3 Things You Need to Know about Geothermal Cooling

Posted On April 11th, 2017 by Lanz HVAC

Are you giving serious consideration to installing geothermal cooling as your next option for home air conditioning? Good for you: geothermal is a growing field for home comfort that not only benefits you, but also benefits the environment with emission-free performance and use of renewable energy.

You are probably already aware that going geothermal is a large choice, and the installation work is more extensive and will take longer than that of a standard home comfort system. Make sure that you rely on the geothermal experts in Champaign, IL at Lanz Heating & Cooling to help you with this process. We will make sure that geothermal cooling is the right choice for your home, and then provide you with excellent installation that will ensure your new system works well for many years.

Here are three important facts you need to know about geothermal cooling:

1. Geothermal Cooling is Also Geothermal Heating

When you invest in geothermal comfort for your home, you are receiving heating as well as cooling. Geothermal systems are ground-source heat pumps, which means like heat pumps they can move heat both out of your home (air conditioning) and into your home (heating). However, they use the stable heat of the earth as the medium for exchange, unlike air-source heat pumps. Because of the reliable ground temperature 10 ft. beneath the surface, you never have to worry about a ground-source heat pump turning inefficient during the winter.

2. Geothermal Systems Will Save You Money in the Long-Term

Some homeowners shy away from geothermal installation because of the higher initial price tag. However, the efficient performance of geothermal heat pumps means they will start paying back their costs almost immediately. The U.S. EPA estimates that a geothermal system will return its installation investment in 5–10 years. The longevity of a geothermal heat pump (the underground coils can last more than 50 years!) means you will have plenty of time to reap the benefits of its energy-saving properties.

Geothermal Systems Use Different Ground Loop Configurations to Fit Your Property

One of the restrictions of geothermal heat pumps is that they need enough space for their underground coils in order to work. Fortunately, there is more than one configuration for the ground loops to make it easier to fit them for different properties. The common set-up is horizontal loops buried 6–10 ft. below the ground. However, deeper vertical loops are common when there is less space available. Either configuration will deliver the quality performance you need from the system.
The technicians at Lanz Heating & Cooling are ready to help you discover the best way to supply your home with the efficient and long-lasting power of geothermal in Champaign, IL. Give us a call today to find out more about how geothermal systems operate and your other options for energy-saving home comfort.

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What is the Condensate Pan?

Posted On April 11th, 2017 by Lanz HVAC

Here in Danville, IL, air conditioning repair services are accustomed to handling all kinds of issues. Among the more common are problems with the condensate pan, which can be surprisingly problematic when they arise. What is the condensate pan and what kind of trouble is associated with it? We’ve included a brief discussion below.

As your air conditioner cools the air, the moisture in it coalesces into beads of condensation on the evaporator coils. (The process is similar to the creation of dew on your lawn in the early hours of the morning.) The condensate pan exists to remove that moisture from the system safely. As the condensation drips down, it falls into the pan. A drain line attached to the pan removes the liquid, keeping electronic components and similar parts of the system safe from shorts or water damage.

Normally, a condensate pan works just fine: it’s simple and doesn’t involve any complicated parts that can break down on you. That doesn’t mean it can’t suffer damage, however. Clogs in the drain line will cause it to overflow, as will a crack in the pan or even just the pan becoming misaligned. In addition, pans can overflow due to problems with other parts of the system. For instance, if refrigerant levels are low, then ice will form on the evaporator coils. When it melts, it could quickly fill up the pan faster than the melted water can drain out of it.

The result of such issues is invariably the same. Overflowing condensation will damage or short out other components in the air conditioner, and suddenly a comparatively minor repair takes on serious proportions. Some air conditioners have a safety feature: a floater switch that shuts the system off when the water rises too high. But even then, you’ll still need to correct the problem with the condensate pan before the system will function again.

Air conditioning repair services in Danville, IL like the folks at Lanz Heating & Cooling can resolve your problems quickly and efficiently. We treat issues with the condensate pan on a regular basis, and can replace a defunct one if a repair isn’t feasible. Give us a call today and let us show you what we can do!

