February 8, 2016
Why have outdoor units gotten so big, my new one is twice as tall as the one it replaced. Units are larger to be more efficient and cost less to run. A bigger unit houses a bigger coil with more surface area so it will cool more efficiently and need a smaller horsepower fan which draws less wattage. A lower head pressure means a lower compression ratio, so the compressor draws less wattage and doesn't work as hard. Less wattage used equals cost savings!
- week of February 1, 2016 - McClintock Heating & Cooling is proud to announce that we have earned the service industry’s coveted Angie’s List Super Service Award for the 11th consecutive year, reflecting an exemplary year of service provided to members of the local services marketplace and consumer review site in 2015. Check out our reviews on Angieslist.com or visit http://www.facebook.com/Angieslist.
- week of January 25, 2016 - Can an air cleaning system reduce colds and flu in my home? Studies show that the Trane CleanEffects, a whole house air cleaner, can remove more than 99% of common viruses and germs from the filtered air in your home. This means the Trane CleanEffects can be a powerful tool for helping battle the flu virus and cold germs at home, where you and your family may be exposed to viruses that circulate in the air you breathe indoors.
- week of January 18, 2016 - Repair or Replace? The age of your HVAC system, its warranty and the number of problems the system has had are the most important factors to look at. Is your system still under warranty? A repair probably makes sense. Do you have a system that’s more than 10 years old and have you already had several repairs? Then replacement is probably a better decision.
- week of January 11, 2016 - Help your system be more efficient by changing your air filter regularly. Check your filter every month, especially during heavy use in the winter. If the filter looks dirty, change it. At a minimum, change the filter every 3 months. A dirty filter will slow down air flow and make the system work harder to keep you warm - wasting energy.
- week of January 4, 2016 - Seal and insulate your home to save money on your energy bills
§ Apply silicone caulk to small cracks and polyurethane expandable spray foam to larger cracks.
§ Install weather stripping to windows and doors.
§ Check or have the insulation levels in your attic, walls and crawlspace checked. If necessary add more insulation.
§ Many home improvement stores offer how-to clinics on this subject.
- week of December 28, 2015 - Before you call for an emergency service we recommend trying these 3 tips; they may save you money and time.
Check the thermostat to verify that it is working. If the thermostat screen is blank, check to see if it has batteries (some models do) and replace if necessary. If the screen is flashing a “code” write the information down and turn the system off then back on again so see if it “resets”.
Check your breaker box to verify the breaker is on.
Check outdoor fuses or disconnect.
- week of December 21, 2015 - According to the Farmer’s Almanac, winter begins December 21st at 11:28 pm EST. Have you had your furnace cleaned, serviced and safety checked? A furnace tune up needs to be performed every year, so if you haven't had it done, call today and get it scheduled!
- week of December 14, 2015 - Does your home have a CO detector? Your home should have a Carbon Monoxide monitor to alert you to harmful CO levels if you have a fuel-burning furnace, stove or other appliance in your home, or an attached garage. Read more about the dangers at our blog - http://www.mcclintockhvac.com/blog/preventing-detecting-carbon-monoxide/
- week of December 7, 2015 - What problems can be caused by a too large or small system? An oversized system will cost more to install and because it will have a shorter run time, your home will experience improper humidity control and large temperature swings. However an undersized system will be constantly running so you will have higher energy costs, reduced comfort in your home and the system will have a shorter life.
- week of November 30, 2015 - Why is a load calculation important? A proper load calculation is the key to customizing your comfort solution. Experts agree - there is no other way to ensure your family’s comfort, health, and safety. ENERGY STAR says - A good contractor WILL NOT size your equipment solely on square footage or assume your existing equipment was sized properly.
- week of November 23, 2015 - Happy Thanksgiving! On Thanksgiving Day and throughout the long holiday weekend we have technicians available to assist you with your emergency heating needs. Please call 704.321.5207 and follow the prompts to leave a message for a technician to return your call.
From our family to yours, we hope you have a wonderful holiday!
- week of November 16, 2015 - Why can’t I just get a quote for a new system over the phone? There are many variables in system replacement; including the age of your current system, the size and the energy efficiency of your home, your current duct system and your lifestyle. The best recommendations for your home’s system replacement will come after a comfort consultant visits your home and is able to provide you with a custom design.
- week of November 9, 2015 - Can an air cleaning system reduce colds and flu in my home? Studies show that the Trane CleanEffects, a whole house air cleaner, can remove more than 99% of common viruses and germs from the filtered air in your home. This means the Trane CleanEffects can be a powerful tool for helping battle the flu virus and cold germs at home, where you and your family may be exposed to viruses that circulate in the air you breathe indoors.
