6 Mistakes to Avoid When Buying a New Furnace

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The purchase and installation of a new furnace is a big investment and a big decision. Homeowners in Colorado and Wyoming have many options, and knowing some basic information before you start shopping can save you a lot of headaches down the road. Here are the top 6 mistakes people make when purchasing a new furnace:

1. Ignoring AFUE & Energy Efficiency

AFUE (Annual Fuel Utilization Efficiency) is the rating that shows how energy efficient a furnace is. While the highest rated (most efficient) furnaces cost more up front, choosing one with a low AFUE rating will cost you more every month in higher utility bills. Look for a rating of 17 or higher to potentially save you 50% on your energy bills, compared to older or less efficient models.

2. Not Taking Advantage of Rebates

Rebates for high-efficiency furnaces are often available from the government and the manufacturer. These rebates can make an expensive unit affordable, and allow you to purchase a more efficient unit than you thought you could, based on your budget. Don’t miss out on these savings!

3. Only Getting One Estimate

Prices can vary greatly, even among reputable HVAC contractors. It pays to get several estimates on the purchase and the installation fees.

4. Going for the Lowest Price

A low cost furnace may seem like a good deal in the short time, but over time it will cost you much more in higher energy bills. Be sure to consider the savings you’ll enjoy over the life of your furnace with a more efficient model, even if it costs a few hundred dollars more initially.

Similarly, don’t choose your contractor solely on price. The quality of your furnace installation is critical to the long-term performance of your furnace. Spending money on a new furnace only to skimp on the installation cost, risking poor quality work, will most likely end up costing you more in the future. This could also prevent your furnace from ever working properly.

5. Buying a Furnace that is Too Big or Small

Furnaces are designed to work based on the size and layout of your home. A furnace that is too big will not be more effective, and a furnace that is too small will not be less expensive to operate. The wrong size unit is more likely to break down sooner and more often and use more energy (higher monthly bills) while not properly or consistently heating your home. Make sure your HVAC professional does a load calculation to determine the correct furnace for your home.

6. Not Verifying Your Contractor’s Reputation & Expertise

Before you settle on a contractor be sure to do your homework. Get recommendations from friends or family, read reviews, and check the company’s record of service complaints with the Better Business Bureau. Ask about the technician’s certifications and ongoing training. Be sure to get a detailed written contract that spells out all the installation details, and get all your questions answered satisfactorily before signing.

Your Rheem Pro Partner is ready to answer all your furnace and installation questions. If you are shopping for new furnace, contact us today!

How Do I Heat My Home Evenly?

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Hot or cold spots in your home during the winter are a common problem for people who have multi-level homes, especially older homes. The furnace is running, but one room or floor may be warmer than another. For places like Colorado and Wyoming that are cold in the winter and hot in the summer, achieving even temperatures throughout your home can be a year-round struggle. There are several likely reasons uneven heating (or cooling) occurs:

  • Restricted airflow from the furnace to the registers.
  • Inadequate or improperly sized and sealed ductwork.
  • A heating and cooling system that’s not sufficient for the size of the home.

Here are some things you can try to fix the problem:

Partially Close the Vents Upstairs

Two-story homes often require more warm airflow downstairs during the winter months. Partially closing the upstairs vents while making sure the downstairs vents are open and unobstructed, can force more heat to the lower levels of your home. However, keep in mind that your HVAC system is designed to work with all vents open, and partially or fully closing vents can interfere with the pressure levels, causing pressure to build up.

Add a Zoning System

Zoning allows you to control the temperature on the upper and lower floors of your home independently of one another by adding a second thermostat and a system of dampers. When the room reaches the correct temperature, the dampers close, and reopen when more heat is needed.

Switch Your Thermostat from “Auto” to “On”

Setting your fan to “On” continuously circulates the air in your home, even between floors, creating a more even temperature throughout.

Upgrade Your HVAC Equipment

A furnace equipped with a variable speed blower motor is designed to overcome airflow problems by keeping the airflow steady all over the home. These types of furnaces also use about 1/3 of the electricity of a standard furnace. Rather than being either “on” or “off,” variable speed blowers can operate at a range of speeds for more precise adjustments.

Add Additional HVAC Equipment

A second system is a pricey fix, but in some cases may be the best option for gaining more control over the temperature on each level of a two-story home.

Add a Ductless System

Ductless systems are another way to add more temperature control to your home. These are individual mounted units that can go in the rooms that need them. Air passes through these small air handlers without the need for ductwork, and the temperature can be adjusted for each room that has a unit.

Have Your Ductwork Inspected

Ducts that leak or are improperly installed can cause your home to heat inconsistently.

