Why Fall is the Season for HVAC Upgrades

Fall is a beautiful season full of lots of opportunities to take part in fun seasonal events and activities. But did you know that fall is also the season for HVAC upgrades? If you have been thinking of upgrading your heating and air conditioning system, fall is the best time to take advantage of savings and replace your system before your heater starts working overtime in winter.

Why Fall is the Best Time to Upgrade Your HVAC System

If you have an older HVAC unit, you may have started to notice that it hasn’t been running as reliably or efficiently as it once did. This may indicate that it is time to replace your system with a newer, more efficient HVAC unit that can fulfill all of your home comfort needs without wasting energy and driving your electricity bills up. Fortunately, fall is the best time to replace your existing unit and find a new home comfort system that meets all of your needs.

One reason that fall is the best time to replace your unit is because weather tends to be more moderate during this season, which means many homeowners are not turning on their air conditioning or heat as much as they would in the summer or winter. Similarly, fall occurs between two periods of time when you use your system most, so if you are starting to notice issues or see spikes in your energy costs, this is the best time to investigate HVAC upgrade options.

Fall is also a slower time for HVAC companies. This means that you have the opportunity to do your research and ask your HVAC company any questions you may have about your options. HVAC technicians have more time to guide you through the process and offer installation when it is most convenient to you because the season is a slower time for business.

Take Advantage of Fall 2016 Carrier Factory Rebates

If you are interested in upgrading your heating and cooling system, now is the time. The HVAC professionals at ACS Air Conditioning Systems can help you find the right size unit to fit your home comfort needs and offer expert installation services to get you up and running in no time. We also provide a range of financing options so that you and your family do not have to worry about how you will afford your new HVAC system.

One of the best HVAC deals available this fall is the Carrier Cool Cash factory rebate. The Cool Cash rebate allows homeowners to take advantage of significant savings when purchasing a new, energy-efficient Carrier HVAC system and other eligible Carrier equipment. You may qualify for Carrier factory rebates up to $1650 when you purchase qualifying Carrier equipment from ACS Air Conditioning Systems.

For more information, visit our rebates page or contact us today to find out which Carrier systems and equipment qualify. The deadline for rebates is November 15, so act now to take advantage of this special seasonal promotion.

6 Commercial HVAC Solutions That Will Save Your Company Money

Businesses big and small are always looking for ways to save money. When you consider how much your company spends on cooling and heating your commercial building, you might be wondering, is there a way for me to save on HVAC costs?

 

The answer is yes! There are a variety of ways that you can save money on HVAC costs throughout the year by keeping your HVAC system healthy and reducing energy usage.

Affordable Commercial HVAC Solutions

Here are just 6 simple HVAC solutions that will save your company money:

 

  1. Choose the right HVAC unit.

It is important to choose an HVAC unit that is the right size for your building. If the unit is too small, it will have to work harder to cool and heat the space, increasing your energy usage and putting additional strain on the HVAC system. If you choose an oversized unit, the unit will turn on and off more often because it takes less time to bring the room to the right temperature. This also impacts energy costs and can cause wear and tear on the system. An HVAC professional can help you choose the right system for your building size.

 

  1. Change your HVAC filters regularly.

Did you know that changing your HVAC filters can help you save money? Dirty or clogged filters overwork your HVAC system. This not only leads to poor indoor air quality but can also waste energy and cause unnecessary maintenance issues, which can cost your company money. Changing your filters monthly helps save on energy costs and keep your HVAC unit running smoothly.

 

  1. Use a programmable thermostat.

A programmable thermostat can help you save on energy costs, even in a big space. Programmable thermostats allow you to adjust temperature settings to keep employees comfortable in different seasons. You can also adjust temperature settings on nights, weekends, or other times that people are not using the building to save energy when these spaces are not being used.

 

  1. Properly seal heating and cooling ducts.

Making sure that your heating and cooling ducts are properly sealed can help you improve the efficiency of your HVAC system. Contact an HVAC professional who has experience sealing ducts. They should start by focusing on areas of the building that are unprotected such as areas underneath the building. Adequate sealing helps reduce energy waste, and thus cuts down on energy costs.

