Where to Install UV Lights Within an HVAC System and What They Do

Consumers use ultraviolet (UV) light products to sanitize toothbrushes, sterilize water, and remove germs from surfaces. UV lights also can clean the air and keep your HVAC system efficient. Before purchasing any for your home, read how UV lights work and where to install them.

What UV Lights in HVAC Systems Actually Do

Homeowners can purchase standalone, portable UV light units for installation anywhere in a home or office. They also can install UV lights in HVAC systems. Such UV lights come in two basic types:

  • Air sterilizers. This UV light cleans air moving through the system. Installed in the air return, the light turns on when the fan starts running and turns off when the system is off.
  • Air handler coil sterilizers. This UV light sits near the coils in the air handler and constantly runs to keep mold and other contaminants at bay. It is more cost effective than an air sterilizer but may not provide the same system-wide results.

Depending on your home and personal needs, each UV light type offers sterilizing benefits that may reduce maintenance activities and repair work. If you’re interested in both UV light types, consider starting with a coil sterilizer and then installing an air sterilizer after you see the results.

Benefits of HVAC UV Light Systems

Here are just a few of the benefits home and business owners can gain from investing in UV lights:

  1. Bacteria and virus elimination. For individuals highly susceptible to illness or for high-risk environments, built-in UV lights offer complete sanitization. Some systems can eradicate nearly all microscopic contaminants in an environment. Removing these contaminants will improve the smell and feel of the air in a home, too.
  2. Mold and fungi management. Mold can grow inside a system, causing health problems such as skin and eye irritations or respiratory illness. Removing mold can be expensive and time consuming. UV lights keep mold and fungi at bay.
  3. Peace of mind. Investing in UV lights means not worrying about a filter letting through some contaminants. The unit will sterilize all surfaces the light can reach and reduce the risk for contamination in other areas of the unit. The lights are cost-effective, running as little as $2.00 per month.

Where to Install UV Lights for Best Results

Depending on your needs and the system you choose, you may install the UV lights directly in the air handler. In addition to the air handler, you may choose to install them in the air return or in strategic areas throughout the ductwork. UV lights work best when placed around reflective surfaces and in conjunction with high-efficiency filters.

 

To properly install the light, invest in UV-protected HVAC components in areas the light may affect. Always read the manufacturer’s instructions regarding placement and mounting. Contact an HVAC professional for help if necessary. UV lights can significantly reduce health hazards in an indoor environment. A strategic installation will improve the overall health benefits. For more information or any other HVAC questions, contact us today.

 

Reduce YOUR Carbon Footprint with These 5 Fixes

 

As we look back at the global record breaking summer we just had, it’s impossible not to think of the ways in which our carbon emissions have affected our environment. While temperatures have never been higher, ecological awareness has never been greater. You can monitor and even reverse your carbon imprint by limiting certain habits and behaviors.

Ways to Reduce Your Carbon Footprint

Here are just a few ways that you can reduce your carbon footprint:

1 – Driving

Many of us are using cars on a daily basis, so this seems like a good place to start. The simplest measure is to reconsider your style of driving. If you have a habit of accelerating and decelerating abruptly, try a more steady, even approach to greatly reduce the amount of fuel your engine consumes. It is also recommended to do regular check-ups on your car, especially on the tires, to increase fuel efficiency as tires can cause the release of around 500 pounds of CO2 per year.

2 – Air Travel

Planes release tremendous amounts of greenhouse gases, so if you’re really looking to minimize your carbon footprint, you should really consider the need for each flight before you take off. Just one trip can account for weeks of carbon emission.

3 – At Home

Putting forth the effort and investment to maximize a home’s energy efficiency will not only drastically reduce your monthly energy bill, but it will more importantly reduce the amount of wasted energy your home consumes. Although it may be difficult to pull off financially and logistically, insulating your home will make the greatest difference towards limiting your home’s carbon footprint.

Turning off your lights whenever you don’t need them seems like such a small thing to do, but if everyone did it, we could make a collective difference.

The same applies to Thermostats. Modern models are programmable, making it possible for you to automatically have the temperature of your room cooled down when you’re not at home.

4 – Food

The type of food that consumes the greatest amount of energy and releases the largest quantity of greenhouse gases is meat. This doesn’t mean you have to become a vegan to be eco-conscious, but increasing the amount of fruit and vegetables in your diet is a step you can take to minimize your carbon footprint and improve your health.

