Cooling & A/C

Keep your air conditioning running properly. If you need help with your home's cooling systems, Service Detectives has the expertise to repair or install your air conditioning system. Reach out below and get answers to your cooling questions:

Energy-Efficient Air Conditioning For Your Home

Are you considering buying a new air conditioner? Or, are you dissatisfied with the operation of your current a/c unit? Are you unsure whether to fix or replace it? Or perhaps you are concerned about high summer utility bills? If you answered 'yes' to any of these questions, Services Detectives can help. We'll teach you about various types of air conditioning systems; from maintaining your unit, to selecting a new one and ensuring that it is properly installed. These elements are essential for cost-effective operation and lower costs overall.
If you're looking for expert help with tuning-up or installing a new air conditioning system, reach out to us using one of the buttons below:
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What You Should Look For In Your A/C Unit

If you're buying a new air conditioner, here's what you must consider and should look for in your new cooling system: 

  • A thermal expansion valve & a high-temperature rating (EER) greater than 11.6, for high-efficiency operation when the weather is at its hottest
  • A variable speed air handler for new ventilation systems
  • A fan-only switch, so you can use the unit for nighttime ventilation to substantially reduce air conditioning costs
  • A filter check light to remind you to check the filter after a predetermined number of operating hours
  • An automatic-delay fan switch to turn off the fan a few minutes after the compressor turns off

As far as your contractor goes, you want a professional who will allow adequate space for the installation — and can verify that your newly installed air conditioner has the exact refrigerant charge and airflow rate specific by the manufacturer. We can help install your a/c unit the right way, giving you the peace of mind that your home and family will be kept cool.

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Thinking of Going ductless?

Ductless, mini-split system heat pumps make good retrofit add-ons to homes with "non-ducted" heating systems, such as hydronic (hot water heat), radiant panels, and space heaters (wood, kerosene or propane). They can also be a good choice for room additions, where extending or installing distribution ductwork is not feasible.

The main advantages of mini-splits are their small size and flexibility for zoning or heating and cooling individual rooms. Many models can have as many as four indoor air handling units (for four zones or rooms) connected to one outdoor unit. The number depends on how much heating or cooling is required for the building or each zone (which in turn is affected by how well the building is insulated). Since each of the zones will have its own thermostat, you only need to condition that space when someone is there. This will save energy and money.

If you'd like to learn more about ductless mini-splits and if it's the right choice for your home, reach out to using one of the buttons below:

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They worked with our schedule, showed up on time, welcomed any questions I had and took the time to answer them fully. Jason went the extra mile to help us out and treated us like family.
-Kathy R.

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What You Didn't Know About Your Air Conditioning System
It might surprise you to know that buying a bigger room air conditioning unit won't necessarily make you feel more comfortable during the hot summer months. In fact, a room air conditioner that's too big for the area it is supposed to cool will perform less efficiently and less effectively than a smaller, properly sized unit. This is because room units work better if they run for relatively long periods of time than if they are continually switching off and on. Longer run times allow air conditioners to maintain a more constant room temperature. This also allows them to remove a larger amount of moisture from the air, lowering the humidity, which results in you feeling more comfortable.
Evaporative coolers may be installed as an alternative to air conditioning, particularly in climates with very dry air. Evaporative coolers provide mechanical cooling to a building by either direct contact of air with water (direct evaporative cooler) or a combination of a first-stage heat exchanger to pre-cool the air, and a second stage with direct air contact with water (indirect/direct evaporative cooler).
How To Lower Your Central Air Conditioner's Energy Usage:
  • Use whole house fans
  • Set your thermostat to 78ºF or higher
  • Don't set your thermostat at a colder temperature setting than normal when you turn on your air conditioner
  • Set the fan speed on high (except in very humid weather)
  • Consider ceiling fans to spread cool air evenly
  • Don't place lamps or TV sets near your a/c thermostat
  • Place trees or shrubs to shade a/c units not to block the airflow
  • Use bath & kitchen fans sparingly when your a/c is operating to avoid pulling warm, moist air into your home
  • Inspect & clean both the indoor & outdoor coils
  • Check the refrigerant charge
  • Shade east & west windows
  • Delay heat-generating activities even on hot days
  • Keep the house closed tight during the day
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Need Maintenance, Repairs, OR Installation for your air conditioning & cooling?

Wondering how big your air conditioning system should be? What you should be looking for in a contractor? Or what's the best way to use your air conditioner? Whether you need a tune-up or a new installation, Service Detectives has the expertise and technicians to provide you with a guaranteed cooling solution.
When your air conditioner is giving you problems, make sure you hire a professional service technician. A well-trained technician will find and fix problems in your air conditioning system. However, not all service technicians are competent. Incompetent service technicians forsake proper diagnosis and perform only minimal stop-gap measures. Service Detectives makes it easy for you to choose us — the contractor your neighbors trust — for help with your air conditioning system. We'll understand why you didn't like your old system, why it failed, and how to fix your air conditioning problems.
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