Fort Collins Heating & Air Conditioning Blog: Posts Tagged ‘Fort Collins’

Coming in October: A Big Change in Your Utility Bill!

Friday, September 14th, 2018

The City of Fort Collins is changing its utility billing structure to address peak demand use. Come October 1, 2018, Fort Collins Utilities will be switching to time-of-day pricing. This change will be reflected on your November utility bill. Fort Collins Heating & Air Conditioning wants to help you understand what these changes mean and how you can save on increased utility rates coming to Fort Collins, CO.

Unlike your gas utility that can be supplied constantly and be sitting, waiting for when you need it, electricity is much different as it must be produced on demand.  This creates challenges and increased costs during the peak demand times, and worst-case scenario, electric providers can’t produce enough to supply the demand and the power is reduced.  In some instances, you may not lose power completely, but voltage drops and certain appliances don’t work correctly. This is called a “brown out”. A “brown out” is hard on motors and compressors and can cause damage to devices. You will even experience dimming of lights.

In comparison to current utility rates, off-peak billing is going to reduce slightly (about 35%) when you use the least amount of energy, and it is going to increase by 150% during peak times when you are home using electricity the most.  With zero change in behavior, you could see your utility bill go up two to three times what it is now. For example, if your electric bill is currently $100 it could very likely go to $200 or even $300 immediately.

Here are the times that you will pay much more for your electricity.

Source: City of Fort Collins Utilities

To estimate how these new rates might change your electric bill, the City of Fort Collins has created an rate estimator that you can find at www.fcgov.com/utilities/tod-estimator

Wondering what you can do to save money? Here are some tips from FCHA CEO Glenn Frank that he says you can try to reduce the impact of your utility bill increasing dramatically:

  • Invest in LED bulbs and keep lights off when not in use.
  • Consider installing timers on bath fans and lights in rooms that tend to be occupied for short times.
  • Install a programmable thermostat to adjust the temperature in your home during the day to help heat and cool during off hours so that you can use less energy during peak hours.
  • Install bath fans that have high-efficient ECM motors and humidity sensors to turn on and off automatically.
  • Plan to do laundry during off peak times. If you have an electric dryer, it could cost you between $1.50 to $2 to dry your clothes.
  • Avoid electric stove top, oven and microwave cooking. Plan more crock pot meals in the winter to be ready by the time the rate changes and utilize outdoor BBQ cooking in the summer.
  • Use the timer for delay start on your dishwasher to start after the peak time.
  • Potentially using your gas fireplace rather than running the furnace and fan depending on your situation (consult your expert HVAC company).
  • Maintaining your heating and cooling equipment by having it serviced, cleaned and running efficiently will be even more important with the new utility rates.
  • Keep your dryer lint screen clean and have your dryer vents cleaned.
  • Consider converting your electric appliances such as clothes dryers, ovens and cook tops to gas.

Schedule a maintenance visit on your HVAC equipment to make sure that it’s running at peak performance with the experts at Fort Collins Heating & Air Conditioning.

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Take Advantage of the TrueEASE™ Evaporative Humidifier

Tuesday, September 5th, 2017

family-dog-on-couchIf you have visited this blog before, then chances are you’ve seen us talk about the importance of indoor air quality in relation to comfort and overall health. Heating and cooling your home successfully is essential, but doing so should not overshadow the need for maintaining high indoor air quality in your home. One product that can help you to do so is the TrueEASE™ Evaporative Humidifier from Honeywell.

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Can UV Air Purifiers Benefit Me?

Tuesday, June 6th, 2017

UV-lightIt is certainly possible. However, because of the very specific purpose of UV air purifiers, they are not necessary in every home. For those simply looking to remove pollutants like dust and dirt from the air that they breathe, ultraviolet germicidal lights are not going to be needed. These types of pollutants are removed by air filtration systems and electronic air purifiers. If you are experiencing problems with biological pollutants, however, then UV air purifiers in Fort Collins, CO can help.

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AC Repair Tip: When to Schedule Service

Monday, April 17th, 2017

thermometer-going-redThe only “good” time for an air conditioner to break down is during those cool months of the years when you are not using it anyway. Obviously, if you are not using your system, it is not going to have a chance to break down. The fact of the matter is that your AC is always going to give out on you when you actually need it, and that can leave you dealing with uncomfortable conditions until the problem can be resolved completely.

