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Why Heating and Cooling Systems Make Certain Rooms Warmer

As summer keeps things steamy throughout the Atlanta area, certain rooms that feel warmer will drain energy and diminish comfort in your home. Anything from inadequate insulation to leaking ducts can explain why certain rooms don’t get the full benefit of a home’s HVAC equipment. Other reasons may be related to the age or model of heating and cooling systems. Here is help to identify the root of the cooling problem and how to get your A/C system working at optimal levels this summer.

Problems Inside a Specific Room

Even when you have a new Trane HVAC system running inside your Senoia home, it’s possible to have cooling problems in certain rooms. Reliable’s HVAC professionals usually find issues in the room or building seal. You may have old windows letting in air leaks, poor weatherstripping at the door or leaky ducts leading into the room. These problems have nothing to do with the cooling system.

You could be wasting between 5 and 30 percent of your energy costs on the heating and cooling of a room with air leaks in the ductwork or the windows into the room. A home performance audit will allow HVAC professionals to identify your home’s weaknesses and figure out a way to plug the holes. Inexpensive repairs such as sealing ductwork or closing air holes may be all it takes to make a room maintain the same comfort levels as the rest of your home.

Assessing an Entire Home’s Problems

If you are experiencing issues with hot and cold rooms at home, it is likely you have leaks in multiple areas. Tests of your entire home will show you how to proceed. Building Performance Institute (BPI) inspectors will perform a blower door test and other analyses to show exactly where air is escaping your home.

Old windows are sources of air leaks that cannot be traced to ductwork or HVAC malfunctions. Window replacement can lead to as much as $465 a year in savings, according to the ENERGY STAR website. Again, contractors who perform the full suite of home performance tests can pinpoint where to begin. You may simply need window treatments to counteract excessive sunlight hitting a particular room.

Advanced Heating and Cooling Systems

After you have sealed leaks and ductwork, contractors may identify your HVAC system as incapable of cooling your home efficiently. Upgrading to an ENERGY STAR system would involve significant upfront costs, but tax rebates and energy savings often make this choice cost-effective. Wasting money on inefficient equipment for years is never a wise alternative.

Another option is asking a professional to install HVAC zone control in your home. There are some rooms that are nearly impossible to cool without special attention. HVAC zoning allows you to increase the amount of cool air you send to each area of your home with room-specific thermostats that can accommodate shifts in heat and humidity. Trane’s ComfortLink II systems remains the standard in programmable HVAC zone control.

Whether you have issues with home performance or inadequate heating and cooling systems, Reliable’s technicians will make your home a comfortable oasis all summer long. Find out how an energy audit can get you started today.

 

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ACCA. What they do and why is Reliable a member?

To the average Buckhead homeowner, navigating home heating and cooling issues may seem like a lonely journey. Figuring out how to lower energy costs, creating an environment that’s comfortable and making sure equipment runs safely is not a job for a novice. Organizations exist to help homeowners like you learn about new trends in HVAC, safety and energy efficiency. One such organization, the ACCA — also known as the Indoor Environment & Energy Efficiency Association — exists to serve both homeowners and HVAC contractors. Learn what it can do for you.

What Is It?

The ACCA is a nonprofit organization with more than 60,000 members actively engaged in promoting a healthier environment and better management of energy services. The ACCA began over 40 years ago and quickly grew to become a leader in contracting associations.

What Does It Do?

The organization is dedicated to upholding the highest quality standards for a variety of HVAC-related procedures. They do rigorous testing on installation of HVAC systems, testing and performance and the design and maintenance of the systems. In-person and online training events keep HVAC technicians abreast of innovations and standards.

Reliable’s Affiliation

If you’re in the process of choosing an HVAC service provider, consider working with one who holds membership with the ACCA. Check the provider’s certifications and training, too. Reliable Heating & Air is proud of our affiliation with the leading HVAC organization. As a member, our technicians can access an on-demand video library for training, get help from industry-leading experts for support, receive up-to-the-minute technical bulletins and receive business support.

How It Benefits Consumers

Along with the benefits that members get, consumers also benefit from the organization in a number of ways. When you choose to work with a top-quality, well-trained HVAC contractor, the work performed on your HVAC systems is also top-notch. As a result, you can rest assured that when your contractor installs new equipment, for example, it’s sized correctly so that it performs to its peak potential. As a result, you’ll save on energy costs, and your system will last longer. You won’t have to pay for a replacement system as soon as you would if the equipment was improperly sized.

