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ABOUT THIS GUIDE

Your home comfort system, electrical, household plumbing, water heating, and water purification systems are comprised of many different components. They can consume up to 80% of your monthly energy bills and are what you depend upon to keep your family comfortable, healthy, safe, and secure while minimizing your expenses to do so. Therefore, you don’t want just anybody installing, maintaining  and servicing these important systems. These systems and appliances are not like other appliances you have in your home and can’t just be plugged in and forgotten about. The cooling, heating and plumbing equipment installed in your home acts like a heart to give you the comfort and hot water efficiently when you need it, much like your heart gives your body vital nutrients when you need it. This equipment and the integrated ducting, piping, and electrical systems connected and associated with the equipment require experienced professionals to do the necessary work to operate properly and efficiently to obtain complete comfort, safety and energy usage.

This guide provides you with some key areas to check so you can be confident in your company of choice. In addition, this will give you important criteria for making wise product and service choices for your home.

SCORE YOUR SERVICE COMPANY

“Selecting a Service Company and Contractor is one of the most important decisions you make for your family.”

Hiring a service company can be a very risky and challenging process unless you know what to look for and what questions to ask. Not all service companies approach their business the same. Making sure you hire a quality contractor that’s going to do a good job when they come to your home can affect your safety, comfort, pocket book and ultimate satisfaction with your purchase and overall happiness with the total experience, as you get what you pay for. The following questions will help you score your current or potential heating, cooling, plumbing or electrical company to determine if they are a quality organization or not.
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Of course, every company wants a 100% perfect score! However, if your company scores less than 60% consider switching to a more qualified company for all your heating, cooling and plumbing needs. Some decisions are just too important to leave to chance!

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CHOOSING A CONTRACTOR

“Most people take for granted the comfort provided by their central air conditioner, heat pump or furnace until something goes wrong and the unit needs to be serviced or replaced.”

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CHOOSING A CONTRACTOR

A Quality Contractor:

  • Follows state/local codes and regulations, carries business and workers’ compensation
  • Is prompt, courteous and provides fast, reliable
  • Has the skill and knowledge to not only service your equipment, but if necessary, to design and install the right system for
  • Is up-to-date on the newest developments in equipment, technology and design.
  • Is licensed, certified, pulls required permits and has necessary inspections on all work.
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CHOOSING A CONTRACTOR...

...that is licensed, certified, pulls required permits and has necessary inspections on all work.

CHOOSING A CONTRACTOR

“Most people take for granted the comfort provided by their central air conditioner, heat pump or furnace until something goes wrong and the unit needs to be serviced or replaced.”

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CHOOSING A CONTRACTOR

A Quality Contractor:

  • Follows state/local codes and regulations, carries business and workers’ compensation
  • Is prompt, courteous and provides fast, reliable
  • Has the skill and knowledge to not only service your equipment, but if necessary, to design and install the right system for
  • Is up-to-date on the newest developments in equipment, technology and design.
  • Is licensed, certified, pulls required permits and has necessary inspections on all work.
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CHOOSING A CONTRACTOR...

...that is licensed, certified, pulls required permits and has necessary inspections on all work.

CHOOSING A CONTRACTOR

A Quality Contractor:

  • Follows state/local codes and regulations, carries business and workers’ compensation
  • Is prompt, courteous and provides fast, reliable
  • Has the skill and knowledge to not only service your equipment, but if necessary, to design and install the right system for
  • Is up-to-date on the newest developments in equipment, technology and design.
  • Is licensed, certified, pulls required permits and has necessary inspections on all work.
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Consulting an HVAC Contractor

HVAC

A heating, ventilating and air conditioning system is designed to suit your needs. Your contractor selects each part of the system individually so that everything works at top efficiency to provide optimal comfort.

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HVAC

A heating, ventilating and air conditioning system is designed to suit your needs. Your contractor selects each part of the system individually so that everything works at top efficiency to provide optimal comfort. All the system components are matched—the furnace, the condensing unit, fans and blowers, air conditioning coil, the duct work, filtration, air purifier, humidifier, dehumidifier, ventilation, and controls—to produce a heating and cooling system that will work best for you. You will only be as safe, comfortable, healthy and energy efficient as the weakest link in your complete system, so it pays to take a whole house and total system approach.

  • A quality contractor listens to your problems and cares about your comfort.
  • A quality contractor can help determine if your home or building has or is prone to indoor air pollution problems.
  • A quality contractor is concerned about protecting the environment.
  • A quality contractor will show you how to care for your system.
  • If a new system is necessary, a quality contractor will perform a load calculation, duct analysis and airflow diagnostic procedure.
  • A quality contractor offers planned, preventative maintenance service.
  • A quality contractor will follow-up with you to make certain that you are satisfied with the service and with your new system.

Consulting an HVAC Contractor:

  • Ask for references and license Technicians should be drug free, randomly drug tested, and have a clean criminal record.
  • Ask if the technicians are NATE certified, proving their ability to work on old and new
  • Ask about Air Conditioning Contractors of America ACCA members have access to the latest technical information regarding HVAC systems.
  • Ensure that the contractor will perform your installation to meet the ACCA Quality Installation
  • Ask about ENERGY STAR qualified heating and cooling
  • Check with the Better Business Bureau to verify their current standing and complaint
  • Ask if they are active members and adhere to installation and maintenance standards of the National Comfort Institute (NCI).

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Consulting an HVAC Contractor

HVAC

A heating, ventilating and air conditioning system is designed to suit your needs. Your contractor selects each part of the system individually so that everything works at top efficiency to provide optimal comfort.

Read More on HVAC

HVAC

A heating, ventilating and air conditioning system is designed to suit your needs. Your contractor selects each part of the system individually so that everything works at top efficiency to provide optimal comfort. All the system components are matched—the furnace, the condensing unit, fans and blowers, air conditioning coil, the duct work, filtration, air purifier, humidifier, dehumidifier, ventilation, and controls—to produce a heating and cooling system that will work best for you. You will only be as safe, comfortable, healthy and energy efficient as the weakest link in your complete system, so it pays to take a whole house and total system approach.

  • A quality contractor listens to your problems and cares about your comfort.
  • A quality contractor can help determine if your home or building has or is prone to indoor air pollution problems.
  • A quality contractor is concerned about protecting the environment.
  • A quality contractor will show you how to care for your system.
  • If a new system is necessary, a quality contractor will perform a load calculation, duct analysis and airflow diagnostic procedure.
  • A quality contractor offers planned, preventative maintenance service.
  • A quality contractor will follow-up with you to make certain that you are satisfied with the service and with your new system.

Consulting an HVAC Contractor:

  • Ask for references and license Technicians should be drug free, randomly drug tested, and have a clean criminal record.
  • Ask if the technicians are NATE certified, proving their ability to work on old and new
  • Ask about Air Conditioning Contractors of America ACCA members have access to the latest technical information regarding HVAC systems.
  • Ensure that the contractor will perform your installation to meet the ACCA Quality Installation
  • Ask about ENERGY STAR qualified heating and cooling
  • Check with the Better Business Bureau to verify their current standing and complaint
  • Ask if they are active members and adhere to installation and maintenance standards of the National Comfort Institute (NCI).

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HVAC

A heating, ventilating and air conditioning system is designed to suit your needs. Your contractor selects each part of the system individually so that everything works at top efficiency to provide optimal comfort. All the system components are matched—the furnace, the condensing unit, fans and blowers, air conditioning coil, the duct work, filtration, air purifier, humidifier, dehumidifier, ventilation, and controls—to produce a heating and cooling system that will work best for you. You will only be as safe, comfortable, healthy and energy efficient as the weakest link in your complete system, so it pays to take a whole house and total system approach.

