Make The Most Of Your Home With A Mini-Split System

Like most homeowners, you want to make use of all the space in your home. So if you have a room that’s hard to heat or cool, you probably don’t use it as often as you’d like. For those hard-to-manage spaces, ductless mini-split heat pump systems are the perfect solution.

Ideal for spaces like sunrooms and add-on rooms, where installing or extending ductwork isn’t practical, mini-split heat pump systems deliver convenient and effective, year-round heating and cooling. And with efficiency ratings of up to 24.50 SEER and 11.50 HSPF, a mini-split system can even make you eligible for money-saving rebates. Contact Hurlburt for more details.

Easy installation and flexible operation
Designed for easy installation, each MPB and MLA mini-split heat pump system uses a compact indoor and outdoor unit connected through a small hole in your wall. Each system comes with a wireless remote that senses room air temperature and automatically adjusts to keep you in your ideal comfort zone. Convenient and flexible, one outdoor unit can support a single room or up to five indoor zones, creating a customized whole-home heating and cooling solution.

Year-round comfort and convenience
Mini-split heat pumps work like an air conditioner during warmer weather and switch to heating mode during colder conditions. In warmer months, MPB and MLA heat pumps extract heat from inside your home and transfer it to the outdoor air. In colder weather, the process reverses—the units collect heat from the outdoor air and transfer it inside your home, providing a more efficient solution than a traditional window-unit-and-space-heater combination.

Outstanding cold-climate capabilities
Built with improved cold-climate capabilities, a MLA mini-split heat pump system is designed specifically to create a comfortable home environment, even in the coldest conditions. Using advanced inverter technology, a MLA heat pump maintains 100% capacity at 0°F and can operate at temperatures as low as -22°F. So, no matter how cold the weather gets, your home remains comfortable and energy efficient.

Peace, quiet and comfort
MBP and MLA mini-split heat pumps incorporate smooth inverter technology, creating a home environment that’s as quiet as it is comfortable. The digital inverter also steps up or decreases motor speed based on outside and inside temperature changes, so you experience minimal temperature swings and more balanced comfort.

Secure and convenient
Mini-split heat pumps offer an easy and secure installation—especially when compared to window units that can leave your home vulnerable to insects, weather elements and theft—giving you even more comfort and peace of mind.

If you’d like to learn more about the features and benefits of a mini-split heat pump system, contact Hurlburt Heating & Plumbing today.

 

Source: Lennox Blog

Fight The Cold With A Truly Advanced Furnace

If you live in a colder climate, you know how good the heat from a gas furnace can feel.  That warm wave of air coming from the registers is like getting wrapped in a blanket fresh from the dryer.

If you want to get the most out of your winter warmth, an energy-efficient furnace is a smart investment. Hurlburt Heating & Plumbing can help you decide on the best system to meet your needs. Contact us to learn more.

The SLP98V. The furnace that adjusts energy use to your needs.

Every gas furnace uses a series of burners to ignite fuel and turn it into warmth.  Conventional furnaces turn the gas flame on and off as your furnace cycles, creating warm air that then circulates through your home.  The problem with this method is, the furnace ends up in an inefficient cycle of making the home too warm, letting it cool, then heating it up again.

The SLP98V, on the other hand, uses a special gas valve that can adjust the flow of fuel from 35% to 100%, in increments of 1%. That means it can operate at 65 different levels of heat output, to exactly match your comfort and energy savings.

More levels of heat mean greater precision and efficiency

Rather than keep your home in a heat-cool-heat-cool cycle, the SLP98V will bring your home to the temperature you desire, and keep it there using little bursts of heat throughout the day.  In fact, when paired with an iComfort® thermostat like the iComfort WiFi®, the SLP98V can keep your home within half a degree or less of the temperature you set.

With the SLP98V, you’re never using more gas than you need, but you’re never getting short-changed on heat either.  So you get comfort, and smart energy use, every day.

More than heat

The SLP98V’s ability to adapt to your exact comfort needs isn’t limited to its heating capabilities.  The way it moves air around also helps create and preserve your ideal environment.

The SLP98V uses a variable-speed blower, which allows it to adjust airflow up and down like a dimmer switch, moving air slowly and efficiently during normal operation, with the ability to ramp up airflow when demand increases.  There are many benefits to this.

    • No more hot and cold spots

      A slow, consistent stream of warm air maintains the temperature you want with great consistency.

    • No rushes of cold air

      When it needs to increase heating, the SLP98V can do so with a slow, gentle flow of air.  So you don’t feel any sudden rushes of cold air, just consistent and steady heat.

    • Quieter operation

      Because the blower motor starts slowly and quietly, you’ll never experience a loud rush of air when the furnace comes on.  In fact, the SLP98V is the quietest high-efficiency furnace you can buy*.

Impressively efficient

The SLP98V’s combination of adjustable gas flow and variable-speed airflow means it can deliver heat without wasting energy.  This has helped it earn the Most Efficient of ENERGY STAR in 2015 designation, meaning it is recognized by the government as a standout product that offers exceptional energy savings.

