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Air Conditioner Systems History

Willis Carrier

In 1902 Willis Carrier developed something that is used in a majority of homes today, the modern air conditioning system. While he was trying to solve a problem with humidity in a printing plant, he started to experiment with different components. By trying to control the humidity, he was able to solve the issue with heat and comfort levels. This system he developed sent air through coils filled with cold water. Then it would cool the air while also removing moisture in it. This then allowed the room to be controlled for the humidity levels. By 1933, the Carrier Air Conditioning Company produced and developed one using a belt driven condenser. This also had a mechanical control and evaporator coils. It has become the typical model for air conditioners in America.

While the same fundamentals have stayed with the air conditioner, some things have changed. Advancements to the vapor compression, sensors, controls, and efficiency have all taken place. This helps the system to perform better, while also being cost efficient in the long run. Newer air conditioners also have advanced components that will help it to run better, as well as quieter when it operates. If you hear any odd noises or sounds from the system as it operates, make sure to schedule an appointment with us. We can inspect the air conditioner and various parts to ensure the efficiency of it.

Throughout the months, you can also do a visual inspection of different parts of the air conditioning system. Make sure that the thermostat is operating well. The set temperature and actual temperature should be very similar to each other. If it is not, we should inspect it for you. If there is an issue with it, the air conditioner may be working harder than it would otherwise need to.

Hot Days Means your Air Conditioner will need to work Efficiently

During hot and humid days in the summer, you will have to rely on the air conditioner in your home. This will help your home to stay cool and comfortable in the summer. Make sure that you notice any issues or anything out of the norm with the air conditioner. If there are any issues with the air conditioner, it is always best to repair it as soon as possible. Any odd noises, odors, or things you notice should be taken seriously. By having these fixed right away, you can help prevent further issues from happening for your HVAC system as well.

Reduce the Heat

When it is hot, you will want to make sure that the cool air is able to reach each room in your home. When you notice an issue with hot or cool rooms, the ductwork may be to blame. Make sure that you inspect the ductwork so that it is free of any dirt or dust build up. When it is clogged, there will be a reduced flow of air through the ductwork and into your home. Also make sure that the vents to each room are open. Closed vents will result in rooms that are not as comfortable as you would like.

You can also check the HVAC system by making sure that the thermostat is working properly. If the actual temperature and the set temperature are significantly different, there could be an issue. Sometimes the thermostat will not be able to relay the information to the air conditioner so it works properly. If there is a misreading, then the air conditioner could be working much harder than it otherwise should. It will then cause the system to wear down quicker than it otherwise should. When this happens, you will find yourself having more frequent repairs than you otherwise should.

Staying Cool and Comfortable during the Summer Heat

It is important to stay cool and comfortable when the summer becomes hot and uncomfortable from the heat. Always remember that you should never leave anyone or any pet in the vehicle during the summer. When the sun is out, the vehicle can become dangerously hot in a matter of minutes. Besides your vehicle, you may notice that your home become hot and humid during the summer months as well. Having regular maintenance can help keep these parts working correctly and as they need to be. If they are not inspected, then the parts can wear down more quickly. It can also lead to issues with other parts as well.

Clean the Ductwork

If you notice that some rooms are warmer than others, it can be beneficial to have the ductwork inspected. If there are cracks or punctures in the ductwork, then the nice cool air could be going through that. This would result in warmer than normal rooms. You can also have the ductwork inspected to see if it should be cleaned. Over time there can be a build up of dirt, debris, and even dead insects. If you have pets in your home, it is beneficial to have the ductwork cleaned more often. Pet hair and dander can also cause it to clog up.

Remember to inspect the Thermostat

You can help keep your home cool by making sure the thermostat does not malfunction. If you notice a significant difference between the set temperature and the actual temperature, there could be an issue. Contact us so we can come and inspect the HVAC system and thermostat for you. We can also check the filter to ensure that it does not need to be replaced either. If you are ever unsure if there is an issue with the air conditioner, it is always best to call us. This will help prevent further wear and tear in the long run as well.

Benefits of a Dehumidifier for your Whole Home

Having a dehumidifier in your home can help you to have a more pleasant living experience. It can remove the moisture and humid air in your home. During the summer months, you may notice that your home starts to feel damp and humid. By investing in a dehumidifier you can reduce the amount humidity that is in the air of your home. This allows you to have nice, breathable air, that also makes your home comfortable.

