Tips on Home Cooling

Buying a bigger room air conditioner won’t necessarily make you feel more comfortable during the hot summer months. In fact, a room air conditioner that’s too big for the area it is supposed to cool will perform less efficiently and less effectively than a smaller, properly sized unit. The reason: an oversized unit will cool the room(s) to the thermostat set-point before proper dehumidification occurs, making the area feel “clammy” and uncomfortable. Central air-conditioning systems need to be sized by professionals. Explore our Energy Saver 101 infographic on home cooling to learn how an air conditioner works.

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If you have a central air system in your home, set the fan to shut off at the same time as the compressor, which is usually done by setting the “auto” mode on the fan setting. In other words, don’t use the system’s central fan to provide air circulation — use circulating fans in individual rooms.

Instead of air-conditioning, consider installing a whole-house fan. Whole-house fans work in many climates and help cool your home by pulling cool air through the house and exhausting warm air through the attic. Use the fan most effectively to cool down your house during cooler times of the day: your home will stay cooler through the hotter times of the day without using the fan.

Cooling Tips

  • Set your thermostat at as high a temperature as comfortably possible in the summer, and ensure humidity control if needed. The smaller the difference between the indoor and outdoor temperatures, the lower your overall cooling bill will be.
  • Avoid setting your thermostat at a colder setting than normal when you turn on your air conditioner. It will not cool your home any faster and could result in excessive cooling and, therefore, unnecessary expense.
  • Consider using an interior fan along with your window air conditioner to spread the cooled air through your home without greatly increasing your power use.
  • Avoid placing appliances that give off heat such as lamps or TVs near a thermostat.

Information courtesy of the US Dept of Energy


Save $$

As the weather turns chilly, improve your home’s comfort, and save energy and money all while doing a good thing for the environment. By using energy efficiently at home, you not only lower your energy bills, but prevent air pollution too. Here are ways to save, offered by the ENERGY STAR program at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

1. Know the Facts – The average family spends $1,500 a year on energy bills, with nearly half of that spent on heating and cooling. Energy-efficient heating and cooling equipment, installed alongside a well-sealed duct system, can save as much as 20 percent on annual energy costs.
2. Keep it Clean – A dirty air filter can increase your energy costs and lead to early equipment failure. Clean or change the air filter in your heating and cooling system regularly. Also, have your equipment checked seasonally to make sure it’s operating efficiently and safely – check-ups can identify problems early. Dirt and neglect are the #1 causes of system failure.
3. Bundle Up – Hidden gaps and cracks in a home can add up to as much airflow as an open window. When heat escapes, your system must work harder and you use more energy. Home Sealing can improve your home “envelope” – the outer walls, ceiling, windows and floors — and
can save up to 10 percent in energy costs. Start by sealing air leaks and adding insulation, while paying special attention to your attic and basement, where the biggest gaps and cracks are often found. If replacing windows, choose ENERGY STAR qualified ones.
4. Tighten Your Ducts – If you have a forced air furnace or heat pump, then a duct system is responsible for circulating warm air throughout your home. Leaky ducts can reduce your system’s overall efficiency by 20 percent, causing your equipment to work harder than necessary to keep you comfortable. Ask your HVAC contractor about improving your ducts.
5. Don’t Oversize – When replacing old equipment, make sure your new equipment is properly sized for your home. An oversized system will cost more to buy and operate and will cycle on and off too frequently, reducing your comfort and leading to early system failures and repair costs. Correct sizing will ensure that your equipment works efficiently. Make sure your HVAC contractor uses Manual J or an equivalent sizing tool to determine what’s right for your home.
6. Consult a Professional – Find an experienced, licensed contractor before embarking on any heating and cooling overhaul. Visit http://www.natex.orq to find a contractor whose technicians are certified by NATE (North American Technician Excellence), the leading industry-supported testing and certification program.
7. Shop Smart – If your heating equipment has not been regularly maintained and is 15 years or older, it’s probably time for a more efficient replacement. Ask for an ENERGY STAR when buying the following equipment:

  • Furnaces – Old furnaces cost more to operate per year than new, ENERGY STAR qualified models that are 15 percent more efficient than standard models.
  • Boilers – An ENERGY STAR qualified boiler uses features like electric ignition and new combustion technologies that extract more heat from the same amount of fuel, to be seven percent more energy-efficient.
  • Heat Pumps – When installed in a home with a well-sealed envelope, heat pumps provide great value and comfort for your energy dollar. An ENERGY STAR qualified geothermal heat pump is 30 percent more efficient than comparable new equipment and can save you as much as $400 annually. A qualified electric heat pump is 20 percent more efficient.
  • Programmable Thermostats – Regulate your home’s temperature with four programmable settings and you can save about $100 annually on your energy bills.

