Keeping Your HVAC System Running Efficiently

4 Money-Savvy Reasons to Have an Outdated HVAC System Replaced

Posted by on Jan 31, 2017 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on 4 Money-Savvy Reasons to Have an Outdated HVAC System Replaced

Many homeowners live by the adage, “if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it,” but this school of thought isn’t quite applicable to HVAC systems. Sure, an older model air conditioner or forced-heat ventilation system may be working to keep your home habitable, but it is reasonable to assume that you’re also missing out in a big way. Despite the fact your current heating and cooling system is working, you have to really consider whether your HVAC system is truly working in your favor. Here are the top four reasons why investing in professional HVAC services is a good move for financially savvy homeowners looking to lighten their financial loads. 1. Look Forward to Attractive Tax Credits – Even though upgrading your HVAC system is going to cost you some additional cash, this won’t be without reward. Homeowners must fairly regularly make some type of improvements to their homes, with many of them simply being necessary for keeping their houses habitable. When you upgrade your HVAC system to an Energy Star unit, you get to lower your tax liability and qualify for a sizable tax credit from the federal government. 2. Have No More Severely Fluctuating Energy Costs – One month, your electricity, natural gas, or home-heating oil bill may be so low that you rejoice. Unfortunately, the costs associated with keeping your home warm in the winter and cool in the summer can shoot up by the very next billing cycle. With a newer, more reliable, and better self-regulating HVAC system, your energy costs will be approximately the same each month, provided that you don’t make any drastic changes. 3. Have Exceptionally Improved Energy Efficiency – Homeowners who choose to upgrade their HVAC systems learn quickly how much more efficient their newly installed heating and cooling systems are. You’ll end up spending less money to keep the inside of your home comfortable because it will take considerably less time to change the climate to your liking. When you don’t have to run your air conditioning at the lowest setting or turn the thermostat as high as it can go just to keep your home somewhat warm, your energy costs in turn become lower. 4. Reduce HVAC System Repairs – Older HVAC systems may work reasonably well, but they also need to be repaired more often and require more tedious monitoring. If the idea is to reduce the number of times you have to reach out to HVAC services for repairs and troubleshooting, going with a newer system will prevent you from having to make emergency repair requests and repeated service calls. Talk to a company such as C B Lucas Heating & Air Conditioning to learn...

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Why Industrial Pipes Should Be Insulated

Posted by on Jan 5, 2017 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Why Industrial Pipes Should Be Insulated

Did the pipes in your warehouse freeze and leave you in the position of having to replace them? If freezing temperatures led to the pipes bursting open, it is likely that they were not properly insulated. When the new pipes are installed, it will be wise to make sure that they are insulated so you can enjoy the numerous benefits that come with the insulation. This article covers a few of the things that make insulating your industrial pipes a good idea. It Will Take Longer for the Pipes to Freeze Up The key to preventing your industrial pipes from bursting open again is to slow down the freezing process. If the pipes are properly insulated, it is possible that the exterior temperature will warm up before the pipes are able to freeze to the point of getting damaged. You must keep in mind that some types of industrial-pipe insulation will be more efficient than others, so make sure that you choose wisely. Simply tell the contractor that installs the new pipes that you want the type of insulation that slows down the freezing process to the fullest extent possible. You will likely need insulation that completely wraps around the pipes. The Temperature of Your Water Will Be More Accurate The water that comes out of the faucets in your warehouse might not be at an appropriate temperature when the pipes are not insulated. For instance, the temperature on the outside of the pipes can affect the temperature of the water as it flows through. You might end up with water not being as hot as it should be, and that can be frustrating if you need the water to come out at a specific temperature. When industrial pipes are insulated, this keeps the level of heat loss and gain under control. The exterior temperature of the pipes will have little to no effect on the water depending on the quality of insulation that is used. A Humid Warehouse Won’t Affect the Pipes It is common for warehouses to have humid environments, and that is not good for the pipes. Humidity is one of the main things that can lead to pipes corroding in an untimely manner. Humidity can lead to condensation taking place, and that is something that leaves drops of water on the pipes. The water is what leads to corrosion. Insulated pipes are less likely to corrode from a warehouse being humid because the metal will be...

