Air Conditioner Failure

The last thing anyone wants is for their air to go out as the temperatures climb into the 80s and beyond. However, that’s bound to happen if you ignore the warning signs that your air conditioner is on the fritz. Disregarding the situation can even put you and your family at risk if temperatures get too high or if there’s a poisonous refrigerant leak.

Here are some common indications that your air conditioner is on the brink of failure. Get these problems fixed now so you don’t find yourself out of luck on a hot summer day.

A Warm Breeze

Double-check that your air conditioner is set to “cool” and replace your thermostat batteries. If the issue persists, this could mean the refrigerant – the liquid that cools the air – is too low. Because R-22 (Freon) is particularly expensive and being phased out, you may be better off getting a new air conditioner than continuing to repair and refill a unit that leaks. In fact, Freon will be illegal starting January 1, 2020, so if your system still relies on it, you may want to replace it.1 Another issue could be a broken outdoor unit, which houses the compressor that pumps refrigerant into your home.

Poor Air Circulation

In some cases, your air won’t be hot or warm, but ever-so-slightly cool. You want instant relief on a hot day, not the HVAC equivalent of a hand fan! If checking the vents and changing the air filters doesn’t fix the issue, you may be dealing with a faulty compressor or fan.

Short Cycling

If your air is constantly clicking on and off, or if it feels like your unit never stays on long enough to cool the entire house, you could have a problem with your thermostat. A thermostat located directly in the sun or in a room far

from the center of your home may have trouble sensing your home’s true temperature. Short cycling is also caused by:
• Blocked air filters
• Lack of refrigerant
• Icy evaporator coils, and
• Electrical malfunction

Wonky Sounds

Any sounds other than the click of the air turning on and off and the fan whirring are a cause for concern. If you hear anything metallic, a part is most likely loose. Watch out for thudding, scraping or squealing. Some of the most common offenders are inadequate lubrication, a broken motor, a banged-up fan or a loose belt.

Funky Smells

Your air conditioner should not smell like anything other than clean air. If your unit is smelling like burning or gunpowder, the issue is likely electrical in nature. Your circuit board and wires could be fried or your fan motor might be malfunctioning. A dirty or musty smell, however faint, could mean moisture and mold is beginning to build up. Don’t ignore chemical smells or exhaust fumes either, as this could mean fluids are leaking within your HVAC system.

Pools of Liquid

There are two causes for pooled liquid around your A/C. The first is that the drain line, which allows moisture to escape your unit, is obstructed. Simply flush, patch or replace the line so condensate can flow freely again. Make sure no mold has built up in the damp area. The second is a refrigerant leak. This liquid is poisonous, and the leak should be repaired by a professional immediately for your safety.

Scary Utility Bills

It’s normal to see a bump in your electric bill come spring and summer, but it should not be astronomically high for your home or area. If you can’t explain why your bill is so high, that indicates your unit is having to run harder than it should to achieve the desired cooling effects. Try switching out your air filter and rinsing the condenser coils with a garden hose, spraying from the inside out. If these solutions don’t work, one or more parts may be fatigued or broken.

Impending Unit Death

Most A/C units only last 12 years, although yours may certainly last for longer if it’s well maintained.2 If your unit is at the end of its lifespan, getting a repair may just be postponing the inevitable. Consider replacement over repair if your unit continues breaking down or if the unit is 15 years or older. If you’re having trouble deciding, multiply the age of your unit by the repair cost. Proceed with repairs only if the answer is less than $5,000.3

Air Conditioner Repair in Greensboro, NC

We tend to have muggy summers here in North Carolina, and when they hit, you don’t want to find yourself trapped in a humid, overheated house. At Kay Heating & Air Conditioning, our team gives you upfront prices and guarantees the quality of replacement parts for a full two years after repair (refrigerant leaks not included). Call us at (336) 274-6323 today to schedule your service appointment.

1 https://aristair.com/blog/how-will-the-r-22-refrigerant-phase-out-impact-your-commercial-ac/
2 https://www.houselogic.com/organize-maintain/home-maintenance-tips/air-conditioning-problems/
3 https://www.angieslist.com/articles/it-time-repair-or-replace-my-air-conditioner.htm

HVAC Summer Maintenance

The last thing you want during the hot summer months is an air conditioning malfunction. Take these steps to ensure you and your family keep cool all summer long.

