Are You Recirculating Dirty Air?

child sneezeChildren’s sneezes, cooking odors, pet dander, and plenty of other dirty substances swirl around in the air of our homes – are you cleaning those out, or are you just recirculating dirty air for your loved ones to breathe?    Unless you have the protection of high efficiency filters and/or a UV (ultra-violet) light system, you are simply moving them around.

Standard air filters are the first line of defense for cleaner indoor air, but they are limited in what they can do for us.  Indoor air is contaminated with chemicals used in furniture, carpets, cleaning supplies and other substances, and it is also a warm, moist location perfect for germ growth.

The first option as a solution is higher efficiency filters.  There are multiple grades of air filters, but one common type is HEPA (high efficiency particulate air.)   To qualify as HEPA by US government standards, an air filter must remove 99.97% of 0.3 micron-sized particles that pass through it.   These filters are critical in the prevention of the spread of airborne bacterial and viral organisms so they have been used in medical facilities for many years.   Using higher efficiency air filters in your system will be a big improvement over standard air filters, but not every system should use them.

A second option for cleaner air is the addition of a germicidal UV light system in your equipment.  These purification systems use a combination of UV light and activated carbon to remove contaminants, odors and other unhealthy substances from the air.  Testing has shown they can kill over 99% of airborne mold, bacteria, viruses and allergens after just the first 24 hours of use.

We’re here to help.  Let us assess your system and recommend the best options for your home.  High efficiency filters and UV technology are options that can improve your indoor air quality.  Set up an appointment online or give us a call and we’ll provide you with a free estimate and a guarantee of satisfaction with our work.  We are anxious to help you improve the quality of life in your home!

 

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Time for a New Thermostat

new thermostat 1The “brains” of your heating system is the thermostat, because it triggers the operation of the equipment.   Since that item is so important to your family’s comfort, you should consider whether its time for a new thermostat.

If the thermostat doesn’t send a call for heat to the HVAC system as your house cools down, your furnace or boiler will not start — and you’ll be cold.  If the thermostat doesn’t send a stop signal to the system as your home reaches the correct temperature, the heater will keep running and running — and  you’ll be too hot and facing a large utility bill.

new thermostat 2Here are two situations in which you definitely should replace the thermostat, although you might want to replace it for other reasons such as convenience or peace of mind.

  1. If your thermostat is not programmable, you need a new one.
  2. If your thermostat has a mercury vial inside it, you need a new one.

Many choices are available for thermostats today, from simple types with just a few programmable cycles, to those that “learn” the temperature cycles you set and actually program themselves over a period of a few days.  There is also a wide range of pricing for thermostats, starting at about $40 and going up to several hundred dollars or more.

During our periodic maintenance visits to client homes, we always check the operation of the thermostat to ensure it is working properly.   If you have not had a cleaning and tuneup of your system recently, give us a call and we’ll schedule one for you.   Our $59 special is running now, so it’s a great time to get everything checked before cold weather hits.

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Protect Your Valuable Investment

Your heating system is probably the most expensive appliance in your home.  The working condition of it can increase (or decrease) your home’s value, lower (or raise) the cost of your monthly energy usage, and positively (or negatively) affect the physical comfort of your family.  If you protect your valuable investment it will benefit you in all those areas; if you don’t take care of it, you might find yourself facing extensive, expensive problems.

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Every furnace or boiler system should have an annual checkup.  Now, just before cold weather hits us hard is the best time for that checkup.   Here are the reasons:

  • First, you need to verify whether all components of the system are working properly.   Just like a tune-up is necessary for your vehicle, this tune-up makes sure your HVAC equipment is in good working order and is ready to run properly all winter.
  • Second, you need to know if there are potential problems that can cause system failure.  Issues that are not yet causing problems can easily go unnoticed unless you know what to look for.  Continued operation with faulty components can cause major issues, and they usually crop up on the coldest day of the year.

A Preventative Maintenance Agreement is the simplest way to avoid problems and extend the service life of your investment.   During mild weather it is easy to forget about the equipment but every year, on the first cold day, many homeowners are surprised by failing equipment.   We recently had that first cold day in Indianapolis, and we got lots of urgent calls.  Almost all of those calls would have been avoided if their systems had a recent checkup.

