The Positives Of Installing Central Air In Your Home

Central air conditioning is the most effective and simplest way to maintain a comfortable temperature in your home. Compared to conventional air conditioning methods such as window unit air conditioners, central air is by far the best selection for any home or office. Perhaps the biggest benefit of central air conditioning might seem like its ability to cool your entire house in a matter of minutes, but it’s actually the unit’s ability to clean the air and improve your air quality.
Instead of cooling only one room as window units are capable of doing, central air conditioning cools your entire house by sending cool air through ducts in your home. The air is then released through vents into each room, cooling it almost immediately. Through return air ducts, ambient air is pulled from each room before passing through filters that remove lint, dust, pollen, pet dander and other allergens before releasing this newly clean air into each room of your home via a secondary duct. Even the smallest pollutants in the air are trapped and prevented from being released into your air. The more money you spend on a central air conditioner, the more pollutants it will capture and the cleaner your indoor air quality will become.
Clean air at all times is the biggest benefit of a central air conditioning system. However, it’s not the only benefit of having central air. There are many reasons your air conditioning system should be upgraded to central air.

Less Noise

Central air conditioners are far quieter than traditional air conditioners. The unit is located outside your home, causing the bulk of its running noise to go virtually unnoticed when you are in your home.

Location

Being located outside means your air conditioning system does not block your views or affect the aesthetic appeal of your home. Conventional window unit air conditioners make it impossible to see out of the portion of the windows they use and they look uninviting from the exterior of your home. Because it does not take up any space indoors, your home looks chicer and more modern.

Easily Controlled

You have two options when it comes to controlling central air. The first is one operating unit that controls the air in every room of your home. The control is located in one place in your home. By turning the air on, off, up or down, you only have to use one unit that can be programmed to run at specific times and temperatures. If you choose to have individual controls in each room, you will have to go to each room to adjust them. However, most homeowners with this option only use the air in the main portion of their home, such as the living space and used bedrooms. This eliminates the need to cool frequently unused rooms, which also saves on your energy bills.

Both Heating and Cooling

Most installed central air conditioning systems have the ability to cool and heat your home at once. Having a central heater and air conditioner will make it more convenient to make the temperature at home more comfortable.
The only downside of a central air conditioner is the initial price. However, once you decide to have central air installed, the benefits make the price tag well worth it. Additionally, having this type of heat and air in your home can eliminate other costs. Cleaner air quality keeps you and your family healthier and it’s more cost effective in regards to your utilities.
If you have any questions or concerns feel free to contact your friends at Green Apple Mechanical NJ toll free at 888-611-7191

Central Air Tune Up?

At Green Apple Mechanical NJ, spring marks the beginning of our busy season. And, as we encourage New Jersey area residents to schedule their annual air conditioning tune-ups early, we are sometimes met with resistance and questions of, “Do I really need to get an air conditioning tune-up every year?”
We understand the hesitance to spend money when you think everything is fine, but annual air conditioner tune-ups are recommended not only by Green Apple Mechanical NJ but also by the EPA, ENERGY STAR, the U.S. Department of Energy, and local utilities. Here are several things to consider when thinking of skipping your tune-up.

It’s for your own good.

As we said earlier, summer is an extremely busy time for air conditioning companies like Green Apple Mechanical NJ. One of the main reasons is that some homeowners decide to skip regular maintenance on their air conditioners or heat pumps. Then, when the extreme  heat hits their homes, their cooling systems are not prepared. An annual air conditioner tune-up is much more convenient (and less expensive) than having to call us later in the summer for a repair.

Your air conditioner has been dormant for months.

Have you ever noticed a musty or burning smell the first time you turn on your air conditioner in the summer? That’s dust and other debris that has collected on your coils over the winter. A large build-up of such debris can actually cause inefficient operation of your cooling system.
Other problems may also have surfaced during your air conditioner’s winter hibernation, such as refrigerant leaks and electrical problems. When you schedule an annual air conditioner tune-up, the technician will clean your coils and other critical components and check for any internal problems.

And you will save money!

