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IAQ – Air Filtration for your home or business, part 2

By | Indoor Air Quality

Another purpose of the air filter is to keep the indoor coil, furnace/air handler, and ductwork as clean as possible.  The filter is applied to the return air before that air goes into the furnace/air handler. This stops all the contaminants that the filter removes from entering your HVAC system.  The better the filter, the cleaner the indoor coil and furnace/air handler is, that ensures your HVAC system is running as cost effectively as possible and can save up to 30% in utility costs.  The better the filter MERV, the more it keeps the indoor coil, furnace/air handler, and ductwork free from debris.

COVID-19 and other viruses.  At the time of this post, COVID-19 has not been tested with any filters.  Most viruses measure below .03 micron. This means that even the HEPA filter isn’t guaranteed to block them from the airstream.  That doesn’t mean a filter doesn’t catch some viruses, they are just not rated to do so.  The virus that causes COVID-19 is about 0.125 micron.  In fact, in a study done by NASA, HEPA filters are extremely good at remove of smaller than .3 micron.

According to the EPA, the best solution that is cost effective and works with almost any HVAC system and ductwork system is a combination of air purification and air filtration.  Adding an ionizer or a ultraviolet light to a filtration system of MERV 8 or above will treat almost all the air effectively.  Ionizers and UV lights are very effective at treating viruses, mold, bacteria, and other contaminants to affect the air quality in a given residential or commercial building. Another consideration is the HVAC equipment, having a multiple stage furnace means that it can operate in a lower fan speed or stage.  Slowing down the circulation improves the overall air quality when combined with a great Indoor Air Quality (IAQ) system by treating the air at all times.

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10 reasons to choose Hauck Bros., Inc.

By | Commercial, Cooling, Heating, Maintenance, Residential

10 Reasons to Choose Hauck Bros., Inc. Whether you’re looking for Commercial HVAC assistance, or you need service for your home, we can help. From Maintenance, Service, and Installation we have you covered.

99 Years and Counting!

Hauck Bros., Inc., has been serving the Miami Valley since 1921. We are proud to serve our community and all the homes, businesses, industries, and other residential and commercial establishments year after year.   What makes us different and unique from other HVAC contractors in the area?

      1. Industry experience

        Our staff has over 350 years of combined experience in HVAC.  We have serviced, maintained, and installed residential, commercial, and industrial HVAC equipment in a lot of applications and configurations.  If one of us has to troubleshoot an issue, odds are that someone else has had that issue before and we will solve the issue without having the customer wait.  You can have peace of mind knowing that an expert took care of your HVAC and more experts wait to handle any situation that comes up.

      2. Neighborhood experience

        Not only do we have industry experience, we have neighborhood experience.  Condos, multi-family homes, apartments, and senior living communities are a few examples of buildings that may share similar designs in HVAC systems. In a lot of cases, Hauck Bros., Inc. installed them so we know how to maintain, service, and replace these systems more efficiently than any other company.

      3. Customer site experience

        We have served the Miami Valley for so long that we build not only a history with customers, but with addresses as well. We have all our records from the past to use at each address to make sure you get a history of your HVAC equipment to use in your determination of future service, maintenance, and installation.  Whether you just moved into a house or have been there for years, we will thoroughly go over your HVAC systems past in detail to help make your best decision.

      4. Customer service

        Since we are independent and operate like a family, we are able to build one-on-one relationships with our customers. Our commercial accounts assign the same technician for that account and you can request to have the same residential technician for your house. This ensures that the same technician you saw last season will be the same technician you see this season. Our technicians are not only highly trained experts, but also members of the community. When you call us during normal hours, our own employees answer the phone. When you call us for an emergency, our employees return the call.  You can trust they will do the best for you and offer recommendations and solutions that are based on your happiness and comfort, not for individual profit.

      5. We offer emergency service 24/7

        We are always there for you when you need us, even after normal office hours. Even better, all of our technicians live within the Miami Valley, so they have a quick response time in case your HVAC system stops working.  We want to be there when you need us, even if it is Christmas day.

      6. Quality is never compromised

        At Hauck Bros., Inc., we take pride in doing the job right the first time and making sure we don’t have to come back out after a job is finished. We pay a high attention to detail, cleanliness, and quality of craftsmanship. We constantly train to stay up to date in new equipment, service techniques, and develop new procedures to ensure you are also satisfied with our performance.

      7. We support, sponsor, and live in our community

        All of our employees live and support in the Miami Valley.  At Hauck Bros., Inc., we support and sponsor a large number of local events, charities, and causes. We believe in staying connected to our community.  Every dollar you spend with us goes back into our community as well.  We do business with and support other local companies to ensure our community stays strong. Shop local, stay local!

      8. Accountability

        Every employee at Hauck Bros., Inc. takes immense pride in the work they do.  We constantly train our employees to ensure that best practices and procedures are kept at all times.  When and if a mistake happens, we own up to it, learn from it, and train our employees to hopefully never make that same mistake again.  There is never an acceptable failure rate and we will always make it right.  That is why every installation comes with a 100% satisfaction guarantee.

      9. Safety

        We provide our employees with training in safety, equipment, personal protective gear, codes, rules, regulations, and best practices.  This ensures that not only is the employee safe while they are working, but that you are safe as well.

      10. Energy efficiency

        We reclaim and recycle used refrigerants, recycle old equipment, recycle all of our cardboard, and we offer a full line of equipment that uses environmentally friendly refrigerants.  We are proud to be an Energy Star partner. We feature models for new installations that are Energy Star™ approved.  Our Gold and Platinum Home Comfort Protection plans follow the Energy Star ™ guidelines for maintenance. This makes it easier for our customers to purchase products that save them money and protect the environment. Lean more about our Green commitment here.

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Filters for your home or business

By | Indoor Air Quality

Understanding Filters

To understand the filtering ability of a filtration system we use Minimum Efficiency Reporting Value (MERV). MERV was set forth as a standard (52.2)by the American Society of Heating, Refrigerating, and Air Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE). Particles that are removed are classified by their size in microns. Filters are tested to see how small a particle and to what degree of removal of that particle are removed. The higher the MERV on a scale of 1-16, the better it is at removing smaller particles and removing those microns at a higher rate.

