Smart HVAC Usage 101: Teach Your Kids About Home Comfort & Energy Efficiency

Posted On September 30th, 2019 by Lanz HVAC



For a few weeks now, the kids in Champaign County and all over Central Illinois have been back in school, getting deep into subjects like math and social studies, English and history and science. They’re young, they’re ready, their minds are eager - so now’s a great time to experience a class of your own: Smart HVAC Usage 101.

One of the great things about Heating, Ventilation & Air Conditioning systems is that HVAC units involve many different educational disciplines. How does the condenser coil draw in warm air from outside, apply refrigerant to cool it down, then propel it throughout the building in valves and pipes? That’s physics and engineering. How many kilowatt-hours is this A/C unit going to use in an average month? Just math. Why does your HVAC system make so many clacks and bangs? Mechanics can tell you. Have a programmable thermostat? You have another computer - an HVAC computer.

When it comes to HVAC, it pays to be smart. Grade schooler or high schooler, raise your youngster to be a wise consumer of home A/C, heating and energy technology. Start out with these Top HVAC Tips For Kids - there will be a test later.

— The ABCs of HVAC Maintenance.

Involve your kids in regular HVAC maintenance chores - excellent early training on how to be a smart homeowner. Go downstairs and show them the correct way to replace the furnace’s air filter. Head outside and remove branches, leaves and grass from around the outdoor unit. Teach youngsters to be aware of water leaks and keep a nose out for strange smells coming from sinks or toilets.

Bonus lesson: Emphasize to your kids that a home air conditioning system is all connected, and it’s the whole family’s responsibility to take care of it.

— The Thermostat Is Just Another Screen.

Your kid uses screens, right? They probably even use screens and computers at school. Nowadays, modern home climate-control thermostats are often programmable - some are even self-adjusting “smart” thermostats. So your thermostat is another screen for your kid to learn on.

Discuss the family’s chosen thermostat settings, and your reasons for choosing them. Make it like a video game - when no one’s around, set the home’s temperature closer to the outside temp...but when somebody’s up, tell the thermostat to crank up!

Bonus lesson: Inform your kids that setting the temperature beyond your desired temp won’t make the house get warmer or cooler any quicker - it’ll just waste more energy (and more of Mom and Dad’s money!).

— Energy Isn’t Created, Just Rented - and It’s Expensive.

Let’s talk about another subject: Economics. It takes energy to change the temperature of the air in the home, and that energy costs money. To ace this course, your kids need to learn about energy efficiency - because Smart HVAC Usage means lower home-heating and cooling expenses.

Talk with your kids about how much it costs every month to keep the family home comfortable - and emphasize that every little bit adds up. Teach them where the house’s energy comes from, and what it means in the big picture. And if nobody’s in a room, please turn off the lights and the fans!

Bonus lesson: Heat feels good, but it’s also like wasted energy - you can’t turn it into any other kind. Show your kids where they should feel heat and where they shouldn’t - and to report any anomalies to you right away!

Make sure your children get the best, most well-rounded education. Be your home’s Professor of HVAC Studies & Energy Efficiency and teach your kids about Smart HVAC Usage. Educate them to be good stewards of energy - so your entire family can get the most out of your home’s HVAC and air-control systems.

Got any questions? Please ask the Central Illinois’ hometown experts at Lanz Heating & Cooling Inc. - because teachers should help each other, and you can’t teach if you don’t learn!

Call us at 217-355-5512, visit LanzInc.com, or snap us a message online at LanzInc.com/contact. Lanz Heating & Cooling Inc. is proud to serve the families of Central Illinois - including the counties of Champaign, Douglas, Piatt, McLean, Iroquois, Ford and Vermilion, not to mention the towns of Danville, Oakwood, Bondville, Pesotum, Savoy, Rantoul, Mahomet, Sidney, St. Joseph, Fisher, Gibson City and Champaign-Urbana IL since 2002.

We’re big on education (HVAC and otherwise) for ourselves and our kids, so our staff would be happy to share tips and info to make your kids smarter at climate control and energy usage. (Hey, there might be a career in it!)

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The Lanz Comfort Family: Central Illinois’ Best Plan For HVAC and Plumbing Services

Posted On September 16th, 2019 by Lanz HVAC

Big news here at Lanz Heating, Cooling & Plumbing - we’re excited to announce the launch of our brand-new members-only home services plan, perfect for Central Illinois homeowners looking to save time and money: Introducing the Lanz Comfort Family!

Our new plan’s suite of tremendous HVAC and plumbing benefits are discussed below, and please check out LanzInc.com/comfort-club for more details and how you can join. But first, permit us a moment to explain why we’ve decided to roll out this unique Lanz Comfort Family option for all our customers, from Champaign-Urbana to Danville and Gibson City to Pesotum, IL.

It’s because of relationships. Whenever you’re a customer, it’s a good idea to ask of any business, “What’s your company mission? What drives your work? What do you stand for?”

