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$50 Smart $aver Health Check

As summer winds down and cooler weather approaches its time to consider whether you are getting the maximum from your heating and cooling system. The Smart Saver Health Check from Integrity Heating & Air Conditioning evaluates your heat pump and air conditioner, ensuring that your system is operating as efficiently as possible. With the Smart Saver Health Check we can identify and repair issues that may require attention, there by saving you energy, and money while giving you peace of mind and improving your home’s comfort. Since 1995 Integrity Heating & Air Conditioning has been providing top quality HVAC installation, repair, and customer service to the Lake Norman and Charlotte Metro area. Our company is built on a full staff of professionally trained employees whose first commitment is to taking care of you, our Client, and for whom camaraderie and team work are essential to a strong, stable work force . As members of that team our employees will promptly and accurately take care of your heating and air conditioning requirements to your 100% satisfaction. At Integrity Heating & Air Conditioning Your Family’s Comfort is Our Business!

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HVAC Maintenance Case Study

A Case for Maintenance: Imagine coming home one afternoon, opening your door and being met by 90 degree air inside. No one would want to enter such a place, not to mention actually try to eat or sleep in it. This is why a strong preventative maintenance program isn’t really an option, it’s a must. “A properly functioning HVAC system is crucial to keeping a home hospitable, and the better it’s maintained, the more likely you’re going to get the appropriate life from the equipment.” says Anthony Shaker, vice president of operations and maintenance at UNICCO*, Newton MA. Integrity Heating and Cooling is excited about the release of its new maintenance program offering, which includes three different maintenance levels, each designed with different benefits which will improve the safety, reliability, and overall life of the system. The Bronze Maintenance offering is the entry level program that focuses on reliability and includes benefits such as 24 hr priority service, never any overtime charges, a 10% discount on equipment repairs, and a convenient monthly payment option. The Silver Maintenance offering provides the same benefits as the Bronze, with same day priority status, 2yrs warranty for repairs performed by one of our service professionals, and...

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Cleaning HVAC Coils Boosts Heating & Cooling Efficiency in your Home

www.carolinacountry.com/storypages/howtos/trythis/trythis5.12.html Cleaning A/C coils boosts efficiency As the weather gets warmer and warmer, it is wise to make sure your existing central air conditioner is running as efficiently as possible to reduce your electric bills. There are some things you can do yourself to keep your central air conditioner running as efficiently as possible. It should be noted, though, that doing some things yourself does not preclude having regular professional service calls. Technicians have special equipment and pressure gauges to check the internal components of the system, which is impossible for a homeowner to do on his or her own. Regular service calls can also extend the life of a central air conditioner. In doing any cleaning tasks yourself, it helps to have an understanding of how an air conditioner works. It operates on a delicate balance of air flow rates over the indoor and outdoor coils and proper pressures of the refrigerant. The compressor compresses the refrigerant to make it very hot. This hot liquid is hotter than the outdoor air, so it loses heat to the outdoor air through the condenser coils. The cooler refrigerant then goes through an evaporator, which makes it very cold. This is similar...

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5 Tips to Help Get Your HVAC System Ready For Summer

Well spring has sprung but there is still time to get these things checked off your Honey-do list that will help your HVAC system through what is predicted to be a record breaking summer! *Turn off the AC before mowing the lawn to prevent grass and dirt from being drawn into the unit. *If your outdoor unit is in direct sunlight for more than 2 hours a day, plant nearby shrubs to provide shade. This produces a cooler running temperature which will increase the unit’s efficiency. *However, if you do decide to plant those shrubs make sure they remain trimmed at least 18 inches away from the sides of the unit to prevent an obstruction of airflow. *Check all of your air vents to ensure they are open, clean and unblocked. *Once your spring lawn maintenance is complete, double check your drain line to confirm that it didn’t become buried in the process. Drain lines should be cleared a minimum of once a year to prevent summer breakdowns. For more information click here Integrity is currently servicing heating and air HVAC issues in these areas: Mooresville, Davidson, Cornelius, Huntersville, Denver, Westport, Gastonia, Belmont, Concord, Harrisburg, Mint Hill, Matthews, Balantyne, Charlotte, Lake Norman

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Promotions – 0% APR FOR 60 MONTHS!* WITH EQUAL MONTHLY PAYMENTS

Trane’s Current Offer Offer available only through Trane Comfort Specialist™ dealers 0% APR For 60 Months* FOR “Special rate of 0% APR with 60 equal monthly payments*” WITH EQUAL MONTHLY PAYMENTS *The Wells Fargo Home Projects credit card is issued by Wells Fargo Financial National Bank, an Equal Housing Lender. Special terms apply to qualifying purchases charged with approved credit. The special terms APR will continue to apply until all qualifying purchases are paid in full. The monthly payment for this purchase will be the amount that will pay for the purchase in full in equal payments during the promotional (special terms) period. The APR for Purchases will apply to certain fees such as a late payment fee or if you use the card for other transactions. For new accounts, the APR for Purchases is 28.99%. If you are charged interest in any billing cycle, the minimum interest charge will be $1.00. This information is accurate as of 01/06/2016 and is subject to change. For current information, call us at 704-469-5530. Offer expires 12-31-17.” Trane… Heating. Cooling. And Beyond.

