Energy Savings Equals Greater Profits

One of the largest expenditures for many industrial businesses is energy costs. Every penny that is spent on electricity, gas and other energy expenditures directly affects your bottom line. One of the largest energy drains in manufacturing and warehousing is climate control. Finding ways to reduce energy use through your HVAC system can minimize your overhead and equal more profits every year.

There are a few ways you can cut down on energy used for heating and cooling your business. If you have an older commercial HVAC system, it is most likely less efficient than the options now available. While upgrading your system does require an initial investment, the savings in the long run can pay for the initial cost and add up to yearly savings off your energy bill. Some upgrades to consider for your HVAC system include:

  • Replacing with a new efficient HVAC system. If your HVAC is ten or more years old, the efficiency of the new systems available can make a replacement worth the cost.
  • A retrofit of your existing system. Updating your existing system with a retrofit through a quality commercial HVAC service company can improve the efficiency of your system without the higher cost of complete replacement.
  • Upgrading to an automation system can help manage energy costs; your system can be controlled remotely and the automated system can minimize energy use.

Don’t let your profits go out the window with high energy bills. Talk to your local commercial HVAC experts to find ways to improve your energy use for climate control in your business. A simple upgrade to your HVAC system can save thousands in energy costs that directly affects your profits.

Posted on behalf of:
JS Thomas Service, Inc
4085 Nine McFarland Dr
Alpharetta, GA 30004
(770) 475-2600

Top 5 Uses for Ductless Mini Splits

An energy efficient option for air conditioning small spaces is the ductless mini split. These compact A/C units can be added without a duct system to keep areas cool without hooking into a central system. Here are five of the top uses for these efficient A/C options – you may find a use for one in your home or business.

  1. Have a garage or workshop that gets hot in the summer months? Add a mini split that you can use when spending time on projects in your garage or man cave.
  2. Spare rooms. Why spend money to keep a spare room cool when you aren’t using it? Add a ductless mini split that can be used on an as-needed basis.
  3. Main rooms. If you have one room in the house that you spend most of your time, a mini split can save on energy costs by only cooling that one room when the rest of the house is not being utilized. Living rooms or bedrooms are common areas that mini splits are added.
  4. Do you have outbuildings like a barn or utility shed that you spend time in during the summer? Mini splits are great for cooling these smaller buildings without a large expenditure in installation or energy.
  5. Home office. Many people add on a home office to their home that may not be connected to the central air system. A ductless mini split is perfect for any addition to your home.

To learn more about how much ductless mini ducts cost to install and more information on these efficient units, call your local HVAC service company that offers mini split installations.

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ClimateSmith, LLC
Buford, GA 30519
(770) 475-952

Managing Humidity in Your Home

Musty odors, moldy bathrooms and bad indoor allergies can all be signs of high humidity in your home. Most regions have certain months that are higher than normal humidity – for some it is winter, for others summer is the wetter season. Regardless of where you live, keeping humidity under control inside your home can protect your house and health.

What Level of Humidity Is Too High?

Humidity must be the right balance indoors to avoid issues. If there is not enough moisture in the air, your comfort can be affected. Too much moisture and your home becomes a breeding ground for mold and mildew that can ruin wood, fabrics, walls and be a detriment to your health. The right humidity balance indoors should be hovering around 35-45%.

To keep your home at the ideal humidity level, you first need to know where it is at now. If you have had problems with mold, mildew or condensation on windows, there is a good chance you have a high humidity problem. A hygrometer can measure your humidity levels – you can buy one or have your local HVAC service perform a humidity test on the air in your home.

If you do have high humidity, you can invest in a dehumidifier that can keep your moisture levels in the right zone. For some homes, only certain areas have humidity issues, like a basement or garage. In those cases, a portable dehumidifier is the best option. For whole home moisture balance, a whole home dehumidifier can be added to your HVAC system to keep your air quality at the ideal moisture levels. Both options can be found through your local HVAC service company.

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Western Aire Heating & Cooling
Marietta, GA 30066
(770) 505-7426

Give Your HVAC System a Spring Tune-Up

Spring is the perfect time to schedule HVAC system maintenance. The mild months of spring are usually when you need your HVAC system the least; why not take the time to get it serviced during this mild season? When the hot summer months and cold winter months are in full swing, HVAC service companies are busy handling cooling and heating emergencies. Spring is a great time to get a quick appointment for a tune-up for your A/C and heating system.

