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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.

How UV-C Lamps Purify Air and Save Money

This month, we’re running a special on UV-C Lamps—both Bryant UV-C Lamps and other brands! We’ve found that many of our customers aren’t aware of the major benefits of using these lamps in your house, so we thought we’d write a quick blog post to explain the most major benefits!

Sterilized Coil Surfaces

We know, we know. This sounds super technical!

While it’s hard to think about the tangible benefits of having sterilized coil surfaces in your A/C unit, you should trust that this makes a HUGE difference in your day-to-day health.

Why?

Because the coils in your unit are notorious for accumulating mold, dust, and other bio-contaminants. If you’re not regularly cleaning your coils, you’re likely allowing the germs and allergens from that accumulation to be blown throughout your home. Keeping a UV-C lamp in your system is the easiest and lowest-maintenance way to keep those coils clean!

Maximize Efficiency

While your lungs and your allergies will be thankful that the UV-C lamp is keeping those coils clean, your wallet will thank you for the increased efficiency you’ll also see!

It’s simple. A clean coil is a highly functioning coil! And a unit that is clean and functioning at its best will always save you money.

It’s Simple

Adding one of these lamps to your unit is simple—our experts do it all the time! And, even better, they’re affordable! This month, we’re offering $25 off when you buy one from us.

So, what’s stopping you?

Go ahead and give us a call so that we can bring you a new, affordable UV-C lamp on our next maintenance visit!

Perks of Working with a Bryant Authorized Dealer

We talk about being a Factory Authorized Bryant Dealer, but do you know why it’s so important to us?

 

 

Trustworthy Services

If you’re a new homebuyer or new to the Tri-State area, it can be hard to know exactly which HVAC service provider is the most trustworthy. When you see that Bryant has authorized a dealer, you can rest assured that that company’s services have been fine-tuned, that their employees have been trained to give professional, friendly service.

Superior Products

We’re not biased—we’re experts! Bryant products have a long history of excellence. What’s more is that Bryant offers yearly rebates, so that you can rest assured that you’re getting the absolute best price for quality home comfort.

Easy Financing

We’re proud to be able to offer our customers several financing options. One of the best options is to take advantage of the Bryant Credit Card, offered exclusively through Bryant Factory Authorized Dealers. We talk more about this option in this blog [link to August Blog 1].  

Customer Education

Bryant Factory Authorized Dealers receive thorough education on the entire breadth of Bryant products and how each of them work together to achieve optimal home comfort. That means that when our specialists come to your house, they have a full picture of exactly what we can do to make sure that your home is running efficiently.

Want to work with the Tri-State’s best? Call us to schedule your consultation today!

How Energy-Efficient Units Save Big Money

We know what you’re thinking—this is just a sales pitch for an HVAC company to sell you a new thermostat.

The truth is that we’re always reminding our customers to update their thermostats because we see, time after time, how the upgrade significantly impacts our customers’ monthly energy bills.

Here’s how:

One Size Doesn’t Fit All

With energy-efficient HVAC systems, you will find that cooling load capacities vary with the size of the house the unit is cooling.

It seems like this would be a no-brainer, but you’d be surprised to know just how many homes are fitted with HVAC units that have to work extra hard to cool a home too large or that work too hard for the smaller-sized home it serves.

Simply put, energy-efficient systems don’t waste any energy by working to cool or heat a home that doesn’t fit its capacity.

Newer, Smarter Technology

It goes without saying that these new units have been made with the most innovative materials and technology yet, but you may not know that they’ve also been made to work even more successfully with programmable and smart thermostats.

You’ve heard of programmable thermostats and smart thermostats by now, right?

If not, you should check out this blog and this blog to learn of the many ways that these tools work to ensure that your unit is as intuitive and efficient as possible.

If you currently have an old-school system, consider using this web tool to calculate the potential energy AND utility bill savings you could achieve by switching to an energy-efficient system.

Even better, you can get us to calculate your potential energy savings by conducting a home assessment.

Call us to schedule your consultation today!

The Price You Pay for an Old Thermostat

We know what you’re thinking—this is just a sales pitch for an HVAC company to sell you a new thermostat. The truth is that we’re always reminding our customers to update their thermostats because we see, time after time, how the upgrade significantly impacts our customers’ monthly energy bills. Here’s how:

Automatic Setting Adjustments

While some of our customers with analog thermostats are diligent about adjusting the temperature according to time of day, temperature outside, and based on observations on how their HVAC system is performing month after month, most are—understandably—not so diligent.

It’s a hassle!

Most customers leave their thermostats on one or two settings, all year round.

This chore becomes easier with programmable thermostats, which can usually be controlled remotely and set up to shift schedules without physically approaching the thermostat.

The smart thermostat takes this feature one step further—giving you remote control of your unit AND calibrating the settings and temperatures more intuitively than even you can.

Smart thermostats actually pay attention to what times of day you frequently adjust your home’s temperature. If it notices that you always set it to a lower temperature before bed, it will do that on its own.

With smartphone integration, your smart thermostat can even tell when you’re en route home from work and adjust the temperature accordingly.

