Heat Wave Safety

By | Air Conditioning

With temperatures spiking up into the 100’s over the next few days, Happy Harold and crew would like to post a few reminders to help keep you safe:

  1. Stay Hydrated. Do not wait until you are thirsty to take a drink.
  2. Check on family, friends and neighbors who do not have air conditioning or are more likely to be affected by the heat.
  3. Wear loose-fitting lightweight light colored clothing.
  4. Slow down, stay indoors and avoid strenuous exercise.
  5. Check on your pets frequently to ensure they are not suffering from the heat.

Local Help:

Rochester has cooling zones and spray parks open both Friday and Saturday with extended hours. For more information on open locations click here. If you do plan on visiting local splash parks, don’t forget your sunblock and sun protection. Hats and loose fitting clothing will help prevent sunburn. Another great local spot is the library, relaxing with a nice book or magazine in the AC for a bit may be all you need to feel rejuvenated!

AC Trouble?

In this heat we all rely heavily on our AC units. If you’re experiencing any issues with your unit during the heat wave, call Harold! We’re working around the clock to ensure you and your family remain comfortable and safe.

585-3Harold

 

The Nest Thermostat

By | HVAC

The Nest Thermostat

In 2011 the first Nest Learning Thermostat was released, and its been changing the game every since! This unique system offers wifi connectivity in a stylish device that contains the ability to learn your daily routine and create heating and cooling schedules accordingly. It only takes a week of use for this neat little system to learn your routine. Though not the first smart thermostat to hit the market, the Nest has rapidly become a hit. If you are looking into making your home a smart home, the Nest is a great place to start. Providing you with simple controls that are manageable through an application on your phone. This app tracks everything, including your energy usage. This means you can see your savings on a daily, and monthly basis. The app is compatible with all operating systems.

Just what you’re looking for!

Smart thermostats offer features that will help keep your home comfortable while reducing your heating and cooling costs. And who doesn’t like a little savings? The thermostat will show you a green leaf on the control screen if change the temperature to save energy. This leaf icon is an easy way for your Nest to track your savings, and learn how to help you save in the future. It also can sense which rooms should be set to different temperatures at which time. All you have to do is place a sensor (sold separately) in the room that you want to control, and the temperature will adjust according to what your desire!

Working for you

The Nest thermostat can learn when your home is likely to be occupied and when it is likely to be empty. This allows for automatic pre-heating or cooling so that your home is at the right temperature by the time you arrive home. Furthermore, this unique instrument will send alerts to your phone if there is any cause for concern. For example, if your temperate is so low that the pipes may burst.

Working with your stuff

If you have a smart home, your Nest is able to work with other devices in your home to help create your ideal living space. Your Nest Thermostat can link with other Nest devices such as the Protect smoke alarm, and Nest indoor and outdoor cameras. Your thermostat also has the ability to link with third party devices such as smart switches, fans and lighting systems.

 

 

Call Happy Harold to get yours today! 585-3Harold or send us a message here!

Take off your shoes!

By | HVAC

Happy Harold’s tip of the week is to take your shoes off before walking inside. According to this article by the Office of Public Affairs in Utah, you could be transferring 90% of your shoes dirt onto your carpets or tile. HuffPost reports that there can be an average of 421,000 bacteria on the outside of your shoes, with a total of 9 different strains. We can easily put a stop to this by removing our shoes before entering the house.

Looking for a way to remove even more dirt and allergens?

Air filters effectively remove impurities in your air. Do you suffer from asthma or allergies? Air filtration provides the perfect solution for extended relief eliminating nearly all airborne allergens from your indoor air.

Additional benefits of air filters

When you attach an air filter to your heating and cooling systems, you increase their overall potential. They then circulate only purified air, which saves their individual air filters and sends only clean air throughout your home. Air filters also eliminate odors and keep your home smelling fresh and clean. Many business owners use air filters to keep their office spaces feeling comfortable and refreshing, especially well-used rooms that host a lot of personnel.

 

Want to hear more about them? Ask your technician during your routine maintenance appointment, or give the office a call at 585-3harold. We’d be happy to help!

 

Saving Energy and Staying Cool

By | Air Conditioning

Happy Harold’s tip of the week: Tips for saving energy and staying cool!

Happy Harold has a few tips to help you maintain a cooler home this summer. More than half of these tips are both free and efficient!

1) Keep the AC at a lower temperature at night

While asleep, you don’t require the same level of conscious cool. Try turning your AC down, so that it’s running less during the night.

2) Service your unit!

High Performance Heating and Cooling is offering AC maintenance at only $79! We know we say it a lot, but having your system cleaned and checked out annually is vital to keeping your system running as efficiently as possible.

3) Check your ducts

Double check that you have proper insulation surrounding the duct work running through your home. Having the right kind of insulation in places like your attic will help keep the air coming in as cool as can be!

