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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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Why Does My Air Conditioner Keep Turning On and Off?

When you’re expecting your home to be a cool retreat from the heat, it can be disappointing for your air conditioner to malfunction. Air conditioner problems are more common than you think, and many people experience issues with their air conditioner turning on and off unexpectedly. Though it may seem like your air conditioner is a lost cause when this happens, there is often a simple solution to the problem you’re experiencing. Professional HVAC technicians at Entek in the Portland-Vancouver area can assist you in finding the true cause of your air conditioner problems and are often able to correct […]

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How Does an Energy-Efficient Air Conditioner Work?

Everyone wants to save money on their energy costs, but when summer rolls around and the mercury starts to rise, they have a different priority: keeping cool. Those two need not be mutually exclusive, though. With the advent of new, energy-efficient air conditioner systems, it’s possible to stay comfortable throughout the heat of the summer without breaking the bank. The idea of an energy-efficient air conditioner might go against everything you thought you knew about cooling technology, though, so you understandably may want to learn more. In this article, we’ll detail how it’s possible to air condition your home while […]

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5 Tips for How to Cool Upstairs of a 2-Story Home

It happens at least a few times a year: the day is done, it’s time for bed, and as you climb the stairs to your bedroom … where you realize the temperature is 10 degrees warmer than downstairs. At the very least, it’s inconvenient since you want to sleep in a nice, cool environment. Maybe there’s a simple explanation. Perhaps it happened because you didn’t notice the weather had turned warmer, and you haven’t turned on your air conditioning for the year. But it could also be worrisome—why is the house still too hot when you’ve cranked the AC up […]

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5 Tips for Installing Your New Window AC Unit

There’s nothing worse than having to sit in your home in broiling temperatures. When you find yourself roasting alive in your living room, a new window AC unit can make a life-changing difference. Not requiring any major renovations or additions, installing one can dramatically improve your quality of life when the outdoor temperatures rise into the 80s, 90s, or even 100s. Even though they’re much easier to install than a central air system, there is still a bit of finesse required. Here are a few pointers that will help you upgrade your indoor climate. 1. Double-Check You’re Allowed to Install […]

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