Monday, February 6th, 2017 at
Today, most of us spend more than 90% of our time indoors, where the air may be even more contaminated than the air outside. According to the Environmental Protection Agency, the air inside your home may be two to three times more polluted than outdoor air on average, thanks to dust, pollen, animal dander, mold, cigarette smoke, radon gas and more. Factor in that 1500 hazardous substances can be found in the typical North American home or that 50% of ALL illnesses are caused by or aggravated by indoor pollution, and you can see that purchasing an air purifier makes more sense than ever.
As an important component of your heating and cooling system, an air purifier can substantially improve the overall indoor air quality of your home by removing harmful airborne particles which easily pass through typical furnace filters. Unfortunately, changing conventional furnace filters more frequently may not be enough to protect your family because these pollutants are too small to be captured.
A state-of-the-art whole-home air purifier can solve the problem of polluted indoor air. Unlike other products that capture particles from the air, an advanced air purifier product is able to both capture and kill airborne allergens, bacteria, molds, viruses and other pollutants as small as 0.01 microns— that’s 18,000 times smaller than the head of a pin. This type of purifier system combines superior filtration efficiency with pathogen-killing technology to deliver maximum air purification. Remember, the higher the MERV rating (the Minimum Efficiency Reporting Value scale which ranges from 1 to 16) the more efficiently the purifier will remove particles from the air and surfaces in your home.
We can help you determine the most beneficial air purifier for your home and also show you how to maintain the purifier between system check-ups if necessary.
Tuesday, November 1st, 2016 at
If you feel like you’re heating or cooling an empty house while you’re away every day, consider investing in a programmable thermostat. Setting your thermostat when you’re out of the house is one of the easiest ways to make the most efficient use of your system while enabling you to save energy and money .
A programmable Carrier thermostat offers comfort and convenience, turns on the air conditioner or turns up the heat before you wake up or get home from work, and never ‘forgets’ to change the temperature—putting you in total control of your home’s energy use. You let the thermostat know your preference for temperature at different times of the day and night and then forget about it.
To decide which programmable thermostat may be best for you and your lifestyle, think about how often you’re away from home for regular periods. Then decide which of the three options best fits your schedule: the 7-day, the 5+2 day, or the 5+1+1 day:
7-Day These thermostats offer ideal flexibility and are great for busy people. You can program a unique setting for each day—usually with up to four possible temperature periods per day.
5+2 Day With this type of programmable thermostat, you set two separate settings—one for weekdays and one for the weekend. Good if you tend to keep one schedule Monday through Friday and another schedule on the weekend.
5+1+1 Day This type of programmable thermostat allows you to set one program for weekdays and individual programs for both Saturday and Sunday.
To make sure your programmable thermostat works correctly and safely, have the installation performed by a certified technician. To add one to your existing system, think about having the new thermostat installed during a spring tune-up or during the fall heating inspection. When you make the appointment, be sure to explain you want a programmable thermostat installed.
Wednesday, July 27th, 2016 at
Back in 1902, a gifted engineer named Dr. Willis H. Carrier designed the first mechanical air conditioning system that provided a solution for the quality problems a printing plant in Brooklyn, New York was facing. The problem? When temperature and humidity changed from day to day, the dimensions of the paper naturally changed, causing the colored inks to misalign. This created delays and missed deadlines for the printer. Carrier, armed with old U.S. Weather Bureau tables and a slide rule, came up with a solution that stabilized the temperature and moisture in the air so the paper maintained its size, regardless of the ambient temperature or humidity. His solution ultimately became the design for the first modern air conditioning system.
Not only did Carrier invent modern air conditioning in 1902; today, Carrier Corporation says they have perfected it. How? By ceasing to manufacture chlorine-based refrigerants in the U.S. two years before the deadline and by announcing a worldwide phase-out, 10 years in advance of Clean Air Act requirements. In 1998, Carrier introduced the first line of high-efficiency air conditioners using Puron, a patented and environmentally sound chlorine-free refrigerant.
In 1998, Dr. Carrier was distinguished as one of Time magazine’s 100 most influential people of the century. And though we may have become used to the air conditioning around us, Carrier continues to address problems with comfort and air quality in much the same way that Dr. Willis Carrier did when he started it all with the invention of the air conditioner in 1902.
Friday, May 6th, 2016 at
Controlling your home’s temperature during the transition between the heating and cooling seasons can be difficult, with cooler temperatures in the evening and warmer temperatures during the day. Here are tips to make at home to save money and energy, while we transition between weather seasons:
- If you have a ceiling fan, make sure the blades are rotating counterclockwise in the spring and summer. Cool breezes from your fan can make you feel cooler and more comfortable at higher temperatures.
- Turn your water heater down a couple of degrees. You’re less likely to notice a difference in water temperature if you adjust the temperature of your water heater now. Most people use water to cool down during warmer months, lessening the need for very hot water.
- Keep an eye on your thermostat since the weather can be so unpredictable. Put your programmable thermostat on a summer schedule. In the summer, save money by automatically turning up the air conditioner at night or when you’re away from home.
- Consider comfort zoning from Carrier. If the second floor of your home feels uncomfortably warm while the first feels too cool during summer’s heat, it might be time to check into zoning. Zoning temperature control is the ideal way to maintain different temperature levels throughout multiple areas of your home at the same time. Zoning systems installed by us deliver air to each zone while enhancing energy efficiency by as much as 30 percent when paired with properly matched heating and cooling products.
Monday, March 21st, 2016 at
Complete home comfort is about more than just temperature – it’s also about maintaining a healthy home with quality indoor air. Dusty, dirty homes at any temperatures can mean discomfort. The air in today’s tightly sealed, well-insulated homes can become stale as the same indoor air is circulated and re-circulated.
