Make Sure to Install a Heating System Properly

When it comes to heating installation, you want to ensure that it is done right. Having a professional come in is the best way to ensure this. You can also work to have the system inspected to ensure the right seals and other anchoring components are in place. It is important because proper installation means that your heating system will last and that you will not have issues when you are using it.

 

Check All of the Electrical Components

 

The electrical components of your heating system should be checked in a regular basis. Something as simple as a bad wire can cause major issues for your system and even pose a fire hazard. If there is a problem with the wiring during installation, it is important that you have the professional come back out and make the repairs. Electrical components are touchy and intricate, so it is critical that a professional be the one to ensure that they are in good working order.

 

Look at the Venting

 

All of the vents on your furnace and throughout your home should be in good shape to properly heat your home. After installation, make sure that they are securely in place and that there are no cracks, bends or other structural issues that can compromise their integrity. If they got dirty during installation, it is also a good idea to use some soap and water to clean them. If there is a problem with the venting, you should have the professional come back out because one bad vent can cause major issues with your system. It can also reduce the overall effectiveness with heating your home.

 

Make Sure the Flame is Lit Properly

 

The flame on your furnace should be lit and strong at all times. If the flame is not lit, your furnace will not work. During installation, there are several parts that come together to ensure that the flame remains lit. If it keeps going out, call the installer to come and make the necessary repairs.

 

Look at the Chimney

 

Many people do not think about their chimney when they are having a heating system installed. It is a good idea to look for problems like structural abnormalities and other issues that can compromise its overall integrity. If you have a fireplace, you want to check it when you check your chimney. This just makes it easier and both have to work together, especially if you are using your fireplace for additional heating purposes.

 

Heating installation is about more than just a furnace. There are multiple components that you have to install and ensure are in good working order in order to have effective and efficient heating.

 

 

History Of Modern Heating Systems

A Short History of Modern Heating System

 

Since humans discovered fire, it has been harnessed to provide warmth and comfort during the nights and cold months. Humans survived excruciatingly cold winters before modern technology thanks to camp fires and other primitive technology, which has ultimately morphed into the modern heating system.

A heating service today would examine everything from heating elements to complex electricals, but we have come a long way to get here.

Early Heating Dates Back to 2500 B.C.

 

The earliest heating system, the central hearth that provided heating to a community of people, dates back to 2500 B.C. in ancient Greece. Excavations found heating systems designed to optimize warmth, and this seemed to spread throughout Europe, resulting in a crude fireplace design in the 800s A.D. By the 13th Century, most of Europe was utilizing a fireplace system, heating homes and even castles, which had stone fireplaces and short flues that formed a basic chimney to the outside of the building.

As casting technology improved, cast iron firebacks were introduced. These had a view to protect the stone from direct heat from the fire. In England, a duct was developed that allowed more air to enter the fireplace, creating more heat.

 

Stoves then appeared as early as 1400, and were made of joined iron hearth firebacks, which were then designed specifically to become a stove. It was Germany and Holland that soon became the biggest manufacturers of iron stoves, which led the way to more modern heating systems.

The Origins of Warm Air Heating

 

Beyond fire, man has also used warm air as a heating system. Today, commercial property owners and residential property owners alike rely on professional heating services to manage their warm air heaters, but the origins date back as far as the year 200. It is said that Emperor Helioabalus had his palace warmed by air, using a stove in a stone chamber underneath the rooms, which heated the air that flowed into the rooms above it.

Then, in the Industrial Revolution in England, the warm air heating system was refined – and in 1805, William Strutt created a furnace that used a wrought iron air chamber that was surrounded by stone to create both cool and warmed air.

 

From Primitive Heating to Luxury Temperature Control

 

Today, a wide range of heating systems exist. From traditional home radiators, to roof-fitted radiant heating systems, warm air heat pumps, fan heaters and halogen bulbs, modern technology has improved significantly.
Commercial properties utilize large radiant heating systems to target specific areas of a property, whereas smaller buildings tend to rely on traditional convection heaters. One thing that unites all of these heating systems, however, is the need for a reliable heating service from trusted professionals. With regular maintenance and assistance, these heating systems can be kept running efficiently and safely, without a risk of heating elements causing fires or air pumps malfunctioning and stalling.

