Tips to Boost Your HVAC System’s Defense Against Nature

Massive hail battered Utah in August. If there’s a silver lining to this menacing display of nature’s power, it’s the reminder to protect your HVAC equipment.

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Factors to Consider When Buying New Thermostats

Thermostats have come a long way from being merely a control panel for controlling the room temperature. Today’s thermostats offer a wide selection of options that let you remotely control room temperatures and even save energy by automatically turning your HVAC system on when you’re home. When buying new thermostats, most heating and cooling contractors will keep the following factors in mind.

Consider If You Really Need the Additional Features

The more features your thermostat has, the more it will cost. Several of these features are genuinely useful and can help you get the most out of your system. Fortunately, certain thermostats cater to every level of requirement.

If you follow regular schedules, a simple programmable thermostat may be suitable. More dynamic lifestyles may require advanced features such as wifi control or “learning” capabilities. The idea is to have features that you can actually use, not just for the sake of having a system with all the bells and whistles.

Compatibility With Your Existing HVAC System

Unless your HVAC system is up for replacement, account for compatibility when buying a new thermostat. Not all thermostats are designed to be backward-compatible with older air conditioners, so do your research on a particular product. Most products have downloadable user manuals, which you can obtain with no purchase required. If in doubt, you can consult your HVAC contractor.

Check Your Existing Wiring

Non-connected programmable thermostats are compatible with traditional low-voltage wiring, but recent models require a “common wire” or C-wire. It functions as the thermostat power source since the device needs to be constantly powered on for its display, sensors, and WiFi connectivity. If you’re unfamiliar with thermostat wiring, a certified HVAC contractor can check your existing and make appropriate recommendations.

Thermostats and More With HVAC Construction, Inc.

HVAC Construction, Inc. can help you find the thermostat that fits your requirements. Call us today at (801) 447-2057 or fill out our contact form to schedule an appointment. We are located in North Salt Lake, UT and serve nearby areas.

Expert Tips to Decide on the Right AC Size

When it comes to air conditioners, size matters. However, any experienced air conditioning construction specialist would say that bigger units aren’t always the better. Sometimes, it’s even worse. Read more

The Different Types of Cooling Systems for Your Home

Energy costs are at an all-time high and many households are scrambling to make their homes more energy-efficient to lessen their utility bills. When it comes to cooling, air conditioners are probably the first and, typically only option most consumers think about. The truth is that there are plenty of energy-efficient ways to cool your home with other types of cooling systems. Read more

Busting the Myths About HVAC

Despite being prevalent in almost all American homes, there’s still a huge misunderstanding regarding HVAC systems. Most of the confusion stems from the dozens of myths and misconceptions people have heard about heating and cooling. We’ve asked the best HVAC contractors all over Utah to finally sort out the truth from the lies. Read more

HVAC Construction Primer: How ACs Are Manufactured

Some technological advances that were once considered luxuries in life have now become necessities. Case in point: HVAC systems. No home or office space would be complete without the comfort they bring. As understanding its basic concepts is part of maintenance, home and business owners should take it one step further and familiarize themselves with the manufacturing process.

HVAC 101 for Pet Owners

Pets are wonderful to have around the home because they offer companionship and unconditional love. However, owning a pet is a big responsibility. Among the other things you need to keep in mind to keep them happy and healthy, you’ll also need to pay special attention to your heating and air conditioning system. Pet owners need to keep their home safe and comfortable for their pets by keeping their HVAC units in good shape.

Where to Install UV Lights Within an HVAC System and What They Do

Consumers use ultraviolet (UV) light products to sanitize toothbrushes, sterilize water, and remove germs from surfaces. UV lights also can clean the air and keep your HVAC system efficient. Before purchasing any for your home, read how UV lights work and where to install them.

What UV Lights in HVAC Systems Actually Do

Homeowners can purchase standalone, portable UV light units for installation anywhere in a home or office. They also can install UV lights in HVAC systems. Such UV lights come in two basic types:

  • Air sterilizers. This UV light cleans air moving through the system. Installed in the air return, the light turns on when the fan starts running and turns off when the system is off.
  • Air handler coil sterilizers. This UV light sits near the coils in the air handler and constantly runs to keep mold and other contaminants at bay. It is more cost effective than an air sterilizer but may not provide the same system-wide results.

Depending on your home and personal needs, each UV light type offers sterilizing benefits that may reduce maintenance activities and repair work. If you’re interested in both UV light types, consider starting with a coil sterilizer and then installing an air sterilizer after you see the results.

Benefits of HVAC UV Light Systems

Here are just a few of the benefits home and business owners can gain from investing in UV lights:

  1. Bacteria and virus elimination. For individuals highly susceptible to illness or for high-risk environments, built-in UV lights offer complete sanitization. Some systems can eradicate nearly all microscopic contaminants in an environment. Removing these contaminants will improve the smell and feel of the air in a home, too.
  2. Mold and fungi management. Mold can grow inside a system, causing health problems such as skin and eye irritations or respiratory illness. Removing mold can be expensive and time consuming. UV lights keep mold and fungi at bay.
  3. Peace of mind. Investing in UV lights means not worrying about a filter letting through some contaminants. The unit will sterilize all surfaces the light can reach and reduce the risk for contamination in other areas of the unit. The lights are cost-effective, running as little as $2.00 per month.

Where to Install UV Lights for Best Results

Depending on your needs and the system you choose, you may install the UV lights directly in the air handler. In addition to the air handler, you may choose to install them in the air return or in strategic areas throughout the ductwork. UV lights work best when placed around reflective surfaces and in conjunction with high-efficiency filters.