With an AFUE (Annual Fuel Utilization Efficiency) rating of 98.7%, the SLP98V converts 98.7% of its fuel into useable heat.  That can translate to as much as $800 per year in energy savings when compared to an older furnace.

Dual-fuel operation

For even greater energy savings, the SLP98V can be installed with an electric heat pump to create a dual-fuel system.  In this configuration, your furnace acts like a blower during hot weather, circulating the cool air created by your heat pump. As the weather gets cooler, the heat pump supplies heat to the home by drawing it in from the outside air.

When the weather gets too cold for the heat pump to operate efficiently, the furnace takes over heating duties with its gas burners.

A dual-fuel system is able to switch back and forth between gas heat and electric heat, based on energy rates in your area. So no matter what the weather is doing, you’re always keeping warm in the most efficient way possible.

Communication is key

The reason the SLP98V is able to work in tandem with a heat pump has to do with another one of its impressive capabilities.  As part of the Dave Lennox Signature® Collection, the highest tier of innovation in the Lennox lineup, the SLP98V has the ability to talk with every piece of equipment in your heating and cooling system via a data link.

This link tells the SLP98V what the heat pump, air conditioner, air purification system and thermostat are doing at all times, allowing your whole heating and cooling system to work more efficiently as a team to give you more comfort out of every energy dollar.

Get the warmth and efficiency you deserve.

If you’d like to enjoy greater control, comfort, efficiency and consistency every day of the year, put the capabilities of the SLP98V to work in your home.  Your local Lennox Dealer is standing by to help. Your Lennox Dealer may even have special financing options available to help you as well.  So there’s no better time than right now to get warm and get comfortable.

 

 

Source: Lennox Blog

Financing Your System Means More Comfort And More Purchasing Power

Major appliances are not products most people purchase casually. Think about the last appliance you bought for your home. You probably shopped around and compared prices a lot before making a final decision.

If the appliance suddenly stopped working, you may have compromised on features because you needed a replacement fast. Maybe you didn’t get the dishwasher that perfectly matched your kitchen cabinetry and flooring. Maybe it just worked.

Sometimes you have to go with what’s available in a retail store. Budget constraints can also make you feel like you have to shortchange items on your wish list, especially if you’re trying not to max out your credit card.

Hurlburt Heating & Plumbing can offer you flexible financing as a solution that can increase your purchasing power. Contact us to learn more about how to make your dollar go much further.

Instead of settling for an appliance that’s functional, you can choose something that brings convenience to your home and real value to your life. This is especially true if that appliance is your central heating and air conditioning system.

A difference you can feel

Your heating and cooling system affects how you feel every moment you’re at home. It also accounts for around half of the energy your home uses every month.* So every dollar you spend moving up to a higher-efficiency system can produce comfort and energy savings you’ll appreciate for years to come.

Many flexible options available

Many Lennox Dealers in the U.S. offer HVAC financing through Service Finance Company, an independent partner of Lennox. With over 30 different loan types available, your Lennox Dealer can help you find the perfect solution for your home and for your budget. You might even be able to take advantage of seasonal financing offers, such as low or zero interest rates for a specified period of time.

Lennox Dealers throughout Canada offer financing through SNAP Home Finance. In many instances, you can get approved online without having to wait, and can also take advantage of numerous different financing terms and payment options.

Other ways to save

If you’re thinking of purchasing a new heating and cooling system, not only is it important to consider your financing options, but also federal tax credits, local utility rebates and other energy incentives available to you. You can also ask your local Lennox Dealer about money-saving promotions on new Lennox equipment and maintenance services.

Take advantage of your flexible financing options and get the innovation, efficiency and all-encompassing comfort of Lennox on flexible, friendly terms. Talk to your local HVAC Dealer today about a plan that’s tailored to meet your specific home comfort needs.

*Source: http://www.energy.gov/public-services/homes/heating-cooling

 

Source: Lennox Blog

How A Smart Thermostat Adapts To Your Holidays. Perfectly.

The holidays are a lot of fun, but they’re also pretty hectic. Additional traveling, shopping and socializing mean you’re probably not at home as much as usual. But no matter if you’re home or away this holiday season, the Lennox iComfort® S30 smart thermostat can help you stay energy efficient and comfortable—which is one less thing to worry about.

iComfort S30 innovation brings comfort, joy, and money savings.

The iComfort S30’s innovative features adapt to your ever-changing schedule, so you can enjoy the ultimate in comfort, energy savings and peace of mind. Easy to program, this Wi-Fi enabled thermostat gives you precise temperature control, scheduling abilities, pollen and air quality monitoring, moisture control, and more—all at the touch of a button.

Smart Away™ Mode

The iComfort S30’s Smart Away™ Mode works with an app on your smartphone to detect when your house is empty, and automatically changes the temperature to a more energy-efficient setting. It also detects when you’re on your way home, and returns the temperature to its regular setting. So even if your schedule isn’t consistent, your energy savings are.

