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High velocity air conditioning and heating is also referred to as mini duct.

I first became aware of high velocity air conditioning systems in 1989.

What intrigued me was the idea that you could air condition a home using flexible tubing that has an inside diameter of only 2″.

It was really appealing because I really dreaded installing central air conditioning with a large duct system in attic spaces, especially in summer.

If it’s 90 degrees outside, it’s 120 degrees in an attic.

After we installed our first high velocity air conditioning system, I knew I never again wanted to install a conventional duct system in an attic.

Installing a 9” main trunk duct instead of a 30” x 8” duct takes much less effort.

It’s so much easier installing 2” inside diameter flexible hoses vs. 6” or 8” ducts.

We also reduced our time in the attic by one full day.

High velocity air conditioning, mini duct systems go where conventional ductwork cannot.

A lot of high velocity systems we install are in older homes.

Our clients are particularly happy they can have central air conditioning in their historic homes

There could be no way we could install central air in these homes without major renovations, cutting, patching and installing soffits.

Most people are willing to let us run a couple of 2” inside diameter hoses through a closet but would never give up the space with a 6” or 8” duct.

These systems are not limited to older homes

More and more high velocity systems are being used in new construction because the design of some new homes makes it very difficult to install larger, bulkier duct systems.

Air conditioning and heating systems seem to be an after-thought in these designs.

Even though houses are bigger, mechanical contractors have to compete for space for the mechanical systems.

High velocity mini ducts help to solve this problem.

You can also use this duct system for heating.

– you can install an electric duct heater package or even a hot water coil (hydro-air) to the blower module.

The heat is very comfortable, with floor to ceiling temperatures within 2 degrees, no matter where the supply outlet is located.

One question that seems to come up quite often is about noise level

There is a perception that these units are loud. If they are not installed properly, they will be loud.

If the proper guidelines are followed, they are as quiet as a well designed conventional duct system.

What most people don’t realize is high velocity systems use on ½ the air flow of standard duct systems.

They also use a special sound absorbing tube that acts as muffler.

There are two major players in the high velocity market.

They are Unico and Space Pak.

We have installed both with very good successUnico does provide more options than Space Pak.

If you find a competent HVAC contractor with experience and a good track record with high velocity mini duct systems you’ll enjoy many years of comfort and reliability.

That all of our high velocity work is generated by unsolicited referrals from satisfied clients, speaks for itself.

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At A 50% Discount!

Dear Friend,

If you’ve ever thought about a solar hot water heater for your home but figured it was too expensive to install and had a very long payback period,

I have some good news for you.

Now, it’s affordable to become. . .

The Proud Owner
Of A Money-Saving
Solar Water Heating System

President Obama is encouraging Americans to take advantage of an energy-savings tax shelter.

My name is Ed Bishop who along with his son John, operate Enhanced Living in Troy, NY.

We specialize in “Enhanced Lifestyle Indoor Environment Systems” and for over 33 years have been helping homeowners enjoy a better life in their homes and give them “Peace of Mind” by removing the risks that jeopardize their comfort and well-being, caused by inferior, mediocre heating and cooling systems.

I’d like to call your attention to the Presidents’ stimulus package that includes money for improvements to your home that will:

• Add equity to your home

• Save you money for as long as you live in your home

• Give you 70% of your hot water from the sun

What’s more. . .

Now You Can Get
A $9,000 Solar Hot Water Heater
For The Incredibly Low Price Of Just $4,050

When you install a solar powered hot water system in your home, you are entitled to a 30% tax credit towards the cost of a new system

Plus

New York State residents can claim an additional 25% credit up to $5,000.

Here’s how it works:

Let’s say a family of 4 installs a system:

Installed cost (includes all materials and labor ——– $9,000

30% Federal Tax Credit ———————————–$2,700

25% NYS Tax Credit —————————————$2,250

Your total investment after tax credits ONLY————–$4,050

It’s like a matching gift program.

6 Good Reasons To Own A
Solar Powered Hot Water System

• You’ll slash your water heating bill by an amazing 70% and during the summer months you get most of the hot water for your showers, baths, laundry and dish washing practically FREE

• You’ll enjoy nice, long, hot showers without feeling guilty about using too much energy

• You’ll have a clean source of energy in your home that reduces the risk of dangerous carbon monoxide and combustion pollutants

• You’ll begin to liberate yourself from imported fossil fuels from countries who could care less about you – except for your money

• You’ll take pride in being a contributor to a better, cleaner environment for your children and grandchildren

• You’ll be part of a movement that helps stimulate the U.S. economy – renewable energy and energy efficiency industries currently generate more than 9 million jobs and $1 trillion in annual revenue in the U.S.

There has never been a better time to tap into. . .

The Gift From
93 Million Miles Away

The sun truly is a gift because all living things on earth rely on the sun to live and grow.

It also affects our mood.

How much better do YOU feel when the sun is shining?

Imagine how good you’ll feel every time you open your faucet on a sunny day, knowing your hot water is FREE!

Recently, I spoke to Nancy White from Rexford about her solar hot water system.

Nancy installed her system WITHOUT the benefit of tax credits and without hesitation she said. . .

“I would do it again.”

Fortunately, YOU get the tax credits.

Now, the way I see it. . .

1. You Can Use Your Money to Pay More Taxes

OR

2. You Can Use Your Money To Buy Something Nice for Your Home

What makes more sense to you?

We have set up a special web site for homeowners who live within 1 hour driving distance of Albany, NY for help in finding out more about solar powered hot water systems and available incentives.

To gain access to the special web site, just fill out the form below now.

Please don’t worry – we will NOT share your information with anyone. All we would like to do is keep you informed about incentives or offerings that will enhance your life.

No Salesman Will Call!

Take this important first step.

You have nothing to lose except almost $5,000.

We look forward to hearing from you.

Best regards,

Ed Bishop

Enhanced Living, Inc.

868 8th Ave

Troy, NY 12182

518-235-0311

P.S. – If you don’t take advantage of this opportunity, you are only cheating yourself – after all, you’ve already paid for it!

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Before you buy a gas boiler you’ll have to decide what’s important to you.

Is it initial cost, energy savings, reliability, durability or impact on the environment?

Do you like the idea of high tech?

Gas boiler efficiencies start at the 83% AFUE (Annual Fuel Utilization Efficiency) and top off at approximately 95%.

Gas boilers that are rated above 90% are called condensing boilers.

The higher efficiencies are the result of utilizing the waste heat in the vent system that is usually lost to the atmosphere.

This type of boiler is never vented into a chimney.

It is vented through either a stainless steel or plastic pipe product.

The only brand of boiler my company sells are Viessmann gas boilers , a German manufacturer.

It is the only company that I felt comfortable with that could back the benefits that my client’s look for.

Arguably the best gas boiler that is available today is the Viessmann Vitodens 95.2% efficient wall-hung boiler.

Our clients have had great results with this product.

Some are experiencing 50% reductions in their heating bills.

Besides being highly efficient, it’s one of the most environmentally-friendly gas boilers on the market.

