Embrace SEER Ratings This Spring for a Cooler, Greener Summer

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As the last traces of winter fade and the first blooms of spring emerge, many homeowners begin to set their sights on the approaching summer heat. It’s the perfect time to talk about something crucial yet often overlooked: SEER ratings for air conditioning systems. Understanding SEER (Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio) ratings is essential for those looking to save on energy bills and minimize their environmental impact as they consider an upgrade to their cooling systems.

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Understanding Shoulder Season: An HVAC Contractor’s Opportunity

Spring time is the shoulder seasion

Springtime is often referred to as the “shoulder season” in the HVAC industry. This term signifies the period that comes after the intense cold of winter and just before the sweltering heat of summer. For HVAC contractors, shoulder season is an essential time of the year, marked by a shift in focus from the urgent demands of emergency callouts to preventative maintenance and system upgrades.

The Importance of Spring Maintenance

As the ice thaws and the flowers begin to bloom, homeowners too start thinking about spring cleaning and home maintenance. This season is an ideal time for contractors to encourage and schedule preventative maintenance for their clients. The advantages? Catching and addressing small issues during spring can forestall major, more expensive problems during the peak summer season when HVAC systems are running at full capacity. Continue reading “Understanding Shoulder Season: An HVAC Contractor’s Opportunity”

What Era Did Residential AC Units Become Affordable and Accessible?

Post World War II AC

Before the 1950s, air conditioning was primarily used in industrial applications and public spaces like movie theaters and luxury hotels. However, with the economic boom following World War II, there was a significant increase in the standard of living in the United States, and many people could afford more comfortable homes. Continue reading “What Era Did Residential AC Units Become Affordable and Accessible?”

Why is R Often Added to HVAC?

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The term HVAC stands for Heating, Ventilation, and Air Conditioning. Sometimes an “R” is added for Refrigeration – HVACR, because the same principles that cool a home also keep a refrigerator cold.

Both an air conditioning system and refrigerator use the principles of refrigeration to remove heat and provide cooling. Continue reading “Why is R Often Added to HVAC?”

Navigating Carbon Monoxide Dangers in the Heating Season: A Guide for HVAC Technicians

Thanks to our friends at Fieldpiece® for sharing this guide on carbon monoxide risks in HVAC and safety measures for professionals.

During heating season, the threat of carbon monoxide (CO) poisoning is at its peak, for home residents and all the HVAC pros making service calls. Because CO is an odorless, colorless, tasteless gas it’s critical to be armed with the proper CO detection instruments, proactive in their use, aware of the steps to take if CO levels are detected and recognize the symptoms of CO exposure. Continue reading “Navigating Carbon Monoxide Dangers in the Heating Season: A Guide for HVAC Technicians”

The Ultimate Guide to Choosing the Right Grilles, Registers, and Diffusers for an HVAC System

Grilles, registers, and diffusers are essential components of an HVAC system. Grilles are generally found on walls or ceilings and protect air intake openings and ensure unrestricted airflow, while registers are positioned on the outlet side of the ductwork and are responsible for delivering conditioned air into the living space and providing control over airflow direction. Diffusers are typically installed in ceilings or walls and are designed to provide a comfortable and balanced airflow pattern that disperses conditioned air evenly in multiple directions. When it comes to selecting grilles, registers and diffusers for an HVAC system, there are a lot of things to consider. You want to make sure you choose a product that is durable, efficient, and aesthetically pleasing and improves the airflow and energy efficiency of a home.

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Grow Your HVAC Business with IAQ

Air purification devices remove biological and chemical contaminants, such as dust, pollen, mold, bacteria, viruses, smoke, and volatile organic compounds (VOCs) that cause odors. The result is cleaner, healthier, fresh smelling indoor air!  One of the best ways to expand your HVAC services and increase your revenue is by offering unique air purification products that address common concerns.

HOMEOWNER BENEFITS:

  • Reduction in the risk of respiratory infections and allergies by eliminating airborne pathogens and allergens
  • Enhanced performance and efficiency of their HVAC system by reduction of the load on the filters and coils
  • Extended lifespan of their HVAC system by preventing dust and dirt buildup on the components
  • Lower energy costs due to improved airflow

CONTRACTOR BENEFITS:

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Grow Sales – Offer Dehumidification in Closed Crawl Spaces

More than 70+ million homes in the United States are built on crawl spaces. Houses are built on crawl spaces because it is cheaper than basements or because ground conditions make building a basement impractical. In most climate zones, properly designed, installed, and conditioned closed crawl spaces can work well. You might not offer encapsulation as part of your current business model, but you are most likely often in crawl spaces that have already been closed or encapsulated. You can observe if the best “conditioning” method (a commercial- grade dehumidifier) to control the moisture to a specific relative humidity (RH) setpoint is being used during your visits. If not, you have the opportunity to offer this service and add revenue to your business.

Effective moisture control in a closed crawl space is essential for protecting the home and the homeowners. High humidity levels in a home encourage mold, mildew, odors, unhealthy air quality, damage to the home’s structure, and even pest problems. Common pests such as termites, wood-boring beetles, fleas, mosquitoes, ants, silverfish, spiders, and cockroaches thrive in high humidity.

Dehumidifier in Crawl Space

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Uncontrolled Moisture – The Enemy of a Healthy Home

Many homes, especially in mixed humid and hot humid climates, are experiencing interior moisture buildup resulting in uncomfortable living conditions and, more importantly, indoor air quality issues.

Why is Indoor Air Quality Important?

Indoor air quality has been ranked among the top five environmental risks to public health by the Environmental Protection Agency.  Even more alarming is that according to Underwriters Lab, six out of ten homes are hazardous to the occupant’s health.

There are four critical components to achieving good indoor air quality: building a home with a tight envelope, mechanical ventilation, high efficiency filtration, and dedicated humidity control. Continue reading “Uncontrolled Moisture – The Enemy of a Healthy Home”

5 Reasons You Need to Start Offering Financing

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Financing is key to closing more of your heating and air job proposals and it is really simple to start offering. Here are five reasons why you need to start offering your customers financing options.

1. Everyone Finances Almost Everything Already.

Cars, houses, boats, cell phones, gym fees, streaming apps, etc. Why not HVAC? It’s the norm. Financing is no longer taboo.

First, it helps your customer avoid writing a big check. Second, many will use a credit card, and financing helps your customer avoid 17-24% credit card interest and instead get a more affordable option with lower monthly payments. Continue reading “5 Reasons You Need to Start Offering Financing”