Rentmeister Total Home Service Blog : Archive for July, 2014

What Are the Benefits of a Ductless Air Conditioner?

Friday, July 25th, 2014

Many homes come equipped with sheet metal ductwork that connects to an air conditioning system to deliver cool air. But what can homeowners do if their older homes or new building extensions are ductless? Many choose to call a technician for duct installation. But this is a big task and can be a hassle for many homeowners as the layout of some homes makes ductwork installation nearly impossible.

Ductless air conditioners are a great solution for those without any ductwork installed in the home. During installation, an air conditioning technician installs an outdoor condenser unit and connects it to a series of indoor air handlers. These air handlers suck in warm air and remove the heat in order to deliver cool air to the home. Your home will likely need multiple air handlers in order to cool evenly. Each outside unit can generally accommodate up to four air handlers, each of which usually comes with its own thermostat.

What are the Benefits of Ductless AC System?

  • No Ducts: For many reasons, the absence of ductwork may be the biggest benefit of ductless air conditioning. Of course, ductless installation eliminates the disturbance caused to your home by adding extensive ductwork. But another benefit is the elimination of air leaks. Ducts often form leaks over time due to loose connections, and these leaks are responsible for a lot of extra spending since homeowners essentially pay to cool an unused area of the home.
  • Zone Control: Multiple air handlers in different areas of the home means your family benefits from zone control. If some areas of your home tend to be warmer or cooler than others, or if you’re fed up with hearing your family members argue about the temperature, you can control each area separately to keep everyone happy.
  • Energy Savings: The money you’ll save every month on your energy bills with ductless air conditioning is rather impressive. Ductless systems tend to have a much higher SEER (Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio) than ducted systems, and taking advantage of zone control can save you even more.

Ductless air conditioning in Salt Lake City is a great solution for many homeowners without central air conditioning. To talk to a technician today, call Rentmeister Total Home Service.

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Consider Upgrades with Your Air Conditioning Installation

Friday, July 18th, 2014

Installing a new air conditioner for your home doesn’t have to be the “same old, same old.” Your replacement AC will almost certainly have greater efficiency than your previous system because of the many advances in home comfort technology, but you don’t have to settle for having everything else about it be just the same. Scheduling a few standard upgrades as part of installation will give you a cooling system that rises far above your old one in comfort, convenience, and energy savings.

At Rentmeister Total Home Service, we don’t just handle air conditioning installation in Salt Lake City. We also offer numerous upgrades to help take cooling and comfort to the next level. Call us today and speak to our experienced installers to learn more about your upgrade options for your next installation.

Here are a Few Popular Upgrade Options to Consider for Your AC

Zone Control Systems

Installing zone control allows you to manipulate the temperature of different areas of your house independent of each other. You no longer have to cool down the entire house each time the AC comes on. This permits you to create more even temperatures throughout a home, adjust cooling to fit the needs of particular rooms and people, and save money on cooling by shutting down cooling to rooms that are not in use, such as guest bedrooms.

Cutting Edge Thermostats

Don’t settle for the same manual thermostat or out-of-date digital thermostat that you’ve been using for years. Have the thermostat replaced along with the air conditioner, and put in a digital programmable model with extra features that will help you with its precision controls and energy-saving settings. There are also wireless models available that permit freer thermostat placement and can come equipped with remote control.

Humidifiers

Low humidity is often a serious problem in Salt Lake City during the summer, and because air conditioners remove extra moisture from the air they can contribute to making the air inside your home uncomfortably dry. Low humidity indoors can cause health problems and damage furnishings. But professional installers can equip your new air conditioning system with a whole-house humidifier that will balance out the humidity in your home to the ideal level, something that smaller portable humidifiers cannot achieve.

There are many other options available to you to upgrade your new air conditioning system, including air filters and air purifiers that can deal with numerous indoor air quality issues your home might encounter. If you hire quality professionals for your air conditioning installation in Salt Lake City, UT, you will learn all about the many possibilities for expanding your comfort and savings.

For reliable AC installation (and numerous other home comfort services), call on the staff at Rentmeister Total Home Service today.

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What Are the Benefits of a Zone Control System?

