7 Ways to Maintain Your Mini-Split Air Conditioner

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7 Ways to Maintain Your Samsung Mini-Split Air Conditioner

If your mini-split air conditioner is not cooling properly there are some steps you can take to troubleshoot the problem before calling for maintenance or repairs.

1. Check Your Settings.

Your AC unit may allow for a variety of settings, so check to make sure something wasn’t inadvertently turned off or changed. The unit works best with the “fresh air” vent setting turned off. This setting is designed to allow your system to pull air from outside, but cooling the hot outdoor air requires your condenser to work harder. When this feature is turned off, the system uses the cooler indoor air, which takes less effort to cool to the desired temperature. Your room will cool faster and with less wear and tear when the fresh air vent is off. Also, check that the unit is set on cool mode and the temperature is set as “low.”

2. Make Sure Your Fan is Turning in the Right Direction.

A ceiling fan can make your HVAC system more efficient all year round, as long as it is turning in the correct direction. In the winter, the blades should rotate clockwise (reverse) as you are looking up. In the summer, they should turn counterclockwise (forward).

3. Make Sure Each Room’s Size is Compatible with Your Mini-Split AC.

The room size must be appropriate for the unit. If the mini-split is too small for a large room, it will not be able to cool the space sufficiently.

4. Check for Leaks.

Every AC is a closed system that draws air over coils filled with refrigerant in order to cool the air. A refrigerant leak is a serious problem that requires an HVAC professional. Running the air conditioner without fixing the leak can permanently damage the equipment.

5. Remove Obstacles and Other Electronics.

Anything that blocks the airflow from the mini-split can prevent the room from cooling properly. If necessary, relocate large objects, such as furniture. Electronics can heat up and make it more difficult to cool the room. Don’t overload the space with heat-generating items such as televisions and computers.

6. Clean the Air Filter.

The air filter protects the evaporator core and prevents the accumulation and buildup of dirt and dust. For best results and to keep your system operating efficiently over its lifetime, clean out the air filters once a month.

7. Make Sure the Voltage is Correct.

The voltage stabilizer output must be above 180V in order for the air conditioner to work normally.

For more information on mini-splits installation, or for any HVAC questions, contact a Rheem Pro Partner today. You can find us throughout Colorado and Wyoming.

Introducing The New Rheem Prestige Series High Efficiency Combination Boilers

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Introducing The New Rheem Prestige Series High Efficiency Combination Boilers

The new Rheem Prestige Series High-Efficiency Combination Boilers provide an elegant solution for your home’s heat and hot water needs by conveniently putting both vital systems in one efficient package. Each Rheem Combination Boiler is a single unit that heats both the air in your home and the water you use every day.

The Combi offers several important features and benefits:

  • High Efficiency
    An impressive 95% AFUE rating (the measure of how efficiently a furnace utilizes fuel) means very little fuel is wasted. The rating means that the unit delivers 95 BTUs of heat for every 100 BTUs of gas used and may qualify for local and/or utility rebates. This is good for your budget, your comfort, and the environment.
  • Two in One
    One unit for both functions means only one unit to service and maintain for both space heating and hot water.
  • Saves Energy
    Domestic hot water is generated on demand so there is no need to continuously heat and store water in a tank. This saves on energy use and the associated energy costs.
  • Saves Space
    With one unit for heating both the air and the water in your home, instead of a separate furnace and hot water heater, less space needs to be dedicated to your HVAC equipment.
  • Lower Installation Costs
    The unit installs with 2″ and 3″ Schedule 40 PVC venting, which is easier to work with and lower cost than stainless steel. This means significant savings of both money and time.
  • Improved Venting
    The Combi offers greater flexibility for venting, which gives homeowners more flexible and versatile options for locating the equipment. The maximum vent length is 100 feet for 3″ and 50 feet for 2″. In addition, the unit is vented with room air which further saves money and time.