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Building A New Home And Live In A Hot Climate? 2 Tips To Make Your Home Stay Cool

Posted by on Dec 14, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Building A New Home And Live In A Hot Climate? 2 Tips To Make Your Home Stay Cool

It is much easier to design a home to stay cool while building it when compared to making changes after a home is built. If you live in a hot climate, there are many things you can do to ensure you stay cool inside your home in the hot weather. Below are two of these things to help you get started. HVAC Unit There are different ways you can cool your home and a good choice is to install an HVAC unit. With this type of heating and cooling system, you have complete control over the temperature of your home, and every room will stay consistently cool or warm. This is especially true if you ask the contractor to install a programmable thermostat. You should hire an HVAC contractor to install the unit. They will know the right size that you need. This is important because if you have a unit that is too small, it would not be able to keep your house cool and comfortable. Once the HVAC unit is installed, the contractor will install the ductwork to route the air into your home through the vents. Depending on the size and type of unit, it could cost up to $8,000 to install an HVAC system. Roof A dark roof will absorb heat, which will cause your home to feel hotter. Instead of a dark roof, choose one that is a lighter colored. Metal roofing is more expensive but it is an investment you should consider making. You have a variety of options to choose from. You can cut the costs by choosing corrugated steel instead of copper. Metal is reflective of the sun and is a cool roofing material. You can paint the roof with reflective paint to reflect even more sun. There is a coating you can put on the roof that is also highly reflective. Metal roofs have an aesthetic appeal because you can choose from many coating colors. Slate roofing is another option you have. This is much less expensive when compared to metal roofing. It works great for any weather conditions, and is available in light colors so it reflects heat. Slate roofing tiles are highly durable and require little maintenance. These are just two ways you can help your home stay cool in the hot temperatures. Talk to the builders, as they likely have many more suggestions you can use while building your...

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2 Condenser Unit Problems That Can Drain Or Impair Your HVAC Refrigerant

Posted by on Oct 17, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on 2 Condenser Unit Problems That Can Drain Or Impair Your HVAC Refrigerant

Central air conditioners are a split system consisting of an air handler inside your home’s furnace and a larger condensing unit that sits outside your home, usually on a concrete slab. The cooling process starts in the condensing unit when the thermostat sends a signal to the compressor, which then pumps out the refrigerant fuel needed to power the system and cool your air. Problems with parts inside the condensing unit can cause you to lose refrigerant or process the refrigerant less efficiently, which will slowly make your system less efficient until the air conditioner stops working altogether. Rapid Cycling Compressor Does your air conditioning unit start up properly but then seem to shut off quickly for no reason? You might have a problem with one of the capacitors that regulates the electricity going into the compressor. Your air conditioner likely has a run capacitor, which stores a charge in case the compressor needs a boost during operations. It might also have a start capacitor, which helps the compressor get going. If either of those capacitors fails to work, the compressor can lose its electrical footing and stop running. The bad news is that this rapid cycling will make it seem like your unit is becoming less efficient, which often signals a refrigerant issue. But the refrigerant in this case isn’t actually draining out unless there is also a hole in the compressor. Contact an air conditioning repair service like Nebraska Heating & Air to examine and replace the capacitors and to make sure there aren’t any problems with the capacitor that could feed into the rapid cycling and potentially cost you refrigerant. Dirty or Broken Condenser Coils The gas refrigerant compressed within the compressor is pushed out into the nearby system of condenser coils. The coils take that gas and change it into a liquid, which causes the coils to become hot and allows the refrigerant to move on into the other part of the split system via lines leading to your air handler. The phase change process requires that the coils stay clean and intact. If the coils break, refrigerant can leak out, which will slowly drain your system and cost efficiency. If the coils are dirty, the phase change won’t happen as effectively, and your air handler won’t receive the full amount of liquid refrigerant. Repeat this failure for a few rounds of cooling, and the air handler won’t have the supplies needed to cool your indoor air. Call a heating and air conditioning services technician to clean your condenser coils and to top off the refrigerant levels, if needed. Broken coils leaking refrigerant will need to be replaced before the refrigerant is...

