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February 19, 2019

Furnaces Just Keep Getting Better

When you invest in a new furnace, you’ll be achieving a standard of energy efficiency and advanced technology that was only dreamed of a few decades ago. This decision could save you significant costs on utility bills and system repairs. Furnaces only have an optimal life expectancy of 10-15 years. While you may own a perfectly functional system that’s much older, it is probably far less efficient than a newer model that could perform twice as well. If you’re ready to seriously consider a change, consult with local experts on this topic. At , we’re standing by to discuss the possibilities. Technological Progress Through History Like most other aspects of our civilization, the process of heating our homes has gone through a long series of progressive improvements. In the colonial era of our country, nearly all American homes were heated by wood fires. What’s more, those fireplaces weren’t all that practical. Most of the heat escaped without really warming the room. Benjamin Franklin’s stove improved on that model, but we didn’t stop relying on wood fuel for another century. It wasn’t until the late nineteenth century that the coal furnace became prevalent. It was combined with a cast-iron radiator to...

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January 29, 2019

How Often Should My Furnace Be Replaced?

Diamonds may last forever, but the same can’t be said of your furnace. At some point, you’ll need to replace it with a newer unit, but you’re probably wondering how often it should be done. Reading on will help shed some light on the topic. When your furnace reaches old age Today’s furnaces are remarkable when it comes to their overall longevity. As long as your furnace receives good maintenance and upkeep on a regular basis, you should expect to get up to 20 years of reliable service from it. It’s not out of the ordinary to see 30-year-old furnaces in action. Nevertheless, aging furnaces are prone to reliability issues, not to mention the potentially expensive repairs that often follow. A good time to assess whether you need a furnace replacement is when your current furnace turns 15 years old. When repair costs approach replacement costs Keeping your current furnace in action seems like the economical way to go, but it’s also easy to fall victim to the law of diminishing returns. Furnace repairs can become prohibitively expensive as your furnace ages. At some point, replacing your furnace entirely instead of investing in further repairs makes more financial sense. A...

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December 17, 2018

How to Know When I Need a New Furnace?

One of the worse things that can happen to you and your family is being without heat when winter weather comes. That’s why it’s crucial to know when you need to replace your old furnace with a new one, so you can avoid the frustration and have peace of mind knowing your home will be nice and toasty no matter how cold it gets outside. Indications You Need a New Furnace Your heating system is emitting strange noises, such as thumping, scraping, popping and high-pitched squealing. This could be signs that it has an unbalanced or broken blower wheel, the fan belt requires lubrication or it has a blockage. These issues might be more apparent in an older furnace and needs the attention of an experienced HVAC technician. The pilot light has a yellowish-orange glow instead of burning a solid blue color. This could suggest that your device is generating carbon monoxide poisoning. Dark patches of soot along the sides or at the top of the flue is another sign that this odorless gas is tainting the air. Your heating bill seems to increase each month. The consequence of a failing furnace is that it takes more energy for it...

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November 5, 2018

Warning Signs You Need Furnace Repair

It would be nice if we had a forewarning that our furnace is about to fail. There actually are some telltale signs that can give you a clue that your furnace is either getting ready to fail or is close to a time when that will be a real possibility. Here at Wellmann Heating & Air, we believe that catching any problems early is better for our customers. This will make sure that when winter hits Lincoln and the surrounding area, your family will remain cozy. Look for the following signs that you should call for a furnace check-up and furnace repair. Age Furnaces normally last between fifteen and twenty years. The date your furnace was installed should be somewhere on the outside. If it is getting close to the fifteen-year mark, have your furnace checked now. Cold Air If your furnace seems to turn on but the air it is blowing doesn’t get warm, there is something going wrong. There could be a few different reasons for this but all are a reason for repair. Strange Noises Furnaces that have started making pops, rattles and other strange noises are in need of repair. These noises can indicate such problems...

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October 25, 2018

What to Look For in A Furnace Installation Company

Keeping your home comfortable can get tricky during the colder months. Running most types of heaters during Nebraska winters requires a considerable amount of energy and an efficient system. If you continually have a cold home in the winter, you may need a new furnace. Here are three things to look for in a furnace installation company. 1. Help Your Home Feel Comfortable Do you often feel chilly inside your own home during the winter? Does your home feel cold and drafty no matter how high you turn up the thermostat? A new furnace will bring the right amount of heat into the air to make your environment feel healthy and comfortable again. The right contractors from a furnace installation company can help you with that. 2. Capable of Installing Efficient Systems Old furnaces start to lose their luster and heating power. This means that they have to work extra hard to produce the same or lower level of heat in the home. This can raise your utility bills. Over time, keeping the old unit isn’t cost-effective or good for the environment. You can see if tuning up your old furnace can keep it alive for just another season, but...

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September 29, 2018

What’s The Difference Between Smart Thermostats and Programmable Thermostats?