An Overview of Central Air Conditioning

In order to understand how to prepare your HVAC unit for summer, you’ll need to be able to identify the basic parts of a split air conditioning system. These include both the outside unit and the indoor components.

The outside unit is the large metal box that sits on a concrete slab in your yard or on your roof. It consists of a condenser, compressor, coils, fins and a fan. This unit releases hot air outdoors and moves refrigerant to the indoor components. The parts inside your home include an air handler with a blower fan and an evaporator coil. They suck in warm air from the home, cool it by running it over the evaporator coil containing refrigerant and pump the newly cooled air back into your house.

Check the Outside Unit

One of the first things you’ll want to do after a long winter is to check the appearance of your outside unit. It is not uncommon for it to get dirty during winter due to a lack of maintenance and inclement weather. Be sure to remove any covers you used to protect the unit before turning on the air, as they will inhibit the system and cause damage.

Do an external scan of the unit. Make sure any plants, outdoor furniture or toys are at least two feet away. Also check that the unit is sitting level to the ground and that the panel, which protects the electrical wiring, is intact. Examine the refrigerant lines that run from the outdoor unit back into the house. The larger line, called the suction line, should have insulation. If the insulation has been damaged by weather or wildlife, replace it.

You will also want to clean the dirt and leaves from the coils and fins to make sure air can flow effortlessly throughout the unit. Turn off the power, unscrew the grilles and remove the top portion carefully, as the fan and its wires are attached.

Start clearing away the dust and debris from the coils by vacuuming them using a soft bristle attachment. Inspect the thin metal fins that run up and down the unit. If they have been damaged or bent, take a fine comb and run it gently through the metal to straighten them again. Next, use a garden hose to spray the coils and fins, aiming from the inside of the unit outward. Do not get water on the electric components in the panel or the internal wiring. Once the coils and fins are thoroughly rinsed, remove any built-up dirt inside the unit with a rag or vacuum and gently clean the fan. Once everything has dried, reassemble the unit.

Inspect Indoor Components

If you only do one thing to prepare your air conditioner for summer, make sure you replace the air filter. This is a quick and easy fix nearly everyone should be able to accomplish. Locate and remove the old air filter, which is usually hidden by a panel somewhere between the return duct or blower and the air handler. Look through your unit’s manual to see which air filters are compatible with your HVAC system, purchase one from the local hardware or home store and insert it. This filter should be replaced every month or two during summer and high-use seasons, and potentially even more frequently if someone in the household struggles with allergies or other respiratory issues.

The easiest component to forget is the coil drainage line, also called the condensate line. This hose allows condensation to drip away from the evaporator coil into a tray, where it eventually drains. However, this line can easily become blocked, meaning the water will back up into your air conditioner and the house, potentially causing serious structural damage. You want to avoid this at all costs!

To clean the condensate line:

• Use a shop vacuum to remove the blockage
• Pour a solution through the hose using a funnel (this could be algaecide, distilled vinegar or water and bleach)
• Rinse the solution through with water
• Clean any gunk out of the drain port

If you can’t salvage the condensate line, you can always buy a new one.

Make Sure Everything Runs

Now that everything is cleaned or replaced, you want to make sure that your air conditioner will turn on and run as expected. Give your system a while to kick on, but turn it back off if air doesn’t circulate or if the air coming from the vents isn’t cold. If you can’t identify the source of the issue, it’s best to call an HVAC professional.

Get an A/C Checkup From Kay Heating & Air Conditioning, Inc.

If you’re not the DIY type or you’ve hit a snag, the CFC-certified technicians at Kay Heating & Air Conditioning, Inc. can get your unit up and running for the summer. We have more than 40 years of experience serving the Greensboro area and understand the ins and outs of seasonal maintenance in North Carolina. Our team provides both residential and commercial air conditioning maintenance. If you want to make sure your home stays cool this summer, schedule an appointment by calling us at (336) 274-6323 today!

Shade Trees

As the temperatures start to rise, you may be looking forward to the extra sun but dreading the spike in your electricity bill. WalletHub® calculated that North Carolinians had the eleventh highest average electricity bills in 2017 – $144 per month – compared to residents in all other states and Washington D.C.1 Over the course of a year, that can really add up!

