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

3 Factors to Consider Before Ductless Mini Split Installation

Friday, June 27th, 2014

Around this time of year, you may be considering some new options for your AC system. Though you may be more familiar with central air conditioning, it’s not the only option if you’re looking into a new AC system. Today, instead of central air conditioning, many homeowners choose ductless mini splits because of their flexible design options, size, and energy savings. Whether the size or layout of your home makes ductwork installation impossible or you are searching for more control over the placement of your indoor units, a ductless mini split system may be the right option for you.

If you are considering a ductless system in your home, Ierna’s Heating & Cooling offers ductless mini split installation in Wesley Chapel. Here are three factors to consider before a ductless mini split installation:

  1. Ductless Systems Use Multiple Indoor Units Instead of Ducts: As the name suggests, mini splits do not use ductwork for cooling. As with central air conditioning, there is both an indoor and outdoor component. The advantage of mini splits is that multiple indoor units can be installed in your home that are all controlled by an outdoor compressor/condenser unit. Because of this, different rooms or zones can be set with separate thermostats for each one. This can increase your comfort and can help lower your energy bills.
  2. Less Energy is Lost with a Ductless System: A lot of energy is lost within a home’s ductwork because of leaks and holes in the ducts or because the ducts are designed inefficiently. A ductless system can lower your bills by eliminating this potential energy loss.
  3. Ductless Systems Provide Flexible Installation Options: The indoor component of a mini-split system can be installed in various locations throughout your home. This unit can be mounted on the wall or the ceiling and, because they are compact, they don’t interfere with the interior design of your home. A technician will discuss your options with you before the installation of your new ductless system.

Our staff at Ierna’s Heating & Cooling will gladly answer your questions about ductless mini split installation in Wesley Chapel. Call now!

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How Do Modular Commercial HVAC Systems Benefit Me?

Friday, June 20th, 2014

One of the major differences between residential HVAC systems and commercial ones is that commercial systems are modular. One of the reasons for this is that it makes the systems easier to manufacture and transport; commercial HVAC systems must be large to supply most spaces with significant cooling and heating—even light commercial—and trying to build a single unit big enough would be too unwieldy.

However, modular systems are also a benefit to you as a business owner for a number of reasons that we’ll look at. For top quality work on light commercial air conditioning in Tampa, FL, whether it’s for installation, repair, or maintenance, call the experts at Ierna’s Heating & Cooling. We also install high-performance commercial HVAC systems to help you lower your company’s heating and cooling budget for the coming year.

Why modular HVAC is good for your company

It’s the nature of businesses to expand if they are successful. Your company can go from a few rooms and a handful of employees to double the space and maybe three times the staff (and customers) in only a year… and it can be exponential over a decade. All of this can happen in the same workspace. In a home, a single air conditioner and heater will match a family until it grows too large so that it must move to a new home. For a business, you need to find a way to expand the cooling and heating without needing to relocate.

This is where the modular system is immensely helpful: you can increase the heating and cooling load of your HVAC systems by adding more packaged units onto the system. This isn’t something of which residential systems are capable. The add-on modules for commercial HVAC come in a range of sizes: 5-tons, 10-tons, 15-tons, 25-tons, up to 50-tons. There is a module size to fit your company’s expansion and comfort needs; you never need to worry about having to tear out the whole system to replace it with a larger one.

This also benefits you when the system begins to age. You don’t have to replace the entire HVAC system when it’s time to upgrade it; you can instead upgrade individual modules as needed, and only need minor disruptions to your work’s schedule. When it comes to repairs, you will also only need to worry about one module at a time going off-line.

Call us for light commercial work

You can trust your business’ comfort to our capable hands.

Ierna’s Heating & Cooling is EPA-certified with NATE-certified technicians on staff to make sure that your company receives excellent work for its commercial air conditioning in Tampa, FL.

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Why Do I Need a Whole-House Dehumidifier?