The emissions from the vent system are extremely low (carbon monoxide = 5.5 ppm, NOx = 8.9 ppm).

The burner adjusts it’s firing rate to match the amount of heat that is needed.

For instance, if the boiler has a rating of 91,000 BTU’s of heat, the burner will only deliver 25,000 BTUs of heat if that’s all that is needed.

A conventional boiler would deliver the full 91,000 BTU’s regardless of the amount of heat needed. It’s like stepping on the gas pedal of your car, then slamming on the brakes even though you were only going one city block.

This modulating burner strategy saves fuel as well as wear and tear on the boiler.

One feature that I like is the burner is a flameless, radiant heat source.

Another energy-saving feature is the control system also adjusts the water temperature according to the outdoor temperature as well as the indoor temperature.

This is very important when using a condensing boiler.

These types of boilers rely on lower water temperatures to gain maximum efficiency.

Stay clear of those who try to sell a condensing boiler without this control strategy.

I’ve seen high efficient rated condensing boilers that were operating at efficiencies in the 80% range because the water temperatures were too high to allow the boiler to condense and release the extra heat into the heating system.

The Vitodens is also made from one of the highest grades of stainless steel.

It’s also very quiet. I’ve had to put my ear to the cabinet to be sure it was running.

Viessmann also makes a 83% efficient model.

It is made of high grade cast iron with large stainless steel burners for a long life cycle.

This is considered their basic model.

Though it doesn’t have the bells and whistles of their advanced model, this Viessmann boiler still has high quality German engineering.

Prices can range from $13,000 down to $5,000 for these products or comparable ones,, depending on the size and scope of work.

I don’t have time to research every gas boiler on the market.

The next best thing I can do is when I’m introduced to another boiler manufacturer I use Viessmann standards to compare.

So far I haven’t found anything that can stand up to the quality.

If you are in the market for a gas boiler you can make the same comparisons.

Please go to our heating boiler primer page for more information about boilers before you make your choice.

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The time is finally here for sustainable development and green construction.

Having installed numerous heating and air conditioning systems over the last 32 years has given me the opportunity to observe construction practices in many types of homes with different types of builders.

I’ve approached many builders with the idea of offering ways to build a more energy-efficient, healthier home for their client.

I can honestly say the builders who get the big picture of energy efficiency and environmental responsibilities are few and far between.

I’ve always been both amazed and disappointed at the lack of attention given to these important details.

It seems to me, some are more interested in packing as many houses they can get away with in a development and offering only products that appeal to the eye rather than a complete building system that affect the well-being and long-range financial implications of inferior products.

Features such as non-toxic building materials, integrated heating-cooling-ventilation systems, high-performance insulation systems and using “The House Is A System” approach where everything is part of a whole and interdependent with one another.

Richard Trethewey, the plumbing and heating expert from the PBS television series called these the “hidden assets” of the home.

Though not as sexy as the eye candy products, they have the biggest impact on the home and the occupant.

Someone Who Gets It

I received a call from a gentleman who was given my name from one of my clients.

He wanted to speak to me about some future projects he was planning.

The first thing that got my attention was when he said it was a shame how a lot of houses were being built and how land was being developed.

When we met he shared his vision about how he wanted to move forward with a different concept of planning, sustainable development and green construction.

Rather than taking farmland and dropping houses, laying asphalt, installing a couple of cul de sacs, some token trees and the typical golf course lawn, he wanted to build a natural community that fits into the landscape rather than forced into it, while still preserving prime farm land.

A community where you can enjoy your neighbors while at the same time enjoying privacy.

Tim Lundquist, founder of The Blue Bird Group has such a vision.

His vision also includes a community with walking, biking, bridal, cross country and electric cart trails as well as a wild bird sanctuary.

Green construction is also part of the plan where one can live in a non-toxic environment.

Homes are designed and built to have a minimal impact on the occupant and the environment.

The homes will be built using harmless building materials.

Pre-engineered panels will be manufactured locally to reduce emissions and energy required from long-distance shipping.

This approach will also result in less construction waste, reducing the impact on landfills, the energy required to transport the waste to the landfill and at the same time preserve natural resources.

Homes will be sited to take advantage of the sun for natural lighting and heat potential in the winter months and use the natural shading and cooling ability of trees in the summer.

High-performance insulation techniques will reduce heating and cooling energy consumption.

Engineered ventilation systems will ensure clean, fresh, healthy air.

Also specified for these homes is the most efficient, environmentally-friendly boiler manufactured by Viessmann Manufacturing a German company recognized around the world as the leader in heating and energy technologies.

The boiler will be the heart of a hybrid indoor climate system that consists of radiant floor heat and hydro-air for head to toe comfort.

The homes will be tested with sophisticated equipment that will ensure their energy efficiency.

Tim Lundquist the founder of The Blue Bird Group sustainable development and green building company said it all when he stated:

”These are designs based on valuing a simple, country lifestyle, good taste and a common commitment to being caring stewards for the land and nature.”

If this type of living appeals to you or happen to be looking for a green investment or know of anyone else who might be interested please contact us.

Simply fill out the form below and someone will get in touch with you.

Please don’t worry, we will not share your information with anyone.

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Factory Listed Btus

Furnace:

The factory listed btus of your furnace are based on the output of your furnace. If you have an older furnace your input btus might be 100,000 btus with your efficiency set at 72% your output btus would be 72,000 btus. In this example the homeowner would be paying for 28,000 btus of gas per hour to heat the sky. The money is literally going right up the vent. Some of the furnaces are as much as 95.5% efficient. What we are interested here is the actually number of btus available to heat the home.

Air Conditioner:

The factory listed btus of your air conditioner will surprise you. Your air conditioning system, in a factory perfect state, is typically set to put out the number of listed btus at 85 degrees outdoors. Once the temperature goes higher than 85 degrees the output drops significantly. A 5 ton air conditioner typically loses a full ton of air conditioning by the time the outside temperature tops 100 degrees. This is why it is very necessary to ensure that your system is working at peak capacity. Any parts of the system that are not perfect will cause you and your family to suffer when the weather hits.

Projected Factory Output

Furnace:

The projected btu output is different than the factory perfect output you probably thought your furnace put out. Furnaces are developed and tested under factory conditions and homes are not factory conditions. We have to take into account the amount of airflow throughout the furnace and the amount of airflow actually delivered into the home. Many times we see as much as 35% loss in addition to the factory listed efficiency loss. This loss can usually easily repaired and a furnace restored close to factory specifications.

Air Conditioner:

The factory listed output of an air conditioner is a moving target according to the temperature and humidity. Once we have found the factory listed output we can compare that to the difference in total heat (Enthalpy) at the return air registers and at the supply registers. We combine this with the actual airflow through the registers and we can easily compute the amount of heat throughput into the living area of your. We typically can make a few corrections and save homeowners as much as 25%-50% on their electrical bills without installing new air conditioning systems.