Indoor air quality is among the Environmental Protection Agency’s top three health concerns. The agency reports that with dust, pollen, pet dander, mold, skin flakes, chemical fumes, cigarette smoke, Radon gas and more, the air inside your home can be two to five times more polluted than the air outside. Unfortunately, changing furnace filters more frequently may not be enough to protect your family because these airborne pollutants are too small to be captured by a conventional furnace filter.
Fortunately, Carrier’s wide range of air quality solutions can together eliminate 99.9% of the pollutants threatening your home’s health. Carrier humidifiers and dehumidifiers help control air moisture, and energy recovery ventilators bring fresh air into your home and send stale air and pollutants outside. Air filters clean the air before it circulates and ultraviolet lamps eliminate germs and bacteria.
Thursday, September 17th, 2015 at
Some people prefer to be hands-on when it comes to maintaining their heating and cooling systems. Others call their dealer when they’re unhappy with the performance of their system. Either way, your heating and cooling equipment will operate more economically with proper maintenance and care—and you’ll minimize the chance of losing your heat this season. Here are a few minor service tasks you can perform to help ensure the best performance and comfort from your system. Remember, these tips are not designed to replace an annual check-up by a qualified technician.
- Check the air filter: If you have a 1” filter, check it monthly. If you have a thicker media style filter, check it at least twice per year, especially if you have pets or cigarette smokers in your home. A dirty filter will cause extra strain on the unit and inhibit efficiency. Replace the filter when necessary or clean it if you have the reusable type. Call us if you are unsure what filter you need.
- Keep your registers and grills clear of obstructions to ensure proper air flow.
- Clean your humidifier every heating season. If the water in your area is hard or has high mineral content, you may need to clean or service your humidifier more frequently. Be sure to turn the humidifier off after the heating season ends. Again, it is suggested that an experienced technician perform this duty during an annual check-up.
- To find out if your ducts need cleaning, pull off some supply and return registers and take a look.
In addition to the routine maintenance you perform, your home comfort system should be inspected at least once a year by a properly trained service technician.They will make sure your system operates safely and gives you the best performance at the lowest cost.
With regular maintenance and proper protection, your system can be more efficient and reliable to operate. Remember the cost of prevention is small compared with losing your heating or air conditioning in the middle of the season.
Tuesday, August 4th, 2015 at
The typical American family spends an average of $2,000 per year on utility bills. Here’s how to make your home more energy efficient and reduce your utility bills this summer. Making these minor changes can result in big savings.
- Set your thermostat between 74 and 76 during the warmer months. Raise the temperature a few degrees if you have to be away from home for several hours.
- Leaky ducts can interfere with air conditioning efficiency. Ask a pro like us to check your ductwork.
- Check your air filter each month. Your system is wasting energy and working harder if the filter is dirty. Make sure it’s clean. This monthly effort also helps to minimize wear and tear on your system.
- Invest in an inexpensive attic fan, which can keep your air conditioning from working so hard.
- Close the blinds and curtains during the summer to reduce heat inside.
- Install a programmable thermostat and program it so your air conditioning is working only when you’re home. Ask us which is best for your lifestyle.
- Maintain a two- to three-foot clearance around your outside air conditioning unit for better circulation.
- Purchase energy-efficient Bryant products with the ENERGY STAR logo.
- Schedule appointments to have your heating and air conditioning system inspected and cleaned yearly.
Tuesday, June 30th, 2015 at
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Tuesday, April 14th, 2015 at
Have you noticed that you have hot and cold areas in your home, maybe a certain room feels colder to you than the room right next to it? The solution seems simple, close the vent in the warmer room to push the air to the cooler one, right? Unfortunately, the answer is not that simple—closing the vent to a room actually makes the furnace run less efficiently. All vents should be open at all times and only dampers installed inside the duct works should be changed to help with the air flow. This is one way of “zone heating or cooling” a home.
Zoning is a way of dividing a home into areas with similar heating and cooling needs—and independently controlling each area’s temperature. Think of zoning like light switches that control only the lighting in that room or area. Using multiple zone thermostats or sensors, zoning allows you to heat and cool the area in the zone based on your needs and occupancy. A great example of when zoning comes in handy is in a finished basement, which is typically a cooler part of the house. Cooler temps are fine during the week when everyone’s at work and school, but you may want to bump up the heat when you are entertaining on the weekend.
Carrier’s Cor WiFi thermostats lets you program temperature and humidity levels in seven-day cycles, in up to eight zones. You’ll enjoy both greater comfort and lower energy costs—all from a single, powerful source.
Wednesday, March 11th, 2015 at
When you see Wisconsin Fuel Heating & Cooling’s work vans around town, you may think that we are just a furnace and air conditioner company. You aren’t wrong, we do repair and replace furnaces and air conditioners—both have been our specialty since 1923. We are a Carrier Dealer and sell the trusted Carrier HVAC brand of equipment to our customers. We can service any make and model as well.
But Wisconsin Fuel also offers a full line of indoor air quality products to eliminate allergens and help with your total comfort of your home year-round. The air in your home travels through ducts, so it’s only fitting that we offer duct cleaning services, too. Ducts should be cleaned on average every five to seven years.
Programmable Thermostats are another line of products offered by Wisconsin Fuel to help with the efficiency of your heating and cooling system.
Regular furnace and air conditioner maintenance is the single most important factor to ensuring years of trouble-free, energy-efficient service no matter what type or brand of system you have. Purchasing an annual maintenance plan will protect your wallet from costly repairs and keep your system running at its peak. Wisconsin Fuel offers an extra measure of protection on new equipment with a 10-year extended warranty that covers parts and labor.