Prescription Heating & Cooling's Blog Posts

Is Your Home Heating System Ready? Advice from the Heating & Cooling Experts

Now that September has arrived and fall officially arrives on September 22nd, the temperature will soon begin to cool down. That means it’s time to start transferring your attention from your air conditioning to your heating system. Whether you have a furnace, boiler or other system, it’s time to give your heating a little TLC.

heating and cooling

As experts in heating and cooling for Vadnais Heights and surrounding areas, we have a few suggestions on what to look for and a few steps you can take. And, if you discover your heating system is not working, then you can call HVAC contractors like us for help. So, start reading below and let’s get your heating system in tip top shape for fall!

First, check the filters. Dirty filters are one of the biggest reasons for a furnace not working properly. Checking them and changing them is a great way to avoid having to call contractors for help.

Next, turn on your furnace and check the air vents. Is warm air blowing out? If cold air or no air at all is blowing out, then it is time to give us a call. Our heating and cooling contractors can come out and take a look to see what the problem is. As for boilers, they are similar to furnaces in that you need to test them before the worst of the cold hits. Turn your boiler on and check to make sure your radiators are warming up.

How is your thermostat? If it doesn’t seem to be working properly, it should be addressed as soon as possible. But don’t worry! This is usually a fairly easy fix. After checking the thermostat, if your heating still is not working properly, you should check your house’s air vents. Are all of the vents fully open? Are they blocked? Make sure they are all open and clear to ensure the warm air can blow out of them properly.

If you still notice issues, you should call our heating and cooling company for assistance. We can send a technician to your home as soon as possible to check on things and to ensure your furnace is working as it should.

Finally, contact our heating and cooling contractors for a routine inspection. We can come to your home and make sure your furnace or boiler is working as it should be before the cold weather hits. That way, you’re not stuck waiting in the cold for help.

The most important tip of all is to only hire a company you can trust. Choosing a heating and cooling company can be a difficult task, especially if you’ve never done it before. But, with Prescription Heating and Cooling you can rest easy knowing your home’s heating and cooling is in good hands.

For more information on our heating and cooling company in Vadnais Heights, call Prescription Heating & Cooling at 651-767-2737 or contact us for a Free Estimate on New Installations.

End of Summer Air Conditioner Maintenance & Repairs

It’s almost that time of year again; the time of year for pumpkin spice and household preparations for the cooler months ahead. It’s almost the end of the cooling season, and soon it will be the beginning of the heating season. As summer comes to a close, your heating and cooling equipment should be at the top of your checklist. As experts in air conditioner repair for White Bear Lake, we want to provide you with a few ways to prepare your heating and cooling systems for the months ahead as well as some warning signs that repairs are needed.

air conditioner repair

Make sure you are monitoring your utility bills during both the summer and winter. If there is an unusual spike, that’s a sign that your HVAC system isn’t working as efficiently as it should. if you notice an increase in your bill over years, it may be necessary to upgrade to a newer, more efficient system before next year. Call an air conditioner repair company like ours and we can help you assess what you need.

At the end of the summer, it is essential to ensure your air conditioning is cleaned and ready for next year. Because when the heat hits next summer, you’ll want your air conditioner ready to go. If you haven’t serviced it in many years, it may be a good idea to have our air conditioner repair company come out and take a look. Consistent tune-ups can really prolong the life of your air conditioner.

If you have an HVAC unit, now is the time to have it looked at. For units that take care of both heating and cooling, this in-between time of year is a good opportunity to perform maintenance and any needed air conditioner repair.

Have you been hearing any unusual noises coming from your cooling or HVAC system? Don’t ignore it any longer! This can be one of the first clues your system isn’t working properly and possibly lead to a larger, more serious problem. Even though it’s the end of the summer, it is still an essential time to consider necessary air conditioner repair.

And, even though you don’t need your furnace yet, being proactive about your heating maintenance can give you the upper hand this winter. Have our team come out and make sure your heating equipment is ready and working properly before the temperature drops. Once the cold weather rolls in, everyone and their neighbor will be reaching out for repairs, so it is best to beat the crowd.

Are you looking for reliable heating or air conditioner repair near White Bear Lake to help you with maintaining your units? Look no further than Prescription Heating & Cooling. Contact us today by calling 651-767-2737 or Online Here.

Feeling Hot, Hot, Hot? 5 Ways to Beat the Heat & Save Money this Summer

Summer is most definitely in full swing. And, with record high temperatures looming, you may be feeling the heat. As an HVAC contractor serving Inver Grove Heights and the surrounding neighborhoods, we can think of several tips to help you beat the heat besides cranking up your air conditioner. Here are a few ideas on how to stay nice and cool this summer, including air conditioning tips that can benefit both your sanity and your wallet.

Close the Curtains and Drapes

During the day, especially when the sun is shining, close all of the curtains and drapes. There are even special thermal curtains you can buy and hang up that will help block out some of the sun’s heat. Also make sure that you keep all windows closed and do not open doors that lead outside unless it is absolutely necessary.

Ventilation And Air Filtration Systems

Change Those Air Filters

Your air filter for your air conditioner should be cleaned or replaced every one to three months depending on your usage. Cleaning or replacing your air filters on something of a schedule is another means of improving the functionality of your system. An HVAC contractor will be able to clean and change these filters for you as well.

Get a Programmable Thermostat

Investing in a programmable thermostat is a great way to save energy as well as the cost of that potential energy. You simply program your thermostat to run at certain times or when temperatures reach certain points within the home. These free up time for you as well as ensure your air conditioning is running as efficiently as possible even when you’re not at home.

