With the extreme Cold Winter Weather in the Midwest and East Coast, the price of natural Gas has risen at a pace not seen in the last 5-6 years. It has risen almost 55-60% since the end of 2013.
Even with the supply of natural gas plentiful at the beginning of the heating season, the cold winter weather has depleted this supply and has caused the price to rise drastically.
LP or propane has risen at the same rate and has caused shortages in the Midwest because of the demand and has forced suppliers to put their customers on allocation.Read more ›
GOOGLE the search engine giant announced the purchase of Nest Labs the producer of The Nest Thermostat for a reported 3.2 Billion Dollars.
The Nest Thermostat was started by Tony Faddell a former Product Manager from Apple. The control is called the Learning Thermostat which programs itself from the lifestyle and usage of the homeowner. It has been sold either at Apple Stores. It also has another product, Nest Protect, which is a Carbon Monoxide Detector for the home.
This Thermostat which can be controlled via the internet or hand held device can help homeowners help track both their energy use and hours of running time. It is another way in which GOOGLE can receive information from inside your home.Read more ›
After spending quite a bit of time in your house during the Holidays, many will notice that it has become very dry in your home.
As the temperature falls outside, the furnace will run longer in your home and likewise will produce a warm dryer heat to satisfy your thermostat.
We would recommend installing Aprilaire Humidifier to help bring the Humidity Level in your home to a comfortable level and eliminate dryness in home.
You can set your Aprilaire humidistat to 35 Degrees Relative Humidity as the furnace will run longer to produce humidity. This humidifier will help alleviate dryness in your home.
Before the chilly autumn nights set in, you need to make an appointment for your furnace’s annual check up. Without this yearly cleaning and inspection a system can wear itself our quickly, pump deadly carbon monoxide into your home or simply stop working.
Whatever type of system you have, don’t wait until the middle of winter when it breaks down to call for a service technician. A clean well adjusted heating system will save you money on fuel and prolong the furnace life.
Call us today to have one of our professionals at American Heating & Air Conditioning to schedule one of our qualified service technicians to service your furnace.
You have read in the newspaper and seen on the news of the new technology of horizontal drilling for natural gas call “fracking”.
There has been a flurry of activity in the Marcellus Shale Rock Formation located thru Pennsylvania, Ohio, West Virginia & New York “fracking” for natural gas during the last couple of years.
Because of the abundance of drilling for natural gas with this new technology , there has been an oversupply of both Natural Gas (NG) & Liquid Natural Gas (LNG). As a result of this the price has been on a downward trend and is at this time $3.44 ccf/Million BTU’s, practically the same price we were paying in the 1960’s when energy was Cheap.Read more ›
We are getting into the time of year when condensate drains will back up and will cause flooding in the basement. This can be particularily harmful if your basement is finished. It can cause your carpet or other type of flooring to get soaked with water. Some people never go in their basement or they are on vacation this time of year. I would check this at least once a week. If you suspect the air conditioner is not draining right give us a call immediately.Read more ›
SIGNS to Avoid the Scams
- Company will come out on a service call and try to sell you the most expensive equipment trying to hit a home run. Make sure you do not buy on the spot and get other estimates. Any reliable company would be able to install it within a week.
- No Better Business accreditation or a very low grade. There are many companies locally with A or A plus standards. I would not use anyone that is lower than this. Many times the lack of accreditation is worse than having an F grade.
- Minimal longetivity in the workplace. Some companies will come from different cities for the summer or the winter months and then when you need them you have to call their home office in nowhereville.
- Cold Calling. Any company that has to cold call for business or telemarketing usually has something up their sleeve besides a low initial offer to set their foot in the door.
- Limited company information. They have no web site or have no affiliation with a manufacturer. Also some companies that take the manufacturer sticker off and put their own (private branding) will be very, very expensive.
There has been so much press and advertising about a geothermal heating system over the last five years most people do not know if it is right for them. Many companies will try to sell it to you because it is big dollars and there is money to be made. With 40 years experience in this business I am going to tell you like it is.Read more ›
Now is the time of year when you have your air conditioning system tuned-up you will find problems. First and Foremost are big refrigerant leaks which can occur over the winter. With the price of R-22 of Freon being so high it can cost upward of $600-700 to fill up a system. So now is the time you have to make a decision to buy a new system.
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Since now is the time to have a reputable company check your air conditioning system what type benefits do you receive and what should you look for.Read more ›