Saturday, October 31, 2015
As with all types of mechanical equipment, heaters can and will break down from time to time. Homeowners tend to schedule heating repair from Greenwood service providers when their systems are not functioning properly, and may end up wondering if the time has come to replace their heaters. A heater replacement is a significant investment, but there are definitely instances when a replacement would make more sense than a repair. Before you schedule repair service, consider these factors to determine if it a replacement would be the better option for your home. When Repair Costs Are Too High HVAC systems may function well for 20 years (and even more in some cases), but as these devices get older, they often develop more issues. The frequency of the repairs as well as the significance of the repair work should all be taken into account by the homeowner.
Friday, October 30, 2015
The heating and cooling system can provide households in Greenwood, IN and elsewhere approximately 15 to 20 years of use. Many factors, however, can influence the life span of the unit as well as your repair and energy consumption costs during this time. By following a few easy steps, you can get the most out of your home’s heating and cooling system and enjoy other benefits as well. Replace the Air Filter Regularly The purpose of the air filter is to remove particulates from the air circulated by the HVAC system and to improve indoor air quality. The filter can become filthy with regular use, and this filth can block the easy passage of air through the filter. The HVAC system must then work harder to force air through the filter and to keep the home at desired temperatures. This wear and tear can increase energy and repair costs, as well as reduce the useful service life of the HVAC system. A smart idea is to replace the air filter regularly.
Thursday, October 29, 2015
Indianapolis is known for having very frigid winters as well as warm or even hot summers, and this means that local homeowners rely on their HVAC system almost year-round for a comfortable indoor environment. This also means that homeowners can have high energy bills as a result of regularly using their HVAC system. If you are looking for great ways to save money on heating and cooling, consider these easy steps. Replace Air Filters When your air filters are dirty, the heating and cooling system must work harder to push climate-controlled air through the air ducts. This results in more energy being used than is necessary. In most cases, replacing air filters ideally should be done once a month. Also, if drapes, furnishings or other items block your air ducts or registers, you may consider changing this.
Wednesday, October 28, 2015
You have many options available to you when it comes to heating and cooling in your Indianapolis home. You could opt for gas, natural gas, or electricity to power your furnace, hot water heater, and AC system. Considering their manifold benefits, though, geothermal heat pumps may be a good way to keep your home at a consistent temperature throughout the year. How Heat Pumps Work A geothermal heater works through a heat exchanger that takes heat from underneath the ground and pumps it into your home. Such a system can achieve up to around 600 percent efficiency on a typical winter night, which means that you use far less energy to heat your home. The best part is that because you are drawing from a natural source of heat, you don’t have to order gas, propane, or diesel when your furnace or other HVAC components are running low on an energy source.
Wednesday, September 9, 2015
The heating, ventilation, and air conditioning components in your home help guarantee comfort all year round despite the season—but if you have to break the bank just to keep them properly functioning, then you’re definitely not getting the best performance possible. An efficient HVAC system should be cost-effective in addition to adding to the coziness of the home. Significant advancements in technology have allowed for energy-efficient systems to become more accessible and affordable for both commercial and residential purposes, but if you aren’t able to get them at the moment, following these helpful tips can help you cut your energy and maintenance costs: Practice routine maintenance. It always pays to have a proactive maintenance program for your systems. This includes regular checks from qualified service technicians to ensure that all components are operating at peak efficiency.
Tuesday, September 8, 2015
The current state of your heating, ventilation, and air conditioning systems is directly proportional to the level of comfort you’re enjoying at home. Among the many factors necessary to keep your HVAC systems in fully functioning condition, a proper maintenance routine is something that cannot be overlooked. Residents who ignore adequate maintenance often end up with the most repairs or replacement needs. However, while it is important to properly maintain your heating and cooling systems, your choice of HVAC contractors is equally crucial. This is because when it comes to HVAC services, no two companies are the same. Some just come in to handle installation, repair, and replacement services when you need them to, while there are others who tend to go the extra mile in making sure your home systems are functioning properly with personalized maintenance programs.
Monday, September 7, 2015
Summers in Indianapolis can reach uncomfortably high temperatures, which often means your air conditioner is running overtime to keep you cool. Unfortunately, the combination of high temperatures and constant use can put a lot of strain on your AC unit, which can lead to numerous problems. Here are a few examples of issues that your AC unit may experience. Your Rooms Aren’t Getting Cool One of the major problems that may arise is that your rooms aren’t cooling down even though your air conditioning unit is running. Before calling your local heating and cooling expert, however, try lowering the thermostat another five degrees. Take note that the temperature outside can affect how effective your AC cools your rooms. The hotter it is outside, the colder your setting should be.