While you don’t have control over utility prices, you can reduce your energy consumption and lower your bills in an unlikely way.

The Effect of Planting Shade Trees

As it turns out, there isn’t much trees can’t do. Besides increasing your home’s value by 7 to 19 percent and providing beauty and privacy, trees can also potentially slash your energy bills for years to come.2 According to the U.S. Department of Energy, optimizing your landscaping could save you anywhere from 15 to 50 percent on your A/C bill due to significantly lower temperatures provided by shade trees. If an entire neighborhood is covered in shade trees, the temperature can drop by 6 degrees Fahrenheit!3

Why Shade Trees Work

We already know intuitively that trees lower the temperature; it’s why we prefer to stand under a tree on a sweltering summer day than directly in the path of the sun’s brutal rays. There are two main reasons for this cooling effect.

Shading – Tree leaves can block sunlight from hitting your home and streaming in through your windows.

Evapotranspiration – This is a combination of evaporation and transpiration, two major parts of the water cycle. Evaporation is the transformation of liquid water into water vapor after heating. Transpiration is the process by which water moves from the ground up through a tree’s roots and is released through the leaves’ stoma to become vapor.

What Types of Trees to Plant

In general, it’s a good idea to choose trees that are compatible with the climate of your state and the microclimate of your town. North Carolina is in a temperate region of the United States, so you will want to plant shade trees that are native to the area and can survive in the region’s climate and with the annual rainfall.

You will also need to decide between planting deciduous or evergreen trees. The main difference is that deciduous trees will lose their leaves in fall and be barren in winter, whereas evergreen trees remain lush and full year-round. While this doesn’t make much of a difference during spring and summer, an evergreen tree will also block sunlight during the fall and winter, which you may not want. For instance, you may want to offset winter heating costs by allowing sunlight to hit your home. When it comes to the deciduous versus evergreen debate, there is no right or wrong answer. Choose the tree that will give you your desired shade for every season.

Here is a list of popular shade trees you may want to consider. Those native to North Carolina are marked with an asterisk:

• *American Hornbeam
• Chinese Elm
• Crepe Myrtle
• *Flowering Dogwood
• Ginkgo
• Japanese Zelkova
• Littleleaf Linden
• *Red Maple
• *Sugar Maple
• *White Oak

To check what trees may be appropriate for your home, reference the native plant list provided by NC State University or one of the plant lists provided by the Natural Learning Initiative at the NC State College of Design.

Where to Plant Your Trees

Keep sun and shade angle in mind – Even if you plant your tree right next to your home, it might not provide shade at the time of day you want, if at all. In general, plant trees with lower crowns on the west side of the house to block afternoon and sunset rays. Tall deciduous trees with high crowns are better suited for the southern side of the house, unless you have solar panels or rely on winter sun to heat your home. When in doubt, ask a landscaping professional.

Watch out for roots – Make sure you know how large the root system of your tree will be once it’s fully matured. Overgrown roots can destroy a home’s foundation or your driveway. You may also accidentally plant trees too close to each other, stifling their ability to grow.

Give your house some room to breathe – While you want shade, you also don’t want to damage your home. How far you plant your tree from the house will depend on the species and your homeowners insurance policy.

Maximize curb appeal – There is an art to landscaping. If you space trees out haphazardly, they may reduce the curb appeal of your home or cause damage. Consult with a tree service company if you don’t have much landscaping experience.

Save Money on Your Bills With Kay Heating & Air Conditioning, Inc.

While shade trees are a great way to boost your home’s energy efficiency, it’s more important that your HVAC system is running smoothly. If your air filter is dirty or the system’s parts are worn down, your A/C has to work twice as hard to pump cool air into your home, driving up your energy bill every month and potentially causing costly damage to the unit!

At Kay Heating & Air Conditioning, Inc., our CFC-certified technicians can take care of any HVAC tune-up or repair. We’ve been serving North Carolina since 1972, so we know HVAC systems inside and out. If you’re in the Triad area, give us a call at 336-274-6323 to schedule your service today!

