Spring Cleanup List Begins with HVAC

Spring cleaning is a tradition, but there are some other chores that should be part of your springtime routine, too. Most of them take only a few minutes, so get started!
1. Check your air-conditioning and heating equipment before the beginning of a new season.
2. Check and replace your furnace and air-conditioning filters every month. There are several types from which to choose, depending on your needs. Fiberglass filters last only one month, while the filters typically last three to four months. HEPA filters last up to six months and can be cleaned with a vacuum nozzle.
3. Most air conditioners have a drainage hole on the base of the cabinet, beneath the evaporator fins. This hole needs to be kept clear in order for the air conditioner to work properly. It’s a good idea each spring to use a paper clip or wire to poke through the hole and clear it.
4. To keep a dehumidifier working properly, remove its housing and let the unit dry completely. Vacuum every accessible surface and crevice.
5. Clean your bathroom fans once a year. Take the cover off, wash it in soapy water and clean dirt off the fan blades with a toothbrush. Be sure the power is off when you do this!
6. Check the flappers on your toilets at least once a year. If they are showing their age, replace them before they start leaking and wasting water.
7. Remove all faucet handles and clean their insides to keep the screws from corroding. Use a rust remover if necessary.
8. Replace the batteries in smoke and carbon-monoxide detectors twice a year: when the time changes to daylight savings time and then back to standard time. While you’re at it, dust or vacuum the detectors to keep them working at peak performance.Find the rest of this article here.

Need help with your heating and air conditioning needs? Call us at 770-253-2665 or schedule an appointment online here.

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What Is Air Balancing?

Air balancing involves inspection, tests and adjustments made to a central HVAC system. Air balancing is done to verify that the correct amount of air is being distributed to every comfort zone in your home or business. This service may include moving and/or adjusting the dampers inside the ducts that are controlling and directing air flow. Changes to the vents and ducts may also be made. The main goal is to balance the supply and return channels to optimize its efficiency and to ensure that the comfort level in each room is high.

svc_tech_in_officeDo I need air balancing?

An unbalanced air distribution system can force your heating and cooling systems to work overtime to reach the most comfortable temperature. Working overtime causes additional strain to these systems, which can lead to major repairs. Longer running time can lead to premature replacement of the system as well. There are many HVAC contractors out there, but not everyone has the expertise and training that it takes to properly balance a system. Signs and conditions that indicate your system will benefit from air balancing services include:

  • Difference temperature in different rooms
  • Persistent cold or warm spots
  • Premature wear on HVAC equipment
  • New HVAC equipment additions or installations
  • Higher than normal utilities (electricity) bills
  • Changes to the home such as new windows, remodels or additions
  • Space configuration has changed since the last air balance
  • Excessive dirt or dust is present
  • Doors stay open or slam-closed
  • Complaints from environmental safety department

If the temperature is different in every room, it’s important to have your ducts looked at. Different temperature usually means the air is not being distributed evenly in all rooms. Have your HVAC contractor check the static pressure of your system. With the initial testing, a certified professional is able to provide you with an answer of whether you have a blockage or leakage.

Article courtesy of Served Chill


What is Freon? How Do You Know We Need More?

Those that have requested air conditioning services from HVAC contractor have heard of the word or know about FREON. But what is FREON? Why is it used for air conditioning? And how do we know we need more of it? Well, let us answer your questions..

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“Freon” is a heat transfer fluid, which means it is capable of absorbing heat from the air indoors and transferring it outside to get cooled down. This air is then returned back indoors for everyone to enjoy. Freon is circulated over and over by your air conditioning system to cool the air.

The company, Dupont, is actually the ones who came up with the trademark name “Freon” to represent several types of refrigerants, which R-22 being the most common.

WHEN DO WE NEED MORE? 

Normally, it wouldn’t run out unless there’s a leak, which is a sure sign that you’ll be running low on Freon. Here are some tell-tale signs:

  • Registers are blowing hot air when the air conditioning is running and is set to cool.
  • Water accumulation from condensation accumulating on the floor by the furnace.
  • The cooling process takes forever.
  • Copper lines have become frozen.
  • High electricity bill.

The way to repair a problem like this is to find the leak and repair it as soon as possible. Having the leak any longer can cause more damages to the unit and may become costly to repair.

Blog post courtesy of Served Chill


Suffering from Seasonal Allergies?

After a long winter, we are officially into Spring and looking forward to warmer days ahead. For some of us, the change in seasons triggers the onset of seasonal allergies. Did you know that air quality in your home can play a significant role in how well you are able to deal with allergy symptoms?  In fact, your HVAC system can actually help with your allergy symptoms – when properly maintained.

With warmer temperatures, many people are inclined to want to open up windows in their home rather than use their AC system. While fresh air seems like a good idea, if you suffer with allergies, you may want to reconsider. When opening  the windows, you are inviting pollens and other allergens into your home. These pollens and allergens can attach to rugs and other soft surfaces in your home and hang around long after your windows are closed.

When your HVAC system has been properly maintained and kept clean, it is highly effective at helping with allergy symptoms. Routine filter changes are crucial to keep your system running at peak performance. It is also very helpful to have professional cleanings done on your system frequently to prevent dust and mold growth inside of your unit. In addition to your HVAC system, Progressive Heating and Air offers several additional options for your home comfort and health.

Air purifiers added to your unit provide maximum air purification, cleaning over 100x more air than portable units. These purifiers capture and kill airborne viruses, bacteria and mold and do not need to be cleaned – simply replace the media cartridge.

