Can Carpet Save You Money on Your Heating, Savannah?

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Carpet is a natural insulator. That means it provides extra warmth in a winter.   To understand this better, we need to introduce you to an industry term called “R-Value”. The R-Value is a measure of how much a material resists the movement of heat in a building. The higher the R-Value, the more effective the insulation.

What Do You Need to Know About an R-Value to Make Your Home in Savannah More Energy Efficient?

Wall to Wall v Area Rugs

Not surprisingly, wall to wall carpet has a significantly higher r-value than area rugs. That means the money you save by buying a rug instead of carpeting a room may cost you in the long term when you compare heating bills. The heat in your wall-to-wall room will stick around longer. That means that for Tybee Beach houses, where you spend more time in the summer, hardwood and area rugs may be the way to go. But for a more economic cozy feeling at home in Savannah, wall to wall may be the way to go.

Expert Testing

The Johns Manville Technical Center Thermal Labs‚ one of the most sophisticated laboratories of its kind in the world‚ recently did tests confirming that carpet and pad significantly increase R–value compared to other flooring materials. Of course the type of carpet has an impact on the overall results (i.e. heavier products provide higher R-Value). Carpet makes for a warmer, more heat efficient home compared to ceramic tile‚ laminate‚ and engineered hardwood – and the differences were dramatic:

  • Carpet vs. engineered hardwood: (From 3 to 7 times the R–value.)
  • Carpet vs. laminate: (From 4 to 8 times the R–value.)
  • Carpet vs. ceramic tile: (From 8 to 17 times the R–value.)

Local Experts: Eckard’s Flooring Savannah , GA

Dane Eckard, owner of Eckard’s Flooring Savannah had this to say: “We do a lot of business in both hardwood and carpet in Savannah and people seem really happy with what they buy. A lot has to do with taste. But it doesn’t surprise me that for Savannah heating  if woven carpets with a high pile density like Karastan would be better at keeping heat in.”

People Find Carpet Feels Warmer (No Surprise There)

Dr. Alan Hedge‚ professor of Department of Design and Environmental Analysis at Cornell University‚ had this to say: “Carpet feels warmer to the touch than other floor coverings because the air at room temperature is trapped by the carpet fibers which acts as an insulator‚ and carpet has a low thermal diffusivity compared to other floor materials that have higher thermal diffusivities and that conduct heat away from the body more rapidly‚ resulting in a lower skin temperature‚ cooler sensation‚ and greater thermal discomfort‚” Hedge reports.

Is a Nest Thermostat Right for Your Home?

Have you ever imagined controlling the temperature in your home from a completely different place? What about saving money on your energy bill? Is that something that appeals to you? If so, then the Nest Thermostat might be right for your home. This innovative thermostat system can help you save on your energy costs while also providing convenience on an entirely new level.  For most people in Savannah, NEST thermostats are a great fit.

NEST Thermostat

What is the Nest Thermostat?

Nest Thermostat is an innovative programmable thermostat that helps you manage the temperature in your home with precision. Traditional thermostats are complicated and nearly ancient in their design, making it close to impossible to use them. In fact, most US consumers don’t, simply because they aren’t familiar with how to program them. This fact inspired the Nest team to come up with something that was both convenient and excellent for managing energy usage. They successfully created a product that allows people to use it from virtually anywhere all with built-in Wi-Fi technology.  Read more about the NEST thermostat from the NEST website.

How it Works

Based on smart technology, the Nest doesn’t require you to program it at all. Instead, simply install the thermostat onto your current control panel, and then set it for the temperature you prefer. Adjust it accordingly throughout the day, and overtime it learns your patterns and habits. Once it does, it will adjust the temperature accordingly. You still have complete control over your settings, but if you run off to work without setting your unit, it will automatically do it for you.

Another cool feature with the Nest is its leaf feature. This allows you to adjust the temperature for a certain time period. The automatic timer is easy to manipulate for whatever time you prefer, and once the timer rolls out the unit will shut off. Pretty cool, right?

It also moves with the season changes adjusting when necessary. You can easily turn it off or on via your mobile device, which makes for even greater convenience say should you leave in a huge rush in the morning. This thing never stops learning and is built to learn from you, ensuring you are always comfortable in your home without ever looking at your thermostat.

Is it Right for Your Home?

