Understanding How Static Pressure Affects an HVAC System

June 14, 2022

Static pressure is the difference between the total pressure at a point and the air pressure that flows through an opening. The total pressure is equal to atmospheric pressure plus static pressure, but if you subtract static pressure from total pressure, you get what’s known as dynamic pressure or suction. When you have a fan pulling air through an opening, you have negative static pressure at the exit of that opening. A fan creates a low-pressure zone behind it and pulls air into that low-pressure zone, creating negative static pressure. If there’s no fan pulling air through

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A Step-by-Step Guide to Cleaning Your Window AC Unit

May 18, 2022

Window AC units can be a great solution for keeping some rooms in the home cool. Still, just like any other type of cooling equipment, they need regular maintenance and cleaning to ensure they work properly. With that in mind, here is a quick guide that will take you through all of the steps to clean your window AC without having to take it out of the window. 1. Unplug the Unit and Remove the Cover The very first step is to unplug the unit from the power source. This is important as you will

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The Ways Ductless Air Conditioners Work

April 14, 2022

Nothing feels better on a hot summer day than walking into a cool, air-conditioned home. If you don’t have central air, however, your only option is a window unit or portable AC. But what if there was another way? Ductless air conditioners offer an alternative to traditional window units and portable ACs. Read on as we take a closer look at how these units work and see if they might be the right option for you. What Is a Ductless Air Conditioner? Ductless air conditioners are a type of cooling system that does not require

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4 Signs That It’s Time to Replace Your HVAC Unit

March 14, 2022

Investing in a new HVAC unit for your home is a major decision and commitment. Like any big investment, it’s not a decision that you should rush into. You obviously don’t want to wait too long to pull the trigger; letting your aging system linger can result in all sorts of discomfort and financial stress. However, it doesn’t make much sense to get rid of your HVAC unit sooner than you need to, either. If your heating and cooling appliances still have a few productive years left, it would be prudent to get as much out of them as you

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When Should I Install a New Air Conditioner?

February 14, 2022

As winter begins to fade away to spring, you may start thinking about a new air conditioner. Spring and fall are the perfect seasons to install a new AC unit to avoid the extreme temperatures of summer and winter. Shopping around early can give you access to great discounts. Don’t put off getting a new air conditioner and risk paying higher prices and struggling to book an installation appointment. Shop Off-Season Preparation gives you more opportunities for benefits and discounts. Extreme-temperature seasons often keep heating and cooling technicians very busy. There are always repairs and

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Keeping Your Furnace and Heat Pump Clean

January 12, 2022

The best way to keep your gas furnace running efficiently is to have it serviced annually by trained HVAC professionals. You want to have it cleaned at the start of each heating session. An additional cleaning halfway through the year will keep your furnace working at peak levels and prevent problems. Cleaning the furnace is not complicated. It provides benefits related to the reliability and long-term efficiency of your unit. You can take the first step by periodically replacing your air filter per the manufacturer’s recommendations. Homeowners can perform some basic external cleaning and

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Furnace Heat Exchangers: How They Work and What Can Go Wrong

December 20, 2021

During the cold winter months, you need a working furnace to keep your Richmond Hill home and family comfortable. While you rely on your furnace, it relies on a functional heat exchanger. The heat exchanger is one of the furnace’s most important parts, and issues can lead to mechanical breakdowns and safety risks. In this guide, we will discuss how heat exchangers work and what can go wrong with them. What Is a Heat Exchanger? All furnaces contain heat exchangers. To create the heat that warms your home in the winter, a gas furnace combusts fuel

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Steps to Prepare for Your Furnace Replacement

November 17, 2021

Did you know that the average household furnace lasts 15 to 20 years? Homeowners who make regular preventive maintenance a priority find their furnaces last the longest and have fewer issues. With both those things being true, the probability of needing a new heating system at least once during your lifetime is still rather high. When you need a new furnace in Richmond Hills, GA, it’s important to prepare not only for the purchase but the installation, too. At Galbreath & Sons, Inc., we know our customers want to make informed decisions. Keep reading to learn more about preparing for a new furnace

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Thermostatic Expansion Valve Explained

October 20, 2021

A thermostatic expansion valve is a metering device that controls the amount of refrigerant that enters an air conditioner’s evaporator. Proper flow of refrigerant into the evaporator is essential for the proper cooling operations of an air conditioner. Understanding the Cooling Process of an Air Conditioner In order to produce cold air, an air conditioner has five essential components: refrigerant, compressor, evaporator, condenser, and throttling device. Air conditioners produce cold air thanks to a closed-loop system that first involves the refrigerant, in its gaseous form, getting compressed in the compressor. The compressor turns the refrigerant

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How To Save Money on Your Heating Bills

September 13, 2021

As we head to colder months, everyone is bracing for uncomfortably low temperatures in Richmond Hill, GA, and the surrounding counties. This time of the year is typically when your utility bill gets more expensive since your heater runs for the better part of the day. You can avoid high heating bills while still maintaining warm and cozy indoor temperatures with these eight tips. 1. Layer Up The more layers of clothing you wear in the winter, the less heat you need in your home. The amount of clothing you should wear depends on your individual

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