At Calverley Heating & Cooling, Inc., we like to think of ourselves as not just your typical heating and cooling company. We are constantly thinking “outside of the box” in order to offer our customers solutions to fit their comfort and convince needs. Check out some of our amazing accessories that may help solve some of your indoor comfort needs...
What is zoning?
Your home is the place for you to be completely comfortable. So why do you still find yourself reaching for a blanket to watch a movie? Or turning on your ceiling fan, even when the A/C is on, just to get cool after a day out in the yard? Most homes, including yours, have areas that suffer because you are asking a single thermostat located in one area to control the temperature in all parts of your home. The thermostat only knows the temperature where the thermostat is actually located! You simply cannot achieve whole home comfort with one thermostat, just like you can't (and don't want to) control all your lighting with one light switch. Zoning is a control system designed for the way you use your home. With a zoning system, each area of your home is given customized heating and cooling control. Our goal at Calverley Heating & Cooling, Inc. is to educate homeowners about the benefits of "Zoning" and demonstrate that it can be installed affordably, without disrupting your life.
Who can benefit from zoning?
While most homes can benefit from a zoning system, there are applications which frequently require zoning to correct comfort challenges.
- Multi-story homes-The most common challenge homeowners experience with multi-story homes is called air stratification. It is when the warm air rises and cooler air falls in your home and is the most common and well recognized need for zoning. Whether it is a sweltering second floor during the summer months or a basement that is always cold, you can't stop heat from rising and cool air from falling to the lowest levels. Zoning eliminates this occurrence by pushing more concentrated air to the harder to condition spaces while closing off those which are already at a desired temperature.
- Changing lifestyles-As peoples' lives change they tend to alter the way their home is occupied. The best examples are the empty nester, parents with a new baby or the family that welcomes an aging relative into the home. In each of these cases, not all family members share the same comfort needs or follow the same lifestyle pattern when occupying various areas of the home. For instance, temperature needs with the elderly or very young children can be more extreme and may spend the majority of their time in one area throughout the day.
- Home additions-As you look to improve your home by adding on living spaces, you may be faced with a new set of comfort challenges. Bonus rooms, sunrooms, finished basements and other similar room additions try to force more out of the existing heating and cooling system which may be unable to accommodate the new layouts. New additions tend to be better insulated than the original home structure, causing more air to be trapped and become stagnant. Zoning helps maximize operation of your equipment while improving the indoor air quality in new spaces by constantly circulating the air.
- Exposure to the sun- Depending on your home's design, your heating and cooling can be significantly impacted by the movement and overall exposure to the sun. As the sun moves throughout the day, it heats up certain areas, while leaving others cooler. If your thermostat is in one of the sunny areas, the room temperature will be drastically different than in the unexposed rooms. The placement and size of your windows can affect the temperature throughout your home. Rooms with many windows can quickly cool off once the sun has moved for the day, forcing your system to work harder to satisfy the difference.
Calverley Heating & Cooling, Inc. is proud to be a certified Gold Star Contractor for Arzell Zoning Technologies. Give us a call today to set up an appointment for a free evaluation and zoning quote.
Arzel Frequently Asked Questions - FAQ
INDOOR AIR QUALITY
At Calverley Heating & Cooling, Inc. we really do care about the quality of air you are breathing in your home. We offer a wide variety of air filtration, humidification and dehumidification, fresh air ventilation and ultraviolet lighting product options to meet your specific needs.
Did you know that indoor Air is 2 to 5 times more polluted than outdoor air?
Most of our exposure to environmental pollutants occurs by breathing the air indoors. These pollutants come from activities, products and materials we use every day. The air in our homes, schools and offices can be 2 to 5 times more polluted, and in some cases 100 times more polluted, than outdoor air.
People Spend 90 Percent of Their Time Indoors...
