We get calls from customers often during the winter months asking why their heat pump is suddenly running really loudly. What most people ...
You may have heard the terms split system or package unit before, but do you know exactly what that means? There is actually a big differen...
Hot off the news wire this morning, Monday, January 23rd 2012, is the price of R-22 refrigerant will be going up effective immediately! ...
Probably the most common question we get in the hvac business is this; which is better, gas furnace or heat pump? Well folks, it all prett...
If you've done any research on refrigerants and/or new air conditioning units you have probably heard about a new-ish 'alternate&...
If you have a furnace in your home and it's more than a few years old, you should have a trained certified professional inspect it and ...
Air pollution contributes greatly to most respiratory illnesses and conditions, with lung disease claiming close to 335,000 lives in Americ...
There is talk around the campfire about the U.S. government once again raising the minimum SEER rating on all air conditioners being pr...
Sometimes it can be difficult to heat or cool a specific space in your home, such as a recent addition, single room, basement or sun room....
The title of this post is probably one of the most frequently asked questions by customers to their heating and air conditioning service ...
Thursday, April 26, 2012
This morning I came across a very informative article discussing the dangers of hiring unlicensed people to install and repair your heating and air conditioning system(s). I know I've brought this up before in previous posts but I can't stress enough the importance of getting a licensed, reputable company to provide all your heating and air conditioning services. It's very worth your while if you are a homeowner to read this article, lots of great info........
Posted by Nickadeemus at 1:13 PM
Monday, April 9, 2012
When homeowners need to upgrade their air conditioning systems, they expect the newly installed systems to perform as advertised. However, poor installation methods can lead to a significant drop in efficiency as well as negatively affecting comfort, too. In fact, Energy Star, a government-funded energy-efficiency website, reports that up to half of all a/c system installations are compromised, meaning poor installation practices have led to countless homeowners spending more money over the life of their systems to keep them operating well and efficiently. If you’re looking at purchasing a new a/c system, you should know that it's installation counts for a lot, perhaps more than you think. Here are a few things you should expect from a quality a/c system installation:
- Careful sizing. Expert sizing methods are critical during any a/c system installation. Factors that affect sizing include heat gain from the sun through windows, insulation levels and the home’s square footage. Without taking into account all factors that affect sizing, you could end up with a system that’s either too big or too small for your space. And that means your new system won’t operate efficiently or create a comfortable home.
- Well-maintained ductwork. Of all of the factors that affect efficiency, ductwork leaks generally contribute to the largest energy losses. Before installing the new a/c system, your ductwork should be looked at to determine it's efficiency status. If the ductwork is saggy and/or needs to be resealed, these items will be addressed and the recommendation will be made for the repair prior or during new system installation.
- Precisely measured refrigerant. With an a/c, efficiency rests on the refrigerant’s ability to cool. Improper refrigerant charges can greatly affect your cooling bills, comfort and equipment life span. Proper methods are to be taken so as to achieve the optimal level of efficiency.
As I've stated in a previous blog, even the most efficient top of the line a/c system means nothing if it isn't installed correctly. At Environmental, our heating & air system installation expert, John Van Orden, strictly follows the above mentioned steps as well as any additional steps that may need to be taken into account to satisfy you the customer. John will ensure that you are happy with your new system's performance, rest assured that he isn't the type to go missing once the money is collected. With your new, efficient a/c system in place, you can expect to see a dip in your energy bills, better comfort and long-lasting equipment. So give us a call if you have any questions at all about getting a new system, FREE ESTIMATES on all system replacements!
Environmental Heating & Air of NC, Inc. PLUS Plumbing
Posted by Nickadeemus at 2:16 PM