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Your heating system is one of the most important appliances in your home. Ensuring yours is energy efficient and operating at maximum capacity makes good economic sense. If the system needs frequent repairs or is causing your heating bills to rise, you may want to think about replacement options. 

The most important day in the life of your heater and air conditioner is the day it is installed. Proper installation and choosing the right size accounts for almost 75% of the operating efficiency and performance of the system you buy.

According to the ACCA (Air Conditioning Contractors of America) only 28% of homeowners who replaced their heating and air conditioning systems last year noticed an improvement in the performance of their new system. The other 72% felt that the primary reason they were replacing their system was not resolved. The reason is simple: a heating and air conditioning system is not a commodity like a toaster over, washer or dryer. Its efficiency, reliability, performance and safety are directly related to the quality of installation, proper sizing and air distribution. It’s important when you spend thousands of your hard earned dollars on a new system that you get the right equipment for your particular needs and a guarantee that the system will perform to your expectations.

Heating Installations for New Construction

As energy costs continue to rise, equipping your new home with an energy-efficient heating unit will help keep your utility costs low for years to come. Talk to the experts at Honest Guys Heating & Cooling about upgrade options for the heating system provided by your builder.

Benefits of Upgrading Your Heating System

If your current heating unit isn’t quite getting the job done, a system replacement is a good idea. While the upfront costs of replacement may be higher, a new unit will save you money in the long run. Newer units are more energy efficient than ever before, so you will spend less on your energy bills each month.

You also won’t have to spend money on frequent repairs, particularly if the pros at Honest Guys Heating & Cooling handle your installation. We make your heating system replacement easy, with free in-home estimates and financing to help you afford the best unit for your needs.

A new heating system also increases the value of your home. So, whether you intend to stay in your home for years to come, or you are planning to sell in the future, a new heating system is a wise investment.

Leaders in the Heating and Cooling Industry

Our family-owned and -operated company sets the standard for excellence in the heating and cooling industry. You can trust Honest Guys Heating & Cooling to get the job right the first time. For a free estimate on your new heating system installation, reach out to us today.

When does it REALLY Make Sense To Replace Your Furnace?

As the furnace in your home gets older, sometimes it actually makes more sense to replace it than to repair. Furnaces usually last around 12 years, so if your system is reaching that point, it may actually cost more to keep it running than it’s worth. Our Comfort Specialists will be happy to consult you if replacing your system makes sense for you. We offer no obligation, free estimates when it is convenient for you. Schedule your Free Estimate today.

  1.                           Run the fan in the on position – sounds funny since                               fans use energy but with the fan in the on position the                           temperature will be more even in the house and you                              may be able to adjust the thermostat up a degree or                             two and still feel comfortable (also the air will be cleaner with continuous fan operation).

  2. Set back the thermostat when you are not home. The easiest way to do this is with a geofenced thermostat. When you are one mile from the home the thermostat automatically goes into setback mode and comes back up when back in a preset range.

  3. Keep the air conditioner cooling coil clean. The part that is away from the house may look clean since it has rain on it – however the part of the coil near the house may be caked with dirt.

  4. Install a clean filter in the system. Filters add resistance to air flow as they impinge particles in the air. We want the least resistance for cooling and livelier air for cooling operation.

  5. Adjust volume dampers in the trunk ducts. Some systems have manual dampers that can be adjusted to force more air to the second floor rooms or hard to cool rooms.

  6. If you have hard to cool rooms or floors of the home then consider installing a zoning system. A zoning system adds thermostat(s) and automatic dampers to the system so you can get control of the air. If there are zones you are not in like the downstairs at night then set those zones back.

  7. Have your duct system air leakage sealed. Basements often get super cool in the summer because of cool air pouring out with duct leakage. If ducts are installed in an attic, crawl space or garage it is critical they are air tight and well insulated.

  8. If your attic is not up to at least a R40 then have it reinsulated. Before they reinsulate it have all penetrations sealed air tight and can lights sealed.

  9. Install awnings on the east and west side of the home. Alternatives are interior window shades or window film. Or better yet plant a tree on the west side of the house.