How it Works:

Rheem Prestige Series High-Efficiency Combination Boilers work with

  • Hydronic Baseboard Heating
  • Radiant Flooring
  • Radiators
  • Hydronic Air Handlers

Contact a Rheem Pro Partner today for more information and to see if a combination boiler is right for your home. Rheem Pro Partners serve customers in Colorado and Wyoming.

The 6 Most Common Air Conditioning Problems in Denver

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The 6 Most Common Air Conditioning Problems in Denver

Now, before the summer heat hits, is a good time to schedule a maintenance appointment and make sure your cooling system is ready for the season. There are many reasons your Denver home’s central air conditioner may need to be looked at by a certified contractor. Knowing the most common air conditioner problems can help you diagnose them, or even better, avoid them. Common problems are faulty wiring, low refrigerant, non-functioning outside fan, a frozen coil and air flow issues.

1. Faulty wiring.

Bad wiring can trip the circuit breaker or keep the unit from getting power. Wiring that is not up to code, or is damaged or poorly installed can not only affect your air conditioner’s performance, it is also a serious safety/fire hazard.

2. Low refrigerant.

Refrigerant is the chemical in your air conditioning system that cools the air. Low refrigerant most often means there is a leak, although it could indicate other problems. Any hint of a leak should be checked by a professional and addressed immediately.

3. Outside fan is not working.

The outside fan moves the heat out of your home. If the fan is not working properly, the heat transfer won’t be successful and could result in the compressor overheating and tripping the safety overload. Even more serious, a fan problem could cause internal damage to the compressor.

4. Outside unit is not working.

If the entire outside unit is not working, the problem could be a lack of power, improper installation or a faulty thermostat.

5. Frozen coil.

This is most commonly a problem with air flow and the culprit is often a dirty air filter. Buildup on the coils or debris blocking the air flow to the system can also cause this. Frost on the inside coil could indicate low refrigerant.

6. Poor air flow.

Change the air filter regularly, every 30-90 days. Keep the coils free of dirt and make sure to maintain a clear area around the outdoor unit that is free from leaves, branches and other debris. Annual maintenance by a professional HVAC technician will keep your system clean and functioning properly.

Preventive maintenance at the start of the season is the best way to avoid serious problems and expensive repairs. Problems like the ones outlined here are easily discovered with a professional inspection and can often be addressed while they are still minor. Look for a NATE-certified technician to promptly diagnose and make any necessary repairs.

The NATE-certified technicians at Rheem Pro Partners can handle all your air conditioning needs. Contact us today in Colorado and Wyoming.

Is a Mini-split Ductless System the Answer to the Hot or Cold Spots in Your Home?

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Is a Mini-split Ductless System the Answer to the Hot or Cold Spots in Your Home?

A mini-split ductless system — a heating and cooling alternative that doesn’t require air ducts — can solve a number of problems, even in a home that has existing HVAC equipment.

What is a Mini-Split Ductless System?

Mini-split ductless systems are designed to heat or cool one specific room or zone, which is why they don’t require ductwork to move air throughout the home. With a multi-split ductless system, multiple indoor units (up to five) can be connected to one outdoor unit. This allows for independent control of the temperature in various areas.

Where are Mini-Split Ductless Systems Typically Used?

Mini-splits are ideal for homes without a central heating and cooling system already in place (so no existing ductwork). They are also a cost-effective solution for room additions or converted living spaces. Connecting a new or renovated space to the home’s central air system can be expensive and may even require an upgrade to handle the additional space.

Advantages of Ductless Mini-Splits

Small size

The indoor unit can be mounted on a wall or ceiling or even in a closet.

Easy installation

Installation requires only a three-inch hole in the wall for the conduit. However, a professional installer is recommended to ensure proper design and installation.

Flexibility and convenience 

Separate controls for each unit make it easy to tailor heating (or cooling) to your family’s specific needs by lowering (or raising) the temperature in rooms that are not being used or to meet the unique requirements of different rooms and people in the household.

Remote control

Remote controls allow you to control the temperature of the room you are in, without having to rely on a central thermostat that controls the entire home.

Doubles as air conditioning and heating system

Ductless mini-split is one system that can provide both heating and cooling with the same equipment.

