10 HVAC Energy Saving Tips You Don’t Want to Miss

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10 HVAC Energy Saving Tips You Don't Want to Miss

Energy bills account for a significant portion of a home’s expenses, and as much as half of that is for the home’s heating, ventilation and cooling system. It is no surprise, therefore, that energy efficiency is a major concern for many homeowners. Here are several simple ways to make your HVAC more efficient and save money.

1. Seal heating and cooling ducts

Forced-air furnaces and air conditioners use air ducts to move heated or cooled air throughout the home as well as to draw air back into the system. Over time, they can develop leaks or if they were incorrectly installed they may have gaps that allow air to escape. This makes the HVAC work harder to maintain the proper temperature in the home and increases your utility bills. Sealing and insulating ducts can greatly improve efficiency (by as much as 20% according to energystar.gov). Start by sealing the seams of the ducts running through crawl spaces, the attic, and an unheated basement or garage. Then wrap them in insulation and do the same for other ducts that you can access.

2. Change the air filter

Regularly changing the air filter is a simple and economical way to ensure that your HVAC maintains its efficiency and continues to run smoothly between annual tune-ups. Check the air filter every 30 days and replace every 30 to 90 days as needed or according to the manufacturer’s recommendation. Failing to do so can lead to unnecessary repairs and shorten the life of your system.

3. Get a programmable thermostat

A programmable thermostat is an easy way to reduce your energy use when you are not at home and prolong the life and health of your equipment. The thermostat adjusts the temperature for greater efficiency and cost savings when no one is home and automatically readjusts to more comfortable levels when you return home.

4. Eliminate drafts

Drafts can impact your energy costs year round. Check the weather seals around doors and windows and seal any cracks to prevent loss of heat in the winter and loss of cooled air in the summer.

5. Add insulation

Insufficient insulation can also cause your HVAC to work harder in order to maintain a comfortable temperature, raising your energy bills. An energy auditor or insulation professional can help you determine your home’s insulation levels.

6. Use curtains and blinds

Window coverings can help keep heat in during the winter and out during the summer, and give your HVAC equipment a boost as well. Open blinds and curtains to let sun in during the winter to help warm up rooms and keep them closed in summer to help rooms stay cooler. Curtains offer an extra layer of insulation between the glass and your home’s interior.

7. Make the most of passive solar

The way a home is oriented and where the windows are placed play a big part in how much energy a home will use for heating and cooling by maximizing sunlight in cooler climates and minimizing it in warmer climates.

8. Regularly schedule maintenance

Having your furnace checked in the fall and your air conditioner checked in the spring will help ensure that there are no unpleasant surprises when you need your equipment to work. HVAC technicians are trained to spot problems while they are still small and easy to repair. They make sure your equipment is operating safely as well as efficiently, and make any necessary adjustments. Annual maintenance is required for the warranty by some manufacturers.

9. Make sure your equipment is sized and installed properly

Bigger is not always better and smaller is not always less expensive. If your energy bills are high and your comfort level is not what it should be, it is possible that your system is too big or too small for your home or that it was improperly installed.

10. Upgrade your HVAC and Choose ENERGY STAR

Technology in this industry is constantly improving. If your system is more than 15 to 20 years old, replacing it with a new ENERGY STAR model can greatly improve both energy efficiency and comfort. While a new system is an investment, the savings on monthly energy bills and repairs can greatly offset that initial cost over the life of the system. ENERGY STAR models often qualify for rebates and tax credits.

Rheem Pro Partners can help you improve the energy efficiency of your home’s HVAC. Contact us today in Colorado and Wyoming.

8 Ways to Avoid Getting Tricked Into Expensive HVAC Repairs

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8 Ways to Avoid Getting Tricked Into Expensive HVAC Repairs

HVAC systems can be costly to purchase and to repair. If you are in a desperate situation, you may feel especially vulnerable and concerned that you are getting your money’s worth from a contractor. Be informed and stay alert to avoid common HVAC repair scams with these helpful tips.