5 – Other Ways

There are many other areas in your life where it is possible to make things more energy-efficient. You can drastically reduce the amount of trash you produce by reusing items like plastic bags. Consciously not buying more food than you will be able to eat at a given time will also make a noticeable difference. As for the trash you still end up producing, it is possible to decrease its negative impacts by practicing waste separation.

Also, it is always a good practice to keep an eye on your water usage. Both your cleaning and drinking water requires energy to produce.

If you want to be more proactive, solar panels or windmills for your house can supplement your energy usage.

There are so many steps you can take to reverse your carbon footprint. To learn more about reducing your carbon emissions, you can contact HVAC Construction, Inc.

5 Compelling Reasons to Replace Your Furnace Filter Before Winter

Winter presents one of the most challenging seasons for your house heating needs. You just can’t afford the risk of a furnace that is not heating your home optimally. All the components of your furnace have to be in top notch condition. The furnace air filter does not do the actual heating, but it is vital in ensuring the air blowing throughout your home is clean. Why is this important? Constant use makes the filter dirty. This dirt will finally clog the filter and restrict air flow. This requires you to take proactive measures and replace your furnace filter before winter sets in.

Why You Need to Replace Your Furnace Filter

There are a few reasons why it is important to replace your furnace filter before winter.

Energy cost

When your air filter is clogged or damaged, it will make your heating system to run much harder than usual. This will translate into higher energy bills. Certainly, you need heat in your house not in your pocket. Ensure you have the system running efficiently by fitting a new filter before the cold season begins.

Avoid preventable breakdowns

One might opt for the easy way out by to just removing the offending air filter. However, this is the wrong approach to the problem. Getting rid of the filter will only give debris and dirt an opportunity to accumulate in the system. This accumulation of unwanted foreign bodies into the system is a sure way of inviting premature failure and preventable breakdowns during the chilly winter season. By doing this replacement earlier you will be giving you HVAC system a longer life.

Clean air during winter

You, a member of your family or some of your guests might be suffering from allergies or find excessive dust accumulation to be a source of discomfort. Paying attention to your filter is a great starting point in seeking relief to these anticipated challenges. By replacing the furnace filter before winter you ensure that you will not have to worry about adulterated air in your house during the cold season. Endeavor to take the entire measures make your home environment as comfortable as possible prior to the onset of winter.

Cost Savings

Products become more expensive during the seasons of the year when the sellers know you can hardly do without the product in question. It is normal in business for such prices to shoot upwards when buyers have little option other than buying the commodity in question. So, why not replace your furnace filter before the costly replacement season arrives?

Peace of Mind

You don’t have to wait until you experience the challenges of a malfunctioning furnace filter. Replacing it now is easy and inexpensive. It will extend the life of your HVAC system and enhance the quality of your indoor air quality. Buy for best quality air filters with an excellent Minimum Efficiency Reporting Value (MERV). The value ranges from1 to 12 and the higher the value the better filtration you get with the filter. Remember to have your HVAC system tuned up regularly, especially so during winter, to ensure the entire system is in synch and operating optimally.

With these simple but vital tips you are sure of getting excellent service from your heater throughout the winter period and beyond. Contact us for all of your heating needs.

What is Ductless Heating & Cooling?

When people think about an HVAC system, the image that usually comes to mind is a furnace in the basement, or a heatpump on the roof or outside, and ductwork to guide all that air to the different parts of the house. They will also often think about how that system doesn’t heat and cool the house evenly, leaving some parts of the home more comfortable than the others. But central air isn’t the only way to heat and cool a home anymore.

Ductless HVAC Systems

While not exactly a new technology, ductless systems have started to gain traction as an affordable and efficient means of providing the heating and cooling needs of a home. Ductless heat pumps are highly efficient and can reap noticeable savings on a monthly electric bill. The heating and cooling of a home is generally what uses the most electricity within a home. Having an HVAC system that operates at higher efficiencies, and provides better heating and cooling to the home, will manifest itself in measurable monthly savings.

Essentially what a ductless HVAC system is, is a wall-mounted heat pump with a thermostat to control it. They are mounted within individual rooms and hallways, allowing a large degree of control over the temperatures within a home. This control is what adds to the savings of a ductless system. Instead of a single thermostat to control the temperature across the entire house, a ductless system will let you individualize the temperature of different zones in the home, providing heating and cooling just where you need it, and at the appropriate level.

