We’ve come a long way from “how big is your house?” as a way of determining what kind of central air system you have or need. At Minuteman Heating & Air in Arlington, TX, our air conditioning service handles a wide range of equipment. This includes everything from higher efficiency units to recent developments in compressors, for energy efficiency and comfort. Your system can also include a variety of indoor air quality technologies, from humidity control to filtration, purification, and pathogen neutralization. It may sound complex, but the bottom line is better, more comfortable living during the summer especially, and more breathable air so your home is a refuge. We’ve all learned what it’s like to stay indoors and breathe the air constantly, and studies show it can be up to five times as bad as the city air many of us live with. Our air conditioning service is here to keep your home’s comfort going with maintenance, repairs, and replacement, and even make it better. Whether you’re keeping a legacy AC system going, or need help with your recently installed new-tech system, we’re here for you.
Keeping Up with Technology
We’ve come a long way from when our air conditioning service installed a new AC system, went to the one thermostat in the home and turned it on and said, “there you go!” The homeowner then could turn it to the desired temperature and cold air would bring the temperature to the right level. Now, variable and two-speed systems and other compressor options provide different levels of cooling depending on whether you’re cooling your Arlington, TX home from scratch, or maintaining the right temperature. These technologies also help save energy as they improve your comfort. Zoned duct systems and multiple thermostats, one for each zone, also help you set the right comfort for each area, such as for sleeping, relaxing, or socializing. Add intelligent thermostats and other devices that adapt to the time of day and your daily habits throughout the week, and things get more complex, but the benefits are amazing. For example, why cool your whole house during the night when you’re all asleep in the bedrooms? What about letting the temperature rise during the day and bringing it back down when everyone returns at night? Our air conditioning service team can help you plan and program these systems to meet your needs, helping you to save cost and also reduce wear on your AC system. We keep up with the technology so you’ll have a resource you trust for air conditioning service and information.
Why So Many Speeds?
For most homeowners, the basic features of their home such as air conditioning need to be simple and efficient. Complex things, the logic goes, need more care. As it turns out, complexity these days has been simplified, if you will, into control systems that manage your AC system for best efficiency, more comfort, and even a longer service life due to less wear and tear. These control systems include ones that expand on the principles of refrigeration that our air conditioning service team knows so well, adjusting how the compressor works and the refrigerant flows so you get just the right amount of cooling for your purpose. It’s kind of like they say about driving on the highway, where speeding to your destination can use a lot more fuel than driving at a more regulated speed to get there. Newer AC systems provide real advantages as they introduce new ways to avoid “pedal to the floor” cooling unless you have a hot house that needs cooling, fast!
The Concept’s the Same
Other than changing the way refrigeration principles are used, our air conditioning service mostly works with systems that work the same way they always did. In fact, the physics principles involved aren’t that different from “swamp coolers” and misting devices, just a lot more focused and efficient at what they do. The refrigerant circulates through your indoor and outdoor AC components, expanding and contracting through the evaporator and compressor, and moving heat from indoors to outside, while the remaining cool air is circulated through your home to make you feel great. Our air conditioning service team keeps focused on training and service information for the new systems, learning how they differ from the basic AC units, and understanding how to care for them and keep them working hard for you. Actually, with a few changes to reverse the process, you’ve also got the components of a heat pump, which is why our air conditioning service team are also excellent at heat pump service as well. Then there’s ductless mini-split systems, once again, a great implementation of the basic principles that we’re quite familiar with.
Heat Pump and AC Service
When our well-equipped air conditioning service team arrives at your home, we’re ready to provide the most common repairs for your AC system and even your heat pump or mini-split system. We’ve got the test gear, tools, and other technologies too, from sniffing out refrigerant leaks down to the pinhole level to measuring system pressures, airflow, voltages, and current. Our technicians can test motors and compressors to check their condition and see whether they’ll need replacing soon, swap fan belts, filters, and other air conditioning service components, and replace components that occasionally go bad and prevent operation such as thermostats, contactors, and capacitors. What that means to you, the homeowner, is that we have common issues with heat pump and air conditioning service components covered for quick service. We’re ready to help, and we have a flexible schedule that lets you get our great service at your convenience. We want you to have access to the best, because professional air conditioning service takes into account the details, and gets you the best results for efficiency and comfort, now and over the long term.
