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Last month we told you some things to look for that would indicate that your HVAC system needs attention from a specialist. However, a quick fix isn’t always the answer – sometimes the best action is to replace your system entirely. Replacing your system can seem like a large cost upfront, but a new, more efficient system will save you more money over time by reducing your energy bill and minimizing the need for maintenance and repair. Energy Star offers a check-list of signs that indicate that a system needs to be replaced.

The age of your system is a solid indicator of when it will need to be replaced.  Talk to a professional about replacing your system if

  • Your furnace or boiler is more than 15 years old.
  • Your air conditioner or heat pump is more than 10 years old.

Some signs that you system needs to be replaced are obvious and easy to spot, and occur from daily use, such as:

  • Uneven temperature throughout the home; some rooms are too hot while others are too cold.
  • Your cooling or heating system is excessively noisy.
  • Your energy bills start to increase suddenly.
  • Your equipment needs frequent repairs.

You can also spot a system that’s on its way out by some factors that may seem less obvious:

  • Your home is exceptionally dusty, which could be caused by leaky ducts.
  • Your home has problems with keeping a consistent humidity; faulty equipment and leaky duct work can cause air to be too humid in the summer or too dry in the winter.

Let us know if you have noticed any of these signs in your home or if you any questions about upgrading or replacing your system. You can also reach out to us on Facebook or Twitter.

During the past 20 years, Casteel Heating and Cooling has been one of the most respected names in metro Atlanta for heating and air conditioning. We began in 1987 with one small red service truck and an office workshop in the basement of our home. Today, our fleet of trucks and professionally trained NATE Certified technicians are dispatched all over metro Atlanta from our offices in Marietta. We are proud of our extended service area that we have been able to acquire over the years! Take a look at our map to see if we cover your area.

Our service areas include:

Cobb
Fulton
DeKalb
Gwinnett
Forsyth
Cherokee
Paulding

Did you have that one instructor in school that you always listened to and learned from? The NEWS and AHRI are now accepting nominations for the 12th Annual HVACR Instructor of the Year!  The goal of the contest is to recognize and reward the HVACR instructors who have enriched and impacted the lives of students.  The contest is intended to give credit to the instructor that has made the biggest difference in a student’s life by teaching them more than anyone else about HVACR.

If you know an instructor that you’d like to nominate and have seen them in action, then you are eligible to vote.  Nominees should be from a vocational school, adult education program, community college, or apprenticeship.  The deadline for nominations is June 3, 2011 and winners will be announced in November. Click on the form link to submit an entry form today!

It’s important to have maintenance done on your HVAC system twice a year. Most people clean their system during the spring and before winter.  Cleaning your system during the spring is the best time to have your HVAC contractor conduct a pre-summer inspection of your system.  The summer months get hot and humid, so it’s important to have your system inspected to ensure it’s working properly.

Listed below are summer HVAC maintenance tips from Kudzu.com:

  • Check thermostat and furnace system controls. This insures that the starting cycle is working properly so you stay comfortable and save energy.
  • Make sure the electrical connections are tightened and lubricate all HVAC moving parts. Loose electrical connections and lack of adequate lubrication reduces the life of the unit components leading to increased energy use.
  • Make sure the condensate drain is working properly. A plugged drain or pipe can cause water damage, and affect the humidity levels in your home.
  • Clean the evaporator and air conditioning coils. Dirty coils can higher your energy bills leading you to spend more money.
  • Check the air conditioner refrigerant level. The wrong level of refrigerant can affect your system efficiency and increase your costs.
  • Make sure the blower components are properly adjusted. Improper blower components can reduce efficiency up to 15 percent.
  • Change air filters regularly to ensure system efficiency.

Call us today at 770-565-5884 or visit us online to schedule your summer maintenance check-up!

