Airborne debris in your Indiana home can worsen allergies and asthma, cause odors, and allow mold and mildew to spread. While standard fiberglass HVAC filters protect your system from dirt, they don't do much to clean the air. To improve your indoor air quality by removing fine dust, pollen and smoke particles, an electronic air cleaner is one of your best options.
Your HVAC ducts may be working silently, but that doesn't mean they're working efficiently. Ductwork problems are so common that in the average Indiana home, between 20 to 40 percent of conditioned air never reaches the home's living spaces. If your ducts aren't working as they should be, you may notice:
Indiana's harsh winters and sweltering summers keep your HVAC system working hard for much of the year. Those long months of heavy use make professional, annual service for your HVAC system essential. By investing in an annual HVAC service plan, you'll enjoy a number of benefits.
Frozen pipes are costly, messy hassle, but Indiana's cold winters mean they're something you should be prepared for. By knowing how to thaw pipes safely and efficiently, you can prevent ruptures and resulting damage.
Hidden away inside your Indiana home's HVAC system, your air filter performs an important job. To do that job well, though, the filter must be clean. Ensuring your system is equipped with a clean filter provides you with a number of benefits.
Geothermal heating and cooling systems are the most energy-efficient home comfort systems you can buy. Rather than burning fossil fuels for heating or using ozone-depleting refrigerants for cooling, a geothermal heating and cooling system uses renewable (and free) heat from the earth.
New developments in heating technology have allowed manufacturers to add furnace features that improve energy efficiency and home comfort. However, not every new furnace has all of these features, so it's important to know what to look for.
Learning how to buy a boiler is a rite of passage for many homeowners. Because this is not a purchase that needs to be made often, you might have to do some research to learn more about the available systems and which ones would be best for your home. You also have to decide what efficiency rating to look for to best maximize energy savings.
A professional energy evaluation tells you how energy efficient your home is. With the results provided by various tests, you can decide what types of home improvements and weatherization steps will have the most impact on your home's energy usage, allowing you to spend wisely and enjoy the most benefits for your investment.
Winterizing your home will not only help eliminate those uncomfortable drafts, it can also save you money. Winters in Indiana can be pretty severe, but if you're prepared you can keep your family safe and comfortable all season long. Fortunately, there are several cost-effective steps you can take to prepare your home for the cold weather in the Allen County area.
With another Indiana winter approaching, energy savings is a hot topic these days. However, there are several energy-savings myths that you need to know about before you waste your time or money. Of course, whenever you're in doubt, always consult your heating and cooling contractor for expert advice.
A fall furnace tune-up is one of the best ways to prepare your heating system for winter. After getting a break all summer long, your heating system needs to be cleaned, lubricated and tuned up to ensure that it operates at peak efficiency.
Choosing an HVAC contractor can be challenging, but Hartman Brothers makes it easy with our three-point promise. Whether you purchase a new system or sign up for annual maintenance, you can be sure that we are committed to keeping every customer satisfied.
Installing a new furnace is a task that should always be left to the professionals, but you should know what to look for in a contractor to be sure the process goes smoothly. You also should know what furnace features to look for so you can save money and stay comfortable throughout our Indiana winter.
Summer storms are a fact of life in the Fort Wayne area, where the weather can be unpredictable. Along with damage from heavy rain and winds, these storms can also cause a loss of power for hours or days. The best way to weather a summertime power outage is by being prepared:
Insulating and sealing your home in late-summer or fall will help ensure that you stay warm and cozy during the cold Indiana winter. Stopping air leaks and adding insulation will not only keep you more comfortable, but also reduce your energy bill by preventing heat loss. Some aspects of keeping your home airtight can be accomplished yourself, but for more complex tasks, or jobs that involve getting into tight or hard-to-reach spaces, seek the help of a qualified professional.
Installing a UV light system inside your home’s ductwork is a proven method for destroying bacteria, viruses and mold. Otherwise these microorganisms may otherwise spread and proliferate, causing illnesses and exacerbating respiratory issues for you and your loved ones.
The Hartman Brothers' 10-year Installation Warranty has your back where the manufacturer’s warranty leaves off. Your new HVAC equipment incorporates technology that provides a trouble-free expected service life that lasts longer than models of only a few years ago. Manufacturer warranties are also more comprehensive and longer than ever. However, the manufacturer seldom covers the labor and parts associated with installation of the equipment. And yet, competent installation is critical to receiving the energy efficiency and performance promised by the manufacturer’s specs. The U.S. Department of Energy reports that improper installation can reduce equipment efficiency by as much as 30 percent. That's more than enough to cancel out the gains of upgrading to a new high-efficiency air conditioner or furnace. An HVAC contractor that stands behind his installation procedures for a full decade knows the importance of getting it right from the beginning. Here what’s covered by the Hartman Brothers 10-year Installation Warranty:
If you’re having difficulty maintaining consistent home comfort, it could be that your ductwork needs attention. Look and listen for these giveaway signs of inefficient ductwork, and fix the problems to lower energy costs, increase home comfort, and reduce workload on HVAC equipment.
Devices such as chargers, computers and DVD players that continue to use electricity when they are turned off are referred to as "energy vampires." Sometimes, having a device that's not in use continuing to draw power from an outlet makes sense, such as when you need to set a timer, but often the energy is simply wasted. Beating the energy vampires is a key factor in reducing your power usage and lowering your electric bill. To combat these energy-sucking devices and keep your monthly bills under control, try these simple steps: