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Five Tips for Saving Your Business Money on AC Costs
24 May
By: Climate Control
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Businesses rely on commercial services to keep their offices cool and comfortable for their customers and employees. The cost to run the air conditioner to maintain this level of comfort can be significant. Luckily, there are several tips that business owners can consider to save money on cooling costs this summer.

Tip #1: Check for Leaks

A poorly insulated building will have trouble keeping in cool air in the summer. Business owners can check window seals, doors and other openings to make sure cool air produced by the air conditioner isn't going to waste.

Tip #2: Apply Window Shades

Whether it's window tinting, screens, films, curtains or blinds, having a way to keep some of the harsh sun from entering the office can do wonders for keeping the inside temperature cool, and therefore running the air conditioner a lot less.

Tip #3: Remove Incandescent Lighting

Most offices won't have widespread use of incandescent lighting for general areas. But in smaller areas, such as personal offices, using LED or CCFL bulbs can save on energy costs. This is not only because they produce less heat, which requires an air conditioner to run more often to counteract the bulbs, but because LED and CCFL bulbs are far more energy efficient than incandescent bulbs.

Tip #4: Set the Thermostat to a Higher Temperature

Raise the temperature on the thermostat as high as possible while still maintaining adequate comfort. Every degree higher on the thermostat means more time will pass before the air conditioner kicks on. And the less the air conditioner runs, the more money you'll save.

Tip #5: Get Regular Maintenance of the HVAC Unit

Having an annual or semi-annual check-up of your heating and cooling system will ensure it runs reliably at peak performance. Some of the tasks that will take place during this service include checking the ductwork for leaks and blockages, as well as cleaning the air filter.

To learn more about the benefits of commercial services and how they can help your business save money on cooling costs, feel free to contact us at Climate Control.

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Why Geothermal Beats Traditional Cooling Every Time
17 May
By: Climate Control
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The one type of HVAC system that provides the greatest amount of energy efficiency is the geothermal heating and cooling system. This is especially true in the summer, when geothermal cooling systems are about twice as efficient as conventional air conditioners. But why is that?

How Geothermal Works

Geothermal systems work with heat pumps. Heat pumps are machines that move heat from one place to another. In the summer, the heat pump moves heat from inside the house to outside the house, leaving behind cool air. In the winter, the heat pump takes heat from outside the house and transfers it inside.

A geothermal unit is simply a heat pump that transfers heat to or from deep underground, rather than the outside air at ground level. This doesn’t sound much different than a regular heat pump, but geothermal systems can double the efficiency of your HVAC unit.

How Geothermal Is More Energy Efficient than a Regular Air Conditioner

After you go about six feet into the earth, the ground is a constant 55 degrees or so, year-round. This means, in the summer, your heat pump can dump the heat from inside your home into 55-degree earth instead of 85, 90 or 100-plus degree ambient temperature at ground level. This is important because the hotter the outside air, the less efficient a heat pump is.

To put things in perspective, a regular heat pump working as an air conditioner will use over 2.0 kilowatt-hours of energy to produce 12,000 BTUs of cooling on a very hot day. But that same heat pump working with a geothermal system can use less than 1.0 kilowatt-hour to produce 12,000 BTUs of cooling. This is a huge increase in energy efficiency which means major savings on your utility bill.

Does the thought of potentially doubling the energy efficiency of your air conditioner sound exciting? If so, contact Climate Control and schedule a time to speak with one of our air conditioning experts to learn more about geothermal systems.

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Forget the Summer Heat, Think AC Upgrades
10 May
By: Climate Control
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If you're thinking about getting a new heating and air conditioning system to improve your ability to cool your home or business, there are certain considerations to keep in mind when upgrading your air conditioner.

Consideration #1: Find an Air Conditioner of the Right Size

Common sense says that when replacing an air conditioner, the home or business owner should replace the old air conditioner with a new one of the same capacity and size. While this may often be the case, owners should confirm what their cooling needs are. It's possible the old air conditioner was not the right size! Also, changes to the building and landscape may result in different needs from the air conditioner.

An air conditioner that's too large means it'll cool the building too quickly, requiring it to turn on and off more often than necessary. This can lead to premature failure due to increased wear and tear on the air conditioner. If the air conditioner is too small, it will run more than it should, also resulting in excessive wear and tear, as well as higher energy usage.v

Consideration #2: Energy Efficiency of the Air Conditioning System

Improved energy efficiency is one of the biggest reasons for upgrading an air conditioning system. Given how quickly new models incorporate better technology, any new air conditioning system will be more energy efficient than the system it's replacing. But can you tell how much more efficient it is? Look for the system's Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio or SEER rating. The higher number, the more efficient the system will be.

Consideration #3: Proper Installation

Proper installation will ensure a system works at its best. From repairing any degraded ductwork to confirming the ductwork system is the proper size for the building and air conditioner, all these tasks are a must to make sure the air conditioner is properly installed and will perform at its best.

To get more information about upgrading your heating and air conditioning before the summer heat hits, call our friendly team at Climate Control at 864-269-5576.

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The Critical Role of HVAC Maintenance in the Summer
25 Apr
By: Climate Control
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Maintenance agreements provide an easy and carefree way to take the guesswork and stress out of knowing the condition and status of your HVAC system. HVAC systems have a lot of complex components, which means they are subject to wear and tear. Over time this can lead to unexpected failures. This is especially troublesome during the summer.

Why HVAC Maintenance Is Important

When the weather is very cold or very hot, it’s easy to understand the importance of making sure your heating or cooling system is working properly and doesn’t break down. The only thing worse than paying very high energy bills because of an inefficient air conditioner is not having a working air conditioner on the hottest day of the year.

HVAC maintenance is critical, especially during the summer, because it identifies small problems before they lead to big problems. Those big problems can decommission your HVAC unit until someone arrives to repair it. Small issues, such as a degraded electrical connection or low refrigerant levels may not keep your air conditioner from working, but it can lead to the air conditioner breaking down during high use in the summer.

Regular maintenance can also keep your air conditioner operating as efficiently as possible. Cleaning air filters and checking for leaks in ductwork can confirm your HVAC unit is cooling your indoor areas as effectively as possible.

What Does HVAC Maintenance Include?

Typical HVAC maintenance that occurs before the hot summer season includes:

  • Cleaning and replacing air filters.

  • Clearing any debris from condenser units.

  • Confirming the air conditioner has enough refrigerant.

  • Checking motors and fans for smooth operation and making sure there’s nothing out of balance.

Most HVAC maintenance visits will also include other tasks that will depend on your specific HVAC system.

Ready to learn more about the importance of HVAC maintenance agreements during the summer months? Go ahead and contact our team at Climate Control and ask any questions you may have about HVAC summer maintenance.

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