Why all this adjusting?

It keeps you from making your AC or heat run all day, every day, when you really only need it working hard when you’re home.

Price of New Thermostat vs. Price of Energy Bills  

Over time, the regular calibration of your smart thermostat works to save you money. For example, users of a popular smart thermostat brand called Nest (offered in addition to Honeywell products by BNG Heating & Cooling) reported an average yearly savings of $131-$145.

Most smart thermostats cost about $200. That means a smart thermostat pays for itself in under two years, then goes on to save you around 10%-15% in energy bills every year.

Ready to make your smartest move yet? Call us! We can install your new thermostat during your next HVAC maintenance checkup.

What Exactly Can We Do for Your Business?

You may have heard the buzz about how BNG Heating and Cooling is the Tri-State Area’s choice for business HVAC support. Today, we’re telling you all that comes with that support!

Comprehensive Servicing

Our experts have seen it all! If it’s a small office building or a huge operation—there are no projects that we’re afraid to tackle. From heating and cooling equipment installation to standby natural gas generator installation, we’re experienced in setting businesses up for success. Beyond opening day, though, we partner with businesses in making sure that their systems stay as high-functioning and energy-efficient as possible. We do this through what we call “Energy Management System Monitoring” and regular service of your heating and air conditioning systems.

Working with our team means so much more than a seamless installation process. It means that you’ve found a partner that will protect and preserve your building’s efficiency and comfort for many years to come.

Maintenance

We remind homeowners all the time that regular HVAC maintenance goes a long way in terms of system efficiency and system lifespan. The same goes for businesses! If you’re not already, you should get your business on a regular maintenance plan, so that our expert technicians can regularly take a look into the health of your business heating and cooling. It’s during these maintenance checks that we’re able to spot potential threats and repair them BEFORE they become expensive replacements.

Repairs

Large commercial systems can be daunting to some local HVAC businesses. With BNG, you know you’re working with a team that has experience in diagnosing and quickly repairing even the most complicated systems. We always give honest recommendations for repairs and make it a priority to get our clients up and running as quickly as we can.

Replacements

If you’ve come to expect that your building’s heat or air conditioning will break down at the dawn of each new season, it’s probably time to take the plunge and invest in a new system. Of course, the cost up front is much higher than a repair may cost. In the long run, though, you’ll find that the cost of replacement is significantly lower than the comprehensive cost of repairs, replacements, and high energy bills.

We offer top-of-the line, energy-efficient systems for every size business.

Make your first building decision your best one. Call our team at BNG Heating & Cooling to partner with us today.

3 Reasons Why Business Owners Choose BNG

We have a strong reputation as the area’s “go-to” for home comfort specialization, but customers are sometimes surprised to learn that we spend a lot of our time servicing the businesses of the Tri-State area! Here are some of the things that make business owners choose us over other commercial HVAC specialists:

Design Experience

Smart contractors always, always incorporate efficient, energy-saving ventilation systems. Even smarter contractors lean on HVAC experts during the design process, so that no unforeseen obstacles or expenses come up when it’s time to install the HVAC system.

This is the ideal scenario for us. While we can always retrofit a system to an already-constructed building, we love the opportunity to voice our experience during the design process. After all, we know best what design decisions work—and which decisions business owners regret—in the long-run.

Greg Mellinger, BNG’s Commercial Division Manager

Contractor Relationships

We’ve been around for a long time. Since 1946, to be exact! In those 72 years, we’ve worked with contractors far and wide. Having these healthy, established working relationships with so many talented contractors across the Tri-State area is important to us. We want them to know that we’re a company they can depend on to do the job and to do it well, and we want the building owners to know that they don’t have to worry about miscommunication on such a crucial component of the building process.

Word of Mouth

We’ll be honest—a lot of the business we get isn’t because of our commercials, our website, or our social media. It’s because customers tell their friends about the work we’ve done, and their friends trust us to do just as good of a job for them. Here’s one of our favorite testimonials, from Jim Rogers and our friends at Bayland Buildings:

“I wanted to take a minute to thank you and BNG for your efforts on our KKIL project in Troy. From the very beginning you were very important to the design and construction process. Your attention to detail in the schedule and installation was instrumental in the successful completion of the project. Please feel free to include Bayland Buildings as a reference to anyone. Again, Thank you for a job well done and we will definitely be contacting you for the second phase of this project.”

Make your first building decision your best one. Call our team at BNG Heating & Cooling to partner with us today.

The Homeowner’s Fall Preparedness Checklist

Last month, we covered all the fall maintenance projects that you’re getting all wrong.

This month, we wanted to give you one, concise list that tells you everything you need to do when you’re preparing your home to be in tip-top shape throughout the winter and when the warm months return.

Leaf Management

It’s easy for us to put off raking leaves and cleaning our gutters. If you’ve got a lot of trees around your yard, it can be a LOT of work!

We encourage you, however, to be vigilant about leaf maintenance.

Not only will raking benefit the health of your grass especially want to make sure that leaves aren’t collecting in or around your HVAC unit. It may be the perfect season to spend time on landscaping, anyway!

