Spring HVAC Tune-Ups

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The spring season is the best time to have your air conditioner inspected. An early start is needed to help ensure the air conditioner will work efficiently. HVAC maintenance should be an annual priority. There are three reasons to place air conditioning at a high priority for the season.

Improve Air Quality

If you are sensitive to mold, dust or other airborne materials, you will want the best air quality. You may be surprised to discover that there can be some in your HVAC system. Your air filter plays a minor role in trapping these materials. Some pollutants can still pass it though, but it is only a small amount. As they settle on the coils in your air handling unit, they combine with moisture in the area. A layer of grime can develop. Sometimes this can be difficult to get rid of. It is an ideal spot for molt and bacteria to form. If you are not sure when to change the filter, make sure to contact us.

Clean the Ductwork

Some airborne particles continue along to your ducts. If you have never had duct cleaning performed on your system, now is an ideal time. Over time, the duct-work can be a home to insects, dust mites, and rodents when the HVAC system is not being used.

Spring Tuneups

Regular spring tune-ups can also help save you money. The layer on the indoor coils and dirt on the outside coils can be about 30 percent of a cooling bill if it is not maintained. Blockages and leaks in the ductwork can add 20 percent to the energy usage. Low refrigerant may result in another 20 percent or more in cooling energy required keeping your home comfortable.

You will want to make sure your air conditioner is ready to run when you flip the switch. Preventative care allows issues to be diagnosed before they become serious. While you will not avoid all potential breakdowns, you can reduce your potential for a malfunction. Make sure to contact us, so we can inspect the HVAC system for you this spring.

What is a Sump Pump in your Home?

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Do you have a sump pump?  Depending where you live, you may or may not. This is usually determined if you are in an area where flooding occurs. It could also be if you have issues with quick melting snow or heavy rainstorms. It does not take much water to cause thousands of dollars of damage, and if you have a damp basement, mold can be a serious problem. A good sump pump can be worth it.

What it is

Sump pumps are pumps that are located in your basement or crawlspace. They are designed to prevent excess rain or ground water from entering the house. There are portable units, but most residential ones are installed in pits, called sump pits. By doing so, they help keep your basement dry by pumping the water out of the pit, away from your house.

Location

A sump pump is typically installed in the lower part of a basement, or crawlspace of a home. A hole is installed in the floor, and the pump is then placed in the sump pit.  A pipe is attached, which then runs up, and out of the house, and releases the water several feet away from the foundation. The pipe usually has a check valve which prevents water from flowing back into the pit. When there is a flood, excess rainfall, or water from rapidly melting snow, this can result in damage. Instead of leaking into your house through any tiny cracks, it flows into the sump pit. Sump pumps are activated by a float. This looks like the one in your toilet tank. When the water in the pit assists in making the float to rise to a designated level, the pump is then activated.

How they work

Most pumps have a fan-like device, or impeller, which spins once the pump is activated. This uses centrifugal force, which pushes the water out through the pipe. If you are not sure if you need a sump pump, make sure to contact us. We can inspect your home and advise you on if one may be needed. When there is an issue, it is best to fix it immediately. By doing so, you can help save time, money, and stress in the long run.

HVAC System Care is Important

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For your HVAC system, now is the perfect time of the year to make ensure it is working efficiently. The weather is uncertain, mixing from snow to rain. March is the perfect time to inspect the filters for your furnace. It is also a great time to get on the list for the upcoming air conditioning season. You will want to make sure your air conditioner is ready to operate when you will need it this summer. Since late spring is a busy time for specialists, get ready now. To get on the waiting list, you can ensure the air conditioner will be ready when you need it to be.

Service now

Proper HVAC services now will not only help maintain comfort, but they also prepare your air conditioning. This is especially important for the coming summer and help the heating system close out the season on a strong note. If you have any questions with your system, make sure to contact us.

Spring maintenance is essential to ensure that an air conditioner will work in top condition during the coming hot weather and will not unnecessarily drain power. Maintenance has a long term benefit as well. This helps the air conditioner improve the longevity of it.

Noticing signs

No matter what warning signs you see from your furnace, heat pump, or other heating system, we advise that you call us. If you allow the problem to continue, it will worsen into a more expensive repair. This could cause extensive damage to the system. Sometimes a full replacement may be needed if you ignore the warning signs. Even if you think the problem is small, it is best to have it looked at. This can save time, money, and stress in the long run.

