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Don’t Forget About Air Quality!

February 4th, 2019

virus-cellsIn this cold weather, you’d do good to have your home sealed up. That way no cold air can get into the home. But if you seal your home up too well, it can actually be worse for you. We know how counter-intuitive that sounds, but it’s an unfortunate fact of air quality. Air quality inside the home can be several times worse than outdoor air quality, simply because that indoor air has nowhere to vent to.

Keeping air quality high and HVAC costs low is an on-going battle, but with the help from an indoor air quality expert in Colorado Springs, CO, you can find the solution that makes sense for your home.

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Normal Cycling vs. Short-Cycling Furnaces

January 21st, 2019

inspecting-thermostatWay back in the early days of HVAC, the game was simple: heat your home as fast as possible. Naturally, that meant installing the biggest and baddest equipment. And while that may have been effective, it certainly wasn’t cheap.

Now, we know that the best approach is one that balances power and efficiency. That’s why your furnace will naturally cycle on and off. Instead of blasting hot air continuously, it uses cycles to gradually warm the entire home. This also keeps it warmer longer, too.

So if your furnace is rapidly turning on and off, that can be a huge problem. It’s called short-cycling, and here’s what you have to know about it:

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Ductless vs. Ducted Heating: Is One Better?

January 7th, 2019

blue-question-markIn the world of HVAC, there are two approaches to heating your home: with or without a duct system.

If you’re not familiar, the ducts are the passages that transport heated air through the home. In a sense, they’re the middle-man between you and your heater. But not every system requires ducts, so that begs the question:

Is it better to have ducts, or not to have them?

We’ll spoil you now and admit that the real answer is “it depends.” But if you keep reading, we’ll walk you through that reasoning.

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Do You Need a Humidifier?

December 24th, 2018

blowing-noseDry air is one of those seasonal annoyances that we just have to put up with. At least, that’s what we tell ourselves year after year. But the truth is that a one-time investment in a whole-house humidifier can eliminate dry air in your home for good. Plus, when you look at the effects of dry air, you might reconsider if it’s really “just an annoyance.”

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3 Ways You’re Taking Your Heater for Granted

December 10th, 2018

three-thingsFor the first year or so that you’re running your new heater, you most likely won’t run into too many issues—especially if it has been installed properly by a good contractor. As time goes on, you might even start taking it for granted.

But there are a few things that you really shouldn’t take for granted if you want your heater to keep working efficiently for years and years to come. In this post, we’ll go over just three things that are simple enough to forget about.

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Furnaces: The Fast and Affordable Heater

November 26th, 2018

furnaceFiguring out what kind of heater to install isn’t always easy with so many options to choose from. Boilers, heat pumps, radiant heating… And we understand that some homeowners aren’t really interested in all of the options. When we hear that, we know that they’re really saying is they want something affordable, easy, and fast.

If this sounds like you, then look no further than the furnace. Furnaces are perhaps one of the most popular heaters in the nation—and it has been that way for decades. Down below, we’ll explain some reasons for why that might be.

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Is Radiant Heating Right for You?

November 12th, 2018

in-floor-heatingRadiant energy is a phenomenon we feel daily. You can feel it from the warmth of the sun, from a hot cup of coffee, or even the sidewalk on a hot day. As you know from those examples, radiant energy can give you a warmth that you experience in nature every day. It’s a world of difference from forced-air heaters, which just blows hot air around the room through a more artificial process.

Heating systems that use radiant energy are called radiant heating systems. While these heaters truly are something special, we want to make sure they’re right for you. We’ll explain what we mean down below.

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Top 5 HVAC Maintenance Tips

November 1st, 2018

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According to Business Insider, 60 seconds of downtime caused by heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) failure can cost the HVAC industry unexpected stoppages worth a whopping $22,000.

That’s just 1 minute! How much would refrigeration or air conditioning failure cost you in 1 day?

Unplanned downtown can be costly to any business. Avoid losses to your business through routine HVAC maintenance.

Sure, investing in the right HVAC system for your space is critical to keeping people comfortable, maintaining product quality and controlling energy costs. However, that is only the basic step.

Ensuring that your HVAC system works in peak condition is critical to thwarting unplanned closures and unpleasant surprises.

Plus, if you’re a landlord, it’s your duty to provide habitable housing to your tenants – otherwise, they have a right to withhold rent. That’s one more loss to your business that could easily be avoided!

That’s why in this article, we share the top 5 HVAC maintenance tips.

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1.   Use a checklist of HVAC maintenance tips.

Developing an HVAC maintenance checklist can help ensure that your HVAC unit is in tip-top shape.

