How to Choose a New HVAC System

January 6, 2019

When you’re building a new home or your existing home needs its heating and cooling system replaced, you might not know where to begin. There are a lot of quality heating and air conditioning solutions available. Our technicians at offer these tips to help you select the right heating and cooling system for your indoor comfort needs in St. Louis. Size of Your House Your heating and cooling system needs to have the right capacity for your house. Too big of a system could cost you more money than necessary on your utility bills. Too small of a system could decrease your indoor comfort. A system that is too small would cycle a lot in order to attain the temperature on the thermostat, which would also cost you more money. Our technicians can help you choose the right size or capacity of heating and air conditioning system. Features of Your House If you live in an older home, it might not have air ducts. If you added to your home, the addition may not have air ducts. Your home’s construction material is also important. Brick homes retain heat better than wood homes. We install heat pumps, furnaces, air conditioners, ductless...

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Tips to Combat the Cold Winters in Missouri

December 13, 2018

Here in St. Louis, it’s been feeling like winter long before the official start of the season. The good news is, there are plenty of ways to keep warm. While it’s almost instinctive to turn up the heat, there are additional steps you can take without driving up your energy costs. Consider these tips for beating the cold weather. Turn On Your Ceiling Fans While you might think this would make things drafty, it actually has the opposite effect. Since it rises, the warmest air is closest to the ceiling. Turning the fan to the lowest setting directs warm air closer to you. Block Drafts Cut a pool noodle in half lengthwise, wrap it in cloth and stuff it under the door to keep drafts from invading your home. Not only will you be more comfortable, but you can also keep heating costs down, too. Manage Your Thermostat Investing in a programmable thermostat allows you to manage the climate in your home even when you’re away. You can control room temperatures remotely via your smartphone. Cover Your Windows For extra insulation, cover your windows with wool or fleece drapes during winter as an extra buffer against the cold. Just don’t...

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3 Energy Efficiency Tips

October 25, 2018

Chances are, your utility bills are some of the highest monthly expenses you have. However, there are ways you can take control of these monthly expenses and cut down on what you’re required to pay every single month. By using these three energy efficiency tips you’ll save money every single month, cut down your energy consumption and improve your carbon footprint, all at the same time. Smart Thermostat With the help of a smart thermostat, you’ll cut down on your energy consumption every single month. This device gives you control of the thermostat anywhere in the world, as long as you’re connected to the Internet. It also can identify when you’re not home and your heating preferences. This way, your home will remain at a comfortable temperature while saving you money. Annual HVAC Inspection Over time a number of issues may plague your HVAC system and you might not even know there is a problem at all. Dust and other debris can collect in the vents, forcing the AC and furnace to work harder to treat the air in your home. Cracks in the vents lead to leaks, which cost you money as air escapes. Plus, if the HVAC equipment...

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How Can You Insulate to Improve the Efficiency of Your HVAC System?

March 8, 2018

Proper insulation can go a long way in increasing your home’s energy efficiency. The best way to build a home is to anticipate effective energy efficiency by making sure that your home is built with insulation from top to bottom. It isn’t just about keeping costs low when you are in the building phase, but also about considering how the moves you make can reduce your energy costs. If you didn’t put enough thought into insulation, or you are finding that what you did was not enough, the good news is that there still ways you can increase efficiency and decrease the wear and tear on your HVAC system. Here are three ways to insulate that can help to cut your energy costs and keep your home comfortable in both the summer and the winter. Injection Foam Fiberglass is usually the preferred way to insulate your home, rather than foam. Highly mold- and mildew-resistant, it is a great product to use when you are in humid conditions. However, if the fiberglass wasn’t enough, or if you failed to insulate sufficiently, then you can go back and use injection foam. It isn’t like blown-in cellulose, because it expands to cover the...

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Facts about Fiberglass Insulation that Affect Your Home’s Efficiency

January 22, 2018

Insulation is a cost effective and practical way to make your home energy efficient. When considering the heating and cooling of your home, insulation is often thought of as a way of keeping the hot air in when the temperature dips, but it is also critical to trapping the cool air in when it heats up outside. If you are wondering if fiberglass – the old standby – is the way to go? It may or may not be. When it comes to insulation, fiberglass is usually the best option to keep your energy costs low and your HVAC system working efficiently. Advantages of Fiberglass There are many advantages to fiberglass, beyond the fact that it is both easy to install and relatively inexpensive when compared to the impact it can have on your monthly heating and cooling costs. The best part about fiberglass installation is that you can hire a professional to put in the installation. The other advantages of fiberglass insulation are numerous. It Has a Decent R-Value An R-Value is a measure of how well a material can insulate your home. It measures an insulation product’s ability to stand up to heat flow; the higher the value,...