Knowing the age of your air conditioner is important. You will want to notice if it has shown signs that it’s wearing down. If it’s over 15 years old , it may no longer be efficient. Now is a perfect time to arrange to have a new system installed. If you have any questions, make sure to contact us. We can advise you on the perfect air conditioner for your home.

What is a High Efficiency HVAC System

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A high efficiency HVAC system is something you may be aware of for your home. The furnaces that are produced now, are more efficient than the older systems from just a decade or two ago. This is because the furnaces that are produced now are built more efficiently. This is because of the technology and features that are now being used in the heating industry. It has allowed high efficiency furnaces to do two things. They extract more heat out of the gas they consume.  Also they only use the amount of energy that’s necessary to get the job done at any given time.

A Newer furnace

Newer furnaces use an electronic ignition instead of the gas powered pilot light. Those that were used in older furnaces. This ignition is only used when the furnace needs to turn on. It makes it more energy-efficient than keeping a small flame burning at all times.

Many high efficiency gas furnaces come with two stage heating. The lower stage of heating is able to use less energy and works a majority of the time, while the higher stage only kicks on when it’s very cold out and more heat is required.

How they work

Similar to two-stage heating, a variable blower operates at different capacities. This depends on how much it’s needed at any given time. When more airflow is needed a faster speed is used. Usually this happens when the filter is clogged. When the blower of the system has a alert that notices less airflow is needed, it will switch to a lower speed in order to conserve energy.

For the combustion system to work properly, the furnace will need to draw in a certain amount of air. Unlike furnaces with unsealed combustion, which utilize the heated air from around your home can be different. Sealed combustion furnaces draw in air from outside in order to conserve energy and improve safety levels. If you notice an issue with your furnace, call us. No matter the age of the furnace, it will need to be looked at.

 

Options to Cool Your Home

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Heat pumps, furnaces, electronic zoning, air exchangers, and ground source heat are just a few of the terms that you may hear when you are trying to choose a new heating and cooling system for your home. While you may think that it is one size fits all in HVAC units, this is not the case anymore. There are a wide variety of different units of all different types and sizes to allow you to find the one that will work best for your needs and your wants. Heat pumps can provide year round performance to help keep your home cool during the summer months and warm during the winter months. Heat pumps can move heat energy from one location to another and when it is time to cool the home, it works almost like a regular air conditioner to add cool air into the home. It is a more energy efficient way to heating and cooling a home than a regular HVAC unit.

Geothermal Energy is an Option

A geothermal heating and cooling system works by converting the energy found within the heat inside the Earth to help to heat and cool your home. This is an energy efficient method of keeping your home comfortable, simply by using the heat energy in the Earth. The temperature inside the Earth is relatively constant and this can be used to help heat and cool your home. Geothermal is an energy source that people do not really know much about, but it can be a very viable option.

A Hybrid System can be Beneficial

A hybrid system can take the best of the heat pump and the electric world and combine it in a heating and cooling system. If you are not sure that you want to go with a heat pump alone, a hybrid heating and cooling system can be a great choice for you to consider. It is energy efficient and can offer you the power and the capacity that you are looking for to keep your home comfortable, no matter how hot or cold it gets over the year. If you want to keep your garage comfortable to help you to be able to work out there year around, you will want to consider a ductless air conditioning system or a heat pump. The fact that you don’t have to have a duct system can make it a great choice for a garage or for an outbuilding that you want to be able to use all of the time.

Regular Maintenance is Needed

If you are not sure which kind of heating and cooling system that you want to purchase for your home, business, or outbuilding, you will want to do your research. This can allow you to get an idea of what you are looking for as well as what you need to help keep your home and business heated and cooled. Knowing what you want can go a long way to getting what you need. You can also contact us and we can recommend what type of system would be beneficial for your home.

Why Cleaning the Ductwork should be Done

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Cleaning the ductwork is important for several reasons. The first is it helps keep your system operating efficiently. If the ductwork is clogged, the air cannot move through it as freely. This will lead to extra strain and stress for the system. If there is an issue, contact us and we can inspect it for you. Having the ductwork cleaned will help to make sure that your system is working the best it can be. You should also make sure that the ductwork is free of mold and mildew as well. This can occur if it is wet, hot, and humid.