Merv Rating Standard 522.03-1 Micron Removal Rate1-3 Micron Removal Rate3-10 Micron Removal RateFilter type commonly offered by Hauck Bros., Inc.
Merv 3--under 20%Washable or Fiberglass
Merv 8--at least 70%Pleated or Media Panel
Merv 10-50% - 65%at least 85%Media Panel or Rigid Box/Cell
Merv 11-65% - 79%at least 85%Media Panel or Rigid Box/Cell
Merv 12-80% - 89.9%at least 90%Media Panel or Rigid Box/Cell
Merv 1475% - 85%at least 90%at least 90%Rigid Cell/Box or Pocket Filter
Merv 16at least 95%at least 95 %at least 90%Rigid Cell/Box or Pocket Filter
HEPAat least 99.97%at least 99.97%at least 99.97%Pleated Mechanical
Micron Size
under .3VirusesSmogCarbon DustPesticidesOil MistAsbestos Particles
.3 - 1BacteriaTobacco SmokeHumidifier DustTalcum DustCooking SmokeTypical Dust
1 - 3Milled FlourPet DanderAuto EmmissionsSneeze DropletsLegionellaGerms
3 - 10Mold SporesDust Mites DebrisPudding MixCement DustHair SprayMist
10+HairLintSawdustPollenTextile FibersCarpet Fibers

Filters we carry

Glasfloss filterThe Glasfloss GDS disposable filter is constructed of a heavy-duty, one piece craftboard frame. All corners are closed and sealed. The fiberglass filter media is coated with a non-toxic, non-flammable, odor free adhesive. The fiberglass media is constructed in a progressively dense fashion from air entering to air leaving side. The fiberglass media has a skin backing on the air entering and the air leaving side. The media and reinforced strut retainers are glued and sealed inside a heavy-duty, craftboard frame. All filters are classified under U.L. std. 900.

Filter changes: Recommend changing the filter at least once per month.

Camfil-Aeropleat-IIIAs a stand-alone filter, the Aeropleat III will remove many contaminants associated with today’s indoor air quality concerns. Available in 1”, 2” and 4” depths, its increased media area offers an extended service life when compared to lower efficiency throw-aways or pads. Applications include commercial buildings, educational facilities and specialty manufacturing. As a prefilter, the Aeropleat III offers protection for the higher efficiency final filters required for today’s high-technology applications.  Built for today’s HVAC systems, the Aeropleat III compares to the filters you might see at a big box store.  However, the Aeropleat III has some additional features to make it more appealing, longer lasting, and more effective than it’s similar competition.

  1. The Aeropleat III has 10 pleats per linear foot (2” deep model) with a radial pleat design for full use of media area
  2. A cotton and synthetic media blend which provides medium grade ASHRAE performance and high dust-holding capacity.
  3. Includes a welded wire media grid that is treated for corrosion resistance and prevents media oscillation or pull-away. The wire grid is manufactured from reclaimed metals in accordance with Camfil’s sustainable initiatives.
  4. Has a high wet-strength beverage board frame that is bonded to the media to prevent air bypass. Diagonal support members of the same construction are bonded to he media creating a rigid and durable filter pack. The filter will withstand 2.0” w.g. without failure.

Filter changes: Recommend changing the filter at least once per month.

Camfil FarrUsed as a stand alone or as a prefilter, the Farr 30/30, proven to be the industry’s best value for medium efficiency filtration, has an Energy Cost Index (ECI) of five stars—the highest performance rating available. The Farr 30/30 ® is an excellent choice when applied as the only filter in a system to keep coils clean, maintain efficiency, and protect building occupants from contaminants such as pollen, plant spores, atmospheric dusts and other indoor air irritants. The life of final filters if used, can be extended by capturing larger contaminants and allowing the final filter to concentrate on removing smaller particles.

Performing at MERV 8/8A and ePM10 under ASHRAE and ISO filter testing standards respectively, the Farr 30/30 media is manufactured from a proprietary blend of fibers that uses a mechanical particle capture principle, which does not require an electret charge. The electret charge of the competitors’ coarse fiber filters dissipates over time resulting an earlier high-pressure drop and loss of efficiency long before what should be a full life cycle. The Farr 30/30 is guaranteed to 2.0″ w.g. of pressure filter without failure. Costly filter blowouts and compromised cleanliness of HVAC systems is dramatically reduced if not eliminated.

The Farr 30/30 ® upgraded features

  1. High lofted media, it is twice as thick as similar filters. The media is lofted to a uniform depth to enhance the depth-loading characteristic and ensure the longest life of any pleated filter available. The high-loft also offers a lower resistance to airflow so fan horsepower required to move air through the filter is minimized.
  2. Radial pleats, this exclusive design feature allows the Farr 30/30® filter to expose all of the media to the dirty airstream which provides a lower pressure drop and higher dirt holding capacity.
  3. Welded wire grid provides complete media support and maintains pleat configuration as filter airflow resistance increases, this means it’s built to withstand the toughest airflow conditions
  4. The high wet-strength beverage frame and welded wire media backing provide structural integrity in any type of HVAC application virtually eliminating the additional costs associated with filter bypass or filter failure
  5. Every 30/30® filter is identified on the frame with a unique manufacturing code that allows us to analyze every component of construction from raw materials to the point where the product is boxed for shipping. Filters are inspected for structural integrity so they are capable of operating in the harshest HVAC system conditions. The adhesiveness of diagonal support members to pleat apexes is inspected so pleat spacing is uniform to provide longer filter life. Each media lot is laboratory tested to confirm consistent performance and individual filters are submitted from each manufacturing facility on a strict schedule for ASHRAE 52.2 testing in our world-class testing facility, this conforms to the ISO 9001:2015 certification for Quality Control.
  6. Energy Cost Index (ECI) of 5 Stars, ECI compares filters of similar construction, under the same conditions of operation and provides an indicator of TRUE performance. Specifically, the formula is dollars per percent of filter efficiency. The lower the value, the better the filter. A filter with an ECI of five stars is a stellar performer. It maintains its efficiency over its life and uses less energy to move air through the filter. It is in the top 20% of all filters evaluated. A four-star filter has a lower ECI value, and the pattern continues down to one star, the poorest performers.
  7. Guaranteed to perform at the rated efficiency, or better, throughout the life of the filter.
  8. We guarantee that Camfil 5-Star Premium Filters will substantially reduce HVAC-related energy consumption, require less frequent change-outs, and reduce waste and environmental impact. We’re the only air filtration company that guarantees our product performance. Look for the Camfil guarantee logo and 5-Star rating.

Filter changes: Recommend changing the filter at least once every other month.