Doing away with the losses involved with ductwork, inefficient single-thermostat control, and the very high efficiencies of ductless heatpumps will amount to large savings on the costs of heating and cooling a home. And a bonus for you allergy sufferers is no longer will you be blasted with dust and allergens from a central air system. Ductless HVAC systems with appropriate filters will help to keep the air in your home much cleaner than with a traditional system.

If you’re interested in a ductless HVAC system, give us a call at HVAC Construction Inc. to discuss your options today!

Heat Pumps Explained

The heat pump is an efficient method of heating that moves heat from a cold area to a warmer area. When you first hear that it doesn’t make a whole lot of sense. You’re probably asking yourself how you can get heat from a cold area? Let’s take a look at how the heat pump works.

How does a Heat Pump Work?

So how can you get heat from a cold area? Well, every substance that is above absolute zero has heat energy in it, that can be gathered and transferred to another area, leaving that substance just a little bit colder. That still might not make a lot of sense so let’s take a look at an example that might help you to understand how this works.

In your refrigerator, there are components much like in your AC system. You have the two coils and the compressor. Inside the fridge is the evaporator coil that chilled refrigerant flows through, picking up heat from the fridge and leaving behind colder air. It then takes this heat and moves it to the coils on the back where it gives off its heat. Conversely, if you’ve ever stood over an HVAC condenser coil during the summer while the AC was running, and felt the hot air that the fan was blowing away from the coils, the heat pump moves heat to a warm area in much the same way.

Types of Heat Pumps

There are two main types of heat pumps — air sourced heat pumps (AHSP) and ground sourced heat pumps (GSHP). The air sourced heat pump is what was described above, and the one most people are familiar with. Also, if you have a modern split system AC unit, there is more than likely a reversing valve on it which turns the operation of the AC unit from that of a cooling one, to that of a heat pump.

Ground sourced heat pumps are very much like the ASHP only instead of using air to extract heat from, it will use the ground. Underneath the ground lines will be laid that an antifreeze-like solution will be circulated through in order to gather heat. It takes that heat and transfers it to the refrigerant via a heat exchanger. The benefits of GSHPs is that since the ground remains at a more stable temperature over time, the system can operate more efficiently.

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What You Need to Know about Carbon Monoxide

Carbon monoxide poisoning is not a proposition you can afford to take lightly. Exposure to excessive quantities of carbon monoxide will make you sick—and it can even put your life in danger under certain circumstances.

Sources of Carbon Monoxide Poisoning

We all breathe carbon monoxide from time to time, especially when we’re outdoors in the proximity of cars. But if you’re indoors, in a location where ventilation cannot disperse gases quickly, carbon monoxide contamination can become a true threat to your health.

Some of the most common sources of home carbon monoxide invasion include gas- or oil-burning furnaces or boilers, gas water heaters, gas stoves, non-electric space heaters, propane generators, gas grills and automobiles or other vehicles left running in adjacent garages. In some instance these appliances can develop leaks and in other cases improper ventilation may be the cause of the trouble.

Any appliance or device that runs on fossil fuel combustion will produce carbon monoxide, and if you remain unaware of the danger you may inadvertently put yourself or your family members in harm’s way.

Symptoms of Carbon Monoxide Exposure

Carbon monoxide is colorless, odorless, tasteless and non-caustic, which means you will only recognize its presence when it makes you sick. Common symptoms of carbon monoxide exposure include headaches, nausea, fatigue, dizziness, sleepiness, blurred vision, mental confusion, heart flutters, shortness of breath, loss of muscle control and general discomfort that mimics the effects of the flu.

If more than one person in an enclosed area is reporting such symptoms, and if sudden improvement is noticed after leaving the premises, carbon monoxide poisoning should be suspected. In these circumstances everyone should vacate the building immediately, all doors and windows should be opened and if you have the opportunity to cut the power to your fossil fuel burning appliances before leaving you should do so.

But if your symptoms are strong you should get out as fast as you can and call your HVAC contractor, gas company and/or local fire department afterward to let them know you have an emergency and need assistance. And if anyone is seriously ill you should not hesitate to call 911, since carbon monoxide poisoning can be a life-threatening condition.

Carbon Monoxide Exposure Prevention

HVAC equipment and any other indoor/outdoor appliances that run on fossil fuels should be regularly inspected for damage that might lead to carbon monoxide leakage. Some of this you can do yourself, but in the case of gas- or oil-burning furnaces, boilers, stoves or water heaters an annual inspection by trained professionals should be considered mandatory.

Non-electric space heaters need significant ventilation and gas grills and generators should only be operated outside, well away from the house. Also, you should never leave vehicles idling in garages or near open windows.

