MVP Electric, Heating & Cooling Blog

Heat Pumps Keep Your Home Warm and Cool

August 7th, 2017

heat-pump-HVACHere in Kansas, our summers are hot and muggy just like our winters are freezing cold. You need a system in your home to keep temperatures cool in the summer, plus a heater to keep the space warm in the winter. Doing otherwise can pose an active health risk to your family, especially infants and the elderly. That makes your HVAC system as important as your plumbing and electricity. The more you can do to keep costs down without reducing efficiency, the better.

And that’s where heat pumps come in. They perform the same duties as an air conditioner, but with an extra twist: allowing them to serve as heaters in the winter as well as AC systems in the summer. If you’re looking to replace an outdated system, you might want to consider installing a heat pump, and if you already own one, you want the right service to repair and maintain it.

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How to Lower Your AC Bills This Summer

July 24th, 2017

AC-upgrades-and-repairsKansas summers are blazingly hot, with healthy amounts of mugginess and humidity thrown in for good measure. A reliable air conditioner is as important as electricity and running water in those circumstances. Going without it can make your household miserable at best, and it may even become a health hazard at worst. That means you need your air conditioner to run for many long hours, and to a certain extent, you need to be prepared to accept higher monthly bills regardless of what steps you take.

But those high bills can often hide unnecessary costs, and while you will be paying more for your air conditioner during the summer, make sure you’re not paying more than is absolutely necessary. You can take a number of steps to lower your AC bills this summer. Some of them involve upgrades to your system which may require the services of a professional. Others, however, can be easily implemented by homeowners on their own (and indeed, you may already be practicing some of them yourself).

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Repair or Replace a Faulty Air Conditioner?

July 10th, 2017

air-conditioning-repairKansas summers are hot and muggy, and we’re right in the middle of yet another scorching July here in the heartland. Your household air conditioner becomes as important as your electrical or plumbing system in conditions like these, and you need your system to run all day every day in many cases just to stay on top of the heat.

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Tips for Installing Ductless AC Systems

June 26th, 2017

ductless-air-conditionerDuctless cooling systems and other types of alternate air conditioning can be a huge benefit to the right home. There are a fair number of households in our area built before the advent of air conditioning, or otherwise unable to support the ducts required by a central air conditioning system. Ductless mini-splits get around that issue, as well as allowing for a finer level of control over the cooling power in your house. Not only can you set different temperatures in different parts of the home to suit your tastes, but by turning off the air in unused parts of the home while running it in inhabited parts, you can cut down on your cooling bills considerably.

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Why Ice Forms on Your AC Unit

June 12th, 2017

frost-on-air-c onditioningAir conditioners get put to the test every summer here in Kansas, and this summer looks to be no different. If you take a look at your unit, you might be surprised to see ice or frost forming on the interior coils. It’s not uncommon, and most people don’t think much of it. After all, air conditioners are supposed to be colder, aren’t they? In point of fact, however, that ice or frost constitutes a serious problem, which requires a trained technician to repair.

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The Benefits and Convenience of Multi-Zone Systems

May 29th, 2017

zone-control-systemsMost homes in the area use centralized air conditioning systems, which cool the air in a single location and then distribute it into the home using a system of ducts. It’s an effective and efficient system, but it has drawbacks: especially for larger homes that might struggle with a centralized system. Luckily, you don’t have to replace your entire system to improve its efficiency and allow higher versatility. A multi-zone system can be installed in your existing ducts, and improve your system’s efficiency in a number of wonderful ways.

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Your Home Stays Safe with a Generator

May 15th, 2017

whole-house-generatorWe get our share of heavy storms in this area, and that can often mean losing power in your home for extended periods: hours, maybe even days. This can happen at any time, but rural parts of the region are especially vulnerable, since it can be some time before power companies get out to fix downed electrical lines.

The best way to keep your home’s electricity running is to install a generator on your property. It can be used in the event the power goes out to run vital appliances and ensure that you don’t need to leave your home in the event of a crisis. Now is a great time to have one installed, with warmer temperatures here and thunderstorms becoming increasingly common. The right service can help you select the proper unit.

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Security Cameras Help Keep Your Home Safe

May 1st, 2017

family-playing-soccerEvery home is a castle, and as a homeowner, you have a right and a duty to keep your family as safe as possible. A good security system can help with that immeasurably, including the installation of security cameras both inside and outside your house. A trained security expert can help with this, setting up cameras that benefit your particular needs the most and ensuring that they’re always running as expected.

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How Do UV Air Purifiers Help Your Home?

April 17th, 2017

Spring is in the air, and with it comes a host of problems associated with the spring. Allergens choke the air, pollen counts increase, and the rains give rise to mold and bacteria infestation. That can spell big trouble for your household, and unfortunately, these aren’t threats you can prevent simply by locking the door and shutting the windows.

On the other hand, an  HVAC technician can install a UV air purifier in your air conditioning system. It will keep your home protected from biological contaminants and help your family enjoy a healthier and happier spring. Here’s how it all works.

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Time to Check Your Air Conditioner

April 3rd, 2017

Kansas weather is rarely predictable, but we certainly know when winter has turned to spring. Soon enough, another blazing hot summer will be upon us, and when combined with our often-stifling humidity, it can turn your home into a sauna in a very short amount of time. You need your air conditioner to work every day without fail when the mercury starts to climb, which means now is the best time to get it properly checked and serviced.

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