Indoor air quality is a significant concern, because when the hours spent sleeping, working in offices or at school are added up, people on average spend the vast majority of their time indoors where they are repeatedly exposed to indoor air pollutants. In fact, the US Environmental Protection Agency (USEPA) estimates that the average person receives 72 percent of their chemical exposure at home, which means the very places most people consider safest paradoxically exposes them to the greatest amounts of potentially hazardous pollutants.
What Contributes to Poor Indoor Air Quality?
The primary sources of indoor exposure to airborne chemicals are products used in interior environments, including furnishings, building materials and other household and office products, that can emit thousands of volatile organic compounds (VOCs) and particles into the air. Of all the culprits that can affect IAQ, chemical emissions are the most harmful as they can contribute to a wide range of health effects.
Moisture problems are another common source of indoor air pollution as they can lead to indoor mold growth. Mold can also emit VOCs and particulates, compromising indoor air quality and leading to negative health effects. Since it is impossible to eliminate mold spores, the best way to reduce the impact of mold on indoor air quality is to prevent or promptly repair the moisture problems that enable mold growth.
The particles emitted from products such as furnishings, building materials and other household and office products are another source of indoor air pollution. Airborne particulates can also come from dirt and dust that is tracked in from outdoors. Particulates can trigger allergies and other respiratory problems in many people. Installing walk-off mats at doorways and changing air filters regularly are both good strategies to limit these pollutants.
Most of the buildings in which people spend the majority of their time are tightly sealed and insulated to keep out unconditioned outdoor air. Furthermore, most ventilation systems are designed to bring in very little outdoor air and instead recirculate the indoor air that has already been heated or cooled. While this strategy is effective for minimizing energy costs, it can have a negative impact on indoor air quality.
Contact one of Calverley's MASTER IAQ CERTIFIED TECHNICIANS (10yr achievement) today! We would be more than happy to provide you with a full list of IAQ products we provide and install that will help meet your specific needs!
TAKE A LOOK AT SOME OF THE UNIQUE SOLITIONS WE HAVE AVAILABLE FROM GUARDIAN AIR:
REME HVAC Cell / Product Description
REME or Reflective Electro Magnetic Energy utilizes an electro magnetic energy cell to create Ionized-Hydro-Peroxides™ a friendly oxidizer plasma made from oxygen and humidity. This air purifying plasma is propelled into the HVAC duct or plenum by a silent plasma propulsion module that has no moving parts, yet propels the plasma at 2 cfm. This provides for fan or blower-less operation on a 24-hour basis. The purifying plasma will be propelled through the ducts whether the fan or blower is on or not. This permits a hardwire 110 volt plug-in installation that lets the REME run 24/7 without wiring to the fan/blower circuit.
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RGF's Guardian Air REME technology eliminates odor, mold, bacteria, virus and VOC while also reducing airborne particulates like pollen, dust and dander. RGF’s REME is the most advanced air purification technology available.
Guardian Air HVAC Cell / Product Description
The Guardian Air by RGF® is designed to eliminate sick building syndrome risks by reducing odors, air pollutants, VOCs (chemical odors), smoke, mold bacteria and viruses*. The HVAC-PHI Cells are easily mounted into air conditioning and heating systems air ducts where most sick building problems start. When the HVAC system is in operation the HVAC-PHI Cell creates an Advanced Oxidation Process consisting of: Hydro-peroxides, super oxide ions and hydroxide ions. All are friendly oxidizers. By friendly oxidizers we mean oxidizers that revert back to oxygen and hydrogen after the oxidation of the pollutant.
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Watch how the Guardian Air PHI Cell eliminates odor, mold, bacteria, virus and VOC's from every cubic foot of your home.
PIP - Plug In Plus / Product Description
The Plug In Plus Natural Air Purification System provides bacteria, mold, odor and VOCs (chemical odors) reduction. The advantage of the Plug In Plus is its ability to be used in any room and be completely inconspicuous. The Plug In Plus plugs directly into a wall outlet and can be used with or without its internal fan. The Plug In Plus is an air treatment system not a filter.
