Fall Maintenance

October 4, 2012

Its fall and this weekend there will be many people will be turning on the heat for long periods for the first time this season. From here to spring is a long road for furnaces, and a fall tune up is a great idea.  It will help keep a furnace running efficiently and find / fix any problems before they become major. In addition furnace warranties require annual maintenance. A good fall maintenance should include cleaning and checking of the furnace. Many companies advertise cheap prices for fall check ups, but they charge extra for the cleaning, so be sure to ask before you schedule.

A great idea is a maintenance agreement. Maintenance agreements allow you to save money by prepaying for clean and checks. They provide easier scheduling, priority service, and discounted repair. Check out our website: www.controltech.biz  for more information, or to schedule your fall maintenance.

Request-A-Tech Program from Control Tech

April 10, 2012

How many times have you called a company for service or maintenance, and they send out a new technician every time? You never know who you’re getting and/or who you’re letting in your home. At Control Tech, you can “Request-A-Tech”!

We often receive phone calls from our customers asking “Can you send the same guy that was out last time?”. Well… Yes! Of course! Most of our Service Technicians have been with Control Tech for 10-15+ years. You are welcome to request the same technician for your Scheduled Maintenance. We will put a note in our system to ensure he makes it out there. Now, if you have an emergency call, we cannot guarantee it will be your tech, but we will make every attempt possible.

Give us a call today and schedule your maintenance! Ask about our Scheduled Maintenance Agreements! We provide service to all of Central Indiana.

Control Tech Heating & Air Conditioning
Zionsville, IN 46077

-Clay Winters, Design Technician

What is Variable Speed?

December 9, 2011

We often get the question “Why should I go with a variable speed blower motor over a standard single speed blower motor like the one I currently have?”… The answer is simple; more energy-efficient (uses 10 times less energy than your current single-speed motor), helps with uneven temperatures, better air filtration & dehumidification, & is much quieter!

Instead of the temperature spikes you would see from your current system (when in “Auto” mode – or like driving a car in the city… start stop, start stop… etc) you see a more consistent temperature because the system is constantly moving the air. Your current system will call for heat; the furnace will warm up, the fan will come on; it will heat until it satisfies the thermostat, then the heat shuts off; and the fan will continue to run until the system has cooled down. When it kicks back on; you typically notice a cold blast of air.

With a variable speed blower motor, it will constantly be moving the air, so you won’t have to worry about those cold blasts when it kicks on. It’s a much more comfortable solution for your home and people who don’t have it; just don’t know what they’re missing until they have it! Plus, when you run the variable speed blower motor continuously; it’s easier on the motor. It’s like a car with 100,000 highway miles (variable speed motor) VS a car with 100,000 city miles (single-speed motor). The car with 100,000 highway miles is going to be in much better shape than the car with 100,000 city miles that has been driven hard.

If you would like more info; please give us a call at 317-873-3737 or send me a Tweet @ControlTechClay

-Clay Winters
Design Technician
Control Tech Heating & Air Conditioning
Zionsville, IN

Control Tech gets some new “additions” to the family!

June 22, 2011

For many years, Control Tech’s “Comfort Consultants” relied on driving their personal vehicles for work. In June 2011, we decided to change this. We have added 4 Chevy Cruze’s to our line-up. We felt as though this would give our customers a better piece of mind when they opened their front door and were greeted by one of our Comfort Consultants; they were able to see a clearly marked Control Tech vehicle in the background. Much like the products we provide; these vehicles are fuel efficient and sleek. As always, we strive to be the best at what we do and we continue to improve ourselves every day.

It’s so humid in here!

May 25, 2011

It’s that time of year when we start getting calls about the home feeling clammy, yet the air conditioning is working fine. People start spening all kinds of money on portable dehumidifiers in the local big box stores. The problem is; they usually only take care of a small area or room in the home. What if you could dehumify your entire home for a fraction of the cost that it would cost to buy a bunch of portable dehumidifiers?

