Tuesday, June 11, 2013

Replacing Your Air Conditioning Unit

Replacing an Old, Inefficient Air Conditioner will Save Money and Make Your Home More Comfortable.

Along with providing comprehensive whole-house energy upgrades, we can take care of specific, beneficial home improvements like replacing your current air conditioner with an energy-efficient model that's properly sized for your house. Before that happens, we'll evaluate which system will work best for your property, a decision that's based on factors such as your home's size, age, number of rooms, and current cooling costs.

Replacing an old air conditioner with a modern, high-efficiency air conditioner can save your home a lot on cooling costs as well as make your home more comfortable. The Federal Dept. of Energy estimates that modern high efficiency air conditioners use 30-50% less energy to produce the same cooling as air conditioners from the 1970s. Even air conditioners that are a 10 years old can be 20-40% more inefficient than a modern one. If you have bought an older home, replacing that old air conditioner can save hundreds and thousands of dollars over the time you are living in the home.

Monday, May 20, 2013

Importance of Air Quality

A comfortable home means a healthy home. Indoor air quality is a major factor in the comfort level of your home.

Whether relaxing, working from home or enjoying a meal with your family, people spend a large amount of time in their home. Homes today are designed and built for maximum comfort using quality materials and appliances. Trane heating and cooling systems are the highest in quality and design.

Indoor air pollution is among the top five environmental risks to public health. 50 million Americans suffer from allergies and 20 million Americans suffer from asthma, including one in thirteen school-age children. Pollution levels indoors can be many times higher than outdoors. Controlling the levels of airborne allergens is extremely important.

Whole-house air cleaners work in conjunction with heating and cooling systems to remove airborne allergens from the filtered air in every room.

Contact us today to find what solutions we have to improve the air quality in your home.

Friday, May 3, 2013

Spring is Allergy Season

Spring is allergy season. While many people seek medical assistance in dealing with allergy symptoms, simply maintaining good indoor air quality in your home is a key to reducing the impact of airborne pollutants that produce respiratory discomfort. We have many ways you can improve your health. Here are some tips for improving the indoor air quality of your home:

Install a whole-home air purification / filtration system in tandem with your heating and cooling systems.

Thoroughly clean and disinfect all surfaces in the home, including floors, carpeting and upholstered furniture which can retain allergens even after vacuuming.

Purchase a high-quality vacuum cleaner. This can make a world of difference in keeping dust, pollen and mites at bay.

The U.S. Department of Environmental Protection recommends keeping indoor humidity levels below 50 percent to reduce the effects of airborne allergens. Homes with evaporative cooling during the Monsoon season see indoor humidity in excess of 70%, which causes airborne and surface allergens to flourish. Consider using Air Conditioning especially during these times.

Change or clean air conditioning and heating filters frequently, and perform recommended maintenance on your system.

Call us today for more tips!

Friday, April 12, 2013

Spring Quick Tip

Here’s a Spring Quick Tip

Spring is here so we do not want to take up your valuable time. So, this week we have a quick tip.

Check your filter every month, especially during months of heavy usage (winter and summer). If the filter looks dirty after a month, change it. At a minimum, change the filter every 3 months. A dirty filter will slow down air flow and make the system work harder to keep your home warm or cool — wasting energy. A clean filter will also prevent dust and dirt from building up in the system — leading to expensive maintenance and/or early system failure.

So hop to it and check that filter. Then give us a call to schedule a spring check-up, and have your unit serviced before the heat of summer arrives!

Friday, March 22, 2013

March is a Time for Madness

Everyone knows about March Madness, what we want to talk about is March sanity.
One of the sanest things you can do is to give your HVAC system a regular checkup. Before you drive your car there are certain things you check; tires, windows, oil etc. Well each month there are some things you should check on your HVAC system.
Check Your Air Filters. Clogged filters lead to a 5 to 15 percent drop of efficiency, according to the U.S. Department of Energy, which recommends changing or cleaning filters every one to two months during peak use. Reusable filters should be cleaned according to the manufacturer’s guidelines and placed back in the system. Disposable filters should be thrown away. New filters to replace the ones you tossed are available at most hardware stores.
Check your drains. This HVAC repair is primarily applicable to cooling systems, which feature drains used to remove condensation that builds up over time. The condensation usually isn’t clean: it carries dirt and other particles that clog these drains. Removing the dirt is simple. With the system off, push a wire through the drain to knock it out, being careful to avoid injury.
Check your thermostat. Verify that your thermostat is working correctly. A thermostat that leaves your home too cool or too warm can waste energy. Check to make sure your home is at the same temperature set on the thermostat and that timed cooling or heating is working properly. Generally, thermostat repairs require professional maintenance.
If you take these few basic steps you can prevent some madness in your house!

Friday, March 8, 2013

March is the Time to Think Green

When you think green as it relates to your home, the green you think of is money. Your home can be a money pit but, if you Go Green you can change that!

We all look around our homes and can identify endless home improvement opportunities. But today with energy costs at an all-time high and continuing to increase, investing in home energy efficiency can really pay off.

For example, replacing a 10-15 year old furnace & air conditioner and making sure that the ductwork is sealed properly, can reduce your heating and cooling cost by over 50% and depending upon home construction and climate zone, installing energy efficient high-performance windows can save $300-400 a year.

The average U.S. household spends approximately $2,200 per year on energy -- nearly half of which goes to heating and cooling, according to Energy Star and the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory. Of the rest, about 14 percent goes to heating water, 12 percent to lighting and 13 percent for appliances such as refrigerators, washing machines, dryers and dishwashers.

By replacing your appliances and light bulbs you can save even more in your home. And in 2013 there maybe more tax incentives.

So this month isn’t it time to think green?