Spring is officially heading our way which means now is the perfect time to start thinking about your air conditioner. Regular air conditioner maintenance increases your system’s energy efficiency, which saves you money. Still not convinced it’s time for a tune-up? Consider these important reasons.
1. Maximize your air conditioner’s energy efficiency.
Yes, an efficient air conditioner uses less energy which saves money on utility bills. Keeping it running at peak efficiency, however, requires regular maintenance. Without it, your air conditioner could be working harder than it has to — running longer and using more energy to cool your home. Wasted energy is bad for the environment and bad for your wallet. Taking care of your system with annual tune-ups keeps it running smoothly, and the cost will be recouped in lower energy bills and fewer repairs down the road.
2. Extend the life of your air conditioner.
Even newer, high efficiency units can break down if they aren’t properly maintained. Regular maintenance will extend the life of the unit. Enjoy cool, comfortable temperatures in your home all season long, and year after year.
3. Maintain your warranty.
For a large investment, such as an air conditioner, your warranty provides some peace of mind that you won’t face a costly repair. However, many manufacturers today require regular maintenance to keep the warranty in force. Don’t take a chance. Protect your investment by scheduling a maintenance call.
4. Achieve more consistent cooling.
Comfort is the main reason to install a central air conditioner and one of the first signs of trouble is inconsistent cooling. Finding that your home doesn’t stay at the proper temperature as easily as it used to or that certain areas of your home don’t cool at all are problems that you can avoid with regular maintenance.
5. Have fewer repairs.
Your A/C professional is trained to spot and correct small problems long before they advance to costly repairs or even replacement.
6. Better air quality.
These days our homes are more tightly sealed for energy efficiency, but that means we are potentially more susceptible to indoor air pollution. Our HVAC systems are a key factor in ensuring that the air we breathe in our homes is clean and safe. During the maintenance check, your HVAC professional will replace all the air filters and make sure that your system is clean and safe.
7. Save money in the long run.
Let’s recap: Lower cooling costs each summer, fewer repairs, and keeping your warranty in full force should you need it, all add up to significant savings over the life of your air conditioner. In addition, proper maintenance will extend that life so you won’t have to replace it sooner than necessary. Tune-ups are part of the cost of owning and operating an air conditioner, but when you factor in the money you will save over time, they are actually saving you money!
8. Peace of mind.
Chances are, your life is busy enough without having to be concerned that your air conditioner is functioning properly and safely. The simplest, most economical way to have worry-free service from your air conditioner each year is to have your system professionally serviced and inspected before you are ready to use it.
Save money, protect the environment, ensure your peace of mind, and enjoy a comfortable home this summer. Contact a Rheem Pro Partner to schedule your maintenance tune-up today!
The Rheem Furnace R97V offers the ultimate in comfort and maximum efficiency, as well as exceptional quality and reliability. This latest entry in the Prestige Series is an excellent choice for Colorado and Wyoming homeowners.
Comfort & Performance
The Rheem R97V combines 3 key features for maximum benefit.
- A modulating gas valve – Modulating operation saves energy and optimizes comfort throughout your home. Because it automatically adjusts to minimize cold spots you don’t have to worry about adjusting the temperature yourself.
- A variable-speed ECM blower motor – Variable speed allows for incremental adjustments, so whatever the conditions are outdoors, you experience just the right amount of air flow indoors. The variable speed motor also provides better humidity control and the new patented heat exchanger design improves airflow and reduces operating sound.
- The EcoNetTM Control Center* lets you easily adjust your comfort settings from home or away and receive important alerts and reminders about your system.
Installation & Maintenance Savings
The R97V has a smart design for easy installation which means less expense to you. The PlusOne Diagnostics 7-segment LED display makes service calls quick and easy as well.
Peace of Mind
All this comfort, performance, efficiency and savings also comes with one of the best warranties in the industry. That translates to fewer repair bills and worry-free operation.
Find out if the Modulating Rheem Furnace R97V is right for your home. Contact a Rheem Pro Partner today for free estimate.