Bryant EZ FlexThe Bryant EZ Flex is an excellent choice when applied as the only filter in a system to keep coils clean, maintain efficiency, and protect building occupants from contaminants. The life of final filters can be extended by capturing larger contaminants and allowing the final filter to concentrate on removing smaller particles.

The EZ Flex performs at MERV 10 under ASHRAE 52.2. It has low airflow resistance and does not produce a significant pressure drop. The high dust holding capacity allows for extended times between filter changes.

Filter changes: Recommend changing the filter at least twice per year.

Honeywell PopupThe Honeywell Popup is an excellent choice when applied as the only filter in a system to keep coils clean, maintain efficiency, and protect building occupants from contaminants. The life of final filters can be extended by capturing larger contaminants and allowing the final filter to concentrate on removing smaller particles.

The Honeywell PopUP performs at MERV 11 under ASHRAE 52.2. It has low airflow resistance and does not produce a significant pressure drop. The high dust holding capacity allows for extended times between filter changes.

MERV 11 Honeywell Pop Up Filter fits other media air cleaner cabinets as well, such as Aprilaire, Bryant, and Carrier.

Honeywell Pop Up features

  • No Assembly Required – No combs, pleat spacers or end caps. Filter simply pops up and is ready to use.
  • Homeowner Friendly Self-Assembly – Open package and POP! The filter is ready to install.
  • Collapsible Design – Less chance of damage and makes for easy, clean disposal.
  • Meets American Lung Association Health House Guidelines – Fiberglass Free!
  • Extra Filtration – the Pop-up design offers an additional 1 inch of depth compared to standard cartridge replacements

Filter Changes: Recommend changing the filter at least twice per year.

Bryant® Air Purifiers are great for homeowners with allergy concerns, individuals susceptible to airborne germs such as infants and the elderly, and those with sensitivity to the effects of pollen, pets and more. Compared to many portable air cleaners, the Evolution Air Purifier is silent and can treat 100% of the air flowing through your home comfort system. The patented Captures & Kills® technology provides a 99% inactivation rate against select viruses and bacteria.* No cleaning required. Simply remove and replace the filter cartridge periodically to maintain peak performance.

How do they work?

  • Step 1: The Evolution Air Purifier uses precision point ionization to charge particles as they enter the purifier.
  • Step 2: A specially designed, continuously charged media filter captures airborne particles.
  • Step 3: Patented, state-of-the-art technology kills select captured viruses and bacteria* and can prevent further growth of organisms on the filter

Filter changes: Recommend changing the filter and cleaning the ionization array at least twice per year.

HEPA (High Efficiency Particulate Air) filters must be tested and must achieve removal of 99.97% of particles down to a submicron level in the air. There are filters designed to remove 99.9999% of particulars as well. HEPA filters are used in a mainly commercial setting.  Healthcare facilities, educational facilities, industrial, museums, libraries, hotels, airports, and other commercial, industrial, and medical facilities are some examples of locations that might use HEPA filtration. They are generally not recommended in residential settings.  A residential setting would have to have their system designed to be HEPA or a least a costly modification of their current system including the furnace and ductwork to accommodate a true HEPA filter installation. Beware any product claiming “True HEPA”, “HEPA-type”, “99% HEPA” as they do not meet the HEPA standard for testing.

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How do UV Lights work?

By | Indoor Air Quality, Residential

UV Lights

Advantages of Ultraviolet Lights

UV lights installed in a central HVAC system are proven to provide better Indoor Air Quality (IAQ), reduce maintenance on equipment, and to extend the lifecycle

of your Residential and/or Commercial HVAC system.

Better Indoor Air Quality

According to the EPA indoor air pollution is often five times worse than outdoor and represents a significant health risk. UV-C improves indoor air quality by sterilizing mold, bacteria, viruses, and allergens from the air as it cycles through the central air system.

Reduce Maintenance on HVAC Equipment

UV is used to keep HVAC systems free of dirt and mold accumulations. Keeping those coils clean means that each unit is operating as efficiently as possible. A thin growth of bio-film on coil surfaces has been proven in lab tests to reduce the free area of heat transfer and increase air velocity up to nine percent. Cleaner coils can also deliver an impressive 30 percent or more increase in cooling capacity when compared to dirty coils.

Extending the lifecycles of HVAC units.

UV lights keep the coils cleaner, which means there is less corrosion and as a result, less unexpected breakdowns. Having cleaner coils may help prevent refrigerant leaks that are costly to repair and may shorten the lifecycle of an outdoor heat pump or air conditioner

Call us today or schedule an appointment with an advisor, to learn which IAQ options are best for you.

Helpful PDFs:

Fresh-Aire UV

Blue Tube UVxt

Fighting Infectious Diseases with UVGI Disinfection of HVAC Systems

How Ultraviolet Lights (UV) Work

Ultraviolet light in the range of 254 NM(UV-C) band has a devastating effect on microbial life, it disrupts the DNA of these organisms which stop them from reproducing and spreading.

UV light disinfection is now widely used in hospitals and laboratories to sanitize instruments and work surfaces and to prevent the spread of potentially lethal airborne infectious diseases. The technology is used by the food industry to sterilize food before packaging and water treatment systems large and small now incorporate UV light as a chemical-free means of purification.

Because the frequency of UV-C light is filtered out by the Earth’s atmosphere microorganisms have no defense against it. It works by scrambling their DNA, which prevents them from reproducing.

According to the EPA indoor air pollution is often five times worse than outdoor and represents a significant health risk. UV-C improves indoor air quality by sterilizing mold, bacteria, viruses, and allergens from the air as it cycles through the central air system.

In the past, UV light has been shown to be effective against influenza strains (including ‘bird’ flu andH1N1 ‘swine’ flu) as well as SARS, legionella, TB, pneumonia, German measles, and many other airborne infectious diseases.Call us today or schedule an appointment with an advisor, to learn which IAQ options are best for you.

Types we offer

Single Bulb with one or two year lamp life expectancy

Bryant’s Preferred UV Lamp attacks and kills mold and bacteria that can grow in moist heating and cooling systems, and then circulate through your home. Silent operation enhances your family’s comfort and health.

Blue-Tube UV is the single most popular germicidal UV light product for HVAC systems in the world. Homeowners breathe easy knowing that the air their family breathes is protected by this proven technology. Blue-Tube UV is the simple, safe, and effective way to keep your air system clean and improve indoor air quality. This UV light model comes with a choice of bulb that lasts for either one or two years.

