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Calculator how much money you can save by upgrading your unit to a more efficient SEER (Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio) with the link above!

 

What is SEER?

SEER (Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio) is the ratio of the total cooling output of an air conditioner over the length of a season to the total amount of energy consumed during that period. The InspectAPedia website gives a good account of the SEER definition and its meaning in practical terms.

The cooling power of an air conditioner is normally defined in terms of BTU (British Thermal Units) per hour. A few decades ago, when energy was relatively cheap, buyers chose models for their cooling power alone. These days, with the ever-rising costs of energy, buyers are more concerned with the cost to produce the level of cooling power they want.

In other words, the operating cost.

The SEER rating of AC units allows you to compare operating costs between one model and the next. Many years ago, it wouldn’t have been uncommon to find an air conditioner with a SEER of 6 to 10.

However, from January 2015, the U.S. Department of Energy laid down minimum regional standards for split-system central air conditioners. In the Southwestern region of the country, which includes Nevada, the minimum SEER rating must be 14.

However, there are HVAC units that can reach upwards of 26 SEERs.

The Facts About SEER Ratings

How SEER Ratings Are Determined
All air conditioners are rated according to efficiency tests stipulated by the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE). Tests assume an outdoor temperature of 82˚F, an indoor temperature of 80˚F and an indoor relative humidity of 50%.

This rating system implies that an AC unit with a SEER rating of 16 is 60% more efficient than a 10 SEER unit. Of course, this is only relevant if the conditions in your home match those of the test. It would be impossible for the DOE to rate the efficiency according to the conditions in each home.

In reality, climate varies greatly across the country. In Las Vegas, the average July maximum temperature is 106˚F, way above the 82˚F used to rate the air conditioner. This will affect the rated efficiency of the unit.

There are other factors that will affect the efficiency of an air conditioning system. These include the quality of the home insulation and the presence of any leaks in the system or associated ducting.

You Can Use SEER to Calculate Your Energy Consumption
Wikipedia gives a good breakdown of how to do this calculation. You can calculate your energy consumption just by using the ratings of your air conditioner.

As an example, let’s take a 24,000 BTU/h air conditioner unit with a SEER rating of 16 BTU/Wh operating 8 hours a day, for 125 days over the summer season.

The total cooling output over this period would be: 24000 x 8 x 125 = 24,000,000 BTU.

With a SEER rating of 16, the electrical energy usage would be: 24,000,000 / 16 = 1,500,000 Wh = 1500 kWh.

If your electricity cost is 12c/kWh, then your total electricity cost over this period would be: 1500 x 0.12 = $180.

Remember, this is based on conditions used for the SEER rating, which are an outdoor temperature of 82˚F, an indoor temperature of 80˚F and humidity of 50%.

With higher outdoor temperatures experienced in the Las Vegas summer, you would use more electricity to cool the air down.

The Minimum SEER Rating
The DOE stipulates minimum standards for split air conditioning systems in each region of the U.S. These regulations came into effect as of January 2015. Nevada falls within the Southwestern region where a minimum SEER rating of 14 is mandatory.

The Payback from Higher SEER Rated Air Conditioners
There is quite a jump in price from SEER 12 to the higher rated air conditioners. However, they typically pay for themselves through energy savings within a few years. The exact break-even point will depend largely on how many hours a day your AC unit runs.

SEER Rating in Terms of Energy
The Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio (SEER) is defined as the ratio of the total cooling output of an air conditioner over a season (BTU), to the total amount of energy consumed by the unit during that period (Wh). An air conditioner with a SEER of 14 will use 1Wh of electricity to extract 14 BTUs of heat from the air in your home.

Higher SEER Ratings Help the Environment
By reducing the amount of electricity consumed, higher SEER rated air conditioners can help in the global drive to save the environment. The energy savings equate to taking a couple of vehicles off the road over the life of the AC unit.

SEER Ratings Decrease Over Time
Air conditioners become less efficient as time goes on, with a corresponding decrease in their SEER rating. The best way to prolong the lifespan of your AC unit is to schedule regular air conditioning maintenance with a professional HVAC company.

 

Thank you Lennox

 

THANK YOU LENNOX!

 

Air Innovations LLC was grateful to be a partner with Lennox this year at the SkillsUSA competition! We value the importance of our youth’s future development in our industry. Thank you to everyone at Lennox and Robert Hadley from Air Innovations LLC for making this event such a success!

A/C Maintenance

A/C Maintenance Reminder!

 

Summer is here! Remember to have your systems health check and maintenance done! Here are some things you can do to keep your system running ice cold and clean.

 

A/C Maintenance Reminder

3 Reasons You Should Install an Air Purifier System in Your Home

Install an Air Purifier System in Houston

Why should I Install an Air Purifier System in My Home?