Benefits of a Tune-Up

Like all motorized systems, your HVAC has components that need maintenance, repairs and replacements. A tune-up service gives your system the maintenance it needs to be efficient while preventing issues during the higher-use months of summer and winter. Tune-ups usually include:

  • Filter check/change
  • Inspection
  • Lubrication, if needed
  • Check all components, replace as needed

A quick spring tune-up can catch small issues before they become big problems. A small leak can be caught and repaired before it ends up shutting down your A/C on the hottest day of the year. Preventive repairs are much less expensive than an emergency call for a breakdown and much more convenient for you and your family. Tune-ups can also help improve the efficiency of your HVAC system and increase the longevity, saving you money in both energy costs and system replacement.

Don’t wait for your HVAC system to breakdown when you need it the most. Take time this spring to call your local HVAC service company to schedule your tune-up during the mild weather. You will be happy you did when you are staying cool and comfortable all summer long.

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ClimateSmith, LLC
5950 Shiloh Road East
Alpharetta, GA 30005
(770) 475-9555

Why Upgrade to a Dual-Fuel Heat Pump?

Heat pumps are an energy efficient option for heating and cooling, but there are some drawbacks when the weather turns colder. While heat pumps are effective for heating when temperatures are above 35 degrees, when they dip colder, they may not offer the heating comfort you desire. Furnaces on the other hand offer excellent heat but are not as energy efficient. An alternative is a dual-fuel heat pump, that uses both options for maximum comfort and efficiency.

How Does a Dual-Fuel Heat Pump Work?

Heat pumps use the air from outside to cool or heat your home. They use much less energy than a furnace for heating and are efficient for air conditioning. A dual-fuel heat pump uses the heat pump function during the milder temperatures, offering a cost-effective option for heating your home. However, when it gets colder, it can switch to using a furnace for heating, offering more comfort.

A dual-fuel heat pump gives you the best of both systems. You get the efficiency of a heat pump during most of the year when temperatures are milder, especially spring and fall. This saves on energy bills compared to a furnace. However, when the weather gets colder, you will have the comfort and convenience of switching to more reliable heat from the furnace, but only when you need it.

A dual-fuel heat pump is one of the most efficient options for controlling the climate in your home year-round. If you are interested in learning more about how upgrading to a dual-fuel heat pump can benefit your home and energy bills, contact your local HVAC installer to get the details.

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Western Aire Heating & Cooling
264 Buchanan Highway
Dallas, GA 30157
(770) 505-7426

4 Benefits of Annual Furnace Tune-Ups

When was the last time you had a complete tune-up on your furnace? If it has been over a year, you are past due for service. Annual tune-ups keep your furnace maintained, which can lead to many benefits down the road. Here are four benefits you can reap from keeping up with your annual maintenance on your furnace.

  1. More efficiency. The immediate reward you may get from annual tune-ups is more efficiency for heating with your furnace, and lower utility bills. A well-maintained furnace runs better, with less fuel or energy, saving you money all winter long.
  2. Longevity. Like any mechanical system, a furnace will last longer when it is properly cleaned, lubricated and maintained. Extend the time between replacements with annual tune-ups on your furnace, saving you more money and making the most of your investment.
  3. Better air quality. Your furnace circulates the air in your home and can impact the quality of the air. Tune-ups can help improve the air quality with regular filter changes and other services to maintain clean, healthy air in your home.
  4. Tune-ups often catch issues that need to be repaired before they cause a break down of the system. Instead of waking up to a cold house and needing to call a repair company, keep your system working consistently with tune-ups every year.

Keep your heating costs as low as possible by sticking to a routine schedule for annual tune-ups on your furnace. It is a small investment that can pay for itself in better energy efficiency and fewer emergency repairs, as well as extending the life of your furnace.

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Western Aire Heating & Cooling
Marietta, GA 30066
(770) 505-7426

Outdated HVAC Systems Make No Cents

When it comes to running your business, cost of overhead is key to your bottom line. From lease agreements to your utilities, every penny you spend comes directly out of your profits. For large warehouses, manufacturing outfits and commercial properties, heating and cooling costs can be one of the bigger expenses you pay each month. If you have an outdated HVAC system, you may be paying too much.

ROI on HVAC Upgrades

When it comes to upgrading an older HVAC system in a commercial setting, the initial cost may deter many business owners. If you are looking at a retrofit or considering updating to automation, it is a sizable investment. However, it is not the investment, but the return, that is important in business. The ROI on a more efficient HVAC system can be worth the cost and pay for itself through savings down the road.

In many cases, just upgrading to a newer, more efficient HVAC system can save up to 40% on utility bills, even in a residential property. Automation systems for larger enterprises also offer extensive savings, usually paying for the system in just a few years. It is worth the time and effort to have an energy and efficiency analysis performed on your HVAC system. This can be done by a professional commercial HVAC service to determine how much money you could save in the long run by upgrading to a more efficient system or adding automation to your buildings heating and cooling controls.