Single bulb with Carbon Cells, one or two-year lamp life expectancy

APCO® reduces odors (volatile organic compounds) and biological contaminants such as mold, bacteria, viruses, and allergens in indoor air. The system is installed in the duct work of the central air system. The award winning design of APCO® uses a unique combination UVC light and activated carbon cells to clean the air. Call us today or schedule an appointment with an advisor, to learn which IAQ options are best for you.

Did you know?

  • 50% of all illnesses are caused or aggravated by poor indoor air quality according to The American College of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology. A study cited by Kimberly-Clark Corporation found that for every 10 workers, poor indoor air quality caused an additional 6 sick days per year.
  • The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) states poor indoor air quality can cost businesses up to $168 billion annually. Medical care and absenteeism contribute significantly to those costs.
  • Employers can increase workforce performance by roughly 10 % by implementing indoor air quality solutions – DOE.
  • By controlling contaminants such as dust mites, asthma cases can be reduced by 55 to 60% – The American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine.

Comfort

Homes and businesses can greatly benefit from the use of a HVAC system installed with an ultraviolet (UV) light. Indoor Air Quality (IAQ) can greatly be improved with the use of a UV light that can eliminate contaminants such as, mold, fungi, viruses, bacteria, and odors. Properly installed, UV systems have been tested and achieve up to a *99.999% reduction on microorganisms. UV disinfection systems for room, surface & HVAC are an ideal proactive measure to complement filtration. Microorganisms, particularly viruses, are so small that filters are mostly ineffective. The UV systems have also been shown to reduce problematic molds and pathogens that are found within the HVAC system and drain pan that would otherwise be introduced and distributed throughout the envelope of the building. Call us today or schedule an appointment with an advisor, to learn which IAQ options are best for you.

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How do Ionizers work?

By | Indoor Air Quality, Residential

Advantages of iWave

iWave® brings a new, advanced air purification technology to the HVACR market. This patented technology, called needle-point bi-polar ionization, uses carbon fiber brushes to produce a refined electrical charge to proactively and safely clean the air in residential and commercial buildings. The iWave approach produces equal amounts of positive and negative ions (combined charge neutral) that react and break down pathogens, allergens, particles, smoke, odors and VOCs in the air, creating a healthy environment without producing any harmful byproducts like ozone or unstable ROS (Reactive Oxidation Species) molecules that result in the use of PCO technologies.

We offer the iWave-R, iWave-M, and iWave-C. These offerings, are designed to be set up in most Residential and Commercial HVAC systems including; Gas Furnaces, Oil Furnaces, Air Handlers, Ductless Systems, and light commercial systems up to 12 tons.

Advantages of iWave Technology Over Two Common Market Approaches:

FeatureiWaveUVPCO IonizersUV Lights
Kills pathogens downstream?YesYesOnly line-of-sight pathogens
Controls odors?YesYesNo
Reduces airborne particles?YesPoorNo
Replacement parts?NoUV cell replaced every 1-2 yearsBulb replaced every 1-2 years
Self-cleaning options?YesNoNo
PerformanceSelf-cleaning provides continual peak performanceFades with UV outputFades with UV output
Harmful byproducts?NoCreates ozone & other byproductsSome bulbs emit ozone
Cleans entire depth of coil?YesYesCleans only one side
Mercury in airstream?NoYesYes
Energy required< 60 watts> 60 watts> 60 watts
Universal voltage?Most modelsMost models don’tNo
Robust construction?Solid state designUV bulbs can breakUV bulbs can break
UV material breakdown?NoUV lights hard on materialsUV lights hard on materials
Contains Titanium Dioxide?NoMaybeNo
Three Year WarrantyYesReplace parts in 1-2 yearsReplace parts in 1-2 years

Call us today or schedule an appointment with an advisor, to learn which IAQ options are best for you.

Disclaimer – At this time COVID-19 virus has not been made available for testing. However, The iWave family of products have been proven through independent lab testing to significantly reduce a wide variety of pathogens and viruses similar to coronavirus in the breathing zone and on hard non-porous surfaces.

Source: https://www.iwaveair.com/coronavirus-information

iWave Products

Hauck Bros., Inc. has been committed to serving our customers in the Miami Valley, since 1921. We understand people are concerned about the recent outbreak of COVID-19, just as we are. We offer HVAC products that help to keep your home or business more comfortable and safer. Indoor air quality (IAQ) products are products that can be added to most HVAC systems. Call us today or schedule an appointment with an advisor, to learn which IAQ options are best for you.

iWave is an air purifying device that installs in any duct air conditioning system. When air passes over the iWave, ions produced by the device reduce pathogens, allergens, particles, smoke and odors in the air, creating a healthy environment without producing any harmful by products.

When the ions come in contact with viruses, bacteria or mold, they remove the hydrogen molecules – without them, the pathogens have no source of energy and will die. The ions also attach to allergens like pollen and other particles, causing them to band together until they are large enough to be caught by your ventilation system’s air filter. These devices emits positive and negative ions, creating a plasma region that actively purifies the supply air, killing mold, bacteria and viruses in the coil and living space by 99%.*

We offer the iWave-R, iWave-M, and iWave-C. These offerings, are designed to be set up in most Residential and Commercial HVAC systems including; Gas Furnaces, Oil Furnaces, Air Handlers, Ductless Systems, and light commercial systems up to 12 tons.

Contact us today to set up an appointment to have one installed in your house or business.

Source: https://news.umich.edu/cold-plasma-can-kill-99-9-of-airborne-viruses-u-m-study-shows/

*Disclaimer- At this time COVID-19 virus has not been made available for testing. However, the iWave family of products have been proven through independent lab testing to significantly reduce a wide variety of pathogens and viruses similar to coronavirus in the breathing zone and on hard non-porous surfaces.

