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23
Aug

Are you looking for a Clarksburg Heating Contractor?

In recent years Clarksburg Maryland has grown significantly and finding licensed Clarksburg heating contractors is difficult. At last check there were no Clarksburg heating contractors licenses with the State of Maryland.  It’s for this reason that many Clarksburg residents find themselves looking to neighboring cities for heating contractors.   Our licensed and certified heating contractors have been servicing Clarksburg since 1970 and would greatly enjoy providing you with the same level of quality service we”ve been providing to other Montgomery County cities for years.

We maintain and repair all major brands of furnaces and heat pump systems. If you need to replace your old heating system, we sell and install high quality systems that can reduce energy costs, improve your comfort and meet your budget.

Don’t wait any longer or waste any more time searching Google for Clarksburg heating contractors only to get an answering machine. Our Comfort Consultants are standing by ready to help you.  Give us a call at (301) 926- 3253 0r complete the quick form below and we will schedule one of our certified technicians to meet with you right away.  We will make sure your warm and comfortable all season long.

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Category : Heating
17
May

The typical duct system leaks approximately one-third of the air passing through it. This air loss can cost hundreds of dollars a year in energy expenses. This is air you are paying to heat/cool in order to maintain a comfortable home, but instead is leaking into attics, walls, crawl spaces, etc. To compensate, your system has to work overtime to try to keep up resulting in excessive energy expenses, poor comfort and undue stress on your comfort system.

We’ve discussed the Whole House Approach to Comfort in the past and touched on the impact of your duct system. The location of your supply/return registers, the resistance and airflow capacity resulting from the design of your duct system will help or hinder system performance and your comfort. Another major factor is duct leakage. It’s a known fact that all duct systems leak air, the question is to what degree or more importantly, to what result.

If you’ve noticed vents that produce very little airflow in certain rooms, significant temperature differences room to room, the area around your indoor unit is always hot/cold depending on the season, high humidity in the summer, high energy usage or your system seems to run all the time; these are all symptoms of typical duct leakage.

The majority of your duct system is hidden away between floors, walls, attics and crawl spaces. Each and every connection, seam and transition has leakage. The bottom line is conditioned air is leaking into areas outside your living space instead of being delivered to where you need it. In addition, leakage in return duct draws air in from all these unwanted areas. Not only is this affecting your air quality, but air from an attic/crawlspace brings with it extreme temperatures and humidity which creates additional challenges for your system to overcome.

Because most of the duct is inaccessible, it’s been something that we just had to live with. However, we’ve uncovered a technology that allows you to seal the duct system from the inside with virtually no interruption to the living space of the home. Aeroseal is a product that allows you to quantify the actual leakage, seal the holes and measure the improvement in real-time during the process. The end result: improved comfort, reduced energy usage and better air quality.

Category : Duct Sealing
17
May

If your like most of us, we are always looking to save money on energy cost. Below is a quick list of twelve ways to reduce your air conditioning cost this summer.

  1. Stay cool, but not too cool! – The first place to reduce your air conditioning cost is with setting the thermostat to a cool, but not too cool setting. Our customers find they can easily stay pretty cool at 75°F to 78°F. In many cases you can save upwards of 5% in cooling cost for every degree you raise your thermostat.
  2. Don’t trick your thermostat – A thermostats job is to sense heat and adjust to keep you cool. Things like televisions, lamps, PC”s and direct sun light all impact the heat in your home. By turning off these items or pulling down shades will keep your home cooler and reduce your air conditioning cost this summer.
  3. Slow and easy wins the race – When that first hot day comes and you’re ready to turn on your air conditioner, take it easy and set the thermostat to the desired temperature.  Many people will crank the temperature way down to try and boost the cold air. This does not work and will only increase your air conditioning cost. Remember our goal is to reduce your air conditioning cost.
  4. Keep the air flowing – Air flow is very important to keeping a consistent temperature in your home. Make sure that nothing is blocking your vents. When the cool air can circulate with ease, it reduces the need for more cooling, thus reducing your air conditioning cost.
  5. Keep it clean – An easy way to reduce your air conditioning cost is to clean and/or replace your filters monthly. Dirty air filters restrict the air flow and reduce efficiencies.  To make this task even easier we have a Filter Program which delivers filter right to your home! Heck, we will even send you a reminder email monthly so you do not forget.
  6. Get a little help from your friends – Many newer systems do a really good job at removing the hot air from your home, but homes with older systems might struggle to keep up.  In these homes you want to install a whole home ventilating fan in the attic.  Removing extra warm air from your home will create less stress on your system and reduce your air conditioning cost.  A low cost solution would also be to install a window or two.
  7. It’s always cooler in the shade – Just like sitting under a big oak tree on a hot day, it’s always cooler in the shade. Your home is no different, the more you keep the sunlight out the cooler it will be. Make sure to close the blinds that take direct sunlight.  It’s amazing how a little shade can help to reduce your air conditioning cost.
  8. Get sun glasses for your windows – Just like sun glasses protect your eyes from sunlight, window tinting and reflective window film will protect your home from sunlight and unwanted heat. The less heat in your home, the less your air conditioner will run, thus helping to reduce your air conditioning cost. Window film has an added benefit, whereas it also protects your furniture, carpet, and hardwood from fading over time.
  9. Share the cool air – If you have room fans or ceiling fans, turn them on! Moving the cool air around your home will help to even the temperature and reduce the demand, and this will help reduce your air conditioning cost.
  10. Hose it down – Once a year you should spray down (with low pressure water) your outside unit (the condenser). Make sure to turn off the unit at the thermostat before doing this. A clean outside unit will help to make your system more efficient and reduce your air conditioning cost.
  11. Seal it up tight – Often times you will have air leaks in the exposed duct work on or around your main heating and air conditioning unit in your basement. Use metal tape (found at your local big orange box) to seal up those leaks. Sealing these leaks will get more air upstairs to the rest of the house where it belongs. This will reduce demand for cool air and reduce your air conditioning cost.
  12. Going green helps – Like we said it about shade, so why not give back to the planet while reducing your air conditioning cost by planting some trees. This not only helps the environment, but it also will reduce your air conditioning cost by providing shade on those sunny sides of your home.
Category : Air Conditioning | Energy & Money Saving Tips
17
May