For precisely this reason, you’ll hopefully never allow problems to develop to the point that a complete breakdown occurs. To avoid this undesirable fate, you need to learn to spot the signs that your system is in need of repairs, and you need to remember that you are always best served by scheduling prompt AC repairs in Fort Collins, CO.

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Grand Opening – Join Us Saturday, March 11th, 10am-2pm for the opening of our NEW Sales and Showroom Office!

Monday, March 6th, 2017

 

We are pleased to announce the grand opening of our new sales and showroom office at 1700 S College Avenue. Fort Collins Heating & Air Conditioning brings over 80 years of experience in the heating and cooling industry and is committed to providing expert service at sensible prices.

New Fort Collins Showroom

Our Grand Opening will be on Saturday, March 11 between 10:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m. Regardless of your current heating and cooling needs, come for FREE BBQ, refreshments, door prizes and other special offers only available to those who drop in; you’ll even get to mingle with Mitchell Frank — the voice of our jingle! We extend this invitation as our way of introducing ourselves to the neighborhood.

Let us know if you can make it by viewing the event on Facebook!

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We Are a Business Partner with Realities For Children

Monday, February 20th, 2017

realities-for-children-logoAt Fort Collins Heating & Air Conditioning, we take pride in our community. We’ve been a part of this community and helping it to keep comfortable for over 80 years, after all. That is why we are so pleased to be a Business Partner of Realities For Children. This incredible organization is making a difference in the lives of underprivileged children each and every day. We are happy to support this organization through our business relationship.

We’d like to highlight the difference being made by Realities For Children in this week’s post. We hope that you’ll consider all that they are doing for their community, and maybe take some inspiration from all that they do. We certainly have, and we can attest to the fact that making a difference feels great!

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Why Choose Hybrid Heating?

Monday, January 23rd, 2017

gas-furnace-burnerWe have still got a lot of sub-freezing weather headed our way before this winter season is over. How has your heater fared so far? If you’ve been unimpressed with your aging heater’s performance, if you’re a bit shell-shocked by the cost of heating your home this season, you may be thinking about replacing your heater once the weather finally warms up once more. If this is the case, then we strongly recommend that you consider the use of a hybrid heating system in Fort Collins, CO.

A hybrid heating system is unique in that it actually utilizes two different methods of heating in order to strike a balance between reliability and efficiency. More on that below.

Before we go any further, we do just want to remind you that even the most dependable equipment from the best manufacturers in the industry will falter if not expertly installed, serviced, and maintained. That is why you should leave all of your heating services to our technicians. 

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Is Ductless Heating an Option Worth Considering?

Monday, December 26th, 2016

We could answer the question posed in the title of this post with a simple “yes,” but we’ll give you a bit more to work with than that. Ductless heating in Fort Collins, CO is absolutely worth your consideration. In fact, there are many benefits that ductless mini splits have to offer that more traditional heating systems simply cannot match.

Read on to learn a bit more about why you may want to use a ductless heating system in your home. If you still have any questions, be sure to contact us. We are happy to help you decide if ductless heating is the right option for your home.

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Why Is My Furnace Making This Noise?

Monday, December 19th, 2016

If you expect your furnace to operate truly silently, you’re going to be a bit disappointed. Depending upon the location of your furnace in your home, you may hear it cycle on and off. You’ll likely also hear some sound as the furnace forces hot air throughout your ductwork.

These are what we consider to be normal operating sounds. If you begin to hear what could only be described as abnormal operating sounds, however, you have reason to be concerned. When your furnace in Fort Collins, CO starts making strange and unfamiliar sounds, call our number to have the problem resolved before serious damage is done.

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Take Advantage of Our Whole House Duct Cleaning Promotion

Monday, November 21st, 2016

The heating season really is upon us. If you use a forced-air heating system in order to keep your home warm and cozy during the coldest time of the year, you may need more than routine heating maintenance to enjoy the best heating experience possible. You may need whole-house duct cleaning in Fort Collins, CO.

If you think that you can clean out your air ducts on your own, you need to reconsider. It is a procedure that only trained professionals with the proper equipment can complete. Through the end of November, we are offering homeowners throughout the area 10% off of their duct cleaning services

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