Source: https://www.iwaveair.com/coronavirus-information

iWave-R

Typically used in residential HVAC systems, the iWave-R is the world’s first self-cleaning, no maintenance needlepoint bi-polar ionization generator designed specifically for treating air in residential duct A/C systems. As the air flows past the iWave-R, positive and negative ions actively purify the supply air, killing mold, bacteria and viruses in the coil and living space. The ionization process also reduces allergens, smoke and static electricity, as well as controlling odors (cooking, pet, VOCs) and other particles (no more sunbeams) in the air without creating ozone or any harmful byproducts. These devices emits positive and negative ions, creating a plasma region that actively purifies the supply air, killing mold, bacteria and viruses in the coil and living space by 99%.

iWave-R treats the air in any brand of residential duct air conditioning systems up to 6 tons (2400 CFM) in size with no maintenance and no replacement parts. Designed for universal mounting, the iWave-R typically installs inside or outside of duct, or it attaches magnetically near the indoor fan in the air handler. iWave-R always works at peak performance, producing over 160 million ions/cc, more than any other ionizer product on the market. Its patent-pending self-cleaning design includes a programmable cleaning cycle that can clean the emitter brushes every 1, 3, 5 or 10 days. The iWave-R is factory set to clean every third day, which is adequate for a typical installation. iWave-R does not create “black walls” as negative-only ionizer products will do.

  • Patent-pending self-cleaning design ensures ongoing peak performance
  • Needle point ionization actively treats air in the living space
  • For duct systems up to 6 tons (2400 CFM)
  • Universal voltage input – 24VAC to 240VAC!
  • Universal mounting with magnets
  • Flexible design with no replacement parts
  • Kills mold, bacteria and viruses
  • Reduces allergens, odors, smoke, static electricity and other airborne particles
  • Keeps coil cleaner
  • Programmable cleaning cycle
  • Alarm contact option for secondary notification
  • UL and cUL approved
  • Three-year warranty

At Hauck Bros., Inc., we offer the iWave-R, iWave-M, and iWave-C. These ionizers are designed to be set up in most Residential and Commercial HVAC systems including; Gas Furnaces, Oil Furnaces, Air Handlers, Ductless Systems, and light commercial systems up to 12 tons. Call us today or schedule an appointment with an advisor, to learn more about the iWave-R.

Sources:

https://www.iwaveair.com/coronavirus-information

https://news.umich.edu/cold-plasma-can-kill-99-9-of-airborne-viruses-u-m-study-shows/

iWave-C

iWave-C is a self-cleaning, bi-polar ionization generator for actively treating a building’s air quality that does not require replacement parts in a year or two like competing UV lights or other ionizer technologies. In addition, the iWave-C produces and maintains unparalleled ionization output and capabilities. As the air flows past the iWave-C, the device emits positive and negative ions, creating a plasma region that actively purifies the supply air, killing mold, bacteria and viruses in the coil and living space. The ionization process also reduces allergens, smoke and static electricity, as well as controlling odors (cooking, pet, VOCs) and other particles (no more sunbeams) in the air without creating ozone or any harmful byproducts. These devices emits positive and negative ions, creating a plasma region that actively purifies the supply air, killing mold, bacteria and viruses in the coil and living space by 99%.*

Although suitable for residential applications, the original iWave-C is specially designed for light commercial systems up to 12 tons (4800 CFM) with no maintenance or replacement parts needed. iWave-C can be duct-mounted indoors or outdoors, depending on the application. iWave-C always works at peak performance, producing over 200 million ions/cc, making it superior to other market approaches. Special features include a programmable self-cleaning cycle, waterproof housing, digital display (for on-site visual monitoring) and integral alarm contact (for remote monitoring). In the event the ion emitters become damaged or wear out (after years of service), they can be replaced on the iWave-C model.

  • World’s first patent-pending self-cleaning design
  • Needle point ionization actively treats air in homes and buildings
  • Duct-mount install for systems up to 12 tons (4800 CFM)
  • Includes waterproof housing for installation indoors or outdoors
  • Universal voltage input – 24VAC, 120VAC or 240VAC
  • Kills mold, bacteria and viruses
  • Reduces allergens, odors, smoke, static electricity and other airborne particles
  • Keeps coil cleaner
  • Programmable cleaning cycle with digital display
  • Integral alarm contact for remote monitoring
  • UL and cUL approved
  • Three-year warranty

We offer the iWave-R, iWave-M, and iWave-C. These offerings, are designed to be set up in most Residential and Commercial HVAC systems including; Gas Furnaces, Oil Furnaces, Air Handlers, Ductless Systems, and light commercial systems up to 12 tons. Call us today or schedule an appointment with an advisor or to learn more about the iWave-C.

Sources:

https://www.iwaveair.com/coronavirus-information

https://news.umich.edu/cold-plasma-can-kill-99-9-of-airborne-viruses-u-m-study-shows/

iWave-M

Ideal for Ductless HVAC systems, the iWave-M is a flexible ion-generating bar that can treat IAQ in nearly any HVAC application. The air purifier provides the highest level of ionization energy in the most compact size available in the market, producing 240 million ions/cc per linear feet. The highly versatile iWave-M is low maintenance with no replacement parts. As the air flows past the iWave-M, the device emits positive and negative ions, creating a plasma region that purifies the air, killing mold, bacteria and viruses in the coil and living space. The ionization process also reduces allergens, smoke and static electricity, as well as controlling odors (cooking, pet, VOCs) and other particles (no more sunbeams) in the air without creating ozone or any harmful byproducts. These devices emits positive and negative ions, creating a plasma region that actively purifies the supply air, killing mold, bacteria and viruses in the coil and living space by 99%.*

iWave-M’s revolutionary circuit bar with special integrated ion-generating needles fits any HVAC cooling coil up to 36″ wide. The circuit bar is chemical resistant and highly durable for long service life. Plus, it can be folded to length in the field to any size and uses hook/loop fasteners for the flexible bar and power pack for easy installation. It is perfect for ductless HVAC systems – specifically mini-splits, commercial VRF coils, PTAC systems – plus some residential and commercial duct systems, packaged systems, transport cooling coils or even in ice machines. The iWave-M is the most versatile and novel product on the market to address air quality for any HVAC system, in particular to solve mold issues common in hard-to-clean ductless systems.

    • Special ion needles routed in a flexible bar circuit
    • Compact design applicable for HVAC cooling coils up to 36″ wide
    • Can flex easily in the field to accommodate virtually any application – ideal for ductless systems
    • Chemical and temperature resistant; durable for long service life
    • No replacement parts
    • Flexible voltage input – 110VAC to 240VAC
    • Kills mold, bacteria and viruses
    • Reduces allergens, odors, smoke, static electricity and airborne particles
    • Keeps coil cleaner
    • UL and cUL approved
    • Three-year warranty

    We offer the iWave-R, iWave-M, and iWave-C. These offerings, are designed to be set up in most Residential and Commercial HVAC systems including; Gas Furnaces, Oil Furnaces, Air Handlers, Ductless Systems, and light commercial systems up to 12 tons. Call us today or schedule an appointment with an advisor or to learn more about the iWave-M.