  • A quality contractor listens to your problems and cares about your comfort.
  • A quality contractor can help determine if your home or building has or is prone to indoor air pollution problems.
  • A quality contractor is concerned about protecting the environment.
  • A quality contractor will show you how to care for your system.
  • If a new system is necessary, a quality contractor will perform a load calculation, duct analysis and airflow diagnostic procedure.
  • A quality contractor offers planned, preventative maintenance service.
  • A quality contractor will follow-up with you to make certain that you are satisfied with the service and with your new system.

Consulting an HVAC Contractor:

  • Ask for references and license Technicians should be drug free, randomly drug tested, and have a clean criminal record.
  • Ask if the technicians are NATE certified, proving their ability to work on old and new
  • Ask about Air Conditioning Contractors of America ACCA members have access to the latest technical information regarding HVAC systems.
  • Ensure that the contractor will perform your installation to meet the ACCA Quality Installation
  • Ask about ENERGY STAR qualified heating and cooling
  • Check with the Better Business Bureau to verify their current standing and complaint
  • Ask if they are active members and adhere to installation and maintenance standards of the National Comfort Institute (NCI).

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DUCT WORK

“The air in your home is vented through a duct system that acts like a set of lungs. Its efficiency and design are crucial to your home’s comfort and your family’s health.”

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DUCT WORK

Duct Sealing & Cleaning

  • Sealing and insulating ducts can help with common comfort problems such as rooms that are too hot or too cold
  • Sealing ducts can improve indoor air quality by reducing the risk of pollutants and dust entering ducts, which contributes to asthma and allergy
  • Sealing leaks minimizes the risk of gases like carbon monoxide being back drafted through the duct work into the living
  • Sealing ducts reduces utility costs and increases efficiency by as much as 20%.
  • Dirt, mold, bugs, mites, and other “stuff” are all living in your duct The Total Source Removal cleaning process rids ducts of dirt, mold, bugs, mites and other “stuff” living in your duct system. Through the use of remote video inspection cameras, you will be able to see how clean your duct system is when finished.

Duct Repair, Modification, Maintenance and Design

Duct Maintenance directly contributes to Indoor Air Quality and total system efficiency, but the overall design and layout of your system also affects overall system efficiency, cost of operation and the comfort of individual rooms in your home. A certified contractor can run a Home Comfort Diagnostic Test on your duct work, measure actual airflow versus required airflow and analyze air balance to optimize airflow, comfort and total system efficiency. No matter what the system-rated efficiency may be, the equipment can only be as efficient as the duct system allows.

Even the highest efficiency rated equipment connected to a poor duct
system can be less efficient and cost more to operate than the lowest
rated equipment connected to a properly designed and sealed duct system.

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To invest money in a new system without having the contractor perform pre-install and post-install airflow diagnostic tests and compare the required airflow as specified in the ACCA Manual J heat loss/heat gain load calculation is foolish. Indoor Air Quality is also affected by poor duct design and maintenance and can impact the health of occupants as well as degrade overall system performance. Like a doctor checks blood pressure, a technician measures the amount of air coming out of each vent and returning in each grille with a Flow Hood. If duct modifications, enhancements, repairs, or sealings are made then adjustments can be made to modify air flow and create a comfortable temperature in every room to optimize system performance and minimize cost of operation.

DUCT WORK

“The air in your home is vented through a duct system that acts like a set of lungs. Its efficiency and design are crucial to your home’s comfort and your family’s health.”

Read More

DUCT WORK

Duct Sealing & Cleaning

  • Sealing and insulating ducts can help with common comfort problems such as rooms that are too hot or too cold
  • Sealing ducts can improve indoor air quality by reducing the risk of pollutants and dust entering ducts, which contributes to asthma and allergy
  • Sealing leaks minimizes the risk of gases like carbon monoxide being back drafted through the duct work into the living
  • Sealing ducts reduces utility costs and increases efficiency by as much as 20%.
  • Dirt, mold, bugs, mites, and other “stuff” are all living in your duct The Total Source Removal cleaning process rids ducts of dirt, mold, bugs, mites and other “stuff” living in your duct system. Through the use of remote video inspection cameras, you will be able to see how clean your duct system is when finished.

Duct Repair, Modification, Maintenance and Design

Duct Maintenance directly contributes to Indoor Air Quality and total system efficiency, but the overall design and layout of your system also affects overall system efficiency, cost of operation and the comfort of individual rooms in your home. A certified contractor can run a Home Comfort Diagnostic Test on your duct work, measure actual airflow versus required airflow and analyze air balance to optimize airflow, comfort and total system efficiency. No matter what the system-rated efficiency may be, the equipment can only be as efficient as the duct system allows.

Even the highest efficiency rated equipment connected to a poor duct
system can be less efficient and cost more to operate than the lowest
rated equipment connected to a properly designed and sealed duct system.

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To invest money in a new system without having the contractor perform pre-install and post-install airflow diagnostic tests and compare the required airflow as specified in the ACCA Manual J heat loss/heat gain load calculation is foolish. Indoor Air Quality is also affected by poor duct design and maintenance and can impact the health of occupants as well as degrade overall system performance. Like a doctor checks blood pressure, a technician measures the amount of air coming out of each vent and returning in each grille with a Flow Hood. If duct modifications, enhancements, repairs, or sealings are made then adjustments can be made to modify air flow and create a comfortable temperature in every room to optimize system performance and minimize cost of operation.

DUCT WORK

Duct Sealing & Cleaning

  • Sealing and insulating ducts can help with common comfort problems such as rooms that are too hot or too cold
  • Sealing ducts can improve indoor air quality by reducing the risk of pollutants and dust entering ducts, which contributes to asthma and allergy
  • Sealing leaks minimizes the risk of gases like carbon monoxide being back drafted through the duct work into the living
  • Sealing ducts reduces utility costs and increases efficiency by as much as 20%.
  • Dirt, mold, bugs, mites, and other “stuff” are all living in your duct The Total Source Removal cleaning process rids ducts of dirt, mold, bugs, mites and other “stuff” living in your duct system. Through the use of remote video inspection cameras, you will be able to see how clean your duct system is when finished.

Duct Repair, Modification, Maintenance and Design

Duct Maintenance directly contributes to Indoor Air Quality and total system efficiency, but the overall design and layout of your system also affects overall system efficiency, cost of operation and the comfort of individual rooms in your home. A certified contractor can run a Home Comfort Diagnostic Test on your duct work, measure actual airflow versus required airflow and analyze air balance to optimize airflow, comfort and total system efficiency. No matter what the system-rated efficiency may be, the equipment can only be as efficient as the duct system allows.

Even the highest efficiency rated equipment connected to a poor duct
system can be less efficient and cost more to operate than the lowest
rated equipment connected to a properly designed and sealed duct system.

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To invest money in a new system without having the contractor perform pre-install and post-install airflow diagnostic tests and compare the required airflow as specified in the ACCA Manual J heat loss/heat gain load calculation is foolish. Indoor Air Quality is also affected by poor duct design and maintenance and can impact the health of occupants as well as degrade overall system performance. Like a doctor checks blood pressure, a technician measures the amount of air coming out of each vent and returning in each grille with a Flow Hood. If duct modifications, enhancements, repairs, or sealings are made then adjustments can be made to modify air flow and create a comfortable temperature in every room to optimize system performance and minimize cost of operation.

