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HVAC CONTRACTORS

HVAC Contractors for Commercial Buildings – 5 Things To Look For

By Jed C. Jones Ph.D.

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HVAC Contractors

HVAC (Heating, Ventilation, and Air Conditioning) systems are used for the heating and cooling of residential and commercial buildings. They also have an extra benefit that most people are unaware of. Many HVAC systems are able to purify the air inside a building while maintaining a constant temperature.

Such systems are able to remove contaminants that include chemicals, organic compounds, and odors.

Companies all over the country are installing them in increasing numbers, and there are many reasons why you should have a system installed as well. There are, however, some things to be aware of when installing your own HVAC system.

5 Things To Look For HVAC Contractors

Be sure to look for these 5 things to ensure your search for an installer is hassle-free :

  1. First, be sure to find a company that is certified. On occasion there may be uncertified companies advertising their services, but in truth may be unqualified to do so.
  2. Always give close attention to the experience of the company. It is never good to hire an inexperienced company. Before hiring, ask the company’s representatives to show you their recent projects; this will help you know which company is your best selection.
  3. Once you have selected a certified company, then obtain a written contract. This way you will be able to see what services they will be performing for you and will allow you to avoid any financial issues in the future.
  4. See whether the company provides post-installation services or not. There are companies that claim that they will offer post-installation services, but they do not do so in an effective way. Therefore, this service should be in written in the contract as well. These maintenance and repair services will be essential for the upkeep of your HVAC system, and will be more effective and efficient if preformed by the same company that installed the system in the first place.
  5. Finally, make sure that the company has safety and health policy for its employees. Accidents are, unfortunately, always possible, so in order to protect yourself from footing the bill in the case of an accident, be sure that the company has insurance for your own protection.

With these five things, you should have no problem determining which company to use to install a new HVAC system. Remembering these five tips will save you money, time, and effort.

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FURNACE REPAIR

Emergency Furnace Repair

By Keith Burke

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Furnace Repair

A furnace emergency can be difficult to resolve, but an emergency technician can quickly address any mechanical failure. Common emergency furnace repair problems can occur at any time regardless of the age of the system.

Getting to know the furnace

If the motor is damaged, the system can stop working altogether. Usually before the furnace motor stops working altogether, there will be a humming noise. This is one of the most common furnace failure problems.

The tasteless, odorless gases can be potentially fatal when inhaled at high levels. Homeowners can look for symptoms like dizziness and flu-like symptoms. This can often mean that the furnace is on the brink of failure and may need emergency repairsWhen the emergency switch shuts off on accident, a fuse or circuit breaker could become damaged.

Knowledgeable technicians available around the clock

Knowledgeable technicians available around the clock are able to address any emergency furnace problems. Trained technicians have the required training and the necessary expertise to ensure that the repairs are done right the first time. Technicians experienced in working with different models of furnaces can have the system up and running quickly, restoring safety immediately to the home.

Common furnace repair problems can be potentially dangerous for households. Calling a technician to quickly handle any repairs can quickly make the home safe for the residents. Trained technicians available around the clock make it possible to have the furnace quickly repaired to get it back up and running in no time.

Furnace Repair

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AIR CONDITIONING COMPANY

Tips to Choosing Air Conditioning Company

 By Stan Schneider

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AIR CONDITIONING COMPANY

Homes throughout the world use an air conditioner during the warmer summer months to keep the home cool. These units usually use a compressor and release cool air, at a desired temperature, into a room. There are various different air conditioners available on the market, customers can choose from single room units to entire home or building units. You will want to find an Air Conditioning company that can supply and install the unit for you.

Air conditioner installations are not a DIY job, even for a skilled enthusiast. It’s always advisable to find a reputable and reliable company that can provide you with the best unit for your property and install it in a professional and reliable manner. The first step is to research online and find companies that provide this service in your area. You may find quite a few companies. It’s always advisable to get at least three estimates, this way you can compare them against each other and once you’ve done some research on the company, you can make your final decision.