If car insurance ads are any indication, everyone likes saving money. An annual air conditioner tune-up will save you a significant amount of money for a small up-front cost. Some of the ways a tune-up saves you money, include:
  • Reduced breakdowns – Annual air conditioner tune-ups allow you to find small problems before they turn into large ones. For example, a plugged A/C drainage line is an easy fix, but if left untended could lead to a much larger repair.
  • Increased efficiency – The Environmental Protection Agency, U.S. Department of Energy, ENERGY STAR, and local utility companies all recommend annual air conditioner tune-ups to increase your cooling system’s efficiency.
  • Increased lifespan – Regular maintenance can extend the useable lifespan of your home’s air conditioning system. An annual air conditioner tune-up can also give you an idea of how much longer your system may have before you should consider a replacement.
So before the heat really hits New Jersey and your NJ area home, get an annual air conditioner tune-up and insure your cooling system against costly repairs. But be aware, not all tune-ups are created equal.
Green Apple Mechanical NJ has been providing world-class heating, cooling, and air quality service to New Jersey and the surrounding counties for years.  We employ  certified technicians that will make sure your job is done right the first time.
If you have any questions or concerns please feel free to contact your friends at Green Apple Mechanical NJ toll free at 888-611-7191. Hope to hear from you soon!

5 Things to Look For in Central Air Conditioning Systems

Central air conditioning systems are built so that a central unit cools and dehumidifies air before circulating it throughout a building. Central air is often installed with a heating system, since both systems use the same electrical grid and duct work to circulate cooled or heated air. This type of air conditioning is ideal for large structures, or in hot, humid climates.
Here are five things to look for in a central air conditioning system

  1. Size. It’s most important to choose the right size central air conditioning system for your building. An oversized unit turns on and off too frequently, which uses more electricity. A unit that’s too small will not be able to keep the temperature cool enough on the hottest days. For best results, ask a contractor to do a load calculation, which will figure in the size of the home, the window square footage, the insulation levels and other such factors. In addition to size, you also need to consider the location of the central air conditioning unit. If the unit is installed where there is too much interference, then the air won’t flow freely.
  2. Moisture performance. Controlling the humidity is one of the major jobs of a central air conditioning unit. Different systems vary in their ability to remove the moisture from the air. This is why it is important to match the size of the system to your house or building. A system that is too big will not be on long enough to draw moisture from the air. Ask about moisture removal before you buy a unit.
  3. Energy Efficiency Rating. When choosing a central air conditioner, look for its SEER rating (Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio). This will tell you how the system operates during the hottest weather. The SEER number indicates the relative amount of energy needed to provide a specific cooling output. New models of central air conditioning systems are rated 13 or higher. Older units (manufactured before 2006) can have SEER ratings of 6 or less.
  4. Quiet operation. Ever been to a home where the air conditioning system turns on with a bang? The best air conditioning units should operate so quietly you don’t even hear them turn on.
  5. More energy saving features. Newer model central air conditioning systems have many convenient and energy saving features, including: a thermal expansion valve, a variable speed air handler, a fan-only switch (so you can use the unit for nighttime ventilation to substantially reduce air-conditioning costs), a filter check light to remind you to check the filter periodically, an automatic-delay fan switch to turn off the fan a few minutes after the compressor turns off.

Central air conditioning systems can give you high levels of comfort and energy efficiency, if you take the time to research what is right for your living space.

 

Give Yourself A Bit O’ Luck And Install Central Air Conditioning Now

Considering adding central air conditioning to your New Jersey home? Read on for a list of features and reasons why you should go ahead and take the central air conditioning plunge.

  • Central air conditioners provide cool air flow directly from the source into every room of a house, not into just one or a few rooms, as do unit air conditioners. Cool air travels through the air ducts and vents to cool individual rooms, as well as hallways.
  • Central air conditioning is less noisy than room or unit air conditioning.
  • The only visible component of central air conditioning is the compressor, which is usually placed in a hidden spot outdoors. Therefore, central air conditioning is not cumbersome nor does it take away from your window view.
  • Many high efficiency central air conditioners are available on the market today.
  • Most central air conditioners also act as air filters and dehumidifiers.
  • Many central air conditioning systems also pump hot air in the winter, or work in a reversed cycle.

