Allergies & Asthma: Your Home’s HVAC System Can Help You Breathe Easier

Posted On May 20th, 2019 by Omnispear Developers


Do you remember last spring - the spring of 2018 - when so many of us here in Central Illinois were slammed by a sudden attack of the sniffles? A cold, snowy winter lasted into April and when the thaw finally came - so did the pollen and hay fever. The Herald & Review over in Decatur even wrote an article about it, headlined THE BIG SNEEZE.

Hey, Champaign County, let’s not go through that again. Allergic reactions and the potential for asthma attacks are serious health concerns. We can’t help the weather, of course, but homeowners can drastically lower the risk of bad seasonal allergies by ensuring their family breathes clean air from high-quality, well-maintained HVAC systems - particularly the “ventilation” part.

A few simple preventive measures with your home’s HVAC unit can eliminate many of Central Illinois’ most common household allergens - dust and house dust mites, grass and tree pollen, pet dander and fur, mold and fungus spores, etc. - so your family can breathe easier all spring and summer.

Keep your HVAC system clean. Sniffle-starters like dust, dirt, dander and pollen collect on your home’s surfaces, ride along air currents and build up inside HVAC ductwork. If you like breathing clean air, as we all should, a little spring cleaning goes a long way.

  • Change the HVAC filter at the recommended frequency (usually every six weeks) and use a filter with a MERV score of at least 8 to remove microscopic particles. If your HVAC unit has a permanent filter, have it professionally cleaned.
  • Remove dust from air intake vents and floor registers.
  • Hire a licensed professional HVAC contractor to clean dirt out of the ducts.

Keep indoor humidity low. High moisture content in the air attracts a host of allergens, especially dust mites, according to an article published by ACHR News entitled “Allergies, Asthma and the Role of HVAC” citing research presented at the 2001 IAQ (Indoor Air Quality) Conference. Dehumidification reduces water vapor levels, thereby avoiding environments conducive to mites, molds and fungi and preventing triggers for allergies and asthma.

Keep pollinating plants, trees and bushes away from the outside A/C condenser. Air conditioning technology works by literally changing (heating or cooling) outdoor air and moving that changed (conditioned) air indoors. If the air entering your home is carrying pollen, it could eventually circulate around the house and cause allergic symptoms. Maintain a sizable buffer around the exterior condenser tank so your home can breathe clean air too.

Keep your HVAC system up-to-date on its maintenance schedule. This is our top HVAC tip for springtime air purification and allergy prevention. Professional maintenance performed on your home’s ventilation system - in which we clean ductwork, check for leaks, improve airflow and ensure optimum A/C operating efficiency - is arguably the most effective way to keep allergies and asthma at bay.

Call Lanz Heating & Cooling Inc. today for an allergy-alleviating appointment. With high-performance ventilation and indoor air quality equipment regularly maintained by the premier professional HVAC company, serving Champaign-Urbana and the Central Illinois counties of Douglas, Ford, Piatt, McLean and Iroquois, you’ll keep your HVAC system and all its components running so your nose isn’t.

Please request an in-home HVAC appointment (or ask a question) through our website at LanzInc.com/contact, or call 217-355-5512 or 1-800-AIR-REPAIR. Lanz Heating & Cooling Inc. is proud to provide award-winning residential and commercial HVAC and plumbing services in Champaign-Urbana, Danville, Oakwood, Bondville, Pesotum, Savoy, Rantoul, Mahomet, Sidney, St. Joseph, Fisher and Gibson City IL since 2002.

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Top Five Signs It’s Time for a New Residential HVAC Unit

Posted On May 15th, 2019 by Omnispear Developers



Your in-home HVAC system is an investment in your family’s comfort. It’s a miracle of modern technology that keeps the air in your Central Illinois home warm in the winter, cool in the summer, and clean all year long.

But that HVAC system is a complex machine with many moving parts, and eventually all machines must be replaced. As we visit customers’ residences all around Champaign, Douglass, Ford and Piatt counties, one of the questions we hear most is,

“So how much longer you think this thing’s got?”

Good question. Is the heating and air conditioning equipment in your home on its last gasp? When do you, as a proactive homeowner, know the time is right to invest in a total replacement of your home’s heating/cooling/ventilation systems?

Here we present the Top Five Signs It’s Time for a New HVAC System:

Sign #1: It’s noisy.

Bangs, clanks, groans, and loud droning hums are no sounds for a proper HVAC installation to be making. Components like motors, fans and blowers should kick on and run smoothly with little to no noise. If you hear strange noises coming from your home’s air conditioning equipment, those could indicate that parts are wearing out and components may start to fail.

Sign #2: It’s constantly running.

Hey, wait a minute - didn’t the A/C unit just crank up a little bit ago? And now it’s revving up again? When HVAC units run for a long time - or when they frequently spin up and turn off only to crank back up again - they’re unable to produce and circulate enough conditioned air to keep the building they’re cooling at the desired temperature. The solution is a total overhaul of the HVAC system, or a complete replacement.

