Four Tips to Ensure Your Heat Pumps Works Throughout Winter

Some winters are longer than others in Michigan, but no one wants to get partway through the winter season and have their heat pump go out. All it takes is a little preventative maintenance to ensure your family stays warm and cozy all winter long. Besides ensuring the heat pump heat pumpcontinues to work, you also are ensuring your indoor air is more healthy and clean and saving money on utility costs. In this post, you will find four tips to ensure your heat pump works throughout the winter.

  1. Remove vegetation near units

Be sure to remove any vegetation that is growing and any branches that have fallen from near your heat pump. These plants and branches can get caught in the fan of the heat pump and cause strain and stress which may cause it to break down.

  1. Inspect wires and the air filter

If you’re not sure whether your air filter needs to be replaced – replace it. If you can’t remember the last time you put a new one in, it’s very likely that it’s time to replace it. When you replace the air filter make sure all of the wires and electrical connections are secure.

  1. Replace the batteries in your thermostat

Much like the air filter, if you can’t remember the last time you replaced the batteries in the thermostat, it’s probably time.

  1. Contact a professional

To be completely sure that your heat pump is ready for winter you should call Metzger’s Heating & Cooling and have a professional come and take a look. Metzger’s Heating & Cooling has been a trusted source for HVAC maintenance in Kalamazoo for many years. If you have any questions or concerns do not hesitate to give us a call today.

Reasons to Consider Having a Bryant Boiler Installed This Winter

Many people are not aware that boilers are actually more efficient than forced air heating Bryant boiler heating systemsystems. Boilers are more efficient because they work by circulating hot water through your home’s walls, ceilings and floors. This method of spreading heat means higher efficiency than conventional forced air heating systems like furnaces. In this post, we will look at four reasons you may want to swap out your forced air heating system with a Bryant boiler this winter.

  1. Boilers don’t take up a lot of space

Regardless of the type of boiler – gas, steam, hot water, oil-fired, or electric – it’s very likely that they are significantly smaller than your existing heating equipment. Not only that, the actual water pipes are more narrow and thin than air ducts used in traditional furnace systems.

  1. Boilers, in many cases, are easier on the environment

If you elect to install an oil-fired boiler, you will be able to use biodiesel fuel to run it. Also, ather boiler systems can be run on recycled material pellets.

  1. Boilers are easy to install

As long as your installation is done by an experienced and licensed professional, it’s a snap. At Metzger’s we actually handle all of the sourcing of materials and parts. All you have to do is let us know the model you would like and where you would like it installed.

  1. Boilers are virtually silent

One of the comments we hear the most from satisfied customers is that their boiler heating system makes no sounds. There’s no clicking when it’s turning on or off and no persistent humming while it’s in use.

At Metzger’s Heating & Cooling, we are proud to offer a wide range of Bryant boiler heating systems – along with that you have an experienced tech to turn to if you are ever in need of any repairs. If you have been considering having a boiler heating system installed or repaired, do not hesitate to contact us today!

 

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Save Money This Winter with These 3 Energy Conservation Tips

Every year, as the temperatures start to dip, Michigan residents find that their electric and heating bills begin to rise. From adjusted thermostats and electric blankets to space heaters and water heaters, our homes’ amenities are designed to keep us warm, no matter the cost. But, how can you conserve energy and keep those costs down? How can you stay warm without going broke? While a little increase is unavoidable, there are a number of ways that you can ensure that you’re limiting your spending, conserving energy and still maintaining a warm, comfortable home.

Make sure your wood-burning fireplace has an airtight door

Wood-burning fireplaces are a good way to warm your living room, however, you risk losing more heat than you gain if they aren’t installed properly. Make sure that your fireplace has an airtight door to prevent both the escape of warm air and an influx of cold air.

Lower your thermostat’s settings by a few degrees

By gradually lowering your thermostat’s temperature settings by one or two degrees every day, you can easily acclimate to a cooler inside temperature. You might even consider a programmable digital thermostat to make this transition even easier!

Make sure your air vents are clear                   

If you’re blocking your home’s vents with furniture or drapes, you’re literally throwing your money away. This leads to cold – and hot – spots in your home and unnecessary energy expenditures, as that air needs to be recirculated to bring the room to temperature.