Indianapolis summers can be uncomfortable if you're not prepared. This is especially so when at work; can you imagine working through the unbearable heat? Thankfully, offices in Whiteland and nearby areas often have central air conditioning to ensure the heat outside doesn't make things uncomfortable. However, this puts a lot of pressure on the AC units, especially when they're put to work for long periods of time. Why You Need Maintenance This is why heating and cooling experts like Bri-Tech Heating and Cooling often recommend that office managers and building owners contact HVAC technicians for regular maintenance calls. A lot of people neglect this and go for the “reactive maintenance” approach. This is mainly just cleaning the system up and performing repairs only after something goes wrong.
Sunday, August 2, 2015
Now that the summer season is in full effect, you’ll want to make sure that your cooling system is in excellent shape. Typically, an air conditioner is a very tough piece of equipment, engineered to withstand all sorts of pressure, and are made to last reasonably long, yet for a variety of reasons, your cooling system can break down and malfunction, even so at times when you need it most. According to the US Department of Energy, one of the most common reasons for cooling failures is not in the equipment at all. For example, some people often make the mistake of leaving doors and windows open when the A/C is on.
Saturday, August 1, 2015
Summer season usually equates to vacation time at the beach, travelling to unknown places or simply sleeping the day off at home. On the other hand, the outdoor heat it brings also indicates rising energy costs as AC’s are expected to run longer. According to the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), homeowners spend around $11 billion is just to run their units, with most of the consumption occurring during hot weather. While environmental problems have yet to be resolved, at least you can begin with installing a highly efficient air condition which will save you up to 20 to 50% of energy use.
Wednesday, July 29, 2015
While the summer season in the U.S. is best enjoyed outside, rising temperatures encourage many people to simply stay cool at home. According to the Department of Energy (DOE), average homeowners in the U.S. to power their air conditioners (AC) spend an estimated $11 billion. Global warming is not to be resolved anytime soon, but you can perform your own energy-saving measures to prevent being part of the equation that consumes energy extravagantly. The act of installing highly efficient units may already reduce energy consumption from 20 to 50%. Allowing natural ventilation into your home through fans and windows will also help curtail costly energy usage of your AC.
Tuesday, July 28, 2015
Much has been said about the importance of regular maintenance checks for air conditioning units, as told by heating and cooling specialists from Indiana and beyond. One question remains, however: how “regular” should these checks be? The short answer from the experts is this: any air conditioning unit needs to be inspected, serviced and cleaned at least once a year to ensure that it operates at peak energy efficiency, ready to cool your home when it’s needed most (ideally in the spring, as well). Such need for reliable air conditioning rings more true than ever, with states such as Indiana experiencing additional warm days for the rest of the summer.
Thursday, July 2, 2015
Each component of Greenwood HVAC systems should always be in good condition if you want to be comfortable through the coming and going of seasons. After all, you don’t want to get caught with the air conditioner not working during the summer. Proper maintenance is important. Like in other kinds of equipment that require upkeep, you can wait until a major repair is needed or you can hire a professional for routine services at a small cost. Not only does the former hurt your pocket more; it renders your AC inoperable for a considerable amount of time, as well. For that duration, you’ll have to rely on other cooling options like electric fans, which aren’t really enough to match the cooling capability of the AC. You just won’t be as comfortable as you’d like until the unit is taken care of by a company that performs cooling and heating repair in Greenwood, like Bri-Tech Heating and Cooling.
Tuesday, June 30, 2015
Throughout the seasons, Greenwood heating and air conditioning systems must be in their best shape. In the heat of a summer day, it would be an awful situation if you find that your air conditioner is not cooling sufficiently or, worse, not working at all. It would be uncomfortable for you and your family to endure the average July highs of Greenwood reaching around 85 degrees F. Home Tips has a collection of maintenance tips to make sure the air conditioner will be reliable during the summer days. One of these is cleaning or repairing filters. Sometimes, the only reason the AC is not cooling up to par is a dirty filter. Check it out if it already accumulated a good deal of dust. Depending on the model of your unit, you may need to replace it or just clean it.
Sunday, June 28, 2015
The energy efficiency of an HVAC system starts at installation. It’s a shocking fact that nearly half of all heating and cooling units in U.S. residences don’t perform as well as they should because of improper installation. Your first installation concern should be to only purchase units that have the ENERGY STAR label on them to make sure that they are up to the latest standards in energy efficiency. Here are some pieces of advice for proper heating and cooling installation that every homeowner should consider. Right Size of Equipment When looking at energy-efficient heating and cooling systems, you should not have a “bigger is better” mentality. This is a common mistake that consumers make and it usually ends with high-energy consumption bills and uncomfortable homes. To make sure that your home is properly heated and cooled, an Indianapolis heating and cooling contractor should take necessary measurements of your home to determine the right size of equipment.