    Sources:

    https://www.iwaveair.com/coronavirus-information

    https://news.umich.edu/cold-plasma-can-kill-99-9-of-airborne-viruses-u-m-study-shows/

Did you know?

  • 50% of all illnesses are caused or aggravated by poor indoor air quality according to The American College of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology. A study cited by Kimberly-Clark Corporation found that for every 10 workers, poor indoor air quality caused an additional 6 sick days per year.
  • The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) states poor indoor air quality can cost businesses up to $168 billion annually. Medical care and absenteeism contribute significantly to those costs.
  • Employers can increase workforce performance by roughly 10 % by implementing indoor air quality solutions – DOE.
  • By controlling contaminants such as dust mites, asthma cases can be reduced by 55 to 60% – The American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine.

iWave Effectiveness

iWave devices emits positive and negative ions, creating a plasma region that actively purifies the supply air, killing mold, bacteria and viruses in the coil and living space by 99%.*

EMSL Labs, a laboratory rated as “Elite” by the Center for Disease Control, has tested the effectiveness of iWave™ products against the pathogens listed below. All testing was done in a large environmental chamber in an effort to simulate a home environment. The testing resulted in very high kill rates “in the space,” as shown below.

  • Staph – Reduced 96.24% after 30 minutes of iWave purification
  • MRSA – Reduced 96.24 after 30 minutes of iWave purification
  • E.Coli – Reduced 99.68 after 15 minutes of iWave purification
  • Clostridium Difficile (C.Diff) – Reduced 86.87 after 30 minutes of iWave purification
  • Tuberculosis (TB) – Reduced 69.01% after 60 minutes of iWave purification
  • Airborne Mold Spores – Reduced 99.5% by iWave as tested by Green Clean Air
  • Legionella Pneumophila – Reduced 99.71% from a solid surface after 30 mimutes of iWave
  • purification

We offer the iWave-R, iWave-M, and iWave-C. These offerings, are designed to be set up in most Residential and Commercial HVAC systems including; Gas Furnaces, Oil Furnaces, Air Handlers, Ductless Systems, and light commercial systems up to 12 tons. Call us today or schedule an appointment with an advisor, to learn which IAQ options are best for you.

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iWave Effectiveness

Sources:
https://www.iwaveair.com/coronavirus-information
https://news.umich.edu/cold-plasma-can-kill-99-9-of-airborne-viruses-u-m-study-shows/

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A letter from Bob Warren, President – Coronavirus (COVID-19)

By | Community, Miscellaneous

A letter from Bob Warren, President – Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Dear Hauck Bros., Inc. Customers,

As we continue to monitor the rapidly evolving situation around the coronavirus (COVID-19), our first thought is for the safety and well-being of all individuals and small businesses impacted by these difficult circumstances. In these unprecedented times, it is important that we come together to support all those impacted. You can count on us to continue to do our best serving you and your HVAC needs and keeping you informed about our response. We remain open at this time and we are here to help.  We continue to offer year round service, maintenance, and installation on residential and commercial HVAC equipment. We continue to have our service team on call after normal business hours.  Our top priority is the safety of you and our employees.

Hauck Bros., Inc is an essential HVAC business as defined in the Ohio Department of Health Director’s Stay at Home Order under sections 12.k as a critical trade:
“Building and Construction Tradesmen and Tradeswomen, and other trades including but not limited to plumbers, electricians, exterminators, cleaning and janitorial staff for commercial and governmental properties, security staff, operating engineers, HVAC, painting, moving and relocation services, and other service providers who provide services that are a necessity to maintaining the safety, sanitation, and essential operation of residences, Essential Activities, and Essential Businesses and Operations”

Per the Air Conditioning Contractors of Ohio (ACCO), Hauck Bros., Inc. is an HVAC company that performs necessary, life-saving services on several components of our nation’s most critical infrastructure. This includes, but is not limited to, the healthcare industry, the agri-food supply chain, cooling for data and information technology centers, and essential heating, cooling, and refrigeration needs for vulnerable population.

Implementation of Safe Practices Details

Per the Ohio Department of Health, Directors Stay at Home Order under section 15.a. as pertains to Essential Businesses and proactive measures Hauck Bros., Inc. is taking to ensure compliance’s with Social Distancing Requirements our employees are following these steps.

  1. Checking their temperature every morning before leaving their house and are instructed to inform our Action Plan Leaders if their temperature is over 100.4 degrees Fahrenheit
  2. We have instructed all employees to wash hands with soap and water for at least twenty seconds as often as possible or use hand sanitizer
  3. We have instructed all employees to wear a facemask
  4. We have instructed all employees to cover all coughs and sneezes into their sleeves or elbows
  5. We regularly clean all high touch surfaces
  6. We have instructed all employees to avoid physical contact with other employees and customers, including handshakes
  7. We have put up signs to designate and inform employees of the designated six-foot distance
  8. We have provided hand sanitizer and sanitizing products to all employees

Further, to ensure the safety of our customers and employees we have added several preventive measures.

  • We have instructed our scheduling team to ask all customers if they or anyone in their house or business has been sick within the past 14 days
  • We are disinfecting areas we worked in and objects we have touched while wearing gloves
  • We have limited the amount of paperwork that is shared inside the office to limit possible exposure
  • We have instructed all service and install technicians to stay out of the office and only visit the shop when necessary.
  • We have instructed all employees to sanitize their workstations, vans, and tools on a daily basis using antibacterial cleaners and gloves
  • Where possible, we have encouraged employees to work from home to limit possible exposure.

We encourage you to visit our website and use the contact us form, email us directly, or call us at 937-325-0636.

Using these capabilities is simple and free.  You can:

  • Make an appointment for routine annual maintenance on Air Conditioners, Heat Pumps, Furnaces, Boilers, and other HVAC equipment. Maintenance ensures the safety and proper operation of your HVAC equipment and may stop an unexpected breakdown from occurring.
  • Make an appointment for service if your HVAC system stops working. We serve Residential and Commercial customers, 24/7, 365 days a year.
  • Make an appointment for installation of new HVAC equipment and/or Indoor Air Quality equipment. Providing Indoor Air Quality is a safety measure for residential and commercial operations to ensure the health of all occupants.
  • Inquire about a billing, quote, and Home Comfort Protection Plans.

