January 29, 2018

Benefits of Split Heating & Cooling Systems

Technology in the heating and air conditioning industry has come a long way with new technologies being introduced now and then. One of the HVAC types gaining popularity nowadays is split heating and cooling systems otherwise called ductless air conditioning systems. They are small HVAC systems mounted on the wall with an outdoor unit. Here are benefits of the system over conventional HVAC systems. Fast and easy installation  Our technicians install the split HVAC systems quite fast as they do not require an elaborate vent system. Therefore, there will not be many modifications at home during installations. The walls and windows will remain intact and house cooler. Efficient Ductless air conditioners are known to be over 20 percent more efficient than the traditional window or central air conditioning units. This means that they use less power and perform better than the other heating and cooling technologies. Save on your power Unlike the centralized heating and cooling systems, the split heating and cooling system allow you to cool specific rooms of the house at certain times. You only use it when someone gets into the room thereby saving on energy. Its efficiency also leads to lower energy consumption. Low noise Most...

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December 29, 2017

Should I Replace My Furnace With a Heat Pump?

A heat pump can be an effective and efficient component of your heating and cooling system. However, in Missouri, it isn’t sufficient to completely replace your furnace as a stand-alone heating system. That said, there are several reasons to consider a heat pump for your home. How a Heat Pump Works The main difference between how a heat pump and a furnace works, is that a heat pump transfers, rather than generates, heat. During cold weather, the pump pulls available heat from the outdoors and moves it indoors. Naturally, this sets limits on how much heat is available for transference. This is the reason you also need a furnace to generate additional heat. A heat pump also supplements your cooling system. When the weather heats up, your pump moves the hot indoor air outdoors, lowering the temps inside your home. These hybrid systems can save a great deal on energy bills in hot and cold weather. Advantages of a Heat Pump Installation While you still need a backup furnace with your heat pump, these appliances offer several benefits over a traditional HVAC set-up. Efficiency Neither the heat pump nor your furnace works simultaneously. Instead, each component operates at separate times,...

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November 13, 2017

How to Clean a Furnace

Keeping your furnace clean is an important step in maintaining it. If a furnace is dirty, it can burn higher amounts of electric and/or gas fuel or work less effectively. A build up of dirt can cause problems in 3 areas of the furnace such as the filter system, the blower, and the heat exchanger. If left uncleaned it can cause further damage, and possibly result in the need for a new furnace. You should familiarize yourself on how to effectively clean each area of the furnace for continued furnace maintenance to keep it running smoothly. Turn off the unit Make sure the unit is turned off before performing any maintenance. Locate the access panel on the outside of the furnace and remove it so you can inspect the furnace thoroughly. Inspect for damage Inspect the filter for dirt or damage by holding it up to a light. If the filter appears dirty, it needs to be cleaned or replaced. If a filter is dirty, it will dust and debris throughout your home causing poor air quality. Clean If your filter is not disposable, remove any dirt with mild soap and water. Clean out all dust and debris from the...

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October 25, 2017

Winterizing Your Kansas City Indoor Comfort System

Winter is coming, even though it doesn’t quite feel like it yet. Even though you may not think you need to, it’s best to prepare before the possibility of snow hitting the ground in the coming months. Covering Until The Next Season Most homes have an outside heating/cooling system.  Ensuring they work as the new season turns is essential, which means preparation and protection. Overlaying your unit with a plastic or vinyl covering during fall and winter is essential in the upkeep of your unit. Air conditioner maintenance in Kansas City does not stop because you have put it out of use. Discard Debris The majority of outside heating/cooling system gather foliage and debris over the seasons, and people are unaware it damages their external appliance.  Leaves, branches, and forgotten grass clog systems and make them useless for both winter and summer. Clearing out the possible blockage before covering a unit saves a huge future expenditure. Staying In-Tune Even though you will continue to use your air and heat unit as fall and winter evolve, heater maintenance is essential to ensure you stay warm during the deepest parts of winter. This may include a heating tune-up and heat pump maintenance.  The discarding of debris is...

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September 25, 2017

Have a High-Efficiency Furnace in Grain Valley Today!