Sleek, modern look 

The unit can be seamlessly adapted to fit any decor.

Saves money and energy, gain efficiency

Traditional central air systems use ductwork to move the air throughout the home. The heated or cooled air can be wasted through tiny leaks and cracks in the ducts or, if the ducts are dirty, the equipment may require more energy to maintain the comfort level of the home. Mini-splits are high-efficiency systems that eliminate the ductwork, and the flexibility of zone or room control further maximizes their efficiency. As a result, mini-splits are less expensive to operate than central air systems.

No ductwork

Ductwork needs to be maintained and can develp leaks that make the system less efficient.

Safer

Window air conditioners provide inadvertent access to intruders.

Longer lifespans

A well-maintained ductless system can last 20 years, compared to 15 years for a traditional ducted HVAC system.

Tax credits and rebates

Various tax credits, rebates and other incentives may be available for heat pump upgrades.

Ductless Mini-Split Disadvantages

Higher upfront costs than some systems

While they are less expensive to operate, they are more expensive to install.

Some people may not like the look of the indoor units

The units are visible, unlike a furnace and air conditioner that are typically separate from the living areas of the home.

Rheem Pro Partners, in Colorado and Wyoming, can answer all your questions about mini-split ductless systems and help with all your heating and cooling needs. Contact us today for an estimate.

7 Tips to Reduce Allergens in Your Home This Spring

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6 Tips to Reduce Allergens in Your Home This Spring

Ahh, spring! Or is it ahhchoo? Milder weather, longer days and awesome skiing are just some of the benefits of springtime in Colorado, but as flowers and trees begin to bloom, spring allergies can make the season miserable for those who have them. Fortunately, a few simple steps can minimize the impact of allergens inside your home and greatly improve your comfort. Start by scheduling HVAC maintenance before you turn on your air conditioner for the first time. Next, change your air filters regularly. And lastly, consider installing a whole house air purifier.

The Problem: Allergens

Allergens are airborne particles that make the air harder to breathe and irritate your eyes, throat and nasal passages. Symptoms include coughing and sneezing, red eyes, itchy throat and runny nose. They can also make chronic respiratory conditions, such as asthma, worse or even life-threatening.

Allergens include many sources – pet dander, dust mites, mold and insect droppings as well as pollen. These tiny particles make their way into your home through the air and can also be carried in on clothing and shoes. Once inside, they settle on surfaces where they continue to make you and your family uncomfortable.

The Solution: HVAC Maintenance

Minimize the discomfort of spring allergies with these 6 tips:

 1. Purchase high quality filters.

Air filters are your first defense against dirty air and allergens in your home. For most homes, filters with a MERV rating 8 to 12 are sufficient to trap particles but still allow proper airflow to keep your equipment running efficiently. Once the filter gets dirty, however, it no longer protects your system or the air quality in your home so it is important to check the filter monthly and replace it every 30 to 90 days.

 2. Get rid of debris around the outdoor unit…and the indoor unit.

Your air conditioner draws air into your home through the outdoor condenser unit. Keep the area around it free from leaves, branches and other debris, and clear away any dust and dirt that starts to accumulate. Similarly, the indoor unit should be kept free of dirt and debris. Sweep and dust it frequently to reduce the amount of allergens getting into the system, and refrain from storing items around the equipment.

3. Check for mold.

Mold grows in areas with moisture and humidity. Inspect the air ducts, condensate drip pan and drain, evaporator coils and the air handler every few weeks for signs of mold. Small amounts of mold can be removed fairly easily, but call a professional if the mold is widespread. Left untreated, mold spores can cause serious health problems and even death.

4. Dust registers and return vents first, then everything else.

The registers and return vents circulate the air from the HVAC system, so if they are dusty, your home will be dusty. Clean them with a damp rag –before dusting the other areas — to prevent dust mites and other allergy-causing particles from being spread throughout your home.

5. Duct cleaning.

A periodic air duct cleaning helps keep your home healthier instead or circulating potential problems over and over again.