At Metzger’s Heating & Cooling, we offer a wide range of products and services that aim to help you save money, all while keeping your home comfortable. Whether you’re looking to cut your winter energy costs or you’re interested in exploring new heating and cooling options, our experts have the answers that you need! To learn more about the products that we carry, have a look at our website and if you have any questions, we’re always glad to help.

Four Ways You Can Prepare Your Heating System for Winter

Fall is a time that homeowners often look forward to because energy costs are low. It’s cool enough that air conditioning isn’t needed and warm enough to avoid turning on the heat. It’s also a great time to prepare heating systems for winter as well as making surgas furnace e heating systems are run as efficiently as possible. In this post, we will look at five things you can do to prepare your heating system for the cold winter months and hopefully save yourself some money in the process.

  1. Inspect your filters

Filters that are covered with dirt and other debris cut down airflow in your heating system. When filters are properly maintained or changed when they get clogged it puts less stress on the heating system. This means that clean filters allow the heating system to work less hard which saved money on energy as well as putting less strain on internal components of the system.

  1. Effectively program your thermostat

When homeowners switch from a standard thermostat to a programmable one that can lower temperatures when they’re not home or when they’re sleeping, they can expect to see up to 15% in savings.

  1. Upgrade your equipment

If it’s been awhile since you have upgraded for system, ten years or more, consider upgrading to a newer model that is more efficient. Furnaces like Bryant Evolution gas furnace from Metzger’s Heating & Cooling have efficiency of 90%.

  1. Reverse the direction of your ceiling fan

This is one that not many people know about or consider. In the winter you should make sure your ceiling fan is spinning clockwise at a low speed. Heat rises and this method pulls cool air to the top and pushes the warmer air near the ceiling down along the walls to the floor. This method has been proven to save up to 15% on winter heating bills.

 

What is Geothermal Energy, and What are the Benefits?

Geothermal energy is a natural energy that comes from the hot rocks inside the earth, deep below the surface. To harness this energy, two holes are dug into the ground, one for water to be pumped through. As the water passes the hot rocks, it is transformed to steam, which comes out of the second hole and aids in producing electricity. The heat exchanger only uses electricity to move the heat, not produce it.

In Michigan, the temperature in the earth just a few feet below the surface remains at a 50-55 degrees Fahrenheit. So in winter, geothermal energy can be used to heat as tCapturehe earth temperature is warmer than the air, and in the summer geothermal energy can be used to cool as the earth temperature is colder than the air. To switch from heating to cooling, all you have to do is reverse the flow and temperature compression.

Benefits of Utilizing Geothermal Energy

  • The energy is renewable and sustainable, replenishing itself naturally. Plus, it’s not going to run out in any foreseeable future.
  • Reduce your footprint. Using geothermal energy is a clean and environmentally-friendly process. It does not create pollution.
  • According to the US Environment Protection Agency, the systems are “the most energy-efficient, environmentally clean, and cost-effective space conditioning systems available today.”
  • Save money on heating and cooling bills as geothermal energy is extremely efficient. Customers have reported saving about 80% on utility bills after installing a geothermal energy system.

Depending on your land, there are a few different options for geothermal energy systems. The traditional system is a horizontal loop which resides in trenches three to six feet deep and is a closed loop system. This system requires more space, however, so in limited spaces you would need a vertical loop: pipes are inserted in small holes 150 to 400 feet deep. For this, you will need a well-drilling rig. The third type of loop is a pond loop, where sealed spiral piping is actually submerged into the pond water instead of into the ground. And finally, if you have adequate quantity and quality, you can use a well water system which uses the supply of well water.

The only foreseeable downsides to choosing the geothermal energy system are that it may not be suitable for all locations and it can be more expensive for the initial cost than other heating and cooling systems—but in the long run it will save on costs. However, if you’re interested, give us a call so we can asses your particular land. Also give us a call to learn about saving up to 30% on a new system with a Federal Tax Credit!

We offer the Bryant Geothermal System as well as a full line of Bosch Geothermal and water furnace geothermal systems. Our staff are highly trained professionals and have earned a reputation for doing the job right the first time. Give us a call today at 269-385-3562.

Temperature Regulation in Vacant Homes is Extremely Important

Everyone knows that a lot of money can be saved by adjusting your thermostat when you’re going to be out of the house on a short vacation or trip. But what should you do if you’re going on an extended vacation or you have a secondary property that is vacant most of the time? In this post we will discuss what you residential heating and coolingshould do that’s easier on your wallet and your property.

