What does BTU mean?

By | Air Conditioning, HVAC

If you’re in the market for a new AC or Furnace, then you’ve probably heard the acronym BTU. To clarify, it stands for British Thermal Unit, and is used to measure thermal energy. More specifically, it is the amount of energy needed to raise 1 lb of water 1°F. When it comes to AC, BTU ratings measure how much heat it can remove from a room. In other words, a higher number means more cooling power for a larger room. BTU’s are used to measure a number of things like Air conditioners, heaters, solar hot water heaters, and cooking devices, for example.

First rule of thumb: Bigger isn’t always better

Choosing the right size AC is key, for example when you use an AC that is too large for the area it is cooling, the compressor will need to turn on and off much more than it is designed to. Though the room will cool down very quickly, it will also turn the compressor off. As a result, once the temperature in that area rises above the set temperature your unit will turn back on. This frequent on-off cycle that can result in parts failing sooner than they should. However having an AC unit that is the proper size for the space you want to cool will result in higher efficiency and less break downs.

So what now?

Call High Performance Heating and Air for a free estimate on a new AC unit today. From now through the end of the month we’re running a spring financing special for payments as low as $97 a month for 37 months. We’ll send out a certified HVAC technician to provide you with a free estimate and answer any questions you may have.

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General room size to BTU ratios

Room Size (Sq Ft) Recommended BTUs
0-150
150-200
250-300
300-350
350-400
400-450
450-500
500-600
600-700
700-800
800-900

How do you heat your water?

By | HVAC

Its no secret that we all love a hot shower. An unexpected cold shower can definitely put a damper on your day. So, just how much thought have you put into the way you heat your water?

There is a direct relationship between the amount of power in and the output temperature of your hot water. Therefore it is important to determine how much power you have available in your home. This information can be located on your main breaker panel, or can be calculated by an electrician. More power means a more constant flow of hot water. High Performance Heating and Air has a team of specially trained technicians that are able to hep you determine how much power is needed in order to meet your hot water demand. During a free estimate appointment, your technician will review the best options for your home and your comfort needs.

How is your heater powered?

There are three ways to heat your water:

  1. Propane
  2. Natural Gas
  3. Electricity

How long does a domestic hot water heater typically last?

After about 8 years or so, the inside of your hot water tank starts to corrode and break down. If you were to crack open the tank, you’d end up seeing a reddish corrosion spill out. To ensure proper operation and to keep your warranties valid, every manufacturer recommends scheduling annual professional maintenance by a certified HVAC technician. If your Hot Water Heater does break down at any point during the year, you can depend on our expert technicians at High Performance Heating & Air Conditioning to diagnose the problem and get your Hot Water Heater running again in no time! We’re just a phone call away!

What about tankless?

Tankless Water Heaters offer a safe and highly efficient way of keeping hot water flowing and monthly energy bills low! Since there is no tank to fill, you can kiss waiting for the shower to heat up goodbye! Choosing a tankless water heater is the best thing you can do to make sure your preserving energy, providing endless hot water for your family and saving money on electric bills. Water heaters with a tank need to be replaced every 7 years because of corrosion build up. Where as a tankless water heaters life expectancy is 15-20 years, that’s more than double the lifespan of a standard water heater!

 

 

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Lets talk about Dad!

By | Air Conditioning

Lets talk about dad!

Dads rock! Especially when it comes to yard work in the summer because, lets be honest, is there anyone in your family who loves mowing the lawn more than him? So why not give him very best for fathers day! Harold’s here with a great deal on financing for your favorite guy.

Whats the deal?

From now through the end of the month take advantage of our great financing options and give dad what he deserves, a brand new AC. We’re talking energy efficient, affordable, clean, and reliable air conditioning. All of this for only $97 a month for 37 months!

Why choose us?

High Performance Heating and Cooling, located in Rochester NY, provides professional AC Replacement services for your Home. We install, repair, maintain, and clean your cooling equipment so that it functions flawlessly during the cooling season. Our Clean and Professional AC Installation technicians will install air conditioner in your residential home or business, keeping you, and dad comfortable at all times. Furthermore we install all brands of AC units. We research and study all brands so that we fully understand how to take care of your equipment in the most efficient and cost-effective way. Keeping you, and dad, happy like Harold!

Don’t miss out!

  1. Give us a call today for a free estimate appointment. We’ll send out one of our trained technicians to fly in under the radar and provide you with a quote and all the best financing options.
  2. Talk it over with dad (or don’t, that’s up to you!)
  3. Call us to set up an installation date
  4. Sit back and enjoy

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Summer Financing!

By | Air Conditioning

Summers coming, don’t spend another year wishing you had a properly functioning AC. Harold’s here to help with great financing options!

Warning signs your AC needs replacing

  1. Old Age – If your AC is 10-15 years old, it may be time to replace
  2. High Energy Bills – If you dread turning your AC on because of your energy bill, it may be time to replace
  3. Frequent repairs – Did you require a few service calls last year?
  4. Uneven temperatures – Are parts of your home not receiving enough air?

Let us help you prepare for the summer heat with a new AC unit! For the rest of this month, we’re offering financing from $97 a month for 37 months. Give us a call today and book your free estimate before we fill up!

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Harold’s AC Tips and Tricks

By | Air Conditioning, HVAC

Happy Harold’s Tip of the Week!

