3 Warning Signs That You Need Heat Pump Replacement

July 30th, 2014

A heat pump or hybrid heat pump takes care of your needs for comfort throughout the year: strong cooling during the summer, effective heating in the winter. But you can’t expect a heat pump to last forever, especially when you consider how much work it needs to perform throughout the year. Proper annual maintenance from a professional will help a heat pump last as long as possible, but eventually you will need to consider replacing it with a new system. We’re here to help you identify the warning signs that it’s time for a heat pump replacement in Loveland, CO.

You need an experienced team to handle the new heat pump installation.

You will find few companies with more experience in heat pump installation than Fort Collins Heating & Air Conditioning. We’ve served Northern Colorado with comfort since 1934.

Warning signs of an ailing heat pump

  • Reduced heating and cooling ability: Because a heat pump uses the same operation to work as a heater and an air conditioner, when it begins to fail, both modes will suffer. If you have a heat pump that is over older than 15 years, or if it has gone beyond its manufacturer’s expected lifespan, and it begins to struggle reaching the temperatures you set for it, then it’s time to call a professional to look into replacement options.
  • Elevated electrical bills: The heat pump probably uses more electricity per year than any other appliance in your home. When the heat pump reaches the point where it will no longer function as well as before, it will cause your electrical bills to begin to rise. If no amount of repairs can bring these bills down, it’s time to retire the heat pump.
  • Too many repair bills: Most home comfort systems require the majority of their repairs during the final two years of their service, so when the repairs for your heat pump start arriving on a regular basis, it’s a strong sign that the system is near its end. Look over your repair bills for the past year, and if they exceed $500, it is no longer worth the money to keep it running.
  • Noisy operation: A single odd sound from a heat pump can point toward a repair need. But when the heat pump starts to make more noise in general to do its job, with groaning, rattling, and other mechanical sounds, then you should have it checked to see if it needs replacement.

If you feel nervous about making a definitive choice about your heat pump, don’t worry: you can always call Fort Collins Heating & Air Conditioning and schedule an appointment with one of our NATE-certified technicians. Our staff will help you make the best choice. If it turns out that you need a heat pump replacement in Loveland, CO, trust to our experience to perform the job so you will have a system that will heat and cool your home for many years.

Advantages of Installing a Humidifier

July 22nd, 2014

People are usually more concerned about overcoming humid air than dry air. A “dry heat” means a more comfortable heat, after all. However, humidity levels that are too low can cause as many health and comfort problems as humidity levels that are too high. You can purchase small portable room humidifiers to deal with the low humidity trouble on a small level, but to take care of dry air throughout a home, you need to contact professionals in indoor air quality and have them install a whole-house humidifier.

There are a number of good reasons for you to consider humidifiers in Fort Collins, CO. If you think that a humidifier is the right choice for you, contact Fort Collins Heating & Air Conditioning. We have many decades of experience finding comfort solutions for homes and businesses in Northern Colorado, and we’re ready to help you find the ideal balance of humidity in your home.

Some benefits of installing a humidifier

  • Increased comfort: High humidity makes you feel hotter because the moisture in the air slows down your body’s ability to release heat. Low humidity does the opposite. It draws water—and therefore heat—rapidly from your body, making you feel cooler. This is an advantage during the summer, but a severe handicap during a rough Colorado winter. A humidifier will give the balanced “just right” moisture level to keep you comfortable.
  • Decreased health issues: Low humidity causes problems from dried-out skin, causing itching and flaking. It will also lead to eye-irritation, nose bleeds, and sore throats. In addition, the dry environment makes the transmission of illnesses easier, and a number of viruses thrive in arid atmospheres. You can eliminate these discomforts and dangers with humidity raised to a safe, balanced level.
  • Protect you home and furnishings: When the air in a home becomes excessively dry, it will begin to cause cracking and splintering in wood. This will not only damage your floors and wooden furniture, but it can ruin precision devices such as wooden musical instruments. Low humidity will also cause paint to peel and chip and wallpaper to peel. Keep all this from happening with the right humidifier working to keep the humidity at a safe level.

A whole-house humidifier goes into your HVAC system, and a professional installer will make sure that the unit will function well with your heater and air conditioner and not make your home too damp.

