What does SEER mean?

By | Air Conditioning, HVAC

What’s a SEER?

Similar to miles per gallon on your vehicle, the higher the SEER rating, the more comfort you will get from your system. It stands for Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio and it relates to your systems efficiency.

According to the Air Conditioning heat and refrigeration institute (AHRI) standard SEER is calculated first by determining the total amount of heat that is removed from the home during a typical cooling season. This is amount is shown in British Thermal Units (BTU). The BTU’s are then divided by the total electrical energy the AC or heat pump uses during the cooling season, and is expressed in watt hours (WH).

To put it simply, SEER is calculated based on indoor and outdoor temperature. Because the outdoor temperature during a typical cooling season is inconsistent, they’ve derived a formula to help mimic a typical season.

Benefits

Investing into a higher seer rating will provide your home with multiple benefits! Starting with a crowd favorite, lower energy bills! You will also experience better air circulation throughout your home. Furthermore, most all high-seer air conditioners come with a tax credit and raise your property value. A high seer rating is also better for the environment, there’s truly no down side!

Digging Deeper: How can a higher SEER lower my energy bills?

Air conditioners with a higher seer are considered two-stage or variable speed units. Unlike a single stage (lower seer) unit that will run frequently, your two stage unit will only run when necessary. In short, a two stage unit will turn on at a low speed, and continue at the low speed until that is no longer sufficient to beat the heat. Once the system determines that the heat load requires additional work it will kick your system into high gear, but only for a short period of time. Thus allowing your system to meet the demands of the house, while saving you the greatest amount of energy. As a result, your energy bill will drop quite a bit! Furthermore, your system will be able to regulate the temperature in your home better, causing fewer ‘hot spots.’

A comparison: MPG & SEER

Though your AC will likely be running for longer than it would as a single-stage unit, you’re still saving energy! Think of your car, do you get better gas mileage during a long distance trip, or in stop and go traffic? During a trip, correct! The same concept goes for your air conditioner! Starting your unit up tanks a greater amount of energy than running it at a consistent speed. Not to mention, 80% of the time your system will be running at a consistently low speed.

What can Harold do for you?

2021 is the year to replace your old system with something more efficient! Call Harold to schedule your free appointment for a date and time that works best for your schedule. Our trained technicians will provide you with an estimate for the best system for your home. After that, they will review with you all of the available rebates we have to offer. Currently, York is offering up to $275 in rebates for the installation of an AC. RG&E is offering up to an additional $300 in tax credits, can you believe it? This means you could be offered a savings of up to $500 right off the bat!

 

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Making your air cleaner

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

The average American spends 87% of their lifetime indoors

Our exposure to indoor air pollutants is rather high, especially now. Harold’s here to give you the 411 on IAQ (Indoor Air Quality) and how you can improve the air you breathe.

Each time your heating or cooling system kicks on it blows tiny particles throughout your home. Your filter will catch what it can, but are you changing it as often as you should? It’s time we focus on the air we breathe.

Check out this article where we discuss how frequently you should change your filter. We also cover the effects a dirty filter can have on your system. We expect filters to clean up bacteria, debris, pet dander, mold, pollen, particulates form fuel burning appliances and more. The bottom line is, we have high expectations for our filters. And although filters are a necessary component in any HVAC system, most of what passes through is just too small for the fibers to catch. We have the 411 on products that will help ease your filters burden. So lets take a look at your filters little helpers below!

Ionizers

These are your filters best friend! Ionizers are small boxes that are installed into your system to clean air as it passes through. These put out different types of molecules that either carry a positive charge or a negative charge. These molecules (ions) break down all the teeny-tiny stuff in your system before it passes through your filter. iWave recently released a pathogen test that showed their system can deactivate 84.2% of the COVID-19 virus in as little as 10 minutes! In as little as 30 minutes the virus was 99.4% inactivate! Take a look at their test results for yourself by clicking here.

UV light

We know you’re thinking, “aren’t those dangerous?”, but let us explain. UV lights are multipurpose lights, sure they can give you an artificial tan, but we want you to think outside the box. Ultraviolet light has been used to clean air since 1945, and have have been used to disinfect water since 1910 (check out more UV light facts here)! UV lights are used to kill bacteria and mold inside your system. These lights are not all inclusive, dirt and dust are not effected by the light. Happy Harold has certified technicians who know the importance of strategic placement of these lights inside your ductwork. Want to learn even more? Check this blog out!

