A working air conditioner is a necessity for those that live in the south. North Carolina summers seem longer each year, and often hit daily highs in the 90s. Some summers have even brought temperatures above 100 degrees. Regular maintenance and AC services usually mean a unit will last longer and is less likely to break down during the hot summer days. No one wants their air conditioner to break down in our extreme North Carolina heat. If you need your central air conditioning systems checked by an experienced HVAC technician, then look no further than Aspire Heating and Cooling. Give us a call today at 336-936-9111 to request a consultation.
Why Choose Aspire for your HVAC Needs?
We are proud to be a veteran-owned business that cares about service, quality, and professionalism. Our goal is to provide the best possible service at honest prices. We strive to always deliver fast and reliable results. At Aspire, we offer comprehensive air conditioning services that include: AC Maintenance, AC Repair, and AC Installation.
Aspire is proud to be a Trane Factory Authorized Dealer, so our experienced team trains regularly on the strict standards and procedures. This means we can install, repair, and service air conditioning units quickly and efficiently, while noticing if there are any potential issues.
Not only do we pride ourselves on providing quality services, but customer satisfaction is of the utmost importance to us. Our clients are not just a number or stop, we want to provide each client with the best service and solution for their needs. Below are two of our recent Google customer reviews. You can see first-hand what they had to say about working with us.
“We have been using Aspire for 4 years now at two different homes. Great service and a professional staff are two of their best qualities. They have repaired our systems and even replaced one. I would highly recommend them if you need an HVAC company.”
“Aspire came out earlier this year to repair my heating and air conditioning system. They were always on time and very friendly, knowledgeable, and professional. My systems were old; so, they had to return a few times. Unfortunately, both my systems went down at the same time. They came out the following day to get one of them going. They will replace the other one soon. I have a great deal of respect for everyone I have either met or spoken to. They worked hard, including long hours, to take care of my repairs. They are a great bunch of folks. I would recommend them at the highest level.”
The Importance of AC Maintenance
According to the International Energy Agency, over 90% of households in America own an air conditioner. It is not just a way to stay cool, but an investment for home improvement. As we would any investment, it is crucial to maintain that investment. For an air conditioner, that means regular AC maintenance services. Here are a few key benefits of ongoing and regular AC services:
- Equipment lasts longer
- Monthly energy costs are lower
- Indoor air quality improves
- Temperature indoors remains consistent
- Sound levels are lower
- De-humidification capability increases
- Warranty requirements remain intact
What AC Services Usually Include
While AC Services can vary depending on the unit and HVAC company, there are a few standard tasks that HVAC technicians always complete. It typically includes checking the following items:
- Drain line
- Evaporator coil
- Condenser coil
- Operating pressures and temperatures
- Return and supply lines
- Refrigerant levels
Frequently Asked Air Conditioning Maintenance Questions
We understand an air conditioner is a complex piece of equipment and servicing it brings up several questions from clients. Here are just a few of the commonly asked questions we encountered and our answers to them.
How often do AC coils need cleaning?
An AC evaporator coil is inside and necessary to absorb heat and return cool air back into your house. The condenser coil is located outside and removes external heat from the refrigerant. Being a crucial component of an AC system, it is important to keep the coils clean. This is part of most annual AC maintenance plans.
How often are AC services required?
Typically, it is best to hire experienced technicians for AC services once a year. Preferably it should take place before the onset of the hot season to ensure there are no issues before you start regularly running and needing your air conditioning.
What factors impact AC service costs?
At Aspire, a one-time tune-up without our membership plan is $119. This would only include the actual tune-up, and not any extra work that might come up during the AC maintenance check.
How long do AC units last?
The lifespan of an air conditioning system depends on several factors. Units can last anywhere from 10 to 20 years, depending on quality of the unit and the level of maintenance over its life. However, once a unit passes 10 years of service, it may pay to replace rather than repair, since newer models always have improved features and are more energy-efficient. Having regular maintenance ensures a longer life in all models.
Ways to Protect Your AC
You can do your part in keeping your air conditioning system healthy. Here are some important ways you can protect your AC system.
- Change the air filter once a month. This simple act can make your unit 5 to 15 percent more efficient.
- Maintain a comfortable, but reasonable temperature on your thermostat.
- Keep all debris away from the outdoor unit.
- Cover the outside unit in the fall and winter to protect it from the elements.
- Keep plants and bushes at least two feet away from the outside condenser unit.
- For a window air conditioning unit, ensure the seal between the window and AC unit stays completely intact to avoid allowing warm air inside.
