Why Take Advantage of a Peak Performance Smart Thermostat?

February 27th, 2015

Have you ever found yourself wishing that you could you take more control over the way in which you heat and cool your home? Does heating and cooling your residence with greater efficiency, without sacrificing one iota of comfort, sound like a good deal to you? Then the HVAC pros at Fort Collins Heating & Air Conditioning have an offer that you may be interested in. Consider becoming a Peak Partners participant, and start using a smart thermostat in Fort Collins to better control your HVAC system. That way you can do so effectively and efficiently, all while taking advantage of everything that the Peak Partners program has to offer.

Peak Partners is an initiative with the goal of helping homeowners throughout the area to conserve energy. One of the ways in which we facilitate this is with the installation of smart thermostats in the homes of participants in the program. With a smart thermostat, you can control your HVAC system from any internet-enabled mobile device or computer. A secure, easy to use dashboard allows you to regulate the performance of your HVAC system, optimizing your heating and cooling efficiency levels in the process. The US Department of Energy suggests that you can save up to 10% on your heating and cooling costs each year with the smart programming of your thermostat. We are here to help you take advantage of those type of savings when you enroll in the Peak Partners program.

The Peak Partners smart thermostat and dashboard are easy to use. Even better than the user-friendly design of this equipment, though, is the fact that it can be yours for free. When you enroll in the Peak Partners initiative by March 31st, 2015, the installation of your smart thermostat(s) and unlimited use of your Peak Partners dashboard are free for the taking. Visit www.peakpartnersfortcollins.com today to learn more.

If you have any questions regarding the use of a smart thermostat in Fort Collins, or if you have any issues with a smart thermostat that you already have installed in your home, contact the professional technicians on the Fort Collins Heating & Air Conditioning team. We are more than happy to provide you with any smart thermostat services that you may need.

Speak with a member of our staff today for more details, or to further discuss the benefits of the Peak Partners initiative.

Free thermostat from the city? What’s the catch?

February 23rd, 2015

If you live in the city of Fort Collins you probably have received an offer for a free thermostat! Seems pretty cool, it even gives you access through the internet! You might be thinking why would they do this, and what’s the catch?

Well here is the truth. The power companies have a hard time supplying enough power to everyone during peak demand times. This usually happens during really hot afternoons during the summertime when every business and most every home is running air conditioning.   By accepting the thermostat offer you are also agreeing to allow the city to turn off your air conditioner for periods during these times… when you need it most!

If you want a free internet accessible thermostat with strings attached this thermostat may be for you. But if you don’t want someone else adjusting your thermostat or turning it off when you need it, I highly suggest you don’t take this offer.

The thermostat may not work with every type of system either. Call a Heating and Air Conditioning expert or contractor to decide if this is offer is right for you.

Sometimes these offers (like the energy “saver switch” offered in the past by utility companies) give the impression that you will save energy by accepting the offer. Not true. The utility company saves, you do NOT. You see an air conditioner has to run for at least 10 minutes before it reaches its maximum steady state of efficiency. The longer the cycle, the more efficient it will be. So if your AC is properly sized for maximum efficiency it will need to run almost nonstop on days above 91 degrees which is when the utility company will likely want to cycle your AC off on their terms.  If your air conditioner is very oversized and can bring down the temperature quickly in your home than this offer may not be a bad idea for volunteering to help the utility company manage their delivery.

At Fort Collins Heating and Air Conditioning we recommend that you do NOT choose this method for attempting to save energy. Instead have your Air Conditioner properly tuned and adjusted by having an ultimate tune up performed. Have an evaluation done on your system to see if it is properly sized and designed. Program your thermostat to maintain a comfortable desired temperature starting in the morning, even if you’re not home. This may seem opposite of what you may think but it is cheaper to maintain the lower temperature all day during milder temperatures than to try and achieve it and catch up during the hottest part of the day.

Valentine’s Day in Loveland, CO: The Sweetheart City

February 14th, 2015

Valentine’s Day is a time to spend with the people who mean the most to you, but these people don’t always live as close by as you’d wish. So for many long-distance friends, family members, or sweethearts, receiving a handmade card in the mail is the next best thing, a thoughtful gift that makes the recipient feel a little bit closer to the sender. In this day and age, when email, texting, and social media are often our first form of communication, it’s nice to know that a loved one has taken the time to craft something unique and thoughtful.

And when you send your valentines through the city of Loveland, you and your loved ones become part of a decades-long local tradition that helps draw attention to our community and our local businesses. Each year, over 100,000 people direct their valentines through the Loveland Re-Mailing Program. Dozens of volunteers gather to stamp each card sent through the program with a special Valentine’s Day verse and then forward the card to the intended recipient.

