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Smart & Programmable Thermostats | Air Conditioning Dallas

Daniel Molina - Monday, December 08, 2014

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Programmable Thermostats |Air Conditioning Dallas, TX

As temperatures drop, the cost of heating goes up, leaving numerous homeowners looking for ways to keep heating costs down. Replacing a failing thermostat is one means of eliminating wasted energy. The thermostat works in conjunction with the home's heating and air conditioning in Dallas, TX to regulate the temperature. Programmable thermostats offer the versatility to customize the thermostat to your family's schedule, providing energy savings by eliminating unnecessary energy waste.

Eventually, any thermostat will become worn and inaccurate, requiring replacement to eliminate the problems of running too often and wasting energy, or not running enough. Manual thermostats lack the advantages and the accuracy of the digital thermostat. Programmable thermostats can be programmed to adapt to your family's schedules, provides versatility, saves energy and is generally easy to program and allows for as much as a seven day schedule.

In addition, the heating and air conditioning in Dallas, TX system will experience less wear by not running as frequently.

The recommended temperature of an occupied home is 68 degrees in the winter and 78 degrees in the summer, while during the winter, when occupants sleep and everyone is away from the home, the recommended temperature is 65 degrees. However, when you are away on a winter vacation, you may be tempted to turn the thermostat even further. Don't turn the thermostat below 55 to ensure that the plumbing won't freeze.

The installation of a programmable thermostat will allow for multiple temperature settings for each day. Models that automatically change from heat to cooling are an extremely convenient choice when selecting a new thermostat. Either option will ensure your home remains comfortable year round, including during the temperature swings that occur in early spring and fall.

Homeowners who are handy with DIY projects can potentially install a thermostat, for all others Garland Heating and Air Conditioning offers the service for professional installation of a programmable thermostat to complement your heating and air conditioning in Dallas, TX. Learning Thermostats

Learning thermostats will learn the habits of the home's occupants and program themselves, creating a schedule based on your preferences over time. Learning thermostats use sensors to detect when the home is unoccupied and adjust the temperature accordingly. By providing monthly energy reports, they guide you to energy efficient settings for your heating and air conditioning in Dallas, TX. Learning thermostats connect to your home Wi-Fi network and can be monitored, set and managed remotely over Wi-Fi from a computer, smartphone or tablet. Learning thermostats can save 20-30 % on your home's energy costs.

Remote Energy Management

A remote energy management thermostat enables you to set, program and monitor your heating and cooling from a computer, smartphone or tablet. It transmits a text message or email alert when adjustments are made, the filter requires changing or when maintenance is scheduled. It connects through a hub (sold separately) to your home broadband network, providing access over Wi-Fi from anywhere, and can reduce energy consumption by up to 15 %.

If you have ever forgotten to adjust your manual thermostat, you can probably recognize the advantages of a programmable thermostat, and remote energy management enabling you to make changes when you are away from home.

Garland Heating and Air Conditioning offers certified and experienced HVAC technicians for all of your heating and cooling needs. Our technicians provide services for heating and air conditioning in Dallas, TX including repair, installation and maintenance. Our certified technicians have the expertise to meet or exceed the industry's standards, assuring you of receiving quality HVAC services. We serve Dallas, Plano and the surrounding areas.

Geothermal Heating & Air Conditioning System

Daniel Molina - Friday, December 05, 2014

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Geothermal Heat Pumps | Heating and Air Conditioning

You hear a lot about geothermal heat pumps both good and bad. What is a homeowner to believe in the face of conflicting information? For those homeowners desiring to save significantly on energy costs for heating and air conditioning, and/or for those who are environmentally conscious, the geothermal heat pump provides a promising alternative. Let’s have a look at the facts to assist you in deciding whether or not a geothermal system is right for your household:

Popularity

  • It has been estimated that greater than 1 million residential geothermal heat pumps are currently installed in the United States
  • Over 60,000 geothermal heat pumps are installed in the United States each year, with an estimated annual growth rate of 20%. Each year, more households make the decision to invest in a geothermal system when building a new home and replacing an existing heating and air conditioning system.