 

 

 

HVAC Solutions for Tiny Homes

How Do I Heat & Cool My Tiny Home?

Tiny Homes HVAC OptionsIf you have been paying attention in the greater San Diego area, you may have noticed the uptake of a global trend: tiny homes. We love the tiny house trend and we’re happy to see tiny homes in San Diego because they’re energy efficient & sustainable and because they challenge the status quo and that’s what we’re all about. In their efforts to maintain a lifestyle that is both energy conscious and affordable, many tiny home owners and builders will find themselves with questions:

How can I cool my tiny home?
Which HVAC system is best on such a small scale?
What is the HVAC load calculation for my tiny house?

 

HVAC for small spaces is completely different than a typical home or commercial location. However, fear not – maintaining your thermal comfort index in a tiny home is easy, affordable, and eco-friendly. Here are the major tiny home HVAC solutions you have to consider:

 

Passive Cooling / Passive Heating

 

Passive cooling and passive heating refer to ventilation which is not motivated or generated by an electrical fixture, with ductwork and other technologies. Passive heating or cooling would not require a thermostat or other active controls. Tiny home builders in California may prefer this avenue because they may not be required to make modifications to suit the system, or the modifications will be minimal. For the homeowner, these solutions are often less expensive but can also be less effective. Here are a few examples:

 

  • Windows
    In a tiny home, you’re not cooling a massive space and you can probably achieve a decent cross-breeze just by opening cross-home windows and letting freshness in. The trouble starts when the heat or humidity – especially here in the hot San Diego weather – end up inside your home with no recourse for removal. Also, this doesn’t work as well to heat the home later in the winter.
  • Ceiling Fans
    Ceiling fans can manage to cool or somewhat “heat” your tiny house. While they do not generate their own temperature air, they do effectively circulate cool air and generate a breeze. In the winter, you can turn your ceiling fan in the opposite direction and it will push warm air that has risen to the rafters of your home downward into your living space for an effect of warmth. The drawbacks to ceiling fans include that they are a threat to air quality if not cleaned well and often, they do not generate temperate air so you’re still working, essentially, with the temperature given in the home, and they can sometimes make a small room feel smaller.
  • Floor Fans/Window Fans
    If you are willing to part with the space in your tiny home, a floor fan will make you feel cooler by drawing a draft across your skin. Whether you insert one in a window to draw warm air out from your home or stand one in the room and let it oscillate you will find an increase in comfort. However, these fans struggle to warm up a room and in the warmest of conditions, will struggle to cool it to comfortable levels also.
  • Roof Vents/Attic Fans
    These are a little pricier than the options listed above because they do require a hole to be cut in your roof. One potential drawback to this is that if the unit is not sealed well, moisture leakage can become imminent. That said, these units can warm or cool your tiny home and will provide an increase in ventilation which will increase your comfort. If the weather is hot and heavy, however, this solution will feel uncomfortable.

 Air Conditioner Options for Tiny Houses

Active Cooling / Active Heating

Simply put, when we refer to active cooling or active heating, we are referring to air conditioning units. These will require some type of controls, either by thermostat or on the unit itself. While all of the following examples would require some installation for your tiny house, they are all effective. There are many active air conditioning systems that are highly energy efficient as well. Here are a few examples:

 

  • Window AC Unit
    Say what you will about the aesthetic of a window air conditioner, this solution will work for your tiny home. Of the active cooling solutions here, this is the most affordable and the easiest to install yourself. That said, if your tiny home only has 1-3 windows, as most do, it may feel foreboding to eliminate one by stuffing it with one of these bad boys.

All of the following active cooling systems will require an HVAC technician for installation and maintenance.

