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What Does an Air Conditioner Tune-up or Clean-n-Check Entail?

What Does an Air Conditioner Tune-up or Clean-n-Check Entail?

Yearly maintenance is an important factor in maintaining your system efficiency and improving long term reliability. A properly maintained system can operate up to 10% more efficiently than a dirty and neglected system. A common comparison to your heating and cooling system is your automobile. Routine oil changes, tire rotations, checking fluids, and changing filters reduces break downs and provides you with a more reliable car. The same is true for your cooling system. Annual maintenance can eliminate unplanned breakdowns, and provide for additional years of reliable service. Regular maint...

Why Would I Consider a Whole Home Dehumidifier?

Why Would I Consider a Whole Home Dehumidifier?

Today’s homes are built for energy efficiency. In these tighter environments, there is moisture and VOCs (Volatile Organic Compounds). These homes are given more efficient air conditioners (single speed) that cool the home quickly and do so while using less energy than older systems. However, systems that run less also remove less humidity. In order to get better dehumidification, we find ourselves “over cooling” our homes. So many times, air conditioning is not the total answer to making your home healthier and more comfortable. You want to maintain a relative humidity be...

What is Fresh Air Ventilation?

What is Fresh Air Ventilation?

Today’s homes are tightly sealed and built with energy efficiency in mind. This type of construction is great for keeping your hot and cool air from seeping out of the house, but it traps all types of harmful pollutants and odors in your house that you may not realize. Fresh air ventilation is needed to help keep those harmful pollutants out of your home. Proper ventilation can make your home healthier and more comfortable. When your heating and cooling system runs, it circulates all of the chemicals and pet odors as well; trapped air contains harmful chemicals that can threaten your ...

Why Do I Need to Consider a Higher Efficiency System?

Why Do I Need to Consider a Higher Efficiency System?

There are many benefits to consider when determining whether you should do an upgrade to your current heating and cooling system. The average life expectancy of a heating and cooling system is 15 to 20 years. However, as your system becomes older and service repairs are more frequent and expensive, evaluating the timeline for replacing becomes more cost effective. SEER Ratios SEER or Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio measures the efficiency of your system. When looking at the SEER ratios, the higher the ratio the more efficient your system. Units installed before 1992 were usually an 8 SEER...

You Can Save Money Upgrading Your AC Systems

You Can Save Money Upgrading Your AC Systems

Many people wait until they are in need of a major repair before considering the option to upgrade their heating and cooling system. It is important to remember that when the age of the HVAC equipment in your home is over 10 years and the warranty period has expired; the option for replacing the system should be considered along with the repair alternative. Incentives on AC Upgrades Many local utilities are incentivizing their customers to upgrade their systems early in order to save energy and manage their energy usage better. A poorly maintained system will cost you more money to operate...

What Are My Choices in a Thermostat?

What Are My Choices in a Thermostat?

The first question you have to ask yourself with selecting from the multiple thermostat options is – what type of system do I have? Below is a list of the different systems most homes have. Single Stage Meaning you have a gas, oil or electric furnace with an air conditioner. The gas furnace can be either natural or propane. Two Stage These are typically heat pump systems, but many two stage air conditioners are in the marketplace today. Multi Stage These are all stages above 2. These are typically two stage heat pumps or a geothermal system. This can all be confusing, and we fin...

How to Choose a Heating and Cooling Contractor

How to Choose a Heating and Cooling Contractor

There is wide variety of quality contractors in the marketplace for you to choose from when selecting a heating and cooling expert. The phrase “Buyer beware” is appropriate for this very situation. Directories like Angie’s List and Yelp that allow customers to review contractors are becoming increasingly popular and with good reason. The goal of these sites is to assist you in selecting a quality contractor. Let’s discuss what you can do in order to secure a relationship with a quality heating and cooling professional: 1. How Long Have You Been In Business? A busin...

Why Do I Need a Humidifier in My Home?

Why Do I Need a Humidifier in My Home?

Humidifiers, when used in your home, solve multiple problems that can arise. The largest issue that arises is dry air. The specific issues with dry air in a home are numerous with the largest one being health reasons. You will also find structural damage and increase utility bills when dry air is prevalent.   Your Health Health reasons are one of the large focus points for needing a humidifier. Low humidity can make it easier to catch and transmit cold and flu viruses. Cold dry air can aggravate asthma and static shock contributes to dry itchy skin. Structural Damage Second, dry air ...

Should I Replace My Furnace Today?

Should I Replace My Furnace Today?

The Department of Energy has the authority to develop minimum efficiency standards, and can establish Regional Standards as a component of these regulatory changes. The northern states will be impacted by the changes that the DOE sets forth. In fact, the number of heating hours is more than doubled the cooling hours in this region. Because of these standards, we recommend that you migrate your system to the 90%-efficient furnaces. These furnaces are labeled as a “condensing furnaces”. However, before you jump in and purchase a new condensing furnace, there are several items to c...

Why Should I Consider a Clean & Check For My Heating and Cooling System?

Why Should I Consider a Clean & Check For My Heating and Cooling System?

