Carbon Monoxide Poisoning: How To Avoid a Silent Killer

Posted On January 2nd, 2020 by Omnispear Developers

Winter can be a dangerous time - and not just because of Central Illinois’ freezing temps, wind chills and slippery walkways. One of the greatest perils of wintertime is something you can’t even see.

Carbon monoxide (CO) is a colorless, odorless, deadly gas. It forms as a byproduct of the combustion of hydrocarbon fuels such as oil and natural gas. Molecules of CO waft out of furnaces, kerosene heaters, stoves, lanterns, power tools, portable generators, lawn mowers, gas-powered weed whackers, and your car’s exhaust pipe.

On average, carbon monoxide poisoning kills between one and two Americans every day.

The top priority of Lanz Heating & Cooling of Champaign, Illinois, is the safety and well-being of our customers. That’s why we want our customers to be aware of the dangers of carbon monoxide, and take the steps necessary to keep their families safe this holiday season.

Where does carbon monoxide come from?

CO is a component of the fumes produced by gas-burning furnaces, wood-burning stoves, and kerosene-burning lanterns. If a home is not properly vented during the use of a fireplace, a wood-burning stove, or even an automobile in the garage, a home can unknowingly become filled with this toxic chemical.

Heating equipment - such as your home’s HVAC system - accounts for 34% of all incidents of carbon monoxide poisoning.

How common is carbon monoxide poisoning?

Because carbon monoxide cannot be seen or smelled, many victims don’t realize they’ve been poisoned until symptoms set in. This is what makes carbon monoxide so insidious.

Every year in the U.S., accidental CO poisonings cause an average of 430 people to die. Approximately 50,000 emergency room visits are due to CO poisoning.

Winter is, unfortunately, carbon monoxide season. More fatalities from accidental CO poisoning occur in January than any other month; December is the next-most lethal month for CO poisoning.

What are the symptoms of carbon monoxide poisoning?

Hopefully you never get to this phase; by the time you experience the symptoms of CO poisoning, the gas is already wreaking havoc on your body.

The signs of carbon monoxide poisoning resemble the effects of influenza: headache, upset stomach, nausea and muscle fatigue. Victims may also experience dizziness, confusion, chest pains and loss of consciousness. If you suspect carbon monoxide poisoning has occurred, open all windows and get the victim(s) medical attention immediately.

How is carbon monoxide poisoning best prevented?

Plug in CO detectors on every level of your home; test it regularly and keep the backup batteries fresh. This is the single best thing you can do to prevent a carbon monoxide tragedy. If the detector goes off to signal that carbon monoxide is present, remove yourself and all living things from the premises, and contact emergency services.

Call Lanz Heating & Cooling for regular HVAC inspections by a qualified technician. We will run maintenance tests to find leakages, then repair them for maximum efficiency. Regular HVAC maintenance is how smart homeowners avoid unhappy surprises later.

Clear all vents and flues of debris and blockages. Proper ventilation is absolutely paramount to avoid carbon monoxide poisoning. Ensure that vent systems are free and clear in your basement, kitchen and other areas with fuel-burning devices.

Don’t use fuel-burning equipment indoors, or even close to indoors. This means grills, hibachis, generators, pressure washers, and portable stoves should only be activated when outside. This also means you should never allow a vehicle’s engine to idle while it’s in the garage - even if the garage door is open.

Be safe and sound in your Central Illinois home this winter. Call the residential HVAC professionals of Lanz Heating & Cooling Inc. at 217-355-5512, or drop us a note at Ask us about potential sources of CO in your home. Since 2002, we’ve been here to serve the homeowners and businesses of Champaign-Urbana IL, including Champaign, Douglas, Piatt, McLean, Iroquois, Ford and Vermilion counties, and the towns of Danville, Oakwood, Bondville, Pesotum, Savoy, Rantoul, Mahomet, Sidney, St. Joseph, Fisher and Gibson City.

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What We At Lanz Heating & Cooling Are Thankful For

Posted On December 2nd, 2019 by Lanz HVAC

To all of our neighbors in Champaign County and throughout Central Illinois, here’s wishing you and yours a most wonderful holiday season with family and friends - and may all your homes be graced by efficient, well-maintained HVAC systems giving off nothing but clean, comfortable air.

It will be a season of thankfulness and gratitude here at Lanz Heating & Cooling Inc. of Champaign, IL. We believe we’re truly blessed. We work for a great family-owned company staffed by the best experts in the business, and over the years we’ve developed wonderful relationships with so many customers that we call some of them friends.

As our employees join their families around Thanksgiving Day feasts, we as a company want to take a moment to recognize what we’re most thankful for around this holiday and all year long.

— Our customers, a.k.a. our neighbors. You might expect us to say that, but without customers, obviously there is no business. That’s why we’re both proud of and grateful for all the relationships we’ve been lucky enough to build with so many customers, both residential and commercial, in Champaign-Urbana and around Central Illinois for nearly two decades now.

