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We are a family-owned and operated business and are proud of our service, providing residential and commercial customers with complete sales, service, and installation of high quality heating and air conditioning systems from Bryant. When it comes to indoor comfort, you and your family deserve the best. Our goal is to provide our customers with quality heating and air conditioning system that provides value as well as comfort. Whether you’re looking for a new high-efficient installation, routine service/maintenance or repair on your existing equipment, our trained N.A.T.E certified technicians will provide the expertise your comfort depends on.

Contact us at: (937) 599-2665 or email at service@highpointhvac.com

Wednesday, June 12, 2013

Why Is My Air Conditioner So Noisy?

Why Is My Air Conditioner So Noisy?

While an air conditioner is cycling, it makes a variety of noises. These sounds are part of normal mechanical processes involved in the movement of air and condensation of moisture. Understanding which noises are typical of an air conditioner's normal operations and which sounds are a cause for concern could alert you to a problem before the system has a complete breakdown.

Typical Air Conditioner Sounds

Central air conditioning systems contain a motor, fan, electronic controls, pressurized liquid that gets converted into gas and a drain pan that collects water. Depending on where the air conditioning is situated, it might seem noisy. If the outdoor unit is placed right next to a window or a wall with little or no insulation, most of the system's noise will be audible from inside the house. Normal sounds that you might hear during cycling of the air conditioning system include:
  • A click or tick when the system starts a cycle.
  • Whirring of the motor and fan as the system runs.
  • Whooshing of air as it comes through the air ducts.
  • Occasional popping from the air ducts, which is caused by the expansion and contraction of the sheet metal.
  • Clicks or a thump as the system shuts down.

Abnormal Air Conditioner Noises

Only a professional AC repair specialist can determine the cause of abnormal air conditioner noises. Abnormal system sounds include:
  • Grinding
  • Squealing
  • Banging
  • Clanking

What To Do When an Air Conditioner Is Too Noisy

If an air conditioner suddenly makes more noise than usual, arrange for an air conditioner maintenance to troubleshoot and diagnose any problems. The HVAC technician will listen to several system cycles from inside and outside the house to determine if the noises are normal and within the expected range of loudness. The technician will repair any problems. After repairs are made, the unit may return to a more acceptable noise level. If there are no problems with the system, the noises it makes could just be the result of manufacturing constraints combined with the unit's location and the materials from which your house is built. 

Call us at (937) 599-2665 to schedule your A/C maintenance

Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Is your family protected?


The Bryant Carbon Monoxide Alarm lets you rest easy by providing reliable monitoring of carbon monoxide (CO) gas in your home. It offers family protection by warning you when those levels rise above acceptable levels.



Why acarbon monoxide alarm is so important:

Your home is your safe haven from the unpredictableweather outside. However, some of the products and appliances you use to makeyour home a better place to live can produce a colorless, odorless gas calledcarbon monoxide (CO). Fuels such as natural gas, LP gas, kerosene, coal, woodand charcoal, as well as automobiles can all have the potential to produce CO. Exposureto CO can cause fatigue, chest pains, impaired vision and coordination, head-aches,dizziness, confusion, nausea, and in extreme cases, death. While the productsthat use these fuels undergo rigorous quality control checks by their manufacturers,it has been reported that more than 200 people in the United States die everyyear from carbon monoxide produced by improperly maintained fuel-burningappliances. That's why Bryant recommends following a regular schedule offurnace maintenance in addition to placing a Carbon Monoxide Alarm in everysleeping location and/or one on every floor of your home.

Benefits of theBryant Carbon Monoxide Alarm

When a home is equipped with a BryantCarbon Monoxide Alarm, the indoor air passes through the unit where dangerouslevels of carbon monoxide can be detected using sophisticated electroniccomponents and unmatched sensor technology.

Loud audible alarm
Quickly alerts the homeowner ofdangerous levels of carbon monoxide.

Continuous digital display
Allows for instant information aboutthe current level of carbon monoxide in the home.

Peak level button showing thelatest peak CO level
Allows a health professional toquickly assess the level of exposure in the event of an alarm.

Test/Reset button functions
Homeowner can easily insure the unitis functioning properly with the push of a single button.

Rechargeable Lithium ion battery
Protects occupants during poweroutages and never needs replacement – Bryant exclusive.

7-year warranty
Bryant Control Exclusive

Friday, November 4, 2011

What is a zoning system?