Air Duct Cleaning

Your air ducts are what transfer air between each room of your home. This means that whatever is settled inside the duct will be blown throughout your home. Let us help you breath easier with a duct cleaning. Our skilled technicians typically spend 8-9 hours on each duct cleaning service. Ensuring you receive the deepest clean possible. Duct cleaning will not only improve your indoor air quality but your HVAC system’s efficiency as well. Check this article out for all you need to know about duct cleaning!

Humidification

Humidifiers are natural moisturizing agents that help you relieve dryness. Hvac.com recommends maintaining a humidity level of 35-50% to provide maximum comfort in your home. Do you know what your levels are? Take control of your home, and air with a free estimate appointment today! If you’d like to know more about each type of humidifier, click here!

Plants clean your air too!

Small things make the biggest impact. Studies show that indoor plants help boost your mood, productivity, concentration and creativity. Most importantly plants help clean your indoor air by absorbing toxins, naturally increasing humidity and producing oxygen. And it will help reduce your exposure to poor air quality while decorating! Its a win-win!

Cleaning Products

Many home cleaning products contain volatile organic compounds (VOCs). These chemicals can linger in the air long after you’ve finished cleaning. It’s best to make the switch to true-green products. True green products aren’t as easy to come by as your may think as some companies hide chemicals behind a green label. Check out these 14 eco friendly cleaning products for your home.

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Brighten Your Summer with UV Light

By | Air Ducts Cleaned From High Performance Heating and Air, air filters, Clean air, Home, HVAC

Ultraviolet Light: Pretty neat, right?

Ultraviolet light: we’ve all heard the term before; passing by the Physics or Biology classroom, in doctor’s offices, and even in tanning salons! But what actually is it, and how does it work? Ultraviolet (UV) light is a wavelength of light created by the sun that is not visible to the human eye. Why, you may ask? Well, all light has different wavelengths, and UV light simply has a shorter wavelength than regular, everyday sunlight. So, our eyes can’t see it. Think of X-rays. When you go to the doctor to get an X-Ray, you can’t see those waves of light pass through your body. You only know they’re present because the doctor told you. It’s a similar concept for ultraviolet light!

UV & HVAC: 

Now that we know what UV light is and where it comes from, we can introduce UV light to HVAC. That’s right, HVAC! We can use it to kill bacteria and mold that spread through your house via your air ducts. By installing UV light in your HVAC system, you can lessen the chances of getting sick. While that may be so, UV light does not affect dust and dirt, meaning you’ll still have to clean your system by booking routine maintenances. The best place to install these lights is near the system’s coils, which is where all the air passes through before it spreads throughout your home. Meaning that by the time the air reaches you, the once-active bacteria and mold won’t be harmful. By combining the power of UV light, regular filter changes, and duct cleanings, those with severe asthma or other lung complications will be at a much lower risk for infection!

Pros & Cons of UV Light:

Today, we use UV light in many different ways. Forensic scientists use black lights to analyze crime scenes, it’s used for photography and fire detectors, as well as in tanning salons and for treating skin conditions. UV light also increases the production of Vitamin D and seratonin. This explains why most people are happier during the summer months. While UV light can prove to be extremely useful, there’s another side to it that we have to keep in mind. Too much exposure can cause serious damage to the eyes and skin, leading to “cataracts, pterygium and pinguecula formation“, as well as sunburn and even some skin cancers. At High Performance Heating and Cooling, we recognize the danger of ultraviolet light. Because of it’s location in your system, nobody in your home would be exposed to it. If there is a threat of exposure, we make sure to cover it!

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Ionizers? Yes Please!

By | Air Conditioning, air filters, Clean air, Home, HVAC, Residential

Breathe Easy with Cleaner Air!

Ever wondered about the quality of the air circulating in your home? If so, it’s time to look into investing in an ionizer! Ionizers, much like filters, help to keep the air you breathe in your home as clean as possible. It’s easy for pathogens, dirt, and dust to slip through your HVAC system’s filter, especially if you haven’t replaced it in awhile. Check out Happy Harold’s facts about ionizers and how they maintain clean air! If you have any further questions, we’re happy to help! Call the number at the end of the post for more information.

Never fear: ionizers are here!