Environmental Impact

Geothermal heat pumps currently in use have resulted in some impressive statistics:

  • 40 trillion BTUs of fossil fuels saved each year
  • The elimination of 1.6 million metric tons of carbon equivalent annually
  • 8 million kWh saved each year
  • The elimination of over 5.8 million metric tons of CO2 each year
  • Reducing electricity usage by 2.6 million kW each year

The current number of geothermal heat pumps in service today is equivalent to:

  • Planting over 385 million trees
  • Reduced consumption of foreign fuels by 21.5 million barrels of crude oil annually
  • Removing 1,295,000 cars from the road

Financial Benefits

  • Geothermal systems save up to 70% on heating bills and 40% on air conditioning costs when compared to conventional heating and air conditioning
  • The cost per Btu of heating is significantly lower for geothermal heat pumps when compared to other heating options

How it Works

A geothermal heat pump uses the constant temperature underground as an exchange medium to heat and cool a home throughout the year. A few feet down, the earth’s temperature is relatively constant at 45 to 58 degrees Fahrenheit, year round.

Geothermal heat pump systems take advantage of this by circulating water or other liquids through continuous loops of plastic or metal pipes buried in the ground. The fluid collects heat from the soil during winter and carries it through the system to a heat pump in the building, where the heat is compressed to produce more heat warming air to 90 to 105 degrees. The warm air is moved through the house via standard ductwork, or an under-floor radiant system. This forms a closed-loop system. During the summer, a reverse process occurs as circulating fluids transfer heat from the building back into the earth.

A geothermal system may also use an open-loop option utilizing well or surface water as the exchange liquid, which is returned to the source. Geothermal heat pumps provide the additional benefit of providing the home with hot water.

Installation Considerations and Maintenance

  1. Proper installation is crucial: The geothermal system’s reliability depends upon professional installation. Use a reputable heating and air conditioning company with experience in geothermal installation, check their references and BBB status. The cost of failing to do so can result in poor reliability and efficiency. The indoor components of your geothermal system are not entirely dissimilar to a standard heat pump. The geothermal system will require an air handler and ductwork. The outdoor components require careful installation based on the geography of your yard. As with any heating and air conditioning system, the geothermal system size must match the home to prevent short cycling and premature wear on components. A geothermal system is only as good as the skills, experience and knowledge of the installer.
  2. Antifreeze or other fluid level: The liquid medium that circulates throughout the underground loops has to be at a specific level for the system to work properly. As it circulates throughout the earth loop, it absorbs and dissipates thermal energy, depending on the season. If a leak occurs or an incorrect amount was added during installation, the geothermal system will be unable to heat and cool effectively or efficiently. During routine maintenance, your HVAC technician can check to ensure that the fluid level is correct, and not leaking.
  3. Dirt and debris: As it can with any heating and air conditioning system, dirt and debris can damage any of the indoor components of the geothermal system, from the heat exchanger to the blower motor. During maintenance, the technician can provide the required cleaning to ensure the efficiency and longevity of the system.
  4. Air ducts: As with any heating and air conditioning system, the geothermal system relies on the cleanliness and integrity of the air ducts. If the air ducts that distribute the conditioned air throughout the home are leaking due to broken seals or damaged, the geothermal system will not be able to maintain a comfortable home.
  5. Loops: There are a variety of loop designs available for geothermal systems. The one that is right for your system depends upon a number of factors, best determined by a thoroughly qualified geothermal expert. The loops should not require maintenance. Maintenance ensures the pipes are not leaking or in need of repair.

While geothermal maintenance is minimal when compared to other heating and air conditioning systems, some maintenance is necessary to ensure that the system provides the energy efficiency and home comfort it is popular for.

The initial cost of a geothermal system and installation are higher than for conventional heating and air conditioning systems, in part due to the required excavation of the earth for the loop system. However, the difference is usually returned in energy savings in 2 to 10 years, depending upon where you live, and the cost you would pay for energy use in a traditional system.

When federal, state and utility tax credits and incentives are considered, the return on your investment may be significantly reduced depending upon the programs available for your location. Geothermal heat pump systems typically last an estimated 25 years for the inside components with a life expectancy of 50 years for the ground loop.

Garland Heating and Air Conditioning’s certified and experienced HVAC technicians offer the expertise required for the proper installation of a geothermal heat pump system. When you require a new heating and air conditioning installation for home or office schedule an appointment with our expert technicians. We service Dallas, Plano and the surrounding areas.

