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Hey guess what, your furnace is no longer illegal! I guess all of my competition that was lying and trying to scare customers into buying a new furnace will have to find a new angle or scare tactic. Just to clarify we have not used this tactic and did receive several phone calls this winter from customers that were advised by someone else that their furnace was illegal, this was not the case at all. So the latest news was received last month that the Federal Efficiency Standard that was due to take place in May was put on hold.

What does this news mean for you? Well this is great news for homeowners that were not in the position to replace their current furnace. The new law would have made it illegal for us to install any furnace with an AFUE below 90% after May 2013. Over that past few years we have very rarely installed a furnace that was below this efficiency but in some instances venting and location can become a problem for the high efficiency equipment.

The high efficiency furnaces vent to the outdoors using PVC pipe. We generally run the PVC pipe horizontally to the outdoors so in some instances such as apartments or finished basements with no access to an outside wall from the furnace room this can become a big problem. The high efficiency furnaces also produce condensation and therefore must have a drain line ran from them. Since there is condensation and water within the furnace cabinet we do not recommend installing them in attics or crawlspaces either. Attics and crawlspaces generally get and stay below freezing in most homes and once there is any sort of freezing inside a high efficiency furnace the internal components will crack and fail.

To sum up: 1. Your old furnace was never illegal 2. Always feel free to ask a question when something seems odd 3. You have a little more time to consider replacing your current furnace 4. You should be proactive if your furnace is enclosed with no access to an outside wall, located in an attic or located in a crawlspace.

Thanks for reading this post feel free to pass it along.

James Gallet

Summer Energy Tip-Clean Your AC

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ok, so the past two weeks have been crazy busy for us at Envirotech Heating and Cooling. This nice stretch of hot weather has caused all of the air conditioning systems to run full speed ahead. Well guess what, alot of the air conditioners decided that they were not ready to run in this heat, so that meant hot houses and lots of business for us. Well my tip this week is pretty simple you need to change the air filter in your furnace and wash out your air conditioner with a hose if you have not already done so. This is one of the most important things that a homeowner can do to not only save on their home utility bills but also prevent future service calls to us.

Here is a fact for you, over 80% of all the service calls that my company runs could have been prevented with a little routine preventative maintenance.  So please change your filter and wash the outdoor unit or better yet have us come out and do it for you. We (Envirotech Heating & Cooling) has several maintenance options available. From a simple and affordable one time cleaning on your air conditioning system or if you would like we can set you up on a full yearly maintenance plan which would include us returning in the fall to clean and check the furnace. The full yearly plan is our “Energy Savings Agreement” and it gives you some additional benefits such as, 20% discount on repairs if they are needed, no overtime charges, priority scheduling and even replacement equipment discounts.

So weather you do some minor maintenance yourself or have us professionally clean your system either way is a great way to assure that your home comfort system is running as efficiently as it can and also will help avoid future breakdowns.

If you would like to schedule an appointment you can do so by calling our office at 913-268-6700 or schedule online at http://www.envirotechks.com

Thanks

James Gallet