Air Conditioning Articles

What Are Zone Control Systems?

September 28, 2020
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If you have a large home with multiple stories or a large household with family members who prefer different temperatures, consider installing a zone control system.

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Common AC Problems and Solutions

September 24, 2020
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Many common problems with air conditioning systems can arise. Our team at 1st Choice wants you to be aware, prepared, and ready to solve these air conditioning issues so you and your family can stay cool this summer.

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Video – Stay Cool During the Summer

August 31, 2020
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Our experienced and certified professionals know the ins and outs of all makes and models of air conditioners. We would be happy to inspect your current air conditioning system and eduction you on what to do to keep your system working in tip top shape. If all the signs point to a new air conditioning system,…

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How to Protect Your AC From Storms

August 15, 2020
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“An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.” There’s a reason why that old adage has been passed down through the years. It’s always better to be prepared for misfortunes than to have to deal with the consequences. During storm season in Howell, that proves true for protecting your air conditioning system as well.

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Video – Keep Clean Air During Your Time at Home

July 20, 2020
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Even before the outbreak, adults on average spent nearly all their time indoors at work or at home. In fact, the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) reports this amount of time reaches upwards of 90 percent for most people.  Add it all up, and you just can’t stress enough the importance of good indoor air quality. 

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Video – When Do I Need to Replace My Air Conditioner?

July 17, 2020
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The central air conditioning system is a simple pleasure of everyday life. Your home should be a place where you can relax. On a hot day, cool air is essential to your relaxation. If you take good care of your air conditioner with annual inspections and monthly filter swaps, it should last 10 to 15…

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How Environmental Issues Can Affect Your Air Conditioner

July 16, 2020
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When you’re looking at how your air conditioner works, it can depend on a wide variety of factors. Most people realize that the brand you select, the size, the features, and the efficiency rating all play a role in how well an air conditioner will cool your Howell home.

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Common AC Problems and Solutions

May 30, 2020
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Want to know how to solve common AC problems? Our team wants you to be able to solve these issues to help you stay cool this summer.

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Spring Money-Saving Tips

May 11, 2020
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Looking to save money on air conditioning this spring? Our team in Howell, NJ, wants to share some ideas to help make money-saving resolutions today.

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How to Protect Your AC From Storms

August 14, 2019
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Our professionals at 1st Choice Heating & Air Conditioning want you to have a reliable air conditioning system before, during, and after a storm. Here are some tips on helping you protect your air conditioner investment.

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3 Health Benefits for Using Your AC While Sleeping

July 2, 2019
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A major part of your health relies on getting a good night’s sleep. That’s why it’s not just important to run your air conditioner during the hot summer days. You also need to keep your home comfortably cool at night as well.

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Why Is My Air Conditioner Making Noise?

June 19, 2019
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It’s normal for your air conditioner to create some noise when running—that simply means it’s working. Although older units are typically louder than newer ones, all air conditioning noises are not the same.

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Does My Air Conditioner Eliminate Mold?

June 11, 2019
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At 1st Choice Heating & Air Conditioning, we’re often asked, “Do air conditioners kill off mold?” This is a common misconception. A properly maintained and functioning air conditioner (AC) can decrease the likelihood of mold growth. This is because it acts as a humidity balancer. But if mold forms, the air conditioner can’t prevent it from growing.

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4 Things You May Not Know About Your AC

May 13, 2019
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Air conditioning isn’t exactly a stimulating topic to bring up at parties. It’s not something most people think about too excessively. But at 1st Choice Heating & Air Conditioning, we’re obsessed with it! We want to share with you some things that you may not have known about your air conditioner (AC).

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Does Your AC Help With Seasonal Allergies?

April 30, 2019
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Seasonal allergies are a burden for many. Air conditioners, or ACs, when properly maintained, can noticeably reduce symptoms for allergy sufferers. Air filters catch pollen, dust, and other irritants, producing higher-quality air.

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Get Your Spring AC Maintenance Inspection

April 11, 2019
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An air conditioner, just like a car, needs regular maintenance and service to run efficiently. At 1st Choice Heating & Air Conditioning we recommend getting your air conditioning unit serviced and cleaned once a year.

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Why is my Air Conditioner Blowing Hot Air?

August 27, 2018

Well, the sun is shining in Howell, NJ, which means it might be time to spend the day by the pool. It also means that it is time to turn on your AC. What happens when you turn on your air conditioning unit and it blows hot or warm air? There are many reasons this…

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Why is my Air Conditioner freezing up?

