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.

Be Wiser — Call Kaiser!

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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.

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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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60 Miles in 3 Days for Breast Cancer

0817141516bWho would be willing to walk sixty miles in three days for breast cancer?  I’ll tell you who — Kimberly Decker, Office Manager for T.A. Kaiser Heating and Air.   She has been in training since January, walking hundreds of miles in the Susan G. Komen 3-Day program to honor the memory of her step-sister-in-law, Moramay, who went Home on Nov 13, 2013, and also to honor her step-mother, Lorine, a ten year survivor.

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Kimberly wants to help find a cure so that we all can live in a world without breast cancer.  Maybe you agree and want to help, or even to walk next year.  Here are some of her fondest memories and thoughts about this wonderful adventure.

  • For anyone considering participating in this event… JUST DO IT!  It is amazing!  I talked to one lady that had no connection to Breast Cancer, however she participated every year “because it restores her faith in humanity.” She is right; there is no other feeling like it.
  • I registered to do this event alone and I was quite scared to be “by myself.”  Wow, was I wrong.  There were NO STRANGERS; we laughed, we cried, we sang, we waved, we danced, we thanked so many wonderful people from the communities that we traveled through, but one thing was certain — I was never “alone”.
  • The opening ceremony was quite moving. At one point, we held up pictures of our loved ones and called out their names.  It was an emotional and beautiful moment that I will always remember.
  • When I was standing at the closing ceremonies with all the walkers around me I felt pure joy to have accomplished something so big.  More than 1200 people shared the same passion, to find a cure for breast cancer, and it was just amazing.   The Michigan SGK 3 Day event raised over $2.5 million to save lives!
  • I learned things about myself this  year that have even surprised me, or I remembered things that had been long forgotten and I am so glad they are back! Sunday afternoon on the drive back to our hotel after closing ceremonies, I was discussing which event I want to walk next year. Really?  I hadn’t even taken my shoes off after finishing this year’s event and I was considering next year?  That says it was an event of a lifetime!
  • I met a 2 time MALE breast cancer survivor named Lee.  His team, Breast Man Walking, raised over $42,000 and their tag line is,  “Male Breast Cancer – Rare but REAL!”  In this family’s case, he carries the BRCA gene. His daughter also carries this gene and developed breast cancer at 28 years old.  Because of her father’s breast cancer she knew that she carried this gene, and it probably saved her life as her cancer was caught so early.
  • The community support is amazing and made those miles fly by.  There was one lady about my age that I saw every day, on average of 3-4 times during the day, offering amazing support.  If you were walking by yourself, she would run up to you and walk with you for about a block and thank us, tell us how great we were and ask our story then left with a hug.  Boy, did that ever help when my tank was running empty.  Bless her heart for hugging so many sweaty stinky people.
  • Town of Plymouth was AMAZING!!!   They turned the fountain pink, business were out cheering and giving us stuff and HUNDREDS and HUNDREDS of people out to cheer us on and wanting to have us stop and talk.  AMAZING.  I was given Tshirts, temp tattoos, popsicles (which were lifesavers on Saturday), candy, tooth brushes, sunscreen and deodorant from people along the walk.  There were even a few brave homeowners who had signs offering use of their bathroom! WOW!!!
  • The best advice that I can give someone is to train, get a couple great pair of shoes and good socks. And did I mention TRAIN?  This is not an event that you can “just show up and do”, I suppose you could try, but it would be miserable!    I am proud to report that my 450+ training miles paid off because I got through 60 miles without one blister which plagued so many walkers.  The medical team is awesome to keep everyone on their feet.  Finally, you don’t have to already be an athlete, I am certainly not, you just walk and keep walking.

We are so proud of Kimberly for this effort, and for being such an amazing part of our TAK family.   We’ve been a family business since 1987, and we have many amazing family members in our business.   Give us a call and you’ll get to meet some of them!

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Tankless Water Heaters

What is a Tankless Water Heater?

A tankless water heater, also called an on-demand or immediate water heater, is an appliance that heats water, but does not store it and reheat it.  Many American homes have used large storage tanks (50-100 gallons) in the past, but new tankless models are rapidly replacing them across the country.

How a Tankless Water Heater Works

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When a hot water faucet is turned on, cold water travels through a pipe and into the heating chamber.  A gas burner (or an electric element) heats the water until the faucet is turned off, then it stops.  Tankless water heaters create and deliver a constant supply of hot water whenever the tap is open.   The size of the tankless water heater determines how much output it will deliver, but it can be an endless supply at that rate of flow.  With the appropriate size of a tankless water heater, you can shower, wash dishes, and do laundry all at the same time without running out of hot water.

Save Money with a Tankless Water Heater

Unlike a traditional storage tank-style water heater, there is no need to heat and reheat 50 or 100 gallons of water all day and all night.  With systems running at about 96% efficiency, so there is almost no wasted energy.

Although the initial cost of a tankless water heater is greater than that of a conventional storage water heater, you can expect them to last more than 20 years and to have lower operating and energy costs, which could offset its higher purchase price.  They also have easily replaceable parts that extend their life by many more years.  In contrast, storage tank water heaters last 10–15 years, or approximately half of the life of a tankless one.

Tankless heaters are also much smaller, generally only about a quarter of the size of a water heater tank.  They mount on the wall instead of standing on the floor, which leaves more open space in that area.

If you want to know more, contact us.  We’ll be glad to show you the models we have available and explain all the details.

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Chilling Forecast for Winter – Again!

According to the Farmer’s Almanac “Winter is coming, and it’s going to be as bitterly cold and snowy as last year’s.” That chilling forecast is in the 2015 edition of the Farmers’ Almanac, which goes on sale this week. Published since 1818, the Farmers’ Almanac proudly says their accuracy is about 80% correct. They base their forecasts on things like sunspots, tidal action, and planetary positions.

chilling forecastIf their chilling forecast is right — are you prepared? I remember those 30 below zero days and how many people were without heat. It was very hard on some families and all the HVAC companies were covered up trying to get to everyone quickly.

Are you sure that your heating system get you through another hard winter? If not, now is the time to get it repaired or replaced.

We have many great options to consider to improve your home heating system :

  • Zoning: add another thermostat & a 2nd zone to make sure that a cold area like a lower floor bedroom receives enough heat supply through the ducts to stay warm
  • Mini-Split: if there is no ductwork to an area, you can quickly add heat to that location without adding duct work; this is an easy and efficient upgrade.
  • Heat Pumps: current heat pumps provide about 3 times the efficiency of other types of heating because they don’t burn any fuel.  Since they simply transfer heat from one location to another, they are environmentally friendly and very quiet.
  • Hi-Efficiency Furnaces and Hybrids: Our newest Bryant furnaces are over 98% efficient, contain variable speed motors and are extremely dependable.
  • Radiant Heating: Heat your floors with electricity or hot water and feel the warmth come up through your whole body.  What a great feeling for cold bathrooms or other areas.
  • Tankless Water Heater:  If your tank water heater is getting old, replace it before it fails with a new tankless system.  Never worry about running out of water and save money on your utility bill.

TA Kaiser has been a family-owned and operated business since 1987.  Our goals are to make you feel as comfortable as possible in your home or business so you can focus on what is important to you, and to be the trusted source for all your heating and cooling needs.   Don’t wait until the cold weather hits - contact us today and let us discuss options with you.   You’ll be glad you did!

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