Thinking of Replacing Your HVAC System? Here’s why Fall is the best time to do it.

There comes a time when every homeowner must face the inevitable – your HVAC system needs to be replaced. Replacing your heating and cooling system is not something that you often have to deal with, so you may be wondering, where do I start? The more you prepare yourself for this event, the better off you will be when the time comes to upgrade or replace your system.

Fall is the best time to replace your home comfort system, so if you have been thinking about upgrading or you need a replacement, why not start the process now? Below we will talk a little bit more about why fall is the ideal season for HVAC replacement and what you should consider when exploring your options for a new HVAC system.

Why You Should Replace Your HVAC System in Fall

Here are just a few reasons why you should consider replacing your HVAC system in the fall:

  1. Convenience

Fall is the most convenient time to replace or upgrade your HVAC system as the weather is more moderate, so you and your family can enjoy more comfortable temperatures during the installation process. In addition, HVAC companies are experiencing less emergency calls during the fall, so they can often have a more convenient schedule for consultation and installation.

  1. Time

Since you are using your heating and cooling system less in the fall, this offers you more time to find the perfect system for you. You can do your research and consult with HVAC experts in order to find the right heating and cooling system to meet your home comfort needs. It is better to plan ahead and know what you want ahead of time, rather than rushing to find a new system once yours eventually breaks down.

  1. Price

Another reason why fall is often the best time to replace your HVAC system is that many companies offer rebates and special promotions during the fall system. Fall can be slower season for HVAC so many companies provide some incentive for homeowners by offering significant saving son new systems.

Take Advantage of Fall Savings at Anderson Air Corps

Anderson Air Corps offers just another reason to get your heater serviced or your HVAC system replaced this fall. We are offering $50 off any heater or furnace maintenance services during the season. If you run into any issues when testing your heater or you’ve been putting offer needed maintenance on your heater, schedule an appointment and one of our expert HVAC technicians will get you back up and running at a discounted rate!

If you have been thinking about upgrading your HVAC system or you desperately need a replacement unit, you’re in luck! You may be eligible for Carrier factory rebates when you purchase certain Carrier equipment or systems from Anderson Air Corps. You’ll need to act fast though as this special rebate promotion ends on November 15, 2016. For more information or to schedule an installation or maintenance service, contact Anderson Air Corps now.

 

Your Top Heating & Cooling Questions Answered

As a homeowner, it’s your responsibility to maintain your home and all of its components to sustain the best value, comfort and security for your home. This is a lot to ask of someone who is likely a parent and a full-time employee. We certainly don’t expect you to know it all. This is why we take it upon ourselves to proactively answer the important questions that homeowners may have when it comes to the ins and outs of their home’s heating and cooling.

Heating and Cooling Questions

Common Heating & Cooling Questions

Below, we’ve taken the time to answer some of your top questions about heating and cooling your home:

Where is my air filter?

To check on your air or furnace filter, you’ll have to know where it is first. Most units will have the filter next to the unit on the return duct. For older units, the filter is often inside the furnace next to the blower. Other units have a central filter grille that will be located on a wall or ceiling in the house.

How often should I check my air filter?

We recommend that you check your air or furnace filter at least once a month. You will want to check more frequently during high use seasons. This timeline ensures that if the filter is compromised or dirty, that it can be cleaned or replaced before it can cause damage to the unit or worsen the air quality of your home. If you have a replaceable air filter and it is dirty, do not bother trying to clean it, you are better off replacing it, as it is more prone to wear and tear than a more sturdy pleated filter.

What is the ideal humidity level for my home?

The humidity level of a home is vitally important for both safety and comfort. A home that is not humid enough can be too dry for its occupants causing dry throats, noses and potentially damaging electrical equipment. Meanwhile, a home that is too humid is at risks of inviting pests and mold into their home. The ideal humidity level for a home falls within 35-50% with 40-45% being the most ideal.

How does air conditioning work?

The function of an air conditioner is not actually to pump cold air into the house, but rather to suck the heat out of the house and circulate cooler air from within the home until the home reaches the ideal temperature, humidity and air quality. The heat is pulled through the unit and out through the ventilation system, while the cooler air is pushed through the ductwork of the home. If you feel as though heat is not leaving your home quickly, check your ventilation system and if you don’t feel like cool air is flowing through your home fast enough, consider cleaning your ducts.

