The Importance of Humidifiers on Forced Hot Air Units

Many American homes with central heating systems have a forced hot air furnace. This type of HVAC unit draws the room air through duct work to a furnace, where the air is filtered and heated; it is then blown back into the rooms through other duct work.

This warmed air is also dry, and in the winter months, it can cause problems for many homeowners from a few standpoints.

  • For one, you’ll find that keeping your home at the right humidity level keeps nasal passages and airways healthy. Low humidity makes some people more susceptible to catching a cold, because dry indoor air creates an environment that’s favorable to cold and flu viruses. In fact, properly humidified air can reduce virus transmission by up to 30%. Cold dry air also aggravates asthma, so humidification can reduce asthma flareups and help everyone sleep better.
  • Oddly, dry air may make you feel colder at normal temperatures, compelling you to turn up the thermostat and overheat your home (and add to your energy bill needlessly).
  • Dry air can also cause structural damage to your home’s interior and possessions—walls and woodwork can crack, wallpaper may peel, and electronic equipment is susceptible to static shock.

Installing a whole-house humidifier on a forced hot air unit can help mitigate the problems associated with that dry air. At Bloomfield Cooling, Heating & Electric, we install Aprilaire whole-house humidifiers. These units are easy to maintain and do so much for your home and your family’s comfort. They’re installed as part of the home’s HVAC system and are set to automatically deliver humidified air throughout every room. And, they’ll improve indoor air quality, energy efficiency, and your comfort.

Benefits of humidification for forced hot air heating systems
You’ll stay warmer at cooler temperatures (which will also help make your energy bill feel better). Static will be reduced, as will dry, scratchy throats and noses, dry skin or hair, and dry eyes. The potential for respiratory infections will be reduced. Your home’s environment will feel fresher. And your furnishings and prized possessions—especially wood furniture and flooring, expensive electronics, and musical instruments—will be better protected from damage brought on by air that is too dry.

One of our certified technicians from Bloomfield Cooling, Heating & Electric will measure your unit and assess the best Aprilaire whole-house humidifier for your needs. Contact us for an appointment today: 973-237-0505 or info@bloomfieldcooling.com.

Looking for a Hot Career? Look Into HVAC Installation and Service

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Career opportunities for HVAC installers and service technicians abound. These trained and certified technicians install, service, and repair or maintain air conditioning and heating systems, in both commercial and residential environments. Service techs are the frontline professionals who ensure that heating and air conditioning systems are running properly to deliver the best indoor climate control at peak efficiency.

Because HVAC systems vary across locations, a qualified individual must know how to install and service a range of units: forced hot air furnaces, hot water boilers, steam boilers, and ductless heating and air conditioning units. They should also know how to install and service programmable thermostats, humidifiers, and whole-home dehumidification units to best serve customers of full-service contractors.

Responsibilities & expectations of HVAC installers/service techs

  • Install a new heating and air conditioning system; lead installers will supervise the project, from ductwork in the house to the compressor outside.
  • Connect the equipment to the fuel, water, or refrigerant source
  • Verify compliance with the site plan and specifications – the lead installer must know how to read plans and understand design specs
  • Inspect and test systems –for routine calls according to a service agreement or to troubleshoot a problem
  • Test joints or connections to locate leaks
  • Repair or replace worn or defective equipment – a qualified HVAC installer will know how to repair or replace components or add new devices to boost a system’s performance and enhance indoor air quality (such as in-duct air purifiers or gernicidal Blue Tube UV lights)
  • Test electrical circuits to ensure power continuity
  • Verify that the HVAC system meets current EPA standards and recommend replacement if needed
  • Know best practices regarding proper disposal of refrigerant

As part of a maintenance call, an HVAC service technician may clean or vacuum the equipment or ductwork, oil parts, refill refrigerant, and change filters and/or humidifier pads. The technician should provide the owner with a detailed checklist of tasks performed, problems detected, and suggested remedial steps.

