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heating and cooling Lancaster brothersToday’s heating and cooling equipment is much more sophisticated than systems of the past.  Air conditioners and furnaces are continually being improved to meet efficiency and environmental/regulatory goals. As technology advances, so must our skills. That’s why the technicians at Lancaster Brothers Heating and Cooling are always learning about new advances in furnaces, air conditioners, thermostats, geothermal equipment and more.

Modern HVAC Equipment

We’ve seen quite a few improvements in heating and cooling equipment in the last couple of decades. Because most ACs and furnaces last 10-15 years, many of our customers are surprised to learn about all of the new features there are when it comes time to replace their old unit. Newer units are quieter and more energy efficient thanks to some of these changes. Here are just a few that may take you by surprise:

Dual Stage Air Conditioners

20 years ago, there was no such thing as dual stage air conditioners. Today, we have systems with two-stage cooling, which means it runs at a low level most of the time and kicks into high gear when temperatures soar. This saves both energy and money.

Smart Thermostats

Smart thermostats are popular now too and Lennox offers a wide variety of smart thermostat options. Our technicians are familiar with all models so they are able to set them up and train our customers on how to use them to get the most comfort and savings possible. Smart technologies will continue to evolve and become integrated into our homes allowing us to control a home’s comfort levels from just about anywhere.

Our Technicians Receive Ongoing Training

Lennox is always working on ways to improve their products, so we attend trainings to keep us up to date on any changes in equipment installation and maintenance. During our slower service times, our technicians watch online training videos to stay abreast of all the changes. As a company, we’re required by Lennox to have 40 hours of training every year. Lennox also has in-store training that we attend. In fact, three of our techs will be attending a three-day WaterFurnace (our geothermal systems) training class this month (April).

Advanced Air Purification

Many air cleaning systems filter out particles. Some combat germs, and some fight odors, but only the Lennox PureAir™ Air Purification System addresses all three types of indoor air pollutants – airborne particles, germs and bacteria, and chemical odors and vapors. What that means in English, is that PureAir™ filters out 99.9% of all particles like pollen, dust, and pet dander. It removes over 95% of viruses such as MRSA, flu, and cold. Plus it removes and destroys over 50% of household odors and chemical vapors. Plus, unlike many other air cleaning solutions, PureAir™ doesn’t generate any ozone (a lung irritant). In fact, its carbon filtration actually reduces ozone generated by other sources in your home.

Get a Quality Home Comfort System with Lennox

Our focus on customer satisfaction is what has made us successful for the last 20 years and you can count on Lancaster Brothers to fix your furnace and air conditioner and keep you up to date on the latest advances in heating and cooling. If you need heating and cooling repair in Kansas City, give us a call and you’ll see what we mean. And if you need a new furnace, we will be happy to give you a free estimate on replacing your system with a quality Lennox system. We proudly install Lennox equipment, and there are typically rebates and financing available. Our comfort specialists will be happy to go over all the options.

No matter what new advances we see, the team at Lancaster Brothers will be able to diagnose it and fix it fast. If you need help with your furnace or air conditioner or want to learn more about geothermal heating, give us a call at (913) 851-3399 or contact us online.

April 3rd, 2019

Posted In: Cooling, Heating

Finding the right Lennox thermometer can save you money.At Lancaster Brothers Heating and Cooling, we’re proud to sell and install Lennox brand air conditioners and furnaces. Many of our customers who have purchased a Lennox system ask us which thermostat they should choose to complement their new equipment. The Lennox Comfortsense models are the most popular. Here is a breakdown of the three models in the Comfortsense line. Hopefully, comparing the three will help you decide which one is right for you. 

We will go from least expensive to most expensive and explain all of the features that each one possesses. That way, you can decide which features are important to you and your family.

iComfort® M30 Thermostat

The iComfort M30 is a simple and stylish smart thermostat. It is compatible with both Lennox non-iComfort equipment as well as other brands of furnaces and air conditioners. It is also Amazon Alexa compatible, making it easy to use voice commands to control it with Amazon Echo or Amazon Dot devices. It also features a handy touchscreen which also allows you to use your voice to speak commands as well as a remote control function which lets you control it from anywhere with your smartphone.  

