Ductless Air Conditioning | Roanoke Va

Greenway Energy Management Services provides a range of heating and cooling solutions for Ductless Air Conditioning in Roanoke VA, Salem VA and surrounding areas. Ductless Air Conditioning systems are cost-efficient, quiet and attractive. A More »

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How To Improve Your Indoor Air Quality (IAQ) with Humidifiers

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Heating and Cooling System Prices | Salem, VA

Greenway Energy Management Systems is a professional company that installs new heating and cooling systems in Salem, VA.  Installing a new heating and cooling system in your home or business can seem More »

What air filter should I buy?

I’m often asked “what is the best return air filter to use”??  Keep in mind, return air filters are to protect the HVAC equipment!!!

Air filters have a standard rating. This rating, minimum efficiency reporting value (MERV), is a number from 1-16. You don’t have to know all the technical stuff. Simply put, as the number goes up the filter will stop more and smaller particles.

If you decide to change your air filter to a higher MERV value, make sure your HVAC system has sufficient air flow.  If you are replacing the filter at your furnace, please give Greenway a call and see if we can replace your return vents with a filter grill return.  That old saying “out of sight out of mind”, probably means you are not replacing your filter often enough, possibly causing damage to your HVAC unit.

Fall Special

Fall and winter are fast approaching, it’s time to get those furnaces checked before you turn on the “heat”.  Call Greenway and ask about our “Fall Special”.

Troubleshooting

If your AC unit begins to freeze up, there are typically 3 general causes for this to happen.

1. LACK OF AIRFLOW
a. Check for clogged return air filter. (Change filter)
b. Indoor Evaporator Coil is clogged. (Service call needed)
2. LOSS OF REFRIGERANT
a. Leak in system. AC condensing unit is low on refrigerant. (Service call needed)
3. OBSTRUCTION INTERNAL TO THE REFRIGERANT LINES.
a. Refrigerant lines have been crimped or kinked. (Service call needed)
b. Foreign materials inside of refrigerant lines are blocking the correct flow of refrigerant. (Service call needed)

Air Flow

Return Air System

Return Air filter grille and chase sizing
A properly sized return air system ensures adequate heat removal, extends the life of the air conditioning system and ensures the removal of excess humidity to provide you a high degree of comfort.
The objective is to get enough air volume across the evaporator coil at the appropriate velocity to remove the system-designed sensible heat (felt or measured heat) and latent heat (the heat that comes from a change in state, such as humidity). An undersized air return restricts airflow, causing inefficient operations, reduced comfort, increased noise and decreased reliability of heating and cooling equipment.

Return air filters
Be sure to check your return air filter(s) once a month. A good rule of thumb is to check your filter(s) every time you receive your monthly electricity statement. Fiberglass filters should be replaced every month, while pleated filters can last up to three months. We recommend that return air filters be free from any type of blockage, such as furniture or curtains.
Dust and dirt can block airflow, which forces the heating and cooling system to work harder. A clogged return air filter can increase the operating cost of an air conditioning system by more than 10%. This means that if total energy bills were $1,600, and 60%, or $960, was for cooling and heating, a customer could see potential savings of up to $96 each year – just by unclogging the return air filter. Extremely dirty filters may also cause permanent damage to heating and cooling systems. During the cooling season, a clogged filter can cause ice to build up on the indoor evaporator causing restrictive air flow and your outdoor condensing unit to work harder.

Home Air Conditioning Repair | Salem VA

Wow! Its summertime again and the heat is on full force. Air conditioning is a very serious matter and needs to work properly when temperatures are on the rise. If it isn’t working properly, not only will you and your home suffer from heat, but the unit will just be running up your electric bill. If your Home Air Conditioning Unit is not working, or needs to be checked, please contact us. Just like automotive repair issues, if let alone, a small problem can easily turn into a large problem. Here are the top five symptoms that your Home Air Conditioning System needs to be serviced.

1) No cold air
This is one of the most obvious signs that you need to have your Air Conditioning system serviced. Some solutions to this involve adding refrigerant, cleaning the filter, checking the thermostat for any issues or checking the compressor for problems.

2) High Electricity Bill
During the summer months, your electricity bill is no doubt higher because you are running your air conditioning more. But, if your bill has some unusual spikes, an excessive bill could be a red flag that your AC unit is under stress, working harder and needs to be serviced. Having a simple problem like this fixed immediately could mean the difference between wasting or saving hundreds of dollars.

3) Air Conditioning Unit is making weird sounds
If you think your Air conditioning unit is making weird sounds, the fan could be on its last leg. When there is a problem with the fan, it may sound like it is very loud or even may be making a clanking sound. Always be aware of any strange noises coming from your Air Conditioning unit.

4) Air Conditioning Unit is Leaking Water
It is not normal to have puddles of water underneath your air conditioning unit. If water is leaking, this could mean that something is leaking, freezing or just not flowing properly. We can perform a quick visual inspection to check for leaks. This is a great way to prevent and avoid more costly problems in the future.

5) Your home air conditioning unit is 10 years old or more
Air Conditioning units do not last forever. Most units have a lifespan up to 10 -12 years depending on the quality of maintenance performed during its lifetime. Even if you have never had an issue with your home air conditioning before, it may be just the time to get the air conditioning unit serviced and inspected for possible problems. It’s better to have it done now, than wait for a costly repair to occur.