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
Add a Zoning System
Switch Your Thermostat from “Auto” to “On”
Upgrade Your HVAC Equipment
Add Additional HVAC Equipment
Add a Ductless System
Have Your Ductwork Inspected
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!
Two important home improvements you can make this year can keep your family healthy indoors during the cold and dry winter months. Individually, each solves an indoor air quality problem, and together they are a complete solution for your home.
Whole Home Humidifiers
In winter, the air tends to be drier than at other times of the year. In our Rocky Mountain climate that means our already dry air is especially dry. This is hard on skin, eyes, throats and nasal passages and contributes to worsening cold and allergy symptoms.
Unlike portable humidifiers, which don’t offer much control and are limited to a single room, whole home humidifiers add moisture to your entire home by connecting to your heating and cooling system. The humidity level can be monitored and adjusted through your thermostat, allowing an even level of moisture to be released all year long.
The benefits of whole home humidifiers include:
- Preventing viruses that thrive in low humidity.
- Reducing the severity and incidences of many common illnesses, such as colds and flu.
- Protecting your home from the adverse effects of dry air. Furniture, plaster, paint, artwork, electronics and musical instruments all benefit from the right level of humidity.
- Increasing comfort throughout your home. Adding humidity will actually make your home feel warmer at lower temperatures, so you can save energy costs – as much as 4% for every degree you lower your thermostat setting.
Whole home humidifiers can be installed in new or existing homes, and even homes that have baseboard or radiant floor heating.
Whole Home Air Cleaners
Concerns about the effects of poor indoor-air quality have increased, as more and more of us rely on recycled air in our tightly sealed homes and offices. Quality air purification in the form of whole home air cleaners is an effective and affordable solution. These units can be incorporated into almost any HVAC system.
The benefits of whole home air cleaners include:
- Drastically reducing allergens, particulates and toxins throughout your entire home. Whole house air purification eliminates allergens, bacteria, dust and smoke up to 100 times more effectively than conventional furnace filters.
- Removing particles as low as .003 microns – the smallest particles that exist.
- Eliminating fan noise typically associated with portable units.
Whole home air cleaners require little maintenance and the average filter life is up to 3 to 5 years.
Ask us how a whole home humidifier and air cleaner can improve your health and comfort. Call us today for a free estimate!
Having your heat go out in the winter is inconvenient, uncomfortable, and in some cases, may be a safety issue. In general, when your heating system stops working, you’ll need to call a professional to come out and take a look. However, before you do that, there are a number of things you can check to ensure that there really is a problem with the system.
Start with the Thermostat
- Settings can accidentally get changed, so first make sure the thermostat is set properly on “Heat” rather than “Cool.” If you have a programmable thermostat, make sure the time and temperature is set correctly.
- Check to make sure the temperature on the thermostat is set to a level that is high enough to trigger the furnace to kick on.
- If the settings are correct, try adjusting the temperature to 5 degrees higher than the current room temperature to see if the furnace starts up.
Check the Circuit Breaker Panel to See if a Breaker has Been Tripped
While this shouldn’t happen often, a heating system can overload the circuit panel and trip the breaker, preventing the furnace from turning on. Flipping the breaker switch should do the trick. If this happens repeatedly, however, the actual cause may be more serious and you should schedule a service call.
Check the Furnace
Check to make sure the furnace’s power switch is in the “on” position. If the furnace power is on, follow the instructions to reset the system. Look for the button to trigger the reset process.
Check the Vents
Blocked or closed vents prevent heat from flowing and circulating properly, resulting in cold spots. When furniture and other items get moved around, sometimes vents can be blocked or covered. Vent covers may inadvertently be closed as well. Make sure all vents have open access and airflow. Check both the supply vents (where heat comes out) and return vents (where air goes back the furnace).
If after checking all of these things your furnace is still not working, or if you have any questions or concerns, contact a Rheem Pro Partner for a free estimate today.