1. Get a written estimate for repairs

Getting an estimate in writing is always a smart practice so that you know what to expect and can question any additional or excessive charges later on.

2. Get a second opinion

Whether you are purchasing a new system or getting major repairs on your current system, it pays to get a second opinion. Legitimate companies want to help consumers avoid scammers.

3. Request the broken part

If the contractor says a part needs to be replaced, ask for the broken part. If you’re not sure the replacement was necessary, you can bring it to a certified HVAC repair company for a second opinion. And never buy used parts.

4. Avoid “free” or frequent tune-ups

Companies that advertise free tune-ups are often trying to entice customers to purchase unnecessary services following the “free” inspection. It may sound like a good deal at first, but could end up costing much more for work you don’t even need. Similarly, do not pay for tune-ups more than once a year. An annual tune-up is all that is necessary to maintain your warranty and keep your equipment in good shape.

5. Beware of low, limited-time offers

Contractors that advertise “buy now and save,” may just be planning to price-gouge you when they return to fix the unit a second time.

6. Don’t pay upfront

Contractors often ask for a down payment to begin work, with the final payment due once the work is completed. Beware of contractors who ask for the full amount up front. Once you’ve paid, you have little recourse if they do a poor job, or if they disappear altogether.

7. Be sure your new system is sized and installed correctly

Ask for the calculations used to determine the load and size of the unit and compare two or three bids. An incorrectly sized unit will not work properly. It will cost more to run, wear out sooner and likely have difficulty maintaining a comfortable temperature throughout your home.

8. Research the contractor – make sure he or she is certified on your equipment

Before agreeing to any work, do your homework. Make sure the contractor you hire is certified and insured. If possible, get referrals from people you trust who can vouch for the company, or ask for references and follow up. Also make sure the contractor actually works for the company he claims to be representing.

Rheem Pro Partners have been trusted HVAC professionals serving Colorado and Wyoming since 1992. Contact us today for all your HVAC needs.

Advantages and Disadvantages of Ductless Mini Split Air Conditioners

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Advantages and Disadvantages of Ductless Mini Split Air Conditioners

If you are currently in the process of building or remodeling a home, you might be wondering about the different types of air conditioners. Ductless mini-split air conditioners are systems that not many homeowners are familiar with, however, they offer several advantages.

What is a Ductless Mini-Split Air Conditioner?

A ductless mini-split air conditioner operates without ductwork and allows you to control the temperature in individual spaces or rooms. It has two components: the outdoor compressor and condenser and the indoor unit. The two components are linked by a conduit harboring the power cable, condensate drain, and tubing. Multiple indoor units can connect to one outdoor unit, which allows for “zoning.”

What is Zoning?

“Zoning” refers to regulating the temperature in individual rooms, rather than the building as a whole. Zoning is beneficial for those who spend the majority of their time in one room, or in homes where the rooms are naturally different temperatures.

Since ductless mini-splits are installed in rooms, they operate as a zoning system.

Where can you use a Mini-Split Air Conditioner?

It used to be that mini-splits were recommended for single rooms or add-ons where ductwork might not exist. We now see mini-splits being used to cool entire homes or to supplement traditional heting and cooling systems. A single unit won’t cool a 2000 sq ft open floor plan but it could help cool an overly warm room with large windows or second stories that tend to be warmer due to heat rising. You should contact an HVAC company to determine whether or not a mini-split is right for your application.

6 Advantages of Ductless Mini-Split Air Conditioners

Besides being a mouthful to pronounce, ductless mini-split air conditioners have several defining characteristics that work to the homeowner’s advantage.

1. Easy Installation

It’s in the name: “mini” split. Not only does a smaller size mean “out of the way,” it also means easier installation. Easy installation means a lower installation cost. Everybody wins!

2. Flexible Zoning

As already mentioned, one of the major benefits of using a ductless mini-split air conditioner is the ability to regulate cooling in specific areas. If you use multiple units, you can control multiple areas of your home with little effort.

3. Cost-effective

Because you can regulate how much energy output your system is producing, utility bills stay low. Additionally, modern units tend to be more energy-efficient, saving you money in the long run.