Duct Loss, Duct Gain and Duct Evaluation

Studies have known conclusively that the average system has btu losses of about 35% in its ducting system. Improperly sealed jointed, no insulation, broken ducting, undersized ducting and ducting installed improperly. If you are having problems with hot spots and cool spots in your home, then chances are good that you have a problem with your ducting. After observing the condition of your ducting we can rapidly come up with some significant money saving and comfort achieving actions that can add to your overall enjoyment of your home.

Asbestos Air Ducts

Not only are these air ducts dangerous from a health view, they are dangerous from a utility bill view. These ducts have a R-Value (resistance to heat transfer) of only 1 to 2. In a typical single story 2000 square foot home the asbestos air ducts will lose just over 2 Tons of air conditioning to the heat of the attic in the middle of summer.

That’s Air Conditioning You Are Paying For to Cool Your Attic!

New flex ducting is at least 3 times that efficient saving you money on your electricity bills each month and allowing you to enjoy a higher level of comfort day after day.

Improperly Installed Air Ducts Rob You! Don’t let this happen to you.

This is an example of why permits are required from the city to install heating and air conditioning systems and air ducts. These air ducts cut the airflow down in less than 1/3 of the air conditioner requirements. This system was designed by the manufacturer of the air conditioner to put out 60,000 btus. We discovered after some quick calculations during our air conditioning tune-up visit that the air conditioner was only putting out 27,000 btus and the evaporator coil was freezing up.

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Heating and cooling systems nearly always seem to be breaking down when the weather is at its worst – on the coldest day of a frigid winter, or during a sizzling summer heat wave. Times when your home comfort system must work the hardest, and when you, of course, need it most. An Empire Planned Maintenance Program (Ultimate Service Agreement…USA) helps avoid breakdowns plus it protects and prolongs the life of your equipment. As an Empire Ultimate Service Agreement client you always receive priority service!

We’ll Roll Out the Red Carpet for You

Here is what you’ll receive with this money saving agreement:

PEACE OF MIND:

Automatic, periodic inspection, lubricating, adjusting and cleaning of your heating and cooling system keeps it running at peak, trouble free efficiency. Potential problems are spotted before they can cause trouble or danger to life and property.

PLANNED BUDGET:

Fixed cost allows budgeting in advance for this maintenance service, labor and parts. It is only a single investment, NO hidden expenses.

LONGER PRODUCT LIFE EXPECTANCY:

It is a well known fact that regular maintenance and service on your home’s mechanical equipment prolongs its life while keeping it running at peak efficiency. Over 90% of all breakdowns are caused by a lack ofproper maintenance. We can solve these problems.
TRAINED PROFESSIONALS:

When you open up the phone book or look online, how do you know whether you will get ‘Bubba’ at the door with a pair of pliers hanging out his back pocket? By having a USA, a planned maintenance agreement, you will be receiving the highest degree of professional factory trained, Comfort Certified technicians this industry has to offer. You can’t help but save money.
POSTIVE PROOF OF FACTORY REQUIRED MAINTENACE:

In order to maintain your warranties and guarantees from the manufacturer of your heating and cooling equipment you are required to have the equipment regularly serviced by a trained professional. If you don’t, and something goes wrong, then chances are good that your warranty will be voided. The vast majority of equipment breakdowns are due to lack of maintenance, not equipment malfunction, and this is why the factory will seldom pay out on requests for warranty.
LOWER UTILITY BILLS: It isn’t a secret.

A system that is clean and maintained regularly will cost less to operate, will break down fewer times and will last longer. A maintenance agreement is FREE when you calculate in the utility savings alone.
MONEYBACK GUARANTEE:

Every one of Ultimate Maintenance Agreements comes with a 100% Satisfaction Guarantee that says you can ask for and get your money back for any reason or no reason at all.
FRONT OF THE LINE SERVICE:

Even on the hottest of days or the coldest of days. No matter how busy we are our maintenance clients comes first. You will receive service within 24 working hours or we will show up to your home with a check for $250 for your inconvenience. No one else gives you these kinds of guarantees.
Rather than take the “ignorance is bliss” approach, I strongly suggest investing in this Ultimate Service Agreement and taking a proactive, maintenance approach. Not only will your air conditioning equipment last longer, it will be more reliable and have fewer interruptions in service.

Thank you for reading this letter and allowing me the opportunity to help you out this year.

Sincerely,

Jim Eichman
The Master of Home Air Conditioning Comfort

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The Next Step: Actually Finding and Repairing Freon Leaks in Home Air Conditioners

Give us a call and book your free evaluation. (Homeowners)

Let us examine your system and give you a professional money saving opinion.

Opt for one: Fluorescent Leak Detectant, Freon Stop Leak, or Just a Fill Up.

When we find your leak we will ensure that your system stays running. Most leaks are so small that many methods simply are not sophisticated enough to catch them. We will choose the right system for your Freon leak and we will explain to you why it is the right system for Freon leak detection.

Compressor Bearing Damage: This can be caused by a lack of lubrication. Freon carries lubricating oil with it throughout your home air conditioner. Being low on Freon is like being low on oil in your car engine. It will cause problems.

Compressor Electrical Windings Damage: Freon cools the compressor. It is a large motor and the only way it will keep from overheating is if it transfers its excessive heat to the Freon. Your air conditioner being low on Freon is like running your car without water in the radiator.

Increased Electrical Bills: A lack of lubrication causes friction which causes the compressor motor to work harder and consume more electricity. Electricity usage increases as the temperature of the windings increase because electricity has a harder time crossing through wire at elevated temperatures. Low on Freon in your home air conditioning system also means fewer btus, less cooling, from your air conditioner and therefore it runs longer to achieve the same cooling.

Evaporator Coil Damage: When the Freon pressure lowers due to a Freon leak to below the freezing point, ice forms on the evaporator coil. This ice bends and distorts the coils causing physical damage.

Flood Damage: When the ice builds up, many inches thick, melts the water runoff overpowers the drain and runs down through he middle of the air handler or furnace. This causes transformer short circuits and circuit board damage and ultimately floods the home. A 3 Ton air conditioning system can remove more than 1 gallon of water an hour from the air in your home.

Lung Damage: If the Freon is leaking in the home it can cause severe damage to your lungs and even cause death. It is not healthy to breath.

Bottom Line: Get it fixed before the damage results. For more information on Freon leak detection give us a call. We are experts and we can give you many options.

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Metal ducts are seldom installed correctly. This system seems on the surface to be just fine, but a little in depth observation shows a system that is horribly inefficient. Most air conditioning system are designed to have as little static pressure, airflow resistance as possible. The number of elbows in this picture creates a significant amount of airflow resistance.

I sheet metal 90, as shown in the picture here, has the approximate equivalent of 10 feet of ducting in static pressure. When two 90 elbows are put next to each other the equivalent distance jumps to past 60 feet and when a third is installed less than 2 duct diameters the distance jumps to past 80 feet. It jumps even more when we calculate in the sheet metal plenum resistance.

This ducting has about the same static pressure resistance as 100 feet of straight ducting. That correlates into less than ½ the airflow these ducts should be pushing.

Look at the joints. None of the joints have any sealant of any type on them. Most sheet metal ducting coming in 36” lengths. That means that every 36” of run, plus every 90, there are leaking air through the ducting. Sheet metal ducts have a much greater potential for air leakage than flexible ducts.

