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

Why Ask a Professional for Help Selecting a New Air Filter

Monday, October 27th, 2014

With today’s current concerns about maintaining indoor air quality in homes and businesses, air filtration systems are becoming more popular. It’s easy to see why: a properly sized and installed mechanical air filter fit into the HVAC system of a building will remove around 99% of the particles that can contaminate the air inside living and working spaces, all without placing any extra drain on energy and requiring only occasional maintenance to change the filters.

It sounds simple… but actually choosing and installing a filter isn’t simple at all unless you have professional training. To do this job you must have indoor air quality experts assist you.

Why do I need professionals for this job?

There is no such thing as a “one size fits all” air filtration system for a home. You may have heard about HEPA filters, which are among the most effective of all mechanical air filters available. However, these filters aren’t necessarily the best for your home; they are designed for use with powerful blowers that send immense volumes of air through a large ventilation network. If you select a HEPA filter with a very high MERV rating (the rating that indicates how effective a filter is at trapping particles) for your house, you would probably end up blocking the air trying to pass through the HVAC system along with the contaminating particles. This would not only mean a drop in airflow from the room vents, but also an immense strain placed on the heater/air conditioner and skyrocketing bills. Picking a filter just because it’s powerful is a recipe for an uncomfortable home—and energy bills that are uncomfortable to look at!

Professionals will know how to fit your home’s HVAC system with a filter that’s the ideal size and MERV rating for efficiency. They will also know what sort of contamination is causing the most trouble for your home, and choose an air filtration system that will address it specifically. You don’t want to spend money on a filter that tries to solve a problem you don’t have!

Finally, you must have professionals integrate the air filtration system into your ductwork so that the new filters work properly with your air conditioner and heater. Poor installation will mean a filter that permits contamination through anyway, which isn’t much better than no filter at all.

Call Ierna’s Heating & Cooling  today for better indoor air quality

Service for air filtration in Tampa, FL is easy: you only have to call Ierna’s Heating & Cooling and talk to our friendly indoor air quality specialists. They will be happy to assist you with setting up the right filters to keep your indoor air quality the best it can be.

If you want a system for air filtration in Tampa, FL for your home to keep a cleaner set of air ducts, contact the experienced and helpful team at Ierna’s Heating & Cooling today.

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The Best Ways to Improve Indoor Air Quality in Land O’ Lakes

Monday, October 20th, 2014

Here in Land O’ Lakes, proper insulation and sealing is key to a comfortable home during the warm, humid months. Unfortunately, this can create some problems for the air quality indoors, as the air in a home with poor ventilation may begin to collect dust and allergens and contribute to mold and bacteria growth.

At Ierna’s Heating & Cooling, we have the right type of system to remove any unwanted particles and microorganisms from the air in your Land O’ Lakes home, including air cleaners, dehumidifiers, and UV germicidal lights. This guide can help you learn a bit more about how these systems help to eliminate indoor air pollutants and improve the air quality.

Air Cleaners

One of the most widely used methods to control indoor air quality is with a mechanical air filter. These filters work with your HVAC system to strain larger particles that may otherwise pass through the ducts and back into your house. And while your current filter may seem to be working well, a filter with a higher MERV rating may trap more pollutants. For even greater protection, an electronic filter can also work with your HVAC system, using ions to filter out even smaller undesirable particles.

Dehumidifiers

Air conditioners are effective in removing some moisture from the air, but sometimes they need a little extra help to keep your home as comfortable as possible. A dehumidifier takes away that sticky feeling that usually accompanies high moisture levels in the air, and it can also help with the quality of your air. Moisture allows mold to grow in or around the home, but a whole-home dehumidifier can eliminate this issue in many areas of the house.

UV Germicidal Lights

Technicians can also install UV germicidal lights in the ducts, which destroy germs suck as bacteria and viruses that could make your family members feel sick. Ultraviolet light damages organic matter when it comes into contact with it. While this usually has only a small effect on humans who are exposed to the sun for periods of time, it can sterilize and eradicate some microorganisms for good. This system works well for people with compromised immune systems.