4. Improved Indoor Air Quality

A better quality HVAC system naturally results in better quality air. Good indoor air quality is vital to the health and comfort of your home, and a ductless mini-split is bound to help.

5. Energy Efficient

Ductless mini-split air conditioners make it easy to cool one room at a time. If you only cool one room at a time, you save energy waste on every room that isn’t being cooled. Not only is it good for your wallet, it’s environmentally friendly.

Are There Any Disadvantages to a Ductless Unit?

No system is perfect, and everything has its pros and cons. Comparatively speaking, ductless units have more advantages than disadvantages. However, you should be aware that there might be some downsides to ductless units.

1. They must be sized correctly.

Because mini-split units regulate the temperature in individual rooms, they must be properly sized to the area. A too-small system will overwork itself trying to compensate for the space, while a too-large system will constantly turn on and off, wearing itself down.

2. There are often higher upfront costs.

While ductless mini-split air conditioners save you money on your overall utility bill, the initial cost is high compared to other units. In many ways, it is an investment. If you spend more money upfront, you will spend less money over time.

Your family’s comfort is our priority. Contact Rheem Pro Partners today for all of your heating and air conditioning repairs and emergencies. We serve homeowners in Colorado and Wyoming and want to see your needs met with the skill, experience, and care of licensed professionals.

What Does an HVAC Technician Do During an Air Conditioner Tune-up?

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What Does an HVAC Technician Do During an Air Conditioner Tune-up?

Should you schedule an air conditioner tune-up with an HVAC technician? Many homeowners wonder if investing in routine maintenance is worth the investment, but we’re here to tell you it is. If you aren’t sure what an HVAC technician does during a tune-up, then this guide is for you.

Why Are Air Conditioner Tune-Ups Important?

Annual air conditioner tune-ups are important for the following reasons.

1. They prevent long-term damage to your air conditioner.

Scheduling tune-ups increases your chances of locating problems early and nipping them in the bud.

2. They save money in expensive repairs or replacements.

By locating problem areas before they have time to develop, you can save money on extensive repair work.

3. Tune-ups help you avoid surprise repairs.

It is much better for a certified technician to find a broken part before it becomes an issue. It lowers the chance of your air conditioner dying in the middle of the summer.

4. A tune-up increases the lifespan of your HVAC system.

Things last longer when you take care of them. Take care of your HVAC system with an air conditioner tune-up.

What Does an Air Conditioner Tune-Up Look Like?

A tune-up with one of our technicians includes the following three steps.

1. System Inspection

Your HVAC technician inspects your air conditioner to ensure that everything is in working order. If you provided the technician with concerns regarding specific areas, those areas receive special attention.

2. Cleaning of the System

Not only does a technician inspect your air conditioner, they should also clean it thoroughly and change the air filter.

3. System Service

Finally, an HVAC technician services problem areas. This might include replacing broken parts, identifying long-term issues, or making simple repairs.

A Closer Look at What Your HVAC Technician Does

Not every HVAC company is created equal, so some companies will give you more, and some will give you less. Generally speaking, however, your HVAC technician should include the following in an air conditioner tune-up.

  • Ductwork inspection and cleaning
  • Performance evaluation
  • Condenser coil cleaning
  • Calibration of thermostat
  • Tightening of electric coils
  • Test of refrigerant levels
  • Inspect blower assembly
  • Inspect evaporator coil

It is extremely important to hire a reputable, honest technician to perform your tune-up. Don’t be afraid to ask for recommendations.

Other Ways to Take Care of Your HVAC System

How else can you care for your air conditioner?

1. Listen for strange noises.

Trust your senses! If you hear strange noises or smell strange odors, don’t ignore it. Take the time to investigate, and call a professional if needed.

2. Inspect the system yourself.

While sometimes the only option is to call a certified technician, you can still perform inspections on your own. Examine your HVAC system regularly so you know what’s “normal” and what isn’t.

3. Change your air filters regularly.

Not only do clean air filters preserve your system’s life span, they improve your indoor air quality. Protect your health by breathing clean air.

