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Is Your HVAC System the Right Fit?
16 Aug
By: Climate Control
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Commercial services can help determine if a given HVAC system is right for your place of work.

Taking advantage of commercial services can help you to make the best HVAC decision for your business. Not all HVAC systems are the same, and there are special considerations to take into account when choosing a system for your office. Let's look at why selecting the right HVAC system is so important.

An HVAC Unit That Is Too Big

"Bigger is better," or so the saying goes. But this is not true when it comes to a heater or air conditioner for your office.

A more powerful HVAC system will cool or warm the interior faster. But it won't necessarily do it better. When an HVAC system has too much power, it won't run efficiently because it's on for such a short period of time. This sounds like a good thing, and it is, up to a point. Whenever an HVAC unit turns on, there is a sharp peak in energy usage for a split second. You might notice this in older buildings when the lights briefly dim when the air conditioner or heater turns on. But when an HVAC system runs for such short periods, it usually means it’s turning on and off very often. This can actually reduce energy efficiency. Additionally, this puts extra strain on the HVAC system and can lower its overall life expectancy.

An HVAC Unit That Is Too Small

As you might imagine, having an HVAC system that is too weak is also bad. There are two main reasons for this. First, when it’s too small, it will take a long time to reach the desired indoor temperature, which is annoying. It doesn’t take an HVAC professional to understand how taking extra time to stay cool or warm is not a good thing.

Second, a small system will have to run longer. This leads to higher energy usage and as a result, larger energy bills. This can also result in a lower lifespan for the HVAC system since it’s running far more often than its design engineers intended.

To figure out how to choose the right-sized HVAC system, reach out to our HVAC professionals at Climate Control. It’s time to take advantage of the convenient commercial services we provide.

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Energy Efficiency by the Numbers
09 Aug
By: Climate Control
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Improving the energy efficiency of your home can save a lot of money and also help the environment.

Whether you want to reduce your energy bill or help the environment, increasing the energy efficiency of your HVAC system and other appliances can make a huge difference. Reducing your energy usage often requires spending money. Luckily, there are many ways to make your home work in a more energy efficient manner without breaking the bank.

Energy Saving Statistics

The average person spends more than $3,000 each year on energy, with roughly one-third of this amount going to residential energy needs. The rest of the costs go to transportation energy needs such as fuel for a personal vehicle. The reason for this cost difference is simply because gasoline is usually more expensive than electricity.

Still, $1,000 leaves plenty of opportunities to save money with improved energy use in the home. For example, homeowners can save as much as 10 percent on their energy bill if they adjust their thermostat seven to eight degrees for just eight hours in the day. This improvement can be even higher if the thermostat adjustment is for more extended periods, such as 12 or 24 hours.

With so much money saving potential, how does someone get started on improving the efficiency of energy use? An energy audit is an excellent place to start.

Home Energy Audit

A home energy audit is an evaluation of your home's energy use. The homeowner or professional can conduct this audit to determine both how the house uses energy and ways the homeowner can reduce energy usage through higher efficiency.

These home energy audits can use special tests, such as a home air leakage test, air duct test and an infrared scan of the home’s exterior to find air leaks to the outside. In most cases, an energy audit professional will conduct these types of tests.

Are you interest in learning more about ways to improve the energy efficiency of your home? If so, our heating and cooling specialists at Climate Control can help. Connect with us online now.

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Generators: Regain Power After Summer Storms
02 Aug
By: Climate Control
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Summer storms can take your heating and air conditioning system out of commission when you lose electricity.

After a summer thunderstorm, your heating and air conditioning system will have to run at full blast. After it rains, the sun will come out. This can lead to hot and humid air, which makes running an air conditioner a necessity. But some of these storms are intense and can lead to losing power. That's where a generator will help restore power and allow you to run your air conditioner.

Types of Generators

For most consumers, there will be two types of generators to choose from. The first type is the portable generator. Some of these can be relatively small, roughly the size of a typical cooler. They can also be very large, about the size of a mini-fridge. As the name implies, you can move portable generators around. They usually come with handles or wheels for ease of transport.

The second type of generator is the standby generator. These are not portable, and so require permanent installation next to the building it is to power when there is a power loss. When there is power, these generators are on standby. When the power goes out, they kick in and provide electricity for the building. In most instances, standby generators produce enough electricity for all the building's electrical needs.

Choosing a Generator

Like many other tools and appliances, the bigger and more expensive the generator, the more powerful and capable it will usually be. How big of a generator you need will depend on what you need it for. If you only need it to charge phones, laptops and run a few televisions, then a smaller 2,000-watt generator will be enough. But if you plan on running a central air conditioner in addition to a refrigerator and other appliances, you'll want a much more powerful generator, such as a standby or sizeable portable generator that can produce 4,000 watts or more.

To put things in perspective, a central air conditioner will pull about 3,500 watts while a small window air conditioner unit will need about 1,000 watts.

If you need help choosing a generator to power your heating and air conditioning unit following a power loss event, you should contact one of our friendly HVAC professionals at Climate Control.

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2 Reasons Regular HVAC Maintenance Is Vital
26 Jul
By: Climate Control
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Are maintenance agreements really worth it? Here are the top two reasons this professional service is essential to your home’s climate control.

For years homeowners have heard that maintenance agreements are so important to the heath of their heating and air conditioning system. But you may be wondering: “what’s the real story here?” How can a plan like this make such a big difference? Isn’t it just an unnecessary extra expense?

It makes sense that you might be skeptical. After all, it’s likely you already feel like you pay more than enough to heat and cool your home. The truth is that a maintenance agreement protects your HVAC investment by providing the regular HVAC maintenance your system needs to run as optimally as possible for as long as possible.

Let’s take a closer look at the 2 top reasons regular HVAC maintenance is vital.

1. Regular HVAC Maintenance Will Extend the Life of Your System

Every homeowner knows purchasing a new HVAC is a major, budget-busting expense. With proper maintenance, you can ensure you get all of the life possible out of your current heating and cooling system. Avoid the premature need for a new HVAC installation by taking care of the one you have with regular, professional maintenance from the experts.

2. Regular Maintenance Catches the Small Issues before they Become Big

If you neglect HVAC maintenance, it’s easy for issues that may have only required minor repairs at one time to progress into major, costly repairs. During your regular maintenance appointments (as part of an agreement), you will have an expert HVAC professional checking-out your system thoroughly, so he/she can stay on top of any issues. This saves you money on HVAC repairs.

Saving money and keeping your HVAC working optimally are certainly reason enough for many homeowners to be convinced they need a maintenance agreement. Contact our team at Climate Control today to learn more about your options.

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