Did you know that 65% of home energy use is consumed by water heaters and HVAC systems? With Earth Day right around the corner now’s the time to include HVAC maintenance in your spring cleaning schedule in order to keep those systems running efficiently.
About 40% of Americans say they are pretty diligent about HVAC maintenance. In fact, in our online comfort quiz, they even professed to being comfort kings and queens.
Let our new infographic help you educate your diligent or even not-so-diligent customers on how to prepare their HVAC systems for cold weather.
Recently, several questions have been posted on our site, asking about installation practices and how to ensure a quality installation of an HVAC system in your home. A nationally-recognized industry organization named ACCA (Air Conditioning Contractors of America) provides a good resource on this topic.
We have been working on a video series about designing a state-of-the-art air conditioning system for a large, new construction home near Knoxville, TN. Along the way, we began calling this the “Mega House” due to its physical size and the scope of the project.
If your air conditioning goes out in the middle of the summer, you realize it pretty fast as the house heats up. But if your heat pump is not operating properly in the winter, you might not realize it – until the electric bill shows up!
R-22 specified equipment makes up the largest portion of the current U.S. air conditioning residential installed base, and over the past few years the price of R-22 refrigerant has increased to the point where homeowners are starting to look for alternatives.
How can one refrigerant be more efficient than another?
Air conditioning system manufacturers have always strived to improve their system’s overall efficiency. Think of this efficiency as the ratio of money paid for watts versus the amount of cooling capacity produced.
I recently stopped by an old friend’s house, at which his AC unit happened to be down. He was quick to explain that the AC unit would run fine, until about 4-5 minutes into the call for cooling cycle, in which the indoor blower motor would stop.
Recently, we have received a few questions about the advantages and disadvantages of replacing an older R-22 outdoor unit (partial replacement) versus replacing the whole system (indoor and outdoor components). Since R-22 refrigerant and related equipment is being phased out over the next few years as part of the Montreal Protocol regulations to reduce the effect on atmospheric ozone,