Thursday, September 20, 2012

Replace or Repair your Air Conditioner ??

The value of a new system
Replacing your home comfort system now will give you all the benefits of reliable, clean, healthy and comfortable indoor air. Even better, it will add up to $15,000 to the value of your home, while saving you an average of $10,000 in five years over the costs to run an older, inefficient system!

Here are just a few things to consider about your outdated system:
  • Out of warranty means costly repairs
  • Inefficient operations waste energy - increasing your electric bill
  • Unbalanced airflow makes it harder to cool rooms
  • Constant on and off cycling is as noisy as it is an energy waster
  • Circulates as much dust around the house as air

Did you know that?
Of the hundreds of heating and air conditioning systems that the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power examined:
  • 90 % of the units had some sort of energy-wasting problem
  • 50 % had an improper refrigerant charge resulting in wasted energy, as well as shortened equipment life
  • 40 % failed to meet minimum airflow requirements

Seasonal Energy Efficiency Rating (SEER) - What is it?
Air conditioner efficiency is often rated by the Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio (SEER). The higher the SEER rating of a unit, the more energy efficient it is. When deciding whether to repair or replace, it’s important to factor in a comfort system’s SEER.

The costs of ownership
Depending on the type of home comfort system you have, the total annual costs to keep an older system can be substantial.

Details:3 Ton:4 Ton:5 Ton:
Electrical energy waste$ 3,223.00$ 4,294.00$ 5,370.00
Gas energy waste$ 1,117.00$ 1,505.00$ 1,882.00
Service repairs for aging equipment$ 2,091.00$ 2,423.00$ 2,642.00
Price increases in equipment over 5 years$ 1,224.00$ 1,632.00$ 2,040.00
Increased labor costs over 5 years$ 612.00$ 816.00$ 1,020.00
Total Extra Cost:$ 8,267.00$ 10,667.00$ 12,954.00

Home Comfort Systems

(Comparisons based on existing older models: 6- S.E.E.R. vs. new 13-15 S.E.E.R and existing older models- with 60 % A.F.U.E. vs. 80-90 % A.F.U.E.)

Replace it? Repair it?

It’s a fact - all mechanical systems weren’t made to last forever. And one of the most difficult decisions any homeowner faces is whether to repair or replace an aging air conditioning and heating system.

Find a local HVAC Contractor
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Learn more about cost savings
Still undecided whether or not you should repair or replace your cooling and heating system? Contact a cooling and heating specialists here. They’ll be happy to give you an evaluation and answer your comfort system questions.

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Air Conditioning HVAC Maintenance

HVAC Heating Ventilation Air Conditioning Maintenance

Home Comfort SystemsWhat you can do

  • Clean or replace the filters monthly. Dirty air filters cause the home comfort unit to work harder than necessary.
  • Keep the grass around your outside unit trimmed, being careful not to blow debris or grass clippings into the unit. Make sure landscaping does not block the outdoor air conditioner components.
  • Shade the outdoor air conditioning unit. Air conditioners with proper shading can be up to 10 % more efficient over a cooling season, according to the U.S. Department of Energy.
  • Insulate ducts. Sealing ducts will save energy and money year round. First, seal the duct joints and leaks with mastic tape or sealer. Plain duct tape is not recommended because it will dry out and peel off over time. Wrap the ducts with low-cost, foil-faced fiberglass insulation, and seal the insulation seams with regular duct tape. According to the U.S. Department of Energy, insulating ducts in the typical American home costs about $250, but the improvement will pay for itself in energy savings in two and a half years. Even the added cost of hiring a professional to install the insulation will be repaid with the energy savings.
  • Clean off dirt buildup on the indoor and outdoor coils of the central home comfort system. These heat exchangers between the refrigerant and the surrounding air can quickly build up impurities will hinder the coil's performance by as much as 8 %. Both indoor and outdoor coils can be cleaned with warm, soapy water, but need to be treated gently.
  • Raise temperature settings. Each degree of temperature can represent up to 9% savings or added expense in cooling costs.
  • Keep the unit fan on "AUTO." It is not necessary to run the fan constantly when your air conditioner or heater is turned on.

The technician should
  • Measure the refrigerant to see if it needs recharging. An undercharged unit lowers the efficiency of the system.
  • Measure the airflow over the air conditioner's cooling coils. Inadequate airflow is a common problem and correcting airflow rates can increase efficiency 5 to 10 percent.
  • Clean and inspect the motor, compressor, air handler, ducts, coils and air filter.

All air conditioners and heating systems require regular maintenance to perform at peak efficiency. For optimum operations, you should have your home comfort system inspected, cleaned and tuned by a professional once every two years, or as needed.

Anytime your system makes weird noises, does not properly heat or cool, does not clean the air, call for service with out delay.

If there are fires and smoke in your area try to keep all doors and windows sealed, and change your filter after the the smoke has gone away.