Sheet metal ducts are used in homes in garages and through firewall penetrations. They are also used in long transitions between floors and in wall cavities. Once the ducting is in the attic flexible ducting should be used to reduce the number of joints and reduce the labor burden. Flexible ducting is much faster to install.
This picture of flexible ducting serving an air conditioner is an example of poor design. The transition between the single air duct to the 2 air ducts has been manufactured by the HVAC company. This is made from duct board. Duct board is a hard fiberglass sheet with a mylar coating on it. These types of duct board transitions increase static pressure through air turbulence dramatically and have a tendency to leak air. The couple of dollars saved here ends up costing the homeowners in terms of cooling and comfort.

If your air ducts are leaking air your home is operating in a negative air environment. These means that your home is sucking in dirty contaminated air from every crack and crevice in your home. This defeats even the best indoor air cleaners. If you are not going to seal your air ducts, don’t bother with a whole house air cleaner. It just won’t work properly.

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Your Freon uses Freon to circulate through the outdoor unit and the indoor unit.

Think of your outdoor air conditioning unit as a large pump that pumps Freon throughout the system. The outdoor air conditioning compressor pumps the Freon into a very hot gas form. The Freon then travels throughout the condensing unit (outdoor air conditioner) coils and cools down from the flow of air across the coils generated by the outdoor fan motor.

During the course of the cooling process the Freon changes state. It condenses into a liquid. This is the reason that the outdoor air conditioner is called the condensing unit. Just as soon as the Freon starts to become a liquid the Freon is said to be “saturated with heat”. The Freon is still quite warm at this point and it still keeps losing temperature degree by degree. Each degree that the Freon loses temperate is called one degree of sub cooling. Sub meaning below the fully saturated heat we just discussed.

Most Air Conditioners are Have 8 to 14 Degrees of Sub Cooling

Now the Freon enters the line set, the copper tubing from the outdoor air conditioner to the indoor evaporator or indoor cooling coil. Once the Freon reaches the indoor cooling coil (evaporator coil) it becomes restricted by a flow control device. That flow control device is now a thermostatic expansion valve. Older units had fixed orifice controls and capillary controls.

The Thermostatic Expansion Valve

This is a very special flow metering device. It increases and decreases the amount of Freon entering the coils by measuring the temperature of the Freon leaving the evaporator coil (indoor cooling coil). If the Freon is too warm the thermostatic expansion valve opens up and allows more Freon through the cooling coil. If the Freon is too cool it restricts the flow of Freon. The valve is constantly hunting for the perfect amount of Freon through the coil.

Freon Travels Through the Evaporator Coil

When the Freon enters the coil it is in a liquid form. As the Freon gains temperature the Freon starts to evaporate into a gas. This is why the indoor cooling coil is called an evaporator coil. Once the Freon starts to become a gas it is once again “Saturated” meaning at that pressure the Freon has all the heat it is going to hold. This is where a change starts. The Freon is still very cold and the surround air passing through the evaporator coil is warmer. The Freon starts to increase in pressure and temperature. Every degree of heat it gains past the saturation temperature is called one degree of superheat.

The Process Repeats Itself and You Have Air Conditioning, but everything has to work properly. If your air conditioning system is low on Freon, you don’t have air conditioning. What you have is an electrical bill. If you don’t have enough air flow accorss the evaporator coil, you don’t have air conditioning, you have an ice machine. If your air ducts are not sealed, you don’t have air conditioning, you have an attic ventilation fan.

We can help. Print out that coupon at the top of the page for a $39 whole system evaluation and tune up. You’ll be glad you did.

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Metal ducts are seldom installed correctly. This system seems on the surface to be just fine, but a little in depth observation shows a system that is horribly inefficient. Most air conditioning system are designed to have as little static pressure, airflow resistance as possible. The number of elbows in this picture creates a significant amount of airflow resistance.

I sheet metal 90, as shown in the picture here, has the approximate equivalent of 10 feet of ducting in static pressure. When two 90 elbows are put next to each other the equivalent distance jumps to past 60 feet and when a third is installed less than 2 duct diameters the distance jumps to past 80 feet. It jumps even more when we calculate in the sheet metal plenum resistance.

This ducting has about the same static pressure resistance as 100 feet of straight ducting. That correlates into less than ½ the airflow these ducts should be pushing.

Look at the joints. None of the joints have any sealant of any type on them. Most sheet metal ducting coming in 36” lengths. That means that every 36” of run, plus every 90, there are leaking air through the ducting. Sheet metal ducts have a much greater potential for air leakage than flexible ducts.

Sheet metal ducts are used in homes in garages and through firewall penetrations. They are also used in long transitions between floors and in wall cavities. Once the ducting is in the attic flexible ducting should be used to reduce the number of joints and reduce the labor burden. Flexible ducting is much faster to install.

This picture of flexible ducting serving an air conditioner is an example of poor design. The transition between the single air duct to the 2 air ducts has been manufactured by the HVAC company. This is made from duct board. Duct board is a hard fiberglass sheet with a mylar coating on it. These types of duct board transitions increase static pressure through air turbulence dramatically and have a tendency to leak air. The couple of dollars saved here ends up costing the homeowners in terms of cooling and comfort.

If your air ducts are leaking air your home is operating in a negative air environment. These means that your home is sucking in dirty contaminated air from every crack and crevice in your home. This defeats even the best indoor air cleaners. If you are not going to seal your air ducts, don’t bother with a whole house air cleaner. It just won’t work properly.

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Technically this is really called the condensing unit fan motor. The outdoor section of your home air conditioner is called the condensing unit because this is where the air condition system’s compressor compresses and condensing the gaseous Freon into liquid Freon.

The fan motor is what moves the air across the outdoor cooling coils of the air conditioner. This removes the heat from the Freon and sub cools it (cools it below its saturation point).

Fan motor failures are common in the heat of the summer and the typically reasons that cause those failures are:

1. Age, Wear and Tear

Not everything lasts forever. A typical air conditioning fan motor will last 12-15 years in our Southern California Climate. The bearings wear out and the motor fails.

2. Lack of Lubrication.

While most air conditioner fan motors have permanently oiled bearings, some still need to be oiled a drop or two. This is something that we perform regularly on our tune up. For only $39, if you use and print the coupon above to the right, you’ll receive a air conditioning tune up and evaluation.

3. A Poor Electrical Connection

Corroded terminals and loose wire nuts cause an increase in the amount of heat across the wiring. This increased amount of heat reduces the amount of electricity the motor is allowed to operate on which causes it to run at an elevated temperature. This elevated temperature leads to premature breakdowns. Give us a call and we’ll help you with this problem. Our $39 full system tune up and evaluation can solve this for you.

4. Capacitor Failure

One of the most common breakdowns for the outdoor fan motor on an air conditioning system is capacitor failure. Loose connections and wear and tear lead to failure on the hottest days. The hottest days are the days when the electrical voltage coming into your air conditioner is the lowest. It is also the time when your air conditioner needs the most amount of electricity to start and run. These combinations are destructive if your air conditioner isn’t in peak running condition. Give us a call and we’ll help you with this problem. Our $39 full system tune up and evaluation can solve this for you. Be sure to print out our A/C tune up coupon above.