Call Fort Collins Heating & Air Conditioning today and one of our specialists will help you out with humidifiers in Fort Collins, CO and the surrounding areas.

The Importance of Commercial Indoor Air Quality

July 14th, 2014

The HVAC system that keeps your business comfortable needs proper repairs and maintenance so that it works its best. However, a good HVAC system is about more than maintaining the right indoor temperature. It should also maintain healthy air quality for your business. Indoor air quality is something that business owners often don’t consider, but in today’s modern buildings that receive very little outdoor air circulation, poor indoor air quality is turning into a serious problem.

Is the air in your workplace as healthy as it could be? Chances are that it’s not, and your will need to turn to professionals who handle commercial indoor air quality in Fort Collins, TX.

At Fort Collins Heating & Air Conditioning, we take special pride in the indoor air quality services we provide for businesses. We have worked for many decades caring for commercial comfort needs, so we know how important it is that you have quality air for your business.

Why indoor air quality is so important

The U.S. EPA has identified the reduction in indoor air quality due to the heavy heat and air sealing on buildings as one of the major health threats in the country. Your workplace is a location where your employees will spend most of their indoor time when they are away from home; this makes it vital for their well-being that the air they breathe is as clean as possible. This will keep them productive and content, and will mean less sick days.

Although your customers and clients (if the workplace is designed to service them) will spend far less time inside your business, they need to have their comfort protected as well, and that means protecting them from poor air. Clients and customers will not enjoy time spent in a business filled with stale, unhealthy air.

For some businesses, maintaining high indoor air quality isn’t just about keeping people comfortable: it’s about staying within local health codes. If you run a business that specializes in food service (a restaurant, bakery, cafeteria, school kitchen, etc.) you can’t risk bad ventilation leading to air contamination and a forcible shutdown.

What you can do to improve the air in your business

There are a number of solutions to poor indoor air quality. Our services include air filter installation, air purifier installation, and duct sealing.

Call Fort Collins Heating & Air Conditioning and we can help you find the right way to deal with the specific problems you are having with your commercial indoor air quality in Fort Collins, CO.

Benefits and Drawbacks of Ductless Mini Split Systems

July 7th, 2014

Central air conditioners are the most common systems homeowners choose for air conditioning installation or replacement. But these systems may not be right for every home. Another lesser-known option is ductless mini split air conditioning, which does not require a home’s ducts to circulate air. This is especially beneficial if your home cannot accommodate ductwork installation. If you are in the market for a new air conditioning system, read on to discover the benefits and drawbacks of ductless mini split air conditioning.

Benefits

If your home or room addition does not have any ductwork installed, a ductless mini split is often the best option. Ductless systems may also benefit those who have experienced problems with their ducts in the past. Air often escapes through the ducts in the home, which accounts for a lot of unnecessary energy loss that is never a problem with a mini split system.

The components of ductless mini splits include an outdoor unit connected to multiple indoor blowers installed throughout the home. Air comes directly from the indoor air handlers installed in separate areas of the home, each of which is controlled with a separate thermostat. This means you will have greater control over how much the AC is used throughout the house, which can also save a lot of energy.

The individual air handlers also benefit the members of your household. If your family members disagree about the temperature setting in the house, they can adjust the temperature in different rooms according to their own preferences for increased comfort.

Drawbacks

A ductless mini split air conditioning system may not be the right choice for every home. If you are replacing a central air conditioner, you should talk to an air conditioning specialist about whether installing a ductless system is a good choice. Furthermore, ductless systems may cost more upfront than some central air conditioners. However, many people save every month because ductless systems can reduce energy consumption significantly.

If you’re interested in talking to an air conditioning professional about ductless mini split air conditioning installation, speak with an expert at Fort Collins Heating & Air Conditioning today!

Leading the Way with Independence Days!

July 4th, 2014

The term “Fourth of July” is the popular name for the U.S. federal holiday officially known as Independence Day. It isn’t surprising that we would come up with a different name from the official one, since “Independence Day” is one of the most common holiday names across the globe. Most of the nations in existence today won their independence from another power, whether through wars, treaties, or long transitions.