 

It takes comfort to a new level by working with your whole-house humidity control system to adjust the humidity level. It will even alert you if the system needs service or maintenance. The “Smart Away” mode uses your location services on your phone to know when you come and go and adjusts the temperature to save energy and maximize your comfort. It even provides Performance Reports. It summarizes the performance of the system and sends monthly summary emails showing month-to-month heating and cooling usage comparison and active service alerts

iComfort E30 Thermostat

This smart thermostat is the most versatile thermostat for your comfort needs. It boasts all the features of the M30 model, but also adds a 7” color touchscreen weather screen saver that not only displays the outdoor temperature but graphics that tell you what the weather is like outside. Not only that, but with its Auto (Perfect Temp) feature, it automatically decides between heating and cooling, but requires just one setpoint. 

 

The weather-on-demand feature provides the current outdoor temperature as well as a 5 or 7-day forecast. Its Climate IQ technology monitors indoor and outdoor conditions then automatically uses  your AC or heat pump to remove excess humidity keeping your home comfortable year round. It even features an Allergen Defender. It monitors the air quality and pollen levels in your local ZIP code and automatically turns the fan on to clean the home’s air when outdoor levels are high.

iComfort S30 Thermostat

This ultra-smart thermostat is the ultimate controller for precise comfort. It provides all of the wonderful features of the E30 including touchscreen, weather screensavers, weather on demand, and remote control, but It is only compatible with the Lennox iComfort enabled, variable capacity equipment to offer the highest level of comfort and overall system performance. This also allows it to add advance alerts. Instead of just telling you when the system needs service or maintenance, it will monitor all of the system’s components and use advanced diagnostics to identify the issue.

 

The S30 model also features the PureAir S Purification System. Built-in sensors monitor the life of both the filter and the Purifier UVA light so you don’t have to. When it’s time to change either, the PureAir S lets you know through the thermostat.

 

We Trust the Lennox Brand


No matter which thermostat you choose, your Lennox equipment will keep you comfortable all year long. If you’re still not sure which thermostat is right for you, check out this
comparison infographic or ask us and we will be glad to answer any questions you may have. If your furnace or air conditioner is on its last leg, we can install a new, quality Lennox furnace or AC. Check out our specials page for current manufacturer offers and discounts.

 

If you’d like to learn more about Lennox digital thermostats, give us a call at (913) 851-3399 or contact us online.

March 26th, 2019

Posted In: Cooling, Heating

Places Your Home Is Leaking Heat

If you own a home, you pay for heating and cooling, too. If you aren’t careful, the cost of utilities can become expensive over time. Single family homes, on average, pay $2,060 a year in utilities according to the US Department of Energy, 29% of which is allocated specifically to heating. How, then, can you reduce the cost? By identifying the nooks and crannies most likely to leak heat, you can weatherproof your house, keep your family warm, and lower your heating costs this winter. Read on for the seven surprising places in your home you probably didn’t know were leaking heat.

1. Attics

 

Attics are one of the biggest places homes lose heat. Besides the fact that most homes don’t have enough insulation, there are other areas to be aware of. Even attics that are well insulated many times are lacking insulation above the access hatch. Additionally, holes for pipes and vents can lead to a significant amount of heat loss over time. Be sure all holes are sealed and all attic openings are properly insulated and weatherproof.

 

2. Windows and Doors

 

A major source of heat loss in homes results from gaps in windows and doors. In fact, leakage from doors and windows results in about 20-25% of total heat loss alone in a house. Reduce drafts and the cost of heating by sealing leaks around windows and doors with weather stripping and caulk. Don’t forget to add a weather strip to the bottom of the doors.

 

3. Pipes and Wiring & Vents

 

Gaps created by lights and other fixtures installed through walls and ceilings can cause heat loss. In order to prevent heat loss, exposed gaps should be filled with expanding foam to seal these leaks. Fans, vents, and holes for structures such as laundry ducts can account for large portions of heat loss in your home as well. Ensure exposed gaps are sealed or reduced in size to prevent heat leakage.

 

4. Electrical Outlets

 

While only contributing to a minor portion of total loss, electrical outlets are another lesser-known source of heat leakage. Take countermeasures to block exposed sockets and stop cold air from slipping through. You can find socket sealers at most home improvement stores and they are simple to install.

