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Today’s air needs tomorrow’s air cleaning system.
There may be more in your home than you know. In fact, the air inside your home can be up to 5 times more polluted than the air outside. Because while today’s better insulated homes do a great job of keeping out the elements, they also hold in airborne particles that can aggravate breathing difficulties.
- Nearly 72 trillion particles enter the average home every day, and remain in the air.
- Most homes generate around 40 pounds of dust every year for every 1500 square feet of space. Dust that remains trapped inside.
- One ounce of dust can contain up to 40,000 dust mites, one of the most common household allergens.
Trane CleanEffects™ is unlike anything else out there.
So is the air it produces.
Technologically advanced cleaning. Amazingly enhanced air.
Introducing Trane CleanEffects,™ the patented whole-house air filtration from a recognized industry leader. Designed from the ground up to clean the air like nothing before, CleanEffects makes the air in your home feel cleaner and fresher than you thought possible. As an accessory to your matched Trane system, CleanEffects:
- Removes up to an incredible 99.98% of allergens from filtered air.
- Traps particles as small as .1 micron in size.
- Up to 100 times more effective than a standard 1” filter.
- Can reduce your need to dust by up to 50%.
- Performance verified by leading experts at the Harvard School of Public Health.
There are several ways to measure the effectiveness of an air filtration system. The two you’ll most likely see are MERV, or Minimum Efficiency Reporting Value, and CADR, or Clean Air Delivery Rate.
MERV is designed for systems with media-based filters, and involves loading the filter with varying size micron particles until the percent of efficiency fails to meet minimum air filtration standards. This method only measures one aspect of air filtration‚ particle capture efficiency. Since Trane CleanEffects™ operates with incredible airflow efficiency even under a heavy particle load, it simply cannot be evaluated with the MERV method.
Instead, Trane uses CADR, which measures not only the efficiency with which particles are removed from filtered air, but also the rate at which clean air is delivered to your living space. This is a more accurate representation of an air cleaner’s performance because it measures the end benefit to you.
And it’s quiet, too.
Many electronic air cleaners emit an unpleasant buzz, similar to a bug zapper, while operating. Not CleanEffects. Its patented technology makes it as quiet as it is effective.
Look inside the air cleaner that’s revolutionizing the air inside your home.
Cleaner air is healthier for you. A Trane CleanEffects™ uses patented, industry leading technology to remove up to 99.98% of particles down to .1 micron from the air it filters, more than any other air filtration system on the market. CleanEffects™ is 100 times more effective than ionic-type air cleaners or a standard 1” throwaway filter.
CleanEffects™ filtration can bring welcome relief to anyone with respiratory difficulties. Many common allergens are small enough to bypass the body’s natural defenses and embed deep in the lungs, aggravating breathing ailments. Since CleanEffects filters down to .1 micron, or 700 times smaller than a human hair, it is extremely effective at removing spores, mold, pollen, pet dander, dirt and dust, preventing them from entering your air, and your lungs.
Trane’s revolutionary, patented ifD charger delivers powerful cleaning with efficient airflow.
Most filtration systems work like a vacuum cleaner bag. Small holes let air pass through but not particles. Unfortunately, the more dirt these systems collect, the more clogged they become. This creates a bottleneck that reduces clean air output, affects comfort level and reduces system life. Trane CleanEffects™ uses a powerful, patented ifD corona field to charge incoming air, causing particles to adhere to the CleanEffects collection cells as air passes through. Since your furnace or air handler isn’t struggling to work against a clogged filter, clean air flows freely. No other filtration system can compare.
Even the Trane CleanEffects collection element is ground-breaking. Each layer is only 0.08 inches apart, with alternating charges, which makes for a stronger, more effective collection field. What’s more, the Trane CleanEffects element has eight times the collection surface of a standard electronic air cleaner, so it’s vastly more efficient at providing clean air throughout your home.
Variable Speed. Trane created it, then perfected it.
Variable speed is not new technology for Trane. It’s technology perfected. Trane was the first in the industry to apply variable speed technology to residential air conditioning. Now Trane brings variable speed technology to the next level, with a system that intuitively adjusts to changing heating and cooling needs, working only as hard as it has to and often at lower, more efficient and quieter speeds.