We get this question asked by many friends, customers, and associates. Especially after this extreme heat this year, many people have indicated that next time they want to get their heating and cooling system checked out before the season starts. But, what do I look for? And how do I know I'm not getting "ripped off"? First let's talk about the benefits of a "Clean & Check" or Maintenance Agreement program. Here are a few of the key benefits that you will receive from your investment each season: 1.) A proper cleaning of your unit will improve efficency and ma...

What Does a Refrigerant (R-22) Shortage Mean to Me?

What Does a Refrigerant (R-22) Shortage Mean to Me?

The EPA has annouced the possibility for additional planned reductions of the refrigerant R-22. This annoucement began the many rumors and misinformation on what is going to happen to the supply of R-22. As the rumors and predictions rattle through the industry, the price of R-22 began to skyrocket. Customers began buying as much of the cheaper R-22 supplies as possible while distributors are replacing it with the higher cost units based on the speculation on what the EPA will annouce as their final decision. This is all nice, however, when you add the additional factor that the industry was ...

Whole House Humidifier versus Portable Humidifiers

Whole House Humidifier versus Portable Humidifiers

I was walking through Target the other day and noticed a variety of portable humidifiers on the aisle. I am asking myself, how many people buy the portable humidifiers? In fact, how many people buy multiple portable humidifiers? In checking around, the quanity of these items sold in retail and big box stores was amazing. Humidifiers are great. For portable humidifiers to get the same effect as a whole house model, you would have to have one positioned in every room. This would be much more expensive than having a whole house model. In order to maintain portable models, you have to constantly ...

Heating & Cooling Tax Credits : What Happen to Them?

Heating & Cooling Tax Credits : What Happen to Them?

A customer from Wildwood, MO asked me a question about Tax Credits and incentives regarding the purchasing of a new heating & cooling system. He wanted to know what is available to him today. The tax credits for conventional heating and cooling systems expired on December 31, 2011. These systems would include any air conditioner, heat pump, or furnace that exist other than Geothermal. The Geothermal Heat Pump tax credit is still in force until the end of 2016. So if you are in the market for a new heating and cooling system, and Geothermal is not an option you are looking for, there is no ...

Are Space Heaters a good alternative for heating your home?

Are Space Heaters a good alternative for heating your home?

I read an article by John Hall on space heaters just recently, and it was only a day later that I had one of our customers ask me a question about the space heater that the Amish were promoting in the media. My honest answer is that space heaters are a solution, but not always the best solution. I then gave him several alternatives in order to save money on his utility bills. Homeowners are always trying to save money when it comes to their heating and cooling system costs. The conventional alternatives have been to do one of the following: Get a programmable thermostat and set back t...

Heating & Cooling Advice: Carbon Monoxide Detection

Heating & Cooling Advice: Carbon Monoxide Detection

By Teresa and Dan Haire   (HVAC) Heating and Cooling Experts – Washington, MO   Year after year, carbon monoxide takes about 200 lives in America and puts about 5,000 more people in emergency rooms for treatment, according to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC). The risk is often unnecessary and can be prevented easily.   Lots of people wonder what carbon monoxide is and how it gets into homes in the first place. Basically, when carbon-based fuels such as gas, oil, kerosene or wood burn, they produce gases. When fuel combustion or burning isn't complet...

Heating & Cooling Advice: Setting the Thermostat for Savings

Heating & Cooling Advice: Setting the Thermostat for Savings

Heating & Cooling Advice: Setting the Thermostat for Savings By Teresa Haire   (HVAC) Heating and Cooling Expert – Washington, MO   There's an extremely simple way to reduce your heating and cooling costs without buying additional equipment.  You can begin saving energy costs immediately when you set your thermostat properly.   It is normal to set an air conditioner thermostat between 75 and 80 degrees. It is normal to set the thermostat  for your heating system between 68 and 72 degrees. You should always set your thermostat to the highest possible set...

What is Geothermal Heating and Cooling and How Does it Work?

What is Geothermal Heating and Cooling and How Does it Work?

What is Geothermal Heating and Cooling and How Does it Work? By Teresa Haire   (HVAC) Heating and Cooling, Geothermal Heating and Cooling Expert – Washington, MO   Looking for ideas on how your home energy costs?  Want to explore green energy options? Lots of people don’t even know what geothermal heating and cooling system are or how they work.  Here's a simple explanation.   The Earth collects about 50% of the sun's energy and remains a contant temperature of 50°F to 70°F depending on the geographic location. A system that utilizes geoth...

How to Reduce Indoor Air Pollutants & Improve Indoor Air Quality

How to Reduce Indoor Air Pollutants & Improve Indoor Air Quality

How to Reduce Indoor Air Pollutants & Improve Indoor Air Quality By Teresa Haire (HVAC) Heating and Cooling, Air Quailty Expert – Washington, MO Want to maximize indoor air quality and reduce the indoor air pollutants in your home? A high efficiency air cleaner might help. You can eliminate as much as 99% of the pollen and spores that find their way into your home through your heating and cooling system. You can also eliminate a great deal of the household dust, dirt, smoke, and other air pollutants in your hvac system. Your indoor air will become cleaner and fresher while reduci...