One of the biggest complaints homeowners have about their heating and cooling system is the system’s inability to maintain a steady temperature throughout the entire house. Upstairs rooms may be a few degrees warmer than downstairs rooms, or there may be warm and cool patches throughout the house. Zoning solves these problems and others by giving you improved control over how conditioned air is dispersed in your home.

How do they work?
Most homes have just one thermostat that is used to set the temperature for the entire house. Zoning systems incorporate multiple thermostats to control the temperature of different areas — or zones — in your home. Since the system can focus on controlling smaller areas, you are better able to create a stable temperature throughout your house.
Dampers are installed in your existing ductwork to control airflow to a zone; they’re controlled by the thermostat in their respective zone. You can set up the zones according to your preferences; a zone can be one room or a set of rooms.

What are the benefits?
Another benefit: Zoning systems also help you conserve energy. Zones that are frequently unoccupied (such as your basement or your guest room) can be set to an energy-efficient mode that limits the amount of conditioned air sent there. That way, you’re not paying to keep an empty zone comfortable. Also, most zoning systems integrate the setback features associated with programmable thermostats, further enhancing and customizing your comfort schedule. Zoning systems give you the ability to save on monthly heating and cooling bills and at the same time eliminate over conditioned or overheated spaces in the home and optimize the comfort of the occupants.


While energy savings alone make this a great alternative to a conventional system, your comfort is optimized with the zoning system. It’s rare when every family member agrees on how warm or cool it should be indoors.  By zoning the home, you can customize each zone's climate and schedules. Bedrooms can be kept cooler at night and temperature difference between floors can be eliminated.

A Bryant Zoning panel is the key to making the system work. A user interface and additional zone sensors are located throughout the home to give temperature information back to the Bryant zoning panel which opens and closes dampers in your cooling and heating ductwork to control the temperature in every part of the home. Since you are cooling and heating only those parts of the home requiring the load, this system will save you money. 30 percent savings over conventional single thermostat systems can be realized with a residential zoning system.

Friday, October 28, 2011

Would you like to save $180 a year?

Who doesn't want to save an easy $180?   Using a programmable thermostat is an easy way to do that!  Check out these guidelines from our Energy Star partner on how to effectively use yours. 

Proper Use Guidelines for Programmable Thermostats
Through proper use of a programmable thermostat (using the four pre-programmed settings) you can save about $180* every year in energy costs.

Rules of Thumb for Proper Use:

  1. Keep the temperature set at its energy savings set-points for long periods of time (at least eight hours), for example, during the day, when no one is at home, and through the night, after bedtime.
  2. All thermostats let you temporarily make an area warmer or cooler, without erasing the pre-set programming. This override is cancelled automatically at the next program period. You use more energy (and end up paying more on energy bills) if you consistently “hold” or over-ride the pre-programmed settings.
  3. Units typically have two types of hold features: (a) hold/permanent/vacation; (b) temporary. Avoid using the hold/permanent/vacation feature to manage day to day temperature settings. “Hold” or “vacation” features are best when you're planning to be away for an extended period. Set this feature at a constant, efficient temperature (i.e. several degrees warmer temperature in summer, several degrees cooler during winter), when going away for the weekend or on vacation. You'll waste energy and money if you leave the “hold” feature at the comfort setting while you're away.
  4. Cranking your unit up to 90 degrees or down to 40 degrees, for example, will not heat or cool your house any faster. Most thermostats begin to heat or cool at a set time, to reach setpoint temperatures sometime thereafter. Units with adaptive (smart/intelligent) recovery features are an exception to this rule — Adaptive recovery units are constantly calculating the amount of time required to heat or cool the house, so that it reaches that temperature when the homeowner programmed it. By "examining" the performance of the past few days the thermostat can keep track of the seasons. In this way, your house is always at the comfort levels when occupied, but saving the most energy when unoccupied.
  5. Many homes use just one thermostat to control the whole house. If your home has multiple heating or cooling zones, you'll need a programmed setback thermostat for each zone to maximize comfort, convenience and energy savings throughout the house.
  6. If your programmable thermostat runs on batteries, don't forget to change the batteries each year. Some units will indicate when batteries must be changed.

*The $180 savings assumes a typical, single-family home with a 10 hour daytime setback of 8° F in winter and setup of 7° F in summer, and an 8 hour nighttime setback of 8° F in winter and a setup of 4° F in summer. 

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

What is a variable speed motor and why do I need one?

