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HVAC Maintenance | Heating and Air Conditioning

Daniel Reichert - Wednesday, February 10, 2016

HVAC Maintenance | Heating and Air Conditioning

Winter weather takes its toll on our home’s heating and air conditioning systems. During either extreme heat or cold, HVAC systems work harder. As a result, energy bills climb, and breakdowns are increasingly likely to occur, especially when age is a factor in your home’s heating and air conditioning. However, you can reduce the frequency of breakdowns, and the energy bill by scheduling routine HVAC maintenance of the system.

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The fact is that a number of homeowners do not want to pay for a service call unless there is a serious problem. However, the truth is that scheduling routine annual maintenance can save you money, in both the short-term and the long run.

Here is how: Maintenance service by a certified HVAC technician ensures a clean system, which reduces wear and tear on system components. By reducing wear caused by friction secondary to dust and debris, the frequency of repair is reduced, and the lifespan of the system is extended.

In addition, routine maintenance offers the opportunity to identify developing problems and to provide any necessary repairs. When ignored, less severe problems will add up over time, affecting other components and resulting in additional repairs that can be prevented with early intervention.

Furthermore, the thermostat is an additional component the technician will check during maintenance. As with any other device, thermostats will eventually experience wear and require replacement. While some thermostats are adjustable, temperature inconsistencies can be a sign of the need for replacement.

While maintenance consists of numerous checks, and potential adjustments, cleaning and other tasks, in the end your system will last longer, operate more efficiently, and experience greater reliability. This adds up to money saved on repair, replacement, and energy. The small amount you pay for maintenance pays for itself in multiples.

Paying attention to the HVAC system can prevent additional problems. Inconsistent temperature, reduced air from the registers, unusual odors, and odd noises can all be signs your system is in need of repair.

Unfortunately, repair is not always the best option. When your heating and air conditioning system is 20 years old, replacement is likely the logical choice. When repairs are required twice a year or more often, and energy costs are rising, replacement will provide reliability and energy savings. In fact, modern HVAC systems are more efficient than ever. Chances are, even the lowest grade system will be an improvement in energy efficiency due to the routine upgrades required in efficiency. For homeowner’s who are dedicated to top efficiency, Garland Heating and Air Conditioning offers a solution for you, as well as homeowner’s with a budget.

When a heating and air conditioning system breaks down, it is seldom at a convenient time. That's why our NATE certified technicians are on call 24 hours a day, seven days a week, to ensure we’re available when you need our services.

Nate Certification

You may be wondering, what does NATE certification mean, and why you should insist on a technician with this credential. NATE is an acronym for North American Technician Excellence. A NATE certified technician ensures you receive a professional who has proven his or her knowledge in specific areas of the HVAC field by testing. Look for a NATE certified technician to ensure you receive a professional who is proficient in the industry.

As a result of continual advances in the industry, technicians must continue their education and taking NATE certified tests are a way they can receive recognition for their efforts and dedication to excellence. In addition, it provides you with the means to ensure you are receiving the best.

Discomfort

Constantly adjusting the thermostat is not normal, and your furnace should be delivering the proper temperature in a consistent manner. If you are not staying comfortable this winter, contact Garland Heating and Air Conditioning. Our technicians will diagnose the problem, and provide solutions. We offer a wide range of heating and air conditioning services for our residential and commercial customers, including but not limited to HVAC maintenance, heating and air conditioning repair, heating and air conditioning installation, and more. We serve Dallas, Plano and the surrounding areas, and are a member of the BBB with an A+ rating.

Geothermal Heat Pump System| Heating and Air Conditioning

Daniel Reichert - Monday, February 08, 2016

Geothermal Heat Pump System| Heating and Air Conditioning

The geothermal heat pump system is highly regarded for its superior efficiency. The geothermal system provides a comfortable home more efficiently than any other system. Geothermal heat pumps take advantage of the relatively consistent temperature of the ground beneath your lawn, or the water contained in a pond or well. It runs on electricity, but uses the earth’s thermal energy to pre-condition the refrigerant used to heat and cool your home regardless of how extreme the outside temperature is.

