Collier's Heating & Air Conditioning Blog

“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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Prepping Your HVAC System for Spring

March 19th, 2018

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The cold weather hasn’t fully loosened its grip on us yet—but this week is the first official week of spring, and that means it’s planning time. And not just for doing your taxes. This is when we recommend you start preparing your HVAC system for spring weather and the hot weather of summer coming right after it.

Here are a few steps to take so your HVAC system is ready to spring into spring:

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Considerations for a Big HVAC System Upgrade This Year

March 5th, 2018

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Spring is almost here. At least “officially,” since there’s no guarantee a cold snap won’t strike Indiana during April. But spring is still a time when people begin making plans for the middle of the year and the change in weather as we emerge from under the thumb of winter. The term “spring cleaning” now simply means all the planning that goes into the season. Part of that planning may be upgrading the HVAC system in your house.

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Winter Isn’t Done Yet! Watch for Furnace Issues

February 19th, 2018

woman-shivering-in-winterPast mid-February isn’t the end of winter, even with March around the corner. March is a notoriously unpredictable month—so much so people can’t even keep straight whether the saying is “March enters like a lamb and leaves like a lion” or “March enters like a lion and leaves like a lamb.”

So even with some occasionally warmer days popping up in the future, you shouldn’t let slide the care of your home’s furnace. If you think you need furnace repair in Plymouth, IN or elsewhere in our service area, don’t hesitate to call. You never know how much longer you need to your furnace working.

Here’s some of the warnings to look for that will tell you to call for our help to repair your furnace.

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What to Do If Your Heating System Fails

February 5th, 2018

man-keping-warmEMERGENCY! It’s a cold winter day or night in Indiana, and you have your furnace running. Or maybe a heat pump or boiler. Then suddenly—nothing. The heater stops working and a chill settles over your home. You might feel panic creeping up your spine, and who could blame you? This is one of those winter nightmares homeowners hope never happens to them.

There’s no reason to panic. There’s reason to be concerned, but if you take the right steps, you and your family should make it through all right and have the heating restored in no time.

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When Is It Time to Replace a Boiler System?

January 22nd, 2018

larger-boiler-systemWhen people are shopping for heating systems to install in a new house, one of the points of comparison they make between different models is their estimated service life. In this column, the boiler has a large advantage over the gas furnace, electric furnace, or heat pump. A boiler usually outlasts any of these other heaters.

But a boiler can’t run forever. Once you’ve gotten a good number of years of warmth from your home’s boiler and it’s more than repaid its initial investment, you should consider having it replaced. There are a number of ways to tell that you have a boiler that’s ready for a retirement; we recommend you call on HVAC professionals to help you with the choice if you’re uncertain if your boiler can go for a few more years or not.

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When a Furnace Has a Cracked Heat Exchanger, Can It Be Repaired?

January 8th, 2018

question-mark-badgeMore than 64 million homes in the U.S. use natural gas to supply them with heat during cold weather, and most of these homes use a furnace for the job. It’s not surprise that gas furnaces remain the #1 option for winter comfort: they can deliver high levels of heat and deliver them fast—all without putting a huge drain on a household’s budget.

Using natural gas, however, brings with it a few cautions. Although gas furnaces are constructed to be as safe as possible, there are potential hazards they can run into. The most concerning one is the cracked heat exchanger. When this happens, can the problem be repaired? Or is it time for a new furnace installation altogether?

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