CHOOSING A COOLING & HEATING SYSTEM

“A cooling system is one of the biggest purchases homeowners make. Today’s new high efficiency units deliver quality, economics and comfort when installed by a certified contractor.”

Read More

CHOOSING A COOLING & HEATING SYSTEM

Central Air Conditioning System

Central air conditioners are the best option for maintaining comfort in areas that experience high humidity and sustained high temperatures. Central AC Systems are rated according to Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio (SEER). This is the cooling output divided by the power input for a hypothetical average U.S. climate. The higher the SEER, the more efficient the air conditioner. To get the best performance and highest efficiency possible from your new system, consider the following:

  • Air source cooling systems today are between 0 SEER and 23.0 SEER American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE) recommends a SEER of at least 14.5 at the ENERGY STAR level. This number may vary based on your location, home size and climate.
  • Make sure indoor and outdoor units match. The refrigerant controls for new condenser units are incompatible with most pre-2006 indoor Installing a new outdoor unit without replacing the indoor coil and fan units is likely to result in an inadequate system capacity, low efficiency, and may lead to premature failure of the new compressor—the most important component.
  • High electrical Ask your contractor about a variable speed air handler, which will improve comfort and efficiency and allow continuous air filtering at minimum energy cost. Never use continuous ventilation when the air conditioner is in use, because it will degrade humidity control.
  • Look for energy rebates through the Federal Government & Utility companies.

Ductless Mini Splits

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For rooms that need better airflow but no ductwork is currently available, this application can be perfect. Similar to the concept of “zoning”, you are able to heat or cool a space using a ductless mini split. It does require installation and maintenance by a professional—just like the other comfort systems in your home.

Air Source Heat Pumps

Central heat pumps operate much like a central air conditioner except that they can reverse the cycle in the winter to deliver heat to the house. They are much more energy efficient than an electric furnace or electric baseboards and provide both heating and cooling. Heat pumps are rated according to SEER on the cooling side and Heating Seasonal Performance Factor (HSPF) on the heating side ranging from 7.7 to 11.0 HSPF. ACEEE recommends a heat pump with a 14.5 SEER and 8.2 HSPF to meet the ENERGY STAR specifications. This number may vary based on your location, home size and climate.

“Heating Systems have come a long way. Modern units are efficient, safe, reliable and compact when installed by a certified contractor. The selection today is substantial.”

Central Heating System

, HOMEOWNER’S GUIDEThe efficiency of new furnaces is measured by the annual fuel utilization efficiency (AFUE), a measure of seasonal performance. Furnaces today are between 78% AFUE and 96% AFUE. Consider the following:

  • Condensing Models. ACEEE strongly recommends a condensing furnace (AFUE 90% or higher to meet the Energy Star level), unless you live in a warm climate. In this case, you may want to consider retrofitting your system with a heat pump instead.
  • High Electrical Efficiency. A furnace can use a significant amount of electricity, mostly to power the fan motor. Variable speed fan motors are generally more efficient than standard “PSC” motors and may save you hundreds of dollars per year. Electrically efficient furnaces can be found on the Gas Appliance Manufacturers Association’s website (www.gamanet.org).
  • Proper Sizing. Make sure the heating capacity of the furnace is not too high for your home. Most furnaces are substantially oversized. Insist that your contractor do an “ACCA Manual J” (www.acca.org) or better heat loss analysis.

Radiant Heating

Hot water and steam boilers are two unique ways to heat your home as well. The hot water boiler is the most commonly used today. It circulates heated water through a radiator to heat each room or throughout the floor to create heated flooring. You can also use radiant heating under driveways and parking lots, also known as snow melt systems. This type of heating can be the most efficient and comfortable, but is typically more expensive than central heating.

The steam boiler is commonly found in older homes and is easily identifiable by the glass tube that is located on the side of the boiler. This type of unique system today requires expert level knowledge and regular maintenance.

Geothermal

, HOMEOWNER’S GUIDEGeothermal heating and cooling systems tap into the constant, moderate 55 degree temperature found just a few feet below the earth’s surface to offer the finest in home comfort conditioning. This Geothermal Energy is FREE, clean and environmentally friendly. Geothermal systems capture this free energy from the earth by using a well water system or a series of pipes called an earth loop that is buried in the ground. Geothermal systems are the most efficient way to heat and cool your home and can take care of all your domestic hot water needs as well.

MAINTAINING YOUR COOLING & HEATING SYSTEM

“ There is nothing better for your heating and cooling system than annual maintenance. It enables your system to work at peak efficiency and experience fewer breakdowns.”

Read More

MAINTAINING YOUR COOLING & HEATING SYSTEM

Annual Maintenance

Annual maintenance virtually eliminates the need for you to pay for costly repairs. You’ll enjoy peace of mind in knowing that your system is saving you money on your utility bills every time it comes on. In some instances, the energy savings are enough to pay the cost of the planned annual maintenance.

Maintenance Plan Tune-Ups

A thorough Planned Maintenance Program should include:

  • Check evaporator coil
  • Lubricate fan motor
  • Set manifold pressure
  • Monitor expansion valve
  • Check start and run capacitors
  • Test fan limit switch
  • Clean evaporator drain
  • Check start and run delays
  • Clean blower wheel
  • Adjust bypass dampers
  • Monitor refrigerant level
  • Inspect valves
  • Clean or replace filters
  • Adjust operating pressures
  • Check flue
  • Tighten electrical connections
  • Measure voltage differences
  • Check flame baffle
  • Evaluate safety controls
  • Measure amperage draw
  • Clean combustion chamber
  • Measure temp difference
  • Clean and adjust burners
  • Clean heat exchanger
  • Clean condenser coil
  • Evaluate vent system
  • Test thermocouple
  • Adjust thermostat calibration
  • Set burner adjustment
  • Check combustion air
  • Check fan blades for tightness
  • Measure gas input
  • Combustion efficiency analysis
  • Carbon monoxide test
  • Heat exchanger integrity safety inspection

Tips for Increasing the Efficiency of Your Current System

  • Install ceiling fans
  • Maintain duct work
  • Change filters monthly
  • Check airflow efficiency
  • Keep your unit tuned up
  • Improve your home’s insulation
  • Install a programmable thermostat
  • Close drapes on South & West windows
  • Replace inefficient appliances that give off heat

CHOOSING A COOLING & HEATING SYSTEM

“A cooling system is one of the biggest purchases homeowners make. Today’s new high efficiency units deliver quality, economics and comfort when installed by a certified contractor.”

Read More

CHOOSING A COOLING & HEATING SYSTEM

Central Air Conditioning System

Central air conditioners are the best option for maintaining comfort in areas that experience high humidity and sustained high temperatures. Central AC Systems are rated according to Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio (SEER). This is the cooling output divided by the power input for a hypothetical average U.S. climate. The higher the SEER, the more efficient the air conditioner. To get the best performance and highest efficiency possible from your new system, consider the following:

  • Air source cooling systems today are between 0 SEER and 23.0 SEER American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE) recommends a SEER of at least 14.5 at the ENERGY STAR level. This number may vary based on your location, home size and climate.
  • Make sure indoor and outdoor units match. The refrigerant controls for new condenser units are incompatible with most pre-2006 indoor Installing a new outdoor unit without replacing the indoor coil and fan units is likely to result in an inadequate system capacity, low efficiency, and may lead to premature failure of the new compressor—the most important component.
  • High electrical Ask your contractor about a variable speed air handler, which will improve comfort and efficiency and allow continuous air filtering at minimum energy cost. Never use continuous ventilation when the air conditioner is in use, because it will degrade humidity control.
  • Look for energy rebates through the Federal Government & Utility companies.