If your furnace is less than three years old it is likely that it is a high-efficiency model. If your system older, though, there are a few simple steps you can follow that will make your furnace perform more efficiently:   Clean or replace your air filters regularly. If your filters are blocked by dirt and debris your system will work harder to push air through them, causing more wear on your unit and costing you more money. In addition, this will improve the quality of the air in your home!   Clean all registers. Supply and return registers should be kept clean and should not be blocked.   Keep baseboards and radiators clean and make sure they are unrestricted by furniture, carpets, or drapes.   Have your system maintained and inspected annually. Regular maintenance and inspections not only cut heating costs, but they also increase the lifetime of the system, reduce breakdowns and repair costs, and cut the amount of carbon monoxide, smoke, and other pollutants pumped into the atmosphere.   Seal your ducts. In homes heated with warm-air heating, ducts should be inspected and sealed to ensure adequate airflow and eliminate loss of heated air in your home. ...

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September 11, 2017

Is a Seasonal Furnace Check-Up Necessary for my Kansas City Home?

A better question to ask might be, do I want my furnace to run as efficiently as possible? Do I want to save money on my utility bills? Or do I want my furnace to last as long as possible before I have to replace it? If you answered yes to any of these, then yes, you really do need a seasonal furnace check-up. By scheduling the heating and furnace repair Grain Valley residents trust to keep their furnaces maintained, you can ensure your furnace will keep you warm for years to come. Here are just a few benefits of a seasonal checkup:   Furnaces are prone to wear and tear even under the best of circumstances. In addition, some parts just give out even if you are doing everything right. Maintenance can help prevent this issues or help catch them while they are small. Furnace issues can worsen over time so it’s best to catch the issue while it is minor.   Furnaces decline in efficiency over the years just through normal use. They will stay much more efficient if they are cared for properly. If one part has to work harder to compensate for another part that isn’t,...

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June 23, 2017

Why Tune Up Your System?

Sunny days in Missouri are fast approaching and you’ll need your AC unit to be performing at its very best. We’ve all been on the receiving end of a busted air conditioning unit. It’s never fun to sweat it out, especially when we could be having cool, comfortable fun indoors. Apex Heating & Air Conditioning knows the importance of beating the heat and we’re here to help you do just that with our air conditioning service. Summers can be tough but they don’t have to be. At Apex Heating & Air Conditioning, we’re here to provide you the best in AC maintenance and AC repair so that your air conditioning unit runs smoothly. You might be asking yourself why regular maintenance of your AC unit is so important. There’s a great number of reasons that calling Apex Heating & Air Conditioning over to your home to perform maintenance is essential. You never know when you might get hit with a heat wave and it can be difficult to get through those without something to cool you down. Making sure your AC unit is working well can be the difference between suffering through sweating and chilling out in the cool indoors....

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May 14, 2017

Are AC Tune Ups Worth It?

Lots of people in Kansas City ask us if it’s worth it to get a tune up of their HVAC system. Here at Apex Heating & Air Conditioning we think the answer is a definite “yes”! We don’t say that only because we hope you’ll ask us to perform that tune up for you. We think it’s smart for a couple of reasons, which you may not have even considered. You definitely don’t want to service your unit yourself. Even if you’re handy with a hammer and have a good flashlight, you don’t to tackle a job like this on your own. An HVAC unit has a lot of moving parts – some of which are high voltage – and unless you know for certain what you’re doing (like the trained technicians at Apex Heating & Air Conditioning, it’s not worth the risk of damaging your unit (or even worse) to save a couple of bucks. And on that note, an AC tune up from Apex Heating & Air Conditioning is not that expensive – it’s probably a lot less than you might think, a small price to pay for the peace of mind you’ll get knowing you HVAC unit...

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April 18, 2017

Summer Prep Tips for Air Conditioning

It seems like we just got done with spring cleaning, but our scorching summer and fall months are descending upon us! How do you prepare? For most homes and business in Kansas City, air conditioning uses more electricity than any other use. There are ways to reduce this load before sweltering months kick into full gear. Here are some easy some summer preparation practices to help reduce your usage and electric bills: Should You Close Unused Vents? Experts offer different opinions on the efficiency of closing vents and doors to unused rooms. In quite a few cases, this will decrease your air conditioning unit’s efficiency. Please double-check for any rooms with thermostats in them. You might not want to close them off. You can contact a technician at Apex Heating & Air Conditioning and they can advise you about closing off any parts of the house for the summer. Keep the Heat Off Your Thermostat Check to see that computers, televisions, lamps and other household devices that generate heat are not too close to your thermostat. If so, this can inadvertently drive up your temperature reading, causing the AC unit to kick off and on repeatedly all day and night...

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