MVP Electric, Heating & Cooling Blog

Signs of a Problem With Your Heater

October 16th, 2017

signs-heating-repairWith the coming of fall, local homeowners have been running their heaters on a regular basis. The heaters are only going to do more work as temperatures continue to drop through the last few months of the year. If your heating system has any kind of a problem, now is the time to identify it. That gives you a few weeks to schedule a repair call and get the issue fixed before the snows fall. Otherwise, if you don’t realize there’s a problem or ignore it in hopes that the heater will just power through, the heating system may suffer a breakdown in the middle of a terrible cold spell, turning your home into a deep freeze. The sooner you can spot signs of trouble with your heater, the better.

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Multi-Zone Heating Systems Can Lower Your Bills

October 2nd, 2017

ductless-heating-systemTemperatures are cooling with the arrival of fall, and soon enough winter will be here. If you’re in the market for a new heating system, now is the time to buy. You still have several weeks of comparatively warm weather to plan and execute a new installation, allowing you to enjoy the benefits of the new system all winter. Most of us are accustomed to either boilers or forced-air furnaces in our homes, both of which work quite well. But if your home can’t support such systems, or if you’re looking for a way to lower the costs of heating without skimping on quality, there’s another option. Multi-zone heating systems, or ductless mini-split systems, are well worth exploring.

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3 Things to Look for When Purchasing a New Heater

September 18th, 2017

new-heating-systemAutumn officially arrives in just a few days, which means that winter will be here before you know it. If your heating system is on its last legs, now is the ideal time to install a new one. This will allow you to take advantage of its improved efficiency and similar features before you need it, enjoying the benefits all winter long. It also means you won’t have to worry about your heating system breaking down, which provides peace of mind as well as savings on monthly heating costs and total coverage in the unlikely event of a breakdown.

Before you install the new system, however, you need to take careful stock of your needs, and ensure that the heater you purchase is able to meet them. That’s part of why you should always count on a trained technician to provide timely advice and help you select a system that perfectly meets your needs. More specifically, there are 3 things to look for when purchasing a new heater that will ensure that it’s perfect for your specific household.

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Time to Get Your Heater Checked

September 4th, 2017

heating-maintenance-inspectionLabor Day marks the unofficial end of summer, and while we likely have a number of hot days still in front of us, the cooler temperatures of fall will be here before we know it. Before that happens, it pays to get a trained technician out to your house for regular fall maintenance for your heater. It could make a big difference when it comes to keeping your home comfortable this fall.

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How to Spot a Leak in your Ducts

August 21st, 2017

air-conditioning-duct-leaksSummers mean regular air conditioning use, and prudent homeowners will take steps to ensure their systems are running reliably all summer long. But the unit itself is only one part of the entire air conditioning system, and those other components run into trouble too. The good news is that a qualified air conditioning technician can usually correct issues with all of those components. The bad news is that they can often be more difficult to spot.

Once you get past the air conditioner itself, the ducts remain the most common spot for problems, notably leaks and breaches which can cause issues throughout the entire AC system. Unfortunately, spotting a duct leak or breach can be exceedingly difficult, since ducts are usually placed in out-of-the-way locations like behind your walls or in the attic. You can’t call for repairs until you spot the problem. So how do you do that when the problem is hidden?

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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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