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How Office Zoning Could Help Your Bottom Dollar

Helms Heating & Air Conditioning - Thursday, April 26, 2018

Here’s one simple way you can increase the energy efficiency of your office.

Is your business focused on energy efficiency? There are a lot of ways to save money running your business and increasing your energy efficiency is one of them. If you’re looking for ways to do just that, maybe it’s time to consider zoning the HVAC system in your office. Here’s how it can help your bottom line.

What Is Zoning?

Zoning is a way of taking your heating and cooling system and breaking it into zones so that you can control the temperature in different areas separately. Most zoned systems consist of dampers within the venting and ductwork systems. Separate thermostats in each defined zone control the temperature in that zone. The dampers open and close based on the demands set by the thermostat in each area.

What Are the Benefits of Zoning?

Zoning allows you to control different areas independently of each other. You can control the comfort level based on the frequency of use of the space or area, the individual preferences of whoever is using the space, and the desired amount of heating or cooling you want or need at any given time.

How Does Zoning Increase Energy Efficiency?

When you have one central thermostat to control an entire office or a large workspace, you are at the mercy of whoever controls that thermostat. No matter how warm or how cool each area needs to be, one temperature setting will control the entire space. Zoning allows you to use less energy by only heating or cooling areas that need it, and by customizing the comfort level to suit each person or group. This will allow you to use less energy to keep everyone more comfortable.

To find out if zoning can work in your office to help increase your energy efficiency, contact our experienced pros at Helms Heating and Air Conditioning today.


3 Reasons Changing Your Air Filters Matters

Helms Heating & Air Conditioning - Thursday, April 19, 2018

How one simple practice can improve your indoor air quality year round.

Your indoor air quality matters. It affects how you feel, your health, and the welfare of everyone in your home. How can you make it better? There’s one simple thing you can do to improve your indoor air quality. Let’s take a look at three reasons changing your air filters matters:

Reason #1: To Filter the Air before You Breathe It

Your HVAC air filter is your first line of defense when it comes to your indoor air quality. As your heating and cooling systems pull in air, it goes through the air filter, trapping dust, dirt, small particles, and other airborne pollutants that would otherwise continue to circulate throughout your house. Changing your air filter regularly ensures that it can keep working the way it should.

Reason #2: To Protect Your HVAC System

The primary job of your air filter is to protect your HVAC equipment from dirt and debris that can get pulled into it during a normal cycle. If you’re changing your filters regularly, you’re protecting the equipment, so it can work more effectively and efficiently, which in turn helps contribute to cleaner air in your home.

Reason #3: Dirty Ducts

Dirty air filters mean fewer air pollutants are getting filtered out, and more are ending up in your ductwork. Every time your heating and cooling system blows warm or cool air into your home, that air is blowing through the ducts. If the ducts are dirty, that air is moving over the dust and dirt that has built up inside the ducts before it heads out into your house. This can be a big factor in compromised indoor air quality.

One of the easiest ways to breathe easier is to change your HVAC air filters regularly. For more information on how you can improve your indoor air quality, our expert team at Helms Heating and Cooling.


2 Things to Do Before Your Spring Maintenance Visit

Helms Heating & Air Conditioning - Thursday, April 12, 2018

Discover how HVAC maintenance agreements and spring cleaning go hand in hand.

HVAC maintenance agreements might seem like a frivolous investment at first, but rest assured, you’ll be glad you have one come spring. Here are two things to do this spring when it comes to maintaining your heating and air conditioning system.

#1: Let April Showers Bring Spring Cleaning

April is the time when spring is moving in, winter finally seems to be moving out, and it’s time to open the windows and clean out the house. When the spring cleaning bug hits, don’t forget to give your HVAC system some TLC, too. Spring is the perfect time to schedule service for your system for one of its twice-yearly maintenance visits. Close out your heating system for the season, and make sure your AC is ready for the warm weather that’s just around the corner.

#2: Get Pre-Summer Service

To make sure your air conditioner is running right all summer long, it’s important that it gets some specific inspections and care before it kicks into high gear. These are just a few things that service should include:

  • Clean the condenser coil
  • Inspect and clean the evaporator coil
  • Inspect and adjust the blower wheels
  • Check the refrigerant level
  • Change the air filter
  • Inspect and adjust the belts and pulleys
  • Check and lubricate the motors and bearings
  • Test and calibrate the thermostat
  • Inspect all controls and safety switches

When your AC is ready for the warm weather, you're going to have a system that runs more effectively, more efficiently, and that is significantly less likely to have issues or a breakdown. To find out everything you need to know about how an HVAC maintenance agreement can help get you ready for summer, contact our pros at Helms Heating and Air Conditioning.


What Could Be Causing My AC to Freeze?

Helms Heating & Air Conditioning - Thursday, April 05, 2018

What you need to know when your heating and air conditioning system gets a little too cold.

Heating and air conditioning systems are awesome, and we can’t live without them. Until something goes wrong. If your air conditioner decides to freeze up, what could be causing it? Let’s take a look.

Insufficient Airflow

For your air conditioner to function, air has to be able to pass over the evaporator coils, cooling the air before distributing it throughout your home. Compromised airflow means the heat exchange process can’t work as it should. When this happens, the temperature in the system from the underutilized Freon continues to drop, causing the air conditioner to freeze up.

Refrigerant is Low

The Freon in your AC unit expands to cool the air before sending it through the system and the vents into the rooms of your home. If the Freon level gets too low, it can cause over-expansion of the refrigerant. This creates an even lower temperature in the unit, which can cause the moisture in the air to freeze when it comes in contact with the evaporator coils. This results in ice on the outside of the unit.

Equipment Issue

There are lines within your AC unit that allow the refrigerant to flow. If one of these lines gets a kink in it, it can cause the temperature to drop and the system to freeze. A faulty blower fan or a dirty or clogged air filter can also cause freezing by preventing proper air flow within the unit.

You want your air conditioner to be cool, but not too cool! If your AC freezes or you have any other heating and air conditioning issues, contact our team at Helms Heating and Air Conditioning to solve any of your HVAC problems.