Tips On Controlling HVAC Costs

Replacing an old HVAC system with a newer system is without a doubt the best way of controlling HVAC costs. However, it is not the only technique. There are many other cost-cutting measures which do not require significant capital investments. The following are four ways of controlling heating and cooling costs at home:

i) Make use of Outdoor Air

In buildings with a large number of people, such as schools and theaters, HVAC costs can be reduced by introducing cool air from outside into the building. This can provide free cooling in the establishment. However, it will only work if outdoor air is significantly cooler than indoor air.

ii) Invest in a Programmable Thermostat

Heating and cooling systems can be setback a few degrees to reduce energy consumption when the demand for heating or cooling is low. For instance, the heating system can be turned down at night because the blanket will provide sufficient warmth to the occupants of the house when sleeping. During the day, when everyone is either in school or at work, the entire system can be shut down or setback since nobody will be in the house. To reduce your HVAC costs, invest in a programmable thermostat and have it installed by a professional.

iii) Demand Controls on Fans

Fan motors in HVAC systems are always running, which means they consume a lot of energy. By installing demand controls for these fans, your system will consume less energy. When the demand on the system is low, the speed of the fan will reduce. On the other hand, the speed will increase when demand is high. This will help reduce your energy bill.

iv) Install High-Efficiency Filters

Consider buying an energy efficient filter for your air handler. The ideal filter should have a low pressure drop when air is passing through and be able to capture dirt more efficiently. This will help to reduce the load on the fan and coil of the air handler.

Controlling HVAC costs should not be a costly endeavor. By implementing these simple measures, you will be able to reduce your monthly energy bill considerably. Follow us for more articles that will keep your heating and cooling systems running efficiently.

Tips On How To Get The Most Out Of Your HVAC Systems

Heating, ventilation, and air-conditioning (HVAC) systems are responsible for ensuring that indoor air stays at a good quality level. Since HVAC systems are needed to provide thermal comfort, they are among the largest energy consumers in terms of necessary components for buildings and homes. While many people agree that turning off the central air unit completely during unoccupied hours is one of the best energy efficiency tips, some people who do not want to sacrifice their comfort prefer to look for other alternatives.

Purchasing a programmable setback thermostat allows you to automatically set your air conditioning unit to run less energy when you are out of the house. A little fine-tuning using this device will make your house cool when you arrive home. Using a ceiling fan to add a chill effect with your AC prevents higher use of energy as well. Ceiling fans may not cool your room, but they can help maintain a cool temperature and help you feel comfortable.

During the hot season, you can decrease your energy bill by keeping your curtains shut during the day. Make sure to replace or clean the filter on a monthly basis and remove dirt from vents and crevices. A temperature of 78 degrees will be sufficient with the help of a ceiling fan.

Use less heating energy during the winter by turning down the thermostat especially at night or when your house is unoccupied. In order to optimize the airflow, keep your vents clean all the time. You can also open the drapes during the daytime and close them at night. Make sure to close the vents in the rooms which are not in use.

It is also important to note that running the AC fan continuously rather than on automatic can minimize the possibility of fan failure. This practice will also remove heavy dust in your house as the air continuously passes through the filter. High humidity will be reduced as well because the cooling coil is at work. It will improve the overall air circulation inside the house as it minimizes the temperature differences among your rooms.

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Bartlett Heating and Air Has Furnace Efficiency Tips

Take a look at your HVAC equipment. How old is your furnace? If your furnace was made before 1992 then it is less efficient than the newer furnaces made after 1992. Even if your older furnace seems to be working, you might be spending more money on it then you would be a new furnace. Yes the initial cost is more money up front but the savings you get each month especially during the winter months. New furnaces have energy efficient parts that help you save money. The newer gas valves have two stage functionality which gets up to temperature fast and then lowers gas flow to an efficient rate. You have a choice to get a variable speed motor in the newer furnaces. The two stage motors are good because they can operate at a lower speed for a longer period of time. This saves you money and energy. The variable speed motors work great with programmable thermostats and are quieter while in operation. The new furnaces have an electric spark system versus the old constant flame that used gas at all times. This new system turns the gas on only when needed to heat. This again saves money and energy for you each month. There are also condensing gas furnaces that have a secondary heat exchanger that removes all heat so less goes to waste. Here are some things to consider when buying a new furnace. Go for a furnace that is energy star rated. That energy star label means that it is energy efficient. Check the furnaces AFUE number. This will be at least an 80%. The higher the percentage, the higher efficiency it is. They are often found in 80%, 90%, 92%, 96%. With the higher rated furnaces you may be eligible for a tax credit so ask your HVAC technician. Make sure your furnace is sized correctly for your home. Bigger is not better, neither is smaller. Both will waste energy and wear down your furnace faster than necessary as well as give you heating issues. These are things to consider when you are thinking about purchasing a new furnace. While the initial cost will be more money, you will save money in the long run on energy and not having to repair the furnace often. Bartlett Heating and Air Conditioning today to get your free furnace installation quote!

