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How should I choose an HVAC technician?

Choosing an HVAC contractor

HVACThere’s nothing worse than having your heating or air conditioning go out, and it always seems to happen at the worst possible time. It’s important that you do your research on local companies before you let someone come in to your home and work on your air conditioning system. Most people are unaware of what qualities make a good HVAC company. I want to give you an insight into these qualities so that you can make the best educated decision for your needs and avoid further problems later on. There is nothing more powerful and reassuring than word of mouth. Talk to your friends and see if they have had any experience with HVAC contractors in your area. If you do not have any friends with helpful knowledge try looking at business review websites and read what costumers have said about their experiences. After you have some candidates in mind you should verify that they have the proper licenses and certifications for your local area.

Never assume that someone who is offering their services is properly licensed. During a repair there are many things that can happen. It’s important that the contractor you are using has insurance to protect both themselves as well as you in the event of an accident. Any reputable company will be willing to come out and do an inspection of your problem free of charge before determining cost and making a repair appointment.

After the inspection, get an estimate on paper as well as estimates from a few other companies so that you can get the most competitive rate in your area. Using these steps when searching for a HVAC contractor will help keep you safe and insure that the job is done to the highest degree possible while keeping you from being over charged for services. Always remember that knowledge is power and you, the consumer, must be protected when any services are provided.

Is your London home in need of HVAC services? Call City Gas Services today at 020 8882 2266 for top-notch services! 

What does the SEER rating mean on an AC unit?

What Does the SEER Rating Mean on an AC Unit?


AC UnitConsumers are constantly trying to make educated decisions and use all types of information available to them. The Internet, commercial and industry magazines, and consumer ratings are all helpful tools that lead buyers in one direction or another. Sometimes all the information can actually be more of a hindrance than a help as the details and overwhelming data become difficult to understand or sort through and prioritize. There are some simple ways to help consumers make the decision that is best for their specific needs based on the items available and the intended use.

One of the most important factors to understand about product labels is the energy efficiency ratings. Since most consumers are interested in reducing both their carbon footprint and their utility bills, these labels seem to target specific, environmentally conscious buyers. Aside from the yellow Energy Saver labels, the most recognized labels on an AC unit is the SEER rating. Both are important to understand for the purpose of consumption and overall utility costs, but they have very different perspectives and give information based on two different arenas.

The Energy Saver rating is basically an estimate of how much the unit will cost to operate. This abstract number is based on the cost of energy but does not necessarily incorporate family size, approximate usage, or other factors that could affect the price of electricity and other utilities. The SEER rating is used to differentiate the efficiency of AC units based on their Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio (hence the acronym). This number is more specific to both the unit and the intended usage. Since an AC unit is only used for one purpose, to cool a specific area, it is easier to measure the output cost based on real data.

Generally speaking, the higher the SEER number, the higher the energy efficiency of the AC unit. Since each unit is expected to last for at least ten years, purchasing a unit today will likely save homeowners quite a bit of money because newer units will be at least 10%-30% more efficient than the units they are replacing.

Call City Gas Services today at 020 8882 2266 if you’re in need of AC services in the London area. We have immediate solutions for your situation!

Why should I install a digital setback thermostat?

Benefits of Having A Digital Setback Thermostat


ThermostatThe bitter cold of winter and the sweltering heat of summer can put quite the strain on home heating and cooling costs. You want to be comfortable without breaking the bank. Installing a digital setback thermostat can help ease some of these costs.

A digital setback thermostat is a programmable thermostat that adjusts the temperature of a home (or business) according to a series of programmed settings that go into effect at various times of the day. They are designed for people who live on a fixed schedule, such as leaving and coming home from work at the same time each day. A digital setback thermostat reduces heating/cooling losses by allowing the temperature differences to be reduced at times when the amount of heating or cooling would not be noticed. For example, you leave for work in the morning and come home eight hours later. While you are gone, your home may be running its furnace or air conditioning while no one is there to reap the benefits, thus racking up a high heating/cooling bill. With a digital setback thermostat, units are programmed to kick on only at select times, such as when a family is due home from work and school. Digital setback thermostats can also be programmed to fit around sleep schedules.

