The Environmental Protection Agency has stated that “any person in the business of duct cleaning without in-duct camera verification borders on consumer fraud.”
If you live near the ocean, you may have noticed that your heat pump (or your neighbor’s) is a rusty mess. This corrosion is caused by the salty air. Neither rain nor hail or seacoast corrosion can keep a coastal-rated heat pump from doing its job – they’re built tough inside and out. A specially formulated epoxy is permanently bonded to the coil surfaces. This helps prevent the destructive galvanic corrosion that is common in coastal areas. A galvanized steel cabinet with a baked on paint finish protects against corrosion and keeps the system looking its best for years. We can tell you if you need the special protection a coastal-rated heat pump provides.
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HVAC systems are complicated networks of machinery that should be serviced by a certified professional. However, if your HVAC system seems to be malfunctioning, you can try a few basic steps prior to calling us, which may correct your problem. If you do not feel comfortable performing any of these tasks, however, do not hesitate to call us at 503-861-1687.
•Disconnect and reconnect your indoor and outdoor switches.
•Make sure your circuit breakers are in the ON position.
•Make sure your filters are clean.
•Open supply and return vents and make sure they are unobstructed.
•Check the settings on your thermostat.
•Make sure the system switch is on the appropriate COOL or HEAT setting
AFUE is the abbreviation for Annual Fuel Utilization Efficiency ratio. AFUE is used to rate furnace efficiencies by dividing the ratio of heat output by heat input. This measurement describes how well fuel, gas or oil is consumed to produce heat by a furnace. As the AFUE rate increases, the efficiency of your furnace also increases, lowering your fuel costs. Furnaces manufactured in the United States are required to have at least an 80% AFUE.
The Green Screened mark is bestowed upon contractors who embrace the challenge of protecting the environment by:
•Educating people about the environmental and savings benefits of having a “green” home comfort system;
•Offering homeowners products and services that can improve the energy efficiency of their home; and
•Taking an active role in preserving the environment through recycling, reusing, and conserving products and supplies in the office and field.
Heating and cooling systems work incredibly hard to perform their functions for your household. The constant stopping, starting and continual operation can wear down a machine quickly and unexpectedly if the proper care and maintenance is delayed. However, by performing preventive maintenance, or servicing your system regularly, you can maximize the lifecycle of your heating or cooling unit and guard against many unexpected failures
Humidity levels can be reduced by using a variable-speed furnace or air handler as part of your HVAC system. Variable speed units run longer, at lower speeds, allowing air to constantly circulate against the cooling coil and remove more moisture. Variable-speed motors also use less electricity than regular motors, reducing your energy costs. Humidifiers and dehumidifiers can also be used to maintain the proper humidity in your home.
HSPF is the abbreviation for the Heating Seasonal Performance Factor, which is a rating of the efficiency level of the heating operation of a heat pump. The higher the HSPF, the more efficient the heating performance of a heat pump. New units in the United States have HSPF ratings from 7.0 to 9.4.
R-22 is the common name for hydro-chlorofluorocarbon (HCFC). R-22 has been used as a refrigerant by HVAC manufacturers for over 40 years, but studies in the past decade have shown that HCFCs contain chlorine, an ozone-depleting agent. For this reason, the United States Clean Air Act has set a target date for January 1, 2010, on which HVAC manufacturers must cease the production of products that use R-22.
R-410A is the common name for an emerging hydro-fluorocarbon (HFC) that is being used as a refrigerant in the HVAC industry. R-410A is more environmentally friendly than R-22 and is being seen as the most likely replacement for R-22 by HVAC manufacturers. At the beginning of 2010, the use of alternate refrigerant will be required in HVAC manufacturing.
Precision Heating & Indoor Air Quality, Inc. was recently granted the prestigious Green Screened contractor mark and is the only Green Screened contractor in Clatsop and Pacific Counties.
ENERGY STAR is a program that was created by the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to help businesses and individuals make energy efficient purchases.
This program places the ENERGY STAR label, a small blue and white logo, on items that meet superior energy efficiency standards. This label provides an easy way for consumers to identify quality, high efficiency products.
Preventive maintenance inspections performed on a regular basis can uncover leaks, rust, rot, soot, frayed wires and corroded electrical contacts.
At least once a year, heat pumps and furnaces require a professional tune-up. Because gas-fired equipment functions with greater heat, it also needs to be serviced every year.
Inspections on boiler and furnace systems should include ductwork, pipes, dampers, valves, the chimney, registers, radiators, pumps, blowers, fuel lines, the gas meter, oil tank and every part of the actual furnace and boiler.
Meanwhile, heat pump inspections should also include inspections of the fan, compressor, indoor coils, outdoor coils and refrigerant lines and operating pressures.
Although modern technology has made significant advances in air filters over the past decade, a fractional amount of dust still finds its way past heating and cooling filters and into your home’s ducts. As this dust accumulates throughout your home, it creates the perfect environment for the growth of mold, mites and harmful bacteria. To check your ducts for dust buildup, pull off several supply and return registers and see how much dust has accumulated in the system. If you choose to clean your system, your best option is to contact us for professional duct cleaning. Precision Heating & Indoor Air Quality is the only local company that uses endoscopic duct cleaning (which allows the technician to see the ducts as they are being cleaned), and is NADCA Certified. All other duct cleaners in Clatsop and Pacific counties are not NADCA trained or certified and they clean without any “visual verification system.” It’s kind of like hiring a blind window washer.
Duct cleaning has a large effect on the actual air quality. It will eliminate a house-wide breeding ground for harmful bacteria and mold in addition to helping your heating and cooling system operate more efficiently.