For updates and resources to help you navigate the COVID-19, here is the link to the CDC.

As you know, the situation is fluid and will vary from community to community, but we will do everything we can to continue to protect our employees and to be available for you.

Thank you for you continued support,

Robert Warren

President/Owner

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March 13th, 2020

We are committed to doing everything we can to help our customers in the Miami Valley that might be affected by the Coronavirus. We sincerely hope you and your loved ones are able to avoid the effects of this virus.

As always, we are committed to our customers first and foremost. You and your family’s health and comfort are our primary concern. Our thoughts are with everyone and their families, friends and co-workers. We would like to thank all the doctors, nurses, and anyone caring for those affected with this disease, words will not do justice to the amount of work you have and will provide.

We can be reached by phone at 937-325-0636, or online, or by email at mail@hauckbrothers.com

CDC Reminders on Staying Healthy

Protect yourself and your family

  • Wash your hands with fragrance free soap and water for at least 20 seconds. A good rule of thumb is the “Twinkle Twinkle Little Star” or the “ABC” song, just remember to add the “now I know my abc’s” part *
  • Use hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick
  • Wear a facemask if you are caring for someone who is sick

* Frequent washing of hands can lead to dry and cracked skin, make sure to pat your hands dry, leave a small amount of dampness on your hands and then moisturize to lock in the water. Ideal moisturizers should not have perfume, anti-aging properties, or allergens. Hand creams are usually better than body lotions.

Protect others

  • If you can, stay home while you are sick, except to get medical attention
  • Cover coughs and sneezes with a tissue if possible and make sure to throw the tissue away. If no tissue is available, cough or sneeze on the inside of your elbow
  • Wear a facemask, if you are sick when going into public
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces daily like, doorknobs, light switches, counter tops, handles, desks, phones, keyboards, toilets, faucets, and sinks. Make sure to use gloves when handling cleaning supplies

What steps should you take if you are sick?

  1. Stay home and avoid public areas and public transportation
  2. Separate yourself from other people and animals in your home
  3. Call ahead to your doctor and tell them you may have COVID-19
  4. Wear a facemask when you go to the doctor
  5. Cover your coughs and sneezes
  6. Clean your hands often for 20 seconds or longer
  7. Avoid touching other people
  8. Do not share personal household items and wash thoroughly when they are done
  9. Ask your healthcare provider to contact the health department
  10. If you have to call 911, let them know you may have COVID-19

What steps are we taking at Hauck Bros., Inc?

As of now, it will continue to be business as usual at all our locations. We are not aware of any potential supply issues from vendors for all the products for which you rely on from us. If any arise, we will keep you informed! Here are some steps we are implementing as of now for the safety of our employees and the customers we serve

  • In many instances, we are able to give invoices and quotes via email rather than paper. We will ask what your preference is
  • We have instructed all employees to stop shaking hands
  • We have instructed all employees to cover coughs and sneezes
  • We have instructed all employees to stay home if they are sick
  • With a limited nationwide supply of face masks, we do not have enough to supply our employees at this time. When we do have a supply, we will wear when appropriate.
  • We will make sure to stand at least 6 feet away from you at all times

Help from the CDC

Visit their website for more information on Coronavirus including what you should know about the virus, prevention and symptoms, as well as situation updates in the U.S. and worldwide.

Robert Warren
President/Owner

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Business comfort protection plan

By | Commercial, Cooling, Heating, Maintenance

Benefits of having Hauck Bros., Inc. as your business HVAC service and maintenance provider

WE PUT OUR CUSTOMERS’ INTERESTS ABOVE OUR OWN, since 1921 Hauck Bros., Inc. has built a reputation as a company that provides exceptional products and service at a competitive price WITHOUT sacrificing quality.

WE HAVE EXPERIENCED, FACTORY TRAINED AND CERTIFIED, DRUG FREE SERVICE TECHNICIANS on duty 24 hours a day, 365 days a year to provide fast, courteous service for your new or existing heating and cooling equipment.

WE PROTECT YOUR ENERGY SAVINGS, energy wasting problems can’t be solved by equipment alone, even with the most energy efficient equipment your business or home can have hidden problems that can waste as much as 50 cents of every energy dollar. Our maintenance practices are designed to ensure your HVAC System delivers maximum energy savings.

WE ARE AN ENVIRONMENTALLY FRIENDLY HVAC COMPANY, we reclaim and recycle used refrigerants, we recycle old equipment, and we offer a full line of equipment that uses environmentally friendly refrigerants.

Why purchase a Comfort Protection Plan?

1. Improve unit efficiency & save $$$

2. Help your system last longer

3. Prevent untimely breakdowns

4. Enable your system to heat & hool better

5. Improve air quality & comfort

 

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Typical Commercial inspections include:

  • Clean Condenser Coil, As Needed
  • Check Condenser Fan Motor
  • Check Compressor
  • Check Electrical Components
  • Check Wire Connections
  • Check Refrigerant Lines
  • Check Refrigerant Charge
  • Check Thermostat & Sub-Base
  • Lubricate Blower Bearings
  • Lubricate Blower Motor
  • Check Blower Wheel
  • Check Delta “T”
  • Replace Filters
  • Check Belts

What’s the bottom line for your home or business?

Savings

Business Comfort Protection Plans (BCPP) typically more than pay for themselves through higher efficiency, less utility overpayment, and contractor discounts. BCPP customers receive a 10% discount on all parts and labor is also discounted for each service call.

Peace of Mind

Preventative maintenance will mean fewer system failures and a longer life for your HVAC equipment.

Priority Service

Should a system failure occur during the heat of the summer or the cold of the winter, customers with BCPP’s receive priority service.

Continuity

We are often able to assign technicians to the specific customers. That way, you get to see and know the same service technician, and he or she becomes more familiar with you and your equipment

We service, maintain, and install commercial and residential equipment including:

  • Air Conditioners
  • Boilers
  • Duct Free Systems
  • Furnaces
  • Geothermal
  • Heat Pumps
  • Indoor Air Quality
  • Packaged Rooftop Units
  • Thermostats
  • Ventilation
  • Water Heaters
  • Ductwork

Facts about HVAC from the U.S. Department of Energy

20% of the total electricity used in buildings worldwide goes towards air conditioners and electric fans.

Up to 40% of a building’s emissions come from the HVAC system.

30% increased compressor energy consumption due to a dirty condenser coil.

Want more facts? Visit the website.