When you need to find the right system to control the indoor air quality in Land O’ Lakes, call Ierna’s Heating & Cooling now!

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What Type of HVAC System is Right for My Riverview Mobile Home?

Monday, October 13th, 2014

You care about comfort in your mobile home, but it can be difficult to find an HVAC system that is the right size. Most heating and air conditioning systems are designed for larger homes, and indoor installation can take up a lot of space. That’s why the folks at Ierna’s Heating & Cooling recommend packaged HVAC systems for mobile homes in Riverview. Bryant offers a full line of packaged air conditioners and heat pumps that are great for cooling and heating mobile homes throughout the year. Learn more about your options in this quick guide.

Bryant Packaged Air Conditioners

Most air conditioners have two main components, an indoor evaporator unit and an outside condenser unit. However, your mobile home may not have space for indoor installation, which is why a packaged air conditioner may be just right for you. Packaged air conditioners combine every component of a central air conditioner into a single cabinet, so it can sit right outside your mobile home and a technician can connect it directly to the ducts.

If you are concerned about the initial cost, Bryant offers an efficient entry-level Legacy series air conditioner or a mid-range Preferred series unit. But for even greater efficiency, you may consider the 15 SEER Evolution packaged AC system to significantly cut cooling costs.

Bryant Packaged Heat Pumps

Alternatively, you might consider a packaged heat pump. Bryant also offers these systems from either the Legacy, Preferred, or Evolution series. A heat pump is a particularly unique system in that it can provide efficient heating and cooling. In the cooling season, it works just like an AC, using refrigerant to absorb heat from your home and circulate cool air through the ducts. When you need heating, refrigerant flows in reverse, pulling heat from the outside air to move into your home. This makes it extremely efficient for heating as it only moves heat rather than generating. And while it may not work well for heating if temperatures drop too low, it’s perfect for the Florida weather.

The specialists at Ierna’s Heating & Cooling are proud installers of Brant HVAC systems for mobile homes in Riverview. Call us today!

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What Types of Homes Benefit from Zone Control?

Monday, October 6th, 2014

Energy efficiency is a priority for most households, and if you’ve been looking for a way to make your home more energy efficient this winter, there is a great option worth considering: a zone control system. A zone control system works within your ductwork, controlling the flow of air to each designated zone. When installed by a professionals, a zone control system in Tampa can offer you a number of benefits, as we’ll explain below. For any upgrade to your heating system, make sure to call the professionals you can count on: Ierna’s Heating & Cooling.

What Types of Homes Benefit from Zone Control?

Our technician are asked this question a lot, and in general, just about any home can benefit from the installation of a zone control system. However, certain types of homes may find a zone control system especially beneficial:

  • Multi-storied homes
  • Homes with multiple wings/hallways
  • Homes with vaulted ceilings
  • Homes with floor-to-ceiling windows
  • Homes with open loft spaces

How Does a Zone Control System Work?

A zone control system consists of a series of motorized dampers that are installed into your supply ducts. The zones are designated by you before installation, and once the dampers are installed, they are wired into a main control panel. The thermostats for each zone are connected to the main control panel, and based on the set temperature, the control panel then instructs the dampers when to open and close in order to maintain the temperatures in the zones.

What Are the Benefits of a Zone Control System?

There are several benefits of a zone control system that make them worth consideration:

  • Better energy efficiency – a zone control system allows you to heat only what you need. You can reduce or even turn off heating to areas of your home that are unoccupied or unused, and you can control the heating the in the areas in which you spend the most time. This helps with overall better energy efficiency.
  • Better comfort – a zone control system gives you total control over how much heat you use. You can fully customize your comfort throughout your home.
  • Less wear on your system – when you reduce the amount of heating you need with use of a zone control system, your system operates less; this helps put less wear on your system.

A zone control system can be a great energy-saving option for just about any home.

If you are interested in knowing what a zone control system in Tampa can do for you, call Ierna’s Heating & Cooling today and schedule an appointment with one of our specialists.

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