1https://wallethub.com/edu/energy-costs-by-state/4833/
2https://www.hgtv.com/design/real-estate/increase-your-homes-value-with-mature-trees
3https://www.energy.gov/articles/energy-saver-101-infographic-landscaping

Thermostat Placement | Kay Heating and Air

When most people move into a new home, they often aren’t overly concerned with the location of their thermostat. The truth is, the placement of your thermostat has a big influence on the efficiency of your HVAC system and its ability to maintain your desired home temperature.

The thermostat reads ambient air temperatures and uses that information to tell itself to cycle on and off. The trouble with a poorly placed thermostat is the location may cause it to read an ambient temperature that’s not indicative of the home’s actual median temperature. They can run either too often or not enough, which is trouble for the homeowner as it can cause unnecessary wear and tear, result in uneven heating or cooling and lead to higher energy bills.

Here’s some general information about what’s considered a good or bad location for your thermostat so you can avoid dealing with those headaches in your home.

Bad Places for your Thermostat

• Near the Kitchen – It’s best your thermostat reads an uninfluenced temperature. Consider your kitchen; the oven, microwave, dishwasher and any number of other appliances can alter the temperature when they’re in use. If your thermostat is in your kitchen there’s a good chance your HVAC system is running either too often or not enough, depending on the season.

• In Prolonged Sunlight – If your thermostat is in a room with a window facing the east or west, it’s likely being exposed to prolonged sunlight. It’s like being in a warm kitchen – if your thermostat is reading the temperature of a sunny afternoon, it won’t operate as intended.

• Drafty Doors and Windows – Thermostats near windows and doors are often on the outer edge of the home and are much more likely to be influenced by outdoor temperatures, especially if the window or door isn’t sealed very well.

• In a Hallway – Hallways are assumed to be good places for thermostats because they’re less likely to be in direct sunlight, affected by drafts and won’t be influenced by radiating heat sources like appliances or lamps. While those points are true, hallways still aren’t the best place for thermostats because people don’t spend much time there. A more active area provides your thermostat a more accurate assessment of what the people in your home are feeling.
Good Places for your Thermostat

• Outside the Master Bedroom – Outside the master bedroom is one of the best spots for a thermostat because it combines the benefits of a hallway – minimal draft, sunlight and external influences – but it’s also an area where people spend more time, making it a better indicator of the “living” temperature in your home.

• Near the Center of the Home – Another reason having a thermostat near the master bedroom is ideal is because that’s often near the center of the home, meaning it’s less likely to be affected by the temperature outside or drafty windows with temperature-altering sunlight.

• In Often-Used Areas – Wherever you spend the most time, that’s the temperature your thermostat should be reading so it can adjust accordingly and keep you comfortable. Just so long as that area is also near the center of the home and away from large windows and prolonged sunlight.

Do You Need to Move Your Thermostat?

If you think moving your thermostat could help your home maintain more comfortable temperatures or help your HVAC system run more efficiently, remember that it’s not an easy process you should attempt on your own. You will need a licensed and experienced HVAC service company, such as Kay Heating and Air, to get the job done correctly.

Kay Heating and Air has been providing the Greensboro area with quality AC service for years. Whether you need routine service or you’re interested in having your thermostat moved to a more efficient location, consider Kay Heating and Air as your trustworthy AC partners. Contact Kay Heating and Air by calling (336) 274-6323 or by visiting us online today!

Strange Furnace Noises | Kay Heating and Air

Furnaces are robust machines that can make a lot of noise. Although some noises are a normal part of their run cycle, there are concerning sounds you need to be aware of that spell trouble for you and your heating system. Here are some sounds that should ignite your concern.

Furnace Sounds and What They Might Mean

• A loud bang or pop occurs when the furnace turns on – A popping, booming or banging noise when your oil or gas furnace turns on is not normal. It may indicate that the system’s burner is having trouble reaching a temperature hot enough to ignite the fuel. This causes fuel to build up for longer than it should. When it finally ignites, the excess fuel or oil pops, creating the loud noise. It’s crucial to have your furnace examined to avoid a potential fire hazard and prevent your system from experiencing a critical failure.

