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 LanzInc.com/contact (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 https://www.lanzinc.com/commercial-services.

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 LanzInc.com/contact. 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 LanzInc.com/comfort-club.)

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 LanzInc.com/contact.

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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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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