Best Thermostat Practices
It is important to watch your thermostat and maintain certain temperatures. This allows for optimal performance of your AC system and lower energy costs. During the summer, it is best to keep the thermostat at the highest possible temperature you and your family find comfortable. The U.S. Department of Energy recommends setting it at 78 degrees Fahrenheit.
According to the Department of Energy, homeowners can save up to 10% a year with just turning back the thermostat seven to ten degrees for eight hours a day. Typically, the less difference between inside and outside temperatures means a lower power bill.
Different Types of Thermostats
The type of thermostat your house contains is also an important factor in air conditioner’s productivity. There are four main types of thermostats: Manual, Programmable, Wi-Fi, and Smart. Manual thermostats tend to be the hardest on your wallet and HVAC system. Programmable thermostats allow people to be in complete control of the temperature in their house. Wi-Fi thermostats connect to the house’s Wi-Fi, meaning the homeowners can control the thermostat remotely. Smart thermostats are relatively new but offer all the bells and whistles. Some even have sensors to indicate if anyone is home and adjusts accordingly.
Air Conditioning Does More Than Just Cooling
Not only do AC services extend the life of your equipment, but they also improve your indoor air quality (IAQ). Most people understand outside pollutants, but do not realize indoor air pollutants are abundant and can cause damage to one’s health.
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) shared that Americans spend 90% of their time indoors. During the months’ long and ongoing pandemic, those numbers have increased even more.
Common indoor pollutants include the following:
- Pet Dander
- Cleaning Chemicals
These are just a few of the main sources that can pollute a home’s indoor air quality.
To improve a home’s air quality, it is important to have properly filtered air. You can achieve this through investing in the proper IAQ equipment and services.
Here are some of the recommended products and services we offer at Aspire to improve indoor air quality.
- Duct Cleaning and Sanitizing
- U/V Lights
- Air Scrubber – Sanitizer IWAVE
- Air-Circulating Thermostat
- A Range of Air Filtration Systems
- Whole-Home Humidifier
Do my air ducts need cleaning?
A house’s ductwork typically captures everything that is floating in your air and can even be a conduit for mold. Therefore, it is a good idea to utilize the professional HVAC service of duct cleaning every so often. Unlike a regular service for your HVAC system, a duct cleaning is not a yearly need. The National Air Duct Cleaners Association (NADCA), recommends cleaning your ducts every three to five years.
Occasionally, it is important to clean them more often than the above recommendation. The EPA shares if your ducts have the following issues, then it is crucial to schedule a duct cleaning:
- Mold Growth
- Dust or Debris Clogs
Additionally, the EPA shares that homes with a fuel-burning furnace, stove or fireplace, should have a professional service and inspect them each heating season to ensure proper functioning. This will protect the home’s occupants from carbon monoxide poisoning.
Air Conditioning Services Maximize Energy Efficiency
Regular AC services are crucial to maximizing energy efficiency. These services ensure your air conditioner units are operating at maximum efficiency. Plus, many of the above IAQ products and services increase the efficiency of your HVAC system. Lastly, certain AC units are more efficient than others. Our fully-licensed and NATE-certified technicians will recommend the best and most energy-efficient system for your house in our free consultation.
Financing Options Available
Home improvement options, including replacing an HVAC unit, can quickly add up; therefore, we offer financing through Wells Fargo and Microf for certain HVAC projects. Some options include special financing for qualified customers for 72 months and convenient monthly payments. All financing packages are contingent upon a credit approval.
Aspire Membership Plan Includes Regular Tune-Ups
Avoid costly repairs by signing up for our premium membership plan, which includes two HVAC system service appointments a year. This is perfect for keeping your HVAC equipment healthy and lengthen its lifespan. The two tune-ups a year ensure both your air conditioner system and heating system are ready for every season. We recommend checking your air conditioner in the spring and heater in the fall. Click here to learn more about our membership plan and pricing.
Request a Consultation Today for Any and All HVAC Needs
Do not chance suffering in the North Carolina heat. We provide air conditioning service throughout the year, as needed. Additionally, we offer these other heating and air conditioning services:
- Air Conditioning Repair and Installation
- Heat Pump Installation and Repair
- Ductless HVAC
- Heating Repair, Service and Installation
Contact Aspire today by calling us at 336-936-9111, respond in our online chat box, or complete our simple contact form. Our experienced staff will assist and communicate with you from start to finish no matter what service you need. From HVAC repair to AC installation, we are here to help with all your heating and cooling needs.