An interactive blog featuring helpful tips and info about heating and air conditioning from a repair technician's experiences. Covering furnaces from 98% and down, air conditioners, thermostats, ductwork, system repairs and installation practices, plumbing, etc...
Environmental Heating & Air is a proponent of air quality improvement specializing in HVAC system replacements and air quality products. We offer everything from free estimates on system replacements to an extensive assortment of air quality products including air filters of all sizes by the case, air purification systems, UV lights and mold / odor eliminators! Routine maintenance service is also offered at a discounted rate! Environmental Heating & Air proudly services the Raleigh / Durham area of central North Carolina! Check out some prices below as well as the link to Environmental Heating & Air's website....
Case (12) 20x20x1 Filter MERV 8 Pleated: $49.00
Case (12) 10x20x1 Filter MERV 8 Pleated: $35.00
Semi-annual Preventative Maintenance Service Plan: $119.00 per year (2 visits)
At Environmental, we've discovered that the more information a customer is able to provide about their a/c and/or heating system, the more prepared our service technicians can be to expedite getting the customer's system back up and running. While our service technicians have a wealth of knowledge and can solve really any problem with a malfunctioning hvac system, a lot of times it's the customer that can provide the most important observable information that saves everyone both time and money.
For example, there are instances when a customer will call and say their a/c is no longer cooling. We then ask if they are receiving any air flow at all or is it a case where the air that is coming out is just warm or room temperature? By simply knowing this, the customer can quite possibly eliminate one whole part of a system and isolate right away where the malfunctioning part likely lies. Again, every bit of info a customer can provide us before the initial service appointment can possibly end up saving them a good deal of money on labor costs and return trips. By no means are we asking people to be experts on the subject, just simple observations noted by the customer can provide time saving clues much like a witness to a crime. This is especially crucial for those mysterious intermittent problems that need to be directly observed in order to properly diagnose the issue. There are separate autonomous electrical and mechanical systems at work within any single hvac system. If one of these independent circuits or refrigerant flow systems were to begin to malfunction, it can cause the whole system to perform inefficiently or very likely not at all. So when a customer is able to report their direct observance, it often allows the servicing technician to know beforehand what to expect and where to start.
Any information is good information when reporting a problem with your home's hvac system. Your professional servicing technician and your wallet will thank you!
Did you know that proper landscaping can can have quite a significant effect on the energy efficiency in your home during the warmer months? The Department of Energy claims that the shade from having trees properly planted around your home can lower the surrounding air temperature by as much as 9 degrees. It might not sound like a lot, but that actually can have considerable impact on your air conditioner's energy consumption. Proper landscaping involves planting the right kind of trees and shrubs in strategic locations to accurately account for the positions of the sun throughout the day and the moving shadows your trees and shrubs will create. The Department of Energy website goes in-depth on this as well as choosing trees that will also be helpful during the colder months as well. The link is provided below. Please take a moment and check out the Department of Energy website and learn how to start saving money while staying cool....
At certain times of the year, the price of purchasing a new heating
and air conditioning unit is at it's absolute lowest. Those times take
place most often at the end of the year and also when supply/demand
dictates. For example, right now! The between seasons period is the
most sluggish period sales-wise, and in an effort to keep products
moving along, manufacturers are
forced to lower their prices on new systems. Which in turn is very
beneficial to the customer, that kinda goes without saying.
only during these times does the cost of a new system go down, but also
the interest rate that goes along with financing that new system! It's
a well known fact that the economy is bad right now and couple that
with the above mentioned weather, and you've got yourself a perfect time
to purchase that new system that you've had in the back of your mind
that you know will need purchasing soon. So I'm just trying to help you
folks out by filling you in on the best times of the year to get that
new system! Trust me, you don't want to wait until the weather changes
and demand goes back up, because so will the prices and interest rates!
At Environmental, we offer free quotes on system replacements with no
pressure or hassle. Our quotes are good for 30 days, so if you're even
thinking you might need a new system before too long, strike now while
the iron is hot! Give us a call!
It's routine maintenance season! The weather is mild, not too cool, not
too warm. In other words, we are in between peak seasons of heating
and a/c usage. So, if you
are willing to get your spring Preventative Maintenance done a little
early this year, the chances of getting any replacement parts you may
need or any
other service done that you may require as identified by your
Preventative Maintenance technician, you will receive the fastest
service available! That often means same day parts replacement
appointments. Turn around time on these appointments is the fastest
during this time of year.
A Preventative Maintenance
Contract can more than pay for itself in
fewer emergency repairs and lower utility bills alone. As with your
vehicle or really any mechanical item, routine maintenance is a must!
There are a
multitude of things that can cause your heating and a/c unit to fail as
well as take years off it's life, and most of these things can't be
found unless you are proactive and have someone with a trained eye who
can spot the immediate warning signs. Whether it's low refrigerant in
your heat pump(which can cause your heat strips to stay on all the time
during the winter and/or your a/c to run continuously during the summer =
high energy bill) or a furnace with a cracked heat
exchanger(which produces the deadly gas Carbon Monoxide), or just all
around dirt and grime(which greatly decreases efficiency), there really
is no downside to signing up for a Preventative Maintenance Contract.
If nothing else, it will be to have the peace of mind knowing that you
don't have to worry about your heating and a/c, as we keep a detailed
record of your system's specifications and tendencies. To learn more
about Environmental's Preventative Maintenance Plan or if you have any
questions about anything else we can help you with, please visit our
website or give us a call!
It may be getting about time to replace that old thermostat on your
wall, especially if it is the old mercury style. At Environmental, we
do not recommend attempting to install a brand new
thermostat yourself. It is always best left to a certified professional
as they are able to ensure that you are putting up the right thermostat
for your particular system and that it is installed correctly.
Especially now with the invention of the more complicated "learning"
thermostats like the Nest. However, there's probably a lot of you out
there who will still do it
yourself to save some money, which is completely understandable.
Well, for all you do-it-yourselfers
out there and anybody who would just like some great general knowledge
about the process, we have a youtube channel that you can check out at http://www.youtube.com/user/Environc.
There's also a couple more videos on there with some great general
knowledge stuff, so just subscribe for free to the Environmental youtube
channel and stay in the know! As always, thanks for reading!
If you're one of those people who decided to take advantage of
purchasing a high efficiency heating and air conditioning system, these
freezing cold days and nights must be making you glad you did! Did you
know that if you upgrade to a high efficiency heating and a/c system,
you could reduce your home's energy consumption by up to 30 - 40%? Not
to mention, most local utility companies offer special incentives to
their customers who purchase Energy Star qualified heating and a/c
While it is more money up front to purchase
one of these systems, you more than make your money back in energy
usage. Here at Environmental, we have awesome financing options that can easily fit your budget! With heating and air conditioning accounting for approximately
56% of the energy usage in your home, purchasing a high efficiency
system is truly a wise investment.
just because you purchase high efficiency equipment, it means nothing if
the equipment isn't properly installed. Qualified professionals from a
reputable company, like Environmental Heating & Air, should be the only ones tasked with installing your
new high efficiency heating and a/c equipment. These certified
technicians will also be able to spot other key factors in your home
that can lead to poor efficiency: outdated insulation, window and door
air leaks, unsealed ductwork, etc...
Bottom line is,
if you're serious about saving money and using less energy, a high
efficiency heating and air system is what you need! Ask anyone who has
one, right now they are sitting comfortably while saving money!