Sign #3: It’s less and less time between repairs.

It’s highly recommended that every 12 months, you hire certified, licensed professionals like Lanz Heating & Cooling Inc. to perform regular routine maintenance on your home’s entire HVAC system from furnace to vents. Annual maintenance will help your heating and A/C units stay efficient and last longer.

But, if you experience multiple major HVAC repairs in the same year-long span - whether or not the system has been on a regular maintenance schedule - then the decision becomes a financial one: Should you spend money on repair bills, or invest in a newly installed HVAC unit? In the long run, buying new is usually preferable to repairing constantly.

Sign #4: It’s a bit musty in here.

If your home’s air is dusty, moldy or more humid than you want, that means your HVAC system can’t perform its job well enough to ensure your comfort. (This is especially a problem for folks suffering from allergies or asthma.) If mold, fungi and other allergens are invading the airspace in your home, then a new HVAC system is absolutely the correct decision. Poor air quality is a serious health risk - and improving your home’s indoor air quality is one of the top areas of expertise for Lanz Heating & Cooling Inc.

Sign #5: It’s old.

If your HVAC system was installed more than 10 years ago (or if you don’t remember when it was put in), then you should definitely consider investing in a new HVAC installation before a major component like the primary motor, compressor or condenser coil dies of old age - or simply isn’t up to the task anymore.

Old machinery means less efficiency. Modern A/C equipment comes with Energy Star ratings for maximum energy-efficiency, whereas older systems may not. Additionally, HVAC units manufactured today use R-410A Puron as a refrigerant, instead of R-22 Freon. This is because the newer stuff deals better with extreme heat and pressure, reducing the chances of cracking and overheating.

Please request an in-home HVAC appointment (or ask a question) through our website at LanzInc.com/contact, or call 217-355-5512 or 1-800-AIR-REPAIR. Lanz Heating & Cooling Inc. is proud to provide award-winning residential and commercial HVAC and plumbing services in Champaign-Urbana, Danville, Oakwood, Bondville, Pesotum, Savoy, Rantoul, Mahomet, Sidney, St. Joseph, Fisher and Gibson City IL since 2002.

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Air Quality Matters: How Your Home’s HVAC System Affects the Air You Breathe

Posted On May 8th, 2019 by Omnispear Developers



We are lucky to live here in Champaign County IL, because across all Central Illinois we are blessed to breathe plenty of fresh, clean Midwestern air - at least outside we are. The air indoors - in homes and office buildings - could be a completely different story, especially if your HVAC equipment and systems are old or outdated.

Take a nice deep breath... and keep in mind that every time you inhale, you’re getting a lot more than oxygen and nitrogen. You’re also breathing in airborne microscopic particles, things like dirt, soot. and pollen as well as other types of pollution we’d rather not think about. Common pollutants, aerosols and irritants which negatively affect indoor air quality include:

  • Mold
  • Pollen
  • Smoke
  • Pet dander
  • Dust mites
  • Bacteria
  • Pesticides
  • Radon
  • Household cleaning chemicals
  • Building materials (asbestos, formaldehyde, lead, etc.)

Indoor air quality (IAQ) matters to your family’s health. It’s so important that the Indoor Air Quality Association (IAQA.org) and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) have an entire section of its website devoted to the topic (EPA.gov/indoor-air-quality-iaq).

Poor air quality in a building is a very serious medical concern for young children, elderly persons, chronically ill individuals and anyone with a weakened or compromised immune system. The World Health Organization estimated that in 2012, some 7 million deaths worldwide could be attributed to constantly breathing bad air. This is an especially terrible problem in Third-World regions, but poor indoor air quality harms those of us in First-World countries, like the United States, too. In the HVAC business the term “Sick Building Syndrome” refers to situations where nearly everyone who spends much time inside a particular building gets sick. Sometimes the offending culprit can’t be identified - but poor air quality is a top cause in many cases.

Do you have a high IAQ? Smart homeowners and property managers keep their HVAC and A/C systems on a regular maintenance schedule. This ensures that your air conditioning equipment - which plays a critical role in cleaning up your indoor air - is doing the best job possible for your family.

Lanz Heating & Cooling is here to help. Clean, pure, healthy indoor air quality is as important to good health as eating right and exercising regularly. Trust your local experts on residential and commercial indoor air quality. Check out our special IAQ- improvement services at LanzInc.com/indoor-air-quality and give us a call (217-355-5512) or send us a message (LanzInc.com/contact) to make your next HVAC appointment.

Since 2002, Lanz Inc. has been proud to help people in homes, offices and places of business around Champaign-Urbana and Piatt, McLean, Iroquois, Ford, Vermilion and Douglas counties to breathe the freshest, best air possible.

