Cut the Cooling Load for your Air Conditioner

cooling loadWarm temperatures in the 80s are already here so the cooling load handled by your air conditioner is going up.   You want your air conditioner to run without excessive energy use, and one way to avoid runaway energy bills is to cut  your home’s cooling load.  What’s a cooling load?  It is the amount of energy (heat) needed to be removed to keep your home comfortable.

You should start by reducing the amount of heat coming into your home so your system doesn’t have to remove that heat.   Closing your blinds or curtains in East and West facing rooms prevents heat gain inside from the sun.  Scheduling your baking or oven-related cooking  for the cooler parts of the day will help, as well as cooking outside on the grill frequently.   Also, check for leaks in your duct work  to make sure the cool air is getting to the warmest rooms.  Finally, check around windows and doors where air leaks may be easier to spot to see if you feel warm air being drawn into the house through cracks.

A second level of cutting the cooling load can come from home improvement projects, especially concerning insulation.  Spaces without proper insulation, like an attic, can really get hot in the summertime.  When some of that heat transfers into your living area it increases the cooling load on your system and causes it to run longer.   Older windows can cause large energy losses, but newer windows are available with energy efficient features which reduce the amount of heat gain (or loss) in from the sun’s rays.   Replacement requires money upfront, but that cost can be recovered in a few years from the energy savings.  If you have dark shingles which soak up a lot of extra heat, consider installing lighter colored shingles when replacement is needed.

Cutting your cooling load will reduce the running time of your air conditioning system, allow indoor temperatures to remain comfortable without frequent starting-stopping of the system, and will reduce excessive energy usage.   Shorter running times can make a solid difference in the number of remaining years of life for your air conditioning equipment.

For more information about cutting your home’s cooling load, call us!  T.A. Kaiser can provide you with the best solutions to lower your home’s energy usage and prolonging the life of your HVAC equipment.

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Harness the Earth with Geothermal HVAC

A geothermal HVAC (heating, ventilating, and air conditioning) system is a green system because it takes advantage of sub-surface temperatures to provide heating in the winter and cooling in the summer.   Geothermal systems are environmentally friendly because they use the temperature of the earth, which is renewable and sustainable.

geothermal HVACThe word “Geothermal” is derived from the Greek language and means “Earth heat.”  Unlike the typical US heating and cooling system, geothermal systems do not burn fossil fuels to generate heat; they simply transfer heat.  Typically, electric power is only used to operate the fan, compressor, and pump.

Geothermal systems work because at about four to six feet below ground, temperatures remain relatively constant year-round.  The temperature at that level does not fluctuate much even during the coldest winters or the hottest summers.  The ground is able to maintain a higher rate of temperature consistency because it absorbs approximately 47% of the suns energy (heat) as it hits the Earth’s surface.    “With this technology, everybody could be sitting on top of their lifetime energy supply,” says This Old House plumbing and heating expert Richard Trethewey.

According to data supplied by the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Office of Geothermal Technologies, nearly 40% of all U.S. emissions of carbon dioxide are the result of energy use in the heating and cooling of buildings, and in heating and maintaining hot water.   Exact savings are hard to project because of different average climates, different thermostat set points, and variable electric rates, but a typical homeowner should expect to save 30-70 percent by going to a geothermal system.

Another benefit of geothermal systems is that they require very little maintenance.   The piping in the ground which circulates the fluid can last for 50 years or more.  The equipment itself (the fan, compressor, and pump) are all located inside the house so they are protected from the elements.  They should also last for multiple decades with only minor cleaning, periodic checks and filter changes.

If you are considering replacing your HVAC system, geothermal might be a good choice for you.   Give us a call and we can explain more details about the systems we offer, and show you how they could fit into the specific situation you have on your property.

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Scholarships in Memory of Moramay

scholarship moramayMoramay Smiles is a philanthropic organization focusing on providing college scholarships for Central Indiana young adults who have lost a parent to breast cancer, or have a parent who is a breast cancer survivor.    Moramay passed away in 2013 at the age of 51 after her second bout with breast cancer, leaving a loving husband and 3 beautiful children.  She was known by many for her kind disposition and her beautiful smile.