4) Take a look!

Make sure that furniture and area rugs aren’t covering up your vents. Instead of cooling the whole room, you could be cooling the underside of your couch! Since that has never been anyone’s idea of efficient cooling, try rearranging your furniture and optimize your cooling potential.

5) Lights! Blinds! Heat!

Turning your lights off cant reduce the heat in your home, as well as reduce your energy bill. But have you given any thought to your window treatments? Closing your blinds when the sun is high can also help keep your rooms cooler, without cranking up the AC.

6) Filtering out the allergens

Its no secret that the pollen in our area is out of control this year. This is why its so important that you check your air filters once a month. All of the dust and allergens that are flying around outside could be clogging your system up! Having a clogged system means your systems is going to have to work even harder to circulate cold air.

7) Mind your thermostat!

Don’t place lamps, TV sets or other heat-producing appliances near your thermostat. The thermostat sense the heat, which will cause your AC to run longer than necessary.

 

 

Interested in more energy saving tips? Give us a call at 585-3Harold, or send us a web form by clicking here!

Ventilation Fans VS Humidity

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

Happy Harold’s tip of the week:

Whats the purpose of the ventilation fans in your home?

The primary purpose for having these fans is to remove the moisture from your bathroom or kitchen. Ventilation fans also help to reduce odors in your home. Believe it or not, fans also add to the safety of your home and the residents within! They do this by reducing fumes from cleaning agents that could potentially cause health related issues, all in all improving the air quality inside your home.

What are the benefits of use?

1) Eliminate odors

No matter who you are, there will come a time where your bathroom could use a little extra oomph to get rid of a bad odor. With the help of your exhaust fan, you can draw the odor out in no time at all!

2) Humidity Reduction

Reducing the humidity in your home is vital. Humidity can cause mold to accumulate, these spores can grow rapidly and be quite difficult to get rid of.

3) Reduce airborne contaminants

Bathrooms and kitchens are typically cleaned with aggressive chemicals which can cause a variety of health issues if inhaled. This is a cause for concern among small children, the elderly or those with current lung conditions. Therefore it is vital you run your fans following cleaning.

Lets start Fresh!

Add a duct cleaning onto your spring to-do list to ensure you’re starting your summer off right. High Performance Heating and Cooling offers multiple levels of protection when it comes to cleaning your ducts. Following your cleaning, be sure to utilize your ventilation fans to help maintain the air quality within your home.

Call today for a free estimate! 585-3Harold

A balancing act

By | Air Conditioning, Best Air Conditioning Tune Up

Happy Harold’s tip of the week!

Since the weather is on a pretty consistent upswing, Happy Harold felt this weeks tip should discuss proper AC balancing. You may have noticed that some rooms of your home are warmer than others when your AC is running. The issue may be improper air balancing. Air balancing is the process of optimizing your HVAC system to ensure your AC provides your home with temperatures that are consistent and comfortable throughout the entire house.

Whats the point?

If you are experiencing a big change in temperate from one room to the next, air balancing aims to correct it by distributing the airflow more evenly throughout the home. The process requires testing and modifying your system in order to deliver the optimal flow of AC into every space. In addition to providing you with consistent comfort, balancing your AC may also help increase efficiency and decrease energy bills.

Advantages of air balancing:

Improved comfort levels

That’s the reason you called us, right? Our goal will always be to make sure you’re comfortable!

Longer lifespan for HVAC equipment

Proper airflow decreases the amount of dust, mold and other buildup that collects in your system over time. This, combined with the resulting increased efficiency means that your HVAC system should last for summers to come!

Increased Energy Efficiency

Your systems performance is directly related to proper airflow. Having an unbalanced airflow in your home will result in your system working harder. This is why it is important to fix any problems that may inhibit a balanced flow of air in your home. By doing so, you ensure that the energy your unit uses to cool your home isn’t wasted.

Whats the next best step?

If you’re experiencing inconsistent airflow throughout your home, give High Performance Heating a call. We would be happy to get you set up with an appointment and have you feeling cool and comfortable all summer long! Unable to pick up the phone? Send us a message here. 

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Summer Financing for your AC

By | Air Conditioning

Looking for a new AC?

We know that researching the right AC for your home can be overwhelming. There’s reviews to read, prices to compare, financing to consider, size to consider, and pretty soon you’re drowning in information. Let Happy Harold help. We have trained our technicians to be able to provide you with the knowledge and options you need to make the best decision for you and your family. Furthermore we install certified, warranty backed units, with a 100% satisfaction and performance guarantee.

Financing:

We currently offer 0% interest financing if paid in full within 60 months. That’s no interest for 5 years!

