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Features of the Trane ComfortLink II Thermostat System

Nexia Home AutomationTrane ComfortLink II Thermostat System Receives Popular Mechanics Breakthrough Award

In October of 2010, Popular Mechanics announced a positive first look at the soon-to-release Trane ComfortLink II thermostat unit. Public interest immediately followed the announcment. But face it: Any time an HVAC manufacturing company or any other company picks up a Breakthrough Award from a publisher known for recognizing world-changing technology, homeowners and business owners will begin to take serious notice.

Public release of this new Trane A/C temperature control product wouldn’t happen before early 2011. But the news was out. Trane was about to release the most advanced home comfort device of modern technology. Highlighted by a seven-inch interactive control screen, this innovative heating and cooling control unit offered:

  • A touch screen with high-definition color display
  • Central HVAC planning control via an integrated calendar
  • Simplicity of use with a focus on fast-paced home lifestyles
  • Intuitive programming features
  • Automated service reminders
  • Onboard daily, weekly and monthly runtime monitoring
  • A personalized experience
  • AND more.

Six Years of Trane ComfortLink II Satisfaction and Improvements

When it comes to innovation, new technology, and product reliability Trane has always been in the forefront of home air conditioning solutions. In 2010, Popular Mechanics proclaimed Trane heating and cooling products among “The Year’s 10 Most Transformative Products.” But that was six years ago.

What about now?

What about 2016 HVAC applications?

Has, through the years, the technology that drives the Trane ComfortLink II home thermostat control unit proven durable as well as successful?

Well. First off, the ComfortLink II home control unit has never been considered a typical thermostat. It came out as a unit that served as a one-of-a-kind zoning and controls HVAC product manager. When coupled to a wireless in-home router via a personal app, the system enables instant access and control over the installed ComfortLink system. Homeowners can even view and manage the comfort level of individual rooms within the home. And it is custom to personal taste. With ComfortLink, homeowners can go light with simple thermostat controls or they can go deep by viewing and managing home humidity, indoor air quality and the temperature management of individual rooms.

But go even deeper, Trane ComfortLink II functions also include on-screen tracking of current weather alerts and 5-day weather forecast for their precise location, all of this completed by an up-to-minute radar image of current conditions.

So what defines the distinctions between then and now, 2011 and 2016, modern heat pumps versus aged air conditioning systems, and current WiFi technology versus previous WiFi technology. One immediate fact surfaces: the performance of WiFi-based communication systems. For any form of digital communication, speed is the primary factor of increased product performance.

In March 2003, 3G came out as a new standard in mobile phone network technology. Users received greater data bandwidth, quicker web browsing and image-based functionality. It marked a giant step in the evolution of camera phones. Then along toward the end of 2008, WiMax networks made the scene. Shortly thereafter, during 2009 and 2010, 4G.LTE provided a considerable increase in performance, reliability and usability. And now we stand with 5G pushing around the corners. And on the side of land-based communications, Google Fiber excites millions of users with the prospects of a new and improved land speed.

What does all this mean when looking at the Trane ComfortLink II home thermostat system? Users gain improved functionality, greater speed, and quicker data feedback. So let’s close by zooming in on the current:

Trane ComfortLink II Thermostat SystemComfortLink™ II XL950

Wi-Fi Thermostat

What you get…

A remote heating and cooling management device that is much more than a mere thermostat. The Trane comfortLink Wi-Fi thermostat is actually a home-energy command center. It’s digital, programmable, easy to use, and ready made for the quickest in remote system access. Features include:

  • Air Quality Management via exclusive cycling controls. Maximize indoor air quality with a minimum of effort
  • Zoning Sophisticated via rapid and simple on-screen instructions. Monitor and update multiple zone settings
  • Event Scheduling that includes single or recurring management functions. Craft custom cooling and heating schedules that meet the precise lifestyle of your family
  • Personalized Digital Displays that enable your ComfortLink II to serve as an individualized home digital picture frame
  • 7 Days Programmable
  • 5 Heating Stages
  • And already Wi-Fi configured to match your home Internet connection device.

And the best point about Trane ComfortLink thermostat technology: By constantly updating to handle new techno advancements, the Trane home heating and cooling management system continues to rival the features of any home thermostat on the market.

Get yours ComfortLink now. Contact your local Arizona American Cooling and Heating supply team.



Trane Air Conditioning Healthcare Solutions Increase Home Cooling Efficiency

Arizona Trane Air HandlersTrane Air Conditioning Healthcare Solutions – Innovation Commercial and Industrial Upgrades

Trane Air Conditioning healthcare solutions seem ever on the move. The array of new heating and cooling benefits touch both the commercial and the industrial HVAC marketplace. We see it year after year. Some school, medical center, or industrial site reaps renewed and extended benefits from the A/C innovations incorporated into Trane commercial products. For example:

  • St. Lucie county school district recently linked with Trane for a new chiller plant upgrade. Benefits of the new system include energy savings and better air-chiller efficiency.
  • Hardin Medical Center used Trane Air Conditioning healthcare solutions to upgrade cooling equipment to the tune of a 25-percent reduction in energy and operating costs. Administrators at the Center define the upgrades as cost-efficient while also improving the comfort/satisfaction ratio with patients, physicians and medical staff members.
  • The ASHE Annual Conference reveals even more Trane High Performance solutions.
  • Jefferson Medical Center (WJMC) called on Trane CDQ™ desiccant dehumidification technology to assure precise temperature and humidity control in the CyberKnife™ robotic surgery system (1). CDQ™ is designed for facilities requiring lower dew point settings. The system can increase cooling coil capacity by 20-300 percent.

But how quickly does a commercial or industrial A/C solution get into the Trane residential Air Conditioning delivery system?

