How the Right Vent Covers Can Save on Energy Costs

December 10, 2017

The right vent covers can significantly reduce your home’s energy costs! There are all sorts of different vent covers in the HVAC industry. Vent covers work by isolating specific areas of your home and either increasing the flow to some areas or decreasing or eliminating it to others. Not many people give much thought to vent covers, but they should. They are an excellent way to regulate the flow of air from the HVAC system and can help significantly to cut down on your heating and cooling costs. How Your HVAC Vent System Works In every home, there are two types of supply and return vents. They work to keep the conditions in your home comfortable and tepid. The return vents regulate the air in your home back to your HVAC system and run continually to regulate the temperature of your home. A Cold Air Return Vent It is possible to have return vents in every room of your home, but in most cases, they are centrally located. Most St. Louis HVAC contractors recommend that every room has its own return vent to circulate air more effectively. Cold air returns help control the flow and the pressure of air circulation...

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Is it Really Important to Have Your HVAC Ductwork Cleaned?

December 6, 2017

When your heating and cooling equipment runs efficiently, you save energy. As the cold weather comes in and the windows are being locked up tight, many people are wondering whether it’s worth the cost to get their ductwork cleaned professionally, or if it is just hype. The truth is that air duct cleaning is essential – not just for your family’s health, but to reduce wear and tear on your HVAC system. If your ducts are riddled with allergens or dust and dirt, it is recirculating those things around your home and making you miserable. It is also making your furnace run overtime to push air through the compromised ducts. What’s in Your Ductwork? When the windows are closed, a large percentage of the air in your home is just continually being recirculated – which means that dust, dirt and all the other environmental allergens are just going around and around, kicked up time and again. If you can’t open up your windows to let things air out, then all that dirt and debris is getting caught up in your ductwork. When the heater is working and hot air is being pushed through the ducts, it creates an atmosphere of...

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The Best Thermostats to Regulate Your HVAC System

November 29, 2017

Smart thermostats are the most innovative type and can save you as much as $200 per year. The newest thing in HVAC technology is zoned heating and cooling that runs off of thermostats that can be controlled with ease, sometimes even by your mobile device or smartphone. They don’t only offer convenience, these newly designed thermostats can use your home’s wifi system and allow you to make your spaces more comfortable and cut back on your monthly heating and cooling bill. A totally redesigned thermostat is a welcomed addition for many looking to cut monthly energy costs and wanting the ability to control their HVAC systems remotely to increase their home’s comfort level. There are many different types of thermostats that a homeowner can choose from. Deciding which one is right for you your home is based upon the size of your HVAC system and your budget. Mechanical Thermostats Mechanical thermostats are the traditional type that use bimetallic strips to detect and adjust the temperature of a room. They are typically found in older homes and apartments. Non-Programmable Thermostats Non-programmable thermostats require you to directly adjust the settings, but they typically have digital programming. As they are typically cheap, they don’t do...

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The Right Ductwork is Important for the Efficiency of an HVAC System

November 21, 2017

A lot of planning goes into renovating your home or building a new home from scratch. When it comes to HVAC, the way that your home system impacts not just with energy flow and eliminating cold or hot spots, but also your overall energy bills over time. Putting a lot of thought and planning into things like the size of your ductwork and your furnace might not seem like a big deal, but it is. Why Hire a Professional HVAC Contractor? The best way to determine the size of your ductwork and your overall HVAC system is to hire a professional St. Louis HVAC contractor who has a lot of experience and a good reputation. The HVAC contractor should be involved from the beginning stages of the drawings and building plans to ensure that all matters are taken care of, including insulation, window placement and how much heating and cooling each room will need according to the size of the room and the furnace output. Taking all things into account, an HVAC contractor will be able to determine the individual size of the ductwork leading to various rooms in the home and what size the furnace will need to be...

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Why Zoning is the Newest Trend for HVAC Contractors

November 17, 2017

Zoning systems are quiet and efficient, giving you more control over the comfort of your home. There used to be very few options when it came to heating and cooling your home or office. However, today HVAC zoning is the perfect way to maximize the heating and cooling in your home. It helps to cut back on energy usage and lower the average homeowner’s monthly HVAC costs. If installed correctly, zoning also helps to provide more targeted comfort in designated areas throughout your house, instead of having uneven temperatures or heating and cooling places when no one is occupying them. Benefits of a Zoning System It can be difficult to effectively and evenly heat a home from top to bottom. Zoning gives HVAC contractors the ability to break up the areas of the house to better eliminate cold spots and to schedule when to heat a room and when you don’t want it heated. The reason that it is called “zoned” heating is that you can divide a home up into several different living spaces, or zones, where the heating and cooling can be controlled independently. History of Zoning Systems When you use an entire zoned forced air system that...

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Is a Mini-Split System Right for Your Needs?