Bartlett Heating and Air Has HVAC Tune Up Specials!

That time has come where the cold air is rushing in and the warm air is slowly leaving the area. Days are getting shorter, fall is on its way. You can still get your air conditioner cleaned and checked if you haven’t for $59! It’s a 28 point inspection and cleaning. Its also not too early to get your furnace cleaned for the upcoming fall and winter seasons. We have a $59 special on furnace cleanings as well as AC cleanings. The furnace tune up is a cleaning and 28 point inspection to make sure you are ready for the coming cold. If you choose to do both together we have a $95 special. It is important that you keep up on maintenance. Regular maintenance makes your systems last longer. It also helps your systems to run more efficiently which saves you money on your energy bills. Making sure to get the AC and furnace looked at will give us an opportunity to let you know of anything that is starting to fail so you can fix it right away. This saves you time, money, and a headache down the road for repairs that come in an untimely manner. Call Bartlett Heating and Air today to schedule yours! 630-372-7640

Is It Ok to Close Registers In Your Home? Bartlett Heating and Air Has the Answer

We all have heard that you should close some of the registers in rooms that are not being used to save energy. Is this really a good idea? Bartlett Heating and Air has some answers. It is true that your heating and air conditioning use up a lot of energy. This totals to about half your electric bill each year. Your blower is the heart of your system and it pulls air from your home through your returns and pushes it back out through your supply’s. The blower is made to push against a certain amount of pressure to work correctly. When things like dirty filters and restrictive ducts change this you can run into issues. You end up losing efficiency when it is put up against a different amount of pressure than it was designed for. Higher pressure can mean less air flow in this situation. When you end up closing registers in some of your rooms you end up throwing off the pressure in the ducts. They become more restrictive. Most homes also do not have their ducts sealed so this becomes an issue also because you will have more leakage in your ducts from the higher pressure caused by the closed registers. The more registers you close, the more the motor has to work and that mean more energy is wasted. The harder the motor has to work will also cause unnecessary wear and tear. In a fixed capacity system, the amount of heat absorbed and given off is a set amount. If less air is flowing over the coil due to closed registers and there is excess condensation in the air this can cause the coil to literally freeze into a block of ice. This will cause it to not cool your home and can damage your system. Low air flow due to closed registers in the winter can cause your heat exchanger to possibly overheat and crack. When your heat exchanger cracks it can leak carbon monoxide which can be deadly to your family. In summary, if you want to close your registers here is a list of things that can be affected. Increased duct leaks, frozen coil, cracked heat exchanger, low air flow, compressor issues, and your system not heating or cooling properly. Your homes HVAC system was made to work with all registers open and unblocked. If you are having any issues with your HVAC system call Bartlett Heating and Air today!