• Your furnace rattles and rumbles – A rattling or rumbling noise may indicate there is loose debris, faulty ductwork or a broken fan blade in your heating system. You might believe you can pinpoint the source of the problem and fix it yourself, but it’s best to have a professional furnace technician do it for you. Furnaces have complex parts, and you may end up unexpectedly damaging your system or hurting yourself if you attempt a DIY approach.

• You hear a repetitive clicking noise – A repetitive clicking noise may mean there’s an issue with the ignition or heat exchanger. Although it might only require a simple furnace tune-up, it’s best to avoid trying to fix either one of these components by yourself. Call a professional to perform a tune-up for you and diagnose your system.

• A loud squealing noise is emitting from your furnace – A high pitched squealing or screeching noise radiating from the bellows of your furnace might mean your belt-driven motor is loose or damaged. Your belts and shaft bearings may need to be lubricated. Again, it’s best to have a professional HVAC technician lubricate your belts for you.

Have Your Furnace Professionally Inspected and Repaired by Kay Heating & Air Conditioning, Inc.

Silence those odd furnace noises with professional residential heating and repair services from Kay Heating and Air. Our professional HVAC technicians have years of experience identifying strange furnace noises and applying the right solution for any situation.

Whether you need a new gas furnace installed or a dislodged part put back in its place, the professionals at Kay Heating and Air have you covered. Contact Kay Heating and Air today to schedule an inspection!

Residential Heat Pump | Kay Heating & Air

All across America, homeowners are trading in their more expensive, less energy-efficient furnaces for heat pumps to keep their homes comfortable all year round. These unique systems extract heat from the outside air through the complicated physics of thermodynamics and shuttles heated air throughout your home to keep the temperature warm in the winter. Heat pumps are able to cool your home in the summer using the same principle in reverse. If you’ve never owned a heat pump before, however, there are a few common issues you should be aware of before installation.

My Heat Pump Isn’t Running

You can’t very well keep your home cozy this winter if the heat pump won’t even turn on, can you? If the heat pump is relatively new, you most likely have an electrical problem with the wires connecting the pump to the rest of your HVAC system. The issue may be with the thermostat, power input or main electrical grid.

First, try checking your circuit breaker. You may be able to solve the problem simply by resetting the breakers. If the issue persists, you’ll need to look elsewhere. Check around your external heat pump. If you notice any frayed or burned out wiring, you’ve probably found the source of the failure. Because this issue is most often associated with your system’s electrical wiring, it’s important you call in a trained professional to handle it. Fiddling with electricity can be exceedingly dangerous for the untrained homeowner.

My Heat Pump Doesn’t Work Effectively

No one wants to turn on the heat in the winter or air conditioning in the summer only to realize their system isn’t operating at optimum efficiency. When your heat pump isn’t warming or cooling like it should be, there are a few issues that may be the cause of it all.

• Clogged ductwork can prevent the warmed or cooled air from circulating throughout your home. Make sure your ducts are professionally cleaned occasionally and dust your vents and register frequently.
• Dirty air filters can have an effect similar to clogged ducts. They block airflow and force your heat pump to work harder than necessary.
• Inaccurate thermostat readings can trick your heat pump into heating or cooling less than is needed. Check your thermostat to ensure it’s reading the temperature correctly.
• Low refrigerant levels prevent warmer air from being cooled for use indoors. Have a professional check your refrigerant levels and top them off, if needed.

If you need help checking any of these problems or aren’t sure where to start, call a repair technician for assistance.

My Heat Pump Is Making Strange Noises

Whether it’s clanging, grinding, banging, booming or squealing, no one wants to hear strange noises coming from appliances or machinery. These sounds could be an indicator something’s wrong with your heat pump.

If you notice rattling or clanging when you use the heat pump, there may be some loose nuts or bolts bouncing around inside. Give a technician a call to find them and set them right again.

For squealing, grinding or creaking, a technician may instead look for signs of wear on the motor or its bearings. Don’t let noises like these go without investigation, as loose parts or worn components could cause more damage later on.

HVAC Repair and Installation in Greensboro, NC

If you’re already preparing the rest of your home for the chilly winter months, why not show your heat pump some love, too? Although the cold has already set in, it’s not too late to have your heat pump checked and professionally maintained. You’ll save money, energy and stress later in the season knowing your system has a clean bill of health.

