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AirRite’s Air Duct Service Keeps Your Home More Efficient

Posted on: November 8th, 2013 by Bob Misita

Air duct service can keep your energy bills lower and maintain a healthy environment for your family. There are a variety of insects and rodents that like to crawl through our air ducts. Many homeowners assume that they get blown out or at some point just leave. The problems is, they don’t. Sometimes, they even make nests and leave their offspring to cultivate in our air ducts. Rodents also like to
leave droppings in the air ducts, which means the air circulating throughout your house could be spreading the infested spores left behind with these messes.

Issues like this can lead to serious health problems, but air duct service from AirRite helps to keep clients aware of the issue and create a plan for resolving the situation altogether.

The last thing you need is a leak in your air ducts to cause your conditioned air to spill out and force your HVAC system to work overtime. Sometimes, we do not even know about it, but in many cases air leaks can cause mold to grow due to the moisture traveling through the ducts not getting back to the air filter or the condenser.

That is why it so important to receive regular air duct service to make sure that these leaks are sealed up sooner, rather than later. The longer you wait, the longer mold spores can circulate throughout your home without you even knowing it. These leaks are also a source of lost conditioned air, which makes your HVAC system work harder and longer hours to keep your home comfortable.

The bottom line is that air duct service is very important to both your home’s financial and your family’s healthy wellbeing. Make sure that your air ducts are checked and thoroughly cleaned out at least on a yearly basis.

AirRite offers several options for air duct service and cleaning. Contact us today to learn more about how to keep your home and pocketbook comfortable this winter.

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Zoning Systems to Help Your Business Become more Efficient

Posted on: October 30th, 2013 by

Installing a zoning system in your Fort Worth business can be one of the smartest business decisions you make. Just consider what it takes to have a successful business – not only do you need paying customers and happy employees, but you have to spend money to make money. Overhead can be a business killer, but if you are constantly looking for ways to cut overhead costs, then saving energy and maximizing your utility production efforts is a great start.

Basically, a zoning system can give you more control over what you are paying in heating and cooling costs. If you are running your daily business with one thermostat, then you are going to get fluctuating temperatures throughout your building – and the only place that is going to be truly comfortable is your hallway where the thermostat is located. Your employees might try to solve this issue by adjusting the thermostat higher or lower to reach a more comfortable working space for themselves.zoning sysytem

A zoning system eliminates those needs and maximizes the efficiency of your HVAC unit. As a matter of fact, the U.S. Department of Energy estimates that 40 percent of all utility costs come from your HVAC energy consumption. They also estimate that a zoning system saves a business up to 30 percent on their heating and cooling costs. If you take a moment to run those numbers, you will quickly see how your overhead costs can drastically drop – and your profits will increase.

So the next question is, “How does a zoning system work and how much will it cost me?” Taking out your old HVAC system and replacing it with seven or eight smaller systems while also ripping out your drywall and existing forced air vents and then running new vents, all of which working independently of each other, would place the estimate for cost to be in the tens of thousands – you might have to consider taking out a small business loan from the bank.

Fortunately for you, this is not at all necessary. As a matter of fact, installing a zoning system is quite simple and inexpensive since it works with the current central HVAC unit you have in place. This unit is the mastermind behind the conditioned air that is circulating throughout your business, and it is likely located on your roof or on the side of your building in a gated or sheltered area. The unit forces the conditioned air out into your vents that “web” apart and feed different parts of your building. Each room has a supply and return air duct in it and they receive conditioned air, just not enough of it.

A zoning system is basically a series of thermostats that are installed in each room.  They can be either hard wired or controlled remotely, depending on what you choose. These independent thermostats feed into a central thermostat, which tells it whether the room is at the desired temperature. That thermostat then feeds to a series of dampers in each room that tells them to either stay open or close off. If they are open, then the room still needs conditioned air. If they are closed, then room air is at the right temperature and does not need any more conditioning.

So, the real work with implementing a zoning system is the installation of the thermostats in each room and the establishment of a communication link to the main thermostat.  The dampers will also be installed into each room to control air flow, but the system does not require new ducts or any cuts into walls.   And remember, the zoning system is also using the unit you already have in place, so the cost of installing and maintaining additional units is negated.

The grand finale to the upgrade concludes with a better way to use the air in your HVAC system. Now, the conditioned air goes into the rooms that need it and does not go into the rooms that do not, and you do not have to re-route any air ducts to accomplish this.

As a matter of fact, you have probably used the basic premise of these zoning systems in your home when trying to heat or cool multiple levels. You may have stuck blankets in front of an air duct that is closest to your hallway thermostat so that the heat could travel to the downstairs rooms, knowing that heat rises and the upper levels stay warmer. The principle is the same here, it’s just an automatic service provided to you by the zoning system via the dampers. Now you can just sit back, enjoy your more comfortable, more efficient business and let the HVAC system work likes it’s supposed to – by itself!

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For Better IAQ, Consider an Air Cleaner: Here’s How to Find One

Posted on: October 24th, 2013 by

For Better IAQ, Consider an Air Cleaner: Here's How to Find OneGood indoor air quality, or IAQ, relies partly on portable air cleaner effectiveness. Not all homes have air cleaners, but if you suffer from asthma or allergies, you could certainly benefit from using one in your home. Here’s how to find the right one.