 

1 –  Benefits to your Health

Being exposed to poor air quality in your home can cause a number of different adverse health effects including:

  • Eye, nose, and throat irritation
  • Headaches,
  • Coughing and sneezing
  • Aggravated asthma symptoms
  • Irritated allergies
  • Respiratory diseases

Adding a home purification system to your home removed 99.9% of the airborne partials and 90% of Germs and Bacteria. This will improve the air quality of your home and help make your family healthier.

2 – Keep Your Home Clean

Does a fine layer of dust frequently build-up on all the surfaces in your home, and no matter how much you clean and vacuum, you can’t seem to get rid of it?

This dust can be caused by any number of things, and it’s difficult to clean or prevent. Pet dander is a large contributor to this build-up of dust and dirt, but our pets aren’t the only ones who shed. Humans shed about 1.5 pounds of skin per year, at a rate of about 600,000 particles per hour.

So we are constantly creating new dust, but installing an air purifier to clean the air circulating throughout your home can significantly reduce the amount of accumulating dust and dirt all around your house, and keep your house significantly cleaner.

3 – Extend the Life of Your HVAC System

We know that a build-up of dust and dirt and debris is one of the worst things for our furnace and HVAC system.

Allowing dust and dirt to accumulate in our furnace, ducts, and vents, puts more stress on your HVAC system, causing it to run inefficiently and become worn out faster. Not only can a build-up of dust and debris lead to expensive repairs, but a clogged furnace and ducts can cause your furnace to fail completely or become significantly damaged, leading to a complete replacement of your HVAC system. Installing a HEPA air purifier in your home will considerably decrease the amount of dust and debris that circulates throughout our homes and accumulates in our HVAC system.

Adding an Air Purification system to your home will extend the life and performance of your HVAC system.

 

Call today for a consultation and quote for your new home air purification system!

Get more information on our Lennox PureAir Air Purification Systems here!

Lennox Centurion Award 2017!

Lennox Centurion Award 2017!

To every customer we’ve served throughout the years, we say…

Thank you.

Lennox recently presented us with the Centurion Award , an honor an HVAC dealer receives for being among the top 7% of all Lennox® contractors who operate successful, winning businesses. And, well, we want you to know that we couldn’t have earned this award without YOU, our family, our customers. So, again, THANK YOU.

 

Why are some rooms hotter than others in Houston?

HVAC systems Air Balancing

Why are some rooms hotter than others?

Sounds like you need an Air Balancing

Air Balancing is the practice of testing and adjusting HVAC systems to achieve maximum performance. Just as important as choosing the right energy efficient air conditioner for your home is, the means by which it is achieved through your air distribution system is vital for maximum efficiency and comfort.  Air is after all, the first word in air conditioning, and a vast majority of duct systems do not function as designed. An average residential system can be found operating 30-50% below its recommended air flow, which means that a poorly operating duct system could reduce your comfort and efficiency by up to 50%. This could be caused by a range of problems typically found in the field which include but are not limited to the following:

  • Leaking duct work (poorly sealed or torn)
  • Undersized or Oversized duct work
  • Kinks or smashed ducts causing a restriction
  • Blower speed improperly set to match system capacity
  • Dirty/clogged air filters or evaporator coils restricting air, reducing system capacity

At Air Innovations we use all the necessary tools to perform a proper air balance and air side diagnostics. This however does require the use of manual dampers that may or may not be currently installed in your ductwork and repairs may be necessary prior to initial balancing. Some telltale signs of an improperly balanced system are:

  • Uneven temperature differences from one room to another (should not exceed 2-3ŸF)
  • Noisy supply registers or return grills
  • Thermostat overshooting target temperature
  • High humidity in the home
  • The need to use oscillating fans where more air is needed to feel comfortable

Reasons to get your furnace inspected in Houston

Furnace inspection in Houston

Should you have your furnace inspected? Here are 7 reasons you should!

 

Cold weather has come to the Houston Area, so it’s very important to think about scheduling your furnace inspection. An annual inspection ensures that your furnace will work when you need it and prevents costly emergency repairs and health risks in your home.

Having your furnace inspected or “tuned up” gives a technician an opportunity to check for possible issues and correct them before they turn into problems (or emergencies). Here are seven reasons why you should schedule your furnace inspection now.

Prolong the Life of Your Furnace

The longer you put off having an annual inspection done on your furnace, the more likely you’re going to have a breakdown (usually when you need your furnace the most). During an inspection, a trained technician may very well find small problems that if left unchecked could result in a major repair. Preventive maintenance on your furnace guarantees that all the parts in your furnace work together to heat your home safely and reliably for years to come.