— Our culture of referrals. Because of all those relationships built on trust, honesty and quality HVAC work by top-notch HVAC experts, folks from Danville to Decatur to Downs have come to recognize Lanz Heating & Cooling Inc. as leaders in the industry and the community. That’s why we get so many new customers as referrals from existing customers - and we thank you!

— Our employees, who are literally like a part of our family. In fact, to our small business, our employees’ families are like family. Some members of the Lanz Heating & Cooling Inc. staff have been with us since almost the beginning, so their skills, talent and dedication have made it possible for our company to succeed and grow. We’re grateful for each and every one of them!

— Our always-expanding range of HVAC, plumbing and indoor air quality (IAQ) services for commercial and residential customers. Thanks to our employees’ amazing breadth of knowledge and certified expertise in all things HVAC, we’re thankful that Lanz Inc. offers the full gamut of heating, cooling and plumbing services, including: air duct cleaning, heat pumps, air handlers, ductless split systems, dehumidifiers and humidifiers, geothermal energy, refrigeration, energy management, drain cleaning, sump pump draining, sewer and waterline services, pipe lining, pipe bursting and underground pipe repair. Plus, we’re proud to have earned certifications from Trane to install, maintain and repair industrial-strength rooftop units and packaged A/C units. We’re thankful to be a perennial winner of Trane’s Quest For Excellence awards.

Then there are our special offers, like the Lanz Comfort Family money-saving membership, and the Lanz Filter Fetch service, which regularly puts a new perfect-fit air filter in your furnace to keep your entire HVAC system running clean.

— Our community, and those who help us give back to it. Over the years Lanz Heating & Cooling has been fortunate to work with many charitable organizations in Champaign County and Central Illinois, and we look forward to giving back to our home community for years to come. We’re proud to be a major supporter of the Lifeline Connect recovery center, and of Operation Honor Guard to assist the veterans of Central Illinois. We support the local Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts, Special Olympics, Big Brothers Big Sisters and Toys For Tots. It’s only because our community is so generous that our humble HVAC company is able to join in the giving. Thank you, Illinois!

What are you thankful for? Tell us when we visit you next time. Please make your upcoming appointment today for maintenance, repair, or consultation on a new installation (not to mention the install itself) of your home’s heating, air conditioning, ventilation and plumbing systems - equipment you’ll give thanks when it works right all holiday season.

Let’s talk turkey about any HVAC or plumbing question. Ask us at (be sure to tell us who referred you!) or call Lanz Heating & Cooling Inc. at 217-355-5512. We’re thankful to have become the top HVAC contractor company in Champaign-Urbana IL, Champaign County, Douglas County, Piatt County, McLean County, Iroquois County, Ford County and Vermilion County since 2002…so from all of us at Lanz Heating & Cooling Inc., we again wish you a very Happy Thanksgiving!

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We Mean Business: For Top Commercial HVAC Services, Lanz Inc. Goes To Work

Posted On November 6th, 2019 by Lanz HVAC

Since 2002 we’ve built our business - and our reputation - at Lanz Heating & Cooling by providing superior HVAC services (repairs, installation, regular maintenance and so forth) to the homeowners of Champaign County and Central Illinois…but a big part of our business has always been as the go-to HVAC, A/C and Indoor Air Quality (IAQ) company for other businesses from Gibson City to Tuscola to Danville IL.

If you’re the owner of a small company, procurement officer for a large corporation, or manager of an office or industrial building in the Champaign-Urbana area, this blog’s for you. Let’s talk about our lineup of top-quality commercial HVAC services and what Lanz Inc. can do for your Inc.

What sorts of businesses call the Heating, Cooling & Plumbing professionals of Lanz Inc.? Every sort of company you can imagine. We make house calls (so to speak) to large industrial buildings, warehouses, manufacturing sites, auto shops, small mom-and-pop stores, multi-story office buildings, and apartment complexes. We answer HVAC service calls from medical offices, condo associations, apartment managers, facilities supervisors and any professional responsible for providing a safe, comfortable work environment.

It’s just a fact of life: Everyone needs comfort, whether at home or at work. Even if your place of business is a warehouse (hey, especially if you work in a warehouse), you and your employees will be more productive when in a comfortable environment - comfort made possible by Lanz Heating & Cooling’s Commercial HVAC Services.

Services such as:

  • Installations - Breaking ground on a new building? Expanding your current space? Take HVAC into account - and rely on Lanz Inc. for top-quality air comfort solutions that keep your bottom line in mind.
  • Emergency Service Calls & Repairs - Any time of the day or night, any day of the week, Lanz Inc. is at your service. Commercial HVAC emergencies usually can’t wait, so neither do we - just give us a call whenever there is a heating, cooling or plumbing failure where you work.
  • Replacements & Upgrades - The same rule applies to both commercial and residential HVAC equipment: There comes a time when the money you spend repairing heating and cooling systems would be better spent on a new unit to replace it.