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Refrigerant Shortage Driving AC Repair Costs Up

The soaring cost of some refrigerants will mean sharply higher air-conditioner repair costs this spring, experts say, adding a bit of gloom to this week’s early bloom. The refrigerant known as R-22 is being phased out because it eats Earth’s protective ozone layer. R-22 air conditioners were made until 2010, and millions still operate. But owners who need to replace leaked refrigerant this year are in for a nasty surprise: R-22 prices have tripled since January. Homeowners who would have paid $100 to recharge an R-22 system last year can now expect to pay $300 to $350, says an industry group, the Air Conditioning Contractors of America. It could get much worse, as Charlotte’s Tracy Lee found Friday. An evaporator coil rusted in one of his home’s cooling units, installed in 2005, and leaked its refrigerant. The repair technician “said the most expensive part of the repair was the refrigerant,” Lee said. He barely exaggerated. The $1,958 estimate included five pounds of R-22 at $188 a pound, nearly half the repair cost. Industry officials expect the price spike to smooth out over time – but not before July, in the depths of hot weather. “In the meantime, I’m going to...

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Homefront Defense Against Allergies

Don’t look now, but your home is under assault. Allergy season has officially begun in the Carolinas Piedmont, with the first windborne tree pollen – cedar, maple and birch – drifting invisibly through the air in the first weeks of February, sneaking into your home’s cracks and crevices. Those allergens will soon be followed by the pollen of oaks and grasses, on into the march of misery-inducing menaces that peak with late-summer ragweed. And that’s just the stuff outside. Inside, homeowners may face pet allergies, dust mites or mold. And then there’s this: Charlotte in 2009 was named the third-worst city in the nation for allergies by the Allergy and Asthma Foundation of America. Reaching for tissue yet? The good news is that in the homeowner’s war on allergens, some simple fixes are available. Most of them focus on keeping outside air out, and keeping inside air dry. Mind the gap First, you want to scout your home – caulk gun or can of spray foam in hand – to seal up all the holes, says Sam Galphin, president of Performance Point, a Concord-based energy-consulting firm. In the attic, look for gaps between ducts and the wall or floor. In...

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What’s going on with R22?

Recent actions by the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) regarding HCFCs have led to uncertainty about the availability of R-22 in the coming months and years. In response, contractors have noticed a ramp-up in the chatter about R-22 and price changes as some manufacturers and importers have amended their sales policies. This situation is the culmination of several factors, including the continued implementation of the federal government’s policies regarding HCFCs, current market conditions, and delays in the regulatory process. As most contractors know, the EPA controls the production of HCFCs, including the refrigerant known as R-22, through allowances that limit how much each gas manufacturer and importer can produce or import in a given year. Under the implementation of the Montreal Protocol, the production and use of R-22 is slowly being phased out. In August 2011, the EPA proposed to adjust the allocations in place for the years 2012-2014. This adjustment was necessary because of a lawsuit filed by two HCFC producers who had completed a legal trade of allocations that EPA had failed to recognize in its allocations released in 2009. EPA consulted with industry stakeholders before proposing to reduce the annual allocations. In gathering information used to develop...

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Energy Star – Seal and Insulate Your Home

Click here to learn how to seal and insulate your home with Energy Star®.

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Duke Energy Seeks 15 Percent N.C. Rate Hike

By Bruce Henderson Duke Energy to offer employee buyouts Duke Energy filed Friday for an overall 15 percent rate hike, its largest such request in North Carolina in at least 20 years. It’s the second of three increases Duke plans to seek as it rebuilds its aging fleet of power plants. Duke also gave notice Friday that it will soon file a rate case in South Carolina. Consumer advocates and customer groups attuned to the state’s soft economy will try to pare down Duke’s request. A hearing before the N.C. Utilities Commission is expected in Raleigh in late November. Duke serves 1.8 million N.C. customers, most of them in the state’s western half. N.C. residential rates would go up 17 percent, adding $19 to the average $97 monthly bill. Commercial and industrial rates would rise 14 percent. “It’s huge. It’s a lot larger than any request that we’ve seen in a while,” said Ralph McDonald, a Raleigh attorney who represents industries. Three-fourths of the $646 million in new revenue a year would be used to cover Duke’s $4.8 billion in building costs since 2009. Duke plans to retire 38 old coal- and gas-fired generating units by 2015 as environmental standards...

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