HVAC in Spokane – A Heating and Air Conditioning Blog

Heat Pump Efficiency Ratings

Heat Pump efficiency is rated differently than air conditioners. Heat pump efficiency is measured by “Heating Season Performance Factor ” or HSPF.  Without getting into the details, the main reason Heat Pumps are rated differently is that heat pumps needs supplemental heat to maintain space temperature when its really cold outside.  Supplemental heat costs more than heat from the heat pump, and that additional cost is factored into […]

Air Conditioner Efficiency Ratings

Air Conditioners remove unwanted heat and are rated differently than furnaces.  Residential air conditioners are rated by their “Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio”, commonly called SEER.  SEER is actually a ratio of the BTU’s of heat removed divided by the watts of electricity consumed by the air conditioner to do its cooling work.  The higher the […]

Furnace Efficiency Ratings

Customers purchasing heating or cooling equipment want to know how energy-efficient their new unit will be, and each type of equipment has it own measure.  Gas furnace efficiency is measured in AFUE, which stands Annual Fuel Utilization Efficiency (AFUE).  For a gas furnace rated at 95% AFUE, that means that 95% of the heat produced […]

Refrigerant Reclaim saves you money

When the federal government unilaterally forced an almost 10-fold increase in the price of Refrigerant 22, the main refrigerant in home air conditioners a few years back , it looked to be a huge bite out of consumers’ pockets during A/C repairs.  Fortunately, HVAC contractors adapted quickly.  Where we used to routinely recover refrigerant during a repair, turn it […]

WIRELESS THERMOSTATS 2.0

I recently told you about the benefits of wireless thermostats, the biggest benefits being 1) you are able to place the thermostat anywhere in your home or office and maintain the desired temperature at that location, and 2)wireless means no wiring to install, so you save money! This technology has really taken off, and the […]

NEW ELECTRICAL MANAGER AT AIR CONTROL

We are happy to announce that Travis Reeves has be hired as the new Electrical Dept. manager at Air Control Heating & Electric. Travis brings over a decade of hand-on electrical experience to the position. In addition, he has extensive experience in bidding and running large electrical projects. His background will add a new dimension […]

Suction Line Insulation Saves Money!

If you have an air conditioner, you have a suction line–that’s the “cold” copper line that runs between the compressor and the evaporator, and it carries the cool refrigerant back to the compressor to be turned back into liquid. When your HVAC system is new, this line is insulated air-tight with 3/4″ insulation. AS TIME […]

Time to Change Your Air Filter?

Check the air filter on your HVAC unit every month, especially during heavy use months (winter and summer). If the filter looks dirty after a month, change it. At a minimum, change the filter every 3 months. A dirty filter will slow down air flow and make the system work harder to keep you warm […]

Allergies and Indoor Air Quality

Many times people stay home due to their allergies in order to escape from pollen and other pollutants, but they often are unaware that Indoor Air Quality can be more worse than outdoors because the pollutants become more concentrated indoors. Since the homes of today are well sealed and insulated, their home may act like […]

Energy Efficient

As much as half of the energy used in your home goes to heating and cooling. So, making smart decisions about your home’s heating, ventilating, and air conditioning (HVAC) system can have a big effect on your utility bills — and your comfort. Making your home more energy efficient with a modern HVAC System can […]