 

5. Fireplace Dampers

 

Fireplaces get a lot of attention during the colder winter months, but they can be a major source of heat loss, too. Make sure your damper is closed and remember to close it after using the fireplace. Otherwise, it’s a straight shot for heat to go up the chimney and outside.

 

6. Air Ducts

 

Check your air ducts for leaks and gaps. Seal any areas that are leaking with aluminum tape. Duct tape, contrary to its name, is not the best material for this job. It will eventually loosen and allow leaking. Pay special attention to ducts that run through unheated areas like basements and crawl spaces.

 

7. Air Conditioning Units

 

If your home has window units left untouched during the winter, they can jeopardize your efforts to keep your house warm. Remove the units entirely or seal the surrounding area to prevent heat loss and block cold air from sneaking in.

A little extra vigilance can make the difference between a comfortable home and a cold one. Keep the winter weather outside by making sure your home is insulated and weatherproof.

Keep In the Heat with a Lennox Home Comfort System

LennoxIf you think your current heating system is too old and you are worried about staying warm because of leaks, you’ll need a new furnace. We recommend a Lennox Home Comfort System for its high quality and energy efficiency. Interested? Call us and we’ll fill you in on the great deals going on with Lennox.

Need help with heating or cooling? For friendly service, you can count on Lancaster Brothers. Give us a call at (913) 851-3399 or contact us online. If you need a new furnace, we recommend a Lennox furnace. Check out the savings here.

December 12th, 2018

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Lower Your Heating BillAt Lancaster Brothers Heating and Cooling, we want to focus on the no-cost ways to save you money on heating bills. Check out these six ways to save without sacrificing comfort:

 

1. Circulate The Air


Try leaving your indoor fan set to the “on” position rather than “auto”. This will circulate the warmer air to the cooler parts of the home which will increase comfort and filter the air more efficiently.


2. Use Ceiling Fans


In the winter time, warm air rises to the ceiling. Bring that warm air back down to where the people live by setting your ceiling fan to circulate air up toward the ceiling. When you’re looking up at your fan from below, make sure the blades are rotating clockwise. There is a small switch on the side of the fan that controls which direction the blades turn.


3. Change the Air Filter


When air filters get dirty, your furnace has to work harder to push the air through the dirty screen. This causes your furnace to have to work harder than necessary. This means higher heating bills and reduces the lifespan of your furnace. Clean air filters permit a better flow of air through your heating system, allowing hot air to more easily flow through the vents and into your rooms. Most filers should be changed monthly, but check your owner’s manual or ask professional if you’re not sure.


4. Check That Vents Are Clear


Keep vents clear. Ensure your vents are not blocked by rugs or furniture, or that you don’t have any large objects in front of your radiator. You’d be surprised how often this happens. This allows the air to circulate freely, giving you the full benefit of the warm air. Plus it puts less strain on your furnace and is also safer.


5. Use the Sun’s Energy


Approximately 10-25% of your house’s heat loss can be attributed to windows! Be smart and use solar gain to your advantage. The sun radiates heat, so open curtains and shades on south-facing windows during daylight hours to allow that heat to enter your house. When the sun goes down, keep curtains and blinds closed to insulate your house and keep the heat inside.


6. Shut Doors to Unused Rooms


If the room is not used, don’t heat it. Shut the doors and close the vent when you are not in the room. Why pay to heat rooms no one is using? Make sure your vents are closed to unused basements too.

The best thing about these tips is that they are all free and won’t cost you a thing. Be smart and save money this winter without spending a penny. If you’re looking for more ways to lower your heating bills, stay tuned for some money saving tips that will take just a small investment up front but will pay off over time.

LennoxIf your furnace is on its last leg, we recommend a Lennox Home Comfort System for its high quality and energy efficiency. Call us and we’ll fill you in on the great deals going on with Lennox.

 

If you need help with your heating or cooling, call the pros at Lancaster Brothers Heating and Cooling at (913) 648-9442 or contact us online.

November 16th, 2018

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Furnace Maintenance PlansThe short answer is always. A maintenance plan is designed to encourage homeowners to take good care of their heating and cooling equipment by offering benefits they wouldn’t otherwise be eligible for. In addition to annual tune-ups, there are discounts, additional savings, priority service, and more. If you’re already getting an AC and a furnace tune-up every year, you’re missing the gravy. Here is what you get when you join the Lancaster Brothers Maintenance Club:   

Maintenance Club Plan

An annual Maintenance Club plan from Lancaster Brothers will keep your HVAC system in top condition all year to save on energy costs. You also save money on any needed repairs and can rest assured that your furnace will keep you warm during the cold winters in the Kansas City area. When summer comes, your air conditioning system will be in top condition as well, so you stay cool.