HVAC installers must also know how to lay out and connect the electrical writing between the controls and the equipment; that means knowing how to read and follow wiring diagrams, and handle the tools needed for the job. If you plan to do commercial work, where refrigeration is part of the job (such as hospitality venues, manufacturing/industrial properties, or certain retail establishments), you’ll be working in HVACR (R is for refrigeration) and must have that expertise and certification.

Training to be an HVAC technician or installer
A reputable HVAC contractor will look for technicians who have graduated from high school (or equivalent) and attended a good trade school or community college with courses in heating, ventilation, air conditioning and refrigeration; completion of those courses or the program will result in becoming certified or earning an associate’s degree. After that, it’s best to secure an apprenticeship that provided meaningful field experience. Basic math skills are a must, given that as an installer or service tech, this person will be doing calculations of varying kinds on a daily basis. Solid computer skills or experience with electronics will give you a competitive advantage.

At Bloomfield Cooling, Heating & Electric, all our technicians are professional and well-trained, and are all NATE-certified or are working toward their certification. NATE which stands for North American Technician Excellence, and it is the nation’s largest non-profit certification organization for heating, ventilation, air conditioning and refrigeration technicians.

HVAC sales
Another line of work for experienced installers is to go into HVAC sales for an HVAC contractor. This person:

  • Fully understands home or commercial heating and cooling systems and the different makes and models on the market
  • Can recommend the best system for the location based on multiple factors
  • Stays abreast of the latest technology that enhances performance, improves air quality, and delivers better climate control and comfort
  • Is up to date on industry trends, and government and industry regulations
  • Knows and can sell the HVAC contractor’s full capabilities – for example, the homeowner upgrading an outdated air conditioning system may live in an area prone to power outages and therefore, may also benefit from a standby generator
  • Enjoys meeting and talking to new customers

Bloomfield Cooling, Heating & Electric is always looking for qualified HVAC installers and service technicians; we also are looking for a great HVAC sales person. If you’d like to join an award-winning company that values superior customer service and satisfaction, offers competitive pay and benefits, and rewards a job well done, contact us at info@bloomfieldcooling.com.

How to Choose a Quality, Reliable HVAC Contractor

Like any type of contractor, choosing a good HVAC contractor takes some vetting on the homeowner’s part. Here are some things to look for and look into before you sign that contract for a new heating & air conditioning system for your home.

  1. The HVAC contractor should be licensed. No one can afford to have an unlicensed individual working on their gas lines, disposing properly of refrigerant, or performing electrical work. In New Jersey, HVACR (heating, ventilation, air conditioning and refrigeration) contractors are licensed by the State Board of Examiners This entity protects consumers by ensuring that the HVACR contractor does all work in compliance with State law, and that the contractors meet all educational and other requirements for licensure. Bloomfield Cooling, Heating & Electric, Inc. is Master HVACR Contractor #19HC00144800
  2. Get written estimates. There is no such thing as a real quote over the phone. Compare cost, energy efficiency and warranties among the various bids you get from licensed and insured contractors. The one you select should adhere to the written bid.
  3. Expect a thorough in-home evaluation. The HVAC contractor needs to survey your home thoroughly, measure the rooms, examine your insulation and existing ducting (if applicable), and look at many other factors that go into the calculation for your custom HVAC installation.
  4. The new system should be right-sized for your home. Size and load is very important to ensure your home will be comfortable all year ’round and that the system is not overtaxed in terms of heating and cooling efficiently.
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  6. Make sure your new unit is really new. The average lifespan of an HVAC unit is about years (in terms of its efficiency), and technology continually improves system and energy efficiency. Don’t get stuck with the company’s old inventory! A properly licensed HVAC contractor will recommend newer options to bring your home up to date. It’s helpful to know the make and model of your current system, its age, and its maintenance history as a baseline.
  7. Don’t always go with price. You know the expression, “You get what you pay for?” There’s a reason why it’s true! With your HVAC system being the most complicated (or only) mechanical system in your home, it pays to go with the contractor who delivers the best value for the money—in terms of equipment, service, and support. The most inexpensive bid may cost you more in the long run because of unanticipated maintenance and repairs or higher energy costs due to an insufficient system.
  8. Get referrals, read reviews, research. Ask your friends and family who they refer for this important project and go online to read reviews from customers. Also ask the HVAC contractor for references and contact them for find out about the installation experience and service performance. Check the Division of Consumer Affairs and the Better Business Bureau to see if there are any legitimate complaints lodged against the company.

