Wednesday, August 9, 2017

Types of Air Conditioners and Which One is Right for Your Home

Wheeler's Air Conditioner

Not all air conditioners are created equal. Some are better for residential areas while others fair better in a commercial setting. Knowing what type of air conditioning system works best for your environment will save you a lot of time and money.

There are 4 different, basic kinds of air conditioners for homes and businesses.

  1. Window air conditioner - The Spruce states that it’s technically a unitary conditioner. This means that it is a self-contained air conditioning unit that sits in a window. If there wasn’t a window, it would still need some kind of hole to the outside world. This limits not only the space you can use this type of air conditioner but also limits the amount of space that can be cooled as the unit is centralized to one area.
  2. Split air conditioner -This is a ductless system or a “packaged terminal air conditioner (PTAC).” The split system is like the name, it’s split into two parts, usually far away from each other. Tubes that are refrigerated connect to both units. The condensing unit sits on the outside of your house and has a compressor, condenser and a condenser fan. The interior of your house will have the other half of the system, which contains the evaporator unit, the fan, expansion valve, and evaporator coil.
  3. Portable air conditioner - A mobile, self-contained air conditioning system. You can put this unit where ever you want! This one unit air conditioning system releases heat with a hose vent. However, it’s a lot noisier and won’t release as much heat or cold air.
  4. Central air conditioning - This is one of the most effective cooling solutions for your home; however, it’s also the most expensive. It’s quiet and gets the job done if you choose the right sized unit. The size of your home highly affects the size of unit you need. Like the split system, it's made of two different units, one inside and one outside, using refrigerant tubing.

Wheeler’s Heating and Air Conditioning is a family owned and ran business. We will provide quality service in whatever we do, to treat you just like family! We are available 24/7 and will never charge you an extra fee for after hours, holidays, or weekends. We also offer free in-home estimates and pay attention to the details.  Wheeler's Heating and Air Conditioning is a company you can trust. We provide installation and repair of air conditioning units. It’s important to know all the different kinds of systems before installing and choosing what’s right for you!

Stop by Wheeler’s Heating and Air Conditioning today! For more information visit our website at wheelerheatingandair.com or give us a call at 417-839-9240

Friday, July 14, 2017

When is it Time to Replace your Air Conditioner?

When it comes to your air conditioner, it’s often a case of “there’s more than meets the eye.” On the outside, your system may seem to appear and be functioning the way it always does. But you never know if there are hidden threats and malfunctions that are lurking below the surface. And when it comes to a problem with your air conditioning system, no matter how insignificant an issue may seem, it may have big consequences on  your wallet. 

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We at Wheeler’s Heating and Air Conditioning know that just because we have an expert eye, and can spot an issue with an air conditioning system easily, doesn’t mean our customers can. We want to make sure that we address any potential problems with your system quickly and efficiently. 

Not sure if your air conditioner is still operating in the highest quality condition?  We are here to help! Until we can pay you a visit in person and take a look at your unit first hand, here are a few common warning signs and questions you can be aware of. This is what our expert team most often gets asked when it comes to air conditioners and when a repair or replacement may be needed. 

1.  How old is my air conditioner?
One of the biggest warning signs that you may be in need of a new air conditioner is its age. Even though a typical, well-maintained air conditioner on average lasts around 15 years, we’d recommend that if your air conditioner is older than 10 years old, you consider replacing it sooner rather than later.

2.  Are you satisfied with the temperature of your home?
If you have a hard time maintaining a comfortable, cool temperature in your home, especially during these warm summer months, that is a good warning sign that you may be in need of a new air conditioner.

3.  When was the last time your air conditioner broke down?
If it seems that your air conditioner is never working properly working of frequently stops working altogether, a replacement system is highly recommended. Think of it this way; small, frequent repair costs add up to one large cost, so isn’t it logical to just replace your system and have no future repairs?

4.  Is your air conditioner energy efficient?
Pay attention to the SEER rating on your air conditioner, or the Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio. The lower the rating, the higher cost for you when it comes to monthly energy bills and future repairs. We recommend your SEER rating be a minimum of 13.

If any of these warning signs are relevant to your home’s air conditioner, don’t wait to call your expert team at Wheeler’s Heating and Air Conditioning! Trust us to make sure your system is in proper working order during these summer months and beyond. Call us today at 417-839-9240 or email us at wheelerheatingandair@gmail.com to schedule an upcoming inspection.

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Stay Cool with these Summer AC Tips

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Summer is here, days are longer, the kids are out of school, and the mercury is starting to climb - all  sure signs that air conditioning season is back upon us. Whether your AC unit is brand new or if it’s seen a few summers, there are things every homeowner can do to ensure that your AC keeps running smoothly and cost-effectively, year after year. 
 
