Save Now on a New Air Conditioner

Despite already having several months of above average temperatures this year, the summer isn’t over yet. Now there is a scary thought for you. Yes, we can expect at least another month or more of heat and humidity. So the question is, “How is your air conditioner working?” Is the system cooling your home well, or is your old unit having trouble keeping up? You’ve lived with the unit this long into the summer suffering in the heat, but you don’t have to suffer anymore!

Potential Savings Mid-Summer

For those of you who have systems that are not working as well as you would want. There are some incredible sales and deals this time of year. Those deals include manufacturer rebates, utility company rebates, and very aggressive pricing along with no interest financing options for as long as 60 months. Getting to take 5 years to pay off your unit makes affording a new air conditioner easy! So if you think this might be your time to look at making the move to a more efficient and reliable piece of equipment give your favorite HVAC contractor a call and schedule an in home estimate. With the new system installed you will be able to enjoy the rest of the summer in a cool and comfortable home!

Making the Right Choices When Installing an Air Conditioner

Most people would assume that installing an air conditioner is simply a matter of picking the one you want and hooking it up to the home. In reality, the process is much more complicated, and choosing the wrong air conditioner for your home or not having it professionally installed could be a costly mistake. Take the time to do your research not only on air conditioners but also on potential contractors you may choose to trust with the installation of your new unit.

Your Salesman and Installers

The salesman that comes to your home must do more than simply match the new unit to the size of the old system. He should take the time to get to know your needs and asses the home’s cooling load before making any recommendations. The installation crew that eventually puts in the new air conditioner must also have the experience and skills to properly level and install the unit. Here are some of the areas you should ask either your salesman or installers about before they ever leave your home: Continue reading

Consequences of a Dirty Coil

If you have been looking into getting the air conditioner cleaned and maintained for the season, you have probably gotten many mixed messages during your searches on the internet. Of course the HVAC contractors are going to tell you that their service is valuable, but is there truth to their claims? Some may try to convince you that this service is a waste of your hard earned money, but don’t take them at their word! If you were to take a peek at their cooling bills or at their air conditioner, you would probably find a system that is falling apart and a utility bill that is sky high!

The Condition of the Cooling Coil

Odds are their cooling coil is a wreck! This valuable component of your air conditioning system is responsible for removing the heat and excess humidity from the air in your home. When the coil is covered in years worth of dirt and debris, these are some of the consequences you may see:

  • Increased Cooling Cost: The longer it takes for the air conditioner to remove heat from the air in your home, the more it will cost to run the air conditioner. A dirty coil cannot remove heat and humidity from the air efficiently, and as the coil gets dirty the efficiency of the air conditioner is decreased. You could be paying much more than necessary to cool the air in your home and your dirty coil could be the source of your problem. Continue reading

Reducing the Cooling Load Reduces Noise

Although it may only be March, summer temperatures have arrived and the hum of air conditioner condensers can be heard on nearly every residential street. Some are louder than others, but as the temperatures continue to soar, things are only going to get noisier for some homeowners.  The warmer the weather is, the harder the air conditioner has to work in order to keep the home cool. Unless you have other barriers in place, your air conditioner can suffer and so will your energy bills.

Insulating to Reduce the Cooling Load

The cooling load on your air conditioner will affect its ability to operate not only quietly but also efficiently. Reduce the cooling load and you will reduce the noise and save money! Insulating is an easy way to reduce your home’s cooling load and there are two areas in the home that can benefit greatly from this affordable service:

  • Attic Insulation: Adding insulation to the attic is the first step towards reducing your air conditioner’s cooling load. I fresh thick layer of attic insulation will help your home retain more cold air within the home this summer. This will increase your comfort and reduce the number of cycles your air conditioner will have to make on even the hottest days. Continue reading

Temperature Differential Causing Discomfort

The thermostat is in control of one of the most important systems within the home: the HVAC system. This system dictates your comfort level and allows you to choose the temperature that you find most comfortable. However, there is a setting on the thermostat that can disrupt this comfort if it is not set appropriately. The temperature differential can give the thermostat a few degrees leeway before turning your HVAC system on or off. This could allow your homes temperature to fluctuate drastically all while the thermostat continues to read the original set temperature.

Resetting the Differential

Let’s say that you are most comfortable at 70 degrees during the winter season. You set the thermostat and go about your day. Every time the furnace comes on the house gets to feel uncomfortably warm. In between cycles when the furnace is off, the home becomes uncomfortably cold. The temperature differential is probably set at three degrees. That means that the temperature can get as warm as 73 degrees and as cold as 67 degrees before the thermostat responds to the temperature. This is what is causing your discomfort. Check with your thermostat manual for instructions to change the differential and set it back to one degree. This will give you the temperature you desire and eliminate this source of discomfort.