Active Monitoring

The iComfort S30 preserves your comfort and peace of mind by actively monitoring system operations. Should a system problem arise, you and your Dealer will be notified immediately, allowing you to address the issue as soon as possible.

iComfort app

The iComfort S30 also lets you stay in touch and in control of your home comfort from anywhere. Using the iComfort App, you can monitor and adjust temperatures, schedules and more from anywhere in the world from your smartphone, tablet or other web-enabled device. It’s a smart feature that helps you make even smarter decisions about your home’s energy use and efficiency.

 

 

Source: Lennox Blog

The Holidays And Your Home Comfort

Keep The Air As Warm As The Mood

The holidays are full of the warmest memories of the year.  But they can also cause temperature fluctuations in your home that can affect your comfort, and your utility bills.  Here are some of the issues you’ll potentially face, and some solutions to help. If you have any questions or would like an in-home consultation, tailored to your specific needs, give us a call.

Stay in control of temperatures

Temperatures around the holidays aren’t always consistent.  Depending on the part of the country in which you live, the beginning of the holiday season can fall right around the time that cool weather really turns into cold.  The holiday season can also mean fluctuating indoor temperatures, as days alternate between sunny and cloudy.

Automatic control

One of the best ways to stay in control of indoor temperatures is with an auto-switching thermostat. With the ability to switch back and forth between heating and cooling as needed, auto-switching means you no longer have to head to the thermostat every time the weather shifts.

Another smart idea

The iComfort® S30 Smart Thermostat’s Perfect Temp feature lets you set one temperature, one time, which the system will then maintain for you all year long.  So hot weather or cold, rain or shine, you have the exact temperature you want, every day of the year.

Save on energy costs all season long

Depending on where you live, a gas furnace may be used to keep your home warm during the holiday season. However, in much of the country, natural gas costs more than electricity. Hurlburt can perform a detailed analysis for you, to determine which would be the best value to heat your home.

Dual-fuel savings

To help save energy, consider investing in a dual-fuel system, which combines a heat pump with a gas furnace. In warm weather, the heat pump performs the duties of an air conditioner, keeping your home cool. When the weather starts to turn colder, the heat pump switches to heating mode to provide warmth.

When the weather becomes too cold for the heat pump to operate effectively, the system will automatically switch to the gas furnace, then switch back and forth between gas and electricity as the temperature dictates. So you automatically use the most energy-efficient method to keep warm.

Saving while you’re away

When you travel during the holidays, you don’t want to spend money heating or even cooling an empty home.  That’s when thermostats like the iComfort S30 Smart Thermostat can really help save energy.

The iComfort S30 Smart Thermostat’s Smart Away™ Mode adapts to your life, including your holiday travels, automatically. Using your family’s smartphones, the iComfort S30 can detect when the home is occupied, and when everyone is away. When the home is empty, the iComfort S30 will reduce heating, cooling and energy use.

Controlling temperatures in a bustling home

The holidays frequently bring with them a lot of activity around the house.  While some relatives gather in the living room, others may be busy in the kitchen preparing food for large, festive meals. This can create drastic temperature differences from room to room, especially considering the heat generated by hard-working appliances and hard-working cooks!

Zoning

A system that uses zoning, divides your home into up to four different areas, or zones, each with its own individual thermostat.  By opening and closing motorized dampers in the ductwork, a zoning system can redirect heating and cooling where they’re needed most.

So areas that are already warm don’t receive any additional heat when the furnace comes on.  And areas in the house that are colder will get the most heat to maintain comfort.  This makes sure everyone feels great, while also helping you save energy. Hurlburt Heating and Plumbing is Western Wisconsin’s premier zoning experts. We’ve designed and built systems from simple to the most sophisticated in the area.

Keeping guests comfortable

Zoning systems can also come in handy when it comes to unused rooms. For the most part, guest rooms don’t receive a lot of use during the year. But when relatives come to visit, their comfort is still important.

A zoning system allows you to save energy by supplying little or no heating and cooling to guest rooms most of the year, while still allowing you to provide plenty of comfort when family comes to visit.

Enjoy the view when the temperature drops

Whether it’s bright, beautiful fall foliage or gently falling snow, some of the year’s most beautiful landscapes happen during colder weather. Unfortunately, colder temperatures can make it difficult to keep your home comfortable, especially near windows. So while it’s true that closing the drapes can help hold in warm air and keep your home cozy, it often seems a shame to do so.

Instead, reinforce your windows for the cold. Insulate cracks and fill gaps with sealant to keep drafts out. Or consider covering the window with clear shrink-wrap insulation. By tightly stretching a layer of clear plastic over the window, you can preserve an insulating cushion of air without ruining the view.

Maintaining comfort when the temperature changes inside

Holiday parties are a wonderful way to bring all your loved ones together under one roof.  However, parties also mean that you’ll be opening and closing your front door repeatedly.

By bringing loved ones in through a door that’s further from the thermostat, you can help reduce the number of heating cycles your furnace will have to undergo through the festivities.

Enjoy your holiday season even more by using energy wisely, without sacrificing the comfort that you and your family deserve.

Hurlburt Heating and Plumbing is here, when you need us to help keep your holidays warm and worry free.

 

Source: Lennox Blog