When you’ve chosen three companies, ask them to come in and give you an estimate. It’s always a good idea to listen to their suggestions and see what units they recommend for your home. Always get your estimates in writing. Having your estimates in black and white make it easier when you want to compare the quotes against each other. Before comparing, it’s worthwhile doing a little background research on each of the companies.

Choosing Air Conditioning Company

The best place to do any research is online. Type the company’s name into your search engine and see what comes up. Remember you are trying to determine their reputation and reliability. Most people will write their experiences on various forums online; this is where you will find the honest customer reviews, which can assist you in your decision. Armed with the information you have found online, you can now review the quotes.

You may find one company has a stellar reputation and good reliability, but they may come in slightly higher than the other two. It’s always important to not go for the cheaper quote, just because it’s more affordable. While price will play an important role in your decision. It’s also important to ensure the air conditioner company you choose has the reputability and reliability to back up their quote. If you find one of the quotes is dramatically more expensive or cheaper than the others, it’s worthwhile throwing this one away.

Once you’ve worked your way through the quotes and made a decision on one of them, it’s time to contact the company to discuss time frames and payment information. A company shouldn’t ask for complete payment upfront, you may be required to pay a deposit with the balance on completion. Also determine what type of warranties they offer on their air conditioner units. You don’t want any unexpected surprises. A company that believes in their product will offer a good warranty on both the product and the labor.

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AC SERVICE

Air Conditioner Repair: What You Need to Know

By Margaret Winfrey

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AC Service

Before trying to carry out air conditioner repair in your home or office, there are certain aspects of air conditioning systems you should know about. When their air conditioning system breaks down or develops a fault, many people try to fix it themselves without fully understanding the concepts involved. However, it is possible for you to carry out a basic air conditioner service once you understand the principles, although AC Service is best left to the professionals. The normal home or office air conditioner works by simple physics, and consists of two discrete units: the condenser and the evaporator.

Both the evaporator and condenser are sealed units and you cannot carry out any AC Service to these yourself: you will have to call a trained professional. What you can do is to keep everything clean and all the mesh guards and so on clear of debris. You can carry out simple air conditioner service yourself, but not HVAC repair. Here are some basic air conditioner repair, troubleshooting and service tips.

  1. System fails to run.

Check the fuses or circuit breakers. Try lowering it by 5 degrees, and if that fails you need a professional HVAC repair engineer.

  1. No Cooling.

Again, check the thermostat and try lowering it. If that doesn’t work check the condenser air intake. It might be blocked, especially in fall if there lots of leaves flying about. Check the fins of the fan are straight, and if not then straighten them. If nothing works, then call a professional engineer.

  1. Erratic Cooling

For this and all other faults, all you can really do is to clean the condenser it as far as you can, and if that fails call an engineer. It is not uncommon for units to be blocked by vegetation of one form or another. The condenser will likely be sitting on a concrete pad: make sure that is level, because concrete can sometimes break down and put the condenser and the motor out of the level. That can affect its operation.

The condenser and evaporator are sealed units, which it is why it is so difficult for amateurs to carry out their own air conditioner repair. A blocked or dirty evaporator is the most common problem that you can fix yourself.

It is advisable to use a professional air conditioner repair service, but one that first offers you a free estimate. Some charge for the estimate, so you are obliged to pay them whether you accept the estimate or not. You often find that firms that offer a free estimate are both relatively expensive and do a good job.

Also, make sure they give you a guarantee – for time and any parts that they install. They can use the parts in your old equipment, so don’t give it to them free. You will also be advised to take a 24/7 service deal. Because you don’t want to be sweating when your HVAC unit breaks down, ask for a discount. You never know your luck!

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AIR CONDITIONER SERVICE

The Benefits Of Air Conditioning Service

By Billy Eves

  

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Air Conditioning Service

Home is where the heart is, and when that home is comfortable the heart is satisfied. However, sometimes environmental conditions take a toll on the system and peace of mind is compromised.

