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Three Concepts of Energy Savings + 10 Tips!

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Tips for Reducing Power Consumption in Your Home or Business

 

  • Replace air filters regularly – a dirty air filter can reduce the efficiency of your A/C system in the short term as well as in the long term by resulting in dirty coils and ducts.
  • Improve attic and wall insulation – There are several excellent products now on the market such as Icynene that can insulate and seal your attic and walls and dramatically reduce cooling and heating costs.
  • Window Coverings – Installing window coverings and leaving them closed during the Summer and at night and opening them during sun light in the Winter can reduce both heating and cooling costs.
  • Low heat appliances – Many newer appliance technologies reject less heat into the home resulting in lower cooling costs inductive ranges and CFL / LED bulbs are common examples.
  • Thermostat settings – Increasing the setting of the A/C thermostat in the Summer and lowering in the Winter can drastically improve both your heating and Cooling costs. You may also install a Programmable thermostat in which the temperatures can be automatically adjusted to match your lifestyle.
  • Water Heater Settings – Setting the thermostat on your water heater to a lower setting will increase the efficiency of the heater by reducing your thermal losses in the tank and pipes. You may also install a timer on the water heater to keep it off during the night which may also result in modest savings.
  • A/C and appliance maintenance – Having your HVAC system and appliances checked and cleaned periodically can result in big savings over the long run. Dirty condenser and evaporator coils alone can result in major efficiency losses.
  • Photocell controlled outdoor lighting – turning your lights on and off by a photocell may result in savings if you periodically forget to turn outdoor lights off during the day.
  • Timer switches – Installing timers in place of switches can reduce the cost of items that may accidentally be left on such as bath fans, pool lights, garage lights and attic lights. Intermatic makes an assortment of these timer switches and then can be installed directly in place of a switch.
  • Ductless A/C – Installing high efficiency ductless A/C in areas of intermittent or special use can save on energy while improving comfort. These systems are super high efficiency from 16 to 25 SEER and they can give you the flexibility to cool or heat only a specific space without the need to affect the entire home or business.

3 Products to Improve Your Indoor Air Quality

In our previous post on air filters, we talked about one of the essential factors for indoor air quality. Today, here’s some advice on the other two options for improving your indoor air quality: Humidity Control and Ultraviolet Lights. There’s three products we’ve seen to be useful in this realm, so here’s some more info!


humidifierHumidifiers:
We’ll keep this brief as we, in our experience haven’t ever seen a good use for humidifiers in Florida, except in the case of a winter stuffy nose. The lack of humidity can dry out your skin and mucous membranes. Low humidity also makes the air feel colder than it actually is. Excessively dry air can also dry out the wood in the walls and floors of your home or business. As this drying wood shrinks, it can cause creaks in floors and cracks in drywall and plaster.

Dehumidifiers: These on the other hand, are more commonly used in Florida to improve indoor air quality. High humidity can usually leave one with that muggy, heavy feeling that fills the air. Often this occurs when it’s rainy, foggy, or hot outside (sounds like Florida!). Excessive humidity can make your hair frizzy and may seem to dampen everything, as well as allow spores to grow and wood in the home to swell and … well you get the idea. An average home, when talking relative humidity, typically maintains from 30-55% humidity when the air conditioner is operating properly. An air conditioner in cool mode is acting as a dehumidifier by condensing moisture on the coil and draining it outside. Increased dehumidification is offered on a lot of new systems by pairing variable speed blowers with single or two stage condensers. If your home is not maintaining a low comfortable living space, it may be an issue with AC system or a system being over-sized for your home.

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Ultraviolet light: Another option for indoor air quality is an invisible form UV Lightof electromagnetic radiation that can be a great friend! UV light is not visible to the naked eye, but it can cause some substances to emit visible light, which is known as fluorescence. This form of light, which is present in sunlight, can be beneficial to yourhealth, as it stimulates the production of Vitamin D. It also kills many harmful microorganisms. UV light has many uses, and it can help keep your equipment and air safe from these microorganisms, when placed in an air handler. UV lights are an effective way to keep molds and spores from growing, and increases the air quality of the whole home or business.   If you’re interested in any of these indoor air quality options for your home or business, or need some more questions answered, please visit www.KalosFlorida.com or call us at 352-243-7088!

