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Can anything help control the humidity in my home?

Humidity is a problem in Kansas City. There is too much in the summer and too little in the winter. The best way to control excessive humidity is to have a system that runs longer at lower speeds. Variable-speed-air-handling equipment runs at very low speeds, which keeps the air circulating against the cooling coil and removes much more moisture than conventional systems. At these low speeds, the variable-speed motor uses much less electricity than conventional motors.

Our outdoor air conditioning unit will operate at a low speed, removing more moisture and allowing greater comfort than a single-stage air conditioning unit. Our variable speed indoor blower units also have a very cold coil, which enables the blower to slowly ramp up and down. This will wring out extra moisture from the indoor air.

In the winter, a whole house humidifier can add moisture to dry air and help keep your home more comfortable and you feeling better—from dry throats to dry skin. Whole house humidifiers include air over filter and steam varieties.

What are my options for improving the quality of my indoor air?

Thanks to an increased awareness of the impact poor indoor air quality has on health, there are several great options available on the market today. From UV lighting that kills microorganisms before they circulate through your home to high efficiency air cleaners, E&Q installs indoor air solutions that dramatically reduce dirt and particles for cleaner air and better health.

Do allergy-reducing systems really work?

Absolutely. Ask anyone who suffers from allergies who had an allergy-reducing system installed and they’ll agree. The average 1” filter only catches 5% to 15% of allergens like pollen and spores. The right HEPA system will trap the majority of these particles allowing you and your family to get through the allergy seasons more comfortably.

Some rooms in my home are too hot in summer and too cold in winter. What can be done to level the temperature throughout my house?

Several solutions can help and choosing the best one requires an analysis of your home’s layout and current system capacity. Our technicians have several solutions up their sleeves including additional ductwork, zoning, electronic dampening and programmable thermostats. We see this a lot with multi-story homes with bedrooms over the garage and finished basements. Rest assured that with the right heat imbalance solution, your entire home is more comfortable and livable. Request a consultation and let our experts help you select the best heating and cooling solutions for your home.

What exactly do all those heater and air conditioner rating numbers mean?

The federal government requires all air conditioning and heating equipment to be rated for efficiency. Models with higher ratings deliver better efficiency.

Gas furnaces are rated for AFUE (Annual Fuel Utilization Efficiency). This defines the amount of heat used to warm your home from the burned fuel. A 90% furnace will use 90% of the available fuel to heat your home. 10% of the heat is vented outdoors. Many older gas furnaces are only 60% efficient. The other 40% is vented outdoors. A new high-efficiency furnace will require much less fuel to heat your home and decrease your energy bills.

For air conditioning the rating is SEER (Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio). This rating is based on general design criteria such as the compressor and outdoor coil. SEER ratings are for comparison purposes only, so that homeowners will know how they can compare different brands of products with similar efficiency ratings. The rating for the outdoor unit will reference a general efficiency range, such as 14 SEER. The actual efficiency rating for a specific system will depend on the combination of the outdoor unit and the indoor coil. A variable speed indoor blower unit will increase the efficiency rating of the system as well. These ratings are available from your dealer and the Air Conditioning, Heating and Refrigeration Institute’s (AHRI) Energy Guide.

SEER rates heat pumps for cooling efficiency and by HSPF (Heating Seasonal Performance Factor) for heating efficiency. As with other ratings, the higher the HSPF, the less energy it will take to warm your home and the lower your utility costs will be.

All of these ratings can be compared by asking E&Q Heating & Cooling Inc., your utility provider or by referencing the ARI Directory.

How do I choose the right furnace and air conditioning system for my home?

Increased efficiency, reliability and control of your home’s indoor environment are the main reasons for choosing a new heating and air conditioning system. Our split system air conditioning units and heat pumps all have fully louvered panels to protect the outdoor coil from damage, as well as powder paint finishes and weather resistant screws.

Gas furnaces feature self-diagnostic controls, a heavy steel 40”-high insulated cabinet, hot surface igniter, multi-port in shot burners, one-piece heat exchangers with no welds, durable pre-painted finish and some of the highest efficiencies in the industry.

We also offer variable-speed airflow. Our variable-speed furnaces and air handlers can do things other manufacturers’ products can’t, such as superb humidity control. This feature allows the coil to get cold faster and the furnace blower to slowly ramp up and down, or to operate 50% of cooling speed in the FAN ON position. This provides greater air circulation and filtration, even temperature distribution, humidity control and quiet performance. Variable speed motors are the most efficient motors as well, increasing the overall efficiency of your heating and air conditioning system. Request a consultation and let our experts help you select the best heating and cooling systems for your home.

Who can you trust to recommend a home comfort system that meets all of your requirements?

E&Q’s technicians will do a full assessment of your home and your lifestyle before suggesting the right heating or cooling unit for you. Your home’s layout, hot and cold spots, and your health and budget all come into play when installing the perfect unit for you.

We fully explain the advantages of different types of systems for your home or region of the country, as well as help you select the right products to meet your personal comfort needs. We also discuss the benefits of higher efficiency, variable-speed airflow, electronic air cleaners, programmable thermostats, two-stage heating and air conditioning and other reliable, durable products. And we do it in a way that makes sense. Contact us today for a consultation on your home’s heating and cooling needs.