With so many allergies striking at different times of the year having the right air conditioning installation service company set your system up will help keep allergens under control. The object of good service is to regulate all of these conditions to create a more comfortable place to live. Following are some of the benefits that come with good air conditioning installation.

A good air conditioner service

When a system is installed correctly the house will be warm and toasty during winter months. Along that line, the hot temperatures of summer are nothing to worry about when the house is kept at a comfortable temperature inside. A air conditioning system has everything required to help filter out particles of dust before fresh air is passed throughout the home.

When it is time to select the right comfort system for the home. High quality heating and air conditioning unit should be the first choice. Brands that have a seal of approval from energy star are some of the best picks around. They have been tested and past stringent standards for energy efficiency. If all that is required is service to an existing system it is recommended that homeowners use only those services that have the best reputation. They will be the ones that offer well trained technicians. Who have all the skills needed to do this job right. When it comes to your family’s comfort, why would you want to do anything else?

There are some things that can be done by the homeowner to help an air conditioning and heating system run better between servicing. Make sure there is no accumulation of debris around the outside unit that can prevent proper air flow. Clean or replace filters one every month or when recommended by the manufacturer. These simple steps will go a long way in preserving this all important appliance, and maintaining a happy home.

Air Conditioner Service

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HVAC SYSTEMS

Obstacles to Air Balancing Residential HVAC Systems

By David Richardson

Consider using a residential pre-balancing checklist

Air balancing is becoming more common across the country and being enforced on many new residential HVAC installations due to code and utility program changes.

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HVAC System

Being accountable for proper airflow delivery causes a tech to examine every portion of an installation differently. Do the systems your company services meet the tough standards needed to achieve proper air balance? Let’s look at some of the most common obstacles to achieving a successful air balance on a residential HVAC system.

NO BALANCING DAMPERS

The No. 1 obstacle to balancing any forced-air system is dampers missing from branch ducts. A tech will have a hard time adjusting airflow to individual registers when these valuable accessories are absent. On many older duct systems, balancing dampers came standard on every installation. Installations never recovered from this mentality with dampers viewed as obsolete. This should be a last resort, not a first option due to noise and added complications while balancing.

One trick many balancers have tried when dampers are missing is to use registers to balance airflow. Noise is also an issue with this method. To prevent this from being an issue, everyone from the general contractor to the installation crew must be on the same page when air balancing is part of the project. It can’t be an afterthought once everything else is in place.

RESTRICTIVE DUCTS

Our industry has a major problem with restrictive duct systems based on rule of thumb sizing. If techs are still using the 0.10 rule of thumb to size duct systems, chances are very high the air balance will fail.

Additional restrictions occur in the installation of the duct system. Properly sized duct systems will fail an air balance when poor installation conditions exist. Be aware that both design and installation are crucial to a successful balance. One of these poorly carried out characteristics can cancel out the other done correctly.

DUCT LEAKAGE

Air must make it from the air-handling equipment to the register. Airflow lost through duct leakage is unavailable at the register and will result in an airflow shortage. When a duct system leaks, there is no controlling air’s final destination. If conditions exist in a duct system that allow air to bypass its intended delivery point, it will take the path of least resistance all day long.

BLOWER PROBLEMS

Unfortunately, this may be incorrect for the airflow needs of the installation. Many balancing residential systems are created by companies that work outside the HVAC industry and do not have the training to set up a blower for the required amount of airflow. The typical piece of equipment can’t move the necessary airflow when static pressure is over this nameplate rating.

There are some fans out there that can’t move the required airflow even when it registers below the 0.50 rating. The only way to discover these is to do the research. In many cases, weaker fans can barely handle the addition of a coil and filter. To prevent this from being an issue, the installing contractor has the responsibility to assure the equipment has a fan capable of moving the right amount of airflow. It’s a tough discussion when a brand new piece of equipment can’t perform as intended.