Prevent Carbon Monoxide Leaks

When the heat exchanger in your furnace becomes cracked, gases like carbon monoxide can escape into your home.

Carbon monoxide is colorless, odorless, and potentially deadly. For your family’s safety, it’s important to inspect your furnace regularly to prevent carbon monoxide poisoning. It’s also wise to install a carbon monoxide detector outside of each bedroom to protect and alert family members.

Clean Built-Up Rust and Dirt

A proper inspection includes checking for rust and dirt that can build up on the burners in your furnace. This type of buildup can create pockets that trap gas and cause hot spots on your furnace’s heat exchanger.

Even if your furnace is new, it still requires inspection as different factors can cause rust and dirt to accumulate.

Replace Worn-Out Parts

Your furnace’s internal parts wear out over time, which could cause it to stop working. A qualified technician should check the parts in your furnace and replace those that could cause problems before your next inspection.

Increase Efficiency

Neglect your furnace’s annual inspections, and particles like dust and dirt can accumulate on any moving parts. This causes your furnace to work harder than necessary to maintain the heat in your home, which compromises efficiency.

During an annual inspection, a technician will clean your furnace’s parts and make sure they work together properly. Your furnace is at its most efficient when its parts are clean, without anything preventing it from working correctly.

Keep Your Warranty Valid

Some manufacturers require a furnace owner to keep up with regular maintenance in order to keep their warranty valid. If you haven’t been getting an inspection on your furnace every year and something goes wrong, the manufacturer could potentially ask to see your maintenance records. If you don’t have any, your warranty could be invalid, meaning you have to pay for repairs yourself within the warranty period.

In an unexpected emergency, you want to make sure that furnace repair or replacement costs will be covered by warranty. Your annual furnace inspection prevents problems and keeps your warranty valid in case of a breakdown.

Clean Air Filters

During your annual furnace inspection, the technician should replace or clean your furnace’s air filters. A clean furnace filter catches dust and debris before it has a chance to circulate through your house, which can affect your indoor air quality. However, this isn’t the only time your furnace’s air filter should be replaced or cleaned during the winter you should check your furnace filter every month.

Whether your furnace is old or new, there are benefits to having it inspected annually by a qualified technician. It will not only save you money, but it keeps your furnace working hard for years to come while also protecting your home and family.

How frequently to change the AC filter in Houston

AC filter maintenance in Houston

 

 

When To Change Your Air Filters

This is not a trick; simply put – when your air filters are dirty, change them. Choosing how often to change your air filters can depend on several factors:

  • Type of filter your A/C system requires
  • The overall air quality of your North America area home
  • Pets – Birds, cats, dogs, hamsters (do you have one?), etc.
  • Number of occupants in the house
  • General air pollution in the North America area or construction taking place nearby

For your typical 1″-3″ air filters, the manufacturer specs basically say to change them bi-monthly, which is in fact a great rule of thumb. However, general guidelines are not applicable to all. If you have to tolerate light to moderate allergies, you may need to upgrade the air filter or change them even more regularly than OEM specifications. On the other hand, if you’re in a remote area, own a infrequently occupied home (like a vacation home) or an area where there are fewer cars around, replacing your air filters each year may be quite sufficient. Why do pets matter so much? They have a tendency to shed, which can clog your air filter fast. Clearly, the air filter is just doing its job by capturing pet hair and dander, but tremendously dirty filters can cause weak HVAC performance.

In summary:

  • Seldom used home or single occupant homes without pets or allergies: Change 6-12 months
  • Typical suburban home without pets: Change every 90 days
  • Add a dog or cat: Change every 60 days
  • Multiple pets or have allergies: Change every 30-45 days

Reduce the Risk of AC Damage after a Hurricane in Houston

AC Damage after a Hurricane in Houston

 

Things to check for on your flooded and/or damaged AC System

 

  • Turn AC breaker off or pull disconnect before turning on main power. Condensor may not be bad BUT if still wet it could cause damage to your system.

  • If the electrical components of the system have been under water they should be replaced and all connections cleaned by a licensed HVAC Contractor.

  • If the system does not come on it could be a small part damaged not your whole system. It may just need to be dried out and serviced by a licensed HVAC Contractor.

  • If it is found your condensor is bad does not mean you need a whole new system. Most likely, your attic system did Not get wet.

  • Perhaps you received water in your home.  If the water did not reach ducts and/or vents you may not need new duct work. You can clean or buy air cleaners that will kill mold in duct systems.

 

 

Tragedies like Harvey bring many unlicensed people out trying to make a quick buck.  Remember, always ask questions and make sure the company is licensed thru the state of Texas.  You can check License numbers at www.tdlr.texas.gov