Where is Carbon Monoxide Hiding in Your Home?

Posted by in HVAC | December 8, 2014
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carbon monoxideIs your family at risk of Carbon Monoxide poisoning? If you’ve never given it much thought, the answer could very well be yes.

Carbon Monoxide, or CO, is a colorless, odorless gas that is often formed when fuels and other organic substances are burned or combusted. More CO is produced if there is not enough oxygen present for efficient burning, which can often happen in enclosed spaces. Exposure to CO is dangerous for humans, animals, and other organisms because it interferes with oxygen intake.

To safeguard your home against dangerous concentrations of CO, you need to know where it’s most likely to occur and take the proper precautionary measures.

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What to Consider When Choosing a New Furnace

Posted by in Furnace | December 8, 2014
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furnanceA new furnace can bring you energy savings, greater comfort, and the confidence of a reliable appliance. But there’s more than meets the eye when it comes to choosing a new system. Read on for some practical tips to help you get the best deal and choose the right furnace for your home.

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Natural Gas Prices on Rise

Posted by in Natural Gas | February 24, 2014
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gasflameWith 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.

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NEST Powered by Google

Posted by in Thermostat | January 15, 2014
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google-nestGOOGLE 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.

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Humidity Seasons

Posted by in HVAC | January 13, 2014
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Aproducts_humidifier_mod600_detailfter 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.

Fall Furnace Check Up

Posted by in Furnace | October 10, 2013
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furnace_check_upBefore 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.

Fracking Flurry

Posted by in Furnace,HVAC | August 19, 2013
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fracking-natural-gas-cheapYou 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.

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WHAT TO LOOK FOR IN YOUR A/C THIS TIME OF YEAR

Posted by in Air Conditioning | June 18, 2013
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air-conditioningWe 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.

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When It Is Hot Even the Crooks Get Busy

Posted by in HVAC | June 4, 2013
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SIGNS to Avoid the Scams

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.

ARE YOU A VIABLE CANDIDATE FOR A GEOTHERMAL INSTALLATION?

Posted by in Geothermal | May 8, 2013
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geothermal-heating-systems-2There 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.

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