Benefits of Upgrading Your AC Unit

August 16, 2021

When it comes to upgrading your old air conditioning unit, you may be hesitant about doing so. The thought of purchasing a new system can seem very intimidating. Fortunately, understanding the various benefits associated with upgrading your existing system can help make the decision much easier for you. More Efficiency Newer AC/heating systems are more energy-efficient than older models. If you have an aging air conditioning system between 10- to 15-years old, you may be using more energy than you need to. Upgrading to a newer, more energy-efficient model, can help you use less energy, which means lower energy bills for you to pay. Latest Technology One of the biggest benefits you can enjoy from a new HVAC system is having the latest technology at your fingertips. Many newer systems come with smart thermostats that can track your energy usage and make suggestions for lowering your electricity bills. You can even connect to them via your smartphone, so you can control your home’s air conditioning system from anywhere. Even if it’s not time to replace your unit yet, you may still be able to upgrade to a smart thermostat, such as a Nest® Learning Thermostat or the Ecobee smart thermostat...

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Why Your AC Needs Effective Humidity Control for Optimal Performance

September 16, 2019

An air conditioner’s most important role is adjusting how cool your home feels; however, multi-stage ACs—which we offer at GVEC Home—also help control humidity. The amount of moisture in the air can heavily influence indoor air quality and comfort, so it’s important to have an AC system that keeps humidity at desired levels. When you properly control humidity, you get the following helpful boosts to performance. More Comfortable Indoor Temperatures When humidity is high, the human body feels hotter than the number indicated on the thermometer. This is because we cannot produce as much sweat—the body’s primary cooling mechanism—in a humid environment. As a result, you’ll need to crank your AC temperature lower if humidity is high inside your home. If humidity is properly controlled though, you can set the thermostat higher and save on energy bills. Reduced Wear and Tear Regardless of what the actual temperature is within the home, a high humidity level can make you feel a few degrees hotter—maybe more. The system must work harder to achieve your desired comfort, and the more it runs, the greater the stress on system components. If your AC is always operating in a home with high humidity, you’re more...

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Six Benefits of Installing a Nest Learning Thermostat into Your AC/Heating System

July 16, 2019

Nest® thermostats are known for helping homeowners save money on their energy bills. These devices include many benefits that make life easier for those who like saving money and maintaining a consistently comfortable indoor temperature. Read on to learn five benefits of installing a Nest in your home. 1. Nest Thermostats Can Be Controlled Remotely Both the Nest Learning Thermostat® and the Nest Thermostat E® allow you to adjust the temperature from anywhere using your smartphone. This gives you greater control over your home’s comfort. Imagine returning home from a long day at work to a house already cooled or warmed to your ideal temperature. With a Nest thermostat, you can. 2. Save Energy with a Nest Thermostat When you leave the house, smartphone in hand, the Nest automatically triggers its Eco temperature setting to save energy. Thanks to features like this, homeowners who use Nest thermostats save, on average, around $140 a year on heating and cooling. These high-quality, energy-saving thermostats give homeowners greater control over indoor comfort while lowering energy bills. 3. Nest Thermostats Light Up When You Enter the Room When you walk into a room to check a Nest thermostat, its display automatically lights up, so...

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Why You Need Routine Maintenance for Your AC/Heating System (Even if It’s New)

July 6, 2019

At GVEC Home, we know that cooling and heating systems are a serious investment. When you install a new HVAC system in your home, you expect it to last many seasons without a problem. We work hard for our customers to make that expectation a reality, and routine maintenance is critical for making it happen. Regular AC/heating system maintenance benefits homeowners in many ways. Below, we’ve compiled a few reasons why your system needs routine AC/heating maintenance—even if it’s new—and why GVEC Home’s HVAC Spec Check maintenance plan is a great choice for helping keep your HVAC system properly maintained. AC/Heating System Longevity With time, any HVAC system, no matter its manufacturer or durability, will need to be replaced; however, taking proper care of your system helps it lasts as long as possible. Through HVAC Spec Check, our skilled AC/heating technicians can help you keep your AC/heating system in peak condition year-round. When you sign up for a HVAC Spec Check AC/heating maintenance plan, we’ll inspect and service your system twice yearly—once in fall and once in spring. Our technicians will check for worn parts, proper drainage, leaks, correct fluid levels and more. HVAC Spec Check is designed to help...

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