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HVAC Replacements and Maintenance TimelineOf all of the appliances in a home, the HVAC system is usually the hardest worker. It takes a lot of energy to keep a home feeling comfortable. This means that the HVAC system needs regular care and that it will eventually need to be replaced. Many factors influence the lifespan of a heating and cooling system, but here is the typical HVAC maintenance timeline and when you should consider replacing the system.

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To Repair or Replace? Start the Conversation | Hartman Bros.When you're facing the possibility of replacing your heating or cooling system, it makes sense that you should be as sure as possible that the equipment actually needs to be replaced. It's always possible that a repair might be enough to let you get another season or two of use. Here are some factors you can use as a starting point to help figure out whether you should repair or replace your HVAC system.

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Here's Why Buying the System is Better Than Just the UnitMany homeowners consider purchasing an entire HVAC system to be less economical than replacing just the part of the system that's giving them the most problems. On the contrary, replacing the whole system may help you save money and give you several other benefits. Here's what you stand to gain by buying an HVAC system rather than just a single unit.

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The Difference Between the "Feels Like" Temperature and What Your Thermostat is SayingWhen the number on your thermostat display doesn't match up to the "feels like" temperature inside your home, it's frustrating and worrisome. A difference between the actual and displayed temperature is often due to humidity, or the amount of moisture in the indoor air. Here's a look at why this inconsistency happens, along with some suggestions on to make your home more comfortable.

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Don't Forget to Spring Clean Your HVAC SystemWith spring in full bloom here in the Midwest, it's important to add your HVAC system to spring cleaning tasks. A clean, properly maintained central cooling and heating system will operate more efficiently, provide greater comfort and be less prone to breakdowns. Try these HVAC spring cleaning steps:

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Storm Season Preparation TipsHere in Indiana, once spring arrives, so does the season of tornadoes and other strong storms. While you're probably familiar with the first rule of protecting you and your family from a bad storm (get inside fast!), other rules and guidelines should be followed as well. Some of them are intended to protect your home's HVAC system. Following are some tried-and-true tips for spring storm preparation.

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Safeguarding Your HVAC System Components this SpringIf your home has a central cooling system or heat pump, you may want to protect your HVAC system from copper theft. The outdoor condenser contains copper tubing that can be recycled for cash. It takes just a few minutes for thieves to remove the outer cover from the condenser and rip the coils from the unit.

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What to Know About Manuals S, D, and JWhether you're replacing an old HVAC system in your current home or installing a new system in the home you're building, you've probably encountered the terms Manual S, Manual D, and Manual J. These are important components in finding the best system for your home. They're also frequently confusing terms to understand, so here's what you need to know:

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How Do Your HVAC System Components Work Together?Your home HVAC system can seem extremely complicated: after all, you may have an air conditioner, a furnace, a thermostat, a network of ducts, air filters, and even auxiliary systems like air cleaners or ventilation solutions. But all of these HVAC system components come together into one larger picture that keeps your home comfortable. Here's how:

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Here's How to Remember to Change Your Air FilterThe air filter in your furnace or air conditioner performs the important task of collecting debris and grit that floats around in your air. Over time that filter becomes loaded with this gunk, and it needs to be replaced. Yet many homeowners struggle to remember to replace their filters, and their HVAC systems suffer poor efficiency as a result. Here are four tips to help you remember to change your air filter and improve the efficiency of your system.

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Air Balancing: Why You Need ItIf you’ve noticed your HVAC system running longer than normal or if certain areas of your Fort Wayne home always seem cooler or hotter than the rest, you could have an air balancing problem. Your heating and cooling system needs to be able to deliver hot or cold air to all parts of your home evenly. When this doesn’t happen, it indicates that the air from your HVAC system isn’t being distributed properly throughout your home.

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Telltale Signs of Great HVAC Customer ServiceWhen something goes wrong with your heating and cooling or when you need some maintenance done on your system, it’s important to find a dependable HVAC contractor. Having a reliable contractor helps ensure that your HVAC equipment is properly repaired and maintained, so you’ll experience fewer problems with it over the years. When choosing a contractor, look for the following signs that they offer exceptional customer service.

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Reducing Your Furnace's Load

February 9, 2016Furnaces

Reducing Your Furnace's LoadIf you equate saving money this heating season with turning the thermostat for the furnace down, you could be shivering unnecessarily. It could be possible to reduce the amount of time this hard-working appliance runs by cutting its heating load. Your home may be losing heat through all its cracks and crevices, or it could be seeping outdoors from the windows and insufficient insulation.

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Preventive HVAC Maintenance: A Worthy InvestmentThroughout the years, HVAC is subject to wear and tear. Without proper service, this could cause heating and cooling equipment to underperform, reducing home comfort and increasing spending. To counter these issues, many homeowners elect to schedule preventive HVAC maintenance. Could this be right for you? Read on to discover the advantages of doing so.

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