Friday, June 26, 2015
Above your head and beneath your feet lies one of the most important heating and cooling element in your home – the duct system. Every house that has an HVAC system in place relies on the ducts to provide a path for the air to flow in order to reach every room. According to the U.S. Department of energy, 30 percent of an average home’s cooling and heating is lost due to faulty ductwork. Your home might actually be using up more energy than it should. To remedy that, you need the help of Indianapolis heating and cooling contractors. Seal and Insulate Nothing raises energy bills more than a leak in the duct system. You might not even know that it’s happening but when you start to feel that your HVAC system is doing a poor job of heating or cooling, it might be a red flag for duct problem. You should make sure that your duct system is airtight by hiring an HVAC contractor to do an inspection and seal the cracks.
Your home might actually be using up more energy than it should due to faulty ductwork. To remedy that, you need the help of Indianapolis heating and cooling contractors.
Wednesday, June 24, 2015
An HVAC system is like a racecar; both are complex machines that need to be kept in tip-top shape for maximum performance. Unlike most racecars, however, heating and cooling systems are used on an almost daily basis, which puts more strain on their parts and components. It is not unusual for HVACs to suffer from everyday issues that seem trivial, such as dirt buildup, which can severely affect their capacity to heat or cool. It can be difficult to maintain an HVAC, especially if you do not know how to tinker around with its delicate components. It is better, therefore, to leave the job to capable Greenwood HVAC contractors who are close to your area. Having a local technician handy will be immensely useful for those emergency occasions when you desperately need your HVAC in working order.
Monday, June 22, 2015
Heating, Ventilation, and Air Conditioning (HVAC) systems may be entirely optional in any home, but there is no doubting the comfort they provide during periods of extreme cold or heat. The major appliances can adjust indoor climates to favorable conditions, and even balance humidity levels. For all their use, HVACs consume a lot of power to cool or warm a home, so homeowners need to be judicious with their appliance use to save on energy costs. Even if you sparingly use your heating or cooling units, they might drain more power than usual if they are not properly maintained. Malfunctions and even dirt can lower the performance of the major appliance, forcing it to consumer more power to maintain desired temperature settings. If left to be, these small problems would eventually add up, and could contribute to the breakdown of the unit.
Saturday, June 20, 2015
Summer is taking its place in the change of seasons, and homeowners throughout Indianapolis have prepped up their air conditioners for the inevitable heat that accompanies the season. After all, the last thing one would ever want to happen is for the air conditioner to give up in the middle of the hottest day of the year. Once basic maintenance like cleaning out your air filters is done, you should take your unit on a test run. This test run should give you a good idea about how well your air conditioner will perform on a daily basis. At the same time, a test run this early should bring any potential problems to your attention, and give you the time you need to have any issues repaired.
Thursday, June 18, 2015
Summers in Greater Indianapolis are slightly tamer when compared to other parts of the country, but that still doesn’t change the fact that the temperature can get rather uncomfortable. With the average temperature during the height of summer hitting 86°F, homeowners should take the time to make sure heating and cooling in Greenwood and the rest of Metro Indianapolis can keep up with the temperature changes. With summer only a few weeks away, now is the perfect time to run a quick summer maintenance check on your AC unit. After all, you will want to give yourself a week or two for any repairs that may be necessary. Similarly, you don’t want to realize your unit is malfunctioning in the middle of an unbearably hot day.
Tuesday, May 12, 2015
Heating, ventilating, and air conditioning (HVAC) systems are some of the most used home technologies in the country. They provide comfort to any indoor space they are set up in, adjusting the interior’s temperatures so that it is neither too hot nor cold. They can, however, be some of the most costly appliances to maintain and run, especially if you cannot stay on top of their intricate maintenance and upkeep requirements. A recent Huffington Post article detailed several points that homeowners need to pay close attention to when it comes to their HVAC systems. The article warned homeowners of the hidden costs attached to HVACs, and noted some tips that can be kept in mind to help bring down monthly utility bills. Many of the suggestions call for expert help, specifically from HVAC contractors, to solve problems that could decrease the efficiency of the systems.
