February is feeling like March or April in much of the country, but since Punxsutawney Phil saw his shadow a few weeks ago, we still expecting snow here in the North. However, here are the top HVAC stories of interest for this month.
Top HVAC Stories for February 2018
The Spring 2018 Weather Forecast is Nice!
The National Weather Service and NOAA is predicting near-normal temperatures on the West Coast, across the Northern Plains and Great Lakes into New England. Everyone else is going to have above-normal temperatures. Here’s a look at the Spring 2018 weather forecast as interpreted by The Weather Network. It includes precipitation information too.
An HVAC Troubleshooting App for Homeowners
It’s called AC Troubleshooter, but it covers heating and a lot more too, enough for HVAC pros to find it useful. The G11P Cyprus AC Troubleshooter app for Android is here. It’s a free download, so give it a try!
Spring 2018 Tip: Upgrade your Insulation
The AC season is fast approaching – not fast enough for some of you, right? Well, the sun’s heat penetrating your roof, walls and windows is making your AC work too hard. That raises the utility bills and will lead to the demise of your AC or heat pump earlier than necessary. Upgrade your home’s insulation where possible – the attic, around outlets on exterior walls and with insulated doors. A window upgrade is pricey, but worth it over 15-20 years. Here are 2 ways to get the best insulation in your home. Good advice for everyone who pays the energy bill!
Get your HVAC System Ready for Spring
It’s that time of year when we pester you about spring HVAC maintenance. Here are five great tips from a Wisconsin contractor. They’ll save you money and give your HVAC system more durability.
Have you Thought About Ductless?
Ductless mini split HVAC systems cost significantly more than standard split systems but less than geothermal systems. The advantage is the higher efficiency ductless systems offer. Here’s something else you might find interesting: Many ductless systems are not build for cold climates. They’re called “extreme cold” or “low-ambient temperature” systems. For example, the Fujitsu General Halcyon XLTH has a 33 SEER rating for cooling. It delivers 100% heating capacity to 20F and can continue providing heat to -15F. To offset cost, energy credits and rebates (not federal tax credits) are available from most utility companies. Contact your energy provider, or search the Database of State Initiatives for Renewables and Efficiency for more information.
If you’d like to discuss a ductless system with an HVAC pro in your area, we can put you in touch with a qualified contractor. Use our Free Quote service to get no-obligation estimates from several of the top local mini split HVAC installers.
See you next month with more March 2018 Top HVAC Stories.