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Things To Consider When A Central Air Conditioner Is Problematic

Posted by on Jul 19, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Things To Consider When A Central Air Conditioner Is Problematic

Does it seem as though your central air conditioning system is wearing out? If you are not satisfied with the amount of air you are receiving from the air conditioner, there might simply be a part that is in need of professional attention. This article covers some of the vital parts of a central air conditioning system that can cause problems when they are not in good shape. Problematic Air Ducts If you have never had new air ducts installed and live in an old house, it might be the root of your air conditioning problem. It is possible that the air ducts have become cracked up from normal wear and tear. Cracks lead to air seeping out and system inefficiency. Keep in mind that it is also possible that the air ducts are just dirty and need to be cleaned by a professional. The Air Handler Has Problems When the air handler is in bad shape, it might seem as though a central air conditioner needs to be replaced. The handler is vital because it makes it possible for you to receive air in your house. Some of the parts inside of an air handler that might need attention include the blower fan, motor, and filter. However, the entire air handler might possibly need to be replaced if it is worn out. Warm Air Can’t Touch the Metal Evaporator Coil If warm air is unable to touch the metal evaporator coil, it can cause energy inefficiency. Basically, you might need to get the evaporator coil inspected to make sure dirt isn’t creating a barrier between the metal and warm air. You must understand that warm air is able to cool down by touching the metal of the evaporator coil because it is extremely cold. There Isn’t Enough Coolant in the System Coolant is vital for a central air conditioning system because it helps the evaporator coil to function as it should. The coolant is able to change into a gas that makes the evaporator coil cold. Basically, the coolant consists of water and antifreeze. You might need more water and antifreeze placed inside of your air conditioning system. The Thermostat is Not in Good Shape The only problem with your central air conditioning system might be that the thermostat doesn’t work right and need to be replaced. You might not actually be setting the temperature to the number that is displayed as you think, which can happen if internal parts are broken. Talk to a contractor about your problematic central air conditioning system to find out what should be done. For AC repair, click this link or do an online...

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HVAC Issues That Need Professional Attention

Posted by on Jul 19, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on HVAC Issues That Need Professional Attention

There are multiple home HVAC issues that should be assessed and treated by a professional technician. Here are a few of them: Suspected Mold Mold can be a serious problem in areas where there is a large amount of moisture. Although mold is often unsightly, it can cause more significant issues when it invades your HVAC system. Harmful spores can be spread throughout your home, causing health problems for you and your loved ones. Mold often has a characteristic mildewy odor. In addition, mold growth may present as dark slimy or fuzzy spots. If you have seen signs of mold near your HVAC vents or have smelled it as your HVAC system blows air, you may have a mold infestation. A professional HVAC technician can assess your system to confirm the presence of mold. If mold is found, remediation efforts can begin. In addition to the ducts and vents of your home, mold can develop in the following system components: Drain Pans and Cooling Coils As condensate accumulates around the cooling coils, the water is collected in the drain pan. If the moisture sits in the pan too long, mold may develop. Grilles and Screens Damp dust and other debris can collect in system grilles and screens, allowing mold to grow and fester. Loud System Noises Unusual noises should be assessed as soon as possible. The noises could be due to system components that have become loosened over time from system vibrations. While the components are still in place, the parts may only need to be tightened. However, once a component becomes completely displaced, it may damage other system components.  Noises can also be emitted due to worn system belts or obstructions that limit the movements of fans and other components. Lack of Communication Between Thermostat and System If your HVAC system does not respond to changes in thermostat settings, it could be a problem with the thermostat. A failed thermostat may be unable to relay a target temperature that would cause your HVAC system to blow air to cool a home. However, wiring issues and even a failing compressor could cause these problems. If the problems are not addressed by a technician, your system may remain inoperable.  Although there are many different HVAC issues that can develop, most should only be diagnosed and addressed by a trained technician. If you are experiencing problems with your HVAC system, schedule an appointment with a technician, such as one from Wright Total Indoor Comfort....

