Wednesday, September 4, 2013

Air Filter

Check the air filter on your HVAC unit every month, especially during heavy use months (winter and summer). If the filter looks dirty after a month, change it. At a minimum, change the filter every 3 months. A dirty filter will slow down air flow and make the system work harder to keep you warm or cool — wasting energy. A clean filter will also prevent dust and dirt from building up in the system — leading to expensive maintenance and/or early system failure. Contact your Trane Service Representative today with any questions.

Friday, August 9, 2013


Most of the time due to allergies, you stay at home in order to escape from pollen, but you forget the fact that Indoor Air Quality can be more dangerous than outdoors! As of now most of the houses are well sealed and insulated, which means that your home is acting like a bubble, which has trapped unhealthy air inside. According to Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), six out of ten homes and buildings are hazardous to our health. This means that almost no building is immune from the indoor air quality epidemic. The basic reason is that even when the indoor pollutants are already trapped inside, you also bring the outdoor pollutants along with your shoes, clothes and pets in your house. A Trane Clean Effects System utilizes patented air cleaning technology to eliminate allergens and particles you want to keep out of your home. Trane Clean Effects is 100 times more effective than the standard 1-inch filter found in most home central systems, removing up to 99.98 percent of airborne particles. With a Trane Clean Effects system cleaner air means a cleaner home. Trane offers a broad range of energy –efficient heating, ventilation, and air conditioning solutions. With a Trane Clean Effects system you can breathe easy.

Thursday, July 25, 2013

Energy Efficient

Energy Efficient As much as half of the energy used in your home goes to heating and cooling. So making smart decisions about your home's heating, ventilating, and air conditioning (HVAC) system can have a big effect on your utility bills — and your comfort. Making your home more energy efficient with a Trane HVAC System can help to reduce high energy bills, improve comfort and help to protect the environment. Improving energy efficiency is also an important first step for homeowners interested in green remodeling. Your Trane Service Representative can guide you in making your home more efficient..

Tuesday, June 11, 2013

Replacing Your Air Conditioning Unit

Replacing an Old, Inefficient Air Conditioner will Save Money and Make Your Home More Comfortable.

Along with providing comprehensive whole-house energy upgrades, we can take care of specific, beneficial home improvements like replacing your current air conditioner with an energy-efficient model that's properly sized for your house. Before that happens, we'll evaluate which system will work best for your property, a decision that's based on factors such as your home's size, age, number of rooms, and current cooling costs.

Replacing an old air conditioner with a modern, high-efficiency air conditioner can save your home a lot on cooling costs as well as make your home more comfortable. The Federal Dept. of Energy estimates that modern high efficiency air conditioners use 30-50% less energy to produce the same cooling as air conditioners from the 1970s. Even air conditioners that are a 10 years old can be 20-40% more inefficient than a modern one. If you have bought an older home, replacing that old air conditioner can save hundreds and thousands of dollars over the time you are living in the home.

Call us today and let us help you decide if a new Air Conditioning Unit is right for you.

Monday, May 20, 2013

Importance of Air Quality

A comfortable home means a healthy home. Indoor air quality is a major factor in the comfort level of your home.

Whether relaxing, working from home or enjoying a meal with your family, people spend a large amount of time in their home. Homes today are designed and built for maximum comfort using quality materials and appliances. Trane  heating and cooling systems are the highest in quality and design.

Indoor air pollution is among the top five environmental risks to public health. 50 million Americans suffer from allergies and 20 million Americans suffer from asthma, including one in thirteen school-age children. Pollution levels indoors can be many times higher than outdoors. Controlling the levels of airborne allergens is extremely important.

Whole-house air cleaners work in conjunction with heating and cooling systems to remove airborne allergens from the filtered air in every room.

Contact us today to find what solutions we have to improve the air quality in your home.

Friday, May 3, 2013

Spring is Allergy Season

Spring is allergy season. While many people seek medical assistance in dealing with allergy symptoms, simply maintaining good indoor air quality in your home is a key to reducing the impact of airborne pollutants that produce respiratory discomfort. We have many ways you can improve your health. Here are some tips for improving the indoor air quality of your home:

Install a whole-home air purification / filtration system in tandem with your heating and cooling systems.

Thoroughly clean and disinfect all surfaces in the home, including floors, carpeting and upholstered furniture which can retain allergens even after vacuuming.
Purchase a high-quality vacuum cleaner. This can make a world of difference in keeping dust, pollen and mites at bay.

The U.S. Department of Environmental Protection recommends keeping indoor humidity levels below 50 percent to reduce the effects of airborne allergens.  Homes with evaporative cooling during the Monsoon season see indoor humidity in excess of 70%, which causes airborne and surface allergens to flourish.  Consider using Air Conditioning especially during these times.

Change or clean air conditioning and heating filters frequently, and perform recommended maintenance on your system.

Call us today for more tips!

Friday, April 12, 2013

Here's a Spring Quick Tip

Spring is here so we do not want to take up your valuable time. So, this week we have a quick tip.

Check your filter every month, especially during months of heavy usage (winter and summer). If the filter looks dirty after a month, change it. At a minimum, change the filter every 3 months. A dirty filter will slow down air flow and make the system work harder to keep your home warm or cool — wasting energy. A clean filter will also prevent dust and dirt from building up in the system — leading to expensive maintenance and/or early system failure.
So hop to it and check that filter. Then give us a call to schedule a spring check-up,  and have your unit serviced before the heat of summer arrives!