Ionizers are an installable feature for air conditioning systems. They rid the air of contaminants that may have slipped through your system’s filter. It’s argued that one wouldn’t need an ionizer because there’s a filter in the system. But, filters can sometimes pose as a health risk (depending on how often it’s changed). Dirty filters make it easier for particles to enter your ducts, causing you to inhale more dust, pollen, and other allergens. Pathogens and other particles can even slip through a clean filter because of how tiny they are! For this reason, ionizers are especially helpful for people with asthma or lung diseases.

How does it work?

Ionizers emit two different ions: cations (positively charged) and anions (negatively charged). Special technology called needle-point bipolar ionization release equal amounts of charged ions into the air stream. These ions break down pollutants by removing their attached hydrogen atoms. Meanwhile, it’s also combining tinier particles by banding them together. When the particles band together, they become large enough for the filter to catch! As for the former, hydrogen acts as a pathogen’s food source; without it, they’ll die!

Advantages of an iWave:

iWave ionizers are a bit different from other ionizers on the market. iWave ionizers efficiently purify your indoor air without releasing chemicals that deteriorate Earth’s atmosphere. Play your part in slowing down climate change and purchase an iWave today! Many ionizers also need consistent maintenance, but iWave ionizers do not. According to their website, “…most models require no ongoing maintenance and have no replacement parts. On top of all that good news, iWave also offers a three-year limited warranty on all their products.

Now more than ever, we are realizing how important it is to maintain a healthy and clean home. With the help of an ionizer, you can do just that!

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EC Motors: What’s the Scoop?

By | Air Conditioning, Cooling, Furnace, Heating, HVAC, Residential

What is an ECM?

An ECM, which stands for “electronically-commutated motor“, is a motor that is very important in different HVAC equipment. While these motors sound like any other motor, they’re actually brushless! A brushless motor replaces the carbon variants found in brushed motors with magnets. This change within the system allows for the ECM to adjust to its specific task at hand, whether that be through its torque, power supply, or speed.

Why it’s Important:

Recently, there’s been a change in the requirements for ECMs: they are now mandatory for every piece of HVAC equipment. According to Richard Bardgett from Nidec Corp. (a motor-manufacturing company), the two main modes of operation for ECMs are: “constant airflow within the system or constant torque of the motor.” The main reasoning behind this shift is to increase the energy efficiency of HVAC equipment installed in residential buildings. There’s also another type of motor: a PSC, or a “permanent split capacitor”, is similar to an ECM. The main difference is that a PSC constantly uses energy, rather than adjusting to specific tasks. This means that, with a PSC, your HVAC equipment becomes less efficient both in energy and in overall system quality.

What does this mean for you?

These mandatory motors, while they’re generally more expensive than other motors, save homeowners more money due to its adaptable nature! Since they are so energy efficient, you can save more money on your monthly energy bills. The savings in your bills make up for the higher pricing of the ECM, and allows you have more pocket money at the same time. Another perk to the ECM is that it’s much quieter compared to other motors found in HVAC equipment. For this reason, Happy Harold suggests you call High Performance Heating to quickly change or replace your system to match ECM guidelines. The faster you switch, the more money you’ll save!

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Heat Exhaustion: What is it and how do you prevent it?

By | Air Conditioning, Cooling, Home, HVAC

What is Heat Exhaustion?

Heat exhaustion, according to Mayo Clinic, is a condition caused by elevated body temperature which can lead to heatstroke, a dangerous medical condition that’s difficult to recover from. Heat exhaustion is more common during days when humidity is high. The situation becomes even more dangerous when people exposed to high heat stop drinking water throughout the day. While anyone can get heat exhaustion, those who are most at risk of heat exhaustion, and consequently, heatstroke, are the elderly and young children. Meaning, when your AC is temporarily unavailable on a hot and humid day, you can become heat exhausted! Read on to see Happy Harold’s tips on how to combat and prevent heat exhaustion.

What are the symptoms?

The symptoms of heat exhaustion include cold or clammy skin, profuse sweating, muscle cramps, dizziness, nausea, and fainting. The CDC recommends seeking medical attention if you are throwing up, if your symptoms worsen, or if they last longer than one hour. Similarly with heatstroke, make sure to keep an eye on your body temperature! Temperatures of 104° F or higher can be extremely dangerous because it can lead to the rapid dehydration of the body’s water and organ failure. Seek medical attention right away if you feel as though you, or someone you know, has heat stroke; it is a serious medical condition and needs to be addressed as soon as possible.

