, like clogged air filters, are relatively simple to fix. But other issues, like faulty condenser coils, are more complex. This often leaves our clients wondering whether it’s better to replace the condenser coil or invest in a whole new unit. It’s a dilemma the team at Entek has seen time and again, so we want to help you find the right solution. Here’s what […]

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Will a Portable Air Conditioner Work for a Large Room?

During the hottest days of the year, when it gets truly, punishingly hot outside, air conditioning feels like more than a luxury: it feels like an absolute necessity. However, many buildings don’t actually have built-in air conditioning, and that’s why so many people choose to buy portable air conditioners to keep themselves cool when there’s no other way to do so. The great benefit of a portable air conditioning unit is that it can be moved from room to room with relative ease, meaning that relief from the heat is always within your reach. However, one concern that many buyers […]

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Should You Cover Your Air Conditioner in the Winter?

As a conscientious homeowner, you probably have an annual to-do list you pull out when the weather starts turning from hot to cold. Winterizing your home means you’ll experience fewer technical difficulties when the weather is at its worst and most inconvenient. You’ll also have a better idea of repairs or improvements you want to make when spring comes along again. But what about your air conditioner? It would make sense to protect your air conditioner from the elements. Should you cover your air conditioner in the winter? Well, there are a couple of schools of thought on that. This […]

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5 Alternatives to Central Air Conditioning

For many years, the majority of homes have been cooled using central air conditioning. Making use of a large outdoor condenser and an indoor evaporator, central air conditioning pumps cooled air throughout a system of ducts and vents. It’s a tried-and-true method and one that has successfully cooled many homes for decades, but it’s not without its flaws. The primary problem, a particular concern for modern homeowners, is the energy costs. Central air conditioning is incredibly expensive to run, as a direct result of the fact that it’s not especially efficient. A good deal of energy is wasted in the […]

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