What size air conditioning unit do I need?

There are more factors than the size of home or business that goes into the size of unit that is required to heat or cool the space. Yes, size is one of the biggest components of this decision, but factors such as window size and quality, home orientation with regards to the sun and overall energy efficiency to the home. If a home is properly insulated and receives a bounty of free energy from the sun, it may be able to use a smaller unit. On the other hand, if a structure is poorly insulated and is shaded in the winter or baking in the sun in the summer, it will likely require a larger unit to properly heat and cool the building. Ultimately it is recommended to have an Albuquerque HVAC specialist come to your home to properly size your new HVAC unit.

What’s the difference between a variable speed furnace and a traditional furnace?

A traditional furnace will run at one speed, or 100%, at all times. This sounds ideal in that it should quickly heat up your home, however, not all temperature differences require this much energy to effectively heat your home. A variable speed furnace has the ability to first release an initial burst of heat at 65% percent capacity. Only if it is completely necessary will a variable speed furnace kick into 100% capacity. This not only saves energy (variable speed furnaces are more expensive but the energy savings can take as little as 4 years to pay off the difference), but the unit will be notably quieter. There is also an additional bonus to heating up a home more slowly, in that it allows the air in the home to be properly filtered and replaced to avoid the buildup of humidity or poor air quality.

For the answers to any of your HVAC questions or for Albuquerque heating and cooling services, contact Anderson Air Corps for an exceptional customer focused experience.

Absorption Refrigeration: How It Works

When most people think of the way that refrigerators work, they picture compressors and cold air. That’s why it’s so hard for many people to understand the concept of absorption refrigeration. It’s easy to see where their questions come from and why it can be a bit tricky to wrap your mind around. After all, how can the application of heat make something cold? It’s actually simpler than you might think.

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The Setup

One of the most interesting things about this kind of unit is that there are no moving parts. At all. With no electric motors or compressors that can fail, an absorption refrigerator is incredibly reliable. When these first hit the market, it meant that customers could enjoy marvelous warranties far beyond what was possible with traditional models.

An AR unit has four basic parts. The broiler, condenser, evaporator, and absorber come together within this ingenious design. Flexibility is another benefit that they offer. An absorption refrigerator can be powered by electricity as well as kerosene or gas. Adaptability is always a benefit, particularly when it comes to appliances.

Within these refrigerators, you’ll find ammonia, water, and hydrogen. The pressure within the tubes is great enough to condense ammonia at a certain temperature. Of course, different units are designed with different thresholds.

How Heat Makes Cold

Whether it’s fueled by electricity or gas, heat is applied to the boiler system. The temperature rises and boils the ammonia rather quickly. Small bubbles of the gas rise up, bringing with them an ammonia solution. This combination then enters the siphon pump and is split into two parts to continue the process.

Any of the weak solution is rerouted back into a tube and out of the way. The less dense gas travels into the vapor pipe. It then moves along to the water separator. In this chamber, the ammonia is purified from any water. The water is condensed and returned to the boiler system. The ammonia vapor, now unmixed, makes its way into the condenser.

Once there, the circulating air brings the ammonia back to a cooler liquid form and then transports it to the evaporator. This portion is full of hydrogen. It slides across the ammonia, reducing the pressure enough that it can once again evaporate. As it’s transformed back into a gas, it takes heat from the compartment and drops the temperature.

Ammonia and hydrogen are then moved to the absorber. The tube of weak solution, mentioned earlier, flows through this area and drags the ammonia away. The hydrogen rises back to the absorber coil, and the strong ammonia returns to its starting point at the boiler system.

Our Knowledge Is Your Friend

Even for less common setups like absorption refrigeration, you can count on Anderson Air Corps to always have the right information. Any time you require service, turn to us. We’ll cover all your needs—from emergency repairs to preventative maintenance—and we’ll do so with the best customer service around. Contact us today.

Stop Mold Growth in Your Business HVAC System

Due to condensation, HVAC systems can be prime locations for mold growth, and these systems can distribute mold throughout the building. Visible mold always signals a potential problem in terms of health-related complications and damage to building structures. Stopping mold growth is imperative for sustaining good indoor air quality (IAQ).