 A common mistake that homeowners make is thinking they can set the thermostat above 80 degrees in the summer and below 55 degrees in the winter. When a home gets really hot and humid during summer months, the high temperature and humidity can warp wood, strip wallpaper off the wall, and cause various other problems. In the cold winter months, too low of a temperature can mean freezing pipes and damage due to condensation.

To ensure no damage is done to your home while still saving as much as you can on heating and cooling costs, you should upgrade to a smart thermostat. These thermostats can be controlled by your phone or computer wherever you are. You can check weather reports for your vacant home location and adjust accordingly. If humidity is low in the summer, you can set the thermostat a bit above what you normally would, for example.

Temperature regulation is the most effective way to protect your home and your wallet, but there some additional things you can do, as well. In the summer, you can invest in light-blocking blinds or curtains. In the winter, you should drain your plumbing system by shutting off the water and letting residual water come through your faucets.

At Metzger’s Heating & Cooling, we have installed and maintained many HVAC systems in the greater Kalamazoo area. We are bonded and insured and are very proud to be a local business in Southwest Michigan. If you have any questions about residential heating and cooling, give us a call today!

Is it Better to Repair or Replace Your Broken Air Conditioning System?

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There are many things to take into consideration when deciding which option will better serve you. It’s not always an easy decision to make. It’s important to take your time and consider the pros and cons for your exact situation.

The first thing you’ll want to look at is the age of your air conditioning unit. If it’s more than ten years old, it’s probably time to really consider getting a new unit. They simply do not function as well as newer models. There is a good chance that the SEER rating is below the current standard, which means your unit does not have the energy efficiency that it should. A more efficient unit will certainly save you money on your monthly electric bill.

Have you spent money on repairs before? If you’re spending money every spring or summer on repairs, it may be a better option to use that money to buy a new system instead. Even though it will cost you more up front, the amount saved in monthly bills and repair cost may cover the cost.

If there is a lot of dust in your home, it could mean that there is a problem with your air conditioning system. Your ducts may be leaking and taking in particles and blowing them into your home through your air vents. Not only is it a pain to have to dust all the time, it could have negative impacts on your health.

At Metzger’s Heating & Cooling in Kalamazoo, we carry the best quality and most energy efficient air conditioning systems on the market. Our expert installers have years of experience and will assess your individual needs when deciding which system is best for you. Don’t hesitate to contact us today with any questions you may have or to set up an appointment. 

 

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Three Ways to Reduce Air Conditioning Energy Costs This Summer

Already this summer we are seeing very high temperatures and high humidity. There is no better feeling than walking into your air-conditioned house from the sauna-like weather outside. You’re living in bliss until you realize your air conditioning unit has been running non-stop for hours. Once your first energy bill comes after a full month of summer heat, you realize you’re going to have to find a way to cut down the amount of work your air conditioning system is doing. In this post we will look at four ways to reduce your air conditioning energy costs.

1. Replace your filters

How often your air conditioning system filter should be changed depends on your filter style, and the amount of dust, pollen, and other debris in your home. The key is to check it regularly. A clogged air filter inhibits air flow and puts stress on your unit. Studies have shown that a clean filter as opposed to a blocked one can reduce your electric bill by ten percent.

2. Don’t turn it off

If you’re going to be out of the house for a few hours, you should raise your thermostat to 80 degrees – do not turn it off. Dropping the temp down to the mid-seventies from 80 doesn’t put too much stress on your air conditioning unit, but dropping it down for 90 will negate any savings you may have gotten from having it set so high.

3. Reduce solar influence

The hot afternoon sun can heat up a room in no time. Before you leave for the day, make sure all shades are drawn. You can even invest in solar blocking curtains for especially effected windows in your home. Doing this can reduce air conditioning costs by 30 percent.

At Metzger’s Heating & Cooling of Kalamazoo, we carry top-of-the-line air conditioning units. A properly working central air conditioning system can save you big on your energy bill while providing you with the comfort everyone desires for their home. If you have been considering having a central air conditioning system installed, contact us today!

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Central Air Versus Window Units: Which is More Efficient?