Look at all the perks you get besides just two tune-ups a year:

  • Two tune-ups a year scheduled at your convenience
  • Accurate upfront pricing with a 10% discount on repairs
  • No overtime charges
  • Top priority with emergency service
  • A friendly reminder when it’s tune-up time

Tune-Ups Reduce the Chance of Breakdowns

Our special Maintenance Club plan gives you two complete tune-ups during the year. This covers a complete check of both the heating system and the air conditioner to make sure they work efficiently during extreme weather. Both new and older HVAC systems need this routine maintenance. You save energy when your furnace and air conditioner work efficiently. You can schedule the seasonal tune-ups at your convenience online or by calling us. We will remind you when a tune-up is due for either the heating or air conditioning system as part of our service.

Save on Every Repair

You always receive accurate upfront pricing on all repairs. We offer a 10% discount on all repair services to members of our Maintenance Club at any time during the year. Plus, you’ll never be charged for overtime. They work until the job is completed.

Get Top Priority on Emergency Service Calls

We know that emergencies happen occasionally and we are on call 24/7 to help you when your furnace or air conditioner stops working when you need it most! Our technicians will respond immediately to your call, and you will get preferential service before non-members. Plus, we provide written guarantees on all of our service work.

Special Deals on Lennox Home Comfort Systems

LennoxIf you think your current furnace is too old and you are worried about staying warm in bitter winter weather, you need a new furnace. We recommend a Lennox Home Comfort System for its high quality and energy efficiency. Call us and we’ll fill you in on the great deals going on with Lennox.

If you’d like to sign up to join our Maintenance Club, give us a call at  (913) 851-3399 or contact us online!

October 16th, 2018

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Get A Furnace Tune-Up Annually

How often do you think about your furnace? You rely on it to get you through inclement weather and freezing temperatures, but do you take as much care of it as you should? If your furnace has been neglected, it can cause more than just the inconvenience of waiting for someone to make a service call. The expert team at Lancaster Brothers came up with these five good reasons to get your furnace tuned up annually, and give it the TLC it deserves.

Increased Energy Efficiency

Over time, the internal parts of a furnace wear down and stop working properly. This forces the system to work harder overall and puts a strain on your furnace as well as your utilities. Regular tune-ups can help reduce this wear, because technicians tighten loose parts, replace worn components, check electrical connections, and lubricate moving parts to keep your furnace running in tip-top condition. When your furnace is running efficiently, you’ll save money on your energy bills.

Reduces Carbon Monoxide

If you have a gas furnace, carbon monoxide is a real concern. Your furnace’s heat exchanger is made of metal that expands and contracts every time that your furnace heats up and cools back down. Over time, this can cause the walls of your heat exchanger to develop cracks. These cracks allow carbon monoxide to leak out and spread throughout your home. By having it serviced regularly, you’re ensuring that things are running smoothly as well as reducing your risk of CO poisoning. It’s also a good idea to invest in a carbon monoxide detector for your home. They are easily found at home improvement stores and are inexpensive to buy.

Reduces Emergency Repairs

A regular tune-up is a perfect time to catch any potential issues before they become a huge problem. Not only will you save money by avoiding large repairs, but you’re less likely to face a furnace breakdown in the middle of winter when you need your furnace the most.

Increases the Lifespan of Your Furnace

One broken or worn out part in a furnace can put a serious strain on the whole system. While it may not cause a total breakdown, it can still cause other parts to wear out faster, reducing the overall life of your furnace. When you keep things running smoothly, your furnace lasts longer and your budget can breathe easier. Considering the price of a new furnace, you want to make sure yours lasts as long as possible.

Maintains the Manufacturer’s Warranty

Several manufacturers include regular tune-ups as part of the warranty stipulations, so it’s vital to make sure you’re getting things taken care of on time and on an ongoing basis. When something breaks that is under warranty, you want to make sure the cost will be covered. Don’t let lack of regular maintenance cost you big later.