  • PTAC
    The term PTAC, which stands for Packaged Terminal Air Conditioner, may not sound familiar but if you’ve stayed in an economy hotel room, you’ve likely used one. This will take up precious wall space in your home but it will effectually heat and cool your space with ease and in 2016, these come in highly energy efficient AC models.
  • RV-Style Roof Unit
    This is another solution, commonly used in RVs, which will both cool your tiny home and heat your tiny home. It is installed into your roof so it takes up less living space. However, if your roof operates at a slant greater than 15 degrees, you will find that this unit shuts down easily. Flat-roof tiny homes will love this option.
  • Mini Split System
    A common mini-me to the traditional air conditioning system, the Mini Split is such that your home will have an interior ventilation unit and an outdoor cooling unit, similar to your large home counterparts. The difference is in the size alone as the Mini system will use a compact air conditioner. To calculate your tiny home’s BTU, follow the same BTU calculation instructions as with a larger home, subbing in your actual square footage and accounting for any outlying factors such as multiple occupants, the probable use of a kitchen, and accounting for sun vs. shade.
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{Builders: Are you curious about how to design and engineer an HVAC system in a tiny home from scratch? We’re happy to partner with you, too!}

 

If you’re looking to cut down on your tiny home costs and still heat and cool your space with ease, no worries! There are many passive and active HVAC solutions available for your tiny house. For more information or to request an estimate on HVAC services for your tiny home in San Diego or the surrounding area, contact Airmaxx today! We’re happy to help.

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What is a Hybrid Heating System?

Hybrids are all the rage these days. Cars. Power plants. Bicycles. Cash crops. The list goes on. In the hybridization of energy-producing technologies you stand to gain much in the way of efficiency, lower operating costs, and substantial cuts to your utility bills.

In order to understand what a hybrid system consists of and how it works to gain all these wonderful benefits, we must first examine its individual components: the heat pump and the furnace.

Heat Pumps

Chances are you’re familiar with a heat pump and don’t even know it. If you own a refrigerator, freezer, AC in your car, or a home AC unit — then you own a heat pump and have likely been operating them for many years. In the context of this post however, we’re going to be talking about during the winter when AC unit opens the reversing valve.

Opening the valve reverses the flow of coolant which turn brings heat inside your home that it gets from the col air outside the home. But how can you get heat from the winter air outside and bring it inside? That’s a great question! It’s little different than how your AC unit can bring in cold from the hot summer air outside. Without getting into the science of it – it’s basically exploiting the refrigeration cycle to transfer this heat energy from one place to another. Which is what makes them very efficient. They’re not actually generating any heat or cold. They’re simply moving it from one place to another.

The downside of the heat pump is that it does not function well when the temperatures are near, at, or below freezing. But generally they are cheaper to run than a furnace in milder weather.

The Furnace

Everyone is pretty much familiar with a furnace, having owned one, experienced the heat of one, or just know what one is. They are very good at providing large amounts of heat, very quickly, in even the coldest weather. However they are not as efficient as heat pumps. They also require the use of natural gas or propane – plus – electricity to run. Even so the furnace can be fairly inexpensive to run so long as the cost of the fuel for it remains low. However, everyone is aware of how fossil fuels and natural gas prices are rising.

The Hybrid Heating System

The advantages of one effectively negate a large part of the disadvantages of the other. Heat pumps don’t work well in winter, but furnaces sure do. However fuel costs can be expensive, and add to it the electrical cost of powering the furnace and the lower inefficiencies of the furnace compared to the heat pump, and you have the potential for a large utility bill.

But during time when you still want to heat your house when the weather isn’t as severe, then the heat pump is the best option. It’s very high efficiency and lack of need for a combustible fuel make for lower operational costs.

The savings in a well setup hybrid system can be high enough to have the system pay for itself from the savings generated in several years.

Your home is unique, and so is everyone else’s. There is not going to be a ‘best’ option for every home. Not only due to layout, budget and existing infrastructure, the your usage patterns and preferences. Each variable will have an effect on what’s best for you. If you would like to talk about what option is best for you, call one of the professionals here at AirMaxx Heating & Cooling today and we will be glad to work with you to find a solution that fits your individual needs.

Avoid These Important Mistakes When Buying Your New AC or Furnace

When you’re in the market for a new AC or furnace for your home, you have two choices: take the first estimate that sounds decent or take a little time to learn from what others have done wrong. This is a major purchase that will impact your energy bills, your home’s efficiency, and your comfort every day. Don’t take the first offer. Do your homework starting by learning from these common mistakes.

Settling for a Deal that Sounds too Good to Be True

It’s a good general rule for all things in life: if it sounds too good to be true, it probably is. If a contractor or installer offers you a fantastic deal on a new AC or furnace, read the fine print. Check on their references and reviews. A deep discount could signal shortcuts and shoddy workmanship.

