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Types of Air Conditioning Systems to Consider Installing

Tuesday, September 24th, 2013

The development of electromechanical air conditioning has advanced far since ACs initially entered homes in the 1920s. If you are in the market for a new air conditioner, you have a large number of brands, models, and types to consider. You want to make sure you get the right kind for your home, because air conditioning in Lake Jackson, TX is crucial for getting through the year.

For assistance choosing the right air conditioner to cool your home and family, and for the professional work needed to install it, contact Switzerland Air.

Here are three basic AC types to consider:

Standard central AC

Sometimes called “split systems” because they use two separate units—a condenser outside and an evaporator inside—these are the most common types of air conditioners in homes and businesses, and have been for many years. They use ducts as the channel to distribute air around your home, so if you live in a house with pre-existing ductwork, either for an earlier AC or for a furnace, then installing new central air conditioners poses little difficulty.

Heat pumps

Although the name makes it sound like it is exclusively a heating system, a heat pump is actually a “two-for-one” comfort option that functions as a heater and an air conditioner. Depending on your seasonal need, a heat pump can move heat into your home or out of it. The operation closely resembles that of a standard air conditioner, except a heat pump contains an additional compressor so it can shift the direction of refrigerant. The condenser and the evaporator then swap jobs. Heat pumps don’t supply as efficient heating as they do cooling, but this makes them suitable for Texas weather. If this interests you, then learn more about what a heat pump installation entails.

Ductless mini splits

Once found exclusively in commercial buildings, the ductless mini splits have recently gained popularity in homes. As the name implies, they do not use ductwork at all, which saves space. Ductless mini splits hook up refrigerant lines from the outdoor condenser to separate air handlers in different rooms. Because the air handlers can be set individually, ductless mini splits offer zone control that can save you money: you only cool the parts of the house that you use!

You should only entrust air conditioning installation to professionals. NATE-certified technicians, like those at Switzerland Air, are the dependable choice. Contact us today when it’s time to install your air conditioning in Lake Jackson, TX.

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How Dust and Dirt Can Affect Your Air Conditioning System

Thursday, September 19th, 2013

In Texas, we give our air conditioners an intensive work out, both during the summer and the months around it. While our ACs are running, they draw in air that can contain dust, dirt, and other debris. Most of the time you won’t notice this, since the air filter in your AC takes care of trapping this kind of air pollution to keep it from impairing the important parts inside the unit’s cabinet. However, sometimes the filter gets too congested with dust, or breaks form in it, and the interior of your air conditioner can become dirty.

For help with a dirty air conditioning system, Switzerland Air Conditioning is one of the best companies to turn to, as we are a licensed contractor with over 12 years experience in HVAC.

What Problems Can A Dirty AC Lead to, And What Should You Do About It?

One of the biggest troubles that dust can cause in an air conditioner is reducing the level of heat exchange. If dust gets on either the indoor (evaporator) coil or the outdoor (condenser) coil, it will prevent the coils from absorbing or releasing heat. This will trigger a drop in the amount of cool air you get indoors and cause the AC to work even harder to compensate, which in turn will speed up wear and tear. A dirty evaporator coil can also begin to develop ice because it can no longer absorb enough heat to lower its temperature.

Excess dust can lead to a drop in your air quality as well. A dirty AC with a clogged air filter is more likely to blow unwanted particles into your home. If you have pets, or if people with allergies live with you, lowered air quality can become a serious problem.

Getting your AC unit clean isn’t a simple task you can do with a spray bottle of commercial cleaner and a few paper towels. Properly purging dirt from the system requires opening up the unit and removing the components. You should not attempt to do this yourself because you could easily cause more damage than you’ll fix. A trained HVAC specialist will know how to clean your AC safely and efficiently.

However, a simple step you should take to prevent dust build-up is to change your air filter regularly. With the frequent high temperatures in Texas, changing the filter once every month is a good idea.

Since trouble with a dust and dirt choked AC usually requires professional help, contact Switzerland Air Conditioning to handle the “dirty work.” After all, Brazoria, TX, air conditioning help from our experts are only a phone call away.

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How to Tell When You Need to Replace Your Air Conditioning

Monday, September 9th, 2013

Having a high performance air conditioning system is a must in Texas. We are fortunate to live in such a wonderful, balmy climate, but the heat in Lake Jackson, TX can climb to sweaty highs at almost any point during the year. Your air conditioner needs to be ready to keep the heat outside your homes walls.

But what happens when your air conditioner gets too old to do the job you once expected of it? Machines don’t last forever, even with the best maintenance and repair work put into them. Eventually, your AC will start to give you warning signs that it needs to be replaced with a new, up-to-date system. When you notice any of the problems below, call our replacement experts at Switzerland Air Conditioning.

Tell-tale Signs of an Air Conditioner on Its Last Leg

A lack of air flow from your vents is a problem that usually means the AC is moving past the repair stage and into obsolescence. If the motors all sound like they are working normally, but the air isn’t coming out at the levels it used to no matter how high you turn the fan, then schedule a repair as soon as you can. A technician with the proper training will be able to give you a knowledgeable opinion on whether the system needs replacement or not.

A failing air conditioner will become increasingly inefficient, and that means higher energy bills. A sudden spike in your monthly bills could mean the AC needs a minor repair, but if this price increase remains the same month after month, then it may be more cost effective to replace the entire system.

Air conditioners often make strange noises when they need maintenance, but if this is continual, then the problem may lie with the age of your system. Pay particular attention to unpleasant grinding and grating noises occurring each time you turn on your AC. You wouldn’t want to hear that from your car when you turn the ignition—and you certainly don’t want to hear it from your air conditioning! Rely on professional advice to see if repairs can take care of the problem, or if it is indeed time for a new air conditioner.

A huge task like air conditioning replacement requires top-level experts. Call up the Lake Jackson HVAC professionals to survey your home and determine the best new system to fit your needs. Once you’ve selected the right AC replacement, these technicians will take care of the installation so you can get your cool air back before you have a chance to notice the old one is gone.

Our Lake Jackson HVAC professionals are specialists in air conditioning replacement. They are familiar with all different brands and types of air conditioners. When you are ready to swap out the old for the new, give Switzerland Air Conditioning a call.

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Why We Celebrate Labor Day

Monday, September 2nd, 2013

We hope our present and future customers had a pleasant Labor Day this September. We know how hard you work to ensure that you and your loved ones have a good life, and we feel the same way about the work that we do throughout the year. Home comfort is our business, so you can rely on our technicians to take care of any issues that you may have. To many of us, Labor Day means BBQ, the start of the football season, and spending quality time with our friends and family. But there is much more to this holiday, and we wanted to share its true purpose with you.

Like many US holidays, the origins of Labor Day are somewhat disputed. While many cite Peter J. McGuire’s (of the American Federation of Labor) suggestion of a demonstration and picnic as the inaugural Monday, others cite Matthew Maguire, then secretary of the Central Labor Union of New York. In the wake of the massive and violent Pullman Strike of 1894, which pitted George Pullman and US Marshals and Military against workers of the Pullman Palace Car Company outside Chicago. Designated as a federal holiday by Congress and President Grover Cleveland in 1894, a mere six days after the strike ended, Labor Day has since become a way of recognizing the contribution that hard working Americans have made to this country.

We wish you all the best, and hopefully you took the time to relax, eat some good food, and take a load off.

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