August 8, 2018

One of the more common and frustrating things that can happen to your Air Conditioning Unit is a freeze up. This 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…

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Do Air Conditioners Kill Mold?

July 31, 2018

Your air conditioners can do several things––keep your home’s indoor air cooler than outdoor temperatures, help to keep indoor airborne allergens at bay, and help to your home’s humidity low. But one thing it cannot do is kill mold. It can help prevent mold, but once it exists, your air conditioner cannot kill it. If…

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Don’t Skip Your AC Maintenance

June 25, 2018

An air conditioner, just like a car, needs regular maintenance and service to run efficiently. At 1st Choice Heating & Air Conditioning we recommend getting your AC unit serviced and cleaned at least once a year. You should do this in the Spring to ensure that your unit will run with the most efficiency during…

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How to Save Money on Your Air Conditioning and Energy Bill in the Summer.

May 21, 2018

The US Department of Energy says that air conditioning can account for up to 47% of your utility bill. At 1st Choice Heating & Air Conditioning, we take energy efficiency seriously. Here in New Jersey we understand that air conditioning is crucial for comfort during the hot months and our advice may help you save…

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Common Mistakes to Avoid When Purchasing A New Air Conditioner

April 30, 2018

The Wrong Sized Unit. It is easy to buy a unit too large or too small for your space. A larger unit does not necessarily mean more cooling power. Each AC system is designed for certain sized spaces, different cooling needs, household age, etc. A unit that is too large or too small is inefficient…

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What to Do In An Emergen-AC

August 14, 2017

Keep Calm and Cool On Nothing can make you sweat faster than a broken AC (literally and figuratively). In fact, so many homeowners lose their air conditioning during the summertime that we’ve created our own name for it: Emergen-AC. Providing 24/7 emergency air conditioning repair service in Manalapan, NJ, and throughout our service area, 1st…

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Mayday! Signs Your Air Conditioner Needs to Be Repaired

July 11, 2017

When It’s Time to Make the Call During the summertime, the weather can change in a matter of minutes. One second the skies are clear and the next you’re caught in the rain! You might find yourself in a similar situation with your air conditioner. In the blink of an eye, your system has gone…

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The Nuts & Bolts of Central Air Conditioners

June 12, 2017

Learn More (So You Can Spend Less!) There’s a lot to learn after you purchase a new car. Once you understand the bare necessities, you get to explore all the extra features. It’s a learning curve for sure, but one that’s definitely worth the time. After all, the more you know about your car, the…

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Mini-Splits—Making Life a Breeze!

May 16, 2017

Discover an Easy and Efficient Way to Keep Cool Mini-splits. You might have heard of them before, but don’t quite know what they are. If this is the case, you’re not alone. Most people are unfamiliar with mini-splits and what they do. Which is a shame, because they do quite a lot! When we’re not…

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Using Tax Season to Your Advantage

March 9, 2017

Consider Upgrading Your AC for a Stress-Free Summer It’s that time of year again. Bring out the paperwork and grab the calculator: It’s time for taxes. As much as people dread filling out tax forms, the cloud has a silver lining. In this case, it’s your tax refund. There are hundreds of ways you can…

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Making Waves with Our New Maintenance Plans

October 14, 2016

Enjoy Year-Round Comfort with Routine Tune-Ups Summer storms might be through for the year, but there’s another fear on the horizon for Jersey Shore homeowners: hurricanes. In a matter of days, an approaching storm can go from mild to monstrous. As you check your phone for the latest hurricane updates, there’s something else to consider:…

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Keep Your Home Energy Efficient This Fall

October 6, 2015

7 Tips to Help You Save this Season Autumn has arrived—but the weather hasn’t received the memo just yet. While days are continuing to get shorter with fewer hours of sunlight, temperatures are still well above average. As the warm weather lingers, people watch as their electric bill continues to do the same. Rather than…

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Guide to HVAC System Ratings

May 28, 2015

HVAC System Ratings for Heating The Annual Fuel Utilization Efficiency (AFUE) rating is set by the U.S. Department of Energy, and it is expressed in percentages. The higher the AFUE rating, the more efficient the heating system, and the less energy required to heat your home or hot water. For example, a new high-efficiency furnace…

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The Temperature Rises (And So Does The Energy Bill)

May 13, 2015

7 Tips to Help You Save this Summer Warmer weather has arrived. As temperatures begin to soar, people typically watch as their electric bill does the same. But before you shell out big bucks this season, make sure to add these easy, affordable air conditioning efficiency tasks to the top of your to-do list. They’ll…

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