Not Understanding what You Need for Your Home

Not all models are the same and not all AC and furnace units are right for your home. Make sure you understand, and that your installer double checks for you, that you have a unit that is the right size and type to heat or cool your home effectively and efficiently. Choosing the wrong size can lead to damage, higher energy bills, and even mold in your ducts.

Ignoring Efficiency Technology

A new unit that runs efficiently is probably going to cost more money, but don’t let this put you off. Check out the SEER (seasonal energy efficiency ratio) rating for any new unit before you buy it. The higher the number, the more efficient it is, and the more money you will save each month. The highest efficiency unit can save you up to half on your monthly energy bill.

Forgetting about Rebates

Another good reason choose the high-efficiency models? Many come with rebates that are worth significant cash back. Several states and manufacturers offer rebates to encourage consumers to buy energy-saving AC and furnace units. Don’t miss out on the opportunity to take advantage of these savings.

Not Checking out References and Reviews

We know that you have options when it comes to HVAC installers, which is why we strive to provide only the best service. You can’t count on this from everyone, which is why it is a mistake to not investigate before committing to an HVAC contractor. Ask us for references and read customer reviews to get an idea for the quality of service we offer.

Getting a new AC or furnace is a big deal and a big expense, so don’t rush the process. Avoid these mistakes, do your research, and you will be happy for years with your new unit.

Keep following the AirMaxx Heating and Air Conditioning blog for more information to help you make smart HVAC choices.

Investing In A Whole Home Electrical Suppressor

For many homeowners, thinking about keeping the home safe from electrical surges is just not something that happens often. A lot of the time, people are simply not aware of how important it is to keep their electrical outlets safe. Consider some of the following reasons for investing in whole home electrical suppressor, and see how it can help.

People are in more need of surge protection now than they have ever been. The fact of the matter is that a lot of things have changed inside of the home over the last several years. There are many more electrical devices available to use, and many of these devices remain plugged into their sockets, making them a target for surges.

Lightning is no longer one of the biggest dangers to electronics in the home anymore. When most people think of surges, they think of lightning, but the truth is that eighty percent of all surges are generated by people themselves. Large surges rarely occur, but smaller ones end up building over time.

Whole house surge protection can end up protecting many other electronics. If you invest in these devices, you can expect to receive a tremendous return on your investment by not having to worry about when the next big surge may strike.

Good surge protection should be layered in order to ensure that a single large surge is not shared among devices. It should be presented at both the electrical service and at the point that is used to protect the device itself.

Homes that feature a 120 volt service will usually be adequately protected by an 80kA rated surge protector. As with any type of shopping, it is crucial for you to buy according to your home’s unique needs, ensuring that you do not pay for a substandard protector.

Our group can help provide you with a wide variety of whole home electrical suppressors, guaranteed to protect your valuable devices from a sudden surge. If you would like to learn more about our products and services, call us today and see how we can help keep your home safe.

Why Seek The Services Of A NATE Certified Technician

In 2012, there were close to 250,000 HVAC technicians in the U.S. alone. However, how many of them actually possessed an NATE certification stays quite unclear. Most people who are not familiar with HVAC and overall industry mechanism may not see much value in NATE certified technicians. However, those who have worked with both NATE certified and non-certified professionals in the past can vouch for the difference certified technicians may bring to the table.

NATE Certification — Meaning

NATE expands to North American Technician Excellence. If a technician has this certification to his name, it signifies the person carries the essential skills and knowledge to tackle a variety of HVAC problems — whether it’s repairs, diagnostics, installations, repairs or any other kind of related service. It’s much safer to hire NATE certified technicians than appointing a technician who is not licensed or certified by an authority body.

NATE Certified Technician — Why hire them?

There are many positives to hiring NATE certified technicians. Besides taking proper care of the appliance, certified technicians also offer the following benefits:

• Any air conditioning system has to be babied right from the very instance it gets installed. When you get in a NATE certified technician to address surfacing issues, you can rest assured the technician will have the same care and approach towards the appliance as you do.

• These technicians have appropriate training backing their skills, ensuring any work they cater to is done to perfection.