You can forward your own card through the program, or you can purchase the official Loveland Valentine’s Day card, with an official design from one of our own residents. Each year, a contest is held to determine the winning verse and design for that year’s cards. This year’s verse captures the tone of Loveland:

Touching your heart

In a special way

With a card from Loveland

On St. Valentine’s Day.

If you want to address a valentine from Loveland, often referred to as the Sweetheart City, in the coming years, simply send a pre-addressed, pre-stamped envelope to the Loveland Re-Mailing Program, care of the postmaster. You’ll become a part of our local culture and a worldwide tradition; last year, the program sent out cards from all 50 states and 120 different countries.

At Fort Collins Heating & Air Conditioning, we care about the community and this program, which draws attention to local shops and businesses. We provide quality heating, air conditioning, indoor air quality, and commercial HVAC services to Northern Colorado, and our company has served the community since 1934. Call us today for superb service from local technicians you can count on.

How Maintenance Programs Benefit Homeowners

February 5th, 2015

Heating and air conditioning systems slow down as time goes on and the parts become more and more worn. However, if your heating system is not at the end of its lifespan quite yet, this is often preventable. Scheduling maintenance every year for each of your systems can save you a lot of money and increase your home comfort. And enrolling in an HVAC maintenance program for twice yearly tune ups can save you even more, as it comes with the following benefits.

  • Lower Utilities – One of the top reasons homeowners sign up for a maintenance program is to save money over time. A maintenance visit involves cleaning and adjusting parts that were previously worn down, taking longer to heat or cool a home and running inefficiently as a result. Of course, maintenance comes with a price tag, but this may be offset by what you save on utilities and repairs.
  • Fewer Breakdowns – Another benefit of maintenance is that it reduces the risk of a sudden breakdown. When you neglect servicing your heating or AC system, all of the components can begin to suffer, and your unit could fail when you need it most.
  • Healthier Air – The air that you breathe everyday circulates through the duct system, but first it runs through a filter. However, there may still be dust and other allergens in the indoor blower unit of your heating and AC system that may affect the people in your home, especially those with asthma or other respiratory conditions. A technician will thoroughly clean your unit and inspect to make sure that the filter is properly maintained.
  • Safety – All heating/AC systems require electricity to run, so a technician will tighten electrical connections and make sure there are no electrical hazards. And when the technician inspects your gas heating unit, you can find out about any potential gas or carbon monoxide leaks so you can repair these as soon as possible.
  • Benefits – Many contractors offer additional benefits such as discounts on parts and services and priority service to preferred customers.

Don’t go with just any company for your annual maintenance. Choose a contractor that offers several additional benefits when you sign up for an annual plan. Contact us to sign up for our HVAC maintenance program in Loveland today!

With the Energy Savings Agreement at Fort Collins Heating & Air Conditioning, you’ll get priority customer service, no overtime fees, and discounted repairs from a company that’s been in business since 1934.

Is a Hybrid System Efficient?

January 30th, 2015

In the past, your heating system may not have run as efficiently as you’d like. The older a heater gets, the more likely it is to suffer wear and tear that could reduce the performance you’re used to and cause your system to consume a lot of energy, a problem which results in higher and higher utilities as the years go on. You can lessen the impact a bit by scheduling a professional tune up every year to maintain optimal efficiency, but this can only get you so far. At some point, you’ll need a replacement system, and if you’re looking for one of the most efficient systems out there, a hybrid heating system may be the way to go.

A hybrid heating system utilizes the high efficiency of a heat pump in combination with the reliability of a standard gas furnace. Heat pumps are actually constructed using a refrigeration cycle, the same technology used for air conditioning, which means you can use your hybrid system for both heating. During the cooling season, your heat pump functions as an air conditioner, using refrigerant to absorb heat from your home and move it out of the house. In the heating season, it basically works in reverse, absorbing heat from the outside air and moving it into your home.

What makes this so efficient is that it only moves heat around, instead of consuming a lot of energy to generate heat via combustion or electrical heating elements. However, heat pumps can begin to struggle when the temperature outside drops below the “balance point” that your model and size of heat pump can handle, a common issue here in Colorado. That’s why a hybrid system includes controls that allow it to switch over to a gas furnace when necessary.

Yes, your older gas furnace may have been inefficient, but today’s models are much more regulated. Even the least efficient modern models carry efficiency ratings about 30% higher than those built several decades ago. While your heat pump will only switch into furnace mode when needed, you should know that in either mode, you’ll get maximum energy savings and reduce the wear and tear of both your heat pump and furnace.

