Transform your Sunroom!

By | HVAC, Residential

Staying comfortable year round

A sunroom is a great addition to any home giving you a place to enjoy the sunshine and landscape without being subject to harsh weather. The temperature in these rooms, however, isn’t always easily controlled. Given that sunrooms aren’t normally linked to your homes central heating and cooling system, it is necessary you have a plan for temperature control.

Mini Split for the Win!

In our opinion the best way to combat adverse temperatures in your sunroom would be with a mini split unit. A mini split system is one where you can control the temperature in individual rooms. Thus giving you the versatility you need to set the temperature of your room to your liking. A system like this has two main components, an outdoor compressor and an indoor air-handler, and installation is a breeze! Another benefit to mini split systems is that, unlike central air and your furnace, you can shut off the air to unused rooms without causing your system to overwork its self. Mini split systems are quiet, and blend well into any room of your home. Wondering what it would cost you to have a mini split system put in? Harold’s free estimate service is just a phone call (or webform) away!

Small Change = Big Impact

Airflow is key!

Air flow through the sunroom will relieve heat, so having ventilation openings high in the room will help it escape. You may also want to place fans near the floor, this ensures hot air pockets do not linger in your room.

Window tints

At certain points in the day the light will be quite intense beaming through the windows. You can combat this with window tints! Window tint will provide additional shade keeping your room cool. While also providing privacy and protection for your furniture from sun fade.

Blinds

Window dressings, such as honeycomb shades add an extra layer of insulation to keep your sunroom warm in the winter and cool in the summer. These shades are considered energy efficient and provide superior light control.

Weather Stripping

Weatherstripping your sunroom will help reduce drafts, and block energy loss through windows and doors. Weatherstripping can also aid in energy savings, you may just want to do all of your homes windows!

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Signs Your Furnace Needs Replacing

By | HVAC

1. Old Age

Furnaces can last for a good chunk of time, but just how long can a typical furnace last before it needs to be replaced? A furnace normally requires replacement if it is 15 years or older. If a furnace does not get replaced after this amount of time, it can cause your energy bills to rise dramatically in pricing, as well as uneven temperatures within your household. With the colder months right around the corner, fluctuating temperatures aren’t something that should be messed with! If you think that it’s time for your old furnace to be replaced, call (585) 3Harold today!

2. Problems with Humidification

Humidification “refers to the amount of water vapor in the air,” and if it’s low, can cause scratchy throats, dry skin, as well as other sinus-related symptoms. Your floors may lose moisture and separate at the seams, and even wallpaper can begin to peel. Static electricity also has a tendency to build up when the humidity in your home is too low. Humidification is an essential during Rochester’s harsh winter months if you wish to stay comfortable when heating your house! Humidifiers generally connect to the HVAC system, so if your humidifier is up-to-date but the humidity in your house is still low, it’s a clear sign that your furnace may need to be replaced.

3. Loud and Strange Noises

What may be the most telling sign that you need to replace your current furnace is if your system is making loud and unnecessary clanking noises. HVAC equipment has been modified over its years of existence in order to make home living as comfortable as possible. That includes getting rid of deafening sounds that your neighbors down the street could hear! If an intense commotion is deriving from your furnace, it most likely needs a replacement. Don’t stress out about the decision to replace your heating system; our technicians will be there every step of the way. If you can’t come to the phone, go to highperformanceheating.com and fill out a webform!

4. Frequent Repairs

If your furnace continues to malfunction and break down, don’t throw money towards multiple maintenance and repair sessions.  If your system refuses to work after trying to fix it, it’s an indication that your furnace’s lifespan is up. Maintenance can be even more expensive than an installation when sessions add up, so save yourself the time, energy, and money by replacing your furnace! Don’t wait until our scheduling fills up: the days will only continue to get chillier and our schedule will continue to fill, so make sure you’re prepared for autumn and winter.

 

 

 

Lets talk about Filters!

By | air filters, HVAC

Lets talk about filters!

Furnace and AC filter changes are a chore that is often overlooked, even though a clogged filter is the number one cause of HVAC system failure. Air filters don’t only filter out bits of pollen, mold, and dust preventing them from circulating around your home. They are also considered your first line of defense against larger objects, like bits of loose insulation, that may cause damage or fire risk to your system.

Effects of a Dirty Filter

Overworked-

The blower fan in your system has to work harder to push air. The harder it works, the more  energy it uses. Thus leading to higher bills and a higher likelihood of it wearing out from strain.

Overheating or Freezing up

When the air is unable to pass through your system with ease, a number of problems can emerge. The largest problem being over heating, or freezing up. Ultimately you will be paying the same amount for energy usage or using the same amount of oil but there will be no change in your indoor temperature.

Clogged Ducts & Dirty Furniture

When air doesn’t circulate quickly, particulates can settle in your ducts and on surfaces inside your home. Changing your air filter on a routine basis is a lot easier and more affordable than having your ducts cleaned out on a routine basis.

When should you change your air filter?

The frequency in which you should change your air filter depends on the following:

  • What type of filter you’re using
  • Indoor Air Quality
  • Number of Pets inside the home
  • Number of people occupying your home
  • Level of air pollution and construction in and around the home

General Guidelines:

  • Vacation homes or single occupant with no pets or allergies- Change your filter every 6-12 Months
  • Average suburban home without pets- Change your filter every 90 days
  • Single pet households- Change your filter ever 60 days
  • Multiple pet households, or households with occupants suffering from allergies- Change your filter ever 20-45 days

 

As always, Harolds Here to help make taking care of your systems a breeze! If you’re unsure about your filter size, or when it was last changed, give us a call! Our detailed customer records keep our office staff in the loop, so answers are always just a phone call away!

