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Wishing to Choose the Right Contractor?

Wishing to Choose
the Right Contractor?

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WHAT EXACTLY IS AN HVAC SYSTEM?

HVAC stands for Heating, Ventilation, and Air Conditioning. The HVAC system is responsible for keeping your house warm in the winters, cool in the summers and keeping indoor air quality at optimal levels.

WHAT DOES AN HVAC CONTRACTOR DO?

An HVAC contractor designs, develops, installs and maintains heating, ventilating, and cooling equipment in both residential and commercial buildings.

THE PATH THAT LEADS TO THE RIGHT CONTRACTOR

FIND REPUTABLE DEALERS

Make a list of local dealers with good ratings.

ASK FOR REFERENCES

Ask contractors for references and testimonials.

GET ASSURANCE

Do not start the project until you clearly understand the contract. Avoid issues by finalizing a written and signed contract. Ask for labor and equipment warranties.

CHECK FOR LEGALITIES

Make sure the contractor is licensed, bonded, and insured in your state and local area.

THOROUGH INSPECTION

Do not hire a contractor that does not schedule a thorough evaluation of your establishment before installation.

CHECK FOR LEGALITIES

Ask about required maintenance for your HVAC system. If they cannot supply this, run away.

CHECK FOR LEGALITIES

Ask for estimates from different contractors to compare and evaluate.

COST CONSIDERATIONS

THERE ARE DANGERS IN CHOOSING THE WRONG CONTRACTOR

Improper installation

Voidance of factory warranties

Theft, property damage, or worse

Unsafe/inefficient operation

Shortened equipment life

Building code infractions/penalties

Frequent system breakdowns

Lack of timely service

Unusually high energy bills

Wishing For a Cool Summer

WISHING FOR
A COOL SUMMER?

SIGNS THAT YOUR HVAC SYSTEM NEEDS SOME MAGIC

STRANGE NOISES

Any knocking, pinging,
or rattling is not a good
sign – your unit may
need repair

Strange noises can
indicate loose or warn
parts that can damage
your system

HIGHER UTILITY BILLS

Furnace and air
conditioner
performance
decreases over time,
affecting your utility bill.

Year after year of
constant heating and
cooling will inevitably
effect your systems
efficiency

HIGHER UTILITY BILLS

Manufacturers
suggest replacing
your air conditioner
at 10 years and your
furnace at 15 years

New Energy Star
approved products
can qualify for tax
credits and can save
up to 20% on your
utility bill

INCONSISTENT ROOM TEMPERATURES

Is your HVAC system
keeping you cool in
the summer and warm
in the winter? If not,
there may be trouble

If you notice poor
performance or
uneven temperatures
throughout the house,
your system may need
repairs.

LEAKS AND OBSTRUCTIONS

Blocked coils and low
refrigerant levels can
freeze your AC and
lead to bigger problems

Refrigerant leaks are
hazardous and toxic
to humans and pets.
If you notice a leak,
have it fixed ASAP

LEAKS AND OBSTRUCTIONS

HVAC systems need
proper maintenance
to operate efficiently

Schedule yearly
maintenance to keep
your system in tip-top
shape.

EXTREME DRYNESS OR HUMIDITY

If your home feels dry
in the winter or humid
in the summer, it can
be a sign that your
system is not working
properly

Leaky ductwork can also
be responsible for this
problem. If you haven’t
had your ducts checked
in the last 5 years…
it’s time

 

Why Your Money Is Vanishing

Why Your Money
Is Vanishing

How your HVAC system could be
robbing you blind

COMPONENTS OF YOUR HVAC SYSTEM

Ventilation

Windows

Insulation

Heater

Doors

Air Conditioner

ARE YOU BEING ROBBED?