RESTRICTIVE COILS AND FILTERS

Newer coils are an obstacle air balancers often deal with. Coils made in recent years have more fins per inch and thicker slabs than previous models. Be sure the installing contractor refers to manufacturer coil pressure drop data before they randomly choose a coil. By using the coil’s wet/dry condition and desired fan airflow, they can determine if the pressure drop of the coil is within an acceptable range before installation occurs.

Incorrectly sized filters and lack of surface area are another challenge. Any balancer who has attempted to balance a furnace with a 5-ton blower with a single return drop and a 16-by-25-inch filter mounted on the cabinet knows the frustration of trying to overcome obstacles such as this. When it comes to filter sizing, it’s always safe to keep the filter face velocity below the manufacturer’s recommendations.

MAINTAINING PROPER BALANCE

To assure a successful air balance, the methods a tech uses to install systems will probably have to be adjusted. Begin by evaluating the top obstacles mentioned above and see if they are present.

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WHAT IS A HVAC CONTRACTOR

What Do I Need to Know Before Choosing an HVAC Contractor?

By Mike Kellman

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When choosing a contractor, beware of those who only work in single services like air conditioner repair service, as they will not be able to provide for everything you need. Sometimes these contractors will have a sign board outside their offices, advertising HVAC contractors and services; in that case, you should avoid them. While they may provide you with standard air conditioning, when you want hot water fittings in your home, or heat elements in your room, they will not do it themselves. Instead, they will pass their work on to other service centers, thereby earning commission money but costing you more.

Another thing to take note of is the machine itself and its working limit. At any time, a problem may arise and when you need it the most it may not work. Because of this, the company you choose should have an on call service and provide home visits whenever necessary. As a client, you shouldn’t have to go to an office to ask for help, especially since you already pay for a service charge and a spare change. If the contractor is efficient, they will remake the old spare and adjust it until it works for you. However, if you have a less experienced contractor, they may not be aware of or capable of adjusting the old component. In that case, he/she will simply install a new spare, wasting resources and costing you money.

experienced HVAC contractor

For these reasons and more, it is paramount that you choose an experienced HVAC contractor who will complete their service and provide a guarantee for some months. Whether you have a unit in your home or office. A skilled HVAC contractor is a wonderful resource to have on hand. If any problems arise with your unit. All you have to do is call and your contractor will come and correct the issue immediately. Because of the warranty plan, if a contractor is needed a second time. They will not charge anything and they will work hard for all from your device. Pre-scheduled maintenance appointments can be set up to avoid problems. So stop suffering during the hot and cold months and call a skilled HVAC contractor to make your life enjoyable.

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HVAC CONTRACTOR

Maintain Your Comfort With an HVAC Contractor

By Antoinette Ayana

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HVAC Contractor

 If you find yourself in need of someone to repair your air conditioner, heater, or ventilation system, then you are contacting what is known as an HVAC contractor.

This acronym stands for heating, ventilating (or ventilation), and air conditioning. This technology is used indoors and in vehicles to ensure environmental comfort combined with acceptable indoor air quality. These systems are a subdiscipline of mechanical engineering, based on the principles of heat transfer, thermodynamics, and fluid mechanics. This industry is a global endeavor, with many avenues including education and research, equipment design, manufacturing, and sales. It also includes operations and maintenance.

HVAC Contractor Certification

Types of Certifications

  • This person is trained primarily to service small appliances, window air conditioners, and home refrigerators.
  • This certification gives the technician the right to work on larger systems using high-pressure refrigerants such as residential air conditioning and heat pumps, as well as supermarket and passenger ship refrigeration.
  • That specialist works on low-pressure refrigeration systems such as chillers used in the food industry.
  • Universal : This type of certification allows a contractor to work on all systems.