What might surprise many people is how old U.S. Independence Day actually is compared to the similar holidays of other nations. Although the U.S. is still considered a young nation, it was one of the first to make a full break for its colonial master with a new constitution. Most countries that celebrate a national Independence Day are commemorating events that occurred in the second half of the 20th century, when many older empires at last relinquished control over their colonies.

How substantial is the difference in time for the U.S.A. and the rest of the world? U.S. Independence Day celebrates the signing of the Declaration of Independence from the Kingdom of Great Britain in 1776, making our country unusual in that almost no existing nations celebrate an independence event from the eighteenth century.

In terms of age, there is only a tiny handful current countries that celebrate an independence day that occurred earlier than the United States. Switzerland celebrates its independence from the Holy Roman Empire of the Germans in 1291 with “Swiss National Day,” held every August 1—although this only gained status as a national holiday in 1994. Sweden Celebrates “National Day of Sweden” to commemorate events in 1523 and the election of King Gustav I during the War of Liberation against Christian II of Denmark and Norway. Romania comes almost a hundred years after U.S. Independence, with its 1877 freedom from Turkish rule.

The most recent Independence Days to come into existence are for Montenegro, which gained independence from Serbia in 2006 and celebrates the day on May 21, and South Sudan, which gained independence from Sudan in 2011 and celebrates the day only a day after the U.S., on July 5.

Does anyone else celebrate a literal “Fourth of July,” an Independence Day that also falls on the fourth day of the seventh month? Yes: Abkhazia, a small Central Asian country that declared its independence from the Republic of Georgia in 1999 (although not all countries recognize it). Coming a day (like South Sudan) on July 5 is the independence of the small Atlantic island nation of Cape Verde, which became free from Portugal through signed agreement in 1975.

Everyone at Fort Collins Heating & Air Conditioning hopes you and your family enjoy a vibrant Independence Day/Fourth of July this year!

3 Things to Know about Commercial Ventilation Systems

June 27th, 2014

The ventilation system in a commercial building serves a number of important functions: It’s the conduit for the conditioned air from the building’s HVAC system, bringing heated or cooled air to the different rooms. It serves to protect the indoor air quality. And it circulates air through the building to prevent it from becoming stuffy. If you have a substandard or damaged ventilation system in your building, it will result in an uncomfortable place for workers, clients, and customers, and will also cause an unnecessary energy drain due to inefficient HVAC system operation.

When you need installation, repairs, or maintenance for your commercial ventilation in Fort Collins, CO, you’ll find the quality work you need at Fort Collins Heating & Air Conditioning. We have many decades of experience with commercial and residential HVAC systems. Schedule an appointment with us today.

3 things to know about commercial ventilation

  1. Air leaks can lead to big bills: It only takes a small leak along a ventilation system to end up severely damaging an HVAC’s system’s efficiency. Commercial heating and cooling requires a large amount of energy to run, and you don’t want to waste any of that power. But leaks in the ducts will cause a drop in air pressure inside the ventilation system that will force the HVAC system to work harder to compensate. You may not notice a comfort change in the workspace (yet) but you will see jumps in electric bills. Professional duct sealing will take care of this problem.
  2. Damaged ductwork will lower indoor air quality: It’s vital that you protect the quality of the air inside your workplace; because modern buildings have heavy air sealing on them to make sure they maintain heating and cooling efficiency, very little fresh air circulates through them. Should your ducts become damaged, contamination will start to enter them and then get blown out into the air of the workspace. If your ventilation system can no longer maintain quality air because of damage (or if it was poorly installed in the first place) then you should arrange for a replacement of the system.
  3. Repair and replacement work requires specialists: The complexity of commercial ventilation is far beyond that of residential systems, which usually only has a single fan and small HVAC system. Should you need repairs or replacements for your commercial ventilation, you can’t simply call any contractor and hope for the best. Make certain that you only seek out professionals who can handle commercial work.

Fort Collins Heating & Air Conditioning has served Northern Colorado’s heating and cooling needs since 1934.

To protect the comfort of your business and its budget, make sure you call us for all your needs for commercial ventilation in Fort Collins, CO.