Home Air Conditioning systems need maintenance to stay in top condition and to keep running efficiently. Your Home Air Conditioning system should be inspected and checked at least twice a year to keep your home at a comfortable tempertature, your electricity bill normal and to easily avoid emergency repairs. Greenway Energy Management Services has been repairing and replacing home air conditioning systems in Salem VA, Roanoke Va and surrounding areas for years. Call us at 540.354.8598 or 540.389.1525 to schedule your air conditioning service today.today.

Ductless Air Conditioning | Roanoke Va

Indoor LG Ductless Air Conditioning Roanoke VA

Indoor LG Ductless Air Conditioning | Roanoke VA

Greenway Energy Management Services provides a range of heating and cooling solutions for Ductless Air Conditioning in Roanoke VA, Salem VA and surrounding areas. Ductless Air Conditioning systems are cost-efficient, quiet and attractive. A ductless air conditioning system is a smart alternative to both central HVAC and window mounted air conditioners. They are also available in a variety of configurations to suit different cooling and heating situations, such as sunrooms, server rooms, or any other room that needs “extra” heat or cool air.

Here are the Top 3 additional Benefits of the LG Ductless Air Conditioning:

LG Ductless Air Conditioning Systems are Affordable, Economical and Quiet
Because energy is lost forcing air through ductwork which can result in losses up to 15-20%, duct- free systems are more efficient than comparable ducted systems. There are no compressors in, or directly above, the conditioned space; and there is none of the noise usually generated by air being forced through ductwork. Indoor units are whisper-quiet, and outdoor units satisfy sound level ordinances.

LG Ductless Air Conditioning Systems are Aesthetically Pleasing

LC Ductless Air Conditioning | Roanoke VA

LC Ductless Air Conditioning | Roanoke VA

There are many different LG Ductless Air Conditioning System models available, all in a range of neutral colors to match or blend with any decor. The LG ART COOL MINI-SPLIT SINGLE ZONE, for example, is a slim, contemporary style model that comes with a frame so the customer can modify and personalize the unit with their own artwork or photography – the ultimate in custom
design. Other indoor units are available in popular finishes and colors to compliment any décor.

LG Ductless Air Conditioning | Roanoke VALG Ductless Air Conditioning Systems are Environmentally Friendly 

LG air conditioners are environmentally friendly and future-oriented. To reduce Freon gas, a prime ozone destroyer, they adopt alternative refrigerant R-410A, and neo plasma air-purifying system for powerful sterilization for health-conscious customers.  

View a complete brochure on LG Ductless Air Conditioning.
Are you looking for a ductless air conditioning system in Roanoke VA, Salem VA or surrounding VA areas?
Greenway Energy Management Services can help you plan for and install the best heating and cooling solution for your specific needs. Call us today at 540-354-8598.

 

How To Improve Your Indoor Air Quality (IAQ) with Humidifiers

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Improve Your Indoor Air Quality | Salem VAFor years, we have been helping residential and business customers improve the indoor air quality (IAQ) of their businesses and homes. Humidifiers are a great, easy way to improve your indoor air quality (IAQ). Although you may not realize it, humidity can vastly affect your comfort. Air is constantly trying to reach its saturation point, causing it to absorb water wherever it is found. When this happens, moisture is stolen from not just your furniture, but your plants, pets and even your own body. Humidifiers are an easy way to imrpove your Indoor Air Quality (IAQ). Humidifiers will give back moisture to the air, your skin, throat and indoor area.

Some think that they do not need a humidifier. Air with high humidify contains bacteria and other elements that affect your comfort and air quality. While doctors do prescribe humidifiers for those with allergies or asthma, research has shown that humidifiers can easily improve your indoor air quality.

Humifiers are especially needed in homes. With central heating, people are confined indoors with unnaturally dry air for many months each year. Humidifiers help to keep comfortable levels of moisture in the air, which is essential for your respiratory health. Whole-house humidifiers work like old-fashioned room humidifiers: They put moisture into the air, making harsh, dry air easier to breathe. And whole-house humidifiers use water mists instead of hot steam, which keeps the entire house at the desired humidity level—no more carrying a humidifier from room to room in the winter.

Want to Improve Your Indoor Air Quality (IAQ)?
Contact us at 540.354.8598 or read our product brochure on Humidifers
here.

Heating and Cooling System Prices | Salem, VA

Heating and Cooling System Prices | Salem VA

Greenway Energy Management Systems is a professional company that installs new heating and cooling systems in Salem, VA.  Installing a new heating and cooling system in your home or business can seem like a challenge, luckily, Greenway is here to help.

Heating and Cooling System Prices (HVAC)

HVAC stands for Heating, Ventilation and Air-Conditioning. An HVAC uses heating and cooling equipment to regulate the temperature, humidity and air quality of a home or industrial building.

When replacing an existing heating and cooling system, it’s important to first consider the limitations imposed by your current system. Of course, it is possible to install virtually any heating and cooling system in any house, but the cost and aesthetic impacts may be unacceptable for you. When selecting a heating and cooling system for a new house, your options are generally much wider, although your builder or developer may place limitations on your choices.

Heating and cooling system prices will vary depending on the system you need installed and the size of the area the system will cover. For a free price quote on your new heating and cooling system, contact us at 540-354-8598. We can help you determine what system is right for your home or business.