With spring here and the warmer temps of summer of their way, it’s time to start thinking about air conditioning. There are essentially two basic options when it comes to air conditioning your home: window units or a centralized cooling system. Window units are wedged into an open window with the back end hanging out sucking in air from the outside, while central air units sit outside your home and are connected through pipes that run coolant from a condenser into an air handler usually located near the home’s heating system. Continue reading

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Stay Cool This Summer with These Tips from the Department of Energy

After an unexpected second wind, it seems like winter is finally on its way out. And, with summer upon us, it’s time to start thinking about the best ways to keep your home cool and your electric bills low. Thankfully, the Department of Energy has put together a list of tips for homeowners that will protect their wallets and ensure they get the most out of their air conditioning. In this post, we’re going to look at five of these tips and discuss how the team at Metzger’s Heating & Cooling can help you have a cool, comfortable summer. Continue reading

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Metzger’s Heating & Cooling Air Purifiers Will Help Combat Your Springtime Allergies

Air pollution isn’t just exhaust or smoke from factories. Pollen, pet dander, mold spores, and dust mites can cause serious problems if you, your family, or friends have allergies. HEPA (High-Efficiency Particulate Arresting) air purifiers can help trap these pollutants and bring some allergy relief. We also have air ionizers.  This system uses three steps that have shown a 99% germicidal effectiveness (inactivation) within 24 hours for viruses, bacteria, and fungi. Continue reading

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What to Expect When You Have Your Air Conditioner Serviced

With winter slowly melting away, a working air conditioner is a must. There’s nothing worse than waking up in the middle of the night, sweating bullets and listening to the utter silence that is the result of a malfunctioning air conditioning unit. If you, like many people, have come to rely on your air conditioner to keep you cool and comfortable during the warm summer months, then an occasional A/C tune-up is a must. In this post, we’re going to look at a few things that you can expect when you have your air conditioner serviced. Continue reading

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Ready Yourself (and Your Home) For Cold Weather with These Three Tips

It’s that time of year again… we’ve pulled out our winter coats, adjusted our thermostats and settled in for a long, cold winter. Part of ensuring that your long-term settling is comfortable is taking care of your home’s HVAC maintenance. From changing the batteries in your thermostat to clearing dust from vents, there’s a whole laundry list of quick, at-home maintenance tasks that should be performed every year. While most of those are covered elsewhere, today, we’d like to look at a couple of the more critical items and, more importantly, a few simple tips that will make sure your home is ready for winter. Continue reading

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Winter Maintenance to Keep Your Heat Pump Pumping

Before winter fully hits us, you should schedule some time to do a quick inspection of your home’s heat pump. With a little preventative maintenance, you can rest assured that your family will stay warm all winter long. In addition to that, you’ll ensure that your indoor air is cleaner and healthier, all while reducing your monthly utility costs. Today, we’re going to give you five tips that will help you get your heat pump prepared for winter. Continue reading

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5 Tips to Help Prepare Your Heating and Cooling System for Winter

With cold temperatures slowly becoming the norm, it’s obvious that the descent into winter has begun. Undoubtedly, this means that people are engaging in their traditional preparations: switching out their wardrobe, bringing patio furniture into their garage and covering up their outdoor grills. In addition to these yearly duties, it pays to get your HVAC system ready for winter, as well. Not only does this save you money on energy bills but it can ensure that your heating and cooling system is in peak condition and in good, working shape to get you through the winter. In this post, we’re going to give you five tips to help you prepare your HVAC system for winter. Continue reading

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3 Tips to Lower Your Winter Heating Bill

It’s about that time in Michigan where we’re pulling our winter clothes out of the closet, piling extra blankets on top of the bed and firing up our furnaces. With cold weather rolling in, many homeowners are concerned about the added cost of heating their homes. On top of this, there’s always the worry that you’ll need an unexpected furnace repair or, even scarier, a complete replacement. In this post, we’re going to give you five tips to keep your winter heating bill down and ensure that your furnace is ready to tackle all of the challenges that the cold weather can throw at it. Continue reading

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Stay Warm This Winter with a Bryant Boiler Installation

More efficient than forced air heating systems, boilers work by circulating hot water through your home’s floors, ceilings and walls. Because of the way that they spread heat, they are more efficient than furnaces and other traditional forced air heating systems. With winter fast approaching, now is the time to consider a boiler installation in your home and, while the decision can be difficult, the professionals at Metzger’s Heating & Cooling can help you make the right choice. Today, we’d like to look at five of the major advantages that home heating boilers offer. Continue reading

