Tuesday, October 22, 2019

4 Ways to Lower Your Commercial HVAC Costs

Running a business is all about keeping costs down. When it comes to your commercial energy bills, your heating and cooling system is one of the biggest contributors. According to the Department of Energy, about 30% of the energy used in commercial buildings is wasted, and cooling accounts for about 15% of the energy that commercial buildings use. Here are four ways to lower costs associated with the HVAC in your commercial building.

Replace Air Filters Regularly

Your air filters play a larger role in your building's energy use than you may realize. Clogged air filters restrict airflow, which places additional strain on your HVAC system and leads to higher energy consumption and lower air quality. Some air filters should be changed every month; others can be replaced every three months. Change your filters according to the recommendation by the manufacturer.

Install Programmable Thermostats

There's no need to keep the air conditioning running when your building is empty. Smart thermostats can save your company hundreds of dollars per year in energy costs. You can program the system to adjust the temperature when your building is not in use. An experienced HVAC technician can recommend the best thermostat for your commercial building.

Keep Vents Clear

Ensure that the vents in your building are not blocked by furniture or other items. According to EnergyStar, "as much as 25 percent more energy is required to distribute air if your vents are blocked."

Schedule Air Conditioning Service

Your commercial HVAC system needs ongoing maintenance in order to perform its best. Having air conditioning service each spring and fall ensures that your heating and cooling system isn't wasting energy. With regular maintenance, your technician will also address any problems before they become more costly. Quality maintenance will keep your HVAC system running as long as possible.

Contact us to learn more and schedule your air conditioning service.

Monday, September 16, 2019

Preparing Your Air Conditioning System for Fall

Fall is just around the corner, so now is the perfect time to prepare your air conditioning system for the cold weather ahead. Keep reading to learn some tips for ensuring that your system is in optimal shape once the warm weather rolls around again.

Clean Around Your Outdoor Unit

If you happen to be outside working in the yard, take some time to clean up the area around your outdoor unit. Remove all the leaves, dirt, and debris around the unit to ensure proper air flow and protect the coils and the inside of the unit.

While you're cleaning, check and see if the ground that the unit is sitting is level. Summer rains could have caused the area around the unit to shift and the unit to become unlevel. This may result in damage to the unit that can be expensive to repair.

Inspect Your Air Filters

Your unit’s air filters should ideally be replaced every 90 days. Replacing your filters now will help your unit run more efficiently, reducing your overall energy consumption and saving you money by lowering your electric bills.

Check Your Doors and Windows

Use caulk or weather-stripping tape to seal doors and windows, preventing drafts that will waste your home's energy and increase your utility bill.

Schedule a Maintenance Check

Now is the time to schedule a tune-up for your system with your technician. Your technician will work to ensure that your system is running in tip-top shape and perform checks like:

  • Inspecting your ductwork
  • Inspecting heat exchangers
  • Refrigerant pressure check-up
  • Taking a look at your exhaust system
  • Performing a treatment on your condensate drain with anti-algae
  • Calibrating and testing the thermostat, among other tasks

If you have any questions about preparing your system for autumn or would like to learn more about our services and schedule a tune-up, please feel free to contact us for more information.