6. Schedule an HVAC maintenance appointment.

A thorough cleaning of your HVAC equipment before you begin using it for the season will go a long way toward eliminating allergens indoors. Doing so improves the health of your cooling system by clearing dust and any blockages, and also improves the health of your entire home.

7. Have a whole house air purifier installed.

A whole house air purifier reduces allergy and asthma symptoms by removing the smallest particles from the air. In addition, it keeps your HVAC system cleaner as well, prolonging its life and improving its efficiency.

Contact a Rheem Pro Partner in Colorado and Wyoming today to schedule your spring maintenance appointment or to learn more about whole house air purifiers.

Are Annual Air Conditioner Tune-ups Really Necessary?

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Are Annual Air Conditioner Tune-ups Really Necessary?

Many homeowners wonder if an annual air conditioner tune-up is an unnecessary expense. On the contrary, regular maintenance saves money by preventing costly repairs and extending the system, as well as by maximizing the unit’s efficiency and performance. Learn more about why you should schedule an air conditioner tune-up before the start of the season.

Here are 7 good reasons why you won’t want to skip your annual tune-up.

1. A spring tune-up will give your air conditioner a head start.

Your air conditioner has likely been idle for months. Before you need it every day, it is a good idea to get it checked out — the same way you might have your car serviced before a cross-country trip. It might be just fine, but it makes sense to start the season with your system at peak function and efficiency.

2. Regular maintenance is almost always less costly than repairs.

Preventive maintenance is a cost-effective to way to avoid or minimize repairs and breakdowns. A certified technician can identify and address any issues while they are minor. Often just cleaning and making simple adjustments is enough to prevent the excessive wear-and-tear that would otherwise shorten the life of your air conditioner.

3. Neglecting regular maintenance can void your warranty.

Many manufacturers require annual maintenance to keep the warranty in force.

4. A well-maintained air conditioner lasts longer than one that isn’t.

Maintenance is about more than preventing breakdowns. Keeping your system in good working order extends its useful life. The longer your system works, the longer before you have to replace it.

5. A tune-up can increase efficiency and decrease cooling costs.

Energy costs account for a significant percentage of most household budgets. When your air conditioner is well-maintained it uses less energy and is, therefore, less expensive to operate. Dust and debris build-up, a condensate drain clog, parts that need lubrication and adjustment can all lower efficiency over time. A poorly maintained system has to work harder, and use more energy, to keep your home comfortable.

6. The EPA, Energy Star and U.S. Department of Energy all recommend regular maintenance

A clean, efficient air conditioner is good for your budget and good for the environment.

7. You’ll get faster service with more flexible scheduling in the spring.

Before the start of the season, technicians have greater availability. This means you can schedule your maintenance appointment at your convenience. This may not be the case in the middle of summer if you need a repair. Emergency or after-hours service can also be more costly to obtain.

What to Expect from an Air Conditioner Tune-up:

A thorough inspection and maintenance appointment will take some time. The technician should:

  • Clean the filters, coils and fins
  • 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 airflow 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.

Contact Rheem Pro Partners today to schedule your air conditioner tune-up in Colorado and Wyoming today and enjoy a worry-free summer!

What are Evaporator and Condenser Coils and How Do They Help Cool Your Home?

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What are Evaporator and Condenser Coils and How Do They Help Cool Your Home?

Running an air conditioner certainly doesn’t require knowledge of how to build or even repair one, but learning how some of the main components work may help you better maintain your system. Here we explain about the air conditioner evaporator coil and air conditioner condenser coil.

Unlike a furnace that produces heat, an air conditioner relies on refrigerant or coolant to remove heat from the air by absorbing it and releasing it outside. The evaporator coil and the condenser coil are integral parts of this process.

What is an Evaporator Coil?

The cooling process begins with the evaporator coil, also known as an evaporator core. It is located inside your home near the air handler (the blower fan) and consists of U-shaped tubes set into panels. The evaporator coil holds the refrigerant and is made of copper, steel or aluminum – materials that easily conduct heat. The panels are positioned to form an “A” and are lined with thin pieces of metal called “fins” which draw the hot air close to the refrigerant to maximize cooling.

