6 Steps to Energy Efficient Commercial HVAC Systems

Energy Efficient Commercial HVAC

Six Steps to Energy Saving in Your Commercial Building

As a business owner or property manager, one of the wisest moves to boost your bottom line is to improve your Energy Efficient Commercial HVAC System and trim waste. One of the largest monthly bills for your building is the electric bill. Therefore, an important budget saver is exploring ways to reduce energy consumption building-wide.

Reducing your electric bill is not only a wise budget move but also helps the environment by reducing the carbon footprint—a wise move for the future. Explore your building and determine whether these 6 tips will save energy and reduce costs in your commercial property.

Evaluate the lighting system throughout the building.

If the lighting in your commercial building has not to be inspected in several years, start there. Reflect on how many lights are needed to illuminate each room properly. Do you have the latest and most efficient lights available? Now consider some measures to reduce the use of electricity with every light. Upgrading lighting will lead to very effective cost savings over a short period of time.

  1. Upgrade light bulbs. If you still use fluorescent bulbs, new high-efficiency LED bulbs use at least 60% less energy and produce better, brighter light. In addition, new LED bulbs last 50,000 to 100,000 hours, compared to about 10,000 hours for fluorescent bulbs.

    LED bulbs also reduce maintenance costs, as the bulbs need to be changed less frequently. The cost savings will multiply if you are using incandescent bulbs. Often electric utility companies have financial incentives to help offset the cost of bulb replacement. Check into it.

  2. Another cost-saving measure is to install motion-sensing switches, especially in rooms that are not in constant use, such as closets, restrooms, conference rooms, and break rooms.

    Sensors detect movement to ensure lights will be on when needed and turn off when the room is vacant. Over time, motion detecting lights will save up to 80% of electricity for those rooms.

Update and Maintain an Energy-Efficient Commercial HVAC System

Schedule an annual preventative maintenance service for HVAC systems to ensure they operate at peak capacity. Dirty and poorly maintained systems work harder and cost more. A clean system will also give occupants cleaner air, comfortable work, and an Energy Efficient Commercial HVAC system.

Avoid the Office Thermostat Wars

When many people work together, and since each person is different, someone is always too hot or too cold. Changing the thermostat often increases the cost of heating and cooling the building, while a fairly constant temperature saves energy and is comfortable for most people.

A simple choice is to install energy-efficient programmable thermostats throughout the building. The thermostat can be programmed to reduce heating and AC costs when the building is not in use and maintain the appropriate temp for a work environment.

Encourage employees who are too hot to bring a small fan for their workspace and employees who are too cold to bring a sweater. Make sure to minimize heating and AC to unused spaces.

Use the Power Management Settings on Office Equipment

Unused electronics, including computers, printers, and chargers are still using electricity even when not in use. Make sure clients and users have power-saving settings activated on electronics for the most energy-efficient office available. If you see screensavers on inactive monitors and computers, or operating lights on printers, the setting is incorrect.

While the power management setting is simple to activate, it may take some vigilance to maintain the cost savings because the controls can be reset or overridden by individual users. A reminder for IT professionals to check the settings on a regular basis may help ensure energy savings over the long term.

Update Data Storage

Recent technological advancements in cloud hosting of data encourage some property managers to investigate whether onsite server rooms are necessary or not. A dedicated space for energy-gobbling server equipment with upgraded cooling is quite expensive.

Offsite cloud storage might be advantageous for your building. Even if you are not prepared to make such a dramatic change, consult your IT manager for Energy Efficient Commercial HVAC options, such as improved air-flow management.

Conduct An Energy Audit for a better Energy Efficient Commercial HVAC System

Your commercial electrical contractor can inspect your building with you to uncover these energy-saving opportunities and more. Each office has unique features and needs, so the best approach is to complete an energy audit together.

A customized plan will give you the optimal energy use plan, lowering energy bills and reducing your environmental impact. An electrical contractor can also educate you about financial incentives for energy reduction measures.

