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No Heat or AC? – 4 Things to Look at BEFORE You Give Your Local HVAC Experts a Call

Posted by Jaclyn Thomas on Saturday, October 7, 2017

Your HVAC system isn’t keeping up or isn’t working at all. There are a few steps you can take to potentially save yourself a service call fee.

  1. Check Your Filters-
    • If your filter is dirty; your HVAC system won’t work properly. Most filters need to be changed every month, especially if you have animals in the home and during very cold or hot months.
  2. Check Your Thermostat –
    • If someone has changed your settings, it can be a cause for your home to feel uncomfortable: hot or cold. If you have a complicated thermostat, ask your technician to explain how it works the next time you get a tune-up. Another cause for your HVAC system to not work properly is if the batteries in yourthermostat are dead if your thermostat uses batteries. Make sure that if it usesbatteries, that those are not dead.
  3. Check the Circuit Breaker –
    • Ensure that the fuses to your circuit break are in working order and have not burned out. A power outage can or a jolt of electrical energy can trip the breaker as well.
  4. Check Your HVAC Switches –
    • Most units have two switches that provide power to your indoor and outdoor A/C unit. Check these to make sure that they have not been accidentally turned off.

Don’t waste your money on a needless visit and try these simple 4 steps the next time you HVAC system is on the fritz. If you are still not able to fix the issue, please give us a call at 317-859-4270.

 

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6 Signs You Should Consider Replacing Your Old System

Posted by Jaclyn Thomas on Wednesday, October 4, 2017

Is there ever a right time to spend money? It is often difficult to pull the trigger on a new purchase, especially when something appears to be working. However, when it comes to your heating and cooling system, there are some definite signs that the end is near. To avoid an anxiety- filled situation, it is necessary to be on the lookout for warning signs.

1. Frequent Repairs – Repair costs on an older unit can add up quickly. If you find yourself sinking hundreds of dollars into your furnace or air conditioner each year, it is time to look at replacement. A newer unit is going to come with a great warranty and have much newer components that won’t continually fail. Keep an eye on your yearly repair costs to avoid wasted dollars.

2. Carbon Monoxide Leaks – The most common failure in a gas furnace is a cracked heat exchanger. A cracked heat exchanger can leak harmful carbon monoxide into the home and is cause to immediately shut your furnace down. A cracked heat exchanger can only be detected by a trained professional with special tools. Given the danger this presents, it is extremely important to have your furnace tuned-up each year. If a crack in the heat exchanger is detected, it is time to replace.

3. Longer Run Times – Over time, the overall performance of your system will decline. This is usually apparent with longer run times of your furnace and/or air conditioner. A less efficient furnace and/or air conditioner will run for much longer than a much newer model.

4. Higher Utility Bills – With longer run times comes higher electric and gas bills. The longer your system runs the more energy you are consuming. A newer more efficient unit is able to heat and cool your home in the most efficient manner possible, thus saving you money on your monthly bills.

5. Poor Indoor Air Quality – If your home has an older system, you may see drastic spikes in humidity and increased dust in the home. Older systems and older duct work will cause your home to be dry during the winter and humid in the summer. Newer systems are designed to control the humidity levels and make your home more comfortable. Newer systems also come with high efficiency air filtering systems that can help reduce the amount of dust, dirt and allergens in the home. Humidity levels and indoor air quality are things to monitor when trying to decide if you need to replace your system.

6. Age of Unit – If your system is over 10 years old or you are unsure of
the age, but it looks like a dinosaur…it may be time to replace. A trained professional should be able to give you the exact age of the equipment.
While some systems will last for more than 10 years, this is the cutoff that most professionals use as the time to start considering replacement.

Avoid Your Back Against the Wall…Be Proactive When It Comes to Replacement.  Call today!  317-859-4270!

We offer FREE estimates to replace your HVAC system.

Call now and we can get one of our Home Comfort Specialists out to your home as early as TODAY! Call 317-859-4270 or go to http://petermanhvac.com/scheduleAppointment.html to schedule your FREE consultation immediately!

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Make Your Home Comfortable, Healthy and Efficient

Posted by Jaclyn Thomas on Friday, September 8, 2017

  • Do you know if the air your family breathes is unhealthy or unsafe?
  • Are conditions (temp, humidity, dust, stuffy air) sometimes uncomfortable?
  • Does anyone in your home suffer from allergies or asthma?

If you answered ‘Yes’ to any of these questions, we can help. We provide a home diagnostic program that makes the invisible visible and shows you how to make your home as healthy, comfortable, and as safe as possible.

Our trained heating & air conditioning professionals can provide this simple, accurate testing to analyze the air quality in your home or even office.  Since you may not know how your HVAC system may impact your indoor air quality (IAQ), our professionals can recommend solutions to any problems detected.  And if no problems are noticed, we can explain why that’s the case and leave you to enjoy your comfortable home.