At Kay Heating & Air Conditioning, Inc., we value the trust our clients place in us to keep their families comfortable all year long. We employ highly-trained, experienced technicians to handle every one of your HVAC needs. No job is too big or too small. Whether you’re interested in installing a new heat pump or repairing your current pump, you can rely on us to help you choose the right installation and repair options for you. To schedule an appointment with a technician today, contact us online or call 336-274-6323.

home robbery

Everyone loves a nice trip away from the ordinary and familiar. Whether you’re visiting family for the holidays, setting out on a relaxing summer cruise or embarking on a spontaneous road trip, many Americans view vacations as the best way to unwind and decompress from their stressful everyday lives.

Unfortunately, the world doesn’t stop the moment you cross city limits, and life has a way of throwing you and your home curveballs when you least expect it. If you’re preparing to go on a trip – short or long – it’s vital you recognize the risks of leaving your home unoccupied so you can protect yourself against any nasty disasters that may affect your home while you’re gone.

Common Home Disasters

Robbery

When you’re overflowing with excitement about your next trip, you’ll want to share it with everyone, including your religious or community group, family and friends. While there’s absolutely nothing wrong with wanting to express your excitement, divulging that information on social media could cost you.

According to a UK-based survey, four out of five convicted burglars used Facebook and Twitter posts to choose their target homes.1 Specifically, thieves search for profile updates detailing a vacation itinerary to ensure they won’t be caught and their crimes will go unnoticed for some time, allowing them time to disappear. Similarly, if you’ve just made a large, valuable purchase such as a television or computer, posting that information on social media is just “sweetening the pot” for burglars looking for a lucrative target. So, while it’s fun to boast a little about your trip to Hawaii next week, keeping that information off social media and restricted to face-to-face conversations could keep your home and belongings safe.

However, social media isn’t the sole reason robberies occur. In the same UK survey, an equal number of burglars – four out of five – also stated an alarm system would have turned them off the property completely, despite knowing the family was out.1 If a security system is too far out of your price range, getting a dog or reinforced doors and windows will help deter criminals as well. Burglars are just looking for an easy score. If you don’t make it easy, they’ll probably move along.

Fire or Flood

If a storm is headed your way, your home may be in for some dangerous conditions. Lightning and heavy rain could cause nearly irreparable damage to your house if you don’t prepare it before you leave. With no one around for a few days or even longer, leaks could go unchecked, leading to serious water damage and flooding. Have a plumber check your home’s piping for leaks or existing water damage and your lawn’s drainage before you go away to ensure none of that rainwater gets into your home. You may also want to consider having your water heater serviced before going on a long vacation, as a failed water heater could result in extensive flooding.

Lightning could also cause major trouble while you’re out. Without professionally installed lightning rods or protected exterior cables and electrical units, such as your HVAC system, your home could be in danger of being struck by lightning. If the lightning strike doesn’t start a flame, a short in the wiring or your HVAC system might.

Even without a storm, your HVAC unit may still be at risk of starting a fire. According to the National Fire Protection Association, HVAC units were involved in 7,400 structure fires in 2010, accounting for $207 million in property damage.2 If you can’t even remember the last time you had your entire system cleaned out – not just the air filter – it’s best to do so before you leave on vacation. Dust and debris can easily ignite when they begin to stifle air flow in the ducts.

Additionally, your unit may have faulty parts that can cause an electrical fire while you’re gone. Have a professional technician clean and service your unit before leaving for your trip.

Keep Your Home Safe While You’re Away with Kay Heating and Air Conditioning

Your home is one of your most important assets, so it’s only natural you’d want to protect it even when you’re not around. Luckily, by staying vigilant and preparing your home for your vacation, you can enjoy total peace of mind.
A major part of keeping your home safe is ensuring your HVAC system is running properly and efficiently. Before Greensboro homeowners set off on their grand adventures, they should give Kay Heating & Air Conditioning, Inc. a call to clean and service their home’s unit. To schedule your service today, contact us online or call 336-274-6323.