Here’s How to Prevent it:

When a heat wave hits, the last thing you want is your AC breaking down! After you contact Happy Harold, make sure to stay hydrated and sip (not gulp) plenty of water. The human body uses water to cool down by sweating, and when you stop sweating, you’re more likely to get heat exhaustion. This also means that you should avoid consuming beverages with caffeine, such as tea, coffee, and energy drinks, since these lower the body’s amount of water. Put on loose and breathable clothing, allowing your skin to breathe easier. Lastly, avoid heat exhaustion by applying cool towels to the skin throughout the day. You may even want to take a nice, cool shower or bath! One of the best ways to avoid heat exhaustion is making sure your AC runs smoothly before Rochester’s heat hits.

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Welcome to the Club!

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

Join Happy Harold’s Club Today!

Whats it all about? Harold’s here to offer you an incredible deal on routine maintenance, repairs, improving your indoor air quality and so much more! Did you know that you can lower your energy bill and increase your systems efficiency? You cant beat that! Take a look below at everything Harold’s clubs have to offer.

Complimentary Scheduled Maintenance

What does this mean? We’ll schedule your clean and checks annually so you don’t have to worry about it! Our system will automatically place your routine maintenance onto our calendar. One of our friendly customer service representatives will give you a call a few days before your appointment to verify the set time and date fit your schedule. If for some reason you are unable to make your appointment on the scheduled date and time, we’ll work with you to set you up with a new appointment that fits your schedule.

Guaranteed Service within 24 hours

Though our response time for emergencies is a maximum of 3 hours, what happens if we can’t make it? We’ll buy you a hotel, of course!

Discounted or Free Diagnostic Visits

If you’ve never experienced the unfortunate event of waking up to no heat in the middle of the week, you may not realize just how great this benefit is. Typically a service call is $89 during normal office hours and $149 after hours, with repairs in addition to that. Imagine not having to worry about that service all fee at all!

Discounts on Repairs

Based on the club membership you choose you will receive between 15-20% off the cost of repairs. Pair this with your discounted or free diagnostic visit, and guaranteed front of the line service, you’ll never fear a heating emergency again!

Discounted Improvements to your indoor air quality (IAQ)

Do you know what’s in the air in your home? Take a look at one of Happy Harold’s blogs about the importance of taking care of your homes air (click here). With a club membership from Happy Harold you could receive 15% off of the improvement of your homes air. That includes humidifiers, duct cleaning, air purifiers, etc!

Both of the memberships we offer can save you over $250 a year in repair and maintenance costs! So what are you waiting for? Call us today!

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Combination Boilers

By | Boiler, HVAC, Water Heater

What is a Combination Boiler?

A combination boiler, or combi boiler, gets its name from combining both a high efficiency water heater and a central heating boiler system into one compact unit. This compact unit is a great 2 for 1 for any small dwelling.

How do they work?

Combi units are similar to unvented boilers, but with a second heating circuit. This second circuit is what provides you with instant, unlimited hot water on demand. Combination boilers do not have storage tanks like conventional water heaters. This means, they don’t have to heat then store hot water. As a result, these systems are both cost effective and energy efficient.

Cost effective

Since combination boilers do not have storage tanks like a conventional water heater, they don’t have to routinely heat and store hot water. Furthermore the upfront cost of installation is cheaper than having a water heater and boiler installed. They also take up less space within your home, this benefiting homes that do not have basements.

Is it right for you?

The ability to provide space heating with hot water production in one compact unit is a big advantage, especially considering the low installation cost. However these units are not ideal for every home. In most situations, there will be little to no difference between a combi boiler and a traditional water heater. With one exception of households that run multiple hot-water consuming appliances simultaneously, or take multiple showers daily. Call today for a free estimate to see if a combi-boiler is right for you!

 

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Maintenance Maintenance Maintenance

By | Furnace, HVAC

Keepin’ it clean with routine maintenance!

We know that we talk a lot about maintenance, and we know you probably think its a gimmick. But, take a look at the 5 benefits of routine maintenance below! Maintenance is a sure-fire way to keep your homes HVAC system running as efficiently and safely as possible.

Maintenance = Efficiency

Dirt can build up on different components inside your system, which impairs its ability to run smoothly. A dirty filter alone will restrict your airflow, causing your blower motor to work harder. The harder your system works to move air around, the more energy it will consume. Keeping your system clean gives it the opportunity to run at optimum capacity. You may very well be surprised at how nice your utility bill looks the month after a cleaning!

