Friday, December 15, 2017

Get Serious Payback when You Purchase a Zoned Comfort Solution!

Ready to learn more about a zoned comfort solutions and how they deliver a return on investment? Looking for a heating and cooling option that will put money back in your pocket? Interested in the serious saving potential of ductless heating and cooling for you Ann Arbor home?

Buying appliances isn’t most people’s idea of a super fun time. But if you were shopping for an appliance that could not only make your home comfortable year-round but also save you some serious money, that would really up the incentive!

This is precisely what you get when you’re shopping for a zoned comfort solution! Check out the details on how zoned comfort solutions pay you back:
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Precise Temperature Control: controlling the temperature of your house in several zones rather than one (i.e., the whole house) means you choose where you spend your money. In other words, no more cooling the guest bedroom all day when no one’s in there, or heating the dining room all night!

Reduce Energy Loss: zoned comfort solutions minimize energy loss by eliminating ducts and vents and by operating on a smaller scale. You won’t be losing any money with heat transfer as air moves through ducts, and the units themselves operate more efficiently than larger forced-air systems.

No Over-Compensating for Hot-Spots: maybe you have the house set to 75 degrees in summer, but your sunny living room is just too hot! With a forced-air system, to make your living comfortable, you might have to fork over major cash, turning your system down much lower than you’d like. With zoned solutions, you can tackle the hot- or cold-spots in your house with their own units and spend less each month on heating and cooling. 

Efficient Installation: a short, simple installation makes for a less expensive installation, too. By investing in ductless heating and cooling, you’ll be assured that the needs for renovation after installation (like rebuilding walls) will be minimal to nonexistent.  

Combined Appliance: one of the great features of the zoned comfort solution is that it uses a heat pump which can both heat and cool your home. By including two appliances in one, you’re saving with your initial investment and keeping it in use all year long. 


It’s no wonder more and more homes and families are being turned on to the possibility and money-saving potential of zoned comfort solutions and ductless heating and cooling in Ann Arbor. If you have questions about zoned comfort solutions for your home, give us a call today. We are happy to design and customize a system that meets your needs. 

Friday, December 1, 2017

How to Design Around Your HVAC

Worried the components of your HVAC are the focal points in every room in your home? Want a solution to take back the design of your home? Need tips to minimize the presence of you HVAC components?

If you have any appreciation for the aesthetics of your home and décor, you’re probably not a big fan of the necessary utility components you have to live with and design around. We’re talking about outlets, switches, cables, wires, and, most definitely, your HVAC system.

heating and cooling Ann Arbor If you’re at all familiar with ductless HVAC systems, you might think of them as relatively large, wall-mounted units that definitely draw your attention. Something like that could be difficult to design around. The reality is, ductless HVAC systems have several qualities that can make them very easy to fit seamlessly into your existing décor. 

To help you confidently design and decorate around your ductless HVAC system, let us fill you in on a few tips and pointers:

  • Simple installation means no extensive remodeling will be required to fit your whole home with new heating and cooling technology. 
  • The no-vent design of ductless systems translates to fewer components in your rooms to design around. 
  • Units are wall-mounted and don’t need to take up a window.
  • You can place units above the eye-line and may be able to place them in a nook or corner to obscure its visibility.   
  • Ductless units are low-profile and typically feature a modern design that blends into décor like any other high-end appliance. 
  • Delivering conditioned air at decibels less than a whisper, the unit will not draw attention to itself like forced air units. 
  • Different looks to suit your décor are available with certain configurations such as covers. 
  • Contractors may be able to install your units in wall or ceiling cavities and nooks.
  • Help camouflage a unit in a room by placing it above a window.
  • Hide the unit in plain sight by hanging art of photos near it. 


Your HVAC unit definitely doesn’t need to cramp your style! With our tips and tricks, you can see a little creative placement can go a long way and your guests will never know how you keep your home so comfortable!


If you have more questions about ductless heating and cooling in Ann Arbor, don’t hesitate to give us a call. With so many solutions available, we can customize a system to suit your needs perfectly!

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

What You Need To Know About Insulation

Is too much cold air finding its way into your house in the winter? Are you wondering if your home needs better insulation? Want to know if there is anything you can do to lower your energy costs?

Quality insulation is a key factor to having a living space that’s easily maintained at a comfortable temperature. Lacking insulation can lead to soaring utility bills, uneven temperatures throughout the house, overworked A/C units and furnaces, and poor temperature control generally. As important as insulation is, you’ll often find houses are inadequately insulated, especially if they were built in the 1980s or earlier. 