The answer could be both. Many homes experience excessive dust that can cause pollutants which can increase allergy reactions and decrease air quality. Homeowners try to stay on top of the this by replacing air filters frequently, scheduling regular maintenance, and even purchase expensive air filters just to hold back the dust. But it just keeps coming back.

The logical next step is duct cleaning right? Well maybe. Duct cleaning is a popular way to address dusty homes and in fact I read recently that 13% of Angies List members have regular duct cleaning. The keyword here is “regularly”. That’s right the dust in your duct work comes back after duct cleaning. This routine duct cleaning is not solving your problem.

What if you could not only solve your dust problem without duct cleaning, but you could reduce your annual energy cost by as much as $700.00!

duct sealing

The measured result above are from a typical Aeroseal air duct sealing process:

Have you ever asked yourself where the dust is coming from?

According to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) the average home accumulates about 40lbs of dust per year. Where is this coming from, you clean the house weekly, your have good screens on your windows, you have your HVAC serviced and air filters regularly replaced, but you still see the build up on your intake vents, tables, etc.

Let me ask you, have you cleaned behind your walls lately? Of course not, right. But what if I told you that is where the dust could be coming from. Did you know 90% of existing buildings in North America experience small holes on the duct work. These holes continually pump dust and other pollutants into your HVAC system and then out to your home.

The solution is duct sealing.

This process is simple, easy and can reduce your energy cost by as much as $700.00 per year. Duct sealing seals your ducts from the inside and is guaranteed for 10 years , no more annual duct cleaning. GAC is partnered with Aeroseal the nations oldest and best duct sealing manufacturing. One visit from our technicians and we can reduce the duct leakage by 90%.

Stop try to block the dust and stop the dust. Read more about duct sealing now or call one of our comfort consultants.

Category : Energy & Money Saving Tips
14
Jul

The Short Answer

YES! Upgrading to an air conditioner with a higher SEER rating can greatly reduce your electricity consumption. In addition, there are also a number of rebates available when you upgrade to a more energy efficient air conditioner—saving you even more money.

Contact us today for a free estimate on a new, energy efficient air conditioner.

The Extended Answer

How exactly can a new air conditioner lower your energy bills? The truth is that many of today’s highly efficient air conditioners can be up to 30 percent more efficient than systems that were installed just 10 years ago. The size of an air conditioner is rated in BTU’s (British Thermal Units) or tons; however, the efficiency is rated in SEER—which stands for Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio. The higher the SEER rating on your air conditioner, the more efficiently it operates.

According to the Department of Energy, air conditioners manufactured after January 26, 2006 must achieve a SEER of 13 or higher. SEER 13 is 30 percent more efficient than the previous minimum SEER of 10.

Although SEER 13 is the minimum, you can consider a unit with a higher SEER to achieve even greater energy savings. For example, Bryant’s Evolution System central air conditioners have as high as a SEER 20 rating!

Keep in mind, the initial investment may be more for a SEER 20 air conditioner than a 13 SEER one, but you reduce the operating costs required to run your system. As a result, your total investment (both purchase and operation) will end up being less with the higher efficient system over the course of its lifespan.

In addition to saving money by installing a higher SEER unit, you may also be eligible for certain rebates. For example, Pepco offers energy efficient rebates in Maryland through its Pepco HVAC Efficiency Program. In addition to offering up to $500 rebates for new, energy efficient heating and cooling equipment, the Pepco rebate also allows for up to a $250 rebate on duct sealing and $100 rebate on HVAC system tune-ups from Feb. 15, 2012 through Dec. 31, 2014.