Professional Maintenance is Key
 
Each spring, schedule a routine maintenance appointment with a reputable HVAC specialist. At this appointment, filters will be checked and changed, evaporator coils and the condenser will be cleaned, and refrigerant levels will be checked. If necessary, additional refrigerant will be added. Mud, dirt, and debris that have accumulated over the winter and can clog the condenser will be cleaned out, drain lines will be cleared, and the air conditioner will be checked for safety. Your HVAC specialist will also check your thermostat at this time to ensure that all of your controls are working properly and that your AC unit is as energy efficient as possible.
 
Improve AC Performance During the Summer
 
Once summer is here, there are many things that you can do to help your AC perform better and more efficiently. Sun beaming through the windows is a sure way to force your AC to work harder, so be sure to keep curtains closed during the daylight hours. Reduce heat from other sources by turning lights off when not in use and scheduling “hot” chores such as laundry and cooking for the cooler hours of the day. Keep ceiling fans on and, in rooms without a fan, use inexpensive portable fans to circulate the air. If you have rooms in your home that aren’t used on a regular basis (like a guest room), turn those AC vents to the off position and close the door. 
 
Your air conditioner filter is responsible for allowing air to flow freely from your air conditioning unit. Because the filter traps particles before allowing the cool air into your home, over time it will get clogged and efficiency will be compromised. Avoid this by changing your AC filter monthly during the summer months while it is in use. Installing a programmable thermostat allows you to control your AC usage by increasing the temperature when no one is home, and restoring a comfortable temperature when people are at home. Programmable thermostats are a great way to save money on your energy bill without sacrificing comfort. 
 
At Wheeler’s Heating and Air Conditioning, we specialize in air conditioner maintenance and repair. Visit us online today, or give us a call at 417-839-9240. 

Friday, May 26, 2017

Plants: The Solution to Indoor Air Pollution



The Problem
 
According to The National Center for Biotechnology Information, the average person spends 90% of their time indoors. And that means you need to make sure that you are living in a healthy breathing environment to prevent illness and indoor air pollution. To begin detoxifying your air, it’s best to start by giving each room in your house proper ventilation. Poor ventilation can create bad air conditions and eventually make you sick with a disease called  "sick building syndrome," which can cause headaches, dizziness, nausea, and eye, ear, and nose irritation, as stated by greatist.com. Upholstery or coverings, furniture, and manufactured cleaning products could be contaminating your air and releasing toxic compounds. After those products release air pollution, the toxic compounds stay in the air if the area is poorly ventilated. 
 
The Solution 
 
Indoor air pollutants come from common household objects and poor ventilation. These pollutants are a risk to the environment and your overall personal health. Luckily, according to NASA, indoor plants have become the solution. The National Center for Biotechnology Information calls indoor plants, “nature’s life support system.” The basic plant photosynthesis process removes toxins from air and soil, along with carbon dioxide, like they do outside. So, it makes sense that healthy air starts with plants. 
Plants That are Easy to Manage
 
Here’s a list created by greatist.com on the best indoor plants that are easy to take care of and will help remove toxic compounds from the air:
 
  1. Garden Mum
  2. Spider Plant
  3. Dracaena 
  4. Ficus/Weeping Fig
  5. Peace Lily
  6. Boston Fern
  7. Snake Plant
  8. Bamboo Palm
  9. Aloe Vera 
 
With these plants you can easily make your living environment have a healthier breathing atmosphere for your lungs. An easy solution of having indoor plants can prevent long term problems that could result in chronic diseases like asthma. 
 
Wheeler’s Heating and Air Conditioning is all about the air being released into your home and we want to make sure you are living in a healthy, safe, environment. With our wide range of air quality products, we can help fight indoor air pollution in your home today! Along with air quality control, we provide other services such as installation of new air conditioner and furnaces. We can repair electric heat, gas furnaces, and air to air heat pumps. For more information visit our website at http://www.wheelerheatingandair.com/. Or give us a call at ​417-839-9240! 

Tuesday, April 4, 2017

Spring is Here - Is your Air Conditioner Ready?

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Spring is in the air here in Ozark region of Missouri. While the heat of summer seems like it is a long way off, it will be here sooner than you think. Making sure your air conditioner is ready for summer is important if you want to enjoy cool comfort when the heat and humidity hit. Giving your AC a spring check up should be at the top of your to-do list.
 
What a Check up might include
 
  • Full system inspection – A diagnostic test of the entire AC unit should be conducted to ensure that all parts are working effectively.
  • Cleaning of any dirt or other build up on the coils  – Leaves from the fall and dirt and debris over the winter can get into the coils and can reduce efficiency.
  • Lubrication of moving parts – Just like any other piece of machinery, your air conditioner has a lot of moving parts that must be properly lubricated to move efficiently.
  • Air filter replacement – A clogged air filter can reduce airflow and burn out the motor in the AC unit. Additionally, it can blow dirt throughout your entire ventilation system.
  • Thermostat controls and wiring – Be sure that the controls and wiring is in good shape to maintain efficiency of your AC unit.
  • Condenser Cleaning – Remove debris and ensure that your condenser
    is ready for the demands constant use during the warm summer months.
 