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Common Repairs for Toilets

Posted On April 11th, 2017 by Lanz HVAC

Few appliances in your home see heavier use than toilets, and when something goes wrong, you need to get the problem fixed as quickly as possible. The good news is that toilets are comparatively simple devices, so repairing them can usually take place quickly. The bad news is that when problems do arise, you typically need a professional to take care of them properly. In Seymour, IL, bathroom plumbing services handle common repairs for toilets all the time. The more you can be prepared for them, the faster you can react when they arise.

Common repairs for toilets can include, but are not limited to the following.

  • Leaks. Leaks often occur at the line between the toilet and the rest of the plumbing system. A good repairman can replace the line without too much difficulty. In some cases, however, it’s more serious: there’s a crack in the tank or in the toilet bowl itself. In such cases, it’s usually best to simply replace the entire toilet, rather than try to patch the crack.
  • Phantom flushes. When the flapper valve corrodes or the refill tube has trouble, it can create a sudden draining and refilling of the water. These “phantom” flushes can cost you a lot of money in higher water bills and increase strain on the other components of your toilet. The valve or line needs to be replaced before it will function as normal.
  • Slow to refill. A toiler that is slow to refill can be extremely annoying, running for far longer than it should. This usually indicates a problem with the shutoff valve – either with the valve itself, or with something blocking it in some way – and can be corrected by replacing the valve or removing the blockage.

Regardless of the cause of the problem, you need a trained plumber to handle it appropriately. Bathroom plumbing and other plumbing services in Seymour, IL can be provided by Lanz Heating & Cooling. We have the proper skills to identify the problem and resolve it smoothly, while treating your home with the utmost respect in the process. If you need common repairs for toilets, or even not-so-common repairs, pick up the phone and give us a call today!

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Stages of Geothermal System Installation

Posted On April 11th, 2017 by Lanz HVAC

Geothermal systems are an innovative way of heating and cooling your home, drawing upon the ambient temperature of the earth itself to do the job. Once you get down past five or six feet under the ground, the temperature of the earth doesn’t change, which the system can use to facilitate a heat exchange. Tubes are planted beneath the ground, and a water and antifreeze solution is pumped through it. In the summer, the tubes pull heat from your home and release it into the ground. In the winter, they pull heat from the ground and bring it into your home. It’s very efficient and environmentally friendly, and here in St. Joseph IL, geothermal systems make a lot of sense. But before you pull the trigger on a new system, you should understand the basic stages of geothermal system installation. We’ve provided a basic outline below.

  • The technician surveys your property and plans out the placement of the system: usually either horizontal (spreading the tubes out across a wide, shallow field), vertical (sinking the tubes beneath a single deep shaft, in cases where you don’t have a lot of property space), or water-based (in cases where you have a pond or similar body of water on your property).
  • The technician excavates the land where the tubes will go, digging holes (and grouting the sides in the case of vertical installations) then digging a trench back to your home.
  • The technician installs a water-to-water heat pump inside your home, providing the energy required to pump the mixture through the tubes and disperse the warm or cool air through your home.
  • The technician lays out the tubing in the holes, usually in coils, and then attaches them to your pump inside the home.
  • The technician tests the system to make sure it works and then buries the tubes by filling in the holes and trenches.

Every home is different, which means that the stages of geothermal system installation could very slightly from case to case. That’s what you should talk to the experts at Lanz Heating & Cooling before proceeding. Geothermal installation services in St. Joseph, IL don’t get more reliable, and we’ll discuss every step without before performing the operation with courtesy and care. Pick up the phone and give us a call today!

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Why Are Commercial Air Conditioning Systems Located on the Roof?

Posted On April 11th, 2017 by Lanz HVAC

Even people who don’t work in commercial buildings know that the majority of businesses have their HVAC systems located on the roof. (At the very least, people have seen action movies with foot chases and shoot-outs on the top of buildings where the characters use rooftop AC cabinets for shelter from opposing gunfire.) But why are the HVAC units for businesses located up there—aside from providing cover for action scenes in movies? There are some interesting reasons, and we’ll look at a few of them in this post.