Our homes are more energy efficient than ever, tightly sealed against the elements so that our heated and cooled air doesn’t escape through cracks and leaks. As a result, paying attention to indoor air quality is more important than ever. Heating and cooling systems typically recirculate air and can inadvertently create a situation where the air inside a home is many times more polluted than the outdoor air. There are ways to prevent this. We find that many of our customers in Colorado and Wyoming benefit greatly from installing electronic air cleaners.
How do Air Cleaners Work?
An electronic air cleaner, when installed by a professional in conjunction with your HVAC system, can help to eliminate over 99% of contaminants.
These are the two types of air cleaners:
Particles (dust, allergens and other contaminants) gain an electrical charge as the air is drawn into the unit. The charge is created from ions moving back and forth in the system. The charged particles then accumulate on two flat plates, inside the unit, that have the opposite charge — effectively taking those irritants out of the air you breathe. The plates typically need to be cleaned every one to three months, depending on how quickly the particles accumulate on them.
Rather than charging particles inside the unit, ion generators send ions out to charge the particles in the room. The charged particles then cling to surfaces around the room such as curtains or walls. This takes them out of the circulating air you breathe. The particles are then removed from the room during normal home cleaning.
Benefits of Air Cleaners
Air cleaners are extremely effective
If you or your family suffer from seasonal allergies or other respiratory illnesses, or if you are just concerned about breathing clean air in your home, a whole home electronic air cleaner can give you peace of mind and make you more comfortable. Air cleaners have been shown to be extremely effective at removing particulates, odors and microbials.
An air cleaner will protect your whole house
By working with your HVAC system, whole home air cleaners provide comfort and safety throughout your entire home. Air cleaners go a significant step further than traditional air and furnace filters which only trap medium-to-large particles and have little to no effect on gases, vapors, bacteria and viruses.
Air cleaners are safe and reliable
Air cleaner technology is safe and effective for everyone and can be especially beneficial for children and seniors.
Air cleaners are easy to install and maintain
Once professionally installed into your existing heating and air conditioning system ducts, the air cleaner requires very little maintenance.
Contact a Rheem Pro Partner today to protect your home’s indoor air quality. We serve all of Colorado and Wyoming.
Your thermostat, that unobtrusive device on the wall that controls your furnace and air conditioner, may be more important to your HVAC system than you realize. If you have the original thermostat from 10, 20, or more years ago, taking a look at the advantages of the new programmable thermostats is worth your time. The technology has come a long way and Colorado/Wyoming residents can benefit by upgrading.
Here are some things to keep in mind when evaluating the benefits of a new thermostat:
You don’t have to spend money heating or cooling your home when no one is there.
New programmable thermostats help you save money and energy use. Simply set the thermostat for a lower (or higher in summer) temperatures at night and when you are away, and you’ve instantly and (nearly) effortlessly made your home more energy efficient.
You won’t be paying to heat your home to 75 degrees when you’ve set your thermostat to 72 degrees.
New thermostats are more accurate at measuring the exact temperature of your home and provide more precise control of your heating and cooling system. As a result, you’ll experience increased comfort and increased savings.
You can do more with new thermostats.
Today’s new models come with a variety of useful features and options to meet your needs. Some come with remote controls that allow you to adjust the temperature from anywhere in the house. Some have indicator lights that let you know when the filters need to be changed, making it easy to keep your system running properly.
You don’t have to wait until you replace your entire heating or cooling system.
Most new thermostats can work with many different types of existing heating and cooling systems.
You don’t have to spend a lot to gain the benefits of a new thermostat.
Having a new thermostat installed is inexpensive ($100 for a basic thermostat up to several hundred for one with lots of features). Your energy cost savings will quickly pay for the cost of the upgrade.
You can get the most out of your state-of-the-art HVAC system.
With an old style thermostat, you may be not be taking full advantage of all the energy saving features your new system has to offer.
Still not sure which thermostat is right for you? The professionals at Rheem Pro Partner can help you choose and install the new thermostat that best meets your needs. Call us today!
