Gibson Heating & Cooling Blog

How a Whole-House Humidifier Can Benefit You

November 12th, 2018

water-dropletsDuring the summer, high humidity can make a hot day feel miserable. This is why we offer installation of whole-house dehumidifiers. But during the winter, the opposite problem often occurs: dry winter days and nights mean a sharper edge to the cold.

You can beat dry conditions—any time of the year—when you call us for whole-house humidifier installation. We offer all types of HVAC services in Cinnaminson, NJ, and we want to see you enjoy the best in comfort in your house, and this includes helping you find the right humidity balance.

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Why Won’t My Heat Pump—Heat?

October 29th, 2018

woman-shiveringTemperatures are dropping as we move into the second half of fall. If you use a heat pump for your household comfort around the year, you may already have switched it over to heating mode for the first time. What happened when you did? If you started receiving warm air from the vents around the rooms (or from wall units if you have a ductless mini-split heat pump), then we can only assume you’re reading this post out of curiosity or maybe to plan ahead. Otherwise, you’re reading this because your heat pump either isn’t putting out enough heat to keep your family warm or it isn’t putting out heat at all. It may even still be sending out cold air.

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Can My Furnace Become Dangerous?

October 15th, 2018

furnace-oldIt’s October, and maybe you’re having spooky thoughts about parts of your house during the evenings. If you have a gas furnace in the basement, you might be a bit startled at the sounds it makes as it comes on if you’re wandering in the depths of the house at night. But is that gas furnace an actual danger? Not just a noise in the night, but something that could turn into a combustion hazard or allow for the leak of toxic gases?

We understand this is a concern some homeowners have, and in this post we want to both assure you about your furnace’s operation, while also cautioning you about how to take care of the furnace to keep it running at its safest.

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The Best Reasons to Schedule Fall Heating Maintenance

October 1st, 2018

technician-examining-gas-furnaceOnce the calendar turns to October, there’s no denying that fall has arrived. The weather will start to cool down (although a few hot days may still blaze up) and the leaves change color. The kids are back in school, your neighbors are planning their Halloween party, and you’re starting to wonder if your heating system is going to work when you need it.

What? You aren’t worried about your heater? We applaud your confidence, but your heater may not agree. Especially if it doesn’t have its annual maintenance.

Fall is the time to arrange for a professional to come to your home and provide your furnace with an inspection and tune-up. There are many reasons to have this done each fall, and below we’ve listed a few of the most important ones.

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Late Season Air Conditioning Problems You May See

September 17th, 2018

autumn-backgroundSummer officially ends in two weeks, but that’s only on the calendar. We can still expect warm and hot days moving into the early fall, and that means your home’s AC isn’t finished with the hard work yet. This is a time of year when all the accumulated stress on the system may cause it to malfunction.

Please don’t ignore any need for AC repair in Voorhees, NJ, no matter how late in the year: fixing problems promptly with a call to HVAC professionals is the best way to ensure the trouble doesn’t worsen and that the AC will enjoy a long service life. And you certainly don’t want to have to deal with a busted AC when you try to turn it back on next year in the spring!

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Are Your Cooling Bills Too Steep? Let’s Find Out Why

September 3rd, 2018

air-conditioner-money-saverSeptember rarely brings much relief from summer heat, and the utility bills you receive each month reflect this. But if you’ve recently looked at your utility bills and thought the costs for electricity were higher than normal—and you can’t account for the increase—you may have an air conditioning system draining too much power.

Of course, you expect an increase in electrical bills in summer because this is when the air conditioner runs the most often. The compressor in an AC drains a large amount of electricity. You may, however, be spending more than necessary. When the bills turning alarming, we recommend you find out why.

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How the Refrigerant in an AC Works—And Why It Matters

August 19th, 2018

air-conditioner-unit-being-repairedOne of the parts of how an air conditioner operates that few people aside from HVAC technicians understand is the refrigerant that allows the AC to cool down a space. People often assume that refrigerant is part of how the air conditioner is powered, and that eventually the refrigerant will run out and more will need to be put in.

This isn’t how refrigerant works, however, and we’d like to go into the details of what refrigerant is, what it does, and why knowing this may help you detect a possible repair in the future.

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Making the Choice to Replace an AC: Some Tips

August 6th, 2018

question-mark-badgeWhat is the eternal question? Is it “To be or not to be”? Maybe. But here in the HVAC world, the eternal question is “To repair or to replace?” It’s a question most homeowners have to face at some point with their air conditioning systems. When is it best to scrap the repair and instead replace the entire air conditioning system for a new one?

Here in the second half of the summer, you may be facing a malfunctioning air conditioner that just isn’t doing the job you need from it—or perhaps it has failed entirely. We have some tips to help you start thinking about what to do with your Haddon Heights, NJ air conditioning system in the immediate future: the screwdriver or the scrapheap?

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The Best Benefits of a Ductless Air Conditioning System

July 23rd, 2018

ductless-mini-split-air-handlerYou may have already seen a ductless air conditioning system before, but weren’t sure what it was. If you’ve noticed a unit up on the wall of a room that looks like a sleeker version of a window AC that doesn’t protrude through the back of the wall, that’s an air handler of a ductless air conditioning system—also known as a ductless mini split heat pump. Ductless systems work through these wall units, each of which connects to a single outdoor unit where the heat is exhausted. It’s like a central system, but with the indoor component divided into smaller parts that send air directly into the living spaces rather than using ducts.

Ductless systems are becoming more popular for use in homes in the U.S. (they’re already huge in Europe and Japan) for a number of good reasons. Below are some benefits of going ductless to consider if you’re thinking of getting a new HVAC system in the near future:

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Sounds from Your AC That Warn of Repairs

July 9th, 2018

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We don’t yet have air conditioning systems that can self-diagnose malfunctions and report them to homeowners in detail. (We’ll get there one day, probably.) But air conditioners have other ways of sending warnings to a household that they’re in trouble. There’s a drop in cooling power, a rise in electric bills, and repeatedly tripping circuit breakers.

One of best ways to determine that your cooling system needs air conditioning repair in Cherry Hill, NJ is to listen for unusual sounds coming from it. Anything different from the hum of the fans and compressors and the occasional clicking as the system comes on and shuts down could be telling you of a malfunction. Don’t try to investigate these problems on your own, since these noises have multiple potential causes. Call for an HVAC professional and they’ll track down the trouble so it can be fixed fast.

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