The Barton Boys HVAC Resource Blog

Let The Barton Boys Heating and Air Conditioning be your resource and guide to whole home comfort with our blog filled with ideas on energy savings in the home, HVAC troubleshooting and tips, and ideas to make your home a comfortable sanctuary.

The Hottest Product on the Market

While they’re not exactly new, one of the latest innovations in the heating and cooling industry is ductless systems. In the last couple of years, we’ve seen a significant increase in demand from our customers. And there’s good reason for that! As the name suggests, ductless systems can be installed anywhere regardless of whether ducts are present or not. If you have a recent home addition that needs heating or cooling, ductless provides you an easy solution. The same applies to basements and other spaces that don’t need, or don’t receive, the same air flow as other areas in your home. We can make almost any space more comfortable. The latest developments in ductless are not only functional but also aesthetic. With mounting options available for ceiling, high on a wall or close to the floor, the sleek styling will allow you to add comfort and personality to any space. We highly recommend Bryant ductless systems due to their proven reliability. Talk with us today about the many options...

When is the Right Time to Replace Your Furnace

We are often asked about furnace replacement, specifically, “how do I know when it’s time?” The question has two important elements: Cost of a new furnace vs. cost of furnace repairs and the lifetime of a furnace. Here is what we recommend: Have a furnace inspection and test performed annually. If your furnace is over 12 years old, its lifespan is getting short and repairs over $500 generally are an indication that’s it’s time for replacement. If a major component is failing on an older furnace, replacement is recommended. Generally, you can count on a furnace depreciating about $300 per year. Factoring $25 into your monthly budget will make the expense easier to manage when replacement becomes necessary. If your furnace hasn’t been inspected or tested this season, call us...

What’s different about our Annual Pre Season Service

Many companies have a Pre Season service package but they all vary in scope and price. It’s important you know what you’re getting. Here’s why we believe ours is the best way to go. We perform a complete 18 point service check. That’s more extensive than most companies do. We’ll give you a fair and honest written assessment of the condition of your furnace. We’ll be there about an hour. We’ll take our time to perform a complete check and answer your questions. We won’t rush and we won’t pressure you. If we do find a problem, most of the diagnostic work has already been done, saving you money and time in the long run. Contact us today to schedule your...

Why You Need An Annual Furnace Inspection

We recommend you have one performed on your furnace, no matter how old it is. Here’s why: If you have a new furnace, the warranty requires it to remain in effect. We perform all warranty work on Bryant and most other brands. On an older furnace, a pre-season tune up will extend the life furnace. With rising utility rates, the increased efficiency will pay back the service cost in a short period of time. Correcting a simple problem pre-season will likely prevent a more serious and expensive problem during the winter- when you least want to lose your heat. Contact us today to schedule your...
Staying Cool By Checking Your AC

Staying Cool By Checking Your AC

With the first hot days of summer coming up, it is important to make sure your air conditioner is working optimally. Spending a little time checking on your AC will not only help you stay cool, but also save you money on electric bills. Follow these few tips to help you stay cool this summer. Remove Any Cover Is your AC unit outside? Many households own AC units that reside outside, meaning they cover them in the winter months to keep snow off and forget to remove the cover in the spring. This cover needs to come off when the machine is in use, as extra weight on the machine will cause strain and a loss in efficiency. In fact, any obstruction should be cleared away from the AC. With outside units, this means sticks, bushes or dirt getting in the way of the ventilation. Simply clearing the way will help the unit operate more efficiently. Replace the Filter Every AC unit, whether outdoors or indoors, has a filter. Each day these filters pick up more debris than you would imagine. Extra debris in the filter will eventually cause the filter to tear, releasing debris into the system causing the machine to work less efficiently. Experts recommend that a filter should be changed monthly in peak seasons. Contact The Barton Boys with any questions on how to replace your AC filter. Clean the Inside The inside of the AC unit should not be neglected. Simply using a soft brush or vacuum on the inside of the unit will help the unit stay in good shape. The water pan is...
To Cover Your Air Conditioner, Or Not to Cover Your Air Conditioner?

To Cover Your Air Conditioner, Or Not to Cover Your Air Conditioner?

It’s Spring and here at the Barton Boys we get a lot of accidental air conditioning turn ons while the unit is still covered. Every spring we get a call or two from customers who turned their unit on for a test run on a warm spring day forgetting to uncover it first. This unfortunately blocks the airflow to the outdoor unit causing pressure to rise quickly and burn out the compressor in a very short period of time. Over the years we have seen many, brand new $3000.00 + air conditioners having to be replaced because of this. With that said, one of the most common questions we receive is whether or not you should cover your air conditioner during the winter. Although there is no concrete answer, there are many pros and cons to think about when considering covering your air conditioner. Cons While you may think covering your AC may help it look better in the long run, there’s a major trade off to think about here. As mentioned, by covering your air conditioner in the winter, we see many homeowners ruin their brand new units by accidentally turning the a/c on without remembering to uncover it first. By doing this, the cover is blocking the airflow to the outdoor unit causing pressure to rise quickly and burn out the compressor quickly. Another con is that covering your air conditioner can also create a perfect home for small animals, such as mice. As spring rolls around maintenance calls come in, and more often than not we find that a family of mice has taken up residence...

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