Wednesday, August 14, 2019

3 Problems You Can Avoid by Getting Air Conditioning Service


If you can't remember the last time you got air conditioning service, then it's probably been too long! There are many good reasons why you ought to remember to get your air conditioner serviced. Whether you have central air conditioning or a window unit, regular servicing will help you to make sure that your air conditioner continues to run smoothly without any hitches. It will also help you to increase the life of your air conditioner. Here are some of the problems you can avoid by getting air conditioning service:
  1. Your Air Conditioner Breaks Down: Everything is jogging along nicely and you seem to be getting work done. Until, one day, out of the blue, your air conditioner breaks down. You can't remember the last time you got it serviced. If you had gotten it serviced, your air conditioning contractor would have been able to tell you that repairs were needed earlier. But now, you'll have to go without air conditioning for longer, until the repairs are done. Plus, they're also likely to cost you more.
  2. Your Air Conditioner Needs to Be Replaced: At times, the cost of not getting your air conditioner serviced can be even higher. Your air conditioner might get to such a stage that it can't be repaired. It may need to be replaced altogether. And this means a larger expense. This can be avoided if you get air conditioning service regularly and nip any possible problems in the bud.
  3. You Run into Health Problems: Sometimes, if you don't get air conditioning service, you can run into health problems. You may not realize it but your air conditioner might be spreading gas throughout the room or house because of a gas leakage. This can be very bad for your health and lead into a number of respiratory issues. Plus, if the air is not being filtered properly, this can also lead into a number of allergies.
You can avoid a number of problems with your AC and your health by getting your air conditioner serviced regularly. Contact our team today to schedule an appointment with one of our expert technicians.

Friday, July 19, 2019

Central Air Conditioner vs. Evaporative Cooler

If electric fans don't provide sufficient cooling, you might consider installing a central air conditioner or buying an evaporative cooler. Central AC systems refrigerate and dehumidify the air. On the other hand, evaporative units add cool moisture to it. Below are some considerations when deciding between installing a central air conditioner or an evaporative cooler.

Climate

People who live in deserts often favor evaporative cooling because the extra humidity increases comfort under especially dry conditions. This type of equipment costs comparatively little to purchase, install and run.

On the other hand, these coolers can do more harm than good in moist climates. A higher humidity level may cause discomfort and promote mold growth. If you regularly experience "muggy" weather, this cooling method probably won't work well.

Water

Unlike central air conditioning, an evaporative unit consumes a significant amount of water. This makes it unsuitable for any building that lacks plumbing or has an unreliable water supply. The equipment may also increase your water bill.

Capabilities

These two cooling systems are equivalent in some ways. They both come in a variety of sizes that efficiently meet the needs of different buildings. If you install and maintain the filters, both machines will remove unwanted particles from your air.

Maintenance

All cooling equipment requires maintenance, but evaporative units typically need more upkeep. You'll have to clean a greater number of parts and replace worn cooling pads from time to time. Ductless central AC systems demand less maintenance than ducted units.

Temperature

If your home is often exposed to bright sunlight or you favor particularly cool temperatures, you may prefer a central air conditioner. These systems have the ability to achieve lower indoor temperatures than other equipment.

To sum it up, evaporative coolers offer an appealing and cost-effective option in particularly dry climates. Central AC delivers better results in humid regions. It also requires less maintenance and doesn't need a source of water.

If you have questions about which type of unit is right for you, contact our team of experts at New England Cooling Towers, Inc. today.

Thursday, June 20, 2019

7 Tips to Find a Good Contractor for Air Conditioning Installation

Many people postpone their air conditioning installation. After all, it's a big job and likely to take a few days to get done. Plus, you want to make sure that it gets done right the first time around. So it's important to find a good air conditioning contractor i.e., someone who will not overcharge you and will do a good job. You don't want your air conditioning breaking down a few months after you've installed it. Here are some things you can look for in a good air conditioning contractor:

  • 1. They'll Give You an Estimate: No good air conditioning contractor is going to start working without giving you an estimate of how much things are going to cost.
  • 2. They're Detail-Oriented: They'll make sure that they understand the specs of your house—its square footage, the height of the ceilings and the amount of usage that can be expected—before starting work.
  • 3. They're Efficient: A good air conditioning contractor isn't going to start the work one day, then leave it pending for several days. They understand that you need to live in the house. So they'll focus on your job for as long as it takes and get it done before moving on to another job.
  • 4. They're Reasonably-Priced: A good air conditioning contractor isn't going to charge you the moon for a small job. On the other hand, they're not going to undercharge you and do the job badly either.
  • 5. They're Pleasant to Work With: They're professional and courteous. They have answers to all your questions. And they're punctual too.
  • 6. They'll Be Available for Repairs and AC Service: After all, getting an AC system is not just about installation. It's also about maintenance.
  • 7. They Understand Your Needs: Air conditioning doesn't work on a one-size-fits-all basis. Each house is different and each customer's needs are different. Your air conditioning contractor will understand that.