Is Your Air Filter Costing You Money?

You know you do it; you just grab the filter off the shelf at your local store, without giving a second thought to whether you are buying the right filter for your needs. The kind of air filter you buy can make a huge difference, and you should be aware of a few things when planning on how to maintain and choose the correct filter for your home or business’ air conditioning system.
Air FilterA discussion on air filters can be everlasting, but here are three things to be aware of when planning on how to maintain and choose the correct filter for your home or business’ air conditioning system.

MERV Rating: MERV is a measurement scale designed in 1987 by the American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers to rate the effectiveness of air filters in indoor air quality. MERV stands for Minimum Efficiency Reporting Value, and you can check out a chart in a previous post if you want to know what the numbers mean. In general, filters with a higher MERV rating need to be changed more often, since they pick more contaminants out of the air — but that’s why you want them, because they get more out of the air! Another factor to consider is the air filter’s thickness. For example, a MERV 8 pleated 1 ” filter doesn’t filter any better than a MERV 8 pleated 4″ filter, but the 4″ filter will last longer because of the increased surface area compared to the 1” filter.

Changing intervals: There is a common myth sold to homeowners concerning the infamous “30-Day Air Filter” vs “90-day Air Filter.” As filters pull things out of the air, they block your air more and more, making your equipment work harder even while keeping it from cooling the house well! Running your system with a dirty filter can make your costs skyrocket. The reality is each home has different conditions within it, and those conditions will affect how much is in the air for the filter to remove. If you have pets, or if your kids are going in and out of the house all day, your filters are probably not going to last what the box says. There are options for those who do want a filter that will last longer than 30 days, but they often aren’t cheap, the most common being purchasing a system that uses a larger filter. Go to our indoor air quality page for some information on these types of systems. Lower air flows, due to a dirty filter can decrease capacity and consequently the energy efficiency ratio or performance factor of the system and can increase your heating and cooling cost. A filter should be periodically checked and replaced when needed, not just every 30 days!change-air-conditioner-filter-2

Correct Sizing: Using correct size filter for your return is essential when selecting your air filter. Your filter is meant to protect your air-conditioning equipment, not just you. Under-sizing a filter can result in the air flowing into the return grill, bypassing your filter, dropping dog hair and dust on the expensive, heat-exchanging coil instead of the changeable filter. This would allow the components of your system to suffer the consequences from a lack of protection from your air filter, essentially wasting the money you spent on an air filter, and it might result in higher energy bills and possibly damaging the equipment. The most common under-sizing would be in cases where a filter is an inch or less from a more common size — like 15×20 or 20×21½. If you are under-sizing, the dust and debris that you see on your filter every month may be only a part of what is traveling through your air system, or even clogging up expensive equipment!

We hope this helps your selection process and if you have any questions please visit our homepage www.KalosFlorida.com or call us at 352-243-7088.

How to Protect Your A/C Unit From Thieves

A rising trend of air conditioning theft has been growing around the country. For years throughout the United States, thieves have been keen to cut the copper lines in a central air conditioning unit and selling it for scrap metal, but recently there has been a growing number of reports of thieves stealing the entire outdoor condenser to sell for salvage money or as replacement units online. News stories like the one below illustrate the growing problem. A growing number of consumers are have seen their units, worth anywhere from 3 to 10 thousand dollars, destroyed with no choice but to buy a brand new system. It is a costly inconvenience but one that can be avoided. We have a solution below the video for how to secure your unit, and potentially protect your A/C unit and 1000’s of dollars in replacement cost!

Concerned about the possibility of this happening at your residence or business? Don’t be! Protect your A/C unit by installing what’s called an Air Conditioner Cage. This is a steel frame cage that is bolted to the ground around the outside condensing unit. It’s a great way to deter thieves from tampering with or ruining your costly heating and cooling equipment. While it won’t stop every thief, the chances are, it will cause them enough trouble and hassle that they will move on to other homes that aren’t protected. In the end, it comes down to security and peace of mind. If you’ve just recently purchased a new system, or feel like you can’t afford to buy a new one in the event of a robbery, give this product some thought and protect your A/C unit today. Check out the sample picture below and call us if your interested or have any questions about securing your assets and obtaining some more peace of mind!

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Call 352-243-7088 for more information or visit www.KalosFlorida.com