Summertime Savings: How to Use Energy Wisely During the Hot Summer Months

Posted On July 31st, 2018 by Lanz HVAC


We all dread the same thing during the summer months-opening our energy bill.


Let’s make opening that envelope something we do with confidence! We have everything you need to know about saving money and reducing your energy use this summer! Plus, wouldn’t it be nice to have a few extra bucks to spend on a family vacation instead?


Here are some tips to use energy more wisely for those incredibly hot summer weeks of July and August.



Enjoy the nighttime air.


Close windows during the day and keep them open at night to allow the cooler nighttime temperatures to keep your home cool naturally. Be sure to keep your air conditioner off while your windows remain open in the evenings.


Use a programmable thermostat.


Rather than having to remember to turn your air conditioner off each evening, consider installing a programmable thermostat to help regulate use throughout the day and while you sleep! During the day, keep your house as high as comfortably possible especially if you’re not home.  The smaller the difference between the indoor and outdoor temperatures, the lower your overall heating, and cooling bill will be.


THE MAGIC NUMBER. Did you know there is a magic number for what your thermostat should be at during the summer months? The US Department of Energy recommends 78 degrees Fahrenheit (26 degrees C). Raise your thermostat up seven to ten degrees F while you are away, as long as you’re out for more than two hours at a time, and you can save up to 10 percent on cooling costs.


With a programmable thermostat, you can avoid discomfort by having your thermostat return to 78 degrees before you return home.



Shades are your friend.


We’re not talking about sunshades.  Close the blinds, shades, and drapes on the sunny sides of your house.  The sun shining through your windows produces more heat and increases the work for your air conditioning unit. This also increases your energy bill.



Consider installing ceiling fans.


Not only are ceiling fans aesthetically pleasing, but they also help you reduce energy use. According to Energy.Gov, ceiling fans cost 5 cents less per hour to operate and allow you to reduce your temperature by 4 degrees without a reduction in comfort.



Be the grill master.


Fire up the grill as much as possible this summer. Try to avoid using heat-generating appliances, like the stove or oven, or wait to use them until later in the evening.  This reduces the amount of work for your air conditioner and, in the end, reduces your spending!



Invest in being energy efficient.


Get that energy efficient stamp of approval by investing in energy efficient windows and appliances.  You will save money in the long run by reducing your spending, especially on your air conditioning bill during the summer months. Learn more about the energy-efficient cooling systems we offer at Lanz.


Sealing and caulking any gaps or leaks will also help you save up to 10% on your home heating and cooling costs.



Save energy and save money


Now you can open that energy bill with confidence knowing you’ve saved energy and saved money!





About Lanz Heating, Cooling & Plumbing: Founded by HVAC contracting veteran Troy Lanz of Urbana, 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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Keep Your Indoor HVAC System In Top Shape

Posted On July 31st, 2018 by Lanz HVAC


Before the late summer heat hits, it’s worth giving a good long do-it-yourself look at that vitally important indoor air conditioning and ventilation system - every component from the evaporator, blower and air handler to the ducts, wall intake, drainage hoses and floor registers.


Heed the advice of your local friendly HVAC experts from Lanz Heating and Cooling. Treat your home’s air conditioner or heat pump unit to some extra-careful attention and it should treat you to total in-home comfort the rest of this summer.


Check out our Top HVAC Tips to make sure your indoor air conditioning and ventilation system - also known as an evaporator - is ready to beat the heat:


1. Keep the path of airflow in your home’s ductwork clean and filtered.

It’s a smart year-round homeowner tip to replace (or clean, if it’s the reusable kind) the HVAC filter every couple of months - and even more often after the pollen-filled days of spring. This is a sure way to remove any dirt, fur, soot, and allergy-causing particles floating around the air you breathe. Just slide in a new clean air filter.


As an added bonus, a clean HVAC filter means a more efficient A/C system, which means lower energy bills, which means more summer fun.


Also, give a visual inspection to your A/C’s air intake vent, usually placed on a wall. Remove dust, cobwebs, and debris so it takes in plenty of clean air.




2. Make sure your condensate pan and drainage line are clear.


This is also a great tip you can use all year. Water from your inside evaporator coil can allow algae and mold to grow, eventually clogging the drain. The result is nasty odors, possible water damage and uncomfortably humid air in your home.


Step 1: About once a month, mix a cup of distilled vinegar or bleach liquid (not the gel, and nothing with harsh chemicals!) into 20 ounces of hot water.


Step 2: Turn OFF the electricity to the HVAC unit.


Step 3: Open the drain’s cover panel and pour.


The bleach kills all the bacteria, microbes and algae that may have built up in the drain pan. Your drainage pipes stay wide open and functional, making leaks less likely and allowing your A/C system to do its job of cooling and dehumidifying the air.


Which bleach? Just the regular kind - though our local expert from Lanz Heating and Cooling has a suggestion: “I always tell the homeowner to use lemon-scented bleach. Makes it smell pretty.”



3. Listen for any unusual sounds or noises.


Whirs, pings, thumps and bangs could indicate that your air comfort system’s motors and moving parts are wearing out, such as the fan, compressor or pump.


Experiment with your thermostat device by raising and lowering the desired temperature, and by switching the fan from “Auto” to “On” and back. Make sure the fan kicks on and turns off when it should, and make sure that when you set the temp lower than the outside temp, plenty of cool air is blasting out of all your home’s register vents.


As your HVAC system performs this test, listen closely - you might hear your home’s central air conditioning equipment trying to tell you something.



4. Take a tour of your home or office.


The amount of air being blown through each floor register should be the same throughout the entire house.

Ensure that all registers are installed and can open and close. Remove each register and stick a piece of rubber tubing into the vent. You should feel no blockage at all. Then replace the register.


If anything is amiss with your internal A/C unit - or if you just need total peace of mind - give us a call at 217-355-5512


We’ll stop by your residential or commercial property for a professional HVAC maintenance checkup of your home’s entire cooling and ventilation system.


When homeowners think about their home’s air conditioning, heating and ventilation systems, they often think first about that huge block sitting out in the backyard (the condenser coil). But when you need to know your family will be cool and comfortable at home the rest of this summer, it’s also what’s on the inside that counts.


About Lanz Heating, Cooling & Plumbing: Founded by HVAC contracting veteran Troy Lanz of Urbana, 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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