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How Your Home’s Foundation Can Help or Hinder Your HVAC System

January 11, 2018

The type of foundation your home was built on has a big impact on the ways you can conserve energy. As the cold winter months rush in in Missouri, many homeowners are scrambling to try to minimize their heating costs and maximize their energy efficiency. There are things that you can do to keep the cold air out and the warm air in. A sad reality is that how your house was constructed plays a part in how efficient your HVAC system is. There are some ways you can enhance its efficiency. The type of foundation that your home was built on has a major impact on the ways that you can conserve energy. If you have a damaged foundation, it might not just be causing structural problems, it can be hindering your energy budget. The good news is that depending on the type of foundation you have, there are ways that you can shore up the cracks and keep the hot air in. If You Have a Damaged Foundation If the foundation of your home is damaged, much of the warm air may be leaking out through the cracks. If you want to reduce your bills and increase the...

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7 Things to Ensure Maximum Efficiency of Your Home HVAC System

May 12, 2017

Here are some things you can do to increase your HVAC efficiency and reduce your monthly energy costs. Just as you get through the economic hardships of running your HVAC system to heat your home through the winter, summer comes along to up your electricity air conditioning costs. If you are tired of enormous energy bills, there are ways to ensure that you are getting the maximum efficiency from your HVAC system and that it isn’t unwittingly costing you more than it should. These are 7 key things you can do to increase your HVAC efficiency and reduce your heating and cooling costs. Some you can on your own while others you would be better off contacting a St. Louis HVAC specialist to help. Ensure HVAC Efficiency Redesign your type of ductwork. Make sure that your ductwork is appropriate to the size of the place that it is heating and cooling. If you don’t have the right size, then you won’t ever get a consistent temperature throughout the house. Insulated round ducts are always better than long running flexible ones. Upgrade your refrigerant. Since federal law is phasing out R-2, choosing a better alternative like R-410A, is a great upgrade...

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Attic Ventilation Can Affect HVAC Performance – St. Louis Air Conditioning

April 7, 2017

Before the hot St. Louis summer is here, make sure your attic has proper ventilation to reduce your energy costs An HVAC system has to face a host of battles to ensure efficient indoor air conditioning. One such problem that can adversely impact HVAC efficiency is ventilation in attic spaces. This problem is more pronounced in the warm months when an attic heats up due to the trapped heat from the sun. This heat can radiate through the ceiling and lead to uneven cooling. Our St. Louis HVAC technicians explain the issue in detail. Beating the Excess Attic Heat Most homeowners do not feel the need to direct ventilation ducts right up to the attic spaces, unless the attic serves as a living space and is converted into an extra room. However, ensuring proper attic ventilation can ensure that unused attic spaces do not trap heat. Stagnant hot air can be replaced with fresh outdoor air by using attic fans. There are two types of attic fans: Rooftop fans: These fans are installed on the top of the attic roof. They work by performing two functions of repelling stagnant air and replacing it with fresh air at the same time....

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How Programmable Thermostats are Energy Efficient and Cost Effective

March 21, 2017

There are a number of programmable thermostats to choose from. At Scott-Lee Heating, we will help you choose the right one for your home. HVAC owners often spend a lot of money monthly ensuring that their HVAC system effectively cools or heats each and every corner of the house. What most people don’t realize is that they end up generating huge utility bills on heating or cooling empty or unused rooms as well. This problem can be easily solved by using programmable thermostats that make it possible to schedule heating and cooling in the house to ensure optimum usage and efficiency. Programmable thermostats, especially the higher-end models, offer more options that can be customized and at the same time, ensure energy efficiency and cost effectiveness. Here are some tips on choosing a programmable thermostat for your home. Features of a Programmable Thermostat Programmable thermostats, especially the smart ones have features that offer convenience, cost effectiveness and energy efficiency. A few important features include: Motion detection – a motion detector in the thermostat regulates temperatures or turns on/off the thermostat by detecting presence of people inside home. Humidity Sensor – Humidity sensors are effective in areas with extreme humidity (high or...

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Common Pitfalls to Avoid When Trying to Achieve Energy Efficiency

January 31, 2017

Make sure your efforts at achieving an energy efficient HVAC system do not have the opposite effect! Energy efficiency is a topic that has assumed great importance over the past couple of decades. Homeowners are also trying their best to make all sorts of adjustments to make their homes more energy efficient. However, it often happens that many of their well-meaning efforts at achieving energy efficiency have an opposite effect. Our St. Louis HVAC experts advise homeowners to be wary of these pitfalls, so they can be successful at making their home greener. Here are a few common pitfalls to avoid. Improperly sized systems Investing in a modern, energy efficient HVAC system is probably the best way to reduce the utility bills and make your home greener. However, this can be achieved only if your HVAC system is of suitable size. If the system is too large for your home, it will cool and heat the home too quickly, and will need to cycle on and off frequently. This will put additional strain on the system and your wallet. If the system is too small, it will run continuously in a struggle to cool or heat the house. So, it...

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