4. Keep the area clean around your air conditioning unit.

For the best possible performance, make sure your ac unit is free of debris and has at least two feet of clearance from trees and shrubs.

Your family’s comfort is our priority. Contact Rheem Pro Partners today for all of your heating and air conditioning repairs and emergencies. We serve homeowners in Colorado and Wyoming and want to see your needs met with the skill, experience, and care of licensed professionals.

4 Ways an HVAC Zoning System Can Save You Money

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4 Ways an HVAC Zoning System Can Save You Money

If you’re looking for a great way to save money on heating and cooling, you might want to consider an HVAC zoning system. Many homeowners invest in traditional systems simply because they don’t know much about zoning systems. Make sure you’ve researched every option before choosing the right system for your home.

What is an HVAC Zoning System?

An HVAC zoning system is a system that allows you to regulate the temperature in specific rooms or areas of your home. It uses dampers to redirect air flow, allowing you to control what portions of the building receive the most heating and cooling.

Zoning systems come in several different configurations, including regular HVAC systems and ductless mini units.

How Can a Zoning System Save You Money?

Zoning systems are modern, efficient, and can save you money in the following four ways.

1. They are energy efficient.

Because you can choose which rooms receive heating and cooling, less energy is wasted. For example, if you live alone and know you’re probably not moving from your bedroom all day, you can stop any energy from being directed to the empty rooms.

2. Zoning systems could lower your utility bills.

An additional perk from saving energy is lowering your utility bill. Because you can heat one or two rooms rather than the entire building, you only have to pay for one or two rooms. While the upfront cost of a zoning system is more than a traditional system, it provides a great return on investment.

3. Your HVAC system could have a longer lifespan.

Traditional systems often overwork themselves to regulate the temperature in a home. Zoning systems have less work to do, so they generally last longer. A longer lifespan means less money spent on replacements. Again, that’s a win for the homeowner!

4. You may need fewer repairs.

If you invest in a quality zoning system, constant repairs are unlikely. You get to sit back and enjoy energy-efficient heating and cooling at a lower cost.

Is a Zoning System Right for Your Home?

Zoning systems are particularly beneficial for homeowners who do the following:

1. Spend the majority of their time in one part of the house.

As already mentioned, if you live alone or have a big home, zoning systems are great for cutting back on energy waste.

2. Travel or work a lot.

On the other hand, if you are gone a lot, zoning systems make it easy to save money while ensuring you come home to a warm or cool room.

3. Struggle with uneven temperature regulation in their home.

Depending on how your home was constructed, some rooms may tend to run hot or cold. Zoning systems allow you to work with that and keep everything even.

Your family’s comfort is our priority. Contact Rheem Pro Partners today for all of your heating and air conditioning repairs and emergencies. We serve homeowners in Colorado and Wyoming and want to see your needs met with the skill, experience, and care of licensed professionals.

Allergies? Here are 6 Ways to Reduce them this Spring

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Allergies? Here are 6 Ways to Reduce them this Spring

If you suffer from seasonal allergies, then you know how miserable they can make you feel. So, how can you find relief? The good news is that apart from taking medicine, there are ways you can manipulate your environment and reduce the effects of spring allergies (or any season).

5 Ways to Avoid the Triggers that Cause Spring Allergies

Allergy triggers can be found both indoors and outdoors, which is why it is important that you guard against both. Consider these tips for easing seasonal allergies in and out of your home.

1. Avoid going outside when it’s windy.

Wind carries allergens such as pollen, dust, dirt, etc. If the day is windy, your allergies are far more likely to flare up and bother you. Stay inside if you can.

2. Clean your sinuses.

Allergens get trapped in your sinuses and cycle through your airways, causing sneezing, itching, running, and general discomfort. You can use a nasal spray or warm water to rinse your sinuses and eliminate allergens.

3. Wash your clothes and shoes.

Much like pets carry allergens on their fur, you carry allergens on your clothes and shoes. Dust and pollen cling to the fabric and follow you everywhere, including your home. Wash your clothes and shoes as often as you can to keep pollutants from building up on the surface.