What do you need to know about insulation to make sure your home is protected and efficient? 

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As experts in heating Ann Arbor homes, we’ve put together a list of tips and facts about insulation to help make you more comfortable at home:

  1. Insulation can be made from fiber glass, rock wool, rigid foam boards, or cellulose. 
  2. Depending on where it’s applied, insulation can be installed in batts, rolls, and sheets, as a spray, or as foam boards. 
  3. Insulation quality is measured in R-values, which take into account material and thickness of the insulation product. 
  4. Recommendations for R-values are made by the U.S. Department of Energy and differ across the country. 
  5. Not only does insulation prevent air leaking in and out of your house, it also helps keep your home quieter. 
  6. You can easily increase the insulation of your house by adding rolls to the floor of your unfinished attic.
  7. Adding insulation to finished walls can be expensive, but should be considered if your home is often uncomfortable, unevenly heated or cooled, or sees very high utility bills. 
  8. Crawl-spaces can sometimes be insulated, but don’t need to be if the floor above is already insulated. 
  9. If your home is drafty, check for air leaks around windows, doors, light fixtures, outlets and switches, utility penetrations, ducts, and etc. 
  10. You can also apply insulation to your hot water pipes to avoid heat loss and potentially increase water temperature 2-4 degrees F at the tap. 


Insulation may live mostly in the dark inside the walls of your home, but it doesn’t have to be mysterious! With this helpful guide, you may now feel more confident about the insulation in your home, or know how to tackle a problem if you have one. 



If you want to know more about insulation or heating your Ann Arbor home, give us a call. We are ready to help with any heating and cooling projects you have in your home. 

Wednesday, November 1, 2017

How Cold Weather Threatens Your Water Heater

Wondering how much colder weather takes a toll on your water heater? Curious about how much harder your water heater works in frigid temperatures? Not sure your water heater will last another winter?

We rely on our water heaters nearly every day we’re in our homes. From dishes, to laundry, to showers, we expect reliable hot water regardless of the temperatures outdoors. As the red in thermometer disappears, you might not think your demand on the water heater increases much, but truthfully, colder weather puts a significant strain on your water heater.

Check out the top cold weather threats to your water heater:
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1. Colder Water Incoming


No matter the temperature outside, your water heater will continue to heat water to its set point. The difference is, during the winter, incoming water is colder and will require the heater to work longer to bring to temperature. This is an added strain on the heater that goes on all winter long.

2. Using Water for Warmth


Have you ever taken a really long, really hot shower in the winter to warm up? Or held your hands under the hot, running water even after all the soap was rinsed away just to thaw them out? These are things we all do once in a while as the days grow chillier, and they put an extra strain on the water heater which can really add up. 

3. Too Cold To Go Out


We tend to stay in more in the winter months, which can cause a strain in more than one area, but also on your water heater. Staying in means you’ll probably be washing more dishes under hot water, washing hands more often, maybe taking more showers, baths, and other activities all adding demand on your water heater. 

4. More Layers, More Laundry


You wear more clothing in the winter than you do in summer. That means you wash more, too. If you’re washing clothes in hot or warm water, you’re putting more pressure on the water heater. 

All the added usage multiplies across the weeks and months of cold weather and can take its toll on your water heater. Tank water heaters will see a greater increase in sediment with this added usage which can create problems and shorten its lifespan. If your water heater is older, the hard work of the winter might be enough to finish it off. 

If you’re worried about your water heater this winter, call the experts in heating Ann Arbor homes to assess your appliance and provide an estimate for its remaining life. We can also help make sure your water heater and furnace are running efficiently or assist you in any other heating needs in your home. Give us a call today! 

Sunday, October 15, 2017

Keep Your Home Comfortable For Pets!

Looking for tips for cool pets as temperatures rise? Need some creative ways to keep your furry friends comfortable despite the heat?

Our pets seem to deal with hot days surprisingly well for most being covered in fur! Luckily with your help, they don’t just have to get by! You can help them be cool and comfortable all summer long. 

Try a few of our tips for keeping pets comfortable at home this summer:

1. Exercise Timing

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Help keep your pet cool all day by timing their exercise right. Take your dog out in the morning or evening when it’s cooler and allow other animals to be lazy and undisturbed in the afternoon when it’s hottest. 

2. Humidity Control


Most animals have different mechanisms to control body heat than we do, and high humidity tends to be particularly uncomfortable for our fur babies. Keep them indoors on humid days and consider dehumidifying the house if it’s an issue in the home. 

