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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