Benefits of Wi-Fi Thermostats (And a Word of Caution!)

May 29th, 2017

remote-home-controlsThe speed at which HVAC technology is advancing with each year is amazing. And there’s no part of an HVAC system where this progress is easier to see than in thermostat technology. The days of the “slider-n-dials” manual thermostat are far behind, and even the digital thermostat is old news. The Wi-Fi thermostat with “smart” technology is the current top-of-the-line when it comes to climate controls.

We recommend homeowners look into installing a Wi-Fi thermostat for their home to help increase their energy savings without a drop in comfort. We especially recommend them for any new heating and air conditioning system installation, when our technicians can best match the thermostat to the HVAC system for best performance. We can also see about how to retrofit an older system with an improved thermostat. Continue Reading

The Mitsubishi Multi-Room Heat Pump System

May 15th, 2017

money-saving-piggy-bankWe recommend using the spring to make any major changes to your home’s air conditioning system. This might be the spring when you decide to put in a new cooling system. Or perhaps you live in an older home that’s never used a central air conditioner (you’ve relied on window units) and you think now is when you should have one installed.

Whatever the reason that you’re in the market for a change to your household cooling system, we advise you consider a Mitsubishi multi-room heat pump system. (And we have a great offer for them right now. See below!) There are many advantages to going with this ductless system for your Mills River, NC heat pump replacement this spring. Continue Reading

Why We Think a Heat Pump Is Great for a Spring Installation

May 1st, 2017

cooling-and-heating-house-symbolsWe often talk about how advantageous the spring time is for upgrading and replacing your home’s existing HVAC equipment. Like fall, spring is a transitional time of the year when weather patterns are milder, providing excellent conditions for taking out old equipment and putting in new, higher efficiency ones.

If you have an AC system you think is too old to handle another summer here in Western North Carolina (and if it’s older than 15 years, then it’s too old), having our professionals put in a new air conditioner in Spring will get you ready in time for the hottest weather of the year. It’s also easier to work the job into our schedule—and yours—during this time.

However, you may consider having a heat pump installed rather than an air conditioner. Here are some reasons we recommend giving a heat pump installation serious consideration for the spring. Continue Reading

Consider Installing a Dehumidifier This Spring

April 17th, 2017

water-dropletsWe recently addressed ways to combat allergy season in your home, and one of the recommendations we touched on briefly was to have our professionals install a whole-house dehumidifier. But you don’t need to be concerned only with allergies to want a dehumidifier installed into your HVAC system. We recommend scheduling this service with us before the real summer weather arrives. It’s one of the best ways to stay comfortable, save energy, and protect your home from the dangers of mold. Continue Reading

Replacing an Air Conditioner in Spring: A Few Things to Consider

April 3rd, 2017

air-conditioning-grillAlthough the spring season officially starts in the third week of March, it doesn’t really seem like spring until the calendar flips over to April. Even then it doesn’t mean warmer weather will rapidly sweep in and tell everyone that winter is fully in the past.

However, here in Wester North Carolina, we’re already enjoying temperate weather, with some rain as well, in these first days of April. If you’ve thought about installing a new air conditioning system to replace your home’s older model, now is the time to jump onto this task. You want to be ready for the summer heat when it arrives… and it will almost certainly arrive before the official first day of summer. Continue Reading

Allergy Season Is Here: Protect Your Indoor Air Quality

March 20th, 2017

Dandelion-In-FieldThe weather is beginning to warm up here in Western North Carolina, although we can still expect occasional cold spells throughout the rest of March and even into April. But the trend toward hotter temperatures will continue until the peak of summer—and this early stage of warmer weather means it’s also allergy season!

The Causes of Allergy Season

“Allergy season” has no specific set of dates. It can start as early as the end of winter, or it might happen in April. It lasts until around early summer. The increase in allergies is tied to the change in the weather from winter to spring. As the temperatures start to rise, plants begin to pollinate. This pollen is one of the prime sources of allergy attacks. If the spring is especially rainy, it will further add to the allergens in the air because of the rise in mold growth. Mold problems can last through the entire summer and into the fall. Even though the rain can wash away pollen, the pollen count tends to spike right after the rainfall. Continue Reading

Have That AC Tune-Up Scheduled—And Receive Extra Benefits!

March 6th, 2017

money-out-the-roofLast week we talked about getting a mid-winter tune-up for your heating system and why it’s a good idea to schedule work on your home’s heater even when winter is coming to a close.

And that topic leads right into today’s. With the end of winter in sight and temperatures starting to rise into the 60s, now is also a great time to consider the regular spring maintenance and tune-up for your air conditioning system. March is a notoriously unpredictable month for weather (“in like a lamb, out like a lion” and the other way around as well) and it’s not yet time to shut down your furnace or other heater—but the AC needs to be ready to get to work soon. Continue Reading

Arrange for a Mild-Weather Tune-Up for Your Heating System

February 20th, 2017

furnace-technician-maintenance-checkThe weather is starting to turn away from the winter and look toward the spring here in western North Carolina. We’re enjoying temperature in the 60s and sometimes even the low 70s. During this stretch of mild weather, it’s easy to forget about the needs of your heating system. But if you haven’t arranged for a tune-up for your home’s heater in Brevard, NC during the last year, you still need to have it done!

Right now we’re running a special to tune-up your heat pump, gas or LP furnace or boiler. The tune-up includes a free combustion and carbon monoxide analysis. There’s also a repair-free guarantee: if you need a single repair this summer, we’ll refund every single penny of the tune-up! This offer expires April 15, so call us today for details. Continue Reading

The Secrets of High-Efficiency Furnaces

February 6th, 2017

burners-in-furnacesLast week we discussed fuel efficiency in gas furnaces and how to understand AFUE ratings, which is how the efficiency of furnaces is measured.

But this topic brings up another set of questions: why is the efficiency in furnaces improving? Older furnaces would have an AFUE rating between 56% and 70%, which meant quite a bit of energy waste. But today, for a furnace to earn the ENERGY STAR certificate from the Department of Energy, it must have an AFUE of at least 90%. And some can score as high as 98.5%. What is making furnaces today so much better at using natural gas efficiently than older models?

You could just chalk it up to “they got better at making them!” Which is partially true. But there are some interesting “secrets” to why modern furnaces waste less energy than old ones. Continue Reading

Answering Questions about Furnace Efficiency Ratings (AFUE)

January 23rd, 2017

Three lit furnace burnersOne of the most important services that we provide our customers is energy audits and home performance assessments. This is the “whole-house” approach to reducing utility bills, where our team finds spots where a home is wasting power and then offers solutions.

One place where we frequently find that a house is expending more energy than necessary is the heating system. Most households use a furnace for their heat, and older furnaces have much lower efficiency than newer ones. (Older furnaces will also lose efficiency because of basic wear and tear from age.) Our installers can replace an older furnace with one that has a higher AFUE rating, which is the standard measure of furnace energy efficiency. Continue Reading