Raleigh Heating & Air Blog : Archive for the ‘Home Improvement’ Category

Types of Geothermal Piping

Wednesday, March 20th, 2013

With a geothermal heating and cooling system you can heat and cool your Raleigh home with greater efficiency than ever before. Whether you want to reduce your energy costs or are looking for a more environmentally friendly way to keep your home comfortable, a geothermal heating and cooling system may be the answer. By utilizing a heat pump, geothermal systems are able to transfer existing heat into or out of your home using just a small amount of electricity. Do this, though, a geothermal loop system must be installed. The type of loop system used in your home will depend on a number of factors. Call Raleigh Heating & Air for more information about the different types of geothermal loop systems.

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The most popular and common type of geothermal loop systems is a horizontal closed loop system. Trenches are dug on your property and a system of pipes is buried in the trenches. These pipes circulate and antifreeze solution throughout the system, allowing it to absorb the heat necessary to keep your home comfortable. Not all homes and properties can accommodate this type of system, though. If you do not have the necessary amount of space for a horizontal installation, a vertical installation may be your best option.

A vertical installation requires geothermal drilling, which makes it a little more expensive. Pipes are buried vertically into the deep holes that are drilled. This requires much less space than a horizontal loop system, though, and is particularly popular in commercial settings. Our professional team will help determine if a vertical installation is necessary on your property.

If there is an adequate water supply on your property an open loop system may be installed. In this type of system water itself is used as the heat transfer fluid. Once it has done its job it simply empties back into the water source. This is a very affordable loop system option, but your water supply must meet a variety of requirements.

For more information about geothermal loop systems in Raleigh call Raleigh Heating & Air. We’ll make sure that your geothermal heating and cooling system installation is a success. Contact us today with any questions you may have.

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Lower Energy Bills with a Programmable Thermostat

Wednesday, March 13th, 2013

Your thermostat is probably the component of your heating and air conditioning system that you have the most direct contact with. Many homeowners, though, fail to realize just how important their thermostat can be in heating and cooling their homes in Raleigh efficiently. Are you making the best use of your thermostat? Contact Raleigh Heating & Air today with any questions you have about using your thermostat more efficiently. We offer a great variety of programmable thermostats for installation in your home. Take advantage of this great technology to heat and cool your home with greater efficiency.

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There is nothing wrong with a manual or basic digital thermostat. They perform their function fine. By using a programmable thermostat with a greater variety of options for use, though, you can reduce the cost of heating and cooling your home while actually enjoying greater comfort. With a programmable thermostat you have the option of creating heating and cooling programs specific to your schedule. During the day when the house is empty you can program your thermostat to maintain a more moderate temperature. It can be programmed to kick into a higher gear shortly before you get home from work or the kids are due home from school. This allows you to return home to a comfortable environment without maintaining that temperature all day.

A smart thermostat gives you even more control options. With this type of advanced thermostat you can control the temperature and energy use in your home remotely. Access your thermostat via a computer or even your smart phone to manage energy and temperatures no matter where you are. You’ll never have to worry about forgetting to set the thermostat again. There are a lot of different features and options with this type of technology, so make sure that you discuss the operation of your new thermostat with your professional heating and cooling technician.

If you have any questions about the benefits of smart thermostats contact the experts at Raleigh Heating & Air. We want to help you heat and cool your home more efficiently. Call today for the help you need to achieve that goal.

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Increase Energy Efficiency with Custom Ductwork

Wednesday, March 6th, 2013

Your home is unique in its style and construction. Why should your ductwork by any different? If you depend on an air duct system to distribute heated and cooled air throughout your home you may want to consider the installation of custom ductwork. This allows you to heat and cool your home more effectively, and that effectiveness will translate into increased energy efficiency. The more efficiently you can heat and cool your Raleigh area home the less money it will cost you to do so. For more information about the benefits of custom ductwork or to schedule service call Raleigh Heating & Air. You can depend on our full, in-house sheet metal fabrication shop for truly exceptional custom ductwork.

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One benefit of allowing Raleigh Heating & Air to provide your custom ductwork is the option for antimicrobial duct work. In recent years more and more attention has been paid to indoor air quality and its effects on our comfort and health. While UVGI devices offer a convenient way to kill biological pollutants in your air ducts, we believe that going straight to the source is the best way to handle this particular problem. Antimicrobial ductwork does just that. Damp ductwork is a breeding ground for mold, and once mold develops in your ductwork it can spread quickly. An antimicrobial coating on your ductwork helps suppress the microbes when it comes into contact with moisture.

