The IRA and You: A Dive Into how it Affects Your HVAC Decisions in 2023

January 20, 2023

The Inflation Reduction Act, IRA, that was signed on August 16th 2022 has the potential to create great benefits that may influence your HVAC decisions in the coming years. There are several different programs which can be quite confusing. Along with program guidelines, the program’s timelines are also not clearly defined. We are going to go over the 3 main programs for HVAC that this Act includes and rough timeframes on when we can expect movement in the program creation and implementation. Bigger and Better Federal Tax Credits! You may not have realized it, but there has been a Federal...

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How Do I Winterize My HVAC System?

December 14, 2022

The process of winterizing refers to preparing for the cold season. The best time to start this process is early fall, before winter sets in. Preparing your heating and cooling system to endure the cold temperatures coming to your area in Kansas City is essential. Although winterizing your HVAC system can be relatively simple, it can be very time-consuming and challenging. That’s why it’s essential that you give yourself ample time to complete the necessary steps and to hire a professional for help. 6 Components to Winterizing your HVAC system You can take several steps to ensure that your HVAC...

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We Do R22

December 4, 2022

What you should know about R22 While the entire HVAC industry knows R22 is being phased out and no longer being produced, most homeowners don’t become aware of that fact until their Air Conditioner or Heat Pump starts having issues. Most people don’t even know what refrigerant is used in their system or what it does. In its simplest terms, refrigerant is the medium by which heat is moved. There are different types of refrigerants. R22 was the most popular form for residential air conditioners until 2010 when it was federally mandated that equipment could no longer be produced with...

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Should I Cover My HVAC System During the Winter?

November 20, 2022

From about mid-fall to late spring throughout our Missouri and Kansas service area, homeowners don’t use their cooling systems. At Summit Heating and Cooling, we’re a leading HVAC company so many people ask us, “should I cover my HVAC system during the winter?” It makes sense to protect the unit during winter. However, a tight covering of plastic can actually be counterproductive, since it keeps moisture in and air stagnant. There’s much more to learn about caring for your HVAC equipment during the winter as well. Why not just seal up your AC system outside? Tight covers can lead to...

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Why is My Furnace Making a Burning Smell?

October 20, 2022

Has your furnace just started making a new smell, or have you gotten used to furnace smells you think are normal? Odors from your home’s heating system can be like a set of status lights, revealing problems that the Summit Family’s service technicians can take care of. Some of them are yellow lights for developing problems like fan belt wear that will lead to failure and an urgent call later. Others are red light warnings of potentially dangerous problems that need immediate attention. Whatever they are, your safety is our number one priority, and we’re ready to help. Ducted heating...

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Do You Really Need a Whole-House Humidifier?

September 20, 2022

Did you know that the warmer your indoor air, the drier it can become? During the winter months especially, indoor air quality can suffer. We close our windows to keep the heat in, and understandably so. However, constant use of your heating system will remove much-needed moisture from the air and can cause a host of health problems including dry eyes, sore throats, and the worsening of some respiratory conditions. Not only that, air that is too dry can wreak havoc on wooden furniture and upholstery, along with making the air feel brittle and colder than normal. The best way...

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How Much Does It Typically Cost To Replace a Home’s Hot Water Heater?

August 20, 2022

Are you thinking about, or worrying about, water heater replacement in Kansas City, MO? Saving energy has become complex, but there are benefits. As a homeowner, you encounter a lot more choices these days. Energy-saving technologies, smart home integrations, and improved performance have led to a variety of models to choose from, even for water heaters. It may be tempting to say “just replace it with a similar model.” Over the years, you’ll be glad you took some time to review your water heater replacement options. Looking at the costs involved in replacing your current water with a new model,...

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Why is the SEER Rating Important to My HVAC System?

July 13, 2022

If you’re considering replacing your existing HVAC system any time soon, you’ll no doubt see SEER (Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio) ratings come up at some point in your search for the right system. You may already know that the SEER rating is associated with the energy efficiency of an air conditioner or heat pump. What you may not know exactly how this affects your energy costs and the performance of an HVAC system. In this article, we’ll take a look at what SEER ratings are, what they mean, and how they can affect your decision when choosing a new HVAC...

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Spring Maintenance Tips

April 20, 2022

Longer days, bees buzzing, flowers blooming… all signs that spring is here. What spring is complete without a spring-cleaning list? Donate clothes, organize the garage, and clear out the pantry. We change burned-out lightbulbs and check our smoke and CO detectors, but what about your air conditioner? It should definitely make the to-do list. Maintenance for your air conditioner is more than a tune-up. A thorough maintenance is a multi-point process. A certified technician will check your AC’s electrical and controls systems and refrigeration. They will also clean the physical unit, including the coils and outdoor cabinet. While we might...

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Can a Mini-Split System Heat and Cool Simultaneously?

March 16, 2022

A ductless mini-split system is a great way to heat and cool a home when a traditional HVAC system isn’t the right option. If you have an older home that didn’t originally include central air conditioning, it’s often cost-prohibitive or impractical to install ductwork. If you’re renting or leasing, you also might not be able to replace the existing system. A mini-split system also offers the convenience of zoned temperature control. Here’s a look at how ductless mini-split systems work and why they’re a great option for families who want a flexible and convenient way to heat and cool their...

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