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What is SEER? How does it apply to the energy efficiency of air conditioners?

The efficiency of central air conditioning units is governed by U.S. law and regulated by the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE). Every air conditioning unit is assigned an efficiency rating known as its “seasonal energy efficiency ratio” (SEER). The SEER is defined as the total cooling output (in British thermal units or Btu) provided by the unit during its normal annual usage period divided by its total energy input (in watt-hours) during the same period.

Why is air conditioner efficiency currently an issue?

After finalizing a seven-year public review process, the Clinton Administration improved the air conditioner efficiency standard from SEER 10, which was established by Congress in 1987, to SEER 13. The change from SEER 10 to SEER 13 represented a 30 percent improvement in energy efficiency. The Clinton Administration decision required all new air conditioning equipment sold in the United States to comply with the SEER 13 standard by January 2006. In April 2001, however, the Bush Administration addressed the possibility of weakening the standard to SEER 12, and in July, DOE formally proposed to roll back the standard.

Prior to the August recess, the House of Representatives passed H.R. 4, the “Securing America’s Future Energy (SAFE) Act of 2001.” In H.R. 4, the House followed the Bush Administration and passed a weakened standard for air conditioners of SEER 12, instead of SEER 13.

In October 2001, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) officially commented on the DOE proposed roll back ruling. EPA stated that DOE overstated the regulatory burden and the financial pressures on the air conditioning industry and understated the savings benefits of the SEER 13 standard. The Deputy Administrator of EPA stated, “EPA believes there is a strong rationale to support a 13 SEER standard.”

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Dear Friends and Family,

Greetings!  I’d like to welcome you to the all-new March edition of Around the House Newsletter!

This issue of the newsletter is bursting at the seams with fabulous tips for your home, fun games and much more!

Take a gander at some of the hot features in this month’s edition…

Do You Want To Sell Your Life Insurance? Learn How On Page 2

Healthy Lifestyle Cuts Risk Of Serious Diseases! Check it out on Page 4

Learn How To Bring Your Backyard Patio Back To Life On Page 6

Looks like spring is getting closer! Not long from now your air conditioners will be in full swing for the spring and summer season. Why not at the time your air conditioner is not in use have it serviced. Schedule your Preventative Maintenance Safety check. That way you will know full and well when it comes time to turn on the A/C your system is running properly.

As always, I’m looking forward to hearing from you. If you have any friends or neighbors who need help with any home comfort needs or would just like their own copy of my Around the House Newsletter, please contact me.

Yours truly,

Bry’wn Rigsbee

Customer Service Representative & Publisher

Superior Service of Broken Arrow Inc.

www.357ac4u.com

PS If you would like your personal business card added to one of our monthly newsletters please fax it to me at (918) 770-8210. If you would be interested in sponsoring the newsletter on a recurring basis please contact me to discuss the terms.

PPS If you like my newsletter, or have any suggestions, please feel free to give me a call at (918)357-2248.We love hearing from all of our friends and clients!

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Purchasing a new air conditioning system should not be a frustrating experience. We will provide you with all of the information you will need to make the best choice for you and your family. We will install a system designed for your needs, with maximum efficiency, at a price you are comfortable with. Superior Service of Broken Arrow performs all installations to manufacturers standards to ensure an accurate SEER rating and proper airflow.

Why Buy Now?

  • New technology has enabled the creation of air conditioning systems that use so little electricity compared to older models.  By investing in a new, higher efficiency system, you will save money on electricity bills each month.
  • Air conditioning replacement is an investment in your Oklahoma home.  A new system will increase the value of your home as well as reduce your monthly operating expenses, making your home more attractive and affordable.
  • Financing your investment has never been easier.  With a low monthly investment plan, a new home comfort package is affordable for anyone.

Not sure if you should repair or replace? Well, consider this: if you’re operating an inefficient air conditioning system that breaks down a lot, it’s likely that it’s going to break down again. That means more expensive emergency service calls or possible damage to the other components of your heating and cooling system.

Also consider the ongoing cost factor. You could save up to 60% on your energy bills with new high-efficiency equipment. You see, even if your air conditioner is only a few years old, it could be terribly inefficient by today’s energy efficiency standards. Installing a new, high-efficiency cooling system can actually pay for itself in energy savings within a relatively short time.

If you are looking for an Oklahoma air conditioning company please call us today at 918-357-2248 or complete our online request form.

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Heat pumps are a great solution for your heating and air conditioning system. That’s because they work to provide both heating and cooling. Whether it’s the hottest day of the summer, or the coldest day of winter, heat pumps work day in and day out to provide your family with premium comfort.

By definition, a heat pump is a machine which moves heat. Heat exists in all air at all temperatures down to “absolute zero” (-460F). In the winter, a heat pump draws heat from the outdoor air and circulates it through ducts into your home. During the summer, it reverses the process and draws heat from your interior air and releases it outdoors. It also dehumidifies the indoor air as it cools it.

Benefits of a Heat Pump System

  • Because a heat pump does not burn fuel, it is safer and cleaner to run than a gas powered furnace.
  • A heat pump provides a more uniform temperature throughout a building. It does not produce a sudden blast of hot air as traditional furnaces do each time they kick on.
  • In the heat mode, heat pumps do not dry out the air the way traditional heaters do. The higher humidity maintained by heat pumps during cold weather provides for a healthier environment.
  • Heat pumps are more efficient and cost less to run than electric furnaces.
  • Because heat pumps are used year round (for cooling as well as heating needs), they cost less per hour of use (cost of purchase and installation divided by total number of hours used per year) than do individual heating and cooling systems, which each sit idle for a good part of the year.

