AC Installation

HVAC Myths Busted

Whether it’s a cold winter morning or a hot summer afternoon in Northern Colorado, your HVAC system is working hard to keep you comfortable.

There is a lot of well-intentioned and good advice out there on the internet, along with a lot of misleading myths that can end up costing you time and money. Fortunately, Lion Home Service is familiar with all of the most common HVAC myths, and we have the facts to debunk them.

 

 Myth #1:  Crank up the T-Stat

Truth: Thermostats send information to your system that tells it when to turn on and off based off of the temperature you want to maintain.  Your heating system will deliver air at the same constant rate no matter how high the temperature is set. The only difference it will make is that it will run longer until it reaches the setting you have set.  So cranking up the heat or turning the temperature way down, generally wont speed up the process, just cost you more money in the long run.

 

 

Myth #2: Close those vents and registers

Truth: This myth makes sense in theory—if you’re not using a room in your home, why not close the vents so you won’t have to pay for heating or cooling an empty room? However, closing vents can actually cost you more money in the long run by damaging vital components of your HVAC system. Even if your vents are closed, air is still circulating through your ducts. This increase in pressure can damage your ductwork, and damage your blower fan by causing it to leak or overwork. Bottom line, it’s best to leave all of the vents in your home open so that air can circulate throughout your home properly. If you have hot and cold spots in your home, talk to one of our experts about zoning and duct sealing.

Myth #3: Fixing an old furnace repeatedly

Truth: Maintenance matters! Just as you schedule routine maintenance for your car, and annual checkups for you and your family, your HVAC system needs an annual check-up as well. While it may be tempting to skip a routine maintenance appointment to save some money, this decision can have negative financial impacts in the long run. This is due to the fact that routine maintenance gives a service expert the opportunity to spot and fix small problems before they become more serious, and more expensive. 

Having your system assessed annually can save you from costly repairs down the road or worse. The systems fatigue will trigger damages in the furnace’s firebox, which increases the chance of carbon monoxide poisoning. 

 

Myth #4 High Efficiency system solves all     

Truth: It takes a combination of various insulations, such as sealing your doors, windows, attic space, plumbing pipes, duct work and any leaks and cracks, Together, with the air produced by your efficient system will in and keep you comfortable and save money.   

Myth #5: The larger the system, the better

Truth:  Bigger can actually be worse. The size, or power, of a system is carefully measured to properly heat and cool your home. A more powerful system can occasionally be fine, but most often ends up short-cycling (shutting off and on prematurely), which can cause long-term damage to the system, costing you more money to operate and shortening its lifespan.

Be careful when choosing the contractor because some will convince homeowners to make a bigger purchase than necessary and pay for power you don’t need.  When it is time for you to replace your HVAC system a Lion Expert will measure your home and offer you a system with the exact specifications you need to ensure you receive the most energy efficient system available.

 

Myth #6: Only changing filter once a year

Truth: Your filters are your home’s first line of defense against all the dirt, dust, and other contaminants that can circulate throughout your HVAC system. Because of this, it’s important to change your filters much more often than once a year. Dirty filters can constrict the amount of air that flows through the system, causing the system to work harder—which can lead to a possible breakdown. Dirty filters can also have an overall negative effect on the air quality in your home.

Ideally, you should clean or replace your filters every six weeks. If anyone in your home has asthma, allergies, or other respiratory conditions, you should change your filters monthly. This also holds true if you have pets, as their hair and dander can contribute to your filters getting dirty faster.

Take advantage of our Filter Subscription program and have filters delivered conveniently to your home.

Myth #7: Keep the temperature the same

Truth:  If you’re not at home, you can save money by raising or lower the temperature on the thermostat. Rather than remembering to do this before you head out the door in the mornings, you can set a programmable thermostat to do it for you. For example, if you’re home in the mornings, but away at work during the day, you can program the thermostat to automatically increase or decrease the temperature as needed. According to the EPA, homeowners can save around $180 a year by using a programmable thermostat.

