R&D 100 Awards Showcase Energy-Efficient Technologies for Buildings

March 24, 2014

Three interesting new building efficiency technologies honored at the 2013 R&D 100 awards Sometimes called the “Oscars of Innovation,” the R&D 100 awards are given in recognition of exceptionally unique and useful new products or technologies developed during the preceding year. R&D Magazine started this competition in 1962, and researchers from various US Energy Department National Labs typically take home multiple awards each year. This year, the National Labs won 2013 R&D awards for three products that deserve particular attention from home and business owners looking for ways to increase the energy efficiency of their properties. Universal Smart Window Coating Windows with ample sun exposure often create temperature control problems for property owners, as the spaces facing the sun heat up faster and require more cooling to keep comfortable. Zoned thermostat systems and traditional window treatments offer one solution, but now thanks to Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory consumers may soon have another option. Researchers have developed an inexpensive nanocomposite electrochromic coating that allows occupants to independently control how much light and heat is coming through the windows. This will help reduce energy costs associated with cooling and lighting. Heat, Cooling, & Hot Water in One In cooperation with geothermal heat…...

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It’s Getting Hot – Time to Get a Pre-Season AC Checkup

March 19, 2014

Make sure your air conditioner is ready to keep you cool all summer with a maintenance visit from General Heating & Air Conditioning Hotter weather is just around the corner, and you need to make sure your home or business will provide a cool refuge from the hot sun. The last thing you want is to be caught off guard by a malfunctioning or inefficient air conditioner and left to roast in the heat. Fortunately, you can get your air conditioner in top shape now with a pre-season air conditioner maintenance visit from General Heating & Air Conditioning. Here are some of the key services we will provide: Clean or Change the Filter: A dirty filter can not only cause air quality problems but also restrict air flow and even potentially increase wear and tear on your air conditioner to the point where its lifespan is reduced. We can inspect your filters and clean or replace them as needed at the start of the season to ensure you get off on the right foot. You should continue checking the filters each month as the summer goes on. Check Coolant Levels: An air conditioner needs the right amount of coolant or…...

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What’s the Best Way to Clean the Air in Your Home?

February 24, 2014

You may need additional products beyond what came with your HVAC system to eliminate indoor air contaminants Dust, pollen, mold, pet dander, microbes, and various other irritants and allergens can really limit your home comfort. While air-driven HVAC systems should include some type of filter already, this filter may not be effective enough in removing contaminants from the air. Fortunately, you can turn to General Heating & Air Conditioning for help selecting a Carrier brand product that will clean your air more effectively. Upgrade to a New HVAC system If you’re in the market for a new heater or air conditioner anyway, you might consider upgrading to a new Carrier brand furnace, heat pump, or air conditioner as a way of getting cleaner air in your home. Carrier brand products feature high-quality integrated filter systems. Many of them also include a filter drier function to prevent mold or mildew from growing in the filter and to increase filter life. Install an Air Purifier If you really want cleaner air in your home, your best bet is probably to install a dedicated air purifier such as Carrier’s Infinity Air Purifier. This model captures up to 95 percent of airborne particles between…...

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Ultra-Efficient Carrier Products Featured in The New American Home 2014

February 20, 2014

Carrier Home Comfort systems were among the highlights of the International Builders’ Show’s official display home Each year, the National Association of Home Builders creates a stunning display home to showcase the latest in residential construction technology, home comfort, and design. This year, “The New American Home 2014” was a striking contemporary-style stone and adobe compound rising out of the foothills in Henderson, Nevada. It featured many important innovations designed to improve efficiency, sustainability, and livability for a multigenerational family. Here are some of the highlights of this year’s New American Home. Dramatic Floor Plan Like any show home, The New American Home 2014 features some impressive design elements and features, such as a water wall and a roof bridge that help to bring the indoor and outdoor living spaces together. The home as a whole is designed to provide an open floor plan without denying the family their private spaces. Areas for entertaining feature high ceilings while private areas feel smaller, more intimate, and soothing. Multigenerational Living Spaces In light of the ongoing trend of seniors moving back in with their kids, multigenerational living was a driving concept behind The New American Home 2014. The home features a semi-attached…...

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Default Less Likely in Energy-Efficient Homes

January 28, 2014

Study finds odds of default are 32 percent lower on energy-efficient homes According to a recent study entitled “Home Energy Efficiency and Mortgage Risks,” homeowners who purchase an energy-efficient property are 32 percent less likely to default on their mortgages. The study, which was conducted by the University of North Carolina, was based on about 71,000 mortgages on homes located across the country. After controlling for factors like home size, home age, loan type, local unemployment rate, and local cost of electricity, researchers also discovered a correlation between a home’s energy efficiency score and the likelihood of default. For every one point that a home rose on the Home Energy Rating System efficiency index, the risk of default fell four percent. Researchers have proposed two possible reasons for the correlation between home energy efficiency, such as that offered by an ENERGY STAR certified home, and reduced risk of mortgage default. First of all, there is the simple fact that money not spent on utility costs can be directed towards the mortgage. Secondly, researchers suspect that consumers who purchase energy-efficient homes are more financially savvy in general and therefore less likely to enter into an unfavorable mortgage agreement. Benefits of an…...