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HVAC System Purchase Tips

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Taking the Guesswork Out of an HVAC System Purchase

Whether you are purchasing a new house or replacing an existing house, making decisions concerning an HVAC system is huge. The HVAC system affects your health, safety, and comforts 24/7/365, so getting it right is supremely important. However, this is not a decision you make frequently, so let’s look at some essential considerations.

What should I look for in an HVAC Contractor?

With so many contractors to choose from, making a decision can be confusing. Choosing someone you can trust and work with over the years is a primary concern.

Your installation contractor will know more about your system than any other firm, so make it someone you will feel comfortable calling for service and repair. Make sure your contractor is:

Quality. Start with licensed contractors, with certified technicians, authorized by the manufacturer of the system. As an authorized vendor for the system, the contractor will understand manufacturer warranties and guarantees.

Recognized. Is the contractor affiliated with national organizations, such as Air Conditioning Contractors of America (ACCA)? Such organizations have rating systems to help clients make decisions.

Dependable and Responsive. Look for reviews on websites and in printed material. Are existing clients pleased with service calls and response times? Referrals will reveal the quality of workmanship and professionalism you can expect from the contractor.

What type of HVAC system do I need?

HVAC stands for heating, ventilation, and air conditioning. This system circulates, cleans, and conditions the air for your comfort and safety. Each system is custom-designed for space, with several component parts. Who designs a new HVAC system?

The HVAC contractor will use several criteria to design a unique system for your home; criteria include square footage, number of rooms, windows, and doors, the local climate, and occupant needs. Let’s look at the 4 most common HVAC system choices.

One of the most common systems is a split system, with the AC condenser unit outside and the furnace/blower unit inside. Insulated coolant lines connect the two components. The same blower services the AC and furnace.

A packaged framework places both components outdoors and is a very efficient HVAC system, especially for smaller spaces. Both cool air and hot air are produced outside and a duct connects the unit with the home. These systems maximize indoor spaces, as all components are outside.

Variable-speed units can be split or packaged. The advanced system requires very sensitive thermostats and increases or decreases the blower speed as needed. The blower adjusts from 30% to 100% capacity, depending upon need. Typically, blowers run longer at reduced capacity and save energy.

A heat pump system does exactly what its name implies—it is always moving heat from one area to another. In the summer, it removes heat from the inside to the outside and in the winter it moves heat from the outside to the inside.

The major drawback of a heat pump system is that in extreme winters, there is not enough heat to bring into the house. In many settings, heat pump systems require an emergency heat backup system.

How do I determine HVAC system size?

Your system will be “sized” in tons—for example, your HVAC contractor may call for a 3 ½ ton unit. The contractor will determine the need and design a system a little larger than the actual need. Why? If the system is too small, it will run all of the time and can be maxed out with extreme temperature spikes.

If the system is too large, it will not run as frequently as needed, then work hard trying to catch up. Both too small and too large will shorten the lifespan of the system, so like Goldilocks, you need a system that is “just right.”

What about my ductwork?

Part of your HVAC system design is the network of ducts extending to every area of the house. For new homes, the ducts will be sized and placed strategically for efficiency and comfort. For existing homes, the ductwork should be inspected, cleaned, and repaired as needed. A new system design will take duct size into consideration.

Taking care of your ducts is a very important home maintenance task that keeps your air clean and your system working efficiently.  Duct problems to know about include:

  • Improperly sized ducts
  • Ducts that leak valuable conditioned air into walls, attics, or crawlspaces
  • Ducts with excessively long runs
  • Obstructions in the ductwork

Any of these issues may result in poor airflow.

Which thermostat is right for me?

The thermostat is a combination of a thermometer and a switch. It turns the system on or off according to the temperature. Old thermostat models had a dial face and adjusting the temperature required turning the dial. New model thermostats are programmable and may come with a smartphone app that allows you to adjust room temperature on the fly.