 

Myth #8: Using you HVAC system in short bursts saves money

Truth: Your HVAC unit actually uses the most energy during the first 3-5 minutes after you switch it on. If you continuously turn your unit on and off, you’ll end up using a lot more energy than necessary, which will be reflected in higher energy bills.

To heat or cool your home more efficiently, try toggling the switch on your HVAC unit to “on” and then leave the system to run uninterrupted. This allows the fan to blow air constantly, helping to maintain the temperature in your home and reducing the amount of energy that’s used.

 

Myth #9: If its not broke, don’t fix it

Truth: If you’ve been holding out on replacing your HVAC system, it’s time to see how technology has changed.  When it comes to comparing older and newer HVAC systems, the differences are clear. Newer systems are exceptionally energy-efficient, allowing you to save on your monthly energy bills. Newer systems are also generally quieter, easier to operate, and less prone to breakdowns. Additionally, older systems may use defunct parts or equipment, such as R-22 refrigerant, which can make repairs costly. Rather than continuing to pay for a system that’s past its prime, replacing the system altogether is a better investment overall.

If you need help with Furnace or Air Conditioner maintenance or repair, We serve For Collins, Loveland, Greeley, Longmont, Boulder, Windsor and the surrounding areas. Contact us today to schedule an appointment with an expert you can trust. 970-399-9940

 

 

 

 

AC Installation

Why Whole House Fans are Perfect for the Cooler Months

If you’re one of the many Northern Colorado homeowners that enjoy their AC but don’t always love the surge in energy costs that come with the warmer days, then a whole house fan has some incredible benefits. While there are plenty of ways to cut energy costs around AC, today we’ll focus more on how to fully disengage your system using a whole house fan on temperate days and months to save some serious money.

Common Questions We Get on Whole House Fans

While the use of whole house fans may sound like an obvious concept to some, many Lion Home Services customers ask us what they even are or, more importantly, why we choose to offer these in Northern Colorado.

Here are some of the main questions we get around our QuietCool® whole house fan systems:

How Does a Whole House Fan Work?

A whole house fan acts to cool your entire home by creating inward and upward airflow. This means that your system will pull in outside air through open doors or windows and cycle that airflow out of your home through your ceiling or attic.

All of this takes place without the use or need to run your standard air conditioner. Whether your home features central air conditioning, a window unit, or other forms of AC, you can safely turn those off on many days each year to leverage a whole house fan at a fraction of the energy cost.

Put simply: A whole house fan pulls hot air out of your home and creates a smooth current of low-cost air conditioning.

Why Offer Whole House Fans in Northern Colorado?

Beyond the question of “what?”, we often get questions from our customers asking “why here?” After all, isn’t Colorado known for intense summer heat and winter cold?

While there is some truth to this, Northern Colorado actually enjoys many more temperate days each year than most people expect (or remember). While those scorching hot and bitterly cold days stick out in our minds, the vast majority of our weather supports minor air conditioning.

Better yet, since Northern Colorado enjoys a relatively non-humid climate, your whole house fan will create a fresh, vibrant feeling in your home.

Why QuietCool®?

Unlike furnaces or air conditioning units, many homeowners do not differentiate between different brands when it comes to choosing a whole house fan. At Lion Home Services, we’ve done the research and happily settled on a reliable, effective partner in QuietCool® to ensure your home will receive lasting value out of your whole house fan system.

QuietCool® is an industry leader in their field and offers benefits well beyond the whole house fans found in many homes that pre-date central air conditioning. Instead, the QuietCool® works intelligently and quietly to keep your home cool at a fraction of the energy cost. Plus, it is built strong to stand up to (and even remove) pet dander — a major plus for many local homeowners.

If you want to save some money on the cooler portions of hot days, such as the evening, or turn off your AC altogether on the more temperate days, a QuietCool® whole house fan will quickly pay for itself in energy savings alone.