Do you know what an HVAC contractor should test for when installing new high efficiency equipment? Before investing in a new high efficiency heating and cooling system, you need to make sure you select a contractor that installs equipment based on facts, testing, and science. Unfortunately, many HVAC contractors offer advice on new high efficiency heating and cooling systems based on opinions and guesses. When selecting an HVAC contractor, make sure the contractor meets the minimum criteria listed below:

  • Computerized “Manuel J” Load Calculation – This is a room by room scientific test that will determine the right size equipment for your home.
  • Room by Room Airflow Calculation – This is a scientific measurement of the amount of air coming out of the air vent in each room. This will ensure your new system heats and cools your home evenly.
  • Air Duct Leakage Calculation – The typical duct system in a home leaks 25-40%. The air duct leakage test identifies where the leaks are located so repairs can be made.
  • Air Flow Leakage Reduction Guarantee – Get a written guarantee that the duct system will leak less than 10%, or that they will guarantee 75% less air leakage once the new system is installed.
  • Infiltrometer Blower Door Test – This is a scientific test that measures the level of air leakage in the entire home. Understanding this will help solve high utility bills, unhealthy indoor air, musty odors, excessive dust, humidity issues and hot and cold spots throughout the home.

We conduct extensive research and testing before recommending you the best HVAC unit that fits your needs.  Call us today at 770-565-5884 or contact us online to schedule an appointment today!

Here at Casteel Heating and Cooling, you hear us discuss pretty often that we pride ourselves on our customer service. Here are some people who agree…

Comes Through When You Really Need Them…

It was around 9am on the Sunday morning before the big snow/ice storm was to hit and getting out of bed my wife and I immediately realized our house was cold really cold. We have a small child so this was not a good thing. We called Casteel at 9:30am. They informed us on the phone it could possibly be much later that evening before they could make it out to our home because they had many calls already. The Casteel technician, Robert Gross, showed up BEFORE NOON and our house began heating up shortly thereafter. The service from Casteel and Robert was prompt, courteous, competent and professional; what more do I need to say. I recommend them highly without reservation.

And here’s another satisfied customer…

Exceptional Company!

I never thought I would be excited about a heating and air unit. From the moment Bob evaluated my needs to the exceptional service from the technicians, John and Tim, I was delighted with their professionalism. I never felt pressured but always felt as though they cared about me, the customer. I compared several other companies and I am so glad the I selected Casteel. As you can tell, I highly recommend Casteel!

Call us today at 770-565-5884 or visit us online to experience unmatched customer service and 100% satisfaction!

Casteel is excited to announce a new Facebook lineup starting Monday, May 2, 2011.  We will have a new segment each day that we know you’ll like.  Make sure to join the Casteel Facebook page and be apart of this new exciting lineup.  Here’s what you can expect:

Monday – “Can Your Man?”

Every Monday we will have a different “Can Your Man?” segment where we pose the question: Can your man __________? For example, “Can your man remember your birthday?  We encourage you to tell us what your man can or can’t do.

Tuesday – “How Cute is This?”

Every Tuesday we will have a “How Cute is This?” segment where you are encouraged to leave comments and/or submit photos of cute things.  For example, with Mother’s Day being this month, we asked community members to tell us about their most memorable moment with their mom.

Wednesday – “What are you Having for Dinner Tonight?”

Every Wednesday we encourage you to submit recipes and tell us what you’re having for dinner that night.  Each week we will post a new healthy and delicious recipe that is easy to prepare for dinner.

Thursday – Trivia/Game Day

We will dedicate every Thursday to asking a trivia question where community members will be eligible to win a $10 gift card to Starbucks.  Trivia questions will cover anything from current events to entertainment.

Friday – My Crazy _________

Every Friday you are encouraged to share with other community members what drives you crazy.  Whether it’s a neighbor, a family member, an intersection, the way someone drives, the traffic, etc. we want you to tell us what drives you crazy.  This segment is an expanded sound off segment.

“90 Days of Summer” Segment

The “90 Days of Summer” segment starts the first day of summer, June 21, 2011. This is a contest where you can enter to win a grand prize after 90 days with a gift card being given away everyday of the 90 days.  This segment will include new summer recipes, summertime photos, etc.

Are you paying more than you should to heat and cool your home?  Surprisingly, many people are!  It’s easy to pay for an HVAC system that is too large or too small for your home, but you can save money by properly managing your home energy.  It’s important to find a system that best fits your home’s needs by doing some simple research before making your purchase.  Trane offers high-performing equipment that can help your home be more energy efficient year round.

