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Ask the Meyers Expert
Delivering Expert Service Since 1963
At Meyers Heating & Air Conditioning, we are the home comfort and HVAC experts committed to helping customers understand options and feel complete confidence in our services. Since 1963, Meyers has collected expertise we want to share!
Typically, heating and air conditioning equipment will last 10 to 20 years. Older equipment can experience a drastic drop in efficiency, gets noisier, and needs repair. For older systems, you can consider an overhaul but often it’s best to get an upgrade. Newer equipment to replace a unit that is 10 years or older are more energy efficient and with come with improved heating and cooling technology.
For air conditioning systems, replacing the outdoor unit to save money is not recommended as the overall unit efficiency will decrease, sometimes up to 15%. If you replace just the outdoor unit, it will then be newer than your indoor components and total system failure often occurs sooner. In addition, the manufacturer warranty will be voided, if you just upgrade the outdoor unit.
We never recommend oversizing air conditioning systems or any HVAC component. Air conditioners increase comfort by cooling and removing humidity. Oversized units will have a short run cycle that may chill the air but typically shuts off before humidity is minimized. Moisture removal is not only part of the cooling cycling, but it also helps to reduce mold and mildew. Oversized air conditioning systems also use more energy and unnecessarily increase wear and tear.
Heating systems and furnaces that are oversized are less efficient, use more fuel, cause greater temperature variation, and unnecessarily increase cost.
Adequately sized systems, with all components matched for your home, enable each part to perform at an optimal level and increase overall efficiency for the home. Professional load calculation determines the exact heating and cooling needed to be comfortable while delivering the most value
Regularly changing an air filter allows for a more efficient operation! Dirty air filters, from dust, pet hair, and environmental conditions reduce the air flow and make all components work harder than necessary.
Consider using a high-efficiency air filter that removes more dirt, pollen, dust, and other air particles. Contact us to determine how often your home’s air filter should be changed and whether your system would benefit from a high-efficiency air filter.
Yes! Several options exist including a high-efficiency air cleaner that removes up to 99% of spores and pollen, in addition to removing dirt, smoke, and household dust. Whole-house humidifiers also help Colorado’s dry air and minimize scratchy throats, dry skin, and damage to woodwork.
Every year you should have your furnace, heating system, and air conditioning system serviced and maintained. Not only does an annual service keep everything running more efficiently, but you can also avoid unexpected costs from a breakdown and keep your family safe and comfortable.
Yes – the convenience, safety, peace-of-mind, and year-round comfort from a maintenance plan can’t be beaten! Before you know it, the warranty coverage of a system expires, and a service agreement and regular maintenance can avoid unexpected expenses. Learn about Meyer’s Healthy Home Club!
While mold is part of a natural, outdoor process, it is not something you want in the home. Mold requires at least a damp environment to be grown. The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) provide mold prevention guidelines for homes.
In HVAC systems, it is possible for mold to grow from the moisture collected in cooling systems and air ducts. To avoid the development and spread of mold, schedule regular, preventative maintenance to ensure the coils and collection pans stay clean, lines are clear, and your ductwork is clean. Using a high-efficiency filtration system can help plus ultraviolet (UV) lights near the collection pan and coils kill mold and bacteria.
The Department of Energy (DoE) established standards to rate the efficiency of HVAC units. The different ratings can be confused but aim to help consumers compare furnaces, air conditioners, and heat pumps.
Average Fuel Utilization Efficiency (AFUE) measures the heating efficiency of gas and oil furnaces. A more efficient unit means using less fuel, saving energy, and saving money.
Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio (SEER) measures the cooling efficiency of air conditioners and heat pumps (that have a cooling and heating function). The higher the SEER rating, the higher the efficiency. Modern air conditioners and heat pumps must have a minimum SEER rating of 14 or higher.
Heating Seasonal Performance Factor (HSPF) measures the heating efficiency of heat pumps. New heat pumps must have a minimum HSPF of 7 or higher.
We recommend several different approaches to reduce your home’s cooling costs. Upgrading to a new, high-efficiency air conditioner that is correctly sized to your house is a fast, efficient way to lower costs.