Friday, July 11th, 2014

You perhaps haven’t realized that you can divide your house up into separate heating and cooling zones the same way that commercial buildings do and control the temperatures in each zone independently. It isn’t as difficult a task as you might imagine: expert installers can set it up with a series of dampers placed inside the ventilation system and additional thermostats placed throughout your home to control each region. You can have any central heating and air system retro-fit for zone control, or you can have it done as part of new installation.

There are some major advantages of switching to zone control for heating and air conditioning in Salt Lake City. Call Rentmeister Total Home Service today to learn about our services for installing new zone control systems. We also offer repairs and maintenance for whenever you need them.

3 Benefits of Zone Control to Consider

  1. Energy savings: When a central force-air heating and cooling system comes on, it conditions every room connected to its ventilation system, regardless of whether it needs it or not. With zone control, you only need to cool or heat the rooms that need it. Empty rooms, or even an entire upstairs, don’t need to have energy wasted when no one is there to benefit from it. You will find this especially useful if you have guest rooms that only see occasional use.
  2. Personalized comfort: Different people have different temperature needs; some are more sensitive to cold temperatures than others. If enough people live in your house where arguments over the right setting on the thermostat are common, zone control permits everyone the ability to adjustment the temperature in their zone to their liking. This is also useful if you have an infant, whose room will benefit from higher warmth than the rest of the house.
  3. Cooling to fit room purpose: Zone control allow you to fit the temperature in a room to its purpose. A home gym and a kitchen will need stronger cooling, while larger and more draft rooms will benefit from warmer thermostat settings. Upstairs bedrooms can have higher cooling to combat rising heat, while the downstairs bedrooms can get by with reduced cooling. With proper use of zone control, you can help to create an even spread of temperatures through a home, creating a more pleasant environment.

Our installers at Rentmeister Total Home Service can pay a visit to your home to see how best to fit the HVAC system for zone control. We have years of experience with this work: we’ve delivered comfort to homeowners in Salt Lake City, UT with air conditioning and heating service since 1953.

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Leading the Way with Independence Days!

Thursday, July 3rd, 2014

The term “Fourth of July” is the popular name for the U.S. federal holiday officially known as Independence Day. It isn’t surprising that we would come up with a different name from the official one, since “Independence Day” is one of the most common holiday names across the globe. Most of the nations in existence today won their independence from another power, whether through wars, treaties, or long transitions.

What might surprise many people is how old U.S. Independence Day actually is compared to the similar holidays of other nations. Although the U.S. is still considered a young nation, it was one of the first to make a full break for its colonial master with a new constitution. Most countries that celebrate a national Independence Day are commemorating events that occurred in the second half of the 20th century, when many older empires at last relinquished control over their colonies.

How substantial is the difference in time for the U.S.A. and the rest of the world? U.S. Independence Day celebrates the signing of the Declaration of Independence from the Kingdom of Great Britain in 1776, making our country unusual in that almost no existing nations celebrate an independence event from the eighteenth century.

In terms of age, there is only a tiny handful current countries that celebrate an independence day that occurred earlier than the United States. Switzerland celebrates its independence from the Holy Roman Empire of the Germans in 1291 with “Swiss National Day,” held every August 1—although this only gained status as a national holiday in 1994. Sweden Celebrates “National Day of Sweden” to commemorate events in 1523 and the election of King Gustav I during the War of Liberation against Christian II of Denmark and Norway. Romania comes almost a hundred years after U.S. Independence, with its 1877 freedom from Turkish rule.

The most recent Independence Days to come into existence are for Montenegro, which gained independence from Serbia in 2006 and celebrates the day on May 21, and South Sudan, which gained independence from Sudan in 2011 and celebrates the day only a day after the U.S., on July 5.

Does anyone else celebrate a literal “Fourth of July,” an Independence Day that also falls on the fourth day of the seventh month? Yes: Abkhazia, a small Central Asian country that declared its independence from the Republic of Georgia in 1999 (although not all countries recognize it). Coming a day (like South Sudan) on July 5 is the independence of the small Atlantic island nation of Cape Verde, which became free from Portugal through signed agreement in 1975.

Everyone at Rentmeister Total Home Service hopes you and your family enjoy a vibrant Independence Day/Fourth of July this year!

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