Carrier® Puron Advance™ – A new refrigerant for a better future

Keeping with its long history of leading environmental responsibility, Carrier has once again taken a leadership role in offering the refrigerant of the future.

As a leader in the HVAC industry, Carrier has been working towards a more GWP-friendly refrigerant for over 10 years. That’s when we first anticipated growing concerns over global warming potential of refrigerants. Now, after years of research, development and with products currently in field trials, we anticipate being ready to start the transition to Puron Advance in early 2024. Thank you for your continued confidence in Carrier products. We look forward to working with you in making the transition to Puron Advance as smooth as possible!

1) Carrier is focused on providing a refrigerant that offers a higher efficiency and the lowest GWP that will positively impact people, our planet, and our communities.

  • Carrier Corporation has set an ambitious goal to help our customers avoid more than one gigaton of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from their carbon footprint by 2030 by leveraging our energy-efficient products, using lower global warming potential (GWP) refrigerants and more.
  • With its GWP of 466, Puron Advance was selected as the best refrigerant solution for ducted and ductless residential and light commercial products to minimize environmental impact and energy use, while providing performance, safety, and durability.
  • Carrier Corporation’s ducted and ductless residential and light commercial products switching to Puron Advance is like avoiding the greenhouse gas emissions from over 5 million gas powered passenger vehicles each year.* That’s a big impact!

2) Carrier is easing fears of dealers, technicians, and homeowners through robust training resources and product enhancements.

  • Switching to Puron Advance will be a relatively easy transition for technicians because it operates at temperatures and pressures like those of our current refrigerant, Puron.
  • Carrier technicians and installers have access to thorough training so they can be certified in knowing how to properly install, maintain, and reclaim the Puron Advance.
  • Puron Advance falls under the classification of A2L by ASHRAE. A2L refrigerants have lower toxicity and lower flammability than A2 refrigerants. While A2Ls are more flammable than A1s, such as R-410A, they are still much less flammable than natural gas or propane and even things like rubbing alcohol and nail polish remover like you may already have in your home.
  • Carrier is committed to safety and will, therefore, include a dissipation system in all products containing Puron Advance. Technicians and homeowners alike can be confident that the required safety measures have been built into our system designs.

3) Carrier goes beyond the regulatory minimums and thinks about long-term innovations and solutions.

  • As a leader in the HVAC industry, we have been working towards creating a more GWP-friendly refrigerant since before 2010. Puron Advance will deliver comfort, efficiency and a dramatically reduced GWP of 466 to meet regulations expected to take effect in 2025.
  • With the EPA’s decision to require GWP’s to be at or below 700 by January 1, 2025, our choice of Puron Advance, with a GWP of 466, will be able to meet and exceed this requirement. Puron Advance represents a 75% reduction in GWP compared to Puron.

*Assuming Carrier Corporation residential, DLS and light commercial units shipped with refrigerant annually. https://www.epa.gov/energy/greenhousegas-equivalencies-calculator

What is the Difference between Puron Advance and Puron?

Carrier® Craftsmanship

Watch this video by Carrier that explains the rigorous testing Carrier puts into place to ensure their equipment meets the highest standards of performance and reliability in a variety of environments and operating conditions.

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Why choosing a contractor with NATE certified technicians is important

When searching for a HVAC contractor four letters need to be on the forefront of your mind; NATE. NATE stands for North American Technician Excellence. It is is largest non-profit certification organization for heating, cooling, ventilation and refrigeration technicians. NATE technicians have passed nationally recognized tests to be on the cutting edge of HVAC technology. Choosing a NATE certified technician means that your heating and cooling needs will be done right, the first time.

The benefits for choosing a NATE certified technician for your home or business will ensure that your HVAC equipment runs at peak efficiency, saving you money on your energy bills due to proper installation and maintenance. You will be able to sleep easy knowing that your technician has the most up to date knowledge and advice on what is best for your home or business’ heating and cooling needs.

Apex Heating and Air’s NATE-certified technicians have demonstrated their knowledge of today’s increasingly sophisticated heating and cooling systems by passing a nationally recognized test developed and supported by all segments of the heating, ventilation and air-conditioning industry. Consumers can rest assured that with a NATE-certified technician, they are getting the best installation and service for maximum comfort and economy in their heating and cooling system. Better installation and service mean a longer life for your heating and cooling equipment and increased energy efficiency. Technicians who are NATE-certified know that NATE stands for excellence and quality service. Contact Apex Heating and Air today to ensure your system is installed and serviced by a NATE-certified technician.

Discover issues before they become a problem by calling Apex Heating and Air Conditioning today at (919) 467-8823 to schedule a checkup, or signup for our annual maintenance contract.

