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Consider the AFUE Rating When Planning Heating Installation

Monday, February 17th, 2014

In Mesa, AZ, heating installation services need to be familiar with a wide variety of options for their clients. Chief among them is the unit’s AFUE ratings, which stands for Annual Fuel Utilization Efficiency. It’s a measure of how efficiently the heater does its job, which can pay huge dividends once your new heater is up and running. You need to consider the AFUE rating when planning heating installation because it can make a big difference in how your heater performs later on down the line.

The rating is measured as a percentage, derived from a fairly simple formula. It’s simply the total amount of energy the heater uses when it runs divided by the amount of energy it uses to actually heat the home. For example, if your heater uses 100,000 BTUs (British Thermal Units) of energy during its operation and generates 80,000 BTUs worth of heat, it would have an AFUE rating of 80%. The higher the rating, the more energy is being used to heat your home instead of being lost to waste or inefficiency. Naturally, heaters with a higher AFUE rating tend to cost more for the initial installation than those with a lower AFUE. You also tend to get a higher AUE with a new heater than an older one: a good reason to invest in a new unit if your current heater is laboring.

Beyond that, you need to balance your current budget with the anticipated savings of a unit with a high AFUE rating. The higher rated the system, the move it will save you in monthly costs over the years, especially in places with warm climates that don’t require heating year ‘round. Depending upon the specifics, the long-term savings might actually pay for the better unit and then some. As always, it pays to look at your specific circumstances and then do the math with a trusted advisor who knows the ins and outs.

In Mesa AZ, heating installation services can be performed by Johns Refrigeration, and we can consider the AFUE rating when planning heating installation with you. We’ll ensure that you get the best and most efficient unit for your circumstances and our installation of that unit will be second to none. Pick up the phone and give us a call today!

3 Things to Consider with Commercial HVAC Installation

Monday, February 10th, 2014

Commercial HVAC units are a key part of your business space, providing comfortable working temperatures for your employees and a pleasant atmosphere for your customers. They’re designed to be modular and easily tailored to fit your office space: providing individual service to multiple occupants of the same building, for example, or to expand as your business grows. In Mesa AZ, heating repair services handle commercial HVAC systems as often as residential systems, and a faulty HVAC unit can cost you far more in lost business and productivity than you can guess. You can help yourself by preparing when you first set up your system.

Here are 3 things to consider with commercial HVAC installation:

  • Anticipate future needs. A successful business will add more operations and employees, necessitating a larger workspace which necessitates more heating and cooling potential. Keep that in mind when setting up your HVAC system and leave room to grow. The good news is that the modular nature of HVAC systems allows that to happen fairly readily.
  • Use the latest technology. Advance thermostats, zone control systems and other bells and whistles can be integral to keeping operating costs down. You don’t want your HVAC system to run when nobody’s there, but you may have parts of your operation that require conditioned air to function. (For example, computer hard drives which might overheat without a set temperature.) Advance upgrades can address that issue without forcing you to waste precious dollars heating or cooling unnecessary parts of your business.
  • Use professional installation services. An accredited installation service will ensure that you are spending your money wisely: offering a quality guarantee to ensure that the HVAC system works right the first time, every time. A fly-by-night service may save you money initially, but can cost you a great deal in inefficiency and unnecessary repairs

There’s a lot of things to consider with commercial HVAC installation and you need a partner who knows how to do the job. Johns Refrigeration handles Mesa, AZ heating repair issues of all varieties, and can put together an installation package that fits your needs. Call us today to set up a consultation!

3 Things that Happen During an Energy Audit

Thursday, February 6th, 2014

Here in Mesa, AZ heating systems need to function at their best in the winter, when our desert temperatures can drop surprisingly low. One of the best ways to maintain the efficiency of your heater – and save you money on those monthly bills – is to schedule an energy audit every few years to see where you might be able to improve your heating efficiency. A trained expert arrives at your home to perform the audit: identifying spots where you may be losing energy unnecessarily, and then discussing possible options for correcting them. It helps if you know what to expect. Here are 3 things that happen during an energy audit.

  • Your home will be inspected. This includes hard-to-reach places like your attic and your crawlspace, which the ourMesa, AZ heating systems technician will carefully inspect for leaks and other potential problems.  He or she will also carefully check you heating and air conditioning system, checking to see how old they are and how well they run.
  • Tests will be run. This includes tests to find cracks around doors and windows, smoke stick and air hood tests to check air flow, and infrared camera tests to pin down any cold spots or similar places where your home may be losing energy. This can identify places when heat gets leeched out of your home, as well as location where air flow and air pressure can be gauged.
  • The technician will discuss your options. Once all the tests have been performed, the technician will point out his or her findings and make recommendations on the best way to proceed. It could involve anything from use weather stripping to seal up cracks around your front door to replacing your existing HVAC system with an entirely new one.

In Mesa, AZ, heating systems fall under the purveyance of Johns Refrigeration, which can perform energy audits on your home with professionalism and care. We’ll also explain the things that happen during an energy audit in detail, so there will be no surprises. Call us today to set up an appointment. We’ll help you save on energy costs and make your house as efficient as it can be!

