Thermostat Technology – that can save you up to 15% on your heating and cooling costs throughout the year!
December 9, 2013
Home automation has been available for a while now but the makers of Trane and Schlage have taken to a different level with this new piece of remote technology. What the Trane Remote Energy Management Thermostat does besides operating as conventional programmable temperature control is connect with your existing Schlage LiNK System home security system in order to control your home or businesses HVAC system from the web!
How many times have you gone on an extended vacation and accidentally left the air-conditioning system or heat on? You won’t have any more worries thanks to this ingenious piece of technology. You can get updates via mobile text messaging if changes have been made and even control the settings if your mobile phone has an Internet connection!
It has an easy to use interface with plenty of easy to read installation and operation instructions for even the less than tech savvy user. The thermostat unit itself has a 7 day, 4settings per day, programming feature with an easy to see back light LCD screen.
The versatility of the Trane Remote Energy Management Thermostat is unparalleled when it comes to compatibility. Trane claims that it will work with nearly all HVAC systems including heat pump systems. Though a little pricier than conventional digital thermostats available on the market, no other can provide all of the jam packed features Trane Remote Energy Management Thermostat can.
The Trane Remote Energy Management Thermostat is also Energy Star compliant and can save you up to 15% on your heating and cooling costs throughout the year. The Trane Remote Energy Management Thermostat could easily pay for itself within that time. Give yourself the peace of mind and control over your home like never before by purchasing this product. You won’t regret spending the extra cash!
Home automation is a pretty cool advancement for today’s overly busy families. The savings the Trane Remote Energy Management Thermostat can provide can definitely help keep your money in your pocket where it belongs. Being a Trane product, you can count on reliability and performance for years to come!
December 6, 2013
Split Ductless Systems
In a split ductless system, no air ducts are needed. This is perfect for older, vintage and heritage homes. In one-room weekend cabins, they are perfect. An indoor unit is mounted on the wall. A single hole is drilled to the outside to allow the drainage and refrigerant lines to pass through. Outside, the condenser unit rests on a slab or stand.
The benefit is heating and cooling a single occupied room at a time. They have high SEER, or energy ratings. You want the highest rating you can find. They are available with SEER ratings up to 28. They have three different power systems:
- · Solar powered units are available on the market. In the event of a power failure, they will continue to keep you warm. This could be a lifesaving decision.
- · Solar/grid hybrid
- · Grid-powered units.
Residential zoning is a way to reduce the area your current or new system has to heat at any given time. If everyone is at school or work, special dampers installed in the air ducting system will close and allow heat only to the rooms designated by the user. This reduces the amount of energy used, which results in lower bills.
One advantage is that the system can be installed with the existing heating system. By placing the energy savings in a saving account, the system will pay for itself and could earn enough money to invest in a higher efficiency heating system.
Home automation is a wonderful way to manage the entire home. A master control unit controls everything from doors and curtains to entertainment and security systems. Your kitchen appliances, door locks and more are managed by the system. During the day, the unit will open or close curtains to take advantage of the sun’s heat gain through the windows.
The homeowner can unlock the door to allow someone to enter for feeding the pets or let themselves in if the keys are locked inside. Turn on the oven from work so that you can come home to a hot meal.
The system will turn on inside and outside lights, turn on the oven and the entertainment center so that it will appear someone is home. This can deter thieves.
New furnaces on the market have higher efficiency ratings than those manufactured ten or twenty years ago. Look for the highest AFUE rating you can afford. Factor in energy savings when deciding to make your purchase. Some units carry ratings of up to 96%. This means that 96% of the fuel used to create heat is used. Some units have variable speed vans; this saves even more money for the homeowner.
Most HVAC companies have high efficiency furnaces and HVAC systems in stock. It will pay to shop between different providers to find the right price for your budget.
Solar Powered Wall and Floor Heating Systems
Solar powered walls create a space against a sun-drenched wall. The heated air is moved into the building via air ducts containing fans. It is advantageous that these systems can be installed in residences and businesses alike. During the summer, the system can be used to remove heat from the building and vent the heated space to help the cooling system save energy as well.
There are solar powered interior wall panels that allow heated fluid to pass through much the same as a regular radiator. The heat transfers from the fluid into the room. Floor systems are also being developed. The fluid is heated in a system mounted on the roof or a sunny wall.
Energy Star certified products may also qualify for tax incentives and rebates. In addition, some power companies have partnered with the Department of Energy to offer grants for qualifying homeowners in order to make older homes more energy efficient. This saves money on utility bills, reduces strain on the grid and helps the environment.
December 4, 2013
In the Summertime, don’t you love the comfort your A/C provides when it’s pumping out chilly air? That luxury is fairly new, but the concept is not. 500 years ago, people in Persia built wind towers to try to get the same effect.
These towers were rigged with wind scoops to catch prevailing breezes. Internal vanes circulated that air throughout the buildings while forcing hot air out. This was especially handy considering the 100+ degree temperatures they encountered on a regular basis.
In 180 AD China, artisan Ding Huan invented a 10-foot wide rotary fan made of 7 connected wheels. A single operator could power the device adn cool an entire hall of people simply by turning a crank.
