Fun in the Sun

Nothing quite drives the winter blues away like getting back to the great outdoors.  Besides the mood boost provided by vitamin D and fresh air, it’s also a great way to squeeze in family time.  Try out these fun family outings for Spring:bleeding heart

  • Go Geocaching – This is a real-life scavenger hunt with people from all over hiding and finding treasures.  Check out http://www.geocaching.com to get started near you.
  • Have a Garden Party – But forget the tiny tea sandwiches and fancy napkins.  Instead, pick a few spring veggies, plant them Tower of York - Mike Bristoltogether, then reap the delicious rewards at your family dinners all season.
  • Tour Your Own Backyard – Not literally, of course.  Check out some historical or artsy places in your hometown you haven’t visited in a while – or ever, like the Towers of York.  Sightseeing in your own town can help you discover hidden gems that are all the more reason to love where you live.

What’s the Right Smart Thermostat For You?

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The iComfort S30, Lennox’s top-of-the-line model, is the smart thermostat that expertly adheres to your customers’ busy schedules.  Creative features like Smart Away mode and Schedule IQ technology will adapt to their routines and automatically change the temperature settings when a person leaves or arrives in the home, while advanced alerts and performance reports use smart diagnostics to monitor all system components.  In addition, the iComfort S30 has remote diagnostic capabilities that can potentially allow your local HVAC company to solve your heating or cooling problems without them having to make a house call.

iComfort Wi-Fi

The iComfort Wi-Fi smart thermostat, where technology meets accessibility, features an efficient touchscreen interface that puts comfort control right at your fingertips.  Similarly to the iComfort S30, this smart thermostat can be controlled from anywhere. For example, smartphones, tablets, and other web-enabled devices can program the thermostat from afar and change settings.  This thermostat is only compatible with premium Lennox equipment and it offers complete control over the humidity levels and temperature in a home.  The Precise Comfort Plus feature keeps the indoor temperature within 0.5° or better, so what is seen on the screen should be the same as what you’re feeling at home.

iComfort Wi-Fi Flex

This thermostat was created to work with Lennox non-communicating equipment along with most other brands of cooling and heating equipment.  The iComfort Wi-Fi Flex has almost all the same comfort, convenience, energy-savings, and performance features, which makes it possible to have complete control over standard HVAC equipment.  For people who still want the control and convenience of a smart thermostat, but aren’t quite ready to replace their existing systems, this is a great option.

My Word

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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.

The HVAC System that Keeps on Giving

Starting 2016 Rebates September 5th, 2016 through November 25th, 2016 you can save up to $1,600 on a qualifying Lennox home comfort system.  Along with possible rebates through your local utility supplier and up to a possible $500 tax credit, you could be getting some huge savings.  Team this up with a low-cost Nebraska energy loan for even greater savings.

By switching from an older lower efficiency heating & air conditioning system to a new higher efficiency heating & air conditioning system, you could save up to 40% on your utility bills.

We enjoy being able to save our customers money on the best in home comfort system, and we hope you enjoy it as well!  So call us today at 402-362-5702 to schedule a free in-home quote on a new heating & air conditioning system.

 

What Secrets is Your Air Conditioner Not Telling You

It’s nearly scandalous.  We get phone calls during spring for a variety of service reasons.  Sometimes the whole repair could’ve been avoided if you’d been listening to your AC’s secrets.  Here’s what I mean:

Funny noises that aren’t funny.  Sometimes a homeowner will hear these noises at start up, but then they go away, so they assume all is ‘ok.’  Then the noises last longer or get louder, and most homeowners have numbed themselves into believing, “Oh, it just does that.”

Could be a loose damper, which is very easily fixed.  Or maybe a bearing is going bad.  A tiny little ball designed to reduce friction has quit doing that, and the machine is screaming in protest for some attention.  If you don’t fix it the machine can and will often self-destruct the bearing assembly.

As you would imagine, not cheap.  Yet if caught in time, a shot of lubricant or another quick fix could’ve avoided the whole thing.

“My house is having hot flashes.”  This is your A/C whispering for a little TLC.  When one room is warmer than another – by say more than 3 degrees – that means there’s a correctable flaw in the system.  Blockage, duct venting or maybe a different diffuser could take care of this annoyance very easily.

The thing is, don’t “just get used to it” when you’re paying to be comfortable in your home!  Seriously, let us check it out.  This is what we do.

Bottom Line: The longer you ignore you A/C’s little secrets, the more they grow to potentially drain your wallet.  So let us come out to help soothe your system and bring your system and bring you the comfort you both deserve.  All it takes is a good listener.Cooling System

Storm Preparation Tips

Storms in Nebraska is like snow in Alaska.  It’s inevitable.  Especially, with Nebraska being in the direct path of tornado alley.  Although there are many good things that come from Spring/Summer storms, like April showers binging May flowers and soft trickles of rain that help you sleep (idk, maybe this is only me), storms can also be catastrophic.  Keep in mind these storm tips the next time a storm is predicted to hit your area.

Thinking ahead.  If you know a storm is approaching, before it hits, make sure all unsecured items outside are taken inside.  Some of these items would include, umbrellas, lawn chairs and cushions, garden hoses, tables and garden ornaments.  These items could cause damage to the exterior of your home when the storm does hit, if they are not brought inside or tied down.

Shelter.  Stock your basement, or a lower-level interior room (a room without windows), of your home with these essentials: water, first aid kit, dry foods (i.e. cereal bars, granola, nuts, etc.), radio, blankets/pillows, flashlight, candles/matches, and a portable battery charger for your cell phone.  If a storm takes a turn for the worst, you and your family can safely wait it out more comfortably.

Unplug.  Lightening, as you know, is extremely dangerous to both you and your electronics.  On the positive side, the chances of lightening striking and frying computers, modems, cable boxes, and other important electronics is rare, but why would you take that chance if you don’t need to. Always unplug all electronics before a thunderstorm hits – it’s better to be safe than sorry.  Trust us!  We’ve learned this the hard way.

It’s Alive.  When a spring/summer storm hits in Nebraska, there’s a good chance it will produce lightening and hail. Protect your air conditioner or heat pump (both inside and outside) by turning it off at the thermostat if you see lightening. A surge of electricity can damage your air conditioner/heat pump, capacitor, compressor and motors. Once the storm passes, check for damage and clear debris from your outdoor unit before restarting your air conditioner.  Also note that damaged fins on the unit will inhibit the air flow and will most likely need to be repaired.

We hope you have a happy and safe Spring/Summer with no storm damage.  And, if you need your air conditioner or heat pump checked, serviced or replaced, please give J & R Heating a call at 402-362-5702.