Purchasing hybrid heating systems in Fort Collins from the friendly professionals at Fort Collins Heating & Air Conditioning is a great way to ensure quality installation and expert service.

Give us a call to learn more about hybrid heating or to schedule an appointment with one of our technicians today!

Why Is It Important to Have Good Ventilation in a Commercial Space?

January 29th, 2015

You have a lot of responsibilities to take care of on your commercial property, so it can be difficult to keep track of which tasks are top priority and which can be put off for a while longer. If you’ve been putting off installing, maintaining, or repairing a ventilation system, however, you could be putting your employees and the future of your building in jeopardy.

Proper ventilation is vital in a commercial space, as it helps balance out the fresh outdoor air with the stale inside air and vents unwanted gases to the outdoors. The problem is that we tend to keep buildings sealed up tightly to improve efficiency, which could lead to a number of problems you may get in trouble for later on. We’ll go over how proper ventilation ensures better health and safety in today’s post.

Proper Ventilation for Indoor Air Quality and Better Health

Commercial ventilation is key to keeping the people on your commercial property safe from problems caused by pollutants in the air. It turns out that the air inside of a building may actually be much worse than the outside air. Those who suffer from asthma, allergies, or immune disorders are likely to become irritated by contaminants that frequently circulate through the vents. A good ventilation system installed in the ductwork allows fresh air to come into the building without affecting the efficiency of your heater or air conditioner. This can help to control humidity levels and prevent symptoms associated with respiratory issues or general illness.

Ventilating for Safety

You should also have a system in place to properly ventilate gases to the outdoors from a commercial heating system or from commercial kitchen equipment. An exhaust system helps to ensure that combustion gases and water vapor are vented safely outdoors, but this can only be guaranteed with regular maintenance of the fans and flue. Poor ventilation can lead to carbon monoxide poisoning, so it’s important to have an expert inspect your heating equipment and ventilation system every year.

Call Fort Collins Heating & Air Conditioning today to speak with an expert about your commercial ventilation needs in Loveland today.

Choosing a Company for Property Management HVAC Services

January 22nd, 2015

The properties that you manage have a lot of maintenance needs, some of which may be met if you plan to hire or have already hired an all-around handyperson, such as changing out a door lock or replacing a showerhead. But repairing an HVAC (heating, ventilation, and air conditioning) system requires a level of expertise and some special certifications in order to do the job correctly. When a tenant calls you with concerns over the performance of their heating and air conditioning system, it’s best to trust a heating and air conditioning contractor who knows the ins and outs of these systems so as not to allow the problem to worsen due to a botched repair job.

For property management HVAC services, you should choose a heating and air conditioning company with experience on many different kinds of heating and AC units, a history of excellent service, and one that offers a residential rental service agreement. This protects your investment and gives you peace of mind over the state of your property’s AC and heating system.

Enroll in a Residential Rental Service Agreement

When choosing a company for property management HVAC services, it’s best to enter into a service agreement with the contractor, although not every heating and AC service contractor provides this. A residential rental service agreement guarantees your rental property two visits each year (usually one right before the heating season picks up and one in the spring). At each visit, the technician will check the indoor and outdoor portion of your property’s HVAC system for any wear and tear. If there is a part that needs replacement, the technician will let you know so that you can schedule repairs. The HVAC unit will also receive a thorough cleaning and adjustment of parts that could struggle if they’re not in top shape. This can extend the life of your equipment, prevent repairs, and improve efficiency.

With Fort Collins Heating & Air Conditioning you will get a 15% discount on all repairs, fast response times on service calls 24 hours a day, convenient scheduling, and professionals who treat your property’s HVAC equipment with the utmost care. Contact us today!

When you choose the professionals at Fort Collins Heating & Air Conditioning for property management HVAC services in Fort Collins.

When Is It Time to Replace Your Boiler?

January 15th, 2015

Boilers are pretty unique heating systems, especially when one considers how long they can last when properly maintained. There are boilers still in use today that are over a century old, with many more that are approaching 30 or 40 years of operation. Boilers last much longer, on average, than many other heating systems. Nothing lasts forever, though, and even boilers must be replaced at some point. Let’s take a look at the signs that it’s time to replace your boiler.

Heating Bills Go Up

Heating bills fluctuate from month to month, but there is a difference between a slight shift and a consistent rise in cost. When your heating bills start going up consistently, it’s a sign that your boiler is losing efficiency. This is often caused by excessive wear and tear from years of use. It’s a subtle sign, but a pretty reliable indicator of whether or not you should replace your boiler.