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Heating Goes Digital with Bryant’s “Housewise” Wi-Fi Thermostat

Earlier this year, Bryant Heating & Cooling Systems introduced Housewise, a thermostat that leverages the power of smart devices and offers improved system energy efficiency. Aimed at homeowners looking for high-tech convenience, the Housewise thermostat features Wi-Fi connectivity and automatically adjusts to each home’s needs to ensure maximum comfort and efficiency. Continue reading

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Top Reasons for Installing an Air Cleaner or Purifier

Anyone who suffers from asthma or allergies knows: the air we breathe is a precious commodity. If you’ve experienced tightness in your lungs, coughing, sneezing or any other respiratory issues, you’ve no doubt considered purchasing an air purifier to help combat – or at least alleviate – these symptoms. Today, we’re going to look at a few key facts that may convince you to invest in an air purifying system.

  1. Reduce the amount of allergens in your home

With fall and spring being the major seasons for allergies, it’s important to have a system in place to manage the amount of pollen, dust and dirt particles in your home. Placing an air purifier near your home’s frequently used entry points can essentially trap them, preventing them from spreading throughout your house and stop them from wreaking havoc on your eyes, throat and lungs.

  1. Stop pet dander in its tracks

We all adore our pets, however, these lovable companions carry dander that can cause a whole host of issues. A pet’s urine, saliva and skin cells all contain pet dander, a leading cause of allergies among the U.S. population. By using a HEPA air purifier, not only will you cut down on the amount of pet dander in the air, you’ll reduce the odors caused by your furry friend.

  1. Put an end to annoying food odors

Whether you’re a health-conscious fan of pan-cooked fish or a lover of deep fried comfort foods, you know that long after dinner is done, food odors can linger. And linger. And linger. To combat this, a highly-rated MERV air cleaner will help to purifier your home’s air, leaving your home feeling cleaner, fresher and more comfortable.

At Metzger’s Heating & Cooling of Kalmazoo, we feel like that’s the bottom line. A home is designed to be a relaxing place. If you’ve got invisible, airborne particles threatening your comfort, you should consider the advantages of a HEPA air purifier. We can help you reduce the impact of your allergies, lessen the effects of the symptoms of asthma, decrease the annoyances of household odors and, perhaps most importantly… we can help to make your home more comfortable.

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Common Factors That Lead To Air Conditioner Repair

When warm weather rolls in, homeowners want to be certain that their air conditioner is up to the task of keeping them cool and comfortable. Nobody wants to flip that switch the first time only to hear a ghastly rattle, a high-pitched whine or worse… complete silence. In order to be certain that your family will have a pleasant summer while indoors, regular tests and checks are recommended throughout the year to ensure that your AC unit is functioning and prepared. In this post, we’re going to look at a few of the most common causes of air conditioner malfunction and, more importantly, how to prevent them.

Mechanical failure

If your air conditioner isn’t in optimal shape, several of its critical components can be negatively affected. If you find that your air conditioning unit is cycling on and off repeatedly, it is likely causing wear and tear to internal components that could lead to a serious malfunction. A good way to prevent your AC from turning on and off is to supplement it with ceiling or standing fans. By circulating air throughout your house, a fan will help your AC unit run more efficiently and reduce the stress placed on it.

Lack of maintenance

Just like your car, your air conditioner requires periodic tune-ups to ensure its long-term health. And, again, like a car, allowing these tune-ups to fall by the wayside can lead to a decrease in performance and, in some cases, a complete breakdown. To avoid this, it is important to check your air conditioner’s filters and coils for any dirt or buildup that could interfere with the unit’s compressor or fans. An easy way to be sure that you avoid AC problems come summer is to schedule a yearly tune-up at the tail end of winter or during the early spring.

Thermostat issues

Aside from the air conditioner parts, external devices such as faulty thermostats can be trouble. If it’s been a while since you last changed the batteries in your thermostat, you may consider doing so for a number of reasons. First, drained or depleted batteries can cause your thermostat to function improperly. Second, if your batteries die, you risk losing the settings that you have created to keep your home comfortable.

At Metzger’s Heating & Cooling, we want everyone to have a pleasant – and cool – summer. With our affordable pricing and 100% satisfaction guarantee, we’re certain that you’ll rest easier knowing that your home’s AC is in working order.