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Hot Air About Some Cool Stuff. Learn how maintenance agreements can help you maintain healthy indoor air quality throughout the year.

The One Thing to Know about HVAC System Add-Ons

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Energy efficiency is a goal we should all have in the new year. There’s a way to keep using your HVAC system and maintain your comfort level at the same time you increase your energy efficiency. The key is HVAC system add-ons. Here’s the one thing you need to know about them.

HVAC System Add-Ons Can Save You Money

Everyone wants to save money, especially when it comes to staying comfortable in their home. One of the best ways to do that is with add-ons to your heating and cooling system. What are the best ones and what can they do to help you use less energy? Let’s look at the top three choices:

  1. Humidifiers and dehumidifiers: in the winter a humidifier will raise the relative humidity in your home. This will make the air feel warmer, so you don’t have to use as much heat to be comfortable. In the summer a dehumidifier will do the opposite. You’ll use less energy throughout the year with these add-ons.
  2. Air filtration systems: an air filtration system will help improve the indoor air quality in your home. Cleaner air in your home is going to mean a more effective and efficient HVAC system. When fewer air pollutants circulate through your home, you’ll use less energy for the system to do the same work.
  3. Smart thermostat: one of the best ways to increase the energy efficiency of your HVAC system is with a smart thermostat. It will give you more control over the temperatures in your home as well as your energy use.

You do have some control over how much energy you use. Contact the team at Morelli to find out more about increasing your energy efficiency with the right HVAC add-ons.

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3 Reasons HVAC Maintenance Isn’t a DIY Project

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Have you been holding out when it comes to investing in a maintenance agreement for your heating and air conditioning system? Even if you’re handy with things around the house, HVAC maintenance is not something you should do yourself. Here are three reasons it isn’t a DIY project:

Reason #1: Professionals Have Knowledge and Training

Changing your air filter every 30-90 days is one thing every homeowner can and should do. Beyond the simple filter change, leave the other service issues to the pros. There’s a reason they go through training, apprenticeships, and certification. Heating and cooling systems are complex machines and require specific knowledge to take care of them properly. Making adjustments or repairs yourself could lead to missed issues and bigger problems. This just means more time offline and greater frustration for you.

Reason #2: Safety Concerns

There are safety issues when it comes to maintenance on both air conditioning and furnace systems. With air conditioning, you’re dealing with refrigerant which can be extremely harmful if handled improperly or inhaled. And the exhaust from furnace systems is even more dangerous. Improper repairs might result in a carbon monoxide leak, which can be deadly.

Reason #3: Long-Term Cost

If you try to DIY an HVAC issue and you do it wrong, not only are you out the cost of the parts you weren’t able to use, but you’re out the time you spent trying to do the fix. Now you still have a broken system, and you have to pay for a certified technician to come in and fix the problem, and potentially also fix what you may have broken in the process.

DIY is a noble pursuit, but not when it comes to your HVAC system. Get a maintenance agreement from Morelli Heating and Air Conditioning and put your heating and cooling system in the hands of the professionals.

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How You Know It’s Time to Upgrade Your Thermostat

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Does your heating and air conditioning system need a new thermostat? It could be well past time for an upgrade. How can you tell? Take a look at the signs showing you it’s time to upgrade your thermostat:

#1: Inconsistent Heating and Cooling

One of the first signs of an outdated thermostat is inconsistent heating and cooling. Sometimes it can be an issue with the HVAC system itself, but more times than not it’s the thermostat that’s to blame. When your system is running right, but you can’t keep the temperature where you want it, take a look at upgrading to a new thermostat. Updated technology will help maintain your comfort level without worrying about setting and resetting it.

#2: The System Turns On and Off Frequently

When you have frequent on-off cycles with your heat or AC, it could be a sign your thermostat isn’t keeping up. When it can’t accurately measure the temperature in your home, it can send the signal to the HVAC equipment that it’s time to turn on. Then again, when it thinks the temperature is where it should be, it will send a message that it needs to turn off. When this happens more than it should, it’s time to upgrade your thermostat.

#3: You’re Frustrated with Lack of Programming

If your old thermostat has just the basic functions, it’s definitely time for an upgrade. The latest technology allows for extensive programming options, Wi-Fi capabilities, and energy-saving options that can make your life easier, your home more comfortable, and your energy bills lower.

You don’t need to live with an outdated or malfunctioning thermostat. The team at Morelli Heating and Air Conditioning can get you set up with the right upgrade for your home.

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The 3 Easiest Ways to Keep Your Staff Warm This Winter

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If you don’t have a reliable HVAC commercial services team in your contact list yet, now’s the time. There’s nothing worse than paying your employees for sick time or losing productivity just because your building is less than cozy. Here are the three easiest ways to keep your staff warm this winter:

#1: Regular Old Maintenance

Something as simple as regular HVAC maintenance can go a long way toward creating happy employees this winter. It’s not too late to have a certified technician out to evaluate your heating system. Regular maintenance can keep it running the way it should all year long and can help keep the temperatures consistent this winter. When the temperatures are consistent, so is productivity.

#2: Time to Upgrade the Thermostats

If your old thermostats aren’t keeping your system at the set point temperature, it’s time for an upgrade. Even older models that are programmable can let you down when it comes to keeping the temperatures where you set them. Smart thermostats aren’t just for your house. They can help keep your building and your employees comfortable no matter what shift they’re working.

#3: Get an Energy Use Evaluation

Evaluating your energy use is often as simple as checking for leaks in your ductwork. It can also mean evaluating your HVAC system to be sure it’s the right size and capacity for the space you’re trying to heat. If you’re using excessive energy, it could mean there are issues that are easy to address, or it could mean you’re due for a new HVAC system. Whatever the case, a professional HVAC technician can give you the low-down on how to fix any problems that could be leaving your staff in the cold.

Don’t let your employees get cold this winter and leave you paying for sick time. Contact our commercial services team at Morelli Heating and Air Conditioning for everything you need to keep your staff warm this winter.
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