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Home Air Conditioning Systems Are High Tech.

Posted by Michael Kamps on Mon, Jun 10, 2013 @ 03:58 PM

Today, your choices of home air conditioning systems includes more high tech, variable speed furnaces and air handlers. These systems tend to run longer at lower blower speeds in an attempt to improve comfort and increase dehumidification. This is great when you have a well-designed tight, balanced duct system.
A single-speed furnace or air conditioner comes on full-blast no matter what. That may be okay in the dead of winter or heat of summer, but in the spring or fall, when outdoor air temperatures are less extreme, a single-speed unit may heat or cool rooms too quickly.

Besides this basic functionality on forced air HVAC systems, there are only about two real comfort feature options. The two features that can increase your comfort, though, are noteworthy and valuable. They are two-stage heating, and self-adjusting blower speeds. Both of these are available for forced air furnaces.(Remember, it's the blower system of your furnace that moves the cool air from the evaporator through your duct systems.)

The benefits of a two-stage furnace with variable speed blower are that it makes you more comfortable due to more even temperatures throughout the home, maintains a more steady
temperature (keeps the house at nearly the exact temperature you set your thermostat), increases your air conditioning efficiency about 8% (if you have air conditioning), has a lower operating cost (due to a DC voltage variable blower motor), increases efficiency of any attached air cleaner, and is quieter than other furnaces. The benefits of a two-stage furnace with multi-speed blower
are similar to the Two-Stage Variable Speed models. However the Two-Stage Variable Speed models are even more quiet, even more electrically efficient, and even more comfortable.
Richard Rue, an energy efficiency building expert, whose engineering firm has engineered over 42,534 Ultra Energy Efficient homes tells his clients this:

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Tags: HVAC Systems, Proper Sizing, Planned Right, Buying A/C

Greenville, Rockford and Grand Rapids Air Conditioning Advertising.

Posted by Michael Kamps on Tue, Jun 04, 2013 @ 02:27 PM

The Ad Said, "Save 50% On Your Utility Bills!"

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Tags: Installation, Equipment Ratings, Planned Right, Energy Efficiency

Home Air Conditioning: The Problem With Oversizing Part #3.

Posted by Michael Kamps on Sat, May 25, 2013 @ 10:27 AM

"My HVAC Is Just Below Our TV Room And When It Comes On It Gets Loud Enough That We Have To Turn Up The TV Volume."

A noisy register from high volumes of air going through them can be be very annoying. All air vents, both supply registers and return grilles make some noise when the system fan is running; this is normal. Some systems are louder than others but some systems are much louder like the quote above from a homeowner having an online discussion trying to find a solution to their problem.

The speed of the air blowing through the supply registers and the air being drawn into the return grille affects an air conditioner's performance. If the air speed is too high, it will be noisy and uncomfortable, and the return grille filter effectiveness will be reduced. The speed through the grilles depends on the size of the air conditioner (a larger unit has more air flow and higher air speed) and the area of the grille (a smaller grille causes higher air speed).
With a properly sized air conditioner, it is easier to have sufficient supply and return grille area to keep the air speed low and the noise at a minimum. Common complaints about oversized air conditioners are that they blast frigid air and that they are noisy. A properly sized air conditioner, with proper ductwork and grilles, will provide longer cycles, more consistent temperatures, and better mixing of the house air.
So, obviously, when you properly plan the replacement of your A/C or Furnace, installing the right size HVAC system, you avoid this situation. At that time, we can evaluate your house to see if there are enough return air including return vents in every room. By the way, that may help your current system operate quieter. By adding more return air, the pressure reduces, the system doesn't have to works as hard and it quiets down.

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Tags: HVAC Systems, Registers, Planned Right, Duct Systems

Home Air Conditioning: The Problem With Oversizing Part #1.

Posted by Michael Kamps on Fri, May 17, 2013 @ 02:16 PM

Air Conditioning Oversizing Causes and Effects Part #1

Customers depend on the expertise of contractors in selecting air conditioners. Yet contractors generally size air conditioners at least a half-ton larger than necessary and often oversize by a ton or more. Even the most conscientious contractor is driven to avoid call-backs (or even lawsuits). An oversized air conditioner can mask problems from duct leaks, improper flow across the coils, and improper charge.

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Tags: Installation, Proper Sizing, Planned Right, Comfort

Replacing A Furnace or Air Conditioner Correctly

Posted by Michael Kamps on Thu, Feb 14, 2013 @ 04:24 PM

Every Homeowner In Ther Greenville, Rockford or Cedar Springs Area All Want The Same Thing--Getting The Results You're Paying For When You Decide To Replace Your Furnace Or Air Conditioner.

When making the decision to reinvest in a new heating or cooling system, the question always pops up in peoples mind is, how do I make sure I get the results I'm paying for and solve my problems; basically, meet all my expectations!

This is a critical step and one that is often overlooked, and, unfortunately, it leads to the majority of the problems with HVAC installations. Without proper planning, there's a good chance your expectations won't be met. Although some contractors who use 'lowball' pricing, they have a history of adding to the project to increase their pocket book. We don't! We prefer a nice clean project or installation. Anticipating problems doesn't mean we are trying to add to the project.

Many people mistakenly assume that pre-existing comfort, noise, dust or unhealthy air problems will be automatically solved by installing a new system. Part of the planning process is getting answers to the right questions: about areas that have been hard to heat or cool, air that is either too dry or too humid, about how the old system worked (or didn’t work!), and about what you are looking for in a new system. Some homeowners are interested in reducing dust in the home, and if any family members suffer from respiratory allergies or asthma, a new system can often greatly improve these problems.
Understand, no matter what any contractor tells you, all homes are a connection of systems; for example the outer shell (walls, roofing and windows), heating and cooling systems, plumbing systems, etc. All of them impact one another.

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Tags: Air Conditioning Replacement, Planned Right, Furnace Replacement