How Carrier’s HVAC Products Can Make Your Home More Energy Efficient

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How Carrier’s HVAC Products Can Make Your Home More Energy Efficient

Mar 27, 2017

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If your New Year’s resolution for 2017 involved home improvement or going green in Tatum, Texas, then you’re in luck! Upgrading your HVAC system can not only reduce your carbon footprint but also improve your health and save you money in the long run. To that end, Carrier offers several HVAC products that can make your home more energy-efficient.

Modern Heating & AC Systems

Because roughly half of a home’s energy usage can be traced to heating and cooling, replacing an old or outdated system is one of the most impactful changes you can make. Check the age of your system. If it’s already between 10 and 15 years old, you will probably need a new system soon anyway. The same is true if your system has needed frequent repairs over the last year or so.

Better to upgrade now and benefit from the energy savings immediately than to slog through a few more months until your system gives out completely. In fact, you could save up to 30 percent on the cost of cooling your home when you replace an inefficient system. You’ll also avoid the inconvenience of a sudden breakdown, which can leave you without air conditioning at the worst possible time.

Infinity, GreenSpeed, and Hybrid Heat

Among Carrier’s heating and air conditioning systems are three technologies that focus on energy efficiency: Infinity, Greenspeed, and Hybrid Heat. The Infinity line of products is the culmination of 110 years of extensive research and development in the field of HVAC technology. The crowning achievement is the Infinity control, which gives you maximum control over your HVAC system and ensures that each component works seamlessly with the others to achieve your comfort goals.

To make Infinity products even better, when you combine the Infinity 98 gas furnace or the Infinity 30 heat pump with the Infinity control, you can also benefit from Greenspeed Intelligence. This technology allows your system to operate at anywhere between 40 and 100 percent capacity. The system evaluates your home’s needs and chooses the most efficient setting. In fact, when equipped with Greenspeed Intelligence, the Infinity 20 heat pump is up to 69 percent more efficient than alternative systems.

You can also pair these Infinity products with a Hybrid Heat system, which gives your Infinity control two heat sources to work with: electric and gas. The Infinity control will monitor the outdoor temperature and switch between heat sources accordingly, always choosing the most efficient option. This in turn will help reduce your home’s carbon footprint.

Smart Thermostats

We already mentioned the Infinity control, but that’s not the only smart thermostat available from Carrier. One great example is the Côr Wi-Fi thermostat. This 7-day programmable thermostat is compatible with a wide range of HVAC units including zoned systems, Carrier’s Hybrid Heat system, and whole-home humidifiers. To make things even better, if you’re in the process of upgrading to a smart home, the Côr thermostat plays well with others. As of early this year, it will also work with Apple HomeKit.

Still, the Infinity thermostats are Carrier’s best option, capable of managing not only temperature but also humidity, ventilation, airflow, indoor air quality, and (if you have a zoned system) up to eight zones. They even remind you to change the air filter, track energy usage, and provide system diagnostics.

Indoor Air Quality Add-Ons

Finally, Carrier offers several indoor air quality components that can be added to your system for even better efficiency. These include whole-home humidifiers and dehumidifiers, air cleaners, ventilation systems, and more. Although these upgrades are more well-known for their comfort benefits than their contribution to energy efficiency, they can end up saving you money. For instance, by removing dust and other particles from the air (and thus your HVAC system), a whole-home air cleaner can help your heating and air conditioning units last longer, run more efficiently, and require fewer repairs. This is in addition to the obvious health benefits.

If you’re ready to bring your home’s HVAC system into the eco-conscious and hyper-efficient 21st century, give JD’s A/C a call at (903) 759-7483. Our air conditioning experts can perform an Energy Star home performance evaluation and recommend the best system for your home — plus any add-ons that can make your home more comfortable and energy-efficient.

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3 Tips to Help You Save Money on Your Energy Bill

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3 Tips to Help You Save Money on Your Energy Bill

March 22, 2017
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There are so many ways to save money on your energy bill, and we’ve put together a great list of tips to help you save money on your Kilgore, Texas, home’s energy bill. These tips can be used year-round and are easy to put into practice.

Join an Energy Program

Check out your energy company’s website to see if they sponsor any energy programs. These energy programs may give you an incentive to turn off your appliances during peak hours. When large appliances like your HVAC system are off, you can use low-cost techniques to keep the temperature in your house stable. This might include turning on fans, closing curtains to insulate the house for warmth or block the sun for cooling, and sealing barriers from air leaks.

Use Your Microwave or Oven

The microwave uses less energy than the oven and won’t heat up the house. In contrast, if the temperature outside has been fluctuating, consider cooking something in the oven instead of turning on the heat. Especially during a Texas winter, your oven can really heat up the home if the morning is cool or the outdoor temperatures are fluctuating daily. The oven is a good alternative if the house is slightly chilly but you don’t want to turn on the heat.

Rid Your Home of Energy Vampires

Each night before you go to bed, do a sweep of the house to turn off energy vampires. Energy vampires suck energy while the appliances are not in use. Using a power strip can make the nightly energy sweep more efficient. A big energy vampire culprit is your TV. TVs are always sucking down power to make sure they’re ready as soon as you want to watch.

Whether you choose to implement one or all of these money-saving tips, you might be surprised how much you save on your monthly energy bill. If you’re looking to save even more money, it might be time for an HVAC energy audit. Don’t hesitate to give JD’s AirNow a call anytime at (903) 759-7483 to set up your appointment.

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4 Benefits of an In-Home Air Purifier

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4 Benefits of an In-Home Air Purifier

March 22, 2017
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Not all air purifiers are created equal. There are air purifiers that you can buy at the store and plug into the wall and then there are ones that must be installed by an HVAC technician. The professionally installed air purifiers have a lot more power and air-cleaning ability. Here we’ve put together a list of the benefits you can expect from an air purifier installed by your Gladewater, Texas, HVAC technician.

Reduce Pet Dander

It’s important that you be able to breathe easily in your home, especially in your home office. While working in your home office, you want to be able to focus on work and not be sneezing from pet dander. Shed skin cells from your pet can cause asthma attacks, sneezing fits, runny noses, and watery eyes. An air purifier installed in your HVAC system can help reduce all of these symptoms by filtering out pet dander.

Freshen Air Scent

Condo complexes are notorious for strange, stray smells. Whether it’s the curry cooking next door or the cigarette-smoking neighbor down below, an air purifier can help to reduce unpleasant odors in your home.

Remove Dust Particles

Having an air purifier installed in your home can also help to reduce dust particles. Dust is not just annoying and unsightly, but can also increase allergy symptoms. An air purifier can help to keep your home cleaner and more comfortable by getting rid of dust allergens.

Rid Air of VOCs

VOCs or volatile organic compounds are chemicals that are released by different items in your home, such as new carpet, paints, and wood flooring. An air purifier cleans the air in your home and reduces the VOCs.

Different air purifiers are designed for different tasks. It’s important to define what your needs and desires are before choosing and installing an air purifier. If you’re interested in an air purifier, don’t hesitate to call JD’s AirNow at (903) 759-7483. We’re here to help you decide which air purifier is best-suited to your needs and to quickly install it in your home.

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