Average household amount
spent on energy every year

Average amount spent on
heating and AC

Average savings with proper
insulation and sealing

Average savings when properly
using your thermostat

Average annual savings with
ENERGY STAR appliances

Minimum amount in savings
with ENERGY STAR windows

Maximum amount in savings
with ENERGY STAR windows

$2,200
$1,100
$220
$180
$180
$154
$154

THE DISAPPEARING ACT

20%

Air lost through poorly sealed ducts

30%

Lower efficiency with improper HVAC installation

20%

Lower efficiency with low refrigerant levels

15%

Lower Efficiency with poor or improper maintenance efforts

DOUBLE TROUBLE

your ENERGY BILLSsystems can DOUBLEmaintained HVAC Outdated and poorly

improperly maintained emissions when DOUBLEthe CO2One home produces

STAY ON TOP TO SAVE MONEY

1 MONTH

Check air filters

3 MONTH

Change air filters

6 MONTH

Schedule professional maintenance

10 MONTH

Replace HVAC equipment

PUT YOUR MONEY SAVING ON AUTO PILOT

Air
Conditioner

When awake

When asleep

When away

Heater

When home

When asleep

When away

 

The Ultimate DIY Guide To HVAC Maintenance

The Ultimate DIY Guide to HVAC Maintenance

While some HVAC jobs are best left to the professionals, there are plenty of do-it-yourself jobs that keep your HVAC system running efficiently. So if you’re starting your unit for the first times this year or feel that it’s not running properly or efficiently, check out this guide before you make any pricey service calls.

CLEAN YOUR AIR CONDITIONER

1. Turn off the unit by either the on/off switch or shut it down completely at the circuit breaker.

2. Look over your owner’s manual.

3. Check the copper pipe that connects the unit to the house for cracks/leaks.

4. Rake any leaves or debris away from your outdoor unit.

5. Take the cover off of the unit and locate the coils (the look like a car radiator).

6. Brush dirt and debris off of the inside of the cover.

7. Cover the motor and wires with a plastic tarp.

8. Hose down the coils and the inside of the unit (try not to spray the motor and wires).

9. Let the unit dry, replace the cover, and turn it on to make sure it’s running properly.

CHECK YOUR AIR CONDITIONERS FUNCTIONALITY

1. Turn on your unit at the thermostat.

2. Listen carefully for strange sounds; check all rooms of the house.

3. Use a handheld thermometer to make sure all rooms are the same temperature.

4. Check your readings with your thermostat to make sure they match.

5. Look for any water dripping or pooling near the vents or outside unit.

6. If you notice water pooling, check the pipes for leaks and cracks.

7. Find the drain where condensation collects.

8. Clean the drain of debris if the water isn’t draining properly.

9. To check your condensation pump; pour water into the drain pan and wait for the pump to start.

The Ultimate DIY Guide To HVAC Maintenance

The Ultimate DIY Guide to HVAC Maintenance

While some HVAC jobs are best left to the professionals, there are plenty of do-it-yourself jobs that keep your HVAC system running efficiently. So if you’re starting your unit for the first times this year or feel that it’s not running properly or efficiently, check out this guide before you make any pricey service calls.

CLEAN YOUR AIR CONDITIONER

1. Turn off the unit by either the on/off switch or shut it down completely at the circuit breaker.

2. Look over your owner’s manual.

3. Check the copper pipe that connects the unit to the house for cracks/leaks.

4. Rake any leaves or debris away from your outdoor unit.

5. Take the cover off of the unit and locate the coils (the look like a car radiator).

6. Brush dirt and debris off of the inside of the cover.

7. Cover the motor and wires with a plastic tarp.

8. Hose down the coils and the inside of the unit (try not to spray the motor and wires).

9. Let the unit dry, replace the cover, and turn it on to make sure it’s running properly.

CHECK YOUR AIR CONDITIONERS FUNCTIONALITY

1. Turn on your unit at the thermostat.

2. Listen carefully for strange sounds; check all rooms of the house.

Service

3. Use a handheld thermometer to make sure all rooms are the same temperature.

4. Check your readings with your thermostat to make sure they match.

5. Look for any water dripping or pooling near the vents or outside unit.

6. If you notice water pooling, check the pipes for leaks and cracks.

7. Find the drain where condensation collects.

8. Clean the drain of debris if the water isn’t draining properly.

9. To check your condensation pump; pour water into the drain pan and wait for the pump to start.

The Energy Loss Challenge

HOW DOES THAT AIR CONDITIONING SYSTEM WORK ANYWAY?

AIR HANDLER / EVAPORATOR COIL

Uses the refrigerant from the compressor (1)to cool the warm air that came fromthe blower motor (2). Now the cooled aircomes out of a supply (B) and into your home

OUTDOOR COILS AND FAN

Expels heat from the refrigerant thatwarmed up in the evaporator coil (3)to repeat the cycle all over again

BLOWER MOTOR

Pulls hot air from inside your home from a return (A) and sends it to the evaporator coil (3)

SUPPLY

Cold air from theevaporatorcoil (3) comes out here.