The compressor pulls the liquid refrigerant through an expansion valve that relieves the pressure from the refrigerant and quickly cools it, allowing it to absorb heat as it then flows through the tubing in the evaporator coil. The valve controls how much refrigerant flows to the evaporator for overall energy efficiency. The blower fan draws the hot air over the evaporator coil. The refrigerant absorbs the heat, warms and evaporates.

When the water vapor in the warm household air hits the cold evaporator coils, the water vapor condenses into liquid form and drips down into the condensate pan, which drains the water away outdoors. This is how your evaporator coil reduces the humidity in your home.

Evaporator Coil Maintenance

In order to operate efficiently, the evaporator must be clean. Dust can prevent the refrigerant from properly doing its job and cause the system to work harder than necessary to cool your home. Keeping the evaporator free from dust and debris requires regularly changing or cleaning the air filter (every 30-90 days) and scheduling annual maintenance by a certified HVAC technician to thoroughly clean and inspect the system.

Frost on the evaporator coil indicates that the system is dirty and malfunctioning in some way. Do not run an air conditioner if you notice frost because doing so can cause serious damage to the equipment. Evaporator coils can also develop tiny pinhole leaks due to corrosion caused by moisture from condensation mixing with common household chemicals in the air. Oily residue around the evaporator or in the drain pan is a sign your coil is leaky and requires replacement. The chemicals in the air are called volatile organic compounds (VOCs) and come from carpeting, fabrics, cleaners, pressed wood, air fresheners and other similar sources. Maintaining proper ventilation can prevent VOCs from harming your air conditionaer and your health.

What is a Condenser Coil?

The condenser coil is housed in the condenser unit, the portion of the air conditioner system that is outside and houses the compressor, the condenser coil and a fan.

After the refrigerant in the evaporator coil has absorbed the heat from the air in your home, a copper tube transfers it to the condenser unit. The low-pressure, warm refrigerant gas enters the compressor where it is pressurized and turns into a hot, high-pressure gas. From there, the gas flows into the condenser coils and the refrigerant releases most of the heat it has absorbed. The fan on the top of the condenser unit also causes the refrigerant to lose heat by blowing air over the condenser coil. The condenser coil is designed to maximize the time the refrigerant is in contact with the blowing air, so it can release as much heat as possible.

As it cools, the refrigerant changes from a hot gas to a hot liquid. From there, it flows back through a copper tube into your home and into the expansion valve located in the indoor unit near the evaporator coil.

Condenser Coil Maintenance

Similar to the evaporator coil, the condenser coil needs to stay clean. To ensure proper airflow, periodically check for debris, such as leaves and branches, that may be blocking the system. Maintain a clear area around the unit and prevent leaves or other foliage from falling on or near the condenser. Frost or even ice can develop on the condenser unit as a result of dirt in the system. If you notice a buildup of dirt on the condenser coil, use a stiff brush to gently clean the fins. Annual professional maintenance will keep the condenser coil, and the entire condenser unit in good shape.

Importance of regular professional maintenance

It’s important to perform routine A/C maintenance that keeps your evaporator and condenser coils and the rest of your system running efficiently. If something does go wrong, you’ll be better able to troubleshoot the problem. Your knowledge will also help you make smart choices when you’re ready to buy replacement components or upgrade your air conditioner.

For more assistance or to schedule a maintenance appointment, contact Rheem Pro Partners in Colorado and Wyoming today!

8 Tips on How to Check an HVAC System When Buying a Home

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8 Tips on How to Check an HVAC System When Buying a New Home

Whether purchasing a brand new home, or a home that is new to you, making sure you understand your HVAC system from the start will go a long way toward insuring your comfort and safety in your new place. For an older home purchase, getting an HVAC inspection and scheduling maintenance is especially important.

While checking out the bedrooms and the kitchen appliances, be sure to look at the HVAC equipment too. For starters, review the stat sheet on the house you are interested in for a list of the types of HVAC equipment, as well as the fuel used to power them. If that information is missing, be sure to ask.

