My Word

Hello Friends,My Word

I sincerely hope you’re enjoying the change of season and taking time for some of your favorite activities.

My favorite thing to do, of course, is to serve people like you.  There’s something about being around my customers that I really enjoy.

As a matter of fact, I heard recently that happiness is contagious, and it sure makes sense to me.  If my customers are happy, then I’m happy.  See how contagious that is?

Remember, cold weather is just ahead.  Be sure to call us for your tune-up so you and your family will be ready.  We’re happy to help however we can.  Please let us know if you have friends and family who would also like to receive our newsletter and we will be glad to put them on our list.

My Word

Hello Friends,My Word

Is spring a time to slow down or speed up?  The milder weather certainly gives us a chance to get outdoors more often, take in fresh breezes and enjoy the green and blooming landscape.  It’s great to relax and recharge after a long winter.

But being busy has its advantages, too!  That’s why we’re so grateful to our customers for allowing us to serve you.  Our winter was packed with all sorts of opportunities to help folks like you with fast repairs and routine service.  Some of you are enjoying the start of this season knowing that you have a trustworthy and highly efficient new system to keep you comfortable.

As we’ve said, the best way to avoid future problems is to have your cooling and heating equipment tuned up before the start of the next busy season.  So, please call to schedule yours before we’re booked.

Sincerely,

Jim Petersen

What type of filter should I use?

When I started writing this post, I thought it would be easy.  Filters…they’re super common and they need to be changed regularly.  What’s so complicated about that?  Apparently, a lot!  Every article I read boasted something different and I don’t mean a little different, I mean exact opposite.  Instead of trying to tell you what specific filter you need I will let you pick out the filter you want for yourself, as all filters are NOT created equal.  The chart below displays how the Merv ratings work to get you started on your perfect filter quest.  Just make sure to research, research, research and approach your trusted local HVAC dealer with any questions or concerns you might have.

Picture was taken from Global News.

If you’re in the York, NE area you can email us a jheating@neb.rr.com, call us at (402)362-5702 or post a question below if you do not feel comfortable changing or picking out your own air (furnace) filter.

Heat Pump May Be Better Heating and Cooling Option Than Furnace or Air Conditioner

Heat pumps are often misunderstood or not understood at all. Because of this, consumers may not realize that there may be a better heating and cooling option than a traditional furnace or air conditioner.

A heat pump is an all-in-one heating and air conditioning system that works year round to keep you comfortable.  During warmer months, a heat pump works as a normal air conditioner.  It extracts heat from inside the home and transfers it to the outdoor air.  In colder weather, however, the process reverses and the unit collects heat from the outdoor air to transfer inside your home.

Even when the air outside feels cold, it still contains some heat. When there’s not enough heat in the outside air to meet the demand of the thermostat setting, an electric heater supplements the outdoor air to warm the home.

Heat pumps are capable of providing years of worry-free heating and cooling and significant savings on electric bills. The amount a consumer can save depends on many factors. For example, the efficiency of old equipment compared to that of a new heat pump can have an effect on how much will be saved. The climate in which a consumer lives, as well as electric rates, are also factors.

Unlike a furnace that turns fossil fuel or electricity into heat, the heat pump collects heat that already exists in the outdoor air.  Consequently, a heat pump will produce two to three times more heat than the energy it uses.

A heat pump also produces savings while cooling a home. A SEER (Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio) rates cooling efficiency. A higher SEER produces greater savings. A SEER of 12.00 to 13.00 is typical in homes over eight or ten years old and a new, higher efficiency heat pump can be as much as 50 percent more efficient.

If a consumer’s non-electric furnace is still working, an add-on heat pump is an effective option.  With a Dual-fuel system, the two systems share the heating load, but never at the same time.  Each system operates when it is the most cost effective.  The heat pump will be the primary heating and cooling system. However, when the temperature drops below the heat pump’s set point, the furnace will take over until the temperature rises enough for the heat pump to operate more efficiently.

 

To find out more about heat pumps and how they can save on energy costs, call J & R Heating at 402-362-5702.  J & R Heating has been providing service in the York, NE area for over 50 years.

What is a heat pump?

A heat pump is like a conventional air conditioner except it also can provide heat in winter.  This confuses people sometimes because it has “heat” in its name, but just remember it does cool the house.  In the summer, the heat pump collects heat in winter.  In the summer, the heat pump collects heat from the house and expels it outside.  In the winter, the heat pump works best when the outdoor temperature is above freezing.  Below that, supplementary heat often is needed.  A heat pump can save 30 to 60 percent less energy to supply the same heat when compared to an electric furnace with a resistance heating element.

Do you Really Want High Energy Bills?

You’d be amazed at how may people assume “bigger is better” with a new heating and cooling system.  The goal is more comfort and efficiency.  

Your system needs to cover the area and be able to respond to the quality of the area.  That is why units that are sized property are not based solely on the square footage of the house.

Bigger or smaller?

If the equipment is oversized for the area, it will cycle off and on more frequently, which can reduce the life expectancy while increasing energy consumption.  And you could be inviting more moisture – and the mold that often comes with it.

On the other hand, when the equipment is undersized, the wear on its components and lack of efficiency can also lead to early equipment failure.

The Envelope, Please.

Your heating and cooling system is just one part of two systems that work together for your comfort.  All the materials that surround your interior space are called the “envelope”.  This envelope greatly affects the comfort and cost to operate your home.  Combining the right amount and type of insulation, using effective air sealing techniques and installing the right windows can reduce energy costs.

Make Your Savings Automatic

Cooling and heating your home is a significant investment – typically, 44% of your utility bill goes just to keep your indoor climate comfortable.

Here’s an idea:

You can save as much as 10% a year on your heating and cooling bills by adjusting your thermostat just a few degrees at night.  Or you can make this savings automatic by installing a programmable thermostat.  This is especially helpful when you’re away (think Summer vacation!).

By using a programmable thermostat, your heating or air conditioning is adjusted according to a pre-set schedule.  As a result, you don’t operate the equipment as much when you sleep or when you’re not there.  And that means automatic savings – now that’s comfort!

So, call your trusted local HVAC company and they can show you how to get your automatic savings started today.