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Dogs, Cats and Bowling Balls ($3 throw away)

This is your standard throw away filter or the reusable filter that comes witht he furnace. About the only thing this filter will stop is dogs, cats and bowling balls. It is meant to protect the furnace, not your lungs.

Hog Hair

This is a standard cut to fit, usually a blue or green plastic filter. They come in 2 standard sizes and a roll.

Electrostatic (Flexible)

These are specialy made for applications where noise can be a factor. Ceiling registers where the filter will moved and clank if it has a metal frame.

Electrocstatic (Ridgid)

These have either a metal or plastic outer frame and are meant to go into a filter box or the furnace itself.

1″ Pleated

These are primarily used in commerical rooftop systems. They are throw away filters.

2″ Pleated

These are primarily used in rooftop systems where people want a higher degree of air filtration. Useful for homes and businesses or schools.

4″ Pleated

For the residential market for mild allergy sufferers.

5″ Pleated

For the residential market for mild allergy sufferers.

1″ 3M Filtrete

This is the first air cleaning filter on this list. Do not use it if you have air conditioning. If you only have a heater or furnace this is going to be the best low end filter you can buy.

2″ 3M Filtrete

This is a step up from the 1″ 3M Filtrete. It cannot be used in furances and must be used in filter boxes. It has more loading ability and less static pressure resistance than the 1″ filter.

Electronic

Not in style anymore. Turns out that this filter is excellent for a few days and then starts to lose it’s ability to clean the air. Snap, crackle and pop noises seem to biggest complaint with these filters.

IQAir-16 (Perfect 16 Merv Rating)

Unbeleivable filtration with a media air cleaner. Does not produce any ozone and filters through a series of micro-fine pleated filter media that is unlike any other. This is recommended for allergy sufferers and those that are sensitive to ozone. This will deliver hospital grade air. This whole house air cleaner shoul dbe installed with new systems or system under going a retro-fit. It is large and will not fit in most upflow applications.

AccuClean (Trane CleanEffects)

Our tests show conclusively that this whole house air cleaning system is the best on the market. It does release some ozone, but the ozone amount is variable and can be turned down. this can be installed in most upflow and horizontal applications and comes with a 5 years warranty from the manufacturer.

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The Next Step: Actually Finding and Repairing Freon Leaks in Home Air Conditioners

Give us a call and book your free evaluation. (Homeowners)

Let us examine your system and give you a professional money saving opinion.

Opt for one: Fluorescent Leak Detectant, Freon Stop Leak, or Just a Fill Up.

When we find your leak we will ensure that your system stays running. Most leaks are so small that many methods simply are not sophisticated enough to catch them. We will choose the right system for your Freon leak and we will explain to you why it is the right system for Freon leak detection.

Compressor Bearing Damage: This can be caused by a lack of lubrication. Freon carries lubricating oil with it throughout your home air conditioner. Being low on Freon is like being low on oil in your car engine. It will cause problems.

Compressor Electrical Windings Damage: Freon cools the compressor. It is a large motor and the only way it will keep from overheating is if it transfers its excessive heat to the Freon. Your air conditioner being low on Freon is like running your car without water in the radiator.

Increased Electrical Bills: A lack of lubrication causes friction which causes the compressor motor to work harder and consume more electricity. Electricity usage increases as the temperature of the windings increase because electricity has a harder time crossing through wire at elevated temperatures. Low on Freon in your home air conditioning system also means fewer btus, less cooling, from your air conditioner and therefore it runs longer to achieve the same cooling.

Evaporator Coil Damage: When the Freon pressure lowers due to a Freon leak to below the freezing point, ice forms on the evaporator coil. This ice bends and distorts the coils causing physical damage.

Flood Damage: When the ice builds up, many inches thick, melts the water runoff overpowers the drain and runs down through he middle of the air handler or furnace. This causes transformer short circuits and circuit board damage and ultimately floods the home. A 3 Ton air conditioning system can remove more than 1 gallon of water an hour from the air in your home.

Lung Damage: If the Freon is leaking in the home it can cause severe damage to your lungs and even cause death. It is not healthy to breath.

Bottom Line: Get it fixed before the damage results. For more information on Freon leak detection give us a call. We are experts and we can give you many options.

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Are You Looking For A Reliable Home Air Conditioning Company?

Picking out a reliable air conditioning contractor is not the first thing on most homeowner’s lists of enjoyable things to do. Most of the time when we are called to a new clients home to fix an air conditioning system or give an estimate for a new central air conditioning system that was not a referral (nearly 80% of all of our work is existing customers or referrals from satisfied air conditioning clients,) that potential new customer is more than a little leery.

We are changing the rules of the game

We have come up with a solution to prove ourselves to you that no other company here in Southern California can live up. We want you to be relaxed and in control when we come to your home and give you that free estimate for new air conditioning or diagnose that broken air conditioner. We did away with the time and materials billing 2 decades ago. And we did away with it because it favors technician incompetence. The technician that doesn’t have the tools and doesn’t have the knowledge to fix that broken A/C in a few minutes actually bills out more money and makes more money that the air conditioning technician that has the tools and skills, Comfort Certified, that enables them to efficiently diagnose and fix air conditioning problems like my service professionals. We went to up front fair and honest pricing because everyone, more than 99% or air conditioning homeowners, want to know what the full cost of the new air conditioning and heating system or the full cost of the repair for the air conditioning breakdown is going to cost up front. They don’t want those scary expensive surprises when it comes to paying the air conditioning repairman, I don’t blame them.

The First Rule We Changed

We now not only provide free estimates for new air conditioning installations, that is central air conditioning and mini-spilt ductless installations both commercial air conditioning and residential installation, but we now offer free estimates for air conditioning repair for owner occupied homes here in Southern California. Most of the time the air conditioning breakdown can be diagnosed in only a couple of minutes, fewer than 15 minutes, and we don’t think that this is something that you should pay for.

There is a catch here – CATCH NUMBER ONE

So many companies charge you that service fee in order to make you feel obligated to pay for the repair. Sure, it’s going to cost you more to have someone else out, so there is pressure to go with the expensive repair right on the spot. We don’t do that, but if the air conditioning repair diagnosis is complicated, sometimes it is-maybe 1 out of 10 times, then the diagnostic time becomes extended. We do need to charge for that added time, after all, I do have to pay my employees. But, don’t worry, before any charges are incurred you will be given a full explanation of what it will be and why it will be and only then do you have to either commit to the diagnostic charge or send my Comfort Certified Factory Trained HVAC technician away. If you send them away, you pay nothing, Zero, Zilch, not one Single Penny. You are under no obligation whatsoever for that initial air conditioning problem diagnosis.