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Geothermal systems are experiencing a growing popularity for their energy efficiency, reliability and extended lifespan. Furthermore, the technology offers an optional hot water, supplemental system that provides free hot water during the summer.

If you own property and are considering your heating and air conditioning options for energy efficiency, geothermal may be the system for you. You may want to consider the 30% federal tax credit is set to expire at the end of this year. Furthermore, check into additional incentives that can reduce your costs of installation with State, county, local and energy suppliers for rebates and credits. Ultimately, there has never been a better time for geothermal installation than now.

How it Works

The closed loop geothermal heat pump system uses a heat pump connected to a loop system buried 4 to 6 feet below the earth’s surface. The pump connects to the indoor air handler that moves conditioned air throughout your home via the duct system.

Loop Systems

The loop system can be installed in the vertical or horizontal position. The horizontal field cost less to install, but requires more land for installation. The vertical installation requires less land, but is more costly to install. In addition, if a pond is available, it may provide an alternative to ground installation.

The Benefits of Geothermal

When you are exploring energy efficient options for your home’s heating and air conditioning, consider a geothermal system. Geothermal heating and cooling offer the following benefits:

• Geothermal systems can lower your home’s energy costs for heating by as much as 70 percent, and up to 40 percent on air conditioning.

• Geothermal systems offer quiet operation.

• Geothermal heat pumps are considered the most efficient heating and air conditioning system available today.

Geothermal Maintenance

Every HVAC system requires maintenance to ensure that it’s working properly, and to maintain energy efficiency and performance. Maintenance includes inspection, cleaning, and tuning up. Maintenance on any heating and air conditioning system ensures a long lifespan and performance. In addition, it allows developing issues to be repaired before they become they turn into major damage and costly repairs.

Whether your geothermal system is not functioning as efficiently as it once did, or you want to schedule maintenance, Garland Heating and Air Conditioning can provide professional service for all of your geothermal maintenance needs.

Professional Installation

The geothermal heat pump system is not your typical air source heating and air conditioning system. If your loop system is going in the ground, excavation is required. The pipes comprising the loop system require accurate sizing, and careful location to ensure proper function, an extended lifespan, and optimal efficiency. Geothermal systems last a long time, about 50 years for the loop system, and 25 years on the heat pump. However, attaining the typical lifespan depends largely on the quality of the installation.

For additional information about a geothermal heating and air conditioning system, call Garland Heating and Air Conditioning. Our professionals will discuss the advantages of the geothermal heat pump system, and evaluate your home and property to ensure that geothermal technology is right for you. Our HVAC technicians have the expertise required for quality HVAC services for your home. Garland Heating and Air Conditioning serve Dallas, Plano and the surrounding areas, and is a member of the BBB with a consistent A+ rating.

Heating and Air Conditioning Tips for Staying Warm in the Winter

Daniel Reichert - Thursday, February 04, 2016
Saving money on heating costs is a goal for the majority of homeowner’s. While an energy efficient heating and air conditioning system provide the first line of defense for year round savings, ensuring annual maintenance is essential in preventing unnecessarily high-energy bills. Utilize the following tips for staying warm in the winter to assist you in lowering energy costs:
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Conserving Heat

Fireplaces

One of the easiest ways to cut the energy bill is by conserving heating and air conditioning throughout the year. Fireplaces can waste a lot of energy, by pulling conditioned air out of the home through the chimney. Make sure the damper is closed when you’re not using the fireplace. In addition, if your fireplace has glass doors, close them when it is not in use.

Exhaust Fans

Exhaust fans will also pull warm air out of the home. Use them only when necessary, and turn them off when not in use.

Windows

Inspect around windows for drafts, broken caulk, loose panes, and repair as necessary. If your windows are in need of replacing and you have storm windows, install them until you can schedule window replacement. As a temporary measure, plastic attached to drafty windows can stop the incoming cold air. Thermal insulated curtains are also a solution against drafts and heat loss.

