Just like any other product, air conditioners come in a variety of brands and sizes. Knowing what size your home needs is not always easy. For residential homes, the most common size is a two ton unit. This does not mean that the air conditioning unit weighs two tons, it means that the unit has an hourly cooling capacity of 24,000 btu’s. This means that it can cool 24,000 pounds of water by one degree in one hour. We also see one ton units, with a capacity for 12,000 btu’s and three ton units with a cooling capacity of 36,000 btu’s.
Air conditioner size is estimated after taking into account many factors. A home comfort specialist will come in and go over things like the layout, the number of windows and their positioning, the age of the home, the current duct work system and how airtight the home is. They will also take into account the pattern or exposure to sunlight, and the amount of sunlight protection provided by the trees in your yard.
As you can see, this is not an easy or a straight forward process. It takes a lot of work to make sure that the right size unit is installed into each home based on its very specific needs. I would recommend getting the advice of a trusted home comfort specialist when deciding to replace, or put a brand new system in place. Their expertise and knowledge will ensure the proper system is installed.
Spring is just around the corner! Please join us at the Realtors Home & Garden Show at the WI Expo Center at State Fair Park. Click on this link for a $2.00 coupon off admission price! We hope to see you there. The schedule is as follows:
With spring approaching, it is time to start thinking about your homes filtration system, and your indoor air quality. There are many different types of filters and filtration systems that can be used to give your home the highest air quality possible. While each home is different and has its own specific needs, there is some basic information that will hold true no matter what the situation.
Merv Rating – The MERV rating stands for Minimum Efficiency Reporting Value. Basically, the higher the merv rating, the more contaminants that are controlled.
Not only do filters come with different merv ratings, but they also come in different sizes. Some filters are thick, at about 5 inches. Others are on the thinner side, around 1 inch. There are also very thin filters that come in roll form, etc… The thickness of the filter really has to do with how long they can last. The thicker the filter, the longer you can go without changing them.
Come see us at the 54th Annual NARI Spring Home Improvement Show. The show runs from February 11th – 14th. Home comfort specialists from Thielmann & Son will be there to answer any questions you may have, as well as to promote our new 12 YEAR NO REPAIR BILL GUARANTEE!! We will also be handing out coupons that you won’t want to miss. We look forward to seeing you there!
When the cold arrives in Wisconsin, it does not come gracefully. BRRRRRR!!!! These harsh cold snaps are hard on furnaces, and many people find themselves making costly repairs, or even replacing their units. Well I think it’s time we say NO to high cost repairs. When installing a new Daikin unit, we offer a 12 year, no repair bill GUARANTEE! With these unpredictable Wisconsin winters, I think that’s a deal everyone can get on board with. Contact us for more details.
You can easily upgrade your HVAC system by adding a variable speed air handler. A furnace that has a standard fan operates at all or nothing. With the variable speed air handler the air can circulate at a reduced speed, and runs much more quietly. The advantages of this are:
Cleaner air due to better circulation of pollutants through the filter.
Less fuel used because the air mixes better.
More evenly distributed heat, which will eliminate hot and cold spots.
Overall comfort equality throughout the home.
Furnace add-ons and upgrades should be treated as an investment. After all, they lower your energy costs as well as increase the comfort of your home. The returns you gain by using an air handler will pay off for your entire family.
Hybrid heating systems are designed to take advantage of more than one heat source. This is to gain maximum efficiency during the heating season. A hybrid system utilizes a tradition gas or oil furnace, paired with a heat pump to provide efficient heating at any temperature. When temperatures are mild, the electric heat pump delivers energy-efficient heating for your home without activating the furnace. The furnace is more expensive and less efficient to run. As the temperature dips below the range in which the heat pump is most efficient, your traditional furnace system will take over to deliver the heat you need. Additionally, it’s possible to use a heat pump for cooling as well. This means you may be able to completely replace your air conditioning system when you upgrade to hybrid heating system.
Introducing the REME HALO Generator Advanced Oxidation System. This system is compact, and does not take long to install. This system can reduce micro-organisms by over 99%!!! Gases, VOC’s (chemical odors), odors and dust can all be significantly reduced by this system. The Charged oxidation plasma will be carried throughout your home for a continuous purification process and a quick kill of newly introduced odors and microbials.
With so many options available, you may be wondering what the differences are, and which type of furnace would be best for your home. Below, you will see the three main types of furnaces that are recommended by HVAC companies.
Variable Speed –
In a variable speed furnace, the fan motor can be used at multiple speeds to control the heated air being dispersed throughout your home. This results in a more comfortable home in regards to the humidity and temperature. Even if the furnace is not running, the fan can still be used to circulate the air in your home. This gives you better indoor air quality, as the air is constantly going through the filter. Having this airflow can greatly reduce the amount of time the furnace needs to actually run, which can lower your utility bills.
Two Stage –
A two stage furnace is basically as it sounds. It has two stages it uses to heat your home. The first stage will run at about 65%. Once it gets colder, and the first stage is not enough to satisfy your homes heating needs, the second stage will kick in to provide the additional heat requirements. Also, a 2 stage furnace is much quieter than a single stage, since it does not run at 100% capacity every time. This also causes less emissions for the environment.
Single Stage –
A single stage furnace only has an “off” and an “on” mode. When it turns on, it is running at full capacity, every time. The only stage of heat output this type of furnace has is high. This can be very expensive to run in the winter, since it is always dispersing the most amount of energy it can while it is on.
With winter weather approaching, it is time to prepare your home for the long cold months. With cold air, comes dry air. Many people are familiar with small, portable humidifiers that you fill the tank up with water, turn on, and it puts water into the air until the tank is empty. There is not a whole lot of control with these types of units.
A whole home humidifier is installed directly into your homes heating and cooling system. Water vapor enters the air through your heating ducts. You can control the humidity level from you thermostat, and adjust it to meet you comfort levels just as you would the temperature.
This can benefit:
Your health – There are many viruses that thrive in low-humidity environments. This can increase your chances of getting colds, catching the flu or other respiratory illnesses. Also, a very dry environment can make you more likely to get infections. Increasing the humidity in your home can decrease the chances of these illnesses.
Comfort – Dry air can cause dry, itchy skin, dry noses and throats and is also known to aggravate asthma and other allergy symptoms.
Energy Efficiency – When there is humidity in the air, it can actually make you feel warmer at a lower temperature. The Energy Protection Agency says that you can save up to 4% on your heating bill for every degree you lower your thermostat.
A whole home humidifier can be installed on an existing or brand new heating and cooling system. There are also systems available for people with baseboard heat or radiant heat. Everyone has the opportunity to benefit from a controlled humidity environment.
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Brad, we want to take this opportunity to thank you for your expertise in overseeing a quality job well done, along with Tom and Matt. Also, thanks to Jason in Hartford and Nancy for their excellent assistance.
We would also like to thank all the workers involved in this project for their considerate & friendly mannerism, professionalism and coordination...Great teamwork!
We are very well satisfied with the new system, and the I-Comfort touch-screen controller is so user friendly...Love it!
Thanks again for everything - It's much appreciated!