Thermostats help your HVAC system efficiently regulate the temperature in your Lincoln, NE home. You can save money on energy costs and get more out of your HVAC structure by upgrading your current thermostat. A thermostat change can be especially helpful if your heating and air system’s been in place ten years or longer. You’ll find many varieties of smart and programmable thermostats available from different manufacturers. Which type will work better for your personal home needs? Programmable Thermostats Programmable thermostats provide you with automatic settings allowing you to pre-set temperatures. You can ensure your home remains cool while you’re away at work or even off on vacation. The best thing you can do is program your thermostat to adjust to changing temperatures automatically. Common Programmable Thermostat Features Backlit digital display Hold and vacation features Touch-pad programming Air filter indicators Tells you how long it will take to reach a certain temperature Your thermometer should cool your home down if temperatures rise to a certain level, and do the same to warm it when they drop. Many programmable thermostats come with features allowing you to view the potential savings based on the presets you choose. You’ll want to make sure...

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August 30, 2018

How Can Temperature Affect Your Sleep?

Feeling tired, run down, cranky and just generally out of sorts lately? Could be you need to change up your sleeping environment a bit. For example, did you know temperature variations affect the quality of REM sleep? Achieving the REM – rapid eye movement – stage during sleep is vital for living a healthy life. For some people, just a couple of degrees too hot or too cold creates sleepless nights filled with tossing and turning and days in a mental fog. Sleeping Tips for Lincoln, Nebraska Residents According to Sleep.org and The National Sleep Foundation, the perfect sleeping temperature is about 65 degrees Fahrenheit. Sleeping in a moderately cold room promotes healthier REM sleep patterns. Many people report feeling more refreshed and energized after a night resting in a cool setting. Of course, each individual’s body self-regulates temperature differently. Experts suggest you find a perfect comfort setting between 60 and 70 degrees Fahrenheit and stick with it year round. If you feel too cool, try putting a hot water bottle in the bed near your feet, or sleep with soft, comfy socks on at night to help your body adjust. Achieving REM – that’s the time when your body...

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July 24, 2018

What Causes Indoor Air Quality Problems?

Most people associate polluted air with industries and urban centers and fail to acknowledge that the air within their homes could be equally polluted. As most people spend most of their time in their residential places, it is prudent to know what causes indoor air quality problems. Dust Do you have your floor, carpet, and surfaces scrubbed spotlessly clean but you are still sneezing? Dust or other irritants could be the victims. Dust within your heating, ventilation and air conditioning unit due to irregular cleaning is a common cause of indoor air quality problem. Carpet Fumes Once a new carpet has been installed within a living space, its vinyl backing and the glue used to hold it in place produces fumes in a process known as off-gassing. This pollutes the air and may result in dizziness, nausea, headaches, and asthma aggravation. Rooms with new carpets should be well ventilated and aired for a minimum of 3 days. Smoke Whether it be from stoves, cooking places, fireplaces or cigarettes, smoke is a major cause of indoor air quality problems. Prolonged exposure to smoke may cause or aggravate respiratory conditions, while continued smoking leads to lung cancer. Homes should be well ventilated...

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June 11, 2018

Can Rainy, Humid Weather Damage My AC Unit?

Most A/C units are built to withstand typical changes in the weather, but severe conditions are capable of causing damage. Continuous rain and prolonged levels of high humidity can affect your air conditioner in many ways. Humidity and Your Air Conditioner To understand why humidity can affect your air conditioner’s ability to cool your home and cause costly repairs, you first need to have a fundamental grasp of how your A/C works. An air conditioner cools the air inside your home by converting hot air into a liquid and then back again using several processes. One of these processes uses an evaporator coil which draws heat from the air. When the humidity level is high, the evaporator coil needs to work extra hard to remove all of the heat. This additional strain can cause your A/C unit to overheat and stop working. But besides the potential to cause damage to the operation of your air conditioner, there are other hazards A high level of humidity means more water will run off into the water collection area. This excessive amount of water can encourage mildew, mold, and algae to grow. This results in a situation which is not only harmful to...

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May 21, 2018

Which AC System Is Best For You?

There are plenty of AC systems and it may be difficult to decide which one to buy. The most important step in choosing the AC system that is best for you is by knowing what your needs are depending on the details of your home and how warm or cold you like it to be. The following are some air conditioning systems and when best to use them. Window Air Conditioning Systems Window air conditioners are often overlooked even though they can be pretty affordable. Purchasing them is not expensive and neither is maintaining them. Even though prices depend on different brands, the average cost is about $300. Bigger rooms require AC units with bigger BTU capacity so they are more expensive than small ones. Another factor that contributes to the price is the features that a window AC has. The more features it has, the more expensive it will be. Windows ACs are very energy-efficient so you do not have to spend much. They are easy to install and they do not take up much floor space because they are meant to fit inside a window. If you are looking to spend little on your AC system or you...

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