Members of the organization agree to follow the Quality Installation process. This rigorous installation method includes checking

  • the airflow and water flow over the heat exchangers,
  • the refrigerant charge,
  • the electrical components and their safety and
  • the combustion and system controls, among others.

The service provider will also review and test distribution components, such as the amount of leakage in the duct system and its airflow balance.

The time you take to invest in choosing a qualified HVAC professional pays off. Choose one with membership in the ACCA, and you’ll have spent your time and money well. Reliable Heating & Air serves the Buckhead and Atlanta area with quality home heating and cooling services, air quality recommendations, and plumbing and electricity. Call us today to ask about our membership with the ACCA or our certifications.

 

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Heating, Cooling, Electrical, Plumbing and Home Performance Services By Reliable Heating & Air

Reliable Heating & Air can provide same day service to all of Atlanta and the surrounding areas for all your HVAC, plumbing, electrical and home performance needs. Reliable Heating & Air has been in business since 1978 and is a Trane Comfort Specialist and factory authorized dealer for other brands such as Carrier, Rheem, Rudd Lennox and Bryant. Reliable Heating & Air employees highly trained and certified technicians in all departments who are screened to assure the customer they are getting the best value and expertise for their service needs in all divisions Reliable offers. All of Reliable Heating & Air’s plumbers are licensed by the State of Georgia and they are required to perform many hours of continuing education each year. Reliable Heating is a NATE certified company assuring the heating and cooling customer that the tech repairing or installing their machine is the best of the best. Reliable Heating & Air’s electricians are also hand picked to assure the customer  a pleasant, polite and knowledge tech will be working at their home or business. Reliable Heating & Air provides heating, cooling, electrical  plumbing and home performance to the following areas: Atlanta, Roswell, Marietta, Acworth, Alpharetta, Canton, Tucker, Sandy Springs, Milton, McDonough, Peachtree City, Chamblee, Doraville, Snellville, Decatur, Fayetteville, Newnan, Douglasville, Smyrna, Ballground, and all other metro area cities surrounding Atlanta, Georgia. Reach Reliable Heating & Air at www.reliableair.com on the web or call 770 594-9969.  By Dan Jape

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Is your attic overheated? By Dan Jape

By Dan Jape, owner Reliable Heating, Air, Plumbing & Electrical

In the past two years, many homes in the Atlanta area have had new roofs installed due to the hail damage and storms that have been epidemic. With these new roofs came a very harmful side effect sold to the unsuspecting homeowner by the various roofing companies: a scorching hot attic. My name is Dan Jape and I am the owner of Reliable Heating & Air and I see hundreds of attics that are in the 150 degree range which puts a serious strain on their a/c systems.

Most homes in Atlanta have a power assisted fan installed that exhausts hot air in the summer and keeps the temperature down in the attic which allows the air conditioning to work properly. The duct work in many homes is actually in the attic and it is very important to keep the heat exhausted so the air conditioner can maintain the proper indoor temperature.
The problem has come from the fact the majority of roofing companies have convinced the homeowner they no longer need power fans, instead replacing them with a venting system called “ridge vents”. A ridge vent is simply a cap that goes over a hole cut along the peak of the roofing shingles. It is supposed to allow super heated air to naturally rise up and out the roof of your home through convection instead of using an electric fan to blow the air out of the attic. This system depends on the correct amount of air entering the attic through the vents in the overhang or soffit. The coolest air available on a hot day is under the eve of the home. While this system can work well on new homes where there is adequate intake vents in the soffit, in most existing home that have had a roof replaced, the roofers simply install the top ridge vent and do not modify or increase the intake vents, which causes an overheating problem causing the air conditioner to struggle to keep up in the summer.
Many times, we see a home that has cooled perfectly in the heat of the summer and then the roofer removes the attic exhaust fan during a re roof and the home no longer cools. The fan is then replaced and the a/c actually works properly shutting off and on at the preset temperature. The attic should be sealed at all can lights, plumbing openings and around attic staircases so the attic fan will not draw conditioned cool air into the attic and an attic fan will save enough in energy costs to quickly pay for itself.
An attic fan can be mounted on the gable of the home or cut into the roof. Both types of fans are controlled by an automatic thermostat that turns the unit on and off at a preset temperature. Solar powered fans are also available to exhaust attics without using any electricity and on certain applications can do a very good job keeping the temperature down in an attic.
One should check their attic fan to make sure the motor and the thermostat are in good working order before the heat of summer arrives and if the old attic fan was removed during a roof replacement, a new fan should be installed. Call Dan Jape today at 770 594-9969 for free advice on all your hvac needs or for information on attic ventilators.

