Heil Ion Energy Settings

Did you know that a Heil® Ion™ System Control has more energy management features than most thermostats? It’s true! The Energy Tracking feature in the video above is just one way the Ion System Control can put customers in command of their energy costs.

As the “brain” of a Heil communicating system (i.e., including an Ion System Control, modulating furnace, air conditioner, fan coil, or other Heil communicating equipment), the Ion System Control can help reduce operating costs by:  

  • Maximizing system efficiency
  • Utilizing Smart Setback/Recovery technology
  • Providing vacation energy savings
  • Tracking real-time energy usage

Let’s look at how the Heil Ion System Control can help customers take control of energy costs in more detail. 


Maximizing Heil System Efficiency
The Ion System Control provides two-way communication between home comfort system components (i.e., an Ion System Control and Heil modulating furnace, air conditioner or heat pump). This two-way communication allows for optimal Heil system performance and helps maximize efficiency while minimizing operating costs.

When properly equipped, the Ion System Control efficiently manages temperature and humidity control, helping save energy and reduce monthly utility costs for customers.

Utilizing Smart Setback/Recovery Technology
Smart Setback/Recovery technology can also help homeowners curb energy costs. This unique technology starts the home comfort system before a scheduled temperature change, conserving energy by gradually raising or lowering the temperature in the home. So, the Smart Setback/Recovery function ensures that the house reaches the selected temperature at the proper time without using excess energy. Pretty smart! 

Providing Energy Savings While Away
The Ion System Control is completely programmable. Homeowners can set customized comfort schedules to maximize savings while away from home for work or vacations. They can even extend those settings with mobile access. 

Tracking and Managing Real-Time Energy Usage
No more guessing about the next utility bill. With the Ion System Control and its Energy Tracking function, homeowners can view electrical or heating fuel usage in units or dollars spent. 

As demonstrated in the video above, the Energy Tracking feature is a great tool for managing costs. It lets customers make informed decisions about their comfort settings and energy usage.  

The Ion System Control is much more than a programmable thermostat. It has several energy management capabilities that put customers in control of their comfort and energy usage. With its two-way communication feature, the Ion System Control can maximize efficiency of the complete Heil home comfort system. And, the Smart Setback/Recovery technology, vacation energy savings and real-time energy functions allow homeowners to balance comfort control and energy savings.

Capacitor Failings

Common questions we get when a capacitor needs to be replaced is..

  • We just had that replaced, why did it fail already?
  • Why all of the sudden are my capacitors failing?
  • Until recently, I have never had to replace my capacitors?

A podcast channel I like listening to, recently discussed what commonly cause capacitors to fail. HVACschool.com

Short #77 – What Causes Capacitors to Fail?

After listening to this episode I wanted to share Bryan Orr’s explanation. Great reminders and a couple points I didn’t know myself. I’m always happy to learn more about something I been working with for years.

What actually causes capacitors to fail?

  • Over voltage
  • Over temperature
  • Poor manufacturing practices

In it’s simplest of terms, what is a capacitor?
Capacitor stores and discharges every time there is a cycle change. Kind of like a battery, but it’s a battery that stores and discharges really really quick.

When a run capacitor fails you have no current on the start winding.

Common misconception: There is something the motor can do to cause the capacitor to fail. The motor is failing and thats what caused the capacitor to fail.

Actually, the capacitor failed which has no hurt the motor. Failing capacitors are bad for motors, not the other way around.

There are two main reasons a capacitor fails.

  • Overheat: Running hotter than they should be. Not meaning they are running hotter than they are designed, but running hotter longer. The hotter a capacitor runs the shorter its life will be.
  • High Voltage: Not just power surges, but also lighting strikes can cause high voltage. Not direct lighting strikes, but high voltage events.
  • Poor Manufacturing: Capacitors are made of foil and oil. Thin foil plates or sheets are weak and crack easily. Types of oils that dissipates heat and amount of oils used. Try to design right to the spec.

Bryan mentions a brand of capacitors that we have started using more and more of recently. The cost of the capacitor is more, but with a 5 year warranty. It saves the customer multiple visits and cost over a 5 year period. The brand of capacitor’s are the Amrad Turbo’s. There are other company’s also doing that.

What are some things we can do as a tech to help the capacitors?

  • Use metal strap instead of a plastic strap.
  • Position of the capacitor. Positioning them upright unless manufacture says other wise. If the capacitor is designed with enough oil. The position of the capacitor will determine how well it performs by it position.
  • Try to prevent the unit from over heating.
    • Clean the unit/coils to help reduce the storage of heat
  • Reduce the chance of high/over voltage with a surge protection device

Hope you enjoyed this information and the podcast. These are things that our technicians keep in mind as we service and inspect your HVAC system.