Best Time to Replace Your HVAC System

When is the Best Time to Replace Your HVAC System?

Replacement of your HVAC system is unavoidable eventually. If you think your HVAC System may be on its last leg, it’s wise to replace it before it becomes an emergency. It’s even smarter to take advantage of the window of opportunity when HVAC companies are having the best deals. The best time to replace your HVAC system is during the off-season.

The off-season typically runs from early March to mid-May and late September to mid-November. This is the greatest time to replace your home or business’s HVAC system. You basically have one and a half months in the spring and one and a half months in the fall.

The weather is normally warm in the spring and fall, with no extreme temperatures. This time of year is ideal for outdoor activities but relatively slow for the HVAC industry. For that reason, now is when you can get the best deals and rebates on new installation.

There may be factory rebates available. Call or click below to check current rebates.

There are several flexible options for financing your new Bryant installation. That way, you can invest in your home’s comfort without breaking your monthly budget.

We involve the use of modern equipment to ensure that our customers receive superior services all the time. Furthermore, we are Factory Authorized Bryant Heating and Cooling Systems Installation experts. This shows our level of expertise when it comes to installation of cooling systems and AC maintenance. We have the capacity to handle full system replacements and installations in both residential and commercial buildings. And with our “100% Satisfaction or your Money Back” guarantee, you have nothing to worry about! If you’d like more information or would like to speak with one of our certified professionals, feel free to contact us or give us a call at (812) 858-4000.

 

 

A man performing and HVAC inspection.

3 Reasons to Get an HVAC Inspection Before Buying a Home

Considering a Home Purchase? First, have an HVAC inspection! Purchasing a new home is an exciting experience! It’s one of the most significant investments you’ll ever make. As a result, it’s critical that you understand exactly what you’re getting.

Consider the following scenario. You’ve done a walkthrough, made an offer, and are now awaiting the results of your home inspection to ensure everything is in working order. The inspector ensures that the heating and air conditioning systems are operational before moving on to the next step. Everything appears to be in order, and you finish the sale of your property. The furnace breaks down shortly after you move in… when you discover that the heating system is about 30 years old! It’s worn out and no longer covered by the manufacturer’s guarantee.

This headache may have been avoided if you had gotten a professional HVAC inspection! Here are three reasons why a separate HVAC assessment should be performed before you close on a new house.

1. A HOME INSPECTION ALONE IS NOT ENOUGH
The primary purpose of a home inspector is to assess a house from top to bottom for safety issues. They examine a home’s structure and other components visually. They then write a report summarizing their findings and highlighting any areas of concern. Most house inspectors aren’t HVAC technicians. As long as the system is operational and blows hot and cold air, it meets their “excellent operating condition” requirements.

Inspectors aren’t required to assess fuel tanks, ignite pilot lights, or perform a variety of other vital heating inspections, according to the International Association of Certified Home Inspectors. They also don’t have to check electrical current, coolant fluids or gases, or coolant leaks when it comes to cooling. A professional HVAC inspector will check all of this and more, and provide you with a complete report on the state of the system in the house. You’ll know exactly what you’re getting and be able to request repairs before closing.

2. RUNNING DOESN’T MEAN EFFICIENT OR EFFECTIVE
Just because something works doesn’t mean it works well. Old or poorly maintained equipment, leaky ductwork, and other frequent problems can reduce efficiency and increase energy costs. Heating and cooling account for 42% of your annual energy costs on average. An HVAC professional can pinpoint present difficulties, warn you about potential future concerns, and suggest pre-closing repairs you should require.

More than just your electric bill is affected. Uneven heating, inaccurate temperatures, and too much or too little humidity in your house are some of the negative consequences of inefficient or poor HVAC.

Mold and mildew can form in areas where the humidity is too high. Mold and mildew, of course, can be a health problem, causing everything from allergy-like symptoms to more serious medical issues. It’s simple to see why it’s critical that your HVAC system not only works, but works well.

3. AIR CONDITIONING REPAIRS AND REPLACEMENTS CAN BE EXPENSIVE
Even if you have a snazzy smart fridge, your HVAC system is likely the most expensive appliance in your home! An HVAC system replacement costs around $8,500 on average. An HVAC inspection, on the other hand, costs around $300 on average. Spending a little money up front on an HVAC inspection is significantly less expensive than dealing with a large, unexpected bill later!

Even if you don’t require a complete replacement, it’s a good idea to be aware of the potential repair costs. Your HVAC inspection professional should provide you with a list of repairs or upgrades that they propose. You can request a cost estimate to have those recommendations implemented. This way, you’ll know exactly what fees will be associated with your new property. It also gives you the power to ask the seller to make repairs or to negotiate money back at closing so you may do the repairs and upgrades yourself.