Programing your thermostat allows you to determine the ideal temperature throughout the day. Do you like to sleep in a cooler room? Lower the temp and program it to warm the house 30 minutes before the alarm goes off.

Do you need the house quite as warm or cool while everyone is away? Save some money and still have the ideal temperature when the family makes their way home. Smart thermostats will even allow you to adjust the temp for unexpected needs.

Which filter should I use?

There are so many filter choices to choose from, so here is Filter 101. Standard filters are made of paper but come with different size openings. The smaller the opening the more particles they catch. Change your paper filter at least every 3 months. Homes with several pets will need more frequent filter changes.

You can find filters that are washable, allowing multi-use from the same filter. Your HVAC contractor will also have several options for special needs, such as family members with asthma or other respiratory illnesses.

HEPA filters and electrostatic filters remove even finer particles from the air and ultraviolet light in the ducts will eliminate microorganisms from the circulating air.

Must I replace the whole HVAC system at once?

Owning a home requires maintenance, repairs, and eventual replacement for your HVAC system. Life expectancy for your system is approximately fifteen years; every year following is borrowed time.

However, one component may need to be replaced before the whole system needs to be replaced, so here is something to remember.

Ideally, each component in your system should come from the same manufacturer to ensure they all work seamlessly. A cross-product system may not work as efficiently as you anticipate. Your HVAC professional will be able to answer questions concerning compatibility.

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HVAC Preventative Maintenance: 5 Steps to a Cooler Summer

HVAC Preventative Maintenance

HVAC Preventative Maintenance: 5 Simple steps to prepare for the Summer Cooling Season

The mild spring weather is the optimal time to prepare your home and HVAC system for the coming months of Summer heat. Here are 5 quick and simple HVAC Preventative Maintenance steps to consider now, to avoid some uncomfortable situations.

  1. Don’t delay in scheduling your annual HVAC Preventative Maintenance visit. Doing preventative maintenance on your system extends the life of your unit and avoids the inconvenience of repairs during the summer months.All of your neighbors forgot to schedule their PM check, so teams are working extra hard trying to cover all of the calls once summer begins and they remember. A PM check should be scheduled annually and now is a good time to call.
  2. Change your filter as often as needed. Changing intervals range from 30, 60, or 90 days. Consider these variables to determine what is best for you:
    • Size of the house
    • Number of family members
    • Number of pets
    • Family members with respiratory conditions, such as allergies or asthma
    • Construction dust from recent renovations or nearby construction

A new filter removes dust, pollen, mold, and other particles circulating throughout the house.

  1. Upgrade your thermostat. If you still adjust the temperature using a dial on the thermostat, it is definitely time to replace it. This can be a DIY project or call your HVAC service provider. Two new thermostat options are available from many sources.
    • Programmable thermostats allow you to raise temps during the day while everyone is away or change the temp for a good night’s sleep. If you are installing it yourself, program it as you install it to prevent adding programming to a long list of things you intend to “get to.”
    • Smart thermostats include a phone app that allows you to change the temperature from your smartphone. The ease of adjustment makes it nice when your plans change and adjustments are made “on the fly.”
  2. Check your insulation now and add if needed. Believe me, this is better done during days with mild temps, compared to days with extreme hot or cold. Building code for Texas requires an insulation value of R-30 minimum; that is usually 9” to 10”, depending upon insulation material.Is this a DIY project? It can be, but it might be messy and uncomfortable. If the outside air temperature is 90 degrees, the attic temperature can easily be 130. Whether you do it yourself or call a contractor, consider the season and schedule according.
  3. Reverse the direction of your ceiling fan. Remember that mnemonic saying we use to remind us about Daylight Savings Time—Spring forward/Fall back.The time change is an ideal reminder to change batteries in smoke detectors and to reverse the direction of the ceiling fan to maximize the cooling effects for your central air conditioner—counterclockwise for cooling months and clockwise for heating months.

Questions about HVAC Preventative Maintenance?

Our technicians can provide a thorough inspection of your heating and air conditioning system to identify any potential HVAC Preventative Maintenance problems.

