Collier's Heating & Air Conditioning Blog

How Do Solar Panels Work at Night and on Cloudy Days?

August 6th, 2018

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Concern about cloudy and overcast days—not to mention nighttime—cutting into the power of solar panels is one of the biggest reasons why potential customers for solar energy systems sometimes back away from the purchase. Solar panels aren’t necessarily new technology, but their residential use is new to many, and so people are often unfamiliar with how these panels work. These misunderstandings often mean that homes that would benefit tremendously from them don’t end up getting them.

We’d like to shed some light on this “cloudy/night” misunderstanding and help you better see how solar panel installation can help your home. To find out more about solar energy systems in Warsaw, IN or to schedule solar panel installation, just reach out to Collier’s.

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We Offer RV Propane Fill-Ups!

July 23rd, 2018

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Collier’s is proud to offer many different heating and cooling services throughout Northern Indiana. We not only install, repair, and service furnaces, air conditioners, heat pumps, and geothermal and solar energy systems, we also run the Fireplace Shoppe to take care of full fireplace needs.

But you may not know of another service we offer: propane fill-ups for RVs in Warsaw, IN! If you’re looking to have the propane tanks for your RV or trailed filled up, stop by our convenient location, right off Lake City Highway (Highway 30) at 2499 East Winona Ave.

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Ways to Tell You Need Geothermal Repairs

July 9th, 2018

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We’re big proponents of using geothermal heat pumps to supply homes with their year-round comfort. Heat pumps, in general, are excellent comfort systems, and when a house has a heat pump that uses the stable energy of the earth as its source of heat transfer, it makes for an energy-efficient and reliable system. No matter the temperature outdoors, the heat pump always has the energy it needs. Geothermal heat pumps also benefit the environment and can last for decades without needing replacements for the underground loops.

A geothermal heat pump will need repairs at some point, however, no matter how well it’s cared for. If you’re the happy owner of a heat pump, it’s good planning to know the signs that it’s time for repairs. That way you’ll stay a happy owner. Here are some tips about spotting a need for repairs from our experts in geothermal heating and cooling in Warsaw, IN.

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When Does the Refrigerant in the AC Need to Be Topped Off?

June 25th, 2018

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Here’s a question we often hear from homeowners who want to be sure they’re air conditioning systems work at their best: “When will I need to have the refrigerant in the AC topped off?”

The answer is: “Hopefully, never.” If an air conditioning system doesn’t suffer from problems with refrigerant leaks, it won’t ever need to have any additional refrigerant put into it. Adding refrigerant isn’t a maintenance task, but a repair issue. We’ll go into more details below.

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Air Conditioning Noises That Can Mean Trouble

June 11th, 2018

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As the summer weather gets underway, your home’s air conditioning system will begin to put in the heaviest work of the year. If you already had the AC professionally inspected and tuned up, it will be in excellent condition to handle the stress of another summer. But that doesn’t mean the AC is invincible! We recommend you pay attention to any odd behavior in the air conditioner that can give you an early warning of a malfunction. The sooner you have a repair done on the AC, the less time the malfunction has to affect other parts of the cooling system.

Strange Sounds Are Important Warning Signs

Higher bills, uneven cooling, and generally poor household comfort are common indications that something is wrong with a residential AC. But in this post, we’re focused on how unusual noises from your air conditioner can alert you to trouble.

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Why We Recommend Solar Attic Fans

May 28th, 2018

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When people hear about attic fans, they’re sometimes confused. After all, who spends much time up in the attic? It’s stuffy and gets far too hot!

But that the attic is too hot is the reason for having attic fans, as we’ll explain. And if you decide to have attic fans installed, the type we recommend is solar attic fans, and we’ll explain that as well.

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“Dirty Sock” Syndrome and Your Air Conditioning

May 14th, 2018

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The name “dirty sock syndrome” will give you a heads-up about why this isn’t something you want happening your home. If you instantly wrinkled your nose and imagined a damp, musty, moldy, thoroughly unpleasant odor—well, you’re right. When you’ve got dirty sock syndrome happening in your house, you can expect this unwelcoming smell to permeate throughout the rooms connected to the ventilation system.

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The Advantages of a Geothermal WaterFurnace Heat Pump for Your Home

April 30th, 2018

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Have you considered using geothermal power to heat and cool your home? If you have, you may be hesitant because you think it’s too expensive or you don’t have enough room for a geothermal system. And if you haven’t, it’s probably because in the back of your mind you have similar reservations: maybe geothermal just isn’t practical.

We’ve worked with geothermal for three decades, and we can tell you that geothermal is more accessible than you might think. In fact, we’d love to show you the possibilities of making the change from your current heating and cooling system to a geothermal WaterFurnace heat pump.

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Tips for Saving on Your Air Conditioning Bills This Year

April 16th, 2018

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Our summers are warm and sometimes extremely hot. But if you have a good central air conditioner in your house, you shouldn’t have trouble enjoying comfort through the hottest of days. This does mean a rise in your utility bills, since the compressor in the AC draws on a lot of electrical power. You may, however, be paying more than you should over the summer. We have some tips below to rein in those air conditioning bills.

Some of these tips for less costly air conditioning in Warsaw, IN, are tasks we can help you with. We’re glad to help you enjoy the best possible cooling—both in performance and money saving energy efficiency.

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April Is a Great Time for an AC Tune-Up

April 2nd, 2018

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In our last post, we took you through the steps of how to best prepare your air conditioning system in the spring so it will be able to handle the upcoming stress of summer with few problems. One of the steps—arguably the most important step—is to schedule an annual furnace tune-up with HVAC professionals.

April is the best time for this service—especially since we’re currently offering a special, good through April 30, on an AC tune-up. You can have your air conditioning given a thorough tune-up for only $89! Call our office in Warsaw, IN for air conditioning maintenance information, and we’ll get you set up for this vital service as soon as possible.

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