If you like convenience, want to save money on your energy bills, and are ready for a change then the Nest Thermostat might be right for you. If you’re worried it won’t fit your home, then you can easily use the company’s compatibility app to see if your wiring and system will work with the Nest’s technology. Once you decide to use the Nest Thermostat, the app will continue to work for you by telling you which wires to connect. In other words, you get support along with an advanced piece of technology.

Why program your thermostat when you don’t have to? The Nest does that and so much more for you. If you want to keep cool (or warm) and save money, then yes this advanced thermostat is right for your home.

5 Things that Can Break if You Don’t Get Your HVAC serviced Regularly

HVACNo one likes to deal with repairs or even maintenance on their HVAC system, but the reality is if you fail to get check-ups you could very well end up with a bigger bill down the line. In fact, the likelihood of your unit breaking down if you don’t get it serviced is very real indeed.

Down below we take a closer look at which parts will break down if you don’t get your HVAC serviced on a regular basis. Here are the five most common things that will break in your home unit if you opt to not have your HVAC serviced on a regularly recommended schedule.

  1. Poor Ventilation

Your ventilation system relies heavily on constant maintenance of your unit. A dirty filter can quickly turn into a serious air quality problem if left untreated. The longer that air filter stays clogged, the greater likelihood of your entire unit being effected. This could even eventually lead to total unit failure. The only way to manage this is through preventative maintenance.

  1. Belt breakage

As your HVAC unit ages, things such as belts wear down and can eventually break down your motor and leave your unit ineffective. If a belt breaks or a motor component locks up, you’ll end up calling a repair person to come cure your issue. However, if you choose maintenance your costs will be far lower than if and when your parts break. Technicians are much more aware of any issues that your HVAC may have and can help guide you towards the best maintenance care.

  1. Blower Motor

A blower motor that is broken down due to a broken belt or bearings, can lead to a complete breakdown of the unit. The blower motor effects your entire unit and can also reduce your airflow dramatically. Often that is the first symptom of this issue. With a quick check-up, however, a technician can identify the problem and get it back to working in no time.

  1. Condensation drain leakage or breakage

When your condensation drain is broken, backed up, or simply not flowing properly the result can be catastrophic. If the drain is clogged, you can fully expect your unit to run poorly and fail to restart on its own. Humidity extraction is a critical component to any efficient air conditioner system. Maintenance can effectively reduce or prevent any serious issues from arising. Without getting the right assistance, however, the broken down drain can create a more serious problem that eventually leads to a broken unit.

  1. Refrigerant Line

If your refrigerant line is not insulated or poorly insulated it can result in a frozen unit. This line runs from the outside of your unit into your home, and is crucial to ensuring your home stays cool during those hot summer days. Any missing or damaged insulation needs to be repaired quickly to keep your unit in check. Regular maintenance can prevent any damage by ensuring your unit is properly insulated.

The good news is that regular inspections can prevent any of the issues mentioned above, thereby preventing any expensive repair costs.


Programmable Thermostats – The Why and How

Anyone with a standard thermostat is probably familiar with the scenario of waking up in the middle of the night from overheating in bed. It’s not uncommon. Perhaps it was a cold Winter evening when you cranked up the heat to °78F, and forgot about it completely. The next thing you know, you’re waking up covered in sweat, and your bill has just climbed a little higher this month.

No one enjoys these happenstances, so how can we avoid it? Luckily there is an alternative which still includes the ability to have heat when you need it, and preserve it when you don’t; programmable thermostats.

What is a programmable Thermostat?

Despite the conceptual simplicity of this device, not many people know about them, or have heard about them, but haven’t had the chance to learn more info.

A programmable thermostat is a device which at first glance, looks like an ordinary temperature controller, often in a white casing on the wall. Unlike ordinary thermostats however, these mechanism allows the owner to designate different heating/air conditioning settings to different times of the day.

Nearly half of all the energy costs in your home can come from heating! Luckily with devices such as these, you can save literally hundreds a year by simply scheduling your home to be ten degrees cooler while you’re at work!

What to look for in a programmable thermostat?

As with all other technology, there is a wide variety of thermostats you can buy, with different sets of features, and an equally wide range of cost.

As far as cost is concerned, the base range is only 25$! For that price, you can get a basic, but good system that will save you tons!

Features that can add to the price (but can be ultimately useful):

  • 7 day programmability (able to set up a different schedule for each day of the week)
  • An energy consumption monitor
  • backlit display
  • Wifi connection (allowing you to adjust temperature from your mobile devices)

If you have further questions about programmable thermostats, please send us an email or give us a call! We’re happy to supply anyone and everyone with professional advice and insights to heating, air conditioning, and air conditioning repair.

Financing Your Replacement HVAC: Savannah Options

The summer is here, and having a working HVAC system is more important than ever! you don’t want your house to be melting on the inside, and air system services are the quickest and most effective way to keeping the whole family comfortable and happy!

Unfortunately, even when properly maintained, HVAC systems can eventually break down due to simple wear and tear. It’s simply the way of technology and cannot be avoided. If you aren’t sure how to maintain your HVAC on a regular basis, check out our blog article, “Regular Air Conditioner & HVAC Maintenance Can Save You Money”

So what do you do if the worst happens?What if the unit breaks down beyond repair, and even calling a professional can’t help? The answer is simple, even though most people aren’t too fond of it; your unit needs to be replaced!

This can be a little intimidating for most modest homeowners. HVAC units can cost a pretty penny to purchase and install, since it’s not recommended to perform those steps without the help of an HVAC professional. Don’t worry, even if you may not be able to afford the entire cost up front of a new HVAC unit, luckily there are alternative financing options!

Here at McCalls Heating and Air, we’ve teamed up with Wells Fargo, to bring heating and air conditioning systems to every type of home with HVAC replacement financing plans! These plans will make it easier for homeowners of any and all means to be able to afford comfortable living conditions in the summer and winter alike!

With these plans:

– It only takes five minutes for approval

– Anyone is eligible

– Payment time period can range from 15-60 months

– There are many different options for different interest rates

– Everything in the delivery and installation of your new HVAC system is included in the plan (not in a premium)

It’s as easy as 1-2-3! Even if you are particularly unsure of your credit score, and eligibility, we offer a guaranteed financing, which simply involves proof of income and residence. While this plan has less requirements, it will take longer.

If you want to learn more or apply for HVAC replacement financing, contact us by email through our website!

How to Make Sure Your Furnace is Ready for Winter

As we approach the winter season, everyone should take some time to prepare their furnace for the upcoming cold weather. Although you might not turn your furnace on for another month or two, you can take a couple of proactive steps to make sure that it is in tip top shape.

Begin by performing a quick inspection of your heating system. Take a walk around the furnace and look for signs of wear and tear. If any objects are within two feet or less of the machine or its ducts, move them far away to prevent damage. Make sure that the pilot light is lit.

Take the time to schedule a furnace tune up. If you’ve noticed any damage during your inspection, an HVAC professional will be able to further diagnose the problem when he is on site for the tune up. When he’s preparing your system for its heavy winter workload, he’ll also perform his own inspection and examine the unit for malfunctions and any grime that might alter its functionality. Once your system is tuned up, you’ll be able to ease into the winter without any concerns about its ability to heat your home.

Be sure to take a look at your system’s air filter. Make sure that it is completely clean and in place. The filter is key to your furnace’s health and functionality as it is a safeguard against dust and dirt that could infiltrate the system. If the filter looks dirty, do not hesitate to replace it. The little bit of money that you would save by keeping the old filter in place isn’t worth the risk that it poses to your furnace’s ability to efficiently heat your home with high quality air.

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Regular Air Conditioner / HVAC Maintenance Can Save You Money

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It is important for all homeowners to consider the regular care and maintenance of a home’s air conditioning, or HVAC system. The proper maintenance will not only save energy, but will also save you money. A well maintained system will keep a home comfortable and will ensure the system is running as it was intended to.

The regular steps in maintaining an HVAC system are fairly simple:

  • Check the filter every month. The filter is usually located in a grille on the wall or ceiling, usually in a hallway.
  • Clean or replace the filter at least every three months.
  • Remove debris such as leaves and dust from the outside unit.
  • Check the thermostat.
  • Have the system scheduled for tune-ups twice a year. Once in the spring and once in the fall.
Reducing energy saves money!

By performing these tasks the system will run efficiently and save you money. The unit will not have to work as hard to pump the air throughout the house, thus saving energy and keeping the bill lower. The harder a unit has to work the more energy that is consumed, this is one way that our energy bill gets higher than usual.


Maintenance reduces repair costs

With the proper care you are preventing the possibilities of repairs. Regular cleaning and inspections of wires and fan blades will help things functioning right and reduce the chances of dealing with repairs. Repairs can be costly and stressful, especially in the hot seasons.