Replacing worn or improperly configured HVAC System components during HVAC Preventative Maintenance can significantly improve the efficiency of your furnace.

Our technicians are thoroughly trained and certified to repair or design any improperly installed ductwork systems.

For more information about R.M. Mullinix or heating systems, schedule an appointment, or visit our HVAC maintenance information page.

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HVAC Efficiency: What should I do if my AC runs constantly?

HVAC Efficiency: What should I do if my AC runs constantly?

HVAC Efficiency: 6 Tips if Your AC Runs Constantly

It is that time of year when HVAC Efficiency is a concern. Crank the ole AC up and get some relief, because it is a scorcher today! Wait. Should the air conditioner be running all the time? Is this going to run my electric bill way up? Is something wrong?

If the cooling season is underway and you are concerned about HVAC Efficiency and your cooling system is running too much, here are some tips that you can use to answer the question.

  1. Is your HVAC system sized correctly and installed correctly? The correct sized cooling system installed properly will run significantly during summer days to provide the desired cool temperatures throughout the house. Some simple things to know:
    1. A system too small for your house runs constantly but cannot keep the house at the desire cool temp. It is like the “Little Engine that Could,” except it can’t. An undersized system will work overtime trying to keep up, which increases the wear on components and shortens the lifespan of the system.
    2. A system too large for your house cycles off too quickly; it turns on and off too much. With short cycles, it cannot remove humidity properly and can create moisture and mold problems. It also results in higher electric bills and shortens the life of switches.
    3. Improperly sized ducts may also cause the unit to run too much. Ducts that are too small for the blower motor put unnecessary force on the blower, while ducts too large reduce air circulation.
    4. An estimated 75% of long-term air conditioning problems are related to improperly sized or installed systems.
  2. Check your air filter for immediate relief. Most filters are paper allows air to freely flow through the system. But if you add a layer of dust bunnies to the filter, it reduces airflow and this can make your AC unit work longer and harder. Change filters every 60 to 90 days for best results and optimal HVAC Efficiency.
  3. Check your AC compressor coils. Those coils are usually on the outside of the house. Air needs to move from the outside in and usually is blown out the top of the compressor. Remove leaves, grass, debris, and dirt so that air flows freely.

    Use a hose if needed; remember, it gets rained on, so a shower to clean it will not hurt. If there is damage to the compressor unit, call a professional service provider.

  4. Is your thermostat working properly? Here is how you can know:
    1. Use a thermometer next to the thermostat, to make sure it is reading properly
    2. If it is reading the temperature properly, make sure it is shutting on and off properly. Turn the setting up past the temperature it registers and wait five minutes. It should shut off the air conditioner in that time span.
    3. If it is reading the correct temperature and will not shut off, check the settings. Make sure it is set on Cool, not Heat. Also, is the fan set on Auto or On? If the fan is set on On, the fan will run all the time, making one think the air conditioner is also running constantly.

Now, for some more difficult levels of HVAC Efficiency observation.

  1. Is your house leaking air? In order to cool your house to the desired temperature, it needs to be sealed pretty tight.

    Check these common sources of leaky cool air: windows, doors, unsealed or uninsulated ducts. Check attic openings and attic fans.

  2. How long has it been since your HVAC system was serviced by a professional? Good preventative HVAC Efficiency maintenance should be completed at least once annually. Spring and Fall are good times for service calls, so plan accordingly.

    Preventative maintenance service should include a check and lube of components, a cleaning of the entire system, and an efficiency check of airflow through the system.

  3. How old is your HVAC system? The average lifespan of a heating and air conditioning system is approximately 20 years.

    If your system is approaching the end of its lifecycle, it is best to plan for a replacement then be surprised by failure and it will increase your HVAC Efficiency.

Questions about HVAC Efficiency?

Our technicians can provide a thorough inspection of your heating and air conditioning system to identify any potential HVAC Efficiency problems.