At Bloomfield Cooling, Heating & Electric, all our technicians are properly trained and certified to perform the work they do in your home—whether a new installation, routine maintenance, or system repair. And, our company is licensed and insured to meet all State of New Jersey requirements, and a multiple award winner for the high level of service we deliver to our customers throughout northern New Jersey. For a free evaluation of your current HVAC system or information about installing a new one, contact us at info@bloomfieldcooling.com or 973-237-0505.

Hot News about Air Conditioning Refrigerant

Many older air conditioners and refrigerators once used Freon, the trade name for R-22 and certain other refrigerants and aerosol propellants manufactured by The Chemours Company. However, the product was banned in 2015 by the Environmental Protection Agency and it is scheduled to be completely phased out by 2020. The EPA deemed R-22 and other chlorofluorocarbons to be hazardous to the environment by causing ozone depletion.

Although R-22 is still being manufactured to maintain existing HVAC equipment, many homeowners with older HVAC systems that rely on R-22 are facing increased costs for the refrigerant due to the dwindling stockpile of that product. And, after 2020, R-22 won’t be manufactured or imported in the United States at all. Because of the environmental issues with R-22, HVAC service contractors in the US must have an EPA refrigerant usage certification in order to buy refrigerant and repair systems that contain ozone-depleting refrigerants such as R-22.

So, what does all this mean for our customers?

More environmentally friendly refrigerant: R-410A

R410-A RefrigerantAt Bloomfield Cooling, Heating & Electric, Inc., we switched to a refrigerant called R-410A. In fact, we have been using it since 1995 when it was first introduced, because it is much more environmentally friendly. Unlike R-22, 401A does not contain bromine or chlorine (which contribute to ozone depletion). It also enables higher SEER (seasonal energy efficiency ratio) ratings, reducing power consumption which in turn reduces greenhouse gas emissions from power plants.

For homeowners with older HVAC systems, now is the time to upgrade to more energy-efficient, environmentally friendly equipment that use 410A; remember, if your system breaks down after January 2020 (only 18 months from now), you will be faced with a replacement at that time. There are ways to retrofit an older system to use the newer refrigerant but it’s not possible for all systems, so your Bloomfield Cooling, Heating & Electric technician will have to assess whether or not we can do the conversion. If not, a retroactive HVAC system replacement will be more cost-effective in the long run.

If you’re interested in upgrading your HVAC system to a more energy-efficient unit, ask about our new HVAC system special that is good through the end of June, with zero percent financing for 36 months (we have other favorable financing programs available as well). Or ask about our $500 installation coupon here.

Not ready for a new system? Contact Bloomfield Cooling, Heating & Electric about system maintenance that will help keep your HVAC system running at its peak, at (973) 237-0505 or info@bloomfieldcooling.com.

Mitsubishi Joins our Product Offerings

Mitsubishi HyperheatWe are pleased to announce the addition of Mitsubishi ductless cooling & heating products to our installation lines.  The advantage of the Mitsubishi ductless systems is the variety of its applications.  The Hyper-Heating Models make Heat Pumps a realistic option for any home, in any climate.  The MSZ-FH family of Hyper-Heating INVERTER residential systems offer year-round, high-efficiency cooling and heating for a variety of rooms.  Zones are single or multiple room spaces that are conditioned to a set temperature and are operated independently from other rooms within the same structure.  This means you can cool or heat only the rooms you utilize.  Mitsubishi features:

  • Industry-leading efficiency of 30.5 SEER
  • Hyper-Heating performance down to -13° F outdoor ambient
  • 100% heating capacity at 5° F outdoor ambient
  • Triple-action filtration
  • Double-vane air delivery for enhanced air circulation
  • I-see Sensor 3D
  • Multi-function wireless controller