Whatever your custom ductwork needs, the experts in our sheet metal fabrication shop can help. We offer great lined or unlined HVAC ductwork and fittings, as well as customized plenums and drain pans. Don’t make your home heating and cooling system rely on parts that just aren’t the right fit. Contact us today with any custom ductwork projects you need completed by highly skilled professionals.

For more information about antimicrobial or custom ductwork call Raleigh Heating & Air. We have the training, skills and experience necessary to provide you with the exceptional custom ductwork you need to make your home a more efficient place. Start saving energy and money today with custom ductwork in the Raleigh area.

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How is a Geothermal System Installed?

Monday, February 25th, 2013

Are you looking for a highly efficient, more environmentally friendly way to heat and cool your home for year round comfort? If so, contact the heating and air conditioning experts at Raleigh Heating & Air. We have all the information you need to decide if a geothermal heating and cooling system is the right choice for your home. A geothermal installation is a pretty big job and one that must be completed by extensively trained, skilled professionals. If you decide to schedule a geothermal installation on your property, give us a call. We’ll make sure that the service is completed properly for maximum efficiency and performance levels.

 Goethermal System Installation | Raleigh Heating & Air

A geothermal heating and cooling system uses a heat pump to transfer ambient energy into your home. Because a fuel is not consumed except a bit of electricity during the heat transfer process, geothermal heat pumps are very efficient. They are also very reliable, as the temperature beneath the ground is fairly constant. In order to draw the heat from the ground a geothermal loop system must be installed. Trenches must be dug on your property, and the loop system is buried within these trenches. The loop system circulates an antifreeze solution around, and this solution absorbs heat from the ground.

A lot of different factors must be considered prior to your geothermal installation. The quality of the soil on your property, geological factors and the amount of space available will all determine what type of loop system is used on your property. In order to ensure proper operation of your geothermal heating and cooling system, as well as to make sure all local codes and regulations are met, you must work with a qualified geothermal installation company. Contact Raleigh Heating & Air to handle your geothermal installation with the expertise, skill and exceptional customer service we are known for.

Stop paying high heating and cooling costs to keep your home comfortable throughout the year. A geothermal heating and cooling system, paired with a great installation, can help you heat and cool your home more efficiently. Call Raleigh Heating & Air today to schedule dependable geothermal installation in Raleigh.

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The Raleigh Heating & Air Team

Thursday, February 7th, 2013

For over 20 years Raleigh Heating & Air has built a top quality team to provide you with the best heating, air conditioning, geothermal, and water heater services. We also have a sheet metal fabrication division, where we can manufacture custom ductwork, fittings, and chimney caps. We believe the team is the most important part of Raleigh Heating & Air and everyday we strive to provide our customers with the quality and care they deserve. Choose the professionals who can take care of your home and guarantee satisfaction. We service Raleigh, Wake Forest, Cary, greater Wake County and the surrounding areas. At Raleigh Heating & Air we believe in giving back to the community. Our charity involvement includes the North Carolina Spinal Cord Injury Association and Habitat for Humanity.

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Improving Home Humidity

Tuesday, January 29th, 2013

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I’m sure we have all experienced waking up in the morning, walking across the room and getting shocked awake by the first thing that you touch.  This time of year our air is dry and prone to static electricity (oh, yes, finding that random sock stuck to the back of your pants half way through your day…we know, it’s happened to us too).

Colder air simply will not hold water vapor and the colder the air becomes the drier it is. Heating that cold air will only make it drier.

In addition to the mildly irritating effects, dry air can also have a more serious impact on our health and could potentially compromise the structure of your home.

Dry nose, sinus discomfort, scratchy throat and dry skin or eyes are all effects of low moisture in the air. Lower humidity can also increase our chances of catching a virus and can be detrimental to anyone already suffering from any respiratory ailment, bronchitis, sinusitis, nosebleeds or asthma.

Around your home you may notice the hardwood floors and the wood surrounding the doors and windows shrinking or cracking.

Here in the south, maintaining optimum humidity levels is a delicate balancing act throughout the year. We have too much moisture in the air during the hot muggy summer months and too little in the chilly dry winter.

During the summer months, fans and air conditioners battle most of the moisture indoors. The most effective tool used for adding moisture into the air inside during the winter months is with a humidifier. There are several whole house humidifier options available including steam humidifiers, fan-powered humidifiers and bypass humidifiers.

We spend about 90% of our time indoors, let’s make that time comfortable. If you are in the Triangle area contact Raleigh Heating & Air and we will help you find the solution that is right for your home and the health and comfort of your family.

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