Be Prepared with a Lennox Home Comfort System

LennoxIf you think your current heating system is too old and you are worried about staying warm in a bitter winter storm, you’ll need a new furnace. We recommend a Lennox Home Comfort System for its high quality and energy efficiency. Interested? Call us and we’ll fill you in on the great deals going on with Lennox.

If you’re ready to schedule a tune-up for your furnace, please give Lancaster Brothers Heating & Cooling a call at (913) 851-3399 or contact us online!

September 19th, 2018

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Winter Storm PrepWhile lots of snow can be pretty, winter storms can also bring ice and wind that can take down power lines for hours and sometimes days. When roads are ice or snow covered, you may not be able to get your car out. Think about your home with no electricity – no heat, no light, no water. Be prepared by keeping these items handy at all times during the winter season.

1. Fireplace

If you have a gas fireplace, make sure it’s maintained and ready to go. Luckily, nowadays many gas fireplaces in new homes do not require electricity to operate during a power outage. Before the storm hits, make sure to contact your installing contractor and see if it’s operable without electricity, which is very helpful in an emergency. If you have a wood-burning fireplace, make sure you have wood for fuel.

2. Warm Blankets

Another good thing to have on hand when the power fades are lots of warm blankets. Without the heat, your home can get pretty cold during a blizzard or winter ice storm. Be sure to keep cozy and gather everyone in the same room to generate heat.

3. Clean Water

One of the most important things to have on hand when the power goes out is fresh water for drinking. A rule of thumb is to have one gallon per person per day stashed away. Your body needs to be hydrated during a stressful time like a power outage.

4. A Flashlight

Also, make sure you’re able to see and get around your house. Blizzards and ice storms can make it difficult for the sun to brighten up the earth, and no power at night can cause some real problems. Have several operating flashlights on hand so you can see what’s going on in your home. Candles are another option, but they are more dangerous because of their ability to start a fire. The last thing you need is a disaster during an emergency.

5. Food

Have on hand a three-day supply of non-perishable food. Here are some great options:

Peanut butter
Crackers
Nuts
Trail mix
Cereal
Power/granola bars
Dried fruit
Canned meat (tuna, salmon, chicken, and turkey)
Canned vegetables (beans, carrots, and peas)
Canned soup/chili
Sports drinks
Sugar/salt/pepper
Powdered milk

Don’t forget a manual can opener and a few utensils and napkins

6. First-Aid Kit

Pick up a first-aid kit to keep on hand with the basics just in case.

7. Entertainment

Life without TV or cell phones can seem extremely boring. Keep books, games, puzzles or other activities handy for the kids.

While snow and ice storms don’t come often, Kansas City has seen its share. You never know when Mother Nature will throw us a curve, so be prepared to live without electricity for a day or two if necessary.

Be Prepared with a Lennox Home Comfort System

LennoxIf you think your current heating system is too old and you are worried about staying warm in a bitter winter storm, you’ll need a new furnace. We recommend a Lennox Home Comfort System for its high quality and energy efficiency. Interested? Call us and we’ll fill you in on the great deals going on with Lennox.

If you need help with your furnace in the meantime, just remember the team at Lancaster Brothers is standing by. Call us at (913) 851-3399 or contact us online for help.

February 6th, 2018

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Reduce Your Energy Bill in WinterThe average U.S. household pays an average annual cost of $992 a year in natural gas bills. That’s a lot of money. So how do we keep that heat inside our homes instead of losing it to leaks and inefficiency? The team at Lancaster put together these 15 tips to help you save energy this winter. See which ones will be easiest to incorporate into your lifestyle:

 

