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Heating & Cooling

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Simply stated it stands for Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning
EER stands for Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio, which is like an MPG rating for a car. The higher the number the more energy efficient the unit is. Newer units have ratings from 10 to 17, and older units have ratings as low as 6 SEER. The SEER ratings only apply to Air Conditioners.
HSPF stands for Heating Seasonal Performance Factor. This measures the efficiency of the heating portion of a heat pump.
Energy Star is a designation created by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). This designation is given to appliances that meet or exceed the EPA guidelines for high-efficiency performance. Heating and Cooling probably account for as much as half of your home’s energy use. These products can help you save as much as 20% on your home’s energy use.
Heating and cooling systems sizing is based on the B.T.U.H (British Thermal Units Per Hour). Air Conditioning and Heat Pumps are also rated in tonnage, for example 12,000 BTUH equals one ton. Most residential systems range from one to five tons.
Most systems have a lifetime of 10 to 20 years. As your equipment gets older, it’s efficiency can decrease dramatically. You may notice that it gets noisier and needs repairs more often. When a unit begins to show it’s age, you have two choices:

  • You can overhaul the system
  • Or you can replace it

Because heating and cooling technologies improve from year to year, a newer system that is more energy-efficient would make more sense, especially if your system is more than 10 years old.

You should change your air filters often. Dirty Air Filters will reduce the amount of air flowing through your system and make the furnace or A/C work harder. Proper air filtration is just as important for you as it is for your mechanical equipment. High Efficiency filters will remove more dust, dirt, pollen, mold and other particles from the air in your home.
VHC Van Hoecke Contracting Inc., recommends that these two systems should be serviced once a year, once in the Spring leading into summer for the Air Conditioner, and in the Fall leading into Winter for the Heating system. In some commercial environments, systems should be serviced up to four times per year. Doing a simple maintenance program will help keep your energy costs down, prevent major breakdowns, and prolong the life of your equipment. Neglecting necessary maintenance ensures a steady decline in performance and will lead to higher energy costs.
Different seasons bring different humidity levels for Kansas City. Dry indoor air is not only a problem because of a changing season, but also because of your heater. Not having the proper humidity in a home can cause health problems and increases the risk of warping and cracking furniture, flooring and the structure itself. Increasing the humidity in a home will not only help dry skin, but also relieve other problems associated with dry air, like respiratory issues and sore noses and throats.
The best method of detection is to use a carbon monoxide detector in a central location inside your home. The carbon monoxide detector is a device that operates very much like a smoke alarm. It will monitor the air in your home for carbon monoxide and emits an alert when it detects the presence of this toxic gas. It is estimated that carbon monoxide kills more than 200 people each year in the United States. VHC strongly recommends that every home have both fire and carbon monoxide detectors. Usually, carbon monoxide enters a home when there is a presence of cracks, leaks obstructions and other malfunctions in the heating system. Call VHC today for a winter check-up and make sure your system is functioning properly.
Normal cooling settings are 75 to 80 degrees, and normal heating settings are 68 to 72 degrees. When leaving your home, do not set your temperature back more than 5 degrees, this will cause your unit to work harder to achieve the desired temperature setting.
A heat pump is an all-in-one heating and air conditioning system that works year round for your comfort. During the warmer months, a heat pump works as a normal air conditioner. During the winter months, a heat pump collects heat from the outdoor air and transfers it inside the home. When the weather is extremely cold, an electric heater inside the unit supplements the indoor air to warm a home. The heat pump process is quite efficient as it produces two to three times more heat than the energy it uses.
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