Here at Lanz Inc., the answer is clear: Our purpose is to build long-lasting relationships with our customers. On every visit, we work to earn their trust with professional integrity and absolute honesty, so that they turn to us for every heating, cooling or plumbing concern or question. Lanz Heating, Cooling & Plumbing has been in business here in Central Illinois for going on 20 years. Sure, we work ON furnaces and pipes and drains and HVAC equipment…but we work FOR people. More specifically, we work for our neighbors, making sure they’re as comfortable as possible in their own homes - and at the most affordable rates, too.

That’s where the Lanz Comfort Family comes from. We created this monthly membership-only club to give our best customers the opportunity to save time and money - and to have the peace-of-mind that comes from neighbors helping neighbors. That’s how Lanz does business.

Now, about our new Lanz Comfort Family plan. There are two tiers to choose from, and you can opt to join for HVAC services, Plumbing services, or Total Home services (both HVAC and Plumbing).

The Orange Level - Our highest tier with the greatest benefits.

Join the Lanz Comfort Family at the Orange level, and you’ll get these benefits from our HVAC Service Division:

  • Guaranteed same-day service (when you call before noon)
  • Discounted dispatch fee and emergency dispatch fee
  • Savings of 25% off HVAC repairs and system enhancements
  • Two (2) precision HVAC tuneups (one for the heating system and one for the A/C unit)
  • Labor warranty on Lanz-installed equipment for up to ten (10) years
  • Filter Fetch service, regularly delivering a new clean MERV-rated HVAC air-purifying filter directly to your home

…and these benefits from our Plumbing Service Division:

  • Guaranteed same-day service (when you call before noon)
  • Discounted dispatch fee and emergency dispatch fee
  • Savings of 25% off Plumbing repairs and system enhancements
  • One (1) precision Plumbing tuneup
  • Labor warranty on Lanz-installed equipment for up to eight (8) years

The Blue Level - Our second-highest option with a comprehensive suite of benefits.

Become a member of the Land Comfort Family at the Blue level, and you’ll get these benefits from our HVAC Service Division:

  • Guaranteed 24-hour service
  • Discounted dispatch fee and emergency dispatch fee
  • Savings of 15% off HVAC repairs and system enhancements
  • Two (2) precision HVAC tuneups (one for the heating system and one for the A/C unit)
  • Labor warranty on Lanz-installed equipment for up to five (5) years
  • Filter Fetch service, regularly delivering a new clean MERV-rated HVAC air-purifying filter directly to your home

…and these benefits from our Plumbing Service Division:

  • Guaranteed 24-hour service
  • Discounted dispatch fee and emergency dispatch fee
  • Savings of 15% off Plumbing repairs and system enhancements
  • One (1) precision Plumbing tuneup
  • Labor warranty on Lanz-installed equipment for up to six (6) years

Join the family - the Lanz Comfort Family. Visit LanzInc.com, call 217-355-5512, or fill out the online form at LanzInc.com/contact. We’ve served Central Illinois, including Champaign, Douglas, Piatt, McLean, Iroquois, Ford and Vermilion County and the towns of Danville, Oakwood, Bondville, Pesotum, Savoy, Rantoul, Mahomet, Sidney, St. Joseph, Fisher and Gibson City, and our hometown city of Champaign-Urbana, IL, since 2002 - and we look forward to building great relationships with our customers for many years to come.

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Plumbing Matters: The Vital Importance of Professional Drain Cleaning

Posted On August 27th, 2019 by Lanz HVAC

Everything needed for your family’s comfort at home, courtesy of Lanz Inc. of Champaign County, IL - and that means the house’s plumbing, too! For maintenance, repairs or new plumbing installations in a home renovation, call the licensed plumbers at Lanz Inc. Our Plumbing Division has been keeping things running smooth since 2006.

We admit it: We’re proud of our company’s long history of outstanding plumbing services in Central Illinois. We do it all, from drain cleaning to pipe installation, for residential homes and commercial buildings, and we will make sure your comfort needs are completely taken care of, with honesty, integrity and absolute professionalism. That’s the Lanz way.

(Get more in-depth about all our plumbing services - and meet the head of our staff of experienced licensed plumbers - by checking out our July 2019 blogpost, “More Than HVAC: Lanz Fixes Your Plumbing, Too!” It’s at https://www.lanzinc.com/latest-news/more-than-hvac-lanz-inc-fixes-your-home-s-plumbing-too.)

So, Lanz Heating & Cooling also does Plumbing. But, of all the plumbing services we offer, drain cleaning may be the most vitally important to the health of your home’s plumbing system.

By definition, “plumbing” is the series of pipes connected together to convey water and wastewater into and out of a building. In that way, your home’s plumbing is somewhat like your body’s circulatory system: It distributes the good stuff and takes away the bad.

For everything to work like it should, all those arteries and veins (or pipes and drains) need to be clear. Any blockage could result in a highly unfortunate situation, maybe even an emergency.

(By the way, our 24/7 emergency plumbing and HVAC services are available by calling Lanz Inc. at 217-355-5512. See https://www.lanzinc.com/repair-service for details.)