Here are some tips for evaluating the HVAC equipment in a potential home.

1. Understand what your HVAC system includes.

In addition to the furnace, air conditioner and water heater, the HVAC system might include a programmable thermostat and indoor air quality accessories. Many HVAC systems also include ductwork.

2. Visually inspect the equipment.

Does the equipment appear to be in good condition? Does it make noises that are concerning? Make a note of anything that seems unusual and be sure to have your home inspector check it out. You can also hire an HVAC professional to do an inspection.

3. Ask about the system’s age.

HVAC equipment typically lasts 10 to 15 years. If the equipment is in that range, you may wish to ask for it to be replaced, even if it has been well-maintained. New equipment will have far greater energy efficiency and reliability, making it much more cost effective to operate. The Department of Energy estimates that a 12-year-old central air conditioner that is replaced with a new Energy Star model can reduce air conditioning energy costs by 30 percent.

4. Look for the energy label.

Even if the equipment is newer, look for the yellow energy label for the energy efficiency rating and the estimated operating costs compared to similar equipment. The Energy Star logo indicates greater efficiency than standard equipment. Check the annual fuel utilization efficiency (AFUE) for boilers and furnaces and the seasonal energy efficiency ratio (SEER) rating for air conditioners. When judging these ratings, keep in mind the overall maintenance the equipment has received.

5. Understand the warranty.

Ask about the warranty and any maintenance agreements. Find out if they transfer to the new owners.

6. Ask about past maintenance and repairs.

HVAC technicians sometimes leave behind a dated job ticket when they service an air conditioner, boiler, furnace or heat pump either attached to the unit or posted nearby. This type of information is a record of what has been done to the system. Check for frequent repairs, especially big-ticket items like blower motors or compressors. These could signal trouble that the equipment may need to be replaced soon.

7. Pay attention to the comfort levels in different rooms.

Cold, drafty spots or hot, stuffy spots could indicate a problem such as leaks or poor insulation.

8. Schedule a professional inspection and preventative maintenance.

Have the HVAC system inspected before you close on the house. At the very least, have a certified HVAC technician come out and do a thorough cleaning and maintenance before you move in.

A certified HVAC technician is an invaluable resource when you purchase a home. He or she will explain the system to you, provide recommendations for what you need to do to keep the system running as efficiently as possible, answer any additional questions you have and give you a good idea of how much life is left in the system. Keep in mind, an older system doesn’t necessarily need to be replaced. A well-maintained gas furnace or boiler can last between 15-20 years, while a heat pump or central air conditioner can last 10-15 years.

For your new home HVAC inspection, contact your Rheem Pro Partner in Colorado and Wyoming today!

6 Benefits of Having Your Home’s Air Ducts Cleaned

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6 Benefits of Having Your Home's Air Ducts Cleaned

Your air ducts are your home’s circulatory system. Each day your furnace or air conditioner is in operation, the air inside your home will be cycled through your ductwork again and again in a repeating loop.

Unfortunately, the air that passes through your ducts almost always carries pollutants. In most American homes indoor air pollution is a fact of life, and as a result air ducts become a sort of depository, collecting dust, dirt, debris, pet dander, chemical traces, mold spores and a host of other nasty contaminants. If nothing is done these contaminants will continue to accumulate, but that is a problem you can avoid by having your air ducts cleaned on a regular basis.

When carried out by qualified professionals, air duct cleaning is a highly efficient and effective practice that can deliver a range of benefits, including:

#1 Improved indoor air quality

The air in your home is filled with microscopic contaminants, which your HVAC filters are designed to capture as air circulates through your home’s air duct network. But when pollutants build up inside ducts, they get stirred up and re-circulated throughout the home whenever your HVAC system is switched on, and this is a problem air filters cannot solve since it occurs downriver from where they perform their work.

Consequently, your only defense against your ducts becoming a source of recirculated pollution is to have them cleaned before contaminant build-up runs out of control.

