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.

Becoming a HVAC Technician

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

Becoming a HVAC Technician

A heating, ventilation and air conditioning technician is a skilled tradesman who installs, repairs and maintains heating and cooling systems in residential and commercial facilities. These individuals also sell service contracts to new and existing clients. In 2008, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics estimated that HVAC technicians earned a median hourly salary of $19.08. Although specific requirements vary from state to state, HVAC technicians must typically obtain a license to work in the field. The steps in getting an HVAC license are relatively standard across all jurisdictions.

Pros & Cons of a Ductless A/C or Heat Pump

on Friday, 18 July 2014. Posted in Around the Industry, At the Office, News

Pros & Cons of a Ductless A/C or Heat Pump

Technological advances in the HVAC system have introduced the revolutionary Ductless mini-split systems. These new systems are just as energy efficient but not as bulky as the traditional AC central air systems. Are they the right fit for your home? 

Duct Leakage Testing

on Tuesday, 15 July 2014. Posted in Around the Industry, At the Office, News

Duct Leakage Testing

Leaky ducts can drastically increase energy bills, dramatically reduce the equipment efficiency and performance, as well as result in poor indoor air quality.

Keeping The Evaporator & Condenser Coils Clean

on Friday, 11 July 2014. Posted in At the Office, News

Keeping The Evaporator & Condenser Coils Clean

One of the easiest, most cost-effective things than can be done in regards to energy efficiency is to have the HVAC system's condenser and evaporator coils inspected yearly and cleaned as necessary. Energy costs can be cut up to 30% with yearly cleanings. Costly service calls for frozen up units can be avoided with preventative cleaning to ensure the system is running at 100% efficiency. Clean coils affect energy efficiency, indoor air quality and longevity of the HVAC system.

Tips to Help Reduce Summer Utility Bills

on Wednesday, 09 July 2014. Posted in Around the Industry, At the Office, News

Tips to Help Reduce Summer Utility Bills

1. Unplug All Devices
Make sure to that even after turning off all appliances to also disconnect or unplug them to assure they are no longer draining power. Another option is to purchase a smart strip, which cuts power to all appliances that are not being used or simply do not need it.

Replacing the HVAC System At Home

Written by Bertie Air Staff on Thursday, 06 March 2014. Posted in Around the Industry, At the Office, News

Replacing the HVAC System At Home

There are several reasons why an HVAC unit may need to be replaced. Most customers complain that the system just isn't cooling properly, or the unit is so outdated it may not be worth the price of repair. However, not all problems require replacement; sometimes a unit that is not cooling efficiently could be the result of a clogged air filter or broken fan.

Surge Protectors

Written by Bertie Air Staff on Thursday, 06 March 2014. Posted in Around the Industry, News

Surge Protectors

The heating and cooling equipment are essential parts of the home and must be protected. Unfortunately, very few homeowners consider surge protection when it comes to the care of their HVAC system.

Permits & Licensing

Written by Bertie Air Staff on Thursday, 06 March 2014. Posted in Around the Industry, News

Permits & Licensing

Property owners who decide to update and replace their heating & air conditioning or ventilation (HVAC) system need to make sure that their state-licensed contractor takes out a building permit from their local building department to avoid fines and excess repairs. 

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