About Lanz Heating, Cooling & Plumbing: Founded by HVAC contracting veteran Troy Lanz of Illinois, in 2002, Lanz Inc. has grown in number of employees and services offered to the homeowners and commercial businesses of Champaign County, Il. Lanz Inc. now employs more than 80 highly qualified professionals providing certified installations, repairs and maintenance of heating and cooling systems, heat pumps, air  handlers, dehumidifiers, humidifiers, indoor air quality control systems, ductless split systems and geothermal solutions, plus cleaning of drains, vents and air ducts. Ask about our Comfort Club. Please call Lanz Inc. at 217-355-5512 and connect with Lanz Inc. on the web at www.LanzInc.com.

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Top Tips for May-tenance … If You Haven’t Thought About Your A/C in A While

Posted On May 1st, 2019 by Omnispear Developers



We’re halfway through spring here in Central Illinois, and every day we’re getting closer to summer. You’re ready, the kids are ready…but is your home’s A/C ready?

It’s the month of May, and it’s the perfect time to give some much-needed attention to your all-important HVAC system - so you can have complete confidence that your air conditioner will work its best when you need it most.

But what if it’s been a while since you gave much thought to that A/C? What are the first few things you should do to ensure your home HVAC equipment is prepared for another hot, humid summer in Champaign County, IL?

Take advantage of these top tips for smart spring maintenance - May-tenance, if you will - so that your A/C will provide cool, comfortable, dehumidified air all through your home, all summer long.

Replace the filter(s). Your system has at least one, perhaps two, filters which remove particulate matter and clean the air your family breathes. It is (they are) typically located within the indoor unit of your HVAC system, in the air handler or furnace. To get rid of harmful allergens in your home this spring and summer, these must be swapped out every month or so.

Dust off and clean all air intake vents and floor registers. In fact, if you’re about to attack the house with a vacuum cleaner and a dustpan, be sure to wipe down the vents and registers first. It doesn’t do much good to clean up dusty surfaces if your A/C blows air into your home through dirty vents.

Check weather stripping around outside-facing windows and doors. A good idea any time of year, but especially before the heat of summer arrives. Simple physics says that an air conditioner works faster and more efficiently in a closed, air-tight space. Make your home a kind of fortress against hot weather by firming up the insulation around doors and windows - and make sure there’s enough blanketing the attic too.

Remove any obstructions from the outside condenser. That’s the big block sitting on a slab of concrete just outside your home. It takes in air and cools it, condensing water vapor into water liquid and sending chilled air through the HVAC ductwork and throughout your home. For best results, don’t allow any dirt, debris, leaves, branches or yard implements to interfere with the A/C condenser’s intake of air.

Clear the A/C drainage lines. Often overlooked but extremely important. Water from condensed air collects in a pan at the bottom of the unit and drains out through a small hole. A blockage of this drainage hole can cause water to pile up, eventually damaging the A/C unit. Use a small metal wire (like a paper clip) to poke through any hard blockages and pour a small cup of bleach down the A/C’s drain to destroy any algae or mold that could be growing. If you’re not absolutely certain how to do this, it’s best to give us a call.

Make a maintenance appointment with Lanz Heating & Cooling Inc. We’ll look at your whole HVAC system and all its components to ensure efficiency and reliability. Lanz can:

  • Test, inspect and clean the air handler or furnace.
  • Inspect and clean the indoor coil.
  • Inspect and clean the outdoor compressor.
  • Inspect all electrical connections.
  • Clean all air ducts to remove allergens, dust and mold.
  • Check the AC’s coolant levels. Whether your HVAC system uses Freon or Puron, we’ll make sure the unit has sufficient refrigerant - and we’ll check for leaks while we’re at it.

Get more info about Lanz’s lineup of professional A/C services, including repairs, regular maintenance and brand-new installation for home or office building. Click over to our website at LanzInc.com/cooling-systems.

You can bet we’re going to have another hot summer in Champaign-Urbana, Danville, Mahomet, Rantoul, Pesotum and all around Champaign County, IL. Make sure you perform a little May-tenance on your home’s HVAC systems, especially the AC part. You’ll thank yourself when your inside temperatures AND your monthly energy bills are both nice and low.

Lanz Heating & Cooling Inc. is your local home-grown expert in residential and commercial Heating, Ventilation, Air Conditioning and Plumbing, and we have been since 2002. Give us a call anytime at 217-355-5512, or send us a message using the form at LanzInc.com/contact to make your May-tenance appointment.

About Lanz Heating, Cooling & Plumbing: Founded by HVAC contracting veteran Troy Lanz of Illinois, in 2002, Lanz Inc. has grown in number of employees and services offered to the homeowners and commercial businesses of Champaign County, Il. Lanz Inc. now employs more than 80 highly qualified professionals providing certified installations, repairs and maintenance of heating and cooling systems, heat pumps, air handlers, dehumidifiers, humidifiers, indoor air quality control systems, ductless split systems and geothermal solutions, plus cleaning of drains, vents and air ducts. Ask about our Comfort Club. Please call Lanz Inc. at 217-355-5512 and connect with Lanz Inc. on the web at www.LanzInc.com.

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