We provide several options for dehumidification; most of which can be installed directly into your duct system to dehumidify the entire home. Otherwise, some of the units can be used as a stand alone and remove up to 135 pints per day which is 50% more water per kilowatt hour than the leading portable dehumidifiers!

There are several ways to help dehumidify your home by simply installing the proper furnace and air conditioner when it comes time to replace them. The first item that will help reduce the humidity in your home is a variable speed blower on your new furnace. First off, when the fan runs at a lower speed, it has a better chance to pull moisture out of the air since it is moving the air at a slower speed. Plus, the longer the system runs, the more moisture is removed. Second, a variable speed blower only uses as much energy as a 75 watt light bulb to run, while a traditional “single speed” blower uses 700-750 watts to run; so there is huge energy savings! Lastly, with a variable speed blower, it does a better job of filtering the air since the particles are constantly moving at a slower speed the filter is able to catch more of the particles and dust; which can dramatically improve the indoor air quality in your home.

When you are looking at getting a new air conditioning system; consider what is called a “2-stage” air conditioner. It’s like having two systems in one! These air conditioners will run at 67% of it’s full capacity 80-85% of the time when you need cooling, but the temperature outside is moderate. Then, it can run at 100% of capacity on those “hottest” days of the year. The great thing is, when it runs in the lower stage; it only consumes 1400 watts of electricity. In comparison, it’s like running a hair dryer. When it has to run at 100% of capacity on those hot days; it consumes approximately 2200 watts of electricity. Keeping in mind, a typical “single-stage” air conditioner runs at approximately 2200 watts all the time.

The bottom line is, the slower we move the air, the better the dehumidification. Also, the more efficient your system is, the more money in your pocket!

Call Control Tech today with any questions or interest in a dehumidication system or a new high-efficiency heating and air conditioning system! 317-873-3737

So… How Much is a New Air Conditioner?

April 13, 2011

This question may be on your mind this spring or summer. Especially if yours is not cooling and its 95 out. Well, before I answer, I’d like to ask a few questions. What is your average heat gain in the summer? What is your peak heat gain? What are the dimensions of the indoor and outdoor units? What is the size of the suction line? The vapor line? The distance between indoor and outdoor units? The wire size? Breaker size? Where does the condensate exit? Do you know internal friction rate of your duct system? What is the latent load requirements of your home?

Ok I could go on, but the idea is there are several things that need to be taken into consideration when selecting a new air conditioner or comfort system. That is why a visit from a trained professional to look over your home is necessary. In the old days it was sometimes acceptable to just put in a box that gives you cool air in the summer and another box that gives your warm air in the winter. With high energy costs and expensive materials, it is more important than ever to have a system that keeps your home comfortable, your energy cost low, and runs reliably for many years. The new way is to give you a customized comfort system, matched to your home and your needs; installed by people who understand the reasons for doing things a certain way.

So, back to my question, how much is an air conditioner? Send us an email or give us a call! (Clay) clay@controltech.biz 317-873-3737

It Gets Late Early Around Here

March 23, 2011

               My dad used to say that before daylight savings time. Since central Indiana has adopted daylight savings time, now our air conditioners have the greatest demand later in the day. For many people, the air conditioner works its hardest right after we get home from work when we want to be comfortable. Often times this is also when we are cooking, doing laundry or going in and out the door. Sometimes the demand is as much as 40% greater at that time than the average for the rest of the day. To make the problem worse, most existing air conditioners are either working or not. They are unable to adjust to the changing demands of our homes throughout the day. Some new comfort systems have two stages or more to adjust to the demands of your home. Combined with variable air flow, these systems are like two air conditioners in one. One very efficient and small air conditioner for the majority of the time, and another large air conditioner for those evenings when the heat, humidity and people in our homes can make it very uncomfortable.

See this chart about how the sun affects your air conditioner

Exposure Diversity