Saving money is more important today than it has ever been in the past. This is especially true when it comes to improving the efficiency of an existing home heating or cooling system. First it is important to understand that most heating and cooling systems are not created the same. Different systems will produce different results and can have varying levels of efficiency. Simply stated, always make a smart decision when installing an HVAC system in your home as a way to keep utility bills as low as possible without sacrificing comfort.
Heating and Cooling Costs
It is important to note that in most typical residential homes, heating and cooling costs can account for almost half of a total monthly energy bill. Those with units that are older than 10 years old should consider replacing them with an Energy Star compliant system. This simple money saving strategy alone can save a homeowner upwards of 30% or more on annual heating and cooling costs. For the absolute best in seasonal energy efficiency, few other types of HVAC systems can compare ones that are fully Energy Star compliant.
When it comes to replacing a central heating or cooling system here are a few other useful money saving tips worth considering. For example, anytime equipment requires frequent and costly repairs or energy bills are steadily on the rise it may be time to replace your existing system. In addition, when replacing equipment always select energy-efficient systems that meet smart energy saver standard programs or that offer rebate programs or other standard rebates. Many homeowners are surprised to find that this can help offset the cost of replacing an entire HVAC system. While high-efficiency systems can be more expensive initially, the cost will almost always be offset and paid back over time in the form of lower annual energy costs.
Finally, regular maintenance can be extremely helpful in preventing future heating and cooling system related problems. Work with an experienced and knowledgeable team of professional HVAC technicians to ensure that your system is properly maintained year-round. Having annual inspections of your system and occasional cleanings can ensure that it lasts longer and performs better. Springtime is the perfect time to check your heating system for possible failure. Contact Alpine Heating And Cooling today to learn more about Mount Vernon Washington heating and cooling services that get results.
Today more than ever before it is important to take the necessary steps to make sure that your household furnace is always operating at peak levels. Here are a few useful tips on keeping your home furnace working perfectly year-round. For example, it is important to make safety a top priority when working on a furnace. Turn off the power to the unit at the main electrical panel before beginning any type of inspection if you plan to do this kind of maintenance on your own.
Furnace Fan Motor Working Harder Than Necessary
In addition, it is a good idea to get into the habit of replacing the batteries in carbon monoxide detectors and smoke detectors at regular intervals. Also make certain that clean air filters are routinely installed in the system. In fact, changing filters twice annually or even more often for those who live in environments that are dusty is a good policy. A dirty air filter will typically result in a furnace fan motor working harder than is necessary.
Duct Cleaning Company
Another way to keep a furnace working at its best at all times is to plan to have a professional ventilation cleaning company service ductwork at least every two years. Homes that have been recently remodeled are particularly susceptible to dust and debris accumulating in ductwork. A duct cleaning company should be called upon anytime renovation or remodeling work has been performed. Ventilation cleaning also helps to reduce the chances of mold growth in ducting. Preventing mold growth is especially important in homes where there are elderly or those who have allergy related problems. Another great way to keep an HVAC system operating at its best is to frequently check all vents and registers for any possible obstructions.
Normal Airflow And System Operation
Anytime a register or vent is blocked, air movement is hindered thereby causing a disruption in normal airflow and system operation. Finally, keeping a furnace running in a healthy way requires an occasional deep cleaning. This can be done by taking off the furnace access panels and using a vacuum to remove debris and dust that may have accumulated or settled over time inside the unit. Contact Alpine Heating and Cooling today to learn more about Burlington Washington HVAC services that are designed to keep your system running perfectly year after year.
Remove Odors and Pollutants
Perhaps one of the most important concerns when it comes to indoor air and health is to ensure proper ventilation in any typical residential home. Good ventilation helps to remove odors and pollutants and prevents air from becoming too stagnant. Not only will good indoor home ventilation improve health but it also serves to protect your home interior over the short and long-term. One major issue in terms of properly ventilating a home or business is that of condensation. When moist warm air makes contact with cold surfaces inside a structure condensation can occur.
Unhealthy Living Environment
Condensation can be seen forming on ceilings, walls and glass and can also accumulate in curtains and carpeting. Perhaps most concerning of all when talking about condensation is that over time it will result in the formation of mold and mildew. This can turn a healthy home into an unhealthy living environment very quickly. Keep in mind that properly insulating a home along with good ventilation will greatly reduce the chances of developing mold and mildew. One of the most alarming aspects of mold and mildew is that it may result in black mold. This can have serious health consequences.
Ventilation can take on many different forms including static ventilation as well as the installation of a fan or multiple fans for more active air movement. Ventilation that is static in nature simply involves adding interior grills or other types of fixed openings used to allow for constant airflow and air evacuation. For example, clothing dryers require some type of static ventilation. Talk with your HVAC professional to determine how best to take advantage of static ventilation in your home. This type of ventilation is particularly important in homes where there are fuel-burning appliances.
