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It is a good idea to know how your heating system actually works, seeing how you pay those bills every month! To understand them better, first, you need to determine what type of system you are using in your home. Here is the basic breakdown from Kudzu.

Natural Gas: It is carried into your appliances such as your furnace or gas stove. Propane gas is usually found in a tank somewhere outside your home and it carriers the gas through pipes underneath your home.

Electric Furnace: The best way to describe it is like a toaster. It heats the house like a toaster heats up bread.

Heat Pumps: This is an energy efficient alternative to a furnace. A heat pump will move air from one place to another, trying to evenly distribute the heat or cool air, depending on the season. Since they move heat, instead of generating heat, they are able to provide up to four times the energy they consume, pretty cool huh?

Hot Water & Steam Heaters: They are basically the same thing. They both have a boiler which heats up the water and then gets sent through the pies as steam.

Forced Air: This is the most common heating system. You set your thermostat and wheels begin to turn, well not really. The furnace heats up the air in the chamber and then blows it through duct work and registers throughout your home. Thermostats are a great investment, and an easy way to save money.

Hopefully, now that you have a better understanding of how heating systems work, you can choose one that fits your lifestyle or budget! Remember thermostats and heat pumps are huge money savers and a great investment! Always consult an HVAC professional to get the best heating system to fit your home!

There are three major factors to consider when deciding to replace your furnace.

  • The efficiency of your furnace
  • How much is your fuel costing you?
  • How much energy is required to keep the temperature inside your home at 65 degrees?
  • Gas prices are competitive, so there is no need to switch to oil or electricity. You may however want to consider switching to a condensed-type gas furnace. This type of furnace is able to capture about 97 percent of the fuels energy. If you do decide to make the switch to a condensed type furnace, you will be cutting your heating bills by about 20 percent. Take a look at your past winter heating bills and decide if the 20 percent savings are going to be worth the cost of the furnace replacement in the long run. According to an article from This Old House, it’s going to be around a $3,000 investment.

    If you are taking good care of your furnace, the average lifespan should be about 25 years. Chances are your furnace still has plenty of life in it! Other things to think about are ways to reduce the heating load around your house. For instance, adding some insulation or weatherstripping will help keep the cold air out and your costs low. These are inexpensive quick fixes that can help you save without putting a big dent in your wallet!

    So you may be asking yourself, what is a packaged heating and cooling system and why do I need one?  A packaged system contains the same components as a split-system namely the compressor, condenser, evaporator, and the expansion valve – all located in a single unit utilizing less space as opposed to a split-system.  Packaged units are usually installed on the ground or on the roof outside, allowing for both horizontal or down-flow designs.

    Packaged heating and cooling systems have been designed to contain all of your heating and cooling equipment in an all-in-one system.  Depending on the weather and your energy needs, there are four types of packaged systems to choose from, each with different functions:

    • Packaged heat pumps that both heat and cool your home
    • Packaged air conditioners that offer cooling for warmer climates
    • Packaged gas-electric units that can switch from electric air conditioning to gas heating
    • Hybrid fuel packaged systems that work as a heat pump, but can also provide gas heating

    Some benefits of a packaged heating and cooling system include:

    • Packaged units include all of the components of a heating and cooling system in a single location, saving more space.
    • Energy-efficient performance.

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

    According to the U.S. Department of Energy’s Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE), your heating and cooling system uses more energy than any other system in your home. It’s estimated that heating and cooling accounts for nearly 40 percent of a typical utility bill.

    You can save money by regularly maintaining and upgrading your heating and cooling system along with appropriate insulation, air sealing, and thermostat settings.  By doing this, the EERE estimates you can save on your heating and cooling bill, and reduce environmental emissions from 20% to 50%.

    Here are a few tips to save on your heating and cooling bill:

    • Use a programmable thermostat and set it at a comfortable temperature.
    • Clean or replace your furnace filters once a month.
    • Clean your warm-air registers, baseboard heaters, and radiators as needed.
    • Bleed trapped air from hot-water radiators once or twice a season.
    • Place heat-resistant radiator reflectors between exterior walls and the radiators.
    • Turn off kitchen, bath, and other exhaust fans within 20 minutes after you are done cooking or bathing.
    • During the cooler months, keep the drapes on your south-facing windows open during the day to allow the sunlight to enter your home and closed at night to reduce the chill from cold windows.
    • During the warmer months, keep the window coverings closed during the day to prevent solar gain.
    • Select energy-efficient products when buying new heating and cooling equipment.

    By following these tips, you should notice a reduction in your heating and cooling bill! For more information, you can speak to one of our team members or you can contact us online!