Commercial HVAC systems need specialized work that goes far beyond the domain of amateurs or even professionals with residential comfort training. To protect your business’ comfort during summer, call on services for commercial air conditioning in Ogden, IL from Lanz Heating & Cooling. We are a trustworthy source for excellent HVAC repairs and maintenance for businesses.

Why you find most commercial ACs on rooftops

The great workhorses of the commercial HVAC world are packaged rooftop units, which combine heating and cooling in one convenient cabinet. Larger businesses will have more than one unit on the roof, working together to provide sufficient cooling in the summer and heating in the winter that will keep employees and customers happy.

In the earliest days of commercial air conditioning, only buildings in major downtown areas were equipped with cooling. The layout of U.S. cities in those days (pre-World War II) pressed commercial buildings close to each other, as we can still see in the older downtown sections of Chicago. There simply was no space to place the large cabinets for air conditioners—except up on the roof. So the rooftop unit started as a basic expediency.

But when U.S. cities began to expand and more commercial buildings moved into the suburbs, the rooftop unit remained as the system of choice. They look more visually appealing removed from the public areas around a building, and permit a better use of floor space. Rooftop units are also more convenient for repair and maintenance technicians to access, and they can do so without disturbing workflow. The tradition that started out of necessity because of the nature of U.S. cities has turned into the ideal way to position HVAC systems.

No matter where the air conditioning system in your business is located, you must have specialists in commercial HVAC take care of the necessary repair work. When you call on Lanz Heating & Cooling to handle your commercial air conditioning in Ogden, IL, you’ll receive top level repair and maintenance work from technicians with excellent training. You can reach us 24 hours a day whenever you need help to keep your business comfortable and your workers, customers, and clients happy. Give us a call today.

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3 Reasons to Hire a Professional Plumber

Posted On April 11th, 2017 by Lanz HVAC

If you encounter a clog in a sink, what should you do? Hopefully, you have a sink plunger on hand, and you can use that to attempt to clear away the clog. Sometimes, this will be enough. But what should you do if it isn’t? If you know that you shouldn’t use chemical drain cleaners (and you shouldn’t), do you hunt out a tool belt stocked with wrenches, crawl under the sink, and try to detach the pipes to get at the mysterious and obstinate blockage? Or call a friend who’s handy with these sorts of jobs?

No… you should call a professional plumber! In fact, beyond any job as simple as clearing out a clog using a plunger, you should always call professional plumbers for any issue in your plumbing system. There’s no shortage of plumbers available, but make sure you call one with experience and commitment to excellence. Lanz Heating & Cooling has more than a decade of work helping residents of Champaign-Urbana, IL with plumbing trouble, and we take pride in the quality of service we provide.

Here are 3 reasons to rely on professional plumbers

  1. Equipment: Plumbers have the professional-grade tools necessary to handle tasks that are far beyond the capability of store-bought wrenches and plungers.
  2. Speed: Professional plumbers work every day on home plumbing. For most repairs that will require you call a plumber, he or she has probably already done the same job three times that week. Professionals can get work done far faster than any amateur without needing to rush. With skilled plumbers, you’ll have the work finished quickly and without worry that it was done poorly.
  3. Cost: Yes, it’s less expensive to go with a professional plumber than to try to do the work on your own or call on amateurs. Trying to perform repairs without proper training will often lead to larger plumbing issues, and you will need to call on the professionals eventually anyway—only now they will have a more expensive job to take care of. Mistakes in plumbing can also lead to flooding and water damage in your house. Save yourself the risks of astronomical repair costs and call the experts in from the start.

There are many more reasons that you should turn to trusted and licensed plumbers for fixing your plumbing in Champaign-Urbana, IL. Find out for yourself the difference that trained professionals make the next time you have leaks, high water pressure, drain clogs, or any other plumbing trouble: call Lanz Heating & Cooling.