Installing a fan really is a great way to remove stale air and replace it with fresh air in a house. As mentioned, fan installation and air movement is particularly important in homes using fuel-burning appliances or wood-burning stoves. This is simply due to the fact that carbon monoxide exposure can become a problem. Finally, exhaust fans are frequently used to ventilate homes and especially kitchens and bathrooms. This type of fan is usually ducted to the outside of the house as a way to evacuate stale or stagnant air. To have an exhaust fan installed in your home consult with your Burlington WA HVAC expert to learn more. Content Alpine Heating and Cooling today for quality Mount Vernon WA HVAC services.
Even with the summer coming to a close in Skagit County, it is never too late to save money on energy through better HVAC operation. Here are a few simple yet important tips that will save you money on your utility bill without the need to sacrifice comfort. For example, one of the easiest ways to enjoy greater levels of efficiency with your HVAC system is to replace an old outdated air conditioning unit with a newer more efficient model.
Eventually Pay For Itself in Energy-Savings
This is especially true if an older unit has not been maintained in the right way. Consider investing in a new model that will greatly improve efficiency and lower energy bills each month. While initial replacement costs may deter your desire to upgrade to a newer system, in the long run the unit will eventually pay for itself through real energy-savings. When considering a new air conditioning unit only choose one that has the Energy Star label. An Energy Star HVAC unit consumes up to 50% less energy than a unit that is not Energy Star compliant.
Skagit County HVAC Services
Equally important is to change AC or furnace filters frequently. Getting into the habit of changing air filters on a monthly basis can ultimately result in more efficient operation and better system performance overall. Air filters that are dirty or clogged can result in a disruption of airflow and even lead to health related problems. Most importantly, dirty air filters force an HVAC system to work harder. This ultimately can result in a unit wearing out much sooner than would otherwise be the case. Another great way of saving energy is to invest in a programmable thermostat.
Today’s Latest Digital Programmable Thermostats
A thermostat that is fully programmable allows you to more effectively control your HVAC system even when not at home. This type of thermostat can be programmed to fit your schedule and improves efficiency ultimately saving money on energy bills. Exact temperatures can be set while targeting specific rooms for temperature control is even possible when using today’s latest digital programmable thermostats. Finally, have your unit inspected annually by a trained professional as a way to detect problems before they become more costly. Contact Alpine Heating and Cooling today to learn more about Burlington Washington HVAC system maintenance and system care services.
Allergens typically cause serious health problems for millions of people each year and frequently result in seasonal allergy conditions. For example, airborne particles such as dust mites and pet dander as well as mold and other particulates can make it difficult to breathe and may result in sneezing and coughing as well as a runny nose and red eyes. The good news is that there are ways to address the issue of allergens in a residential HVAC system.
Using The Right Type of HVAC System Filter
Here are a few ways to properly care for an HVAC system in order to remove allergens and keep air clean and healthy. For example, using the right type of HVAC system filter can make a big difference. In fact, the right type of furnace or AC filter is one of the first lines of defense against poor air quality in most residential homes. When selecting a filter choose one that has at least a MERV 8 rating. This type of filter will in essence be more effective at trapping microscopic particles.
When choosing the right type of filter is combined with the frequent replacement of filters, the end result is cleaner air and better health. Equally important is to remove any debris near the outdoor portion of your HVAC unit. A typical AC system draws air from the outside the home. This air is eventually circulated throughout the home’s interior. As such it is important to keep this area outside clean and free of debris. Regularly inspecting an outdoor unit for surrounding debris can greatly improve efficiency and even lower energy costs. Finally, keeping air-conditioning registers clean is another great way to reduce allergens in your home.
Particulates That Circulate Throughout Your Living Environment
When dusting your home it is important to consider first dusting the returns and registers of your HVAC system. Follow this by dusting the rest of the home as a way to reduce the amount of airborne particulates that circulate throughout the living environment. One of the best ways to dust a home is to make use of the damp rag. This helps to reduce the amount of dust and even dust mites that could be sent airborne by using a dry dust cloth. Contact Alpine Heating and Cooling today for the best in Mount Vernon Washington HVAC system services and care.
The Best Is Not the Same for Everyone
While we might want to know which brand of air conditioner is the best overall, the first question might be which type is the best air conditioner for Skagit county. Modern manufacturing processes are excellent. Top brands are competing at a high level of reliability. Efficacy, though, is determined by application as well as design.
The majority of the cooling season in the Skagit Valley features low relative humidity. While it may be uncomfortably warm in your home, it is not usually also uncomfortably humid. An air conditioning unit that includes a dehumidifier may not be the most efficient choice.