Secrets from the Pros: How to Choose the Right Air Filter

Thursday, February 6th, 2014

Take a listen to some very insightful information regarding air filters for your residential HVAC equipment. Andrew John is featured in this video teaching a class to some industry partners. Learn how to create a better environment in your home and save money on utility bills. As always, give us a call if you would like to learn more about how we can provide you the best home comfort around.

Benefits of Air Duct Sealing

Thursday, January 30th, 2014

Air duct sealing is a great way to keep dust and allergens out of your ducts, which ultimately protects your entire home. The video below features Andrew John of John’s Refrigeration offering expert explanation of the benefits of air duct sealing in comparison to duct cleaning. John’s Refrigeration offers both services and wants to ensure you are informed about why we recommend certain services over others based on the unique circumstances for each home owner.

Why Is a High AFUE Rating a Good Thing?

Monday, January 27th, 2014

If you’ve shopped for a furnace, you’ve probably heard the term “AFUE” tossed around as a measurement of how good a given model is. A higher AFUE rating often means a higher price, and you might naturally wonder what exactly you’re getting for that additional cost. Here in Mesa, AZ, heating repair services can discuss the matter in detail with you, but we have a short version right here. Why is a high AFUE rating a good thing? Read on for the answers.

AFUE stands for Annual Fuel Utilization Efficiency, and it’s a means of measuring your heater’s overall efficiency. To obtain the number, you divide the amount of energy the heater takes in to do its job by the amount that actually goes into heating the home. You’re left with a percentage rating, representing how much of the heater’s energy it actually uses for heat. The rest is lost to waste and inefficiency: energy that you have to pay for even though you don’t end up using it.

That’s why a high AFUE rating is a good thing. It speaks to the quality of the furnace you’re buying and can constitute real savings from month to month on your home energy bills. Say you have a unit that has an AFUE rating of 50% and another one with an AFUE rating of 90%. You need 50,000 BTUs to heat your home. With the first heater, you would need to generate 100,000 BTUs of energy for that 50,000 BTUs, while with the second heater, you’d only have to generate 55,555 BTUs. That’s a difference of almost 45,000 BTUs: almost double the amount of energy you needed to heat the home in the first place!

Apply that from month to month and you begin to see why a high AFUE rating is a good thing. You should ask about the AFUE rating any time you’re considering adding a new heater, or look for the EnergyStar logo which indicates ah ANFUE of 90% or greater in gas furnaces and 85% or greater in oil furnaces. For more information, to to schedule an installation session, the Mesa, AZ heating system repair experts at Johns Refrigeration are here to help. Give us a call today to schedule a consultation!

Protect Your Heat Pump with Regular Maintenance

Wednesday, January 22nd, 2014

Here in Mesa AZ, heating systems often include heat pumps, which use the same principles as air conditioning systems to both heat and cool your home depending on the weather. Heat pumps work best in climates with warm winters, making the deserts of Arizona an ideal place to use them. As with any appliance, routine maintenance and upkeep can make a big difference in its ability to function effectively. If you’ve just installed such a system, you should know how to protect your heat pump with regular maintenance.

Maintenance isn’t quite the same thing as repair. It’s basically a tune-up session, in which the technician cleans all the interior components, recharges refrigerant, tightens loose fittings and runs the heat pump for 15 minutes or so to look for any larger issues in need of repair.

This serves two very important functions. Firstly, it allows you to get an early jump on any lingering issues that might get worse as time goes on. That helps lower your repair bills by addressing a small problem instead of a big one. It also gives you the luxury of scheduling a repair at your leisure, instead of rushing to fix a problem as quickly as possible because the heat pump has broken down unexpectedly.

Secondly, it improves the overall functioning of your heat pump: allowing it to run more efficiently. By cleaning off the dirt, tightening the screws and similar maintenance issues, it reduces friction on moving parts and keeps components from rattling in their housings. It also stops things like air leaks, and keeps refrigerant gas at optimum levels. All of that means that the heat pump won’t waste any energy, which means you’ll save on your monthly bills.

If you want to protect your heat pump with regular maintenance, the Mesa, AZ heating systems technicians at John’s Refrigeration is here to help. We operate in Mesa, heating systems are a part of our service plan, and we can provide reliable maintenance to keep your heat pump running at its peak. Pick up the phone and give us a call today. You’ll be glad that you did!

Reasons to Schedule an Energy Audit

Tuesday, January 14th, 2014

If you are concerned about the high costs of energy in your home, then you should consider scheduling an energy audit from professionals. An energy audit is a thorough examination of your home to locate places where you are losing energy. Audit technicians inspect your home’s HVAC system, ductwork, insulation, attics, and energy-generating appliances, and then run tests to find leaks and energy inefficiencies. At the conclusion of the audit, your technicians will present you with a detailed report and recommendation for upgrading the various systems in your home to achieve better energy efficiency.

