IERNA's Heating & Cooling Blog : Archive for January, 2013

Ierna’s Heating & Cooling Gives Back to the Community

Monday, January 28th, 2013

“Ierna’s Heating and Cooling is just about the best supporter of the Lutz & Land O Lakes community. They are always helping with fund raisers and doing whatever they can to support the kids! Go Ierna’s and Go Knight’s Baseball! Yeah Remington Walls – you rock!”
-Janeen S.

One of the core values at Ierna’s Heating & Cooling is to give back to the community and stay involved in our local area. We support many charities and organizations. Ierna’s team is involved in Habitat for Humanity, Big Brothers & Big Sisters, Tampa’s Lowry Park Zoo, American Cancer Society, and many more organizations on an ongoing basis. We also pride ourselves in supporting local team sports, food drives, fundraisers and charity events.

Habitat for Humanity | Tampa | Ierna's Heating & Cooling

Habitat for Humanity Women Build Event

Lowry Park Zoo | Tampa | Ierna's Heating & Cooling

Present for Primates- Lowry Park Zoo

Big Brother & Big Sisters Outing | Tampa | Ierna's Heating & Cooling

Big Brother & Big Sisters Outing

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Air Conditioning FAQ: Why Choose a Ductless Mini Split System?

Monday, January 28th, 2013

If you are thinking about a new ductless mini split system for your Lutz  area home, call the heating and air conditioning specialists at Ierna’s Heating & Cooling. We can go over your options and help you decide whether or not a ductless system is right for your home and needs. Here are just a few of the benefits of these systems.

Ductless mini split systems can help improve overall home efficiency because of their efficient design. Because they don’t require the use of ductwork, there’s no potential air loss through leaky air ducts. Like other heat pump systems, they can be used for heating and cooling. Each unit is installed individually throughout your home, and they are controlled with a separate thermostat. This means you get the added benefit of zone control since you can only heat or cool the area being used instead of heating your entire home at once.

Ductless systems are also easy to install and maintain. That means we can get your new system faster and with less labor cost to you. Many ductless mini splits qualify as Energy Star systems, which provide greater energy savings without sacrificing home comfort. Feel free to call us any time if you want to know more about the advantages of going ductless.

We can go over the different options and provide advice and an honest assessment of your current system. If you are looking for a cost-effective solution to your heating and cooling needs, a ductless mini split system may be the right choice for you.

Call the Lutz heating and air conditioning professionals at Ierna’s Heating & Cooling any time to learn more about installing a ductless mini split system in your home.

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The Importance of Generator Maintenance in Land O’ Lakes

Monday, January 21st, 2013

Most people understand that regular oil changes and tune-ups for their car is a great way to avoid costly repairs. The same principle is true for other equipment that you own: including your generator. If you have a whole house generator, you want to make sure that when you need that it’s going to work. But if you don’t pay attention to it, it may not work when you need it to. At Ierna’s Heating & Cooling, we offer complete generator maintenance in Land O’ Lakes. No matter what kind of generator you have, our skilled technicians can work on it and make sure that it is performing the way that it should.

Greater Reliability

Most of the time, we don’t need to run our generators to power our homes. It’s only during an emergency that we need them. When that time comes, you want to have confidence that your generator is going to work. When you have a professional inspecting and testing your generator on a regular basis, you’ll know that your generator is ready to go.

Greater Efficiency

During times of difficulty, you want to conserve as much fuel as possible. You don’t want your generator eating it up because it’s running inefficiently. With regular maintenance, one of our Land O’ Lakes generator technicians can find any inconsistencies that might cause your generator to run poorly. This way, your generator will use only the minimum amount of fuel necessary to work.

Reduced Repairs

Often times, large problems start out as small, unnoticeable issues. But when you have trained experts inspecting your generator regularly, they’ll be able to spot small problems before they turn into costly repairs. Not only does this keep you from having to repair your generator as much, it can also potentially increase the lifespan of your equipment.

If you need any kind of generator maintenance or repair in Land O’ Lakes, call the experts at Ierna’s Heating & Cooling today!

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Air Conditioning Tip: HVAC Efficiency Ratings Explained

Monday, January 14th, 2013

There are a lot of factors that you must consider when purchasing a new heating or cooling system for your Tampa home. One of the most important of these factors is ensuring that you get the most efficient heating or cooling system that you can, taking your budget into consideration. Manufacturers have made this a little easier by providing easy to find efficiency rating information about their products. If you do not understand what these efficiency ratings mean, though, here are some of the common acronyms you may see along with a description of what they mean. For more information, contact the experts at Ierna’s Heating & Cooling.