Dehumidifier can lower humidity

The humidity can also cause an issue for the home growing mold and mildew. When the home is warmer than normal, you will notice that there may be an increase in asthma and allergic reactions. Exposure to any mold and mildew in your home can cause health related issues. When you install a whole home dehumidifier, you can help get rid of the mold and mildew potential. You can also help reduce a musty odor in your home when you have a dehumidifier. Any surrounding fabrics, furniture, or walls can also absorb the musty smell.

Better Air Quality

Sometimes the high humidity can also lead to condensation in the home. When you use the shower or bath, it can lead to condensation starting to form. As condensation starts, you may see steaming in the mirrors or windows. Over time, this can cause damp patches on the walls or wood that warps. By keeping your home at the proper humidity levels, you can help prevent this from happening. Having a whole home dehumidifier can also help improve the air quality in your home so you can breathe easier. Improving the air quality also means reducing the amount of dirt, dust, and other contaminants that are in the air. If you have questions regarding your dehumidifier, or purchasing a new one, contact us. Keeping the air quality the best it can be is always important for you and your family.

Proper Preventative Maintenance for the Air Conditioner this Summer

You will want to have preventative maintenance done for your air conditioner before the hot humid summer heat arrives. If you are not sure when the scheduled maintenance should be done, it is always advised to contact us. When we inspect the air conditioning system, we can also check the filter for it at the same time. As we do so, we can advise you when the filter should be inspected, cleaned, and replaced. Some factors can determine how often a filter is changed. If you have pets or animals in the home, you will want to have it changed on a more frequent basis. This is because pet hair and dander can get into the air of your home easily. If anyone in the home suffers from pet allergies, you will need to change the filter often.

We can also inspect the internal parts and components of the air conditioning system. These should always be in efficient working order. If you notice any odd noises or sounds coming from it when it operates, make sure to contact us. Ignoring these issues can only result in the system having further damage in the long run. Other parts will start to wear and have issues as well. You may start to notice when there is an issue with the system, based on the monthly energy bill. As the parts fail, the air conditioner may start to work harder to make up for that, resulting in it operating longer.

Always remember to have the ductwork inspected and cleaned as well. If there is a build up of debris and dirt, it can affect how the air flows through it. This can make it difficult for the cool air to reach some rooms in your home as well. If you notice hot or cold spots in the home, make sure to contact us as soon as possible and we can look at the system for you.

Get your Air Conditioner ready for Summer

To help get your air conditioner ready for summer, you will need to start with regular maintenance now. This will improve the efficiency of the air conditioner for the upcoming months. By following routine maintenance, we can inspect the system and check the parts as needed. Remember to contact us if you are not sure when specific tasks should be performed. We can inspect the parts and components as needed, and notice when a part should be repaired or replaced for the system. Doing so will also help prolong the life of the air conditioner system.

One of the most important tasks to remember is to have the filter changed. The filter is designed to capture and collect any dirt and dust from the air in your home. Make sure that the filter is the correct size for your air conditioner. Ones that are not correct will cause the air conditioner to work at greater strain and power. They will also be less efficient when they operate. When the filter needs to be changed, certain models of programmable thermostats can alert you do this. The filter should be checked on a regular basis, and changed on a schedule. This schedule can be a result of any dusty conditions in the home, or if you have pets.

Another part of the air conditioner system that needs to be inspected are the evaporator and condenser coils. When these become full of dirt, it can reduce the airflow and efficiency of the unit as well. Also make sure that the area is free of any foliage or debris buildup. This could mean sticks, leaves, grass clipping, or dirt should be properly removed from the exterior. If you are not sure how to clean the condenser coils and unit, make sure to contact us. This way we can inspect the coils for any debris or damage to them. Also remember to cut any plants or flowers back so they do not interfere with the airflow of the unit.

Air Conditioning Maintenance for your HVAC System

To help keep your air conditioner in the best condition, regular maintenance is needed. You will want to have us inspect all the parts and components to ensure they are in the best condition they can be in. If there is an issue, make sure that you contact us as soon as possible. With maintenance, you can help keep the warranty of the air conditioner valid. If you ignore the regular maintenance, you may end up doing more harm to the HVAC system because a part could be overlooked.

Make sure that you remove any build up of dirt and debris that could be around the exterior unit of the air conditioner. As the unit operates in the summer, you will want to make sure that it can circulate air around it properly. Too much debris can cause it to work harder than it otherwise would need to. You will not want to use a power washer, as it can damage the fan of the unit. That is why it is important to have the system properly inspected.

