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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

Four Tasks to Perform Before Turning Your Furnace Off in the Spring

Keeping a maintenance schedule for your air conditioner, furnace, and other HVAC equipment is an important part of keeping everything in working order. In this post, we will look at five tasks you should perform before you turn off your furnace for the spring and summer.Heating & Cooling in Kalamazoo

  1. Look over electrical connections

If you notice any fraying, loose wires, or anything disconnected, you should call an HVAC professional to come over and take a closer look. Do not attempt to handle or repair electrical components on your HVAC equipment yourself.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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 nbryanton-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.

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Central Air Versus Window Units: Which is More Efficient?

heat pumpsWith 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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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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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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How to Protect Your HVAC System During a Major Storm

This past week the Kalamazoo area was hit with a major wind and thunderstorm with a tornado in the area. The first step in protecting your HVAC system during a storm is to protect your HVAC system before a storm. Typically, you know when a storm is coming, particularly if it’s a really bad one that could do a lot of damage. Lately in Southwestern Michigan, it seems like we’ve been having a couple of storms a week. Rain, wind, hail, and lightening are all factors that can damage your unit. Protect your unit this summer by following these tips:

  1. Prevent Against Flood Damage. Make sure that when your HVAC unit is installed, it is installed on a higher level, particularly if your area is prone to flooding (You can learn about floodwater heights in your area from the city’s building commission and in some cases online). If your HVAC unit is installed below the flood line, we can provide information about how to raise it. One more precaution to take is to make sure you have a sump pump installed which will automatically pump water out when the water reaches a certain level.
  2. Keep Your Yard Clean from Debris. One of the top two offenders of HVAC damage during a storm is debris that flies around in the strong winds (the other is hail). While you cannot protect your HVAC from something that may fly in from your neighbor’s yard, you can make sure the area around your HVAC unit is kept tidy. Prior to a storm, take your patio furniture inside to avoid hitting your HVAC (or creating other damage either to the furniture or house). Pick up the sticks and branches in your yard and make sure to check for dead branches in the trees that may easily come loose in the storm (and that may damage more than just your HVAC!)
  3. Do Not Use Your Unit During the Storm. Avoid electrical power surges (which can create massive damage in just a second) by turning off all heat and air conditioning at the thermostat. But even better yet is to switch off the circuit breaker that controls the units until after the storm is over.
  4. Cover and Secure the System. Make sure the HVAC system is anchored properly and consider covering the unit with a strong canvas tarp. You can also place hail guards over the more delicate parts of the unit.
  5. Inspect the Unit Before Turning it Back On. After the storm is over, go outside and inspect your unit before moving forward. Do not touch the unit if there are power lines down or near it. Make sure to clear out any debris, check for water around the unit, remove the cover, and change the air filter.

If after a storm you do notice that your equipment has been damaged, please give us a call rather than risking injury to yourself or risking further damage to the unit. We’ve earned a reputation in the Kalamazoo area for doing the job right the first time, so you can rely on us to quickly get your unit operational again.