It all started over a hundred years ago, when Reuben and James Trane made the decision to stand out from the crowd. To build a comfort system like no other, using uncompromising quality, innovation and reliability. Today, their legacy is found in everything Trane makes, from our premium materials to our industry leading technology to our extensive product testing under the harshest conditions. When you buy a Trane, you’re buying a commitment from us, to you. A commitment to your total comfort, and your total peace of mind. Because that’s what Reuben and James would have done.
More Stages Mean More Comfort and Efficiency
Staging refers to an air conditioner’s or heat pump’s ability to run at less than its maximum capacity in order to increase comfort levels and boost efficiency. For example, two-stage systems offer better comfort and higher efficiency than single-stage systems, while Trane’s TruComfort™ variable speed system, with 700 to 750 stages, offers maximum comfort with the highest efficiency.
What does “Stage of Comfort” really mean?
Sometimes you just feel “too hot” or “too cold” between cycles of your system. Having 700/750 stages nearly eliminates temperature fluctuations. Your system glides along as if on cruise control, barely sipping electricity for much of the day. It also runs at lower speeds for longer periods of time offering:
• Advanced temperature control
• Lower humidity
• Reduced sound
• Enhanced filtration
• Lowest cost per minute
The higher the system SEER and HSPF ratings, the more comfort you will get from each energy dollar.
700 STAGES OF COMFORT 750 STAGES OF COMFORT HEAT PUMPS
Understanding the ratings. Different ratings measure the efficiency of specific types of heating/cooling systems. Here’s what you need to know.
• SEER (Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio) measures air conditioning and heat pump cooling efficiency.
• HSPF (Heating Seasonal Performance Factor) measures the efficiency of a heat pump.
Trane TruComfort systems work seamlessly with the Nexia™ smart home system and Trane’s Nexia-enabled controls, allowing you to manage your home’s heating and cooling remotely via any web-enabled smartphone, tablet or computer. In addition to climate control, Nexia can be expanded to include remote management of locks, video surveillance, lights, shades, garage doors, energy usage, and more, from wherever life takes you.
Power outages are a nuisance. But while many of us think of power outages as briefly occurring during the occasional thunderstorm, power outages are a common reality that can be more expensive and destructive than you would realize. A Harris Interactive survey sponsored by Briggs & Stratton® revealed that 69% of U.S. adults, who had faced a power outage lasting more than 12 hours in the past two years, dealt with subsequent associated costs. From spoiled food to repairing damaged property, power outages can be costly.
In the Briggs & Stratton survey, respondents shared their power outage costs.
What Are The Most Common Costs?
40% had to replace spoiled food
29% incurred costs for emergency supply purchases to protect their home and family during the power outage (including candles, flashlights, firewood, etc.)
16% invested in a portable generator
13% lost wages from having to take time off work
11% reported property damage
8% reported having to pay for a hotel room during the power outage
The combined average of these incurred cost can top $3000. See the average* expense breakdown based on categories.
Property Damage: $1,916
Portable Generator: $650
Lost Wages: $310
Spoiled Food: $160
Emergency Supplies: $76
Property damage and other associated costs can be prevented by a backup power solution. The most significant costs hit the owners who faced property damage – spending money on repairs to sump pumps, basement flooding and general clean up. If your area commonly experiences power outages, it may be worth investing in reliable standby power from a home generator to help prevent any potential costs that power outages can cause.
Stay Protected with Backup Power from Briggs and Stratton Standby Generators
Now that you’ve read about the expensive consequences that can come with power outages – or perhaps you’ve experienced them firsthand – it’s time to learn how you can protect your home and family with preventative measures. Briggs and Stratton Home Generators are one of your best solutions to help guard against power outages, whether they’re caused by hurricanes, tornadoes, blizzards, or even an uncertain connection to your power grid. You can learn more about portable vs. standby to find the best generator for your home.
*Estimates are for illustrative purposes only and should not be used to estimate power outage loss. Cost estimates were pulled from US News, 2012; STR Global, 2012; MoldReporter.org; and FloodSmart.gov. Costs vary from state to state and home to home. Briggs & Stratton is not liable for any damages that occur during a power outage.
