Air Conditioning Articles

How to Protect Your AC From Storms

August 14, 2019
pouring rain representing how to protect your ac from storms

Our professionals at Ballard Natural Gas 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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4 Signs I Need a New AC Unit

July 2, 2019
woman trying to stay cool after not following the 4 signs she needs a new ac unit

Ballard Natural Gas understands that air conditioning is crucial for comfort in your daily life here in Edmonds, WA. A well maintained AC unit, with yearly inspections and monthly filter changes, can last up to 10 or 15 years.

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3 Health Benefits for Using Your AC While Sleeping

June 19, 2019

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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Is Your AC Helping Your Allergy Symptoms?

June 11, 2019

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. Air conditioners also act as humidity regulators, easing allergy symptoms.

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Why Is My Air Conditioner Making Noise?

May 13, 2019
Couple covering their ears due to loud air conditioner

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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Four Things to Know About your Air Conditioner

April 25, 2019
Air conditioner blowing air through vents

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 Ballard Natural Gas, we’re obsessed with it! We want to share with you some things that you may not have known about your air conditioner (AC). We’ve made this list to help you become an informed consumer and get the best out of your purchase.

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Understanding Your Air Conditioner

April 11, 2019
Air Conditioner in backyard of home

To get the best value from your air conditioner, it’s important to have some knowledge of its basic components. This way, you can keep it properly maintained and make informed decisions when requesting service repairs.

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Does My Air Conditioner Eliminate Mold?

March 21, 2019
Clean home in springtime

At Ballard Natural Gas, 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.

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Get Your Spring Air Conditioning Maintenance

March 18, 2019
AC on side of home

An air conditioner, just like a car, needs regular maintenance and service to run efficiently. At Ballard Natural Gas, we recommend getting your air conditioning unit serviced and cleaned once a year.

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What Does SEER Mean?

August 30, 2018

When it comes to your air conditioner (A/C), a common term used in the HVAC business that you’re likely to see everywhere is your air conditioner’s SEER. But what exactly is SEER? SEER stands for Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio. It’s a rating system of the air conditioner’s cooling capacity to power input, i.e., it’s the…

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Does an Air Conditioner Help With Allergies?

August 6, 2018
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Air conditioners can help filter your home’s air and control humidity, and both of these things are important in the allergy world. It’s estimated there are now 50 million seasonal allergy sufferers in America. Properly maintaining your HVAC system is the difference between your air conditioner helping with those allergies and it aggravating them. Ballard…

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Why is my Air Conditioner Blowing Hot Air?

June 26, 2018

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Air Conditioning – The Basics – Did You Know?

June 22, 2018

[et_pb_section bb_built=”1″][et_pb_row make_fullwidth=”off” use_custom_width=”off” width_unit=”on” use_custom_gutter=”off” custom_padding=”|” padding_mobile=”off” allow_player_pause=”off” parallax=”off” parallax_method=”off” make_equal=”off”][et_pb_column type=”3_4″][et_pb_post_title global_module=”194″ saved_tabs=”all” title=”on” meta=”on” author=”off” date=”on” categories=”on” comments=”off” featured_image=”off” featured_placement=”below” parallax_effect=”on” parallax_method=”on” text_orientation=”left” text_color=”dark” text_background=”off” text_bg_color=”rgba(255,255,255,0.9)” module_bg_color=”rgba(255,255,255,0)” title_all_caps=”off” use_border_color=”off” border_color=”#ffffff” border_style=”solid” /][et_pb_text admin_label=”Post Content” use_border_color=”off” border_color=”#ffffff” border_style=”solid” _builder_version=”3.3.1″] Since the dawn of mankind, people have been using some form of air conditioning…

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Common Air Conditioning Problems

May 21, 2018

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The Importance of AC Maintenance

April 27, 2018

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Does an Air Conditioner Kill Mold?

August 14, 2017

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Air Conditioner Components and How They Work

July 26, 2017

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Why Do I Need Air Conditioning Maintenance in Seattle?

July 5, 2017

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Is It Normal for My Air Conditioner to Turn On and Off?

June 27, 2017

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Does an Air Conditioner Help With Allergies In Seattle?

June 12, 2017

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How to Save Money on your Air Conditioning & Energy Bill

May 22, 2017

Here in Seattle, we understand that air conditioning is crucial for comfort during the hot summer months and our advice may help you save money on your monthly energy bill. Here is advice on cutting air conditioning energy costs as well as tips on how to stay cool and use your air conditioner less.

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What Does SEER Mean?

May 8, 2017

When it comes to your air conditioning, a common term used that you’re likely to see everywhere is your air conditioner’s SEER. But what exactly is SEER?

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Why Is My AC Making So Much Noise?

April 24, 2017

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What Size AC Unit Should I Get?

April 21, 2017

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The 4 Main Components of Your AC in Seattle

August 26, 2016

There are 4 main parts of your air conditioner, hopefully understanding this may help you to troubleshoot some of the problems you may have with your AC not cooling effectively. Condenser This is the outside metal unit. This is where the gas from the compressor is condensed into a liquid. The gas that enters the…

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Why is My Air Conditioner Blowing Hot Air?

August 15, 2016

Summer in Seattle is time to enjoy cooling off by the pool or lake, but remember that while you are relaxing your AC is running all day. What happens when suddenly your air conditioning unit starts blowing hot air? Here is a few things that you should check: Check Your Thermostat Sometimes the simplest explanations…

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Summer Money Saving Tips in Seattle

July 21, 2016

With the dog days of summer in Seattle just around the corner you are probably close to running your AC all day and we at Ballard Natural Gas, want to go over some of the ways that you can save money and energy with your HVAC system this season. Saving money and energy in Seattle…

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Your Seattle Split System HVAC Replacement

July 7, 2016

Your split-system air conditioner has two components. There is outside and inside parts that have to work together like a team to achieve the right temperature for your Seattle home. They need to work together in unison to be the most efficient that they can. In most cases your furnace and air conditioner were installed…

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What Are the Signs I Need to Replace My Seattle AC Unit?

June 24, 2016

Air conditioning is crucial for comfort in your Seattle daily life. In Washington, a well maintained AC unit, with yearly inspections and regular filter changes, can last up to 10 or 15 years. So how do I know if I need repairs for my unit or if I need a replacement? Age How old is…

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Common Mistakes People Make When Buying New AC in Seattle

June 8, 2016

At Ballard Natural Gas Service we want to make sure that the residents of Seattle make the most informed choices when replacing or installing a new air conditioner. We have noticed over the years a number or reoccurring problems with new AC purchases. Please take note of the mistakes listed here: The wrong sized unit.…

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Common AC Problems in Seattle

May 24, 2016

Once the summer comes along in Washington, we may start running our AC units around the clock. If you keep your air conditioning unit clean and maintained regularly you shouldn’t have any problem keeping your house comfortable and cool throughout the year. But keep in mind these common reasons for efficient cooling. When windows and…

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How Does an Air Conditioner Work?

May 9, 2016

An air conditioner is a standard appliance in home comfort. The Energy Information Administrations reports that 87% of homes have and AC unit and it accounts for almost 20% of yearly electricity consumption in the US. At Ballard Natural Gas Service we believe the knowledge is power, the more you know about the appliances you…

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Useful AC Definitions

April 20, 2016

Needing a new air conditioner, getting one installed or simply researching them can be an overwhelming task to begin with and even more overwhelming when you don’t understand the language used to talk about these systems. At Ballard Natural Gas Service we have compiled a short list of some useful AC definitions that you can…

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Why Does My Air Conditioner Freeze Up?

July 6, 2015

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