• The AC unit will operate efficiently for the longest possible time. Consequently, you won’t spend too much time and money tending to AC repair and maintenance.

Look for companies that are reputable and have only certified technicians working under them. While their services may not be the cheapest in the town, the extra money you pay for their qualified and certified skillsmanship cannot be replaced by cheap and unreliable services.

If you are still not certain or very clear about how NATE certification adds more value to any technician’s armory, try working with one. Why look elsewhere? Call us if you have HVAC needs that need care and attention from NATE certified technicians.

Consumers Digest® Best Buy Awarded To Four Outstanding Carrier HVAC Products

For many years, Carrier HVAC products have produced several high quality products and they keep improving it. This is the reason why they are one of the leading companies in their own field. For their hard and continuous effort to provide excellent products that benefits their users, the company was awarded Consumers Digest® Best Buy, an honor only a few companies gets recognized.

Four of Carrier’s products were recognized “Best Buy” by Consumers Digest® setting a standard in the industry. This only goes to show that Carrier HVAC products are ahead of its competition since they have set the standard in their industry. These four products that the respected publication has awarded this honor are the Carrier Infinity® 19 heat pump, Carrier Performance™ Boost 80 gas furnace, the Infinity 16 and the Infinity that includes Green speed heat pumps.

The “Best Buy “designation is awarded to products that possess a greater value at a lower cost. Not all products that are inexpensive are awarded this designation, but only those products that are proven both to be effective and affordable. The award is given to lesser than 3% of the competing models in each product category.

The Carrier Infinity 19 heat pump stood out among the rest of the products in its category due to its reliability as well as the sound reduction technology that the company has created. This heating and cooling system has out run its competitors when it comes to technology. The article even claims that there is no other midrange series that can match the series’ reliability and quiet operation.

The Boost 80 gas furnace has received this distinction twice and according to the article, this is because of the product’s performance and quality that makes it stand out among other products at the same price range.

The article also has praised the mechanisms of each product’s motor since it blows quieter and its efficiency is unmatched compared to other models that use a standard blower motor.

It is truly their honor to be awarded these distinctions for their products in these significant consumer categories. They, at Carrier, share this accomplishment, not only to them, but also to their valued customers. It brings them joy to bring comfort through the products they share. Please feel free to call us to learn more Carrier Brand HVAC Products

Thank The States For The Advances In Energy Efficiency

It is easy to see how far energy efficiency has come over the last several years in the US. What many people do not know is that this is the result of the states working together. More specifically, the governors of the states have been working together. Their organization is the NGA, National Governor’s Association and they have released a new paper outlining the progress of energy efficiency.
The paper goes on to outline the different ways that the governors have helped make energy efficiency more prevalent in this country. The biggest way they do this is by working with legislators and other groups to help make a difference. Some of the things they do when meeting with these groups includes:

* Holding energy planning meetings where they will look at possible ways to save energy and the best options.

* Finding ways of improving energy efficiency rules and standards for buildings as well as appliances people use.

* Offering utility companies incentive spending to help improve energy efficiency.

* Finding ways that information technology can help with energy efficiency.

* The governors also have partnerships with universities and research groups that are working to advance energy efficiency in order to show their support.

These are just some of the ways that governors are helping make our energy consumption lower. Even before this, part of the job as a governor has been to support efforts that help the people save money on energy consumption, lower the amount of energy expenditure spent by the state, reduce environmental impact and even help to keep the need for power plant dependency lower.
One thing in this paper is clear: Governors recognize the benefits of energy efficiency in their states. Even the governor of Hawaii states in the paper that he understands the needs for the state to find ways to help consumers lower their energy costs is a great way to do this. These savings also help businesses. With this, energy efficiency can also go a long way to helping save the state money, which is essential as many states have seen their debts rise as the recession hit the country several years back.

It is easy to see that this collaboration between the governors is helping the people of this country as well as the economy. As new ways to increase energy efficiency arise, there is less money that is spent on energy, which equals savings for everyone.

If you want to find out more about what the NGA does, then you should visit NGA.org. Here you will be able to see not only how the governors are involved in energy efficiency initiatives, but other things they are working on as well. The main thing they work with is energy, environment and transportation best practices as a way to help the states.