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The Zoning System: A Home Amenity That Promotes Family HarmonyIn many homes, the thermostat can become a miniature, wall-mounted battlefield. One person will turn the temperature up, and minutes later a spouse or sibling will turn the temperature down – causing your HVAC system to work overtime, while leaving nobody truly comfortable. 

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The Geothermal Heat Pump: Weighing Your Initial Investment Against Long-Term SavingsIf you'd like one of the most efficient ways of heating and cooling your Indiana home, you can't do any better than a geothermal heat pump. These tap into the stable underground temperatures to deliver heated and cooled air. Temperatures above ground fluctuate a great deal, but below the surface of the soil, the temperatures are relatively stable. A heat pump doesn't use any fuel except for electricity and just exchanges or captures heat. 

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minimizing your risk of water damage fort wayne While your central air conditioner produces cool air out of sight — usually in the attic or a closet — the coils in your A/C unit are busy producing something else: Water, and lots of it. Serious water damage can result from condensation that forms naturally on the evaporator coils. A central air conditioner may produce a surprising 5 to 20 gallons of water per day — especially during a humid Indiana summer. In a properly maintained system, the condensate collects in a drip-pan beneath the air handler and drains through a hose connected to your sewer system. If the drain system fails, or the evaporator coils produce more condensate than the drain can handle, gallons of water could silently damage your house before you’re even aware of it.

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When you're choosing a new air conditioner, the two most important issues facing you are selecting the air conditioner that offers ideal efficiency, and the load calculation, which determines the right size system for your home. With your A/C, both energy efficiency and size will have financial and comfort implications for years to come.

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Every generation thinks of itself as smarter and more capable than the previous generation. While that may not be accurate when it comes to people, it certainly is the case with programmable thermostats. The new generation is much smarter than its predecessors with an array of features that make it easier than ever for you to save money.

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Where The Ductwork Won't Go, Your Ductless Mini-Split DeliversWhen you're planning a renovation or adding more livable space, heating and cooling it can become an issue, especially if it would be difficult or expensive to extend ducts from your current HVAC system. However, ductless mini-splits are excellent ways to condition a space without ducts, since these heat pumps vent air directly into a space. Like a regular air-source heat pump, a mini-split has two main parts: an outdoor compressor/condenser and one or more interior air handlers. A conduit connects these parts.

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Anything that has electronic components needs surge protection. This includes not only obvious items like TVs and computers, but also any other appliances with electronic components, such as your washer and dryer, refrigerator and other items. Less obvious equipment that needs surge protection is your HVAC equipment. In fact, your HVAC system is probably the most expensive thing you own that needs a surge protector.

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Now that spring is well underway, make sure you check your HVAC system's air filter before putting your air conditioner or heat pump into use for the cooling season. Any time you launch into a new cooling or heating season, you should make sure you have a clean air filter ready to go, since this will help ensure both improved indoor air quality and smooth HVAC system operation throughout the upcoming high-use season.

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Air Conditioner Maintenance: Avoid 5 Risks Of Neglecting Your SystemProper air conditioner maintenance keeps you cool and saves you money. Air conditioners are large, complicated machines that potentially consume more power than any other appliance in your home. Here are five things that maintaining your air conditioner can protect you from, especially in Fort Wayne's hot and humid summers:

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Now that the cooling season is nearly upon us in Indiana, humidity will increasingly become an issue for homeowners. Though air conditioners and heat pumps can control humidity levels to some extent, many homes need an added level of protection from muggy indoor air, a whole-house dehumidifier. They're also handy during humid weather when the outside temperatures are cooler, and running your air conditioning isn't a viable option.

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After making a substantial investment in home heating and cooling equipment, you want to be sure these devices run well and last as long as possible. A preventive maintenance plan from Hartman Brothers Heating & Air Conditioning will ensure your HVAC system stays in top operating condition for the season. Our maintenance agreements provide you with regularly scheduled service and tune-ups for your furnace and air conditioner, discounts on parts and labor, and discounts on after-hours emergency service.

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Programmable Thermostats: Make The Smart DecisionThermostats have always been a smart choice. They're money and energy savers – even the old manual units, if used correctly to set back temps when your family leaves the house or goes to sleep. Digital programmable units are more sophisticated, allowing Ft. Wayne-area homeowners to program a schedule and temperature for different parts of day and days of the week. Adjustments are then automatic.

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Geothermal Heat Pumps: Weighing Initial Cost Against Long-Term SavingsFor homeowners who want the best and most cost-effective heating and cooling system possible, geothermal heat pumps offer extremely high levels of efficiency and monthly savings on home comfort expenses. They can be as much as 50 percent more energy efficient than even high-efficiency furnaces, and can reduce your seasonal heating and cooling bills by as much as 70 percent. In addition, geothermal heat pumps run quietly and cleanly, they waste very little energy, and they are very environmentally friendly, producing no harmful exhaust or emissions.

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Now is a great time to do your hardworking air conditioning equipment a favor – by scheduling a spring air conditioning tune-up. You'll be doing your wallet a favor as well, since a well-maintained home comfort system will serve you for years to come. What's more, your air conditioning system will be in top shape throughout its life with regular maintenance, saving you money every month in energy costs. Contact your  New Haven area HVAC professional to schedule an inspection and preventive maintenance visit soon, before the big summer rush.

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Home heating and cooling consumes as much as 50 percent of annual expenditures on energy in a typical home. With such a large portion of your household budget going to indoor comfort, you want to make sure that there's very little energy waste throughout your residence. A do-it-yourself home energy evaluation can help you find out where in your house you're losing energy and money, and reveal where you need to focus repair and conservation efforts.

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Welcome to our new blog for residents of the greater Fort Wayne area of Indiana! We're proud to be part of the community, helping local homeowners to improve the comfort and health of their living environments – without blowing their budget. Here local residents (like you) will find professional HVAC advice, energy savings strategies and the latest new product information.

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