1http://www.telegraph.co.uk/technology/news/8789538/Most-burglars-using-Facebook-and-Twitter-to-target-victims-survey-suggests.html

2http://www.nfpa.org/News-and-Research/Fire-statistics-and-reports/Fire-statistics/Fire-causes/Appliances-and-equipment/Home-fires-involving-air-conditioning-or-related-equipment

Climate in Greensboro NC | Kay Heating and Air

Whether you’re considering a move to the Greensboro area or have already taken the plunge, the first thing you’ll notice is the city’s beautiful climate and day-to-day weather. The South is known for heat and humidity, producing sweltering summers and nonexistent winters. Greensboro, however, sports a unique climate that offers four blissful seasons and plenty of precipitation all year long.

Warm Months in Greensboro

Spring and summer bring about gorgeously sunny weather and occasional spectacular storms. With an average high of 60 to 78 degrees Fahrenheit in spring, Greensboro is perfect for springtime nature enthusiasts. From gardening to camping, this pleasantly warm weather allows for a full six months of outdoor play with no danger of late spring snowstorms or cold snaps as in other parts of the country. April showers really do bring May flowers in Greensboro. Throughout March, April and May, the average rainfall amounts to almost four inches per month, promoting the growth of gorgeous spring flora.
Summer in Greensboro comes in at a balmy 85-degree average, perfect for road trips and camping vacations. Little known amongst out-of-state vacationers, North Carolina offers some of the East Coast’s most luxurious beaches, giving every Greensboro resident, even more reason to get out and about during the warm summers.

Cold Months in Greensboro

The fall and winter months in Greensboro cool off significantly, even allowing for the occasional snow day. Beginning in September, the average temperature drops to a high of 80 degrees and continues to slide downward as fall takes the stage. By November, the highs only reach about 60 degrees Fahrenheit and the lows can level out at 40 degrees. In such a forested area, these cooler temperatures mean you’ll experience plenty of gorgeous autumn color all the way through December.
Winter swoops in with a cool snap and the potential for a little snow. Though it’s unlikely you’ll experience blankets of snow for the holidays, January and February retain the potential for a light dusting of powder. December’s highs can hit up to 50 degrees with lows just below freezing. January is the coldest month of the year on average. December and January both typically produce just over three inches of precipitation per month, while February is the driest month of the year at an average of just under three inches. Although the temperatures are typically too warm for regular snowfall, snow lovers can rest easy knowing Greensboro receives about six inches of snow a year.

Protect Yourself from the Elements with Kay Heating and Air

Greensboro continues to grow in size every day due to the attractive and comfortable climate. Though it can be a wet city, the lack of snow to shovel brings residents in from the north while the comfortable temperatures attract migrants from the south, making it the perfect place to make your new home. Having a well-maintained HVAC unit in your new home can do wonders for the occasional warm or cold front, ensuring you experience blissful temperatures all year long.

Don’t leave your all-important air conditioning unit in the hands of just anyone. Kay Heating and Air employs highly trained, courteous technicians who are ready and willing to answer any questions you may have before, during and after your service. Contact us online or call 336-274-6323 to schedule your service today!

Importance of Air Flow Quality

importance of air flow qualityThe air you breathe indoors should be a vital respite from the harsh air outside, which is full of allergens, dust and pollutants (especially if you live in a big city). You would like to think the air being circulated indoors is cleaner than the air outdoors, making it better for the respiratory health of you and your family. Unfortunately that’s not necessarily the case, with certain types of pollutants potentially being up to two to five times more concentrated inside your home than they typically are outdoors.1

Air ducts and vents are prone to acquiring dust, germs and bacteria if they’re not thoroughly cleaned. Attempting to clean your vents and ducts yourself can exacerbate the issue, further polluting your home with harmful contaminants. An effective solution to killing harmful bacteria and germs is using the power of UV light.

Improving Indoor Air Flow and Quality with UV Lighting

Ultraviolet technology has been used in water purifying treatment applications for its ability to eliminate bacteria and germs. UV treatments can also be used on air ventilation systems to achieve the same effect. UV lamps are great for use in residential, industrial and commercial buildings.

Mold and its spores love to grow in dark, damp places, and your ventilation system is one of its favorite spots to grow. UV technology utilizes germicidal UV lamps to disinfect vents through low-pressure mercury vapor tubes which are inserted into your ducts to emit UV light at a wavelength that is deadly to microorganisms like mold.