#2 Reduced concentrations of allergens and irritants

Improved indoor air quality is especially important for those who suffer from asthma or allergies that can be triggered by exposure to indoor irritants. In the sensitive and the vulnerable, the dust, dander, pollen, mold spores and bacteria that accumulate inside unsanitary air ducts can easily provoke an allergic attack, possibly severe enough to require medical attention.

When allergens become recurrent a problem in the home, and a proactive approach to air duct cleaning should be considered mandatory.

#3 Increased indoor comfort

Ducts and registers clogged with dirt and debris inhibit air flow, forcing HVAC systems to work harder to meet their designated temperature targets. Because keeping up can be difficult, especially during more extreme weather conditions, homes that have unclean duct systems frequently feel too hot in summer and too cold in winter, all because the restrictions on air flow prevent them from working at peak efficiency.

By enhancing the free and easy flow of air, duct cleaning helps ensure smooth, consistent and efficient operation of furnaces and air conditioners all year round.

#4 Removal of unpleasant odors

The chemical compounds responsible for odor can collect over time in duct systems, just like other home contaminants. Pets, chemicals used in cleaning, paint fumes, smoke, food smells and bathroom odors may all be recycled through dirty ductwork, producing a pervasive stale or musty smell that will hit you in the face every time you enter your home. And if your ducts collect moisture over time, mold, mildew and bacteria may spread inside them, making those odors even more odious—and of course the more often you use your furnace or air conditioner, the more frequently these odors will circulate throughout your home.

Naturally, regular air duct cleaning is the best way to avoid this contingency.

#5 Energy savings (from lower heating and air conditioning costs)

Studies show that 25-40 percent of the energy used for heating or cooling a home is wasted, and dirty air ducts are a frequent contributor to this equation. Clogged ducts and registers are costly because they force furnaces and air conditioners to work harder and longer to keep up, leading to excess energy consumption and higher utility bills.

In contrast, clean air ducts do nothing to inhibit the strong and smooth flow of heated or cooled air, which reduces the amount of time a furnace or air conditioner must be kept running.

#6 Extended lifespan for your HVAC system

There are two ways that dirty ductwork can affect the longevity of your HVAC equipment. First, it can increase wear and tear on furnaces and air conditioners, since they must work harder and run longer when air flow through ductwork is less than optimal. Second, dirty ducts can contribute to mechanical breakdowns in HVAC equipment by coating them in dust and grime and making it difficult for them to continue functioning. Moisture in dirty air ducts is another problem, since exposure to moisture can cause metal machines to rust.

A well-maintained furnace or air conditioner can last for 20 years or longer, and air duct cleaning should be included in your HVAC maintenance menu.

Rheem Pro Partner Keeps it Clean

Rheem Pro Partner recommends regular duct cleaning for the health of your HVAC equipment, and for the health of your family. In fact many Rheem Pro Partners now offer duct cleaning and sealing services (the latter can prevent future contamination), and if you go with us for either you’ll have peace of mind knowing the job has been performed impeccably. If your air ducts haven’t been cleaned within the past two years, please contact us right away to make an appointment for a complete inspection of your entire HVAC system. If our technician confirms your ducts are contaminated, we can offer you the most comprehensive and affordable duct cleaning services available anywhere in Colorado and Wyoming and all points beyond.

The Top 10 Qualities to Look for in a Reputable HVAC Contractor

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The Top 10 Qualities to Look for in a Reputable HVAC Contractor

Your home heating and cooling system is important for your comfort and your health. When you purchase new HVAC equipment and need it professionally installed or require repairs or maintenance for your existing HVAC system, you can’t afford to get mixed up with a substandard contractor.

Fortunately, this is a possibility you can avoid if you take a careful approach to the selection process. Once you know what to look for, your chances of picking an honest, reliable and highly-qualified contractor to handle your HVAC-related needs will be greatly enhanced.

What Does an HVAC Contractor Do?