We recommend you protect your valuable investment with a Preventative Maintenance Agreement that alleviates the stress of caring for complex, technical equipment yourself. All T.A. Kaiser tune-ups are performed by certified technicians who are skilled in checking, tuning, troubleshooting and repairing HVAC equipment.

We offer single- and multiple-year protection plans that make it easy and stress-free for you.  You will get discounted pricing, scheduled tune-ups that match your availability, and professional care for your valuable system.  If you want a detailed list of what we check, take a look at the list on this page

Temperatures will continue to go down, so now is the perfect time to have your system inspected.  Give us a call TODAY! 

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Propane Users Should Buy Now

If you remember the polar vortex in January and the record demand for propane at that time, then you understand why propane users should buy now.   Last year’s record corn crop caused a huge spike in demand as farmers needed gas try dry the harvested corn.   The harvest this year is estimated to be 3% higher than last year, so we might see prices rise again, especially if we have another very cold winter.

The chart below from the US Energy Information Administration shows the weekly price of a gallon for the last five years, with the heavy blue line being the most recent year.   You can see that prices have been sliding down at a steady rate, but with cold weather coming soon, the price is expected to start rising again.

Propane Users Should Buy Now

 

Although only about 5% of Americans use propane for residential heating, that is a lot of people.  Many Hoosier families were really hurt when the price doubled from less than $2 per gallon to over $4 per gallon in Indiana.

Experts recommend that propane users be proactive now while the weather is still warm.   They suggest completely filling storage tanks now while the price is down, and get a pricing agreement with a local dealer.  You need to know in advance how much you’ll be paying regardless of the weather conditions.   Waiting until it gets cold will leave you with no leverage and you’ll have to pay whatever the dealers are asking.

You also want to be sure your furnace or boiler is operating at top efficiency, not wasting any of the propane.   We have a tune up special running right now – only $59  – that will get you ready for winter.

Give us a call today for the tuneup, and call your propane dealer now to lock in prices.   You can trust us at TA Kaiser Heating and Air.  We are looking out for you!

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Special Prices for Tuneups and Maintenance

We are offering special prices right now for tuneups and maintenance on your HVAC equipment, just in time for the upcoming heating season.  Overnight temps are already in the 40’s, so call us today to get on the schedule before the big rush hits at the first freeze.

TUNEUPS ARE ONLY $59

special prices for tuneups and maintenanceHeat pumps need to be checked after resting all summer and before they start running every day.  Benefits of the tuneup include improved efficiency, prolongs the life of existing equipment, ensures your unit is clean and has good air flow, and provides better temperature and humidity control.   During the tuneup we’ll check air filters, verify thermostat operation, clean the condensate drain, clean the coils, lube the motors and bearings, check for loose connections, check the amperage draw, inspect all parts and safety devices.   There is a lot to a tuneup that is specific to each type of heat pump, and our technicians have training and expertise on all the major brands.

ANNUAL MAINTENANCE PLANS ARE ONLY $169

You know that you will also need another visit in 6 months to get ready for the cooling season, so why not just sign up for service year round all at once?  This special price for annual maintenance is a great deal, and it includes everything on this page for heating and cooling units as well as fireplaces.

We’ll schedule two visits during the year and ensure that all the equipment performs as efficiently as possible so that you get lower monthly utility bills and longer equipment life from your investment.   You’ll also benefit by avoiding unexpected breakdowns when worn equipment stops working, usually on the coldest night or the hottest day of the year.

YOUR INVESTMENT IS OUR INVESTMENT

We provide you with clear and cost effective options to meet your heating and air conditioning needs. We invest in our employees, tools and training and you invest in us to deliver impeccable products and services to you.

We back this philosophy with our exclusive Satisfaction Guarantee when choosing T.A. Kaiser Heating & Air, Inc. to contract your job:

T A Kaiser Heating & Air, Inc.’s installation technicians are the best in skill, attitude and workmanship. They will care for your home and complete the job with speed and precision. They will not wear shoes on your carpets. They will clean up when they are finished and take personal responsibility for your satisfaction. They will not smoke or swear in your home and they are drug-free. If, when they have finished in your home, they have not performed in accordance with these high standards, you don’t pay until you are satisfied with the results.