How to Reduce the Load on Your HVAC – and Your Wallet
Before we look at what type of air conditioner performs the best where we live, let’s refresh ourselves on what we can do to make any air conditioner, including the one you might have now, perform better.
- Seal leaky ducts or re-route old, convoluted airways. Be sure ducts are free of obstructions.
- Ensure that the condenser (the part outside) has plenty of room to breathe – cut bushes back and don’t crowd it with objects or obstructions to airflow.
- Consider adding awnings to south-facing windows to reduce solar heating of your home.
- Use heat-generating appliances such as dryers and ovens during cooler parts of the day.
- Cool only the spaces you are using at any given time.
Avoiding the losses associated with leaky, dirty, or poorly-sized or -routed ducts while also cooling only the spaces you are using is easy – with a ductless mini split.
The Best Air Conditioner for Skagit County is American Standard
I mentioned earlier that the top brands are all competing at a high level of reliability. Still, I prefer to sell and install American Standard over any other brand. I will install a less expensive piece of equipment IF you are on a tight budget, or an American Standard will not fit with your existing system. American Standard is a better built piece of equipment. That’s just not my experience talking, but also consumer reports over the last six or so years.
Even the best piece of equipment, if badly installed, will perform poorly and fail early. That’s why Alpine Heating and Cooling guarantees our labor for life. Installing an American Standard Ductless Mini Split system gives us a great sense of satisfaction. We know that you will be comfortable and happy with your new system for years to come.
For many of our customers, the best air conditioner for Skagit county is an American Standard Ductless Mini Split. The best is not the same for everyone, though. We are happy to guide you in your decision. Which HVAC setup is right for your home, family, and budget is personal. Give us a call today to see how we can help you spend less and be more comfortable no matter the weather. We can be reached at 360-755-5146 or 360-293-6210 and are excited to help you!
Is it Getting Hot Around Here?
Skagit County is an awesome place to live. Unfortunately, our summers are getting hotter. Alpine Heating And Cooling can help - we install energy efficient, reliable air conditioning systems for customers all around Skagit county. Alpine has won the Skagit Pulse's Business Of The Year award and the Angie's List Super Service Award.
The experts at Alpine Heating And Cooling offer quality sales, service, installation and maintenance services throughout Skagit County all year round since 2003.
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Alpine is the Skagit Valley's Air Conditioning Expert
Alpine Heating And Cooling is the top choice for Skagit County. Alpine Heating And Cooling installs all types of HVAC equipment, from portable air conditioners found in small homes and apartments to roof AC units on large commercial buildings. No matter what the installation, we have the experience. 90% of our projects come from word of mouth from our own satisfied customers. Just check our reviews.
We Service What We Sell
If you are considering a new air conditioning system or a replacement of AC, heat pump, or ductless mini split system, Alpine Heating and Cooling is eager to be your full-service, full-satisfaction provider. Alpine only sells HVAC equipment that we can service and repair, unlike other companies that install equipment but rely on others to repair their installs. We know and trust the equipment we sell and install. You can rest easy knowing our years of experience went into helping you choose your HVAC equipment.
A Few Air Conditioning Installs We've Done
Beautiful Big Lake
One of my favorite places to install heating or cooling equipment is in the Big Lake area, a small community that is embedded into the landscape. In this particular air conditioner installation, the home overlooked Big Lake, perfect to watch the fourth of July fireworks.
Trane and American Standard
Most people don't know that Trane is actually manufactured by American Standard. Funny thing is that American Standard is a higher rated(according to consumer reports) piece of HVAC equipment than Trane. Although the brand name Trane is more recognized, they are literally the same piece of equipment.
When the AC Coil Won't Fit
In this particular application, there is simply not enough room to get the new American Standard air conditioning coil into the existing duct system. In any gas furnace application, we must install the AC coil down stream of the furnace. What to do? In an upflow application (such as this) you can either enter the furnace from the bottom or the side. Here we simply dropped the furnace down, entered the return air from the side, and added the coil onto the top of the unit.
Air Conditioner Location
While it's not that hard to figure out where to place the air conditioner, I try to avoid putting the AC near a master bedroom or near the neighbors' master bedroom. I try to avoid water spigots, clothes drier outlets, and walkways. I also try to keep as close as I can to the electrical panel. In this case, though, the panel was literally around the garage and up a slope. No problem.
A Beautiful Install
In this air conditioner installation we were able to install a matching full-cased coil onto the existing Trane furnace, run about 40' of refer lineset, and install a 13 seer American Standard air conditioner on a pre-formed pad. My customer is going to be very cool for many summers to come.
