How Do Heat Pumps Work?

January 10, 2021

If you own a heat pump for your home or building, then trying to learn the basics of how they work becomes a necessity. Don’t get us wrong, you could always hire us for help. But since it’s a device you plan to use with the changing weather, it’s still wise to decipher how heat pumps work. Yet, learning how a heat pump works is not that complicated, and all it takes is to start with the basics. Heat Pump Basics Simply put, a heat pump guarantees you an all-in-one device that acts as a

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A Guide to Duct Sealing From the Inside

November 10, 2020

Over time, your ductwork can develop creases and leaks that let out cold air. This can cause several problems, such as extra humidity in your ducts and higher energy costs. Because these leaks are hard to see, being proactive is one of the best ways to avoid more serious issues down the line. Is your ductwork too old? Have you noticed a spike in your energy bills? If so, this might be the time to seal things up. With the rising cost of energy today, most homeowners look for innovative ways to save their money. Thanks to

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Can you do Zoning with Smart Thermostats?

October 20, 2020

We live in an era of smart and AI-based applications and advancements. From smart TVs to smart refrigerators, every aspect of our lives is on the verge of evolution. HVAC systems are a part of this evolution, and zoning is one of the best ways to use AI-based decisions inside your home. How Does Zoning Help Homeowners? Zoning can help you cut down on your utility costs and help with minimizing energy usage and your carbon footprint on the environment by controlling the temperatures dynamically. Suppose you had to be in the kitchen every morning to

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Should I Leave the AC on During the Day When I’m Out?

October 10, 2020

Air conditioners are typically the biggest users of power in the home, so it is no surprise that many people shut off their system to save electricity. However, there is a lot of confusion about whether or not this is actually a good idea. Is it a better idea to leave your AC on or off when you leave home? Here’s what you need to know. Does It Use Less Money to Turn Your AC Off? First of all, it is important to dispel the myth that your AC will have to work so hard

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Suffering from High Cooling Bills? Here’s Why

September 23, 2020

An air conditioning bill that simply seems too high can be very confounding. Some homeowners experience sudden spikes in their costs whiles others are surprised to learn that their neighbors have been paying a lot less than them. For both of these cases, let us explore the possible causes of excessive energy usage and what you can do to lower that bill. Deteriorating, Damaged or Insufficient Insulation One of the most prevalent issues among homeowners who pay more than their neighbors is inadequate insulation. This is especially common with older homes. You may simply have insulation

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Decoding Common HVAC Terminology

September 6, 2020

When one of our NATE-certified technicians at McGowan’s Heating & Air Conditioning arrives at your Daytona Beach, FL, home, you might hear some unusual terminology. The heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) industry uses some technical terms when referring to different pieces of equipment, how they work, what they do and how they’re rated. Knowing this common HVAC terminology could help you understand more about your own heating and air conditioning system. Our technicians at McGowan’s Heating & Air Conditioning always take the time to answer any questions you have during a Daytona Beach service call to your home. Here

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The Benefits of Electrostatic Air Filters

August 20, 2020

Your Jacksonville, FL, home’s heating and air conditioning system uses a filter to capture particles from the home’s air. If you’ve noticed problems with indoor air quality, an increase in allergy or asthma symptoms, or more dust in your home, you may need a new type of filter. Read on to learn about 10 benefits of electrostatic air filters for your home’s heating and cooling system. What Is an Electrostatic Filter? An electrostatic filter is made with electrically charged media. This type of air-filtering system uses two plates. One has a positive charge, and the other has a

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AC Repairs You Might Not Know You Need

August 8, 2020

Air conditioning systems are very complex pieces of machinery. Often, a small problem might seem harmless, but over time it can cause major damage to your machine. There are all sorts of air conditioning issues that go unnoticed because they are hard to spot and do not cause many issues. However, it is still important to repair small problems as soon as you can. Every homeowner should be on the lookout for the following issues. Pinhole Refrigerant Leaks When refrigerant starts leaking from your system, it usually is not a dramatic hole gushing fluid. Instead, the

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5 Signs That Your AC Is on the Decline

July 10, 2020

Your air conditioner works hard during the long Jacksonville summers to keep your home cool. After years of heavy use, though, your air conditioner may start to break down. When it does, it is important to recognize potential early warning signs so that you can have your air conditioner repaired or replaced. McGowan’s Heating & Air Conditioning can examine your system completely before it gives up and leaves you hot and uncomfortable. If you have an air conditioner, you will want to know these five signs that your air conditioner is on the decline. 1. Your House

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Thermostat Troubleshooting Tips

June 1, 2020

As the main way of controlling your entire HVAC system, the thermostat plays an important role in managing your indoor air quality. A malfunctioning thermostat can keep your AC from running or cause wear and tear by making your system turn off constantly. Fortunately, many thermostat problems are actually quite easy to fix. Here are some basic thermostat troubleshooting tips that any homeowner can try when their HVAC system isn’t working correctly. Check to See What Your Thermostat’s Actual Settings Are This might seem obvious, but one of the first things you should do is look

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