Also, increasing the temperature to 75o F or above and installing ceiling fans will help contain costs. Make sure vents aren’t covered by furniture or curtains and book annual maintenance to keep your system operating at its best.
Heating costs can be reduced by upgrading to a high-efficiency furnace that uses up to 50% less fuel than older systems and can save up to 25% in home-heating costs.
Annual maintenance and service also help keep any system operating at its best efficiency. Ensure vents are not blocked, install ceiling fans to circulate warm air, and use a programmable thermostat. A thermostat you can set to control the temperature while you are away or during the night saves energy and money!
A voluntary program established by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), ENERGY STAR® is designed to identify and promote energy-efficient products that help to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. By focusing on energy efficiency, consumers can compare products and choose higher efficiency appliances, lighting, computers, heating and cooling systems, and more.
Heating and cooling make up about half of each home’s energy use. In addition to ENERGY STAR heating and cooling systems, proper sizing of equipment, professional installation, and regular maintenance help consumers increase efficiency while being environmentally responsible.
Heat pumps are an innovative and simple system for the home that provides both heating and cooling. The system is designed to work as an air conditioner for hotter months and then runs in reverse to provide heat for your home. A great solution for older homes, additions, or outside buildings, heat pumps don’t require expensive ductwork!
As the name suggests, a variable speed fan can supplement your heating and cooling using a fan that can spin at different speeds. At lower rates, a variable speed fan provides a reliable, steady flow of cold or warm air. Increase the fan speed for times to receive an increase in cool or warm air.
Sometimes the outdoor temperatures change quickly and dramatically. Two-stage heating and cooling achieves high efficiency by using two compressors, one small and one larger, with the unit.
The smaller compressor, usually about half the capacity of the larger one, provides a boost when needed. The system can be used for different types of HVAC units including a heat pump system, gas furnace, and air conditioner.
We recommend cooling settings at 75-85o F and heating set to 68-72o F. These settings will maximize energy savings with each 1 degree of temperature change equaling about 1% energy savings.
Temperature fluctuations are a problem and can be caused by different reasons. For south and west-facing rooms, the sun through the windows can alter the temperature. However, professional home comfort systems can be sized to accommodate this kind of change.
A system that is poorly sized, has no zoning control, is clogged or in need of maintenance are other reasons for temperature changes. Call us to evaluate your home and we’ll get everything at just the right temperature, all the time!
Freon® (refrigerant R-22) is no longer allowed for use in new equipment. While R-22 has been a refrigerant used for years, it has been found to be harmful to the environment. Cooling systems and air conditioners now must use R-410A.
While not available for use in new systems, R-22 is in use in many homes today. To further cut off the use of R-22, the prices have been dramatically increased. Contact us if now is a good time to consider options to upgrade your system and avoid R-22 use plus get a new, more efficient cooling system for your home.
An increasingly loud air conditioner operating unit outside is a sign that the unit may need a service or is aging and an upgrade may be in order. Not only are newer air conditioning units more environmentally friendly, efficient, and more powerful, they are also designed to operate quieter. Contact us to explore what the problem might be and discuss upgrade options.
Unfortunately, hundreds of people die from unintentional carbon monoxide poisoning, with a third of these deaths occurring during winter time when heating systems are used. Carbon monoxide results from the burning of carbon-based fuels (gas, oil, kerosene, etc.), but is when fuel combustion isn’t complete.
Carbon monoxide is extremely dangerous! Because it is odorless, install carbon monoxide monitors in your home according to manufacturer recommendations.
If your home uses natural gas, you should learn to smell the odor, which is not unlike rotten eggs. Natural gas is actually odorless, but this odor is injected to alert a leak. If you smell natural gas, leave your home immediately, do not turn on light switches, light a match, use a cell phone or touch anything that may cause a spark. Once safe, call 911 or your gas company. If it’s possible to turn off the gas at the meter safely, do so. But stay away!
Some homes have a tank outside that stores propane gas. Propane gas is heavier than air and will sink to the floor and spread. An odorant has also been added to propane gas so you should learn to identify this odor. Exit your home immediately, do not light a match, start an engine, use a cell phone or do anything that may cause a spark. Once safe, call 911 or your propane gas supply company. Stay away until it is safe.