Posts Tagged ‘Air Quality’

Duct Sealing – “air duct testing and repairs to leaky duct work could be the most important energy improvement homeowners can make.” (source: Department of energy)

In houses with forced-air heating and cooling systems, ducts are used to distribute conditioned air throughout the house. In a typical house, however, about 25-40 percent of the air that moves through the duct system is lost due to leaks, holes, and poorly connected ducts. The result is higher utility bills and difficulty keeping the house comfortable, no matter how the thermostat is set.

How do you know that your home has poorly performing ducts?

  • you have high summer and winter utility bills;
  • you have rooms that are difficult to heat and cool;
  • you have stuffy rooms that never seem to feel comfortable;
  • your ducts are located in an attic, crawlspace, or the garage;
  • you find tangled or kinked flexible ducts in your system.

Benefits of Duct Sealing

A duct system that is well-designed and properly sealed can make your home more comfortable, energy efficient, and safer.

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If you live in a moderate climate, heat pumps are a great energy efficient alternative to furnaces and air conditioners. Heat pumps use electricity to move the heat from a cool space into a warm one. This process keeps the cool space cooler and the warm space warmer. The most common heat pump is an air-source heat pump. This heat pump moves heat, rather than generating heat which can provide up to four times the amount of energy they consume.

According to the U.S Department of Energy a heat pump can trim the amount of electricity you use for heating by as much as 30%-40%. These savings can significantly lower your utility bills. Another great aspect of a heat pump is that it also acts a dehumidifier and works better than most standard central air conditioners. You can add on advanced air filtration to your heat pump system. This removes more dust, pollen and other irritants from your conditioned air allowing you to breath easy. Also, the fans in the heat pump adjust quietly, allowing you maximum comfort in your home.

If you are considering a heat pump as an energy efficient alternative first consider the climate you live in. If temperatures drop too low, your heat pump will have a difficult time keeping the temperature in your home up. Otherwise, we highly recommend this energy efficient alternative for your home.

Choosing an air filter isn’t really as easy as going to your local hardware store and picking up the right size. You want to take a few things into consideration. Where is the filter? are you worried about keeping your equipment clean? OR…are you trying to keep the air quality in your home as healthy and clean as possible?

Air filter by AJC1, on FlickrLow to middle rated air filters will keep your equipment clean but have low dust removal ratings as well. These are the typical panel filters (pleated or not) and they usually have a Minimum Efficiency Reporting Value (MERV) of less than 12. MERV ranges from 1-16 and obviously the higher the rating, the better the performance.

High efficiency filters do cost more but they also perform better and are generally higher on the MERV scale. Keep in mind that LEED builders use filters with a minimum MERV rating of 13.

Whichever filter you choose, remember to replace it once a month. Some of the higher efficiency filters can be cleaned with warm water and soap and reused. Make sure to factor that into your cost.

And why do you care about it?

Trane has taken clean air to a whole new level to make your home a better place for living. Trane CleanEffects uses patented break through technology which has been performance verified by professors from the Harvard School of Public Health. This sytem removes more airborne allergens from your home than any other system, about 100 times that of a standard filter!

How does it work? Click here Trane CleanEffects

Serious about keeping your air clean…we are too! That’s why we use Trane products here at Casteel Heating and Cooling! Call us today for more information!