The Heat Pump as an Air Conditioner

The heat pump serves as an air conditioner by absorbing heat from indoor air and pumping it outdoors. The heat pump contains an indoor coil which, in turn, contains a very cold liquid refrigerant. As indoor air passes over the indoor coil, the refrigerant-cooled coil absorbs heat from the air and so quickly cools that air. The cooled air cannot hold as much moisture as it did at a higher temperature. The excess moisture condenses on the outside of the coil, resulting in the dehumidification of the air. The cooled, dehumidified air is then forced (by a fan) into the duct system which, in turn, circulates it throughout the building.

At the same time, the absorption of heat by the refrigerant turns the refrigerant from a liquid into a vapor. A compressor pumps the heat laden vapor through a vapor line to an outdoor coil which discharges the heat extracted from the indoor air. As the heat is discharged, the vapor is cooled and changes back into a liquid refrigerant. The refrigerant is then pumped back through a liquid line to the indoor coil and the cycle is repeated.

In addition to serving as an air conditioner, the heat pump contains a reversal valve which reverses the flow of refrigerant and thus allows the heat pump to serve as a heater during cold weather. .

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Residential hot water is a significant energy consumer for most households. In fact, hot water is sometimes the largest single energy cost. Using solar energy to provide at least some of the hot water in your household can result in significant savings.

There are several ways that solar energy can be integrated into a hot water system. Although solar boilers can be used on their own, they are most often used in conjunction with traditional water heaters which are powered by gas or electricity. In this kind of system, the water heated with solar energy can be used on its own (if it is hot enough) or as preheated water for the traditional water heater. Pre heated water will also dramatically decrease your energy bill.

Solar boilers can be used in any type of climate but are most practical in areas which don’t have freezing weather during the wintertime. Solar hot water systems in colder climates can use indirect heating systems which do not expose the water to the freezing temperatures. Instead, a fluid that resists freezing circulates through the solar panels and is used to heat the water. Southern climates can use direct heating systems where the water itself passes through the solar panels installed on the roof.

There are two basic types of solar hot water systems — active and passive. Passive systems rely on gravity and the natural flow of water from hot to cold. They are simple systems and require very little maintenance. They are durable and long-lasting. You can easily build simple systems yourself all you will need are parts that you can find in any hardware store.

Active systems make use of pumps to circulate the water. In some systems, the pumps can be powered with solar energy; otherwise they must be connected to the household electrical supply. In both systems a storage tank is needed to hold the heated water.

On hot days with plenty of direct sunlight solar systems can heat water with surprising efficiency. During this kind of weather, there may be no need to use electricity or gas as a backup. When the weather is colder, the solar heaters can preheat the water which passes into the traditional water heater. This preheated water requires much less energy to bring to proper temperatures which can result in significant savings on your energy bills.

As with all alternative energy systems there is a lot of room for your own imagination if you like that. If you don’t you don’t and just use the technology, but for those who like to play around with technology like myself these systems offer a myriad of possibilities to think about.

For example, a stirling engine converts changes in temperature into mechanical motion, for example to generate electricity. Mmm, that’s a nice thought. A change in temperature is something this system will provide, but it will also heat your water. A double benefit?

Hans is an off grid enthusiast and author at
http://www.alternative-energy-guide.com /  Visit us for introductory and more advanced articles.Article Source:http://EzineArticles.com/?expert=Hans_Dekker

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Controlling your indoor humidity is very important. In many cases, the air inside an Oklahoma home is drier than a desert. Dry, indoor air is often the culprit for such common problems as itchy or cracked skin, eye irritation, dry nasal passages and damaged home furnishings. Dry indoor air can also increase the possibility of catching cold and flu viruses and can reduce the efficiency and effectiveness of your heating system.

Maintaining ideal humidity in your home can be the key to relief from dry nasal passages, static electricity, and dry, itchy skin. Proper humidity control is also important for minimizing the growth of bacteria, molds, viruses and dust mites.

We have the solution for dry indoor air. At Superior Service of Broken Arrow,  offer several different humidifiers, each designed to enhance your comfort by adding moisture to dry, indoor air. As warm, dry air passes through the humidifier pad, moisture is absorbed into the air and distributed throughout your home for a more comfortable indoor environment.

What can I do?

Your grandmother intuitively knew the answer to dry winter air. She left a pot of water simmering on the stove to add moisture to the house. While effective, this is not necessarily safe or economical. The best solution is to use an automatic furnace central humidifier that will maintain indoor humidity at the optimum level without the need to ever give it a thought.

How expensive are humidifiers?

Actually HUMIDIFIERS ARE FREE. They will pay for themselves in a couple of seasons from energy savings. Though you may not notice it, your body is constantly perspiring. When the air is dry, your perspiration evaporates instantly, creating a cooling effect. This is why rubbing alcohol feels cool when applied to the skin, even though the rubbing alcohol is kept at room temperature. Thus, proper levels of humidity result in a more comfortable home, at a lower thermostat setting. Simply lowering your thermostat a degree or two will pay for the cost of the humidifier in a couple of seasons. It doesn’t take much

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An air handler, or air handling unit and often abbreviated to AHU, is a device used to condition and circulate air as part of a heating, ventilating, and air-conditioning (HVAC) system. Usually, an air handler is a large metal box containing a blower, heating and/or cooling elements, filter racks or chambers, sound attenuators, and dampers. Air handlers usually connect to ductwork that distributes the conditioned air through the building, and returns it to the AHU. Sometimes AHUs discharge (supply) and admit (return) air directly to and from the space served, without ductwork.

At Superior Service of Broken Arrow, we offer air handlers that delivers comfortable conditioned air throughout your Oklahoma home. It works with an air conditioner to circulate cool air in the summer. Or, when paired with a heat pump, it circulates cool air in the summer and warm air in the winter.

If you are looking for an Oklahoma indoor air quality company please call us today at 918-357-2248 or complete our online request form.

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