BNG provides HVAC Inspections in Boonville, Evansville, Newburgh, and Richland.

Influential Women in HVAC

In terms of background, gender, and ethnicity, the HVAC field values diversity. Despite this, there has always been a lack of women who have chosen to make it their profession. To show how influential women have been in this industry, we’d like to talk about Alice Parker, Margaret Ingles, and our very own Olive Lewellyn.

Influential Women in Heating and Cooling History

 

Alice Parker

Alice H. Parker patented the natural gas central heating system. Natural gas as a fuel for a furnace was a breakthrough idea in the 1920s, paving the way for the central heating systems we use today.

Influential Women in HVAC - Alice Parker

People relied on coal or wood as their primary source of heat at the time. While furnaces and the concept of central heating date back to the Roman Empire, science made little progress in the years that followed, and the heating technologies used at the end of the nineteenth century were still quite primitive.

Parker’s patent for her heating system was filed on December 23, 1919. Cool air was taken into the furnace, then passed through a heat exchanger, which distributed heated air to individual rooms of a house via ducts. Parker’s design was unusual in that it used natural gas instead of coal or wood.

Alice H. Parker was inspired by the fact that her fireplace was ineffective at keeping her home warm during the chilly New Jersey winters. Her idea was useful since it eliminated the need for people to go outdoors and chop or purchase wood. By reducing the need to leave a burning fireplace on all night, it also reduced the risk of house or building fires caused by heating systems. Her idea that natural gas and ducts could be used to heat different portions of a house was a big step toward the heating systems used today.

She was an African American woman who succeeded at a time when black women had few opportunities to showcase their abilities. Her patent was filed before the Civil Rights and Women’s Liberation movements, making her accomplishments all the more remarkable because they knocked through countless barriers for black women of her generation.

Margaret Ingles

In 1920, Margaret Ingles became the first woman to earn a master’s degree in mechanical engineering. She graduated from University of Kentucky. Ingles made a number of significant contributions to heating and cooling. The most significant was the development of the effective temperature scale for home comfort. It took into account humidity and airflow, going beyond just a figure on a thermometer, to provide a measurement of how the temperature actually feels. This was made possible by another of her inventions, the sling psychrometer, which detected moisture in the air and offered reliable humidity readings. Most new homes didn’t come equipped with air conditioning until the late 1960’s, but Ingles played a key role in the development of today’s air conditioning system.

Olive Lewellyn

In 1946, Olive Lewellyn took over Boonville Natural Gas Corporation with her late husband Lawrence Young. When her husband passed away suddenly a few years later, Mrs. Lewellyn was left with two small children to raise and a company to run alone at a time when there were very few women business owners and almost no women executives in the natural gas or heating industries, especially in the rural Midwest.

There were no air conditioners at the time, so the company started working on heating. It was just after World War II and there were coal furnaces everywhere. Using these coal furnaces got coal dust all over the house. But thanks to Alice Parker’s discoveries, Bryant had a solution. They created a cast iron conversion burner in order to retrofit coal furnaces to burn cleaner natural gas instead. Though these conversion burners did not have the efficiency modern natural gas furnaces have, Mrs. Lewellyn’s customers seemed to appreciate a break from the coal dust.

She continued to come to work every day up until her health started to fail in late 2004. Mrs. Lewellyn was an outstanding business owner and a woman well ahead of her time. Her commitment to excellent customer service was instilled in the company from the very beginning and is still our driving force today.

For more about how Olive Lewellyn’s legacy lives on in our family-owned and operated company today, please read About Us.

Top 5 Techniques to Get the Most Out of Your ecobee Thermostat

Andrew Gaichuk, ecobee, senior director, technical operations and Cheryl Dias, a veteran of the ecobee customer support team share the Top 5 Techniques to Get the Most Out of Your ecobee Thermostat.

 

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The following are the top 5 techniques to get the most out of your ecobee thermostat.

1. Virtual assistants allow for hands-free temperature control.

Do you already own a smart home system? Connect your ecobee3, ecobee3 lite, ecobee4, or SmartThermostat with voice control to enjoy hands-free temperature control from anywhere.

“Our thermostats are designed to play nice with leading smart home systems, giving you the flexibility to control your thermostat handsfree, for one seamless experience,” said Andrew Gaichuk, ecobee, senior director, technical operations.

2. A more straightforward method of creating a schedule.

Creating a temperature schedule, especially if you have a routine, can be quite useful.