The Halloween pumpkins have left the porch and thoughts are shifting to Thanksgiving pumpkin pie – a sure sign that winter is on the way. Before you are tempted by holiday shopping and festive gatherings, there is one important question to ask: Is your furnace ready for winter?
Chances are you have turned on your heat by now and it is working just fine. However, there are some important steps to take to ensure that your home stays cozy and warm throughout the season.
Here is a quick checklist to help you avoid any unfortunate surprises.
1. Replace the Air Filter
We can’t stress enough how important this simple step is. Air filters should be replaced every 1-3 months, depending on the type of filter and the time of year. In winter (or whenever you are using your furnace), inspect the filter monthly and replace it with a new one when it is dirty. Clean air filters are the most economical way to help keep your furnace working efficiently and effectively, prevent unnecessary wear and tear, and keep your energy costs low. Simply remove the old filter, and install the new one following the direction of the arrows. Consider upgrading to a pleated filter, a HEPA filter or an electrostatic filter for even better performance.
2. Open All Air Vents & Make Sure they are Uncovered
Blocked or closed vents can cause your furnace to work harder than necessary and can drive up your heating costs. They also, obviously, prevent heat from getting into the room. During the summer, vents may be closed or furniture rearranged without considering the location of the vents. Sometimes books, papers or other objects block the air vents as well. Check the vents in each room to make sure they are open and unobstructed. You can also use a screwdriver to remove the vent cover, and vacuum in and around the vent to remove any dust and debris that may have accumulated. And don’t forget the return air vents.
3. Make Sure the Area Around Your Furnace is Free of Debris and Clutter
Your furnace room may be a tempting storage space for seldom-used items, but storing belongings around your furnace can be a safety hazard. Clutter and debris can also impact your system’s performance. Check the area to be sure nothing is interfering with the operation of your furnace. Also make sure the burners are free of dust and dirt.
4. Make Sure Your Thermostat is Working Properly
Your thermostat should be set on “Heat” and the fan should be set on “Auto.” To check if it is working properly, raise the temperature setting 5 degrees above the current room temperature. The furnace should start up right away. If not, your thermostat may be malfunctioning.
5. Schedule an Appointment to Clean Your Furnace
Regular service by a trained HVAC professional goes a long way toward maintaining or even extending the functional life of your furnace. A qualified HVAC technician can professionally clean all the parts of your furnace, spot potential problems before they become expensive repairs, and keep your system running efficiently – saving you money and the inconvenience of a breakdown.
Don’t wait! Schedule your fall maintenance appointment with a Rheem Pro Partner today!
If you’ve been balancing the cost of repairing an older furnace against the cost of getting a new one, this may just be the perfect time to explore your options. During the fall, HVAC companies have not hit their busy season. The sooner you call, the easier it will be to schedule a maintenance check for your current furnace and get advice and information on a new one.
There are several factors to consider when making the decision to repair or replace your furnace.
1. Unpredictable heating.
Over time, a furnace loses its ability to heat your home consistently.
2. High Energy Bills.
Your furnace also becomes less efficient as it ages. And, because advances in technology are happening all the time, a new furnace will be much more efficient than your old one, even at its peak.
3. Frequent Repairs.
Once your furnace starts to need repairs, chances are it will continue to need them. Even if individual repairs are not that expensive, the costs will begin to quickly add up. Of course there is also the inconvenience of scheduling service calls and having your furnace out when you need it. A good rule of thumb is to replace your furnace if the repair cost is at least 50% of a new one. For old furnaces, approaching the end of their usable life, that percentage drops down to 10% because of the likelihood of more frequent repairs.
4. Broken Heat Exchangers.
One of the more serious problems with an older furnace is a cracked heat exchanger. When this occurs, the unit will leak carbon monoxide, which poses a serious health risk to the people in your home. Carbon monoxide poisoning is potentially fatal.
