Fort Collins Heating & Air Conditioning Blog: Archive for April, 2014

3 Things to Look for with Commercial Refrigeration Systems

Wednesday, April 30th, 2014

If you run a company that depends on storing refrigerated food and liquid, you cannot rely on typical residential systems. You need powerful and roomy refrigerators that can run constantly and maintain steady temperatures without regular repair needs. Commercial refrigeration is a specialized skill, and when you need new installation for your business, you should turn to experts for assistance.

For your commercial refrigeration needs in Fort Collins, CO, trust to a company with eight decades of service to Northern Colorado. Fort Collins Heating & Air Conditioning has been in business since 1934, and we take pride in the quality we offer our commercial customers.

Here are 3 thing to specifically look for in a commercial refrigerator

  1. Excellent energy efficiency: Energy-efficiency for residential refrigerators is usually not a major factor, but it definitely is when it comes to commercial systems, which are large enough to run up immense costs to operate if they are inefficient. You should look for the ENERGY STAR label on any commercial air conditioner you are thinking of installing; this means it has received approval from the U.S. Department of Energy for superior energy-efficient performance.
  2. Correct sizing: Make sure you know how much you need to store, and find a refrigerator with the inside dimensions to match. Going strictly by the outside dimensions can be misleading. Also remember that the larger the refrigerator, the more it will cost to run, so look for the perfect balance of size, budget, and function.
  3. Compressor location: Commercial refrigerators will come with either top-mount or bottom-mount compressors that circulate the refrigerant. What’s the difference between the two? Top-mounted compressors cost more initially but last longer, and they have an easier time removing heat from inside the unit because heat rises. Bottom-mount compressors cost less to install and often have more storage, but have shorter service lives. Because they exhaust heat at the bottom of the unit, bottom-mount compressors will result in raising the temperature of the rooms they are in.

If you have a quality commercial refrigeration service working with you, you will not have to worry about making the choice entirely on your own. A technician will help you with sizing, energy-efficiency, and compressor location so that you end up with the ideal refrigerator for your business.

Fort Collins Heating & Air Conditioning has commercial refrigeration specialists who are ready to assist you with finding the ideal new refrigerator for your company. Call us today to set up an appointment or initial consultation.

Whether you run a restaurant, cafeteria, or banquet hall, our services for commercial refrigeration in Fort Collins, CO will provide you with exactly what you need.

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Why You Need Commercial HVAC Specialists

Thursday, April 24th, 2014

For whatever type of business you run, if it requires that you see to the comfort and happiness of employees, customers, and clients, it’s vital to have an effective HVAC system. Just as vital is who you permit to install, repair, and maintain that system. You can’t turn to amateurs, or to technicians who mostly work on residential systems. For this job, it takes the special knowledge and experience of commercial HVAC specialists to do it right. We’ll explain some of the reasons you need commercial HVAC services for your business.

It’s not hard to locate high quality commercial HVAC repair in Bellvue: contact Fort Collins Heating & Air Conditioning. We’ve served Northern Colorado Since 1934 and take pride in the work we provide to businesses to keep employees and customers happy and comfortable. Call us today.

Why go with commercial HVAC specialists

  • Commercial systems are unlike residential systems: It may seem that an air conditioner is an air conditioner no matter where it’s installed. But commercial HVAC systems are specially designed for the larger workload and ventilation systems of business spaces, so they require a particular skill set beyond that of working on residential systems. The great workhorses of the commercial HVAC world, the rooftop packaged units, aren’t something that a technician who only works on smaller home systems can accurately repair or maintain.
  • Remain within local codes: A key difference between residential and commercial HVAC work is that the second needs to remain within a strict set of local building codes that govern fire hazards and indoor air quality for employees and customers. These codes vary from jurisdiction to jurisdiction, but professional HVAC technicians will be familiar with all of them and make certain that any repairs or installation for your company’s system will not put you at risk of being closed down. You cannot afford to have your company shuttered for any length of time because of shoddy HVAC work that ignored local codes.
  • Ensure correct comfort for a larger number of people: A residential comfort system must maintain the happiness of, on average, four to six people. A commercial system must cover more than that, and usually over a larger space. This makes it doubly important that commercial specialists size your system so it can provide even and effective heating and cooling, and that they repair the system to restore its proper level. Many more factors go into determining the amount of power a system must have to provide the correct comfort for everyone in the workplace.

We have a best of both worlds background, and you can trust to our commercial HVAC repair in Bellvue whenever you need us—24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

Fort Collins Heating & Air Conditioning has more than 80 years of experience with both commercial and residential systems. Call us today to make an appointment.