And don’t forget about the leaves building up in your gutters. If you do, you’ll be creating a problem that could result in water leaks, rotting wood, mold, and mildew.

Water Management

You don’t want your water sources to freeze during the winter. You won’t be needing your water hose as much this season, so go ahead and remove them from outdoor faucets.

If you have an underground sprinkler system, you’ll want to winterize that too, in order to avoid frozen and bursting pipes.

Energy Management

Winter is going to put your home’s energy efficiency to the test. If your home is leaking air, it will likely be around windows and doors. We tell you how to seal those areas up here.

Of course, you need to make sure that your insulation is ready to take on another hard winter. You should call an insulation expert to give your home a proper inspection before the cold weather hits.

You never know—you may only need an insulation topper!

Appliance Management

Be sure to store your lawn equipment in a safe place, so that they’ll be in good shape to start right back up in the spring. And, even more importantly, you need to be proactive about your HVAC and furnace maintenance.

Luckily for those of you in the Tri-State area, BNG Heating and Cooling offers maintenance plans that start at just $15 a month.

When you enroll in this program, our technicians regularly visit your home to ensure that you won’t be faced with any surprise breakdowns when the harsh weather invades Indiana!

Ready to tackle the winter together?

Call the experts at BNG Heating and Cooling or come by one of our locations in Boonville, Evansville, Newburgh, or Richland to schedule a consultation today!

How To: Seal Your Windows for Energy Savings

Sometimes we hear from our customers that they’ve done all they can to ensure energy efficiency, but they still see an unnecessary uptick in their energy bills when cooler weather comes around.

They’ve made sure their insulation is healthy (even in crawlspaces and attics!) This means they’ve gotten their air filters cleaned or replaced, and they’ve even gotten their thermostat set to the optimal temperatures for energy savings.

If this sounds like you, and you’re starting to feel hopeless about your rising energy bills, we’ve got a small, easy solution that can make a BIG difference when it comes to energy leaks: sealing behind your window and door trim.

Why is sealing windows worth the time?

After uninsulated walls and attic spaces, windows and doors are the #3 biggest causes of heat loss in your home.

You should try performing one of these really helpful air leak checks if you have been noticing:

  • Drafts around your closed windows or doors.
  • Light shining through the edges of windows or doors.
  • Peeling paint around the window or door frame.

When these leak checks reveal the exposed openings around your windows and doors, you shouldn’t wait any longer to seal them up.

This project may seem intimidating at first, but it’s really a simple do-it-yourself project.

Even small improvements help with energy savings.

If you’ve only got a light breeze coming through, all you need to do is seal the gaps between the trim and the wall.

You just need some caulk and painter’s tape!

Click here for a great video tutorial showing you what to do.

If the wind coming through your window and door trim is more aggressive, you may want to take this DIY a step further.

You can accomplish this by stripping the trim completely off, then using foam sealant to fill the space between the frame and actual window or door.

The energy experts at Energy Star have the best step-by-step guide for this procedure: find it here.


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And if you’re worried that you’ve got more than just a window and door sealant problem, you should call the insulation experts at BNG Heating & Cooling so that we can perform a home energy audit before temperatures lower!

How to Be Sure Your New Home Isn’t an Energy-Suck

Buying a home is an incredibly exciting move, but it can also be really stressful for first-timers. The biggest mistake you can make is to find a home that is seemingly perfect, but that is an energy-suck—and the worst part?

Most people don’t figure that out until the first utility bill comes in.

We want you to choose a home that is as energy efficient as possible. Here are a few things you should be on the lookout for when you tour a home:

Have a home energy audit performed.

It’s actually recommended that homeowners do this occasionally, so that they have a clear picture of how their home is holding up over time.

A professional energy auditor comes in, runs some tests, and can actually pinpoint the areas of the home that are losing energy and money.

Don’t forget to check the fine details.

You may feel awkward asking to check the house’s crawl spaces, but it might be the smartest move you make while house shopping!

The seemingly small details can make a HUGE difference in the home’s ability to keep cool in the summer or warm in the winter.

Try getting a record of the previous homeowners’ past utility bills.

We know—it sounds strange. But it’s a smart question to ask and it’s the surest way to get an idea of how the home is currently operating.

You can try asking the realtor or homeowners themselves, or you can call the electric utility provider for your area and ask for the records for the address of the home you’re interested in.

Ask pointed questions about energy efficiency.

This way, your realtor will understand that energy efficiency isn’t just a good idea to you—it’s a priority! Ask about how new the roof is and what material it’s made of. Ask about the lighting throughout the house—are there currently energy-efficient bulbs?

This, of course, is an easy fix, but replacing every light bulb in the house could be a big and unexpected added expense.

Ask if the appliances are ENERGY STAR-certified, if the windows are double-paneled, and if the insulation is holding up nicely.

We wish you the best of luck in house hunting, and we can assure you that a home that has been maintained by the experts at BNG Heating & Cooling is a home that we’d recommend buying! If you’re looking to sell, give us a call so that we can make sure your home is in tip-top energy efficiency condition.