By John Miller 01 Aug, 2016
If you’re like most Kansans, you spend up to 90% of your time inside, which makes your indoor air quality vitally important to your health. The gases and particles that pollute your air come from a variety of sources, such as fuel combustion from heating equipment and appliances, building materials, insulation, carpeting, furnishings and cleaning and maintenance products. There are, however, some steps you can take to help your Heating and Air system clean the air in your home, so you’ll breathe easier.

Tips to Keep Your Indoor Air Quality High

  • Leave your shoes by the door before coming inside.Take your shoes off when you enter, and you’ll reduce the amount dirt and allergens that are tracked through your home.
  • Limit the growth of mold by reducing moisture.  Mold  spores float in the air, and they’re present inside your home. Keeping your indoor humidity level under control with a whole-home dehumidifier can prevent their growth and help you avoid asthma attacks, allergic reactions and other breathing problems.
  • Discourage dust mites.You can help prevent allergies  caused by dust mites by using dust-proof covers on pillows and mattresses and laundering bedding often using the hot water cycle.
  • Dust without chemical cleaners.Reduce the amount of pollutants that circulate in your indoor air by avoiding chemical cleaning products when you dust and using microfiber cloths and plain water instead. These cloths are washable and reusable too.
  • Keep clutter to a minimum.Clutter creates additional dust-friendly surfaces. You’ll have an easier time keeping your home free of potential indoor air pollutants by banishing it before it collects.
  • Install a germicidal light. These lights emit UV rays that can help control the growth of bacteria, mold and viruses. Adding one to the HVAC system can help limit the spread of these contaminants and keep the air cleaner.
  • Clean or replace the air filter monthly. Keeping the air filter  clean not only improves indoor air quality, but it also boosts HVAC system efficiency and protects the equipment from damage.
Even if you do a few of the things we’ve talked about above, your indoor air quality should start improving. And as always, don’t hesitate to give us a call at Callabresi if you have any questions or concerns about your heating and air conditioning system.

Your Comfort Is Our Concern!
Jerry Callabresi
By John Miller 24 May, 2016

A new heating and air conditioning system is expensive, probably the third most expensive purchase that you will make after your house & car. So like any other major purchase, some research and thought should go into figuring out which system is best for you.

When my family, friends and customers ask me which system they should buy, the advice I give them is the system they should buy is the one that fits their needs and comfort level best. To figure that out, I tell them to consider the following factors:

Home size and load factor   – One of the most common mistakes that people make is they buy a system that is either too big or not big enough for their house, leading to higher energy bills or not enough comfort. So the first thing we do at Callebresi when installing a new system for a customer is conduct a load analysis to determine what is the ideal size system for them. That lets us know which system will work best for the customer and that is what we recommend.

Quality of the System –   Are some systems and brands better than others? You better believe it. I tell my customers to go online and do a little research on which system functions better and last longer. In the long run, it’s worth getting a system from a reputable brand like Trane (even if it costs more) than from an inferior brand because you’ll save yourself the headache of having problems and not having to replace that system sooner than you would if you bought a lower quality system.

Budget   – Sometimes people buys a system based on how much they want to spend as opposed to what their comfort needs are. My advice to you is to of course stay within your means, but to also factor in things like savings due to lower energy costs and longer system life before deciding how much to spend. Also ask the dealer about special financing offers because more often than not, there may be financing offers available to help you get the system you need without having to come up with all the money upfront.

Heating and Air Dealer   – Finally, and most critically, find the right heating and air professional to help you. One that is more concerned about your comfort needs than one who wants a quick sale. One who does a load analysis of your home to find out what capacity system your home needs as opposed to selling you the biggest system that they can. A dealer that will strive to take their time and do the job right the first time. And since issues can crop up even with the best jobs, you want a heating and air professional that will stand behind their work and come back to make sure it’s done to your satisfaction.

Hopefully some of these tips will aid you in your decision making process. I’d also encourage you to call and ask as many questions as you can till you are satisfied that the dealer and system you select is the one that is right for you!

Your comfort is OUR concern!

Jerry Callabresi

By John Miller 29 Apr, 2016
Temperatures are definitely getting hotter.  But staying cool this summer doesn’t necessarily mean you have to pay a fortune to keep the air-conditioning running day and night. Here are some helpful tips that will keep you comfortable and cut your cooling bill.