Ductless Mini Splits

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For rooms that need better airflow but no ductwork is currently available, this application can be perfect. Similar to the concept of “zoning”, you are able to heat or cool a space using a ductless mini split. It does require installation and maintenance by a professional—just like the other comfort systems in your home.

Air Source Heat Pumps

Central heat pumps operate much like a central air conditioner except that they can reverse the cycle in the winter to deliver heat to the house. They are much more energy efficient than an electric furnace or electric baseboards and provide both heating and cooling. Heat pumps are rated according to SEER on the cooling side and Heating Seasonal Performance Factor (HSPF) on the heating side ranging from 7.7 to 11.0 HSPF. ACEEE recommends a heat pump with a 14.5 SEER and 8.2 HSPF to meet the ENERGY STAR specifications. This number may vary based on your location, home size and climate.

“Heating Systems have come a long way. Modern units are efficient, safe, reliable and compact when installed by a certified contractor. The selection today is substantial.”

Central Heating System

, HOMEOWNER’S GUIDEThe efficiency of new furnaces is measured by the annual fuel utilization efficiency (AFUE), a measure of seasonal performance. Furnaces today are between 78% AFUE and 96% AFUE. Consider the following:

  • Condensing Models. ACEEE strongly recommends a condensing furnace (AFUE 90% or higher to meet the Energy Star level), unless you live in a warm climate. In this case, you may want to consider retrofitting your system with a heat pump instead.
  • High Electrical Efficiency. A furnace can use a significant amount of electricity, mostly to power the fan motor. Variable speed fan motors are generally more efficient than standard “PSC” motors and may save you hundreds of dollars per year. Electrically efficient furnaces can be found on the Gas Appliance Manufacturers Association’s website (www.gamanet.org).
  • Proper Sizing. Make sure the heating capacity of the furnace is not too high for your home. Most furnaces are substantially oversized. Insist that your contractor do an “ACCA Manual J” (www.acca.org) or better heat loss analysis.

Radiant Heating

Hot water and steam boilers are two unique ways to heat your home as well. The hot water boiler is the most commonly used today. It circulates heated water through a radiator to heat each room or throughout the floor to create heated flooring. You can also use radiant heating under driveways and parking lots, also known as snow melt systems. This type of heating can be the most efficient and comfortable, but is typically more expensive than central heating.

The steam boiler is commonly found in older homes and is easily identifiable by the glass tube that is located on the side of the boiler. This type of unique system today requires expert level knowledge and regular maintenance.

Geothermal

, HOMEOWNER’S GUIDEGeothermal heating and cooling systems tap into the constant, moderate 55 degree temperature found just a few feet below the earth’s surface to offer the finest in home comfort conditioning. This Geothermal Energy is FREE, clean and environmentally friendly. Geothermal systems capture this free energy from the earth by using a well water system or a series of pipes called an earth loop that is buried in the ground. Geothermal systems are the most efficient way to heat and cool your home and can take care of all your domestic hot water needs as well.

MAINTAINING YOUR COOLING & HEATING SYSTEM

“ There is nothing better for your heating and cooling system than annual maintenance. It enables your system to work at peak efficiency and experience fewer breakdowns.”

Read More

MAINTAINING YOUR COOLING & HEATING SYSTEM

Annual Maintenance

Annual maintenance virtually eliminates the need for you to pay for costly repairs. You’ll enjoy peace of mind in knowing that your system is saving you money on your utility bills every time it comes on. In some instances, the energy savings are enough to pay the cost of the planned annual maintenance.

Maintenance Plan Tune-Ups

A thorough Planned Maintenance Program should include:

  • Check evaporator coil
  • Lubricate fan motor
  • Set manifold pressure
  • Monitor expansion valve
  • Check start and run capacitors
  • Test fan limit switch
  • Clean evaporator drain
  • Check start and run delays
  • Clean blower wheel
  • Adjust bypass dampers
  • Monitor refrigerant level
  • Inspect valves
  • Clean or replace filters
  • Adjust operating pressures
  • Check flue
  • Tighten electrical connections
  • Measure voltage differences
  • Check flame baffle
  • Evaluate safety controls
  • Measure amperage draw
  • Clean combustion chamber
  • Measure temp difference
  • Clean and adjust burners
  • Clean heat exchanger
  • Clean condenser coil
  • Evaluate vent system
  • Test thermocouple
  • Adjust thermostat calibration
  • Set burner adjustment
  • Check combustion air
  • Check fan blades for tightness
  • Measure gas input
  • Combustion efficiency analysis
  • Carbon monoxide test
  • Heat exchanger integrity safety inspection

Tips for Increasing the Efficiency of Your Current System

  • Install ceiling fans
  • Maintain duct work
  • Change filters monthly
  • Check airflow efficiency
  • Keep your unit tuned up
  • Improve your home’s insulation
  • Install a programmable thermostat
  • Close drapes on South & West windows
  • Replace inefficient appliances that give off heat

CHOOSING A COOLING & HEATING SYSTEM

Central Air Conditioning System

Central air conditioners are the best option for maintaining comfort in areas that experience high humidity and sustained high temperatures. Central AC Systems are rated according to Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio (SEER). This is the cooling output divided by the power input for a hypothetical average U.S. climate. The higher the SEER, the more efficient the air conditioner. To get the best performance and highest efficiency possible from your new system, consider the following:

  • Air source cooling systems today are between 0 SEER and 23.0 SEER American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE) recommends a SEER of at least 14.5 at the ENERGY STAR level. This number may vary based on your location, home size and climate.
  • Make sure indoor and outdoor units match. The refrigerant controls for new condenser units are incompatible with most pre-2006 indoor Installing a new outdoor unit without replacing the indoor coil and fan units is likely to result in an inadequate system capacity, low efficiency, and may lead to premature failure of the new compressor—the most important component.
  • High electrical Ask your contractor about a variable speed air handler, which will improve comfort and efficiency and allow continuous air filtering at minimum energy cost. Never use continuous ventilation when the air conditioner is in use, because it will degrade humidity control.
  • Look for energy rebates through the Federal Government & Utility companies.

Ductless Mini Splits

, HOMEOWNER’S GUIDE

For rooms that need better airflow but no ductwork is currently available, this application can be perfect. Similar to the concept of “zoning”, you are able to heat or cool a space using a ductless mini split. It does require installation and maintenance by a professional—just like the other comfort systems in your home.

Air Source Heat Pumps

Central heat pumps operate much like a central air conditioner except that they can reverse the cycle in the winter to deliver heat to the house. They are much more energy efficient than an electric furnace or electric baseboards and provide both heating and cooling. Heat pumps are rated according to SEER on the cooling side and Heating Seasonal Performance Factor (HSPF) on the heating side ranging from 7.7 to 11.0 HSPF. ACEEE recommends a heat pump with a 14.5 SEER and 8.2 HSPF to meet the ENERGY STAR specifications. This number may vary based on your location, home size and climate.

“Heating Systems have come a long way. Modern units are efficient, safe, reliable and compact when installed by a certified contractor. The selection today is substantial.”