Stages of a Heat Pump Maintenance Session

June 20th, 2014

Heat pumps are remarkable appliances for year-round comfort: in one system, you have both heating and cooling achieved through the same energy-saving method of heat exchange. Even if you live in a part of Colorado with extremely cold winters that might restrict the action of a heat pump during heating mode, you can always make use of a hybrid system that hooks up your heat pump to a backup heater so you’ll always have sufficient warmth no matter the temperature outside.

Like any home comfort system, a heat pump requires regular maintenance for it to keep working efficiently and effectively. You need to schedule two visits a year for it, one before the warm weather starts and one before the cold weather. We’ll look at the stages of heat pump maintenance a Wellington, CO system will undergo when it’s time for the summer preparation session.

To sign up for a maintenance program today, contact the NATE-certified team at Fort Collins Heating & Air Conditioning. We offer excellent Energy Savings Agreements, and have a track record stretching back to 1934 that speaks for itself.

What occurs during heat pump maintenance

  • Thermostat check: The technicians look over the thermostat to ensure that it is properly calibrated to read temperatures correctly and it is maintaining its connection to the heat pump.
  • Inspect the reversing valve: This is the critical component that differentiates a heat pump from an air conditioner, since it allows the heat pump to switch between heating and air conditioning modes.
  • Check on refrigerant level and pressure: The technicians will see that the right amount of refrigerant is in the system (and will fill it if it is not) and at the right pressure to avoid damaging the rest of the components.
  • Clean the indoor and outdoor coils: To prevent the coils from losing their heat absorption/releasing properties, the technicians will remove and clean both coils.
  • Check and clear the condensate lines: Heat pumps have two sets of condensate drainage lines, and the technicians must look over both to see that they are clear of any blockages.
  • Clean and lubricate the motors: The mechanical parts of the heat pump must be clean and well-lubricated to see that they do not undergo too much stress and threaten to overheat or become “fixed.”
  • Electrical systems check: The majority of heat pump repair troubles arise from errors in the electrical system, so the technicians make sure it is in good shape and will tighten any loose connections.
  • Test airflow: The technicians turn on the heat pump and use sensors to see that airflow is normal.

The technicians will not leave your home until they are certain that your heat pump is working its best or else they have helped you schedule any necessary repair work they have uncovered.

You can place your trust in Fort Collins Heating & Air Conditioning for your heat pump maintenance.

We take pride in the service our highly-trained technicians provide, and we offer superior customer service for all your needs for heating and cooling, all year long. Call us today!

Commercial Air Conditioning Services in Fort Collins

June 13th, 2014

Commercial air conditioning has significant differences from residential air conditioning. It’s more than just the size of the systems: commercial ACs are usually packaged units rather than splits, are housed on the rooftop, and are modular. When it comes to taking care of the air conditioning system that cools down your business, you must rely on technicians who are familiar with commercial HVAC and their important difference from residential systems.

You can trust to Fort Collins Heating & Air Conditioning when you need service to keep your business cooled down this summer. Whether you need installation, repair, or maintenance, we can deliver it for you.

We have an excellent reputation for service on commercial air conditioning in Fort Collins, CO, and our trained technicians are available 24 hours a day to assist you.

Some important commercial air conditioning services

  • Installing rooftop units: This is by far the most popular way to cool down a business. If you are looking for new installation, or have moved into a new space, a rooftop unit is ideal because it frees up room and helps reduce noise and sight pollution. It also reduces the chance of damage to the unit.
  • Indoor air quality improvements: Low indoor air quality is a growing concern in the U.S. To help improve the air inside your establishment for the benefit of employees, customers, clients, tenants, etc. you can have a number of improvements installed, such as mechanical filters and electronic air purifiers. If you have leaky ducts, they will contribute to lowering air quality; HVAC professionals can seal these ductwork leaks to eliminate the problem.
  • Maintenance: You shouldn’t wait for something to go wrong before you call in commercial AC experts. Sign up for regular maintenance that will keep your business’ cooling system (and heating system) in good shape and as repair-free as possible. An annual visit from a technician will clean and tune-up your air conditioner so it will run efficiently and with no looming worries about a breakdown. Only with regular maintenance can you expect to get a full service life from your workspace’s AC.

We know that the comfort inside your business is important to you, and we want to make sure that you can maintain the highest standards for staying cool during a hot summer. Our specialists in commercial air conditioning in Fort Collins, CO can deliver you all the services you require to keep your AC humming away and your customers and workers happy. Call Fort Collins Heating & Air Conditioning for whatever you need for your business’ comfort system.