Some of the risks of clogged or blocked drains and pipes:

  • Sinks, bathtubs, dishwashers and toilets could back up, bringing back whatever went down those drains.
  • Nasty odors and unpleasant smells could start wafting up from whatever’s clogging those drains.
  • Backups could cause water pressure to build up, causing a pipe to crack or burst at a rusty or weak spot.
  • Water can leak, drip or flood into bathrooms, kitchens and basements, causing irreversible damage and fostering the growth of bacteria, mold and mildew.
  • When the contents of a plumbing system spill into living areas, it’s a very unsanitary and unhealthy situation requiring immediate cleanup and repair.
  • It costs much more to repair or replace a dirty drain or busted pipe than it does to simply keep your plumbing system clean with regular drain cleaning maintenance.

The plumbers of Lanz Inc. clean drains like no one else. We’ve developed our own exclusive two-step process to thoroughly remove all the debris, mold and mildew buildup, hair, food, soap scum, solid waste, grease, grime, even tree roots - whatever’s blocking the drain and keeping things moving through the pipes.

Lanz’s exclusive Two-Step Drain Cleaning Process:

  1. Hydro-Jetting gets pipes and drains clean. We spray high-pressure jets of water throughout the entire pipe system to flush out all clogs and blockages.
  2. Bio-One keeps pipes and drains clean. We apply an industrial-strength liquid additive to all drains and pipes, forming a shield of bacteria which eat the debris that causes clogs and blockages, so your home’s plumbing stays clog-free.

As you can see, a proper professional drain cleaning treatment requires more than just Drano! Learn more about Lanz’s two-step drain cleaning procedure at https://www.lanzinc.com/drain-cleaning.

For the best Drain Cleaning services and all plumbing matters, Lanz Heating & Cooling Inc. of Champaign County, Illinois, is your local Plumbing expert. Please call us at 217- 355-5512, or set an appointment online through Lanz’s secure website at LanzInc.com/contact.

Established in 2002, Lanz provides Drain Cleaning services to homeowners and businesses of Central Illinois, including Champaign, Douglas, Piatt, McLean, Iroquois, Ford and Vermilion County and the towns of Danville, Oakwood, Bondville, Pesotum, Savoy, Rantoul, Mahomet, Sidney, St. Joseph, Fisher and Gibson City, and our hometown city of Champaign-Urbana, IL.

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Value Added: The Impact of a New HVAC System When Buying or Selling a Home

Posted On August 13th, 2019 by Lanz HVAC



You’ve seen the signs all around town. We’re right in the middle of homebuying season here in Champaign County, IL. Whether you’re selling your home or checking out residential properties to buy in Central Illinois, chances are you’ve been thinking a whole lot about houses…and especially about what turns a house into a desirable home.

What about HVAC? What’s the impact of a new Heating, Ventilation & Air Conditioning system - whether it’s a home you’re putting a contract on, or a property you’re about to put on the market? How much value is added with the installation of a brand-new furnace and A/C?

The short answer: A lot! Because modern HVAC equipment is so energy-efficient, so reliable, so cost-effective compared to systems available just a decade or two ago, it really does pay sellers to invest in new heating and cooling units. Buyers want to see it, and sellers need to offer it.

Here are a few of the top reasons why there should be a new HVAC system in any home you’re buying or selling:

Earn maximum return. Homesellers: When those contracts come in, you want the offer amounts to be as high as possible, right? Then get your home into top shape. That means attending to the landscaping, doorways, windows, paint…and air comfort. A brand-new HVAC system is music to a realtor’s ears - your agent will enjoy showing it off, and prospective buyers will see it as a major positive.

Save a large expense. Homebuyers: You’re about to make what’s probably the biggest financial investment of your life. The last thing you want is to drop another few thousand dollars on a new heating and cooling system in a home you just bought. Having a new HVAC system brings greater peace-of-mind - not to mention comfort!

Go green. Whether selling your current home or buying your future home, green is the way to go. Multiple studies have demonstrated that today’s homebuyers are attracted to energy-saving homes, resulting in higher sales prices for homes with green, energy-efficient improvements. A 2012 study found an increase of 9% in price for homes with EnergyStar and GreenPoint appliances (such as HVAC); another in 2015 found a rise in value of 5.8% for homes with high-efficiency HVAC units.

Get an upgraded HVAC. Don’t just replace. Upgrade. Take advantage of the latest technology - improved A/C compressors, variable-speed blowers, programmable thermostats and more - to enhance your home’s overall value even more.

So, if you’re one of those folks with the For Sale signs around Champaign, Douglas, Piatt, McLean, Iroquois, Ford and Vermilion County, Illinois - or if you’re looking to become one of our neighbors here in the Champaign-Urbana IL area, from Danville to Rantoul and Pesotum to Farmer City - then please contact us at Lanz Inc. for top-notch residential HVAC, indoor air quality (IAQ) and plumbing services. We’ll inspect your A/C unit, air ducts, vents and all equipment, inside and outside, and present our best recommendations for maximizing your home’s value with a superior HVAC installation.

Please call Lanz Heating & Cooling Inc. of Champaign-Urbana, Illinois, at 217-355-5512, or ask us a question at LanzInc.com/contact. When buying or selling a home, we think you’ll agree that a new Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning installation is totally worth it.

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