Keep Those Vents Open

Make sure you keep all of your air conditioning registers open, not closed, even in rooms you do not use a lot. The only registers we suggest that you keep closed would be in the lower levels of your home such as a basement or crawlspace. Contrary to popular belief, closing off registers does not help lower your electric bill.

Avoid Heat-Makers

Avoid using appliances that produce more heat within the home. For example, when you cook food, try to use your microwave instead of your oven. Or, go outside and have a barbeque!

We hope you find these summer suggestions helpful! And, no matter what, it always helps to enlist the expertise of your local, trusted HVAC contractor. Prescription Heating & Cooling is well-versed in all things heating and cooling. So, if it seems your air conditioning isn’t running as efficiently as it should, do not hesitate to give us a call! You should never have to endure a hot house due to a malfunctioning cooling system.

Do you need a professional HVAC contractor servicing Inver Grove Heights and the surrounding areas? Call Prescription Heating & Cooling at 651-767-2737 or you can contact us for a Free Estimate on New Installations.

Summer Solutions: Popular Air Conditioning Questions

At Prescription Heating & Cooling, we get our fair share of questions about air conditioning, how it works and how to care for cooling systems. If you are tackling a home remodeling project, the warmer spring months are a great time of year to make vital improvements. And, one of the most common home improvement projects we help with is installing and repairing air conditioning. At Prescription Heating & Cooling we specialize in air conditioning for Stillwater and the surrounding areas and have learned a thing or two about these systems and what to expect. And since it’s the summer, we thought we would take the time to answer some of the most popular questions we get about air conditioning.

air conditioning

Is it alright to install central air conditioning systems any time of the year?
The experts at Prescription Heating & Cooling can install central AC any time of the year except for the coldest of winter months.

How does air conditioning work?
Air conditioning takes the heat in your home and removes it. The air is drawn into your home’s ductwork through the return air system. Refrigerant (in a liquid state) is pumped from your air conditioner’s condenser into the evaporator coil. As the refrigerant passes through the inside of the coil, warm air from your home’s inside area passes over the outside of the coil. The refrigerant within the evaporator boils off and absorbs the heat from the air.

From there, the refrigerant is pulled back to the condenser where (in a vapor state) it is condensed back into liquid form and releases the heat to the outside air.

How can I save money on air conditioning bills this summer?
A programmable thermostat, if you don’t already have one, it is a great way to ensure you are getting the most out of your air conditioning. Having one installed will allow you to set the temperature in your home to either go up or down depending on what time of day it is. This way, your air conditioning won’t be running when you don’t need it.

How do I know if my air conditioning is running efficiently?
Having your air conditioning inspected is a great way to ensure everything is running properly. And, the best thing you can do is make sure to change the filters on a regular basis.

How do I know what size air conditioner to get for my home?
There are a few things an HVAC company like Prescription Heating & Cooling will do to install the right size air conditioner in your home. We will take measurements and factor in how many windows and doors your home has. We will also take into account the type and quality of insulation that your home has.

Still have questions about air conditioning in your Stillwater home? Call Prescription Heating & Cooling at 651-767-2737 or you can contact us to get a Free Estimate on a New Installation.

Air Conditioner Repair for Increased Efficiency this Summer

Hot summer nights are on their way! If you haven’t fired up the old air conditioner yet, the time will come before you know it. And, with the potential for our summer to bring high temperatures on a daily basis, there is a very good chance that your air conditioner will be used quite consistently. With all this upcoming usage, it can be a good idea to consider air conditioner repair for your Maplewood home before the heat hits. Energy bills can soar as high as the temperatures and thorough air conditioner repair or maintenance can avoid inefficiencies and make sure your system is running as well as it should be. We at Prescription Heating & Cooling would like to offer you some tips to help keep your air conditioner running as smoothly as possible this summer:

air conditioner repair

Clean and Clear Debris

Start by cleaning leaves and debris out of the base of the condenser and make sure the drain holes at the bottom are clear. The compressor and condenser coil are housed within the outdoor unit. No matter how well screened or vented the coil is, it is always vulnerable to the accumulation of bits of dirt, grass, leaves and tree fallings. When these unwelcome guests enter the housing, they tend to lead to problems. Make a little effort to keep the area around the outdoor unit as clean and clear of debris as possible. Then tighten any loose mounting bolts and, if the fan motor has oil ports, put a few drops of lightweight high grade turbine oil for lubrication. If you are unsure about how to perform any of this, call Prescription Heating & Cooling for expert air conditioner repair.

Check, Clean and Replace Your Air Filters

This is the easiest and most important step in preparing your air conditioner for summer. The air filter for your air conditioner should be discarded and replaced every one to three months. The job of an air filter is to capture any dirt, dust or particles that can enter your unit or system; and clogging is common. A clogged air filter restricts the air flow in your air conditioners or central air system, leading to further problems or breakdowns like the inability to cool or icing up. Cleaning or replacing your air filters on a regular schedule is a great way of improving the functionality of your system. You can even help avoid air conditioner repair down the line by regularly replacing your air filters.

Test Your System

First, turn the thermostat to off. Then, turn on the power at both the disconnect box and at the main panel. Last, switch the thermostat back on and set to cool. If you notice anything abnormal, you may require air conditioner repair. An HVAC expert from Prescription Heating & Cooling can take a look at your system and determine what needs to be done.

For more information on air conditioner repair in the Maplewood area, Call Prescription Heating & Cooling at 651-767-2737 or Contact Us for a free estimate on your new installation.