Johns Refrigeration is a Home Performance contractor with the U.S. government’s Energy Star program: our technicians specialize in helping homeowners achieve better whole-home energy efficiency. We can help you improve the efficiency of your cooling and heating system in Mesa, AZ with our services.

Here’s why you should schedule an energy audit

  • Reduce your bills: This is the primary reason people need to have an energy audit. It will result in lowering your power usage and save you money. An energy audit will provide you a detailed report that will show you what steps to take to have a more energy-efficient home. According to the U.S. Department of Energy, you can save around 16% (after accounting for expenses on improvements) each year using the knowledge from your energy audit.
  • Have a more comfortable home: Hand-in-hand with saving energy is improving your comfort level. Energy audits locate where your home is losing heat and what sealing needs to be done: improved insulation, radiant barriers, window films, etc. Not only will this reduce the strain on your HVAC system, but it will make you more comfortable as well.
  • Find repair issues: During an audit, the technicians may discover problems in your home that have remained hidden until then. Perhaps your heater has a malfunction that is making it work inefficiently, or the venting is poor. This will also lead to improved home safety, since it will protect you from possible carbon monoxide leaks and locate radon.

Schedule an energy audit today

It’s often a bit frightening to people to learn about what might be wrong with their home. But the benefits of an energy audit are too great for you to put it off. The recommended upgrades will provide you long-term savings, and you’ll know you’re doing your part for general energy conservation.

Audits require highly trained specialists, which is why you should contact Johns Refrigeration. Energy audits are one of our specialties. Our experts will help you find a path toward better energy-efficiency with your heating and cooling in Mesa, AZ.

What are the Benefits of an Energy Audit?

Friday, January 10th, 2014

An energy audit is a means of gauging the efficiency and heating/cooling retention ability of your home. A trained inspector arrives and analyses your home using a combination of expertise and equipment such as infrared cameras to spot potential shortcomings in your home’s energy retention, and to make suggestions on ways to correct those shortcomings.  Here in Mesa, heating repair services often offer energy audits, helping households respond to our desert climate with sensible energy solutions. What are the benefits of an energy audit? A few general answers can be found below.

  • It can help you plan for an HVAC upgrade. If you’re looking to install a new HVAC system or make new additions to an existing unit, an energy audit is an excellent way to begin your plans. It can tell you places that need improvement and spots that require attention, which can help you prioritize your options and perhaps decide on the type of HVAC system is right for you.
  • It can save you money. You may notice that your energy bills are going up every month, but have no idea how or why that is happening. An energy audit allows you to pinpoint the source of the problem and correct it with confidence, knowing that it will lower the cost of your monthly bills in the bargain.
  • It can improve energy efficiency. By acting on the findings of an energy audit, you can improve your home’s ability to retain a set temperature, reducing overall costs and improving its resale value in the bargain. Hat can save you a great deal of money over time: enough to offset the cost of the audit itself in some cases.

In Mesa, heating repair and energy audit services are provided by John’s Refrigeration. Our Mesa, AZ heating repair technicians know what the benefits of an energy audit are, and can provide a thorough analysis of your heating and cooling needs. If you’re looking to change your existing HVAC system, or just want some ideas on how to improve your home’s energy efficiency, give us a call today. Our staff of trained professionals is standing by to help!

How Your Thermostat Affects Your Heating

Wednesday, December 18th, 2013

Your heating system (and your air conditioning system too, for that matter) is usually controlled by a thermostat: the little control panel on your wall that helps you regulate the temperature in your home. Thermostats largely employ digital technology, which can let you program specific times for it to turn on and off (among other things). Because your thermostat allows you to control your heat, it can wreak havoc when problems arise with it. Here’s how your thermostat affects your heating.

A thermostat uses a bi-laminated metal strip (a strip composed of two different types of metal) to detect the changes in temperature in the room. Metal expands and contracts with temperature changes, and the two types of metal expand and contract at different rates which can be measured to determine the right omen to turn on the heat. The strip itself is coiled; a temperature adjustment lever sits in the center and a mercury switch sits on the end. When the coil winds to a certain level determined by the lever, it tips the switch and starts the heating process. When the strip unwinds to a certain level, it trips the level back and halts the heating process.

Many thermostats also use a heat anticipator, which shuts the heater off just before the proper temperature is reached. This helps the thermostat be more accurate, since the anticipator allows the remaining hot air in your ducts to reach its location without going over the assigned temperature.

Needless to say, if one of these components is faulty, the entire heating system can be affected. If the thermostat misreads the temperature, it will turn the heater on and off at inappropriate times, while damage to the switch or lever will prevent the heat from turning on or off at all. The bad news is that the thermostat usually needs to be replaced in such circumstances. The good news is that a trained technician can do so fairly quickly, without a lot of fuss and bother. Johns Refrigeration can advise you on how your thermostat affects your heating, and perform repairs or replace the unit with courtesy and professionalism. Call the Mesa, AZ heating technicians today to schedule an appointment!

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