Customer satisfaction & quality services are our #1 priority.  Call us today you to start your annual maintenance plan or to schedule a tune up!

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Geothermal Systems Qualified for 30% Federal Tax Credit

geothermal systems qualified for 30% federal tax credit This is a great time to replace your old heating system with one of the geothermal systems qualified for 30% federal tax credit.  The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 is still in place today with increased residential and business credits for various energy efficiency improvements.

If you’ve been wanting to move up to geothermal like so many others, act now!  Geothermal units use the earth as the source of heat instead of burning fuels like natural gas, propane, heating oil, or using electrically heated coils.   Geothermal systems are up to 300% efficient, much higher than even the best furnace or hot water system.

Another benefit to geothermal is the low maintenance and high reliability.  With fewer mechanical parts and no burner unit, there is much less that can go wrong and less need for tuneups and cleaning visits.

Eligibility:
• It must be placed in a taxpayer residence in the US; either a primary or secondary home
• Houses, apartments, condos, mobile homes are also included
• The geothermal heat pump system must meet the Energy Star® requirements
• The system must be completely installed by 12/31/2016

A qualified geothermal heat pump system is equipment that uses the Earth or ground water as a thermal energy source to heat or cool the dwelling.  The tax credit can be 30% of the cost of the equipment including installation and labor for site preparation, piping and wiring the system to the home.

 There is no maximum credit for systems placed in service this year.  If the credit exceeds your tax liability  for this year, the excess can be carried to the following tax year.  The credit cannot be claimed on spending for equipment used solely to heat a swimming pool or hot tub, or on previously used equipment.  For more detail, consult http://www.irs.gov or speak to your tax adviser.

What about upgrading your business with geothermal?   Good news!  The law also provides a 10% federal tax credit (also with no maximum) for a commercial system installation.

Give us a call TODAY to find out more about geothermal systems qualified for 30% federal tax credit.   Since 1987, our primary goal at T.A. Kaiser Inc. has been to make you feel as comfortable as possible in your home or business so you can focus on what is important to you.

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Seal in Savings with Caulk

The Time to Fix Caulking is Now

Energy prices are on the rise across the nation and everyone wants to keep their home heating bills down this Winter.  We still have nice weather for now, so this is the best time to seal in savings on a beautiful day by taking a look at the caulking around doors, windows and other openings.  Stopping small leaks will add up to big savings during the cold months, and  continued savings during the hot months next year.   Stop those leaks now!

Where to Caulk

caulk insideOver the years, the caulk that builders and painters originally put around joints and openings in the walls (such as doors, windows, outlets, light fixtures, etc.) will crack or degrade.  It is often a slow deterioration, and it can happen a little at a time so it isn’t always easy to see. Homeowners should check and repair the caulk every year, and the best time is during the nice weather of Spring or Fall before bad weather hits.

Keeping caulk in good shape saves on utility bills, but also prevents insects or other pests from getting in through tiny cracks.  Bats are notorious for getting in to attics or basements through small openings.  These images show a few likely locations for caulking.   Inside the building, look around windows and doors first, then look around fireplaces, cable TV or phone lines, and anywhere else that the outside wall is penetrated.

caulk outside

On the outside of the building, look at every place where you can see two materials joined together.   The smallest crack around light fixtures or electrical outlets can provide the highway that allows insects and cold air to get in to your family.  Other places to look include water and gas pipe entry points, and anywhere that trim boards are attached to the siding.  If water leaks into any crack and stays there, it will eventually cause rot and deterioration.  It is best to prevent it before it starts.

Many types of caulking are available for about $2.00-$5.00 per tube, depending on the quality you want.  We recommend getting at least a 20-year, silicone-based product that will stay flexible and can be painted.  Using high quality caulk means you won’t find as many cracks in the future and may go for years with no or little need for maintenance. You can buy caulk and a caulking gun (for approximately $5.00) in most home-supply or hardware stores.