November 14, 2017

You may want to consider the advantages of a ductless, mini-split system before making your decision. If you have a heating or air conditioning system that needs to be upgraded, or you just want one that is more energy-efficient, then you might be considering a ductless, or mini-split, HVAC system. A ductless HVAC system is much easier to install, runs at a fraction of the cost of traditional systems and allows you to maintain better control over the different zones of your home. Although they were rare just a short decade ago, ductless HVAC systems have become one of the hottest trends in the HVAC world. Ductless Installation With mindsets changing about the eco-friendly nature of ductless systems, there is anticipated market growth that might help to bring the cost of buying and installing ductless HVAC systems down significantly. With the allure of more energy efficiency, which translates into lower monthly operating costs, many homebuilders might use their installation as a selling point for new construction and renovation projects. Many construction forecasters are seeing that ductless systems may be the newest trend over the next few years and may expand to more residential spaces. With more technological advances and the...

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Is Your AC Losing its Cool?

November 6, 2017

We know air conditioning is one of the most important concepts to your comfort and peace of mind. If your AC is not cooling properly, the reason could be as simple as dirty coils. Clean coils are extremely important for the proper functioning of an air conditioning system. Even if 1/100th of an inch of dust collects on the AC’s condenser coil, it loses 5% of its efficiency. Our St. Louis HVAC technicians explain how dirty coils could be causing your AC to under-perform. The Importance of Air Conditioning Coils There are two AC coils which are very important for the proper operation of the system. The evaporator coil is responsible for absorbing the heat and humidity from the space. The condenser coil releases the heat absorbed from the inner space, outside the building. The condenser coil is located in the outside unit and is exposed to the adverse weather, soot, dirt and other trash outside. Dust can easily accumulate on it. This can reduce its capacity to work properly. The Way in Which an Air Conditioner Works In order to understand how dirty coils reduce the cooling ability of the AC, it is advisable to know how an air...

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7 Benefits of a Ductless AC System – St. Louis Mini Split AC

October 29, 2017

If you are considering a ductless system for your office or commercial space, talk to our St. Louis HVAC experts now. Sometimes, the ductwork in a building ruins the aesthetic appeal. A ductless option is available for people who want to have an aesthetic HVAC system and an elegant and smart looking space. In this article, we will discuss the top benefits of installing a ductless air conditioning system in your commercial building. Free From Dust A ductless AC is beneficial for all commercial activities which can be hindered due to dust. For instance, a layer of dust can deter the customers and bring down the sales of a furniture store, a home decor business or an art gallery. In this system there are no ducts where the dust can accumulate and spread all over the place. Multiple Cooling Zones A ductless AC is an ideal choice for spaces which have many rooms that require different levels of heating and cooling. For instance, in a restaurant, the heating and cooling requirements are different for the kitchen where the chefs work with hot stoves and grills, where the customers sit and dine and where the food is stored. The zoned system...

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Frosted Evaporator Coils Can Affect the Efficiency of an HVAC System

October 25, 2017

Having regular maintenance on your HVAC system can prevent frost from accumulating on the evaporator coils. As the weather becomes colder the frosted evaporator coils start restricting the airflow and can reduce the HVAC efficiency. This is a common problem faced by the building owners and managers. Frost is the root cause of many HVAC issues. When the temperature in the evaporator coil becomes lower than the dew point and dew collects on the surface of the coil, it does not pose a problem. But when the temperature reduces further and goes beyond the freezing point turning dew into frost it reduces the airflow and can cause a a major HVAC problem. Types of Frost The initial layer of ice which forms on the evaporator coil is thin and is not harmful. In fact, it is conducive for the functioning of the HVAC. It increases the evaporator tube’s surface area. The subsequent layers of ice are more snow-like or crystalline depending on the temperature of the evaporator, humidity and airflow. They are known as hoar frost or radiant frost. They reduce the heat absorbing capacity of the evaporator. Indications of Diminished Airflow Low Levels of Head Pressure – The heat load...

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5 Myths About Commercial HVAC Systems

October 19, 2017

Misconceptions related to an HVAC system can prevent building managers from keeping their systems in good shape. Commercial HVAC systems maintain the temperature of the building and keep the place comfortable throughout the year. Cooling and heating are equally important during the summer, winter, spring and fall. But many people are under the false impression that they are essential only during the summer and winter seasons. So they tend to neglect them at other times. Besides this, there are some misconceptions related to the HVAC systems which prevent building managers from keeping their systems in good shape. Myth 1 – There is No Need to Fix a System Until it is Broken People think that that they need not take any action or fix the system until it breaks down. It is a mistake to believe that nothing can be wrong with the system until it is broken. In fact, a commercial HVAC system can continue to work with minor flaws or broken components for a long time. These defects may not be visible. If they are not rectified in time they can damage the whole system. It is imperative to arrange for regular inspections to get hold of these...

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