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Scott has spent over 27 years in the HVACR industry. As a contributing editor for AC & Heating Connect, he uses his real-world experience to expand product knowledge to contractors throughout the service channel.
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. Check out some easy maintenance tasks you can do to keep your system running and avoid costly issues.
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. Our new infographic will help you educate your diligent or even not-so-diligent customers on how to prepare their HVAC systems for cold weather.
Before you know it, summer will be here in full swing – high temperatures and sunny skies! Take these significant yet simple actions before turning your thermostat to cooling this season, and your home will be all set for summer.
A nationally-recognized industry organization named ACCA (Air Conditioning Contractors of America) provides a good resource on this topic. While Emerson is not affiliated with ACCA or otherwise endorsing this organization, this non-profit organization has been around for over 40 years and includes more than 60,000 professionals, along with 4,000 businesses in the indoor environment and energy services community.
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.
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.
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. One way manufacturers have achieved this is to use a more efficient refrigerant.
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. Knowing that I have been working in the HVACR industry the past 25 years, he asked me to troubleshoot the cause of the malfunction.
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). 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. Learn more here.
It is generally a good idea for customers to consider doing some basic maintenance on their air conditioning and heating system at the beginning of every heating or cooling season. This past winter’s “Polar Vortex” has been especially tough on outdoor equipment.