 

  1. Schedule routine maintenance.

Routine maintenance is essential to keeping your commercial HVAC unit running at peak performance year-round. Get a tune-up from a professional HVAC company in the spring before your AC is used heavily in the summer. This will help you save on energy costs throughout the year and prolong the life of your unit.

 

  1. Look for seasonal promotions or other discounts from your HVAC provider.

Many HVAC companies will provide discounts on maintenance or tune-ups during certain times of the year, while others provide discounts for commercial customers with a service contract or those who are repeat customers. Call your HVAC provider to find out what discounts they offer commercial customers throughout the year.

 

Have a question about your HVAC unit? Need professional help with a repair or maintenance issue? Don’t hesitate to call us.

What is Two-Stage Heating?

Fall and winter weather will be here soon, and with it comes the need to heat your house. However, outdoor temperatures fluctuate every day. Sometimes it will be slightly chilly, and sometimes you may deal with frigid conditions. Two-stage heating is one of the best ways to deal with these fluctuations while ensuring that you keep your energy bills manageable and don’t waste electricity.

How Two-Stage Heating Works

Two-stage heating gives your HVAC system two distinct levels of heat output. One is a low setting for mild days, and the other is a high setting for those snowy or clear but freezing days. You can adjust the settings throughout the day as you desire, but the low setting is designed to heat your house adequately 80% of the time. If you use the lower setting often, you can decrease energy bills and distribute heat evenly throughout your home.

How Two-Stage Heating Saves Energy

A traditional furnace only has two positions for the valve that controls its burner: open and closed. With a traditional one-stage furnace, the heat is either on when the valve is open or off when it’s closed. There’s no way to adjust the settings or distribute heat. However, a two-stage furnace allows you to partially open or close the valves. This way, you can run heat full blast for longer periods if you need to. You can also adjust settings to better serve particularly warm or cold areas of your house.

In addition, two-stage heating saves energy in many other ways than what we’ve discussed. Unlike a traditional system, two-stage heating does not “kick” on and off with little warning. The air doesn’t blast out of the furnace, and the furnace doesn’t immediately put out extremely warm air. This keeps electricity from being wasted. It also prevents warm or cold spots throughout your house because the air is evenly circulated. Once two-stage heating runs through its entire cycle, your house will remain a comfortable temperature for longer periods.

Just as two-stage heating doesn’t waste electricity, it doesn’t waste fuel either. With one-stage heating, gas is wasted because the furnace can only run on full blast, even if it’s a mild winter day. Additionally, the gas can get siphoned back into the environment and cause pollution. Since the settings of a two-stage furnace are easily adjustable, however, you don’t need to run the system full blast. You can use only the gas you need and turn off the furnace when your home is adequately heated.

A Quiet And Clean Home

Two-stage heating has plenty of other advantages. One of the biggest is how quiet it is. You might remember visiting your grandparents’ house and hearing a noisy one-stage furnace in the basement. Whenever it kicked on, the furnace would be incredibly loud and disruptive. This isn’t the case with two-stage heating; furnaces that use it are generally quiet because it takes them longer to reach full capacity. Instead of rattling or kicks of air, you’ll most likely hear a pleasant, low hum.

Finally, using two-stage heating may improve indoor air quality. These furnaces’ filters are designed to capture a large number of contaminants and without filtering them back through the air. Thus, a two-stage furnace constantly “cleans” the air inside your home.

To learn more about two-stage heating or have other HVAC questions answered, don’t hesitate to contact us online or by phone.

Servicing Thermostatic Expansion Valves

Thermostatic Expansion Valves Explained

TEV valves are simply devices which control the rate of flow of refrigerant into the evaporator coil. They achieve this by forcing the high pressure liquid through a small orifice where it exits at a lower pressure into the evaporator coil. To regulate the size of the opening the valve has a temperature bulb connected by a length of copper wire to the valve body. When mounted on the exit side of the evaporator coil the bulb picks up the temperature of the gas and transmits it conductively back to the valve. In this way the rate of high pressure gas flowing into the evaporator coil matches the rate of evaporation.

Troubleshooting and Symptoms

While fixing a broken or malfunctioning TEV valve is going to be beyond the skill and capability of most homeowners to fix. However if you feel that your HVAC system is not producing the cold air like it once did, there are a few things that you can look out for which could point to a malfunctioning TEV valve.

