MVP Electric, Heating & Cooling Blog

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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Watch for Signs You Need Air Conditioning Repairs

May 14th, 2018

air-conditioning-repairKansas City summers are as hot as they come, and a good air conditioner is more a necessity than luxury when the thermometer starts to rise. The last thing you need is a breakdown just when the summer temperatures are at their highest, or a sudden repair call forcing you to scramble to rearrange your schedule just to keep your home comfortable.

We’re using our air conditioners right now, but the weather is still comparatively cool. That means now is an excellent time to watch for the signs that you need repairs. While you should never formally diagnose a problem with your air conditioner (AC units contain delicate and complex components that require formal training and licensing to address, as well as potentially dangerous material like chemical refrigerant), you can still spot the signs that something is wrong.

Generally speaking, anything that doesn’t match the normal functions of your air conditioner is reason to call a repair service. You’re likely familiar with how your system operates, even if it’s just a subconscious acceptance of the “normal” sights and sounds. That should make it easy to notice anything out of the ordinary.

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Electricians Can Assess the State of Your Home’s Wiring

April 30th, 2018

home-electrical-wiringFew components in your home are more important than your electrical wiring. Without them, you wouldn’t have electricity for lights, electronics, and vital appliances like your refrigerator and air conditioning. The wiring makes modern life possible. But like anything else, wires can wear out, and when they do, you may find yourself with a significant problem on your hands.

Furthermore, older homes can suffer from wiring problems with alarming frequency. We’re an old enough community to have houses that stretch back a century or more, and wiring systems that may go back to the Second World War or older. In such cases, the problem needs to be addressed before it causes serious damage.

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Let an Electrician Hide those Unsightly Wires

April 16th, 2018

electrical-repair-servicesWiring is a difficult business, and a professional electrician should be consulted anytime you’re dealing with anything more complicated than plugging something into the wall outlet. Electricity can be dangerous in the wrong hands, and without proper training and licensing, any attempt to work on your wiring could start far more trouble than it solves. If you have any kind of lighting issue in your home, you should always call in a professional service.

That principle applies to smaller issues as well as larger ones. For example, you might have wires or cables running along the floors to your home for a home entertainment service or a similar set-up that involves a lot of appliances. Those wires can be very unsightly at best and an active source of trouble at worst. A professional electrician can hide those unsightly wires and keep your home running the way it should.

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Let an Electrician Handle Lighting Issues

April 2nd, 2018

Every home uses electric lights. It’s one of the features of modern living. And that, of course, depends on a reliable electrical system to do its job. When trouble arises, your lights are the swiftest and easiest way to determine if you have a problem. Unfortunately, because we’re all so accustomed to using electric lights on a daily basis, it can be easy to believe that any repair issues affecting them can be undertaken by the homeowners themselves. This is a terrible mistake. Electrical systems can be dangerous if not treated with the proper care, and even experienced laymen lack the expertise and tools that professional electricians bring to the job. If you’re having problems with your electrical lights, only trust professionals to handle it.

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