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    So you’re probably asking what are UV germicidal lights?  UV germicidal lights kill the mold spores and certain live, airborne bacteria passing by the light to prevent them from being re-circulated into your home’s air.  The lights are similar to those used in hospitals, restaurants and laboratories, and are easy to install to your heating and cooling system.  The lights protect against mold and bacteria from easily spreading throughout your home.

    Some benefits of UV germicidal lights include:

    • Eliminates up to 99.9% of mold spores in your heating and cooling system
    • Kills up to 87% of certain live, airborne bacteria passing by the system
    • Helps maintain system efficiency and airflow

    So if you want cleaner air in your home, contact Casteel Heating and Cooling and ask about UV germicidal lights!

    Thermostats have sure come a long way since the old programmable ones we grew up with.  Thermostats are now offered in digital, programmable and non-programmable with the needs of the individual in mind.  They’re now designed to maximize the performance of heating and air conditioning systems using accurate temperature control.  They are also designed to meet ENERGY STAR requirements when appropriate coils are used. The best part is they are Thermo at Casteel Heating and Coolingextremely easy to use and appealing to the eye (ask Thermo).  Thermostats come in a streamlined design and you don’t have to worry about it not blending in with your home decor.

    Trane is offering a new high definition programmable thermostat this year and will be the most advanced home comfort device on the market.  The thermostat has a high-definition color touch screen and will serve as an easy-to-use central planning center with features that help keep you comfortable inside, prepare you for the weather outside, and help manage home energy-efficiency.  As technology advances so do HVAC systems.  Be sure to ask Casteel Heating and Cooling about our thermostats!

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    A heat pump is a two part system that handles the heating and cooling in your home. There is an air handler that is located inside your home and a unit that is located outside of your home. This is not unlike a central air conditioning system.

    The difference is that a heat pump moves heat as opposed to generating heat. For instance, in the winter, a heat pump “moves” the heat from the outside to the inside. During the summer it does the opposite; it moves the heat from the inside to the outside. It is “pumping” the heat to the place you want it. At Casteel Heating and Cooling, we use Trane heat pumps. They have a SEER rating of up to 19.0 and are among the best value in the industry!

    For more information, you can speak to one of our team members or you can contact us online.

    …and why do I need one?

    First of all, let me explain zoning. Zoning is something that allows you to cool or heat only those rooms that you choose. If there’s a room in your home that you only use occasionally or a room that gets used at certain times of the day, you can control the temperature and the times the room is at that temperature or another altogether.

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    How does it work? It works not unlike setting timers on your lights. The system allows you to set different temperatures for different zones and uses dampers that open and closed based on your settings for each zone.

    What products do we use? We use a Honeywell Zoning System. Honeywell has been using this same idea since 1945 and has developed the technology for today’s homes. Their systems can handle anywhere from two to 32 zones and controls every zone from one device.

    What are the key features? It meets the American Lung Association® Health House® guidelines. Its energy efficient because you are not heating or cooling any areas unnecessarily and there’s a five year warranty.

    For more information, call 770-565-5884 or reach us online.

    I know, I know…it’s still cold outside and we’re talking about Spring cleaning. Believe it or not the official first day if Spring is March 20th and that’s only 38 days away! No need to panic…we have time to get ready and that’s why we’re talking about it now. Just like everything else that gets cleaned out in Spring cleaning so should your HVAC system.Spring cleaning, by Chiot's Run, on Flickr

    “But I haven’t used my AC all Winter long.” In a central air system the heating and cooling shares the same ductwork so your ducts have been busy all season long and require cleaning. At Casteel Heating and Cooling we recommend you schedule a tune up for your system when the season changes form Winter to Spring. one of our experienced and professional technicians can come  perform a very comprehensive 25 point inspection. That’s one thing you can check off your Spring cleaning list!

    We know that there are plenty of other businesses in the area that do what we do. We also know that you can and will choose based on what your friends say, your family says and your neighbors say. Casteel Heating and Cooling has been in business since 1987 when Bob started the company with one service truck, an office and a warehouse in his home for parts and equipment. Since day one he has based his business on customer service, doing the right thing and providing exceptional service for a fair price.

    Over the last 23 years, Casteel has stayed true to Bob’s original business model and today we have experts calling on our customers and treating each one as if he or she were the only customer we have. Our business has invested time and money in each and every one of our technicians to ensure that you get the best possible service we can provide for you. We think that gives you some peace of mind and we guarantee we can deliver on the promise that you’ll get world class service, exceptional products and quick response.

    Need  more? Read what your neighbors have said about us at Kudzu. You can read one or all of the 400+ reviews our customers have posted. We hope that you’ll remember us when you need an HVAC contractor in the Atlanta/ Marietta area. Once you become a customer, we’ll remember you!

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