There is no cookie-cutter answer for why your home is not heated evenly. For the best solution, contact your HVAC professional to evaluate your particular situation. He or she will have the best advice for how to correct the problem.

Contact a Rheem Pro Partner today for all your heating needs and concerns!

Questions to ask a Furnace Repair Company

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Whether you are in need of a furnace repair company because your HVAC system is not working properly or you are looking for a company to perform an annual tune-up on your system, it’s important to remember that it’s always a good idea to ask questions before choosing a company to hire. You might be inclined to hire a company that mailed you a coupon good for an excellent discount or even free services. But before hiring a company that you know very little about, make sure to ask several questions.

Questions to ask a furnace repair company:

Question: How long have you been in business? While the length of time a furnace repair company has been in business is not necessarily an indicator of the company’s skills or professionalism, you might feel more comfortable using a company that has significant experience.

Question: What are your business hours? If you are looking for furnace repair in Denver, you have many choices. There are several furnace repair companies that are available to take your phone call 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. While you might not need furnace repairs on a weekend or during the night right now, you might need help at an inopportune time of day in the future. It’s a good idea to develop a professional relationship with a company that is available for emergency furnace repair services on weekends, holidays, etc.

Question: Have there been many formal complaints made against your company? This might not be a question that you feel comfortable asking the furnace repair company directly. But you can certainly review whether the company has faced any recent customer complaints on your local Better Business Bureau’s website.

Question: Are you licensed and insured? It’s important to hire a furnace repair company that is licensed and insured. Even the most experienced furnace repair technicians can get hurt accidentally.

Question: Can you provide me with a written price quote for parts and services? Most reputable furnace repair companies offer their customers price quotes in writing. It’s always a good idea to get a price quote in writing so you don’t find yourself paying too much for products or labor.

Question: If I purchase a new furnace through your company, do you offer any financing options? If you need a complete replacement of your HVAC system, you might be looking at spending quite a bit of money. If you do not have that amount of money on hand, you may have to put the cost on a credit card or consider using an alternative financing method. If you need a financing option, it makes sense to work with a furnace repair company that either accepts credit cards or offers another type of financing.

Question: Do you offer a free estimate? If you have a serious issue with your furnace or air conditioning system and you know the repair (or replacement) will be relatively expensive, it’s a good idea to get a free price quote from more than one company.

 

Commercial HVAC Heating Tips

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One of the most important commercial HVAC heating tips is to have maintenance performed on your building’s system on a regular schedule. When you own or manage a commercial building, you HVAC system must be reliable and dependable. If the heat in your building is not working on a very cold day, there is little possibility that the people who are supposed to work in your building on that day will be able to stay for an extended period of time. This can lead to a steep financial loss to the business(es) that utilize your building.

Purchasing and installing a new commercial HVAC heating system can be costly. However, it might be necessary if your building’s current system is too antiquated to function well and do its job effectively. A commercial HVAC heating system that cannot maintain a comfortable indoor temperature might use an excessive amount of energy as it runs, which can result in an unreasonably high energy bill. Many times, it make sense to opt for a new commercial HVAC heating system when the existing system is inefficient and breaks down regularly.

No matter if you are considering the purchase and installation of a new HVAC system for your commercial building or if you are committed to keeping your current system running for the next several years, there are many commercial HVAC heating tips to consider. HVAC tips are meant to help commercial building managers or commercial building owners run their HVAC system in the most efficient manner possible.

Commercial HVAC Heating Tips:

Always have your commercial HVAC heating system serviced during the down season. In most geographic areas, there is a period of time in between summer and winter in which the air conditioning system does not run as frequently and the heating system is not yet needed. This is a good time to schedule a maintenance tune-up.

Avoid the need for emergency HVAC repair. It’s never a good situation when a commercial building has to close because the HVAC system is not working. Therefore, it’s important to pay attention to warning signs that signal something is amiss. A commercial HVAC heating company should be called as soon as a problem is suspected.

Consider replacing an old commercial HVAC system. If your commercial building is being heated, cooled and ventilated by an older system, it’s time to start thinking about an HVAC replacement. You might be able to stick with the old system for another few years, but it doesn’t hurt to start your research and think about the specific replacement system you will eventually want to have installed.

Understand how to use your building’s thermostat(s). Depending on the size of your commercial building, you may have one thermostat or many thermostats to manage. Using a zoning system in a large building makes sense. It also allows you to control which parts of the building are kept at a comfortable temperature all day long, and which areas can be kept hotter or cooler depending on when those areas are typically in use. Keeping the temperature set correctly is important, and can lead to significant energy savings.