Replacing worn or improperly configured HVAC System components can significantly improve the efficiency of your furnace.

Our technicians are thoroughly trained and certified to repair or design any improperly installed ductwork systems.

For more information about R.M. Mullinix or heating systems, schedule an appointment, or visit our HVAC maintenance information page.

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Indoor Air Quality Solutions for Businesses

Indoor Air Quality Solutions for Businesses

Commercial Indoor Air Quality Solutions

Good indoor air quality in an office or place of the business ensures employees and customers that you consider their health and safety a top priority. The results of good Indoor Air Quality include improved health, fewer sick day absences, reduced health insurance claims, and increased profitability for any business.

OSHA (Occupational Safety and Health Administration) considers neglected HVAC maintenance a leading contributor to poor indoor air quality. Poor indoor air quality can not only lead to headaches, fatigue, and lack of concentration on the job but also contribute to chronic health problems, such as asthma, heart and lung disease. Poor indoor air quality in public spaces is also a concern for the new threat of Covid-19.

Many attribute sneezing and runny nose to allergies caused by outdoor triggers, such as pollen. Once pollen invades interior spaces it has to be removed; the EPA has determined inside air can be 2 to 5 times more polluted than outside air. The EPA also ranks indoor air pollutants among the top five environmental risks to public health.

  • According to the US Department of Energy, poor indoor air quality costs as much as $168 billion annually in medical care and business losses due to employee sick days.
  • It is estimated that with improved air quality, workforce performance may improve by 10%
  • Research has found that for every 10 employees, poor indoor air quality caused an additional 6 sick days.
  • While research is still underway, there is a concern as to whether poorly maintained HVAC systems may contribute to the spread of airborne illnesses such as Covid-19

Fortunately, indoor air quality solutions can mitigation the problems, and since indoor air quality correlates to so many health and productivity issues, it makes sense to consider these solutions. In the US, the majority of people spend 90% of their time indoors, including the majority of their workday. The HVAC system heats and cools air to create the optimal indoor experience for comfort and health. However, all of the indoor air was once outdoor air and outdoor air brings with it many particles and gases, pollutants, and contaminants. Neglecting HVAC preventative maintenance contributes to trapping these particles inside and compounding indoor air quality problems. Let’s consider some real solutions!

System design as a solution

Having the right components for the location and space, with properly sized and laid out components, places the top priority of health and safety. In commercial spaces, the HVAC system is often paired with a ventilation system that supplies outdoor air and exhausts indoor air in the right proportions. Balance is so important. An indoor air quality problem might require a redesign to relocate vents or ducts for improved ventilation.

Solutions for Covid-19 mitigation

In addition to good ventilation and humidity control, a commercial space might consider additional products.

  • High-Efficiency Particulate Air (HEPA) filters can help protect against the Covid-19 problem. While they are not foolproof, HEPA filters have smaller openings, .3 microns, removing more particles—including viruses—from the indoor air. Some HVAC systems will not accommodate HEPA filters. Consult your HVAC professional.
  • Air cleaning technology, such as filters using ultraviolet light, static electricity, and ionizing fibers can be inserted into the ductwork. These filters either removes or kills all microorganisms they come in contact with. Consult your HVAC professional. Portable air purifiers are also available for commercial spaces.
  • As a reminder, no mitigation is foolproof. Continue to follow CDC guidelines concerning masks, hand washing, and social distancing.

Preventive maintenance is key for Indoor Air Quality

The key to indoor air quality is capturing airborne particles and gases that threaten air quality. Preventative maintenance service of your HVAC system is the best solution for your commercial space. Call R.M. Mullinix to schedule your preventative maintenance service today.

Have Questions About Commercial Indoor Air Quality Solutions

Our technicians can provide a thorough inspection of your heating and air conditioning system to identify any potential Indoor Air Quality problems.

Replacing worn or improperly configured Commercial HVAC System components can significantly improve the efficiency of your furnace.

Our technicians are thoroughly trained and certified to repair or design any improperly installed ductwork systems.

