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Post-Winter HVAC Horror Stories

With every season change, we urge our customers to have their HVAC systems maintenanced. Yes, this is to ensure the health and efficiency of the system after working hard in summer months, but it’s also to make sure nothing has made your HVAC system into its home during the harsh winter months.

Our technicians have seen it all—and homeowners can fall victim to these rodent invasions whether their home is new or old, perfectly maintained or not—so we thought we’d share a few examples of what we’ve found and how to prevent it.

This image, taken by a BNG technician, is a prime example of rodent nesting within the panels of your HVAC unit.

The two photos below show another kind of infestation—ants!

Warning Signs of Rodent Infestation

  • Horrid smell infesting your air quality (could be within air filters or in air ducts)
  • Allergy attacks
  • System not running properly
  • Traditional signs of infestation, including droppings and chew marks

Tips for Rodent Nest Prevention

Have we convinced you to schedule your spring/summer maintenance appointment yet?

Call our team at BNG Heating & Cooling to get your system squared away today!

How Semi-Trucks Stay Cool

As heating and cooling enthusiasts, we at BNG Heating & Cooling have always been interested in how truck drivers stay cool during the summer nights when they’re parked for a good night’s sleep.

Do they keep their trucks running? Do they have special AC units? We did some research and found out!

Auxiliary Power Unit

Commonly called an “APU,” this is a small generator engine added to the truck. Because parking a truck and keeping it idle is both a safety risk and a suck on the truck’s fuel reserve, many drivers opt to add this unit to their trucks.

With these, the driver is able to heat or cool the truck’s cabin though controls in the sleeper.

Like residential generators, APUs come in electric or gas form. They’re also usually able to power electronics and even small appliances. Electric versions are generally easier to maintain, though the gas variations are always improving.

These are especially useful when drivers go through states with strict idling laws. If a driver does not have an APU and finds themselves in a state where idling is illegal—what do they do?

Ventilation

In the summer months, proper ventilation is KEY. Drivers sometimes have to get creative with the way they circulate air through the cabin (see the second photo in this article!).

Keeping windows slightly open for that airflow, as well as blocking out the strong UV rays with reflective screens are the most basic ways to stay cool.

Preparation

Even when there’s not a chance that a driver will find themselves at a rest station that does not allow idling through the night, they’re always encouraged to be prepared for extreme heat during the summer months.

It is crucial that they have enough water to stay hydrated and cool, wear clothes suitable for staying cool and blocking UV rays, and to remember tricks for staying cool—like soaking a towel in cold water and wrapping it around your neck.

All this research has taught us that trucking comfort is getting closer and closer to what you expect from home comfort. Life on the road isn’t nearly as hard as it used to be!

Just watch this video showcasing the 2018 Volvo luxury truck—the advancements that this industry is making are simply amazing.


Wishing your home was as comfortable as that sleeper cabin is? Call us!

We may not be able to set up your entertainment system, but we CAN ensure that your home is properly ventilated, efficiently maintained, and that the temperature you prefer is always what you get.

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.

Air Vents: When It’s Okay to Block Them

Our short and simple answer? Never.

Here’s why.

Increased Pressure

Your heating and cooling equipment was set up for your home’s specific square footage. When you close air vents or block them with furniture, the same amount of air is being pushed through your ventilation system but with increased pressure because of limited opportunities for air flow.

Not only does it force your HVAC system to work harder—shortening its lifespan—but it also results in frozen air conditioning coils, overheated furnaces, cracked heat exchangers, and leaks in duct systems. Those issues come with both danger to your home AND big price tags for repairs.

Mold and Mildew

Because of humidity, moisture will collect behind the blocked vent, causing mold and mildew to not only fester, but to infect the air blowing through your entire house. This is a terrible scenario for any homeowner, but it can be especially dire for allergy and asthma sufferers.

If you’re blocking the vents with upholstered furniture—say, the wall vent is right in the middle of the only wall suitable for your couch—you’re setting your couch up to be a mold and mildew nest. This possibility is not only limited to soft, upholstered furniture. Rugs are also a prime breeding ground for mold and mildew, as is wood furniture.

Fire Hazard

Perhaps the most obvious (and most dangerous) result of a blocked vent is that it will cause a fire. How? When you’re forcing your system to overwork, as mentioned in our first point, you put your furnace at high risk of setting on fire.

Worried that you’ve been overworking your system?

Call your friends at BNG Heating & Cooling to schedule an inspection or maintenance checkup. We’ll be able to spot any signs of trouble before they become expensive mistakes

What is an insulation “topper,” and do you need it?

When the only problem with your insulation is that it has deteriorated over time or shifted in a way that has exposed some holes in its layers of protection, the experts at BNG Heating & Cooling often suggest installing an insulation topper.

The topper is simply an additional layer of insulation that fills in any gaps and strengthens the existing insulation.

Does your home need an insulation topper?

Every home is different.

That’s why you need to have an expert come in to assess your insulation’s existing condition.

Once they’ve determined the cause of your energy loss and the potential areas for improvement, then you’ll be able to enter into conversations about your best next steps.

Candidates that benefit from insulation toppers aren’t confined to just blown cellulose insulation. Extra layers of insulation can be added to any kind that has previously been laid, if that insulation is in good condition.

While attics are the major player in the insulation game, many of our insulation topper customers need the additional R-Value mainly in their crawl spaces, which often go unchecked for years—sometimes even decades—and can almost always use additional insulation.

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Give us a call or go online to schedule your consultation. It may be time for an insulation topper!

Pet Owners: Is Your Air Quality Under Control?

You love them, you really do. But sometimes your furry friend’s dander makes the air in your house less-than-optimal. Don’t sacrifice clean, conditioned air just because you love having your pets inside. Here are some steps you can take in order to have the best of both worlds:

1: Do what you can to keep pet dander at bay.

Keeping your home clean is one of the best ways to control your air quality when it comes to pets. Vacuum as frequently as you can, don’t let dust build up on surfaces, try to contain the hair by keeping your pets in certain parts of the house, and bathe your pet regularly (not just when they’ve gotten messy!).

2: Pay attention to pet hair getting caught in the air filters.

Even if you take care to keep clean in visible areas, you may be forgetting to clean your filters. When pet hair is trapped in your filters, all the air that is blown back into your house will be contaminated with dander. You’ll be reversing all the work you do to keep your house clean!

3: Invest in air purifiers.  

You can buy plants that naturally purify the air in your home or even invest in APCO whole-house air purification products—either way, taking a proactive step towards cleaner air may be the best way to counteract the impurities spread into the air by your furry friends. Want more tips? Check out this blog on air purification.

4: Keep your air conditioner going.

We know that some people prefer to turn the AC off when they leave the house, but when a pet (and its odors) stays inside while the AC if off, they’ll not only be uncomfortable but the air surrounding them will be trapped inside. Allow your AC to do it’s job of conditioning the air in your house, so that you don’t come home to an allergy and asthma hotbed.

5: Have your HVAC system regularly maintenanced.

An AC unit that is constantly fighting the effects of pet hair works harder than it would for a house without pets. To keep this from taking a toll on your system, it’s even more important that you have your system checked by professionals throughout the year (not just when it breaks down).

Want expert advice for your home’s air quality? Give us a call or go online to schedule your consultation—we know what it takes to keep your home air as clean and fresh as possible!