While it might seem like a check up for your air conditioner is an added and unnecessary expense, taking the time to properly care for small things now could save you big money in the future. And, with the warm weather here in Missouri, it could also spare you several days of discomfort waiting for repairs on an AC unit that has suffered a break down or needs to be completely replaced.
 
To be sure that your home is ready for the upcoming heat and humidity of the summer months, a springtime air conditioning system check up is essential. Contact the experts at Wheeler’s Heating and Air Conditioning and ask about our spring cleaning special to prepare your AC unit for summer.

Wednesday, March 1, 2017

Get More For Your Money: Why Newer, More Efficient Equipment Pays Off

Not sure what to spend your tax return on this year? Why not consider upgrading your current heating and cooling system to an energy-tax-credit-eligible system. New equipment can allow you to reap the benefits of a more efficient unit, lower monthly energy bills, and yearly tax credits.

Consider the Savings

The tax credit makes it a little easier to do what you most likely will have to do anyway. By upgrading your HVAC system to energy-efficient units, you can cut your utility costs, on average, by 20% or $200 annually. Although the initial cost may be more than you’d like to spend, it is a wise investment. The savings will pay off over time - and you can feel good about increasing your comfort level at home and lowering your household’s drain on non-renewable fossil fuels. Meanwhile, you will increase the resale value of your home by replacing your old equipment. 

Do Your Homework

Not all heating and cooling systems are created equal. An Energy Star sticker doesn’t automatically qualify you for tax credits. You can go to the Energy Star website, but please note that at anytime the annual fuel utilization efficiency ratings (AFUE) can be updated. The better way to find tax credit eligible systems is to ask your HVAC Contractor, as they will be aware of the most current standards. To verify tax credit eligibility, ask your HVAC contractor to provide the Manufacturer’s Certification Statement for the equipment you plan to purchase. 

Look for Rebates

Your state or local utility company may offer rebates or incentives for replacing your old HVAC system. If they both offer promotions, submit for the pair and relish in savings on your new equipment. You can also review any current rebate offers from the leading HVAC manufacturers, such as TraneCarrier, and Lennox.

Go Ahead and File

File Tax Form 5695 with your tax return along with the Manufacturer’s Certification Statement. You cannot file without the MCS, so it is imperative that you have this document along. Pay attention to detail on the tax form, as it can be confusing.

If you are struggling with the idea of whether or not to replace your current HVAC system, keep in mind the overall savings and comfort that come with it. You may find you will save enough in energy costs to easily justify the cost. Spring is a great time to have your new system installed, when HVAC contractors aren't as busy. 

To learn more about upgrading to a more efficient heating and cooling system, please visit Wheeler’s Heating & Air Conditioning website or call 417-839-9240. 

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Monday, February 20, 2017

A Spring Cleaning is in Need for Your Home and Appliances

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Do you have a case of the “winter blues?” If yes, you are certainly not alone—it happens to countless people around this time of year. When February strikes, it seems that winter has not only lasted far too long, but that it will never end. Be assured that the end of winter is approaching quicker than you realize which means spring is thankfully around the corner!

With the arrival of spring, a multitude of challenges can present themselves in the form of harmful pollens. We are all too familiar with allergies and how they personally impact us. There are fortunately ways to combat allergies, and it often starts with the condition of your home. While keeping a clean home is always crucial, it is especially essential in the spring season to help minimize your allergy symptoms.  The best visible ways to clean your home and keep it in top condition are to scrub and disinfect products and materials where pollen can easily attach. These would include your home’s carpets, floors, and draperies. And don’t forget to pay attention to your home’s appliances—they also must be cleaned to help prevent your allergy symptoms!

A clean house is just the start to helping you fight allergies in the coming months. Not only is a thorough cleaning of your home’s floors, carpets, and draperies a strong strategy, but you must also carefully consider the condition of the air in your home. That’s where your friends and experts at Wheeler’s Heating and Air Conditioning come into the picture! Known for our reliable and affordable service, our team can expertly examine and repair your air pumps, air heat pumps, gas furnaces, and electric heating systems to get you safely through spring. On top of that, we are also proud to offer a wide variety of indoor air quality products. And the best part of all? All of these outstanding service offerings begin with a free in-home estimate!

Count on us to get you through the spring season! Be sure to contact Wheeler’s Heating and Air Conditioning for all of your Heating and Cooling repair needs! Give us a call 417-839-9240!