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3 Reasons to Hire a Professional for Dryer Vent Cleaning

Posted On April 12th, 2017 by Lanz HVAC

Everybody knows how to clean the lint trap in their dryers after every load. It helps keep the system clean and prevents the dryer from overheating. But anything that escapes the trap ends up in the dryer vent, which sends damp air form the interior of the dryer outside of your home. Over time, that lint can build up, creating a serious problem. Even if you disregard the fire hazard, a blocked vent will keep damp air in your dryer and decrease its efficiency. Sadly, cleaning the dryer vent takes a little more than cleaning the lint trap does, and if you want it done properly, you usually need a professional. Here in Champaign-Urbana, IL, dryer vent cleaning can be performed by the same service that handles air conditioning and heating ducts. Here are 3 reasons to hire a professional for dryer vent cleaning.

  • Know-how. Cleaning the dryer vent means moving your dryer, which involves disconnecting it from the gas or electrical lines. Chances are you haven’t performed such an operation more than once or twice in your life at most. But a trained service technician handles such issues every day, and knows how to perform the operation without damaging any of your equipment. That’s worth a little extra money to ensure the problem gets treated right.
  • Insurance. Along those lines, if you try to clean the vent yourself and end up damaging some component of the system, you’re on the hook for the additional costs. A professional, on the other hand, is bonded and insured – for his protection as much as yours – which means that damage like that is covered.
  • Equipment. Cleaning the vent takes more than a store-bought wet-dry vac. Specialized equipment makes the job much easier, but only trained professionals have the skills to use it properly.

For more reasons to hire a professional for dryer vent cleaning, or to schedule a cleaning for your home, contact the experts at Lanz Heating & Cooling for help. Dryer vent cleaning is a standard service, and we have the skills and experience to do the job right. Call us today to set up an appointment and let us show you what we can do! We also specialize in a variety of indoor air quality services such as duct cleaning in Champaign-Urbana, IL.

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Consider Replacing Your Old Air Conditioning System

Posted On April 12th, 2017 by Lanz HVAC

During the last weeks before summer arrives, homeowners should take time to evaluate their air conditioning systems to make sure they are ready to handle the amount of work they must do to combat the coming heat. Part of evaluating an AC is asking the tough question: Has the time come to replace it?

Modern air conditioners have an average lifespan of 10 to 15 years, depending on the model. As an AC enters the later years of that range, replacement becomes a viable alternative to the costs of continued maintenance and repairs. Choosing to install a new system is a big step, but often a necessary one.

Our technicians at Lanz Heating & Cooling have years of experience with air conditioning replacement in Champaign-Urbana, IL, and they have some bits of advice about when it’s time to schedule new installation as the most cost-effective option.

When “repair or replace?” becomes “replace”

If you air conditioner is 15 years or older, you should have it replaced even if it still seems to work well in most respects. The chances of it declining rapidly are high at this point: 15 years is more strain than even the most well-maintained AC can handle. The inevitable aging will soon take hold of the compressor—the most vital component—and when the compressor dies, the system will go with it. Planning for replacement is preferable to requiring an emergency replacement.

There is another benefit to a “pre-emptive” replacement of an aging yet still functioning air conditioner: the advantages of the high efficiency models now available. A new system will probably work 10-20% more energy-efficiently than your older system ever did. Think of it in this light: you have already received a bargain from your air conditioner because of its long life; now you can start receiving even more savings from a new system.

If your air conditioner has started to malfunction frequently and elevate your power bills, than you should have it replaced even if it hasn’t reached the outer edge of its estimated lifespan. A good benchmark for repairs: if you must spend more than $500 a year to keep the system running, it should be replaced. If your electricity bills show a steady rise each year because of the air conditioning system—such as a 5% increase—that no repairs or maintenance seems to change, then you should also replace the system before it becomes a major money waster.

Schedule new installation

Replacing and old AC doesn’t have to be an enormous burden for you. Call professional installers to help you decide on a new system, and then rely on them to remove your old AC and correctly hook up the new one so it works without flaws.

Lanz Heating & Cooling has more than a decade doing air conditioning replacement in Champaign-Urbana, IL. We also offer free estimates on new installations, so call us right away to get your AC replaced.

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Does It Matter When You Schedule Air Conditioning Maintenance?