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#1 RGF Indoor Air Quality DVD - (5:31) All you need to know about RGF’s proactive approach to Indoor Air Purification with the Guardian Air PHI and REME technologies. You'll see how this proactive approach to air purification destroys microbes and gases at the source without the pollutants having to travel passed or through the HVAC unit.
TAKE A LOOK AT SOME OF THE UNIQUE SOLITIONS WE HAVE AVAILABLE FROM APRILAIRE:
Aprilaire Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)
Whole House Humidifiers
Protect your family and your home from the unhealthy and damaging effects of over-dry air. Dry nose, cracked, itchy skin, and sore throats. Aggravated allergy and asthma symptoms. Painful static shocks. Chipping paint and plaster. Splitting or cracked wood floors, furniture, trim and molding. Sound familiar? Why go through another season with these problems when there is a solution - an Aprilaire Whole-Home Humidifier. Turning your temperature up in the wintertime will keep you warm but won’t increase your home’s humidity level. Daily activities such as showering, cooking and doing laundry don’t produce enough moisture to keep your home’s air from being too dry. According to medical experts, many viruses thrive in low humidity increasing the likelihood of catching colds, flu and upper respiratory ailments. The American Society of Otolaryngology even reports that it is important to prevent an overly dry environment because it makes people more susceptible to infection. A Whole-Home Humidifier from Aprilaire, installed by Calverley Heating & Cooling, Inc., will deliver the perfect amount of moisture to your air making you feel more comfortable at lower thermostat settings. In fact, the EPA states that you can save up to 4% on your heating bill for every degree you lower your thermostat! Increase your family’s level of comfort and protect your valuable furnishings by adding just the right amount of moisture with an Aprilaire Whole-House Humidifier.
“If too dry an environment is your problem, consider a humidifier. Clues like awakening with a sore throat, dryness in your nose, or even a nose bleed are signs of too little humidity.”
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Whole House Dehumidifiers
All homes need humidity control. And in southern climates, they need it year round. Aprilaire has a solution for every size home. From our compact 65-pint unit - perfect for townhomes, condominiums and homes with a closet HVAC system - all the way up to our 135-pint unit for homes that are 4,000 square feet or more. Calverley Heating & Cooling, Inc. and Aprilaire can provide every homeowner the whole-home protection and performance of central dehumidification. Air conditioning alone can't satisfy your home's humidity requirements. Your air conditioning system is designed to control temperature, not humidity, and only removes humidity as a byproduct of cooling. During the spring and fall seasons when it’s still cool outside but damp inside, your air conditioning isn’t running and your house is uncomfortable - you need an Aprilaire Whole Home Dehumidifier.
What is a Whole-Home Air Cleaner?
Aprilaire Whole-Home Air Cleaners make your air as clean as possible by removing particulates from your air, allowing you to breathe healthier air - important to those with allergies and asthma and for those who want the cleanest air possible for themselves and their family. An Aprilaire Air Cleaner installed by Calverley Heating & Cooling, Inc., can help rid your home of dust, dust mites, pet dander, mold spores, pollen, bacteria and viruses, smoke and more!
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NEXIA HOME INTELLIGENCE
Control your home from the palm of your hand...
Manage your home even when you’re away...
Nexia™ Home Intelligence is a new way to run your home from anywhere. Nexia is the first to bring all the best of home automation technology together in one simple solution that you can manage remotely from your smart phone, iPad or computer. So now, when you’re away and everyone’s going in different directions, you can still know what’s happening at home and stay in control. Like making sure you turned off the lights after you left. Or that the kids got home from school okay. Adjusting the thermostat. Checking door locks. Monitoring video surveillance. Turning off appliances-all the things that give you control and peace of mind regarding your home and family. Nexia is home automation made simple-and simply better-because now you stay connected everywhere you go.
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