Keep the Air Moving

A lack of air circulating within the home may be the source of your air quality and comfort problems. Newer homes were especially built to be more air tight than those built many years ago, and this air tight design could be the reason why your air quality is suffering. By improving the circulation in your home you improve the air quality and comfort. That’s a big statement but true. All you need to do is continue to circulate the air, and make sure all supply air vents and return registers are clear of obstructions.

Get Obstructions Out of the Way!

Many of us have tables or draperies or other common house hold items in front of our registers. This of course impedes the furnaces ability to circulate the air properly. Many people also completely close registers or cover them over with additional filtering devices both of which slow down air flow. Let your system run in the way it was designed by removing those obstacles and see the benefits of constant air movement. The air is cleaner, and the furnace distributes temperature and humidity more evenly. As a result you improve the comfort level in your home along with the cleanliness of the air you and your family breathe.

Upgrade without Installing Duct Work

So you are finally ready to get rid of that old boiler, and upgrade to forced air heating. Some homeowners want forced air because they want to install central air conditioning and others want to upgrade simply for improved energy efficiency. However, installing duct work in a finished home can cost thousands alone and can greatly disturb the home. There is a better way to get forced air in your home with a mini split ductless heating and cooling system.

Solving Your Heating and Cooling Problems

A mini split ductless heating and cooling system is very unique. Through the use of one centralized condenser you can heat and cool each room in the home individually. Wall mounted systems are installed in the target rooms and a remote control can individually adjust the temperature to the desired levels in each space. This system solves many problems all at once, including: Continue reading

Cheap Ways to Improve Comfort and Circulation

Circulation problems within the home are an all too common problem. They also often lead to temperature variances from room to room. This can disturb comfort and tracking down the problem could be difficult. What if there was a way to improve your problem without spending much if any money? Well, there is! These three simply steps could drastically improve the circulation and comfort in your home. Try at least one in your home and see if you notice a difference.

How to Boost Comfort this Winter:

  • Ceiling Fans: Reversing the direction of your ceiling fan can help improve the comfort in your home. By having the fan pushing air clockwise, hot air that rises to the ceiling during each heating cycles will be pushed down back into the room. This will make the room feel warmer to its occupants and help eliminate temperature variances from room to room. Continue reading

Increase Comfort Control with a Zoning System

Having a working furnace and thermostat doesn’t mean that you have control over the comfort level in the home. These are the most basic components of a heating system, but just because the thermostat says its 72 degrees in the home, doesn’t mean that the entire home is actually at that temperature. All your thermostat does is read the temperature in the room that it is located in and that is it. That is why other rooms in the home may feel cooler or warmer than the temperature that the thermostat claims it to be. High ceilings and lots of windows, among other things, can contribute to temperature variances from room to room. Before you raise the temperature on the thermostat to compensate for that one chilly room, consider whether or not your home could benefit from a zoning system.

What a Zoning System can Do for Your Home

When a zoning system is installed in your home, you now have multiple thermostats that control different parts of the home. The one furnace still operates as normal, but the duct system is now full of dampers that will regulate the amount of air allowed into a particular part of the home. This will each area of the home is warmed to the temperature set on the thermostat. Rooms that aren’t used very frequently can be set at very low temperatures, and areas of the home that need more heat can be warmed without having to use more energy. This conserves energy because you only heat the rooms that need it, and therefore the furnace can run less frequently. Continue reading

Humidity and Your Hard Wood Floors

In much of the United States, the summers are hot and moist and the winters are cold and dry. If this sounds like the climate you live in and you have hard wood floors in your home, you may have a problem. Excessive moisture and excessive dryness spell destruction for your hard wood floors, and if you invested all of that money in a floor, you are going to want to preserve it for as long as possible. That means getting a humidifier for the winter and finding a way to dehumidify the home in the summer months.

Dehumidification of the Home

  High summer humidity can get in between the grooves in your wood floors and wreak havoc! Vinyl wood floors are especially vulnerable to moisture. Fiberboard is not very moisture resistant and will easily warp over the years if the humidity in the home cannot be controlled. Dehumidification can be attained in one of two ways. If you operate a central air conditioning unit in the home, this will effectively remove excess moisture if used consistently. If you don’t have one of these systems, consider installing a dehumidifier and a whole house ventilation fan. The ventilation fan will keep good circulation in the home and the dehumidifier will help you compensate for those days when the humidity level is out of control! Continue reading