 

It will also help save you money. This is because air that is produced will not be wasted through the ductwork cracks or damage. If the system has to produce more air, it will end up costing you more in the long run. So if you notice the monthly energy bills have increased, check the ductwork.

 

You should always have the system inspected for any sign of an issue. Regular maintenance is important to keep the system working correctly and efficiently. If there is an issue, we can inspect and repair it as soon as possible for you. This way you can have a reliable HVAC system. If at any time you notice anything out of the norm, make sure to contact us. We can inspect it before it becomes a larger problem. The other parts of the system can be checked as well.

Know what Air Conditioner is Right for your Home

An air conditioning system is not something that you want to choose without some research. Whether you want to add on additional options to an existing system or are replacing your system or adding a new system entirely, you will want to know the options that you have. If you are adding a heating or cooling system to your garage or outbuilding to make it usable all year around, you have a couple of different options that you can go with. The first is to use a ductless air conditioning system to help cool off the garage or outbuilding. A heat and cooling pump is another ductless option that you can consider. Either way, you will be able to use these spaces year around, simply by adding a way to keep it cool or to heat it.

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Energy Efficiency is Important

If you want to go in a more energy efficient direction, you have several options in this vein as well. Solar heating and cooling, geothermal heating and cooling, heat pumps, and hybrid systems are all available that will help you to use less electrical energy and save you money on your electricity costs. While you may not know much about these environmentally friendly heating and cooling systems, they are something that you definitely need to check into to see if you can save energy and money.

Air Cleaners can Improve the Air Quality in Your Home

The great thing about heating and cooling systems today is that you can get much more than just the cool air or warm air that you are looking for. You can also include ultraviolet air cleaners or other air cleaners to ensure that you can increase indoor air quality. If you have asthma or allergies or one of your family members do, you will find that an air cleaner that you can use in conjunction with your heating and cooling system that will help make your air cleaner. Removing allergens and contaminants from the air can go a long way to helping you and your family to be healthier.

Know when to Update the Cooling System

If you are ready to update your heating and cooling system, you will want to carefully consider your options. Whether you are going to make your garage or outbuilding usable for all the different seasons of the year or you are adding it to your home or business, you will want to find the right heating and cooling system for you. Energy efficiency or air quality are things that you will want to think about when you are choosing a heating and cooling system as well. If you are not sure what system is right for you, make sure to contact us. We can inspect your home to ensure the most efficient air conditioner can be used.

Don’t Ignore the Thermostat

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It is important to have the right kind of thermostat for the overall comfort in your home. This can help ensure that it is cool and enjoyable all summer long. In order to have the air conditioner running as efficiently as possible, the right kind of thermostat should be used. Make sure to know your options when you are looking to get a new thermostat. Also consider getting a programmable thermostat. This can be beneficial because you can set the temperature for different times of the day, as well as days of the week. By knowing what type of thermostat to get, you can help increase the comfort level in your home, as well as the indoor air quality.

 

The Thermostat should fit the HVAC System

 

When buying a new thermostat or replacing an old one, make sure to consider all the options. This should include features that it has, if you want it to be programmable, and where it should be place. Most likely, you will be buying a programmable, digital thermostat. If this is the case, look to see what each product will allow you to program it to do. These options, if used to their full potential, can greatly increase your home comfort by decreasing the amount of time spent making adjustments to the temperature in your home. If you are unsure what type of thermostat is right for you, make sure to contact us. We can help to recommend which one would be the best for your lifestyle and home.

 

Know where to Place the Thermostat

 

Almost all thermostats monitor the temperature of the air around them in order to keep the temperature in the home balanced at the level you have selected. This is why it is important to carefully select where in your home you want to mount the thermostat to you wall. Be careful of placing it above any air vents where temperatures will be shifting more dramatically than in other places in your home. A thermostat will shut off an air conditioner when the temperature becomes cooler than what you have set it for. A poorly placed thermostat that is exposed to more cool air will shut off the air conditioner too early and leave you with a warm home. Also be careful not to place your thermostat near points in your home where warm air is generated, like windows and doors. This can cause the air conditioner to be overworked and your home will end up cooler than expected.

 

Program the Thermostat for Better Efficiency

 

A programmable thermostat is a great investment. You can program certain thermostats to adjust the temperature when you are away and do not need your home to be as cool or as warm. Granted, this can still be done on older models, but you must adjust your thermostat manually every time you leave and enter your home. Performing this task manually is when forgetfulness and human error can end up increasing your energy bills. It can also decrease the comfort level and indoor air quality in your home.

