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What You Need to Know About the R-22 Refrigerant Phaseout

For many years, one of the most commonly used refrigerants was a compound called chlorodifluoromethane, better known as R-22, and sometimes also called freon. This gas was found in every type of refrigeration device imaginable: from home air conditioners to car AC to freezers and refrigerators. In the last decade, however, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), in compliance with the US Clean Air Act, has been working to phase out the use of R-22, due to its harmful effects on the earth’s ozone layer. This phaseout has been gradual, with other refrigerants slowly replacing R-22 in recent air conditioner models, […]

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Prepare Your Air Conditioner for Winter

With the summer season soon coming to an end, it’s time to prepare yourself for the long, unforgiving winter months. And what better time to start than now? After all, there are so many things that need to be done, like readying your winter clothes, airing out your warm bedding, and so on. However, more often than not, among the most common things that we tend to neglect to take care is our house and the appliances that come with it—especially our air conditioning units. As homeowners, the need to prepare our window and wall air conditioners for winter usually […]

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How to Save Air Conditioning Energy This Summer

There’s nothing quite like a warm summer day. Something about BBQs, trips to the beach, and staying out on the porch until the late hours of the night makes this time of year feel all the more special. No matter how much fun being out and about during the summer season is, there will probably come a time when you want a break from the sunshine. When that beautiful warm day starts to become overwhelmingly hot, Entek is here to help. It won’t surprise anyone to know that air conditioners get the most use during the summer months. It’s a […]

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5 Tips for Air Condition Repair in Vancouver

Having an air conditioner is a necessity for many. However, the upkeep isn’t always easy. Especially here in Vancouver, WA, when in the summer months it can get warm and far into the 80s or even 90s. Many like to keep cool by running their air conditioners (and we don’t blame them!). That’s why air conditioning repair in Vancouver is so important. Air conditioners need to be properly maintained to work effectively and safely. Unfortunately, as with any technology, things can go wrong, and repairs will eventually have to be made. It’s important for you, as the consumer, to choose […]

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Where to Put Air Conditioner and Other Things to Consider Before Installing AC

Summer is fast approaching, and with it comes longer days and enjoyable outdoor excursions with the family. For many people, summer is their favorite time of year, but it also means you might have to start considering where to put an air conditioner unit in your home. Actually, you’ll have to consider a number of things if you’re installing a new AC, whether it’s to replace an old one or add one to your home for the first time. Here are some things you need to consider when you add a new air conditioner to your home: Consider the Placement […]

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How Heating & Cooling Systems Work: The Basics

Whether it’s the sweltering days of summer of the cold and frosty days of winter, it would be hard for us to get through it without our heating & air conditioning systems. Sure, there are natural ways to warm up (building a fire) or cool down (open the window, go outside); our heating & cooling systems go a long way go a long way in keeping us at equilibrium so we can go about our days. But it’s also important to know how these HVAC systems work so you don’t overuse energy and you don’t waste money. All climate-controlled devices […]

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The Ideal Thermostat Temperature All Year Long

  When winter creeps into the neighborhood one frosty mornings, it is tempting for many of us to turn that thermostat up. Likewise, in the heat of summer, we get the urge to crank it down for relief. This is not only a waste of your energy dollar. Extremes in heating and cooling our homes can have other negative effects on our well-being. The question of the ideal thermostat temperature is one that has no definitive answer. It is very much a matter of personal preference. Ideal thermostat settings vary with the season, your household’s composition and lifestyle, and whether […]

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Best Way to Store an Air Conditioner

Summer is over, winter is upon us, and the weather is rapidly cooling down. For people living in the Pacific Northwest, the transition into the coldest part of the year means putting away the shorts and bathing suits and breaking out the sweaters, parkas and wool socks. It also means that your air conditioning unit won’t get any use for a long while, sometimes up to eight months. This means you will need to store it properly until the weather heats up again. While some homeowners leave their air conditioning units up even when not in use, it’s much more […]

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Is Air Conditioning Safe for Babies?

When you have a new child, everything in their life is brand new. And for a new mom and dad, it means you’ll have a lot to worry about. A quick search online will give you a hundred different things to burden your days and nights. Are you feeding them correctly? Are they reaching the appropriate milestones? It can also bring up worries you’ve never considered before. Like the safety of running an air conditioner when your baby is at home. Babies are simply smaller versions of ourselves. They have the same needs. They have similar desires. They want to […]

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