Sunday, April 30, 2017

Vertical PTACs Are Becoming More Popular Than Ever

















Vertical PTACs or otherwise referred to as "VTAC" are PTACs which are well. Vertical. They pretty much do everything a conventional PTAC does except for the fact you don't see it. VTACs  are designed to be hidden away in a closet or behind a wall. Much like a PTAC it still vents to the exterior wall of the building but it is controlled by a wall thermostat rather than the unit mounted controls found on most standard PTACs. What  mostly seperates the VTAC from a PTAC is the fact that you can use one unit to service the heating and cooling needs of more than just one room. A hotel suite would be a prime example. By placing the unit in a closet you can vent the unit to one or multiple rooms using typical air registers installed in the wall just like you would find in your home that uses a central AC system. A small duct is used to send the air flow to each room. In essence one VTAC unit can replace the need for multiple PTACs and lower your installation cost because you would not need to cut a wall opening in every room. Many architects, builders and HVAC contractors specify VTACs in their building plans these days not only for hotels but you will also see them being used in newly built senior living facilities as well. VTAC units come in a range of BTU sizes from as low as 9,000 BTU's to 24,000 BTU's. They can also be configured with many different electric heater options from as low as 2 kw electric heat to as high as 10 kw or you can purchase them with no electric heat. A Heat Pump model is also available. VTACs  can run on both 230/208 Voltage or 265/277 Voltage. A typical VTAC installation would include the VTAC unit itself along with a wall plenum, interior access panel, exterior grille, drain kit and of course a wall thermostat which can be either wired, wire-less or a sophisticated energy management thermostat system which is controlled by room occupancy based motion sensors.

A Typical Layout Design Of All VTAC Components
A Finished Room After VTAC is Installed

There are several VTAC manufacturers including Friedrich, GE and more. You must take the time to carefully consider which manufacturer will offer you the best quality product and support because unlike conventional PTAC units VTAC units can not be retrofitted with another brand. The chassis dimensions are not the same and may not match up to your existing unit.  Another factor is planning ahead. Most VTAC manufacturers do not stock these units because there are so many different configuration sizes. They are usually built to order with long lead times which could range from 6-12 weeks in some cases. 

If you would like to learn more about VTACs or purchase them for your upcoming project please contact your RoomAire representative at (800) 891-4729 or email sales@roomaire.com

Saturday, August 6, 2016

Ductless Mini Split Systems Are The Best Choice For Room Cooling & Heating

Many homeowners crank up their central air conditioning system or turn to multiple noisy window units to keep cool in the summer. Then come fall, they crank up the heat. Unfortunately, neither option is ideal: central air, though convenient, wastes energy by its all-or-nothing nature. Window units, in addition to being cumbersome, diminish a room's attractiveness and obscure its views.
Luckily, there is a third option that avoids these pitfalls. They are called mini-split systems.Compared to window units, mini-split systems are more attractive, quieter and more energy efficient. Plus, they're set higher on the wall or ceiling, freeing up living space.
Central air systems require expensive, intrusive ductwork and they're not scalable, meaning it cannot be easily extended to previously unfinished living spaces like attics, basements or three-season rooms. Mini-splits don't require complex, expensive ductwork and can be installed to cool and heat newly converted spaces.
Mini-splits also allow for temperature control by individual room for maximum comfort and energy efficiency. You can keep different rooms at different temperatures—a solution to the thermostat wars waged by so many families, especially those with young children or senior parents. And while central air systems and window units can be noisy, mini-splits are whisper quiet indoors and out.
Maximum Flexibility. Minimum Space
Mini Split AC systems position compressors outside the house, but there's no need for a basement- or attic-located evaporator unit, thanks to thin copper tubing that pumps refrigerant directly to discreet evaporators inside. In cold weather, the same unit works in reverse by absorbing heat from the outside air and moving it indoors. The result is efficient cooling and heating for year-round, whole-house comfort.
Finally, mini-split systems come in all shapes and sizes for a refreshing amount of choice. Wall-mounted systems mount well above eye-level, while floor-mounted systems, with their compact size, are ideal for residential radiator replacements or any room with limited upper wall space, such as a kitchen or sunroom. Slim duct systems are ideal for homeowners who want units completely out of sight, since they're concealed in a ceiling or framed enclosure below a ceiling. 
For more information on Friedrich and Frigidaire Ductless Mini Split Systems and pricing go to www.roomaire.com or call (800)891-4729

