Carbon Monoxide Detection

on Wednesday, 17 September 2014. Posted in Around the Industry, News

Carbon Monoxide Detection

What is carbon monoxide (CO) and how is it produced?

Carbon monoxide (CO) is a deadly, colorless, odorless, poisonous gas. It is produced by the incomplete burning of various fuels, including coal, wood, charcoal, oil, kerosene, propane, and natural gas. Products and equipment powered by internal combustion engines such as portable generators, cars, lawn mowers, and power washers also produce CO.

Repair or Replace: That’s the Question

on Wednesday, 29 October 2014. Posted in Around the Industry, News

Repair or Replace: That’s the Question

When should contractors repair an aging HVAC unit and when should they suggest a full system replacement? The question has hounded the industry for decades.

Leaky Ductwork Continues to Drain System Efficiency

on Tuesday, 21 October 2014. Posted in Around the Industry

Leaky Ductwork Continues to Drain System Efficiency

As homeowners become increasingly aware of their energy usage and indoor environments, and as home-performance contracting continues to gain traction in the U.S., many HVAC professionals are taking a whole-house approach instead of simply fixing immediate HVAC problems.

HVACR Industry Announces Bold Refrigerant R&D Plan

on Wednesday, 15 October 2014. Posted in Around the Industry, News

HVACR Industry Announces Bold Refrigerant R&D Plan

Air-Conditioning, Heating, and Refrigeration Institute (AHRI) President and CEO Stephen Yurek announced that the nation's heating, ventilating, air conditioning, and refrigeration (HVACR) industry will invest $5 billion in research and development (R&D) funds over the next decade to develop the next generation of refrigerants and the air conditioning and refrigeration equipment in which they will be used.

Ready for the 2015 Regional Efficiency Standards?

on Wednesday, 08 October 2014. Posted in News

Ready for the 2015 Regional Efficiency Standards?

The new standards increase the minimum cooling efficiency requirement to SEER 14 for split system central air conditioners in the South.

Thieves Target R-22 as EPA Phaseout Threatens Supply

on Monday, 06 October 2014. Posted in Around the Industry

Thieves Target R-22 as EPA Phaseout Threatens Supply

The thief left with four drums, which retail for about $9,000. Luckily, the entire event was captured on camera.

Top A/C Hacks to Save Money

on Thursday, 25 September 2014. Posted in Around the Industry

Top A/C Hacks to Save Money

While September can be slightly cooler, it's often when a/c systems stop working. The relentless heat of July and August takes a toll on a/c equipment new and old. But consumers can hack their a/c bills to save money throughout September and into the cold months ahead.

Home Performance Inspection

on Friday, 05 September 2014. Posted in Around the Industry, News

Home Performance Inspection

Are you thinking of upgrading your home to be more energy efficient? Contact us to schedule a free Home Performance Inspection to determine what recommendations should be addressed first.

Next-Generation Thermostats: Putting You in Control

on Wednesday, 20 August 2014. Posted in Around the Industry

Next-Generation Thermostats: Putting You in Control

The latest programmable thermostats are easier to operate than ever before thanks to backlighting, touch screens and Wi-Fi connectivity. However, researchers tell us that programmable thermostats will help you to save money on your bill only if you refrain from overriding the energy-saving settings.

Maintenance Checklist

on Monday, 18 August 2014. Posted in News

Maintenance Checklist

Maintain your equipment to prevent future problems and unwanted costs. Keep your cooling and heating system at peak performance by having a contractor do annual pre-season check-ups. Contractors get busy once summer and winter come, so it's best to check the cooling system in the spring and the heating system in the fall. To remember, you might plan the check-ups around the time changes in the spring and fall.

10 Tips for Hiring a Heating & Cooling Contractor

on Wednesday, 13 August 2014. Posted in Around the Industry, News

10 Tips for Hiring a Heating & Cooling Contractor

1. Study up — Find out about license and insurance requirements for contractors in your state. And before you call a contractor, know the model of your current system and its maintenance history. Also make note of any uncomfortable rooms. This will help potential contractors better understand your heating and cooling needs.

Home Performance Belongs to the HVAC Industry

on Monday, 11 August 2014. Posted in Around the Industry

Home Performance Belongs to the HVAC Industry

Home performance used to focus on roofs, insulation, windows, and doors: Today it also includes the mechanical systems. As an HVAC contractor, this evolved aspect of delivering economical comfort should be our priority, not some third party inspector's.

Heat & Cool Efficiently

on Thursday, 07 August 2014. Posted in Around the Industry

Heat & Cool Efficiently

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. Take these steps to increase the efficiency of your heating and cooling system.

Financing Options

on Friday, 01 August 2014. Posted in Around the Industry, At the Office, News

Financing Options

Were you aware of local financing with Bertie Heating & Air through the Florida Credit Union?

R22 Phase Out

on Wednesday, 23 July 2014. Posted in Around the Industry, At the Office, News

R22 Phase Out

Refrigerants are what make air conditioning possible. Contained within the coils of an air conditioner, these liquid agents cool and dehumidify indoor air. For years, the most common refrigerant used in air-conditioning systems was R-22 (Freon).

Today, in response to growing environmental concerns, production of systems using R-22 refrigerant is being phased out. Meanwhile, Lennox is leading the industry in introducing systems that use an environmentally friendly alternative to R-22.

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