Go to Energy.gov

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Answering the 5 W’s. Who, What, Where, When, Why

Why?

It’s what we love to do! We have been locally owned for over 99 years.  Hauck Bros., Inc. has built its business by offering superior HVAC service, maintenance, installation, and products. We do this with a team of highly trained and conscientious employees that are loyal to our valued customer base and are proud of the company’s rich history in this area.

Who do we serve?

We serve homes, small businesses, churches, large businesses, and other commercial and residential applications. We serve residential and commercial clients in the Miami Valley. We cover counties as far as Clark, Champaign, Greene, Montgomery, Miami, Logan, and more. View our service areas here. If you’re unsure if you’re in our service areas, contact us to find out!

What do we offer?

Professional HVAC services, more specifically, we offer maintenance, repairs, replacements, installation, indoor air quality control, residential service, commercial service, and Energy Star qualified HVAC equipment and protection plans.

What type of equipment do we offer?

Heat Pumps, Central Air Conditioners, Boilers, Duct Fee Systems, Gas Furnaces, Oil furnaces, Electric Furnaces, Thermostats, Humidifiers, Air Purification products, Air Filtration products, Storage Tank water heaters, Tankless Water heaters, Dehumidifiers, Rooftop units, packaged units, and more!

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Where do we provide service?

We serve most clients at their home or business.  We also serve clients at our office, on the phone, social media, and on our website.

When?

We are here for you at any time, any day. Our normal business hours are Mon-Fri 7:30am-5:00pm. However, you can call our normal phone number, 937-325-0636, after hours and we always have a qualified service technician on call to be ready to handle any issues when needed.

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New regulations from the Department of Energy

By | Furnaces

Happy New Year Miami Valley!

As we previously mentioned in this blog, The Department of Energy (DOE) has required that all blower fans be transitioned to new more energy efficient models featuring a Electronically Commutated Motor (ECM) that meet the new Fan Energy Rating (FER).  The purpose of these new regulations is to decrease energy consumption.  The new FER standards reduce energy use by up to 46%. For more information on FER regulations visit: https://www.regulations.gov/document?D=EERE-2010-BT-STD-0011-0117

What does that mean for you?

Most of the models we have been offering for the past few years were already in compliance. However, the standard models with old PSC motors will see the biggest change.  The new ECM motors come with more energy saving but higher prices as well for the standard lineup.  That energy savings will reduce carbon pollution by up to 34 million metric tons through the year 2030.

Types of FER Compliant Motors

Variable-Speed Constant Airflow (VCA) ECM Motor.

Offered in our Deluxe and Ultimate Comfort product offerings, these types of motors provide constant airflow, which allows for maximum comfort levels for your home or business. Available in modulating or two-stage heat configurations, which allows for maximum utility savings. They are also the best at humidity control as well.

Variable-Speed Constant Torque (VCT)ECM Motor

Offered in out Improved Comfort product offerings, these types of motors use the control board to control the variable speed motor at various torques. They provide better comfort as they still can move the air constantly. They are offered in single-stage or two-stage heating configurations.

Fixed-Speed Constant Torque (FCT) ECM Motor

Offer in our Standard product offerings, these types of motors have one speed for heating and cooling. The fan is constantly on to provide better comfort than the old PSC motors.

Can we still get an old PSC Motor furnace?

As of this post there are very few left to offer. The changeover is almost complete and we expect that by the end of winter there will no longer be PSC motor furnaces available. PSC motors will still be available as replacement parts for a long time.

Want to learn more? Contact us today!

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Are you ready for Winter?

By | Furnaces, Heating, Humidifiers

Let’s talk about comfort in the fall and winter for the Miami Valley in regards to heat and humidity. According to the International Energy Conservation Code (IECC) and the Building America (BA) Climate Zones, the Miami Valley sits on the border of Mixed-Humid and Cold BA Zone and the border of 4 and 5 IECC Climate Zone. What does that mean to you? A cold climate is defined as a region with between 5,400 and 9,000 heating degree days (65°F basis). The Building America cold climate corresponds to the IECC climate zones 5 and 6. A mixed-humid climate is defined as a region that receives more than 20 inches (50 cm) of annual precipitation, has approximately 5,400 heating degree days (65°F basis) or fewer, and where the average monthly outdoor temperature drops below 45°F (7°C) during the winter months. The Building America mixed-humid climate zone includes the portions of IECC zones 4 and 3 in category A above the “warm humid” line. In short, we experience high heat and high humidity for a few weeks per summer and extreme cold with low humidity a few weeks per winter.

energy.gov climate regionsHow does that relate to you and how comfortable you are at home or work? The HVAC system in your home or office should be designed to handle your heating and cooling needs at all times of the year, no matter the weather, no matter the season. According to Merriam-Webster, comfort can be defined as “contented well-being, a feeling of relief, and a satisfying or enjoyable experience.” When we refer to comfort in HVAC we refer to Thermal Comfort. Thermal Comfort refers to ASHRAE Standard 55, which establishes the ranges of indoor environmental conditions that are acceptable are about 67°F to 82° and is achieved by accounting for a combination of factors. Those six factors are metabolic rate, clothing insulation, air temperature, radiant temperature, air speed, and humidity. Your HVAC System should be designed by a professional to account for these facts.

In the Miami Valley, we focus more on heating than cooling. Furnaces are sold as single stage, two stage, and modulating variable speed. Last year we talked about those options, click here to view. With modulating, variable speed furnaces the fan is always on. Don’t worry, the fan uses as much electricity as a 100-watt light bulb over the course of a year. By having the fan on the furnace changes its speed and slows down the airflow through the system. This allows for precise temperature control throughout the building and increased comfort as the air is constantly moving. This also allows the HVAC system to do a tremendous job at dehumidification during the cooling season and with a humidifier, better humidification during the heating season. This also means your air is running through the air purification system and removing more dust, allergens, and contaminants.

Modulating variable speed furnaces are also more efficient than single stage and even two stage options. They meet the qualifications for Energy Star and qualify for most utility company rebates. Let’s not forget about other sources of heat as well. Oil furnaces have models available with variable speed blowers that improve the overall comfort while being more energy efficient. Heat Pumps have models available with variable speed and two stage operation, this includes ductless models as well. Boilers have models with modulating gas valves. Electric Furnaces or Fan Coils have options available with variable speed and multi-speed blowers. In short, whatever your home or business heating and cooling needs may be, we have options that will improve your overall comfort.

Want to learn more? Contact us today!

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