Newer homes are often equipped with digital setback thermostats, but upgrading to one is easy to do either by yourself or by hiring a trusted HVAC specialist. To get the most out of your investment, the thermostat should be installed on an interior wall away from elements that can influence readings, such as direct sunlight, skylights, drafts, doorways, and windows. Be sure your thermostat is easily accessible for easy programming and is not blocked by furniture. When programming, take into account bedtimes and waking up times of household members and the peak times your home is occupied. Adjust the thermostat for times in which the house in unoccupied for more than four hours.

A digital setback thermostat makes your London home comfortable  while reducing energy costs. Considering installing one? Call City Gas Services today at 020 8882 2266. 

What are the benefits of having a programmable thermostat?

Benefits of Having a Programmable Thermostat


Programmable ThermostatThe use of programmable thermostats has become extremely popular over the last few years due to their ability to provide consumers with more accurate, more convenient, and more affordable personal comfort by using preset temperature levels.

Regardless of your lifestyle, programmable thermostats can be very beneficial to you and your family. If you work outside of the home, or are gone for hours at a time, you can set your programmable thermostat accordingly while you are away, and set it to return to your preferred comfort level shortly before you return. If you are at home most of the day and night, you can set your programmable thermostat to regulate the temperature of your home according to your activity levels throughout the day, etc. For example, you may wish to reduce heating or cooling during periods while you are asleep, but return to normal comfort levels when you awaken.

As a bonus, the settings on these devices can be manually changed to override the automatic presets if needed. If you are using the oven, for instance, you may wish to manually override your presets while the oven is in use to conserve energy or better regulate the temperature in your home.

Not only are these thermostats much more convenient, but they are typically more accurate than manual thermostats as well. A programmable thermostat typically offers more setting options and more precise temperature management for a multitude of programming choices. Additionally, your programmable thermostat can be programmed to repeat various settings each day, or to rotate stored settings on various days at your preference.

By giving the homeowner the ability to set automatic temperatures according to various factors, programmable thermostats can save enormous amounts of energy, and some of your hard earned cash as well. Most homeowners will notice a substantial reduction on their utility bill within the first year of properly employing a programmable thermostat.

For those homeowners who are environmentally conscious, this device is a very attractive option. The programmable thermostat contains no mercury and is considered eco-friendly as well. In addition, the use of less energy reduces greenhouse gas emissions that are associated with high energy production.

Considering installing a programmable thermostat in your London home? Call City Gas Services today at 020 8882 2266 for the best services around! 

Where can I find the right HVAC engineer for me?

How To Make Sure You’re Hiring The Right HVAC Engineer


London HVAC Your home is one of your biggest investments, so you’re going to want to make sure it stays properly maintained which will extend the longevity of your home and everything inside it. Having efficiently working appliances is just one of the responsibilities that comes from owning your own home, or even if you’re just renting. One of the most important factors is making sure you choose the right HVAC heating engineer, doing so can ensure that any HVAC work you may need gets properly handled the first time and reduces the risk of needing more work (or having to have the work redone) in the future; which will only cost more.

When it comes to hiring an HVAC heating engineer, you’re definitely going to want to make sure they’re licensed. Letting anyone, or even yourself, do any kind of work on or in your home without having the proper license with the knowledge of doing so is a costly risk. You can ask a engineer how long they’ve been in the business to see how much experience they have; a more experienced engineer is going to know how to handle your HVAC problems effectively and efficiently. It’s also a good idea to make sure that the engineer (or HVAC company you hired them from) you hire has proof of liability and worker’s compensation insurance; because otherwise, if they don’t, you’ll be held liable if anything happens on your property. Checking to see if your engineer complies with safety and health laws is also recommended to ensuring that you pick the right engineer.

Getting a consultation with a HVAC heating engineer before getting the work done can ensure you that you’re hiring the right one. You’ll be able to ask questions and have any concerns addressed. They’ll also be able to go into detail about how they’ll go about fixing your HVAC problems to get the job done. If you feel comfortable with the consultation and feel like they’ll accomplish it, and all your questions and concerns have been answered, then there’s a great chance you’re hiring the right HVAC heating engineer.

Are you in need of a HVAC engineer in the London area? Call City Gas Services at 020 8882 2266 and schedule a service call today!


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