Your home is your refuge, a comfortable retreat from the unpredictable weather outside. So pamper yourself with a furnace that delivers superior comfort through reliably consistent temperature control. The Evolution® 98m keeps you cozy all winter long with temperatures that are more consistent than standard single-stage furnaces. You and your family will enjoy smooth, even heating, fewer hot and cold spots, and improved indoor air quality through longer low-speed heating cycles. We achieve all of this consistency with patented technology called Perfect Heat® technology. Perfect Heat technology monitors changing conditions and adjusts system operation to provide the best possible combination of comfort and energy efficiency.

Bryant’s modulating Evolution® 98m gas furnace minimizes temperature “swings” and is designed to deliver comfort within a few tenths of a degree of your set temperature.

While most single-stage furnaces are either “on” or “off,” our Bryant Evolution 97% efficient three-stage gas furnaces can run at three speeds and offer precise gas modulation with movements in 1% increments. Most of the time, the unit runs at 80 percent, kicking into high gear only on very cold days. This saves on wear and tear, since the unit cycles on and off less frequently. Three-stage systems are also better at maintaining a consistent temperature and you won’t have to keep adjusting the thermostat.

A variable-speed motor can actually save you a considerable amount of money on your electric and gas bills as they consume less electricity/gas than standard motors.

As an ENERGY STAR® partner, Bryant has determined that the Evolution Series Plus 98m gas furnace meets the ENERGY STAR® guidelines for energy efficiency.

Friday, September 9, 2011

Is your HVAC system sized properly?

An air conditioner that is too small won't keep your home cool. An over sized system will turn on and off more than it is supposed too, resulting in a high power bill, mold problems, and unnecessary wear and tear on your compressor.

A properly sized system will actually cool your home better and it will cost you a lot less money both now and in the future. Here’s why:

An over-sized AC will roar to life and blast air into your home. Because the cool air rushes into the space so quickly, your thermostat will be fooled into believing the whole house is comfortable. So it will shut down the system. However, since not enough cold air will have been added to the mix, warm air will cause the unit to start up again and this cycle will continue over and over. 

This constant cycling wastes energy and is hard on your system. What’s more, it doesn’t cool your home very well and doesn’t allow the air to be dehumidified—which can lead to hazardous mold problems.

If your system runs like this, or you are about to invest in a new system, you need to get one that is properly sized to fit your home.

You do not have to suffer another season with "comfort" problems in your home.  Maybe your home feels "damp" even when the A/C is running. Or, maybe you have 1 room in your home that is too hot or too cold.  You might have noticed your unit turning on and off more than it should. We can help!


We’ll consider several factors in determining the perfect system for your home, including:
  • Local climate
  • Size, shape and orientation of your home
  • Insulation levels
  • Window type/locations
  • Your comfort preferences
The end result will be a system that costs less to purchase, keeps your house comfortable, is more energy-efficient and lasts much, much longer.  


 Just another way we do Whatever It Takes® to keep you comfortable! 

Wednesday, June 8, 2011

Think your AC doesn't need a yearly maintenance?

The outdoor condenser coil of your air conditioner/heat pump performs a tough job in warm weather. It takes the concentrated heat collected from your home and dumps it into the hot outdoor air. To get rid of the collected heat, your outdoor condenser coil has to move a lot of air. If the coil is dirty or if plants or other objects are too close to the conditioner unit, the fan in the outdoor coil can't move as much air as required for good performance and efficiency. This raises your electricity cost for air conditioning and may shorten the life of the outdoor condensing unit.

Dirt and debris accumulating on an air conditioner or heat pump coil blocks the airflow across the coil, increasing the cost of cooling your home.  In severe cases, the condensing coils can become so blocked that air flow is seriously reduced and can possibly lead to:
  • an evaporator coil icing
  • an overhead or damaged compressor outdoors
  • a loss of cooling capacity
  • the compressor running at higher than normal temperatures which can break down the lubricants in the system and shorten the life of the compressor motor itself
Most condenser coils are loaded with pollen and dust even when you can't see it. The longest a condenser should go without cleaning is 2 years, depending on how much it operates during the summer. If your cooling season is 4 months or more, annual cleaning is an excellent idea. You should minimize dirt and debris near the condenser unit. Your dryer vents, falling leaves, and lawn mower are all potential sources of dirt and debris. Clean the area around the coil, remove any debris, and trim the foliage back at least 2 feet to allow for adequate air flow around the condenser.

This AC is only a few years old but had never had a professional maintenance done.