Our certified technicians are committed to providing prompt and professional service to each and every customer. The services we provide include:
Whether you are building a new home, or upgrading to a more efficient heating and cooling system for your present home, American Standard has a capacity, efficiency, and price that will suit your needs. Our systems include cooling, heating, air cleaners, thermostats and accessories.
Before the cooling or heating seasons it is a good idea to have your system checked out by one of our maintenance experts. Small problems can become bigger problems as your system continues to run. Just as your automobile needs regular maintenance, so does your air conditioning system. You should clean or replace your air filters each month.
Should you require service on your current home comfort system, our skilled technicians have the know-how to diagnose, adjust or repair your system so that you are comfortable all year long. For safety and warranty reasons you should never attempt to service your unit yourself.
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.Keeping your system properly maintained will reduce energy and repair costs, prevent breakdowns and prolong the life of your equipment. Some maintenance jobs should be left to the professionals, but there is much that you can do to prolong the life of your equipment and keep it running at peak efficiency.
• Set your thermostat at 78°F or higher. Each degree setting below 78°F will increase your energy consumption by approximately 8%.
• Reduce the cooling load by using cost-effective conservation measures. For example, effectively shade east and west windows. When possible, delay heat-generating activities, such as dishwashing, until the evening on hot days.
• Over most of the cooling season, keep the house closed tight during the day. Don't let in unwanted heat and humidity. If practical, ventilate at night either naturally or with fans.
• Try not to use a dehumidifier at the same time your air conditioner is operating. The dehumidifier will increase the cooling load and force the air conditioner to work harder.
• Set your thermostat as low as is comfortable. Keep the temperature fairly constant, as frequent changes will utilize more energy by causing unnecessary cycling on and off. Setting back the temperature at night, however, is recommended.
• Clean warm-air registers, baseboard heaters, and radiators as needed; make sure they are not blocked by furniture, carpeting, or drapes.
• Keep draperies and shades on south-facing windows open during the heating season to allow sunlight to enter your home; close them at night to reduce the chill you may feel from cold windows.
• Close the door to an unoccupied room or area that is isolated from the rest of the house and turn down the thermostat or turn off the heat for that room or area.
• Use kitchen, bath, and other ventilating fans wisely. Turn these fans off as soon as they are no longer needed. In about 1 hour, these fans can draw out all the heated or cooled air from your house.
As a leading dealer of heating and air conditioning products, we carry only the best air conditioning and heating products on the market today. We use American Standard because of quality, part availability, operating cost, and fewer repairs. Here are the American Standard products we recommend:
Heating and air conditioning systems are the biggest users of energy in the home, up to 75% of your utility bill. While air conditioners may look similar, check the SEER ratings. Higher SEER numbers save more money. A 13 SEER rated air conditioner uses 23% less energy then a 10 SEER unit.
Furnace efficiency is measured as AFUE (Annual Fuel Utilization Efficiency), and a new high efficiency furnace can save in operating costs over a ten year old furnace. Many 1990 and earlier model furnaces have efficiencies of 65% or less. The minimum efficiency furnace that can be sold in the United States today is 78%. Furnaces with AFUE ratings above 90% are considered high-efficiency.
Heat pumps are rated in SEER (Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio) and HSPF (Heating Seasonal Performance Factor). SEER and HSPF ratings are like Miles per Gallon rating of automobiles. Higher SEER and HSPF ratings mean greater energy savings. High-efficiency units have efficiencies of 14 SEER or above.
GEOTHERMAL HEAT PUMPS
A geothermal or "ground-source" heat pump is an electrically-powered device that uses the natural heat storage ability of the earth and/or the earth's groundwater to heat and cool your home or business.
Like any type of heat pump, it simply moves heat energy from one place to another. Your refrigerator works using the same scientific principle. By using refrigeration, the geothermal heat pump removes heat energy stored in the earth and/or the earth's groundwater and transfers it to your home. We have one in our office that is 18 years old and has never had a repair. Come by when you can and let us give you a tour.
Air Cleaners reduce the effects of airborne pollutants by trapping particles as small as .01 microns. They can improve your health, keep your entire home cleaner, protect your valuable investments, and save you the time and aggravation of constant dusting.
During winter, you can save about 3% of your heating costs for every degree you lower your thermostat. During summer, you can cut cooling costs 3 to 4% for every degree you raise your thermostat. These savings alone can often pay for a programmable thermostat in two years or less. Programmable thermostats automatically raise or lower the temperature when you're not home, saving you money while still maintaining the level of comfort you desire. We also offer wireless thermostats that you can control from your mobile phone.
DUCTLESS, MINI-SPLIT HEAT PUMPS
Ductless, mini-split heat pumps (mini-splits for short) are a good choice for retrofit additions to homes and are also a great choice for houses or historic buildings that have little to no space for traditional duct work. Like standard air-source heat pumps, mini-splits have two main components- an indoor air handler that hangs on a wall and an outdoor compressor, condenser unit that sits on the ground. The two are connected by a small conduit, which houses the power cable, refrigerant tubing, suction tubing, and condensate drain line. A small 3-inch hole is cut through the wall to make this possible.
The main advantages of the mini-splits are their small size and flexibility for zoning or heating and cooling individual rooms. Many models can have as many as 8 indoor air handler zones. Each of these zones has its own thermostat. This allows you to only cool or heat the areas needed. This also saves you energy and money.
Mini-splits have no ducts, so they avoid the energy losses associated with the ductwork of central forced air systems. Duct losses can account for more than 30% of energy consumption for space conditioning, especially if the ducts are in an unconditioned space such as an attic. Many mini-splits have an efficiency rating as high as 27 seer. Please contact us for a no cost estimate for your specific application.