HVAC contractors are installation, service, repair and preventive maintenance specialists. Some HVAC contractors act as independent operators, or as active providers of the services their company offers. They are prepared to handle a range of duties related to HVAC systems, including installations, repair work and maintenance services, and they can make informed recommendations to clients who are in the market for new heating, cooling, ventilation or indoor air quality equipment.

Other HVAC contractors employ a team of technicians who are trained to perform a number of tasks related to indoor climate control. When you need service, these contractors will dispatch someone who has the expertise to manage the assignment, based on their skills and past experience.

How to Identify a Reliable HVAC Contractor

Unfortunately, the HVAC industry has more than its fair share of shady operators, fly-by-night companies and individuals who are looking for a fast buck and aren’t afraid to cut corners to get it. But if you know how to spot them, you’ll stay well ahead of the game.

Here are 10 qualities that separate the hucksters from the true professionals in the HVAC industry …

#1 A good reputation

Any HVAC contractor worth their salt will be more than happy to supply you with references, and of course if you have friends, family members or neighbors who’ve used a particular contractor, that can be an excellent source of information as well. Online reviews are not hard to find (Google can lead you to them) and you can check with the Better Business Bureau website to see if any complaints have been filed against your prospective HVAC contractor.

#2 Experience and knowledge

Before hiring them, you should find out how long an HVAC contractor has been in business and how many years of experience their technicians have. Also, if you ask them questions about the services they offer and about HVAC systems they should be able to answer immediately, providing information you can verify as accurate.

#3 Offers in-home evaluations

A contractor or technician must inspect your home in person before they can make an accurate evaluation of your needs. Heating and cooling systems must be properly sized if they are to perform efficiently and economically.

#4 Provides written, itemized estimates

One of the oldest tricks in the books among fraudsters is to be as vague and non-specific as possible in their promises and claims. That way, they can keep piling on the expenses once the project actually begins. Reputable contractors, on the other hand, are always willing to provide you with detailed estimates that cover everything they will use or do, or might have to do should complications arise.

#5 The HVAC contractor is licensed, insured and bonded

A reputable contractor should be able to show you paperwork proving they are licensed to do business in your state, and to carry out the duties your job demands. They should be able to show you proof of insurance and bonding as well.

#6 Technicians are NATE certified 

The most qualified technicians usually carry North American Technician Excellence (NATE) certification, along with local and state certifications that testify to their training and abilities. An increasing number of professionals in the field also have training and certification from the National Comfort Institute (NCI), which is a sure sign of professional expertise. If an HVAC contractor claims their technicians are certified but that the documentation has been mysteriously misplaced, run the other way and don’t look back.

#7 Fair pricing

Shifty contractors might give you estimates that are too high or too low, depending on the type of scams they like to pull. The only way you can tell for sure if pricing is fair is to get at least three or four estimates from different contractors, all as detailed and comprehensive as possible.

#8 Belongs to professional associations, such as the ACCA

ACCA stands for Air Conditioning Contractors of America, and most reputable HVAC contractors belong to the ACCA. They will likely belong to other professional associations as well, and if they aren’t it probably means they aren’t really very professional—or trustworthy.

#9 Sells quality brands and products

There are some iconic names in the HVAC industry, including Rheem, Lennox, Amana, Trane, and so on, and the best contractors generally represent at least one of these industry-leading companies. The top HVAC contractors also sell furnaces, air conditioners, heat pumps, water heaters, dehumidifiers and humidifiers that carry the Energy Star label, which certifies energy-efficiency and excellence in performance.

#10 Provides guarantees in writing

These guarantees are like legal contracts, and they give you the assurances you need to protect you against unauthorized work or charges. If a company refuses to give you written guarantees, that is the surest sign imaginable that they are not on the up-and-up.

Rheem Pro Partners is a Perfect 10

Our satisfied customers in Colorado and Wyoming can confirm that Rheem Pro Partner meets all 10 of these qualifications. In all our locations we back up our promises with real solutions implemented by real professionals, and if you need help with your existing HVAC system—or are in the market for a new one—we are your best bet for superior service and superior products. Please contact us today to discuss your needs and your options, and we can assure you it will be a rewarding experience for everyone involved.