Yes there is still another problem – CATCH NUMBER TWO

You have read this far, so I take it that you are at least a little curious about a free air conditioning estimate and how we can do it. In order to stay in business my HVAC technicians need to bring in at least a little bit of money each day for their A/C work. We do that by only allowing up to 3 free air conditioning service calls each day per A/C tech. They can usually perform about 4 A/C service calls each day. That leaves one pay call or “on demand air conditioning problem.” We keep this open for air conditioning emergencies such as the evaporator coil flooding the home, water dripping through a ceiling, smoke filling the home and those 110 degree days with a family wedding reception happening. Yes, if you are having an air conditioning emergency and you need your air conditioning fixed today, and we have opening for free calls-it will be free, but if we don’t have openings for free calls you still can have us fix your air conditioning today by opting for a small service fee. It is the best of both worlds.

Air Conditioning Rule Change Number 2.

We really are offering 100% CLIENT SATISFACTION WITH EVERYTHING THAT WE DO. If you are not absolutely in love with my air conditioning comfort professionals then I want you to feel no obligation at all to pay them for the work that they have performed. So, even if you have us out for an on demand service call you don’t have to pay for if you are not satisfied. To activate this guarantee simply tell my professional HVAC service technician that you are not happy with the work that they have performed, any type of work that they have performed, and that you don’t think you should have to a pay for it. Any work that they have performed they will remove, you aren’t happy with it anyway, and they will leave with no hard feelings. Doesn’t that put you in charge?

10 Year Parts and Labor on Repairs

That’s RULE CHANGE #3 isn’t it? Most heating and air conditioning companies give you a 30 days parts and labor guarantee on what they do and many of them give you that concrete guarantee, you know, the one that is over the minute their A/C service truck tires exit your driveway, not us. If we fix your air conditioning system correctly the first time, we know that it isn’t gong to breakdown again. That part is meant to last. It doesn’t make sense allot of sense to me to leave our valuable clients in the hot and muggy summer heat because an air conditioning service tech either didn’t fix the air conditioner properly, or didn’t use high quality parts. We guarantee everything that we do with a guarantee up to 10 years air conditioning parts and labor and we give you that guarantee in writing on each and every air conditioning agreement that we enter into. You only invest once with any air conditioning repair that we perform.

Air Conditioning Repair service rule change #4

Free second opinion for any air conditioning problem, even commercial air conditioning problems. Have you ever wondered if the air conditioning repairman was telling you the truth? That air conditioning repairman that arrives in a beat up old pickup truck, smells like cigarettes, alcohol and his underpants are showing is an upright honest factory trained air conditioning and heating service professional? Do they always seem to go by the name “Bubba.” Most air conditioning service companies shy away from second opinions because the client is usually a little upset and a lot apprehensive about doing business that day. In fact, most air conditioning service technicians really don’t know what they are doing. A study was performed a few years ago that concluded that about 90% of all home air conditioning systems are not charged with Freon correctly. This is the reason for the new Freon testing law that took effect in January 2010. We welcome that opportunity to set things right and offer a free second opinion. Just let us see what the other service diagnosed (you can cover up the name of the company and the price for repairs if you wish) and we will let you know if everything is on the up and up, for FREE.

Crazy, but true

If you are not thoroughly convinced yet that we are taking all the risks in your next air conditioning repair service call, then look at the following, print out a coupon, give us a call and prepare to be amazed. Everything you have read is true. the only thing stopping you from having the level of professional A/C service that you deserve is a phone call.

Free air conditioning service call for a second opinion

Free service visit for owner occupied homes

Free estimates given for air conditioning repair and service

Free estimates for air conditioning replacement and add on

Free no interest payment plans for the first year

Free duct cleaning with replacement air conditioners

Free duct cleaning with replacement heating systems

Okay, I get it, FREE AIR CONDITIONING, but what do you charge for?

We do not provide free diagnostic services for income property, commercial property or non owner occupied homes. If you are one of the many handyman or general contractors attempting to fix air conditioning systems by having us tell you exactly what is wrong with them and tell where to purchase the air conditioning parts, please don’t call. We will know who you are in minutes. We do not meet the nanny, the butler, the second great aunt, the neighbor or the mailman or the dog for a free diagnosis, free second opinion for air conditioning or free estimate for air conditioning. In order to find what the air conditioning problems really are and what the air conditioning should be we need to talk to the owner, one on one. We repair comfort problems, not just air conditioning systems. For those other situations we do charge a minimum service fee in order to cover the labor and overhead for the air conditioning service visit, but it is always minimal.

WE SOLVE THE FOLLOWING PROBLEMS DAILY

Central air conditioning blowing warm air
Central air conditioning efficiency upgrade
Central air conditioning making too much noise
Central air conditioning motor failure
Central air conditioning not cooling
Central air conditioning tune up
Dirty air conditioning registers and grills, rattling registers
Dirty air ducting, noisy ducts
Electric Utility Overpayments that are outrageously high
Freon refrigerant charging (R22, R410a, Puron. Ammonia)
Electronic Freon leak detection and repair
Musty smells originating in the air ducting
Uneven cooling, rooms too cold and some too hot
…and more.

NO DOWN PAYMENT MONEY REQUIRED FOR NEW AIR CONDITIONING INSTALLATIONS– NO UP FRONT MONEYREQUIRED

Many of the small monthly investment financing that we are able to offer Southern California homeowners don’t involve any money as a down payment at all. Many entail ZERO INTEREST FOR THE ENTIRE FIRST YEAR. The required minimum monthly payments (federal law…2009 Credit Card Act require minimum monthly payments) are usually only about $40 a month or little over a DOLLAR A DAY. You and your family can be comfortable in a new affordable home air conditioning system this year with NOT EVEN A SINGLE PENNY OUT OF POCKET, ZERO DOWN AND ONLY ABOUT $40 A MONTH. Your electrical savings will more than compensate for the tiny monthly investment. You will be able to start enjoying your comfortably cool home again and you will be able to do it affordably.

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You’ve left behind of all the risk in purchasing a new high efficiency home air conditioning system. There is just no way you can possibly make the wrong decision!

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Your BRAND new air conditioning may actually pay for itself. Same day air conditioning service and typical one day installation. All major credit cards are accepted.

Providing comfortable monthly payments that make having a quality indoor air conditioning system for your Southern California home super easy and affordable.

Because I am taking all the risk in your new air conditioning system there is not a single chance that you can make a mistake. If you don’t LOVE IT it, we’ll give you back your entire home air conditioning investment.

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Heating Repair Contractor San Antonio

A heater is a device most commonly used in homes or offices to generate heat. If you don’t have a heater, wish to replace the one you have, or would like to get it repaired, heating repair San Antonio offers the best services and operates within the area.

It is important to know the type of heating installation most suited to your needs; that is the right make or model for your home or company and heating repair San Antonio contractor best suited to handle your heaters’ routine heating repair San Antonio service as well as maintenance requirements for your home.

Types of heaters and the heating repair contractor San Antonio that carry them

A small fortune is lost by home owners who try to cut corners by not having their heaters in tip-top shape before the beginning of each season. Money spent on emergency air conditioning San Antonio or heating repair San Antonio services can be avoided if you know the type of heater you have, how it works and the regular maintenance and heating repair San Antonio requirements it has. Call us today to get a hold of one our HVAC contractor San Antonio.

