MVP Electric, Heating & Cooling Blog: Posts Tagged ‘Kansas City’

The Time for AC Maintenance Has Arrived

Monday, May 13th, 2019

Uh oh… it’s already time for air conditioning maintenance! But don’t worry, AC maintenance isn’t anything to be scared about.

However, we do like to give it special attention just after winter. Not only is it easy to forget to schedule your maintenance tune-up, but there’s also the fact that neglecting maintenance is one of the worst ways to begin the air conditioning season.

In this post, we’ll explain why now is the best time for air conditioning maintenance, as well as why it’s in your best interest not to neglect it.

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AC Installation Is Not a DIY Job!

Monday, September 3rd, 2018

air-conditioner-installationWe don’t condone anyone to do their own, DIY air conditioning installation. You might be thinking, “Of course not, because how would you make any money?”

True. It is our job, after all. But mostly, we’re worried about the extra time and money it will cost you after the fact. Many homeowners who embark on these DIY installations don’t realize how many things can possibly go wrong in an AC installation—and it’s not always apparent at first.

The experience of a professional HVAC contractor can recognize a good installation when they see one, and it’s what gives them the confidence to guarantee a job well done. However, we can’t say the same for amateur installations. We’ll give you a few reasons why DIY doesn’t work out the way you think it would.

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AC Problems That Cause Energy Bill Spikes

Saturday, August 18th, 2018

blue-question-markNow that we are in the hottest months of the year, have your summer energy bills gone sky high? It would be unbearable to go without AC in this muggy Missouri heat, but you can take measures to identify problems and lower your consumption. If you are seeing pricey bills, one of these reasons listed below is most likely the culprit.

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Can Your Home Benefit From Improved Indoor Air Quality?

Monday, July 9th, 2018

UV-germicidal-lightIndoor air quality is a silent danger in your home. In fact, indoor air quality can be worse than that of the outdoor air quality at times. Low indoor air quality will agitate those suffering from asthma or allergies, and it can also promote the growth of mold and mildew. It’s bad news no matter how you look at it.

Unfortunately, the climate and environment has a lot to do with the pollutants that find their way inside your home. You can’t change the environment outside, but there are things you can do on the inside that will count.

If you can say “yes” to any of the points below, it’s possible that some of these indoor air quality products will help you.

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How to Tell Your Generator Needs Repair

Monday, June 11th, 2018

residential-generatorIf you’re a forward-thinking homeowner, you may already have a whole-house or standby generator. This is the Midwest, and you never know when an extreme weather event—be it a tornado or blizzard or something else entirely—may cause the grid to fail. A momentary power outage is little more than a brief headache, but an extended lack of power can eventually become life-threatening. You must be confident your generator will start when you need it the most.

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Watch for Signs You Need Air Conditioning Repairs

Monday, May 14th, 2018

air-conditioning-repairKansas City summers are as hot as they come, and a good air conditioner is more a necessity than luxury when the thermometer starts to rise. The last thing you need is a breakdown just when the summer temperatures are at their highest, or a sudden repair call forcing you to scramble to rearrange your schedule just to keep your home comfortable.

We’re using our air conditioners right now, but the weather is still comparatively cool. That means now is an excellent time to watch for the signs that you need repairs. While you should never formally diagnose a problem with your air conditioner (AC units contain delicate and complex components that require formal training and licensing to address, as well as potentially dangerous material like chemical refrigerant), you can still spot the signs that something is wrong.

Generally speaking, anything that doesn’t match the normal functions of your air conditioner is reason to call a repair service. You’re likely familiar with how your system operates, even if it’s just a subconscious acceptance of the “normal” sights and sounds. That should make it easy to notice anything out of the ordinary.

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Cracked Heat Exchangers: An Important Reason to Schedule Furnace Maintenance

Monday, November 23rd, 2015

Last week, we wrote about the importance of arranging for a maintenance inspection and tune-up for your heating system before winter. Routine maintenance is the best way to ensure that your heater will last for many years, run at peak energy efficiency, and avoid unnecessary repair problems and possible breakdowns. But perhaps the most important reason for scheduling maintenance—if you have a gas furnace—is to avoid potential safety issues.

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Benefits of Installing a Heat Recovery Ventilator for Winter

Monday, October 19th, 2015

One of problems that modern homes face during periods of extreme outdoor weather is that they need to be heavily sealed against the outside in order to maintain indoor energy efficiency. You can’t have a heater running in your home on a cold day when there’s a window wide open! It would be a tremendous waste of energy. But this heat seal against the outside will lead to stuffy, dusty air inside that’s unhealthy to breathe and can make everyone uncomfortable.

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The AC May Be Running, But It’s Time to Think about Your Home Heating

Monday, September 14th, 2015

The warm weather is still with us in Kansas City. You probably have your air conditioning running during the warmest parts of the day to provide your home with comfort. But it won’t be too long until the cooler weather arrives, followed not long after by plain old cold weather. You’ll want to grip onto these last days of summer and enjoy them to the fullest, but you should also give consideration to your home’s heating system during this final warm spell and see that it’s ready for another winter.

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Reasons to Enhance Your Outdoor Lighting

Monday, August 10th, 2015

It’s never the wrong time of the year to consider fixing or making changes to the outdoor lighting for your home. You have many different options for making alterations, ranging from smaller projects, such as adding a few motion-sensor floodlights, to extensive relighting to give the entire exterior of your home a new look. You will need to have professional electricians handle the job, regardless of how large or small it is: they will make certain that all the installation and repair work is handled correctly and safely so that you will receive the largest benefit possible from the lighting enhancements.

Here are some the reasons that you should consider make improvements to your residential exterior lighting:

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