How the Air Conditioner Defined Modern America

July 9, 2024

Most of us have never known a summer without the cool breeze of a modern air conditioner. Even if we didn’t have central heating and air conditioning in our youth, we still remember gulping down the cool air from a window unit or mini split. But before air conditioning was a staple in every home, America was a different place, and people coped with the heat in a variety of ways. In New York, people put their mattresses outside on the fire escapes to catch breezes as they slept. In Detroit, we went on vacation to cooler parts of the...

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The Demand for AC Units with Higher SEER Ratings is Spiking

May 14, 2024

Has the high cost of living got you looking for ways to save money? Or, are you more concerned with how your energy use affects the environment? Either way, homeowners have started inspecting the Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio (SEER) rating on their home air conditioning units. If you’re looking to improve your utility bills or reduce your carbon footprint, here are some reasons the SEER rating matters. SEER Rating If you’re in the market for a new air conditioning system, you may notice the SEER rating on the yellow EnergyGuide sticker located on the AC unit. The SEER rating is...

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It’s the Dog Days of Summer: Do You Know the Best Ways to Stay Cool?

August 8, 2023

The saying, “the dog days of summer,” refers to the dates between July 3 and August 11 when most of North America experiences the hottest days of the year. It really has nothing to do with heat or hot dogs, however. The phrase originated because those dates are when the largest star in the constellation Canis Major (large dog), Sirius, or “the dog star,” rises and falls with the sun. But, no matter where the saying came from, the fact is that this time of year is hot. For you and your dog! So, with that in mind, the cooling...

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AC Keeps Tripping the Circuit Breaker? Here’s Why and What to Do

July 16, 2023

An air conditioning system that regularly trips the circuit breaker can be a serious issue. The breaker will trip whenever either the outdoor AC compressor unit or the blower inside the building draws more amps than what the circuit is rated for, and this can happen for a number of different reasons. If your AC does ever trip the breaker, you should first turn your thermostat to “Off” and then try to reset the breaker. If the AC then runs normally when you turn it back on and the circuit breaker doesn’t trip again, you typically have nothing to worry...

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5 Air Conditioning Myths That are Costing You Money

July 6, 2023

Now that we are in the middle of summer, you’re probably looking for ways to stay cool that aren’t going to break the bank. At C & C Heating & Air Conditioning, we understand that it is important to keep your family comfortable while still trying to find ways to keep your cooling bill down to more affordable levels. So, with that in mind, we’ll explore five myths about cooling your home that are costing you money. 1. Your home will cool faster if you turn your thermostat way down. The truth is that even if you turn your thermostat...

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Five Tips to Minimize the Strain on Your AC System This Summer

June 10, 2023

The Farmer’s Almanac predicts that Michigan’s summer forecast will be “warm-to-hot soggy.” And, this isn’t a great forecast if you are an air conditioner. What it means is that your own AC unit is gearing up for battle with a humid season that’s sure to keep it on its toes. As your Detroit-area cooling specialists, C & C Heating & Air Conditioning has some tips to help you minimize the strain on your AC system this summer: Schedule a tune-up If you didn’t have a tune-up on your air conditioning unit this spring, it’s never too late to schedule one. During...

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Is There a Practical Way To Add Central AC to an Older Home?

June 1, 2023

Although Detroit’s not known for having blisteringly-hot summers, we see our share of the high 90s and even triple-digit days every year. A large number of older homes here weren’t built with central air conditioning and lacked the infrastructure to support it. That forces many homeowners to try and make do with window air conditioners, which don’t work very well and cost a small fortune to operate. But it is possible to retrofit an old home with air conditioning. Here’s everything you need to know about adding central air conditioning to an older home. Central Air Challenges in Older Homes...

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7 Ways to Tell if Your AC System is Energy Efficient

April 3, 2023

Your HVAC system is the biggest energy consumer in your home. According to statistics, your air conditioner accounts for approximately 70% of your home’s energy expenses during summer and around 12% of your yearly energy expenditures. An inefficient cooling system won’t cool your home adequately and efficiently, and you will also have higher utility bills. On the other hand, improving the AC unit’s efficiency can extend its service life and save you much money in the long run. You should therefore check your air conditioner often to ensure it’s working at optimum capacity to enjoy the benefits of an efficient...

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Reasons Your AC Keeps Tripping the Circuit Breaker

August 5, 2022

You rely on your air conditioner to keep your home cool and comfortable during the hot summer months, and it can be incredibly frustrating if the system suddenly stops working. One of the more common air conditioner issues is when the AC compressor keeps tripping the circuit breaker every time it starts. If the issue only happens once and everything works fine after resetting the circuit breaker, you probably don’t have anything to worry about. In this case, the issue is likely related to a power surge and has nothing to do with your AC or electrical system. However, if...

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Can You Turn On Your AC When the Windows Are Open

June 20, 2022

Many people think leaving the windows open while running their AC during summer is a harmless practice allowing them to get some fresh air. However, having your AC on with your windows open is a bad idea that can undo all your HVAC system’s hard work. Below are some reasons why your windows should remain closed when the air conditioning is on: 1. Irregular Cooling When you leave even one window in your house open, it causes different temperature zones. If the window happens to be close to the thermostat, the room will be tough to cool because hot air...

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