Mix and Match
York Meets American Standard
Once in a while, you have to mix and match the equipment. In this case, this York furnace and American Standard indoor coil. Usually it's because the existing furnace is fairly new - this York 80% efficiency gas furnace was only 9 months old. As long you have the proper airflow and your equipment can match up physically without causing, it will work just fine. Keep in mind you should still match up your indoor coil and air conditioner by capacities.
American "Standard" Colors
I have to admit that somehow the folks down at American Standard have picked the perfect colors for their equipment. I have yet to see one of their air conditioners or heat pumps stick out, they seem to always match up to the home. I wish the refer pipe cover would come in the same color! Well, at least its paintable.
American Standard Air Conditioner - the Best You can Get
I can not tell people enough how much I prefer American Standard over any other brand. I will install a less expensive piece of equipment IF the customer is on a budget, or American Standard simply will not match up to the existing furnace. I feel American Standard is a better built piece of equipment. That's just not my experience talking, but also consumer reports over the last 6 or so years.
Subway Roof Top Unit Replacement
I honestly like subway sandwiches ... my favorite subway sandwich is the Subway Club with spicy mustard. But like most people, I hate being in a hot restaurant, after all sitting in a nice air conditioned space is part of enjoying your meal.
Always Overheating at Subway
Subway has had problems from the first day they opened their doors, the space was always hot and uncomfortable, especially during the summer months. Turned out the RHEEM Air Conditioning unit was slightly undersized. And at this point it had worked so hard it finally gave up. I'm surprised it took this long seeing how poorly it was installed.
Rheem to Rheem
In all my years of replacing all types of HVAC equipment around Skagit county, I have never in my wildest dreams thought I would see a roof top unit so far out of level. The installer had to be one of the luckiest guys around, considering the drain sloped towards the lower end of the unit. That being said, the reason I went back to RHEEM for a replacement was because of the foot print and weight. We try to match up as close to the same dimensions and weight as possible, saving the customer time and money.
As you can see in the photo we try to have very little roof or curb modifications as possible. If we would have added a curb adapter and or increased the size of the unit dramatically we would have pushed the limits of the engineered trusses. The trusses were designed for the weight and size of the existing unit.
In this Subway Roof Top Replacement installation we where able to replace the RHEEM roof top unit with a very close match to the existing units weight and dimensions. We improved on the efficiency and were able to provide more air conditioning to the space using less energy.
What Our Customers Say About Us
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I first tried to go with another local company who did nothing more than give me the run-a-round. They made statements that they never carried through on, after several weeks (5) they still never produced an estimate. Guess they didn’t want or need my money. So, I called Alpine and from the phone call to the initial interview, to the estimate, and final job completion, Alpine’s owner, staff, and professional installers (Jimmy & Gary) did an outstanding job. They carried through on every comment and statement they made. Wife and I are completely satisfied.
I didn’t have to write this, but felt you should know if you are looking for a professional company who is/are true to their word, Alpine is the one!
“Great, fast service. Very professional and lovely to work with.”
“The service was done at a part time home so my window for scheduling maintenance services is tight. Alpine was very prompt and the service was excellent. The date and cost of service is approximate as the records are at that residence today and I am not.”
“Really good service! I thought I would give my opinion seeing how they have worked on my boiler for many years. Alpine has always been prompt and professional. I know if I call them on a warranty issue they would be there for me. They are not the cheapest, but I feel they are worth every penny!”
Experience was good. I asked for 3 estimates from various installers of tankless water heaters and Alpine was lower. I asked for references and got them – all gave positive reports. The installation went well. I was given a reasonable charge for a change order. Work was completed in less than 2 weeks from initial inquiry.
I went with Alpine for a tankless water heater because he asked me lots of questions about what I needed. Service was professional and fast. I would highly recommend.
I just wanted to say what amazing service I received from Gary at Alpine Heating and Cooling. He was notified of the problem with my hot water heater in the late afternoon and he was on my doorstep at 6:00 in the evening. My problem was promptly fixed ….
What Is HVAC?
HVAC which is an acronym for heating, ventilation, and air conditioning, is the mechanical system that maintains a comfortable indoor air temperature.
This important role means HVAC systems are often used all day, every day without much of a break, especially in climates with intense hot or cold weather. Constant use can lead to problems, especially the following three.
Refrigerant is a chemical which transitions from a liquid to a gas and back again to create a cooling effect. It’s possible for refrigerant to leak and, if the refrigerant level becomes too low, a host of issues besides poor air conditioner performance can result. Low refrigerant will cause your home to feel warmer than it should while your air conditioning works overtime to try to bring the temperature down. Your electricity bills will spike and condensation water will begin to leak out around your furnace. Read More