Tip 1: Set the Dial Higher
If you have central air, set your thermostat above 78 degrees (all temperatures cited here are in degrees Fahrenheit). You’ll save 5 to 8 percent on cooling costs with each degree above that mark. For a typical household, setting the thermostat at 80 degrees saves 10 to 15 percent; raising it to 85 degrees will save 35 to 55 percent.
When you leave home for more than one hour, set the thermostat up a few degrees. Reset it upon your return, and the room will cool down in only 15 minutes. The system will use less energy during the cool-down period than if you had left it running at a lower setting while you were out.
Tip 2: Get a Programmable Thermostat
A programmable thermostat lets you preset temperatures for different times of the day, so air-conditioning is working only when you are home. The least expensive thermostat models let you set four cycles that, unless manually overridden, repeat every day. Higher-priced models allow you to create settings for each weekday and for each weekend day.

Tip 3: Use A Fan In Tandem With Your Air Conditioning
A fan, which costs two to five cents per hour to operate, can make a room feel 4 to 6 degrees cooler. Also, a fan works well in tandem with an air conditioner because the dehumidifying action of the air conditioner provides drier air that the fan can then move around.
In frequently used rooms, install a ceiling fan (set it to spin counterclockwise in summer). You’ll save the most money by running the fan only when you’re in the room.
If nighttime temperatures drop into the 70s where you live, you might want to purchase a whole-house fan. When run at night with the windows open, the fan will pull cool air into the house as it vents hot air out through the attic. Whole-house fans, which draw only as much power as a couple of lightbulbs, are usually outfitted with a variable-speed switch and/or timer.

Tip 4: Practice “Kansas Cool”
“Kansas cool” is a morning and evening routine that takes advantage of cool outdoor temperatures at night and keeps the heat at bay as much as possible during daylight hours. It’s very simple to do: At night when the temperature drops, open windows and bring in cool air with window fans or a whole-house fan. As soon as the sun comes up or the air starts to heat up, shut the windows and shades and keep doors closed.

Tip 5: Shades for you home
As much as 20 percent of summer heat enters your home as sunlight shining through windows. To cut “solar gain,” add curtains or blinds to rooms that get direct sun and draw them in daylight hours. With the shades drawn, a well-insulated house will gain only 1 degree per hour when outdoor temperatures are above 85 degrees.
Pay special attention to west-facing rooms late in the day. Shades and blinds to consider include roller shades (the least expensive option), venetian-type micro-blinds, reflective curtains and insulated curtains (the most expensive, at $100 per window). Two exterior options are to install awnings or plant shade trees.

Other Thoughts
Any appliance that generates heat adds to your cooling load. An oven baking cookies can easily raise the room temperature 10 degrees, which in turn jacks up overall cooling costs 2 to 5 percent. Save cooking (especially baking) for cooler hours, or cook outdoors on your grill. It is also a good idea to run the dishwasher and clothes dryer at night.
Incandescent bulbs don’t contribute as much heat as unshaded windows, but they do add heat to a house and can raise the perceived temperature, sending you to the thermostat to seek relief. To reduce this hot-light effect and save lighting costs year-round, replace incandescent bulbs with compact fluorescents. They use about 75 percent less energy and emit 90 percent less heat.
We know that it may not be practical for you to implement all of the energy saving tips listed above, but even if you could utilize some of them, you should see a decrease in your Summer energy bill.

Your Comfort is OUR Concern!
Jerry Callabresi
By John Miller 04 Apr, 2016

It’s the dog days of summer in Kansas and that means hot weather. Even though temperatures this summer are lower than what we were experiencing last year, the summer heat drives most people inside for the comfort of air conditioning. Conscious homeowners use techniques to improve their energy efficiency and decrease utility costs. Unfortunately, energy savings myths can cost homeowners more in the long run.
Myths You Need to Know About

Myth: Lowering the thermostat cools the home faster.

With the exception of a few systems, the vast majority of air handlers operate at a single speed. Regardless of the temperature on the dial, the air will be cooled and circulated at the same rate. Lowering the thermostat only results in additional energy costs as the system works towards the lower goal.

Myth: It’s best to turn off the air conditioning when you leave the house. 

Using your HVAC system to maintain a comfortable temperature when no one’s home is a waste of energy. However, cooling down a hot house requires a large energy output as well. Use a programmable thermostat for energy efficiency. The system will efficiently cool your house to the desired temperature before your scheduled arrival.

Myth: Ceiling fans can cool rooms. 

Ceiling fans are great for circulating air. However, moving the air isn’t enough to decrease the air’s temperature. The cooling effect people feel when a ceiling fan is running is the result of the wind chill effect. For this reason, ceiling fans should be turned off when rooms are vacant.

Myth: Closing air vents can improve energy efficiency. 

Your HVAC system is designed to move a specific amount of air through. When a vent is closed, the air conditioner doesn’t adapt to the change. The same amount of cooled air continues to move through the system. Additionally, closing vents can increase the frequency of the system’s starts and stops which can cause premature wear.
For additional energy saving tips, contact the HVAC experts at Callabresi Heating and cooling.

Your comfort is OUR concern!

Jerry Callabresi

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