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November 17, 2014

 

 

 

Good article on winterizing your home! Especially note number 1 and number 6 - 10 money-saving and safety tips to winterize your home 

 

 

 

 

 


 

  • week of November 10, 2014 - 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 you up to 50% on your utility bill for cooling. Your heating and air conditioning contractor should be able to give you energy fact sheets for different types, models, and designs to help you compare energy usage. For furnaces, look for high Annual Fuel Utilization Efficiency (AFUE) ratings. The national minimum is 78% AFUE, but there are ENERGY STAR models on the market that exceed 90% AFUE.  For air conditioners, look for a high Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio (SEER). The current minimum is 13 SEER for central air conditioners. ENERGY STAR models are 14 SEER or more.
  • week of November 3, 2014 - Make sure you change the batteries in both your smoke detector and carbon monoxide detector. Even if they plug in or are hard wired into your electrical system, they both have batteries that need changing. A good way to remember this is to change the batteries when you change your clocks to standard time.
  • week of October 27, 2014 - 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 October 20, 2014 - We often get questions about “Zoning” and how it can help homes 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 October 13, 2014 - 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 October 6, 2014 - Does your home have a CO detector? Your 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 September 29, 2014 - 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 - http://www.mcclintockhvac.com/indoor-air-quality-iaq-charlotte-ncs-iaq-specialists.aspx
  • week of September 22, 2014 - 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 September 15, 2014 - 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 September 8, 2014 - 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 September 1, 2014 - 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 August 25, 2014  - 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 August 18, 2014 - Does your home have a CO detector? Your 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 August 11, 2014 - 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 4, 2014 - Proper thermostat usage can save you money!
    • Avoid setting your thermostat at a colder setting than normal when you turn on your air conditioner. It will not cool your home any faster and could result in excessive cooling and, therefore, unnecessary expense.

    • Avoid placing lamps or TV sets near your air-conditioning thermostat. The thermostat senses heat from these appliances, which can cause the air conditioner to run longer than necessary.

    • Use a 7 day programmable thermostat to adjust your home’s temperature to be warmer when no one is home, everyone is sleeping or while everyone is inactive.

    • Set your thermostat as high as comfortably possible in the summer. The smaller the difference between the indoor and outdoor temperatures, the lower your overall cooling bill will be.

 

 

 

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