For more information about R.M. Mullinix or heating systems, schedule an appointment, or visit our HVAC maintenance information page.

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Commercial HVAC System: What does the V in HVAC mean?

Commercial HVAC System: What does the V in HVAC mean?

What does the V in HVAC mean?

When you hear HVAC, you know that H refers to H-eating and AC refers to A-ir C-onditioning, but few people know that V stands for V-entilation. Do you know what ventilation means and how it affects your comfort?

The Commercial HVAC System is responsible for heating, cooling, cleaning (remember the filters?), ventilating, and dehumidifying the indoor air of a building. The heating and cooling functions are easily understood, but let’s fill you in on how ventilation works.

Ventilation first removes some air from indoor spaces, say from bathrooms or kitchens, for our comfort. Whenever air is removed it, of necessity, must be replaced with fresh air. Without ventilation, buildings accumulate odors, traps toxins and contaminants, and the air becomes stagnant.

Indoor air quality standards for indoor spaces (both the quantity and quality) is set by an organization called the American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers. These standards ensure indoor spaces are safe and comfortable.

Old buildings depend on passive ventilation. When air is removed from a building, it creates a vacuum that pulls in outside air through leaky ducts, poor insulation, and unsealed windows and doors. This happens without added equipment or cost but negatively affects energy efficiency.

Weatherizing to improve energy efficiency may need to compensate for the original passive ventilation.

Newer buildings are designed to be energy efficient and often have active ventilation designed into the Commercial HVAC System. Fans that push air out of the building activate fans that bring fresh air into the building to ensure air quality and HVAC comfort. Active ventilation systems control the amount of fresh air for balanced airflow.

Positive air pressure fights against the Commercial HVAC System and pushes doors open. The negative air pressure also strains the HVAC, but make opening doors harder. Engineers balance the ventilation system to ensure the building “breathes” without preventing movement in addition to energy efficiency.

Well-designed ventilation systems also take into consideration where the air is exhausted and collected. Bathroom and kitchen odors should not exhaust in the vicinity of building entrances or exits, for obvious reasons. If a building is flanked by a gas station or restaurant, the air intake will be designed away from the odor source.

COMPANY is a professional HVAC firm that knows Houston and knows how to service building ventilation systems. They provide services for both commercial and residential buildings, whether active or passive ventilation systems. They will give you the best indoor air quality and comfort throughout your building.

Questions about Commercial HVAC System Maintenance?

Our technicians can provide a thorough inspection of your heating and air conditioning system to identify any potential problems.

Replacing worn or improperly configured Commercial HVAC System components can significantly improve the efficiency of your furnace.

Our technicians are thoroughly trained and certified to repair or design any improperly installed ductwork systems.

For more information about R.M. Mullinix or heating systems, schedule an appointment, or visit our HVAC maintenance information page.

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HVAC System Maintenance: 6 Tips for Heating Season

HVAC System Maintenance: 6 Tips for Heating Season

6 Essential HVAC System Maintenance Tasks for Heating Equipment

Replace HVAC Filters Regularly

Replacing your HVAC air filter is one of the easiest and most cost-effective ways to keep your HVAC system running at its finest.

When your air filter is clogged by dust and debris, the reduced airflow forces your unit to work hard and use more energy to maintain the same temperature.

Clogged air filters will also reduce indoor air quality. If the air filter is clogged, dust and debris are not removed from the circulating air and it stays in the air in your home.

This poor quality can worsen health conditions for people with asthma and allergies.

Schedule HVAC System Maintenance Regularly

Your ductwork, flues, and exhaust fans are the most neglected parts of your HVAC system. These system components are not regularly visible, so it is easy to forget that they exist.

Our NATE Certified Technicians will inspect ducts and vents for any dislocated parts, clogs, holes, or corrosion, so you can correct any problems that impact your comfort conditions.

Although ductwork repair seems like an easy “do it yourself” fix, we never recommend it. Damage to internal HVAC components can occur and be more costly to repair than the original issue.