In the movie ‘Juno,’ Juno’s father is an HVAC technician.
John Gorrie is considered the father of refrigeration and air conditioning. He was a doctor in Florida, and in 1842 developed a machine to make ice. He used the ice create cool air for his patients. He envisioned his ice making device could be used to cool homes and other buildings. He was granted a patent in 1851. He lost his financial backing and and died a pauper in 1855.
The concept of air conditioning was first conceived by Michael Faraday in 1820 when he discovered compressed and liquefied ammonia could chill air when it was allowed to evaporate.
Love radiant heating in your bathroom? It’s not a new concept. The Romans had something very similar where the floors were laid out as a series of stone slabs with a heat source located below the floor.
The development of air conditioning was one of the biggest boosts to the movie industry, as movie theaters could get very uncomfortable in warm summer months.
Closing registers in unused portions of your house in order to save money is a myth.
Architecture shifted due to the invention and widsepread use of air conditioning, and many features that buildings used to have (high ceilings, brick structures, breezeways, sleeping porches, etc.) are now being replaced for less pricey solutions. Current structures are built to house air conditioning, so they would be unbearable without the artificial cooling.
Ever since 1960, 60 percent of America’s economic growth can be attributed to air conditioning in the South and West, where it has become possible to live and work year-long in comfortable conditions.
Absorbtion and adsorbtion are two distinct HVAC-related terms that often get mixed up. Absorbtion is the internal process of taking up light, heat, or any other energy by molecules, while adsorbtion is the adherence of gases and liquids to each other on the surface. One letter makes a big difference.
Every industry has its own golden standard, and the HVAC world is no different. The Air Standard, as we call it, means that air must be 68 F (20 C) with a 36% relative humidity at 14.7 psia (pounds per square inch absolute). Achieving that standard is no small feat.
Air conditioning has ruined us for hot weather. Since inhabitants of the developed world are so accustomed to having chilled spaces in the summer, that makes us unable to handle high temperatures as well as we once did.
We have made incredible societal advances in technology (manufacture of computers and data storage centers, large-scale production, delivery and storage of food) and medicine (pharmaceutical and chemical manufacturing) advances as a society thanks to, you guessed it, air conditioning.
The very first steam-heating system installation was in England so the Governor of the Bank of England could grow grapes in the cool temperatures.
Packard was the first automobile manufacturing company to incorporate air conditioning in their cars, in 1936.
HVAC has grown in sophistication over the years. Take, for instance, a hybrid heat system. It automatically adjusts to the most energy efficient way to cool or heat a building, combining a furnace with a heat pump and eliminating an air conditioner.
A thermistor is the resistor inside a thermostat that changes resistance as the temperature changes, prompting the thermostat to adjust accordingly.
Geothermal power drills into the earth’s crust to extract natural heat coming from the core. The deepest geothermal well constructed (so far) is the aptly-named Kola Superdeep Borehole that goes 7 miles below the earth’s surface, used for research.
A hygrometer is an instrument used to gauge indoor humidity–too dryand your skin feels dry, too humid and you’ll start to smell mildew after a while.
In 1886, Schuyler Wheeler invented the electric fan, which was the most popular way for Americans to cool down until the end of WWII.
Air conditioner sales took off in the 1950s. By 1953, more than one million room air conditioner units had been sold. 35 years later, in 1998, more than 6.2 million air conditioners / heat pumps were shipped to homes and businesses.
A setback thermostat is a device that will automatically lower the temperature of an unoccupied space and raise it again as the occupant returns.
The principle that accounts for the movement of air through spaces, and particularly the rising of heat in buildings, is called the Stack Effect.
Propane, a gas popularized by fictionalized propane salesman Hank Hill (from the animated television series “King of the Hill”) is used in HVAC as a fuel, solvent, and refrigerant. More than just for cooking meat on the grill.
Old radiators were built from cast iron, which is 450 pounds per square foot. That’s some heavy heating.
In 2013, Chicago’s Merchandise Mart joined the list of buildings receiving retrofittings to accelerate energy efficiency. Clocking in at 4.2 million square feet (two whole city blocks), that’s a lot of new fixtures.
The very first glimmering of the modern HVAC industry came way back in 1758, when Benjamin Franklin and John Hadley discovered that evaporating alcohol and other similar substances cools down objects enough to bring water to freezing temperatures. Thus the endless quest for warm winters and cool summers had begun.
Geothermal power is efficient because it drills down deep enough to extract moderately warm thermal energy that’s easy to cool and easy to heat, saving energy typically used to balance cold and hot temperatures.
In the 1987 animated film “The Brave Little Toaster”, the late great Phil Hartman lent his voice to be a talking air conditioner who’s sick of being stuck in a wall.
The typical residential tank water heater resides in the basement, where there is always a chance that floodwater can extinguish the pilot light and render the unit useless, depending on the level of saturation. That’s a quick way to get cold water.
Spending a little extra money on your initial boiler purchase can cut your associated yearly energy bill in half.
Did you ever wonder where the term “air conditioning” came from? In 1906, a North Carolina textile manufacturer came up with the phrase because the technology actually improved the quality and condition of the cloth being made in his plant.