HVAC Maintenance for Mold Prevention

It’s important to schedule regular cleaning and maintenance of your HVAC system. Make sure your contractor or technician checks the following for a thorough inspection.

Coils and Drain Pans

Air is dehumidified through cooling coils, and the condensate water drips into the drain pan before exiting through a deep seal trap. When the drain pan isn’t properly designed and maintained, standing water can accumulate, which creates a microbial habitat. In addition to proper sloping, cleaning the drain pan regularly is an important component of healthy IAQ.

Humidification and Dehumidification Equipment

Wet surfaces should be drained and periodically treated in order to prevent microbial growth. Your technician should also prevent duct linings from becoming moist from sprayed water.

Outdoor Air Dampers

Screens and grilles can become obstructed from mold growth that has developed from dust and debris. The technician should clean these surfaces regularly in order to remove dust build-up.

Air Filters

The air filters should be replaced regularly, either on a scheduled basis or because of the air filter’s pressure drop. Fans should also be shut off when changing the filter, in order to prevent air contamination. Your technician may recommend getting a higher-efficiency filter in order to improve your indoor air quality. Purchasing a compatible high-efficiency filter can also minimize energy use.

Ducts

While it’s normal to have some dust on duct surfaces, it’s important not to have dust on areas with restricted airflow, areas subject to condensation or moisture, and duct lining, as these locations are susceptible to contamination. The technician should fix any overly wet areas, such as the internal lining which can become chronically damp.

Return-Air Plenum

The space over the ceiling tiles is often used as a return-air plenum. Materials and supplies shouldn’t be in the plenum, as the area can become contaminated and disrupt airflow. All exhaust systems that pass through the plenum should be properly maintained in order to prevent leaks, as well as to prevent exhaust from entering the plenum. The technician should also check for condensation in the plenum areas and on pipes.

Cooling Towers

The chemical treatment and water quality should be periodically monitored to prevent microbial growth. It might also be necessary to physically clean the cooling towers in order to prevent the accumulation of sediment, and to install drift eliminators.

Air Intakes

The HVAC technician should check the areas where the outdoor air enters your HVAC system. He or she should also inspect any organic material that has accumulated in or near the HVAC intakes. Airborne fungal spores can become elevated when the intakes are near dumpsters, boxes, garbage cans, standing rainwater, paper, lagoons, ponds, and earth and vegetation that has been freshly disturbed.

Contact Anderson Air Corps for a thorough investigation of mold growth and to prevent mold from accumulating in the future. Doing so can protect your business as well as its occupants, and regular maintenance is the best way to keep mold at bay.

What Size Air Conditioner Do I need for My Home?

Getting a new air conditioning is a big expense and a big choice. How do you know which unit is right for your home? To make sure your indoor space is comfortable, that it is cooled efficiently, and that you won’t be paying too much on your energy bills, picking the right size for your new AC unit is a good place to start.

Factors to Help You Choose the Right Size AC 

The size of AC unit you choose is important. Go too small and it will run constantly without ever cooling your home adequately. With a unit that is too large it will cycle off rapidly and never really cool the structure of your home. Here are some important factors to consider for picking the right size:

How big is your home?

An obvious consideration is the size of your home. AC units are sized by TON rating, or cooling capacity. The larger your home, the higher the rating you need. It is important to consider volume of space too, not just square footage.

What about windows and insulation?

It’s also important to think about how your home holds on to heat. If you have good insulation and newer windows, you can make do with a smaller AC. With poor insulation or older windows, a larger unit may be needed to keep your home cool.

Do you get a lot of sunlight? 

Where those windows are in the home and how much heat they let in is also important. If you have a lot of south-facing windows or a lack of shade around windows, you may need a larger AC unit to cool your space adequately.

Making the Most of Efficiency

Efficiency is another important factor to consider when choosing what size air conditioner you need for your home. It is important in making your home as comfortable as possible without paying too much each month. If you have factors that make your home more difficult to cool, you might want to address those before getting a new AC: get better insulation, change out your windows, or plant shade trees.