Keep Exterior HVAC Components Clean

A regular step in your HVAC System Maintenance should be inspecting your exterior components.

Keep your condenser, flues, rooftop units, and drain lines free from any vegetation growth, grass/leaf clippings, rodent nests, or excessive standing water.

Each of these can create excessive wear and tear on your outdoor components and reduce their efficiency.

Inspect Your HVAC System for Mold

Moisture and standing water can lead to mold growth. A common problem area that can be susceptible to mold is your overflow drip pan and your drain line.

A good HVAC system maintenance plan will focus on inspecting the most common places where moisture can build up, clean the components if mold is found, and add agents to reduce mold build-up in the future.

Replace Worn/Damage Parts Immediately

Regularly scheduled HVAC system maintenance can identify worn or damage unit components that are likely to fail in the near future. These failing parts can cause unnecessary strain on your system leading to larger and more extensive repairs.

Questions about HVAC System Maintenance?

Our technicians can provide a thorough inspection of your heating and air conditioning system to identify any potential problems.

Replacing worn or improperly configured HVAC components can significantly improve the efficiency of your furnace.

Our technicians are thoroughly trained and certified to repair or design any improperly installed ductwork systems.

For more information about R.M. Mullinix or heating systems, schedule an appointment, or visit our HVAC maintenance information page.

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Heater Installation: Is It Time?

Heater Installation

Benefits of a New Heater Installation

If you have a furnace that is approaching or passed the manufacturer’s life expectancy, chances are you have begun to consider your replacement options. If the heater begins to show signs that it’s wearing down, costs more and more to operate, or runs up high bills for repairs, then you should stop considering replacement and schedule it right away.

Aside from avoiding breakdowns, you’ll save money with the new higher efficiency systems that are now available.

How a Heater Installation Will Benefit You

Modern Heater Thermostat Installation

Manual and older digital thermostats will be replaced with a modern programmable thermostat that provides better comfort levels and energy savings. A programmable thermostat allows you to take better control of your home’s heating and cooling.

With a new heater installation and your new modern thermostat installation, you have the ability to adjust your heater to be at an optimal temperature when you arrive. New Wi-Fi enabled thermostats go a few steps beyond this, putting the power to control your home’s temperature in your hands wherever you have Internet or Wi-Fi access.

Zoned Control Heating

With a new heater installation, your home can be divided into “zones” and have different temperature controls. Zoned heating provides energy savings by only heating desired rooms, or occupied rooms, rather than attempting to heat every room in the house at one time. Each room has custom-tailored comfort with zone controlled heating.

New Outdoor Condenser with a Heater Installation

It is a great idea to replace your outdoor compressor unit during your new heater installation. Replacing your condenser will increase system efficiency and save you money on your utility bills.

Questions about Heater Installation?

Our technicians can provide a thorough inspection of your heating and air conditioning system to identify any potential problems. Replacing worn or improperly configured furnace components can significantly improve the efficiency of your furnace.

Our technicians are thoroughly trained and certified to repair or design any improperly installed ductwork systems.

For more information about R.M. Mullinix or heating systems, schedule an appointment, or visit our HVAC maintenance information page.

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3 Reasons HVAC Maintenance is Important

3 Reasons HVAC Maintenance is Important

3 Reasons Why the Department of Energy Recommends HVAC Maintenance

Choosing the right HVAC system to cool and heat your home is extremely important for maximum efficiency, it is equally important to properly maintain your HVAC system.

According to the Department of Energy:

  • Your HVAC system requires regular maintenance to be efficient and run smoothly.
  • Neglected maintenance will cause your HVAC system to consume more energy and reduce its lifespan.

