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All About Carrier Cor Thermostats

The Carrier Cor Thermostat is a smart thermostat that allows you to remotely control and monitor the temperature of your home using the power of the internet. Using this modern technology, the comfort of your home is under your control no matter where you are. This is a thermostat that can adapt to the unique needs of your home, constantly updating itself and working toward improved comfort and energy efficiency. At Advent Air, we can professionally install this smart thermostat in your home and our technicians will show you how to use this great tool from your smartphone or PC.

A Smart Thermostat Offering Comfort and Convenience

The primary appeal to the Carrier Cor Thermostat, like other smart thermostats, is the ability to control the temperature and humidity of your home from any Wi-Fi-enabled device. You will have the ability to stay in complete control of your home’s temperature whether you are home or away on vacation. The touchscreen offers onscreen prompts and a built-in proximity sensor. Monthly reports are available providing interactive efficiency tips and information on how to save money by modifying your settings.

Using the app on your smartphone or laptop, you will be able to see as much clear information as you can on your home screen, and the temperature of your home will respond within minutes even when controlled from a remote location.

How a Smart Thermostat Can Lead to Smart Savings

Convenience is important, but so is cost. Using a smart thermostat, improved home comfort is combined with reduced energy usage. You are able to monitor the temperature in your home and control when heating or cooling turns on or off for optimal efficiency. The Carrier Cor Thermostat also has the ability to recognize and remove excess humidity. When you’re away from home, you can switch to vacation mode. This gives you the ability to conserve energy usage leading to improved efficiency, and with improved efficiency there are greater savings.

Upgrade Your Thermostat with Advent Air

The Carrier Cor Thermostat is designed to be compatible with just about any system type. It requires a common wire for power and should be installed by a professional technician. At Advent Air, we have the experts who can help you to upgrade your current thermostat to this smart system so you can experience convenient remote access and improved energy savings. Follow us for more up-to-date information on choosing the right thermostat for your home and for more heating and cooling tips.

Pitfalls to Avoid When Buying a Furnace or Air Conditioner

In most climates neither heating nor air conditioning can be considered optional. Once you suffer a permanent breakdown you will need to act quickly to purchase replacement equipment.

But you should proceed with caution. When shopping for HVAC systems and contractors there are pitfalls you must be careful to avoid, and if you take a casual approach to the process you may end up holding the bag—and it’ll be an empty bag because all of your money will be gone.

What are these pitfalls, you ask? Let’s look at a few…

Buying equipment of the same size and capacity as your old equipment

If you’ve done any type of remodeling, changed your insulation, added heat-generating appliances or altered your exterior landscaping to include more or less shading or wind protection, your heating and cooling needs may have changed.

To get an estimate of your true needs, ask any HVAC contractor you’re considering to send a technician to your home to perform a heating and cooling load analysis, which will establish an accurate baseline to guide your selection of equipment.

Ignoring SEER ratings

SEER stands for Seasonal Energy Efficiency Rating, which is used to measure the heating and cooling capacity of your furnace or air conditioner. A unit that carries a 16 SEER rating is considered highly energy-efficient and will produce energy at half the cost of an older model with an estimated SEER of 8.

A high-efficiency furnace or air conditioner will cost more. But for an additional investment of $500 you might get $200 of extra savings in energy costs each and every year, for the entire life span of your new system. That’s nothing to sneeze at, obviously.

Missing out on opportunities for rebates or financing

All reputable companies offer good financing options and will connect you with manufacturer rebates, some of which can be quite generous. In addition states offer dozens of rebates for the purchase of appliances that promote energy-efficiency, which you can investigate for yourself at the Database of State Incentives for Renewables and Efficiency website.

Falling for the pitch of an unreliable HVAC contractor

Most HVAC companies are reputable, but you still have to be careful. Before hiring any contractor, check online to see if they are registered with the Better Business Bureau, or if any complaints have been filed against them with that organization. Read any online reviews you can find, and ask around to see if anyone you know has done business with that company in the past.

Be sure any company you consider employs trained, certified technicians, only sells equipment from manufacturers with excellent reputations and is willing to give you a firm deadline for completion of the installation.

Failing to ask about a maintenance plan

These plans are frequently offered by HVAC contractors. Technicians will be regularly dispatched, at no cost, to perform inspections and routine maintenance procedures, including cleanings and tune-ups. Maintenance plans also offer discounts on parts, equipment and service calls, which can keep your costs down significantly if something should go wrong in the future.

Advent Air Delivers the Goods

If you live in Lewisville of the Dallas-Fort Worth area and need to update your HVAC system, please contact Advent Air Conditioning Inc. right away. We’ll give you super-competitive estimates on equipment and installation, and we offer maintenance plans and financing options among many generous benefits.

When you need a high-quality HVAC contractor you can always trust Advent Air—our impeccable reputation speaks for itself.
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A Business Owner’s Guide to the Costs of Commercial HVAC Systems

Commercial HVAC systems are costly, complicated and built for heavy-duty action. As a business owner you know you can’t live without such a system, but if the financial ramifications of replacing your old HVAC equipment are keeping you up at night you need to learn more about what you’re getting yourself into.