RETURN

Warm air from inside the house entershere and heads to the blower motor (2)

CONDENCER

With help from the compressor, it pumps cool refrigerant fluid to the air handler/evaporator coil (3) and back in a continuous loop

Save Big $$$ With Ductless Air Conditioning

SAVE BIG $$$ WITH DUCTLESS AIR CONDITIONING

How does Ductless AC Work?

Ductless AC consists of a wall mounted, indoor fan that draws in warm air, sends it to an outside unit to be cooled and then returned to the indoor fan to cool your home.

Ductless AC is much CHEAPER than traditional AC

Save Big On Energy AND Money

Did you know that you could cut your monthly energy bill by up to 40% with a ductless AC unit?

Air Ducts can be responsible for 30% of energy loss. How much money are you throwing away to have air ducts?

Ductless AC Units Deliver

3,413

BTUs per ductless heat pump unit

$20.51

Unit cost per million

$0.07

Cost per unit (kwh)

$12.18

BTUs produced (per dollar spent)

250%

System efficiency

100%

Distribution efficiency

A BTU is the amount of heat requiredto raise the temperature of 1 pound of water by 1 degree

One BTU is approximately the amount of heat that a wooden match produces

Ductless

MORE EFFECTIVE IN LOW TEMPS

Ductless heat pumps can
provide constant heat
in low temperatures.

ULTRA QUIET AND EASY TO CONTROL

Ductless heat pumps are small, quiet,and can heat and cool individual rooms or zones. Plus, it’s easy to control with a programmable thermost

EASY TO INSTALL

Ductless heat pumps require
no ductwork, requiring less
interruption and making
installation a breeze.

SUPREME AIR QUALITY

Ductless heat pumps
have integrated
air filters to improve
the air quality in your home.

A BTU IS THE AMOUNT OF HEAT REQUIRED TO RAISE
THE TEMPERATURE OF 1 POUND OF WATER BY 1 DEGREE

HEAT COMPARISON COSTS (PER MILLION BTUS)

DUCTLESS HEAT PUMP

HEAT PUMP

NATURAL GAS HIGH EFFICIENCY FURNACE

PALLETS (WOOD)

NATURAL GAS STOVE/FIREPLACE

ELECTRIC RESISTANCE HEAT

WOOD

NATURAL GAS FURNACE

FUEL OIL HYDRONICS

PROPANE STOVE/FIREPLACE

FUEL OIL FURNACE

PROPANE FURNACE

$ 8.20
$ 14.65
$ 14.73
$ 16.07
$ 20.33
$ 20.51
$ 24.31
$ 24.90
$ 33.65
$ 43.31
$ 55.46
$ 57.45

Ductless heat pumps can be conveniently located 50 feet from the indoor fan, meaning you can situate either unit where it’s most convenient. So, your outdoor unit can by placed on the side or back of your home – out of sight

Ductless systems are ideal for older buildings or other situations where duct installation is not possible or feasible.

Master your Thermostat

Master your
Thermostat

And Save Big $$$ This Year

50% OF YOUR UTILITY BILL GOES TO HEATING AND COOLING YOUR HOME.

If you don’t set your thermostat properly you could be losing hundreds of dollars every year

SMALL ADJUSTMENTS

WINTER

SUMMER

Adjusting
your
thermostat by

ONE DEGREE

Can save you enough
money in one month
to power:

ONE DAY

Your home for

A refrigerator for

29 DAYS

40 days

50-inch TV for

UPGRADE YOUR FURNACE

A high efficiency
furnace saves 35%
in fuel costs
An energy efficient
fan requires 50%
less energy than
older models
Save up to 25% a year on your utility bill by upgrading to an energy efficient furnace

BE SEASONAL MINDED

SUMMER

Raise your thermostat when
you’re away and set it to 78 when
are home to save $$$ on your
monthly bill

On extra hot days, grill outside,
use the microwave, or cook on
the stove top – avoid using
the oven

Using a ceiling fan with your AC
unit allows you to keep your
thermostat 4 degrees warmer
while still staying cool

WINTER

Keep your thermostat set at 68
for optimal savings and comfort
when you’re home and awake

Turn your thermostat down 10-15
degrees while you sleep or go to
work – no need to heat an empty
house

