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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7 Steps for End-of-Summer AC Maintenance

August 3, 2021

Most of us use our AC less and less as the end of summer unfolds and fall weather begins. It’s time to do some maintenance work on your cooling system before closing it up for the winter. An appointment with your trusted AC company can keep your equipment in top shape. You can also conduct some maintenance tasks on your own. 1. Replace the Filter Cleaning or replacing your system’s air filter is something you should do regularly. Checking the filter every three months is a good rule to follow. You’ll want to do this

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Improving the Efficiency of Your Air Conditioner

July 26, 2021

At Galbreath & Sons, Inc., we help the families of Richmond Hill stay comfortable in every season. Our technicians are on call 24 hours a day to keep your home cool in an emergency. However, there are plenty of things that you can do to keep your system running at its best. Your air conditioner benefits when you match your efforts with our professional care. Schedule an Annual Maintenance Appointment The team at Galbreath & Sons, Inc. knows that regular maintenance is essential for air conditioning systems in Georgia. We have a longer cooling season with warmer days than other parts of

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How To Prepare Air Conditioner for the Summer

June 21, 2021

One thing that most homeowners look forward to during the summertime is coming home to a nice and cool home environment. Gone are the days of opening the windows and sweating miserably while the thermometer keeps increasing. Today, we have whole-home air conditioning systems that can maintain a comfortable temperature so that our families can enjoy their time spent indoors. Getting your system ready for the rough summer ahead is pretty easy to do with the right strategy. Start by Changing Your Air Filter The summertime air can carry a lot of airborne pollutants that can

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Does Humidity Affect My Air Conditioner?

May 6, 2021

High humidity levels in your home and outdoors can negatively affect your HVAC unit’s cooling potential. According to HVAC experts, you should maintain a humidity level below 60% to have a comfortable living space. However, that might be quite difficult to maintain due to the constant weather changes throughout the year. When the humidity level in your house is too low or too high, achieving optimum indoor comfort is a challenge. It also impacts the effectiveness of your air conditioning unit. The good news is that modern HVAC units include dehumidifiers and humidifiers that control relative humidity levels.

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Are Modern Air Conditioners More Energy Efficient?

April 14, 2021

Homeowners might ask themselves several questions before purchasing a new air conditioning system. Buyers often want the best deal, so they will look at the pricing in comparison to features. Sometimes, it might be advisable to spend extra to purchase a new unit that presents increased energy efficiency. It may even be best to buy a more recent model even when the current one appears to work fine. Self-determinations of “fine” might overlook the model’s decreased energy efficiency, which could be a costly oversight. People with older air conditioning units might feel they work fine and do

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