  1. Bundle Up – Don’t change the thermostat if you’re feeling chilly, change your wardrobe. If you feel chilly at home, put on a sweater or jacket and cover your feet with socks or slippers.
  2. Use Your Programmable Thermostat Wisely – Many homes have programmable thermostats, but are they being used to their maximum efficiency? The Department of Energy says lowering your thermostat at least 3-4 degrees for eight hours a day can save you 5 percent to 10 percent off your heating bill. It’s easy to program the thermostat to drop at night when everyone is tucked snugly into bed. If you don’t have a programmable thermostat, you can do this manually, but it’s a lot harder to remember to do every day.
  3. Make Sure Registers Are Clear – Don’t let furniture, rugs or drapery block your registers. That’s like having your registers partially open. This wastes heat and makes your furnace work harder.
  4. Don’t Run Exhaust Fans Any Longer Than Necessary –  If you run kitchen or bathroom fans, make sure to turn them off as soon as possible. Not only do they remove steam and odors, they take heat with it.
  5. Lock Doors and Windows –  Even when doors and windows are closed, they might not be pressed tight against the weatherstripping. Lock them to make sure the seal is tight and warm air cannot escape.  
  6. Make Sure Windows and Doors Are Sealed – Add caulk or weather stripping to doors or windows to seal small cracks where heat can escape. Adjust door thresholds if you can see any daylight under your doors. Most thresholds have screws that can be adjusted. Turn the screws counterclockwise to bring the threshold up. If the door drags on the threshold, lower it just a bit.
  7. Don’t Waste Heat That You Created – We’re talking about heat from the oven or even the shower. Don’t keep these trapped inside the appliance or the room. Open the doors and let that extra heat (and moisture) infiltrate the rest of the house.
  8. Check Furnace Filters – Regular maintenance will help your furnace run more efficiently. Remember to check the filters in your heating system and make sure they’re clean and clear. Dirty filters lead to higher heating costs.
  9. Let Sunlight in during the Daytime – Let any sunlight in during the day as solar gain will add heat as well as light. Your furnace won’t have to work as hard.
  10. Cover Windows after Dark – Reduce heat lost by keeping cold air outside. Curtains and blinds act as another layer between your home and the cold temperatures outside.
  11. Don’t Forget about Outlets – Electrical outlets in your wall allow air to escape around them. Fill small gaps around the electrical boxes with caulk. For large gaps, use expandable foam sealant. You can also place a foam gasket over the outlet or switch before you replace the cover. It may seem like a small gesture, but those outlets and switches will be there forever.
  12. Seal around Pipes, Gas, and Electrical Lines – These areas in your exterior walls usually have gaps that let cold air in. Use expanding foam to close the holes. An added bonus is that not only will it keep the cold air out, it will keep mice and bugs out too.
  13. Seal and Insulate the Attic Door – This is one place most homeowners don’t even think about, but warm air will escape easily through an attic door that is not insulated. Make sure your door forms a good seal when it is closed and add weather stripping if it doesn’t. Also, attach fiberglass insulation to the back of the door. This is a place that is typically skipped when attic insulation is installed.
  14. Seal Your Ductwork – Your ducts carry heated air through a long system of metal tubes. Don’t let that air escape into unheated areas like the basement. A typical home can lose 20 – 30% of the air in the system due to holes, leaks, and poor connections. Check your ductwork and seal it with metal tape. (Believe it or not, duct tape is not the best tape for this job.)
  15. Consider a Furnace Tune-Up – A tune-up is a great idea. Not only will it protect your family from carbon monoxide leaks, but it will ensure your furnace is running at peak efficiency saving you money on heating bills.

Lennox Makes a Wide Variety of Energy Saving Home Comfort Systems

Lennox LogoWe are proud to install Lennox brand furnaces and air conditioners, and when you install a programmable thermostat, you are sure to gain the most efficiency you can from your new heating and cooling system. Lennox makes a wide variety of programmable thermostats. If you need help choosing one, or want more information on current rebates and offers, give us a call and our comfort specialists can give you all the details.

We hope some of these tips help you save the maximum amount on your winter energy bills. If you would like to schedule a furnace tune-up, just give us a call at (913) 851-3399 or contact us online. Look for money-saving service coupons on our website.

January 10th, 2018

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Setting Programmable ThermostatUtility bills are the biggest expense most households incur. According to the latest statistics (Dec. 2017) from Expatistan, an international cost of living website, the average price of utilities for one month (heating, electricity, gas…) for 2 people in 900 sq. ft. home in Kansas City, Missouri is $230. Multiply that by 12 and it’s approximately $2,760 per year. The larger the home, the larger the utility bills. Reducing your utility bill is one of the best ways to put a significant amount of money back into  your pocket. The good news is, it’s easy to do with a programmable thermostat.