Monday, May 23, 2016

Group Buying AC's For Apartments Saves Money For Everyone


When it comes to apartment and condominium or other multi-family building more and more home-owners are taking advantage of purchasing as a group in order to take advantage of group or "bulk" order discounts. As a vendor to the multi-family industry I have seen an increase in this type of buying format and it really makes sense. The more AC units we can put on one truck and deliver (and install) at the same time reduces our expense enormously and we are then able to pass the savings onto the buyer. I find many of our multi-family apartment accounts have a great system in place which help streamline the process. There is usually a designated person who works with us to put the group purchase plan together for the building. They would then discuss the plan at a board meeting with other board members and if all agree this would be a good idea they would get the word out to the building home-owners either through internal email, letters, flyers, etc.

Air Conditioners are typically a perfect fit for a group purchase. During the summer season they are needed by just about everyone in the building so more people are likely to opt in and take advantage of the discounted price. In addition they do not have to deal with installation or old unit removals concerns because that is part of the group purchase program.  It is a true win-win situation with only upside.

To help get the group purchase program off the ground RoomAire can arrange a free on-site product presentation to the home-owners so that everyone interested can see the product for themselves and ask us questions.  If you are interested in implementing a group purchase program for your building please contact me, Brad Schneider directly at (631) 940-8787 or email brads@roomaire.com


Sunday, May 15, 2016

Energy Saving Ideas Show Great Interest At NJ Cooperator Expo




On Wednesday May 11, 2016, many Condo, Co-op and HOA Property Managers and Board Members came down to the NJ Cooperator Expo held at the Meadowlands Expo Center in Secaucus NJ to see and learn about the latest products and services available in the multi-family housing industry. With over 300 exhibitors on hand there was plenty for them to see. This was the third time in the last four years my company had exhibited at this show. Last year the show was on Saturday and I couldn't attend because of my nephew's college graduation at the University Of Massachusetts.

The show floor opened up at 10am and the attendees started to roll in at a pretty steady flow. I was happy to see the turnout was good because this year we have so many new and exciting products and solutions that I was anxious to talk about. The vendor in my aisle giving away ice cream cones seemed to be a big draw at first. I am not exactly sure what they were selling but they sure did bring a lot of ice cream with them. I think I counted about 200+  ice cream cones passing by my booth at some point before I lost count of it. It sure did look yummy. But getting back to a more serious point I did notice something at this show which was different from the past shows. What was it you ask? It was questions such as these:

1) How can we save on the high cost of energy?
2) Are your products wi-fi or wireless compatible?
3) Are there any energy incentive rebates available?
4) Do you offer any group discounts for our building home owners?       

It was questions like those which proved to me that saving energy and saving money is now more important than ever for home owners especially those who live in an apartment, condo or co-op who do not have as many options available to them as single family home owners. Many people I spoke to were happy to hear that there are now several ways my company can help them reduce their year round heating and cooling costs. For example I showed them our brand new wall mounted PTAC thermostat which is completely wireless and can be self installed in a matter of 10 minutes. I explained to them why having a wall thermostat to operate your PTAC unit is a necessity because it can help reduce your heating/cooling costs by as much as 40%. I asked them how much they would be willing to pay for something one time which would reduce their cost by that much. The answers varied from as low as $300 to $1000. When I told them how about $125. They were left absolutely speechless. I probably should of brought more order forms with me. 

While my company RoomAire has been successfully supplying replacement PTAC equipment and other services to many NJ apartment, condo's and co-ops over the years I realize there are many who still do not know much about us or even who we are. If you are one of them I welcome you to give me a call directly at (631) 940-8787 and let me tell you what makes us so different and what we do which no one else can match. It's worth the call to save money. Right?   

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Wednesday, February 3, 2016

New HVAC Technology Offer More Options Than Ever Before


Just arrived back from the largest Air Conditioning show in the world. The show is called the AHR Expo and this year it was held in Orlando Florida. Just about every manufacturer out of China and other countries who build air conditioners exhibited their latest and greatest line of equipment. I was amazed by the huge turnout of both exhibiting companies and attendees. If you are a player in the HVAC industry this show is a must see. The show runs 3 days long and it still may not be long enough to see everything.

