A new air conditioner is an important investment for homeowners. However, sometimes it can be difficult to determine when it's the right time to upgrade. While a new unit can be expensive, it can actually save you money. Here's why: New = More Efficient Older AC units have a lower efficiency rating (SEER). The higher the SEER rating, the more efficient the unit is. Today, the highest SEER rating is 25 while 15 years ago it was 18. So if you have an older unit, it may not be r
If you flip homes, you know that buyers expect the heating and cooling system to be in good working order - the newer the better. Here is how to choose the right HVAC system for your flip. New heaters tend to jump out in home listings, especially here in Iowa. But, If the property's heating or cooling system is 10+ years, it won't go unnoticed and could potentially scare off a potential buyer. Repair or Replace? For newer systems, repairing is usually the most economic option
HVAC systems circulate hot and cold air via the ductwork. For your system to run efficiently, your ductwork must be properly installed and fitted based on the needs of your system. Sizing The efficiency of your HVAC system relies on the appropriate amount of heating and cooling in a given space, and that it doesn't use more energy than needed. To determine how much heating and cooling a space needs is relied on load calculations. Load Calculations Load calculations are measur
"AC" and HVAC" are two commonly used terms in the heating and cooling industry. In fact, they actually overlap. HVAC is a more comprehensive term that stands for heating, ventilation, and air conditioning; AC just stands for air conditioning. Types of Systems Systems can be designed in so many different ways, but are usually found with separate heating and cooling components. If you already have a whole-home heating system but are looking for a new AC, we can help (at a later
Hot water heaters stop working for a number of reasons, but the most common reason is because the pilot light won't stay on. Here's why: Pilot Lights A pilot light is a small gas flame that powers your gas burner. When that light goes out, your water heater doesn't work. "Nothing Happens When I Light It" With age, parts stop working and usually the pilot light is the first to go . If you constantly try to light the pilot light and nothing happens, here are some reasons why: T
One of your first spring cleaning tasks should be HVAC maintenance. Many owners don't realize that it should be a bi-annual priority - once in spring and again in fall. Here are the three reasons why:
Mold, dust, and other airborne materials might be hiding in your HVAC equipment. Although air filters help to trap these materials, some still make their way through.
Over the winter, dust and debris settle on the coils of your AC unit. If you combined that w
People love candles not only because they smell good, but because of the warmth and atmosphere they give off. However, candles can also contribute to poor indoor air quality. Here's how:
How Can Candles Be Harmful?
When you burn a candle, especially paraffin-based, they release a wide range of harmful carcinogenic toxins into the air and can cause the formation of soot. Soot can stain walls, ceilings, and fabrics. Not only can this be bad for your lungs, but for your ductwo
A geothermal system harnesses the Earth's heat and distributes heating and air conditioning throughout your home. Although these systems have their pros and cons, in the end it's one of the most ideal heating systems out there.
1.The Sun heats the Earth
2.The heat is transferred to water-filled underground pipes
3.The water goes through the heat pump
4.The heat pump sends the heated air into the distribution system and into your home.
Outside care of your HVAC unit is as important as inside care, especially in the winter. All the ice and snow we get can have lasting affects well into the spring and summer. Here's how: Ice Build Up on Heat Pumps
Not all ice and snow build-up on your HVAC unit is an emergency. Heat pumps operate via a refrigerant that absorbs temperature from the Earth's atmosphere. When the temperature is below freezing, the moisture freezes instantly. This can cause your heat pump to run
Like any home appliance, boilers can break down due to a variety of reasons. When they do break down, it causes big problems that puts your home comfort at risk. Here are the most common boiler problems: Can't Heat Water
Some key reasons why your boiler may fail to properly heat the water in your home includes broken diaphrams, valve failure, thermostat problems, and blown-out heating elements. Leaking Pipes and Tanks
A leaking boiler can create a huge mess in your home. Thi
Ductless heating and cooling systems are great! However, it's important to remember that they need repairs and wear out just like any other home comfort system. But, how do you know whether your system needs repaired or replaced? Leaky Air Handler
Is there liquid leaking from behind your air handler? It may be refrigerant, and exposure to this chemical can be unhealthy. The good news is, it's likely just a repair, not a replacement. Poor Performance
If you notice a change i
In Iowa, you're probably used to winter storms. But, did you know there are things you can do to prep your HVAC system that can also potentially cut your electricity usage and extend the life of your unit? Here are some tips to ensure your family will stay safe and warm. Furnace Maintenance
The number one reason why furnaces break down is due to lack of maintenance. Furnace care is the easiest way to prep your home for a winter storm and should never be neglected. Have your
Natural gas furnaces are the most common type of residential heating systems in the country. While they are not dangerous in nature, any natural gas appliance has the ability to develop safety issues like toxic gas leaks and combustion problems. To avoid problems such as a cracked heating exchanger, it's best to have your HVAC regularly maintnanced . What is a Heat Exchanger?
It's the component that applies heat to the air in which the blower fan sends into the ventilation s
Being consistent with your maintenance is the number one way to make sure your HVAC system is running at peak performance, and avoid breakdowns. It should be done at least once a year and includes a through inspection, cleaning, and check for any signs of disrepair or adjustments. Here are extra heating efficiency tips: Change Your Air Filters
You may think that your air filters are there to protect your indoor air quality, but it's actually intended to protect the HVAC syst
If you see water under your furnace, don't panic! There's a good chance it can be repaired. First, you need to locate where the water is coming from. Make sure it's not standing water that has leaked from pipes or the foundation. Once you're sure it's coming from the furnace, it could be one of these four reasons: Clogged Floor Drain
A simple clog in the drain around your furnace is nothing to worry about. Clear the floor drain of dirt and debris regularly to reduce backups
As we walk around our home, we create an electron imbalance in the air. Cold, dry air along with the indoor moisture level can amplify this effect, which is why those annoying static electricity zaps we get are more common this time of year. Here's how you can control it: Solution
There are products available to reduce static electricity in your home, like a humidifier or dehumidifier depending on where you live and the time of year. Your home should maintain a relative humid
At some point, your furnace will become beyond repair, no matter how well it's maintained. Since winter came early this year, it's time to take note of the condition of your furnace and start learning about your replacement options so that when the time comes, you can make an informed decision. Here are some indicators that this may be your furnace's last winter. Age
A well-maintained furnace has a lifespan of 15-20 years, on average. However, the cost of operation may go up
Winter will be here before you know it and you're probably aware of how expensive it can be to keep your home warm when its FREEZING outside. If you're looking to cut costs, there are a number of simple things you can do to save money: Adjust the Temperature
Setting your thermostat as low as you can to still feel comfortable, about 68 degrees, will help cut costs more than you think. When you're not home, turn it down another 5-10 degrees. Investing in a programmable thermost
As winter nears, it's time to think about your windows and how they affect the energy-efficiency of your home. Windows can be a weak spot, especially if they're older, thinner, or single-pane. By replacing them with energy efficient models, you'll be saving a bundle this winter. However, replacing all of your windows is a big investment, but there are several other smaller steps you can do for less money. Consider these options: Storm Windows
Energy efficient windows can cos