Contact our team at New England Cooling Towers, Inc. a call today to schedule a maintenance check, installation, repair, or anything else you need. We’re here to help!

Wednesday, May 15, 2019

4 Effective Ways to Reduce Allergens this Spring

It's that dreaded time of year again, when spring allergies have got you feeling at your worst. Most people who deal with springtime allergies know exactly when the pollen is in the air. Here are four effective ways to reduce allergens this spring and improve your quality of air inside your home.

Get Your AC Unit Serviced by a HVAC Technician

Schedule an appointment to have your air conditioning unit serviced. AC units need regular maintenance to operate properly. The best time to schedule maintenance is the beginning of spring. However, it's better to do so late than to not get it serviced at all. As the months get warmer, the need to run your air conditioner grows. Keeping your air conditioning unit free of dust and other allergen particles will help reduce allergy symptoms. However, waiting until the last minute could have you sniffling, sneezing, and overall feeling poorly. It could also lead to an AC unit that stops working in the dead of summer.

Change AC Filters

Check your AC filter to see if it is clogged with dust and needs changing. Filters get dusty quickly; they become clogged with particles that travel through the air. Changing a filter is easy and will improve the air flow and quality in your home. However, be sure you are using the most effective filters. Ask your New England Cooling Towers, Inc. technician for their recommendations.

Keep Windows Closed

Keep windows closed on days the pollen count is extremely high. On low count days, you can crack a window, but remember to check window sills just to be sure nothing is blowing inside. Sometimes, it is best to avoid opening windows in bedrooms to keep pollen away from your bed linen and mattress.

Clear Out Debris Around Outdoor AC Unit

Keep your outdoor AC unit free of debris and dust. If debris is kept around the unit, unwanted dust particles will eventually end up in your home. Usually, while an HVAC technician is servicing your unit, they will make sure debris and other items are not clogging the system and interfering with proper air flow. Preventative maintenance care for your system is a healthy way to manage your air quality and reduce allergens throughout your home.

To find out more about keeping your air conditioner operating at its best, contact our team today.

Wednesday, March 13, 2019

Need a New Heating System? Read This Before Installing

Did your heating system just break down? Or, do you need to replace your old one? Whether the pilot light won't stay lit, the heater smells like it's burning, or the system makes frightening noises, it's probably time for an upgrade. With cold weather still upon us, it's natural to rush the buying process. However, it's best to take things slow and do your research first. Here are four things you should do before installing a new heating system:

1. Research Different Options

When it comes to heating, you have options. Don't be so quick to settle on the first one you see. There are furnaces, boilers, heat pumps, fireplaces, old-fashioned wood-burning stoves, and even radiant floor heat. Another option is to invest in a few electric space heaters. For more information about your options, speak with a qualified heating installation technician.

2. Consider Your Budget

Obviously, heating systems aren't cheap. They use lots of energy, and energy costs money. Of course, you must also factor in the price of installation. While you don't need to buy the most expensive heating system on the market, you shouldn't buy the cheapest either. Heating that's less expensive probably won't be as long-lasting as a more expensive system. Try to find a balance between a high-quality heating system and cost-efficiency.

3. Determine Efficiency Level

Different heating systems put out different energy levels. Efficiency is the ability to produce as much heat as possible at the lowest possible cost. When it comes to achieving efficiency, it's best to go with a heat pump as they use less electricity yet are still effective in heating your home. Although a high-efficiency heating system will have a higher initial cost, you'll save more money in terms of gas or electricity usage.

4. Conduct a Heating Load Calculation

Consult with an HVAC technician to perform a consultation to determine the type of heater is best and how much heating is needed based on the size of your home. If you avoid this step, you run the risk of installing a heating system that won't be effective in heating your home.

Contact us today if you have any questions about your existing heating system or would like to learn about installing a new one.