Central Heating System

, HOMEOWNER’S GUIDEThe efficiency of new furnaces is measured by the annual fuel utilization efficiency (AFUE), a measure of seasonal performance. Furnaces today are between 78% AFUE and 96% AFUE. Consider the following:

  • Condensing Models. ACEEE strongly recommends a condensing furnace (AFUE 90% or higher to meet the Energy Star level), unless you live in a warm climate. In this case, you may want to consider retrofitting your system with a heat pump instead.
  • High Electrical Efficiency. A furnace can use a significant amount of electricity, mostly to power the fan motor. Variable speed fan motors are generally more efficient than standard “PSC” motors and may save you hundreds of dollars per year. Electrically efficient furnaces can be found on the Gas Appliance Manufacturers Association’s website (www.gamanet.org).
  • Proper Sizing. Make sure the heating capacity of the furnace is not too high for your home. Most furnaces are substantially oversized. Insist that your contractor do an “ACCA Manual J” (www.acca.org) or better heat loss analysis.

Radiant Heating

Hot water and steam boilers are two unique ways to heat your home as well. The hot water boiler is the most commonly used today. It circulates heated water through a radiator to heat each room or throughout the floor to create heated flooring. You can also use radiant heating under driveways and parking lots, also known as snow melt systems. This type of heating can be the most efficient and comfortable, but is typically more expensive than central heating.

The steam boiler is commonly found in older homes and is easily identifiable by the glass tube that is located on the side of the boiler. This type of unique system today requires expert level knowledge and regular maintenance.

Geothermal

, HOMEOWNER’S GUIDEGeothermal heating and cooling systems tap into the constant, moderate 55 degree temperature found just a few feet below the earth’s surface to offer the finest in home comfort conditioning. This Geothermal Energy is FREE, clean and environmentally friendly. Geothermal systems capture this free energy from the earth by using a well water system or a series of pipes called an earth loop that is buried in the ground. Geothermal systems are the most efficient way to heat and cool your home and can take care of all your domestic hot water needs as well.

MAINTAINING YOUR COOLING & HEATING SYSTEM

Annual Maintenance

Annual maintenance virtually eliminates the need for you to pay for costly repairs. You’ll enjoy peace of mind in knowing that your system is saving you money on your utility bills every time it comes on. In some instances, the energy savings are enough to pay the cost of the planned annual maintenance.

Maintenance Plan Tune-Ups

A thorough Planned Maintenance Program should include:

  • Check evaporator coil
  • Lubricate fan motor
  • Set manifold pressure
  • Monitor expansion valve
  • Check start and run capacitors
  • Test fan limit switch
  • Clean evaporator drain
  • Check start and run delays
  • Clean blower wheel
  • Adjust bypass dampers
  • Monitor refrigerant level
  • Inspect valves
  • Clean or replace filters
  • Adjust operating pressures
  • Check flue
  • Tighten electrical connections
  • Measure voltage differences
  • Check flame baffle
  • Evaluate safety controls
  • Measure amperage draw
  • Clean combustion chamber
  • Measure temp difference
  • Clean and adjust burners
  • Clean heat exchanger
  • Clean condenser coil
  • Evaluate vent system
  • Test thermocouple
  • Adjust thermostat calibration
  • Set burner adjustment
  • Check combustion air
  • Check fan blades for tightness
  • Measure gas input
  • Combustion efficiency analysis
  • Carbon monoxide test
  • Heat exchanger integrity safety inspection

Tips for Increasing the Efficiency of Your Current System

  • Install ceiling fans
  • Maintain duct work
  • Change filters monthly
  • Check airflow efficiency
  • Keep your unit tuned up
  • Improve your home’s insulation
  • Install a programmable thermostat
  • Close drapes on South & West windows
  • Replace inefficient appliances that give off heat

INDOOR AIR QUALITY

“Now that homes are tightly sealed to reduce energy cost, the air inside your home is fundamentally more important. Indoor air is more prone to pollution, allergens and other problems”

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INDOOR AIR QUALITY

Sick Home Syndrome

, HOMEOWNER’S GUIDEToday’s tightly sealed homes are predisposed to more humidity and airborne pollutants, which causes longer life spans and more productive cycles of microbial activity within the home such as mold, germs, bacteria and viruses. This greater activity and concentration of these airborne contaminants equates to more allergic reactions and sickness within families for longer periods of time.

Mold is the main culprit. According to the World Health Organization (WHO), 60% of Indoor Air Quality (IAQ) problems and allergies may be mold related. Some IAQ diagnosticians and practitioners today say the figure may be as high as 80%. The increased usage of air conditioning systems almost directly parallels the increase of allergies and IAQ problems. Additionally, mold creates a troublesome maintenance problem. Its activity results in dirty coils, a loss of air-flow, loss of heat exchange efficiency, dirty and sometimes plugged drain pans, and excessive energy use.

Solutions

  • General maintenance of your heating and cooling system are key, including changing air filters and humidifier filters monthly, getting an annual system tune-up and having your ducts sealed and cleaned.
  • Mold is best addressed by thorough cleaning and the installation of an Ultraviolet (UV) Germicidal light system. Ultraviolet light in the “C” band (UVC) has been used for more than 65 years to kill microorganisms in hospitals, barber shops, laboratories, pharmaceutical plants, and at the nation’s Center for Disease Control. Residential ultraviolet units have been independently tested and proven to be effective in the constantly moving air environments of heating and cooling systems, killing mold and bacteria quickly and effectively.

INDOOR AIR QUALITY

“Now that homes are tightly sealed to reduce energy cost, the air inside your home is fundamentally more important. Indoor air is more prone to pollution, allergens and other problems”

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INDOOR AIR QUALITY

Sick Home Syndrome

, HOMEOWNER’S GUIDEToday’s tightly sealed homes are predisposed to more humidity and airborne pollutants, which causes longer life spans and more productive cycles of microbial activity within the home such as mold, germs, bacteria and viruses. This greater activity and concentration of these airborne contaminants equates to more allergic reactions and sickness within families for longer periods of time.

Mold is the main culprit. According to the World Health Organization (WHO), 60% of Indoor Air Quality (IAQ) problems and allergies may be mold related. Some IAQ diagnosticians and practitioners today say the figure may be as high as 80%. The increased usage of air conditioning systems almost directly parallels the increase of allergies and IAQ problems. Additionally, mold creates a troublesome maintenance problem. Its activity results in dirty coils, a loss of air-flow, loss of heat exchange efficiency, dirty and sometimes plugged drain pans, and excessive energy use.

Solutions

  • General maintenance of your heating and cooling system are key, including changing air filters and humidifier filters monthly, getting an annual system tune-up and having your ducts sealed and cleaned.
  • Mold is best addressed by thorough cleaning and the installation of an Ultraviolet (UV) Germicidal light system. Ultraviolet light in the “C” band (UVC) has been used for more than 65 years to kill microorganisms in hospitals, barber shops, laboratories, pharmaceutical plants, and at the nation’s Center for Disease Control. Residential ultraviolet units have been independently tested and proven to be effective in the constantly moving air environments of heating and cooling systems, killing mold and bacteria quickly and effectively.

INDOOR AIR QUALITY

Sick Home Syndrome

, HOMEOWNER’S GUIDEToday’s tightly sealed homes are predisposed to more humidity and airborne pollutants, which causes longer life spans and more productive cycles of microbial activity within the home such as mold, germs, bacteria and viruses. This greater activity and concentration of these airborne contaminants equates to more allergic reactions and sickness within families for longer periods of time.

