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HVAC Brands – Which to Choose?

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With all of the different HVAC brands out there, how do you know which one to choose? When you are looking for a new heating and air conditioning system, which brand should you go with?

These are common questions that homeowners and business owners ponder when it comes time to find a replacement unit for their heating and/or air conditioning system. You’ve probably heard of the bigger names out there such as Trane, Carrier, Lennox and York. But, there are other brands out there such as Bryant, Goodman, Rheem, American Standard, Coleman and many others that are not normally in the conversation concerning the top HVAC brands.

So, what are the differences between all of these HVAC brands? Actually, not a whole lot…

HVAC Brands Comparison

Believe it or not, many of the HVAC brands out there are made by the same parent company. Below I’ve listed most of the bigger brand names and their fellow “child” brands.

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Does Turning Down the Thermostat Save Money?

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You’ve probably heard the question before: “Does turning down the thermostat save money?” And, you’ve probably heard both sides of the argument. Some will say that this method does in fact save money on your energy bill. Others will say that this method does not save money but actually causes the furnace to run even more!

Well, which opinion is correct? Does turning down the thermostat save money?

Turning Down the Thermostat Does Save Money

….if done properly. That’s the key! There are certain requirements that make lowering the thermostat an effective option for saving money. Oh yeah, just some FYI: Lowering the temperature for set periods of time is referred to as a “setback”.

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Looking for a Reliable Cheap AC Unit?

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When it comes to purchasing a new ac unit, the cost can be a hurdle for some of us. But, be encouraged! I am going to share some good news with you that you might not have known before. There are cheap ac unit options out there for those of us looking for the most economical deal!

Now, just to be clear, in this post I’m not referring to a window ac unit or an indoor portable air conditioner. I will tackle that in another post, but those are definitely options for those who want to go that route. In this post I’m mainly focusing on conventional ac units that would normally be located outside of your home or business (as pictured above).

Let’s get going!

A Cheap AC Unit is Not a Bad Thing

First of all, I want to point out that a cheap ac unit is not a negative thing. Usually when we use the word “cheap” when referring to a product or appliance, we are referring to the quality of the product and it’s parts. In this post “cheap” is simply referring to the price tag.

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Replace Heat Exchanger or Buy New Furnace?

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Should you repair your furnace or would it be a better option to buy a new furnace? This is a very common question when it comes to our furnace systems for our home or business. Normally, furnace repair is the more logical and feasible option, but there are exceptions. One of those exceptions is when the heat exchanger has gone bad and needs to be replaced. 

If you are in the troubleshooting stages of determining if your heat exchanger is bad or cracked, check out this post: Cracked heat exchanger: symptoms and causes

Replacing the Heat Exchanger

The problem with replacing a heat exchanger in a furnace is that it isn’t a simple furnace repair job. It can take anywhere from 5-8 hours to perform the job and cost over $2000 to complete the job. Replacing a heat exchanger is probably the most difficult and labor-intensive repair job to perform on a furnace. This is why considering buying a new furnace is recommended and not limiting yourself only to replacing the heat exchanger. 

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High Efficiency Furnace: Is it the best option?

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Today, “high efficiency” is a common term used to describe appliances and products, such as a high efficiency furnace, that are much more efficient than those of the past and help keep more money in your wallet. And this is absolutely true…in most cases. But, sometimes the high efficiency option might not be what’s best for you and your specific situation. How so?

I’m glad you asked because I’m going to explain it in this post!

What exactly is a High Efficiency Furnace?

In today’s standards, a high efficiency furnace is a furnace that has an AFUE rating of 90% or more. You are probably wondering what the AFUE rating actually means. Let me explain: AFUE stands for Annual Fuel Utilization Efficiency. The AFUE rating simply refers to the amount of produced heat that is actually used to heat the targeted area(s). For example, let’s say you wanted a high efficiency gas furnace with an AFUE rating of 90%. This would mean that 90% of the heat that is produced during the heating process is used to heat your home or business. The other 10% is lost during the process.

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What exactly is a Split Unit in HVAC?

