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New Years Resolutions for your Home (Part 2 of 2)

Friday, January 31st, 2014

We hope you are on your way to achieving your New Years resolutions and goals.  Earlier this month we encouraged you to add home maintenance into your New Years resolutions.  We are now adding ways to increase your home safety as well as  recommendations to save money on your home.

Increase your homes safety.

  • Check your smoke detectors and ensure you have a carbon monoxide detector.  Carbon monoxide detectors should be located where your family sleeps.
  • Schedule maintenance for your furnace and AC units.
  • Consider a home management system such as Nexia Home Intelligence.  http://www.americanstandardair.com/products/nexia-home-intelligence.html This wireless technology can manage your home from your computer as well as your mobile device. Adjust temperature, lighting, and even security with the added  Schlage® Home Security Kit.
  • Schedule a “Homeowners 101 Inspection” inclusive of “Home Comfort Audit” and “Plumbing Inspection”. The more you know about your home the better especially in cases of emergency. Call 317.243.3581 for more information.
  • While vacationing

    • If your water softener regenerates on a timed schedule, and not demand, consider putting it on bypass.
    • Most water heaters have a vacation mode. This will keep the water heater pilot lit, but it will not continually heat water you are not using.
    • Use light timers inside and outside. (Nexia Home Intelligence has this feature)

Reduce costs and/or save money on your home:

  • Check that your homeowners insurance is up to date. Here are some issues that our customers have had in the recent past.   Some policies have added basement back up or sump pump failure exclusions.  You may have had the same policy for 20 years but the insurance company sends updates and policy information periodically. If you are like me you don’t always read the fine print. Pull the policy or call your agent and check.  If you are currently renting your old residence , be sure your agent is aware of this change. We have had  more than one customer that did not realize renting out a house you could not sell changes everything to the insurance company.
  • Vow to install a programmable thermostat and save money. Why heat or cool your home when you aren’t there? Adjust the temperature back to your comfort level when you’ll be there.
  • Increase your home value by making upgrades such as a bathroom remodel or new kitchen sink. (Be sure and consult with your homes insurance provider as many upgrades may cause adjustments to your policy.)
  • Contact a home comfort expert to compare the energy costs of your current heating system to a new energy efficient system. For many systems there are utility and manufacturer rebates that can reduce your initial investment.

We hope you found this article helpful. Don’t hesitate to contact our team at 317.243.3581 with any questions you may have.

 

Fall into energy savings, better hair and improved comfort with these 5 fall tips.

Tuesday, October 15th, 2013

You deserve to be comfortable.

 

1.) Use a whole-home humidifier.

Do you hate static electricity?  With it comes uncontrollable hair, dry skin, clothes sticking in the wrong places and that dreaded shock when you touch something.  There is an easy solution to minimize these and more.  Use a whole-home humidifier.  Heated indoor air is very dry and needs to be humidified.  Actually, one of the driest places on earth could be your home.  I know…this sounds crazy, but the relative humidify of the Sahara Desert is 25%, Death Valley 23% and the average heated home registers 13-16% humidity level.  Shocking huh? (Literally) By adding moisture to your home you will reduce the static electricity.  A few other benefits to a whole-home humidifier include:

  • Increased Comfort:  Reduces dry throat and nose as well as itchy skin.
  • Improved Well Being:  Optimum humidity levels can help reduce the chance of upper-respiratory problems caused by dry air.  Ask your doctor!
  • Preservation:  Proper humidification levels will protect against shrinkage and cracking in furniture, moldings and hardwood floors.

2.) Replace your batteries. 

As time falls back on November 3rd don’t forget to replace batteries in your smoke detectors as well as your thermostat.

3.) Update your homes schedule.

Adjust your programmable thermostat with your daily schedule. By setting your thermostat from 72 degrees to 65 degrees for eight hours a day you can cut your heating bill by up to 10 percent according to the Department of Energy.  This is easily done while everyone is away during the day or even at night with an extra blanket.