Don’t crowd your air conditioner. We know that you don’t find your AC unit attractive, however hiding it amidst shrubbery is doing more harm then good. Check out these tips:

Keep Plants 2-3 feet away

There should always be about 2-3 feet of clear space between your AC unit and any landscaping. Any closer than this and you will restrict airflow. This could result in your AC running less efficient than it should, more repairs, and even shorten the lifespan of your unit. Added bonus, our techs will appreciate the extra space when performing your routine maintenance each year.

A little shade is always good

Just like you on a hot day, your AC will appreciate a little shade. We’re not just talking about shading the unit itself, as that could restrict airflow. We’re talking about creating a micro-climate that is cooler than a yard basking in direct sunlight. Having tall trees, shrubs, and hedges will help you achieve this goal all well improving the look of your backyard. Keep in mind, leaves, dirt and grass can clog up your condenser so stay on top of raking and trimming.

Potted plants are great!

Want something less permanent than a hedge but as effective at masking the AC when you have company over? Try a large potted plant! They look nice, and are easy to move when need be! It sounds like a win-win to us!

Maintenance, Maintenance, Maintenance!

Of course, we can’t talk about efficiency without stressing the importance of your routine AC maintenance. Stay on top of the health of your unit with annual maintenance. Let our technicians clean and catch any issues before they become problems. Ultimately saving you money, while keeping you comfortable. Call and mention this tip for a special price on your next cleaning! Or check out our website and contact us there!

 

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Whats in your ducts?

By | Air Ducts Cleaned From High Performance Heating and Air, HVAC

Take a look at the photo below. What do you think that pink dot laying on top of the dust bunnies is? Whatever it might be, this is an inside look at the duct work in a building that our installation crew is working on this week. As with any big project our crew can’t wait to see the finished product following a level 3 duct cleaning.

Level 3 duct cleanings provide an optimal level of clean. Are you interested in finding out what your duct work looks like? Give us a call! We’ll send one of our skilled technicians out to go over all three levels of protection, and let you know the best option for your home.

 

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5 HVAC tips for Pet Owners

By | HVAC

We love our pets and couldn’t imagine our lives without them, but sometimes the mess they leave behind gets over looked. Below are five tips to help keep your HVAC system, and air flow clear of pet dander.

Grooming:

Regularly grooming your pet will reduce the amount of hair that can clog up your HVAC system. Pet hair not only rapidly covers your filters surface, but it can also clog your air ducts. Added bonus, frequent grooming cuts down on the amount of hair that sticks to every article of clothing you own. So do the household a favor and take your pet over to your local groomer every now and then.

Air Filters:

Pet hair and dander have a tendency to clog air filters and strain you systems airflow. When the airflow is blocked, your system will work harder attempting to reach the desired temperate in your home. The continuous running of your system will ultimately lead to higher energy bills. Cleaning or replacing filters regularly is vital, especially for pet owners.

HEPA Filter:

a HEPA air filter is incredibly effective when it comes to catching pet dander and improving indoor air quality. Ask your technician during your routine maintenance to order you one!

Clear your vents and clean your air ducts:

Both hair and pet dander can easily clog air vents, so when you’re vacuuming your home, don’t forget to switch to hose mode and suck up all the hair and dust on and around your air vents. Even if you groom your pet regularly, some of their hair is going to end up in your homes air ducts, clogged ducts can result in a breeding ground for viruses and bacteria. Give High Performance Heating and Air a call, we’d be happy to provide you with a free estimate on a cleaning.

Routine Maintenance

We cannot stress this enough. Routine maintenance will ensure your HVAC system is working optimally year round. Call today and schedule to take advantage of our super special rates!

 

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Your AC Unit Size Matters!

By | HVAC

Happy Harold’s tip of the week: Size Matters! No matter the type of AC you plan to buy, making sure you have the correct size for your home matters. Having an AC unit that is larger or smaller than necessary will increase your energy costs. And who wants that?

Lucky for you, Harold’s here to help. Call us for a free estimate appointment, we guarantee our technicians will find the best AC for your home.  585-3HAROLD

Interested in a duct cleaning?

By | Air Ducts Cleaned From High Performance Heating and Air

You’ve seen us advertise it, you may even know someone who has had it done. But do you know why we at High Performance Heating believe every home should have their duct work cleaned and checked? Having your ducts cleaned will not only make your home a cleaner place to live but could also benefit your allergies, and overall health.

Whats in your air?

Its been said that the air inside your home is dirtier than the air outside, can you believe it? The National Human Activity Pattern survey found that most people spend 90% of their time indoors, a statistic that has remained fairly consistent for decades. Meaning, you spend most of your time breathing poor quality air. Your air ducts could contain  as much as 40 lbs of dust, debris and particles! Imagine the size of those dust bunnies. Those dust bunnies contain dust mites, bacteria, pollen, mold and aspergillus.

What are the effects?

You could be suffering from the effects of poor indoor air quality and not realize it. Bad allergies, coughing, sniffles, and headaches can all be a result of poor air quality. Another major problem is that your HVAC system will have to work harder to circulate air through your home, as it navigates though the dust and debris.

What can you do about it?

Call us for a free estimate! Our technicians are happy to come out and take a look at your ducts with you. Following that, they will draft up an accurate estimate that fits your budget and your needs. Then all that is left to do is schedule a date to have them cleaned! You’ll be breathing cleaner air in no time!

 

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