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:
Ignore your attic insulation, and it will cost you across the board with higher utility bills, increased strain on HVAC equipment, possible roof damage and compromising your home comfort with uneven cooling and heating.
In homes and businesses where ductwork isn’t the ideal choice, there’s always the option to install a ductless mini-split. Such systems provide a convenient, cost-effective way to heat and cool areas of your home where ductwork isn’t feasible. Plus, ductless mini-split maintenance is often simple and affordable.
Geothermal energy is heat within the Earth, contained in the ground, rock or water. Tapping into this heat gives you a cheaper and more environmentally friendly way to heat and cool your home than by using conventional means.
How do you win the war against increasing costs for cooling and heating your home? If you're considering an HVAC system upgrade, a good place to start is a geothermal heat pump. While costly, your return on investment will get a major boost once you take advantage of a substantial federal energy tax credit for installing a geothermal system.
Keeping your air conditioner clean and properly maintained is a key way to prevent mold from developing in your A/C system. The natural condensation and moisture produced by your air conditioner can turn the equipment into a breeding ground for mold growth. Mold can be hazardous, especially for people who suffer from allergies, asthma or other breathing ailments. To keep your air conditioner in top shape, be sure to schedule annual HVAC maintenance and follow these simple DIY tips. A clean air conditioning environment is your best line of defense against mold development.
During humid and hot Indiana summers, you'll want to get the most out of your air conditioning system. However, the configuration of your home might make this difficult, particularly if you have large windows, multiple floors or room additions. Often, the area immediately around the thermostat will be at a comfortable temperature, while the rest of the house might be uncomfortably hot or cold. The best way to address this common problem is to install a zoning system.
Air conditioner troubleshooting comes in two flavors: The easy stuff you can do yourself and the technical problems should be left to an experienced HVAC professional. The DIY version mainly involves ruling out the obvious things that might result in a wasted service call. You may encounter a simple fault you can fix yourself. But if not, you’ll end up scheduling a service call to repair the problem. Still, because you’ve at least ruled out the obvious potential problem yourself, after air conditioner troubleshooting, you’ll have more confidence in what the technician recommends.
Reducing your home's heating and cooling load can be a homegrown strategy. The terms refer to the amount of energy required to maintain a comfortable interior temperature. In winter, that’s the heating load, and in the summer it's the cooling load. A house with too much of either is energy inefficient and costing you money. Methods to reduce the load on your home include weatherizing, adding insulation and sealing ducts. But a natural “green” option exists, too. Energy-saving landscaping positions trees to lower the heating and cooling load by blocking solar heat in summer while still allowing the sun to warm the house in winter. This is accomplished by considering the sun’s seasonal track across your property.
Sleepless nights, interrupted conversations and angry neighbors ... what do all of these things have in common? They're all caused by that awful noise your air conditioner's making. Though you may have tried to ignore the racket, it's important that you find the underlying cause of the noise your air conditioner's making, both for your system's and your own good.
When replacing or repairingyour air conditioner, it can be wise to familiarize yourself with the air conditioning terms and concepts used within the industry. To assist you in learning this somewhat foreign language, we've put together a list of air conditioning terms and definitions you should know.
Most homeowners aren't aware that they can perform their own energy evaluation on their homes. In tough economic times like we're experiencing today, it's important to save money every way possible. If you're not sure whether you're doing everything you can to keep energy costs low, here are a few tips that will help ensure your family stays comfortable, while you enjoy savings on utility costs.
Air conditioning your home can be quite expensive when it requires constant cooling during the summer. Constantly relying on your air conditioner uses up a lot of energy, as well as wearing out your A/C. However, you can reduce your air conditioning costs by installing and using ceiling fans in your Indiana home. They provide a perfect complement to the cooling done by your A/C.
If your home has air leaks, you're throwing away your hard-earned money in unnecessary energy costs. Air leaks allow for the cooled or heated air to escape and the outside air to leak in. To compensate for the air loss, you adjust the thermostat, which increases the amount of energy used, thus increasing your utility bill. To stop this costly cycle from repeating itself, locate and seal air leaks in your home, reducing energy costs while creating a healthier and more comfortable home.