Inspect the ductwork periodically for punctures, leaks, and blockages. Make sure there is nothing that can fall and puncture the lines.Check for leaks. Leaks can be costly, plus that much needed air is being released into areas that do not need it. Leaks usually happen at the joints and bends. Blockages make the system work harder and will increase the energy bills. Check for debris in the ductwork. Usually a collection of moisture occurs where a blockage is found.

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More maintenance means a longer life!

Having to replace a system prematurely will be costly. If you can avoid replacement as long as possible it will save you money in the long run. You are losing money if your system is being replaced in only a couple years, or in half the time it is expected to last. Maintaining the HVAC system will ensure that it reaches it’s maximum intended life expectancy before you have to replace it.

Perhaps you need to call a professional, but aren’t exactly sure! Check out our article on “when to have AC repair”

When To Have AC Repair

Even if you’re diligent about air conditioner maintenance and you have your HVAC system inspected every season, you still need to pay attention to it. (for tips on every day maintenance, check out our article “Regular Air Conditioner / HVAC Maintenance Can Save You Money”)

By monitoring your air conditioner performance, you’ll know exactly when it’s time for a minor ac repair, before it turns into a major costly headache. You just need to keep your senses about you!

Too Hot Or Too Cold?

For example, your sense of touch is your is instrumental in evaluating your air conditioner performance. If your body feels too hot or too cold, it’s obvious you have an air conditioner system in need of service.

The most common two causes of an air conditioner system that leaves you cold (or hot) are system components that are not operating properly, and faulty ducts. In either case, it’s time to call in the professionals. Likewise, if you feel too damp in the summer or too dry in the winter inside your home, check for leaks in the ducts that may be causing these humidity problems.

Is Your Home Too Dusty?

If you can see excessive dust in your home, the culprit may be leaky ducts that re-distribute musty air and particles from your attic and crawl spaces. Needless to say, poor indoor air quality affects your health and can wreak havoc with your respiratory system.

Consult a HVAC professional to see if cleaning and sealing your ducts will solve the problem.

Is Your Air Conditioner System Too Noisy?

You are definitely in need of ac repair when the noise of your air conditioner is so loud that it drowns out ambient sounds. Unlike people, air conditioners should get noisier as they age.

You have even more to worry about if you hear nothing. An old thermostat (no batteries) makes a distinctive click when you turn it on. If you don’t hear the click, call in the ac repair experts.

Many air conditioning issues stem from lack of maintenance, so be sure to have your ac system serviced anytime you experience any of the symptoms above, even if you suspect a problem but you’re not sure.

5 things to do which save money on your heat and air bill right now

A major financial expense revolves around the use of heating and air conditioning. Let’s face it, you want to be comfortable whether you are at work or at home and these environmental factors play an important role in accomplishing it. You can still enjoy a pleasant temperature without breaking your bank in heat and air bills by using a reputable heating and air conditioning service.Here are five tips from our professionals to get you started:

  1. Routinely change the filters. A poorly functioning filter not only decreases the ability of air to flow throughout the room, but forces the heating or cooling unit to work harder to accomplish half the results. A clean and well maintained filter system will keep the air flowing freely and effectively as well as provide the added benefit of diminishing air pollutants.
  2. Install a programmable thermostat. Having a programmable thermostat enables you to have greater control over not only the average temperatures, but how often and when your unit is being used. You will see an instant difference in your heating or cooling bill as you lower the use when you are not home, or sleeping.
  3. Set the thermostat to a higher or lower temperature. Changing your setting by just a few degrees higher or lower, depending upon the season, will provide a nice change to your utility bill.
  4. Consider a zoned temperature approach. If you have ever noticed that different areas of your home or business are warmer or cooler than other locations in the building, it may be a prudent choice to consider using a zoning system. These are designed to balance out the temperature variants, or create rooms which naturally are different from other areas within the dwelling. This leads to less fighting over the thermostat as each person attempts to get comfortable.
  5. Heating and air conditioning service for maintenance and repair. Having a trained and qualified technician provide seasonal maintenance and diligent repairs when needed will keep everyone comfortable and your unit working at peak performance.

Too often people will wait too long, or neglect to provide heating and air conditioning service to thier unit. It is far easier to keep a unit working properly than to suffer the added cost and hassle of needing to replace or repair a unit when it no longer works correctly.

Are you unsure about your heat services? Want more info? Contact McCalls heating and air, or check out our article on furnaces Here!