Maintenance = Cleaner Air

Air passing through a dirty system will ultimately produce dirty air. The same contaminates we find in your duct work are also in your furnace. By cleaning your furnace regularly, you’re not only improving its efficiency, but also improving your air quality. And did you know that studies suggest your homes air is dirtier than outside? Don’t believe us? Check out this article by the Huff Post!

Maintenance = Less chance of break down

Cleaning your system twice a year is ideal, trust us, we’re experts! But cleaning it once a year is just as good of an idea. Hear us out, we try to make your routine maintenance as affordable as possible so that its easy for you to keep up with, but that’s not the only reason we offer such great deals on a cleaning! We also want to spot potential problems and bring them to your attention before they become a broken furnace in the middle of a Rochester snow storm. We strongly believe that early detection is key to keeping your home comfortable all year round.

Maintenance = Safer Home

Because your furnace burns fossil fuel, it can put out some awful fumes. From carbon monoxide, to gas leaks and fires the dangers of a furnace are pretty intense. A regularly maintained furnace is the clear choice for safe happy home! On the off chance you do have a gas leak, and you need a test performed, give us a call. High Performance Heating and Air will put you at the top of our service list to perform a gas line leak test in your home. All you have to do is call Harold!

Maintenance = Warranty Protection

Most systems come with a warranty that will become null and void if you do not keep up with your routine maintenance. Our best piece of advice is, and will always be, to have your system cleaned regularly! We do understand that unless its broken, you probably aren’t thinking much about your furnace or AC. Which is why we’ve created a system that ensures you’ll never have to remember your maintenance again! Join one of Happy Harold’s clubs, and we’ll call you to remind you of your pre-scheduled upcoming appointment.

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Ductwork Maintenance

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

Duct Cleaning

You dust and mop each Saturday, clean the bathrooms each Sunday, change the bed sheets every 5 days, laundry every other day, but when you do clean your air? Though your home may be clean to the touch, the air you’re breathing could be doing you more harm than good. Poor indoor air quality can cause your allergies or asthma to flare up, it can also cause respiratory infections and you cant see it coming.  Lets talk about the effects of poor air quality and how to improve it inside your home.

How bad could it be?

You’re probably thinking there’s no way your homes air can do you any harm, but hear us out. If you suffer from frequent sinus problems, allergy attacks that are “worse at night”, or even asthma flare ups, it could be your ducts! Your HVAC system cycles air throughout your home every time it kicks on.

Sinus Problems

Each time your furnace or AC cycles air, dust and debris is blown into your homes living spaces. That means that each breath you take you’re inhaling particles through your nose. As a direct result, these particles can work their way into your sinuses, causing inflammation and ultimately infection.

Allergies

Did you know that the most common allergens according to Web MD are pollen, dust mites, mold and animal dander? And the most common particles located in your duct work are pollen, dust mites, mold spores and animal dander.  Having these particles floating around your homes air can set off, or lengthen allergy attacks. A key indication that whats in your ducts is a major factor contributing to your allergies would be if your symptoms become worse at home and subside when outside your home.

Asthma

Asthma attacks can be triggered by pollen, pets, mold, respiratory infections and dust mites according to the Mayo Clinic. If you find that your asthma symptoms are worse at home than anywhere else, the status of your air ducts could be to blame.

Respiratory Infections

Along with the pollen and dust mites, your duct work can house viruses, fungi and bacteria. This means that when your HVAC system cycles, it will blow germs through your living space thus causing frequent respiratory infections.

 

Benefits to duct cleaning


Increase your systems efficiency

Cleaning out the debris inside your ducts will ultimately allow for air to flow more freely through your system. The easier it is for air to flow, the less work your furnace or AC has to do. A level two or three duct cleaning from High Performance Heating and Air also offers HVAC system maintenance. With a deal like that, you’re sure to see a reduction in your energy bills!

Fight back against dust!

You could potentially cut down on the dust that plagues your home each week. If there’s less dust in the vents to blow around, it stands to reason that there will be less dust coating your belongings. What will you do with the time you get back from not dusting?

Breathe Easy

With less allergens circulating through your home, you’ll be able to rest easy, and breathe even easier. Plus the added comfort of clean smelling air should be enough to bring you joy all through the season!

Something for everyone!

High Performance Heating and Air offers three levels of protection to best suit your homes needs. All we need is 30 minutes for your free estimate appointment! One of our technicians will review with you exactly what each level has to offer. You’ll then receive a detailed estimate sent right to your email. It really can’t get any easier than that!

 

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