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An HVAC Hot Take: The Truth About High SEER Systems

An HVAC Hot Take: The Truth About High SEER Systems

So, if you’re reading this I’m guessing you’re considering replacing your old HVAC unit sometime soon, and you’re trying to figure out if you should spend the extra money to buy a higher SEER system. My short answer is NO! The reason I do not push high SEER equipment is for three reasons: the initial cost, the comfort, and the repairs. According to several Georgia-based studies, the average energy savings of a 17-SEER vs. 14 SEER air conditioner is about $66 per year. The average life span of an air conditioner in Georgia is between 10-12 years. So, let’s say you...

Float Switches: Small Investment, Big Savings!

Float Switches: Small Investment, Big Savings!

Labor Day is coming up, which means lots of Americans are traveling for the weekend. Let’s say you’re one of the millions of Americans traveling this weekend for some family fun, how do you want your weekend to end? Nobody ever says ‘boy, I hope I come home to a flooded house with plenty of water damage’ but it is going to happen. It’s like the old saying goes “in life there are only three guarantees: death, taxes, and water damage.” I’m pretty sure that’s how that goes. Anyway, what I always recommend when it comes to water damage is avoi...

Do It Yourself HVAC Maintenance: A How To Guide

Do It Yourself HVAC Maintenance: A How To Guide

Many people tell me “Rob, I know how to do a lot; plumbing, a little electrical, I can work on my car, but I have no idea how to work on my air conditioner!” So, they ask me what they can do, and I tell them that the best maintenance they can do is preventative maintenance. When I use the phrase “preventative maintenance,” I can’t help but to think back to my Army days. As a Cavalryman, every Monday was “Motor Pool Monday!” On Motor Pool Monday, after physical exercise, we would go to the motor pool to conduct preventative maintenance on our vehicles...