Frosting on the exit side of the evaporator coil, in combination with a noisy compressor can be a sign of flooding. Flooding occurs when the TEV is letting in more refrigerant to the evaporator coil than what can be evaporated off. Flooding can be extremely bad for a compressor as it tries to compress and incompressible liquid.

On the opposite end of TEV problems is starving. When this happens the TEV is not letting enough refrigerant into the evaporator to replace the rate at which it is evaporated off. Most modern HVAC systems will have a low pressure cutoff and run in an equalization mode. However, if you notice your compressor being sluggish and your AC not cooling like it should it can be a sign of starving.

The last malfunction of the TEV is hunting. Hunting is when the TEV will vacillate between starving and flooding, giving you a range of symptoms.

Servicing your TEV

TEV’s are an essential and integral part of your HVAC system. Ensuring their proper function and treating any malfunctions is something that should be handled by trained professionals like we here at Air Conditioning Systems. If your HVAC system isn’t performing like it once did, give us a call and schedule a service call to look over your system.

Benefits of Financing Your New Heating and Cooling System

The typical HVAC (heating, ventilation and air conditioning) system lasts for roughly 12 to 15 years. This means that when it’s time to buy an eventual replacement for your current system, increases in the average price since your last purchase may come as a very unpleasant surprise. Fortunately, HVAC financing offers a range of appealing benefits, both for you as a purchaser and for HVAC professionals.

How Does HVAC Equipment Financing Work?

HVAC companies benefit greatly from the financing opportunities available to their potential customers. However, the typical provider does not offer direct financing. Instead, it sets up relationships with lenders in the area in order to facilitate financing through those institutions. When the time comes to pay for your new system, the HVAC provider can walk you through the available options and help you create a plan that best suits your needs. In addition to using financing to pay for your new HVAC system, you can use it to pay for routine system maintenance and any needed repairs.

Key Financing Benefits

One of the most appealing benefits of financing your HVAC system is the ability to afford an energy efficient model that continues to save you money on utility costs throughout its lifespan. Key benefits of well-designed financing arrangements include a typically straightforward application procedure, rapidly resolved decisions on credit eligibility, a generally low monthly payment requirement, the ability to set up a range of payment options and the ability to avoid annual fees and prepayment penalties. Other potential benefits include a lack of closing costs, the ability to keep your current lines of credit intact, the lack of any liens established against your property, the availability of online statements and (in some cases) the ability to take advantage of occasional promotional offerings from a financing institution.

Do You Qualify?

Generally speaking, the average homeowner can meet the requirements for financing at least part of the cost of a new HVAC system. You have the best chances of getting offers from more than one financing institution if you have paperwork that details your financial status, including such things as your current credit score and your monthly income. It also helps to have firm price estimates for the type of system you intend to purchase. If you have a somewhat shaky credit history, you can potentially improve your chances of qualifying for financing by offering a letter of reference from your employer or your utility provider.

For more crucial information on the ins and outs of HVAC purchasing, be sure to follow the pages of this blog.

All About Carrier Cor Thermostats

When it comes to heating and cooling technology, today’s consumers have a wide variety of available options. One of the newer developments on the market is the Wi-Fi-enabled thermostat, which you can operate remotely with a smartphone or tablet, as well as a laptop or desktop computer. One of the best examples of this type of thermostat, the Carrier Cor, has several features that make it much easier to control your household temperatures.

What’s a Wi-Fi-Enabled Thermostat?

A Wi-Fi-enabled thermostat is a temperature control device that can receive signals sent through the same modem used to carry your Internet traffic. This means that, in addition to operating the thermostat directly from its main panel, you can control it with a range of other Wi-Fi-enabled devices capable of sending commands through the modem. All thermostats in this category give you remote control over basic temperature-related functions. Some models also have a number of convenience-enhancing advanced functions.