By all means, if you have appliances in your home that produce carbon monoxide you should purchase at least one battery-powered carbon monoxide detector. When installing them follow manufacturers’ instructions closely and test the batteries regularly to make sure they aren’t low on power.

Worried about Carbon Monoxide Poisoning in Salt Lake City? HVAC Construction Inc. Can Help

Does your furnace run on natural gas? Do you live in the Salt Lake City area?

If the answer to both questions is ‘yes’ we invite you to call HVAC Construction to schedule a maintenance visit today. Our trained technicians will go over your HVAC system with a fine tooth comb and immediately repair any problems they discover, including those that might lead to carbon monoxide leakage.

At HVAC Construction we know carbon monoxide poisoning is a deadly serious issue and we will do everything in our power to eliminate that threat from your life.

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Thinking of Financing Your New HVAC System? Here’s What to Expect

There is no way to avoid or sugarcoat it: purchasing and installing a new HVAC system will put a serious dent in your bank account.

If you invest in a furnace, heat pump and/or air conditioner manufactured to meet the highest standards of energy-efficiency, in the long run you will save enough money to cover the costs of your purchase. But that won’t do much to offset the financial impact of your purchase in the present, when the damage may be more than you can stand.

Fortunately there is a workable solution to this problem—financing. If you finance your HVAC equipment purchase it will not reduce your overall monetary responsibility, but it will allow you to pay for your heating and cooling equipment at a pace that fits your budget and lifestyle.

HVAC Financing from A to Z

All legitimate HVAC contractors (HVAC Construction, Inc. is no exception) provide multiple financing options tailored to meet the budgetary constraints of every potential customer. Many of these companies (including HVAC Construction, Inc.) also offer coupons and rebates that can reduce the upfront costs of new heating and cooling equipment even further.

If you decide to buy new HVAC equipment from a local dealer and apply for financing, you will have to submit information about your income, like pay stubs or bank account statements. In addition, a credit checks will be performed to help assess your dependability and current financial situation.

But rest assured, your HVAC company’s financing department will not take these steps because it’s looking for an excuse to turn your application down. To the contrary, they need this information to make a determination about what type of financing package would work the best for you. If your credit rating is borderline but your income is adequate, letters of reference can be included in your application to help you establish your eligibility for assistance.

With HVAC financing packages transparency is the rule rather than the exception. In other words, what you see is what you get: interest rates are fixed (and affordable), coupons and rebates are automatically factored in and extra fees are not tacked on at any point during the repayment period.

Once you’ve applied for assistance approval will come quickly, and after it comes you’ll be given a wide variety of convenient repayment options from which to choose.

Is Financing Right for You? Contact HVAC Construction, Inc. to Discuss Your Options

Yes, it’s true: if you finance your HVAC equipment purchase your total financial payout will be greater.

But in the end you’ll get all your money back and then some. Modern furnaces, air conditioners and heat pumps are precisely manufactured to achieve maximum energy efficiency, and if your energy bills drop by $20 to $50 each month you’ll recoup your initial investment several years before you have to think about making another change.

If you live in the greater Salt Lake City area and need a new furnace, air conditioner or heat pump, HVAC Construction, Inc. can offer you some of the most reasonable and affordable financing contracts available anywhere in the country. With the inclusion of rebates and coupons we can keep your costs down and help you get exactly what you need at a price that will leave you smiling.

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Freezing Pipes? Tips and Tricks to Solve That!

During the winte, your pipes are in danger of freezing. There is plenty of things you can do to prevent this from happening, Tips and Tricks can only go so far! Call us today and we can make sure you wont have any unwanted HVAC issues this winter.

The Biggest Pitfalls to Avoid when Buying New HVAC Equipment

No matter how well-maintained they might be, furnaces, air conditioners and heat pumps do have limited lifespans. If your HVAC equipment has worn out you know first-hand this is true.

Before you purchase new HVAC equipment, however, you should be aware of the pitfalls that can trip you up and leave you singing the blues. Make these mistakes and you’ll soon be out of money and out of luck, stuck with overpriced equipment that doesn’t work hasn’t been installed properly.

Pitfall #1: Buying an HVAC system the same size and capacity as the old one

If you’ve done any remodeling in your home, or closed off formerly occupied rooms, or made any other significant alterations to your home’s structural character, your heating and cooling needs may have changed.