4. Take steps to improve indoor air quality.

Even with the windows closed, you may find that you need to filter your indoor air for better quality.

What is Indoor Air Quality?

Indoor air quality is exactly what it sounds like. It refers to the quality of the air you breathe inside your home (or any other building). Since you can’t see air quality, many homeowners forget that it matters. Unsurprisingly, it plays a huge role in your lung and sinus health and should be carefully regulated to ensure maximum comfort.

How Can You Improve Your Indoor Air Quality?

You can improve your air quality by taking the following steps.

1. Clean and dust your home regularly.

Dust is made up of skin cells, dirt, and dust mite droppings. All of these are airborne lung irritants that cause allergic reactions. Wipe down your furniture regularly to prevent dust from building up.

2. Keep doors and windows closed.

It can be tempting to leave your windows or door open on a beautiful spring day, but if you suffer from allergies, stick with the air conditioner. Pollutants can enter your home and cause more havoc than the pretty day is worth.

3. Groom pets.

Like dust, pet fur and dander can cycle through the air in your home, irritating your eyes, sinuses, and throats. Groom your pets as often as you clean your furniture.

4. Keep ductwork clean.

The best way to eliminate a problem is to begin at the source. Clean your vents to rid them of dust, dirt, and other particles.

5. Change your air filter regularly.

It is also important to keep your air filter clean. Use a high-quality filter, like the Model 2210 Aprilaire filters that remove 98% of contaminants and change it regularly.

6. Schedule routine HVAC maintenance.

One of the most effective ways to regulate your indoor air quality is to hire professionals to inspect your HVAC system. This ensures everything is in working order and nothing is amiss.

Your family’s comfort is our priority. Contact Rheem Pro Partners today for all of your heating and air conditioning repairs and emergencies. We serve homeowners in Colorado and Wyoming and want to see your needs met with the skill, experience, and care of licensed professionals.

How Does a Thermostat Work?

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How Does a Thermostat Work?

Your thermostat may seem like a minor part of the HVAC system but in reality, it performs a very important task. Read our guide to thermostats and learn more about how to choose the right one for your needs.

How Does a Thermostat Work?

Your thermostat is essentially the “control center” for your home’s temperature. It commands your HVAC system, which in turn regulates the heating and cooling within each room. A thermostat typically operates in one of two ways.

1. Analog Thermostats

In simple terms, an analog thermostat uses a bi-metal strip that connects to a thermometer. The metal expands and constricts with the temperature change, causing contacts to touch one another. The contacts in turn connect to a mercury bulb, which signals the temperature connections to act.

2. Digital Thermostats

Again, put simply, digital thermostats are computer-operated. The thermometer reads the temperature and then signals the computer-chip, which signals the HVAC system that it’s time to turn on or off.

What Are the Different Types of Thermostat?

Non-programmable thermostats are basic, manual thermostats that you adjust on your own time, at your own will. This type of thermostat is great for homeowners who work from home or are hardly ever gone. But for the majority, a digital thermometer offers the ability to program and control your HVAC system remotely. Whether you set a programmable controller or adjust the temperature yourself, you can save money by only heating or cooling your home when it’s wanted or needed.

1. Programmable Thermostats

This type of thermostat allows you to pre-program temperatures on a daily or weekly basis. Programmable thermostats are handy when you travel a lot, as you can set the temperature to shut off while you are gone and kick back on before you get home.

2. Wi-Fi Thermostats

A step up from regular programmable thermostats, wi-fi thermostats allow you to adjust the temperature in your home from your electronic devices.

3. Smart Thermostats

Smart thermostats automatically adjust themselves to your living pattern and control the temperature based on your preferences. You can still override this type of thermostat and change the preferences, but very little work is needed on your part.

Which Thermostat is Right for Your Home?

Every homeowner possesses a unique set of needs. To determine which thermostat fits your needs, ask yourself the following questions.

  • How often are you home?
    If you aren’t home often, a non-programmable thermostat will likely cost you more money.

