Resicon LLC Blog: Archive for November, 2019

Resicon is Now BPI Accredited!

Monday, November 18th, 2019

affiliates_bpiWe are proud to announce that Resicon LLC now has BPI accreditation!

What does that mean? When it comes to improving the lives of our customers, it means plenty.

The Building Performance Institute Inc. (BPI) was founded in 1993 to respond to a crisis in poor home energy performance in the US. Far too many older homes suffered from air leaks and energy loss, creating a rise in bills and a drop in comfort. BPI is now the premier standards development and credentialing organization for residential energy auditing and upgrade work in the country. BPI is accredited by the American National Standards Institute, Inc. (ANSI) as a certifying body for the Energy Auditor professional certification.

This is a unique honor for us at Resicon LLC. Not every HVAC contractor is BPI accredited. We went through a rigorous process, including testing, to obtain this certification. By becoming accredited, we’ve shown we have a full understanding of how HVAC systems interact with other building systems and the best way to improve overall efficiency and performance. We’re here to pass on our skill, knowledge, and training to the benefit of our customers.

Resicon LLC serves the Greater Tacoma Area. We are committed to improving our customers’ lives.

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Why You Should Consider a Heat Pump

Monday, November 18th, 2019

house-hot-coldWe love helping our customers, and sometimes they help us back. Recently, one of our repeat customers who has sent referrals our way brought our attention to this article from the New York Times. It’s not often you see important HVAC discussions happening in a newspaper, let alone the Paper of Record. The article addresses a topic that’s important to us: the usefulness of a heat pump.

We often encourage customers to look into a heat pump as an alternative to the standard AC-and-furnace model. A heat pump works as both a cooling system and heating system in one, which is a great convenience. But there’s more to it than that. The NYT article is accurate about some of the tremendous benefits of a heat pump and why most homeowners should consider one. We’ll go over some of these points in detail because heat pumps truly are as good, or even better, than they sound.

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What You Need to Know About the HCFC Phaseout

Wednesday, November 6th, 2019

EPA-logoThe United States has committed to reducing ozone-depleting substances to help protect the environment. As part of this commitment, chemical refrigerants made from hydrochlorofluorocarbons (HCFCs) are set to be completely phased-out from use by January 1, 2020—only a few months away.

What does this mean for you? If you have an older air conditioning system that uses R-22 refrigerant, a.k.a. HCFC-22, it means plenty. For many decades, R-22 was the most common refrigerant blend used in air conditioning equipment. Newer AC models built since the start of the phaseout use an ozone-safe refrigerant blend call R-410A. You can check which type your air conditioning system uses by looking on the metal plate on the back of the condenser cabinet. It will have either R-22 or R-410A clearly marked.

If you have an R-410A air conditioner, then you’re in good shape for the future. If you have an R-22 air conditioner, there’s more you need to know.

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From 60 to 200 Amps in Your House

Monday, November 4th, 2019

electrical-panel-repairsOne of the biggest changes in our daily lives over the last three decades was a quiet and gradual one: we started to use more electricity than ever before. Once upon a time, a few outlets scattered around a house were used to power lamps, the refrigerator, one television set, and a few appliances plugged in for short periods, like vacuum cleaners. Today, multiple outlets are occupied around the house, usually with power strips, to supply electricity to entertainment systems, computers and printers, charging stations for phones and laptops and Bluetooth devices.

This has required a change in the electrical capacity of homes. Where the average house once had 60-amp service (and many had only 30 if built pre-WWII), that’s not enough. Many homes now have 100-amp service—but we recommend a service upgrade to move your house to 200-amps.

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