Armstrong Air To Include More ENERGY STAR® Rated Equipment

Armstrong Air continually upgrades the technology used in select heating products to include more ENERGY STAR® rated equipment.

According to the EPA, the average household spends more than $2,200 a year on energy bills—and almost half of this expense is devoted to heating and cooling. At 2nd Wind Heating And Air we know how important it is to stay up to date with the latest heating and cooling technology. That is why we partner with the top quality HVAC manufacturers.

When you need a new HVAC unit it is the perfect time to upgrade to the latest energy saving technology. Don't just look at your unit look at your total heating and air system. This should include your ductwork. Most homes in Columbia SC are losing money with leaking ducts. Let us take a look at your total HVAC system to ensure you are really getting the most energy saving out of your new unit.

Learn more about Armstrong Air's new energy saving units Armstrong Air Energy Saving

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Does my HVAC system need regular maintenance?

If you think about your car, you have your car serviced every 3 to 5 thousand miles – right? Your car runs better and lasts longer if you do a regular oil and air filter change. The same can be said of your HVAC system. Cleaning the coils, changing the filters and checking the refrigerant pressures will keep your HVAC system running at maximum efficiency to get the maximum life out of your system.

Having routine maintenance performed on your HVAC system can also help lower the likelihood of breakdowns. About 70% of HVAC systems run on low refrigerant charges, which affects your comfort and monthly utility bill. 60% of HVAC systems experience improper airflow due to improperly sized return and supply air ducts. All these items can be found and addressed by 2nd Wind during your routine maintenance service.

A study done at Louisiana State University showed that consumers could save an average of $30 per month ($360/year) over the life of their HVAC system by having routine maintenance. A lack of maintenance results in higher utility bills, more breakdowns and shortens the life expectancy of your system.

Why risk it?

Protect your investment by having a maintenance agreement with 2nd Wind and start saving money today! Call us at 803-786-7433.

 

How do I select the right HVAC contractor?

The right HVAC contractor is not always the lowest priced contractor. We have all selected a contractor to do work at our home that was the best price and after the work was done, we were not happy with the result. Most of the time we get what we pay for, a cheaper price and a lower quality of work.

What qualifications are important?

When selecting an HVAC contractor there are many things to consider. You must look at the scope of work to be done and find out if the contractor you are looking to hire has the following qualifications:

  • a business license,
  • insurance,
  • appropriate permits with the local municipality,
  • drug test their employees, and
  • run criminal background and sexual predator checks on employees.

When selecting an HVAC contractor, it’s helpful to find out the following information:

Contact your local municipality and see if they have a business license to operate in your area.

You also need to know if they have liability insurance and workers compensation insurance. Liability insurance protects you, so that if something goes wrong and they damage your home they will be able to fix the damage. If they don’t have liability insurance and they damage your home, most homeowners’ insurance policies won’t cover your property if the job was done by an unlicensed/uninsured contractor. Workers compensation insurance protects you against one of their workers getting hurt on your property and trying to sue you.

Always check with your HVAC contractor to make sure they are using their own employees to do your job. Employees should be drug screened and a criminal background and sexual predator check performed on them. The last thing you need in your home is a criminal stealing your stuff to support their drug habit or a sexual predator around your children.

Selecting the right HVAC contractor is not always going with the lowest price. You must do your homework and if they are a reputable HVAC contractor they will not mind answering any of these questions.

At 2nd Wind, we are happy to answer any of your questions! Contact 2nd Wind or call us at 803-786-7433 if you’d like more information.