Trane offers many high-performing and high-quality HVAC systems for homes, including high-efficiency products that can reduce your utility bills and energy costs.  These high-efficiency products can also benefit the environment.  According to Alliance to Save Energy, the average household this year will pay $2,300 this year on energy costs.  Some recommended Energy Star qualified systems to help with your energy management include the Trane XC95 and the Trane XL20i.  The Trane XC95 is one of the market’s most efficient gas furnaces and can save you up to 40 percent on home energy consumption.  The Trane XL20i is one of the highest energy efficient air conditioners on the market today and can save you up to 60 percent of your annual energy bill if it’s replacing a system 10 years or older.  Programmable thermostats, such as the Trane XL800, can also provide you annual savings with accurate temperature control.  Programmable thermostats often have an annual savings of around $100 and usually pay for themselves in two years or less. Performing preventative maintenance before the summer and winter will also help improve energy efficiency and save you money.

In addition, it’s important to make sure your HVAC system is properly installed so you’re getting the most efficiency from your system.  Energy efficiency can be impacted due to mismatched coils, improper air flow, and leaking ducts.  70 percent of HVAC systems don’t have the correct air flow and nearly 74 percent have an improper amount of refrigerant resulting in higher energy costs.  Trane products are designed to achieve maximum efficiency, reliability and comfort if properly installed.

For more information about Trane products, call Casteel Heating and Cooling at 770-565-5884 or visit us online!

Imagine an “optical battery” that could convert sunlight to electricity for a small fraction of the cost of today’s photovoltaic cells.  Well, you may not have to imagine much longer.  Scientists at the University of Michigan may have discovered a breakthrough in solar power technology that could drastically reduce the cost of solar power.  It was once believed that the effects of light’s magnetic field were so weak they were irrelevant when it came to solar power.  However, according to physics professor Stephen Rand, that is not true.

It was discovered that if light is intense enough, it can generate voltage from magnetic effects 100 million times stronger than earlier predicted when traveling through nonconductive material.  These magnetic effects can be bound for electric power production.  Stephen Rand states:

“This could lead to a new kind of solar cell without semiconductors and without absorption to produce charge separation in solar cells, the light goes into a material, gets absorbed and creates heat. Here, we expect to have a very low heat load. Instead of the light being absorbed, energy is stored in the magnetic moment.  Intense magnetization can be induced by intense light and then it is ultimately capable of providing a capacitive power source.”

So what does this mean?  It will be difficult to make this a low cost power producer because the intensity of the light must be 10 million watts per square centimeter.  For comparison, ordinary sunlight produces less than one watt per square centimeter.  However, William Fisher believes new materials such as transparent ceramics combined with focused sunlight could work at lower intensities of light greatly reducing the cost of solar power and becoming a reliable energy producer.  This breakthrough could have a major impact in the heating and cooling industry!

When it’s time for your cooling and heating system to get it’s regular maintenance, do you know what services an HVAC technician should perform?  It’s important to perform the necessary maintenance on your cooling and heating system to ensure that your unit is working as effectively and efficiently as possible.  You should have an HVAC technician perform annual check-ups once in the spring and fall on your cooling and heating system to avoid any problems.  According to Kudzu.com, here’s a list of services that an HVAC contractor should perform:

  • Check for the correct amount of refrigerant
  • Test for refrigerant leaks using a leak detector
  • Capture any refrigerant that must be evacuated from the system, instead of illegally releasing it to the atmosphere
  • Check for and seal duct leakage in central systems
  • Measure air flow through the evaporator coil
  • Verify the correct electric control sequence and make sure that the heating system and cooling system cannot operate simultaneously
  • Inspect electric terminals, clean and tighten connections, and apply a non-conductive coating if necessary
  • Oil motors and check belts for tightness and wear
  • Check the accuracy of the thermostat
  • Lubricate all moving parts
  • Check and inspect the condensate drain in your central air conditioner, furnace and/or heat pump (when in cooling mode)
  • Check the controls of the system to ensure proper and safe operation. Check the starting cycle of the equipment to assure the system starts, operates, and shuts off properly
  • Clean evaporator and condenser air conditioning coils
  • Clean and adjust blower components to provide proper system airflow for greater comfort levels
  • Check all gas (or oil) connections, gas pressure, burner combustion and heat exchanger

To schedule a service appointment, please call Casteel Heating and Cooling at 770-565-5884 or visit us online!