You can also look for a unit that is the right size for your home, but that has a high SEER rating. This is the rating that tells you about efficiency. The higher the rating, the more energy efficient the unit is. A high SEER unit may cost more, but it could save you money in the end. If you’re stuck and unsure what unit is right for you, let one of our experts help. And keep checking back in with our Anderson Air Corp blog for the latest HVAC information and more helpful tips.

Commercial Heat Pump Troubleshooting Tips

A heat pump style of HVAC system is an efficient way to heat and cool a space. Instead of generating heat or cooling air, it pumps heat either inside or out to warm or cool the inside of a building. While a heat pump may be more efficient than a traditional system, it may also develop more problems. Before you panic thinking your whole system is shot, consider these three common problems and what they mean.

Your Heat Pump is Running Constantly 

This is not uncommon during the hottest months of the year. Your heat pump is struggling to get the temperature down to where you have set it while outdoor temperatures are soaring. Check your thermostat to make sure the temperature has not been set too low. Call for service if you raise the temperature setting, but it’s still running.

Your heat pump may also run constantly during very cold weather and this is not always a problem.  Heat pumps run more than a furnace. However, if the outdoor temperatures are above 30 degrees you could have a problem: a frozen outdoor unit, leaking coolant, a broken compressor, or a system that is too small for your space.

Heavy Ice on the Outdoor Unit 

It is normal for the outdoor component of your heat pump system to frost over in the winter, but ice is can signify a problem. It can also cause problems, namely your pump not being able to warm your space. Normally the outdoor unit should periodically defrost itself. If it has built up a layer of ice, this function could be broken. The unit may also be low on refrigerant or there could be water leaking into the unit from your eaves or gutters. Another cause of icing is snow piling up around it. To avoid this, clear the snow out regularly.

Cold When You Should Have Heat 

If your indoor space isn’t heating there could be a simple solution. First check to see that the heat pump has not been accidentally switched to AC mode. Also check he outdoor unit to see if it is covered in ice. If these are not issues, it could be that your system has gotten dirty or has gone too long without regular maintenance. This can lead to long-term damage, so call for service and a cleaning soon.

Often an issue with your heat pump system is minor. A few troubleshooting tips may be all you need to figure out what is going on and what is needed to fix it. On the other hand if you have repeated issues, it may be time for a replacement.

 

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The Benefits of Controlling Indoor Air Quality

Monitoring and controlling your indoor air quality (IAQ) offers a number of benefits. In addition to safe-guarding the health of a building’s residents, controlling IAQ can improve productivity and even help your HVAC system to work at maximum efficiency. These days, people spend an estimated 90 percent of their time indoors and breathing indoor air. As a result, it’s hardly surprising that unhealthy indoor air can have a serious impact on other aspects of our lives.

Poor IAQ Has Negative Effects on Health

Exposure to poor air quality can have a negative effect on health almost immediately. Symptoms and problems that can arise shortly after exposure include headaches, upper respiratory congestion, fatigue, dizziness, and irritation of the eyes, ears, nose and throat. Many people experience these discomforts on a regular basis without realizing that poor IAQ may be to blame.

Potential health problems increase with long term exposure to indoor air pollutants. Poor IAQ can be a contributing factor in a number of debilitating or even fatal illnesses, including heart disease, respiratory disease and cancer.

Sick Building Syndrome Lowers Productivity

When many people who regularly occupy a building suffer negative health effects from poor air quality, the phenomenon is known as Sick Building Syndrome (SBS). SBS usually features acute symptoms that ease significantly when the affected parties leave the building. SBS tends to occur in office buildings with open-plan offices, in which many people are exposed to the same air quality conditions.

Sick Building Syndrome can arise from a number of different factors, and often a combination of several factors. Airborne or chemical pollutants, temperature and humidity problems, poor ventilation, ozone emissions from office equipment, and high concentrations of total volatile organic compounds (TVOCs) can all contribute to unhealthy indoor air.

Offices that suffer from SBS can suffer major reductions in productivity, These buildings will experience a very high number of employee sick days, and the performance of employees who are present is also likely to be impaired.

The Green Building Problem

Surprisingly, “green” buildings are among the most likely to suffer from Sick Building Syndrome. These offices, built to have a minimal impact on the outdoor environment, too often fail to consider their indoor environment. Green buildings frequently limit the amount of air that circulates from the outside, and this can allow pollutants to build up indoors.