Make sure to schedule an appointment with your commercial HVAC heating company to discuss the abovementioned tips, as well as others, so your commercial building’s HVAC system is always running as efficiently as possible.

HVAC Maintenance Checklist for Fall

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Fall is the perfect time of year to pull out your HVAC maintenance checklist and make sure your heating system is ready for the cold weather that will undoubtedly be here in month or so. Unless an unusual heat wave or cold front hits your area in late September or early October, this is typically the time of year when the weather is seasonable and pleasant – and there’s little need for either central air conditioning or your heating system.

An HVAC checklist can be a handy tool that can be used as a HVAC preventive maintenance reminder. HVAC maintenance is important in the fall because you want your system to be in excellent condition heading into winter. It’s never a good idea to wait until the outdoor air is uncomfortably cold before checking to make sure your HVAC system is functioning properly.

Your HVAC maintenance checklist for fall should include the following HVAC preventive maintenance items:

Make sure your HVAC system’s air filter is new. Your HVAC system’s air filter should be changed on a monthly basis. If you have not changed or cleaned your air filter in quite some time, now is the time to take care of it.

Have your air ducts cleaned. Many homeowner’s elect to have their air ducts professionally cleaned once a year. Fall is an excellent time to schedule an air duct cleaning appointment.

Adjust your ceiling fans so they spin in the correct direction. During the summer, your home’s ceiling fans should be set to spin in the forward direction. During the winter, the fans should be set to spin in the reverse direction.

Schedule an appointment with your HVAC company for an inspection and tune-up. An HVAC inspection and tune-up is a good way to help prevent the need for emergency HVAC repair on the coldest day of the year.

Look into purchasing an extended service agreement for your HVAC system. An extended service agreement is designed to help cover the cost of parts and labor if your HVAC system ever requires a repair.

Fall is a good time of year to evaluate your current heating and air conditioning system and decide whether it’s time to replace it with a new, more efficient system. If you think you might want to have a new system installed before winter, now is a good time to start shopping for a replacement.

An HVAC maintenance checklist can help you stay on track with HVAC preventive maintenance. It can be difficult to remember everything that should be completed prior to the beginning of the cold weather season. Besides the abovementioned items, make sure to add the following to your HVAC maintenance checklist: reset your thermostat, make sure all of your home’s air vents are open and not blocked by furniture or other items, and make sure your windows, doors and attic are properly insulated.

For more information about what should be included on your HVAC maintenance checklist, give your local HVAC company a call. Scheduling a seasonal inspection and tune-up for your HVAC system is one of the best things you can do for your home’s heating, ventilation and cooling system at this time of year.

Stop Paying for Preventable Air Conditioner Repair!

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If you have a pile of extra money laying around that you would like to spend on air conditioner repairs… that is your choice! But if you don’t want to spend your savings on home air conditioner repair, there are things you can do to try and prevent it. While there are certainly Denver air conditioner repair companies that are willing to repair your central air conditioning system when it is not functioning properly, your goal should be to spend as little as possible on ac repairs each year. This is a possibility by following a few simple guidelines.

Here are tips on how to stop paying for preventable air conditioner repairs:

Always call a Top Contractor. If you are in need of air conditioner repairs, call Rheem Pro Partner. All of our HVAC technicians are Top Contractors. Our group of Top Contractors are known as elite. Every independently owned HVAC contractor in this group is highly trained and completely professional. It is the goal of Rheem Pro Partner to provide 100% satisfaction to all customers. When you have your home air conditioner repair completed by a member of Rheem Pro Partner, you can rest assured that the repair is completed correctly. This can help prevent future problems – and can ultimately save you money.

Follow the advice of your HVAC technician. One of the best ways to learn more about your home’s central air conditioning system is to ask questions and listen to your HVAC technician. During your next routine HVAC system maintenance appointment, make sure to ask questions about the most effective method for taking care of your air conditioner. Find out as much as you can about you system, so you know how to avoid preventable air conditioner problems.

Have ac repairs completed as soon as they are detected. It’s always best to repair ac problems as soon as they are discovered instead of waiting weeks or months to call a Denver air conditioner repair company. When problems are left unfixed, they can lead to further damage to your HVAC system.

Always have your air conditioner maintained and tuned-up at least once a year. One of the most effective ways to prevent air conditioner problems is to have your system checked and tuned-up by a professional home air conditioner repair person at least once a year. During the maintenance appointment, the system can be checked for impending problems, and problems can be repaired before they become more significant and more expensive to fix.

