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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More Than HVAC: Lanz Inc. Fixes Your Home’s Plumbing, Too!

Posted On July 25th, 2019 by Lanz HVAC

Around Champaign County and throughout Central Illinois, ever since we opened our Residential & Commercial HVAC company back in 2002, folks have known us as Lanz Heating & Cooling.

But did you know that you might as well call us Lanz Heating, Cooling & Plumbing? Plumbing has been a big part of our business here at Lanz Inc. since not long after our company was founded. Whenever customers in Champaign, Douglas, or Ford County need expert plumbing services from local licensed plumbers, Lanz Inc.’s experienced plumbing technicians.

Lanz Heating & Cooling’s Plumbing Division has always been led by our man David Mueller, who brings over 20 years of hands-on plumbing experience designing, installing, maintaining and repairing plumbing systems for single-family homes, industrial buildings, and multi-unit condos.

Dave’s family has been part of the Lanz family since 2006, and he oversees some of our top licensed professionals offering complete plumbing services. Plumbing services like:

Drain Cleaning - Get the clogs out of clogged drains and keep them unclogged. The plumbers at Lanz Inc. use a two-step process of 1) hydro-jetting with high-pressure water jets to remove a tough clog, and 2) applying environmentally friendly Bio-One to each drain to ensure your home’s plumbing system flows freely. Check out LanzInc.com/drain-cleaning.

Underground Pipe Solutions - Full services for underground sewer, drainage and water lines, including clean-outs, installations, repairs and replacements of sump pumps, pump stations, and pipe lining - plus the new technology known as Pipe Bursting. The Lanz Inc. website has a great explanation of the benefits of Pipe Bursting on our page LanzInc.com/underground-pipe-services.

Commercial Services - Just as it is with our HVAC Division, the Plumbing Division at Lanz Inc. can scale up our plumbing services to serve commercial and industrial clients with regular maintenance and emergency repairs. Doing a new construction or renovation project? Ask about our plumbing system design and installation services for office buildings and other commercial structures. More info at LanzInc.com/commercial-services.

General Plumbing - Overflowing toilet, leaking sink, hot water heater not heating water hot enough. The plumbers at Lanz Inc. are experts at leak detection, backflow testing, sump pump draining, septic systems, tankless water heaters, grease traps, even garbage disposals. Think of Lanz Inc. to fix plumbing problems in your kitchen and bathrooms, just like you would with your heating or air conditioning. Our full lineup of plumbing services is at LanzInc.com/plumbing.

Plumbing services are part of our members-only Lanz Comfort Family discount clubs, with regular precision tune-ups, plumbing discounts and priority service guarantees available through our Blue and Orange Comfort Family programs. It’s part of how we offer total home services, from heating and cooling to air duct cleaning and plumbing - everything to keep your home in great shape and your family comfortable. Learn more and sign up at LanzInc.com/comfort-club.

Ever since Dave joined Troy and the Lanz Heating & Cooling family back in 2006, plumbing has been a major component of our business. Our philosophy with our Plumbing Division is exactly the same as it is for our HVAC Division: We operate with honesty and integrity in order to deliver on our promises to our customers, providing them with the highest level of quality in the HVAC & Plumbing industry in Central Illinois.

One of our favorite reviews ever came from Joe, one of our great customers, when he wrote, “I want to thank the hard work and professional attitude of Devin while he was finding nothing really wrong with our plumbing. That information alone was worth the call.” Honesty has always been the best policy at Lanz Heating & Cooling (& Plumbing).

So please call Lanz Inc. at 217-355-5512 or go to LanzInc.com/contact and get an estimate and an appointment for your plumbing issue - whether fixing a leaky faucet or designing and installing a whole-house system. Lanz Heating & Cooling offers honest, experienced, professional licensed plumbing services to residential and commercial customers in Champaign-Urbana, Piatt, McLean, Iroquois, Ford, Vermilion and Douglas County IL, including Danville, Oakwood, Bondville, Pesotum, Savoy, Rantoul, Mahomet, Sidney, St. Joseph, Fisher, Gibson City and all of Central Illinois.

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Want a Comfy Home This Summer? Thermostat Do's & Don'ts

Posted On July 18th, 2019 by Lanz HVAC



The vernal equinox has come and gone, so we’re now in full-on flat-out summer mode here in Central Illinois! We’re already feeling the heat, with high temps hovering around 90° from Danville to Gibson City and our hometown of Champaign-Urbana, IL - and we’re just getting warmed up. It’s summer. It’s hot.

So in homes and office buildings all around Champaign County, air conditioning units are (hopefully) kicking on and humming away, while A/C condensers supply wonderfully refreshing (and badly needed) cool air to the folks inside.

But…have you been comfy in your home this summer? Is the hot air getting to your family, or is your home’s A/C doing its job? Here’s the key question: Are you putting your HVAC system in the best position to perform?

As a homeowner, your HVAC system and all of its various components constitute a major investment - plenty of your money has gone into its installation and upkeep. As a smart homeowner, you can take advantage of these A/C tips and thermostat tricks to ensure a high-performing, energy-efficient (and comfortably cool) home this summer.


Do…set your thermostat to the highest temperature in which your family is comfortable. The less the difference between outdoor and indoor temps, the lower your energy bill will be.

Don’t…crank the thermostat temperature down below your desired level of coolness. It will not cool your home any faster, and it will waste energy (and your money).

Do…consider installing a programmable thermostat. It’s a significant efficiency advantage to be able to program your home’s thermostat to turn the A/C on automatically during those hours when people are indoors - and to lower the A/C’s output when nobody’s home.