When to Call an HVAC Contractor

Nothing in your home affects you and your family’s comfort more than your heating and cooling system. However, unless your heater goes out in a blizzard or your A/C goes out in a heat wave, we rarely pay much attention to these units. When not properly maintained, these systems can use more energy than they should. Dirty cooling and heating systems can all contribute to higher energy costs. Some of these tasks you can handle yourself while others require a professional.

Regular Scheduled Maintenance

A heat pump requires one annual checkup by a technician. A gas-fired furnace filter should be changed every month or two during the heating season, and a yearly checkup should be performed. An oil-fired boiler requires annual maintenance, and an A/C unit requires regular checkups, but some manufacturers are different, so check your owner’s manual. Your cooling and heating system is by far the most multifaceted system in your business or home.

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WHAT Is HVAC

What is HVAC ?

 By Travis Cozzie

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What Is HVAC

So what is HVAC ? Many home owners have heard this term (pronounced H-VAC) but not many know what this industry actually entails. HVAC is an acronym that stands for Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning. These systems combined can also be called Climate Control. Most of us are familiar with the most basic and first user interface of the HVAC system- The thermostat. This device, analog or digital or the main controller of the HVAC system. The user inputs the desired range of temperatures acceptable for their environment. The thermostat controls the behind the scenes devices of HVAC – the heater and the air conditioning system.

What is HVAC

These systems control the main functions of an HVAC system, controlling a temperature in the two main zones of the interior. These zones local and central. Ventilation involves the movement of air. More used in commercial settings, ventilation can do everything from move harmful carbon dioxide or chemical fumes out of a building, to entering air circulation with the outside environment. This latter aspect ensures that people within a building are berating clean oxygenated air. These system are prevalent in shopping malls, factories, even airplanes.

So what is HVAC does this affect the home owner ? HVAC is a system that provides comfort and is unnoticed until a problem occurs. As with any major home system, the home owner should have the name and number of a licensed HVAC contractor in case of emergency. These systems are control the overall environment.

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WHAT’S HVAC

What’s HVAC And How Does It Impact The Environment

 By Jon D Aguilar

 

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WHAT’S HVAC

“Green” is the latest buzzword in the HVAC industry. These systems were designed to heat, cool and ventilate air, but this added comfort came with a cost. When chemicals used were found to be harmful to us and the environment, steps were taken to phase them out and use more eco-friendly materials.

What’s HVAC ?

Do you know what’s HVAC ? HVAC is an acronym for Heating, Ventilation, and Air Conditioning. Ventilation may control the flow of air for both heating and air conditioning. However, ventilation also includes many more tasks.

Ventilation

Aside from distributing air that has been heated or cooled, ventilation can encompass all processes for exchanging air inside a given space. It may be necessary to ventilate in order to :

  • Refresh Oxygen Supply.
  • Remove Carbon Dioxide.
  • Eliminate Bacteria.
  • Reduce Moisture.
  • Prevent Odors.
  • Clear Dust.
  • Circulate Natural Heat.

That means it happens in one place and is distributed throughout the vents. Modern skyscrapers work by letting hotter air escape through the top of the building while simultaneously drawing in cooler and fresher air from the bottom. This type of natural ventilation is seen as reducing the burden on the environment.

HVAC Systems And The Environment

Speaking of the environmental impact, you may have heard a buzzword associated with HVAC called CFCs (chlorofluorocarbons). There is actually a long history about this issue because of the impact on the ozone layer and ultraviolet rays. Before CFCs, the chemicals used for cooling were often flammable or harmful to breathe. In 1928, Thomas Midgley, Jr. introduced CFCs. This was an improvement at the time.

The agreement to phase out CFCs began as the Montreal Protocol. As of today, all the members of the United Nations have signed it. In total, there have been 196 countries participating. What does all of this mean for you? When you hire an HVAC company to install, repair or upgrade your home’s system, you can choose “green” options. Most companies are now offering lots of ways consumers can help protect their health and the environment. There are also things you can do to keep your system in good shape so that it works more effectively, which saves you money and helps to save the environment.

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