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Keeping Your Central Heating & Cooling System In Tip-Top Shape – The Benefits Of A Precision Tune-Up

Keeping Your Central Heating & Cooling System In Tip-Top Shape – The Benefits Of A Precision Tune-Up

 Many homeowners overlook the importance of routine maintenance on their central air conditioning and heating systems.  We recommend having one of our highly-trained technicians perform a Precision Tune-Up at least once each year.  The spring months are the best time to request this service because the weather is typically mild, and our service department is not as busy as they are during the heat of summer.  Regular maintenance is one of the best investments you can make in your cooling equipment to help keep it running efficiently and without interruption. Even the best equipment can eventually experience problems if not maintained properly.

Just as a tune-up for your car can improve your gas mileage and save you from costly future repairs, an annual tune-up of your heating and cooling system can improve efficiency and comfort. When your system is not maintained properly, its performance is reduced. This can cause higher electric bills, wasted energy and damage to components. Even if cool air is still flowing into your home, your system may require maintenance.  Unfortunately, cool air is not a reliable indicator of air conditioner health and performance.  Many things can go wrong before your system stops cooling.

Give us a call today to schedule a Precision Tune-Up for your central air conditioning and heating system.  We’ll ensure your home stays comfortable all year long, for many years to come.

 

If Your Heat Pump Is Showing Its Age, Replace It… Don’t Just Repair It

If Your Heat Pump Is Showing Its Age, Replace It… Don’t Just Repair It

If you have a heat pump that’s over ten years old, now’s the time to start thinking about replacing it, not simply repairing it. Why? Because today’s generation of heat pumps are so efficient, they can often pay for themselves through decreased utility bills.

Heat pumps usually last from 12 to 15 years, depending on their use. They begin to show their age when major components of the system, such as the motor or compressor, start making unusual noises. Usually at this time, the service calls begin adding up as well. It’s at this point that you’ll have to decide whether to repair the old system or replace it with a new one.

In the short run, replacing a major component costs less than replacing the entire system. In the long run, however, you may be missing an opportunity to greatly improve the overall efficiency of your system and save significant amounts of money in operating costs. In recent years, heat pump manufacturers like Trane have made dramatic progress in increasing the efficiency of their units. As a result, it may make more economic sense to invest the money spent on repairs in a new, more efficient unit that will immediately lower operating costs. Eventually, the more efficient unit should pay for itself. In the meantime, you’ll gain the added benefits of greater reliability and longer warranty protection.

When looking at a new system, remember that the efficiency of a heat pump is indicated by two ratings, one for heating and one for cooling. The heating rating is called the Heating Seasonal Performance Factor (HSPF), and the cooling rating is called the Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio (SEER). In both cases, the higher the number, the greater the efficiency and the lower the operating costs.

In order to attain the rated efficiency of the new system, it’s important to replace both the outdoor unit (which includes the compressor) and the indoor unit (which includes the blower and evaporator) at the same time. Combining a new high efficiency outdoor unit with an old low efficiency indoor unit will probably not result in optimum performance. It’s also important to select the correct size unit for your home. After a thorough inspection, we can determine how much capacity is required to keep your home comfortable.

Following installation of the new system, we offer service contracts that cover periodic maintenance of equipment and, if needed, repairs. Ask us about these preventative maintenance programs that will help prolong the life of your investment.

The Cream of The Crop: Trane Comfort Specialist™ Dealers

The Cream of The Crop: Trane Comfort Specialist™ Dealers

All dealers are not created equal. So, always look for the Trane Comfort Specialist™ badge. It will indicate a Trane dealer committed to excellence in every aspect of his business. The Trane Comfort Specialist™ designation is not easy to come by. Dealers qualify for this honor on a yearly basis by meeting Trane’s strongest standards for professionalism and technological expertise. When it’s time to purchase a heating and air conditioning system, put your comfort in the hands of a Trane Comfort Specialist™ dealer.