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The Benefits of Zoned Heating

Monday, January 13th, 2014

Zone control systems are a way of providing comfort for your whole house… without having to warm up the whole house. With a zone control system, you can shut off the heated air blown to different sections (or “zones”) of your home so that heating it is no longer the “all or nothing” that you get with standard central heating systems.

Zoned heating brings many benefits, which we’ll discuss here. And it isn’t a difficult upgrade to add to your existing forced-air system. Installers place dampers in your ductwork, which are then wired to individual thermostat controls and a central control panel. The dampers shut off air to the particular zones you establish (sometimes rooms, sometimes the whole upstairs and downstairs) when you don’t want them to receive heating.

If you are interest in zoned heating in Lutz, FL, contact Ierna’s Heating & Cooling and our zone control experts today.

Benefits of Installing a Zone Control System

  • Individual comfort for the people in your home: “This house is always too hot!” “This house is always too cold!” You’ve probably heard conflicting complaints about the indoor temperature from the people who live with you. Different members of your household will have individual needs for warmth, and zoned control lets you give each of them the temperature they want. The local thermostats will allow them to make the adjustments themselves.
  • Temperatures suited to particular rooms: Not every room requires the same amount of heat—depending on what it is used for. Kitchens create a great amount of warmth from appliances, and can be a few degrees cooler than places such as the living room or the dining room. Bedrooms can be warmer, while rooms with physical activity (game rooms, home gyms) can be cooler.
  • Energy savings: You don’t have to waste extra energy to heat rooms that aren’t receiving use. For example, guest rooms can be cooled down when no one in staying in them. The U.S. Department of Energy estimates families will save 30% off their energy bills with zoned heating.
  • Even heating: If you install a zoned system for the upstairs and the downstairs, you can control the temperature to provide a more even spread of heating. As the upstairs approaches its target, the dampers close and send air to the downstairs, where its heat will rise as the upstairs cools down. This helps to eliminate the usual colds spots you get from central heating.

Have a Zone Control System Installed Today

If you’re curious about having a zone control system installed, contact Ierna’s Heating & Cooling. We’ll see if you will benefit from zoned control, and offer options for improved heating in Lutz, FL.

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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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How Ductless Mini Split Systems Work: A Lutz AC and Heating Guide

Monday, December 17th, 2012

There are a lot of different home heating and cooling options on the market, and they all have their own unique perks. If you are looking for a new heating and air conditioning system in Lutz you may want to consider the installation of a ductless mini split system. This heating and air conditioning option has many advantages to offer that can help keep everyone in your home comfortable efficiently. Contact Ierna’s Heating & Cooling for more information about the installation of ductless mini splits in your home.

The main change that ductless mini splits offer your home is the fact that they do not depend on bulky, often inefficient ductwork to disperse heated and cooled air. They still feature an outdoor unit housing the condenser and other noisy components. Individual wall mount air blowers are installed inside, and the indoor and outdoor components are connected by a simple conduit. This conduit contains refrigerant and power lines, as well as a drainage line when necessary.

The individual wall mounted units can easily be controlled independently with the installation of multiple thermostats, making zone-controlled heating and air conditioning simple. This is a great benefit for both the comfort and convenience of everyone in your home. If you are in the kitchen cooking a big meal and the kids are in the living room you can lower the heat in the kitchen, taking advantage of the heat created while cooking, and still keep the kids warm and cozy in the other room. There will be no more arguing about the heating or air conditioning settings come bedtime. Simply let everyone set their own room to their own comfort needs.

The installation process is a lot quicker and simpler than the installation of a forced air system as well. If you are interested in having a ductless mini split system installed in your Lutz home, contact Ierna’s Heating & Cooling today. We are happy to discuss your options with you.

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Heating FAQs: The Most Common Heating Repair Questions

Monday, December 10th, 2012

If you have heating questions for the Land O’ Lakes heating experts at Ierna’s Heating and Cooling, call us any time. We’ve also taken a moment to put together some of the most common heating repair questions that we get from our customers.

Why do I need a tune-up once a year?

We recommend scheduling a heating tune-up with Ierna’s Heating and Cooling once a year and before the heating season begins. This helps to prevent any problems or repairs during the colder months when you need your heater the most. Keep in mind that you should hire a qualified HVAC technician to perform any professional tune-ups to ensure that the job is done right the first time.

Why should I clean my furnace room before a repair?

Whether your furnace is in a basement or utility room, it is important to keep the area around the furnace free of debris and dirt. Clearing away storage items will also help make the equipment more accessible for repairs or an annual inspection.

Why should I not cover the outdoor unit of my heat pump system in the winter?

Because your heat pump system heats your home in the winter, it still needs to draw in air from outside. This means that you’ll need to ensure that there’s adequate airflow. Covering your outdoor unit would prevent that. It’s also a good idea to make sure that nothing else is blocking the unit and to clean the outside if it looks dirty. Dirt can clog the system and cause a number of problems that could potentially require a repair service.

If you notice any warning signs or issues with your heating system, call Ierna’s Heating and Cooling to take care of all your Land O’ Lakes heating repair and maintenance needs.