Mold is the main culprit. According to the World Health Organization (WHO), 60% of Indoor Air Quality (IAQ) problems and allergies may be mold related. Some IAQ diagnosticians and practitioners today say the figure may be as high as 80%. The increased usage of air conditioning systems almost directly parallels the increase of allergies and IAQ problems. Additionally, mold creates a troublesome maintenance problem. Its activity results in dirty coils, a loss of air-flow, loss of heat exchange efficiency, dirty and sometimes plugged drain pans, and excessive energy use.

Solutions

  • General maintenance of your heating and cooling system are key, including changing air filters and humidifier filters monthly, getting an annual system tune-up and having your ducts sealed and cleaned.
  • Mold is best addressed by thorough cleaning and the installation of an Ultraviolet (UV) Germicidal light system. Ultraviolet light in the “C” band (UVC) has been used for more than 65 years to kill microorganisms in hospitals, barber shops, laboratories, pharmaceutical plants, and at the nation’s Center for Disease Control. Residential ultraviolet units have been independently tested and proven to be effective in the constantly moving air environments of heating and cooling systems, killing mold and bacteria quickly and effectively.

ENERGY & SAFETY

“Energy saving and safety often go hand in hand. An efficient and well designed energy system keeps your family safe as well as comfortable”

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ENERGY & SAFETY

Energy Issues

Highly efficient, well maintained systems are the best investment you can make. Your heating and cooling unit is usually the most energy demanding appliance in your home.

Digital Setback Thermostat

, HOMEOWNER’S GUIDEThese simple thermostats save energy with virtually no effort at all. A digital setback thermostat is designed for people with fixed schedules that take them in and out of the home. With it, you can program the temperature to ‘set-back’ when you are not at home. This feature keeps you comfortable when you’re home and saves you money when you’re not by reducing the energy needs to heat and cool your home.

Digital setback thermostats are available in what are called 5+2 day configurations and 7-day configurations. The difference is flexibility. A 5+2 day configuration allows you to set Monday through Friday as a group setting with up to four different time settings. This configuration also allows you to set Saturday and Sunday as a separate group with up to four different time settings per day. There are also thermostats for people with special needs.

Carbon Monoxide Monitors

, HOMEOWNER’S GUIDECarbon Monoxide is a colorless, odorless, deadly gas. It is a by product of combustion. Low Level CO Monitors can detect this gas at levels as low as 5 parts per million (ppm). Infants, children, the elderly, or those with respiratory or heart ailments are provided little or no protection from deadly CO with standard alarms. Long-term exposure to low level CO above 15 ppm can cause illness and even permanent disabilities. Ask your NCI-Certified Contractor how a professionally installed monitor can help keep your home safe and healthy today!

ENERGY & SAFETY

“Energy saving and safety often go hand in hand. An efficient and well designed energy system keeps your family safe as well as comfortable”

Read More

ENERGY & SAFETY

Energy Issues

Highly efficient, well maintained systems are the best investment you can make. Your heating and cooling unit is usually the most energy demanding appliance in your home.

Digital Setback Thermostat

, HOMEOWNER’S GUIDEThese simple thermostats save energy with virtually no effort at all. A digital setback thermostat is designed for people with fixed schedules that take them in and out of the home. With it, you can program the temperature to ‘set-back’ when you are not at home. This feature keeps you comfortable when you’re home and saves you money when you’re not by reducing the energy needs to heat and cool your home.

Digital setback thermostats are available in what are called 5+2 day configurations and 7-day configurations. The difference is flexibility. A 5+2 day configuration allows you to set Monday through Friday as a group setting with up to four different time settings. This configuration also allows you to set Saturday and Sunday as a separate group with up to four different time settings per day. There are also thermostats for people with special needs.

Carbon Monoxide Monitors

, HOMEOWNER’S GUIDECarbon Monoxide is a colorless, odorless, deadly gas. It is a by product of combustion. Low Level CO Monitors can detect this gas at levels as low as 5 parts per million (ppm). Infants, children, the elderly, or those with respiratory or heart ailments are provided little or no protection from deadly CO with standard alarms. Long-term exposure to low level CO above 15 ppm can cause illness and even permanent disabilities. Ask your NCI-Certified Contractor how a professionally installed monitor can help keep your home safe and healthy today!

ENERGY & SAFETY

Energy Issues

Highly efficient, well maintained systems are the best investment you can make. Your heating and cooling unit is usually the most energy demanding appliance in your home.

Digital Setback Thermostat

, HOMEOWNER’S GUIDEThese simple thermostats save energy with virtually no effort at all. A digital setback thermostat is designed for people with fixed schedules that take them in and out of the home. With it, you can program the temperature to ‘set-back’ when you are not at home. This feature keeps you comfortable when you’re home and saves you money when you’re not by reducing the energy needs to heat and cool your home.

Digital setback thermostats are available in what are called 5+2 day configurations and 7-day configurations. The difference is flexibility. A 5+2 day configuration allows you to set Monday through Friday as a group setting with up to four different time settings. This configuration also allows you to set Saturday and Sunday as a separate group with up to four different time settings per day. There are also thermostats for people with special needs.

Carbon Monoxide Monitors

, HOMEOWNER’S GUIDECarbon Monoxide is a colorless, odorless, deadly gas. It is a by product of combustion. Low Level CO Monitors can detect this gas at levels as low as 5 parts per million (ppm). Infants, children, the elderly, or those with respiratory or heart ailments are provided little or no protection from deadly CO with standard alarms. Long-term exposure to low level CO above 15 ppm can cause illness and even permanent disabilities. Ask your NCI-Certified Contractor how a professionally installed monitor can help keep your home safe and healthy today!

COMFORT

“ Even a well installed system can need some additional work to provide optimal comfort. A humidifier or extra heating/cooling zones may be just what you need for added comfort.”

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COMFORT

System Humidifiers

With the proper level of humidity in your home, you will feel more comfortable and breathe easier. You can eliminate that dry eye, nose and throat feeling you have when you wake up in the morning. Humidity also reduces or eliminates static electricity. It protects the investment in your home and your furniture because proper humidity prevents wood from cracking and peeling. A flow-through humidifier can be easily added to any forced air heating system. The advantage with this type of humidifier is that it provides humidity without breeding or spreading mold or mildew. This is in contrast to the humidifiers that use a reservoir where water can stagnate—a perfect environment for mold and mildew growth. A flow-through humidifier is easy to maintain. It has no moving parts and is designed to operate with no mineral or mold buildup.

Temperature Zoning Systems

, HOMEOWNER’S GUIDEImagine if every time you turned on a light switch every electrical device in your home came on, or if every time you went to wash your hands every faucet, shower, tub and toilet opened up. That would be crazy! So why is it that when you need heating in one room the entire house heats up? Now you can zone your heating and cooling so that you don’t have to heat or cool your entire home when you don’t need to.

Home zoning systems are specially designed to allow your entire family to be comfortable, regardless of where they are in your home. Now you can divide your home’s duct work into specific zones that can be controlled independently, whether heating or cooling.

Duct Work Modifications

Sometimes your system just needs some duct work modification to achieve optimal comfort in all rooms. Improperly sized or designed duct work is the most common reason people are not comfortable in their own homes. An NCI Certified Contractor can evaluate your system.

COMFORT

“ Even a well installed system can need some additional work to provide optimal comfort. A humidifier or extra heating/cooling zones may be just what you need for added comfort.”