Moramay was passionate about the importance of education and volunteered as a Religious Education teacher at St. Susanna Catholic Church.   This scholarship program was setup to honor her memory by easing the financial burdens faced by families dealing with breast cancer.

The non-profit organization was established by Moramay’s family as led by Kimberly Decker, Office Manager at T.A. Kaiser Heating & Air.  Their first fundraiser was on April 11 at J&M Smokehouse with entertainment by Chad Brown who performed to a packed house.

Funds for Moramay Smiles are raised though special events, individual donations, corporate sponsorships and grants.   If you would like more information about scholarships, please go to this link and LIKE US:  https://www.facebook.com/MoramaySmiles/timeline.

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Zoning for Savings

zoning for savingsAre you happy with the amount of your monthly energy bill for heating and cooling your home or commercial building?  Are there times when some areas aren’t used by anyone?  If so, consider zoning for savings on your utility bills.  By creating 2 or more zones, such as a 1st floor zone and a 2nd floor zone, you can set a programmable thermostat in each zone to provide warm or cool air only when you need it, not all the time.

It works with a control mechanism inside the duct work that opens or closes based on the thermostat signal to it.   When no heat or cooling is needed in a zone, that duct will be closed with a damper, and all the heated or cooled air will be routed to the other zone, saving you energy.  When heat or cooling is needed in both zones, both ducts are opened and the conditioned air flows into both zones.

Think of it this way – in the warm months, warm air rises to the 2nd floor, so you probably need air conditioning to cool that part of the house.  However, without zoning that cold are would continue going to the lower floor which would get too cold and uncomfortable for some people.   The reverse is true in the cold months, with the lower floor needing more heated air than the upper floor.   Dividing the building into zones can save a significant amount of energy in the right situations.

Give us a call today and let us look at your situation.  We’ll recommend the most energy efficient arrangement available and provide you with a few options to consider.

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Central Air Conditioning Buyers Guide

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Homeowners need an air conditioning buyers guide when they  install a new central air conditioning system or upgrade the one they have.  Although most new homes come equipped with central heating and air, those systems may be a minimal basic system that won’t keep up with a growing family.  Many older homes used window air conditioning units, and those that still have their original central air system are probably at end of life. So, for those of you who are considering a new or replacement purchase, here are the top 2 considerations before you buy.

 

The first consideration in an air conditioning buyers guide is proper sizing of the unit for the amount of space you need conditioned, the usual level of warmth of your local climate, and the number of people and type of activities you do in the home.   Replacing an older unit with the same size new unit would be an easy decision to make, but if the old unit was incorrectly sized, or if you have changed the home over time, the old size might not be the right size for today.  A responsible air conditioning contractor will know how to calculate the cooling load of your home using an industry recognized method.   If a contractor tells you that determining the correct size isn’t important, beware of that contractor.

Sizing involves right-sizing the cooling equipment, the ducts that deliver the air to the rooms, and accurately locating the correct number of supply registers.  If you already have duct work for your existing heating system, the installation cost for adding a central system can be less; however, the ducts used for heating might not be the right size or in the right location for optimal cooling and your contractor should discuss that with you.  Also, if you have older duct work it might be leaky or not properly insulated, so that should be checked by pressure testing.

If your home doesn’t have existing ducts, adding them can be expensive, though if you plan to cool your entire home, central air is typically the best choice.  If you are not planning to cool the entire home, you might want to consider a split-ductless system. Unlike central systems, split-ductless systems need no ductwork so they are easier to add to some homes.

The second consideration for our Air Conditioner Buyers Guide is efficiency.  The industry uses a rating system for called SEER (Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio.)  The SEER of each device is calculated by the dividing the cooling output by the electric energy input.  The result is a single number, and higher numbers indicate higher efficiency.  Older air conditioning systems have SEER ratings up to 10, but we now have SEER ratings in the mid-20’s.   Buying a higher efficiency unit will cost a little more up front but the utility savings over the life of the equipment will pay back that extra initial cost.  Also be sure to look for the Energy Star label on all the equipment you consider.  Remember, you need to have to get Consideration 1 (sizing) correct before you can get Consideration 2 (efficiency) to give you the most comfort and the most savings.

