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Common Heating and Cooling Myths

Posted on: October 26th, 2016 by tcg_admin No Comments

If you are like us, you have probably heard plenty of do it yourself advice when it comes to effectively heating or cooling your space. While some tips are spot on, others are very misleading and can actually end up costing you money in the long term.

Check out these common heating and cooling myths, debunked!

 

Myth 1: Closing off your vents will save you money on your heating bill.

We really aren’t sure where this folk tale came from, but no, blocking your vents will certainly not save you money. In fact, doing this can throw your system’s natural rhythm out of balance, which could even lead to damaging your heating equipment. The most energy efficient practice is to achieve even heat distribution throughout your home. This requires leaving all vents unobscured.

Myth 2: Leaving a ceiling fan on all the time will cool the room, even when you are not in it.

While the use of ceiling fans can have several benefits, lowering the temperature of a room no one is in is not one of them. Ceiling fans work to circulate the air in the room, which causes your skin to feel cool. While this does make you feel cooler, it does not actually lower the temperature of the room itself. Tricky!

Myth 3: The higher I set my thermostat, the more quickly my room will heat.

Even though it may ease your mind to crank the heat up when you come in from the cold, your furnace will deliver heat at the same rate consistently. The best thing to do is to set your thermostat to the desired temperature and be patient. Setting your thermostat higher than needed actually wastes more energy, because you will likely have to turn the heat down later once your body temperature comes up.  

 

At Action Air, we pride ourselves on offering our customers honest, high quality service. Give us a call at 931-647-8525 today or visit us online to learn more about scheduling a service or routine maintenance appointment. One of our qualified technicians will be glad to address any of your heating & cooling needs!

Source:
Horizon Services Inc.

Should I Use My Gas Fireplace?

Posted on: November 30th, 2015 by tcg_admin No Comments

Gas fireplaces can help efficiently heat your home, so it’s time to fire it up!

There’s nothing  better than a roaring fire on a wintry night, except a roaring fire that needs no tending, requires minimal cleanup, and doesn’t leave the rest of the house freezing cold.  

Gas fireplaces have come a long way from anemic blue flames and unconvincing “logs.” These fires now burn more realistically, with glowing red ember flames that caress realistic logs, molded from ceramic.

There are currently 3 types of gas fireplaces available:

  1. Class B Vent (Natural Vent) Fireplaces: This is a conventional gas fireplace. They require a through-the-roof flue, or conventional chimney,  to carry away hot combustion gases and typically feature operable doors. These are the least efficient models, but still effective.
  2. Direct-Vent Fireplaces: These are the most popular type of gas fireplace used today. The air to feed the flame enters from the outside and they have an exhaust vent  to direct the products of combustion back outdoors. These have a high efficiency; 70 percent of the heat they generate remains in your home.
  3. Vent-Free or Ventless Fireplaces: Air from inside the house is taken into the firebox, where it is used for the fire. The byproducts are then exhausted back into the house. The recycling of air allows ventless fireplaces, which do not need chimneys or an exhaust,  to achieve efficiency ratings of more than 99 percent.  The gasses that are vented into the house are completely safe and ensure that no warmth is escaping to the outside.

When it comes time to light the fire, there are a few different ways that can happen, depending on your fireplace unit.  The easiest is a switch, similar to a light switch, that is installed with your fireplace unit.  On some models, there will be a pilot light and an ignition.  If you are having trouble starting a fire with your ignition, the pilot light may be out and you will need to relight the pilot light.  The safest way to figure out how to light your fireplace is to read the manual at home, or look up a copy of your manual online.

The reasons to use your gas fireplace are numerous. Energy-conscious consumers can use gas fireplaces to optimize their heating efficiency. Utility bills are lower when you turn down the thermostat on a central furnace and use the gas fireplace as a supplemental heat source. Highly efficient gas fireplaces can heat up to 1,000 square feet of living space at low cost.  

Call Action Air to set up an appointment, we can help keep your furnace running efficiently and our technicians can help answer all of the questions you have concerning your gas fireplace.  They know when to use it, and how to optimize your fireplace’s efficiency.  Remember, when you need action call Action Air!

Sources:
New York Times
This Old House
HGTV
Angie’s List

Why is my air conditioner blowing hot air?

Posted on: July 30th, 2015 by tcg_admin No Comments

Air conditioning can be essential on a hot summer day.

Nothing is worse than hot air blowing from your AC.

We all expect that sound of an air conditioner working to mean a nice cool breeze and a comfortable indoor temperature.  So why would an Air conditioner blow hot air?  Well there are several reasons, some almost silly and some serious.  Here are a few of the most common reasons that you aren’t feeling that refreshing chilly air.

Hopefully we have given you a bit more of an idea what is going on.  If you decide you need professional help fixing your Air Conditioner in Clarksville, Tennessee  or the surrounding area, contact Action Air.  Our experienced technicians are on call Monday – Sunday 8am to 8pm and we have emergency service 24/7!  Book an appointment online today at www.actionairclarksville.com, or give us a call at (931)-647-8525.

Action Air Carries HVAC Brands You Can Trust

Posted on: June 30th, 2015 by tcg_admin No Comments

At Action Air, we stand strongly behind the products we believe in.

