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

How a Whole-House Humidifier Protects You and Your Home

Monday, October 27th, 2014

When people think of humidity and feeling uncomfortable, they usually think about high humidity. High humidity levels above 60% will make warm temperatures feel far less comfortable because the moisture in the air restricts the body’s ability to release heat through sweating. High humidity will also create problems from mold growth and water damage.

But low humidity is as serious problem a problem as high humidity: it also causes discomfort, damage, and health issues. During a winter in Northern Colorado, the air can get very dry indeed, and there are times when a home will benefit from a whole-house humidifier to balance the humidity. Although you can purchase small portable room humidifiers, these are poor solutions for solving general comfort and building damage dilemmas.

How you and your home can benefit from a whole-house humidifier

  • Comfort: High humidity makes hot temperatures feel hotter; the reverse occurs with low humidity. With low moisture in the air, the heat leaves your body much faster, and cold temperatures feel sharper and less pleasant. A dry winter cold can be quite miserable, but a humidifier will give you a pleasant indoor moisture level that will make everyone in the house feel cozier. (And you’ll save money because you won’t need to run your heater as often.)
  • Health: Dry air causes cracked skin and itchy, irritated eyes. But it can do even worse than this. Low humidity will dry up sinuses and mucus membranes, which are an important defense against the transmission of airborne illnesses like flus and the common cold. A number of dangerous viruses also thrive in dry environments. You’ll experience a reduction in common winter-time ailments thanks to a whole-house humidifier. (And you’ll have fewer pains from static electrical shocks too!)
  • Building damage: Dry air sucks the moisture from surfaces as well—and that’s bad news when it comes to wood, which will begin to crack. Low humidity will cause surfaces to peel, and you don’t want valuable possessions like musical instruments and antiques to suffer damage. Installing a whole-house humidifier will help keep all parts of your home safe from the ravages of dry air.

You must have professionals do the work for installing whole-house humidifiers in Fort Collins, CO. A humidifier that’s too powerful or installed improperly will end up giving you high humidity—a whole other problem you don’t want! Look to the many decades of experience at Fort Collins Heating & Air Conditioning when you want the right balance of humidity for your home.

Call Fort Collins Heating & Air Conditioning today to learn more about humidifiers in Fort Collins, CO and how they can help your indoor comfort levels.

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The Importance of Properly Sealed Ductwork

Monday, October 20th, 2014

If some of the rooms in your home never cool quite as quickly as you’d like, it could indicate a problem with the ductwork. Many homeowners take their ducts for granted, forgetting that a component so hidden from view could be so vital to the performance of an HVAC system. Ducts must be in top condition in order for your HVAC system to deliver cool or heated air into your home as efficiently as possible. Unfortunately, ducts may develop cracks and holes over time that keep them from delivering their best work.

Sometimes, faulty ductwork seems like a tolerable problem. For instance, you may adjust to the fact that it takes your home longer to reach a certain temperature, or you may simply vacate the rooms where heating or cooling seems to be uneven. But duct sealing offers more benefits than simply making your home more comfortable. Here are a few reasons prompt duct sealing is so important.

Help Your HVAC System Perform at Its Best

When your ducts are leaking, air cannot reach your home as quickly as it should. This is a given, but have you thought about how this might affect your air conditioner or furnace? When air cannot enter your home with ease, your HVAC system will work harder to reach the proper temperature. This means that parts can become worn down and may eventually fail.

Besides, all the extra work does a number on your energy bills. You spend extra money every month for all of the work your system does, as it must run for longer periods of time to reach the temperature you’ve set.

Improve the Indoor Air Quality

One less obvious reason to schedule duct sealing is improving the quality of the air you breathe. Your ductwork runs through some of the dirtiest areas of your home, the parts that you can’t reach as part of your normal cleaning routine, such as a small crawlspace. As air flows through a leaky duct, it may suck up some of the dust and debris in the crawlspace as well as hazardous particles from insulation.

For professional, quality duct sealing in Loveland, call the indoor air quality experts at Fort Collins Heating & Air Conditioning today!