It’s absolutely possible to prevent certain air conditioner problems. For additional advice on how to keep your central air conditioning system in tip-top shape, give Rheem Pro Partner a call. We are happy to give homeowners advice, tips and guidance on all issues related to their HVAC system. If you ever need air conditioner repairs, we always provide quick, reliable and dependable HVAC service to homeowners located anywhere in the Denver metro area.

Take These 7 Steps Before Using Your Furnace

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Before you know it, winter will be here! If you live in Colorado, you know that the weather can turn from warm and moderate to cold and snowy almost overnight. Typically, there is a spell of cold weather in October or November, followed by a warming trend for a few weeks, and then winter hits altogether. The problem with the short spell of cold weather that typically hits during October or November is that it causes homeowners to rush to turn on their heat before their HVAC system has been tuned up for the cold season.

Now is a good time of year to call your furnace repair company to schedule your annual tune-up and maintenance. But besides scheduling your appointment, make sure to follow these seven steps which will make sure your furnace is ready to heat your home this winter:

  1. Change your air filter. During your annual furnace tune-up appointment, your furnace repair technician may replace your air filter with a new one. However, this is a task that you can complete on your own before your appointment if you think you will run your furnace before your scheduled furnace tune-up.
  2. Review the settings on your thermostat. You might not have looked at the winter settings on your thermostat for six months. Make sure to check that the settings are correct and make any necessary adjustments. If you have a programmable thermostat and you are unsure how to set it correctly, your furnace repair company should be able to assist you.
  3. Make sure all air vents are open. An HVAC system functions the best when the flow of air throughout your home is unobstructed. Therefore, make sure all air vents are open and that return air registers are not blocked by furniture or other items such as pictures or mirrors hanging on the wall.
  4. Clean the area around your furnace. If your home is set up like many, your furnace probably sits in a basement, a closet or a room that gets very little use. It’s likely that dust and debris gathered around the furnace over the course of many months. Make sure to sweep or vacuum the area that surrounds your furnace so the dust and debris is not pulled into the system when it runs.
  5. Check your carbon monoxide detectors and smoke alarms. A home’s carbon monoxide detectors and smoke alarms should be checked on a regular basis. It’s a good idea to make a habit of checking to make sure these safety items work well at the beginning of each and every season.
  6. Have your air ducts cleaned. Many people have their air ducts cleaned on an annual basis. If you want to make sure the dust, debris and pollutants are removed from your air vents before you turn on your furnace for the season, now is a good time to schedule your appointment.
  7. Turn on your furnace and make sure it works. The best way to know if your furnace is set for cold weather is to test it. Wait for a cool day and turn on the system. Make sure it heats your home to the temperature you desire.

Replace Your Thermostat Before Winter!

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If your home is equipped with an old fashioned thermostat, or your thermostat is more than five or 10 years old, now is a good time to start thinking about upgrading to a new and more modern thermostat. Even though your old thermostat might seem to work perfectly fine, a new thermostat has many capabilities that are simply not possible with an older model thermostat. A thermostat replacement is one of the easiest and most efficient ways to upgrade your HVAC system without having to spend a large amount of money.

Following are some of the most important reasons a thermostat replacement is a good idea:

A new thermostat will allow your HVAC system to be more energy efficient. Rather than setting your thermostat at a specific temperature that must be kept constant all day long, a new thermostat may allow you to set your thermostat for a certain temperature at specific times of the day. This is a benefit because you can easily keep your home’s indoor temperature set a few degrees lower when nobody is home for several hours during the day. The thermostat can be programmed to a different, more comfortable, temperature setting a half hour before everyone is expected to return home for the day. This way, energy can be saved during the day, and your home will feel warm and comfortable when you need it.

Some types of Smart thermostats allow you to control the temperature of your home from a mobile device. A Smart thermostat can be connected to the internet, and therefore can be controlled by anyone with access to your system – from just about any location in the world. Therefore, if your thermostat is set at a certain temperature and you want to adjust the temperature either up or down for any reason, you have complete control no matter where you are – as long as you have an internet connection.

A new thermostat may allow you to set a specific temperature number rather than a temperature range. Old fashioned thermostats have levers and dials that allow you to set an approximate temperature. Most new thermostats are digital, so it’s easier to set the exact temperature you want – without having to guess.

You can set a modern thermostat to turn your HVAC system on and off at specific times of the day. If you want your furnace to kick on at 6 am each morning before you step out of bed, you can set a modern thermostat to grant this request. A new, modern thermostat has many capabilities and the ability to handle different requests for every day of the week!

Many new thermostats offer a touch screen rather than an old fashioned dial. Most people that use a Smart phone, an iPad and other types of devices that are equipped with a touch screen on a daily basis like using this type of system. A touch screen can be convenient, easy to use, and self-explanatory. There are many reasons to upgrade your current thermostat to something more modern, and the availability of a touch screen might be exactly what you need!

