Archive for October, 2014

Is Geothermal Heating Right for Every Home?

Monday, October 27th, 2014

A geothermal heat pump is one of the most efficient ways to heat or cool a home. A “heat pump” is a system that moves heat from place to place, rather than generating it. Many homeowners choose air-source heat pumps, which move heat out of the air in your home in the summer and into your home from the outdoor air in the winter. However, outdoor temperatures fluctuate, and these systems can struggle at certain times of the year.

A geothermal heat pump relies on the relatively stable temperatures underground. A set of pipes is buried in your property, and water or a water-refrigerant blend pumps through the pipes to absorb heat from the ground and move it into your home. This is one of the most efficient ways to heat or cool a home—but is it right for everyone?  We’ll take a quick look at some of the most common concerns for homeowners about geothermal heat pumps. To get geothermal heating in Walker County, trust the team of experts at Ardon Maintenance.

Cost

The most important consideration for many homeowners is the cost of geothermal heating. Yes, geothermal installation is more expensive than other installations, and for good reason. Technicians must dig a large trench in your yard and install a complex set of coils, and this task may take quite a while to complete. However, the savings over the years can easily offset the cost. You will save a lot of energy, as your system will only use a very small amount of electricity to pump water and run a fan, at a significant savings over other systems. Besides, you may need fewer repairs and less visits from a maintenance technician.

Space

Another concern for homeowners is whether they have enough space available on their properties. The least expensive mode of installation involves the use of a large amount of space in order to dig a shallow trench to lay out a horizontal loop system. But if your home does not have the proper amount of space, technicians can still dig a very deep hole in your yard to accommodate a vertical loop system.

Other Considerations

Some other considerations to keep in mind are the low noise level, the higher-than-average lifespan of these systems, and local and federal incentives for choosing an efficient system with very low environmental impact. This heating system is a great opportunity for many homeowners to save money and help the environment, but it still may not necessarily be the best choice for every home.

Call the experts at Ardon Maintenance to find out if geothermal heating is right for your home in Walker County.

What are the Steps Involved in Furnace Maintenance?

Monday, October 20th, 2014

If you own a furnace, one of the most important things you can do for it every year is schedule maintenance with a professional technician. It’s essential to do some tasks every once in a while to keep your unit in top shape, such as changing the furnace filter every one to three months. A dirty furnace filter blocks airflow to the unit, which means you may not feel as warm as you’d like and your system won’t run as efficiently as it could.

But only a technician can let you know if the components inside of your furnace are causing problems as well. You may not realize that a component of your system is failing, and may break down without warning if you do not replace it soon. Or, loose components may be costing you more on your energy bills every month. The following steps can keep your system in top shape when performed by a professional.

Cleaning Dirty Parts and Removing Debris

You know what a shelf looks like when you put off dusting for a couple of weeks, so imagine how much dust can accumulate over the course of a single year. If one of the key components of your furnace is covered with a layer of dirt, it can keep that part from running like it is supposed to, significantly interfering with the function of your entire unit. A dirty combustion chamber, for example, can mean big trouble for your unit, sometimes leading to corrosion.

Adjusting Key Components

Sometimes, minor parts may move out of place or become loose over time and your system may simply require a few adjustments to run like new. You could have a loose fan blade or screw, or your flue damper may need adjustment for maximum efficiency.

Full System Inspection

Finally, a full system inspection can give you peace of mind that your system is running just as it is supposed to. This includes testing the efficiency of your burner and checking for health risks such as holes in the exhaust flue and the gas line.

When you need furnace maintenance, call the trained heating technicians at Ardon Maintenance today to schedule furnace maintenance in Bedias.

The Steps of Heating System Maintenance

Monday, October 13th, 2014

We may still be enjoying summer temperatures, but the change of seasons is upon us, and soon we will be experiencing the cooler temperatures of the year. However, our continued warm days give you a great opportunity: to schedule heating system maintenance in Madison County. No one likes to turn on their heating system for the first time just to find out that something is wrong. One of the many benefits maintenance affords you is the ability to get ahead of possible repairs in order to avoid such scenarios. If you haven’t scheduled heating maintenance in 12 months or more, call Ardon Maintenance today and schedule an appointment with one of our NATE-certified technicians.

What Happens During a Heating Maintenance Appointment?

Maintenance for your heating system involves a number of steps. Here is an overview of what to expect during a regular maintenance appointment:

  • Thorough inspection of system
  • Check for corrosion, holes and/or cracks on components
  • Cleaning
  • Lubrication of all moving parts
  • Safety tests
  • Check and changing of filter (if applicable)
  • Check of refrigerant (for heat pumps)
  • Check of system pressures (boilers)
  • Check and cleaning of burner assembly (combustion systems)
  • Performance tests

If any problems are found that can’t be resolved during the maintenance appointment, the technician will let you know so that you can schedule professional repair services.

Benefits of Heating Maintenance

  • Improved comfort – when your system is dragging due to dirt and dust build-up from last season, it can be hard for it to attain the temperature you want. With the thorough cleaning your system receives during a maintenance appointment, the components will operate as they should, allowing for better comfort.
  • Increased energy efficiency – your system was created to operate at a certain energy efficiency level. When it has worn parts, it can’t operate optimally. The tune-up your system receives during a maintenance appointment allows your system to work optimally, which helps it run efficiently.
  • Prevents repair – performing routine maintenance helps get you ahead of repairs so that small issues don’t turn into big problems.

This time of year is perfect for scheduling heating system maintenance in Madison County. Call Ardon Maintenance today and schedule an appointment with one of our experts.

When an Upgrade to Your Commercial Electrical System Is a Good Idea

Monday, October 6th, 2014

Has your business remained in the same location for many years, or is it housed in an older building? You might have an inferior and outdated electrical system for your company that isn’t capable of handling your growing demands. But even newer buildings can have poor wiring due to sloppy initial installation. For the sake of safety, efficiency, and productivity, you should engage commercial electrical specialists to look over your wiring, electrical panel, outlets, fixtures, and other components of the electrical system to see if you will benefit from a system upgrade.

It’s important to rely on experienced commercial professionals for any commercial electrical installation in New Waverly, TX and other parts of the Madisonville and Huntsville areas.

When to upgrade your commercial electrical system

  • Repeatedly tripped circuit breakers: If you have sections of the workspace that frequently lose power due to tripped circuit breakers to the point that employees are trying to carefully balance how many appliances they can have plugged in at once, you should look into an update to the system so the circuits can handle the higher voltage. This is particularly important if your business is expanding and you are placing higher power demands on the system.
  • Older building: If your company is housed in a “vintage” building, which could be anything pre-1970, and especially pre-World War II, then the electrical system is probably far out of date with copper wiring that will not be able to handle the modern demand for voltage. Older wiring is also at risk for electrical fires, so have an electrician look over the system to see if it needs improvements to stay up to code and keep your employees and customers safe.
  • Relocating to a new building: Just because the building your company is planning to move to is newer doesn’t mean that it has a sturdy electrical system. Poor installation from an amateur contractor willing to cut corners could mean an electrical system that will give you constant problems and high bills. We advise that you have a professional commercial electrician check over your new building’s electrical system to see if it should have an upgrade.

The commercial sector is not a place for amateur work; if you believe your business will benefit from an upgrade to its electrical system, only hire on commercial specialists to do the job. Ardon Maintenance has seasoned and NATE-certified technicians available to inspect your business’ electrical system and see what upgrade you may need.

Ardon Maintenance can handle your needs with our skilled technicians, and we back our work with a 100% satisfaction guarantee. Call us today!