With the crazy weather of middle Tennessee, the citizens of Clarksville and the surrounding areas need Air Conditioners and Heaters they can count on.

That is why the experts at Action Air have put in the time and research to be able to supply you with the very best HVAC brands available.  Here is a quick overview of some of the brands we install.

Action Air stands by these brands and companies. Take some time and visit each company’s website for more information on the products available to you. Contact us at Action Air for a consultation and estimate. You are always welcome to stop by to speak with one of our HVAC Experts too!

(931) 647-8525 – 868 Kraft Street, Clarksville, TN 37040.

 

Source Links:

http://www.rheem.com/

http://www.trane.com/residential

http://www.carrier.com/carrier/en/us/

http://www.goodmanmfg.com/

http://www.mitsubishicomfort.com/

 

Why is my Air Conditioner so loud?

Posted on: June 16th, 2015 by tcg_admin No Comments

Do you ever find yourself wondering, “Why is my Air Conditioner so loud?”

Here are a few answers so you can troubleshoot, before giving Action Air a call!

Even the best central air conditioner can have problems on occasion.  Air conditioners are supposed to make some noise, but there is a distinct difference between a properly running air conditioner unit and one that is having some difficulty.  The age of an AC Unit can also determine how loud it might be.  There have been significant improvements over the years;  just because it’s loud, it doesn’t mean it’s dying.  Here are a few common sounds to listen for and some ideas about what could be wrong:

Remember, if you have any questions at all regarding noises coming from your AC Unit, you can contact Action Air Conditioning in Clarksville, TN 24/7!  We are happy to help diagnose and fix any air conditioning problems.

 

How can I reduce humidity inside my home over the summer?

Posted on: June 12th, 2015 by tcg_admin 1 Comment

People in Middle Tennessee have heard this phrase hundreds of times:

“It’s not the heat, it’s the humidity!”

There is a lot of truth to that phrase and low humidity is just as important inside your house as it is outside! The main way our bodies cool us down is through evaporation of moisture from our skin.  If the humidity is too high, even with your AC unit blasting, you may not be able to get cool enough. So, what should indoor humidity be?  The ideal humidity level inside your house is between 30% and 50%.  Any higher than that and you’ll be sweating!  Don’t worry though, there are some things you can do to help reduce humidity inside your home.

 

 

When humidity seeps into your home, it can make rooms feel stuffy and even smell musty. Beyond these superficial discomforts, too much humidity can result in serious consequences. An overly humid home can lose its structural integrity, attract pests like silverfish and centipedes, and even make you sick.  So make sure you consult with Action Air for the best air conditioning installation, service, and repair.   If you have any questions or need more help please contact Action Air by calling (931) 647-8525, or visiting our wesite https://actionairclarksville.com/   When you need action, call Action Air!

 

Fireplace Safety Tips

Posted on: January 6th, 2015 by tcg_admin No Comments

The Action Air Team prides itself on keeping Clarksville warm all winter long by providing preventative maintenance and 24/7 emergency heating service! But we know that sometimes, there is just something about the glow of a crackling fire.  Sitting by a cozy fireplace on a cold winter’s night can warm the heart and hearth.

Here are some fireplace safety tips to keep your family safe this season!

Bonus Fun Fact: Did you know you can use Worcestershire sauce and a toothbrush to clean brass fireplace surrounds and utensils?

4 Easy Ways to Prepare Your HVAC for the Cold Weather

Posted on: November 13th, 2014 by tcg_admin No Comments

Can you feel it… coming in the air tonight? Hold on! Because these 4 easy ways to prepare your HVAC for cold weather will keep you warm while lowering your heating bill!

Let Action Air of Clarksville, TN keep your home and family warm and cozy this winter season, while helping you save big on heating costs! Call us today to schedule your annual maintenance appointment!

Why You Should Choose An HVAC Career

Posted on: October 17th, 2014 by tcg_admin No Comments

Finding a “job” is easy.  It’s finding a long-term, stable career that is the struggle.  But if you love people, being a member of a community and working with your hands than you should definitely consider a career as an HVAC Technician.  This career path grants you the opportunity to find a job TODAY. The demand for skilled tradespeople continues to grow nationwide, and HVAC is no exception.

According to Mike Rowe in his speech to Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee, “Right now, American manufacturing is struggling to fill 200,000 vacant positions.”

So… are you ready for a career in HVAC?

“Falling” Into Preventative Maintenance

Posted on: September 24th, 2014 by tcg_admin No Comments

Get Ready to “Fall” Into Cooler Temperatures… And A Preventative Maintenance Plan With Action Air Clarksville!

It’s that time of year again! We’re ready to pack the flip-flops away and dig out the old boots! Cooler temperatures are on their way, and it’s being predicted that this winter will be a cold one! It may only be September, but it’s never too early to start preparing for those chilly evenings ahead! Here are a few great tips to keep your family warm, your heating unit functioning and your bank account happy!

More importantly, be sure to schedule a Fall Heating System Maintenance appointment with Action Air Clarksville. Not only will a surprise malfunction this winter make life cold and uncomfortable, but lack of heat (for even a few hours) can cause pipes to freeze and burst which will lead to costly repairs. (Did we mention a seasonal tune-up could save you approximately 10% on your heating bill this winter?)