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How Commercial HVAC Services Differ From Residential HVAC Services

If you’re looking for air conditioning services, you’ll often see the words residential and commercial in contractor descriptions. Those designations are important in selecting an appropriate contractor because even though some HVAC services can be performed across the board, customers will find a definite distinction between what is offered through commercial services and what is performed for residential services. Here are some of the distinctions.

Residential HVAC Services
Residential HVAC concentrates on providing services to single- and multi-family dwellings, including some smaller apartment buildings. For the most part, residential air conditioning units are much smaller in tonnage or size as is the ductwork used to carry heated or cooled air through the building. These units have their own sets of maintenance requirements and protocols that differ from larger units. Although residential applications also involve installation of new equipment, contractors involved in residential HVAC also must understand the how to properly size HVAC units through Manual J load calculations that take a number of factors such as building square footage, outside climate, orientation to the sun, building envelope and other factors that can affect mechanical operation and efficiency.

Commercial HVAC Services
Business or commercial HVAC services encompasses a much wider range of applications. At its simplest, commercial HVAC means providing heating and air conditioning for much larger buildings such as schools, medical facilities, office buildings, shopping centers, factories, warehouses, zoos, aquariums, governmental installations and many other types of buildings. Customers with medium- or large-size buildings, or those with specialized ventilation needs, may need custom HVAC systems built to specification. In those instances, customers may need to select an HVAC contractor that specializes solely in large custom installations and has its own sheet metal fabrication plant with the ability to construct ductwork and other components involved in custom installations.

Commercial HVAC installations also take into consideration humidity, temperature and ventilation needs that differ from those in homes and must be factored into the design. Technicians who specialize in large commercial applications know how to configure these systems properly to obtain optimum results. Commercial HVAC applications may also involve mechanical cooling processes for refrigerating food or to create applications such as ice rinks.

Thus, selecting the proper contractor for one’s needs becomes even more specialized than simply differentiating between residential and commercial. Base selection on the specifuc commercial application.

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Energy Saving Tips For Winter

There are many ways to save energy during winter months such as insulating and air sealing your home. Another energy saving tip is to use a programmable thermostat. A programmable thermostat can be installed by an electrician and is a great way to save money during those cold, winter months. By installing Energy Star doors and windows, you can save even more money on energy.

During the holidays you can save energy by using LED holiday lights. They are over 70 percent more efficient and last much longer than traditional lights. Another energy saving tip is to simply turn off the lights when you’re not using them or when you go away on vacation during the winter.

Lighting controls is a great way to save on energy. Still another way to save is to lower the temperature on your water heater. Some may not know it but by unplugging electronics when you are away, you can save money and energy. Unplug your DVDs, TVs and computers and you will see a difference in your energy bills.

Try using a power strip. This will save you from walking all around your home to unplug everything. This works by plugging in multiple appliances and then turning it all off with just a flip of the power strip switch. Another energy saving tip is to adjust your blinds and curtains. Close your shades and curtains at night and this will keep your home protected from cold drafts. Then, open them during the day to let in the warm sunshine.

Of course, a great energy saving tip is to replace your furnace air filter once a month. A dirty air filter can make your furnace work much harder and can clog up your furnace. Most importantly, get a furnace tune up and inspection. This should be done at least once a year. Seal up those leaks around your doors and windows. This will keep cold air from coming into your home and prevent hot air from leaving the inside of your home.

To conclude, it is important to keep your home safe and warm during winter months and it is important to save money on energy bills. Follow the aforementioned tips and have a safe and energy efficient winter! Check back with us often for more HVAC and energy savings tips for winter.