IERNA's Heating & Cooling Blog : Archive for February, 2014

Tools Professionals Use for Duct Cleaning

Monday, February 24th, 2014

Centralized furnaces and air conditioning systems use a series of ducts to move their air throughout the house. The ducts are hidden in unobtrusive parts of the household, such as the attic and the crawlspace, and release conditioned air through your vents. Over time, dust and debris can build up in your ducts, reducing the flow of air and lowering the indoor air quality in your home. H You may be wondering about the equipment that professionals use for the job. Here’s a brief list of some tools professionals use for duct cleaning in Wesley Chapel.

  • Rotobrush duct cleaners. These devices essentially act as industrial vacuums, combined with a rapidly rotating brush that first loosens the dust and then pulls it out of the ducts with dizzying speed. Devices like these serve as the staple for duct cleaning services, since they’re quite efficient, and their advanced technology means that duct cleaners can clear out more dust and debris with greater efficiency.
  •  Hand brushes. Hand brushes are useful in some situations to clear dust and build-up neared the vent. These are often the most important locations to clean, since they’re the most likely to be blown directly into your house. Hand brushes can also be used to keep the vent covers clean, as well as the surrounding wall.
  • Plastic covers. It doesn’t sound like much, but companies that care about your home and its furnishings will carefully cover every surface with plastic covers and similar protective measures. It keeps the dust where it needs to be and ensures that nothing is damaged or otherwise affected by the process.

For more information on the tools professionals use for duct cleaning in Wesley Chapel, or to talk about the specifics of duct cleaning, contact Ierna’s Heating & Cooling for help. We  offer excellent duct cleaning services, and we treat your home like our own throughout every stage of the cleaning process. Call us today and let us show you what we can do for you!

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The 3 Types of Bryant Air Conditioners

Monday, February 17th, 2014

That time of the year is almost here: air conditioning weather. If you’ve lived in Florida during one of our previous summers, you know the value of a reliable and powerful air conditioner working to keep your house cool. If you need to have a new installation of air conditioning in Tampa, FL before the summer arrives, now is the time to consider your options.

Ierna’s Heating & Cooling is proud to offer Bryant air conditioners to our customers. Bryant Heating & Cooling Systems was founded in 1904 and since then has developed one of the strongest reputations for quality design in home comfort systems. All Bryant products endure rigorous testing that goes beyond HVAC industry standards to provide homeowners superior heating and cooling they can depend on.

Bryant air conditioners come in three main types. All have their advantages, but you will need to rely on professional installers to help find the one that will best serve the needs of your home and fit your budget. Let’s take a quick look at the three types of Bryant ACs available:

  • Bryant Legacy: This type of AC will fit most homes. They can have up to 16 SEER (seasonal energy efficiency rating) and come equipped with the DuraGuard protection package and environmentally sound Puron refrigerant. Each model also has a 10-year limited warranty. Most Legacy ACs meet the U.S. Department of Energy’s ENERGY STAR requirements.
  • Bryant Preferred: With up to 18 SEER rating, this type of AC is effective at reducing energy bills while delivering exceptionally high levels of cooling. Bryant Preferred ACs come with the AeroQuiet System II, which reduces the sound from the system to 66 dBA—which is as quiet as your dishwasher. The DuraGuard Plus system protects the outdoor unit from weather and increases its overall durability. All Preferred models qualify for ENERGY STAR.
  • Bryant Evolution: This is Bryant’s top-of-the-line, most technologically advanced AC available to homeowners. They offer up to 20 SEER and use two-stage scroll compressors different from the standard piston compressors to achieve their astonishing efficiency level. All Evolution models qualify for ENERGY STAR.

Find the Right Bryant Air Conditioner For You

We know that you’ll be happy with the Bryant AC you choose… as long as you consult with professionals to help you select the unit and install it. Ierna’s Heating & Cooling can assist you with all parts of installing air conditioning in Tampa, FL. Contact us today and get a head start on the hot weather.

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How Poor Heat Pump Installation Leads to Heating Repair

Monday, February 10th, 2014

While it might be tempting to hire the least expensive contractor you can find, but it’s important to make sure that your technician is properly licensed and trained to work with your system. One of the main reasons that heat pump installation should remain out of the hands of amateurs is that a poor installing job will lead to numerous heating repair needs. The money you believe you’ll save with amateur installers will end up going into years of repair work. Instead of going this route, start off right and call Ierna’s Heating & Cooling for heat pump installation.

Heating Repair Issues from Poor Installation

Probably the most common problem that can arise from a shoddy installation job is from leaky connections between the indoor cabinet and the ductwork. The ducts must maintain a tight seal with the cabinet at all times or it will result in a plunge in air pressure. The ducts will to be repaired, sealed, and sometimes rebuilt around the heat pump to allow them to fit correctly.

Low refrigerant is another issue that happens because a heat pump was installed incorrectly. There’s a good chance the installers put in too little refrigerant or put in the wrong refrigerant blend. Other installation mistakes can lead to leaking around the seals where the refrigerant lines connect to other components. A loss of refrigerant is a serious problem that will lead to icing over the coils and a drop in efficiency eventually causing a total loss of heating and cooling power unless it is fixed.

Amateur installers will often create faulty connections from the heat pump to the power supply (causing tripped circuit breakers) as well as to thermostat (resulting in uneven temperatures or the heat pump refusing to come on when it should). Extensive electrical repair is usually required to fix this.

Make sure you have licensed professionals on the job from the beginning of the installation process, so you will have the right heater, at the right size, fixed up so it will run with as few problems as possible.

But even with the finest installation possible, a heat pump may eventually need repair work. Ierna’s Heating & Cooling has you covered there as well: we have NATE-certified technicians ready for your heating repair in Tampa, FL, any time of the day or night.

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Generator Sizing Guide

Monday, February 3rd, 2014

A generator is an ideal way to keep your home up and functioning in the midst of a disaster. In Florida towns like Land O’ Lakes, generators provide needed heat and electricity when hurricanes knock the power out. You can have a whole-house generator installed by a trained professional before the next hurricane season arrives, providing an extra layer of protection for you and your family. Before that happens, however, you need a professional to properly size your generator to match the needs of your household. That way, you can make sure it meets all of your needs when a crisis hits. Here’s a quick generator sizing guide.

In the first case, you need to prioritize your appliances and determine which ones are of the highest priority. That way, if your generator is a smaller unit, you know what it can support safely, and keep non-essential appliances turned off. The refrigerator is usually the top priority, since it helps you store food safely. A fridge requires 1500-1700 watts to start up on average and consumes about 200 watts as it runs. Furnaces and HVAC systems use about the same amount starting up, with a running wattage of about 600 watts. Lights tend to use about 50-75 watts each while running, while a television consumes anywhere from 500-1000 watts depending on the size. A microwave oven will consume about 1500 watts while it’s running. The owner’s manual for most of your appliances will tell you what kind of wattage they require for different stages of operation. Try to prioritize things you really need, such as heating systems and sump pumps, rather than luxury items like your computer.

Once you have a sense of your power needs, you and your contractor can size your generator accordingly. Ideally, your generator should be able to run your whole house without a problem, though if you need to look at smaller systems due to cost consideration, your prioritizing will help you determine what the generator can support. Generally speaking, you should multiply the generator’s listed horsepower by 932 to get a sense of how many watts it can comfortably support.

For more information on generator sizing or to schedule an installation, contact Ierna’s Heating & Cooling. We’ll help you find the right sized generator for your Land O’’ Lakes home. Pick up the phone and call us today!

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