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What Causes an Air Conditioner to Freeze?

Posted On: June 18, 2014

It seems ironic that in the summer heat, an air conditioner can freeze over. Unlike a heat pump, which is designed to thaw itself out when it freezes in the winter, an air conditioner is not built to handle ice forming on any of its components. So what causes an AC to freeze, and what do you do if you discover yours has frozen?

How Long Will My Air Conditioner Last?

Posted On: May 20, 2014

Kansas City endures very hot weather from June to August. While outdoor temperatures may be out of your control, air conditioning helps you stay comfortable all day long. If you’ve had your AC system for a few years, you may be wondering how much life it has left. In determining the lifespan of your cooling …

Heat Pumps vs. Air Conditioners: Cooling Your Kansas City Home

Posted On: April 22, 2014

We field many questions from homeowners wondering about the best HVAC system for their home and one question we hear most often is which cooling system is better for their home—a heat pump or air conditioner. There’s no simple answer to that question, as we like to discuss home energy needs and use habits with …

Nest Thermostat Installation in Kansas City

Posted On: January 14, 2014

While you may have received some high-tech gadgets in your stocking this holiday season, a thermostat was most likely not included on your Wish List. You might want to reconsider that, though, and add a smart thermostat to your list of high-tech home improvements. If you think your phone is smart, take a look at …

Quick Tip: Preventing Dryer Fires

Posted On: October 24, 2013

When operating, your dryer will perform better when there is less lint buildup. But did you know that there a greater risk than needing to run your dryer longer to clean your clothes? In fact, according to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), there are an estimated 16,800 home fires per year involving clothes dryers …

Heat Pumps and Furnaces: Heating Your Kansas City Home

Posted On: October 15, 2013

Local homeowners often ask us which heating option is best for their home in the Kansas City area—should they choose a heat pump or just a furnace system? Our answer isn’t quite a “this or that” response. If you choose to rely on a heat pump for your heating and cooling system, you will also …

A Video Guide for Home Heating & Air Conditioning

Posted On: October 11, 2013

Top Notch Heating, Cooling & Plumbing is a proud member of the Air Conditioning Contractors of America (ACCA). As an industry leading organization, the ACCA helps consumers choose the right contractor—one that will get any heating or cooling system service job done in a timely, professional, and courteous manner that follows both state and local …

Program Your Thermostat from Your Phone

Posted On: September 26, 2013

It’s commonly known that a programmable thermostat can save you money on your monthly energy bills—long gone are the days of wasted energy while no one is home or coming home to a freezing house after a long day at work. But did you know that programming your thermostat can be made even easier and …

Should I Install a Whole House Humidifier?

Posted On: September 17, 2013

Dry skin, chapped lips, peeling paint, head colds, increased asthma—these are all hassles you have to deal with each winter. But they are also hassles that can be solved with a simple solution to improving the indoor air quality of your home: a whole house humidifier. Before you turn on your furnace this coming winter, …

Signs You Need a New Furnace Installed Before Winter

Posted On: September 10, 2013

While it seems that the Great Lenexa BBQ Battle and Freedom Run were just a few days ago, summer has quickly ended in the Kansas City area—and winter is just around the corner. During Lenexa winters, the temperature can get down to 20 degrees—a cold and snowy January day would be an unfortunate time for …

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