5. Your Furnace is 12-20 Years Old.
On average, a furnace lasts 12-20 years. While age is certainly a consideration, evaluating the cost to keep the furnace running is a better indicator of whether to replace or not. Today’s modern furnaces are so efficient, the cost savings on your energy bills can significantly offset the cost of the furnace. New furnaces also have many available features such as programmable thermostats that let you automatically lower the temperature in your home when no one is there.
6. Tax Credits & Rebates.
Manufacturers’ rebates and federal tax credits offer big savings as incentive to purchase new energy-efficient equipment. The latest models are better for you and better for the environment. Ask your HVAC professional what offers are available in your area.
Don’t wait! Contact Rheem Pro Partners today to find out which new furnace is right for you!
Maybe it is on your to-do list, or maybe you’ve thought about putting it on your to-do list… If replacing your furnace filter is not part of your regular home maintenance, though, it should be. This is one of the simplest, low-cost steps you can take to protect one of the most important investments in your home.
How a Furnace Works
While there are different models, most furnaces work by drawing in air from return ducts throughout your home, warming it over a heat exchanger, and then blowing the heated air with a fan through ducts that open into the various rooms. This is known as “forced-air.”
What a Furnace Filter Does
When the air comes into the furnace through the return ducts, it typically carries with it dust, hair and other debris. The purpose of the furnace filter is to keep all of that dirt from collecting in the blower fan. This has several benefits. It prevents damage and excess wear on your furnace; it helps keep your furnace running efficiently; and it keeps all that dirt from recirculating in your home, reducing allergens and improving your indoor air quality.
The furnace filter is only effective until it becomes full, however, so to keep your furnace, functioning properly, it should be replaced with a new one every 1-3 months, depending on the type.
How Filters are Rated
Furnace filters are rated on the MERV (minimum efficiency reporting value) scale, which runs from 1-16. The higher the rating, the more particles the filter will trap. Higher ratings aren’t necessarily better, however. The highest rated filters may not allow enough air to flow through and can make your furnace work harder (less efficiently). Most furnaces work best with a filter rated between 8 and 11. Check with your furnace manufacturer to determine if your model has a recommended maximum MERV rating.
The most common filters are the disposable, pleated variety. These are made of paper and polyester. They vary in price from a few dollars up to $40, depending on the rating, size and brand. Pleated filters should be checked monthly, to make sure there are no blockages, and replaced every 3 months.
Another type of disposable filter is made of fiberglass. This is the cheapest, but also the flimsiest. Fiberglass filters have the lowest MERV rating and should be replaced monthly, so consider that when you are pricing them against longer-lasting pleated filters.
Permanent reusable filters are expensive, but last up to 5 years with proper cleaning (every 3 months). Also called washable filters, they have either an aluminum or plastic frame and are more efficient than disposables. Clean them with a vacuum and water.
Both disposable and permanent filters are available in electrostatic versions, which self-charge as air passes through them. The charge allows them to collect more particles. Homes with pets or smokers can benefit from electrostatic filters. Make sure that they are safe to use with your particular furnace.
Furnace filters are sized by thickness, height and width. Check the old filter for the size (typically printed on the frame) before buying a replacement. If your furnace takes a custom size, check with the manufacturer for where to purchase.
How to Replace Your Filter
Replacing your furnace filter is simple, but it helps to do a little preparation. First, turn off the furnace while you are changing the filter so it doesn’t turn on during the process. Next, have a trash bag ready for the old disposable filter, as it will come out full of dust and dirt. Then open the filter compartment door (between the air intake and the furnace), and slide the old filter out. If you have a permanent filter, vacuum it off before cleaning it thoroughly with water and let it dry completely. Vacuum the outside of the furnace and around the filter area if it is dusty before inserting the new filter. Look for the arrow on the filter that indicates the direction of airflow. The arrow must face the furnace side of the compartment to work properly. Slide the new/clean filter into the compartment and restart the furnace.
Check your furnace filter every month, and replace it (or clean it) every 3 months. Doing so will help keep your furnace running properly, reduce the risk of breakdowns, and keep your energy bills low.