Specialty AC Service for Home Offices and Other Situations
People think about ductless mini-split systems for a variety of reasons these days, whether they currently have central air and a duct system, or are using window units or another solution. One of the increasingly common reasons is to provide separate cooling for a specific area of the house, something like zoned cooling but totally independent of the main system. Mini-split systems cool much like central air units but provide cool air directly to up to four rooms through the wall through small cooling lines. It’s a great solution for home offices, nurseries, in-law apartments, and other spaces that could benefit from separate cooling and control, especially in Arlington, TX homes with only one thermostat and duct system. An additional benefit for serious home office applications is the ability to keep the AC going for computers and general comfort without overtaxing a generator system during power outages. The same goes for people who need cooling for medical reasons, such as seniors, who can get solid cooling that’s much better than window units, but still doesn’t require a generator upgrade. Our air conditioning service team can help install your specialty AC system to meet your needs.
Ductless Mini-Split Systems Are Increasingly a Whole-House Solution
You’ll find that some of your friends and neighbors are also using ductless mini-split cooling to cool their whole house, either replacing window units and other solutions or even instead of central air. Ductless systems are excellent for homes where ducts aren’t in place and you’d prefer not to have them, such as carefully designed architectural masterpieces and historic homes. A few small holes in the walls bring cool to every room, using a single multi-split system or in some cases two for up to eight rooms and even the attic. The bottom line with multi-split AC is that it’s a great way to implement just the right cooling for your specific situation. Our air conditioning service team can take care of the design. Mini-split systems provide very high energy efficiency, usually better than a central air system. They’re also available as heat pump systems to replace or supplement your current heating system as well.
Apartment Buildings and Ductless Technologies
Another area where ductless mini-split systems are becoming an important, energy-efficient option is for smaller apartment buildings and multi-family homes. It’s easy to install these units for multiple tenants, and servicing is routine. Our air conditioning service team handles a wide variety of cooling solutions for residential and commercial customers, and can help you select the right cost-effective solution for your property.
Indoor Air Quality
As people become more aware of the air quality in urban and suburban areas, they have also begun to think about what they’re breathing indoors. That goes double during recent years when most people spent a lot more time at home. Air conditioning service tests have indicated that indoor air in homes is up to five times worse than outdoors, which can be surprising! If you think about it, though, everything from cleaning chemicals to the kitchen, bathroom, and basement odors, smoke if your Arlington, TX home has smokers, pet dander from your furry friends, and dust, pollen, dirt, other allergens, even bacteria, viruses, and mold — they’re all just circulating through your vents. It’s one reason we offer and recommend thorough duct cleaning services every few years, and also why we have a range of indoor air quality options. If you’re currently using HEPA filters in rooms, especially for respiratory-sensitive people, you know how important they can be. We offer a whole-house HEPA filtration system, along with air purification that traps airborne chemicals and odors, and germicidal UV lamps that neutralize pathogens so they don’t land and reproduce. Our humidity control system not only benefits your breathing and skin, it’s also great for the wood, paper, and plants in your Arlington, TX home that rely on consistent moisture in the air.
Controls For Your Central Air Conditioning System
One of the most basic ways that you can improve your AC system’s efficiency is by adding a timer-based or intelligent thermostat. By programming it to turn settings up or down based on your lifestyle, you can save on cooling an empty house, for example. If you have zoned duct systems, these thermostats can automatically adjust each area of your Arlington, TX home as needed, cooling your bedrooms for bedtime, leaving your family room warmer during the day when no one’s there, and cooling down the dining and living rooms for a few hours when you’re eating and relaxing each evening. More advanced controls learn your habits and program themselves, and of course smart home controls can go as far as you like in using information to manage your cooling system.
Does Ductless Have Advanced Controls?
Modern ductless mini-split systems often come with advanced controls similar to the great thermostats available with central and zoned air conditioning. Individually controlled by each room, they may include timer-based cooling covering the time of day and day of the week. Some units offer people sensors so they only provide peak cooling when there’s someone in the room. These systems even may offer a remote control for each room they serve, providing convenience and reduced need for air conditioning service.
Smart Home Integration
When our team connects your smart home thermostat to your heating and cooling systems, indoor air quality options, and other features, you open a whole new world of smart home ideas. Many people combine smart shades with their system, and perhaps weather information about outdoor temperatures and sunny or cloudy days. Motion sensors can determine which rooms are in use, and help your system to learn how to provide the best cooling at the lowest cost over time. We provide the possibility with HVAC connection expertise, and the sky’s the limit for you.
Your Expert AC Service in Arlington
Our advanced air conditioning service team at Minuteman Heating & Air in Arlington, TX has the know-how and experience to create and service cooling solutions of many kinds. Our team is up-to-date with the latest compressor technologies, control systems, indoor air quality systems, and other components of modern HVAC. Let us provide the expert service and equipment that are right for you. Call today.