Carrier Cor Features

The Carrier Cor has both basic and advanced functions that you can access directly or remotely. Direct access is provided by a color touch screen, which uses situational prompts to show you the easiest way to achieve your desired temperature control task. In addition to simply raising and lowering your household temperature, you can do such things as lay out a schedule of temperature settings for the coming week, set up a single command that lets you control multiple functions at once, and give the thermostat the freedom to change its settings automatically in response to temperature fluctuations that occur throughout the day.

Apps for Your Preferred Device

Most people have specific preferences for their Wi-Fi-enabled tech, including their favorite type of computer (desktop or laptop), favorite computer operating system (typically Apple or Windows) and favorite smartphone or tablet operating system (typically Android or iOS). Carrier seeks to accommodate these preference by creating device-specific control apps for the Cor thermostat. In most cases, you can download an app that lets you control the thermostat through a familiar platform and interface style.

Easy System Integration

Unless you’re planning to replace your entire heating/cooling system, any Wi-Fi-enabled thermostat you buy must integrate well with your existing furnace, air conditioner or HVAC setup. The Carrier Cor is especially adaptable to a wide range of existing temperature control systems. This means that there’s a very high chance that the thermostat will work smoothly with the hardware you already have in place.

Simplified Updates

One of the potential benefits of a device that can access the Internet is a greatly simplified software update process. The Carrier Cor fulfills this potential with an automatic update system that keeps your software current at all times.

Installed By an HVAC Specialist

An HVAC specialist must install your Carrier Cor thermostat. This professional installation process guarantees the function of the device right out of the box. It also gives you the opportunity to ask a specialist about the thermostat’s capabilities.

Make sure to check this blog regularly for additional vital info on the latest heating and cooling innovations.

The Facts About HVAC Systems And Greenhouse Gases

The majority of HVAC systems emit greenhouse gases

Do HVAC systems emit greenhouse gases? Many consumers have asked themselves this question. If you’re concerned whether or not your HVAC system is contributing to the depletion of the ozone layer, then you first have to determine what type of HVAC system your home uses. But more than likely the answer is –yes. Most heating and cooling systems burn some type of fossil fuel for energy. Fossil fuels can be either oil, natural gas, or propane. If your heating system uses any of these for energy and heat, then it does emit greenhouse gases into the atmosphere. Even though some heating systems use electricity for heating, they still contribute to greenhouse gas emissions indirectly. The electricity needed to run the heat pumps will most likely come from a power plant that burns some type of fossil fuel to create the electricity.

 

How do air conditioners emit greenhouse gases?

It may seem like an air conditioner would not emit any greenhouse gases since it does not burn any fossil fuels to produce heat. Beside the fact that it uses electricity from a power plant, air conditioners use refrigerants which are a source of greenhouse gases. Refrigerants consist of chlorofluorocarbons which have been shown to contribute to the depletion of the ozone layer.

 

Reducing greenhouse emissions

The only type of HVAC system that will not emit any greenhouse gases either directly or indirectly is one that uses no refrigerant and is completely powered by an energy source that emits absolutely no greenhouse gases, such as wind or solar power. While it is feasible to produce HVAC systems that produce very little or no greenhouse gases, they would be extremely costly and time-consuming to create and install. The best way to contribute to the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions is to use heating and cooling systems in the most efficient ways possible.

By using appliances and HVAC systems that are environmentally friendly and carry the Energy Star seal of approval, consumers can greatly contribute to the reduction of greenhouse gases. Performing regular maintenance on heating and cooling systems as well as practicing energy saving behavior can also help in reducing the emission of harmful gases into the atmosphere. Follow us for more tips and information on how to keep your heating and cooling systems running efficiently.

The True Meaning Of Energy Management Systems

Effective energy management employs the use of energy management systems on several levels. One definition of an energy management system is a system of computer-aided tools, that are used to generate, monitor, optimize and deliver energy throughout a utility grid to households and business within a certain area. This definition covers the smallest aspect of what an energy management system really is. In fact, effective energy management is much more than a series of computers and software that regulate and distribute power to our homes and businesses.

 

Energy management on a smaller scale

Energy management systems also include the use of energy efficient systems within a household or business such as smart thermostats and energy efficient heating and cooling systems. These smaller types of computer aided management systems can monitor and adjust temperatures and ventilation within a building to control and lower energy consumption. Also, new cloud-based energy management systems allow for effective monitoring and control over HVAC systems in smaller business to help maintain lower operating costs and provide vital information of energy consumption to business owners.