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Why You Need To Have Your Heating System Installed Right: A Heating Tip

Monday, December 3rd, 2012

If the heating system in your home isn’t installed right the first time, it can cause a lot of problems down the road. At Ierna’s Heating and Cooling, we’ve installed countless heating systems of all types for our customers throughout the Land O’ Lakes area. We thought it would be helpful if we put together a quick list of some of the common signs that might indicate poor heating installation.

Wrong Size Heating System

When we talk about the size of the heating system we’re not referring to the physical measurements of it. We’re talking about the heat output. Heating systems are designed for different sized structures. If your home has a heating system that is too big or too small, it can cause some pretty significant problems. Here are just a couple of them:

  • Inefficient – When you have a heating system that is too big or small, it will have to work harder to heat your home. For example, if you have a furnace that’s too big, it will turn on, quickly heat your home then shut off. A short time later, it will turn on again and do the same. This is called short cycling. It is highly inefficient because of all the stopping and starting—similar to driving your car in traffic.
  • Wear and tear – If you have a heating system that is too small, it will run constantly in an effort to heat your home. Not only is this inefficient, it is also very hard on your equipment. Short cycling is also very difficult for your heating system.

Bad Ductwork

Ducts are an often-overlooked part of many heating systems. It is responsible for carrying all of the heated air throughout your home. Here are some of the common installation mistakes that we see in homes in Land O’ Lakes:

  • Wrong size ducts – Ducting comes in a variety of standard sizes. However, these sizes are not always the best for your particular application. In these cases, you might have ductwork that is too small or too big for your heating system. Similar to the problem of wrong-sized heating system, improperly sized ducts cause the same type of problems.
  • Unnecessary bends and/or pinches – If your ducts were installed poorly, there might be some issues that could be reducing your efficiency and making your system work harder. In general, ducts are installed with the fewest amount of turns. Ductwork should also no pinch at any point. Both of these things ensure that the air takes the easiest path from the furnace to your room. With shoddy ductwork, there might be bends that don’t need to be there and there might be pinches from poor craftsmanship.

If you’d like to learn more about proper heating installation in Land O’ Lakes, call the experts at Ierna’s Heating and Cooling. We’d love to make sure that your home is working as efficiently as possible. Contact us today! 

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5 Reasons Why Regular Maintenance is Good for Your Furnace: Tampa Heating Tip

Monday, November 26th, 2012

Your furnace is a critical part of your Tampa home. That’s why regular maintenance is so important. We all know that oil changes and tune-ups are a great way to avoid costly repairs on our vehicles. The same principle holds true with your furnace. There are a number of important benefits to regular maintenance that we are going to explore here.

Reduced Repair Costs

One of the biggest benefits to regular maintenance for your furnace is the potential to reduce repair costs. When you have the furnace in your home in Tampa inspected regularly, the heating technician can spot issues early. This will allow them to repair the problem before it turns into a larger and more expensive problem.

Extended Life

Catching small problems early has another benefit: it may be able to extend the life of your equipment. Often, when you let little repairs go for a long time, they take their toll on your furnace and might lead to catastrophic failures. Nipping these little issues in the bud can keep your furnace working for a longer period of time.

Efficiency

Over time, your furnace starts to wear down; moving parts deteriorate and the general state of the furnace declines. This is a natural part of life. But with regular maintenance and tune-ups, the process can potentially be slowed. During regular maintenance visits, the heating technician can replace moving parts like fan belts and lubricate the fan bearings to keep them working well. All of these things add up to a more efficient system.

More Consistent and Comfortable Heat

When you look at the big picture, all of these small fixes and repairs may add up to a more comfortable home and a more consistent furnace. It also has the potential to save you money in the long run.

If you’re interested in scheduling furnace maintenance in your Tampa home, contact the professionals at Ierna’s Heating and Cooling. We have years of experience working on all types and brand so furnaces. We would love to talk with you about how we can improve your furnace. Call us today! 

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Common Furnace Problems in Lutz

Monday, November 19th, 2012

It’s always comforting to hear the furnace in your Lutz home kick on when you switch your thermostat to heating in the winter. Furnaces are one of the most common heating systems in America. They are reliable and durable systems. But sometimes, like everything else, they break down. We thought it would be helpful for our customers if we put together a list of some of the most common furnace problems that we see. If you’re experiencing any of these issues, it’s probably best to call your local Lutz heating contractor.

Low Air Flow

When your furnace is on you should be able to feel a nice warm flow of air coming out of the register. If you’re only getting a trickle of air, there are a couple of likely culprits.

  • Dirty air filter – This is one of the most common problems in households with furnaces. Your furnace has an air filter that is meant to keep dust and dirt from collecting on the moving parts inside your furnace. If it isn’t changed regularly, it can restrict air flow to the point where your furnace simply can’t push any air to your home.
  • The fan – The fan, also called a blower, inside your furnace is responsible for pushing the air through your duct system and into your rooms. If your fan hasn’t been properly maintained or if it is broken, you might not be getting enough air into your house.