Need more reasons why you should choose to install central air conditioning in your New Jersey? Green Apple Mechanical NJ who provide expert heating, air conditioning, plumbing, and geothermal services throughout the entire New Jersey area.
Central air conditioning requires regular maintenance – including duct cleaning.
If you have any questions or concern feel free to contact your friends at Green Apple Mechanical NJ toll free at 888-611-7191

Things to Do Before Turning on Central Air for the First Time

Before turning on your central air for the first time, whether it has just been installed or for the first time of the season, there are some things that should be done beforehand. By working off a check list, you will be able to catch problems or issues before they occur, so that when the central air unit is up and running, you will know that the unit will be good to go for the entire year. Always perform these procedures with the air conditioning breaker switch in the “off” position.

Checking the Condenser Fan

The condenser fan is located outside of the building in a large metal box-like container called the condenser box. Remove any plastic or tarp cover from this unit, if applicable. Remove the grill that covers the fan and clean the blades with a vacuum attachment brush. Vacuum out the bottom of the condenser box to remove any debris, dead leaves or anything else that may have been sucked inside from the operation of the fan. Make sure nothing is blocking the airflow to the fan blades. Vines or bushes that interfere with the airflow must be trimmed back, and any debris that may have stuck to the fan grill must be removed.

Cleaning the Condenser Coils

The condenser coils are located inside the condenser box, and both the side and top panels must be removed to gain access. These are generally held on with screws. The coils will look like the fins on a radiator, and can be cleaned with either a water hose or a vacuum cleaner and brush attachment. Any stuck-on grease or gunk can be removed with condenser coil spray and then hosed off. Always be extra careful to not bend the coil fins during cleaning. Bent fins will reduce the effectiveness and efficiency of your air conditioning unit.

Checking the Coolant Lines

The coolant lines must be checked for both leakage and insulation continuity. Damaged, crimped or leaking lines must be replaced by a professional heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) contractor. All coolant pipe lines must be covered by intact insulation, and any areas of damaged insulation should be cut off with a utility knife and replaced. Coolant pipe insulation is readily available at hardware stores.

The Filter and Ductwork

Change the filter in your HVAC unit before the air conditioning unit is turned on for the first time. Check the ductwork that supplies the conditioned air to each room. All of the ductwork seams must be sealed and intact, and any damaged or compromised ductwork runs must be repaired or replaced before the unit is turned on.

Electrical Aspects

Check the battery in the thermostat if you have a computer-controlled model. A good idea is to change the battery every year at the start of the cooling season. This will ensure proper and maintenance-free thermostat function throughout the entire year. Make sure the breaker switch is operable. Flip it to the “on” position and notice if it stays on. If it breaks after a few seconds before the unit is running, there is an electrical short in the system, and a qualified electrical technician must be called in to troubleshoot the problem.
If you have any questions or concerns please feel free to call your friends at Green Apple Mechanical NJ toll free at 888-611-7191

Why Spring time Is The Perfect time to Install Central Air

Is your old air conditioner collecting dust? If so, spring is the perfect time to have central air conditioning installed by the professionals at Green Apple Mechanical NJ. In the HVAC industry, central air conditioning is a major advancement because it replaces individual air conditioners and can cool an entire house with the flick of a switch.
Central air conditioning is the best way to effectively circulate cold air throughout your home. Another advantage of this state-of-the-art system is that it can improve air quality in your home. Indoor air pollutants won’t be able to call your house their home.
When it comes to installing central air conditioning systems, our goal is providing your home with comfort and efficiency.Starting in the spring and during the summer, there is nothing more refreshing than basking in central air conditioning. Also, traditional air conditioners use more electricity than central air conditioning units. Therefore, a new central air conditioning unit will be more energy efficient than an old one.
The pros at Green Apple Mechanical can install a new central air conditioning that is the most conducive and effective for the layout of your particular home. Give your friends at Green Apple Mechanical a  call toll free at 888-611-7191 for a free estimate or consultation. So go ahead and take a well deserved breath of cool air.