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Source: ENERGY STAR


Rebates! Rebates! Rebates! Part Three: Rheem Cashback

Lastly, and CERTAINLY not least – Rheem Cashback – rebates just for you.

Rheem is offering an instant and effortless rebate that makes it easier than ever to keep your home comfortable all year long. From March 15th to June 15th, you can save up to $1,200 on select Rheem heating and cooling systems or individual unit components.

Rebates:

  • Up to $1,200 on straight cool/gas systems
  • Up to $1,000 on Heat Pump systems
  • Up to $1,000 on Package systems
  • Up to $200 on air handlers
  • $25 on select accessories

From Rheem:

Make your home comfortable in every season with a top-rated Rheem heating or cooling solution. And with new comfort comes big savings! This spring you can take advantage of immediate cash back with a Rheem Instant Rebate.
When you purchase an eligible Rheem system or any individual unit component, you save on the spot!
It’s Easy.
There’s no paperwork for you to fill out and nothing to put in the mail. And with this rebate, there’s no waiting and wondering about when you will receive a check. Your savings are immediate – and your contractor takes care of everything. Easy!

For more information, CALL US at 770-253-2665, or visit Rheem.com


Why A Furnace Tuneup Is So Important

Having annual maintenance performed on your furnace is more about peace of mind than anything else. When done properly, maintaining your system will save you money on energy bills, prolong the life of your equipment and protect your overall investment. Heating and air conditioning systems are very expensive. With preventative maintenance, problems can be discovered before serious damage is done. Not only that, issues can be discovered and dealt with instead of your unit breaking down in the middle of winter. You take your car for regular oil changes and tune-ups so you won’t have a break-down when you need it…sound familiar? Your  heater is similar to this.

Considering how we Georgian’s can’t STAND the cold weather – this maintenance should be right up there with your most important ‘to-dos’.

Our maintenance includes, but is not limited to the following points:

  • Cleaning and adjusting the burner assembly
  • Setting the burners for proper combustion and ignition
  • Cleaning the ignition assembly
  • Checking and cleaning heat exchanger or elements
  • Monitor the flue draft
  • Check gas pressure
  • Cleaning furnace housing
  • Change standard size air filter

Once the maintenance on your furnace is complete, the air quality in your home should improve. Since the furnace won’t have to struggle as hard, money will be saved on the energy bill.

Give Progressive Heating and Air a call today at 770-253-2665 to schedule your fall heating maintenance. Busy? You can also go online and schedule an appointment at your convenience.

We have been serving Coweta and Fayette counties since 1994!


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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ENERGY STAR – Rheem one of most efficient!

Check this out! ENERGY STAR [has ratings for all/most of your household appliances, shows how energy efficient they are] has Rheem on their list for most efficient HVAC systems!

How ’bout them apples?!
Source: http://www.energystar.gov/index.cfm?c=most_efficient.me_cac_ashp

Rheem Prestige Series™ with Comfort Control2 System™

Rheem Prestige Series™ with Comfort Control2 System™

Features:

  • Rheem Prestige Series™ 18 SEER Two-Stage Condensing Unit equipped with the Comfort Control² System™
  • Serial communication, advanced diagnostics, active system monitoring & protection, and “call for service” notification.
  • Efficiencies up to 19.5 SEER & 14.0 EER
  • 10-Year limited parts warranty, 10-Year conditional unit replacement warranty (registration required)
Capacity Energy Use: Annual Energy Use (kWh) Annual Cost (National Average)* Lifetime Cost to Operate** % Savings over Federal Minimum
EER SEER
24,600 14.3 18.5 1,117 122 $1,704 30%
37,000 13.8 18 1,726 188 $2,635 28%
39,500 13.85 19.5 1,701 185 $2,596 33%
48,500 13 18 2,263 247 $3,453 28%
Rheem RRRL Series with Comfort Alert™ Control

Rheem RRRL Series with Comfort Alert™ Control

Features:
The 16 SEER RRRL Package Gas/Electric units feature earth-friendly R-410A refrigerant. The RRRL Models have added features that include: On demand dehumidification, standard stainless steel heat exchanger, two stage gas heat, and ECM motor with adjustable airflow in both heating and cooling to 1.0” SP static capability. This platform provides you with a full line of capacities that are each AHRI-certified. The design is certified by CSA International.
Capacity Energy Use: Annual Energy Use (kWh) Annual Cost (National Average)* Lifetime Cost to Operate** % Savings over Federal Minimum
EER SEER
36,000 12.3 16.3 1,855 $202 $2,831 20%
23,800 12.4 16.1 1,242 $135 $1,895 19%
36,000 12.3 16.3 1,855 $202 $2,831 20%
48,500 13 18 2,263 247 $3,453 28%
Rudd UASL Series with Comfort Control2 System™

Rudd UASL Series with Comfort Control2 System™

Features:

