Cooling Articles

Air Conditioner Problems

August 21, 2018
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In the hot Baldwin City weather, we can run our air conditioning units pretty much around the clock. Along with regular maintenance and inspections, here are some tips to help with common AC-related problems: When windows and doors throughout the home are open, it allows warm, humid air inside. Make sure that windows and doors…

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What Does "SEER" Mean?

July 27, 2018
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When it comes to your air conditioner (A/C), a common term used in the HVAC business that you’re likely to see everywhere is your air conditioner’s SEER. But what exactly is this odd abbreviation? SEER stands for Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio. It’s a rating system of the air conditioner’s cooling capacity to power input, i.e.,…

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Why is my Air Conditioner Freezing Up?

July 19, 2018
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A freeze up is when a layer of ice forms on the outside of your AC unit. Whether you have a window unit or a central air system the causes and effects of this, as well as the solutions, are the same. The ice build up on your AC unit creates an inability to cool…

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4 Things That Make Your Air Conditioner Lose Efficiency

June 29, 2018
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Smith Service Co. strives to do our best to ensure your air conditioner, or AC, is running smoothly and effectively. But sometimes there are external factors that could be causing your unit to run less efficiently. We want you to experience our product to its fullest potential, so we’ve compiled a short list of small…

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What Size Unit Should I Get for My Home or Office?

June 14, 2018
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Having the right sized air conditioner is a key component in cooling your space effectively. A unit that is too small has to run constantly, playing catch up all day trying to fill a space that it isn’t designed for. A unit that is too big will turn on, cool the space quickly and then…

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Great Service in Baldwin City, KS

May 30, 2018

“Great service/ reasonable prices and quick response to fix my air conditioner! Thank you” -Yolanda B

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Air Conditioning Repair in Ottawa, KS 66067

May 24, 2018

Thanks so much for taking care of my AC problem. You guys are the best!!!! -Eric and Cheryl S

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Central Air Conditioning Basics

May 17, 2018

Here are 4 of the main parts to your central air system: Condenser This is the outside metal unit. This is where the gas from the compressor is condensed into a liquid. The gas that enters the condenser is very hot. The temperature is then lowered so that the gas can convert back to a…

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When Do I Need a New Air Conditioner?

March 15, 2018
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3 Signs You May Need a New AC Unit Air conditioning is crucial for comfort in your daily life here in Baldwin City, KS. A well maintained AC unit, with yearly inspections and monthly filter changes, can last up to 10 or 15 years. So how do you know if you need repairs for your…

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Spring Money Savings

February 27, 2018
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With the dog days of summer just around the corner, you may be running your AC more and more. We want to go over some of the ways that you can save money and energy with your HVAC system this season. Seasonal Service and Maintenance There is simple maintenance you can do at home, like…

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Why is My AC Making Noise?

September 8, 2017
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If the noise your air conditioner is making is unusual or is different from its regular hum there are a few things to consider.

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Why is My AC Freezing Up?

August 24, 2017
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Why does your AC freeze up, and what can you do to prevent this from happening?

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Why is My AC Blowing Hot Air?

August 4, 2017
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What happens when you turn on your air conditioning unit and it blows hot or warm air? There are many reasons this might be happening, but we know it is not acceptable here in Baldwin City.

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How Does AC Work?

July 6, 2017
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At The Smith Service Co., we believe that knowledge is power: The more you know about the appliances you are using, the more effectively you can operate them.

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Managing Humidity

June 19, 2017
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Humidity is a major player in home comfort, and your air conditioner and dehumidifier can play large parts in helping you manage the level of humidity in your home.

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Does My Air Conditioner Help with Allergies?

June 8, 2017
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It’s estimated there are now 50 million seasonal allergy sufferers in America. Does your air conditioner combat those allergies?

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The Importance of Air Conditioner Maintenance

May 23, 2017
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Just as your car requires regular maintenance to keep running smoothly and efficiently, so does your AC. Keeping current on its upkeep helps to ensure its efficiency, dependability, and longevity.

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Heat Pump vs. Air Conditioner

May 9, 2017
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What are the differences between heat pumps & air conditioner/furnace systems? The Smith Service Company is here to help find the best choice for you.

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How To Save Money On Your Air Conditioning And Energy Bill

April 25, 2017
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The US Department of Energy says that air conditioning can account for up to 47% of your utility bill. At The Smith Service Company, we take energy efficiency seriously. Here in Kansas City, we understand that air conditioning is crucial for comfort during the hot months and our advice may help you save money on…

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3 Signs You May Need a New AC Unit

April 24, 2017
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Air conditioning is crucial for comfort in your daily life here in Kansas City. A well maintained AC unit, with yearly inspections and monthly filter changes, can last up to 10 or 15 years. So how do you know if you need repairs for your unit or if you need a replacement? 1. Age How…

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3 Reasons to Consider a Geothermal Heat Pump

November 20, 2016
Geothermal heat pump diagram for a house in Eudora

Geothermal heat pumps have been in use since the 1940s and heat and cool homes wonderfully. They use the constant temperature of the earth for their heat medium instead of the outside air temperature. In Kansas, there are many options specific for this climate and terrain. Different models offer many possibilities for more comfort and…

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