What to expect:

During your free estimate appointment, your technician will review with you all the components that go into picking the right AC for your home. Since we do not carry one specific brand of AC, we pride ourselves on our ability to offer you a variety of options and prices. Once you’ve narrowed down your choices, your technician can pull up their payment estimator. This tool allows them to show you what your monthly rate will be when financing through us. We can even show you what your payments will look like whether you choose the 0% interest option, or one of our other great financing options.

 

Call today, we’ll have you set up with a free estimate in no time! 585-3Harold

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Your AC is Going Green!

By | Air Conditioning, HVAC

The new year is only 6 months away, and with the new year comes some big changes to your HVAC system. Its time we take a look at your AC and its contents before its too late. Every AC contains some type of refrigerant which helps it cool your home. For many years the most common type used was R-22 or, Freon. In the 1970’s it was discovered that certain types of refrigerants, including Freon, were depleting the Earth’s ozone layer. As a result, the Montreal Protocol came about, and the reign of Freon will officially come to an end at the end of this year.

What is the Montreal Protocol?

The Montreal Protocol was finalized in 1987, it is a global agreement that protects the stratospheric ozone layer. This means, we’re phasing out the production and consumption of substances that have been poking holes in our ozone. The United States ratified this protocol in 1988 and has been a leader within throughout its existence. The ozone is so important in that it filters out harmful ultraviolet radiation. Without it we are subject to an increased prevalence of skin cancer, cataracts, reduced agricultural productivity and the disruption of marine ecosystems. With this protocol going into full effect, we are taking one giant step towards bettering our planet.

Whats in your unit?

If your AC was manufactured before January 1, 2010, it probably uses R-22. If you’re unsure about when your unit was manufactured, you can take a look at the units nameplate. The nameplate is typically located on the outdoor condenser. If you’re still unsure, give us a call we’d be happy to help you.

Servicing:

Though you will not have to stop using your AC if it contains R-22, the availability of parts and refrigerant will be limited and costly. It is best to consider a new AC or begin preparation for this change before running into a problem. We have trained our technicians to check for any issue large or small that may occur in the future during routine maintenance appointments. We want you to have the time to prepare for potential issues. As well has have as much knowledge as possible about your unit in terms you understand.

Future repairs:

Due to the sale and distribution of R-22 becoming completely phased out at the end of this year, parts for units that contain it will become limited. This means that the cost for repair will jump. Ask your technician during your maintenance appointment about what phase out plan is right for you. Some things you may want to consider are: sticking with the unit you have until you are forced to make the change, consider R-22 replacement options, or replace your unit entirely.

How can we help you?

We understand that this may be all new information, because of this we are offering a number of specials on financing a new unit, as well as discounts. Talk with your technician, or give our office a call. We’re always here for you.

585-3Harold

 

Lake Ontario and your AC

By | Air Conditioning

Happy Harold’s tip of the week: Make sure your outdoor AC unit is clear of flooding hazards.

With the water level on Lake Ontario at a record high and rising, we wanted to shed light on flooding and the health of your HVAC systems. Your AC system is built to withstand the elements, however it’s not strong enough to endure a flood without repercussion. It takes only a foot of standing water around your AC unit to cause severe damage to the moving parts and electrical components. Because of this, we urge you to take a look at the tips below.

Here are some tips to help your AC survive the next few weeks:

  1. Prop sand bags all around your home, including the air conditioning unit
  2. Deactivate all electrical controls to your AC
  3. Do not cover your unit with a tarp

What if the water gets inside?

If the water gets inside the basement where your furnace and other HVAC equipment is located then you have a different problem. Your indoor systems are not built to withstand the moisture, like your AC is. In this event, immediately shut off power to the equipment. Then contact High Performance Heating and Cooling, your trusted HVAC company.

 

If you have experienced any flooding at all, call High Performance Heating and Air for an inspection as soon as possible. We promise to make your home and systems safety our top priority through this difficult time of year.

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Why is maintenance important?

By | Best Air Conditioning Tune Up, HVAC

Happy Harold’s tip of the week: Extend the life of your HVAC system with a regular maintenance routine, including clearing away debris, cleaning vents and replacing your filters.

Why do we need it?

Just like anything we own, it pays to take regular care of our HVAC system. This means having a certified HVAC technician come out at least once (though we think twice is best) a year to clean and check your system. Having one of our certified technicians come out to clean your system has a number of benefits, including boosting efficiency. We clean each component of your system carefully, and record each item we touch. Following your appointment you will receive a detailed summary of what was cleaned via email. We do this because we want you to have a personal record of the condition of your system.

DIY maintenance

There are some aspects of your HVAC maintenance you can take care of without our help. Such as cleaning away any dirt, leaves and debris from around your AC unit. Or cleaning/replacing the filters on your furnace. Some maintenance is as easy has using your senses, like checking for any unusual odors or listening for any abnormal noises when your system starts.

Give us a call today to book yours! 585-3Harold, or click here to set an appointment up without picking up the phone!

 

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