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Ice on Your Air Conditioner By Dan Jape

One of the biggest issues we encounter in the cooling repair business is the formation of ice on an air conditioning system. When a homeowner sees ice on their unit,  they often turn it off until the ice they see is melted and then they turn the unit back on instead of calling for help. This is the worst mistake they could make and it could end up destroying their outdoor unit in the process. The outdoor compressor needs to have the correct amount of air moving across the indoor coil and if is not, you need to turn it off and not continue to run without having the system repaired. The unit often times cools again if it is turned back on, but it will freeze again and this is very hard on the compressor.

 

There are a couple of reasons why ice forms on a residential air conditioner. One is poor airflow across the indoor evaporator coil and the other is low refrigerant charge. The lack of airflow can simply be a dirty air filter blocking the proper amount of air from moving across the coil. This can also be caused by a dirty blower wheel packed with dust and debris which will restrict airflow and cause a freezing.  Another very common problem we encounter is an improper amount of intake or return ducts which doesn’t allow enough air to reach the indoor coil, thus causing a freezing up issue. When the indoor blower motor or fan fails, this breakdown will cause instant icing and the unit needs to be shut off. People may still feel some cool air through the vents from the block of ice melting in the unit, but continued operation of a unit in this condition will cause the compressor damage.

 

The ice one sees is only the “tip of the iceberg” so to speak. The larger piece of ice is located in the duct work of a unit and it is formed on the indoor cooling coil. The ice forms a sheet over this coil and blocks airflow which causes the unit to ice even quicker and before long a block of ice a foot high and wide can be on the cooling coil.

 

One symptom of this problem is reduced airflow to your rooms. There are few other problems that can so severely reduce airflow, so if this condition happens to you, turn your system off and look for possible ice. Be very careful with the ice melting as the melting water will run down on the furnace and can harm the electronic controls. Try to soak it up with towels and keep from running down in the furnace and drain pan as it can flood your ceiling if your unit is in the attic.

 

Most of the icing problems we encounter are not due to blower or filter problems, but rather caused by low refrigerant charge. When a unit is low on refrigerant, before it stops cooling altogether, it will reach a state where ice forms on the coils and it is not something a homeowner can repair. Be sure and turn off your unit 5 or 6 hours to thaw before your service tech arrives, because they will not be able to properly repair a frozen air conditioner and they will have to come back another time, which will only add to the frustration of being hot with no cooling.

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Atlanta’s Reliable Heating and Air Protects Your Unit with Annual Air Conditioning Service

Normally, the air conditioning system in your home gives you very little
thought. Most air conditioning units are designed to last for many years and
will provide superior indoor comfort as long as certain preventive maintenance
is performed. Most of the time, you set your thermostat to control your desired
temperature and go about your day. Don’t forget to give this essential system
the service that it needs so that it can continue doing its job for you. Atlanta
air conditioning service
 is just a phone call away at Reliable Heating and
Air.

According to Sustainable Sources, the
efficiency of your residential air conditioner relies on its maintenance
schedule. Routine service helps air conditioners run more efficiently and last
longer. In fact, an A/C unit that is not cared for throughout the years will operate
up to 30% less efficiently. That equates to a huge impact on utility bills over
the life of the unit. Fortunately, the cost of the service will most likely be
recouped over the upcoming months’ energy bills.

A Reliable Heating and Air service visit includes cleaning the condenser
coil, checking the amp draw of the compressor, oiling the fan motors, checking
that all electrical connections are well tightened, along with checking the
systems operating pressures and temperatures against the manufacturer’s
specifications.

Our Reliable technician will also check the refrigerant charge in your unit.
A system that is only 10% low on its Freon level will likely cost you 30% more
to operate. Consequently, the Air Conditioning Contractors of America (ACCA)
encourages A/C owners to check their system’s refrigerant charge once a year.
Since the disposal and handling of this refrigerant is stringently governed by
new laws, you will definitely want to leave this element to your expert
technician from Reliable Heating and Air.

While the mechanical nature of such maintenance is best left in the hands of
a professional, there are some measures you can take to benefit your system.
You should change filters in a timely manner, trim any vegetation around the
unit, and check to see that supply air outlets are open.

With your attention to these details and a professional service by Reliable
Heating and Air, your unit will run efficiently for years to come. Contact us today at

770 594-9969 if you are in need of service.

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New A/C Unit is The Best Investment in the “Market” An investment that never goes down.

