Importance of Routine Maintenance on Your HVAC System

October 9, 2013

Just like prevention is key in health care, prevention is also key when it comes to taking care of your HVAC system. Maintaining your HVAC system is extremely important. There are things you can and should be doing on your own – like checking and changing the filter. But scheduling regular maintenance on your HVAC systems is extremely important.  With HVAC, prevention is key. If you notice that your HVAC system is not functioning properly, first you should check the filter. A clogged filter is oftentimes the source of the problem and thankfully is one of the easiest fixes there are. Why regular maintenance? Just like prevention is key in health care, prevention is also key when it comes to taking care of your heating and cooling system. HVAC systems have multiple components that must all be functioning properly in order to provide heating and cooling and air circulation for your home. For everything to be functioning smoothly, the system will need to be cleaned and inspected on a regular basis. Failing to do so may lead to larger problems that will then be more expensive to fix. The times of year when people rely on their HVAC systems the...

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What Is A Ground Source Heat Pump?

September 26, 2013

Ground source heat pumps utilize the solar energy that is stored in the earth. The earth has a fairly constant temperature, and can be used to provide hot water, as well as heating and cooling for either commercial buildings or residences. Ground source heat pumps are electrically powered. What do they do? Ground source heat pumps can provide space heating, cooling, and hot water for a home or business through the one system. There is a thermostat located indoors and to switch from one mode to another you simply adjust the thermostat. How do they work? Ground source heat pumps use either open or closed loops that can be installed three different ways. Determining which choice you should go with (horizontal, vertical, or rock/pond installation) depends on your location and the surrounding land. Open loop systems and closed loop systems operate in similar ways. Closed loop systems use either an antifreeze or a water solutions which circulates through pipes made of plastic buried underground. Then during winter months the solution is used to collect heat from the earth and then circulate it back to the home or building. During warmer months the system is reversed and the solution takes the...

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Common Problems You May Have With Your Air Conditioner

September 12, 2013

What Can Occur From an Air Conditioning Malfunction Summer may be winding down but we still have quite a few hot days ahead of us. When your air conditioning system is not working properly, it can become a big problem. You will undoubtedly want to solve the problem as quickly as possible. Some air conditioning problems are easier to solve than others. Common air conditioning problems include improper operation, insufficient maintenance, or faulty installation. Maintenance For air conditioners to work properly you will need to regularly have your air filters changed and the air conditioner coils checked to make sure they are not dirty. Allowing the coils and filters to become dirty will cause your air conditioner to not function properly and decrease its live time. The compressor fans will prematurely fail. Refrigerant Leaks If you are having problems with your refrigerant this could be caused by a number of issues. If refrigerant is low this either means that the system is leaking or that when it was installed it was undercharged. Refrigerant levels should match the exact specifications of the manufacturer, so leaks should be dealt with immediately. You will need to contact a trained air conditioning repair technician...

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What to Look for When Choosing an Air Purifier

September 5, 2013

Your best defense against poor indoor air quality is having an air purifier installed in your home.  Should you invest in an air purification system for your home? Your best defense against poor indoor air quality is having an air purifier installed in your home. If you or a family member has problems with allergies, asthma, or other respiratory issues, an air purifier could help. Before you invest in any type of air purifying system though you should first take steps to keep your home as free of pollutants as possible. This means sealing any air leaks. Air is constantly leaking both into and out of your home. Setting up an air filtration system will do little good if you do not first take care of this problem. Due to air leaks, the air in the average home is replaced by outside air about every two hours. As you can imagine, this could render any air purifying relatively worthless. There are a few additional steps you should take to make sure that could make a big difference. Look at this checklist and see if there are any: ●    Are you vacuuming frequently? ●    Have you had your house tested for...

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Choosing the Right Air Conditioning System for Your Home

August 27, 2013

Which is the Right Air Conditioning System for Your Home? If you have not thought about your home’s air conditioning system until this summer, you probably have thought about little else since the summer began. Staying cool in whatever way possible has been a top priority for many people during this summer in St. Louis. Investing in or upgrading to the right air conditioning system to keep you cool during the hot summer months is important. You will rely on whatever system you choose to provide you comfort and improve your quality of life, so choosing the right cooling system is pretty important. You should know a little more about what to look for because being informed of all your options will help you to keep costs down. There are plenty of options and this can be a little overwhelming, so take a look at the basics. If you have the budget for it, you may want to think about some home modifications that will make your home more energy efficient and save you a lot of money once you get your cooling system up and running. In order to discover how to make your home more energy efficient, you...

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Why Use Geothermal in Your Home or Business?

