Tips to Keep Your Indoor Air Quality High
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!
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!