However, these same windows can provide assistance with your heating and air conditioning costs by opening the curtains on sun facing windows during the winter, and closing them against the sun during the summer. The heat from the sun will help to heat your home, although you should close them once the sun goes down.

Doors

Inspect the weather stripping around doors and replace cracked, damaged, and warped weather stripping for less drafts and a warmer home. Don’t forget to check the doors fit. Gaps allow cold drafts in, and heat out.

Insulation

Insulation is a key component of energy conservation throughout the year. Begin with the attic, and inspect the insulation. If the ceiling joists are showing it is a sign to add insulation. Over time, insulation can settle, and adversely affects the insulation’s ability to conserve energy. In the majority of homes, the attic is the easiest location to add insulation.

Unfortunately, adding insulation to exterior wall is a major task, and not typically considered a cost-effective option. However, in certain circumstances, improvements are possible without the inconvenience and cost of removing the existing siding:

• If you are having siding, or siding replacement provided, request foam insulating board behind the siding if it isn’t included. Even minimal foam boarding can up the walls insulation value from R-11 to R-13, reducing your energy costs and the potential for drafts.

• Room additions are a convenient opportunity for improving the insulating quality of at least one area of the home’s exterior.

Seal Outlets and Light Switches

Installing foam sealers to electrical outlets and switches will block the infiltration of drafts. Air leaks can travel through interior walls, creating drafts from plate covers.

Replace Dryer Vent

Dryer vents can be a source of outdoor air entering the home. If the vent is an open design, replace it with a shutter style vent. However, lint can rapidly build up causing the shutter to remain open and create a fire hazard. Make it a habit to inspect the vent monthly and clean as necessary.

Replace Open Roof Vents

If your home has open exhaust vents on the roof, significant air infiltration is likely occurring, especially when the heating and air conditioning system runs. These vents are typically the ventilation pipe for a stove hood or bathroom exhaust fans. Consider replacing open vents for ventilation that includes flaps. They will open when the fan runs, and remain closed when the fan isn’t in use. Self-sealing ventilation will reduce energy costs, and wear on the heating and air conditioning system.

Seal Holes

Inspect around intrusion such as cables, wire, pipes, and ducts where they pass through floors, walls, or ceilings. Seal gaps with expanding foam or caulking. Gaps around a furnace flue or gas water heater exhaust will require special, high temperature tolerant sealant.

Add Humidity

Heating tends to dry out the air inside your home during the winter. Dry air causes health issues such as bloody noses, dry, irritated membranes, dry, itchy skin and predisposes you to respiratory illness. A humidifier can add needed moisture to your home, and improve health issues while saving energy. Since moist air holds heat, you may feel more comfortable and be able to lower your normal heat setting. A portable humidifier is useful for the area it is located in, but will not assist in the home’s overall comfort. Garland Heating and Air Conditioning’s certified technicians can install a whole-house humidifier for your home’s heating and air conditioning system.

Ceiling Fans

A ceiling fan can help you to be more comfortable by drawing hot air that collects near the ceiling, down to where it can warm you. This is because hot air rises; gathering near the ceiling where it becomes wasted energy. Almost all ceiling fans have a switch on the side of the motor, controlling the direction fan blades rotate. During the winter, the blades should turn clockwise to pull the warm air near the ceiling down to your level. Use the low speed fan setting to assist you in lowering energy costs. By receiving the full benefit of your furnace, you may be able to turn the heat down, lowering costs and reducing wear on the heating and air conditioning system.

Garland Heating and Air Conditioning offers you a certified HVAC technician to provide professional heating and air conditioning services for your home or office. To receive the professional repair, maintenance or heating and air conditioning installation you can rely on, call to schedule service. Our experienced technicians serve Dallas, Plano, and the surrounding areas, and are a member of the BBB with an A+ rating.