IAQ Gives Insight Into HVAC Performance

Monitoring indoor air quality not only provides warning of harmful contaminants but can also let you know how well your HVAC system is functioning. IAQ monitors carbon dioxide levels, which in turn lets you know how well your system is ventilating. Over-ventilation reduces the energy efficiency of your HVAC system, and monitoring of carbon dioxide levels is a great way to make sure your building reaches a perfect balance between air quality and HVAC efficiency.

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Business Owners’ Guide to Commercial HVAC Installation Costs

When it’s time to purchase a new HVAC system, it is wise to get a quote from at least three different companies. Be that as it may, understanding the nuts and bolts of each quote can be difficult. Companies will place different services under different sections, which makes it hard to make simple comparisons. Once you get familiar with the basics of an installation quote, you can make an informed decision.

The Breakdown of Commercial HVAC Installation Costs

HVAC installation costs include labor and materials. Even if you compare labor rates and installation tasks separately, companies aren’t consistent about which services they place in each category. For example, some companies’ hourly labor rates are higher, because they include things like insurance, warehouse costs and supervision. Another company might conversely have a lower hourly rate but put insurance and other services under a separate category. The best way to make a proper comparison is to ask for a line-by-line breakdown of the estimate. This can help ensure that you’re comparing the right things.

For all HVAC installations, the four categories of installation tasks are equipment, ductwork and piping, controls and system startup.

Equipment

The cost of equipment varies greatly depending on the type of equipment you decide to purchase. The least expensive equipment isn’t necessary the best, however. Certain systems have more equipment items and are more intricate to install, which raises the initial price, but they often have greater energy efficiency and will save you money in the long term. The brand of the equipment also impacts the price, but sometimes your available space impacts which brand you can purchase. The seller may also recommend a more expensive brand because it is more reliable and is built to last longer.

Piping and Ductwork

Commercial HVAC installation costs also include the piping and ductwork that will run in the walls and ceiling. A water-cooled system will have piping and ductwork that distributes water, while an air-cooled system will distribute refrigerant. Many systems also need ductwork in order to distribute cooled air through the space. Some installations don’t require new or redesigned piping and ductwork, and these installations will subsequently be less expensive.

Controls

The cost for controls can vary depending on whether you have just one local thermostat or many separate locations that all connect to one system. Single-thermostat jobs can also cost more if you want to a smart thermostat for remote connectivity. If you need a large number of connection points, this can also raise the cost.

System Startup

The technicians will need to startup the system once it’s been installed, which is a separate billing point. The cost is dependent upon the number of units and how complex the system is. The technicians will need to test the thermostats, gauges, wells and thermometers.

Once you’ve decided on a quote and your HVAC system has been installed, don’t forget yearly maintenance in order to ensure the longevity of your system.

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Benefits of Variable Speed Heat Pump

When it comes to comparing a variable speed heat pump vs. heat pumps it is important that you know what the variable speed heat pump does. A regular heat pump simply pumps the cold air from your home in the winter and pumps the hot air from your home during the summertime. Variable speed however is a term that is relatively new to HVAC systems and us here at Anderson Air. Older heating and cooling systems don’t have the ability to control fan speed like the variable speed heat pump does. The older systems are equipped with a blower fan that runs at only one speed as long as it is cut on while this new variable speed technology will allow you to control the fan making it the ultimate system for efficiency and energy saving performance. Below we are going to provide you with the many benefits of installing a variable speed heat pump in your home, and at the end of reading this article if you are interested in installing one we can help you with that.

Variable Speed Heat Pump Is Efficient

When our customers see the word efficient they automatically think of saving money because that’s just what these heat pumps do. If you live in a climate where it is very warm and you don’t have a heat pump heating and cooling your home you may just be missing out. The heat pump has the ability to keep you comfortable year around without running up your utility bills. Most heat pumps that you can buy today especially the variable speed heat pump include high ratings for efficiency. This is because heat pumps move heat rather than generating it so they use a lot less energy.