Zoned Comfort Solutions™ from Mitsubishi Electric are a smarter way to keep everyone in your home comfortable. Now, when you add a Wireless Interface and our new kumo cloud™ app and web service, you can put enhanced control of your home’s cooling and heating right at your fingertips, no matter where you are.
Kumo cloud gives you the ability to effortlessly control your home’s comfort. Whether you’re out for the day or the month, whether you want to cool down or warm up, Kumo cloud gives you control from any smartphone, tablet, or web browser.
WIRELESS COMFORT CONTROL
Kumo cloud provides remote and local control of the system through the mobile app or web browser. One Wireless Interface is required for each indoor unit. The Wireless Interface works with a wireless router that has a WPS (Wireless Protected Setup) button. Internet access is required for set up.
HOW IT WORKS
Kumo cloud™ is a cloud service hosted by Mitsubishi Electric Cooling & Heating. The Wireless Interface was developed for Kumo cloud and provides remote and local control of the system through the mobile app or web browser. One Wireless Interface is required for each indoor unit. The app works with any wireless router that has a WPS (Wireless Protected Setup) button. Internet access is required for setup.
Twice a year preventative maintenance will ensure that your system runs as efficiently as possible. Renaud Electric Heating and Cooling will perform the following tasks, depending on the unit:
- Inspect unit for proper refrigerant level and adjust if necessary
- Clean dirt, leaves and debris from inside cabinet
- Inspect base pan for restricted drain openings—remove obstructions as necessary
- Inspect coil and cabinet—clean as needed
- Inspect fan motor and fan blades for wear and damage—on older models lubricate as needed
- Inspect control box, associated controls/accessories, wiring and connections. Controls may include contactors, relays, circuit boards, capacitors, sump heat and other accessories. All control box and electrical parts should be checked for wear or damage.
- Inspect compressor and associated tubing for damage
- INDOOR UNITS
- Inspect and clean blower assembly (includes blower housing, blower wheel and motor)
- On older models, lubricate motor and inspect and replace fan belt if needed
- Check combustion blower housing for lint and debris and clean as necessary
- Inspect evaporator coil, drain pan and condensate drain lines. Clean as needed
- Inspect for gas leaks in gas furnaces
- Inspect burner assembly—clean and adjust as needed
- Inspect ignition system and safety controls—clean and adjust as needed
- Inspect heat exchanger or heating elements
- Inspect flue system—check for proper attachment to the furnace, any dislocated sections, and for signs of corrosion. Replace if necessary.
- Inspect control box, associated controls, wiring and connections
- Clean or replace air filters
- Inspect conditioned airflow system (ductwork)—check for leaks
- WHILE YOUR SYSTEM IS OPERATING
- Monitor system starting characteristics and capabilities
- Listen for abnormal noise
- Search for source of unusual odors
- Monitor air conditioning and heat pump systems for correct refrigerant charge
- Measure outdoor dry bulb temperature
- Measure indoor dry and wet bulb temperature
- Measure high and low side system pressures
- Monitor gas furnace for correct line and manifold gas pressure—make adjustments as needed
- Measure temperature rise and adjust airflow as needed
- Check vent system for proper operation
- Monitor system for correct line and load volts/amps
- Monitor system operation per manufacturer’s specifications
- Provide system operation report and recommend repairs or replacement as necessary
- NOTE: Trane recommends all maintenance and service work be performed by a professional air conditioning and heating dealer that holds the appropriate credentials to install and service air conditioning and heating equipment.
HOW CAN I GET THE MOST OUT OF MY TRANE HEATING AND COOLING SYSTEMS?
- Trane systems are designed to provide optimal efficiency and comfort. Now it’s time to do the same to your home. Here are some things you can do around the house to optimize the operation of your system, as well as the comfort inside your home.
- COOLING SYSTEM MAINTENANCE
- Set the thermostat as high as comfort will permit.
- Make sure attics are adequately ventilated to relieve heat buildup. If necessary, improve airflow by adding or enlarging vents.
- When building a new house or renovating an old one, choose light-colored roof shingles to reflect more of the sun’s heat.
- During moderate weather, don’t use the air conditioner unnecessarily.
- Draw blinds or drapes to block the sunlight during the hottest part of the day.
- Install awnings over windows exposed to direct sunlight.