  • Seasonally, check coils, refrigerant levels, heat exchangers, and check burners
  • Inspect or replace belts, filters, and consumables
  • Check airflow and clean all components
  • Check the start cycle of the equipment to assure the HVAC system starts, operates, and shuts off properly
  • Inspect the condensate drains in the system to prevent water damage and adverse indoor humidity levels
  • Lubricate all moving parts to reduce friction in motors and reduce the amount of electricity used
  • Check thermostats for the correct time, date, and temperature settings for the season and business needs

2.   Clean the coils.

Clean HVAC coils allow for your unit to run effectively, efficiently, and reliably. Specifically, you’ll have lower heating and cooling costs, improved indoor air quality, maximum operation efficiency, and better airflow.

On the other hand, dirty condenser coils can cause your:

  • Cooling efficiency to drop by more than 30%. When that happens, your unit is only going to be running at 60-70% effectiveness.
  • Air conditioning (AC) unit not to cool your home like it once did. Its cooling efficiency is going to decline, while the amount of energy the unit consumes is going to increase significantly.
  • The energy efficiency of the unit is going to drop significantly.

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3.   Change the filters.

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) calls changing dirty furnace filters the most important maintenance task for optimizing your heating system’s energy efficiency.

Here are four good reasons why you should change your HVAC air filters regularly:

  • A clean air filter keeps your home cleaner

This is because it won’t keep circulating the dust through your home’s HVAC system. As a result, you’ll have less dusting to do.

  • Dirty air filters increase your maintenance costs

Although a clogged air filter doesn’t always lead to system failure, it does lead to costly maintenance.

  • Clogged air filters reduce your system’s lifespan

Not only do clogged air filters lead to increased energy bills, but it can also cause your system to overheat and burn out.

  • Dirty air filters hurt your health

A dirty filter allows dust, dander, and even mold to keep circulating through your home.

4.   Remove debris from the unit.

Over time, debris builds up on the air conditioner, reducing airflow, and decreasing system capacity. Debris includes things like twigs, pollen, leaves, and grass clippings.

To clean your unit, you’ll need the following tools:

  • Gloves and eye protection
  • Water hose with sprayer
  • Air conditioner coil cleaner

When you have these, follow the following steps.

Step 1: Turn off the unit. You’ll need to locate the circuit breaker or switch and switch it off.

Step 2: Use a water hose spray to clean any debris on the outside unit.

Step 3: Use the coil cleaner to spray the outside unit. Then, wait for around 15 minutes for the foam to bond with the dirt.

Step 4: Lastly, use a hose to rinse the coil cleaner off.

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5.   Schedule regular HVAC servicing.

If you’re not yet signed up for regular HVAC servicing, now is the perfect time to get on board. Regular servicing will make the system work more efficiently and effectively throughout the year.

The following are the things that you should expect during an HVAC servicing:

  • The condensate drain will be examined for clogs.
  • If your unit is fueled by natural gas, the technician will check gas connections.
  • The thermostat can be checked and calibrated if necessary.
  • A new, good quality filter will be installed in the unit if necessary.
  • The unit will be thoroughly cleaned and checked for any biological growth.
  • Oil will be added to the motor oil ports.
  • Electrical connections will be examined for loose or corroded wires.
  • Gauges will be connected to the outdoor unit to ensure proper pressure and temperature.

 

Proper HVAC maintenance can improve the comfort of your home, reduce your repair costs and utility bills, and keep your family happy and healthy. On the flip side, a neglected air conditioner can cause costly breakdowns and premature equipment failure.

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Three Heating Options Explained

October 29th, 2018

gas-burnersThere are several different heating options available, and they all heat your home through different methods and with different fuel sources. So when you’re trying to find the heating system that will work best for you, doesn’t that just make it all the more complicated? After all, you’ll be using that heating system for the next 15 years!

Sorry, we’re not trying to overwhelm you. But these are the questions you should be asking yourself months—possibly years—before installing a new heater. Installing a heater at the last minute isn’t a safe strategy. But don’t worry, we’ll go over some of your options below.

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A Big List of Reasons Your Furnace Isn’t Blowing Hot Air

October 15th, 2018

technician-looking-over-gas-furnaceWe get questions all the time about what’s causing a particular problem with your furnace. The truth is that, even if we know what the problem is, that doesn’t mean we can give you a satisfying answer without coming to take a look.

And one of those big questions we often get asked is, “Why isn’t my furnace blowing hot air?” So, instead of just telling you to call for a furnace repair estimate in Fountain, CO, we’ll try to list every reason we can think of for why this is happening.

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