To find out if you qualify for a Pepco rebate, call GAC Heating & Cooling today, fill out a contact form. We can also help if you’re interested in financing your new air conditioner.

Category : Air Conditioning | FAQ
8
Jul

Did you know that installing a new air conditioner can improve your home comfort and save you money? The truth is that many of today’s highly efficient air conditioners can be up to 30 percent more efficient than systems that were installed just 10 years ago. By upgrading your aging system to a new high-efficiency AC, you can quickly lower your energy bills.

But that doesn’t change the fact that installing new central air conditioning in your home isn’t exactly cheap. The cost of air conditioning replacement in Maryland varies depending on:

  • The size of your home
  • The age of your home
  • What type of unit you choose to install
  • If your house needs new or replacement ductwork
  • Etc.

However, in general the average cost to replace an air conditioning unit, without any work to the current ductwork can range from $1,000 to upwards of $4,000. This price will include the AC unit and labor costs.

If you don’t have that kind of green lying around, we can help.

Financing Your Air Conditioning in Maryland with GAC

GAC Cooling & Heating is committed to providing affordable air conditioning services to our customers throughout the Montgomery County and Frederick County areas. That’s why we’re pleased to offer special air conditioning financing in Maryland to our customers through Wells Fargo.

We have 12 months special financing for eligible customers with approved credit by Wells Fargo Financial National Bank, an Equal Housing Lender.

Additional Ways to Save

While the federal tax credits for energy efficient furnaces, heat pumps, and air conditioners expired in Dec. 2013, you are still eligible for federal tax credits if you install an ENERGY STAR qualified geothermal heat pump before Dec. 31, 2016.

As long as your system is ENERGY STAR qualified, you’re eligible for up to 30 percent of the cost of your geothermal unit (with no upper limit).

Schedule Air Conditioning Replacement in Frederick, MD

When you need air conditioning replacement in Frederick, MD, GAC Cooling & Heating (Gaithersburg Air Conditioning & Heating) is ready to help. In addition to being NATE certified, a Bryant factory authorized dealer, and having won various awards and many customer testimonials, you’ll also benefit from the following when you choose GAC:

  • On-time service
  • 100 percent satisfaction guaranteed
  • Up-front pricing
  • Fully stocked trucks
  • And respect for your home

Call us today or fill out a form for a free AC replacement system estimate.

Category : Air Conditioning | Energy & Money Saving Tips
1
Jul

The Short Answer

With proper AC maintenance, you can expect your air conditioner to last about 15 years. However, installing a new air conditioner can improve your home comfort AND save you money! Many of today’s highly efficient air conditioners can be up to 30 percent more efficient than systems that were installed just 10 years ago. By upgrading your aging system to a new high-efficiency AC, you can quickly lower your energy bills.

The Extended Answer

According to the Department of Energy, the average “lifespan” of a central air conditioner is about 15-20 years. Keep in mind, in order to make sure your investment keeps you cool for years to come, you need to purchase the best model and size unit for your home, have it installed properly, and schedule regular maintenance.

Choosing a Home Air Conditioner

Size is one of the most important factors to consider when shopping for a new air conditioner.  Properly sized air conditioners minimize operating costs, reduce humidity in your home during the summer, making you feel cooler, and reduce the temperature “swings” you may feel between rooms.

At GAC Cooling & Heating (Gaithersburg Air Conditioning & Heating), our comfort consultant will determine if there is a reason to believe your existing air conditioner is not properly sized for your home. Most often, the existing system capacity is correct. If, however, we are concerned that the existing system is not correct, we will measure your home and calculate the actual heating and cooling load on the home (calculation based on square footage, windows, walls, ceiling, floor plan, appliances, insulation, exterior factors, etc.). This will determine the recommended size of the equipment for your home.

Professional Air Conditioner Installation

Many air conditioners are installed incorrectly. This reduces their efficiency and also shortens their lifespan. That’s why in addition to choosing the right size air conditioner for your home, it’s also vital to have it installed professionally. A good HVAC contractor will be able to help you with all aspects of your air conditioner installation, including placement, sealing, and installation of all appropriate components such as:

  • Evaporator coil
  • Ductwork
  • Thermostat
  • Supply registers
  • Condensing unit
  • Etc.

Routine Air Conditioner Maintenance

Almost all AC manufacturers recommend annual inspections of their systems. In fact, many manufacturers will void your warranty if you fail to practice proper AC maintenance.

At GAC Cooling & Heating, we offer Peak Performance Maintenance Agreement plans to further protect your AC from inconvenient breakdowns, high repair costs, shortened equipment life, and other AC repairs. With the current high cost of energy, it’s extremely important to keep your system in good condition. When you neglect your AC, you pay for it, in terms of wasted energy and higher repair costs.

Category : Air Conditioning | FAQ