If your commercial HVAC system is older, or you are considering automation for your industrial building, talk to your local commercial HVAC service about scheduling an efficiency analysis. They can help you decide the best option for upgrading your system to get you the best ROI and help reduce your overhead costs.

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JS Thomas Service, Inc
4085 Nine McFarland Dr
Alpharetta, GA 30004
(770) 475-2600

Is it Time for an HVAC Energy Efficiency Analysis?

One of the ways you can increase your spendable income each month is cutting down on energy use. Shutting off lights, regulating temperatures and cutting down on hot water use are a few ways to reduce your energy bills. But a bigger way to save money is to invest in energy efficient appliances, including your HVAC system. An energy efficiency analysis can give you an estimate on how efficient your current system is and ideas on how to reduce your heating and cooling costs.

If you have a newer HVAC system and your energy bills seem reasonable, you may not need an analysis of your heating/cooling system. However, if any of these apply to you, it may benefit you to explore getting an analysis performed to see if you can improve your HVAC efficiency:

  • Your furnace/HVAC system is at least ten years old
  • Your energy bills have continually increased
  • There is difficulty maintaining even temperatures throughout your home
  • Poor air quality

What Should be Included in an Energy Efficiency Analysis

Many HVAC companies may offer an energy efficiency analysis, but you want to ensure you get a complete system analysis. Some of the inspection/analysis points that should be included:

  • Air quality and distribution
  • Energy consumption
  • Temperature control
  • Comfort level
  • Operation and owning costs
  • AC/heating service

Even newer HVAC systems may have components that can be improved for better efficiency and air quality in the home. A comprehensive evaluation can help you identify if service is needed, repairs, or if a complete replacement could be a wise investment. Contact your local HVAC service that offers a complete HVAC energy efficiency analysis to see if you improve your home’s HVAC system and save money off your energy bills.

Posted on behalf of:
ClimateSmith, LLC
Buford, GA 30519
(770) 475-9528

5 Factors that Impact Your Home Air Quality

There are few things that are more important to your health than the air you breathe. Your home’s air quality is a vital component of keeping your family healthy, yet many people are unaware of issues that maybe contaminating the air they breathe every day. Here are five factors that can create poor air quality in your home that should be monitored and inspected.

  1. High moisture levels in your home can cause mold, mildew and air quality issues that can impact your health. High humidity can also damage the materials in your home.
  2. Dirty air ducts. If there is dust, debris, mold and other contaminates in your air ducts, these can be distributed into the air you and your family breathe.
  3. Dander and dust. The amount of people and pets you have in your home effect your air quality. All animals, including humans, shed skin and hair that can impact air quality, requiring extra attention to filtration.
  4. HVAC service. Regular HVAC system maintenance is critical to your home’s air quality. Regular changing of filters and routine maintenance are important to keep your indoor air climate-controlled and healthy.
  5. All homes need appropriate ventilation to allow smoke, chemicals and other contaminates to be eliminated from the air.

The easiest way to determine the level of air quality in your home is to have it tested. Your local HVAC service can provide an air quality test, as well as evaluate your HVAC system for efficiency and effectiveness in maintaining the preferred climate in your home. Make sure your indoor air quality is maintained at a high level with regular HVAC service and routine air quality testing.

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ClimateSmith, LLC
3870 Peachtree Industrial Blvd. Suite 340-129
Duluth, GA 30096
(770) 475-9555

How Important is Good Insulation?

Does it seem like it is difficult to keep your home the perfect temperature? It is not always the HVAC system that is the problem; it could be the insulation in your home. Many homes are not well-insulated, especially in milder climate regions. Home builders often skimp on the insulation to save money in areas that do not have extreme cold, making it difficult to maintain the comfort level when it gets too hot or too cold outside. Insulating your home can have a dramatic impact on the ease of maintaining your perfect indoor climate and save you money on your energy bills.

Benefits of Insulating Your Home

Adding insulation to your attic, crawl space and any accessible exterior walls can have a dramatic impact on the comfort of your home. Insulation creates a barrier that seals the air inside of your home from the outside. This helps you maintain the preferred temperature inside longer, using less fuel or energy to heat or cool your home. This can have a big impact on your energy bills all year round, making it a worthwhile investment that can pay for itself over a few years.

In addition to making your home more comfortable and efficient, insulation also works as a sound barrier. This reduces the noise levels coming from outside, or the noise that leaves your home. This helps maintain a more private environment, especially in compact neighborhoods where homes are close together.

If your home has poor insulation, consider adding more to improve the comfort, efficiency and privacy of your home. Talk to your local HVAC service company that offers insulation services to learn more about the benefits insulating your home.

Posted on behalf of:
ClimateSmith, LLC
5950 Shiloh Road East
Alpharetta, GA 30005
(770) 475-9555