- week of November 2, 2015 - Did you change the batteries in your smoke / co detector when you re-set your clocks to standard time? Replacing the batteries in the smoke alarms and carbon monoxide alarms throughout your house twice each year is a simple task that could potentially prove life-saving. A convenient way to remember to do so is by changing these batteries at the same time as you change the clocks in your home.
- week of October 26, 2015 - Are your Ducts Properly Insulated? You can lose up to 60% of your heated air before it reaches the register if your ducts aren't insulated and travel through unheated spaces such as the attic or crawlspace. Remember that insulating ducts in the basement will make the basement colder. If both the ducts and the basement walls are un-insulated, consider insulating both. Water pipes and drains in unconditioned spaces could freeze and burst in the space if the heat ducts are fully insulated, because there would be no heat source to prevent the space from freezing in cold weather.
Get a qualified professional to help you insulate and repair ducts
- week of October 19, 2015 - Have you changed your filter this month? A clean filter will prevent dust and dirt from building up on the system, which will not only help your system run better; it can prevent expensive repairs and early system failure.
- week of October 12, 2015 - Did you know that while spring is the primary season for allergies, fall has its share of allergens? For more info on Indoor Air Quality solutions - www.mcclintockhvac.com/indoor air quality
- week of October 5, 2015 - Don't just have your heating system "checked", your system should be "checked, cleaned and serviced". A thorough system check and servicing should take about an hour per system and should include:
Outdoor coil(s) power washed and inspected, indoor coil(s) inspected
Fans inspected and cleaned
Burner and ignition assembly cleaned and inspected
Heat exchanger or elements cleaned and flue draft monitored
Exposed ducts checked for leaks
Relays, contactors, wiring, and electrical disconnect inspected
Motors and bearings checked and lubricated if required
Controls and safeties, including drains, tested
Filters and thermostats checked.
Temperatures and pressures checked and recordedWhen service is complete, a written report should be provided and explained to the homeowner along with any recommendations.
- week of September 28, 2015 - Did you know that your heat pump system still needs to be checked and serviced for heating season? A heat pump system both heats and cools your home and it’s been running most of the summer 8 to 16 hours a day. A complete check and servicing now can not only keep your heat pump system performing at peak efficiency, it can catch small issues before they become problems.
- week of September 21, 2015 - Why should I have my heating system checked and serviced now? Regular servicing and safety checks can ensure that your heating system functions properly and efficiently. Having the service and safety check performed now, before the start of heating season, gets your heating system ready before you need it and can save you time and money on that first cold day when you turn on your heat.
- week of September 14, 2015 - Now that cooler weather is on its way, have your heating system checked and cleaned now to save money this winter. Just as a tune up for your car can improve your gas mileage, a yearly tune up of your heating system can improve efficiency and save you money on your utility bills this winter.
- week of September 7, 2015 - Select energy-efficient products when you buy new heating and cooling equipment. If you are considering purchasing a new heating and air conditioning system, an energy-efficient model could save up to 50% on your utility bill for cooling.
- week of August 31, 2015 - Have you changed your filter this month? A clean filter will prevent dust and dirt from building up on the system, which will not only help your system run better; it can prevent expensive repairs and early system failure.
- week of August 24, 2015 - How would you like to control your home's heating, cooling and general energy usage from anywhere using an internet-enabled smart phone, tablet or computer? With a Trane ComfortLink Home Energy Management Thermostat and Nexia Home Intelligence you can remotely monitor and control the thermostat and reduce your home's energy consumption up to 10-15 percent.
- week of August 17, 2815 - What is “Zoning” and can it help me be more comfortable?
Zoning is where “dampers” are used to direct heating and cooling from a single HVAC system to more than one area, as needed.
Multiple HVAC units, each serving a different area or floor are not zoned; they are completely independent systems.
Zoning your HVAC system can help save energy as well as make your home more comfortable. If you want to sleep in a cool bedroom at night, why should you have to cool the rest of your house, too? Bedrooms and living areas can be maintained at independent temperatures any time of day or night.
Discuss the possibility of “Zoning” your air conditioning system with your Heating and cooling professional.
- week of August 10, 2015 - Help your AC be more efficient:
In addition to not using your oven or stove during the hottest part of the day, other major appliances such as dishwashers and dryers should be used in the cooler times of day.
Humidity causes your a/c to work harder, avoid steamy showers, baths, or boiling water for long periods of time
Whole-house fans help cool your home by pulling cool air through the house and exhausting warm air through the attic.
- week of August 3, 2015 - Did you know that ants and other bugs can cause your outdoor unit to stop working? Bugs love your outdoor unit; they can cause it to break down by getting in the contactor, which is a switch that brings your unit on, and causing it to short. Remove plants, leaves, even pine needles from around the unit and use bug spray frequently or use a barrier insecticide.