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Three Tell-Tale Signs That It’s Time To Replace Your Attic Insulation

Posted by on Jun 2, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Three Tell-Tale Signs That It’s Time To Replace Your Attic Insulation

Insulation does not last forever. How long it lasts will depend on many factors, from the brand of insulation you bought to the moisture levels in your attic. So you’ll need to stay on the lookout for the following signs that indicate it’s time to replace your attic insulation. Ice dams are forming on your roof. Your insulation’s job is to prevent heat from escaping through your roof. If heat does escape through your roof in the winter, it will melt some of the snow on the peak of the roof. The water will trickle down, re-freezing at the edge of the roof and forming a shelf of ice – or row of big icicles – often referred to as an ice dam. So, if you’re beginning to notice more ice dams on your roof, this is a sign your insulation is no longer doing its job. It has likely begun to compact or break down, which means it needs to be replaced. There’s a musty smell in the attic. Over time, insulation can absorb moisture and begin to mold. So, if you smell a musty odor when you open up the attic, mold is likely the cause. If you can find the source of the moisture, such as a leak in the roof or a leak in a pipe, and fix that leak, you may only need to replace the insulation that has been directly exposed to the moisture. But if there’s no overt leak, the moldiness and moisture buildup has probably resulted from high humidity and a lack of insulation in the attic – and you’ll need to replace all of the insulation. Your upstairs feels draftier than normal. Have you noticed that your upstairs is not staying as warm as it used to, or that you experience a drafty, chilled feeling in certain areas? While this may be a sign that your windows are giving out or that your HVAC system needs repairs, it can also be an indication that your insulation is failing. It’s worth your time to take a quick look at the insulation. If it seems discolored, compacted or moist, it’s time to replace it. If the insulation appears to be just fine, you’ll want to look into other possibilities like leaky windows or a failing HVAC system. Replacing your insulation is not a huge or complicated task, but if you’re not confident pulling up and replacing the insulation, feel free to contact a specialist, such as those at Leon Muenks Insulation LLC, and have them do it for...

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How To Replace The Transformer In A Furnace

Posted by on Apr 12, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on How To Replace The Transformer In A Furnace

Has your furnace suddenly stopped even turning on? Check to make sure the fuse hasn’t blown or that the electrical shut-off switch isn’t off. If there is no clear reason that the furnace isn’t starting, your unit might have a blown transformer. Are you certain the transformer is the issue? Changing out the transformer isn’t hard but you need to be certain you are installing a transformer with the right voltage for your particular unit. Check your owner’s manual for help. What You Need: Pen and paper or digital camera (optional) Screwdriver New transformer Step 1: Removing the Old Transformer Turn off all electricity to the furnace using the shut-off switch or circuit breaker. Locate the blower chamber panel on the lower rear of the furnace. Twist the knobs on the panel to unlock it from the furnace. Pull up on the panel to remove the panel from the furnace. Set the panel aside somewhere safe. You should now see the transformer and its attached wires. Make note of the position of the wires either by writing down the colors and orientation or by taking a picture. There should only be a few wires so if you feel like you can remember the orientation, you can skip the notes. Pull the wires free from the transformer. Note that the ends of the wires are likely similar to phone cords so you only need to gently depress the tab at the end to remove the wire. Locate the control panel grounding wire that is mounted next to the transformer. Use a screwdriver to remove the wire’s mounting screw and pull the wire away from the transformer. Let the wire hang in place inside the furnace. Remove the mounting screws holding the transformer onto its mounting plate. Pull the old transformer down then out of the furnace and discard. Step 2: Installing the New Transformer Position the new transformer on the mounting plate. Secure the transformer into place using the mounting screws. Secure the control board grounding wire to the side of the transformer using the mounting screw. Connect the transformer wires to the appropriate terminals on the transformer using your notes or picture, if needed. Put the blower chamber panel in place on the furnace and twist the knobs to secure. Restore electricity at the shut-off or circuit breaker box. Turn on the furnace and allow it to run for a while to see if the problem is solved. If the problem continues, or any new problems pop up, call in a heating repair...