The HVAC/Air Conditioner industry is changing rapidly. New technology is now available for both residential and commercial markets which provides much higher energy efficient  equipment than ever before. The new trend in the hospitality industry for example is a technology known as VRF which stands Variable Refrigerant Flow. This technology was introduced as a system to minimize efficiency losses found in conventional HVAC systems and provide sustainable energy benefits. An air source VRF system is engineered to minimize or use no ductwork as a saving, save on the cost of large distribution fans, multiple water pumps operation and water piping. Energy efficient and easy to design, install, and maintain, a VRF system has the lowest life cycle cost of any system on the market today. More hotel developers today are looking at VRF options in their design and build plans to make their hotel properties not only extremely efficient but better yet take advantage of many incentive rebate programs available to them.

The show also displayed hundreds of companies that manufacturer duct free air conditioners. Duct free air conditioners include PTACs which stand for packaged terminal air conditioners most commonly used in hotels, assisted living and apartments as well as mini split ductless air conditioners. Mini split ductless air conditioners are becoming very popular today because of their no duct needed simple installation process and high efficiency. A ductless mini split uses just one outdoor unit that is connected to up to as many as 6 indoor units. Only a 3 inch diameter hole in cut in the wall behind the room unit to run the electrical wire and copper line making it an easy install for just about any application. 

Many of these new AC systems will be available in 2016 and can be purchased at www.roomaire.com. Feel free to contact a RoomAire.com product expert for more details.


  

Friday, September 4, 2015

Energy Saving Tips This Fall Season




 
 
 


The searing heat from the summer sun may be fading into the distance, but even as cooler whether beckons and sky-high air conditioning costs diminish, saving energy should be a priority this fall. Check out these energy saving tips to cut back on your energy bill this season.

  1. Take advantage of nice weather
  2. One of the best things about fall is how nice the weather is outside, especially early on in the season. Temperatures are typically moderate – not too hot or too cold. So take advantage of the weather while you can. Open your windows to let in cool, crisp air instead of running your air conditioner. You will not only save money on cooling costs, but get some fresh air too!
  3. Prepare your home for chillier days
  4. As fall makes way for winter and outside temperatures drop, you’re likely to want to turn up the heat in your home. However, making sure your home is prepared to utilize the warmer air efficiently can go a long way toward energy savings on your monthly bill. Caulk around windows and doors to seal any air leaks that might cause a draft, schedule maintenance on your heating system to make sure it’s working properly and add insulation to your attic, if needed, to keep the warm air in.
  5. Light your home for free
  6. In the summertime, leaving your blinds and curtains open leaves you at risk of the sun heating your home, which can increase air conditioning costs. But in the fall, the sunshine is not nearly as hot. Instead, opening the window coverings can provide your home with ample natural sunlight, allowing you to cut back on lighting costs.
  7. Replace furnace filters
  8. If you have a furnace, make sure you replace the filter once a month during the heating season. If your filter is dirty, it will restrict air flow and cause a decline in energy efficiency. Ultimately, the lack of efficiency could raise your heating costs. Swapping out the filter for a clean one is an easy way to see a little energy savings this fall.
  9. Manage your thermostat
  10. On chilly days, it’s easy to walk over to your thermostat and turn it up to a more comfortable temperature. But the Department of Energy recommends you set your thermostat to 68 degrees during the colder months to maximize efficiency. If you want to save energy, grab a sweater or a blanket to warm up instead of touching the thermostat. For even more energy savings, turn your heat down even more when you’re not home. According to the DOE, turning back your thermostat 10 to 15 degrees for eight hours can save you 5 to 15 percent on your heating bill each year.
  11. Turn your water heater down
  12. A nice warm shower can be nice and relaxing at the end of the cold day. But if your hot water heater is turned up too high, you could be wasting energy. Make sure your hot water heater is set at 120 degrees Fahrenheit. For most households the temperature provides plenty of hot water and reduces energy costs associated with water heating. For smaller households, you might even be able to turn the temperature down even more without losing any comfort.

Thursday, September 3, 2015

New RoomAire.com Website Brings Great Feedback


The New & Improved RoomAire.com website was officially launched in June of this year and we are happy to report after just 90 days on-line we have received excellent feedback from our customers. Our goal was to make our website much more user friendly with more product content and detailed information. Air Conditioner's come in many different shapes and sizes and one size sometimes does not fit all needs. We improved the site navigation links to make it easier for our customers to find what they are looking for based on product category and brand. Of course with any updated website you are never really finished. We continue to add new updated product information on a daily basis with special offers. Check it out at www.RoomAIre.com