CADR

A unit’s Clean Air Delivery Rate (CADR) is the amount of filtered air the portable purifier delivers in a certain amount of time. All air cleaners are tested to determine how quickly, though not necessarily how thoroughly, they remove certain pollutants from the air. The ratings range from 10 to 450 for tobacco smoke; 10 to 400 for dust; and 25 to 450 for pollen.

CADR ratings have some limitations. For example:

  • They don’t indicate how efficient a filter is removing minuscule particles
  • They fail to measure a filter’s ability to remove gaseous pollutants
  • They don’t tell whether a filter stops being as effective over time
  • The filters are always run on high settings during the CADR test, though homeowners usually use low settings to reduce noise

HEPA

High Efficiency Particulate Air (HEPA) filters are the most efficient air filters available today. They are rated 17 to 20 on the Minimum Efficiency Reporting Value (MERV) scale. They trap more than 99 percent of all particles smaller than 0.3 microns, which includes viruses, tobacco smoke and carbon dust along with larger particles such as bacteria, auto emissions and mold spores. While no other filters can trap particles this small, HEPA filters only target airborne particles, not gaseous pollutants.

“Asthma and Allergy Friendly”

This relatively new certification indicates that an air filter removes allergens and improves IAQ by not redistributing them. Only a few filters have earned this distinction so far, but it’s worth considering if you find it.

Non-Ozone Producing

Some machines are marketed as freshening air cleaners. Unfortunately, the sweet-smelling scent they produce is a known lung irritant called ozone. Avoid these types of air cleaners to preserve IAQ.

To learn more about maintaining good indoor air quality, please contact us at AirRite Air Conditioning. We have served residents in the DFW area since 1955.

Our goal is to help educate our customers in the Fort Worth and Arlington, Texas area about energy and home comfort issues (specific to HVAC systems).

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Is Your Thermostat Working for You?

Posted on: October 23rd, 2013 by

Your thermostat has a lot more power in your Fort Worth home than you can imagine. It is the central command center for your largest energy consumer, the HVAC system.

Appliances like washers, dryers, microwaves and dishwashers certainly are energy consumers, but they do not compare to the amount of energy used by your climate control HVAC system. It is always important to use energy wisely, and using a digital thermostat gives you the power to do just that.  In fact, a digital thermostat is kind of like having a buddy that turns the lights off for you when you leave a room or makes sure the faucet is off when you leave a bathroom.

Using your HVAC system wisely means keeping comfortable temperatures only when you are actually in your Fort Worth home and letting the HVAC system take an extended break when you are away. You can see up to a 20 percent savings by using a programmable thermostat, that’s typically $300-$400 a year.

The old analog thermostats are actually clunky with mechanical moving parts and mercury vials that do not quite have the energy saving features of a digital thermostat. The mechanical parts in analog thermostats can easily be thrown off by someone bumping into it and the mercury vial can become a health risk if it leaks. Digital thermostats use thermistors to take the temperature readings and they pose no health risks at all – and they do not have to be recalibrated over time to return accurate levels of performance.

Energy efficiency happens when you use energy wisely. If you are still using an old plastic wheel to set your thermostat temperature, then your home isn’t as efficient as you should be.   Your analog thermometer means that a constant temperature is going to be maintained regardless of whether there are people within your home.

Let the technicians at AirRite get your home into the 21st Century by installing digital thermostats that can be programmed to save you energy when it is less needed and still keep you comfortable while you are at home.

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For the Best HVAC Services, Get a Maintenance Agreement

Posted on: October 18th, 2013 by

For the Best HVAC Services, Get a Maintenance AgreementWhether you need HVAC services because you’re repairing your existing system or replacing it with a new one, it’s worthwhile to get a maintenance agreement. This agreement can be beneficial in a number of different ways, but only if you sign up for one from a reputable company.

Here are the benefits you stand to gain when you choose AirRite Air Conditioning for all your HVAC services.

  • Improved energy efficiency: When performing a tune-up, technicians carry out actions that improve efficiency. These include replacing the filter, cleaning out internal components and lubricating moving parts. Improved efficiency helps maintenance agreements pay for themselves. After all, a recent university study suggests that unmaintained equipment wastes an average of $32 per month due to inefficient operation.
  • Chance to catch problems early: Technicians can remedy common issues easily, such as loose electrical connections or fraying belts, while performing a tune-up. Failure to schedule preventative maintenance can result in a damaged system or more expensive repairs later.
  • Better performance all season long: It’s true that you can avoid many inconvenient, expensive mid-season service calls simply by scheduling annual maintenance at the start of the season. With the extra assurance that your HVAC equipment will function properly all season long, scheduled HVAC services deliver the peace of mind you need to get on with your day-to-day responsibilities without unnecessary distraction.
  • Member benefits: The above benefits can be yours simply by scheduling annual tune-ups, but you can only enjoy certain benefits by signing a maintenance agreement with AirRite. These additional benefits include priority emergency service, no overtime charges, and a 10 percent discount on parts and labor charges.

Not all maintenance agreements are created equal. The affordable AirRite Preventative Maintenance Program offers all the benefits you want at a price you can agree with. Plus, with convenient automatic monthly payments, you can sit back and relax, knowing your HVAC services are already paid for.

It’s hard to pass up the benefits of a quality maintenance agreement. To join the AirRite Preventative Maintenance Program, please contact AirRite Air Conditioning. We’ve proudly served Arlington and Fort Worth since 1955.

Our goal is to help educate our customers in the Fort Worth and Arlington, Texas area about energy and home comfort issues (specific to HVAC systems).

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