How to Caulk

Before applying new caulk, clean the surface by wiping or washing it.  If there is cracked or peeling paint or the old caulk isn’t secure, scrape or remove that material.  A sharp razor knife is good for removing old caulk before you refill the opening.

To apply the caulk, trim the nozzle of the tube at a 45-degree angle so that a small opening appears. Stick a wire into the opening to pierce the plastic liner, then put the tube in the gun and start to squeeze it until a little bit comes out the end. Squeezing the trigger will force caulk out of the nozzle and into the opening as you move the tip over the crack. Move the gun slowly and evenly to get a professional-looking job.

After you apply the caulk, smooth it over with your finger so it fills the crack.  It will be paint ready in a few hours, and protecting you from then on.

If you don’t understand any of this, you can go to a site like You Tube and find many videos that demonstrate exactly how to do it.  When you are done, you will be glad you spent a few hours of time and a few dollars to keep your heating bills and insect nuisances down all winter.

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Lifetime Coupon for $3,000

Would you like to have a lifetime coupon worth up to $3,000 off on a new Bryant Evolution System?  You can have it, and all you need to do is register with our simple sign up form.

lifetime couponWe use this registration system for your benefit, because there is no coupon to clip, no paper rectangle to save, and no need to make the purchase within a designated time frame. With our lifetime coupon, you don’t have to do anything except call us whenever you are ready for a new system.  That could be next week or in 10 years – it doesn’t matter to us – just sign up and this lifetime coupon never expires.

Whenever you are ready and you call us, we’ll verify that you signed up and then we’ll include the coupon amount in your estimate.  Naturally we’ll give you options to choose from and you can decide how to proceed.    You cannot lose, because the coupon remains valid in your name for life — whether you use it or not!

Take Control of Your Home Comfort

The Evolution system is an advanced communicating system, capable of delivering high-efficiency performance and total home comfort in both warm and cold conditions. With an Evolution system, you have more control of temperature, humidity, indoor air quality, fan speed and ventilation in your home. As a communicating system, it can even detect when your air filter needs to be replaced and when service is needed.

Bryant Evolution systems are state-of-the-art systems configured to your needs.  The system can include a gas furnace, a heat pump, a central air conditioner, an ultraviolet air purifier, a humidifier, and many other options.   New systems all come with factory warranties and our satisfaction guarantee on installation.

Sign up today for our Lifetime Coupon, and let us worry about keeping track of it.

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Time to Replace that Heating System?

replace that heating system nowWhat a winter we had – the whole nation was in the deep freeze!  How did your heating system hold up?   Is it time to replace that heating system, or upgrade it to improved efficiency?

Now that you don’t have to worry about below zero temperatures and shockingly large heating bills, you have time to look at multiple options and make an un-hurried decision.   We recommend that you do research on new models by talking to more than one heating system expert, let them see your current configuration, and then compare the features and prices and options they recommend.

If you are faced with a decision to repair or replace a heating system that couldn’t keep up with the cold, you might feel like repairing the current furnace is a good plan. However, this choice may mean you’re putting money into a system near it’s end of life.   We know that as heating systems age, just like a car, they need more repair work in their last few years of life.   When you are not in a rush to decide, you can really evaluate the benefits of replacement versus repair.

The high-efficiency systems available today provide monthly savings and better performance, along with the peace of mind that comes from the manufacturer’s warranty. You know it will run properly and keep running for many years to come, without paying for more and more repairs.

If you are considering repairs to the current system or buying a new system, start planning now to evaluate the available options.   If you have questions about options, prices and what would be best for your home, we would be glad to advise you.  Call us today to start gathering the information you need to make the best choice.

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Great Service Makes Happy Customers

Great Service Makes Happy CustomersWhen our technicians come to your home, we always provide an opportunity for you to evaluate them because we know great service makes happy customers.   We need to know what happened during their time with you so we have an easy-to-use rating system on our mobile web site.

However, some people prefer to write in and we are just as glad to get feedback that way.   The letter below shows the quality of our technicians and the level of service we provide.   We know that great service makes happy customers, and that is what we do.   Give us a call and try it for yourself!

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