- In the cooling season, don’t run kitchen and bath exhaust fans longer than necessary.
- Don’t place lamps, TV sets or other heat-producing devices beneath a wall-mounted thermostat. Rising heat from that equipment may cause the air conditioning system to overcool your house.
- HEATING & FURNACE MAINTENANCE
- Locate the thermostat on an inside wall away from windows and doors.
- Set the thermostat as low as comfort permits. Each degree over 68°F can add 3% to the amount of energy needed for heating.
- People generate heat. So lower the thermostat a degree or two when expecting a large group of guests.
- Make sure your home is properly insulated. This is the single most important step in conserving energy. Thermal insulation should be specified in terms of thermal resistance (R-values). R-30 (10″) is recommended for ceilings, and R-11 (3-1/2”) for exterior walls and floors over unheated areas. In colder climates, consider additional insulation.
- Infiltration of humid outside air is your heating and air conditioning system’s worst enemy—it could account for 15% to 30% of air conditioning energy requirements. Find the places where air can sneak into the home and plug them with caulking, weather-stripping or plastic. Also, weather-strip and caulk around all entrance doors and windows.
- Cut heat transfer through your windows by 40% to 50% with double-glazing (two panes of glass separated by a sealed air space) and low-e glass.
- Use wood- or metal-frame storm windows even if single-glazed windows are high quality. The extra layer of glass and the layer of still air will cut heat transfer considerably.
- Install storm doors at all entrances to your house.
- Keep all windows and doors closed.
- Remember that by increasing the glass area, you increase the amount of heat added in summer and lost in winter.
- Make sure fireplaces have tight-fitting dampers, which can be closed when the fireplace is not in use. Invest in a humidifier to conserve energy in winter. The air in your home won’t be as dry, so you stay comfortable at a lower temperature setting.
Fortunately, you can maximize comfort and save on cooling costs during even the hottest weather by developing wise habits. Start with these nine tips to keep cool:
1. Clean Your Cooling System
Before the hot weather starts, you should make sure your cooling system is clean and well-maintained. For a professional maintenance by Renaud Electric Heating & Cooling’s factory trained technicians call Kimber at 360-423-1420 to schedule an appointment today.
If the system is over 15 years old, you might consider replacing it with a newer model, preferably one with an ENERGY STAR rating.
2. Check for Air Leaks
Check your home for air leaks. The better sealed the house, the less it loses cool air or is infiltrated by warm air. You should check for gaps in caulking around the house, and reseal where necessary. Also check the weather-stripping on your doors and windows to make sure they’re airtight.
3. Seal Ductwork
You should also have a professional repair and seal any leaky ductwork. Air loss through ducts accounts for about 30 percent of a cooling system’s energy consumption.
Where forced air cooling systems are in use, it’s important to ensure that the filters are changed regularly to help optimize energy efficiency.
4. Open Windows
Controlling air flow is a cost-effective way to moderate temperatures. If nights are cool, you can turn off their air conditioner and open your windows and balconies to lower indoor temperatures. During the day, you can shut doors and windows to trap cool air inside.
5. Shut Blinds
As the sun rises higher during the day, you can draw your curtains and shut your blinds to keep the sunshine out. This can reduce heat gain by 45 percent. You could consider installing exterior window coverings to keep out the sunshine. Air conditioning vents should be kept clear of blockages caused by drapes or furniture.
6. Cook Outdoors
Another tip is to minimize running appliances and equipment that generate a lot of heat, like stoves, computers, dishwashers, curling irons or hair dryers. Barbecuing is a tasty alternative to running your stove.
7. Install Ceiling Fans
Ceiling fans allow you to set thermostats about 4° F higher with no reduction in comfort.
8. Use Programmable Thermostats
Programmable thermostats can automatically turn down the air conditioning at night or when the home is not occupied, saving energy and money when lower temperatures are unnecessary.
9. Invest in Zoned Cooling
A ductless cooling system with zoned control is a good investment to consider. Zoned control allows you to set the temperature of each room individually rather than having to keep the entire house at the same level.
Keeping cool in hot weather is not complicated. It just needs good home maintenance, common sense and a well-functioning cooling system.
Now is a great time to invest in a new Trane heating and cooling system. Trane has great offers and here are the offers and small print.