To get an estimate for proper equipment size, ask an HVAC company you trust to send a technician to your home to perform a heating and cooling load analysis. If you reside in the Salt Lake City area please call HVAC Contractor Inc., and we’ll be happy to send a consultant to your home to carry out this evaluation. We have extensive experience with this procedure and will provide you with an extremely accurate estimate.

Pitfall #2: Not looking for rebates

They’re available and they can cut the costs of your new furnace, air conditioner or heat pump considerably.

Your HVAC contractor can help hook you up with manufacturer rebates, while a website called the Database of State Incentives for Renewables and Efficiency can show you where to find state government rebates for energy-efficient HVAC equipment.

Pitfall #3: Staying uninformed about SEER

This acronym stands for Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratings, and it is a scale used to evaluate HVAC equipment for energy-saving performance.

A furnace or air conditioner rated 16 on the SEER scale would be considered energy-efficient by modern standards, and while it might cost you a bit more to purchase such a unit you could cut your utility bills by 20-30 percent on a monthly basis.

Pitfall #4: Not purchasing a maintenance plan

Maintenance plans are like insurance. For a few bucks a month you’ll get free bi-annual maintenance inspections and cleanings, and you’ll even get some solid discounts on parts and labor if and when your HVAC system needs some repair work.

Pitfall #5: Picking a HVAC contractor without fully vetting them first

Great HVAC companies have great reputations because they’ve earned them, and they rely on their good name to attract clients and grow their businesses. Bad companies, on the other hand, will only hang around as long as their sales pitch is good enough to cover up for their unreliability and general ineptitude.
When choosing an HVAC contractor, don’t fall for a slick PR spiel. Check references, read any online reviews you can find, ask for proof the company’s installation technicians are certified, demand to see written proposals that spell out every cost and fee and make sure they are willing to stand behind their work with a 100 percent satisfaction guaranteed pledge.

HVAC Contractor Inc. is at the Head of the Class

HVAC Contractor Inc. has been handling the heating and cooling needs of Salt Lake City residents for more than a quarter-century. Superior training and skill, rock-solid customer service and a tireless work ethic are our calling cards, and we are confident we can offer you a consistent level of excellence that our competitors cannot surpass.

If you live in the Salt Lake City area and are in the market for new HVAC equipment contact us right away. We’re authorized dealers of Carrier HVAC products (Carrier is the most respected name in this business, bar none) and we’ve set the gold standard for fast, efficient and affordable installation services.

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Controlling Dry Air in Your Home

Dry air can significantly affect your health and the structural integrity of your home. Install a humidifier and restore your home’s health and stability.

Dry air might seem like a simple nuisance, but it can actually cause significant health problems, making you more susceptible to cold and flu viruses as well as asthma attacks. Have you been coming down with the flu more often than usual? Dry air in your home could be the culprit. Fortunately, there are simple ways to introduce moisture back into the air and regain your robust health.

 

How Does Dry Air Affect Your Health?

According to research, dry air has been linked to an increased susceptibility to cold and flu viruses, as well as an increase in asthma attacks. This is because a proper balance of moisture in the air is essential for the proper function of your body’s immune and respiratory systems. Without that proper balance, your body is unable to effectively fight off viruses and respiratory illnesses.

If you are experiencing some of these symptoms, or if you suspect that your home’s humidity level might be low, consider investing some time in rebalancing your home’s air quality. It will be well worth the effort.

 

How Does Dry Air Affect Your Home?

Dry air not only affects your personal health, it can also have a significant negative impact on the structural integrity of your home. If the air in your home is too dry, it can cause hardwood floors to crack and wallpaper to peel, not only affecting your home’s structure but also causing aesthetic issues.

In addition, dry air leads to an increase in static electricity, which can damage or destroy major electronics in your home.

 

Restoring Balance to Your Home

One proven method of restoring the balance of humidity in your home is through the use of a humidifier. Individual humidifiers are ideal for use in small rooms or enclosed spaces. However, if your entire home is dry, a whole-house humidifier system is ideal because it can effectively restore humidity throughout your entire home.

Whole-house humidifiers are installed in the already-existing ductwork of your home, which means that you don’t need to completely overhaul your home’s HVAC system in order to restore its air quality. These units are effortlessly controlled by humidistats, which means that you can easily adjust your air’s percentage of humidity at any time, enabling you to have the optimum air quality at any given moment.

Do you need to rescue your home from the effects of dry air? Call HVAC Construction, Inc. today to schedule a consultation—we have the expertise to help you breathe easy. Don’t forget to follow us for future HVAC advice!