3. Bath Time


A cool bath inside or out offers your pet an instantly satisfying retreat. Children’s pools are great for dogs and other pets that enjoy the outdoors. A lounge in a sink full of cool water can be great for birds, rabbits, and other small pets. 

4. Spot Selection


On hot days, make sure your pet’s bed, crate, or cage is set up in a shady spot with ventilation so they can rest comfortably. 

5. Water Access


Water is the key to staying cool. Make sure your pet has easy access to fresh water all day. Increase the chill factor with a few ice cubes or refrigerated water. 

Put these tips to use today and your pet will thank you for it! 

We know you and your pet will be feeling cooler with our strategies, but sometimes nothing beats good old air conditioning. If you’re interested in a new air conditioner in Ann Arbor this summer or need other ways to beat the heat, give us a call today!


Sunday, October 8, 2017

Is a Mitsubishi System a Right Fit for Your Ann Arbor Home?

Do you have an older home without space for ductwork?

Are you tired of settling for a space heater or a window air conditioner?

Are you ready to experience comfort at home like never before?

Whether you have a single uncomfortable room, you’re renovating your entire house, or you’re building a home from scratch, Mitsubishi Electric has a Zoned Comfort Solution that will fit your unique needs. 
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Mitsubishi ductless heating and cooling systems provide advantages you won’t find in most traditional heating and cooling systems like:

  1. Air quality – these systems have advanced filters and no dusty ductwork to dirty up the air you breathe.
  2. Efficiency – with zoning capabilities, you can turn off zones that aren’t in use and only cool or heat the rooms you choose.
  3. Hyper-heating – these systems use instant hot-start technology so you’ll feel warmth immediately.
  4. Whisper quiet – these systems are designed to work quietly with insulated compressor compartments and vibration dampeners.
  5. Smart controls – with these systems you’re able to control it from your smart phone anywhere in the world!
  6. Constant comfort – with zoned monitoring these systems can measure return air and adjust automatically.



Want more information on Mitsubishi ductless heating and cooling systems? Visit our website or give us a call at (734) 424-1560. We pride ourselves on honest, quality service, and we’d love to help keep your home warm in the winter, cool in the summer, and comfortable all year long!

Sunday, October 1, 2017

How to Keep Cool Without Air Conditioning

Hoping to save on energy bills by ditching the AC this summer? Committed to a greener AC-free lifestyle? Need help staying cool in a home without AC?

Over the last 50 years or so, AC has become an everyday commodity. We often don’t even think about any other ways to keep our homes and ourselves cool when the mercury starts rising. You might be surprised to know you can be more than comfortable indoors without resorting to running your AC!

We have put together a few tips to help you stay cool this summer and beyond:

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Close your blinds and draw the curtains before peak temperatures during the day. Take things a step further with insulated drapes to keep the heat out. If you’re really serious, install awnings over your windows and plant trees around your house. This will help maintain cooler temperatures indoors throughout your home.

Breeze


Make sure you’re taking advantage of nature’s AC, wind, and creating a bit of your own when needed! When it’s cooler outside, open several windows to create a cross breeze in the house. To draw more cool air in, turn ceiling fans to reverse, consider box fans in the window, or use your attic fan or whole house fan. When temperatures climb, close your windows, but keep a fan running: you’ll feel more comfortable in moving air than still air. 

Cool Hacks


It may be getting hot in your house, but you can cool yourself down fast and effectively with some simple hacks. Place a bowl of saltwater ice cubes behind your fan and create a faux sea breeze. Or take a quick cold shower, or cold foot bath. Soak a towel or handkerchief in cold water and wrap it around your neck. You’ll be surprised how long the cool lasts!

Sleep


One of the most tempting times to turn to AC is to cool down your house before bed… is there anything worse than sticking to the sheets!? Sleep cool without AC by using cotton sheets, putting an icepack in the foot of the bed, cooling off with some ice water before turning in. If you have a multi-level, sleep downstairs or in the basement where the air is cooler. 

Get Out


Plan to cook, eat, and maybe even sleep outdoors when you can. Grilling outside will save you from heating up your home with the oven or range. Keeping all the warm food and body heat outside during the meal will also do its part for a cooler house, not to mention allowing you to enjoy the natural breeze while dining al fresco! If you have a tent, consider a night or two sleeping under the stars!


As experts in heating in cooling, we know these tips will keep you cooler this summer if you’re living without AC. But if this isn’t quite enough for you, we can help you install a new cooling system or air conditioner in Ann Arbor to beat the heat! Give us a call today.