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Two-Stage Makes Sense

Why consider two-stage cooling? The technology supports longer cooling cycles that help to eliminate hot spots and maintain a more even, consistent temperature throughout your home. In general, two-stage cooling delivers more comfort for the least amount of energy.Infinity_hp_16

Every home has unique cooling challenges. Because most cooling units are not built to handle those challenges, they can overcompensate by pushing too much cold air through the home, creating inefficiencies that result in higher energy bills. With two-stage cooling, the air conditioner or heat pump compressor provides two levels of operation—high for hot summer days and low for milder days. The compressor operates in low speed up to 80% of the time, delivering a more consistent temperature and saving on utility costs. When outdoor temperatures rise, the two-stage unit automatically shifts to high speed to meet the increased cooling demand.  Since the unit runs only at the stage based on demand, you don’t pay for unneeded energy.

This longer cooling cycle has many advantages including quieter and more efficient operation, enhanced air circulation and improved air quality—all while saving on utility costs. Because a two-stage air conditioner or heat pump can remove additional moisture from the air, you feel more comfortable at higher temperatures, and the low-speed operation allows system filters to capture more contaminants. Count on two-stage technology for excellent efficiency, reliability and proven performance.

Choose Your Programmable Thermostat

Cor Thermostat from CarrierIf 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.

Perfecting the Concept of Modern Air Conditioning

carrier-history-willis-carrier-519x219-070114Back 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.


Infinity_hp_16In 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.

Transitioning to Spring

Controlling yoshutterstock_155294813ur 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.

Small Changes = Big Impact

The typical CheckingGaugesAmerican 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.


The Perfect Zone

Have you zoninghousenoticed 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.

Summer Time!

Your HVAC equipment surely takes a beating working the hardest when the weather is not optimal in Wisconsin. In winter, it keeps your home toasty warm when temperatures fall well below zero and in summer, it blows  cool, dry air throughout your home on the hot and steamy days.

To make sure that your equipment will keep you comfortable, when Wisconsin weather throws us it’s worst, make sure you have the system cleaned and checked annually. When Wisconsin Fuel come out for a clean and check, our technicians inspect all the electrical connectors, exchangers, drains, filters, refrigerant levels, check for leaks, lubricate moving parts, inspect the thermostat and controls and more, to make sure that there will be no surprises later one.

Call us today if you haven’t scheduled your A/C clean and check for the season yet so we can help you stay cool all summer.


Spring Is FINALLY Here!

“Spring is nature’s way of saying, ‘Let’s party!'”  ~Robin Williams

Spring Blossoms

You just have to love that quote, because after the winter we had this past year, I think we are all in need of a party.

April came and went with it’s unseasonably cool temps but now it’s May’s turn to bring on the warmth. We have noticed the flowers, trees and plants all beginning to bloom and the grass is finally turning green. The temperatures for this week look great and I don’t think the meteorologists are going to be wrong.

So don’t delay on getting your HVAC equipment tuned up for summer. The last thing you want is to have a problem when you are ready to party. Call us today or make your appointment online. It’s that easy!

Are you ready for Spring?

Bryant Evolution® System 187BNA

Spring will be here tomorrow and the weather is finally warming up. We are all hoping for a wonderful summer to combat the too many to count frigid days this past winter. Don’t delay on getting your annual Clean & Check done so your equipment will work efficiently and effortlessly in the coming months and you can have a worry-free summer. Call us today to schedule an appointment.

Today’s high-efficiency air conditioners use about 30%-50% less energy than those of just a couple short decades ago. At Wisconsin Fuel, we are committed to helping you find the right air conditioning system for your needs and budget. We also know our best customer is an educated customer.

Make sure the unit is properly sized for your house because bigger is not always better! As a matter of fact, an oversized air conditioner will not only be less efficient, it also will be less effective. For more information, click here to visit our website.