Comfort and IAQ

Pollutants aren’t the only contributors to poor IAQ. Today’s tightly sealed and energy-efficient homes can actually have negative effects on your home’s air quality because they might not be properly equipped to filter and purify the constantly

re-circulated air. Without adequate indoor air circulation, pollutants can build up over time, leading to poor indoor air quality.

Along with pollutants, temperature and humidity need to be balanced to create a comfortable and healthy home environment.

  • Are you too warm or cold at times?
  • Are bedrooms not comfortable enough for sleeping?
  • Do you find your home humid in the summer or dry in the winter?
  • Does your home generally feel cool and clammy?

Our in-home assessment will:

  • Detail any problems your home might have with heating/cooling, humidity, carbon dioxide levels, carbon monoxide
  • Provide recommendations for making your home more comfortable and healthy
  • Offer ideas that will help reduce your utility bills
  • Give you peace of mind

We will provide indoor air quality analysis for the first 15 callers absolutely FREE!  That is right, be one of the first 15 callers and we will run this test absolutely FREE.  Don’t delay and call now.

(317)-859-4270

 

Thank you to all of our customers here in the Indianapolis and Columbus area!

 

If you are in need of a HVAC repair, maintenancedrain clearingplumbing work, etc., please contact us at 317-859-4270.

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What is in your Indiana Water?

Posted by Jaclyn Thomas on Friday, August 18, 2017

The Truth About the Water in Your Home

Did you know that your local water can be filled with a variety of dissolved minerals that can cause damage to things in your home and in some instances, even your physical health?  Protecting your family and home is one of our biggest responsibilities.  You may have seen an email a few weeks ago regarding water quality, but we wanted to give some more information in this newsletter as well to make sure you are as well-informed as possible.

Get to Know your Water

Indiana water contains more minerals than ordinary water, especially calcium and magnesium.  This means that your water is considered “very hard” on the hardness scale according to Citizen’s Energy.

Pipes, Appliances and Water Heaters Beware.

Not only do calcium and magnesium cause a hard consistency, they don’t react well with other positively charged ions like soap. As a result, soap doesn’t break down easily. It clogs pipes and wreaks havoc on appliances like your dishwasher, washing machine and water heater.

Effects on your Hair & Skin

Soap & hard water are not compatible on your appliances or your skin.  When these two combine on the skin they create a soap scum, which clogs your pores.

Salt and potassium break down minerals in hard water and soap.  Soft water also dissolves soap & allows you to wash your skin without leaving behind any scum.

Hair can benefit from soft water too!  Soft water helps by smoothing out your wild hair and prevents buildup of minerals that weigh your hair down.

The Facts

According to the Water Quality Research Foundation, when softened water was used, appliances maintained their original factory efficiency rating for as long as 15 years. In contrast, hard water cut efficiency by up to 48% and some water heaters failed after just 1.6 years. Similar findings were noted for shower heads and faucets.

The study also found that in dishwashers, softened water achieves the same cleaning results as unsoftened while using less than half as much detergent. The same lathering power works in cleaning your body and hair, equating to the use of less shampoos and soaps.  (All of these benefits add up to significant monetary savings!)

Citizen’s Energy reports the hardness of the water supply in Indianapolis is between 12-20 grains per gallon.  The Water Quality Association states that anything over 10.5 grains per gallon is considered “very hard.”  As you can see, we have a major problem here in

Indianapolis that is damaging our homes, costing us money, and presenting a potential health risk.

We Are Offering a Solution

There are several different options available for water treatment,

depending on the severity of the problem and on your personal preferences.  Whether you are on a well or have city water, we have a solution for you!

We have had a huge response so far from the e-mail that we sent out to all of our customers regarding a Water Quality Test.   If you have not called yet to receive your FREE  in-home water quality test, call today!  “Water” you waiting for?  Call 317- 859-4270 to schedule your FREE in-home water quality test and ask for Lauren.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Thank you to all of our customers here in the Indianapolis and Columbus area!

 

If you are in need of a HVAC repair, maintenancedrain clearingplumbing work, etc., please contact us at 317-859-4270.

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Repair or Replace: What to Do With This Old Clunker

Posted by Chad Peterman on Friday, August 11, 2017

We have all been guilty of using something that has passed its expiration date, but we thought we could get one more use out of it before it finally failed.  Some people are no different when it comes to their heating and cooling system.  You may have had multiple costly breakdowns, but feel you can get another season out of “Ole Reliable.”  I think we can all agree that breakdowns on things we are trying to “get a little more life out of” often fail at the worst possible time.

When it comes to your heating and cooling system, we see some people doing this very same thing.  If you fall into this category, it may be time to switch into planning mode.  It is always better to be proactive as opposed to reactive.

The heating and cooling system is one of the most important systems in your home.  Waiting until it completely fails is only going to put your “back against the wall” when it comes to replacement.  It is better to be in a position where you can evaluate your options and make the proper INVESTMENT in your home, rather than settling for having to make a quick decision on a costly system.

Choosing the right company to install your system is a process and you will need the right amount of time to make the proper decision.  Again, you are investing in a SERVICE and you need to find a company you can trust.

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