Generally heaters can be divided into two groups: Electric heaters and Non-electric heaters.

Our Heating Repair Contractor San Antonio Even Does Electric

Electric heaters are said to be the best for heating purposes due to their 100% efficiency in converting heat into electricity. Also, health hazards such as heater explosions and fires are less likely. The types of electric heaters available on the market today are convection heaters and radiant heaters.

When looking for a heater that heats the whole room, convection heaters are the best choice. Convection heaters not only heat the room but also circulate warm air through out the room. Electric heaters are also quieter than fan heaters.

Radiant heaters are the oldest form of heaters which provide radiant energy. Unlike convection heaters, radiant heaters heat objects instead of warming the air. This type of heater heats the floor instead of heating the ceiling, making the floor the primary source of heat.

Other Services Offered By Heating Repair Contractor San Antonio

Heating repair San Antonio not only offers air conditioning repair San Antonio and air duct cleaning San Antonio, but also provides heating installation and repair for people who want to install new heating systems in their homes or offices, or require their current system to be repaired.

Non-electric:

Non-electric heaters are mostly used in out-door areas, reason being that they reduce the quality of air and produce carbon monoxide, which is harmful to the health.

It’s important to have regular HAVC maintenance because it serves to decrease the number of times you require heating repair San Antonio and also to avoid emergency air conditioning repair San Antonio. By taking care of routine HVAC repair before every summer and winter and heating repairs when they come up rather than putting them off, you can rest assured that your heating systems will continue working.\

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Emergency Air Conditioning Repair San Antonio

Emergency air conditioning repair San Antonio services don’t have to be expensive if your air conditioner is well taken care of and you have a skilled AC installation guy or service. An emergency air conditioning repair San Antonio service wouldn’t even be necessary in most cases – air conditioners are sturdy and have few moving parts, which means that it doesn’t wear out as much as other appliances.

The right HVAC contractor San Antonio should be able to point you in the right direction in terms of models, but unless you’re living in a cold area and looking to avail of heating installation San Antonio, you’re probably looking for an AC installation San Antonio service – and for good reason. An AC is just a great thing to have in a home and air conditioning repair San Antonio costs are pretty cheap.

Emergency Air Conditioning Repair San Antonio: There’s a Reason That Many Homes Have Them

The average HVAC contractor San Antonio gets a lot of business because the vast majority of people dislike working in a hot climate. While people can deal with heat, most of the time they’d prefer to be in a cool and comfortable environment. People only go for heating installation San Antonio when it is snowing and usually, it is coupled with the installation of a cooling system anyway.

Even with the inaccurate stigma of expensive air conditioning repair San Antonio expenses, people still choose to avail of AC installation San Antonio. Emergency air conditioning repair San Antonio costs are usually due to the AC running out of Freon or its required maintenance.

How Does an AC Keep You Cold If You Need Emergency Air Conditioning Repair San Antonio?

Whether or not emergency air conditioning repair San Antonio is expensive or not (air conditioners actually make a home cheaper to maintain, but we’ll get to that later), you’ll want to know how it keep you cold and comfortable.

It is pretty simple – it uses Freon to turn warm air into much colder air then blows it back into the room. Some air conditioners even include filters that make sure that whatever air comes back in is nice, clean and crisp. This can make San Antonio air duct cleaning costs cheaper. Even the more expensive emergency air conditioning repair San Antonio costs are easily affordable as it make things cheaper over all.

How Else Can Emergency Air Conditioning Repair San Antonio Improve Your Home?

Aside from making San Antonio air duct cleaning costs cheaper, it can also help other appliances in your home work more efficiently and thus lessen its impact on your electricity bills. Heat stressed appliances are forced to work harder and thus draw more electricity just to keep up with the heat.

Whatever emergency air conditioning repair San Antonio costs you may incur are offset by how much cheaper everything else will be. Appliances will break down less. If emergency air conditioning repair San Antonio costs were actually as high as most people imply, there wouldn’t be as many air conditioners out in the world as there actually are.

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Air Conditioning Repair San Antonio

Wouldn’t it be nice in the middle of a sweltering heat wave to come back to a nice comfortable air conditioned home or apartment? I know you are thinking, I don’t want to pay for the air conditioning repair job San Antonio costs that an air conditioner comes with. The fact is when you are considering heating installation or an air conditioning repair company San Antonio to your area, you need to understand two things. What type of air conditioners are out there and how you can save money on any type of repair that may be needed down the road.

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Air conditioners are a home appliance that extracts heat from the air and dispenses the heat through a refrigeration cycle or HVAC. The refrigeration cycle is the heart of the air conditioner. When it comes to having an air conditioner HVAC repair, the size of the room, and what may be keeping the freon from flowing freely inside the unit. To keep the HVAC repair costs down you want to prevent dirt from entering your unit.

Dirt is definitely the enemy to any type of air conditioning unit. Dirt can travel between the internal components, and clog any cool air from entering the room. It’s best to know what type of unit you plan to get so that you can assess what type of repair it will need. Some of the repairs can be done by you, with simple maintenance, while others may require air conditioning repair San Antonio to your area.

Types of Air Conditioners

Central AC units are generally used to cool large rooms like a family room or large office. Most people who may not want to spend a lot of money on air conditioning repair San Antonio to them, will not choose the central air conditioning option. Central air conditioners take a lot of energy simply because they are larger units. This would explain why the parts would cost more than a window air conditioner. A window air conditioner will do just fine in a two bedroom apartment.

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The machine sits in the window and blows cold air inside your house from the front, while hot air is dispensed through the back of the unit. A heat pump works the same way as an air conditioner but it is also used as a heater for the winter as well. To keep heating repair costs down you will want to be familiar with the components, which are similar to air conditioning. You may find air conditioning repair San Antonio to your area more cost effective if you happen you need emergency air conditioning repair San Antonio.

The Essential Parts of The Air Conditioner and Heating System

Before considering an air conditioning repair job San Antonio company, understand the different parts of an air conditioner include the air handler, condenser unit, and the evaporation coil. The condenser is basically a coil of tubing with a fan to blow the air across the coil. Usually the condenser is on the external portion of the air conditioning unit. The air handler blows air from the interior living space across to the evaporation coil. The evaporation coil is where the liquid refrigerant or freon is metered and transforms from liquid to gas.

When an air conditioner needs repair it is most commonly related to an electrical problem with either the switches or condenser than anything else. It’s important to educate yourself on these component first and foremost before spending oodles of unnecessary money for any emergency air conditioning repair San Antonio company.

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With the scorching, humid weather in summer, doing without an air conditioning system becomes absolutely impossible. Your air conditioners provide you relief and coolness in those sultry summer months, which not only makes you feel comfortable but also increases your work efficiency. So, getting an air conditioner installed in your home or office seems to be the most attractive method of getting high quality air inside, good humidity levels and comfortable temperatures.

