MVP Electric, Heating & Cooling Blog

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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AC Problems That Cause Energy Bill Spikes

August 18th, 2018

blue-question-markNow that we are in the hottest months of the year, have your summer energy bills gone sky high? It would be unbearable to go without AC in this muggy Missouri heat, but you can take measures to identify problems and lower your consumption. If you are seeing pricey bills, one of these reasons listed below is most likely the culprit.

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Use Ceiling Fans to Lower Your AC Costs

August 6th, 2018

wooden-ceiling-fan-affixed-to-house-ceilingIf you’ve been using your air conditioner day and night throughout the summer so far, you may have noticed something:

That energy bill is really adding up!

If this is the situation you’re facing, there’s little else you can do but to just not use your air conditioner as much. Now I know what you’re thinking: “Not use my air conditioner? Then what’s the point?”

Luckily, there are ways that you can cut back on energy costs without having to compromise on comfort. One such method is to offload the burden from your AC by installing a ceiling fan, which we’ll go into more detail on below.

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3 Things to Look for in an HVAC Contractor

July 23rd, 2018

hvac-contractor-working-on-ourdoor-ac-unitIf you do your research, you’ll probably find countless reasons why you should choose this HVAC contractor over that HVAC contractor. But the fact of the matter is this: If you’re not already a professional HVAC contractor yourself, it’ll be tough to see the signs of what makes a truly good one.

In our opinion, however, what matters most is availability and true expertise in what it takes to make you feel the most comfortable in your home. In this post, we’ll give you three things that you should look for to find a good HVAC contractor.

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Can Your Home Benefit From Improved Indoor Air Quality?

July 9th, 2018

UV-germicidal-lightIndoor air quality is a silent danger in your home. In fact, indoor air quality can be worse than that of the outdoor air quality at times. Low indoor air quality will agitate those suffering from asthma or allergies, and it can also promote the growth of mold and mildew. It’s bad news no matter how you look at it.

Unfortunately, the climate and environment has a lot to do with the pollutants that find their way inside your home. You can’t change the environment outside, but there are things you can do on the inside that will count.

If you can say “yes” to any of the points below, it’s possible that some of these indoor air quality products will help you.

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Does Your Generator Need Repairs?

June 25th, 2018

technicians-servicing-generatorTime for a pop quiz.

Q: When’s the worst time to find out that your generator needs repairs?

A: During a power outage!

If you’re the owner of a generator, you probably already knew the answer. It might just be one of the most common fears held by generator owners. Shopping for the right generator, getting it installed, and having it fail to operate on the day you need it most would be too frustrating to bear.

To save you from that, we recommend biannual maintenance for your generator. Regular maintenance will ensure that all the generator’s components are up to working standards.

In between those times, you can always watch out for the signs that you need a repair.

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How to Tell Your Generator Needs Repair

June 11th, 2018

residential-generatorIf you’re a forward-thinking homeowner, you may already have a whole-house or standby generator. This is the Midwest, and you never know when an extreme weather event—be it a tornado or blizzard or something else entirely—may cause the grid to fail. A momentary power outage is little more than a brief headache, but an extended lack of power can eventually become life-threatening. You must be confident your generator will start when you need it the most.

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Worried About Germs? Consider a UV Air Purifier!

May 28th, 2018

uv-lightWe think of our homes as a refuge, a safe place to protect us from the dangers of the outside world. When it comes to the air inside our homes, however, the exact opposite may be true. According to the Report on the Environment (ROE) produced by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), pollutants such as mold can have concentrations 2–5 times higher inside than outside. On average, most Americans spend 90% of their time indoors. People with allergies and respiratory issues? They stay indoors at an even higher rate.

So what should you do about mold and other contaminants?

The best solution may be the installation of an ultraviolet (UV) air purifier system.

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