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Ever Wonder How A Home Air Conditioning System Blows Cold Air.

Posted by Michael Kamps on Wed, Jul 17, 2013 @ 10:37 AM

Found Some Great Information That Explains How A Home Air Conditioning System Blows Cold Air And Makes You Comfortable.

One of the most important reasons we at H&H Heating & Cooling provides information on our website is to deliver answers to every possible question homeowners ask us over the years. I thought I'd share some great information from an article published by a leading building science expert named Allison Bailes.  He does a nice job explaining how a home air conditioning system works.

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Tags: Thermal Dynamics, Cooling, Building Science, Comfort

Grand Rapids Air Conditioning - 'Thermostat Wars' Resolved?

Posted by Michael Kamps on Fri, Jul 12, 2013 @ 04:45 AM

'Blessed Are The Peacemakers'. Working towards a solution.

What about Programmable thermostats? (I'm still looking to meet the person who has their programmable thermostat programmed.) Programmable thermostat manufacturers tend to exaggerate the savings you will get (Bet you're surprised).
Apparently studies show most people either don't program the setbacks, or override/defeat them with "Hold" settings. Based on this you will find articles saying they don't save money. Sort of like studies showing smoke detectors don't save many lives because most people don't replace the batteries, so they don't alarm. It just has to be true that if you don't use something it won't help you. So, if you don't intend to use it, don't buy one. I'm guessing people stop using them because they can be annoying and uncomfortable. If you program it to start the setback too early in the evening you will have to get ready for bed in the cold (or hot in the summer). If you program it to set back after your sure you'll be in bed, you must either get under too much cover and be too hot initially, or wake up freezing and cover up. If you have to get up in the night it will be cooooold.

It's something of an over simplification, but how much you save depends mostly on how much setback you use and how long your house stays at the target setback temperature. Thus, one long setback period will save more than two short ones totaling the same amount of setback time. Keep in mind, the worse your insulation, windows and doors are the more you will save, and vice versa. The greater your air leakage is through your windows, doors and insulation the faster you lose heat, and the quicker the temperature will reach the setback temperature. Thus, the more of the setback period it will be at the setback temperature.

Building a new 'Ultra Energy Efficient' home with everything sized, engineered and installed correctly creates TRUE comfort all year around. Just set the thermostat and forget it. However as you will learn through our blog, energy efficient home improvements always add comfort if they are done correctly.

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Tags: Thermostat, Cooling, Air Leaks, Comfort

Home Air Conditioning - 'Thermostat Wars'

Posted by Michael Kamps on Tue, Jul 09, 2013 @ 05:47 PM

Let's See How Many Grand Rapids Area Homeowners Can Relate To Any Of This.

Even the best-matched couple can come to 'blows' over the temperature setting in their home. "Thermostat Wars' result when one spouse or the other runs hotter or cooler than the other's. As a result, one either swelters or freezes indoors while the other is perfectly content -- except for that nagging feeling that their partner is uncomfortable. However, most homeowners struggle with comfort which is related to more than just body metabolism. It has more to do with inter-related systems, underperforming systems of the home or design flaws.

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Tags: Thermostat, Cooling, Comfort, Air Conditioning

Thinking About Replacing Your Home Air Conditioning System?

Posted by Michael Kamps on Tue, May 14, 2013 @ 05:12 PM

If You're Thinking About Replacing Your Home Air Conditioning System, You May Want To Take This Simple Step First.

When homeowners plan for replacement they have the opportunity to evaluate solutions to other problems more of a systems approach. You have time to research and evaluate newer technologies and other options. We know every homeowner has different motivating factors that drive their decisions. Things like: it's getting up there in age, utility bills are high, having peace of mind, safety conscious, concern for the environment, energy-efficiency, not happy with the comfort level, concerned about clean indoor air and a safer environment. You may be interested in Geothermal as an option. The 'Team' at H&H Plumbing & Heating are passionate about helping homeowners like you make the best buying decision anyway we can.

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Tags: Inspection, Cooling, A/C Tune Up, Service

Energy Efficiency Tips: 17 Ways To Lower Utility Bills

Posted by Brett Higby on Tue, Mar 12, 2013 @ 04:15 PM

The starting line for reducing your utility costs is to first understand what you’re paying. The U.S. Department of Energy states that 44 percent of your utility energy usage is spent on heating and cooling your home. 33 percent is attributed to lighting, cooking and other appliances, while 14 percent is spent on heating your water, and lastly, 9 percent is consumed by your refrigerator.

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Tags: Energy Star, programmable thermostat, Cooling, Energy Efficiency

H&H Heating And Plumbing Expertise For Homeowners Begins Here

Posted by Michael Kamps on Mon, Jan 28, 2013 @ 02:59 PM

At H&H Plumbing & Heating, we recognize homeowners, like you, are doing a great deal of research about companies and products in our industry online; the marketplace is shifting and we see it shifting in our favor! The purpose is to share with you our experience working on every type of HVAC system, solving problems many can't diagnose and only experience teaches you. We'll go beyond the topics associated with heating, cooling and plumbing. We'd like to be your resource for some of the best information homeowners are searching for.

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Tags: Plumbing, Cooling, Building Science, Heating