Buy LED light strings for holiday
decorating to reduce your winter
bill

INVEST IN A PROGRAMMABLE THERMOSTAT

Programmable thermostats automatically regulate your home’s temperature and energy use

Smart Thermostats have convenient touch screens and can be accessed from your smart phone or tablet

SEAL WINDOWS AND DOORS

30% of your homes
heating and cooling
can be lost through
doors and windows

Weather stripping and caulking doors and windows saves you around $150 a year on energy costs

INCREASE YOUR INSULATION

INSULATION R-30

Insulation that is less than
11 inches thick (R-30) could
be costing you in heating and
cooling costs

Adding thicker insulation
to your attic space can
save you up to
$70 a year

$70 a year

 

Keep You Cool! 15 Easy Hacks to Survive The Summer Heat

KEEP YOUR COOL!
15 EASY HACKS TO SURVIVE
THE SUMMER HEAT

AC is expensive but you don’t have to spend your summer wishing for cooler days. Use our summer life hacks to save cash and keep cool.

SPICE IT UP

Spicy food causes you to sweat without raising body temperatures – and sweat is your body’s natural AC. Don’t go too crazy but a little spice will keep you cool.

BE THE COLD

Use the power of your mind to cool your body. Think cool thoughts – of winter, snow, and ice – whatever it is that gives you the chills.The mind is a powerful thing, indeed.

SHUT IT DOWN

Keep all windows and doors closed and blinds shut during the hottest times of the day. This can reduce the amount of heat that passes into your home by 45%.

WATER FOR LIFE

Hydrate, hydrate, hydrate. Drink cold water frequently to keep your body from warming up due to dehydration.

BE LAZY, ORDER OUT

DO NOT, I repeat, DO NOT turn on your oven when it’s hot out. Instead, make an excuse to go out or have a fun BBQ.

TAKE A NICE SOAK

Your feet actually play a large role in keeping your body cold. Fill up a small tub with ice water to soak your feet to cool down.

SPRITZ YOURSELF

Keep a spray bottle in the fridge to cool you down quick. This is a fast, easy way to cool down after being outside..

COOL KID CLOTHES

It’s a fact that light colors reflect heat and dark color absorb it. So wear light clothes in the summer to avoid soaking up excess heat.

DOUBLE MINT FRESH

Menthol products are great at cooling the skin. Use lotions or soaps with peppermint for a nice cooling sensation.

FRUGAL AC

Cold compresses are an easy way to cool the body down quickly. Simply dip a rag in ice water and then place on the back of your neck or forehead.

SHOWERS FOR DAYS

Sometimes it’s as simple as taking a cold shower to cool you down on those hot days. This is incredibly effective right before bedtime.

POPSICLES? YES PLEASE

An easy hack to stay cool is to eat cold foods. A great excuse to stock your freezer with popsicles or other frozen treats. Treat yourself!

JUST SAY NO

Drinks that contain alcohol, sugar, and/or caffeine cause you to dehydrate fast – raising your body temperature. Remember: hydrate, hydrate, hydrate!

WHITE OUT

If you have this option I suggest going for it. Painting your roof or house white can be very effective in keeping your house cool in the summer.

MINI BITES

Eating smaller meals spaced out throughout the day helps to regulate your metabolism and keep your body temperatures from spiking (No, we didn’t say bagel bites).

It’s Time to Win The War on Heat

IT’S TIME TO WIN THE WAR ON HEAT

ARE YOU IN A LOSING BATTLE TO HEAT YOUR HOME?

You could be losing heat in places you never expected

WEAK PONITS IN YOUR HOME’S ARMOR

35% Is caused by air leaks in your VENTS

10%
12-14%
35%
15-18%
18-20%

Ceilings

Wells

Air vent leaks

Floors

Windows&Doors

COMMON PROBLEMS THAT LEAD TO AIR LOSS

Recessed Lighting

Door & Window Frames

Electrical Outlets & Switches

Dropped Ceilings

Plumbing & Utility Access

Water & Furnace Flues

WIN THE WAR ON HEAT WITH THESE SIMPLE SOLUTIONS

Cover south facing windows with drapes

When the sun is out, keep other drapes open to absorb heat

Make sure your home is properly insulated

Reseal doors, windows, and other cracks to retain heat

Close fireplace dampers when you are not using them

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