MVP Electric, Heating & Cooling Blog

Power Strips Aren’t the Same as Surge Protectors

March 18th, 2019

surge-protectorWhile in the hardware or electronics store, you may have seen fancy power strips labeled as “surge protectors.” While these power strips certainly do have some capacity to block low-level power surges from frying your most precious electronics, they shouldn’t be confused for a whole-house surge protector. And, quite frankly, the whole-house surge protector is the one that matters most; that’s the one that will protect your biggest and most essential appliances.

In this post, we’ll explain the danger of power surges and the (proper) way to deal with them.

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Signs That You Should Switch to Ductless Heating

March 4th, 2019

woman-operating-ductless-unitIf you’re like most people, then you probably have a furnace as your main heating system. That’s just an assumption based on statistics—furnaces are one of the most common heaters in the country.

If that’s true, then that means you’ve been relying on ducts to distribute hot air through your home. This is one of the best ways to supply your entire home with heating, but it does have some drawbacks. Instead of having to tell you what those drawbacks are directly, see if you can relate with any of the following scenarios:

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Common Furnace Issues That Aren’t Your Furnace’s Fault

February 18th, 2019

furnace-inspectionWe can write all day about the kinds of issues your furnace might encounter, but unless we’re actually there to inspect it, we just can’t know for sure. Sometimes, an issue may look obvious on the surface, but as we dig deeper, we find that it’s something else entirely. Sometimes, the problem might have very little to do with the furnace at all.

That’s why we suggest that you never jump to any conclusions about what your furnace’s problems might be until you’ve gotten a professional inspection. We’ll go over a few examples to show you exactly what we mean.

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Keep That Heater Running Through Winter!

February 4th, 2019

furnace-interiorPart of the nation is experiencing record low temperatures. We don’t have to live there to know that the last thing they would want is for their heaters to break down on them!

The idea of having to wait for HVAC service in the cold is not something anyone likes to think about. However, the reality is that it does happen from time to time. But that doesn’t mean you can’t help prevent it!

In this post, we’ll go over some ways that you can keep your heater in tip-top shape for the duration of the winter.

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Portable Generators Just Won’t Cut It in Emergencies

January 21st, 2019

standby-generatorIf disaster strikes and your power goes out, you can be left feeling helpless. You might even be tempted to pull out the portable generator to see if you can power up some of your appliances. However, we seriously advise against it.

Instead, we suggest having an electrician in Overland Park, KS come to fit your home for a whole-house generator. Here’s why we don’t recommend using portable generators for emergencies.

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Don’t Forget About Air Quality!

January 7th, 2019

floating-microbesHVAC is about so much more than controlling the temperature in your home. Nearly everything involving the indoor air in your home falls under the responsibility of an HVAC contractor, and that includes air quality and comfort.

Unfortunately, just having a heater or air conditioner won’t guarantee that the air is healthy. A range of air quality products in Overland Park, KS do exist, however, specifically for that purpose. We’ll discuss several of them down below.

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3 Electrical Appliances You Can’t Forget About

December 24th, 2018

electrical-outletRewiring your home isn’t something you’ll need to do every year. A good rewiring job will stay good for many years.

But that’s not to say the same is true for other kinds of electrical products in your home. Some of them may need replacement, testing, or frequent maintenance. In this post, we’ll talk about a few of those items that would be dangerous to forget about.

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When to Repair and When to Replace Your Furnace

December 10th, 2018

technician-inspecting-furnaceHere’s the tricky thing about replacing your furnace:

When the time comes, it most likely won’t be obvious.

Your furnace can appear to be operating decently for several months. In reality, it might be suffering from lowered efficiency, a tendency to break down more often, or other unseen issues.

When you do the math, you’ll find that keeping that old thing is contributing to hundreds of dollars in unneeded maintenance and repairs—replacement then becomes the economical choice.

So that begs the question: when should you repair, and when should you replace?

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Why You Shouldn’t Wait for Your AC to Break Down

November 26th, 2018

ac-maintenanceHomeowners are willing to spend a lot of money on a highly efficient and effective air conditioning system. Yet, as time passes and they begin to take the AC for granted, some may neglect to have it serviced for necessary maintenance and repair checks.

Of course, we understand. After installing an AC, the goal should be to spend as little money as possible—not to find new reasons to spend money! But what if we told you that spending the money on a couple maintenance calls is the key to reducing AC expenses? If you’re intrigued, or simply confused, keep reading and we’ll explain.

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AC Installation Is Not a DIY Job!

September 3rd, 2018

air-conditioner-installationWe don’t condone anyone to do their own, DIY air conditioning installation. You might be thinking, “Of course not, because how would you make any money?”

True. It is our job, after all. But mostly, we’re worried about the extra time and money it will cost you after the fact. Many homeowners who embark on these DIY installations don’t realize how many things can possibly go wrong in an AC installation—and it’s not always apparent at first.

The experience of a professional HVAC contractor can recognize a good installation when they see one, and it’s what gives them the confidence to guarantee a job well done. However, we can’t say the same for amateur installations. We’ll give you a few reasons why DIY doesn’t work out the way you think it would.

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