 

It’s Time for Your Furnace Tune Up!

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Stop everything you’re doing! It’s time to call your HVAC company and schedule your yearly furnace tune up!

Fall is one of the very best times of year to schedule your yearly furnace maintenance appointment and furnace tune-up. There are many reasons to make your appointment today, but the most important is that you want to make sure your furnace works properly and efficiently when you need it –  which will likely be within the next several weeks.

A yearly furnace tune up is important for many reasons, and these are some of the most beneficial:

A furnace tune up can help keep your family safe. A furnace is responsible for generating heat and forcing the hot air through the air ducts and air vents throughout your home. It’s important that your furnace is in good working order so the chance of anything going wrong with your heating system is kept to a minimum.

Emergency furnace repairs can be expensive. If a problem with your furnace can be detected early during your annual furnace tune up appointment, it may be repairable before it leads to additional problems. Some furnace repair service companies charge a premium to make emergency furnace repair visits. Prevent the need to pay a premium by having repairs completed as early in the cold season as possible.

Furnace tune up appointments may be easier to schedule during the fall season. With pleasant and moderate outdoor temperatures during the fall, many furnace repair services companies have more time to complete furnace tune up appointments. Schedule yours early, and you may benefit from an optimal appointment time slot.

Keep your furnace warranty valid. If you have a warranty on your home furnace, the warranty might require that you have an annual furnace tune up completed on a specific schedule. Make sure to keep your warranty valid if a furnace tune up is required.

Furnace repair service companies often encourage homeowners to schedule their furnace tune up during the fall season. Not only does a furnace tune-up help make sure your furnace is ready for winter, but it is also something that can help you save money on your monthly utility bill.

An annual furnace tune up is an excellent way to help ensure your furnace performs as you expect it should this coming winter. Waking up in the middle of the night to a home that is 50 degrees because the furnace stopped working is never a good feeling. Finding an furnace repair service company to repair a furnace on a very cold day can be difficult. And being without heat in your home for more than a few hours can be incredibly inconvenient for you and anyone living in your home. All of these issues may be avoidable by scheduling a furnace tune up early in the season. So, what are you waiting for? Make an appointment for your furnace tune up today!

 

Thinking About Installing a Whole House Humidifier?

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It’s that time of year! Cold weather is right around the corner, which means right now is a good time to start thinking about installing a whole house humidifier. Anyone who has lived in the Colorado area for more than one winter season knows the dry wintertime air in Colorado can cause dry skin and various other respiratory issues for individuals who are sensitive to low humidity. A whole house humidifier can be very helpful because it does not require constant supervision and it does not run out of water – which can easily happen with a small, portable humidifier.

Whole house humidifier installation is not complicated, and can be completed by most HVAC companies. In Colorado, most companies that provide heating, cooling and ventilation services are experienced at installing a whole house humidifier. This type of humidifying system is highly desirable because it provides humidity to your entire house – not just to one specific room.

Following are some of the benefits of installing a whole house humidifier:

Indoor air that contains the right amount of humidity can be healthier. Anyone who has a sensitive respiratory system knows that it can be difficult to breathe excessively dry air. It’s more comfortable to breath slightly humid air. Also, dry air can cause a person to experience a sore throat and nose bleeds due to a dry nose. Dry air can also exacerbate asthma and allergy symptoms.

Your wood floors and wood furniture will appreciate a little bit of humidity. The dry wintertime air in Colorado can be harsh on wood floors, wood furniture, and other wood items in your home. But besides wood, other materials are susceptible to damage when exposed to dry air for an extended period of time. Adding a bit of humidity to your indoor air by installing a whole house humidifier can help preserve your household items.

Say goodbye to electric shocks. It’s never pleasant to touch something in your home and receive a slight electric shock because the air is too dry. When your whole house humidifier is producing the right amount of humidity, your indoor air will not be as dry. This should eliminate, or at least reduce, the number of electric shocks that you must endure during the wintertime.

Cold, dry winter air can be harsh on people living in a home with very low humidity. Because a whole house humidifier is connected to your HVAC system, it requires very little monitoring. A whole house humidifier is especially nice because it does not involve a tank that must be refilled – which is what is required of a small, portable humidifier.

There are many benefits to installing a whole house humidifier. Once installed, the system requires very little supervision or maintenance. The system should be shut off during the warmer months of the year, but this is something that most homeowners can handle on their own. If you require assistance with turning your whole house humidifier on and off when the seasons change, make sure to schedule an appointment with your local HVAC company.