Central air conditioners have substantially evolved in technology and reliability over the past decade. So has the standard air conditioner warranty. Today’s A/C manufacturers are cultivating long-term customer relationships, and confronting the need to maintain brand loyalty that will endure over the extended service life of their products. Industry leaders like Lennox now offer warranties…

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Old central air conditioners tend to fail at either seasonal startup or the hottest day of the year. Any time it happens, however, could be blessing in disguise if upgrading your A/C is the result. If your defunct unit was made before 2006, chances are it has a SEER (seasonal energy efficiency ratio) of no…

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It’s the time of year when a few A/C operating tips may come in handy. Temperatures in Wichita exceed 90 degrees more than 60 days every summer, with relative humidity above 50 percent. Count on it: If your central air conditioner’s going to fade or fail altogether, that’s when it will happen. With the complexity…

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The more energy efficient your home is, the more it needs whole-house air purification. Airtight, well-insulated houses can accumulate airborne contaminants, irritating allergens and odors, continually recirculating them in your living spaces. The result? Today, home indoor air quality can be many times less healthy than outdoors. While you may reduce exposure to pollution and…

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Heat pumps function as both air conditioner and heater in most residential applications. Consolidating components of the HVAC system is a plus in most respects. However, it also means heat pumps don’t have seasonal downtime like a conventional furnace or air conditioner. Year-round operation in our Kansas climate increases component wear and tear, while the…

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If you’re thinking about upgrading your central air conditioner, two realities may help guide the decision-making process: (1) Cooling costs are high now. (2) Next year, they’ll be even higher. To stay ahead of the curve, every opportunity for efficiency gain should be considered. SEER (seasonal energy efficiency ratio) ratings measure the cooling output of…

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If you have a solar panel system on your roof, you are essentially getting free energy from the sun. As solar panel systems have come down in price in recent years, more homeowners have started looking into the possibility of using solar energy to supply at least part of their energy needs. However, before you…

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