  • Ruud Ultra Series™ 18 SEER Two-Stage Condensing Unit equipped with the Comfort Control² System™
  • Serial communication, advanced diagnostics, active system monitoring & protection, and “call for service” notification.
  • Efficiencies up to 19.5 SEER & 14.0 EER
  • 10-Year limited parts warranty, 10-Year conditional unit replacement warranty (registration required)
Capacity Energy Use: Annual Energy Use (kWh) Annual Cost (National Average)* Lifetime Cost to Operate** % Savings over Federal Minimum
EER SEER
24,600 14.3 18.5 1,117 $122 $1,704 30%
37,000 13.8 18 1,726 $188 $2,635 28%
39,500 13.85 19.5 1,701 $185 $2,596 33%
48,500 13 18 2,263 247 $3,453 28%

Rheem Opens a New PROSTOCK Store South of Atlanta with Hughes Supply

McDonough, Ga.-based store will distribute Rheem HVAC parts and aftermarket supplies to local contractors
MCDONOUGH, GA., May 22, 2012—Last month, Rheem distributor Hughes Supply opened a new PROSTOCK location just 30 miles south of Atlanta in McDonough, Ga. Hughes Supply provides residential, commercial, light industrial, institution and government plumbing supplies, as well as a complete line of commercial and residential HVAC supplies.
The McDonough PROSTOCK location represents the first time that Rheem and Hughes Supply have collaborated to open a PROSTOCK storefront, and both companies eagerly anticipate working together again in the future. Rheem and Hughes Supply are already in the process of converting another store in Georgia into its next PROSTOCK location. Hughes Supply owns more than 75 stores throughout 12 states, including Alabama, Arizona, Colorado, Florida, Georgia, Indiana, Kentucky, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Texas and Virginia.
“Hughes Supply has embraced the PROSTOCK model, and we couldn’t be happier to work with the company to open its first store in McDonough, Ga.,” said Don Harter, vice president and general manager of Rheem Sales Company. “The PROSTOCK format will help Hughes Supply present a bright, well-organized storefront that can meet the needs of local contractors. We look forward to partnering with Hughes Supply to convert even more Atlanta-area locations into PROSTOCK stores.”
PROSTOCK stores offer replacement parts directly from the original equipment manufacturer (OEM), Rheem, as well as aftermarket parts and supplies for professionals that install, maintain and service HVAC and water heating equipment. Rheem is one of the few manufacturers in the country offering a retail presence to meet the needs of HVAC and plumbing contractors.
“Hughes Supply’s McDonough store is our first PROSTOCK location, and we’re pleased with the highly visual and engaging nature of the store,” said Dennis Williams, southeast HVAC business manager for Hughes Supply. “PROSTOCK’s retail format is going to be an integral part of our Atlanta-area development plans, and we’re looking forward to unveiling additional PROSTOCK locations in the coming months.”
On Thursday, April 12, PROSTOCK and Hughes Supply hosted a grand opening event for contractors in the McDonough area. The event included a ribbon-cutting ceremony and also featured a catered lunch from Atlanta’s famous drive-in, The Varsity. Hughes Supply conducted a grand-prize drawing at the event, where one lucky contractor won a new Apple iPad®, and the company also provided giveaways to attendees.
A number of company representatives from Hughes Supply participated in the grand opening event, including Steve Ferry, Hughes Supply division president; Brad Davis, regional manager, Georgia; Dennis Williams, southeast HVAC business manager; Brian Wisener, manager, McDonough; Xavier Patillo, counter/PROSTOCK manager; Rick Partridge, outside sales; and Terrance Hayes, logistical sales. Beth Childress, manager of store development for PROSTOCK, and Mike Himel, Rheem’s southeast district parts manager, traveled to Georgia to attend the event.
“We had a tremendous turnout among customers in McDonough and the surrounding areas at our grand opening event,” added Brian Wisener. “Our contractor customers were especially pleased with the crisp layout of the PROSTOCK store. Of course, they loved the catered lunch by The Varsity too! All around, it was a great day.”
The McDonough store is located at 120 Westridge Industrial Boulevard, and it is open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday. More information can be found on Hughes Supply’s website, http://www.hughessupply.com.
About Rheem Manufacturing Company
Rheem Manufacturing Company (http://www.rheem.com) 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. Rheem is a primary sponsor of Richard Childress Racing’s® (RCR) No. 29 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series® car, driven by Kevin Harvick. Rheem also supports the NASCAR Nationwide Series® through its co-sponsorship with Menards® of RCR’s No. 33 Chevrolet. Finally, Rheem will embark on a new primary sponsorship with Eddie Sharp Racing® (ESR) of the No. 33 Chevrolet Silverado that will compete in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series® in 2012.

Source: http://www.rheem.com/news/rheem-opens-a-new-prostock-store-south-of-atlanta-with-hughes-supply

What does this mean for you? Faster turnaround time for parts!