  • How big is your home?
    Sometimes, zoning systems work well for large homes. A zoning system allows you to control the temperature in individual rooms using a digital thermostat.

  • How many occupants share your home?
    Multi-occupant households make great candidates for zoning systems. Often, everyone prefers a different temperature. Smart thermostats can make everyone happy.

  • Do you travel for business?
    Digital thermostats are great options for travelers. Even though the upfront cost of a programmable, wi-fi, or smart thermostat is more than that of a non-programmable thermostat, it will likely save you money on your utility bill.

Your family’s comfort is our priority. Contact Rheem Pro Partners today for all of your heating and air conditioning repairs and emergencies. We serve homeowners in Colorado and Wyoming and want to see your needs met with the skill, experience, and care of licensed professionals.

5 Signs It’s Time to Replace Your Water Heater

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5 Signs It's Time to Replace Your Water Heater

Have you started noticing some problems with your hot water? Is it running out faster than usual or not getting up to temperature? These and other issues could be a sign that your hot water heater is not working as it should. So, how will you know if you can repair the unit or if you should invest in a new one?

When Should You Replace Your Water Heater?

Here are five signs it’s time to replace your water heater.

1. You have repaired your water heater more than once during the year.

Many homeowners prefer the smaller upfront cost of making a repair rather than replacing an entire system. Sometimes, a repair is all that’s necessary. However, if the issue goes deeper than a simple repair, it is far more cost-effective to bite the bullet and replace everything. This is partially why it is so important to talk to a professional. They can tell you if the issue is surface-level or long-term.

2. Water is leaking and pooling around the unit.

Extensive leaking and pooling indicates your water heater is past its lifespan and needs to be replaced.

3. You are seeing water that is “bad.”

“Bad water” can refer to hard water, dirty water, or discolored water. If your faucets produce rust-colored water, chances are high that the heater itself is rusty. Whether you put your tap water in or on your body, it needs to be pure.

4. Your water is not up to temperature.

This issue seems like it would be the best indicator that you need a new water heater, but many homeowners dismiss cool or lukewarm water as “one of those things.” Remember, your water heater has one job – to heat water! If the heater isn’t doing its job, it needs to be inspected for either repair or replacement.

5. You own an old or outdated system.

Like every appliance and system, water heaters will eventually wear out. If you have noticed a lot of issues with your water heater and it’s over ten years old, you might want to consider replacing it rather than repairing.

Replacement vs. Repair

How do you know when it’s only a repair issue? Look closely at the following factors.

1. Age

As already mentioned, lifespan plays a huge role in whether you should repair or replace. The average lifespan of a water heater is about 10 years. If the heater is older than that and causing problems, it might need to be replaced soon anyway.

2. Expense

Does the cost of the repair justify the lack of replacement? If it costs the same amount of money (or less) to bring a new heater in, always choose replacement.

3. Overall Performance

If your heater is downright unreliable and constantly needs to be fixed, it might be smarter to just replace it.

Your family’s comfort is our priority. Contact Rheem Pro Partners today for all of your heating and air conditioning repairs and emergencies. We serve homeowners in Colorado and Wyoming and want to see your needs met with the skill, experience, and care of licensed professionals.

6 Benefits of a 2-Stage Variable Speed Furnace

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6 Benefits of a 2-Stage Variable Speed Furnace

A two-stage variable speed furnace offers a number of advantages for heating a home and can be a smart investment when choosing a new furnace.

What is a 2-stage variable speed furnace?

A variable speed furnace has an electronically commutated motor (ECM). It is a DC motor that is able to achieve greater efficiency than most AC motors. While the initial cost of a furnace with an ECM will be higher than a traditional furnace, the typical payback is four to five years.

How does it work?

The variable speed furnace varies the amount of circulated air, unlike conventional motors that operate at one constant speed. By monitoring data from the heating and cooling system, the furnace adjusts for greater comfort and efficiency of operation. This allows the system to compensate for factors like dirty filters or blocked vents by increasing the fan speed. The majority of the time, the first stage operates running at about 65% capacity. When the temperature drops, the second stage kicks in for added warmth.

