Tuesday, February 18, 2014

MERV Ratings & Your Filtration System

MERV Ratings & Your Filtration System

Every family deserves clean, fresh indoor air. But pollutants, even the ones we can't see, make their way into our homes every day. And some pollutants, like dust, pollen, pet dander, mold, viruses and bacteria can be dangerous to your family's health. The air inside your home can actually be 2 to 5 times dirtier than the air outside.
Fortunately, Schaafsma offers  a wide range of air quality solutions you can count on to deliver cleaner, better air: High quality filters to remove unwanted pollutants, humidifiers to add moisture back to dry winter air; ventilators to bring fresh air into your home; UV lamps to minimize mold and bacterial growth on your system's indoor coil; and air purifiers to eliminate up to 99.9% of the pollutants in the conditioned air in your home.

Let’s focus on the filter for now.

MERV ratings are used to rate the ability of a filter  to remove dust from the air as it passes through the filter.  MERV is a standard used to measure overall efficiency of a filter HIGHER MERV ratings mean fewer dust particles and other airborne contaminants pass through the filter.
MERV  ratings range from 1-16 and measurements are in microns.  The most efficient filters have MERV ratings of 13 to 16.  and will stop particles as small as .3 microns.  These filters are used in hospitals and other clean environments. 
We recommend the EZ Flex filter which has a MERV 10 rating and captures up to 65% of air particles 1.0 to 3.0 microns in size.
People living with Asthma or Respiratory problems  should definitely consider a high quality filter.  Also particles in the air can cause more problems for the elderly and infants.

Tuesday, January 28, 2014

What You Need To Know About Whole House Humidifiers

The people of West Michigan have been experiencing frigid weather the last couple of months.  Cold temperatures means there is a low amount of moisture in the air which affects your body in several different ways.  If you're experiencing Dry Skin, Static Electricity, Sore/Scratchy Throat, and Dry Eyes a low humidity level in your home could be the cause.  Luckily there is a solution and that is a Whole House Humidifier. We recommend these types of humidifiers because they work in conjunction with the furnace and provide the best results and is a whole house solution.

Steam Humidifier- These are the most efficient type of humidifiers. The ratio of moisture to water is 1:1.  In other words, it takes 1 gallon of water to make one gallon of moisture.  The humidifier creates the steam and simply blows steam into the supply duct and is distributed via the duct system in your home.  We suggest these type of humidifiers if you have wood floors, instruments, or carvings. 

Fan Powered Humidifier-  The ratio for a Fan Powered Humidifier is 3:1.  So in essence it takes 3 gallons of water to create 1 gallon of moisture.  The furnace must be running for the humidifier to work, so essentially it would have to run for 24 hours straight to make 18 gallons of moisture. These are the most popular type of humidifiers that we sell and work great.    

Bypass Humidifier-  The ratio for a Bypass is 4:1. So it takes 4 gallons of water to make one gallon of moisture. There is a 6" duct that runs from the duct to the humidifier, the air is pushed over the humidifier pad and absorbs the water. The air then goes into the duct work and is distributed into the home. These are the most economical type of Humidifier that we sell.

Whole House Humidifiers range in price depending on the features and type of the humidifier.  We offer Warranties with our installation and the job can usually be done in 3-5 hours.  We suggest having a free estimate done on these, as you are making changes to your heating and cooling system, it needs to be done professionally.

Thank you for reading our blog, our goal is to bring you informative information so you can make knowledgeable decisions when it comes the heart of your home- your HVAC system.

Monday, September 24, 2012

Take 5 Shoot-Energy Efficient Options for your home

President, Kevin Walsh of Schaafsma Heating & Cooling, discussing what you can expect at our open house this wednesday from 6-9p at cannonsburg ski lodge.

Wednesday, September 5, 2012

Energy Efficiency, Geothermal Heating & Cooling, Tankless Water Heaters, and More!

Schaafsma Heating, Cooling & Electrical will be sponsoring an open house on Wednesday September 26th, 2012 from 6p-9p at Cannonsburg Ski Lodge in the Bear Creek Room. There will be door prizes, punch, appetizers, and the opportunity to learn about energy efficient measures for the home.

The Goal of the open house is to inform the public of their options on energy efficient ways to heat and cool the home. Everybody is talking about being green and saving energy which will consequently save money.  In the future, one can expect to see higher costs on fossil fuels and tighter requirements from the government on businesses to produce energy efficient products.  Schaafsma Heating & Cooling wants to inform the public about their options. A Geothermal system can save thousands of dollars especially if a home is heated by propane or fuel oil. While the federal tax credits for furnaces has expired there is still a very generous tax credit of 30% of the total installed cost available for a limited time on a Geothermal System.

Other products that will be featured are the Bryant Extreme Heat Pump which will rival a geothermal unit in efficiency and Tankless Water Heaters.  

Energy Audits are another service that the company offers. A series of tests can show a homeowner how to save a significant amount of money & energy.  An Energy Audit is the first step in finding what the inefficiencies of the home are and learning how to fix them.  There are thousands of dollars in rebates available from the utility companies to give consumers an incentive to fix their home.  Schaafsma Heating and Cooling is the #1 Contractor of the Michigan Saves Program which is a financing program that allows consumers to make energy efficient improvements tying it in with the heating & cooling system.  Michigan saves currently is offering the financing with only a 7% interest rate and home improvement can be financed for up to 10 years.

Friday, July 20, 2012

R-22 Refrigerant, Global Warming and What It Means To You

 Homeowners with aging home comfort systems will eventually face the decision of whether to repair or replace a malfunctioning air conditioner or heat pump.  When it's a new system with R-22 refrigerant, the decision can become even more complicated considering the mandated ban on the manufacturing of new, R-22 charged equipment. As a Bryant Dealer, we have the ability to offer another alternative to repairing and old unit.  That new alternative is the dry R-22 air conditioner or heat pump. 

Because everyone homeowner and every situation is a little different, we'll need to do an assessment before making your recommendations.  Some homeowners are simply motivated by the bottom line, lowest cost solution and may not be interested in a lot of equipment options.  However, if you are willing to consider alternative solutions or recommendations, we can help by discussing your short-term and long-term intentions with the home. 

For example, if you are moving soon, a low cost fix might be most appealing.  Or, a full system replacement or a brand new R-22 unit might make the property more appealing in a tough housing market.  If you are planning to remain in the home for as long as possible, it may be wise to invest in a new, higher efficiency, longer warranty Puron refrigerant system.

The cost of R-22 is rising because of the mandate on it due to it's large contritution to global warming and the depletion of the ozone layer. If you decide to repair an older R-22 unit you can expect to pay more for refrigerant as the years go by. However, the dry shipped unit is a good alternative depending on your future life plans. If your in the market for a new central air conditioning system, let us help you make the best decision. Give us a call for a free in home estimate.

Have a wonderful weekend!

Friday, May 18, 2012

Save Money On Central Air Conditioning

The last thing you want to do when you get home from a long day at work is be uncomfortable! Thru June 30th, 2012 we have manufacturer rebates available and there are rebates available from DTE Energy and Consumer's Energy on Central Air Conditioners.

Not only will adding Central Air help you to be comfortable it will add value to your home if you are thinking of selling. Call us to set up a free in-home estimate. Have a great day!