New ORNL Report on Geothermal Heat Pumps!

A report by ORNL (Oak Ridge National Laboratories) analyzed the national benefits of GHP systems and found that replacing all existing residential space-heating, space-cooling and water-heating systems in U.S. single-family homes with properly designed, installed and operated state-of-the-art GHP systems would yield the following benefits every year:
 
• Cut more than 270 million metric tons of carbon dioxide emissions (a 45.3% reduction) from existing U.S. single-family homes;
 
• Save more than $50 billion in energy (a 48.2% savings); and
 
• Reduce 216 gigawatts in summer peak electrical demand (a 56.1% reduction).
 
Wow!

Knoxville Public Works Complex Utilizing Geothermal HVAC

Knoxville’s future public works complex, already slated to be one of the city’s most environmentally-friendly buildings to date, will become even more energy-efficient thanks to a $240,000 state grant.

The funding will go toward installing a geothermal heat pump, which uses the naturally stable temperature in the ground to heat and cool buildings. Though expensive to install, the geothermal pump will save the city about $3,120 per year over a traditional heating and cooling system, according to city officials.

Read more at:

http://www.knoxnews.com/news/local-news/city-receives-240k-state-grant-toward-geothermal-heat-pump_47318977

A & C Trades selected for big award for 2014 work

We are very proud to announce we have been selected to receive the “Best of” award for our work in 2014 by Houzz.com.  Click the Link  view the release!!!

Best of Houzz 2015 Press Release

 

A & C Trades and Services of Knoxville, Tennessee Receives

Best Of Houzz 2015 Award

Over 25 Million Monthly Unique Users Rated Top-Rated Home Building,

Remodeling and Design Professionals in the United States and Around the World

 

Knoxville, Tennessee, January 19, 2015 – A & C Trades and Services of Knoxville has been awarded “Best Of Houzz” for Customer Satisfaction by Houzz, the leading platform for home remodeling and design. The 37 year old geothermal heating and cooling company was selected by the more than 25 million monthly unique users that comprise the Houzz community from among more than 500,000 active home building, remodeling and design industry professionals.

 The Best Of Houzz award is given in two categories: Design and Customer Satisfaction. Design award winners’ work was the most popular among the more than 25 million monthly users on Houzz, known as “Houzzers.” Customer Satisfaction honors are determined by a variety of factors, including the number and quality of client reviews a professional received in 2014. Winners will receive a “Best Of Houzz 2015” badge on their website profiles, helping Houzz users around the world who discover and love a professional’s work to learn even more about that business’ popularity and satisfaction rating among their peers in the Houzz community.

 “A & C Trades is dedicated to giving our customers the highest level of integrity, professionalism, and quality workmanship,” said Nathan Anderson, vice president of A & C Trades.  “We offer an un-paralled level of customer service, education, and support. ‘Green solutions’ is not just a catch phrase, for us, it is our mission and responsibility.”

 “Houzz provides homeowners with a 360 degree view of home building, remodeling and design industry professionals, empowering them to engage the right people and products for their project,” said Liza Hausman, vice president of industry marketing for Houzz. “We’re delighted to recognize A & C Trades and Services among our “Best Of” professionals as judged by our community of homeowners and design enthusiasts who are actively remodeling and decorating their homes.”

 Follow A & C Trades and Services on Houzz at www.houzz.com/acgeothermal.

 About A &C Trades and Services

A & C Trades has become the leader in East-Tennessee for installation of geothermal heating and cooling and hydronic radiant floor heating systems.  A & C Trades has been in business since 1977 and is still a family owned and operated company.  A & C has built the company upon their reputation within the building community and strives for complete customer satisfaction while providing the highest level of quality installations.  A & C designs, installs and services all systems which enable them to offer complete turn-key solution for their clients. For more information, visit www.acgeothermaltn.com.

 About Houzz

Houzz is the leading platform for home remodeling and design, providing people with everything they need to improve their homes from start to finish – online or from a mobile device. From decorating a room to building a custom home, Houzz connects millions of homeowners, home design enthusiasts and home improvement professionals across the country and around the world. With the largest residential design database in the world and a vibrant community powered by social tools, Houzz is the easiest way for people to find inspiration, get advice, buy products and hire the professionals they need to help turn their ideas into reality. Headquartered in Palo Alto, CA, Houzz also has international offices in London, Berlin and Sydney. For more information, visit www.houzz.com.

5 Secret Weapons of Green Home Pros

There’s green and there’s uber-green. Then there are builders who have a passing interest in green building technologies, but aren’t so sure about the costs or the benefits, besides energy savings. The benefits to the homeowners range from having green or eco-friendly homes to maintaining healthy lifestyles to paying lower utility bills. ERVs, geothermal heat, mini-split HVAC units, and heat pumps keep cool air flowing and the water hot.