Make sure to Improve the Air Quality in Your Home

Saving money is important in most households. This can help it to be cost-efficient. Electricity is a big expense for homeowners, and the bill increases according to electricity usage. Most of the electricity used in the home during the warmer months is by the air conditioner. This is one area where homeowners can save money. By becoming aware of certain habits that need to change, the home will run more smoothly. The first tip for saving money is to choose the air conditioner size correctly. Sometimes, people think that bigger air conditioners will provide more home comfort and feel that it is the best for the home. This is not always true. Using an air conditioner unit that is too big for the home will not provide uniform temperatures or lessen humidification, so in this case, bigger is not necessarily better. Make sure to contact us and we can advise you on what type of air conditioner would be right for you and your home.

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The Thermostat should be Set Properly

Placement of the thermostat and proper usage can help save money. Many times when people come home from work, they flip the thermostats to an excessively low level thinking it will make the air conditioner get colder faster. This is not true and can damage the unit and cost more money when the unit works harder to get to the low temperature. It will not enhance the air conditioning and repairs may be necessary from overuse. The placement of thermostats is another great factor to consider when saving money. It should never be located around warmer items, like televisions, lamps, or stereos. This could accidentally trick the thermostat into working harder than is required.

The Right Location for the Air Conditioner

Another common mistake that wastes money is placing the air conditioner in a spot that collects heat. Just because there is an available space beside the house does not make it the best choice. Make sure that the unit is placed in a shady spot or else it will have to work harder than necessary. Being in direct sunlight hinders the unit from working properly. Similarly, you will not want to place it behind bushes or shrubs to hide the unit. This will obstruct ventilation and can clog the condenser coils so that repair is needed, along with making it less efficient to run.

Ductless Air Conditioning is an Option

You can also save money by knowing what type of air conditioning unit would be beneficial in your home. If your home currently uses several window air conditioning units to provide home comfort, it would be less expensive to cool the area with ductless air conditioning. These units are revolutionary cooling solutions and situate in one or two story homes. Many homeowners are switching to the ductless air conditioning these days, due to the money saving factor of running traditional air conditioning units. In addition, some of these units are called heat pumps and double as a heater for warming the home in the winter months. Having the ductless units installed in the home will save money on air conditioning and repairs, along with helping you heat your home more efficiently in later months.

Why Generators are Beneficial

There are several reasons why a generator installed on your house, no matter what age it is, would be a good idea for the future. By having a generator, you will be able to keep your home running in the time of a crisis or bad weather. If you have a generator, make sure to inspect it so it can operate efficiently when you need it to. You can also invest in a generator so that you will have one incase the power goes out. If you are not sure what type of generator is right for your home, make sure to contact us, and we can recommend one.

 

Saving Money with Generators

It might seem like the reverse is true, but a generator can actually save you a bit of money. In a few different ways. Even though there is the initial expense of the generator, that will pay for itself over the years as the power shuts on and off and you save in other ways. The first way is to think of the contents of your refrigerator and freezer. Having a standby generator to kick on when the power goes out will prevent any spoilage of the food. Therefore, since you do not have to empty the contents of the freezer or the fridge, you save money. Restocking one or both can be very expensive and costly, especially if there was a large supply of meat on the inside. Another way generators save money is that if your own few lights, furnace or air conditioner will turn on during a power outage, then you can stay in your home. Even with minimal functions on, the house can be comfortable and lived in until the power comes back. Then there will be no expense for a hotel stay where the air is the right temperature and there are lights to see by.

Generators can Help in the time of Poor Weather

Since the generator can run several functions through the house, then you can be comfortable. Your house will not be affected much because the generator will still run and power the air conditioning unit that will keep the house at a more comfortable level than if the power were to go completely off and leave you in the sweltering heat. The same is also true for the reverse conditions. An ice storm might have knocked down power lines and caused everything to be shut down, but your standby generator kicked on and is keeping the furnace running so you and the family remain warm. Having a generator kick on during any electrical malfunction can also be a safety factor. No matter what type of device it is, with a generator on standby, then you know it will always work and be able to help your loved one, no matter if the real power is off for one hour or one whole day. If you need help deciding what type of generator is right for your home, make sure to contact us and we can recommend one based on your home.