The most convenient way to program your thermostat settings is through the web portal, which you can access by logging in to your ecobee account at ecobee.com.

“The ecobee app is great for a quick glance at your schedule for the day. However, because it gives you a full-screen view of the entire week and puts your schedule and comfort settings on the same screen, we recommend using the web portal to create and edit your schedule,” said Cheryl Dias, a veteran of the ecobee customer support team.

3. Check for accurate temperature readings by troubleshooting.

External influences, the most prevalent of which is referred to as wall draft, can affect your thermostat reading.

Remove the faceplate of your thermostat from the wall to check for wall drafts. Do you notice a huge hole where the wires are emerging? As the cold or warm air reaches the thermostat and alters its reading, your furnace or air conditioner may run longer than necessary.

“To properly insulate the hole, ensuring your thermostat can operate efficiently and effectively, we recommend plugging it up with some plumber’s putty which you can get at a hardware store,” said Gaichuk.

4. Maintain a comfortable temperature in your home.

You might be shocked to learn that the temperature reading on your thermostat differs from the real room temperature after you’ve coupled your SmartSensor to the thermostat and it’s participating in your Comfort Settings. This is very normal. The temperature shown on your thermostat is now the average of the readings from your thermostat’s sensor and the SmartSensor’s sensor.

Multiple sensors in your Comfort Settings help to balance out any hot or cold regions in your home, making it more comfortable for everyone.

If your thermostat is in direct sunlight, you can turn off the temperature sensor and have it read from your SmartSensor, which you can keep in a secure location.

5. To improve comfort, override the set temperature.

The greatest approach to keep your house pleasant while minimizing your energy expenditures is to set a thermostat schedule. However, you can always take command and change the preset schedule to get the exact temperature you desire at any time.

For example, you might want to turn up the heat to keep toasty warm while reading your favorite book or temporarily lower the temperature for a workout.

We recommend having your HVAC system serviced twice a year to prevent any issues down the line.”

– Andrew Gaichuk, senior director, technical operations, ecobee

 

Visit ecobee for 5 more techniques to get the most out of your ecobee thermostat.

Bryant Ductless Systems

Bryant Ductless Systems

Bryant Ductless Systems are a flexible solution for room additions or anywhere ductwork is a challenge. Cool one room or an entire home. Bryant Ductless heating and cooling systems are available for both single and multi-zones. Connect up to five indoor units to one single outdoor unit with a multi-zone system. Bryant Inverter Technology provides energy efficient and whisper quiet comfort.  Choose the ones that best match your needs.

Indoor units can be installed high on the wall, in the ceiling, or near the floor.

Super Flexible and Highly Efficient for Year-Round Comfort

  • Versatile
  • Standard Remote Control or Optional Smart Phone access via Wi-Fi
  • Individual Room Control
  • No Ductwork Needed
  • Eliminate Hot or Cold Spots

Transform a hard to cool or heat space with a ductless system from Bryant. Install anywhere temperature control is paramount. Doesn’t your home deserve the best?

  • Nurseries
  • Sun Rooms
  • Attics
  • Basements
  • Garages

Ready to learn more about Bryant Ductless Systems? Let our skilled professionals help you today! We can perform an in-home analysis to determine which equipment combinations will perfectly suit your home and your family’s needs.

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Bryant Ductless Systems

Ask us about the system that can sense a person in the room and either direct air toward or away from them. Can your air do that? Control your system from anywhere with your smart phone. There’s nothing more efficient!

Outstanding 10-Year Warranties

Each Bryant Ductless System comes with a 10-year limited warranty and 10-year compressor limited warranty. The warranties are for original purchasing owners who submit their registrations within the required 90-day period.*

 

*If properly registered within ninety (90) days after original installation, parts are warranted to the original purchaser for a period of 10 years. Otherwise, parts warranty is 5 years. For other applications a 7-year parts and 7-year compressor limited warranties apply. See warranty certificate for details.

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Learn The Different Parts of Your Air Conditioning System

Home air-conditioning systems seem way too complicated to understand. Furnaces are much easier to understand for most of us – they heat up the air and filter it into your home through your ductwork. Your boilers create steam and hot water and then they relocate it around your house via pipes. But how in the world do air-conditioning systems create dehumidified, cool air when the outside temperature is high? In order to fully understand your air-conditioning system, you must go back to some basic principles your learned about in your school physics courses: the scientific law that as gas continues to cool, it slowly expands in volume.

What are the main components of an air-conditioning system?

