Many home and business owners are unaware that R-22 freon—the type of refrigerant most commonly used in home cooling systems—is being actively phased out, meaning changes in not only new units that are being produced, but also existing units that are currently in use. The phase out leaves home and business owners with unanswered questions: Will this impact the cost of repairs to my HVAC system? Do I need to replace the entire unit? What are my options?
We’re excited to announce that the new American Standard AccuComfort systems are now available! A nearly completely autonomous unit, you can expect to just set it, and let the unit itself do the rest! The unit will automatically adjust itself to run at a more efficient speed to maintain your ideal comfort level and control your home’s humidity level, no matter what the weather is like outside, thanks to variable speed technology that reduce the peaks and valleys of conventional single and two-stage systems by adjusting to varying conditions while maintaining the desired comfort level. This results in greater efficiency, higher comfort, and no guess work on the part of the homeowner!
Even though we’ve had a warmer than average winter here in East Tennessee, we’re still having the occasional blast of winter air, causing people to crank those furnaces up one more time. Any time there’s an increase in usage we receive an increase in calls for service on units that just aren’t performing properly. One common call during cold weather is for furnaces that just won’t shut off which, as nice as that can sound on a cold winter’s day, could be a big issue. However, before you pick up the phone, here’s a few simple steps you can take to ensure that there’s an actual problem with the unit, and that a service call is going to be necessary.
We’re sure that most of our customers in East Tennessee are very familiar with the more traditional methods of heating and cooling their home or business. Heat pumps, gas furnaces, air conditioning units; all are common and proven appliances, each with their own pros and cons. However, many people don’t realize that geothermal heat pumps—electrically powered systems that use the earth’s constant temperature as an exchange medium, rather than outside air—have been in use since the 1940’s and, in many cases, are a great option, even in our area!