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The Dangers of Ignoring Problems with Your Air Conditioner

Tuesday, April 15th, 2014

When we mention the dangers that can come from ignoring air conditioning problems, we thankfully don’t mean “physical dangers.” Where a malfunctioning gas-powered heating system like a furnace or a boiler can create serious hazards, air conditioners are very rarely dangerous when they have repair needs. (There’s a small possibility of electrical shocks and fires from bad wiring, but this is no different than other electrical appliances in your home.)

No, the dangers we want to address here are the dangers to your comfort and budget. When your home’s air conditioner begins to act up, you can’t simply allow the problem to slide because summer and the big heat haven’t arrived yet. Call up a company like Fort Collins Heating & Air Conditioning for air conditioning repair in Windsor, CO the moment you know you have repair issues.

Call Fort Collins Heating & Air Conditioning to arrange professional air conditioning repair in Windsor, CO. We have 24-hour emergency service available for the most urgent problems.

Things that could go wrong because of neglected repairs:

Loss of cooling power

Even a small problem in an air conditioner, like a fan running at half-speed, will lead to a drop in the cooling power of the system. Maybe you can tolerate this during spring weather, but when summer arrives you’ll be uncomfortable until you can get a technician out to remedy the issue.

Elevated electrical bills

Let’s say you hear odd noises coming from the air conditioner’s cabinet, or strange smells from the vents. Something’s wrong… but you haven’t noticed any change in temperature from the AC, so you let it go. But that apparently “harmless” malfunction is likely costing you extra money. The stress put on the system will make it work harder, and subsequently drain more power. Have repairs done right away so you won’t affect your budget.

The risk of a full breakdown

The longer an air conditioner runs with a malfunction, the worse the malfunction will become, and the additional stress will cause other components to wear down. This puts your AC at risk of a complete breakdown—which will probably happen on the first blazing hot day of the year, when you’ll demand the most work from it. Breakdowns are not only inconvenient, they are expensive to repair. In a worst case scenario, you may have to replace the broken air conditioner—which is the most costly “repair” of all.

You can avoid these situations with prompt, professional air conditioning repair in Windsor, CO. You should also sign up for our maintenance program to tune-up and adjust your AC for the summer. We’ll catch any hidden repair problems early and put you on the right track for a cool summer.

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Benefits of a Heat Pump System

Tuesday, April 8th, 2014

The period between winter and summer is a transitional one when we can stop to consider our general needs for heating and cooling our homes. We aren’t shivering in a deep Colorado cold, and we haven’t arrived at any heat waves yet. Spring is the time to consider new installation for your home comfort… and if you want to combat both the cold and heat, then you should make a heat pump one of your top choices. Heat pumps in Loveland, CO make sense for a number of reasons. These systems have many benefits, and we’ll share a few of them with you.

To find out further details on Heat Pump installation contact Fort Collins Heating & Air Conditioning. We’re a family-owned and operated company that has helped keep Northern Colorado cozy and cool since 1934.

What heat pumps can do for you

  • Heating and cooling in one system: Heat pumps work as both air conditioners and heaters, but they are not two separate systems packaged together; they are actually single systems that use the same action (refrigerant moving heat from one spot to another) to work in two different modes. Because of this dual function, a heat pump will save you space and installation costs, as well as make repairs simpler for technicians.
  • Savings on heating: The air conditioning on a heat pump consumes the same amount of energy as a standard air conditioner of the same size and power. The heater, on the other hand, consumes far less energy than heating systems such as furnaces and boilers (both gas-powered and electrical models). The reason for this is that heat pumps do not burn fuel to generate heat, they instead use electrical power to move heat. Studies have shown that homeowners can reduce annual heating bills by up to 30% with the switch to a heat pump.
  • Safe operation: For people concerned about the safety of using gas-powered heating systems, a heat pump offers a very safe alternative that does not use any heating fuel with toxic, combustible emissions.

Hybrid heat pumps

Because of the severity of Colorado winters, some heat pumps will need assistance on the coldest days. In this case, you can have a hybrid heater installed: a heat pump with a back-up heating system that uses a different fuel source, usually a gas furnace. This will only cost a bit more than a standard heat pump to operate because the back-up system will come on as needed whenever the temperature drops low enough to make the heat pump struggle.

Contact Fort Collins Heating & Air Conditioning today for an appointment to discuss heat pumps in Loveland, CO and how they can work for your home.

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