Friday, June 13th, 2014

We’re hitting the 90s already, and we know that in Wesley Chapel we don’t hit the 90s without the humidity coming with it! Humidity makes the air feel so much warmer than it is, and when you’re already at, or over, the 90 degree mark, that extra, moist heat can feel unbearable, both inside and out. Humidity makes our air conditioners work that much harder to achieve the coolness we want in our homes; one great way to help both you and your air conditioner during our hot, humid summers is to install a whole-house dehumidifier in your Wesley Chapel home.

Benefits of Whole-House Dehumidifiers

Since 1904, Ierna’s Heating & Cooling has been helping Florida residents in the greater Tampa Bay area achieve the comfort they want inside their homes, and as a result, we’ve seen first-hand how adding a whole-home dehumidifier helps. Here are a few benefits you can gain when you add a whole-house dehumidifier to your home:

Decrease Allergic Reactions to Dust

Dust mites thrive in moist settings; by removing extra moisture that may be contributing to their growth, you can help reduce the amount of dust allergens in your property.

Prevent Mold Growth

Mold, another serious allergen, grows in shaded, moist areas. Mold growth can damage property and cause serious reactions for those allergic to it. As with dust mites, removing the extra humidity from your home discourages mold growth, making it healthier.

Better Energy Efficiency

Your AC can do its job more effectively with a whole-home dehumidifier. Why? Humidity holds heat; by removing the excess humidity, you help to remove heat that your air conditioner would otherwise be battling. When your air conditioner isn’t using more power to accommodate for the excess moisture in the air, it uses less energy, which can result in lower energy bills for you.

Better Comfort

Humidity clings to the skin, making the air feel sticky and uncomfortable. By removing the extra humidity in your home, you can experience a greater comfort level without having to lower the temperature on your thermostat.

Your Wesley Chapel dehumidifier can help provide comfort, energy savings and better health for allergy sufferers.

Thinking about installing a whole-home dehumidifier? Call Ierna’s Heating & Cooling and schedule an appointment with one of our indoor air quality experts today!

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What Do UV Germicidal Lights Do for My Indoor Air Quality?

Friday, June 6th, 2014

Indoor air quality is a major household concern today, and in Florida we face an even more difficult obstacle when protecting our air from unhealthy contaminants: the growth of mold, fungus, and other bacteria within our home’s ventilation systems. The humid climate provides an easy medium for these biological pollutants to begin to take hold and grow. Some molds send toxic spores into the air that can lead to serious ailments for people in a house.

Dealing with biological pollutants is tricky, since they often do not go away through traditional cleaning methods. But there is help: UV germicidal lights, a technology used in medicine and laboratories to sterilize environments.

Thanks to companies like Ierna’s Heating & Cooling, you can have UV germicidal lights installed to defend your home against these dangerous intruders. Call us today for an appointment.

The action of UV germicidal lights

In 1903, Icelander Niels Finsen won the Nobel Prize for medicine for his pioneering work using ultraviolet radiation to treat diseases such as tuberculosis. The use of UV lamps spread through the health care world, and today this method of sterilization is widely used for hospitals, laboratories, water treatment plants, and in the food service industry as a way to cleanse bacteria without leaving residual harmful chemicals.

UV lights in your home are positioned within the ductwork, targeted at infested areas and places where bacteria might pass along toward the vents. The extreme short wavelength of the ultraviolet radiation disrupts the cellular structure of molds and microbacteria, stripping away their nucleus and not only killing the bacteria, but also preventing its reproduction. When you use UV lights on your ducts, you’re not only eliminating mold, you’re preventing it from coming back.

Concentrated doses of UV radiation can be harmful to humans (that’s why you should always wear UV shielded sunglasses when outside), but the lamps used to clean ducts are designed for safety and pose no threat to you or anyone else in your household. The lights will carry out their job without you even noticing them.

You will need professionals to install these UV lamps, however, to make sure they are working as they should. It is also wise to have them routinely maintained and inspected, with necessary bulb changes and adjustments.

Ierna’s Heating & Cooling offers a variety of ways to improve your indoor air quality, including professional installation of UV germicidal lights in Tampa, FL that will take care of any mold growth inside your ventilation system. Call us today to learn about what we offer in the way of air filtration and air cleaners as well.

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