Finding a good honest and reliable HVAC Contractor or HVAC Service Company that will take care of all your HVAC needs doesn’t have to be a challenge. There are plenty of good quality HVAC companies out there competing for your business. If you apply common sense, do a little footwork, and use a method (perhaps the method described here) you will most likely find a good HVAC contractorwho can provide excellent HVAC installation and HVAC service for many years to come. Here are some common sense things to use and consider when seeking out a good HVAC Contractor or HVAC Service company
We are looking at replacing our boiler with a new boiler. The HVAC contractor, I suppose he is the salesman for the HVAC contractor, is trying sell us what he refers to as a rest control for our boiler. He tells us it will save us more money by making our boiler more efficient. I think I understand how it works but my wife is not entirely sure about it. Can you tell us what you think about a boiler reset control and how it works?
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This Goodman heat pump condensing unit is a new installation. The inside Goodman air handler attached to the heat pump condenser via line set was also replaced with this new Goodman heat pump. Its not a good idea to put a new high SEER air conditioner or heat pump condenser without matching it up with a properly rated and efficient air handler especially the coil. In 2006 congress mandated new efficiency levels for split system air conditioners from 10 SEER to 13 SEER. HVAC Manufacturers could no longer sell 10 SEER split system air conditioners or heat pumps to the general public. As a result homeowners were forced to purchase HVAC Equipment that was more efficient which of course costs more to manufacture. Additionally, in the past HVAC contractors could change the condenser if the condenser went bad. The HVAC Contractor could hook up a new condenser to an older air handler before this rule took effect. After the new rule took effect in 2006 the HVAC contractors had no choice but to replace the condensing unit and the air handler as the the older systems rarely matched the newer systems. Continue reading “Goodman 13 SEER Heat Pump Condensing Unit” »
The first thing we need to do when comparing a Trane Versus a Carrier is to make sure we are comparing similar models with similar features. Each manufacturer makes various models from a builder’s grade unit which is usually the HVAC manufacturer’s cheapest model all the way up to the unit that has bells and whistles and some of these have bells and whistles for the bells and whistles. You simply want to make sure you are comparing apples to apples and not an apple to an orange.
The next thing we need to do when comparing HVAC equipment is to look at the HVAC contractor installing the equipment. If you get a lousy installer or contractor forget about name brand because the HVAC system WILL NOT FUNCTION PROPERLY if it is not installed properly. Also the unit will not have the same life expectancy and will fail prematurely and will need to be replaced sooner than if the HVAC equipment is installed properly in the first place. Out of any advice about air conditioning and heating equipment that someone can give you this is probably the most important part.
You already know that inadequate ventilation in the home can lead to mold, mildew, and poor indoor airflow.This, in turn, can trap pollutants indoors, leading to allergies and other, more serious health risks. So what can you do to prevent this? Fortunately, you have several options, including energy efficient ones. Here are some of them.
Install a Ceiling Fan
Ceiling fans help circulate the air around your home. They reduce your cooling bill by drawing cool air upwards on warm days. In the winter, ceiling fans are also efficient, reducing your heating bill. For instance, if you use a fireplace, using a ceiling fan can make it more efficient by distributing the heated air. Continue reading “Prevent Poor Ventilation in the Home” »
Heat Pumps are very popular especially in the South where air source heat pumps are mostly favored over straight air conditioners with a gas furnace for heating. With a heat pump one system can do it all especially in the mild winters of the South. In the North some people rely on a geothermal heat pump system or a water source heat pump where the heat is extracted from the ground instead of the air like an air source heat pump works. While air source heat pumps are cheaper to install the geothermal heat pump systems will save a lot of money over the life of the heat pump in operating costs so as far as efficiency is concerned the geothermal heat pump rules the day. There may be a time when your heat pump will begin giving you problems so we decided to post an article to help some people diagnose the heat pump problem in an effort to better understand the system. Some minor repairs can be done by someone with advanced do it yourself skills however we always recommend you call an HVAC contractor to repair the heat pump problem if you have a problem with your heat pump. Before you get started you may want to take a look at the articles, “How Heat Pumps Work” , “Heat Pump Components” and “heat pump sequence of operation“. To solve heat pump problems you at least need to be familiar with a heat pump and the heat pump components so those two pages will help you.
This article will take different types of air handlers and disassemble them part by part to give you a good description of each part and hopefully a better understand of the air handler in general. Most of the components associated with the air handler are in the air handler. However, there are a few components which are not in the air handler but associated with the air handler. There are some hot water and cold water coils which are not fixed into the air handler but downstream in the ductwork. There are also some gas and electric duct heaters which are mounted in the ductwork and completely reliant on the air handler for air flow. These systems will also be covered and hopefully this article will offer you a comprehensive look at the air handler, all its parts, and how it functions.
The first thing we need to do when comparing a Trane Versus a Goodman is to make sure we are comparing similar models with similar features. Each manufacturer makes various models from a builder’s grade unit which is usually the HVAC manufacturer’s cheapest model all the way up to the unit that has bells and whistles and some of these have bells and whistles for the bells and whistles. You simply want to make sure you are comparing apples to apples and not an apple to an orange.
The next thing we need to do when comparing HVAC equipment is to look at the HVAC contractor installing the equipment. If you get a lousy installer or contractor forget about name brand because the HVAC system WILL NOT FUNCTION PROPERLY if it is not installed properly. Also the unit will not have the same life expectancy, will fail prematurely and will need to be replaced sooner than if the HVAC equipment is installed properly in the first place. Out of any advice about air conditioning and heating equipment that someone can give you this is probably the most important part.
Checklist for Energy Star Qualified Homes
As many people that make it here to High Performance HVAC Reviews side of the site will find that I constantly preach to people about the importance of hiring the right contractor to get the proper installation of any type of air conditioning or heating system you purchase. It is very important to get the new HVAC system installed properly and one of the biggest questions people ask me is irrelevant unless you get the new system installed properly – the question – “What name brand do you recommend?’ Again, it does not matter what brand you purchase or even the efficiency rating of the HVAC equipment if it is not installed properly then the name brand or the efficiency rating does not matter one iota. Energy Star has a checklist and a rating system to make sure any home that is rated as an Energy Star rated home then the home must meet certain criteria that the home must meet to get the label “Energy Star Qualified Home” of which I am certain there may be tax credits or other things such as rebates available for those homes that meet the criteria.
Troubleshooting Thermostats – Broken Thermostats
The main connection between the air conditioning and heating system and the end user is the thermostat. Beyond the air conditioning and heating thermostat many people know nothing about their systems that keep them comfortable year round. There comes a time when the thermostat has a problem or the end user wants to replace the thermostat because they think it is a broken thermostat. It is not uncommon for a person to call an HVAC contractor and tell the secretary that they think the thermostat is broken because their air conditioner or heating system does not work. In some instances this is the case while in others the thermostat is not broken but something is wrong with the air conditioning and heating equipment that needs to be repaired. In either case it is usually best to call an HVAC professional to look at the problem especially if you want to replace the thermostat. There are a few things you can check with your thermostat before you call an HVAC professional. A little thermostat troubleshooting is in order.