There are 5 main components that go into any air-conditioning system and they must all work properly in order to have a fully-functioning air-conditioning unit.

The Refrigerant

We often refer to the refrigerant as the “blood” of the system, which is pumped through tubes within the air-conditioning unit. While it is moving through these specialized tubes, the refrigerant changes from a gas vapor to a liquid due to the heat it collects from your house, and then it ejects that heat outdoors. Refrigerant has a very low boiling point, which means that it changes from liquid to vapor at low temperatures. This refrigerant is moved around the air-conditioning system via a compressor.

The Compressor

Since we refer to the refrigerant as “blood”, we can therefore, think of the compressor as the “heart” of the system. It continuously pumps the refrigerant through a large copper loop. This allows the refrigerant to enter into the compressor (or heart) as a warm, low-pressure vapor, and leave as a hot, high-pressure vapor.

The Condenser

Now that the refrigerant is a hot, high-pressure vapor, via the compressor, it moves into the condenser, which is then cooled down. Condenser coils have small metal fins on them that draw heat from the coils. The condenser fan blows air on the fins, which helps the vapor cool down. Due to this cooling, the refrigerant is converted into a hot liquid, and then moves into the expansion valve.

The Expansion Valve

Now we get to the main way the refrigerant is cooled; the expansion valve. Now that the refrigerant is a hot liquid, it passes through the valve at very high pressure, and then comes out as a cool mist. This is able to happen due to the fact that, as the gas continues to expand, it naturally cools down.

The Evaporator Coil

The final part of the air-conditioning unit cycle happens in the evaporator coil. Low-pressure liquid is now led to the evaporator coil, which is located in your furnace. This is where the warmer air inside blows onto the evaporator coil and begins to heat it up. At the same time that this heating is occurring, the coil, which is carrying the cool gas, is blown across the evaporator. The refrigerant vapor moves back to the compressor and the outdoor condensing unit, and then expands. It cools one more time, and this continues the cooling cycle.

Debunking Summer Air Conditioning Myths

As we find ourselves in the dog days of summer, nobody would blame a homeowner for looking for energy efficient ways to keep their home cool and comfortable. As you search the internet for tips and tricks, here are some common myths that might seem reasonable at first, but will actually lead you in the wrong direction.

Leaving Your Ceiling Fan All Day Makes A Room Cooler

Ceiling fans are great at circulating cool air, that’s true. However, when it comes to making you feel cool, you can only really feel a difference if you’re directly underneath the fan.

All things considered, it’s best to not continuously run a ceiling fan in a room that you’re not currently occupying. It uses up valuable energy that could be going to your air conditioner, allowing it to do its job and cool down your entire home.

A Bigger System Will Cool Your Home Faster

The truth is that you need to right sized air conditioner for your home. It might be tempting to adapt a “bigger is better” attitude when shopping around for your home’s ac unit. A system too large for your home can result in several issues, such as humidity and uneven cooling.

When you are ready for a new ac system, always consult trusted HVAC professionals like BNG Heating and Cooling before you make a final decision.

Leaving Elections/Appliances On All Day Doesn’t Make Your Home Warmer

While most people might suspect larger appliances such as an over or dryer of giving off noticeable amounts of heat, even the smaller ones can make a difference. It’s always a good idea to turn off electronic appliances when you don’t need them, no matter how small.

Windows Are the Biggest Culprits of Energy Loss

Sure, faulty window and door seals certainly contribute a large amount when it comes to energy loss. But the real energy killers are the ones you can’t necessarily see with an untrained eye. If you suspect your home is leaking precious air conditioning, be sure to have it checked out by a local air conditioning professional. They have the knowledge to know exactly where to look, which often includes places you would never know to check!

Let BNG Heating and Cooling Help Keep Your Home Comfortable

BNG Heating and Cooling is here for all of your heating and cooling needs. As summer’s grip tightens on our community, be sure to contact us with any questions you have about keeping your family cool and comfortable.

Why Is Your Home’s A/C Blowing Warm Air?

As we approach peak summer temperatures, it is more important than ever that your home’s air conditioner works properly. The only thing that can make an unbearably hot day worse is retreating inside to find warm air blowing out of your AC vents.

Here are some issues that can cause your home’s air conditioner to underperform in the summer:

Important: NEVER attempt to work around your home’s outside air conditioning unit while it is operating. Make sure you turn off the power to the unit before working in close proximity to it.

AC Condenser Unit

One common cause of underperforming air conditioners is simply neglecting your condenser unit, also known as the outside unit. Step outside and check out your condenser unit to see if any debris is blocking the unit’s fan. Sticks, dirt, grass, and a number of other things could be impeding one of many moving parts on the unit, so make sure you remove anything that might be causing a problem.

