Pollen, Dirt, and Indoor Air Quality – Is it time to give Your HVAC Unit, Air Conditioner, or Heat Pump a Tuneup?

Spring and early summer in North Carolina is synonymous with allergy season. But seeking refuge indoors from the torturous tiny particulates known as pollen isn’t the answer to avoiding problems. Pollen can easily pass through cracks around doors and windows, and even enter your ventilation system without proper system care and maintenance. These tiny particles can then be recirculated within your home or business causing allergies to flare up.

So, what is the effect of pollen on your HVAC unit, air conditioner, or heating/cooling system? When pollen is brought in by your HVAC system, it settles on the unit’s surfaces leading to a buildup of pollen on the evaporator coil which in turn reduces the refrigerant’s ability to transfer heat out of your home. When pollen settles on the condenser coil, it impedes the coil’s ability to release heat. The buildup can lead to overheating of the air conditioner. If this trips the high limit switch, your air conditioner may shut down.

What can you do? During periods of high pollen, check your air filter weekly and change filters if they look dirty. The new filter will help to minimize allergy symptoms, and it will also boost your air conditioner’s efficiency by up to 15%. It’s a good idea to have your unit serviced every spring to ensure it can hold up to the hot summer temps that are just around the corner. Give Apex Heating and Air a call today to schedule a routine maintenance check on your system, or reach out to us on our contact form.

Carrier Spring Cool Cash Manufacturer Rebates on New System Installation Up to $2,150

Now is the time to upgrade to energy efficient equipment from Apex Heating and Air, save on energy costs and get some COOL CASH! Save up to $2,150 in Cool Cash rebates! Purchase a qualifying system from Apex Heating and Air Conditioning for a limited time to get in on the savings. (Sales Dates March 7, 2022 – May 28, 2022. Must be Installed and Rebate Claimed by July 31, 2022.)

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Carrier – Ranked #1 by U.S. News & World Report 360 Reviews

Full article by Teresa Bitler | Feb. 2, 2022

Carrier Ranked #1 in Best HVAC Companies of 2022

Carrier, our No. 1 Best HVAC Company of 2022, has enjoyed a reputation for designing high-quality HVAC systems for more than a century. It offers several patented technologies that are said to increase energy efficiency in their air conditioners, heat pumps, and furnaces. Professional reviewers say Carrier products are known for their quality construction and have long lifespans if properly maintained.

Best for:

  • Anyone looking to purchase from the industry leader
  • Homeowners who value a quiet system
  • Those concerned with energy efficiency

Professional reviewers say that Carrier builds some of the quietest, most energy-efficient HVAC systems on the market.

All Carrier air conditioning systems and heat pumps use either single-stage, two-stage, or variable-speed Copeland compressors and feature Puron, the registered trademark for the company’s R-410a non-ozone refrigerant. Carrier furnaces have single-stage, two-stage, or modulating gas valves and either fixed-, multi-, or variable-speed blowers. The furnaces are primarily fueled by natural gas but may have the ability to be converted to liquid propane. Carrier has four furnace models that use oil as fuel.

In addition to central air, heat pumps, and furnaces, you can purchase packaged systems, ductless mini-splits, air handlers, air purifiers, humidifiers, and more from Carrier. The company also has several thermostats available, including smart thermostats you can control from your mobile device.

Because there are so many options and other factors that determine the final cost, Carrier says its installed products range from about $3,000 to $15,000. It offers three series of products, including its flagship Infinity series, middle-of-the-road Performance models, and basic, budget-friendly Comfort options. To determine which is best for you, contact a Carrier dealer who can evaluate your home and needs. The dealer will provide a final price for the system, which can vary based on location.

Carrier requires all its products to be installed by North American Technician Excellence (NATE)-certified technicians who have been trained at their Indianapolis factory. This ensures the unit is installed properly, and that the technician is qualified to maintain and repair it in the future. Properly installed and maintained, a Carrier air conditioner should last for 10 to 15 years, according to the company, although reviewers indicate it could last much longer.

Read the entire article here.

U.S. News 360 Reviews takes an unbiased approach to our recommendations. When you use our links to buy products, we may earn a commission but that in no way affects our editorial independence.

Cold weather can lead to HVAC system issues, PLUS savings tips for 2022!

