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What is a S.E.E.R rating?

S.E.E.R. stands for Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio. It is a rating that measures the cooling efficiency of an air conditioner or heat pump. The higher the SEER number the more efficient the unit and the greater the savings.

What can I do about my home being so dry?

Installing a whole-house humidifier is the most effective way to combat dryness in the home. Adding humidity directly into your duct system replenishes the moisture needed to help you feel better and protect your home. A whole-house humidifier can also reduce static shocks, eliminate itchy skin, and help relieve allergy and asthma symptoms.

What is a Hybrid Heat System?

Hybrid heating systems combine two different heating sources to bring you the warmth and comfort you expect using the most economical means. This means combining a gas furnace with an electric heat pump and using a special thermostat to automatically switch between the two to select the correct heating source. Hybrid heating systems allow the flexibility to react to changing energy costs and are an excellent investment for long term peace of mind and comfort.

Why are flue liners required?

New more efficient gas appliances require smaller flue sizes than older units due to lower flue gas temperatures. In over-sized masonry chimneys flue gases quickly cool as they expand. Natural draft depends on the buoyancy of hot flue gases, and the cooler the gases become, the more the natural draft is reduced. This causes the flue gases to linger in the chimney, increasing the risk of them leaking into the home. Water will also condense in over-sized flues and can be transferred through walls causing peeling wall paper, blistering paint, flaking plaster, ceiling stains, damp patches and/or mold. A properly sized, UL Listed, flue liner will insure proper draft by preventing the flue gases from expanding and cooling more than they should. Also, flue liners are required when installing a 90% efficient furnace and leaving only a small water heater flue in a masonry chimney.

What can be done to offset record high energy costs?

Upgrade to a high efficiency furnace or air conditioning system. Insulate windows, doors and/or attic. Adding a humidifier to your home will allow you to set your thermostat 2- 3 degrees lower and feel just as comfortable. A programmable thermostat allows you to automatically reduce the temperature in your home a predetermined number of degrees during the night, then automatically turns it up again in the morning. It can save you big bucks on your utility bills.

What is Two-Stage heating?

Two-stage heating allows your furnace to operate at either 70% capacity or 100% capacity. For the majority of the time the two-stage furnace conserves energy by operating at the lower 70% level. This also helps to keep a consistent temperature in your house by preventing that blast of hot air that you get from older furnaces. The noise associated with furnaces that turn on and run full blast is also greatly reduced. Two-stage heating offers a high level of comfort and efficiency.

What is a variable-speed furnace?

Variable-speed refers to the blower motor in the furnace. Variable-speed motors constantly adjust themselves to give you the maximum amount of comfort. They also consume less electricity than standard motors, and are quieter to operate. If zoning is an option in your home, variable speed furnaces are an excellent compliment to these systems.

What kind of filters can help with allergies?

A Honeywell Media filter is five times more effective at removing particles from the air than traditional disposable filters. A whole house Electronic Air Cleaner is the most effective air cleaner available. It removes 95% of microscopic airborne particles. These filters are great for the young, the old, those with allergies or those who just want to breathe easier with outstanding indoor air quality.

What does HVAC mean?

HVAC stands for Heating, Ventilating, and Air Conditioning.

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