The lamps treat both the air and surfaces where bacteria and organisms reside. Lamps are installed by boring a hole in the duct wall and inserting brackets that the lamps attach to. The lamps work best when your system is on and filtering air past it, ensuring bacteria in the air is eradicated as it passes.

UV lamps need to be installed by professionals, as each HVAC system is different. A professional will examine your system and note the following when developing your UV light solution:

  • The size of your ducts or plenum
  • The length of the duct or compartment where the lamp will be inserted
  • Air speed flow measured in cfm (cubic feet per minute)
  • Average air temperature

UV room sanitizers are an alternative to UV lamps. Sanitizers can be fitted to ceilings or walls with options for portable and mobile use. UV sanitizers work by drawing air into the device through a washable electrostatic particulate filter where it is exposed to germicidal UV light. Purified air is then dispersed out of the exposure chamber through a louvered exhaust panel.

Breathe Clean Air with Kay Heating & Air’s HVAC Services

Kay Heating & Air Conditioning, Inc. is your leading provider of clean air solutions with certified HVAC technicians and the latest clean air technologies. We provide quality indoor air cleaning solutions designed and installed by our professional technicians. In addition to indoor air quality services, we also offer comprehensive HVAC services, including:

  • Air conditioning systems
  • Heat pumps
  • Gas furnaces
  • Package units
  • HVAC maintenance and repair

Our technicians are on call 24/7 to ensure you receive quality, affordable repairs, installations and servicing. Contact us today to schedule service or an installation estimate!

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A/C Unit Repair in Greensboro NC


With summer well on its way, the days are starting to heat up. Homeowners across the country are beginning to rely heavily on their air conditioning units to keep them cool and comfortable. What, then, do you do if your A/C is just making the problem worse by circulating warm air throughout your home? If you’re experiencing these problems, it’s definitely time to call in an expert from Kay Heating and Air to solve your cooling woes once and for all.

Refrigerant Problems

A refrigerant is a type of super-cooling liquid your HVAC unit uses to cool the air circulating through the system. As one of the top reasons an air conditioning unit blows hot air, refrigerant leaks are usually a straightforward fix. Catching the leak in the act can be tricky because the valve is situated outside your home. Unless you’re actively watching it, you’d never realize the leak was there. Leaks typically occur with regular wear-and-tear or when a joint comes loose from heavy operation or poor manufacturing. Switching on the A/C after months of winter hibernation without servicing can cause damage to the unit, potentially leading to leaks in the outer valve. Remember: just because it’s a common problem, doesn’t mean it isn’t dangerous. Always call a professional if you suspect you may have a refrigerant leak. To prevent leaks in the future, have your unit serviced at least twice per year.

Broken Thermostats

Occasionally, the fault lies with your thermostat, not your actual HVAC unit. If you notice your unit isn’t carrying out your thermostat settings, there may be a communication issue between the two. Thermostats are usually attached to a sensing bulb and the compressor of your A/C unit. The thermostat uses the bulb to gauge the ambient temperature and adjust the unit’s operation accordingly, based on the thermostat’s settings. If your unit is capable of cooling air but simply isn’t, the compressor or the sensing bulb may be malfunctioning, leading the system to continue circulating warm air. A professional will inspect the sensing bulb for bends, breaks or kinks and service it to ensure it is properly functioning.

Dirty Air Filters

Surprising as it may be, sometimes it may only feel like the unit is blowing warm air. In actuality, the system may be functioning perfectly fine, but could be suffering from an obstruction in the air flow, preventing the home from cooling properly. Perhaps one of the simplest A/C fixes, replacing a dirty air filter can do wonders for your unit’s cooling abilities. Your air filter catches allergens, dust and debris that is circulating through the home. However, during months where pollen count or pet shedding are at their peaks, the filter can become filthy quite quickly. Without regular replacements or cleanings, the filter can block the flow of air, preventing your home from cooling.

Stay Cool This Summer with Kay Heating and Air

Summer is the season when your air conditioning unit needs to be at its best. Prepare for the long, hot days to come by scheduling maintenance ahead of time with one of the expert technicians from Kay Heating and Air. To schedule your service today, contact us online or call 336-274-6323.