How to Avoid a Shocking Electric Bill

How to Avoid a Shocking Electric Bill

Imagine opening your monthly utility bill and seeing you owe over $900 dollars for one 30-day period. Though it sounds impossible, this actually happened, and it could happen to you if your air conditioning unit runs 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

In this real-world example, the homeowner’s system was both heating and cooling the house at the same time. It seems odd, but no one in the family felt heat coming out of the vents because the heat was mixed with the cool air from the air conditioner and they “cancelled” each other out…all the while using a crazy amount of energy fighting each other.

Fortunately, this issue was resolved, but the electricity provider wouldn’t take pity on the homeowner. He coughed up the outrageous bill and learned a valuable lesson in the process: Homeowners should pay close attention to HVAC systems and be on the lookout for changes in how the unit is functioning.

A unit can run non-stop for a number of reasons, but it most likely indicates a problem with the system or some other issue in the home that needs correction. Here are a few of the common culprits:

HVAC Unit Size and “Fit”

A properly sized, energy-efficient central air conditioning system will run fairly continuously in the summer to maintain a constant, desired temperature in your home. If the unit is too small it has to work harder to cool your home. Over time, this increases the wear and tear on the unit and will shorten its life. In addition, this undersized system will never be able to cool your home to your satisfaction and breakdowns will be common. If the unit is too large it can’t effectively remove moisture from the air which results in an output of moist, clammy air. The system will also use excessive amounts of electricity leading to higher utility bills.

It’s important to note that the size of your ductwork should be proportional to the size of the air conditioning unit. If ducts are the wrong size, they may not be able to handle the airflow or distribute cool air efficiently to all parts of the home.

How Old is the Filter?

Do you know when you last changed the air filters in your home? If it’s been awhile, those filters are restricting air flow. Poor air flow cuts down on the amount of cool air the unit can produce, which in turn, forces the air conditioner to run more through the day.

A dirty filter forces the system to work harder which can lead to overheating. Without enough air flowing over the coils, the system is unable to remove humidity and cool the air to the set temperature. All the unit can do is keep running when it shouldn’t. Be sure to clean or replace filters once a month or as recommended by the manufacturer for best performance.

Parts Don’t Last Forever

Failing parts on a — like motors, capacitors, and the compressor — can result in a high electric bill. The reduction in production from a failing part will cause your system to be less efficient.

For example, if there’s a failing condenser motor on the unit’s condenser and it’s trying to cool the home, the motor won’t be able to remove heat from the home very well. The struggling motor and a thermostat that’s never satisfied will cause the motor to run longer and contribute to an outrageous electric bill. This process can continue until the motor fails and the unit breaks down.

Faulty Thermostat

If a system seems to never shut off, there could be an issue with the thermostat. Maybe the home has reached the correct temperature, but the thermostat is not registering the correct indoor conditions. In this case, the unit will continue running. You can check the thermostat by placing another thermometer near the location of the thermostat. After an hour or two, check the reading. If it’s at or near the desired temperature, there may be a problem with your thermostat.

To see if the thermostat is the problem, try setting it at least 5 degrees higher or lower than the normal setting. If it’s working properly, the unit should turn on immediately. Also check that the thermostat is correctly set to “heat” or “cool.” The main circuit breaker should also be in the “on” position.

Maintenance Needed

We can’t emphasize enough how important it is for air conditioning units to receive regular maintenance for proper operation. Ideally, maintenance should happen twice a year, in the spring before the warm weather hits and in the early fall after things have cooled off and it’s no longer in use. If the system isn’t clean—including ducts, coils, and the air filter—it will likely encounter airflow problems and inefficient cycling.

Apex Heating and Air Conditioning’s technicians can check to make sure everything is clean and functioning properly. Regular maintenance of the unit will not only help ensure it’s in good working order, but it will also extend the life of the system.

Bring in the New

Air conditioners have a life span. Even if the unit’s been properly maintained, it will eventually wear out. At this point, it’s best to consider replacing the old, inefficient unit with a new and more energy efficient model.

It’s best to address issues before they become problems. When you notice a change in the quality of air in your home, or the fan running more than usual, or even a faulty reading on your thermostat, it’s best to call us at Apex Heating and Air Conditioning and let us complete a proper inspection of the air conditioning system. You’ll feel more confident knowing trained professionals have addressed and corrected the problem—and saved you from the potential shock of a $900 utility bill.

Discover issues before they become a problem by calling Apex Heating and Air Conditioning today at (919) 467-8823 to schedule a checkup, or signup for our annual maintenance contract.

(Sources: Energy Vanguard; Direct Energy; EnergyStar; Repair Clinic; and Angie’s List.)

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Now is the time to upgrade to energy efficient equipment, save on energy costs and get some COOL CASH! Save up to $1,650 in Cool Cash rebates! Purchase a qualifying heating or cooling product from Apex Heating and Air Conditioning for a limited time to get in on the savings (Promotion dates: 3/1/18-5/31-18). You may even qualify for special financing options. Call our offices at (919) 467-8823 or send us a request through our contact form for complete details on all our rebate and financing options.