  10. If your air conditioner is older than 12 years old consider replacing it with a new high efficiency system that uses non ozone depleting refrigerant.

Installation Process Standards

As part of every installation, Honest Guys Heating & Cooling technicians follow a comprehensive set of procedures to ensure that your system is properly connected and functioning at optimal levels.

  • Procedure: ALWAYS purge nitrogen through the copper tubing and coil while performing welding procedures.

  • Purpose: To ensure maximum refrigerant flow by eliminating contaminating carbon build-up during the welding process.

  • Procedure: EVACUATE system with service caps in place and secure to prevent air and moisture from entering the system.

  • Purpose: To remove all moisture, which prevents rapid to premature compressor failure.

  • Procedure: LEAK TEST with nitrogen after welding is completed (Fill system to 150 psig with nitrogen and hold).

  • Purpose: To prevent future service calls, reduced capacity and longer lifespan by having a refrigerant system that is leak free. Any system operating with an insufficient amount of refrigerant due to any size leak causes higher electric consumption, decreased capacity and shorter lifespan of the equipment.

  • Procedure: EVACUATE system to 400 microns or less with a digitally calibrated micron gauge and use a 4-Valve Manifold gauge set, so that you can isolate your micron reading from the pump.

  • Purpose: A proper vacuum guarantees a dehydrated system, as well as a leak-free refrigerant line system. Dehydration prevents any acid buildup that will lead to future compressor failure.

  • Procedure: Whenever possible we will ALWAYS use new refrigerant lines on every installation. (There are no special cases to this rule)!

  • Purpose: Any refrigerant line system that has been used by a previous system has some type of contamination in the lines. This contamination will lead to blockages and restrictions which may cause premature failure of the system. Replacing the lineset is our first choice every time however there are times in the field when line replacement is not permitted by constraints of the construction of the home or the community itself. When this occurs there is a procedure that can be performed that allows the existing lineset to be flushed per manufactures standards and reused. Proper flushing will help protect your new system from contaminant harm.

  • Procedure: EVACUATE every new system with NEW OIL every time.

  • Purpose: Once the oil in a vacuum is used, the oil becomes fully saturated with moisture. The proper vacuum level required is not achievable when reusing this oil.

  • Procedure: ALWAYS use separate manifold gauges for R-410A and R-22 systems. DO NOT USE combination gauges for R-410A and R-22.

  • Purpose: The mixing of different refrigerants is similar to using different blood types. It doesn’t’ work.

  • Procedure: ALWAYS cut copper tubing with a sharp wheel and carefully ream out inside while tilting tubing down to prevent shavings from entering.

  • Purpose: Any foreign body in the refrigerant line system can cause restrictions that could lead to decreased capacity and/or equipment failure.

  • Procedure: ALWAYS introduce refrigerant VAPOR into the line set and indoor coil to break vacuum and STOP at 25 psig pressure. Then remove service valve caps to open system. DO NOT remove service caps while system is in a vacuum.

  • Purpose: The state of the refrigerant system needs to be changed from a negative to a positive pressure to be sure that no outside air enters the system upon start up.

  • Procedure: ALWAYS check and set proper air flow on indoor unit to match required system air flow (Example: Variable Speed switches).

  • Purpose: Improper air flow setting will not allow a system to charge correctly nor gas pressure set accurately to achieve a proper temperature drop/rise. It is one of the most important parts of the start-up.

  • Procedure: UTILIZE manufacturer’s literature and information to properly set charge on system. (Fill out essential readings paper work).

  • Purpose: Proper operation of the equipment guarantees the lowest possible energy costs and maximum performance.

  • Procedure: ALWAYS STAGE all electric backup heat packages on every system that has a heat package of 15 kw and higher.

  • Purpose: The most economical and comfortable way to utilize electric backup heat is the staging of the heating elements. This procedure allows you to use only what you need, which in turn saves you hundreds of dollars.

  • Procedure: ALWAYS use a digital/programmable thermostat control center.

  • Purpose: Maintaining the proper comfort levels within a home is best accomplished by utilizing a control center that monitors staging of the heating/cooling, humidification, dehumidification, filter change reminders, as well as flexible times for setback saving.

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