The third-generation Nest Thermostat has the most valuable smart home features built right in. With its polished design, Nest programs itself effortlessly bringing your home into the comfort zone. The Nest Learning Thermostat remembers the temperatures you like, automatically helps save energy when you’re away, and can be controlled from your phone! This feels like a no-brainer. And the proof is in the numbers. The Nest Thermostat has saved over 8 billion kWh of energy in millions of homes worldwide. Studies show that it can save users an average of 10-12% on heating bills and [...]
Your Air Conditioner (or some of its Components) May Need to be Replaced 1. You’re not getting cold air. Maybe this one is obvious, but if you’re not getting any cool air, there’s probably something wrong with your AC. Any number of issues can be the cause, from low refrigerant levels to a broken compressor. Sometimes, it requires only a simple fix. But if the repair is extensive, or it happens regularly, you may be looking at a replacement. 2. The air flow isn’t all that good. So maybe you’re getting cool air, but [...]
Your HVAC system works hard to keep your home comfortable all year-round. And proper maintenance is the key. But while there are some HVAC projects you can easily tackle yourself, there are others when it is best to call in an expert. DO IT YOURSELF: Change the filters Clean the outside unit Replace insulation CALL A PROFESSIONAL: Regular maintenance Air Conditioning and Heating repairs New system installation When you partner with a company like Levco, you don’t have to sweat the details. Levco is the premier provider of Heating & Cooling service as well as fuel oil delivery [...]
For the past three months, our homes have been our sanctuaries. They’ve been our safe haven, our office and our children’s school, as we work to diminish the threat of the Covid-19 virus. But as much as we are trying to mitigate the risk of exposure to germs outside, it is equally as important to take steps to improve the indoor air quality in our homes. Even before 2020, statistics showed that people spent about 90% of their lives indoors. But according to the Environmental Protection Agency, indoor air can be anywhere from two to [...]
It’s been a long winter and spring temps are still on the chilly side. But make no mistake, summer’s heat is almost here. Some of us can’t wait to bask in all the sun’s glory. But others dread the humidity and stickiness that go along with it and plan to stick close to our seasonal best friend – Air Conditioning! Whichever group you fall into, here are 12 ways to prepare your home for the summer heat. 1. Weatherstrip or caulk cracks and holes that cause drafts near doors and windows. It’s easy to [...]
One of the smallest parts of your air conditioning system happens to be one of the most important. It’s called a float switch and it protects your home from costly water damage. Why is a float switch so important? If you've looked at your air conditioning system during the summer, you've noticed that it generates a lot of water. The water comes from the process of removing humidity from the air in the form of condensation (water). The water is caught in a primary drain pan. There’s also a secondary or emergency drip pan just [...]
You’re probably aware that R-22 (also known as Freon), the refrigerant commonly used in air conditioning equipment, has been phased out worldwide. The US Environmental Protection Agency determined that R-22 depletes the ozone layer, so as of January 2020, it can no longer be produced or imported. But it’s the import and manufacturing of R-22 and systems that use it that was made illegal. It is NOT the USE of existing R-22 systems and supplies. What the ban on R-22 means for you At this time, you don't have to stop using R-22 air conditioners [...]
Your HVAC air filters are more important now than ever before. Families are spending most of their time indoors to help stem the tide of the COVID-19 virus. In fact, most states have issued “stay at home” or “shelter in place” orders. Being home more naturally increases debris like dust, pollen, pet dander, and fabric fibers that get into your HVAC system.
The calendar may say it's spring, but cooler temperatures are holding on like a dog to a bone. So why then, are we recommending you schedule your annual air conditioning spring check now?
It’s April Fool’s Day! Though most historians remain uncertain as to the celebration’s origins, it’s no exaggeration that almost everyone has fallen victim to the myths and hoaxes that permeate the day. We at Levco enjoy a good joke too, but we don’t want our customers fooled by the many HVAC myths out there that could cause problems for your system. We’ve mentioned some of the heating myths before, and some of these apply to cooling systems as well. But all deserve repeating again. Here’s what you need to know: Fool: The biggest HVAC system [...]