Effects of Commercial Trane HVAC Equipment On Residential A/C Customers

Back in July 2014, a Trane news brief “Trane Showcases High Performance Solutions for the Healthcare Market at ASHE Annual Conference” announced several products and services designed to help healthcare providers improve customer care and support. The changes include three primary components:

  1. The Performance Climate Changer
  2. The Trane Wireless Comm
  3. AND a unique partnership between Trane and Fellon-McCord.

Sounds nifty, but how do these Trane/Ingersoll Rand commercial air conditioning products and air conditioning product reliability promises relate to residential heating and cooling customers? Well… Let’s consider for a moment the purpose and features of the Trane Performance Climate Changer™ (PCC):

Crafted to deliver better indoor air quality, energy efficiency and occupant comfort over a wider range of applications than what is available via previous products, the Trane Performance Climate Changer™ air handler systems enable better cost-control and business budget management. Furthermore, the PCC air handler delivers optimized airflow throughout the entire HVAC system. Constructed with double-wall casing panels and high-performance foam insulation, the units can be tailor designed to fit a specific application. The superior casing design reduces air leakage and wasted energy consumption. Some configurations even feature SDDPtm fan arrays. But…

The units are designed for commercial applications. Homes don’t need these high-performance HVAC systems. Yet every business product eventually changes the daily lifestyle of the human creature. For example: Popular Mechanics reports that the first discovery of the cooling effects associated with liquid evaporation took place in 1758. Yet it was 1902 before Willis Carrier invented his Apparatus for Treating Air. Twelve years later air conditioning finally reached the residential environment. By the 1950s, home air conditioning was defined as “just another way to keep up with the Joneses.”

Maybe we don’t need a home version of the Trane Performance Climate Changer™. But whenever corporate entities introduce new technology into the business world, eventually the average homeowner will prosper from that technology. For years,  Trane Air Conditioning healthcare solutions have helped the company find better ways to serve the residential HVAC marketplace. It’s the kind of technology I want when cooling my home. Who knows how much of the PCC technology will eventually help reduce my home heating and cooling bill. Ask your Arizona AC service center to help you make sure you don’t miss out on the benefits of Trane HVAC technology.

Get more information on Trane residential High-Efficiency Air Handlers.

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HVAC Maintenance and Repair: Tips by Gilbert AZ HVAC Service Center ACH

Gilbert AZ HVAC ServicesEstablishing a simple and doable Gilbert AZ HVAC preventative home maintenance plan ensures that your heating system remains in top shape. Basic heat pump or furnace upkeep demands one to three hours per year in personal effort and routine filter replacements ranging from $40 to $100 in costs.

According to the ten-day forecast from Weather Underground, current Gilbert, AZ nighttime lows ranging between 45°F and 51°F remain in effect. It’s going to get worse and the demand on your home heating system will increase. This means a jump in the cost of staying comfortable on the inside of your home.

But you can reduce the cost for Gilbert AZ HVAC operations and repairs.

The team at American Cooling and Heating recommends a professional inspection at the beginning of spring and at the beginning of fall. Heavy-duty HVAC maintenance and repair involves opening the primary system, inspecting and cleaning the wiring, the mechanisms of the unit and examining the condition of the duct system. It’s usually a bit more than the typical Gilbert homeowner should attempt. But that doesn’t prevent you from practicing basic cooling and heating and preventative home maintenance.

Prolong the life of your Gilbert AZ HVAC system. Apply the following energy efficiency best practices for extended life and better service from your heating and cooling equipment.

Standards for Routine HVAC Maintenance and Repair

Whether heating and cooling with a dual-stage power-efficiency Trane XL20i heat pump or an Amana premium packaged dual-fuel gas and heat pump system, effective preventive home maintenance of your Gilbert AZ HVAC demands certain immediate actions:

  • Buy and install a pleated, high-efficiency air filter
  • Maintain a clear airflow path around your outdoor heat pump or AC system
  • Control the accumulation of grass, leaves or any other loose substances or materials that can hinder the performance of your external units.

Additional energy efficiency best practices include monthly and seasonal maintenance. Upgrading your HVAC filter system to a pleated unit with electrostatic particle management only works if the remains unclogged by pet hair, dust or other obstacles. Inspect the filter monthly. Replace it every ninety days regardless of appearance. Additional seasonal HVAC maintenance and repair practices include:

  • Checking the visible refrigerant lines for damaged insulation
  • Cutting off the water supply to the furnace humidifier during the summer
  • Replacement of the humidifier filter and engaging the water supply during the winter.

Following up on the immediate and the seasonal, make sure your Gilbert AZ HVAC inspection, maintenance and repair program includes annual servicing. Along with scheduling heating and cooling preventive home maintenance from American Cooling and Heating, here are some annual energy efficiency best practices that you can handle yourself:

  • Inspect the balance of the outdoor units to ensure that erosion has not caused the pads to become unleveled
  • Inspect your in-home registers to ensure that they are blocked or closed thus placing unnecessary strain on your heat pump, ac or furnace system
  • Prevent excess buildup of algae and mold by pouring a mixture of bleach and water down the inside condensate drain.

As a final step, replace the battery in your carbon monoxide detector. While you are at it, replace the batteries in your fire alarms. The U.S. Consumer product safety commission reports an estimate of 14,000 CO poisoning incidents during 2009. The average yearly CO poisoning death rate falls on 14 people per year. Don’t be one of the few.

American Cooling and Heating For Reliable Gilbert AZ HVAC Services

ACH provides 24/7 emergency Gilbert AZ HVAC maintenance and repair services. The company installs all major brands of heating and cooling equipment. For more information, click here.







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