  • Commercial HVAC Control Systems - Controlling the climate of a commercial building can be quite different from climate control in a residential building. Commercial HVAC systems often integrate automation and smart technology into their heating and cooling processes.
  • Energy Management - Efficiency is key. Get maximum comfort with minimum cost by taking advantage of Lanz Inc.’s superior Energy Management and Indoor Air Quality solutions.
  • Interior A/C Units and Rooftop Units - The HVAC pros at Lanz Inc. are Trane-certified to install and maintain rooftop, ductless split-system, and packaged air conditioning units for any size building. We specialize in installing and servicing heating and cooling units up to 25 tons.

Please see more details about Lanz Inc.’s Commercial Heating and Air Conditioning Services at

Commercial, industrial or residential…office, warehouse or home…massive edifice or small structure…wherever you find centralized heating, air conditioning, and plumbing systems, Lanz Inc. means business. Lanz Inc. helps your business with expert-level

Heating, Cooling & Plumbing installations including system design, full-scale and micro-scale repairs and replacements, and timely standard HVAC maintenance for greater efficiency and economy.

Put us to work where you work. Call Lanz Inc. for Central Illinois’ premier Commercial HVAC Services from a company that knows the best ways to serve other companies.

Make your appointment with Lanz Heating & Cooling via telephone at 217-355-5512, or visit Lanz Heating & Cooling Inc. of Champaign-Urbana IL serves all of Central Illinois including the counties of Champaign, Douglas, Piatt, McLean, Iroquois, Ford and Vermilion, including Bondville, Pesotum, Savoy, Rantoul, Oakwood, Mahomet, Sidney, Fisher and St. Joseph with excellent Commercial HVAC Services that work for your business.

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Who Is MERV And Why Is He Rating My HVAC Filter?

Posted On October 16th, 2019 by Lanz HVAC

Have you heard of MERV? If you haven’t, we at Lanz Inc. of Champaign-Urbana IL think it’s good to get acquainted with MERV - so you’re ready next time the topic of air filters comes up.

Meet MERV - the Minimum Efficiency Reporting Value which numerically measures the effectiveness of air filters for HVAC and furnace units. MERV uses a standardized scale from 1 to 16, with higher numbers indicating smaller apertures (or holes), that remove finer and finer foreign particles from the air you breathe - particles like pollen, dust mites and pet dander.

So MERV matters. Three things we want you to take away from this blogpost:

  • Not all air filters are MERV-rated.
  • The highest possible MERV rating may not be the best option for your home’s HVAC system.
  • Consult with the pros at Lanz Heating & Cooling to make sure you’re using the right filter - or just sign up for our exclusive Filter Fetch service and don’t worry about it.

We’ve introduced MERV to many customers over the years here at Lanz Inc. That’s because folks from all around Central Illinois, from Vermilion to Piatt and Ford to Douglas, have signed up for Lanz’s unique Filter Fetch service.

(Filter Fetch is offered to customers in the Lanz Comfort Family, and it delivers a new MERV-rated air filter - with the correct MERV rating for your heating and cooling system - right to your home. See more at

But back to MERV. This precise measurement was created in 1987 by the American Society of Heating, Refrigeration & Air-conditioner Engineers (ASHRAE) to provide a standard, objective metric for determining the efficacy of an air filter.

What they came up with is a ranking system that assigns a number to a filter based upon its worst possible performance. Filters of MERV 4 and below can remove dust and pollen, but you need a filter of at least MERV 5 to reliably remove mold spores and pet dander.

Typically, modern residential HVAC systems support filters of MERV 8 through 12. These figures represent filtration devices that get rid of particles greater than one micron (1.0 μm) in diameter - such as lead dust, exhaust emissions and smog. MERV 13 filters are required to reliably remove particles of tobacco smoke.

(FYI, the MERV scale goes all the way up to 20, removing particulate matter as tiny as viruses. Filters that strong, however, are generally found in hospitals and cleanrooms.)

What MERV Rating Is Best For My Home’s HVAC System?

Well, the ASHRAE recommends homes use filters of MERV 6 or higher. The U.S. Green Building Council’s Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design (LEED) recommends MERV 8 or greater. The U.S. Department of Energy says to spring for MERV 13 or more.

Higher does not mean better. Not every HVAC unit can capitalize on the benefits of a high-MERV filter - in fact, sometimes a high-MERV filter can drag the airflow down.

A filter rating of MERV 13 will do more than remove 90% of particles larger than a micron - it will also create greater resistance to the air blowing through it. That hurts efficiency, and might even contribute to reduced motor life and worsened indoor air quality.

Plus, because high-MERV filters catch more debris, they need to be changed more often - and they might be more expensive, too. Talk with the professional HVAC consultants of Lanz Heating & Cooling Inc. to determine the right MERV level for your HVAC filters.

So, that’s MERV. Aren’t you glad you met?

To get to know MERV better, or learn anything else about your home’s HVAC or plumbing situation - just call Lanz Heating & Cooling Inc. at 217-355-5512, or visit

Since 2002, Lanz Heating & Cooling Inc. of Champaign-Urbana, IL, has proudly served Central Illinois, including Champaign, Douglas, Piatt, McLean, Iroquois, Ford and Vermilion County, and Bondville, Pesotum, Savoy, Rantoul, Danville, Oakwood, Mahomet, Sidney, St. Joseph, Fisher and Gibson City.

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