Sunday, July 7, 2013

R-22 Phaseout


Background: In 2004 the Montreal Protocol was enacted to reduce the consumption of HCFCs. The protocol required the US to reduce HCFC consumption by 75% in 2010 and will require consumption to be reduced by 90% in 2015. By 2020, consumption must be reduced by 95.5%.

What does this mean to the consumer?  

HVAC manufacturers are no longer able to produce new air conditioners and heat pumps containing R-22. If you already own an R-22 system, you can continue to operate the system as you normally would. If you are purchasing a new system, you should consider purchasing a system that contains R-410A, a less costly and more environmentally friendly refrigerant. The downside to owning a system that contains R-22 refrigerant, is that as supplies continue to decrease, the cost of adding R-22 to your system will continue to rise. By 2020, R-22 production and importation into the United States will be banned entirely.

As repair costs have increased significantly, there are a few contractors that have attempted to find their own substitutes to R-22. The EPA warns homeowners, home improvement contractors and air conditioning technicians of potential safety hazards related to the use of propane or other unapproved refrigerants. Air conditioning systems are not designed to handle propane or other flammable refrigerants and the use of these substances poses a potential fire or explosion hazard. A reputable HVAC contractor will never suggest the use of unapproved refrigerants in your heating and cooling system.

Nathan Peterson, Owner
Peterson Heating & Cooling
Lake of the Ozarks, Missouri

Peterson Heating & Cooling specializes in residential and light commercial heating, cooling, and ventilation. Serving the Lake of the Ozarks and surrounding areas.

(573) 280-9647
WeCoolTheLake.com


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Thursday, June 20, 2013

An Ounce of Prevention...Clogged Condensate Lines

The service calls we receive during each heating and cooling season seems to have their own theme. This week's theme seems to be clogged condensate lines. So, what causes condensate lines to get clogged?


  • Improperly Installed Condensate Drain Lines: If you have recently had a new system installed and have a problem with your condensate drain line, it may have installed improperly. Call a reputable HVAC company for a full inspection.
  • Insects: Bugs and even rodents in larger HVAC systems can crawl into condensate lines and cause clogs in condensate lines. Routine service maintenance on your system can help locate these clogs early on and prevent further damage. 
  • Debris forms during winter months: During the winter months when the air conditioner is not running, (particularly for non-heat pump systems) dust, debris, and condensate can accumulate in the drain trap and convert to a dried out debris ball that clogs your condensate line. After several years of this wet, sludge accumulation, and then drying cycle, the plug of dried sludge in a condensate trap or drain can actually block condensate flow through the system.
Of course there are other causes, but these seem to be the most common. So, how do you prevent your condensate drain from getting clogged? You can never fully prevent this from happening (you never know when insects, rodents, or other living creatures may decide to call your condensate line home) but you can help prevent most problems by inspecting and cleaning your condensate lines every spring and fall. If you do not feel confident in cleaning the lines yourself, it is always best to contact a reputable heating and cooling contractor to perform a full inspection of your HVAC system.


Nathan Peterson, Owner
Peterson Heating & Cooling
Lake of the Ozarks, Missouri

Peterson Heating & Cooling specializes in residential and light commercial heating, cooling, and ventilation. Serving the Lake of the Ozarks and surrounding areas.

(573) 280-9647
WeCoolTheLake.com


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Monday, April 29, 2013

The Perfect HVAC Gadget for Second Homeowners

The Lake of the Ozarks is the perfect place for a weekend getaway. Thousands of second homeowners come to the lake throughout the summer to enjoy boating, fishing, and various events throughout the summer. But, there is ONE downfall to owning a weekend home at the lake...

No one wants to pay to heat or cool a home that isn't being used, so most second homeowners set their thermostats to 85 or 90 degrees in the summer. They leave the city Friday afternoon and arrive at a lake home that is unbearable! Unfortunately, your home will not cool down the moment you lower the thermostat, so instead you must deal with an extremely warm house for hours while your system works to cool down your home.

Now, there is a solution! Peterson Heating & Cooling is excited to offer the ecobee thermostat. The ecobee is a WiFi thermostat that you can control from your computer, iPad, or smartphone. The ecobee allows you to change the temperature in your lake home while you are still in the city packing your bags. You simply come to the lake and ENJOY!

For more information about the ecobee thermostat, contact Peterson Heating & Cooling at (573) 280-9647.

Nathan Peterson, Owner
Peterson Heating & Cooling
Lake of the Ozarks, Missouri

Peterson Heating & Cooling specializes in residential and light commercial heating, cooling, and ventilation. Serving the Lake of the Ozarks and surrounding areas.

(573) 280-9647
WeCoolTheLake.com


Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/PetersonAirConditioning

Saturday, March 30, 2013

Why Regular Maintenance Is Important


So, why is regular maintenance important? 


Many individuals don't like the idea of scheduling routine maintenance. Whether it's changing the oil in your car, your home's air conditioner, or even going to the dentist, maintenance can seem like something we are too busy for or simply can't afford. Just like having the oil changed in your car and regular check ups with your dentist, having your heating and cooling system checked regularly can actually save you money in the long run. 
You want your heating and cooling system running efficiently when you need it most.
It may not feel like it, but in just a few short weeks we will be in the full swing of summer temperatures. Unfortunately, this is when your air conditioning system is working the hardest and is most likely to break down. You can never fully insure that your system will not break down on the hottest days of summer, but a service maintenance check can help identify any possible issues and help you avoid suffering through the summer heat with no A/C. In addition, when you sign up for a service maintenance agreement, you automatically are placed as a priority customer and will be in the front of the line if you need service! 
Most HVAC contractors work 12 hour days during the peak of the summer heat just trying to keep up with summer demand. By purchasing a service maintenance agreement your system is less likely to break down. If your system does have a problem, you will know that you have an HVAC tech you can trust and will service your system right away. 


Nathan Peterson, Owner
Peterson Heating & Cooling
Lake of the Ozarks, Missouri

Peterson Heating & Cooling specializes in residential and light commercial heating, cooling, and ventilation. Serving the Lake of the Ozarks and surrounding areas.

(573) 280-9647
WeCoolTheLake.com


Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/PetersonAirConditioning

Welcome to our blog!

Welcome and thank you for visiting our blog! Our family is proud to be a part of the Lake of the Ozarks community. We believe in providing professional, dependable, and quality services to our customers. Nathan is a founding member of BNI Lake Referral Partners and Brandi is the founding President of BNI Buccaneers and an executive board member for the Lake of the Ozarks West Chamber of Commerce. Our daughter, Madilyn, is a student at Hurricane Deck Elementary School in Sunrise Beach.

The purpose of our blog is to inform you about important maintenance issues that can help save you money by extending the life of your heating and cooling system, items you need to be aware of when replacing or repairing your system, and new legislative actions that affect your heating and cooling needs.  For more information, you can always visit our website at www.WeCoolTheLake.com or our facebook page at www.facebook.com/PetersonAirConditioning.

Thanks for visiting our blog. If you have any topics you want to see discussed, please call or email and we will be sure to answer your questions here.

Nathan Peterson, Owner
Peterson Heating & Cooling
Lake of the Ozarks, Missouri

Peterson Heating & Cooling specializes in residential and light commercial heating, cooling, and ventilation. Serving the Lake of the Ozarks and surrounding areas.

(573) 280-9647
WeCoolTheLake.com


Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/PetersonAirConditioning