More Frequent Breakdowns

All heating systems are going to break down at some point. That’s just the way it goes. However, if your system is breaking down more frequently than in previous years it may be time to look at replacing it. As the wear and tear builds up on different parts, they all begin to fail in rapid succession towards the end of a boiler’s life. This is what causes the frequent breakdowns experienced by older boilers. You could try to keep replacing the parts as they fail, but the cost of doing so will very quickly eclipse the cost of simply replacing the entire boiler. If it seems like your boiler keeps breaking down every couple of months, you should seriously consider replacing it.

Age

Age is another reliable indicator of when it’s time to replace a heating system. Though boilers occasionally buck this trend, the rule of thumb is that if your boiler is older than 15 years, it’s time to replace it. Now, if your boiler is older and doesn’t have any other issues, feel free to keep using it. Keep in mind, however, that a newer boiler would likely be much more efficient than keeping the old one.

If you’d like to know more, call Fort Collins Heating & Air Conditioning. We provide boiler replacement services throughout Loveland.

Contaminants that May Be Living in the Ducts

January 8th, 2015

It can be an annoying experience to clean your home from top to bottom, only to discover you missed an obvious spot like the stovetop or the ceiling fans. While you can try to keep your home as clean as possible, there are areas that are easy to skip over, and some areas that are difficult to reach. One spot in the home that most homeowners tend to neglect is the ductwork. And while you may attempt to clean the vents in order to compensate, this may not do much to eliminate contaminants that your family members may breathe in every day.

Air duct cleaning is a job best left to professionals with the expertise and the proper tools to get the job done. Heavy duty vacuums, soft brushes, and a steady hand can help to eliminate any of the following contaminants from your home.

  • Dust Mites: Dust mites tend to dwell in warm humid places, and can become kicked up into the air and settle at various places in the home. These trigger allergies and are a common source of asthma, especially in children.
  • Pollen: Many people feel their allergies are worst when there is a lot of pollen in the air, which can move into your home and settle in the ducts.
  • Pet Dander: Pet dander is another common source of allergies that may lay hidden in the ductwork. Don’t own any pets? Keep in mind that the person who owned the home before you very well could have.
  • Bacteria: Bacteria can move from the ductwork into the living space and affect those with respiratory or immune disorders, but they can also cause people to feel ill even if they have no preexisting health conditions.
  • Mold: Mold is a fungus that survives in damp areas, and can cause respiratory trouble for any person in the home. You may be able to keep mold out of the ducts by having an expert install a UV germicidal light system over your indoor air handler.

Call Fort Collins Heating & Air Conditioning for air duct cleaning in Red Feather Lakes by professionals who care about the quality of the air you breathe.

Tools Used During Professional Duct Cleaning

January 5th, 2015

For many homeowners, beginning a new year means it’s time to start over with a cleaner and more relaxing home. And while you may do all you can to dust, vacuum, and wipe down every surface of your home, there is one area that is very difficult for the average homeowner to get to: the ductwork.

Ducts are responsible for moving air into your home. While most standard forced-air heating and air conditioning systems have a filter that helps reduce the amount of particles that circulate through the air, most ducts still have some contaminants living in them.

While your home vacuum may be able to reach the area of the ducts leading out to the vents in your home, this is not the proper way to clean the ducts. Tiny organic or inorganic materials living deep in the ductwork can be forced out as the fan from the air handler of your heating and air conditioning system pushes air through, and your home vacuum cannot address most of these. With professional service, your ducts will be cleaner, which could reduce allergens in the home and the risk of illness.

The professionals at Fort Collins have the right equipment and expertise to perform a thorough duct cleaning in Severance, CO.

  • Access Tools: Professionals will use tools to access portions of the ductwork throughout the process. They may cut holes into the ducts and seal them afterwards or remove entire portions of ductwork.
  • Inspection Materials: A technician will also need some kind of tool to inspect the ducts. This may be anything from a handheld mirror to a video camera. In any case, they’ll look for any leaks that may affect the cleaning process and decide which type of equipment is best to use for your particular setup.
  • Vacuums: A high-pressure vacuum creates negative pressure in the ducts. Debris is then freed from the duct lining and it easily makes its way into the vacuum hose.
  • Brushes: However, some debris may still be stuck to the ducts afterwards. Professionals can use soft brushes before and after the process to scrape off any extra debris, taking extra care not to damage the ductwork.

The heating and air conditioning experts at Fort Collins Heating & Air Conditioning can also provide professional duct cleaning in Severance, CO, for improved indoor air quality and peace of mind.