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If you’ve ever been looking for a new heating and air conditioning unit then you’ve probably come across the term “split unit”. There are various types of split units in the HVAC world and in this post I’m going to explain the basic understanding of what a split unit is.

The Basic Concept

A split unit is usually compared or contrasted with a packaged unit. There’s very good reason for this. A typical packaged unit will consist of the air conditioner and its components along with the heating system and it’s components all located in one unit outside. So the ac and the furnace, for example, along with its components, would all be in one accessible unit outside. If you’ve ever noticed a large rectangular unit on the rooftops of a business or outside of a home, then you’ve probably seen a packaged unit. These larger unit’s appear much bigger as far as what you can see because everything is located inside of that one unit. 

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Cracked Heat Exchanger: Symptoms and Causes

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A cracked heat exchanger in a furnace can be a potentially dangerous situation. The main reason for this is due to the fact that furnaces are located inside the living area of the particular home or business. For this reason, I want to share with you some of the common symptoms and causes of a cracked heat exchanger in a furnace.

Symptoms of a Cracked Heat Exchanger

If there is a crack in the furnace’s heat exchanger, there will be some signs and symptoms that are normally evident concerning the furnace.

Evidence of Soot: If there is evidence of soot buildup inside of the furnace, then it’s very possible that there could be a crack in the heat exchanger. This is due to the combustion process being incomplete. Other problems could cause this symptom as well such as balance issues with the burners.

Carbon Monoxide Levels are HighIf there is a carbon monoxide detector/alarm in your home or business (preferably near the furnace), then it will notify you if carbon monoxide is invading your living space. Normally there will also be a strong strange odor as well. If this is the case, then it’s possible that the heat exchanger is the culprit.

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What are BTU’s for your AC and Furnace?

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In this post the focus of BTU’s is going to be on heating and air units such as air conditioners and furnaces, but much of what is going to be shared is universal to other appliances as well. So what are BTU’s?

What are BTU’s?

Very simply, a BTU is an acronym for “British Thermal Unit”. A British Thermal Unit is the standard of measurement used for generating or increasing thermal energy. A single BTU is the amount of energy it takes to raise the temperature of an environment of 1 pound of water by 1 degree Fahrenheit (per hour, normally). This standard of measurement is used for heating and air units, grills, stoves, and other common appliances.

What are BTU’s for a furnace?

When it comes to your furnace or any other heating system for your home or business, BTU’s are going to be what are used to determine the unit’s heating capacity.

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What Size Furnace Do I Need?

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When it comes to replacing your furnace or installing a new furnace at a newly constructed location, it’s important to know what size furnace that you need for your particular situation. You don’t want to install a furnace that is too big or too small for the area that is being heated. This can cause issues with the furnace itself, which can lead to premature furnace repairs. The utility bill can also be affected if the furnace isn’t the correct size. So having a properly sized furnace is essential for efficient operation and the lowest utility bills.

But, how do you determine what size furnace that you need?

The Size of a Furnace is Categorized by BTU’s

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Fall Preventative Maintenance for Your HVAC Unit

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West Tennessee is starting to experience cooler mornings. With Fall peaking from around the corner, it will soon be time to turn the thermostat from cool to heat. There are things that you as the homeowner can do around your home to make sure things run smooth, but you also need an experienced HVAC technician to regularly maintain your unit through the seasons as well. Cagle Service offers a Preventative Maintenance Program to keep your unit running at it’s best through all seasons.

As the homeowner, there are some things you can do around your home to help the life of your HVAC unit:

1) Filters: Homeowners are recommended to change the air filters in their home once a month, especially in high pollen areas. Not only does that help air flow but also keeps allergens and dust from getting into the air system. (Read more on the importance of changing your air filters)

Related: How Often to Replace Your AC Filter

2) Routine Cleaning/Dusting: With the cooler temps coming in, some people are tempted to raise the windows to let fresh air in and give the HVAC unit a break. Dust, mold, allergens, etc. can get inside and settle within the home. Without cleaning and dusting, all of the allergens, dust, and other particles will circulate inside, lowering the quality of air.

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