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COMFORT

System Humidifiers

With the proper level of humidity in your home, you will feel more comfortable and breathe easier. You can eliminate that dry eye, nose and throat feeling you have when you wake up in the morning. Humidity also reduces or eliminates static electricity. It protects the investment in your home and your furniture because proper humidity prevents wood from cracking and peeling. A flow-through humidifier can be easily added to any forced air heating system. The advantage with this type of humidifier is that it provides humidity without breeding or spreading mold or mildew. This is in contrast to the humidifiers that use a reservoir where water can stagnate—a perfect environment for mold and mildew growth. A flow-through humidifier is easy to maintain. It has no moving parts and is designed to operate with no mineral or mold buildup.

Temperature Zoning Systems

, HOMEOWNER’S GUIDEImagine if every time you turned on a light switch every electrical device in your home came on, or if every time you went to wash your hands every faucet, shower, tub and toilet opened up. That would be crazy! So why is it that when you need heating in one room the entire house heats up? Now you can zone your heating and cooling so that you don’t have to heat or cool your entire home when you don’t need to.

Home zoning systems are specially designed to allow your entire family to be comfortable, regardless of where they are in your home. Now you can divide your home’s duct work into specific zones that can be controlled independently, whether heating or cooling.

Duct Work Modifications

Sometimes your system just needs some duct work modification to achieve optimal comfort in all rooms. Improperly sized or designed duct work is the most common reason people are not comfortable in their own homes. An NCI Certified Contractor can evaluate your system.

COMFORT

System Humidifiers

With the proper level of humidity in your home, you will feel more comfortable and breathe easier. You can eliminate that dry eye, nose and throat feeling you have when you wake up in the morning. Humidity also reduces or eliminates static electricity. It protects the investment in your home and your furniture because proper humidity prevents wood from cracking and peeling. A flow-through humidifier can be easily added to any forced air heating system. The advantage with this type of humidifier is that it provides humidity without breeding or spreading mold or mildew. This is in contrast to the humidifiers that use a reservoir where water can stagnate—a perfect environment for mold and mildew growth. A flow-through humidifier is easy to maintain. It has no moving parts and is designed to operate with no mineral or mold buildup.

Temperature Zoning Systems

, HOMEOWNER’S GUIDEImagine if every time you turned on a light switch every electrical device in your home came on, or if every time you went to wash your hands every faucet, shower, tub and toilet opened up. That would be crazy! So why is it that when you need heating in one room the entire house heats up? Now you can zone your heating and cooling so that you don’t have to heat or cool your entire home when you don’t need to.

Home zoning systems are specially designed to allow your entire family to be comfortable, regardless of where they are in your home. Now you can divide your home’s duct work into specific zones that can be controlled independently, whether heating or cooling.

Duct Work Modifications

Sometimes your system just needs some duct work modification to achieve optimal comfort in all rooms. Improperly sized or designed duct work is the most common reason people are not comfortable in their own homes. An NCI Certified Contractor can evaluate your system.

PLUMBING BASICS

“Your home’s plumbing, piping, and fixtures are much like the arteries and veins in your body responsible for delivering and removing vital fluids in your home. Plumbing and drainage problems tend to occur at the worst time. Luckily, there are things you can do to avert a plumbing crisis and keep your drains flowing smoothly.”

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PLUMBING BASICS

Video Drain Inspection

, HOMEOWNER’S GUIDENew video technology helps plumbers locate blockages within your system, identify them and determine the best solution. Eliminating guesswork means faster, more efficient work, which saves you money. Your technician can also recommend drain products that keep your drains open without all those poisonous components.

Today’s technology allows for sewer lines to be replaced by a new trenchless method. This saves your yard, porch, patio and landscaping considerable damage.

Water Filtration Systems

You and your family can enjoy purer, better tasting water with water filtration systems that stay out of sight and require little maintenance. For pennies a day, these systems remove undesirable chemicals which may be present in the water supply, along with lead, sediment, chlorine and sources of other tastes and odors. Options range from whole-house filtration systems to those which reside under your kitchen sink and are tapped at a separate faucet. There are also UV Process Filters which disinfect water, preventing living organisms from reproducing where other types of filtration simply remove undesirable non-living contaminants.

Hot Water Recirculation Systems

If you demand a lot of hot water with minimal waiting on your hot water heater, a hot water recirculation system may be the solution for you. The system consists of a small pump mounted near the bottom of your water heater along with a swing check valve and return line from your farthest fixture. The cost of operating such a system can be minimized using new energy efficient pumps and incorporating a timer and/or thermostat to program the system to turn off when it detects ample hot water or during times of day when the demand for hot water is reduced.

PLUMBING BASICS

“Your home’s plumbing, piping, and fixtures are much like the arteries and veins in your body responsible for delivering and removing vital fluids in your home. Plumbing and drainage problems tend to occur at the worst time. Luckily, there are things you can do to avert a plumbing crisis and keep your drains flowing smoothly.”

Read More

PLUMBING BASICS

Video Drain Inspection

, HOMEOWNER’S GUIDENew video technology helps plumbers locate blockages within your system, identify them and determine the best solution. Eliminating guesswork means faster, more efficient work, which saves you money. Your technician can also recommend drain products that keep your drains open without all those poisonous components.

Today’s technology allows for sewer lines to be replaced by a new trenchless method. This saves your yard, porch, patio and landscaping considerable damage.

Water Filtration Systems

You and your family can enjoy purer, better tasting water with water filtration systems that stay out of sight and require little maintenance. For pennies a day, these systems remove undesirable chemicals which may be present in the water supply, along with lead, sediment, chlorine and sources of other tastes and odors. Options range from whole-house filtration systems to those which reside under your kitchen sink and are tapped at a separate faucet. There are also UV Process Filters which disinfect water, preventing living organisms from reproducing where other types of filtration simply remove undesirable non-living contaminants.

Hot Water Recirculation Systems

If you demand a lot of hot water with minimal waiting on your hot water heater, a hot water recirculation system may be the solution for you. The system consists of a small pump mounted near the bottom of your water heater along with a swing check valve and return line from your farthest fixture. The cost of operating such a system can be minimized using new energy efficient pumps and incorporating a timer and/or thermostat to program the system to turn off when it detects ample hot water or during times of day when the demand for hot water is reduced.

PLUMBING BASICS

Video Drain Inspection

, HOMEOWNER’S GUIDENew video technology helps plumbers locate blockages within your system, identify them and determine the best solution. Eliminating guesswork means faster, more efficient work, which saves you money. Your technician can also recommend drain products that keep your drains open without all those poisonous components.

Today’s technology allows for sewer lines to be replaced by a new trenchless method. This saves your yard, porch, patio and landscaping considerable damage.

Water Filtration Systems

You and your family can enjoy purer, better tasting water with water filtration systems that stay out of sight and require little maintenance. For pennies a day, these systems remove undesirable chemicals which may be present in the water supply, along with lead, sediment, chlorine and sources of other tastes and odors. Options range from whole-house filtration systems to those which reside under your kitchen sink and are tapped at a separate faucet. There are also UV Process Filters which disinfect water, preventing living organisms from reproducing where other types of filtration simply remove undesirable non-living contaminants.

Hot Water Recirculation Systems

If you demand a lot of hot water with minimal waiting on your hot water heater, a hot water recirculation system may be the solution for you. The system consists of a small pump mounted near the bottom of your water heater along with a swing check valve and return line from your farthest fixture. The cost of operating such a system can be minimized using new energy efficient pumps and incorporating a timer and/or thermostat to program the system to turn off when it detects ample hot water or during times of day when the demand for hot water is reduced.

Tankless Water Heater

Because of the design, it is more energy efficient than a traditional tank style water heater because it heats the water on demand vs. ahead of time. 