Using a Whole House Fan in the Fall & Winter

Summer in Northern Colorado is no joke. The blistering heat of July and August — sometimes starting in May or June and continuing even into September — really put the “desert” into our Alpine Desert climate. But as things begin to cool down, you can save a considerable amount of money on your energy bill by turning off the AC and trusting a whole house fan to keep your family nice and cool.

Our Unique Climate

As one of Northern Colorado’s leaders in home heating and cooling, we can safely say that we live in a climate like no other. Here, we can get a foot of snow that lasts on the ground for only a couple of hours, then be outside in shorts the very same day.

For those seemingly random warm fall and winter days, it can feel frustrating cycling between heat and AC. Plus, it’s not exactly great for your furnace’s health to repeatedly engage and disengage your heating and cooling.

The in-between days created by our often warm fall and winter months creates the perfect atmosphere for a whole house fan. In a matter of minutes, your home can enjoy a stream of cooling airflow that can be toggled on and off, as well as throttled up and down in intensity, without issue. If it’s too warm at 3:00 and cooling off by 5:00, you can rest assured knowing that your whole house fan is ready to go on and off again to create a great living environment.

Reduce Fall Allergies

One concern we hear from homeowners is that bringing their windows up and allowing a cycle of air from the outdoors into their home with a whole house fan will open them up to allergies, but that’s actually the opposite of what will happen.

Because of the flow of air created by a whole house fan, you’ll actually enjoy less seasonal and interior allergens in your home. Think of your whole house fan as a big vacuum sucking up all the dust, pollen, dander, and other allergens and pulling them out of your home to be safely removed to the outdoors.

Cooler Inside Today? Draw in Warm Air!

We’ve saved the best for last: your whole house fan can also work to warm your home. You may have heard of the “shake and bake” time of year here in Northern Colorado; we “shake” and shiver from the cold nights and then “bake” in the warm sun by the afternoon.

For those days, you can actually use your whole house fan to warm your home as the temperature rises by using the whole house fan to pull the warmer outdoor air into your home. Plus, this has the added benefit of keeping your furnace off as the evening approaches, which is when you’re most likely to see expensive surge pricing for gas and electricity utilities.

Learn More Today

If you still have some unanswered questions or want to know more about how a QuietCool® whole house fan system can work for your home, get in touch with our Fort Collins-based team today!

AC Installation

Top Benefits of Whole-House Fans

If you’re looking for a way to make your home more comfortable, consider getting a whole-house fan. These products can make a home cooler and less humid while also reducing your energy bills.

Whole-House Fans Work Faster Than Air Conditioners

On a hot and humid summer day, you want relief as quickly as possible. In many cases, a house fan will start to reduce the temperature throughout the home in a matter of minutes. Furthermore, the house fan will work to make the air in your living room, basement, or kitchen drier and more comfortable.

They Use a Fraction of the Energy Central Air Systems Do

A house fan will use about a quarter of the energy that a traditional central air conditioner does. This could translate to a savings of hundreds of dollars each month or year. Therefore, you may recoup the cost of buying and installing the unit over the course of a year or two. The professionals at Lion Home Service in Fort Collins can thoroughly discuss this topic and help you find the product that best fits your needs and budget. We can also install any fan that you buy and help to maintain it for as long as you own it.

Whole-House Fans Can Replace Ceiling Fans

A ceiling fan can generate a lot of noise and wind in a given room. Therefore, it can be harder to watch a movie at a reasonable volume or engage in conversation with those who are in the room with you. It can also be harder than necessary to keep loose paper items from flying around. By installing a whole-house fan, you can take down individual ceiling fans without losing any of the benefits that they provided.

If you want to keep your home at a consistent temperature throughout the year, Lion Home Service is ready to help with any heating, cooling or electrical needs you may have. We also handle services related to radon, roofing, water heaters, ductwork, and septic tanks. Call our office in Fort Collins today.