As utility costs increase and more homebuyers say they’re interested in greener homes being able to list green technologies on the fact sheet, and how they save energy, can increase a buyer’s interest in your home over others like it.

The NAHB’s 2013 What Home Buyers Want survey reported that 67 percent of buyers want an environmentally friendly home or are concerned about the environment in general. They also want to know about a home’s projected utility cost, suggesting that eco-friendly features that lower utility bills would interest them. They would also be willing to pay an additional average of $7,095 to the up-front price of a home if that saved them $1,000 annually in utility costs.

Read more at:  http://techomebuilder.com/emagazine-articles/energy-and-water/5-secret-weapons-of-green-home-pros/

 

 

 

 

 

 

Radiant Heat system at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL)

he National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) in Golden, Colo., is the nation’s only federal laboratory dedicated to the research, development, commercialization and deployment of renewable energy and energy-efficient technologies. When it came time to build a $64 million, 220,000-square-foot Research Support Facility on the campus, NREL engineers looked to Uponor radiant heating and cooling to help meet their energy-neutral goals.

“In designing and building the new facility, our aim was to move the needle in how America uses energy to heat and cool buildings,” NREL Senior Engineer Paul Torcellini says. “It isn’t enough to be energy-efficient when commercially viable technology exists to make buildings energy-neutral.”

Among the many groundbreaking innovations that made the facility possible was a new method for installing radiant heating and cooling systems: the Uponor Radiant Rollout™ Mat, which enabled mechanical contractor Trautman & Shreve to dramatically slash labor time and costs. These savings, in turn, helped NREL meet its budgetary goals and tight construction schedule.

Learn more about this amazing radiant heating project at the link below.

http://www.uponor-usa.com/Case-Studies/Case-Study.aspx?id={AF1FEE5B-081C-4FCF-8290-3E405ADB993D}

What is a good humidity level for your home?

Humidity is a strange beast: allow humidity to get too high, and all manner of issues crop up, but let it drop too low, and unique new problems rear their ugly heads. For this reason, homes should be designed with a specific range of humidity in mind. Engineers, architects, and other home designers must be careful to prevent humidity from dropping too low or from going too high, all while keeping in mind regional variations that may make high humidity a problem in one area and low humidity a problem elsewhere. Luckily, the best indoors humidity range is fairly wide. Engineers also have several tools in their kits to manage humidity rates, making humidity a fairly simple problem to solve.

The ideal humidity range is one that takes into account all of a home’s inhabitants, both living and inanimate. Humans, books, and electronics all have their own particular ideal humidity range; fortunately, these ranges overlap. The best humidity range is the area where all three overlap.

Take a look at the article below for some great insight into your home’s humidity levels.

http://www.brighthubengineering.com/hvac/81719-best-indoor-humidity-range-for-people-books-and-electronics/

 

Find and Fix Drafty Windows

There’s a chill in the air — do you feel it? Rather than wait around for the mercury to plummet, take steps now to ensure that your home remains comfortable through the coldest months of the year.

Besides proper insulation and HVAC maintenance, I recommend taking a close look at your windows. Notorious for air leaks, windows can not only admit cold air, but also allow heated air to escape. There are many ways to seal such drafts — but first you’ve got to find them.

Bob Vila has some GREAT advice on drafty windows in this article for Zillow!

http://www.zillow.com/blog/fix-drafty-windows-save-money-163503/

Mormon Geothermal!

It has been repeated time and again that churches drive many worthy and valuable efforts, and when they get behind something, people listen.  Here is a peak at the 683,000 square foot Mormon Church Office Building in Salt Lake City, heated and cooled by geothermal sourced chillers since 1972.

The headquarters building of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints (LDS) is a 28-story office tower plus penthouse and two 4-story wings to the east and west.  The building was occupied in 1972.  Construction is concrete.  The entire complex has 683,000 net square feet of office space and houses 1,600+ employees.  Three levels below ground contain the cafeteria, mail room, print shop, maintenance shop, and parking for 1,400 cars.

Meet the Mormons-

http://egggeothermalblogs.blogspot.com/2014/10/geothermal-HVAC-church-office-building-mormon.html

New Wraps!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

We would like to thank Bosch HeaA & C Trades VanA & C Trades Truckting and Cooling for their assistance with these AWESOME new truck/van wraps!!!!!!!! Keep an eye out for our guys on the roads!

 

Wow that is a lot of wasted water!

Did you know………If your faucet is dripping at a rate of one drop per second you will waste 2,700 gallons of water per year.