Make sure that the ductwork is inspected as well. If there is dust and dirt build up when you look in the register, it is probably worse further down. Make sure to contact us and we can inspect the ductwork for you. If it needs to be cleaned, we can schedule an appointment to properly clean out the ductwork. This will help the cool air to move more efficiently through the ductwork and system. You will also notice that the system will not have to work as hard or as long as it otherwise would. If there is an issue with the system, you may hear a humming or loud noise. Make sure to contact us at any sign. This will help keep the system operating efficiently during the summer months.

Good Air Quality for your Home

When you are in your home, you will want to make sure that the air quality is the best that it can be. This is important to everyone in your home, especially if someone suffers from allergies or asthma. Depending on your household, you will want to change the filter on a more frequent basis. This happens if you have pets, several people in your home, or if someone uses tobacco products. The filter will need to be checked regularly to ensure it is clean. When recommended, it should be changed as well. We can advise you when this should be. Having a new air filter helps keep the air in your home clean.

Remember to never operate the air conditioner without a filter. Doing so can cause the internal parts and components to become worn and strained. It can cause them to wear out sooner than they otherwise should as well. Choose a filter that is the correct size for the air conditioner. Making sure that it is will help it to be efficient and run properly. We can recommend what type of filter and advise what size is needed for the air conditioner. Some programmable thermostats will alert you for when a filter should be changed. This helps to maintain the system, while also keeping the air quality in your home the best it can be.

Also remember to check the ductwork in your home as well. Over time, dirt, dust, and debris can build up in the ductwork system. If you notice the system no longer being efficient as it operates, the ductwork can be clogged. Make sure to inspect it and have it cleaned if it is needed. Also remember to contact us with anything you notice out of the norm when the system is operating.

Have you been Living with Hot Rooms and Cold Rooms in your home?


If the above line is true, Hibersense may be right for you. Here at K & S Heating and Air, we are one of the first ten dealers in the United States to sell Hibersense. This new technology is able to provide you comfort to each room of your home, when you desire it. Make sure that if you have any questions about your HVAC system or options, to contact us. We can advise you on the options that you have, and what is best for your home. If you notice that your regular heating and air conditioning system is no longer working efficiently, make sure to look into the option of Hibersense for your home.

The Hiber Sensors can track data such as the temperature, humidity, light, and air quality for each room of your home. By monitoring the climate of each room, you can help to stay comfortable and healthy. This system also can have vents that help the system operate efficiently. The Hiber Vents can help adjust the airflow for each room of your home. This also helps to ensure that the rooms are at the perfect climate and temperature. This helps any empty rooms from being over-conditioned in order to make other rooms of the home ideal.

The HiberHub is another important feature of this system. Here, the system can efficiently control the HVAC unit to help ensure that the temperature is at the ideal amount you have programmed in. It also helps to make sure that the HVAC unit is operating correctly, which also helps extend the life of it as well. When it operates efficiently, parts and components do not wear down as quick. The app will also help you to adjust and control the different climates in your rooms and home. Over time, Hibersense can learn your schedule and preferences for each room. This will help keep the home as efficient and comfortable as possible.

How Programmable Thermostats are Important for your Home


Programmable thermostats are important when you want to keep your HVAC system in your home working efficiently. With a programmable thermostat, you can set the temperature for certain hours of the day, and days of the week. This is beneficial if your schedule is generally consistent from day to day. If your work week is the same each day, you can set the thermostat to be at the ideal temperature once you arrive home. It will also help to reduce costs because the system will not be operating when you are not home.

There are several different makes and models of programmable thermostats on the market. If you are unsure, you can always contact us for the correct one that would be beneficial for your home and lifestyle. Working from Monday to Friday, and having the weekends off is a good schedule for a 5-2 or a 5-1-1 model. This allows Monday through Friday to be programmed the same, while setting the weekend differently. Reducing the amount of time that the system operates will help you to save on monthly energy costs as well.

Another benefit of a programmable thermostat can be that you can set or change it from a smart phone or tablet. This allows you to make changes, without having to be right next to the thermostat. If you are coming home earlier or later than originally planned, you can access it on your phone to adjust the temperature as needed. You can even change the temperature if you are in another room of your home and want to adjust it. A programmable thermostat can also help to alert you to important maintenance as well, like when the filter should be changed. This helps you to keep the system operating correctly so you have the best air in your home.

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