The Advantages of Installing a Dehumidifier

June 6th, 2014

Your air conditioner dehumidifies the air in your home to a certain extent during operation, helping to improve your indoor air quality in Berthoud. But when humidity becomes excessive, your home can feel damp and uncomfortable. How can you improve your overall indoor air quality in Berthoud, especially when it comes to humidity? One great tool is a whole-home dehumidifier, one of the many IAQ products offered by Fort Collins Heating & Air Conditioning.

What Are the Benefits of a Dehumidifier?

There are several benefits to installing a whole-home dehumidifier to your air conditioning system:

Decrease in Allergy Symptoms

Dust mites thrive in humid settings, and pollen likes to cling to the moisture in the air, creating a potentially tough environment for allergy sufferers. By removing excess humidity with a dehumidifier, things like dust mites and pollen no longer have an optimal setting in which to irritate an allergy sufferer.

Prevention of Mold Growth

Mold growth can be dangerous, particularly if someone in your home is allergic to it; removing the moisture mold needs to grow via a dehumidifier helps curb its growth in your air conditioning system and home.

Energy Savings

Moisture in the air makes it feel warmer; when this excess water is removed, it feels cooler to your skin, even if you haven’t lowered the temperature on your thermostat. When this effect happens throughout your household, you may be able to run your AC at a higher temperature setting, even when it’s hot outside. Those few degrees can save you money on your monthly utility bill.

Increase in Comfort

When the moisture level in your home is reduced, it feels drier, and as a result, more comfortable. Nothing is worse than feeling clammy, whether it’s in hot or cold air; with a whole-home dehumidifier, you won’t have to worry about feeling that kind of discomfort.

Talk to Us About Improving Your Air Quality

Since 1934, Fort Collins Heating & Air Conditioning has been helping customers achieve the comfort they need during hot Colorado summers. Part of achieving full comfort is improving the indoor air quality in your Berthoud, CO home.

Do you think your home could benefit from a dehumidifier? Call Fort Collins Heating & Air Conditioning today and schedule a consultation with one of our experts.

Keep Your Air Conditioner Maintained in the Summer

May 30th, 2014

While spring and fall are ideal times to conduct maintenance on your air conditioning system, summer, too, can be a good time to ensure that it’s running properly.

Why is it important to schedule regular maintenance for your air conditioner? In a nutshell, regular maintenance can help you avoid costly repairs, save you money, make your air conditioner run more efficiently and increase its longevity. How? We’ll outline below what you can expect from air conditioning maintenance in Bellvue and why it’s important.

What Happens During Maintenance?

Three main things happen during a routine maintenance visit from your Fort Collins Heating & Air Conditioning specialist:

  • Inspection
  • Cleaning
  • Adjusting

Inspection

During a maintenance appointment, all aspects of your air conditioning system are thoroughly inspected for any current and/or potential problems. Items that are inspected include the different components in both the indoor and outdoor units, electrical connections, wiring, belts, ball bearings, coils, etc. The inspection allows your Fort Collins Heating & Air Conditioning specialist to see everything happening with your air conditioner and detect any possible problems.

Cleaning

It is normal for your system to accumulate a certain amount of dirt and dust, including debris like leaves, grass and twigs, particularly in the outside unit; what is unhealthy for your air conditioner is when these things aren’t removed. Debris can cause a number of problems if left unattended, including clogs, breakage and potential breakdown of the system. During a regular maintenance appointment, both the indoor and outdoor units are cleaned, including the coils. This cleaning can help save you money down the road by preventing repairs that can develop from having a dirty system.

Adjusting

Regular use of your air conditioner can cause screws to come loose, ball bearings to become dry, wires to fray, and other small issues. These items will be adjusted as needed during a routine maintenance appointment, preventing them from becoming bigger and potentially more costly problems.

Behind on Your Maintenance? Call Us!

Regular maintenance is one of the best ways to ensure that your air conditioner runs optimally throughout the year.

If you haven’t scheduled air conditioning maintenance in Bellvue with us yet this year, call us, and let one of our experts help keep your AC running great this summer!