But, the truth is that your air conditioner, along with providing you comfort and instant chill, also brings huge energy bills and impacts on the environment. With air conditioners getting more and more energy efficient, you can save money by just replacing your older unit with a new more efficient one. In addition, there are also useful and easy ways to make the most efficient use of your air conditioners. The following are some important steps that will help you improve your air conditioners’ efficiency.

Selection of the correct size of air conditioner is the first important step to achieving energy efficiency. If you select a huge air conditioner for a small room, you are wasting money. On the other hand, a small a-c for a huge room will prove to be inefficient-and the unit will be under stress too.

Measuring the Unit’s Energy Consumption

You can check how much energy the unit uses based upon the room’s size and the internal heat source. A unit that uses too much energy brings higher running costs. So you should hire a specialist from a reputable a-c repair company in San Antonio, TX to work out the cooling load.

Don’t try to cool down your room temperature to lower than 8 degrees C below the temperature outside. When you set your a-c within these temperature limits, it will not only decrease your energy consumption but will also be good for your body.

Tuning up your air conditioner regularly will help you get the most out of your unit. Hiring professionals for cleaning and adjusting blower components, checking refrigerant and cleaning condenser coil and evaporator not only increase your a-c energy efficiency but also helps to minimize A/C conditioner breakdowns.

Use blinds, shutters or an awning to shade windows as this will lower the room temperature by reducing indirect or direct sunlight. It saves the air conditioner from having to run continuously at full power.

Energy Efficiency Labeling

Energy labeling is used to classify home appliances into 7 categories based on their energy consumption. The appliances labeled with A are the most energy efficient while the G labeled appliances have the lowest efficiency. Considering this while purchasing your a-c system will save you a great deal of money in running costs over the long-term.

Getting the energy auditing done is a good way to improve energy efficiency in cooling and heating the house. In a home energy audit, your house’s energy efficiency is evaluated with the help of professional equipment, like infrared cameras and blower doors. Many companies offer low-cost or free energy audits and also provide low-cost loans for the fixing of air conditioning problems. An energy audit can indicate any air leakage or moisture problems in your house. It also helps find out why your home is too cold in winters and too hot in summers along with suggesting cost effective ways to overcome these problems.

Cooling Only When Necessary

This is the most obvious way of reducing energy use. Run your air conditioner only when the room is in use. You should program the switch-on times based on your personal use of the room.

Green Building Techniques

using green building methods and materials in the construction or renovation of your house will make your property more energy efficient. These techniques include:

In the End

Thus, with the price of energy going up every year, we all need to find ways to reduce our energy use while getting the best performance out of our air conditioners and other electronic equipment. With a little awareness and willingness to conserve energy, people not only can save money on their utility bills but can also help prevent energy wastage.

You can also save energy by just following these simple steps while using your air conditioning system: keep doors and windows shut;do not use a-c when it is cool at night; provide the system with regular maintenance, and use the unit that suits your room’s size (and that is perfect for your climatic conditions). These are some of the easiest and most significant ways of getting the most out of your system.

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Getting an air conditioning systeminstalled can be one of the most worthwhile decisions a homeowner can make in San Antonio, TX. The minimal humidity and constant temperature makes your abode more comfortable and cozy for you and your family, which indeed makes a big difference in the quality of your time spent at home. In addition, an air conditioner also provides fresh air while operating silently and increasing your productivity.

Though an air conditioner provides you with a number of benefits, it can be the primary reason for your increased electricity bills. According to estimates, an AC uses up to 16% more electricity than anything else in the home. Since an air conditioner is a significant investment, your return on it should also be the maximum. Any homeowner or business owner can get a better functioning air conditioning system while lowering their energy bills by avoiding these common mistakes.

★ Picking The Wrong Size And Type

One of the biggest and the most common mistakes that homeowners make when buying their AC is to purchase either an undersized or over sized unit. If your AC is bigger than what is required it will not be able to reduce humidity or generate uniform temperature. In addition, an over sized system also increases energy bills by cycling on and off constantly. On the other hand, if your AC is too small for the room, it will struggle to cool the place properly.

The same goes for the type of air conditioner you choose for your property. If a window AC is enough to cool your rooms, then don’t waste energy and money by installing any other newer models.

Always buy your system after consulting with your air conditioning experts in San Antonio, TX. They can help you figure out the proper size and kind of air conditioner that will be the most suitable air conditioner for your property.

★ Putting The Unit In a Hotter Place

Many people do the mistake of placing their AC system in direct sunlight or in a hotter spot of the room just because it’s left unused. Though it may seem more convenient, in doing this you are making your system work too hard to cool your place. An air conditioner runs on sensors to attain the temperature setting to which it has been adjusted. If it is placed in direct sunlight or near a heat source, it will initially sense a much hotter temperature, which will make it use up a great amount of energy to cool down that amount of heat.

If you want to avoid that huge electricity bill at the end of the month, place your unit in a shady spot or in a place where it does not receive direct sunlight. Also, make sure that your stereos, televisions, lamps or other heat-generating equipment is not placed close enough to the thermostat as it can accidentally raise the temperature reading making the air conditioner overwork.

★ Covering The Air Conditioner

If you are also among those who think that an AC can mar the beauty of their room or property and thus try to hide or cover their unit, you are making a big mistake. Hiding an air conditioning system behind plants, shrubs or anything else that can block its air flow will lead to an overheated unit, clogged condenser coil, and hindered ventilation, making the system not run efficiently.

Make sure your AC unit is placed in such a way where it gets adequate air flow to work properly.

★ Not Providing Timely Maintenance

Unfortunately, most people simply ignore the basic maintenance of their ACs. Don’t wait until the unit breaks down and you find yourself sweltering in mid-summer. It’s advised to replace or clean filters every two months and to check and clean theevaporator coilonce every year. Also, check the window seals around your AC every year and run a stiff wire through the unit’s drain channels.

Providing yourAC system with regular maintenance extends its life and makes it run more efficiently. Call an established AC repair company in San Antonio, TX to prevent any major problems that can lead you to spend too much on repairs.

★ Leaving The System On All Day

Many people don’t understand the importance of getting a unit timer or programmable thermostat installed to turn the system on just before you return home and off when you leave. It is an easy way to save on your energy bills while maximizing the AC’s efficiency, and far cheaper than leaving the air conditioner running throughout the day.

★ Improper Use Of The System

Mostly, people come home and crank their AC system to the coldest setting believing that it will cool down the place much faster. But they forget that this will make the system work too hard while using more energy. The proper way is to decrease the temperature setting slowly to cool the surroundings.

This is where a thermostat-operated AC unit becomes more feasible, as you can program it in such a way that it starts to cool down your home not long before you get home.

In The End

Avoiding these common air conditioning mistakes will not only help you maximize your AC system investment but will also increase the unit’s longevity. Most of these mistakes are made without even realizing it and can be avoided with a little awareness. In addition to these simple steps, also use your fans along with your cooling units. It will make the drop in temperature occur faster and will also blow cold air to the other areas. Using a fan along with an air conditionerwill make the room feel a few degrees colder, which means you don’t need to set your AC at the lowest setting to get a properly cooled room. This way you can eliminate or reduce any unnecessary waste of energy.