Cold weather in North Carolina can mean the occasional snow storm, but more often ice, sleet, and freezing rain. If your HVAC system, heat pump, or furnace is struggling to keep your home warm during cold weather, your system may be in need of maintenance. Call us today at 919.467.8823 or 919.367.0102 to schedule an appointment as soon as possible. Issues with any system can be extremely dangerous or even deadly if the unit is releasing carbon monoxide into your home.

And keep in mind: If snow or ice has built up on or around your unit during a storm be sure to keep at least 24 inches of clear space around your unit at all times for optimal operation.

To help you save money on heating costs, follow these energy saving tips!

  1. Adjust Your Thermostat: Take advantage of programmable thermostats. Especially if you have a furnace, set your thermostat to automatically turn the heat down at night and when you’re away. If you have a heat pump, use your smart thermostat to turn down the thermostat in the winter when you are away and at night when you are asleep, or to turn it up a few degrees in the summer.
  2. Lock Windows and Doors: When you lock your windows and doors, they are usually pulled tighter against the weather stripping of their frames. This can help seal the windows and doors from leaks and won’t let the cool or warm air out.
  3. Replace Your Filters: A dirty filter makes your HVAC system work harder and reduces efficiency, increasing your energy use. Change your HVAC filter at least every three months, if not every month in the hottest and coldest seasons. According to the US Department of Energy, changing your filter can lower your energy consumption by 5-15%.
  4. Keep HVAC Registers Clear: Your HVAC system uses energy to take air in, heat or cool it, and then push it through your home. Don’t make it work harder to get your home to the set temperature by placing obstacles over the heat registers. If you have furniture blocking the registers, rearrange the room to improve air circulation.
  5. Block and Damper your Fireplace: If you’re not using your fireplace, make sure to close the flu, preventing heated or cooled air from escaping through the chimney. Besides using the damper, you can install glass doors around the fireplace, or invest in a chimney balloon.
  6. Only Heat/Cool the Rooms You’re Using: If you have a storage or guest room that isn’t being used, block and shut off the registers for those rooms using less energy to keep unnecessary areas warm/cool, leaving the main areas of your home comfortable.
  7. Use Your Windows: Add curtains to windows to reduce heat loss by 10%, according to Energy.gov. During the winter, open your drapes or blinds on the south side of your home to bring the heat of the sun into your home keeping it warm. In the summer, keep your blinds and windows closed to block the heat. If you have blinds, close them completely to reduce heat gain by 45%. If you have drapes, switch them out for medium colors with white-plastic backings to reduce heat gains by 33%. Let shrubbery and plants grow over the windows or add awnings to provide shade, which can reduce heat gain by 77% on west-facing windows.
  8. Use Ceiling Fans: Ceiling fans can be an excellent way to reduce your heating and cooling costs year-round. In the winter, you can use your ceiling fans to cut costs by changing the ceiling fan’s rotation to clockwise and set it to low, circulating warm air that’s risen to the ceiling back down to the living area without creating a draft. In the summer, make sure your ceiling fans are going counterclockwise and pushing cooler air down. Using your ceiling fans in the summer can make it feel 6 degrees cooler in your home, letting you increase your thermostat 6 degrees higher, saving on energy costs. But remember to turn them off when you leave a room to avoid wasting energy.
  9. Find and Seal Leaks: In the winter, as much as 38% of your home’s heat can be lost through leaks in ductwork, and around doors and windows. Sealing leaks can help minimize wasting money on heating and cooling your home. By sealing the ductwork in your home, caulking around windows, replacing the weather stripping around the outside or bottom of your doors, and insulating around outlets and pipes, you can help reduce the amount of leaks in your home, thereby saving you on heating and cooling costs year-round!
  10. Maintain Your HVAC System: Energy Star recommends regular maintenance and getting tune-ups on your HVAC system to ensure your HVAC system runs efficiently. This can not only increase efficiency and save you money on your HVAC bills but it can help prevent more costly problems in before they cause major damage to your system. Learn more about getting a system tune-up here.

Call us today at 919.467.8823 or 919.367.0102 to schedule an appointment or to setup an annual maintenance contract.

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Carrier Fall Cool Cash Manufacturer Rebates on New System Installation Up to $1,650

Now is the time to upgrade to energy efficient equipment from Apex Heating and Air, save on energy costs and get some COOL CASH! Save up to $1,650 in Cool Cash rebates! Purchase a qualifying system from Apex Heating and Air Conditioning for a limited time to get in on the savings. (Sales Dates September 6, 2021 – November 19, 2021. Must be Installed and Rebate Claimed by January 31, 2022.)

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