The team at Lancaster Brothers Heating and Cooling has put together this simple tutorial on how to save as much as 10% a year on heating and cooling by simply using your programmable thermostat. The Department of Energy reports that turning your thermostat back 7°-10°F for 8 hours a day from its normal setting will save you up to 10%. If you live in a 900 sq. ft. home, this means you save about $276! Read on to learn the secrets to saving big.

How Do I Program My Thermostat to Save Money?

Since you don’t need to heat or cool your home as much while you are away at work or sleeping, those are the times to lower or raise the temperature to reduce the amount of energy you use. The good news is, you won’t even notice! Here are some simple guidelines for year-round programming:

Winter Settings – for the winter months, we suggest setting the thermostat to 72 degrees Fahrenheit while you’re awake, and set it seven to ten degrees lower while away or asleep.

Summer Settings – for the summer months, set the thermostat for 72 degrees Fahrenheit when you are at home and warmer than normal while you are away. We suggest that you set your thermostat up no more than five degrees at any point in time. With the open floor plans of modern homes today, the volume of space your air conditioner is trying to condition makes it counterproductive because it’s too hard for your system to catch up on really hot days.

Tips for Choosing a Programmable Thermostat

If you don’t yet own a programmable thermostat, you’ll find there are a lot of choices out there. Here are some tips for purchasing a programmable thermostat. Some of the features to consider include:

  • User-friendly digital displays so you can easily preset the temperatures for different parts of the day.
  • Wi-Fi compatibility. Homeowners are able to adjust the settings using a computer, tablet, or smartphone.
  • Alerts for changing the filter in your HVAC unit.
  • Allow manual overriding of a setting without losing preset programming.
  • Programs that differentiate between weekdays and weekends.

If you need help installing a new programmable thermostat, just give Lancaster Brothers a call.

Lennox Makes a Wide Variety of Programmable Thermostats

Lennox LogoWe are proud to install Lennox brand furnaces and air conditioners, and when you install a programmable thermostat, you are sure to gain the most efficiency you can from your new heating and cooling system. Lennox makes a wide variety of programmable thermostats. If you need help choosing one, give us a call and our comfort specialists can give you all the details.

If you’re ready to make the switch to a programmable thermostat and keep a few hundred more dollars in your pocket each year, contact us and let our dedicated and knowledgeable technicians install one for you today! Or call us at (913) 270-0698.

December 12th, 2017

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Furnace Smells and What They MeanSometimes appliances in our home can make funny smells and we wonder if it’s just temporary or something we should be concerned about. At Lancaster Brothers, we’re familiar with these smells and we know which ones to ignore and which ones mean “sound the alarm”. Here’s a little breakdown so you’ll know too.

What’s That Smell Coming from my Furnace?

 

1. Burnt toast – this smell is common at the beginning of furnace season. It’s nothing to be alarmed about. Basically, dust gathers on the furnace parts over the summer and when the furnace turns on and those parts heat up, a slight burning smell fills the house. Once the dust has burned away, the smell should be gone. If the smell persists after the first or second time you turn your furnace on, it may be something more. Give us a call.

2. Mustiness – if you smell a musty odor, it may be due to moisture buildup in your duct system. We can recommend a reputable duct cleaning company to make sure your ducts are dry and odor free. After you get the ducts cleaned, change your air filter to a fresh, clean filter.

3. Metallic or electrical burning – this could be an object in the duct work that starts to smell when it gets overheated. Sometimes a spill on a register or in the duct work can also cause this type of smell. So check that first especially if you have small spill-prone children (show me one that’s not). If you don’t find anything obvious, It could also be the furnace motor overheating or a cracked heat exchanger. Call a technician to get to the source of the smell.

4. Burning plastic or rubber – if components or electrical elements inside your furnace are getting too hot, they may produce furnace smells similar to burning oil, hot plastic, or rubber. If you smell odors that suggest something in your furnace is overheating or burning, shut the furnace off immediately and call a technician.

5. Rotten eggs – this smell is the most serious of all. It indicates a gas leak.  Utility companies and fuel providers put a sulfur smell in the normally odorless natural gas so it is detectable by human beings. Do not mess around if you smell sulfur. Shut off your furnace and call a utility company.

If you smell #3, 4, or 5, it could indicate a problem with your furnace or worse, give us a call at at (913) 851-3399 and one of our technicians will come take a look. We’re here to help.

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November 13th, 2017

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