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Monday, August 6, 2012

Air Conditioning

The decisions you make about heating, ventilation and air conditioning - or HVAC - in your home or business directly affect your monthly energy usage and utility bills, as well as your health. Throughout this site, you’ll learn more about the costs and benefits of a new home comfort system vs. an older system, find valuable information about air filters and air purifiers, gather tips on air conditioning maintenance and installation, and learn what to look for in choosing a company to install your home comfort system.

What to look for in a home comfort systemWhat Is Air Conditioning and Heating
When designing a home comfort system, it’s key to look for:
*Name brand, Energy Star equipment
* The latest technology
* Indoor air quality systems
* Zoning systems
* Proper ducting

Here are a few things that you can do that will save you money and add comfort.

#1 Make sure that your attic is well ventilated, taking the heat (140 degrees +) out of your attic will allow your HVAC system to do its job better. Even in winter months the attic must be properly ventilated, hot air holds moisture. Just cooling your attic can save you 20-40 % in your energy bills, and greatly increase your comfort level.

#2 Insulate your attic with at least 20" of insulation the newer standard is R-30 plus. If you have an older house chances are your insulation is 6" or less around R-11 or R-15. It also makes sense to insulate your walls. If you have a flat roof with no attic and you are going to reroof you should add insulating sheets between the sub-straight and the decking.

#3 Get new windows, if your windows are not double insulated replace your windows.

#4 Solar electrical systems (PV Photo Voltaic ) work best on the roof, the solar panels collect the heat and sun's rays before they heat and hit your roof converting light into energy. Solar is not always a bright idea.
Without the government/utility incentives, solar does not always make sense. With the  incentives solar
is a good idea. Straight Purchase or Prepaid Leases are best. Be careful with PPAs Power Purchase Agreements. PPAs are 20 year contracts that have a fixed amount that you will pay for the power you
use or produce. Even if your house is vacant or if you use little or no power.

Use this handy comparison checklist to determine which HVAC contractor will work best for your needs.

The company
Has a real shop with a showroom.
Is reliable and licensed to sell, install and repair air conditioning and heating
Specializes in home comfort systems
Maintains a real address (not a P.O. Box or suite numbers)
Welcomes you to visit their offices and shop facilities
Is not a "Big Box" or retail establishment that uses subcontractors
Is not a marketing, sales or referral company
Does not subcontract or use labor pools
Provides Contractors State License Board-required check list
Is a member of the Better Business Bureau
Is a member of a Homeowners League
Is fully insured and bonded
Has uniformed, professional and friendly crews who will respect your home
Has company-owned trucks properly equipped with tools and parts
Has a list of recent customer references
Has experience with various HVAC installations
Has a customer service department
Has experienced service, maintenance and installation crews
Has a supervisor on every installation
Has home comfort consultants


The technicians and workmanship
Specialized in high efficiency heating and air conditioning
Experts in air purification
Properly removes and recycles harmful materials and refrigerants
Designs, matches and verifies components to requirements
Protects your floors and carpets during the installation
Performs a complete clean up each day and at the end of the job
All employees pass a thorough background and drug check
All technicians have more than a two-year apprenticeship
Encourages ongoing training throughout the year
After installation will dial in, calibrate and balance your system

Home comfort design
Uses the latest technology and products
Meets indoor air quality standards
Uses zoning systems and proper ducting
Includes duct cleaning and stabilization

Home comfort system guarantees
No-risk, peace of mind written guarantees
On-time installation date guarantees
12-month satisfaction guarantee
Property protection guarantee
"Apples to apples" low price guarantee

Pick a Manufacturer

Rheem Manufacturing Company is one of the world's leading manufacturers of residential Air Conditioners, Heat Pumps, Gas Furnaces, Air Handlers and Commercial HVAC products

Whether it's cooling off or warming up, let American Standard help you create your ideal home comfort system.

We've become the second-largest unit manufacturer of residential air conditioning and heating products by focusing on just one thing - building the most reliable and cost-effective cooling and heating products in the market.

At Trane, we're all about air - cool air, warm air, clean air. As a world leader in air conditioning systems, services and solutions, we control the comfort and assure the purity of the air for people in homes and many of the world's largest and most famous commercial, industrial and institutional buildings

Lennox is built on a legacy of innovative firsts, from the introduction of the riveted-steel furnace in 1895 to some of the most efficient air conditioners available today.

Heil® Air Conditioners, Heat Pumps & Gas Furnaces

YORK designs and manufactures a complete line of heating, ventilation and air conditioning systems for residential, commercial and industrial markets.

Our Mission - To be our customers� first choice for air conditioning, heating and refrigeration solutions everywhere around the world.

ACCO is a mechanical contractor with specialties in heating, ventilating, air conditioning, refrigeration, process piping, plumbing, building controls, engineering, construction, building automation, and service

Cities that have air conditioning, that require install, new sales, service, and and HVAC maintenance

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