Bartlett Heating and Air Talks About Some AC Mistakes You Might Be Making

There are so many articles online about your HVAC system. While some have great advice, others feed you the wrong information that can hurt your system down the line and end up costing you more money. Here are some common mistakes you might be making when it comes to your homes air conditioning system. When you bought your new air conditioner did you have it sized right? Sometimes we find that some homes have an air conditioner that is either too big or too small for their home. A good technician will use the Manual J method to properly size your homes air conditioner. One of the ways you can tell you have an over sized AC is that it will run for only a short amount of time and then turn back off. This wastes electricity and also will cause it to wear out faster than it should. An air conditioner that was under sized will run constantly. This will cause it to wear down faster so you will have to repair it more. This will also waste energy and raise your bills. The AC that is too small will pull the humidity out of the air but will not be able to make it feel cool. Another mistake we make is to skip our yearly cleanings. We need to have our air conditioner looked at each spring to make sure they are cleaned and ready to go come summer. You also need to be checking the filter each month to make sure that it is clean. A dirty filter can cause the air conditioner to use more energy to work which increases your bills each month. A dirty filter can also cause it to break down. If you are turning your thermostat all the way down to make your AC cool your home faster, you are just hurting the AC. Turning the thermostat all the way down will only put strain on it. The AC does not cool faster this way. You will also be using more energy while your home is only cooling the same amount. You are risking premature breakdown of your system should you do this often. One last thing we will talk about is closing off the registers to rooms you are not using. This will also put strain on your system. Your system was sized and designed to cool most efficient using all rooms. Closing off some registers will throw this system off balance creating more strain. You can also cause leaks in your duct work by creating too much pressure when the registers are closed. This will not save you energy. These are common mistakes we at Bartlett Heating and Air see quite often. They are easy to fix so look over what you might be doing wrong and change it for the better. Bartlett Heating and Air can help you with all you HVAC needs so call us today!

Bartlett Heating and Air Has Easy Ways to Save Money on Your HVAC Bills

One thing that uses a lot of energy in your home year round is the HVAC system. For at least half the year here in the Midwest you will have either your air conditioner or your furnace running. This draws quite a bit of energy to use so your electric bill rises. There are a few simple things you can do to help ease the energy bill for your HVAC system. The first thing you can do to help your energy bill is change your filter. Changing your filter should be done each month. The filter is there to help protect the sensitive parts inside your HVAC system. It also helps clean up the air you and your family breathe. When the filter gets dirty your HVAC system has to work harder to produce the same results and in turn raises your energy bill. Having your filters be clean helps the system to run easier and more efficiently. The next thing you can do is to use your windows wisely. Depending on where your windows face, you can use that to your advantage in the summer or winter. Use blinds to block out sun to cool your home in the summer. You can have the blinds open to let in sun to warm you in the winter. On cool summer nights you can turn your AC off and open the windows to cool the home at night. This will save energy because the HVAC system wont take as much energy to work. Also by giving your system a rest you can elongate its life. Go for energystar rated appliances. They are made to work the most efficiently on the least energy consumption so you will save money on your energy bills. The last and most important thing you can do to save energy is to get your furnace and air conditioner maintained each year. This makes sure your system is running as best as it can so it will break down less. Cleaning it each year will make it run more efficiently which saves you money on your energy bills. You are required to do the maintenance on the system in order to keep your warranty up in case anything big breaks. Theses are all simple and easy things you can do to help save you money on your energy bills and also get the best use out of your HVAC system. Bartlett Heating and Air can help you with all your HVAC needs so call us today!

Bartlett Heating and AIr Has a List of Updated Nicor and Comed Rebates

Comed offers rebates for replacing your air conditioner and furnace with select equipment. You have to fill out the application within 30 days of installation. The gas companies were offering rebates for people who upgraded their furnace and saw the success of the program  so Comed teamed up with them offering rebates when they upgraded both air conditioner and furnace. The air conditioner has to be SEER rated 14.5 and above to qualify. Any qualified HVAC contractor can install it. After installation you fill out the AHRI certification form before applying for the rebate. You will get the rebate within 30 days of receipt and approval. Replacing your systems qualifies but installing on new built homes does not. Comed wants to help customers save money on their energy bills and buying new equipment helps them do just that so this is the encouragement for them to do so.

Nicor offers rebates for replacing your air conditioner and furnace. The combined Comed and Nicor rebates are as followed.