SEER ratings tell you the potential efficiency of the system if it is operating under optimal conditions.   However, most of the efficiency depends on having a correctly sized unit for your home that was properly installed with properly sealed ducts, so the third consideration is a great installation.   The best AC equipment in the world will not give you results unless it is installed per the manufacturer’s directions.  As a wise buyer, you should be sure to use an experienced and trusted contractor who will ensure all 3 considerations are covered.

If you are considering making a purchase and would like expert advice and pricing, please contact us.   Since 1987 we have helped thousands of satisfied customers with this same decision, and we’d be glad to use our skills and experience to help you.

BE WISER — CALL KAISER!

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Air Conditioner Maintenance

Air Conditioner Maintenance Can Add Years of Life

 

If you have an older air conditioner, you may still be able to get years of relatively efficient use from it instead of replacing it.   However, making that older equipment last requires you to operate it properly and to perform periodic maintenance checks and adjustments.   This article explains what to do, but if you don’t feel qualified to do it, we can do it for you.

Air Conditioning Problems

Some common air conditioning problems come from improper operation.  When your air conditioner is on, all of your home’s windows and outside doors should be closed.  If they are open, it adds more load on the equipment, causing it to run longer than necessary. Another tip is to set the thermostat just low enough to remove oppressive heat and humidity, but not so low that you feel chilled.  If you have to put on a sweater or other clothing, then it is set too low.  Try running it in the 74-75 degree range and see if that is comfortable enough for your family.   Running fans, both floor fans and ceiling fans, when people are in a room will help them to feel cooler and are a great supplement to the air conditioner fan.

Other common problems with existing air conditioners are a result of faulty installation, poor service procedures, and/or inadequate maintenance.  Indicators of this include leaky ducts and low airflow in some rooms.

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Spring has Sprung Tuneup – Only $59

Spring has Sprung and flower tops are popping up all over.   They are a good reminder that its time to check your air conditioner before it gets hot outside.

Call T.A. Kaiser Heating and Air TODAY to schedule a Spring tuneup for $59.  In our flat rate service price book, this one of a kind precision tune-up is normally $129. However the first 500 customers who call to take advantage of this fantastic opportunity will receive this outstanding tune-up for only $59 per system.

You can (and should) check some things for yourself, such as removing obstructions or debris from around the outside condenser unit and changing your air filters, but you need a technician to check pressures, coolant levels, electrical connections, pressure switches, and many other components of the air conditioning system.  Our 20 point precision tune-up for your air conditioner will be thorough and complete.

In this industry there is no room for technical errors.   The technical service we provide comes from individuals who have made a career of recognizing your technical issues immediately and knowing how to remedy them in a fast and efficient manner. We recognize budget restraints and will work hard to only advise you on necessary and potential repair needs. Our service technician will proceed with your repairs only after we have received your approval.

In addition, T.A. Kaiser Heating and Air has field supervisors who serve as resources for any unusual technical situations the technician sees. These supervisors bring a wealth of knowledge and are known as industry experts at troubleshooting and problem solving.  Our service vehicles are stocked with all the tools necessary for repair needs, and with add-on items that protect your compressor and other components.

Contact us TODAY for this special offer!  Ask us about our annual maintenance program and you can just leave it all to us.   We’ll remind you at the right times and keep your equipment working at it’s best all year round!

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Zone Your Home for More Comfort

With a big home, or with an office, you can save on energy costs by dividing the space into 2 or more zones and then heating or cooling them differently depending on the activity in each zone.   That is why Bryant offers Zone Perfect technology.

The Total Comfort Thermostat Programmed for Top Efficiency

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Bryant’s Zone Perfect digital thermostat lets you program temperature and humidity levels in 7-day cycles, variable in up to 8 zones.  Enjoy greater comfort and lower energy costs, all from a single, powerful source.