Heating & Air Conditioning Repair Dallas

Daniel Molina - Wednesday, December 03, 2014

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Furnace Repair | Air Conditioning Repair Dallas

The most obvious sign of the need for furnace repair is the failure of the furnace to operate. Recognizing the signs of impending furnace failure can give homeowner’s an advance warning that furnace and air conditioning repair in Dallas repair is needed, and can prevent the need for an emergency service call.

Providing annual heating and air conditioning service to your home’s HVAC system system is the best means of ensuring peak performance and efficiency, as well as ensuring a long service life for the system. However, tune-ups are not the only reason for the annual heating and air conditioning service. Safety is an additional factor for the annual inspection and tune-up. Worn parts will not operate efficiently and may cause safety issues. The system needs to be inspected and cleaned each year for both efficiency and safety reasons.

Let’s have a closer look at the benefits and reasons for the annual inspection and cleaning of the heating and air conditioning:

  1. The inspection will identify worn components requiring furnace and air conditioning repair in Dallas.
  2. Inspection will identify if the burner of a gas furnace has developed dangerous holes, cracks or if it requires cleaning.
  3. Inspection can identify worn electrical components or a fan motor in need of lubrication or replacement. Worn electrical components have the potential to start a fire.
  4. The flue of a gas operated furnace ventilates deadly carbon monoxide and other exhaust gases to the outside. An inspection will identify if the flue is clogged and needs to be cleaned.
  5. Properly maintained heating and air conditioning equipment will last longer, and by identifying problems early, can prevent more costly repairs, and dangerous conditions from developing later.
  6. Properly maintained heating and air conditioning equipment runs more efficiently, saving you on the cost of energy, while maintaining consistent comfort.
  7. A number of manufacturers require annual maintenance to maintain the factory warranty.

Furnace Issues and Warning Signs

While a furnace won’t always give warning signs of impending problems, there are some signs to be aware of:

  1. A pure blue flame is a normal ignition flame in a gas furnace. If the flame appears yellow, orange or red, contact your HVAC technician for heating and air conditioning repair in Dallas. The pure blue color indicates the furnace is receiving the correct mixture of oxygen and gas. Prompt HVAC service is required if the flame is not blue.
  2. Unusual noises are a warning, examples of problems that can result in strange sounds and may indicate the need for repair is a worn fan motor (which can overheat and potentially cause a fire) or a loose fan (which can cause damage if it were to come completely loose). Contact your HVAC technician for heating and air conditioning repair in Dallas for strange noises.
  3. Unusual odors are a warning of the need for repair or replacement in gas or electrical furnaces. Some odor is expected when a furnace has been unused for some time due to dust on the burner. Examples of unusual odors to be aware of include burning wire or wire insulation and burning oil. If you detect these odors, shut the furnace off immediately and call your HVAC technician for heating and air conditioning repair in Dallas.
  4. Higher than normal energy bills likely indicate poor performance. There are a variety of issues that can cause this. Have your technician inspect the system and provide heating and air conditioning repair in Dallas.
  5. An aging furnace is more vulnerable to frequent breakdown and complete failure. Routine maintenance can help to extend the service life of a furnace, but eventually the furnace will require replacement. When keeping the system going requires frequent heating and air conditioning repair in Dallas, consider investing in a new and reliable HVAC system. The improved energy efficiency of a new system will assist in paying for itself over time.
  6. Thermostats will eventually wear out. Signs of thermostat issues are a system that runs too often, or too little and failing to maintain a consistent temperature in your home.
  7. Homeowner’s often assume the furnace has worn out and requires replacement when ice dams on roofs and colder indoor temperature occur. When this is occurring in your home, before requesting HVAC service, check the insulation in the attic. If rafters are visible the attic requires the addition of insulation. This should stop the loss of heat in a home that was previously warm. Ice dams may also be due to clogged gutters, downspouts or a roofing issue.

Don’t forget to inspect the filter bi-weekly and change the filter monthly, or to clean those manufactured to be reused. Not all filters will require a monthly change, but filters should be inspected bi-weekly to ensure proper operation and efficiency.

ur certified and experienced HVAC technicians will provide the inspection, furnace repair and/or air conditioning repair in Dallas that you need, to ensure the safe and efficient operation of your home’s HVAC system. Garland’s certified professionals serve Dallas, Plano and the surrounding areas.