Air Conditioning Articles

Air Conditioners: Things You May Not Have Known

June 14, 2024
Couple sitting at table and calculating bills.

Advances in the past 10 years have been significant. In fact, by switching out your decade-old AC, you could subtract 20 to 40 percent from your utility bill.

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When Do I Replace My Air Conditioner?

May 29, 2024
Woman sitting in front of a desk fan wiping her damp face due to a failed air conditioner.

Sometimes, life moves incredibly fast. You could have sworn you just bought your air conditioner. But lately, it doesn’t seem to be working so well.

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When Do I Replace My AC Unit?

May 12, 2023
ac in backyard

Our team of trusted professionals at Design Air can give your underperforming HVAC unit an honest diagnosis. We’ll be able to tell you whether replacement or repair is a better choice.

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Get Your Spring Air Conditioning Maintenance

April 10, 2023
Technician Explaining AC Maintenance to Homeowner

An air conditioner, just like a car, needs regular maintenance and service to run efficiently. At Design Air, we recommend getting your air conditioning unit serviced and cleaned once a year. The optimum time is in the spring to ensure your unit will run with the most efficiency during the hottest summer months. You need…

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How to Properly Size an AC System

June 15, 2022
Blurred Air Conditioner Fan

In the heat of the summer, it’s easy to assume that bigger is better when it comes to air conditioning (AC) systems. Obviously, if you have an air conditioner that’s too small in your Missoula home, you will not be able to keep your temperatures consistently low even if the unit is running constantly. 

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Video – What Are Common Mistakes Made When Purchasing a New AC?

April 27, 2022
Video - What Are Common Mistakes Made When Purchasing a New AC?

It’s time to replace your old or broken AC unit in your home and you don’t want anything to go wrong with the new one. Avoid the common mistakes people make when purchasing a new air conditioner and learn how to prevent them.

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Spring Money-Saving Tips

April 15, 2022
Spring Money-Saving Tips

Everyone loves to save money, and it’s a good idea to review different aspects of your budget now and again to see if there are more opportunities you have missed in the past. In the springtime, considering how you can reduce your energy bills is always a great idea.

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Know Your AC System

June 17, 2021
understanding your AC

Whether it’s people, appliances, or air conditioning (AC) systems, the better you know them, the better you are able to care for them. Our team at Design Air knows air conditioners because it’s our business. We want to share just a little of our knowledge with you so you can extend the life of your…

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Common AC Purchasing Mistakes To Avoid

May 17, 2021
common AC purchasing mistakes to avoid

When it’s time to invest in a major home appliance like an air conditioner (AC), you want to be well informed. The good news is technology has made it easy to gather a great deal of information in a short period of time. The bad news is there are so many makes and models of…

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Do I Really Need an AC Tune-Up?

April 19, 2021
do I really need an ac tune-up?

Home ownership comes with a great deal of responsibilities and an ever-growing to-do list. Add to that the responsibilities of a career and a family, and you see why modern life runs at a constant, fast pace here in Missoula. It’s easy to bump things like an air conditioner tune-up down the priority list, both…

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Consider a Ductless AC System

July 17, 2020
A colorful living room showing why you should consider a ductless AC system for your home.

When you think of heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) systems, you probably think of the furnace and air conditioner (AC) equipment inside, an air conditioner component outside, and a network of ducts running throughout your Missoula home.  Although many HVAC systems are designed that way, there are other alternatives. Our team at Design Air…

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Does an Air Conditioner Help With Allergies?

June 23, 2020
outdoor dandelion representing how your air conditioner can help with allergies.

Does an air conditioner help with allergies? In one word, yes. Actually two words, yes if. If you properly maintain the air conditioner. Air conditioners can help filter your home’s air and control its humidity, which are both helps in the allergy world. According to the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America (AAFA), it’s estimated…

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Chemical Flush for Your Air Conditioner

March 8, 2019
Technician Performing Chemical Flush on AC

When Should You Schedule a Chemical Flush for Your Air Conditioner? A “chemical flush,” sometimes called a “chemical wash,” is a thorough cleansing technique for your air conditioner (AC). Our Design Air team recommends you schedule a chemical wash if the standard cleaning method for your air conditioning parts isn’t doing the trick. To keep…

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Is it Normal For My Air Conditioner To Turn On and Off?

July 27, 2017
Air conditioning short cycling

Is it Normal For My Air Conditioner To Turn On and Off? When an air conditioner (AC) turns on and off in rather quick successions, without running for longer periods, this is called short cycling. It’s fairly common, but when it happens it means there’s something wrong with the AC. Do not leave these occurrences…

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Bryant Medal of Excellence Award Winner

June 23, 2017
Bryant Medal of Excellence Montana

For Immediate Release Missoula Contractor Wins Bryant® Medal of Excellence Award Design Air, Inc. honored as one of Bryant’s top 15 dealers in North America INDIANAPOLIS, June 1, 2017 — In recognition of unwavering customer service and a dedicated commitment to excellence, Bryant Heating & Cooling Systems is honored to present a Medal of Excellence…

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Summertime Air Conditioner Operation

July 29, 2016
Thermostat Settings

It’s hotter than hades outside and the time has come to fire up the air conditioner again! The team at Design Air would like to offer a few reminders to help you keep your system operating efficiently; ultimately keep you and your family comfortable this summer. Proper Operation Thermostat Temperature During a/c season, make sure…

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The EPA’s Phaseout of R-22 Freon

May 11, 2016

R-22 is a common refrigerant used most commonly in air conditioners installed prior to 2010. Unfortunately for many consumers, R-22 is being phased out per regulations put in place by the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and will no longer be available by the beginning of 2020. As many households in the Missoula and Bitterroot…

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Preventative Maintenance on an Air Conditioner

July 8, 2015

How often should I have my Air Conditioner serviced? It is recommended to have an A/C or heat pump unit serviced and cleaned annually. Like a car, an air conditioner needs regular maintenance and service to run efficiently. Due to the availability of new testing equipment, maintenance can be performed at times when Montana’s weather…

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