  • SEER – SEER is used to measure the efficiency of air conditioners and the cooling performance of heat pumps. It stands for seasonal energy efficiency ratio. The higher the SEER the more efficiently the air conditioner or heat pump will be able to cool your home. New products are required to have a SEER of 13 or more, though the rating can go into the 20’s.
  • AFUE – AFUE is the measurement of how efficiently a furnace operates. It stands for annual fuel utilization efficiency. The higher the AFUE rating the less fuel is wasted in the heating process. Obviously the more fuel that your furnace is able to successfully and completely use the better the efficiency level of that furnace will be. The industry minimum for AFUE ratings is 78%.
  • HSPF – Standing for heating seasonal performance factor, HSPF ratings are assigned to evaluate the efficiency with which a heat pump is able to heat a building. The high the number the more efficient the heat pump is. New heat pumps must have a minimum of 6.8 HSPF.

Before deciding on a new Tampa air conditioning system be sure to ask questions and do a bit of research. You may not be able to afford the most efficient system available, but you should purchase the system with the highest efficiency level that you can afford. Over time the energy savings will help to offset the initial investment. Make your home a more comfortable and efficient place to live. Contact Ierna’s Heating & Cooling today.

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Why Choose Ierna’s Heating & Cooling? Expertise and Customer Care!

Friday, January 11th, 2013

Air Conditioning | Tampa | Ierna's Heating and Cooling

“We were fortunate enough to have the owner, Ron, work up a quotation for my home here in Tampa, for a 4 ton heat pump with variable speed handler. The breadth of services described was thorough and thoughtful, giving consideration to all the elements of the installation (beyond just a Manual J calculation). In addition to the individual components for replacement, the quotation explicitly stated all costs, parts, labor, and it was clear that no additional fees were hidden in the quote. Best of all, the quote included assurances on service and warranty on installation for the next 2 years–these assurances differentiated this company from five other competitors from whom we solicited quotes.

We ultimately selected Ierna’s given the good ratings on Angie’s List, the competitiveness of their quote, the years of experience, and the quality of the products offered. It’s worth mentioning that the price of the contract was the only one of the five that enabled us to recoup our expenses based on energy savings, within a 10 year period (which seems to be the life expectancy of these components here in FL).

Our system was installed last week and was completed within a single day. The associates who installed the system were professional and patient, taking efforts to minimize any mess as a result of tear out/installation, and left the place looking better than it was. In fact, the attic, where the handler was situated, was previously a mess of ducts and returns prior to installation and they revised the returns considerably to the effect of making it appear cleaner and more efficient, even to my untrained eye.

Especially appreciated was the high level of expertise of the team–it seemed to me that they were quite senior and their familiarity with each other, as well as their combined experience resulted in highly efficient execution of tasks.

In conclusion, I’m happy to report positive experiences all around and wouldn’t hesitate to recommend Ierna’s to family and friends.
-T. Zarella

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2 Ways You Can Improve Your Land O’ Lakes HVAC System

Monday, January 7th, 2013

Even the best heating and air conditioning systems can usually be improved. Whether you are looking to increase the efficiency or convenience of your heating and air conditioning system in Land O’ Lakes, Ierna’s Heating & Cooling can help.  We have all the services, products and equipment necessary to help you get the most out of your HVAC system. Contact us today to learn more about how you can use your heating and air conditioning system in a more efficient, effective and convenient manner.

Programmable Thermostats

One of the simplest ways in which you can improve the efficiency and operation of your heating and air conditioning system is to invest in a programmable thermostat. In fact, many homeowners already have programmable thermostats that they simply do not put to good use. We encourage you to pick up the manual that came with your programmable thermostat, familiarize yourself with the device, and start keeping your home comfortable in a more thoughtful manner.

A programmable thermostat can have many different options, but if you are just beginning to use yours most actually come with some factory installed programmable options. With a programmable thermostat you do not have to leave the heat or air conditioning running in an empty house all day just to come home to a comfortable environment. Simply use the programmable settings to bring up or lower the temperature to your liking shortly before coming home. These thermostats allow you a better level of control, especially when you are out of the house or on vacation.

Zone Control Systems

Zone control systems are another great option for heating and cooling your home more effectively. By breaking your home down into different heating and cooling zones you can control different areas individually. Keep the kitchen a little cooler than the den while cooking dinner to keep everyone comfortable. Different people are comfortable at different temperatures, and a zone control system allows everyone to be comfortable and happy.

For more information about either of these great heating and cooling control options call Ierna’s Heating & Cooling. We want to make your home a more comfortable, pleasant place to live. The installation of a programmable thermostat and zone control system can help you achieve that goal. Contact us today for more information about improving your HVAC system in Land O’ Lakes. We look forward to working with you.

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