Here are 3 reasons why the Department of Energy recommends regularly scheduled HVAC maintenance:

  1. Optimal Performance with Fewer Breakdowns
    When your HVAC system receives proper maintenance, there is less wear on the components. Keeping your equipment tightened & properly lubricated will reduce friction and wear and tear on your HVAC system’s parts. During our maintenance appointments, our experienced team of HVAC technicians can identify any potential issues that can cause system breakdowns. Fixing minor issues early can reduce the chance of major breakdowns at a later date.
  2. Increased Energy Efficiency
    If there are parts that are loose or have dust and debris build-up, or parts that need lubrication, the entire system’s efficiency is compromised. Your HVAC system is required to work harder and longer, consuming more energy to achieve the same level of comfort within your home. This will lead to larger utility bills.Your air conditioner’s evaporator coil and condenser coil are especially prone to collecting dust that hampers the cooling process. Similarly, your furnace’s burner and heat exchanger can also collect dust that inhibits the heating process. It’s important to get these parts cleaned annually to keep your energy costs low.
  3. Extends the Life of Your HVAC System
    HVAC systems are expensive. Replacing and repairing these systems is expensive as well. Preventative maintenance will extend the lifespan of your HVAC system by reducing the wear of system components.

Questions about your HVAC Maintenance?

Our technicians can provide a thorough inspection of your heating and air conditioning system to identify any potential problems. Replacing worn or improperly configured furnace components can significantly improve the efficiency of your furnace.

Our technicians are thoroughly trained and certified to repair or design any improperly installed ductwork systems.

For more information about R.M. Mullinix or heating systems, schedule an appointment, or visit our HVAC maintenance information page.

 

 

 

Heater Efficiency: Keeping Your Heating Costs Down During the Winter

Heater Efficiency: Why It’s Important

Heater Efficiency: Why It’s Important

Maintaining a comfortable indoor temperature during the winter months can be expensive if your heater is not functioning properly. Worn components or improper maintenance will reduce your HVAC system’s efficiency leading to a breakdown in performance. These breakdowns can lead to the failure of your heater.

Why is heater efficiency so important?

Choosing a heater that fits your home’s size and heating needs is crucial in cutting down on your energy usage. Moder systems can reduce utility bills up to 70% with technologically advanced components that lead to better heater efficiency. Having a better heating system is not always linked to price. Having an efficiently functioning heater will provide the most efficient use of your investment.

In a world where environmental concerns are on the rise, heater efficiency can protect the environment when they use less fuel and produce less waste.  Older heaters are less efficient than the modern heating systems that use technologically advanced components.

How is Heater Efficiency measured?

All furnaces come with an annual fuel utilization efficiency (AFUE) rating. The AFUE measures the percentage of the actual heat that is converted from the potential energy of the heating source. In other words, AFUE measures how much heat is produced from the energy source fueling the heating system.

Some modern high-efficiency furnaces have an AFUE rating of close to 100. These systems use energy from the fuel as well as fuel combustion exhaust. The average heater efficiency has an AFUE rating of around 80 percent.

Heater Efficiency and Cost

The determining factor in which heating system to choose is cost. The more efficient your heating system, the more upfront costs you will have to come out of pocket.

The main factors you need to consider are as follows:

Fuel Consumption: The more you run your heating system, the more fuel that is used. Higher efficiency heating systems burn less fuel, which equates to lower utility bills.

Utility Costs: If your heating system is gas or electric, the cost will fluctuate depending on the cost to provide utilities to your home.

Home Construction: Depending on how well your home is built and how well your home is insulated will depend on how efficient your heating system will function.

Picking the best option is not easy to do by yourself. We recommend speaking to one of our professional heating efficiency consultants to estimate the lifetime cost of various models of furnaces in order to clearly see which is the best option.

Heater Efficiency: Why It’s Important

Questions about your heating system’s efficiency?

Our technicians can provide a thorough inspection of your heating and air conditioning system to identify any potential problems. Replacing worn or improperly configured furnace components can significantly improve the efficiency of your furnace.

Our technicians are thoroughly trained and certified to repair or design any improperly installed ductwork systems.

For more information about R.M. Mullinix or heating systems, schedule an appointment, or visit our gas furnace repair information page.