Spring Cleanup Starts With HVAC

Spring cleaning is a tradition, but there are some other chores that should be part of your springtime routine, too. Most of them take only a few minutes, so get started!
1. Check your air-conditioning and heating equipment before the beginning of a new season.
2. Check and replace your furnace and air-conditioning filters every month. There are several types from which to choose, depending on your needs. Fiberglass filters last only one month, while the filters typically last three to four months. HEPA filters last up to six months and can be cleaned with a vacuum nozzle.
3. Most air conditioners have a drainage hole on the base of the cabinet, beneath the evaporator fins. This hole needs to be kept clear in order for the air conditioner to work properly. It’s a good idea each spring to use a paper clip or wire to poke through the hole and clear it.
4. To keep a dehumidifier working properly, remove its housing and let the unit dry completely. Vacuum every accessible surface and crevice.
5. Clean your bathroom fans once a year. Take the cover off, wash it in soapy water and clean dirt off the fan blades with a toothbrush. Be sure the power is off when you do this!
6. Check the flappers on your toilets at least once a year. If they are showing their age, replace them before they start leaking and wasting water.
7. Remove all faucet handles and clean their insides to keep the screws from corroding. Use a rust remover if necessary.
8. Replace the batteries in smoke and carbon-monoxide detectors twice a year: when the time changes to daylight savings time and then back to standard time. While you’re at it, dust or vacuum the detectors to keep them working at peak performance.
9. Make sure you have a fully charged fire extinguisher that you can reach quickly and easily.
10. Inspect and, if necessary, caulk around your home’s windows and doors annually. That will help keep out heat and humidity in the summer and cold drafts in the winter—and save money on your utility bills all year round.
11. Open and close all windows. Do they all open easily, yet close tightly? If not, check the weather stripping. There are a number of different types to consider.
12. The best time to caulk a joint outdoors is during the spring or fall. That’s when the width of the joint is halfway between its seasonal extremes. A plastic drinking straw or a length of plastic tubing makes a handy extension tube for caulking hard-to-reach places. Secure the extender with duct tape.
13. To really clear and clean screens for springtime, rub them with kerosene on both sides, then rinse with soap and water. Kerosene fumes are dangerous, so make sure to do this outside or in a well-ventilated area.
14. To fix a small hole in a window or door screen, dab clear household cement over the hole with a toothpick. If the screens are plastic, test the cement on a scrap to make sure it won’t melt the material.
15. Use the same technique to repair screen tears. Pull the two halves of the tear together and hold them in place with masking tape on one side. Apply the household cement to the tear, then smooth with a putty knife. When it’s dry, gently remove the tape and apply cement to the other side.
16. Clean out the gutters of winter debris and check them for damage from ice. Install gutter screens or protectors to help keep debris out of the gutters.
17. If a roof gutter is sagging, pitch it back to a level position by tightening its strap with pliers. The tighter the strap is twisted, the more the gutter will rise.
18. Be sure the gutters slope properly toward the down-spouts.
19. To prevent basement flooding, make sure there is at least three feet between the side of the house and the down-spout’s outlet. Use one of the following methods to reach that distance:
  • Add an elbow for pipe and extension, although that often leaves the outlet still too close to the house.
  • Use a splash guard that stretches about three feet.
  • Attach a flexible extension hose to the end of the down-spout and bend it in away from the house.
20. To prevent foundation erosion as well as basement flooding, build up soil around the house and slope it away from the foundation.
If you have any questions or concerns feel free to contact your friends at Green Apple Mechanical NJ toll free at 888-611-7191

3 Things To Consider Before Installing a New Air Conditioner

Spring will soon arrive and throughout  New Jersey, homeowners are looking towards the heat of summer. Now is a great time to install a new air conditioner, taking advantage of the mild weather before the heat rises, and likely saving money this summer on monthly electric bills. But before you make the purchase, you need to plan carefully. Here are 3 things to think about before installing a new air conditioner.

How Big Is Your Home?

The size of your home plays a huge part in determining the size of your new AC system. If the system is underpowered, it will struggle to adequately cool the house. If it is overpowered, it will often cycle on and off, adding a lot of strain to the system and costing you in higher monthly bills. A good technician can ensure that your system is the right size before you have it put in.

Do You Want Extra Features?

AC systems feature numerous bells and whistles, which might not have been present on your old machine. For instance, if you want to vary the temperature in your home, consider a multi-zone system that lets you maintain different temperatures in different rooms. If you’re away from home for most of the day, get one with a programmable thermostat that you can operate with an app on your phone.

Is the New AC More Energy Efficient?

Look for units which have a higher SEER (Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio) Rating than your old one. It means your new unit with cost less energy to run. As a handy cheat-sheet, look for systems with the ENERGY STAR label, which have met the EPA’s strict requirements for energy efficiency.
When considering a new air conditioning installation, contact Green Apple Mechanical NJ toll free at 888-611-7191 and let us help you select the right air conditioning unit for your needs!