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Maintain Your AC

By | HVAC

Parts of An AC and Why it’s Important to Keep Clean

Many people think that an AC is one simple system, easy to install and even easier to maintain. However, there are actually four important parts within that system. When not kept clean and protected, your whole system may break down, causing you to spend a lot of money trying to repair or replace it. Becoming more knowledgeable in the “what” and the “why” of the AC world: what parts are in a system and why it’s critical to check it often, will ultimately help you in the future.

 

1. Filters

The most crucial part of a regular AC maintenance is checking and cleaning your filter. Your AC’s filter has an important job; and that is to make sure that dirt and other particles don’t get trapped within the other sections of the AC (like the coil). If your filter is clogged and filled to the brim with the particles that build up over time, air can bypass the filter, carrying dirt into the coils. This causes malfunctions within the coil itself, inhibiting the coil from doing its job properly (explained below). A filthy filter can significantly reduce a system’s efficiency. If you think that its time to get your filter cleaned or replaced, contact us today to schedule an appointment!

2. Coils

There are two types of coils within your AC system: the evaporator coil and the condenser coil. The evaporator coil’s job is to absorb heat from an enclosed space while simultaneously evaporating a refrigerant called Freon. The evaporator coil is inside the system.  The condenser coil is outside of your system, making it easy to spot. It does the opposite of the evaporator coil: it condenses refrigerant vapor into a liquid. Just as the filter needs to be cleaned yearly, so do these two coils. To keep these two parts of the AC clean, keeping a dirt-free filter and making sure the area around your AC is clear of debris.

3. Maintain Your Coil Fins

On every condenser and evaporator coil there are small, aluminum fins, helping the coils with their heat processes. These little guys aid their partners a lot, but because they are thin and made out of aluminum, they are easily bent. If bent at the right angle, these fins block the air flowing throughout your system, eventually causing problems that lead to major repairs and even replacement! Make sure to keep an eye on the aluminum coil fins because they can cause a hassle if not maintained.

4. Condensate Drains

When your evaporator coil is working properly, condensation tends to build along the insides of your system. This can directly lead to growth of mold and algae that blocks your condensate drains, which obviously isn’t very good for your AC. These drains are critical for controlling the amount of condensation inside the AC, and if blocked, it can lead to system failure. Buildup of mold and algae can even lead to water damage inside your home! Therefore, keeping your drains mold-free are very important in maintaining the AC that you own.

Call today to schedule your AC maintenance at (585) 3Harold

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Benefits to having an AC

By | Air Conditioning, HVAC

Check out Happy Harold’s top five benefits to having AC in your home:

1) Intellectual activity

Have you noticed that you feel sluggish and fatigued more so during the summer months than other times of year? Studies suggest that this is due to your body’s reaction to an increased temperature. A study from the T. H. Chan School of Public Health at Harvard University shows that heat stress can influence your cognitive ability. The study involved students in dorm rooms of varying temperature, some in rooms where the temperature averaged 80° while others averaged 71°. The results showed that students in the dorms that didn’t have AC had slower reaction times and 13% lower performance on basic tests. So if you’re looking to stay on top of your game during this years heat wave, AC may be exactly what you need!

2) AC can Improve your Sleep

A hot room could be the reason you’re waking up frequently during the night. The Sleep Doctor says that higher temperatures could effect your REM sleep. REM sleep is critical to your body and brains ability to rejuvenate. During this critical time at night, your body’s cells heal and multiply, allowing for your muscles and bones to stay healthy and strong. In order to get to this stage in your schedule, your blood vessels expand, effectively releasing more heat. This works to lower your core body temperature. Without a cool, surrounding environment, your body physically cannot do its job to let you sleep like a baby, which causes a restless night and tomorrow’s weariness. The surrounding temperature of where you sleep is the most important factor that influences sleep. Keep refreshed during the night and rest easy with our AC Summer Special.

3) Overall Health

Many of us have most likely experienced dizziness and headaches when in the blazing sun for too long. The solution: stay hydrated and cool off indoors. But when your AC isn’t working, that can be quite difficult. During the summer months, the most common health problem that occurs is heat exhaustion. Heat exhaustion happens when the body loses a lot (most of the time too much) water and salt, which is secreted through sweating. Common symptoms of heat exhaustion are nausea, dizziness, weakness, headaches, irritability, and thirst. When left untreated, heat exhaustion can lead to heat stroke; the most serious heat related illness. Make sure you stay healthy and cool during Rochester’s hottest months with our 24/7 service!

4) Keep Pests Away with your AC

Insects have an optimal temperature where reproduction and growth is highest, which is usually between 75° and 80°. Since insects are cold blooded, they are especially attracted to heat. This means that they are more likely to go indoors and infest your home. One of the best ways to combat this common infestation is to put your AC on. We normally set our cooling system lower than 75 degrees, which immediately deters pests. AC also keeps the mosquitoes away from your body, lessening the chance of getting bitten. Mites and roaches have a tendency to stay in your ducts as a result of the built-up humidity, making it easier for them to multiply. If your ducts are checked and cleaned regularly, and if your AC is in good condition, bugs are more likely to stay away. If there are doubts about the condition of your AC or ducts, contact us and we’ll give you a free estimate!

5) Improved air quality

One of the best ways we can improve air quality within our home is to change the filter in our AC and Furnace on a routine basis. While your systems are running and cycling through air providing you with the perfect home temperature, they are filtering out some common air pollutants. To ensure that your system continues to filter out the bad stuff, check and change your filters accordingly.
Interested in getting an AC unit installed? Give us a call today for a free estimate and take advantage of our summer financing special!
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The Nest

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 what you’ve got

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.

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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!

 

 

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.

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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.

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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.

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