Low Refrigerant

If your ac unit is on the older side, wear and tear on the unit could cause your refrigerant to leak. Any issues regarding refrigerant levels is best left in the hands of a local heating and cooling professional. Contact BNG Heating and Cooling for an inspection if you fear your ac unit is suffering from a refrigerant leak.

Air Filter

Air filters need to be changed regularly so that they can do their job as best as possible. A neglected air filter can cause serious issues with your ac unit.

We understand that it can be tough to remember to regularly check on the air filter, but it is a task worth completing. If the internal components of your ac unit become dirty, you could be looking at a very costly repair down the road.

Contact BNG for an Inspection

If you’ve noticed that your air conditioner is blowing out warm air, you can always give us a call for an inspection. We are prepared to remedy any problem we discover to keep your home as comfortable as possible.

3 Reasons to Upgrade Your HVAC Unit

When you’re a homeowner, you depend on having a well-functioning HVAC unit. It’s the kind of thing that you don’t pay much attention to until it malfunctions, leaving your home sweltering and your wallet hurting.

While we specialize in keeping our customers’ systems running properly—through our same-day visits and stellar maintenance plans—there are times when it becomes obvious that a customer needs to consider upgrading their unit. Here are three of those biggest tell-tale signs:

Constant Mechanical Issues

Does your system seem to break down every year? You may have the best mechanics in the world, but the cost of constantly repairing your unit will eventually add up to what you would have spent on a brand new unit if you’d made the upgrade years ago.

Increased Energy Efficiency

If you can hear your rusty old unit starting up from inside the house, then you’re probably spending way too much money on your energy bills. When you invest in a new, energy-efficient HVAC unit, you’ll be amazed to see how your energy bills get lower each month! While there may be some initial sticker shock—and there my not be! See our next point—we almost always find that our customers are pleased to see how much money they save once they make an upgrade.

Affordability

Between Bryant Rebate Season and our flexible financing options, we always have a cost-lowering solution for our customers. We really believe in the Bryant products that we sell, and if it seems like the best option for your home, we may recommend that you make an upgrade. But we won’t stop there. We’ll make every effort to make sure that you’re getting the best bang for your buck! We’ll direct you towards the unit that should carry you through the next few decades.

If your unit is pointing you to any one of these reasons to upgrade, go ahead and give us a call. We’re ready to send one of our technicians to inspect your unit today!

The Surprising Lifespan of Your HVAC Unit

When you’re shopping for a new house, it’s exciting to imagine yourself working in your new kitchen, reading books for your kids’ bedtime in their sweet new rooms, or being more productive than ever in an office space that’s entirely your own. What people often forget to consider, though, is how many years they’ll have with their new home’s HVAC unit! Here are some tips for figuring out how long your unit will last.

The Average Life Expectancy

An HVAC unit that has been properly and regularly maintained should last between 10-25 years and a furnace should last you anywhere between 15-25 years. You may even get a few more years out of them if you’ve been sure to work with your HVAC technician on keeping them in tip-top condition!

If you’ve just bought your home and are wondering how much life is left in the existing HVAC unit, our best tip is to go ahead and get an expert to come do a diagnostic test on your unit. They should be able to tell you if there are any big issues or whether the wear and tear on your unit is out of the ordinary.

Be sure to pay attention to your unit’s performance before their visit so that you can tell them how comfortable your home has been. Does it take a long time for your unit to heat up or cool off a room? Does it make a lot of noise? Are your energy bills super high? These things can be indicators that your unit is working in overdrive to compensate for some broken or deteriorated parts.

The good news?

You may be surprised to learn that we at BNG Heating & Cooling are all about making your HVAC system last as long as possible! That’s why we offer maintenance plan packages—where we come by on a regular basis to analyze the health of your unit. We do this because we believe that an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure! Every day, we encounter issues on our maintenance visits that we can quickly resolve but that would have posed a serious problem (and expense) if they had gone unnoticed.

Another bit of good news? When the time does come for your system to be replaced, we’re offer deals on the best units in the business because we’re an Authorized Bryant Dealer. Our aim is to equip you with a unit that’s going to last you twice as long as your last one and energy-efficient enough to save you money in the long run. Oh, and we offer really flexible financing options, so that the unexpected expense of a new unit doesn’t hit you too hard.

If you’re ready to make your home comfort, energy efficiency, and air purification a priority, then it’s time to give us a call. We’re ready to send one of our technicians to your house today!