Fort Collins Heating & Air Conditioning Blog: Archive for April, 2015

Why You May Want to Rethink That Free Thermostat

Monday, April 27th, 2015

We all love freebies; there is no getting around the fact that receiving something, especially something that you really need, free of charge is a great feeling. However, it is generally wise to enter into any such deals with a healthy degree of skepticism. There are certainly great opportunities to be had by thrifty homeowners out there. Often, though, hidden caveats detract from the actual value of the deal at hand. This is our feeling regarding the free thermostat offer from the city that you may have heard about. If you are in the Fort Collins, CO area, consider this information from Fort Collins Heating & Air Conditioning before taking the city up on this offer.

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Why Balance the Humidity in Your Home?

Monday, April 20th, 2015

Having too much or too little humidity in your home can lead to a number of issues for your comfort, the quality of the air in your home, your health, and even the condition of your property itself. If you suspect that the humidity level in your home is anything short of ideal, then you need to contact an IAQ professional immediately. Our staff can determine precisely what your home needs in order to maintain a healthier humidity level in your living space. We install and service both whole-house humidifiers and dehumidifiers, and we will make sure that yours is operating optimally. Contact Fort Collins Heating & Air Conditioning today to take control of the humidity in your Fort Collins, CO home.

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AC FAQ: To Repair, or Replace?

Tuesday, April 14th, 2015

Once the summer heat really hits, Fort Collins, CO can rapidly become an uncomfortably hot place to be. Of course, you can live in great comfort throughout even the hottest time of the year these days, so long as you have a dependable and effective air conditioning system set up in your home. If this is not the case, though, you may be wondering what your next move should be.

Many operational problems with home cooling systems are repairable, provided that you hire trained professionals to do the job. In other instances, though, your system may be beyond repair. It is not always clear cut, unfortunately, as to whether repair or replacement is your best option. That is why we have put together some information for you to consider. Contact Fort Collins Heating & Air Conditioning today to learn more about your AC repair and replacement options. 

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Why Pair Your Air Conditioner with a Zone Control System?

Monday, April 13th, 2015

Modern day air conditioning systems are more reliable and efficient than ever before. Customizing your air conditioner in order to best suit your needs is a great way to get an even better overall performance from your AC. One of the most common ways in which homeowners throughout the Fort Collins, CO area choose to upgrade their home cooling systems is by incorporating zone control capabilities into them. With a zone control system, you can take greater control over the way in which you cool your home than you may previously have though possible. Below are a few reasons as to why you should consider the installation of a zone control system in your home. Contact Fort Collins Heating & Air Conditioning today with any questions that you may have regarding zone control.

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Should I Use an ERV or an HRV in My Home?

Monday, April 6th, 2015

Among the greatest difficulties when heating and cooling one’s home is not only doing so effectively and efficiently, but doing so while also maintaining high levels of indoor air quality. Many modern homeowners seek to seal up their homes as tightly as possible in an effort to minimize any energy waste that may occur due to air leaks and other issues. The problem with this is that it negates the appropriate levels of natural ventilation which you need in order to keep the air in your home fresh.

By using an ERV or HRV in Fort Collins, CO, though, you can heat and cool your home efficiently while also allowing for sufficient ventilation, keeping the quality of the air in your home high. Here is some information to consider regarding such systems, courtesy of the IAQ experts here at Fort Collins Heating & Air Conditioning. If you decide that an HRV or ERV is right for you, then just give us a call.

ERVs (energy recovery ventilators) and HRVs (heat recovery ventilators) are both mechanized ventilation systems, and both operate fairly similarly. In order to vent old, stale air out of the home without wasting the energy that you used in order to condition it, the ERV or HRV passes this air stream by the incoming air, which is not conditioned but is fresh from the outdoors. A transfer of thermal energy takes place, meaning that heat from the air inside is used to pre-warm cold incoming air during the winter months. In the summer, the cool air leaving your home pre-chills the hot, fresh air coming in. Energy recovery ventilators, though, unlike HRVs, allow the air streams to mix a bit, rather than just passing them very near one another.

This intermingling of the air streams allow for the balancing of humidity levels, in addition to the heat transfer that heat recovery ventilators also offer. By balancing humidity for optimal levels, energy recovery ventilators can help to prevent the unwanted fluctuation of humidity during the ventilation process. While some people may recommend that HRVs are best used in cold, dry climates, as humidity is not as much of an issue, the truth is that determining whether or not your home will best benefit from an HRV or ERV may vary on a case to case basis.

A number of factors, including air leaks in the home envelope, the number of square feet measured against the number of occupants, and even the personal habits of people in your home may impact the decision. By hiring and IAQ specialist, such as those at Fort Collins Heating & Air Conditioning, you can know for certain that you are choosing the right system for your needs. If you are wondering if an energy recovery ventilator or a heat recovery ventilator is right for you, then just give us a call today.

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