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Is It More Energy Efficient to Leave Your Doors Open or Closed?

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Choosing whether to leave the doors open or closed is an energy efficiency conundrum that afflicts many a homeowner. It's natural to wonder if you can improve your efficiency, especially when the temperature hits extremes. A common solution is to close doors in the house, cutting off the air flow from room to room, but does this really save energy? It seems like it should work since you're reducing the total area that needs cooling or heating, but this isn't actually the case.

Obstructed Airflow Hurts Efficiency

When you close the doors in the house, the rooms are under pressure because of the blocked off air flow. Trapped air won't stay contained and will find outlets through which it can escape. Due to the nature of how air travels, the lost air gets replaced in equal amounts, which increases the amount of air pulled in from the cooled or heated parts of the house. Instead of creating utility savings and reducing energy consumption, this will increase your HVAC costs.

Improve Energy Consumption with Air Channels

You can solve the issue of blocked airways by keeping doors open, but this isn't always an option. If you're not keen on cutting sections from your doors (most people aren't!), you can have transfer grills installed instead. They allow air to flow between rooms and corridors without impacting your privacy. Of course, as is the case with most HVAC installations, it's best not to proceed on your own.

Get the right help for the job, and call our experts at Morelli Heating & Air Conditioning! We can look over your system in its entirety to identify anything in need of improvement. We even offer home energy audits, so you can better save on your monthly utility costs. For more information about how we can help improve your energy efficiency, reach out to us today.

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3 Proven Ways a Solar Powered HVAC Will Save Your Company Money

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When you think of commercial services and the ways they can help your business, solar energy might not immediately come to mind. Still, the idea of fueling your heating and cooling system with light energy instead of just electricity has a strong appeal. But can it really save you money? Absolutely!

Commercial Solar Power Can Reduce Those Bills

Solar powered air conditioners and heat pumps are more efficient than traditional models. With the technological ability to harness power from the sunlight, they can reduce your utility costs by up to 50%! Business owners hesitant to proceed because of higher initial costs should remember that over time, these savings can more than offset the price tag.

Your Business’s Extra Energy Is Never Wasted

Wondering what happens when you have solar energy but the HVAC isn't in use? The excess power can run other devices! Beyond that, if you find that you have more energy than you can actually use, you might be able to sell it back to the utility company.

Solar Power Brings Commercial Savings Across the Board

When typical AC units are running at the hottest points during the day, electricity costs go up according to power grid demands. Solar units lower these demands, which translate to fewer electricity outages and dramatically reduced power costs.

To learn more about the advantages of green energy and solar power, or for information about the convenient commercial services we offer, reach out to our team of experts at Morelli Heating & Air Conditioning today!

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3 HVAC Upgrades to Make Before Selling Your Home

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When you’re going down the long list of tasks to do before you can put your house on the market, heating and air conditioning may not seem like much of a priority. You have more than enough to worry about, right? Still, it’s surprising just how much of a difference an upgraded HVAC system can make for a home you’re looking to sell.

Make Sure the HVAC Looks Up to Date

Having an updated, efficient HVAC system is a huge asset, but it also needs to look the part. If you have an impressive system but your thermostat is one of the older, basic dial versions, you might turn potential buyers away. A smart thermostat can save on energy costs by allowing you to set a schedule ahead of time. You won't need to pay for heating or cooling an empty house, but the benefits continue after you decide to sell. A digital thermostat is more impressive and can make your HVAC system look better.

If the AC or Heating Unit Is Too Old, Replace It

If the unit is older than ten years, an upgrade might be a good idea. Everyone, home buyers included, knows that air conditioners and furnaces don't last forever. If they look at your system and decide it's in need of a replacement, they might have second thoughts about purchasing your house.

It’s Never Too Late for HVAC Maintenance

Maintenance provided by a good HVAC technician will keep your system running more smoothly and efficiently. This option makes a great deal of sense for people who might not have the newest system, but who don't want their HVAC situation to drive away prospective home buyers. A well-maintained system looks better and might give you the edge you need to make the sale.

Regardless of the type of upgrade you’re looking into, you’ll find your solution with Morelli! At Morelli Heating & Air Conditioning, we’re dedicated to providing excellent services at reasonable prices. For more information about how we can help with your heating and air conditioning system, contact us now!

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3 Things You Need to Know About HVAC Troubleshooting

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When you run into HVAC issues, maintenance agreements will always represent the safest solution. Beyond that, there are other things worth keeping in mind when you’re considering the right course of action to take for troubleshooting your system. And remember: when in doubt, calling in a professional is the best idea. There’s no telling how deep an issue might go, and the last thing you want to do is make a problem worse by mistake.

Here are 3 things you need to know when it comes to HVAC troubleshooting:

1.Maintaining the System Means Keeping It Clean

Maintenance isn't just about making adjustments to certain parts of the system. It's also about keeping essential components safe from dirt buildup. If your outdoor unit has become overrun by leaves, dirt and shrubs, you could've unwittingly put a great deal of extra strain on it. Failing to keep debris away could mean needing to replace your condenser down the line, which is not a cheap or easy fix.

2.Air Filters are More Important to Maintenance than You Might Realize

If you're seeking to troubleshoot a system that hasn't been doing its job properly lately, and you've also noticed higher electrical bills, take a moment and think back to when you last changed your air filters. If you can't recall when you did it, or you're pretty sure you never did, you've already identified the source of the problem. Clogged filters make it hard for the system to do its job, and they can lead to the condenser freezing, meaning it will become incapable of actually cooling the air pushed out by the unit.

3.Leave HVAC Troubleshooting and Maintenance to the Professionals

No homeowner enjoys getting stuck with a sudden breakdown, and the need to pay for surprise repairs or replacements can be a heavy hit to the finances. At Morelli Heating & Air Conditioning, we’re more than familiar with these issues, which is why our maintenance agreements help you avoid them. We'll keep your system working at peak efficiency, and if there are any repairs needed, you'll get them done at a reduced cost. To learn more, don't hesitate to contact us online today.

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