air conditioner coolingFurnace Replacement
Variable Speed
Air-To-Air Exchangers
Air Filtration
U.V. Lights

Furnace Replacement
It is very important to keep your home furnace in good condition, as a badly maintained furnace is inefficient, causing waste of fuel and not properly heat your house. It can also pose health and safety risks like carbon monoxide poisoning.

There can be a couple different styles of furnace. Most of the new furnaces will be gas forced air. However, depending upon your location there is still quite a few boiler/hot water heat systems out there. Electric baseboard style or electric forced air is around, but rare (mostly these are homes built in the 1970's.) 

Tri-Town Heating will analyze the existing equipment and the existing home. We will ask you, as the homeowner, how the old system performed and about any trouble you saw with its operation. We will then make an analysis on what type of system would be good for your home and present you with your options. When you have come to a decision, we will order the equipment right away. Normally, we have less than a 24-hour turnaround time so you can have heat the next day. Our installers will then remove your old equipment, retrofit the new equipment and adjust any piping as needed. A typical install should last no more than 8 hours.

Variable Speed
The term "variable speed" refers to the furnace's indoor blower motor, which moves at different speeds to precisely control the flow of heated and cooled air throughout your home. Better airflow control has several benefits:

Electrical Efficiency
Variable speed motors can actually save you money on your energy bills, as they consume less electricity than standard motors.

Cooling Efficiency
Variable speed technology also means you will gain heating efficiency.

Variable speed motors are excellent for zoning, which allows you to customize your comfort in different areas of your home and control your energy bills.

Air Quality
A variable speed motor can also help clean the air in your home. When the fan is in constant operation (indicated by the "Fan" setting on your thermostat), the motor will continue to slowly circulate air, allowing filters to capture more contaminants.

Humidity Control
A variable speed motor combined with a humidifier allows you to control the amount of humidity in your home for improved indoor air quality and comfort.

Some rooms too hot? Other rooms too cold? The solution is zoning.

If you're like most homeowners, temperature differences in various parts of your home are more than an annoyance. You find yourself constantly fiddling with the thermostat, space heaters and fans. You can fix that problem while making your home more energy efficient and saving money by installing a zoning system.

How it works:  A zoning panel is the heart of the system. Thermostats, located in various areas of your home feed information to the panel, which opens and closes dampers located in your ducts to control the temperature in every part of your home.
How it saves money:  When used with programmable thermostats, zoning can save you up to 30% on heating and cooling costs, adding up to hundreds of dollars in savings.
How it improves comfort: By zoning your home you can customize each zone's climate. Keep the bedrooms cooler at night, adjust your living room temperature to account for large windows, or help control the temperature difference between floors.

Zoning is highly recommended if your home has:

  • Multiple levels
  • Sprawling design
  • A room or rooms with a large expanse of windows
  • Large open areas (vaulted ceilings, foyer, etc.)
  • Rooms in a finished basement or attic
  • Rooms with exposed concrete floor
  • An indoor swimming pool or hot tub

What Does Zoning Do?
If zoning can be installed in a typical 3 story home for instance, it will give the homeowner 3 thermostats or more if desired.  One in the basement, one on the main floor and one on the top floor. You know during the summer it is hottest on the top floor and coolest in the basement. (In the winter the reverse is true.) The same thing can be done with long sprawling style homes that may have long duct runs and therefore, poor air flow to certain areas. Other reasons for zoning could be different lifestyles or temperatures desired by different occupants of the home or building. One example could be a home business with computers and printers running and creating heat in certain rooms while the rest of the home is normal. Different construction factors such as good insulation in one area and poor insulation in others.

Can zoning be installed in any building or home?
No. For each zone required, we need to have at least 1 more supply air trunk and many time more return trunks. This may not be possible once the sheet rock is done. However, in the case of a furnace in an attic or an unfinished basement, it may be feasible.

Air-To-Air Exchangers
With the emphasis on energy conservation and efficiency, new home construction can create a problem of indoor air pollution. Vapor barriers, thermal windows, weather-stripping and caulk have reduced or stopped fresh air from infiltrating and replacing stale air. Entering and exiting the house through doors isn’t always enough air changes. Cooking, aerosol sprays, cleaning agents, paints, and in some cases excess humidity, if the house is sealed too tightly, can create an undesirable environment. Keeping windows or doors open does not conserve energy. A device known as an air-to-air exchanger is used to recover heating or cooling and improve air quality.

There are many different designs, depending on the manufacturer, but the principle is the same. Fresh air is drawn in from a port open to the outside of the building, and passed through a chamber, also know as the exchanger, that is surrounded by indoor air. Highly conductive metal or other materials removes the energy (heat) from the warmer air and gives it to the cooler air. The fresh air is then ducted into the house, and the indoor air is ducted to a port and expelled outside. Up to 80% of the energy can be exchanged. During the energy exchange, moisture (humidity) can condense into water. A drain pan inside the cabinet will allow the water to be collected for removal. If the unit is installed in the basement, a condensate pump might be used to eject the water outside.

Most air exchangers are controlled simply be on and off switches, but in applications for removal of humidity, a humidistat can be used to turn the machine on and off to achieve the desired level.Routine maintenance involves replacing or cleaning the filters if so equipped, and keeping the outside air intake free of debris.

A boiler is a heating unit that heats water for baseboard, radiant heat or steam radiators. These can be fired by gas or oil.

Air Filtration

Ultra Violet Light

Most people spend the majority of their time inside their home. The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) warns that the air inside your home may be at least 5 times more polluted than outside air. The EPA has listed indoor air quality as one of the top five environmental health risks that we face.

Common Indoor Pollutants Include:

  • Pollen
  • Mold & Spores
  • Bacteria & Viruses
  • Dust Mites
  • Pet Dander

Microscopic mold, mildew, bacteria and viruses linger in the air, leading to allergies, asthma, respiratory disease and infection. They can live and breed within your air conditioning systems' moist environment, encouraging microorganisms to breed, multiply and grow.

Microorganisms that travel through your indoor air can get trapped in the moist environment of your air conditioning system. Bacteria can then breed and spread throughout the system and your home. The Ultra Violet Light System attacks and sterilizes these bacteria in your air conditioning system, where they live and breed. This purifies the air that moves through your home, improving the quality of your indoor living space.

A humidifier will get rid of static electricity, can help cut down on sinus problems and allergies. An added benefit is that they can actually lower your energy bill. The humidifier will put moisture in the air and make you feel more comfortable, so you can keep your thermostat at a lower setting.

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Tri-Town Heating & Air Conditioning

S72 W16496 Janesville Road
Muskego, WI 52130

Phone: 414-422-1620
Fax: 414-422-9676

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Friday: 7 a.m.-noon

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