Early Bird Sale!
Eligible Purchase/Sales Date: 3/15/2016 – 5/30/2016
Eligible Install Dates: 3/15/2016 – 6/15/2016
With the arrival of spring comes the awakening of allergies and air quality in your home. Trane and Renaud Electric Heating and Cooling has several strategies to fight this springtime affliction, this onslaught of pollen.
A variable speed air handler will increase the effectiveness of any filter you have. There are two basic reasons for this. 1. The fan is designed to run all the time. it will always be filtering the air, and 2, the majority of the time it will not be running at maximum speed, it will be running at a lower speed. When your system is just mixing the air in your home and not heating or cooling it is moving the air at a slower speed. When your fan is at a slower speed your filter is able to grab onto more particles, the air is pushing particles into the filter rather than through the filter. More particles are caught by the filter regardless if the filter is a low or high efficiency filter. While it won’t turn a low efficiency filter into a high efficiency filter it will help the low efficiency filter do a better job, and help a high efficiency filter do an even better job.
Media Air Cleaner
A Whole-House Media Air Cleaner is up to 85% more efficient than a one-inch furnace filter at capturing both microscopic particles like dust and smoke in addition to larger contaminants such as mold spores and pet dander. This highly effective air cleaner also requires minimal maintenance. Basically, once you install the filter you only need to replace it every 6-12 months. That’s four times longer than a standard one-inch furnace filter.
•Up to 85% more efficient at capturing airborne particles compared to a standard one-inch filter
•Captures both microscopic particles and larger contaminants
•Lasts up to four times longer than a standard one-inch furnace filter
•Replace filter every 6-12 months
•Easy to upgrade to a higher-performance electronic air cleaner
CLEAN AIR. PURE COMFORT.
Standard air cleaners have filters that are very dense, so they stop the dust by trapping it in a slightly porous filter. The fewer the pores, the more dust it can trap. However, this not only stops the dust and dirt, but it also stops the air from moving as well. So, you may not be as comfortable, and less air is cleaned efficiently. This is called pressure drop. The revolutionary Trane CleanEffects™ Air Cleaner has the lowest pressure drop with the highest efficiency possible.
Small particles, large effects
Particles like dust, smoke and bacteria are often .3 microns or less. At that size, allergens can get deep into your lungs because they aren’t filtered well by your nose and throat. An effective Trane air cleaner, such as Trane CleanEffects™, can reduce the presence of potential asthma and allergy attack triggers in your home, like dust, pollen, pet hair and dander, dust mites, mildew, lint, fungus, most tobacco smoke, cooking grease, and even bacteria.
The Trane CleanEffects™ Air Cleaner utilizes patented, breakthrough air cleaning technology to remove up to an astounding 99.98% of airborne allergens from the air that passes through the filter. It catches particles as small as .1 micron, making it 8 times more effective than even the best HEPA room filters and up to 100 times more effective than a standard 1-inch filter.
Verified by Harvard experts
Trane CleanEffects™ has been performance-tested by LMS Technologies and Environmental Health & Engineering, Inc. (EH&E), with the results verified by professors from the Harvard School of Public Health, so you know you are getting an air cleaner for your home like no other.
Control Allergens – The positive and negative ions generated in the HVAC system flow free into the occupied space through the forced air system. Once this occurs and the deactivation of the airborne contaminants is complete, people with allergies have reported a reduction in symptoms and many have reported a reduction in required medication or no medication required at all! SEE THE EARLIER BLOG ABOUT GPS FOR MORE DETAILS.
As we transition from heating season to spring and summer, be sure that your furnace and heat pump are working at full capacity and efficiency. Having a top quality heating contractor, in other words Renaud Electric Heating & Cooling, inspect your system helps to insure smooth operation all winter long.
Trane takes time to measure customer satisfaction, training of our technicians, installers and sales associates, and keeps us up to date with the latest technology. For their independent dealers who achieve these high standards they give the title and badge, TRANE COMFORT SPECIALIST.