Don’t…let your A/C run when nobody’s home. As long as kids, pets, guests and everyone else is out of the house, it’s perfectly alright - and perfectly energy efficient - to turn off the air conditioner. Letting the A/C constantly run is like having a leak in your wallet.

Do…use fans. Fans don’t affect air temperature; they just blow air around. But fans are great at distributing cooled air from the A/C throughout your home. Set ceiling fans to run counter-clockwise, with the blades turning in the downward-slant direction, so the rotation will pull cooler air up and spread it around.

Don’t…leave lights and ovens on. It’s hot enough without burning more energy in the form of stoves and incandescent light bulbs. Be aware of appliances that give off heat, and avoid using them during the hottest hours of the day.

Do…get Lanz Inc. to do an annual A/C tuneup. A regular HVAC maintenance check can curtail expensive problems before they start. We’ll clean the condenser coil and all A/C components, fasten loose connections, check fluid levels, test for leakages and inefficiencies, and discuss some of these same thermostat tips.

(As a courtesy to our customers, our website LanzInc.com features downloadable manuals in PDF format for some of the most popular thermostats on the market. Please see LanzInc.com/resources.)

The hot season doesn’t just belong to the sun - summer is our time to shine! Established in 2002, Lanz Heating & Cooling has served your complete residential and commercial HVAC installation/maintenance/repair needs - especially that all-important air-conditioner. We’re here to help you stay cool all summer long.

Beat the heat by calling Lanz Inc. at 217-355-5512, or go to LanzInc.com/contact to send us your message with any A/C-related question, problem, repair or regular maintenance appointment.

Benefit from Lanz Heating & Cooling’s combined decades of hands-on professional air conditioning experience. Whether you live in Champaign-Urbana, Piatt, McLean, Iroquois, Ford, Vermilion or Douglas County, or in the towns of Danville, Oakwood, Bondville, Pesotum, Savoy, Rantoul, Mahomet, Sidney, St. Joseph, Fisher or Gibson City IL, when you go with Lanz Inc. of Champaign County, your A/C issues are no sweat.

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Dollars and Sense: HVAC Systems Using R22 (Freon) To Be Phased Out Forever

Posted On June 24th, 2019 by Lanz HVAC



Do you have an HVAC system that was installed in 2010 or earlier? If so….this information applies to you.

If your HVAC system was installed in 2010 or before, it most likely uses a chemical coolant called “R22”. R22 is an air conditioning refrigerant, commonly called ‘Freon’ that has been widely used in residential heating and cooling since its introduction in the 1950’s. Air conditioners operate using chemical coolants like R22/Freon inside coils. Air is cooled by being blown over these frosty coils and comes out icy cold. As your system ages and experiences normal wear and tear, your coils may leak or break, and the coolant will need to be refilled or replaced. Since R22 is widely used and readily available, this has not been an issue.

The bad news is that after decades of use, it turns out that R22 is EXTREMELY bad for the environment and is ripping our ozone layer apart! In an effort to save our ozone, the EPA, together with agencies and groups around the world, have enacted agreements to phase out its use, specifically the “Montreal Protocol”. This global agreement, finalized in 1987, is designed to protect the stratospheric ozone layer by phasing out the production and consumption of ozone-depleting substances such as R22. It has been in effect since 2003, and by 2010 all production and consumption of R22 became prohibited BUT servicing current, existing equipment is still permitted, as long as there is an available supply of R22. Homeowners who had HVAC systems that used R22 (and their HVAC service providers) have been able to repair and maintain these systems due to a preexisting supply of R22. That is about to change. The next phase of the Montreal Protocol calls for the production and import of R22 to be continually reduced by law until 2020, when all production and import will be eliminated.

WHAT DOES THIS MEAN FOR ME?

Quite simply, the freon that keeps your AC blowing cool air is about to be unavailable anywhere in the marketplace. Today, the cost of R22 is dramatically increasing because of the declining supply. Options for licensed professionals to service units installed before 2020 will become more and more expensive. Until 2020, customers will spend more and more on service/upkeep on HVAC units that use R22.

WHAT SHOULD I DO?

There is an alternative that the HVAC industry is turning to. R410a, brand name Puron, is safer, cleaner, and more energy efficient. Homeowners should consider upgrading NOW (before 2020) and taking advantage of HVAC units that use R410a. These systems save consumers hundreds of dollars in energy bills, as well as service costs. Do not try and simply swap out your old R22 for the R410a. Doing so will ruin your unit and will force you into a new unit anyway. The best choice for homeowners is to replace their old system now.

This is a change affecting the entire industry. We are always happy to sit down with a homeowner and discuss the changes outlined here. Professional HVAC firms like ours provide excellent financing options for homeowners to make the most sensible choice for their financial needs. Our best customer is well-informed, and well-educated, in terms of the HVAC market. We add value by making sure we give our customers the most up-to-date and helpful information possible, when it comes to taking care of their homes. The HVAC industry is affected by many factors, from international tariffs to changing rules and regulations, and it is our responsibility, and our pleasure, to pass on this valuable information to our customers. If we can provide our customers with the best information available on the market today, and assist them in making the best choice for their home, we have done our job.

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 in services offered to the homeowners and commercial businesses of Champaign County, Il. Lanz Inc. now employs more than 50 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 1-800-AIR-REPAIR or 217-355-5512 and connect with Lanz Inc. on the web at www.LanzInc.com.

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