Commercial HVAC Equipment

Equipment prices will vary based on the reputation and quality of the manufacturer, the heating and cooling capacity of the units and the technological details of the system’s functioning.

Commercial HVAC systems come in two categories: water-cooled and air-cooled. The former is less expensive but the latter works more efficiently, especially if you purchase a variety of air-cooled system that uses a technology known as Variable Refrigerant Flow, or VRF for short. VRF systems cost more to both purchase and install but are so highly energy-efficient you’ll gain your original investment back through reduced energy costs in just a few years’ time.

Of course those long-term savings might not be as important to you if you expect to sell your business or move it to a new facility within five years or less. In this case upfront costs will matter more and a decently efficient water-cooled system might make more sense.


Commercial HVAC Duct and Pipe Work

To install a new commercial HVAC system it may be necessary to put in new duct work along with new pipes to transport water or refrigerant for cooling. However, in some instances new equipment can piggyback on the ducts and pipes already in place.

Needless to say your installation costs will plummet if you don’t need new ductwork or piping. But you will have to consult with your contractor to see if compatible systems are available and if they will deliver the quality of performance you seek.

If you do need new ducts or pipes, the best way to hold down installation costs is to close your business for a few days—or close sections of it at least— so the installation team you hire will have unimpeded access to the premises. They should be willing to work around your schedule if closing your business is not an option, but that will make the installation a more delicate operation and will inevitably boost your labor costs.


Commercial HVAC Controls

As you would expect, the cost of control systems for commercial HVAC systems can expand exponentially depending on the size of the system you need to have controlled and monitored. Smart thermostats are all the rage these days, and if you include them in your system that will make your costs rise even more.

But while centralization of HVAC equipment control and smart thermostats increase the size of the initial investment, they also add efficiency to the system and will save you a ton of money over the long haul. Therefore you should be looking for control systems that are as integrated and technologically sophisticated as possible, even if you’ll have to pay more at the beginning than you’d previously expected.

Commercial HVAC Pre-Startup Testing

Unfortunately commercial HVAC systems are about as far from plug-and-play as you’ll ever find. Once the original installation is complete every component of the systems will need to be inspected and tested, and in a system with so many moving parts it is virtually certain that adjustments will need to be made before everything is functional.

When you evaluate various quotes from contractors be on the lookout for companies that try to hold down costs by skimping on the pre-startup procedures. That approach is cheaper but could cost you a lot more money in the future, when mechanical problems arise that could have and should have been caught in earlier stages.

Need Commercial HVAC Equipment? Advent Air is There

Advent Air has extensive experience with commercial HVAC installations, and no job is too big or too small for us to handle. We are an authorized dealer of Carrier HVAC products, which have set new standards for excellence that other brands would be wise to emulate.

If you are in Lewisville, Dallas-Fort Worth or elsewhere in our service area and need new commercial heating and cooling equipment please get in touch with us right away. Together we will assess your situation and develop an affordable yet comprehensive plan of action.

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5 Energy Saving Tips for Commercial Buildings

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) states that the average building wastes 30 percent of the energy it uses. Those who don’t update their systems or practices are likely to waste even more. The good news is, you can easily cut down on wasted energy by following these energy saving tips.

1. Get Equipment Updates and Energy Audits

In order to get an accurate measurement of how much energy your building is using, you’ll want to audit the usage for the past year. Collect your monthly utility bills, and inspect all your equipment, including HVAC, lighting and plumbing. Collect records of maintenance, repairs and service. If your equipment is in poor shape, there is almost no doubt that it’s expending extra energy, especially if the system is beginning to break down.

2. Streamline Program Controls and Operational Timing

Many companies don’t realize that they’re heating and cooling their building even when it is not being used. Instead of having to remember to turn down your thermostats and lights every night, get programmable thermostats (if you have a small operation) or facility management / building automation systems (if you have a larger building or complex). These systems will turn down the air conditioning, heat and lights at programmed hours when your building isn’t being used.

3. Education

Educate your employees and workers about energy consumption. Conduct training sessions about what they can do to save energy, such as shutting off computers and night and reporting plumbing issues like running toilets and leaky faucets. You can even provide incentives to your employees for any changes that reduce energy bills.

4. Improve Insulation

Check or add insulation around your HVAC ducting, pipes and electrical outlets. This will reduce how much air conditioning and heat is lost in a way that doesn’t burden anyone in the building. Ductwork that hasn’t been regularly cleaned or inspected can have compromised insulation. This insulation often has tears and holes where cool air escapes from the air conditioner and warm air escapes from the furnace.

5. Maintain Your HVAC Equipment

Boilers, chillers and cooling equipment all need to be regularly cleaned and maintained in order to work efficiently. The following complications can happen when maintenance falls behind:

  • Dust and debris can build up on your air conditioner’s coils, which compromises the heat transfer and makes the system not cool as effectively.
  • Steam traps in steam boilers can malfunction if they aren’t inspected regularly. The condensation from constantly releasing steam can cause the boiler to work more than is necessary.
  • If your air filters aren’t changed regularly, dust and contaminants will settle in the system, which limits airflow to the furnace and air conditioner. Your system will run longer and work harder in order to keep the building at a comfortable temperature.

By following these tips, you can save energy without sacrificing your comfort or the comfort of those in your building.

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