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Is It Time to Call a Heating Contractor in Pasadena CA?

January 27, 2014

General Heating & Air Conditioning can provide fast service for a variety of heating issues Heating problems don’t just go away on their own. If you are dissatisfied with the performance of your heat pump or furnace for any reason, don’t hesitate to call a heating contractor in Pasadena CA for help. General Heating & Air Conditioning can send an expert heating technician to your aid right away to repair a broken unit or help troubleshoot performance issues. If any of the following situations sounds familiar, it is time to call us. Noisy Heater If your furnace or heat pump has started making funny noises, this could be a sign of a potentially serious problem. It could be that your fan or blower motor is starting to wear out and could fail at any moment. If your fan runs constantly or cycles on and off frequently, this noise may indicate that your heater is too big or too small for your space. Uneven or No Heat If some rooms never seem to warm up, no matter how high you set the thermostat, you should definitely call a heating contractor in Pasadena CA to come take a look. We can help…...

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6 Energy-Efficient Home Improvements for 2014

January 26, 2014

Start the new year on the right foot by improving the energy efficiency of your home If you aren’t happy with how much you spent on utilities last year, now is your chance to make some changes that should result in lower bills for 2014. In order to know which of the following 6 energy-efficient home improvements will deliver the best result in your home, it is highly recommended to get a home performance audit from the experts at General Heating & Air Conditioning. We’ll go over every inch of your HVAC system and building envelope with you and identify any cost-saving improvements that could help your home become more energy-efficient. The following 6 improvements are a good place to start. Seal Doors & Windows Cracks and gaps around windows and doors are significant sources of energy loss in many homes. If you want to improve your home energy efficiency, make sure your doors and windows have good tight seals. If it’s time to upgrade to new windows anyway, consider windows with wood frames rather than aluminum ones, since wood is a better insulator. Add Insulation Some experts have estimated that half of American homes are underinsulated. Since lack of…...

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Our Commercial HVAC Services Provide Peace of Mind

January 25, 2014

General Heating & Air Conditioning can provide all the commercial HVAC services you need If you own any kind of commercial property, you no doubt keep a close eye on your bottom line. Old, outdated, inefficient, or otherwise ineffective HVAC equipment can put a major dent in your profits. Whether poor indoor air quality is chasing residents from your rental properties, excess heat and humidity is damaging your computer equipment or inventory, or an uncomfortable work environment is leading to poor employee performance, General Heating & Air Conditioning can help. We provide a complete range commercial HVAC services designed to help you keep your property comfortable without spending an arm and a leg. Commercial Sales & Installs Sales and installation is a key part of the commercial HVAC services offered by General Heating & Cooling. Many poor energy efficiency and performance issues can be solved simply by purchasing appropriately sized HVAC equipment and installing it properly. We have a wide selection of Carrier brand furnaces, heat pumps, and split system ductless air conditioners suitable for commercial properties. We even have some units that support LEED3 certification. Our expert staff will be happy to help you select the right units for…...

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Six Steps to a More Comfortable, Healthy, and Efficient Home

December 31, 2013

A home performance test from General Heating & Air Conditioning can help identify and correct home comfort issues Indoor air quality problems can run the gamut from dangerous conditions like poorly vented carbon monoxide to nuisances like dust, odors, and allergens. Uneven heating and cooling as well as inefficient operation of HVAC equipment can also pose problems for homeowners. If you are experiencing any sort of issue with your home comfort, a home performance test from the professionals at General Heating & Air Conditioning can help. The test consists of the following six steps. Initial Consultation The first step in any home performance test is an initial consultation. This consultation provides the technician with an opportunity to learn from the homeowner what the key indoor air quality and HVAC performance issues are. Since different individuals tend to have different perceptions about indoor air quality and comfort, it is wise to have all adults living in the home participate in the consultation. Equipment Inspection Inspecting your heating and cooling equipment helps identify issues such as oversized or undersized equipment, worn parts, dirty filters, and improper installation that may be causing problems with your indoor air quality and comfort. Insulation Inspection Insulation…...

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Five Reasons to Consider Ductless Air Conditioning

December 11, 2013

Ductless AC units eliminate many drawbacks associated with window units and central air Ductless air conditioners are often overlooked as a cooling option, but they do offer some significant benefits over a window unit or central air. Ductless systems are similar to a window unit in that each evaporator is designed to cool a single room, and they are similar to a central split system in that there will be a condenser unit placed outside the home and an evaporator placed inside. The big difference between a ductless system and central air is of course that no ductwork is necessary. Instead, you only have to run refrigerant tubes between the evaporator and the condenser in order to enjoy cool, fresh air in your home. Cool Rooms without Major Renovations Ductless air conditioners can be used to cool a historic property where there’s no room to run ductwork, or to cool an addition, garage, sunroom, etc. that may not be attached to the existing central AC system in a newer home. Each ductless AC unit is designed to cool its own room, but by pairing multiple wall or ceiling units with a single outdoor condenser, you can create a multiple-zone split…...

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