Friday, March 22, 2013

March is a Time for Madness

Everyone knows about March Madness, what we want to talk about is March sanity.
One of the sanest things you can do is to give your HVAC system a regular checkup. Before you drive your car there are certain things you check; tires, windows, oil etc. Well each month there are some things you should check on your HVAC system.
Check Your Air Filters. Clogged filters lead to a 5 to 15 percent drop of efficiency, according to the U.S. Department of Energy, which recommends changing or cleaning filters every one to two months during peak use. Reusable filters should be cleaned according to the manufacturer’s guidelines and placed back in the system. Disposable filters should be thrown away. New filters to replace the ones you tossed are available at most hardware stores.
Check your drains. This HVAC repair is primarily applicable to cooling systems, which feature drains used to remove condensation that builds up over time. The condensation usually isn’t clean: it carries dirt and other particles that clog these drains. Removing the dirt is simple. With the system off, push a wire through the drain to knock it out, being careful to avoid injury.
Check your thermostat. Verify that your thermostat is working correctly. A thermostat that leaves your home too cool or too warm can waste energy. Check to make sure your home is at the same temperature set on the thermostat and that timed cooling or heating is working properly. Generally, thermostat repairs require professional maintenance.
If you take these few basic steps you can prevent some madness in your house!

Friday, March 8, 2013

March is the Time to Think Green

When you think green as it relates to your home, the green you think of is money. Your home can be a money pit but, if you Go Green you can change that!

We all look around our homes and can identify endless home improvement opportunities. But today with energy costs at an all-time high and continuing to increase, investing in home energy efficiency can really pay off.

For example, replacing a 10-15 year old furnace & air conditioner and making sure that the ductwork is sealed properly, can reduce your heating and cooling cost by over 50% and depending upon home construction and climate zone, installing energy efficient high-performance windows can save $300-400 a year.

The average U.S. household spends approximately $2,200 per year on energy -- nearly half of which goes to heating and cooling, according to Energy Star and the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory. Of the rest, about 14 percent goes to heating water, 12 percent to lighting and 13 percent for appliances such as refrigerators, washing machines, dryers and dishwashers.

By replacing your appliances and light bulbs you can save even more in your home. And in 2013 there maybe more tax incentives.

So this month isn’t it time to think green?

Friday, February 22, 2013

Pollution More of a Problem

Pollution More of a Problem
For a couple of reasons, indoor air pollution in offices and homes is becoming more and more of a recognized problem.  One, we seal our buildings up tighter than we used to in order to increase energy efficiency, and two, we are filling them up with more and more toxic products that get in our air. 
In some homes, indoor air pollution is 100 times higher than outdoors!
Ways to Reduce Indoor Air Pollution
You can reduce indoor air pollution by removing as much as possible of the following types of products from your home:
  • Artificially scented beauty and personal care products and candles
  • Cleaning products made from synthetic chemicals
  • Air fresheners (which only add more chemicals to cover up smells)
  • Plastics
  • Pesticides
  • Synthetic fibers, fabrics and materials, as well as added toxins like flame retardants and stain resistant chemicals in carpets, clothes and furnishings
  • Building materials and furnishings made from formaldehyde and other toxins
You can also reduce indoor air pollution by increasing ventilation.  In good weather, keep your windows open as much as possible and use fans to increase air flow.  In the winter, you may want to consider an air-to-air heat exchanger (for more info, contact us here.)  Houseplants such as aloe vera, elephant ear philodendron and English ivy can also help to clean the air.
For more information about how we can help you improve your air quality, please call us today!

Friday, February 1, 2013

Heat Pumps

Using a heat pump may save on energy costs. Here are a few things to help you decide if a heat pump (or HVAC System) is the right choice for your home.
Comfort is what makes a house a home. Comfort is the largest consideration in keeping your family happy. Therefore, keeping your home at the desired temperature will improve the comfort level. Heat pump systems are a great way to save energy, money and guarantee a greater comfort level.
Heat pumps are air conditioning systems that heat and cool. A heat pump takes the heat from the cold weather and pumps it into your home. In the heat of the summer a heat pump acts as a conventional air conditioner by taking the heat from your home and pushing it outside and blowing cold air in. Heat pumps are also considered smart purchases because dehumidify your home and are 2-3 times as efficient as electrical heat.
The installation of a heating system may come across as costly, but once installed, your new HVAC System will save you energy and money. Heat pumps produce twice the amount of heat using the same amount of energy as a less expensive and ordinary HVAC System.

Friday, January 11, 2013

Mid-Winter Energy Saving

As we head into the middle of winter, now is a great time to take a look at a few things you can do to save some energy this winter!
First you can start with your thermostat. Have you replaced it with a programmable one? A programmable thermostat allows you to control the temperature throughout the day and night, adjusting it for when people are actually in your home. If you already have programmable thermostats, now is the time to relook at your programming. Has something changed in your family over the last year that changes when your home is being used? Did you change work shifts? Did a child leave for college? Did you get new windows? There are all kinds of reasons the demand on your home may have changed. Take a few moments to adjust your programming for these changes.
Second go around and check each window and door seal for air leaks. Repair any seals and caulk any gaps to prevent air from passing through.
Finally, remember to not leave your bathroom fan on continuously. Add a timer switch to it so that it turns off after a certain amount of time. This will keep it from exhausting all the heat from your home as well.
Implementing just a few of these tips will help you save more in 2013!