4.) Pleats are in! 

If your furnace takes a 1” filter use the pleated type vs. the cheap fiberglass type.  A fiberglass filter is only approximately 3-5% efficient, which means 95% or more of the dirt & dust, in the air, will pass through the filter into a furnace and ductwork.  A pleated filter is more efficient & will need replaced more often, approximately every month, because it is catching more of the dirt & dust passing through the system.  This keeps the furnace running efficiently and helps extend the life of the system.

5.) Tune up your furnace this season.

Schedule a maintenance check and diagnostic testing for your furnace. Many wait to the last minute and awake in the middle of the night to a freezing home. Not only is this an inconvenience for you, but added cost to repair after hours. Have a professional perform an inspection and tune up to ensure your family is cozy this winter. Subscribe (by clicking here) to our newsletter for specials, promotions and even coupons, or call 317. 243.3581 for your service questions or needs.

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The New AccuLink Platinum ZV Control From American Standard Air

Tuesday, September 20th, 2011
AccuLink Platinum ZV Control

AccuLink Platinum ZV Control

What can an American Standard AccuClean™ installed by B&W Plumbing and Heating do for you and your home?

Tuesday, May 11th, 2010

 

 There’s a lot about indoor air quality that you might not know and certainly can’t see. Up to 72 trillion microscopic irritants, or allergens, find their way into your home every day. They include dust, pollen, pet hair and dander, dust mites, mildew, lint, fungus, most tobacco smoke, cooking grease and bacteria. Many of these particles are so small that your nose and throat can’t filter them out, and they can get deep into your lungs.

Actually, studies show that indoor air can be five times more polluted than outdoor air. Exposure to indoor air pollutants has increased in recent years, due to factors like these:

    

 Today’s homes are better insulated and more tightly sealed than ever before, sealing in humidity, smoke, dust and other pollutants.

      

    Use of synthetic building materials and furnishings and household cleaners has increased.

  

     The Environmental Protection Agency ranks indoor air pollution among the top five environmental risks to public health.

A whole home air cleaner, like American Standard AccuClean™, works as part of your heating and cooling system. That means it’s designed to clean the air in every room of your home. And the unique patented filtration technology has the highest efficiency of any air cleaner on the market. Get ready for the cleanest, most comfortable indoor air you’ve ever experienced.

Key Benefits:

     Removes up to 99.98% of allergens from filtered air

      Catches particles even smaller than .1 micron in size

      8 times more effective than the best HEPA room appliance

      100 times more effective than a standard 1″ throwaway filter or ionic-type room appliance 

       Delivers cleaner air, and more of it

      Reusable filter is easy to vacuum or wash

 

Nothing cleans your indoor air like the AccuClean Whole Home Air Filtration System. It removes up to an unprecedented 99.98% of unwanted particles and allergens from the filtered air in your home. Standard 1″ throwaway filters and ionic-type room appliances can’t even begin to match that.

 

Call us at 317-243-3581 or click on http://www.bplusw.com/ContactUs.html  for a free estimate.

From The Ask The Expert Mailbox…..

Monday, March 15th, 2010

 

What is the best name brand do you recommend for a heatpump

system and the price?

Renita

 

 

Renita,

 

Thank you for contacting us. We handle the American Standard brand for the reliability and durability through the hot Summer months and frigid Winters. All of our furnaces, air conditioners & heatpump systems come with a 10-year parts and labor warranty. There is currently a state rebate on hi-eff heatpump systems of $500.00 as well as federal tax credits up to $1500.00 & a state tax credit of up to $100.00. This is a great time to purchase a heatpump system.

    Sizing your system is very important for proper operation. I will need more information from you to give a proper price such as square footage of your home, window & insulation conditions, size of existing system & ductwork. We can also come to your home at no charge to you to do a survey & provide you with a proposal. Please call me with any questions at 243-3581.

 

Thank you,

 

Dave Mejean

HVAC Manager

B&W Plumbing and Heating Company, Inc.