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The Benefits of Packaged HVAC Units for Commercial Heating

Monday, October 13th, 2014

Maintaining a comfortable temperature in your business space year-round is very important. As such, you’ll want to consider the different types of commercial HVAC systems available for business owners, one of which is a packaged unit. As the name indicates, a packaged unit contains all of your commercial HVAC components in a single, large metal cabinet. There are a number of benefits to having your HVAC system in one unit, as we’ll outline below, but for any commercial heating and cooling installation in Fort Collins, be sure to hire professionals who have commercial experience. The technicians at Fort Collins Heating & Air Conditioning bring 80 years of experience to every job they have, including commercial work, so call us today.

What Is a Packaged Unit?

As mentioned above, a packaged unit is a large, metal cabinet that contains all the components needed for your commercial heating and cooling. The cabinet is connected to your building’s ductwork so that the air can be delivered to your business space. Packaged units can have a few configurations:

  • Hybrid cooling/heating units
  • Gas furnace/air conditioner
  • Heat pumps

What Are the Benefits of a Packaged Unit?

In addition to providing both heating and cooling, a packaged unit also offers:

  • Easy access for technicians – having all the components housed in a single unit makes it easier for technicians to access the unit for repairs and maintenance.
  • Can easily heat and cool large spaces – packaged units are designed to heat and cool large spaces; the tonnage for a packaged unit can range from 3 tons to over 20 tons.
  • Saves space – you won’t lose any indoor square footage by placing your packaged unit on the roof.
  • Safer from damage – placement on the roof means your packaged unit is safer from debris and potential vandalism.

Our Colorado winters call for reliable heating no matter where you are, and a packaged unit can help you achieve the commercial heating and cooling you need in Fort Collins.

Call Fort Collins Heating & Air Conditioning today and schedule an appointment with one of our expert commercial installers.

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3 Advantages of Radiant Heating Installation

Monday, October 6th, 2014

Radiant heating is the movement of heat from one heated object to another, traveling through the space in between without heating that space. When you stand on black asphalt in the sun and feel the heat coming off the surface, that is an example of radiant heating.

In a home, a radiant heating system in any system that doesn’t rely on forced air distributed through ductwork or wall-mounted blowers, but instead sends heat to warm up objects inside the rooms, which then radiates the warmth to the rest of the objects in the room—particularly the people. The most common form of radiant heating is hydronic: water is heated in a boiler, then sent through pipes set down in the floorboards. The floorboards warm up and radiate waves of heat up into the rooms. This type of heating has been popular for years in Europe, and is now appearing more frequently in the U.S. because of its numerous benefits.

Here are 3 of the primary advantages of radiant heating installation in Loveland, CO. We will answer all your questions and help you discover if radiant heating is a good choice for your home.

3 benefits of radiant heating

  1. Clean heat: Because radiant heating does not use ductwork, there is no chance of the heat entering the rooms to pick up dust, dirt, and other contamination. Your home won’t suffer a drop in its indoor air quality with radiant heating. This is especially beneficial if there are people in your household who have allergies or asthma.
  2. Energy efficiency: Radiant heating moves rapidly through a room, rising from the floor and filling up the space more efficiently than forced-air heaters, which blow out the air from vents that then gathers at the ceiling. You will need to run radiant heating much less often than a standard furnace or heat pump, and that makes them long-term money savers.
  3. Cozier heat: Although it’s harder to define, radiant floor heating simply feels better than forced-air heating. There are few sensations more comforting than to have toasty warmth under your feet on a chilly morning, and people who have radiant heating often describe the feeling as like receiving direct warmth from the sun. (The sun itself is a good example of radiant heating.)

Installing a radiant heating system works easiest for new home construction, but it is also possible to retro-fit a current home to enjoy these benefits. Talk to the Loveland, CO radiant heating installation experts at Fort Collins Heating & Air Conditioning to find out further details. Even if radiant heating isn’t the best choice for your home, we will find an efficient and cozy alternative that is.

To find out more about the practicality of installing radiant heating in your home, call our experts at Fort Collins Heating & Air Conditioning today.

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