What are the key benefits?

1. ECMs are low-maintenance

ECMs cycle on and off much less frequently than single-stage furnaces. As a result, there is much less stress put on the furnace. This means minimal risk of breakdowns and a longer operating life for the system.

2. Energy efficient

Unlike a single-stage furnace that only has a high capacity setting, a two-stage furnace operates the majority of the time at the low capacity stage. Therefore, the system uses much less energy overall, even though it operates more often.

3. Can reduce operating costs 

The combination of greater energy efficiency, minimal maintenance, fewer repairs and longer operating life all translates to reduced operating costs over the life of the system.

4. Quieter operation 

Another benefit of the two-stage furnace running at low output most of the time, is a great reduction of the operating sounds typically associated with traditional heating systems that constantly cycle on and off through many short, full-blast cycles.

5. More even temperatures (increased comfort)

The consistent operation at the lower output stage (less cycling on and off) means your home maintains a more constant temperature. A single-stage furnace, that blasts your home with a large amount of heat every time the system turns on can create temperature spikes and dips. A two-stage furnace, however, operates longer than a single-stage furnace (and at a lower setting), which allows it to heat your home more consistently and with much smaller temperature fluctuations.

6. Improved indoor air quality

The design of the two-stage furnace with its longer heating cycles sends the circulated air through the system’s filtration devices more often than a single-stage furnace. More particles are removed from the air so your home maintains a higher level of freshly filtered air.

Because a two-stage furnace has longer heating cycles than a single-stage furnace, air is sent through your system’s filtration devices more often. This leads to better air quality because more particles are removed from the air and your home will have a more consistent supply of freshly filtered air.

Do you have more questions about two-stage variable speed furnaces? The professionals at Rheem Pro Partners are here to help with all your HVAC needs. Contact us today. We proudly serve the Colorado and Wyoming region.

What Size Furnace Do I Need and How is it Determined?

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What Size Furnace Do I Need and How is it Determined?

Choosing a new furnace for your home means evaluating a number of features, and at the top of that list should be selecting the right furnace size. Even the most efficient furnace model, if too big or too small, will not function properly. You can approximate the correct size on your own, but be sure to discuss how to calculate furnace size accurately with your HVAC technician.

Why does furnace size matter?

The size of the furnace is critical for performance. Size impacts the furnace’s efficiency, cost and lifespan, as well as its ability to provide comfort in your home. Understand that over the life of the furnace, bigger does not necessarily mean more powerful (as in providing more heat) and smaller doesn’t necessarily mean less expensive. The most important thing is to choose the right size.

If your furnace is too big…

An oversized furnace is more likely to heat your home unevenly. It will turn on when it gets cold and heat up some areas of the home too quickly. When those rooms become uncomfortably hot, the heater will shut off, leaving other areas of the home still cold. That frequent cycling is less efficient and raises your energy costs.

If your furnace is too small…

Similarly, a furnace that is too small will be unable to adequately heat your entire home, leaving some areas cold and causing the system to run longer or turn on frequently. The extra wear and tear will possibly lead to more breakdowns and repair and may also shorten the lifespan of the furnace.

How to determine the right size furnace for your home

There are two ways to determine the correct size furnace for your home.

1. Approximate Calculation

Determine the square footage. This may be written somewhere in your purchase documents, or you can measure it yourself. Next, determine the base BTU. The British Thermal Unit is the amount of energy used to cool one square foot of your home, approximately 25 BTUs. Multiply the number of square feet by 25 to get the base BTU measurement. Lastly, if your home has high ceilings (over 8 feet) increase the BTU amount by 25%.

2. The Professional Method (Manual J)

Your HVAC technician can obtain a more precise measurement using Manual J calculations, which consider a number of factors in addition to square footage. These include the number of people in the home; the climate; the number, placement and orientation of windows; the amount of insulation in the walls and more.

Rheem Pro Partners can determine the proper furnace size to maximize comfort and efficiency in your home. Contact us today for more information. We serve homes throughout Colorado and Wyoming.