Being a Trane Comfort SpecialistTM means Renaud Electric Heating and Cooling, your independent Trane dealer, is committed to being the best in installation, service, customer satisfaction and employee training. Not every dealer qualifies as a Trane Comfort Specialist, but rather only those that meet Trane’s stringent standards and who demonstrate a commitment to customer satisfaction and continuing education. These dealers are committed to training to keep up to date with Trane’s latest technology, ensuring that you receive a system that is designed to achieve maximum efficiency, reliability and comfort, as well as a system that delivers the efficiency its ratings promise and that you expect.
We appreciate the recognition Trane gives Renaud Electric Heating & Cooling for the high standards we have and work toward in our service, installation and sales teams. These men and women are watchful to give you, our customers the quality service and installation that Trane and Renaud Electric Heating and cooling are known for. Neither one of us are a flash in the pan. Both Renaud Electric Heating and Cooling (A Trane Comfort Specialist from the very beginning) and Trane have been around for quite and while and will continue to serve our community with integrity and diligence in providing the best value for heating, cooling, and electrical work.
Trust is a belief in the honesty, integrity and reliability of others. As consumers seek the products to meet their needs, fundamental to the search process is their trust in brands. Those companies and products that are seen as trustworthy are sought for purchase among consumers. Given the importance of consumer trust, companies and brand managers have become much more focused on understanding how to achieve trust, as well as how to mitigate loosing trust. So, the question is – which brands are trusted the most by consumers?
The Lifestory Research America’s Most Trusted Study, in its fourth year, awards companies that provide services or products to customers in their home. Brands currently awarded the designation of America’s Most Trusted include: home builders, active adult resort home builders, cabinets, faucets, electric utilities, HVAC systems, kitchen appliance brands, laundry appliance brands, paint, and residential realtor organizations.
For the second consecutive year, Trane ranks highest in trust among Heating and Air Conditioning System Brands according to Lifestory Research 2016 America’s Most Trusted Study™. The study, based on 17,878 national consumer opinions, tracks how trust impacts consumers’ evaluations of HVAC brands. Consumer opinions are collected over the course of the prior 12 months across the United States. To qualify to participate in the study, participants must have indicated that they were aware of specific brands. Participants completed several questions including motivational drivers, demographic characteristics, and brand equity measures. The brand measures include measures of brand awareness, quality, current brand in home, and trust.
In the Lifestory Research America’s Most Trusted Study, consumers are asked about their trust in home based brands. Trust is measured through the Lifestory Research Net Trust Quotient Score in which every brand can be divided into three categories: “advocates,” a customer who feels a significant trust toward the brand; “neutrals,” those who trust a specific brand, but do not see a specific brand as standing on the shoulders of other brands in regards to trust; and “antagonists,” who are skeptics with little, if any, trust in a specific brand.
Using this approach noted above, Lifestory Research calculated T scores for the brands in the study. A new feature of this years study is that all brands, across all categories, the T scores were based on all brands in the study. An index score of 100 is average for all home brands included in the study. In the following table is the rank order of the brands. The rankings are based on the Net Trust Index Quotient Score.
The brands included in the ranking list are based upon those brands most recognized by consumers. Some brands included in the study are not represented in the list since they did not generate a brand awareness score high enough to be included.
Charts and graphs must be accompanied by a statement identifying Lifestory Research as the publisher and the Lifestory Research 2016 America’s Most Trusted™ Study as the source. No advertising or other promotional use can be made of the information in this release or Lifestory Research survey results without the express prior written consent of Lifestory Research.
About Lifestory Research
Headquartered in Newport Beach, Calif., Lifestory Research is a trusted national independent market research firm focused on consumers and their homes. We take a consumer-centered approach to helping developers, home builders, financial institutions, product manufacturers, utilities, and organizations serving customers in their homes. We provide timely analysis that allows our clients to make informed decisions. Our research is backed by in-depth consumer and market intelligence that drives confident business decisions. www.lifestoryresearch.com
About America’s Most Trusted™ Award
America’s Most Trusted™ is a designation awarded to companies that provide services or products to customers in their home. The award was first established in 2012 by Lifestory Research, a national consumer research firm. Companies and categories currently awarded the designation of America’s Most Trusted™ include: home builders, active adult resort home builders, cabinets, faucets, electric utilities, HVAC systems, kitchen appliance brands, laundry appliance brands, paint, and residential realtor organizations. Awards are based upon the collection and evaluation of consumer surveys administered over the course of a 12 month time period.