*92% Furnace and 14.5 SEER AC is $500.00

*92% Furnace and 16 SEER AC is $600.00

*95% Furnace and 14.5 SEER AC is $550.00

*95% Furnace and 16 SEER AC is $650.00

*97% Furnace and 14.5 SEER AC is $600.00

*97% Furnace and 16 SEER AC is $700.00

You can also get a $20 rebate for having a programmable thermostat installed too! Heat pump replacements are not eligible for CSR rebates. The furnace installation must meet all the requirements of a high efficiency furnace to get the rebate. It has to be replacing an existing furnace. Rebates are not allowed for central air alone, you must replace air conditioner and furnace at the same time by the same installer. There is an exception to having the AC installed. If it is in the winter and the outside unit cannot be completed, it will still count if you do the inside part right away and then the outside part first thing in spring. Both units have to be fully installed and functional prior to application for the rebates. The evaporator coil and condenser must be AHRI certified. The complete air conditioner, evaporator and coil must be replaced at the same time to qualify. You have to be a customer of Comed and Nicor to qualify. Bartlett Heating and Air is a certified Carrier dealer. Call us for a free quote today to see how we can replace your system, save you money, and get you rebates.

Bartlett Heating and Air Talks About Common Energy Savings Myths

We all want to save money and there are plenty of tips out there on how. Most tips are great ways to save money and energy but there are some common tips that actually do opposite. The first myth we will cover is that your home will cool faster if you turn your thermostat way down. This is not true because the cooling load is the same. All you are doing is making your system work harder and waste more energy to cool in the same amount of time. Next we cover closing off rooms in your home to save energy. This only works if that room is far from the air handler. When you have a properly sized unit, it was designed to balance using all registers in your home so shutting some can throw it off. This can result in short cycling which wastes energy and puts more wear and tear on your system. Closing registers can also put more pressure on your duct work which can cause them to force apart. Myth number three is turning the unit off when you are gone will save energy. This is half true depending on the situation. If you live in a really hot climate, turning off your unit when you are gone can be a bad idea. This is because your unit will have to work harder when you do turn it back on in order to cool your home. This can cause more wear and tear and higher energy bills for you. You can combat this in two ways. First you can turn the thermostat up 8-10 degrees when you are not home. You can also buy a programmable thermostat. Having a programmable thermostat will allow you to have a higher temperature when you are not home and have it lower the temperature for you right before you arrive back home so you are comfortable. Programmable thermostats are great things because they are easy to use and will save you energy. One last myth we will cover is leaving the fan on when you are not in the room so it will be cooler. Moving air around is a way to make you cooler. Your sweat dries faster when air hits it which gives the idea that you are cooler. This is the good thing about fans so if you are not in the room for the fan to circulate air by you, it is just wasting energy. These are simple things you can quickly change and follow in order to save money, energy, and the well being of your HVAC system. Bartlett Heating and Air can answer all HVAC questions that you may have so give us a call today!

Bartlett Heating and Air Explains Reasons for Uneven Temperatures

Uneven heating is more than just an annoyance to deal with. Uneven cooling can hurt your HVAC system, increase your heating and cooling cost, and decrease the life of your system. Your air conditioner unit works with the duct system to cool your house. Your air conditioner pulls in heated air from your home through your ducts and cycles it through the refrigerant taking out the heat. It then takes that heat and dissipates it to the outside air. Fresh air from outside is brought in though the duct system and cooled before being sent back out into your home. That is the proper balance of the system and if that balance is off, you end up with hot spots and uneven cooling in your home. There are a couple of ways you can combat this issue. Get your duct work inspected. If your duct work isn’t correct, you will have uneven cooling which stresses the system. If your ducts are too large or too small they will create uneven cooling so you will have to get the correct sized ones to fix the issue. Leaks in your duct work can also be a culprit, so finding and fixing the leaks can also correct this issue. One last issue with the duct work is clogs, they will have to be cleaned out so they air can flow the correct way. You can get a variable speed motor system for your home. Variable speed motors more adequately heat and cool your home by controlling the air flow in a more efficient way. The variable system controls the output based on the homes needs. With variable speed motors you can control individual rooms which saves you money. When you don’t use a room as often you can make it hotter or cooler saving energy, this is called zoning and only variable speed motors can do this. You have to make sure you have the right sized system for your home. Uneven heating and cooling can be the result of an improperly sized HVAC system. The system could have been sized wrong by improper load calculations at the time of installation or the homes needs could have changed over time. If your system is too small to adequately heat your space then you will have improper heating and cooling and possible system failure. Call Bartlett Heating and Air today to have a tech come out and make sure you have the right sized system for your needs and to fix any improper cooling you may have.