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.

Call today for a free estimate! 585-3Harold

 

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.

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

 

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

Propane? Natural Gas? Electricity?

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.


Propane 

There are two different ways to heat your water with propane, you can chose a tankless heater or a storage tank heater. It all depends on what you feel is best for your home.

Storage tank heater: 

This type of system is compact and frees up more space compared with a standard electric heater. It can also deliver the same amount of hot water as a 50-gallon electric unit, while being only 40 gallons itself. Energy Star propane units save on average 13-16% in annual energy costs.

Tankless water heater:

This system delivers endless hot water instantly. It will only heat your water when its needed, and can save you roughly 9-16 sq feet of floor space. A tankless system is reported to save users on average $150 a year on energy costs, wouldn’t that be a nice treat? Our favorite fact about propane powered tankless water heaters is that it puts out far fewer greenhouse gas emissions compared to electric storage tank water heaters. You can sign us up for anything that will reduce our emission levels!


Natural Gas

This is the most common fuel source for water heaters, as it is more cost efficient than electricity. Most utility companies also offer rebates for switching form electric to gas.

Storage tank heater:

There are two types of gas powered storage tank heaters, and they both heat water continuously inside the tank. The first is a standard tank, the one we’re all familiar with since it has been around for generations. They are the most affordable models when purchasing a new system, however they are not the most efficient. The other type of tanked water heater is an energy star, these have increased energy-efficiency compared to the standard models.

Tankless water heater:

Much like the propane powered water heater, this system provides an instantaneous, and unlimited flow of hot water. These systems save energy because they are only heating water when you want it. As opposed to the storage tank heaters that will continuously heat water inside the tank. An energy star tankless water heater uses a heat exchange resulting in the use of 9% less energy than conventional gas powered tankless systems.


Electric (Boogie Woogie Woogie)

Storage tank heater

The only electric water heaters certified by Energy star are heat pumps, or hybrid water heaters. These systems are more expensive than a high-efficiency gas model. It works by pulling heat from the surrounding air into the water tank, its this feature that makes them best suited in mild to hot climates. Though they are more expensive than a high efficiency gas model, they can make up the cost difference within 2 years. Energy Star models use up to 65% less electricity than a standard electric water heater. That’s up to $3,000 over the lifespan of your tank!

Tankless Water Heater

These systems are quite comparable to the other tankless systems, just powered by electricity. These provide hot water when, and only when, you want it. As a whole, a tankless system can reduce your energy bill since its not constantly running. A tankless system can also help resolve an age old household argument, no matter how long you take in the shower, there will always be hot water ready for the next person in line!


How long does a storage tank water heater typically last?

After about 7 years or so, the inside of your water tank starts to corrode and break down. If you crack open the tank, you’ll see a reddish corrosion spill out. To ensure proper operation and to keep your warranties valid, every manufacturer recommends scheduling annual maintenance by a certified HVAC technician. If your  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 system running again in no time!

Making the switch from storage tank to tankless?

Tankless Water Heaters offer a safe and highly efficient way of keeping  your hot water flowing while lowering your monthly energy bill. The installation time for one of these is typically only a few hours, and the costs on average around $3,000. Though the cost may be high initially, you’ll be saving quite a bit in the long run. Consumer reports show that you’re likely to save between $80-$100 a year on your energy bill. Factor in the life expectancy of an on-demand system is between 15-20 years which is 13 years longer than your standard water heater with a tank! You’re looking at some big savings! So what are you waiting for? Give us a call and get your free estimate today!

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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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