Control up to 8 zones for heating, cooling and humidity; each zone can be set for a 7-day program; all settings automatically change over from heating to cooling as needed.   The system also provides reminders for filter changes, provides diagnostic error codes for technicians, and contains sensors for inside, outside, and duct temperatures.

bryant zoneIf you want to learn more about zoning your living space, give us a call today.   T.A. Kaiser Heating and Air has been a family owned business since 1987, and we are proud of the services we perform.   We have a great team and a solid reputation in the HVAC industry.  Contact us for any HVAC-related questions and see why so many people trust us with their comfort.

Be Wiser — Call Kaiser!

Our guarantee:  T A Kaiser Heating & Air, Inc.’s installation technicians are the best in skill, attitude and workmanship. They will care for your home and complete the job with speed and precision. They will not wear shoes on your carpets. They will clean up when they are finished and take personal responsibility for your satisfaction. They will not smoke or swear in your home and they are drug-free. If, when they have finished in your home, they have not performed in accordance with these high standards, you don’t pay until you are satisfied with the results.

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May I Remind You?

may I remind youThis is the card we use to remind customers when it’s time to check their system and  make sure everything is working properly.    With our annual maintenance agreement, you don’t have to remember it — and even better — you won’t forget it!  We’ll send you this card twice a year and ask you to set an appointment at  your convenience.  Because we have so many trucks and technicians, we are sure to have a time available that fits your busy schedule.

When the appointed day comes, our service person will call in advance to verify the appointment, and then will arrive shortly.   They will introduce themselves, put on shoe covers to protect your floors or carpets, and get right to work servicing your HVAC system.  If you have questions or concerns, the technician will be glad to answer those questions or show you on your system when possible.

Annual preventative maintenance is the best way to prevent your unit from unplanned failure, especially on very hot or very cold days.   We want to help you protect the large investment you have in HVAC equipment by extending the lifespan of your unit.     Additionally, annual preventative maintenance will ensure your unit performs as efficiently as possible so that you can receive the lowest possible monthly utility bills.

Call us today to start your annual maintenance plan, and let us remind you when service is needed.   Our goal is to not just serve you, but be your trusted source for all your heating and cooling needs.

At T.A.Kaiser, we want you to feel assured that you have chosen the most efficient and effective heating and cooling units on the market. Being a family owned business since 1987, we know what it takes to provide you with the best service and product in heating and air conditioning so that you will never have to look again.

 

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Am I Losing Hot Air?

Although your family may think you have plenty of hot air, even enough to spare, your HVAC system might be losing it and you could be unaware of that fact.   If heated air is not flowing properly into all of your rooms, or if some of them are colder than others, you should consider this question: “Am I losing hot air?”

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This picture was recently posted by Excellent Home Inspection Service in Columbus.  It shows the top an air handler which has a big leak in it, allowing a lot of conditioned air to escape into the mechanical room instead of being pushed through the ducts to the rooms where people need it.  A hole this size would make a big difference in how long the HVAC system would have to run in order to reach the temperature set point so it could shut off.  This type of a leak would clearly run up the utility bill and make the people less comfortable in their home.

Although your family may think you have plenty of hot air, even enough to spare, your HVAC system might be losing it and you might be unaware of that fact.   If heated air is not flowing properly into all of your rooms, or if some of them are colder than others, you should consider this question: “Am I losing hot air?”

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You won’t be able to see the duct connections inside your walls, but you can see the duct connections in some places in your home, such as the attic, garage, or mechanical room, and you can feel how much air flow is coming out of each duct in every room.   This picture shows a typical break in duct work that needs repair.    We recommend you take 20 minutes to look at the connections you can see and feel the ducts, then ask yourself “Am I losing hot air?”

If you see a leak you can’t fix yourself, or if you think you have an air flow problem, give us a call.  We offer expert advice on all HVAC-related issues and will be glad to help you with any of them.   Since 1987 we’ve been a family owned business — we are proud of our reputation and would like to show you why we feel that way — because of our great service.

Be Wiser — Call Kaiser!

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