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What Updated Energy Efficiencies Mean for Your HVAC System

Posted on June 28, 2024Rick Welter

Engineer adjusting thermostat for efficient automated HVAC

It seems like an easy task to measure the efficiency of an HVAC system. You just look at how much energy you put into the unit, versus how much cooling you get out of it, right?

But energy efficiency ratings aren’t that simple. Cooling units aren’t tested in a real-world environment; they’re tested in a lab. The way these tests are conducted can make a difference in efficiency ratings. When new technology makes more accurate testing possible, the ratings can change.

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) enacts requirements to standardize efficiency testing, determine what minimum efficiency ratings should be, and make sure the ratings are as accurate as possible.

On January 1, 2023, the DOE put new requirements into place. This new Seasonal Energy Efficiency Rating (SEER) replaces the original standards, so it’s informally called “SEER2.” 

Here’s what you need to know about SEER2 and why it matters. Read More ›

Why is My AC Leaking Water? A Troubleshooting Guide

humid leaking pipe of a central air conditioning system and cold water drops on it

There is nothing more unsettling than stepping in a wet spot inside your home. This unsettled feeling quickly turns to dread when you realize the source of the wet spot is an expensive appliance.

If your AC unit is leaking water, the first thing to do is turn it off. The next thing you should do is revisit this post to troubleshoot what’s causing the leak, how to fix it, and when to call in a professional. Read More ›

What Is Central AC?

Posted on April 5, 2024Rick Welter

Woman Adjusting Central AC Temperature At Home On Thermostat

Minnesotans love talking about the weather! Enduring the weather? Not as much. Our winters easily see the mercury plunge below zero, while our summer temps can top 100 degrees Fahrenheit – and don’t forget that humidity!

One sure-fire way to stay comfortable across the warmer seasons is by installing central air conditioning in your home. In fact, recent data shows that nearly 70% of homes in Minnesota have central air conditioning units

Whether you’re one of the 30% looking to upgrade your home’s cooling system, or you’re just curious to know more about how central AC systems work, the experts at Welter have the answers you’re looking for.  Let’s explore the world of Central AC. Read More ›

How Do Air Purifiers Work?

Dog Pug Breed and Air purifier in cozy white bed room for filter and cleaning removing dust PM2.5 HEPA in home,for fresh air and healthy life

When you think about maintaining a healthy home environment, air quality should be at the top of your list. Air purifiers play a crucial role in this by cleaning the air you breathe every day.

But, how exactly do they do this?

The answer depends on the type of air purification system you have.

Here’s a closer look at what air purifiers can filter out, various types of air purifiers, how they work, and how you can decide which is the best fit for your home. Read More ›

Types of Air Conditioners: Which One Is Right for Your Home?

Cassette Air Conditioner on ceiling in modern light office or apartment with green ficus plant leaves. Indoor air quality and clean filters concept

Remaining comfortable indoors as the mercury climbs is a blessing of modern technology. Widely available home cooling solutions were introduced in the 1940s, and since then Americans have been enjoying perfectly conditioned indoor air.

If you’re in the market for a new air conditioner or a system upgrade, the first step on your path to comfort is selecting the right type to meet your cooling needs. We’ve put together this primer on the types of air conditioners to help you make an informed decision as you invest in your future comfort. Read More ›

Air Conditioning and Furnace Blog

What Updated Energy Efficiencies Mean for Your HVAC System

Posted on June 28, 2024Rick Welter

Engineer adjusting thermostat for efficient automated HVAC

It seems like an easy task to measure the efficiency of an HVAC system. You just look at how much energy you put into the unit, versus how much cooling you get out of it, right?

But energy efficiency ratings aren’t that simple. Cooling units aren’t tested in a real-world environment; they’re tested in a lab. The way these tests are conducted can make a difference in efficiency ratings. When new technology makes more accurate testing possible, the ratings can change.

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) enacts requirements to standardize efficiency testing, determine what minimum efficiency ratings should be, and make sure the ratings are as accurate as possible.

On January 1, 2023, the DOE put new requirements into place. This new Seasonal Energy Efficiency Rating (SEER) replaces the original standards, so it’s informally called “SEER2.” 

Here’s what you need to know about SEER2 and why it matters. Read More ›

Why is My AC Leaking Water? A Troubleshooting Guide

humid leaking pipe of a central air conditioning system and cold water drops on it

There is nothing more unsettling than stepping in a wet spot inside your home. This unsettled feeling quickly turns to dread when you realize the source of the wet spot is an expensive appliance.

If your AC unit is leaking water, the first thing to do is turn it off. The next thing you should do is revisit this post to troubleshoot what’s causing the leak, how to fix it, and when to call in a professional. Read More ›

What Is Central AC?

Posted on April 5, 2024Rick Welter

Woman Adjusting Central AC Temperature At Home On Thermostat

Minnesotans love talking about the weather! Enduring the weather? Not as much. Our winters easily see the mercury plunge below zero, while our summer temps can top 100 degrees Fahrenheit – and don’t forget that humidity!

One sure-fire way to stay comfortable across the warmer seasons is by installing central air conditioning in your home. In fact, recent data shows that nearly 70% of homes in Minnesota have central air conditioning units

Whether you’re one of the 30% looking to upgrade your home’s cooling system, or you’re just curious to know more about how central AC systems work, the experts at Welter have the answers you’re looking for.  Let’s explore the world of Central AC. Read More ›

How Do Air Purifiers Work?

Dog Pug Breed and Air purifier in cozy white bed room for filter and cleaning removing dust PM2.5 HEPA in home,for fresh air and healthy life

When you think about maintaining a healthy home environment, air quality should be at the top of your list. Air purifiers play a crucial role in this by cleaning the air you breathe every day.

But, how exactly do they do this?

The answer depends on the type of air purification system you have.

Here’s a closer look at what air purifiers can filter out, various types of air purifiers, how they work, and how you can decide which is the best fit for your home. Read More ›

Types of Air Conditioners: Which One Is Right for Your Home?

Cassette Air Conditioner on ceiling in modern light office or apartment with green ficus plant leaves. Indoor air quality and clean filters concept

Remaining comfortable indoors as the mercury climbs is a blessing of modern technology. Widely available home cooling solutions were introduced in the 1940s, and since then Americans have been enjoying perfectly conditioned indoor air.

If you’re in the market for a new air conditioner or a system upgrade, the first step on your path to comfort is selecting the right type to meet your cooling needs. We’ve put together this primer on the types of air conditioners to help you make an informed decision as you invest in your future comfort. Read More ›

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