 

Energy management systems and the home

Besides using smart thermostats and energy efficient HVAC systems, homeowners can use energy management at home to save energy and lower utility bills. Proper home energy management begins with, monitoring and changing energy-wasting habits, performing upgrades on older heating and cooling systems, and making repairs to areas that cause heating and cooling loss.

 

The big meaning of energy management

For an energy management system to be effective, it must involve three processes. The first process is monitoring. This includes metering and collecting data on energy consumption. The second process is control. Control is the process of eliminating areas where there is energy waste. This could mean adding more insulation to a building or replacing older inefficient lighting. The third process is conservation. Conservation not only includes saving energy in a building but as an organization as well. This process not only involves the upgrading of equipment and energy systems; it involves the training and teaching of energy saving techniques and habits to employees and staff. It is an energy-saving attitude of an organization, company or household that truly makes an energy management system effective.

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Things To Consider When Replacing HVAC Heating And Air Conditioning Systems

87701128There is no point overreacting every time one of your HVAC units shows some signs of malfunction. As you may already know, annual servicing of your system is a must to ensure that the unit is performing at its peak condition and is not using up too much energy. However, even with periodic servicing, some problems may occur which can be solved by repair or replacement of some worn out parts.

However, a point may come when you know that your system is already enough old and is well past its better days. This is when the conundrum appears. You feel uncertain about whether to go for another repair or chuck the unit for good. Now, if the system is really too old, there is little wisdom in continuing spending money on it in the form of recurring repairs or servicing.

There are some common indicators which tell you that a replacement is necessary. The obvious one is that when you see your utility bill is spiraling out of control every succeeding season. Also, if you notice that the system is leaking water or fluids, this is directly related to higher energy consumption and getting a new unit will be the best decision under such circumstances.

Also, if you notice that your system is regularly making unusual, disturbing noises when you are trying to set the thermostat as well as at other times, you may be fairly certain that a replacement is your best option. Another important thing is that when you are running a faulty system, you are also exposing yourself to a good amount of risk due to possible air contamination.

We would also like to stress something that even many HVAC specialists forget to mention when it comes to HVAC system replacement, which is that if you are replacing one of your HVAC units, you must also replace the other, too (unless the latter is fairly new). For example, replacing a malfunctioning furnace while keeping an old AC unit (or vice-versa) would cost you more in the long run. Also, if you buy the pair as a unit, you may avail some lucrative discount and will also have to pay only a one-time installation cost.

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What Does The Air Handler Do For My HVAC System?

man repair air-conditionerYour HVAC system consists of numerous components working together to maintain a comfortable indoor living environment. The air handler is responsible for regulating and circulating hair. It contains the system’s blower, evaporator coil, sound dampers, filter racks and other parts of the ventilation system.

An air handler houses all the components necessary to circulate air throughout the building. It connects to the ductwork and provides cooling, heating or both depending on where it is installed and its application. An electric motor provides power to the blower, which may operate at one or more speeds, depending on the unit. Flexible vibration isolators installed in the ductwork on either side of the air handler block the transmission of noise and vibration through the ductwork.

The handler contains filters to ensure treated air blowing into the building is clean. When the filters become clogged with dirt and debris, they obstruct airflow through the handler. At the same time, the evaporator coil accumulates dust. This can cause the air conditioner to freeze up and lead to other problems. Changing the filters as part of a regular maintenance routine will increase the efficiency of the HVAC system and extend the life of all components.

Hiring a professional to maintain your air handler is the best option unless you are familiar with the equipment and the proper methods for taking care of it. The handler is attached to liquid and suction lines that are easy to crimp or bend if you are not careful. The coil fins are also extremely delicate. If bent, airflow across the coils is compromised.

Part of routine maintenance should include checking the condensate lines for clogs. The evaporator coil condenses moisture it draws from the air. The moisture drips into a condensation pan and drains through a PVC line to the exterior of the building. If the PVC tube is clogged with debris or algae, the HVAC technician can flush the line. Treating the condensation lines and evaporator pan with algaecide can prevent the growth of algae.

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