Don’t Run Your Fans At Full All Of The Time

The variable speed heat pump makes heat pump technology even more efficient. Why? Because there is no need for the systems fan to be running at full speed all of the time. Rather than having to turn your system off to keep the fan from running with the variable speed you can just cut the fan speed down. This allows for a better precision when it comes to the heating and cooling load of the unit, which will mean significantly reduced wear and tear.

Heat pumps have been proven to be a lot more energy efficient that any other heating and cooling systems, and some are even cheaper to purchase. The variable speed heat pumps are a lot less complex than other HVAC systems which most of the time means cheaper heat pump services. Unless you live in a bitterly cold climate you cant go wrong with a heat pump. Even if you do live in an extremely cold climate you can still use a heat pump you just may have to have a supplemental heater if the temperatures got too low.

Anderson Air Corps

Here at Anderson air we offer a variety or cooling and heating service not just heat pumps. Whether you are in need of a heating service or new installations we hope that you would choose us. We have a team of highly trained professionals that are able to provide you with any HVAC service you may need. Our employees will work with you and try to find the best possible heating source to equip your home, and did we mention we have really great prices? We have worked hard to provide you with the service you deserve because customer satisfaction is one of our top priorities. So if you are interested in installing a new heat pump or any other type of heating and cooling system give us a call!

HVAC Zoning – Control Your Comfort

As you walk through your home you notice a few things going from room to room. When you enter the living room from the kitchen it may seem noticeably cooler or even warmer than the room you were just in. Maybe your upstairs rooms are not as comfortable in the evening as the downstairs areas are. This is because your typical HVAC system has one thermostat to run everything. It tries it’s best to keep everyone comfortable but with the home size, materials, location, and the outdoor influences, it just can’t.

At Anderson Air Corps, we suggest HVAC zoning for your home to help you get the most out of your current system. Take a look at what zoning is and what it can do for your heating and cooling system.

What is HVAC Zoning?

A zoning system for your HVAC allows you to set different temperatures for different parts of the home. That means if you only use one area of your home at night, like the bedrooms, you can have them cooled down without doing it to the rest of the home that no one is in. This gives you a choice on how cool you keep the living room or the family room while you’re using it during the day. HVAC zoning truly makes it easy to keep your home how you like it.

Benefits of HVAC Zoning

The first benefit of HVAC zoning is the overall comfort levels of your entire family. This allows you to control the temperatures in the different areas of your home. If someone likes their room warmer at night, it’s able to do that and still keep your other family members cool. If you prefer the living room to be at a lower temperature than the kitchen, it allows you to do that as well. It gives you the control over your family’s comfort and relaxation.

HVAC Zoning also benefits you as it reduces your energy consumption. When your system is not working hard to cool the entire home at once, it does not take as much energy to do the sections you have zoned. When you have a zoning system on your home, it can actually reduce your monthly power bills by up to 30% in some cases. That means more money in your pocket.

Another amazing benefit of this system is that you can actually extend the life of your HVAC system. As it only works on some parts of the home at a time, it’s not wearing out by having to try and maintain the same temperature for each room at all times. HVAC Zoning actually reduces the wear and tear on your system so it gives you a longer life span.

Lastly, as every zoned room has a thermostat in it to regulate temperature, you have the ultimate control over the comfort in your home. Each room can be set to its own personal settings to accommodate the whole family. Adjusting the setting is easy to do and with a thermostat in each zone, it takes just a few seconds to get it where you prefer it to be.

HVAC zoning is most beneficial to those with multiple level homes, homes with large windows in rooms, or even those with a lot of rooms that aren’t used. If you have several family members this is helpful too so that you can match everyone’s temperature preferences. If your home has a finished basement in it as well, this could truly benefit you. Call our technicians at Anderson Air Corps today to learn more about HVAC zoning and how it could reduce your power bill, increase your comfort, and keep your HVAC system around longer.

Anderson Heating And Cooling

Here at Anderson heating and cooling we feel that it is very important to recognize our team of highly trained technicians because if it weren’t for them we would not be where we are today and neither would cooling systems. They are what keep air conditioning systems improving because they are able to develop new ways and techniques to cool homes while saving money.

We offer many different services here and would be more than happy to have you as a customer. Our team here at Anderson is highly trained and has the knowledge to help you fix whatever problem you may have concerning your air conditioning system. To schedule a service or to just get some more information about air conditioners just give us a call.