Insufficient Heat

Not getting enough heat is another common furnace problem in Lutz. Here are some of the contributing factors:

  • Pilot light is out – Your pilot light can go out occasionally. But if it starts to happen repeatedly it could be a problem that only a licensed professional can handle.
  • Thermostat – The thermostat in your home is responsible for turning on your furnace when the temperature gets too low. If your thermostat isn’t working properly, it might not be telling your furnace that you need heat.

If you’re experiencing any of these heating problems in your home in Lutz, call the heating experts at Ierna’s Heating & Cooling.

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Heating Systems for the Land O’ Lakes Area

Monday, November 12th, 2012

When you live in a warm climate such as the Land O’ Lakes area you may think that an effective home heating system is not a priority. Fact of the matter is, though, that even in warmer climates a dependable home heating system is necessary to ensure your year round comfort. When the temperature drops the memory of the hot, sunny days of summer won’t keep you warm. That being said, there are some good heating options for such warm climates that Ierna’s Heating & Cooling would like to tell you about. If you think that a gas furnace is unnecessary for your Land O’ Lakes area home, consider the following systems for installation. Both offer the benefit of providing both heating and cooling power as well as innovative design and efficient performance. Contact Ierna’s with any further questions that you may have or to schedule installation service.

Heat Pumps

If you are looking for an efficient, environmentally friendly way to both heat and cool your home with one convenient system a high quality heat pump may be the best choice for you. Ierna’s Heating & Cooling offers heat pumps from such trusted manufacturers as Bryant and has years of experiencing with the installation, maintenance and repair of these systems. When you live in an area such as Land O’ Lakes that does not have harsh winter conditions a heat pump is a great home heating option.

Heat pumps, unlike more traditional heating systems, do not consume a fuel source in order to heat your home. Rather they operate according to the heat transfer principle, using just a small amount of electricity to transfer existing heat into your home. By using this ambient heat, heat pumps are able to greatly reduce the amount of energy that you use when heating your home, in turn lowering the amount of money that you pay in heating costs. Plus, a heat pump’s operation is easily reversed, meaning that in the hot summer months it will remove excess heat from your home in order to cool it.

Ductless Mini Splits

Ductless mini splits are another great way to heat your home in a warmer climate. They too offer both heating and air conditioning, making them convenient for year round use. Because these systems do not use ductwork to circulate air throughout your home they are not subject to the energy loss sometimes associated with ductwork. They feature individual air handlers in different rooms of your home, allowing for easy, convenient zone control. This helps you to heat and air condition your home in a more efficient, effective manner.

If you have any questions about these innovative home heating options call the pros at Ierna’s Heating & Cooling. We’ll be glad to share our expertise with you.

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Heating Question: When is the Best Time for Furnace Maintenance?

Monday, October 15th, 2012

In order to keep your furnace working correctly it requires regular maintenance. But when is the best time to perform that maintenance? Is there a better time of year to perform maintenance on your furnace than another? We’ve put together our thoughts on this issue to give you a good starting place as you decide when you want to schedule maintenance on your Tampa heating system.

Spring Cleaning

Most contractors recommend getting your heating system serviced in the spring.  Spring is typically when you stop using your heating and begin to use your air conditioning. After a season of use, your heating system has probably developed some issues that can be immediately addressed before it goes out of use. Spring is also the off-season for heating companies so you can probably get a better deal on the service.

Late Fall Furnace Maintenance

One of the advantages of getting your furnace serviced is that you can fix any outstanding issues that are leftover from the previous winter. This can help make sure that your furnace runs efficiently for the upcoming Florida winter. It get pretty chilly!

If you’re interested in scheduling maintenance for your furnace in your Tampa home then call the experts at Ierna’s Heating and Cooling.

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Heating and Cooling Tip: Reasons You Should Consider a Bryant Furnace

Monday, October 8th, 2012

When you’re considering replacing your old furnace in your Tampa home, there are many different brands that you can consider. Bryant has been manufacturing high quality furnaces for many years and has three different lines of products for any budget size. We’ve put together some benefits of buying from Bryant that you can consider as you decide which furnace is right for you.

3 Lines of Furnaces

Bryant offers three distinct lines of furnaces for your home. From the entry-level Legacy line, to the Preferred line and, finally, the incredible Evolution line, Bryant has a furnace to match your home size and your budget size.

Durability

Bryant furnaces are manufactured to their high standards and are top quality. Bryant has been making furnaces for over 100 years and have built a name for themselves by making a product that people can trust.

Efficiency

The efficiency of furnaces is measured by an AFUE rating (Annual Fuel Utilization Efficiency) which measures the percentage of fuel that the furnace actually converts into heat over an entire season. The entry-level Bryant Legacy furnaces have an average AFUE rating of 80%. Bryant’s Preferred line also offers an 80% AFUE rating but also include variable speed fans which allow the furnace to conserve energy when the outside air temperature is not very cold. Bryant’s Evolution line boasts an impressive 96.6% AFUE rating, variable speed fans, humidity control and much more.

If you’re interested in learning more about Bryant or if you just have general heating or furnace questions, don’t hesitate to call the Tampa heating professionals at Ierna’s Heating & Cooling.

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