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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.

Simple Maintenance Can Minimize The Chance of Losing Your Heat This Season

Some furnace_tuneuppeople 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.

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.

A Tour of Our Services

Wisconsin-Fuel-Truck-tranWhen 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.furnace_tuneup

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.

Programmable Thermostats

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Using a programmable thermostat, you can adjust the times you turn on the heating according to a pre-set schedule. Programmable thermostats can store and repeat multiple daily settings that you can manually override without affecting the rest of the daily or weekly program. You can easily save energy in the winter by setting the thermostat to 68°F while you’re awake and setting it lower while you’re asleep or away from home. By turning your thermostat back 5°+ for 8 hours, you can save 5% or more a year on your heating bill.

Wisconsin Fuel offers many models of programmable thermostats and will help you select the one that will best match your needs.

 

Fall Furnace Check

Happy First Day of Fall! It’s here and it’s looking like some gorgeous weather. But here in Wisconsin, we know the weather can change in an instant. Make sure your furnace is ready for the upcoming winter season before the snow and cold arrives. It is recommended to get a seasonal clean and check done of the HVAC equipment in order to keep the equipment running efficiently and find out about any problems before they happen. Your furnace probably hasn’t run since early Spring, so you may want to have a Wisconsin Fuel service technician come out and make sure it’s ready for winter. Here are some tips before you have service done.

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To get the most out of your visit with Wisconsin Fuel, a Bryant® Factory Authorized Dealer, take a moment to make sure you’re prepared.

  • Know where all of the heating and cooling units are in your home.
  • Perform basic troubleshooting.
  • Check your air filter. A dirty air filter is a common cause of problems.
  • Write down the model numbers of all your products.
  • Be ready to explain clearly what problems you’ve had.
  • Know when your problems began.
  • Make sure the system is accessible by the dealer, including units in crawl spaces or attics.
  • Lock pets in a separate room.
  • Make sure an adult (18 years or older) is home to let your dealer in.
  • Be prepared to answer the phone. Many technicians call when they’re on the way to your home.
  • If you rent your home, make sure you have permission to have your system serviced.
  • If your heat pump is frozen, shut it off before the technician arrives so it’s thawed and ready for service.
  • Have information on all prior services performed on your system readily available.
  • Be prepared to make a payment to the dealer.

Spring Is FINALLY Here!

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

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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!

5 Reasons why you may want to replace your furnace.

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Many Kenosha and Racine homes are heated with forced air furnaces, since they generally provide safe and efficient heat. Furnaces have also improved dramatically over the years as manufacturers find ways to make them more efficient. Even if your furnace has been reliable for many years, it may be worth the money to replace your old furnace with a newer, more efficient model.

Here are five major benefits to upgrading your furnace.

1. Lowering Your Utility Bills

Whether you realize it or not, your current furnace could be costing you more than it should in heating bills. If your furnace is 15-20 years old, it’s probably not heating your home as efficiently as the newer models with higher AFUE ratings. Todays models are up to 98% Eficient. Even if your heating system has been replaced within the last ten years, the technology has advanced enough to consider an upgrade. Furnaces are sized to heat your home on the coldest day – around minus 10 degrees. But in reality, most days are in the 20’s and 30’s. Todays furnaces include fully modulating gas valves which adjust the amount of heat to match the weather, providing you with greater comfort and higher efficiency.

2. Fewer Repairs

Repair costs can add up if you are constantly repairing your furnace. Routine maintenance for your furnace can help reduce the need for repairs, but as furnaces age, they tend to need more repairs and replacement parts. If you need frequent repairs for your furnace, it may be time to replace it with a newer one. Most of today’s furnaces come with a 10 year parts warranty and labor warranties can also be added for worry free comfort.

3. More Consistent Heat

While maintaining consistent temperatures throughout your home involves several factors, such as insulation and thermostat control, your furnace could also be the reason you aren’t getting enough heat to all parts of the house. If some rooms are colder than others, or if your heating bills have recently gone up, it may be time for a furnace replacement. Todays high efficient furnaces can include an ECM blower motor, which uses 1/5 the electricity that are common on most furnaces. These can be left on all year for minimal cost, and will help circulate and clean the air in your home.

4. Reduce the Chances of a Breakdown

When a furnace breaks down, it not only leaves you without heat, but it is also a major expense. Budgeting for a new furnace before it breaks down will put less financial burden on you than needing an emergency furnace replacement. Newer model furnaces are also more reliable and less likely to give you problems if maintained properly.

5. Safety

There’s higher potential for safety concerns with older or poorly maintained furnaces. In addition to fire hazards, carbon monoxide poisoning is another serious threat. When the heat exchanger stops working because it’s corroded or faulty, carbon monoxide can leak into the home. If you’ve had your furnace for more than 20 years, it could create safety hazards that you may be unaware of.

No matter how long you’ve had the furnace in your home, it’s always wise to speak with a qualified HVAC technician about furnace upgrades, particularly if you have expensive heating costs. Call Wisconsin Fuel & Heating today to talk with one of our heating experts about furnace upgrades.