 

To properly install the light, invest in UV-protected HVAC components in areas the light may affect. Always read the manufacturer’s instructions regarding placement and mounting. Contact an HVAC professional for help if necessary. UV lights can significantly reduce health hazards in an indoor environment. A strategic installation will improve the overall health benefits. For more information or any other HVAC questions, contact us today.

 

Reduce YOUR Carbon Footprint with These 5 Fixes

 

As we look back at the global record breaking summer we just had, it’s impossible not to think of the ways in which our carbon emissions have affected our environment. While temperatures have never been higher, ecological awareness has never been greater. You can monitor and even reverse your carbon imprint by limiting certain habits and behaviors.

Ways to Reduce Your Carbon Footprint

Here are just a few ways that you can reduce your carbon footprint:

1 – Driving

Many of us are using cars on a daily basis, so this seems like a good place to start. The simplest measure is to reconsider your style of driving. If you have a habit of accelerating and decelerating abruptly, try a more steady, even approach to greatly reduce the amount of fuel your engine consumes. It is also recommended to do regular check-ups on your car, especially on the tires, to increase fuel efficiency as tires can cause the release of around 500 pounds of CO2 per year.

2 – Air Travel

Planes release tremendous amounts of greenhouse gases, so if you’re really looking to minimize your carbon footprint, you should really consider the need for each flight before you take off. Just one trip can account for weeks of carbon emission.

3 – At Home

Putting forth the effort and investment to maximize a home’s energy efficiency will not only drastically reduce your monthly energy bill, but it will more importantly reduce the amount of wasted energy your home consumes. Although it may be difficult to pull off financially and logistically, insulating your home will make the greatest difference towards limiting your home’s carbon footprint.

Turning off your lights whenever you don’t need them seems like such a small thing to do, but if everyone did it, we could make a collective difference.

The same applies to Thermostats. Modern models are programmable, making it possible for you to automatically have the temperature of your room cooled down when you’re not at home.

4 – Food

The type of food that consumes the greatest amount of energy and releases the largest quantity of greenhouse gases is meat. This doesn’t mean you have to become a vegan to be eco-conscious, but increasing the amount of fruit and vegetables in your diet is a step you can take to minimize your carbon footprint and improve your health.

5 – Other Ways

There are many other areas in your life where it is possible to make things more energy-efficient. You can drastically reduce the amount of trash you produce by reusing items like plastic bags. Consciously not buying more food than you will be able to eat at a given time will also make a noticeable difference. As for the trash you still end up producing, it is possible to decrease its negative impacts by practicing waste separation.

Also, it is always a good practice to keep an eye on your water usage. Both your cleaning and drinking water requires energy to produce.

If you want to be more proactive, solar panels or windmills for your house can supplement your energy usage.

There are so many steps you can take to reverse your carbon footprint. To learn more about reducing your carbon emissions, you can contact HVAC Construction, Inc.

5 Compelling Reasons to Replace Your Furnace Filter Before Winter

Winter presents one of the most challenging seasons for your house heating needs. You just can’t afford the risk of a furnace that is not heating your home optimally. All the components of your furnace have to be in top notch condition. The furnace air filter does not do the actual heating, but it is vital in ensuring the air blowing throughout your home is clean. Why is this important? Constant use makes the filter dirty. This dirt will finally clog the filter and restrict air flow. This requires you to take proactive measures and replace your furnace filter before winter sets in.

Why You Need to Replace Your Furnace Filter

There are a few reasons why it is important to replace your furnace filter before winter.

Energy cost

When your air filter is clogged or damaged, it will make your heating system to run much harder than usual. This will translate into higher energy bills. Certainly, you need heat in your house not in your pocket. Ensure you have the system running efficiently by fitting a new filter before the cold season begins.

Avoid preventable breakdowns

One might opt for the easy way out by to just removing the offending air filter. However, this is the wrong approach to the problem. Getting rid of the filter will only give debris and dirt an opportunity to accumulate in the system. This accumulation of unwanted foreign bodies into the system is a sure way of inviting premature failure and preventable breakdowns during the chilly winter season. By doing this replacement earlier you will be giving you HVAC system a longer life.

Clean air during winter

You, a member of your family or some of your guests might be suffering from allergies or find excessive dust accumulation to be a source of discomfort. Paying attention to your filter is a great starting point in seeking relief to these anticipated challenges. By replacing the furnace filter before winter you ensure that you will not have to worry about adulterated air in your house during the cold season. Endeavor to take the entire measures make your home environment as comfortable as possible prior to the onset of winter.

Cost Savings

Products become more expensive during the seasons of the year when the sellers know you can hardly do without the product in question. It is normal in business for such prices to shoot upwards when buyers have little option other than buying the commodity in question. So, why not replace your furnace filter before the costly replacement season arrives?

Peace of Mind

You don’t have to wait until you experience the challenges of a malfunctioning furnace filter. Replacing it now is easy and inexpensive. It will extend the life of your HVAC system and enhance the quality of your indoor air quality. Buy for best quality air filters with an excellent Minimum Efficiency Reporting Value (MERV). The value ranges from1 to 12 and the higher the value the better filtration you get with the filter. Remember to have your HVAC system tuned up regularly, especially so during winter, to ensure the entire system is in synch and operating optimally.

With these simple but vital tips you are sure of getting excellent service from your heater throughout the winter period and beyond. Contact us for all of your heating needs.