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3 Important HVAC Terms To Understand For Your Home’s Energy Efficiency

Posted by on Feb 10, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on 3 Important HVAC Terms To Understand For Your Home’s Energy Efficiency

Due to the different tasks to maintain your investment, owning a home can be challenging. However, proper cleaning and maintenance ensures that your home remains valuable, functional, and efficient. Considering that an estimated 48 percent of your home’s total energy usage stems from heating and cooling, understanding and maintaining your heating and air conditioner is smart. Using this guide of common HVAC terms, you will have a better understanding of your home’s heating and cooling operation and energy efficiency. Tonnage Your system tonnage is not referring to its weight, but it does signify the capacity of your air conditioner system. Proper tonnage is necessary to ensure that the system is cooling in an efficient manner. If you system does not have an adequate amount of tonnage, it will utilize more energy to cool your home. Each ton removes approximately 12,000 British Thermal Units, or BTUs, or heat from inside the home each hour. Since every square foot of your home needs 25 BTUs to cool efficiently, a 2000 square foot house will need 50,000 BTUs or at least a 4-ton unit. SEER It is not the name of a department store, but SEER refers to Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ration. This number represents your system’s total efficiency. For a more efficient system, opt for system with a higher SEER rating. Heating and air systems with a higher SEER are more expensive, but the reduction in your heating and cooling costs and the environmental conservation aspect makes it a worthwhile investment. R-22 If your air conditioning seems to struggle cooling during the hot temperatures of summer, it may be low on R-22. R-22, or Freon, is not the name of a droid from your favorite science fiction movie, but it is actually a refrigerant that absorbs and releases heat to allow the system to cool.  Without sufficient refrigerant, your system will not cool the home efficiently. Of course, R-22 is not the only type of refrigerant available. Since it contains chlorine, it can pollute the environment, so many HVAC contractors and homeowners are opting for a less toxic refrigerant, such as R-407c. If considering this non-ozone depleting refrigerant, your contractor will need to complete a retrofit on the system. This may increases costs, but it will be an energy efficient, eco-friendly investment. Understanding your home’s heating and air system is key to your family’s comfort and home’s energy efficiency. For more information, contact HELP Plumbing, Heating, Cooling and Electric or a similar...

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3 Things You Should Have A Plumber Check Before You Buy Your New Home

Posted by on Jan 4, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on 3 Things You Should Have A Plumber Check Before You Buy Your New Home

If you think you’ve found your dream home, then you may be eager to sign on the dotted line, make the house legally yours, and move right on in. Plumbing issues can make any home unwelcoming, and you don’t want to move into your house only to find out that the washer leaks or that your home has outdated plumbing. Since any plumbing issues you encounter after you buy your home will either have to be taken care of by you or in a drawn-out legal battle with the previous owner, it’s wise to have your potential home’s plumbing issues examined prior to purchasing. Here are 3 things you should hire a plumber to check out before buying your new home. Plumbing materials You want a plumber to check all the plumbing pipes and connections to make sure the home is updated with modern plumbing supplies. They will also check for erosion or rust around your toilet or under your sink to indicate slow leaks. Copper piping can crack, and mismatched fittings (such as copper to poly pipe, for example) can result in a loose fit that can cause leaking later. Make sure your potential new home is outfitted with modern plumbing piping before you make your final purchase. Water heater You will also want your plumber or an HVAC specialist to check out the home’s water heater. A water heater should not have rust in the bottom and should have a layer of protective insulation around its pipes. If it has been properly maintained, it should have been drained to release all the mineral buildup from years of use prior to the seller placing it on the market. Have your water heater fully inspected to make sure it is ready to be used again once you claim home ownership. If it needs to be replaced, a new water heater can cost as much as $3,500, so make sure you bring up this plumbing issue with your seller so you can hopefully recoup this cost in closing. Drains You want to make sure that drains in your new potential home are free of debris and have healthy drainage, which is something your plumber can check for you. Using a snake with a lighted end, they can inspect your toilet, sinks, and bathtub to make sure there is no debris blocking your drains that can become a larger problem down the line. Before you buy your dream home, you want to make sure its plumbing is sound. In having your plumber inspect the home prior to buying it, you can help save yourself the cost of repairing plumbing damage that may come as a surprise after purchasing your home otherwise. Visit this web-site for more...

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