The one thing you can be assured of with your investments in the stock market is that will continue to go up and down in value like a roller coaster. You can count on your 401k to go down in value over the next unforeseen future and hopefully it will start to go back up in value. Real estate investments are on the way down, as is almost every investment vehicle out there. The one investment I know of that continues to generate a guaranteed return year after year regardless of the financial markets, is a new high efficiency heating and cooling system. It consistently saves you money and is the best investment you can make these days with your hard earned money.

A new high efficiency heating cooling system can be acquired for as little as $3500 to $4000 and can trim up to 40% off your annual gas bill and 30% off the part of your electric bill. This savings can be $300 or $400 per year in gas and $200 or $300 in electric. This is a substantial return on investment and when the new heating and cooling system pays for itself after six to eight years, the savings will be thousands of dollars over the projected life of the equipment of twenty to twenty five years. I know of no other guaranteed return that comes with no risk.

A lot of homeowners think that as long as their furnace continues to put out heat, it is safe to run on until it quits. This could not be farther from the truth. I visited a home last week with a twenty year old furnace in a crawl space that had been left to rust so bad that the flames rolled out the front of the unit and melted the gas pipe sealer out of the gas pipe and caused a open flame outside the furnace jacket that singed the floor joists above it and almost burned the house down. Had this happened at night, this malfunction could have burned this home to the ground and along with the entire family in it. The piece of mind that your family and home is safe along with the above mentioned savings, is another guaranteed return on your investment in new high efficiency heating and cooling system.

A whole house humidifier is also another product with a guaranteed return on investment. You can install a furnace mounted bypass humidifier or a steam generator humidifier in your home and start to save energy dollars immediately. Your gas furnace can dry the air out in your home to 10% to 15% relative humidity levels in the cold winter months and this dryness will cause you to turn up the thermostat to higher level to try and feel warm. Bring the moisture level up to 30% to 35% and you can turn down the thermostat and feel warmer, along with not having dry, scratchy skin, static electricity, bloody noses and higher gas bills than needed. For a small investment of $450 to $875, you can guarantee yourself of a return of all the above year after year.

The heating and cooling investment market is full of guaranteed returns. Ask your broker if he has any guarantees lately and I think you will soon find that investing in this arena is a sure fire thing.

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New A/C Unit is The Best Investment in the “Market” An investment that never goes down.

The one thing you can be assured of with your investments in the stock market is that will continue to go up and down in value like a roller coaster. You can count on your 401k to go down in value over the next unforeseen future and hopefully it will start to go back up in value. Real estate investments are on the way down, as is almost every investment vehicle out there. The one investment I know of that continues to generate a guaranteed return year after year regardless of the financial markets, is a new high efficiency heating and cooling system. It consistently saves you money and is the best investment you can make these days with your hard earned money.

A new high efficiency heating cooling system can be acquired for as little as $3500 to $4000 and can trim up to 40% off your annual gas bill and 30% off the part of your electric bill. This savings can be $300 or $400 per year in gas and $200 or $300 in electric. This is a substantial return on investment and when the new heating and cooling system pays for itself after six to eight years, the savings will be thousands of dollars over the projected life of the equipment of twenty to twenty five years. I know of no other guaranteed return that comes with no risk.

A lot of homeowners think that as long as their furnace continues to put out heat, it is safe to run on until it quits. This could not be farther from the truth. I visited a home last week with a twenty year old furnace in a crawl space that had been left to rust so bad that the flames rolled out the front of the unit and melted the gas pipe sealer out of the gas pipe and caused a open flame outside the furnace jacket that singed the floor joists above it and almost burned the house down. Had this happened at night, this malfunction could have burned this home to the ground and along with the entire family in it. The piece of mind that your family and home is safe along with the above mentioned savings, is another guaranteed return on your investment in new high efficiency heating and cooling system.

A whole house humidifier is also another product with a guaranteed return on investment. You can install a furnace mounted bypass humidifier or a steam generator humidifier in your home and start to save energy dollars immediately. Your gas furnace can dry the air out in your home to 10% to 15% relative humidity levels in the cold winter months and this dryness will cause you to turn up the thermostat to higher level to try and feel warm. Bring the moisture level up to 30% to 35% and you can turn down the thermostat and feel warmer, along with not having dry, scratchy skin, static electricity, bloody noses and higher gas bills than needed. For a small investment of $450 to $875, you can guarantee yourself of a return of all the above year after year.

The heating and cooling investment market is full of guaranteed returns. Ask your broker if he has any guarantees lately and I think you will soon find that investing in this arena is a sure fire thing.

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