Collier's Heating & Air Conditioning Blog

Trust the Groundhogs? Be Prepared for More Winter, No Matter What!

February 6th, 2017

winter-weather-pictureThis is the week when people actually pay attention to what groundhogs think about the weather. There are many different groundhog prophets on the East Coast, but this year the two most famous—Punxsutawney Phil and Staten Island Chuck—are in disagreement about whether there will be an early spring or six more weeks of winter. We would love to believe Chuck on this: he said early spring.

But the truth is that when it comes to your home heating, be prepared for anything! Below we have some tips on how to see that your home’s heating system will make it through to that spring thaw, whenever it is.  We’re here to provide great heating service in Syracuse, IN and throughout Northern Indiana.

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Why Do Furnaces Need Annual Cleaning and Tune-Ups?

January 23rd, 2017

clock-reminding-serviceOne of the best services that we offer our customers is providing regular maintenance for their heating and air conditioning systems through our Home Savers Club. Signing up for the Home Savers Club provides both your furnace and air condition with an annual maintenance visit to inspect, clean, and generally tune them up. If you haven’t arranged to tune-up and clean your furnace, it’s not too late to call us for heating maintenance in Columbia City, IN and the surrounding areas.

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How Often Do I Need Fireplace Cleaning?

January 16th, 2017

Fireplaces may no longer be the main way that homes receive heat, but they are wonderful household additions. A good fireplace is a source of cheer and a gathering place for friends and family. And on a cold winter night, the extra fireplace heat sure doesn’t hurt!

Your fireplace requires special care, much the same way that your central heating system does. Part of this is regular fireplace cleaning. We don’t mean something like regularly shoveling out ash (if you have a wood-burning fireplace). We mean a full cleaning from fireplace specialists. You’ll find the experts for the job at our Fireplace Shoppe, along with any other fireplace supplies you might need.

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The Benefits of a UV Air Purifier for Your Home

January 9th, 2017

There are many ways to improve the air quality inside a home. Air filters are the most common, and in many situations all a house will need to remove the airborne contaminants floating through it is a professionally installed set of filters.

But filters have limitations. The more powerful filters that can stop small allergens, bacteria, viruses, and other microbes are usually a bad idea for a house. These filters have such thick weaves that they will cut off the airflow from a residential HVAC system—and that means no comfort and higher bills.

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Colliers Celebrates Its 30th Anniversary in 2017!

January 2nd, 2017

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Welcome to 2017! We hope that it will be a great year for you and your family. It’s a particularly special year for us, since it marks our 30th year of providing quality service to the community of Northeastern Indiana when it comes to heating and cooling.

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Important Thermostat Tips for Winter Heating Savings

December 26th, 2016

We’re going to experience another cold winter here in Fort Wayne, and our home heating systems—from furnaces to geothermal heat pumps—will put in a great deal of work to keep our households warm and cozy. That can also add up to steep energy bills over the season.

However, those bills may not need to be as steep as they were last year. A few simple mistakes with setting the thermostat can end up costing you from month to month. We have some advice on using the thermostat so your heater saves money—without a sacrifice in comfort.

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The Power of a Whole-House Humidifier in Winter

December 19th, 2016

Winter is the time of year when the weather here in Indiana can turn drier than normal. This is because much of the moisture vapor in the air freezes. Furnaces in homes can contribute to the problem, since the standard atmospheric furnace draws air from the home to run, allowing more outside air to move in—outside air that’s drier than the indoor air.

When relative humidity falls below 30%, it can start to create comfort and health issues in a home. A single portable humidifier doesn’t do much good against this; these humidifiers are best for use in an infant’s room. We recommend you instead have our professionals install a whole-house humidifier in your HVAC system.

Here are a few of the benefits you’ll experience during the winter thanks to balanced humidity:

  • Better comfort: Low humidity allows heat to escape from the human body faster. That’s great in summer. It’s not so great in winter. When the humidity is balanced, people in your house will feel around 10°F warmer than they would otherwise.
  • Energy savings: When people feel warmer in the home, it means you won’t have to keep the heating system running as often. Balanced humidity can mean a reduction of 25% off the usual cost to keep your house warm in the winter.
  • Fewer illnesses: Dry air dries out mucus and sinus membranes. Since these are vital bodily defenses against germs and viruses, dry air will mean a higher chance of people getting sick. With a whole-house humidifier, you can expect a healthier winter season for everyone.
  • Stop dry skin: Dry conditions allow moisture out of your skin, leading to itchy, cracked, and dry skin and lips. If you use skin lotion and lip balm all through the season, maybe you should have a humidifier put in.

You only have to call our indoor air quality experts to find out more about setting up your home with a great whole-house humidifier. And if you want to prepare for humid summers, we also install whole-house dehumidifiers.

Collier’s Heating & Air Conditioning serves Syracuse, IN and the surrounding areas. “A company you’ve grown to trust.”

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Check Out Our Fireplace Shoppe and Your Choices for a New Fireplace

December 12th, 2016

We’re a different type of heating company. We’re the people you can trust when it comes to putting in a new furnace, repairing a malfunctioning boiler, or doing routine maintenance for a heat pump. If you need whole-house heating assistance, we can deliver it for you. But we also work with the oldest type of heating system that’s still in use: the fireplace.

Our Fireplace Shoppe is a special part of our business. Although few people use fireplaces today as their main source of heat for their homes, fireplaces are a wonderful addition that creates a cozy feeling, a sense of luxury, a social gathering place, and even a bit of relief for the furnace or boiler. The Fireplace Shoppe provides many models and accessories, as well as BBQ grills and outdoor furniture.

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The Benefits of Joining Our HomeSavers Club

December 5th, 2016

One of the basics of keeping a home comfortable and energy efficient through all four seasons is to schedule maintenance tune-ups and inspections for the air conditioning system and the heating system at least once a year. The air conditioning system needs its maintenance done in spring to ready it for the summer heat waves, and the heater needs a fall maintenance visit to prep it for the chills of winter.

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Steps for Furnace Safety

November 28th, 2016

The modern gas furnace is designed to operate with minimal danger. However, there is no way that a gas furnace can be constructed that is 100% free from failures or malfunctions. If you use a gas furnace for your home comfort during the winter in Warsaw, IN, then we recommend that you take a few steps to help ensure that the furnace works at its most hazard-free. We’ve listed the most important below. You can always call us for more assistance.

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