August 21, 2013

The Benefits of Using a Geothermal Heat Pump Geothermal heat pumps are ground source heating/cooling systems that use solar heating to provide energy. They get their heat from the sun and are an energy efficient, as well as a cost efficient, system for heating and cooling your home or business. They provide year round reliable heating and cooling and provide energy saving opportunities. The EPA has reported that compared with other air source heat pumps or electric resistance heating, the use of geothermal heat pumps reduces energy consumption and emissions by 44% and 72%, respectively. Cost and Maintenance There are multiple benefits to a geothermal system. These include a very high efficiency, which in turn reduces the cost of the system and the need for maintenance. Installation costs are competitive and once the system is installed, it requires a very minimal amount of maintenance and does not require a high cost of operation. In fact, in the heating and cooling world, geothermal systems are some of the most cost efficient. Water source heat pumps are among the easiest to maintain. And because maintenance is so easy, the owner of the system is not saddled with the extra cost of finding...

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Benefits of Whole House Humidifiers

August 14, 2013

Your homes humidity level can save you money on heating, better your health, and increase your comfort level. Winter months can be brutal. Not only do we contend with ice, snow, and frigid temperatures outside for many months at a time, conditions inside our homes may not be ideal either. Air inside our homes can become incredibly dry, due to the lack of humidity, and as many know, this can become absolutely unbearable. Combating Dry Air Some people combat the problem with small humidifiers. Most people put these in their bedrooms. In a small house this may be enough to keep you going. Normal activities like showering, cooking, leaving a bathtub filled with water, boiling water on the stove, etc., help to keep some amount of humidity in the house, but for larger homes this will most likely not be enough. Not to mention that some of these alternative solutions may not be appropriate for families with small children. Some worry that increasing humidity levels in their homes may increase the risk of mold. Discussing these concerns with an expert may alleviate some of the hesitation you feel about installing a humidifying system. And it is important to realize low...

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Basic Rules of Air Conditioner Maintenance

August 5, 2013

When it Comes to Keeping Your Home Comfortable, Your Air Conditioner is the Key. One of the most important parts of any HVAC system is the air conditioning unit. It will work in many cases throughout the whole year without any prolonged break. It is going to play a key part in keeping the air in your home on a comfortable level in regard to temperature or humidity. Regular maintenance is the key to keeping your air conditioner working properly. Failing to do so can result in degrading performance and escalating operational cost. First, it is important to contact an HVAC expert if your air conditioner is not working properly. Tinkering with it yourself may make the situation worse. If you are not familiar with the mechanics of the device, you may not even be able to identify the reason for the issue. The second rule is to keep the machine clean. All air conditioners come with filters. You must routinely clean or replace these parts of your device. Dirty, dusty filters will block the normal flow of air. The accumulating dust will affect the heat absorbing capacity of the evaporator coil itself and on the long run that will...

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Five Advantages of Electric Furnaces

July 30, 2013

What an Electric Furnace Can do for You When it comes to your home, you want the best options, especially when it comes to your home appliances. One of your options for buying a furnace for your home is an electrical furnace. These devices offer a great alternative of the more traditional gas and oil fueled furnaces. Many will dismiss this alternative, saying that electricity is more expensive than oil or gas. While electricity may be somewhat higher in cost, an electric furnace does have it’s benefits. They have some great features that may help you in deciding which type of system is right for your home. Availability of the Source While electricity is more or less available in any part of the United States, gas and oil may not be as accessible.  It may be difficult for you to have propane or oil delivered at your home. Solar Convertibility In the last decade many people have become more conscious about energy waste. Many are going green and want eco-friendly products. Electric furnaces can be connected to solar panels and so can be converted into a device fueled by renewable sources without much of a hassle. Something that will never...

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What Does a Complete Residential HVAC System Consist of?

July 25, 2013

Knowing the Facts About Your HVAC System Complete HVAC systems are essential parts of every business and residence. Especially if the home or office is built with an emphasis on energy-efficiency. A complete system can be much more effective, both cost and energy-wise. It means that in the long run, the system will be more reliable, easier to maintain, and fully optimized to your requirements. What does a HVAC system consists of? What does the word HVAC stand for? HVAC is an abbreviation for heating, ventilation, and air-conditioning. And that is exactly what it stands for: an integrated system carrying out all these function and more often than not designed to be controllable through a single interface. Now that is exactly where the advantages of a complete HVAC system lie – just imagine that you do not have to turn to different controllers when you want to adjust any of these systems, and also that an integrated system will ensure that the different components do not work against each other. The main parts of the HVAC system are a heating, a ventilation, and an air-conditioning unit. Furthermore, modern systems include an air filtration and cleaning element as well. Heating is...

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