Humidifiers are another option for those battling allergies. These units are nearly silent while running and humidify air to avoid irritated sinuses, noses, throats and dry skin. When the time comes, removal and replacement of the pad is quick and convenient.

If you haven’t had  HVAC system maintenance performed recently on your system or would like to learn more about the options we can offer to help make your home more healthy, call us today!


What If Your Power Goes Out?

Rain comes and goes, but a storm doesn’t pass most of us by without the thought of a power outage. It could happen to your house, or your city – you could be down for an hour or a couple of days. Too hard to predict – much easier to prepare ahead of time.

Make sure you are ready by:

  1. Have a written emergency preparedness plan. This should include a meeting place in case your family is somehow separated, including phone numbers and a list of what needs to be done. Keep it in an easily accessible place – like the kitchen or bathroom.
  2. Put some thought into the purchase of a generator. It just might be the difference between keeping your house going for a day or not.
  3. Have an emergency preparedness kit that includes candles, etc. The Red Cross has a list of items you need for it – why reinvent the wheel? Use it as a guideline to take care of your family.
  4. Know what to do if the worst happens – and communicate this to your family. This includes turning off all electrical equipment possible to avoid a power surge when eh electricity comes back on, keeping the refrigerator door closed, etc.
  5. Have the numbers for an electrician, HVAC company, etc ready. After a power outage, you might find that your AC, water heater, or other systems may not function correctly.

We are always hear to help – visit us online or give us a call at 770-253-2665 to chat.

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Rheem Press Release

Rheem Adds 175-Gallon Capacity Model to its Line of Heavy Duty Electric Commercial Water Heaters

Large-volume water heater ships quickly to customer and costs about one-third less than similar capacity models that must be custom ordered

ATLANTA, September 18, 2012—Rheem has expanded its Heavy Duty Electric line of commercial water heaters to include a new 175-gallon capacity model. When an order is placed before noon, Rheem will either ship the 175-gallon model the same day or customers can pick it up the same day in areas near Rheem warehouses or distributors that stock these models. This large-volume unit complements Rheem’s existing Heavy Duty Commercial Electric water heating offerings, which include 50-, 85-, and 120-gallon capacity models.

“Large-volume electric water heaters typically take six weeks or more to arrive to the customer—because they’re often available only through special ordering. Plus, customers usually end up paying a hefty deposit and the shipping charges for these orders,” said Willie Pedrick, product manager, Rheem Water Heating Division. “With Rheem’s new 175-gallon Heavy Duty Commercial Electric water heater, the hassle of ordering a large-volume water heater is a thing of the past. In most cases, a customer will receive this water heater the same day—without paying any shipping charges or a deposit. This unit really is going to be a lifesaver for any business that needs a large-volume electric water heater right away.”

Rheem ships these 175-gallon water heaters to its stocking warehouses and participating distributors as a base model that can be quickly customized. When distributors receive a request from a contractor for this unit, they will convert the water heater to the customer’s exact specifications in minutes at about one-third the cost of a special order model. That’s because Rheem strategically located the unit’s control box at the front of the unit, so even when the water heater is still in its shipping crate, distributors can easily access this one panel without having to unpack it. The ability to quickly rewire the unit readies it for pick-up or delivery almost immediately.

The 175-gallon Rheem Heavy Duty Commercial Electric water heater operates at 98 percent thermal efficiency. In addition, Rheem added a thick layer of foam insulation to the unit to minimize heat loss. The unit can reach a maximum temperature of 190 degrees Fahrenheit and it delivers approximately 438 gallons of hot water in the first hour at a 100-degree rise. The 175-gallon model is perfect for a variety of commercial settings including foodservice, retail, athletic complexes and more, and it can be used as a booster or a stand-alone unit.

Contractors will appreciate that this unit is derived from Rheem’s existing commercial electric water heating platform, which has been trusted in the marketplace for decades. Plus, the unit’s exclusive System Sentinel™ diagnostic panel can facilitate faster service calls. Rheem’s System Sentinel diagnostic panel features LED indicators that correspond to the number, location and status of each element in the water heater. Should a service issue arise, a contractor can quickly reference the System Sentinel and see where the precise error is occurring in the unit.

The Rheem Heavy Duty Commercial Electric line has units available with input ratings of 3 kW to 108 kW. The line offers models in 208, 240, or 480 voltages (VAC), as well as a 277 VAC option for single-phase only; the remaining voltages are available in either single-or three-phase options. The line’s 50-, 80- and 120-gallon models can be purchased in designs that meet ASME construction standards, and all 175-gallon models are built according to ASME construction standards.

To learn more about Rheem Heavy Duty Commercial Electric water heaters, please visit http://www.rheem.com or contact your local Rheem distributor.

About Rheem (www.rheem.com)
Rheem is privately held with headquarters in Atlanta and U.S. operations in Alabama, Arkansas, California, Indiana, Minnesota and North Carolina. In its 87th year of operation, the company manufactures a full-line of eco-friendly, technologically advanced residential and commercial heating and cooling systems; tank, tankless, solar and hybrid heat pump water heaters; whole-home standby generators, controls, swimming pool and spa heaters; indoor air-purification products; and commercial boilers throughout North America and world markets. The company’s premium brands, including Rheem, Raypak, Ruud and Richmond have been recognized with countless industry and consumer awards for reliability, innovative design and high quality.

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