Sunday, May 10, 2015
It appears as if spring came early this year. According to a Fox 59 news article, many Indiana residents have started to experience allergy symptoms such as sneezing, runny nose, and watery eyes way before March 20, the official start of spring. According to Dr. Scott Phillips, an allergist at St. Vincent Hospital, cedar trees and other offenders have already started to pollenate and are expected to bloom soon. He also said he can’t predict whether this year will be better or worse than the years past, but signs are saying that this year could be bad indeed.
Friday, May 8, 2015
Summers in Indianapolis aren’t as sweltering as in other cities, but the heat can still get pretty uncomfortable. In the middle of summer, temperatures reach an average daily high of 86°F, and that’s just the average, meaning days can still get hotter than that figure. Even if summer is still several weeks away, now is the perfect time to prepare your air conditioning unit for the beating it’ll surely take come summertime. After all, the last thing you want to happen is to force an unprepared unit to immediately work full blast and then have it break down in the middle of a hot day.
Thursday, May 7, 2015
To keep your employees comfortable in the workplace, your office should be equipped with the right HVAC system. That might be a challenge if you don’t know much about heating and cooling in Indianapolis, but in the end, it comes down to three things: energy efficiency, determining the right size, and heating and cooling loads. If you take into account all of these three factors, your working environment will be more energy efficient with reduced utility costs and improved comfort for everyone. Energy-Efficiency Most commercial buildings today are turning to eco-friendly solutions. There’s all sorts of green products that are being favored today by companies all over the world, including energy-efficient heating and cooling systems. Most of the latest models and units today are all energy-efficient and if your workspace isn’t using new models, it’s definitely time to replace that faulty HVAC equipment that you’ve had for the past 10 or 15 years.
Tuesday, March 17, 2015
FOX59 recently talked about the extreme winter that has again hit Indiana and gave tips on maximizing the heat inside the home. Many parts of the state battled heavy snows and below zero temperatures. As the previous winter also brought such extreme conditions, heating and air conditioning experts say that these consecutive cold winters put extra demands upon indoor heating systems. The report by FOX59 included advice on fully utilizing the heat produced by home heating systems. Here’s a summary of said tips:
Sunday, March 15, 2015
During the winter season, home furnaces are expected to work harder. Across Indiana, the extreme nighttime temperatures were enough to bring down furnaces in hundreds of homes, as reported by WANE-TV. This is because some systems just couldn’t handle the cold, while others need outright replacement. The need for repair or replacement is an urgent task for furnaces that break down in the middle of winter, but it takes time. Because repairs or replacements can take some time to complete families and commercial property owners must rely on less convenient heating measures.
Friday, March 13, 2015
Heating and cooling systems experience near constant use, and thus can encounter some hiccups over time. This is why it is important to have them checked regularly and take the necessary maintenance steps to ensure that they will continue to perform well. One way to maximize these systems is by repairing air leaks, which has the added benefit of reducing a building’s carbon footprint and utility costs. When it comes to leaks, the homeowner or property manager needs to pinpoint the area where there is the greatest air transfer. This is when a small leak can result in the unintentional expulsion of a large amount of cooled or heated air, or taking in unconditioned air from the outside. For instance, in a forced air system, this area would be the plenum (the box that houses the heating and cooling elements as well as the fan).
Thursday, March 12, 2015
Heat pumps have risen in popularity among homes and commercial installations alike over the past few years. Aside from their high-energy efficient ratings, pumps are also wanted for their convenience, practicality, and environmental benefits. Their eco-friendliness comes from the fact that they do not need to burn anything at the energy source, which means that there is no additional carbon emissions besides the residue from the electrical energy required to operate the compressor. Heat pumps move heat from the outside to the inside for heating, and from the inside to the outside for cooling. They can reduce the amount of electricity used by as much as 40 percent. Heat pumps have proven to be energy-efficient alternatives to air conditioners and furnaces when it comes to heating and cooling in Indianapolis.
Thursday, January 22, 2015
Heating and cooling of Indianapolis and Greenwood homes can cost residents a lot. It’s been noted that more than half of the energy used in a typical U.S. household is dedicated to heating and cooling, making it the largest expense. The problem with this large expense is that nearly 10 percent of the energy expenditure is wasted due to inefficient HVAC systems.If you want to eliminate this waste and get more bang for your buck, you’ll need to optimize your HVAC system.
Tuesday, January 20, 2015
Trying to meet your home’s constant heating and cooling needs can put a lot of strain on your HVAC system. It can be especially bad during cold winter nights or hot summer days. If left alone, your furnace and your air conditioning unit could eventually break down. That’s why they need to be kept in tip-top shape with regular maintenance, especially when it comes to your HVAC system’s components.