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Thursday, February 14, 2013

The Workings of HVAC Units

People often ask us at Environmental, "my heating & air system just had routine maintenance done like a month ago and now it isn't working, what gives?!" or "I just bought this system 2 years ago and it already had a part go bad, why is that?!".  Well, the truth is at the end of the day all these machines are just that, machines.  They do fail from time to time no matter the make or model, just like any vehicle or appliance.  For example, if you take your vehicle in to the auto body shop for an oil change and/or state inspection, that means you are doing your best to keep your vehicle running but in no way ensures that a tail light won't go out the next day or that your oil pump will fail some time next week.  It's just how things are with anything mechanical.

All you can do is do your best to keep your heating and a/c units performing optimally by having routine maintenance done by trained professionals.  I can't stress enough the importance of having this done to help extend the life of your systems, it really does have an effect!  Extreme temperatures take their toll on these machines, also very much like vehicles.  Everything from corrosion to thermal expansion to cracking of joints to electrical shorts, rough weather wears down everything.  At Environmental, we encounter this stuff all the time.  Routine maintenance done with a trained eye can identify and correct such issues before they become major problems, vis-a-vi saving you big money.  Hope this helps and thanks for reading!

Nick Medlin
Environmental Heating & Air of NC, Inc.

Monday, February 4, 2013

Helpful Thermostat Installation Information

Just wanted to do a quick post in regards to installing thermostats.  First off, at Environmental we do not recommend installing a brand new thermostat yourself.  It is always best left to a certified professional as they are able to ensure that you are putting up the right thermostat for your particular system and that it is installed correctly.  However, there's probably a lot of you out there who still do it yourself anyways to save money and/or just feel you are proficient enough to do so. 

Well, for all you do it yourselfers out there and anybody who would just like some great general knowledge about the process, we have a youtube channel that you can check out at http://www.youtube.com/user/Environc.  There's also a couple more videos on there with some great general knowledge stuff, so just subscribe for free to the Environmental youtube channel and stay in the know!  As always, thanks for reading!