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Putting You in Control of Next Generation Thermostats

Posted on: August 20, 2014

The EPA revoked the Energy Star label on thermostats, because their studies showed thermostats were so difficult to program. Therefore, most homeowners didn’t know how to use the thermostats to save money on their energy bill. However, over the past 5 years thermostat manufacturers released nine digital thermostats with Wi-Fi connectivity for easy programming of…

Maintenance Checklist

Posted on: August 18, 2014

A planned maintenance check-up will include the following: • Calibrate and test thermostats • Check and test all wiring and electrical components • Lubricate all motors and bearings • Check and clear the condensate drain • Assure operating sequence of the system Cooling • Coils inspected and cleaned • Check the refrigerant level for proper charge • Inspect ductwork for leaks Heating • Check…

10 Tips for Hiring an HVAC Contractor

Posted on: August 13, 2014

1. Study up — Research license and insurance requirements for HVAC contractors in Florida. Keep record of your maintenance history and model numbers. Potential HVAC contractors will better understand your heating or cooling needs with this information. 2. Get referrals — Ask people you trust for a contractor referral. The local utility company may offer a list…

Heat & Cool Efficiently

Posted on: August 7, 2014

Change the air filter monthly Your filter should be inspected every month. If the filter looks dirty, then change it as soon as possible. Maintain your HVAC equipment annually Yearly maintenance of your heating and cooling system can improve its efficiency directly relating to your comfort. Tune up the HVAC as you would a car/truck!…

R22 Phase Out

Posted on: July 23, 2014

The old standard of R-22 The US Environmental Protection Agency has ordered the phaseout of R-22 refrigerant for air conditioning systems. The production of R-22 refrigerant systems will not be allowed as of 2010. The new regulations also state the manufacture of R-22 itself must end. The primary reason for these actions is because R-22…

Becoming a HVAC Technician

Posted on: July 23, 2014

Today's advancement in technology has reshaped the HVAC industry. The equipment can communicate with the thermostat to alert homeowners of potential concerns, and the system can be included with other home automation services such as door locks, windows or security cameras. There is a higher demand now for HVAC technicians as these technologies continue to require consistent training…

Pros & Cons of a Mini Split Ductless System

Posted on: July 18, 2014

Pros of Mini Split Ductless System These systems have no ducts; therefore they avoid the energy losses that are typically associated with them. Generally duct losses account for roughly 30% of energy consumption, especially if the ducts are in an unconditioned space such as an attic. They are easier to install than other systems. Mini-splits…

Duct Leakage Testing

Posted on: July 15, 2014

Leaks in duct systems are now renowned as a major source of energy waste in both new and existing houses. Duct leakage can account for as much as 25% of total house energy loss. Leakage can also prevent heating and cooling systems from doing their job properly, resulting in too hot or too cold rooms,…

Keeping The Evaporator & Condenser Coils Clean

Posted on: July 11, 2014

One of the easiest, most cost-effective things than can be done in regards to energy efficiency is to have the HVAC system's condenser and evaporator coils inspected yearly and cleaned as necessary. Energy costs can be cut up to 30% with yearly cleanings. Costly service calls for frozen up units can be avoided with preventative…

Tips to Help Reduce Summer Utility Bills

Posted on: July 9, 2014

1. Using Fans Using ceiling fans to circulate the air throughout the home. Therefore one can avoid turning or using the A/C for as long as possible. This is also a great technique on those cool summer nights when the windows can also be left open. 2. Replacing the HVAC Unit If the A/C unit…

Replacing the HVAC System At Home

Posted on: March 6, 2014

Here are tips to help decide when to possibly replace your air conditioner. A/C unit is more than 10 years old • The average lifespan of an A/C system can range between 10 to 12 years. If the unit is more than 10 years old, consider replacing it with a more efficient system. Newly manufactured air…

Surge Protectors

Posted on: March 6, 2014

Heating and cooling equipment (HVAC systems) have sensitive electrical components and need some kind of protection from electrical surges. Usually a single electrical surge can cause no obvious harm, but repeated surges will wear down the equipment, making replacements necessary years earlier than might be necessary otherwise. Though lightning is the most recognized cause of…

Permits & Licensing

Posted on: March 6, 2014

Building permits generate routine inspections that help guarantee that the system was installed properly, is running efficiently, meets Home Energy Rating System (HERS) testing requirements, and abide by the State Building Energy Efficiency Standards. A growing trend in the HVAC industry has exposed licensed contractors who are violating state law by telling consumers that building…

APCO In-Duct UV Light

Posted on: March 6, 2014

A lot of science goes into a UV light system. Simply put, the activated carbon matrix in the APCO Fresh-aire UV system causes a photocatalytic reaction which transforms odors into harmless water vapor and CO2. Then, it is all released back into the air stream. The APCO Fresh-aire UV system light can kill up to 90%…

Dehumidifiers

Posted on: March 6, 2014

Dehumidifiers pull air from every room in the home through the return ducts, remove moisture and pollutants and circulate dry and fresh air back throughout the home. They work in conjunction with air conditioner to efficiently balance the humidity levels in home but can also work independently on days when the air conditioner is not…

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