WATER HEATERS

“ It’s easy to take hot water for granted—until you are startled by a hot water heater failure in the middle of a shower. New water heaters offer all kinds of new options for the homeowner.”

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WATER HEATERS

Tank Water Heater

A single-family storage water heater offers a ready reservoir, from 20 to 80 gallons, of hot water. It operates by releasing hot water from the top of the tank when you turn on the hot water tap. To replace that hot water, cold water enters the bottom of the tank, ensuring that the tank is always full. Conventional storage water heater fuel sources include natural gas, propane, and electricity. Because water is constantly heated in the tank, energy can be wasted even when a hot water tap isn’t running—called standby heat loss. However, many storage water heater models with heavily insulated tanks reduce standby heat losses. Look for models with tanks that have a thermal resistance (R-Value) of R-12 to R-25.

Tankless Water Heater

A tankless water heater is exactly as it sounds, a water heater with no tank. Because of the design, it is more energy efficient than a traditional tank style water heater because it heats the water on demand vs. ahead of time. Instead of 50 gallons of water just sitting hot all day, every day, this efficient and space saving approach to your hot water needs is a great choice for any application.

Additionally, you can add on a recirculating pump to get instant hot water where you want it. When you go tankless, say goodbye to wasting water while waiting for the hot water to arrive in your bathroom or kitchen.

, HOMEOWNER’S GUIDE

Tankless Water Heater

Because of the design, it is more energy efficient than a traditional tank style water heater because it heats the water on demand vs. ahead of time. 

WATER HEATERS

“ It’s easy to take hot water for granted—until you are startled by a hot water heater failure in the middle of a shower. New water heaters offer all kinds of new options for the homeowner.”

Read More

WATER HEATERS

Tank Water Heater

A single-family storage water heater offers a ready reservoir, from 20 to 80 gallons, of hot water. It operates by releasing hot water from the top of the tank when you turn on the hot water tap. To replace that hot water, cold water enters the bottom of the tank, ensuring that the tank is always full. Conventional storage water heater fuel sources include natural gas, propane, and electricity. Because water is constantly heated in the tank, energy can be wasted even when a hot water tap isn’t running—called standby heat loss. However, many storage water heater models with heavily insulated tanks reduce standby heat losses. Look for models with tanks that have a thermal resistance (R-Value) of R-12 to R-25.

Tankless Water Heater

A tankless water heater is exactly as it sounds, a water heater with no tank. Because of the design, it is more energy efficient than a traditional tank style water heater because it heats the water on demand vs. ahead of time. Instead of 50 gallons of water just sitting hot all day, every day, this efficient and space saving approach to your hot water needs is a great choice for any application.

Additionally, you can add on a recirculating pump to get instant hot water where you want it. When you go tankless, say goodbye to wasting water while waiting for the hot water to arrive in your bathroom or kitchen.

, HOMEOWNER’S GUIDE

WATER HEATERS

 

Tank Water Heater

A single-family storage water heater offers a ready reservoir, from 20 to 80 gallons, of hot water. It operates by releasing hot water from the top of the tank when you turn on the hot water tap. To replace that hot water, cold water enters the bottom of the tank, ensuring that the tank is always full. Conventional storage water heater fuel sources include natural gas, propane, and electricity. Because water is constantly heated in the tank, energy can be wasted even when a hot water tap isn’t running—called standby heat loss. However, many storage water heater models with heavily insulated tanks reduce standby heat losses. Look for models with tanks that have a thermal resistance (R-Value) of R-12 to R-25.

Tankless Water Heater

A tankless water heater is exactly as it sounds, a water heater with no tank. Because of the design, it is more energy efficient than a traditional tank style water heater because it heats the water on demand vs. ahead of time. Instead of 50 gallons of water just sitting hot all day, every day, this efficient and space saving approach to your hot water needs is a great choice for any application.

Additionally, you can add on a recirculating pump to get instant hot water where you want it. When you go tankless, say goodbye to wasting water while waiting for the hot water to arrive in your bathroom or kitchen.

, HOMEOWNER’S GUIDE

ELECTRICAL

“Everyone alive today has grown up with electricity and would have a difficult time without it, even if it’s for a short period of time. So why does this important element of our daily survival not get the necessary attention it deserves? With the growing energy consumption and aging buildings, electrical systems need some love!”

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ELECTRICAL

“Everyone alive today has grown up with electricity and would have a difficult time without it, even if it’s for a short period of time. So why does this important element of our daily survival not get the necessary attention it deserves? With the growing energy consumption and aging buildings, electrical systems need some love!”

Since the 1800’s when the ability to harness and recreate the natural occurring event known as electricity, directing and managing it safely and consistently has been a main focus of providers. While there are still homes and commercial buildings that have the old aluminum wiring, stringent codes have been put into place to ensure as high level of safety as possible here in the United States with this very important and potentially dangerous element.

Unfortunately, many properties, once purchased, never have the electric inspected again which is the cause of many unnecessary fires. Most usually start at the electric panel or a faulty outlet and could have been found with ongoing maintenance. Just like your car and other mechanical equipment, it’s important to have your electrical systems and connections checked once every few years.

Today’s technology and powered up lifestyles require a lot more energy than ever before. Older properties were just not built to withstand the amount of energy required today, especially in areas with hotter temperatures which in turn drive power surges. If you find your power is getting “tripped off” on a regular basis, it might be time for a panel upgrade.

ELECTRICAL

“Everyone alive today has grown up with electricity and would have a difficult time without it, even if it’s for a short period of time. So why does this important element of our daily survival not get the necessary attention it deserves? With the growing energy consumption and aging buildings, electrical systems need some love!”

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ELECTRICAL

“Everyone alive today has grown up with electricity and would have a difficult time without it, even if it’s for a short period of time. So why does this important element of our daily survival not get the necessary attention it deserves? With the growing energy consumption and aging buildings, electrical systems need some love!”

Since the 1800’s when the ability to harness and recreate the natural occurring event known as electricity, directing and managing it safely and consistently has been a main focus of providers. While there are still homes and commercial buildings that have the old aluminum wiring, stringent codes have been put into place to ensure as high level of safety as possible here in the United States with this very important and potentially dangerous element.

Unfortunately, many properties, once purchased, never have the electric inspected again which is the cause of many unnecessary fires. Most usually start at the electric panel or a faulty outlet and could have been found with ongoing maintenance. Just like your car and other mechanical equipment, it’s important to have your electrical systems and connections checked once every few years.

Today’s technology and powered up lifestyles require a lot more energy than ever before. Older properties were just not built to withstand the amount of energy required today, especially in areas with hotter temperatures which in turn drive power surges. If you find your power is getting “tripped off” on a regular basis, it might be time for a panel upgrade.

ELECTRICAL

Since the 1800’s when the ability to harness and recreate the natural occurring event known as electricity, directing and managing it safely and consistently has been a main focus of providers. While there are still homes and commercial buildings that have the old aluminum wiring, stringent codes have been put into place to ensure as high level of safety as possible here in the United States with this very important and potentially dangerous element.

Unfortunately, many properties, once purchased, never have the electric inspected again which is the cause of many unnecessary fires. Most usually start at the electric panel or a faulty outlet and could have been found with ongoing maintenance. Just like your car and other mechanical equipment, it’s important to have your electrical systems and connections checked once every few years.

Today’s technology and powered up lifestyles require a lot more energy than ever before. Older properties were just not built to withstand the amount of energy required today, especially in areas with hotter temperatures which in turn drive power surges. If you find your power is getting “tripped off” on a regular basis, it might be time for a panel upgrade.

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