Posted On April 12th, 2017 by Lanz HVAC

For an air conditioner to work its best, avoid unnecessary repairs, and continue running for many years, it must have maintenance from a professional once a year. During a maintenance visit, a technician performs checks and tests on the AC; adjusts and cleans it; and takes any steps needed to keep the system functioning at its peak ability.

Most HAVC repair services advise homeowners to schedule AC maintenance during spring, and the maintenance for their heater during fall. But does it really make that much a difference when you schedule maintenance?

The answer is: yes and no. We’ll explain what we mean.

Whenever you decide to schedule your air conditioning maintenance in Champaign-Urbana, IL, make sure you have Lanz Heating & Cooling handle the job. We put professionalism first in all our work.

Yes, It Matters When You Schedule Air Conditioning Maintenance

Spring truly is an ideal time to have your AC maintenance done, for two reasons. First, it puts you in a good position with your system right before the time when you’ll need it the most, the summer. You’ll still have time to schedule any serious repairs, but you’ll also have the maintenance work done near enough to the hot season that you should have few worries about system degradation before the first blazing day arrives.

Second, spring is a less busy time for HVAC companies: they are between the emergency calls of winter and summer. You should have little problem finding a convenient date to have the maintenance work done during spring.

No, It Doesn’t Matter When You Schedule Air Conditioning Maintenance

The important thing about AC maintenance is that it gets done, period. Ultimately, if your air conditioner is overdue for maintenance, the time of year makes no difference: you should schedule it right away. Winter, Spring, Summer, Fall… it’s never the wrong time for maintenance when the system hasn’t received it in over a year. And it’s never too late to re-start with maintenance, no matter how many years have passed since it was last done.

Annual Maintenance is Mandatory

Without regular maintenance on your air conditioner, you can expect…

  • …to pay higher electrical bills.
  • …the system to need more repairs.
  • …abrupt, uncomfortable breakdowns.
  • …a shortened lifespan for the system.

So for air conditioning services in Champaign-Urbana, IL, the right time to schedule it is now. Call Lanz Heating & Cooling today and arrange for your annual visit so you’ll get the most from your AC this year.

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3 Reasons to Call a Plumber Instead of Making Repairs Yourself

Posted On April 12th, 2017 by Lanz HVAC

Plumbing repair in Champaign-Urbana, IL is sometimes attempted by enterprising do-it-yourselfers hoping to save a little money. Sadly, most efforts ultimately end up costing more than they save. In all but the most benign cases, you’re usually better off bringing in a professional. Here are 3 reasons to call a plumber instead of making repairs yourself.

  • Know-how
    Even the most prolific do-it-yourselfer has usually only handled a tiny handful of plumbing problems in his or her life. Professional plumbers, on the other hand, deal with hundreds of different problems on a regular basis. That means they can identify the problem sooner and correct it more efficiently than a layman. Speed and efficiency are often worth a few extra dollars in the grand scheme of things.
  • Equipment
    Plumbers have the professional-grade tools necessary to handle tasks that are far beyond the capability of store-bought wrenches and plungers.
  • Reliability
    If something goes wrong while you’re making repairs yourself, you have to shoulder any additional costs and time allocation, which can turn a relatively simple job into an unending nightmare. A good plumbing service spells out all costs in advance, and often guarantees their work. That means there’s no unexpected surprises, and the insurance required by licensed plumbers means that both they and you are protected from the unexpected.

Above all, calling a plumber instead of making repairs yourself means peace of mind and the avoidance of a whole lot of hassle, something even the most adamant do-it-yourselfer will admit is worth quite a bit. Plumbing services in Champaign-Urbana, IL doesn’t get more reliable than it does with the experts at Lanz Heating & Cooling. We stand by our work with an ironclad guarantee and we’re completely dedicated to your happiness at every step. If you have a plumbing problem, don’t take the chance of trying to fix it yourself. Give us a call today and let us show you what a professional can do!

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Spring Tips for Summer Comfort

Posted On June 15th, 2018 by Lanz HVAC

Make Sure Your Outdoor HVAC Unit Can Stand the Heat


Homeowners know that we’re in a crucial period of the year. These beautiful, comfortable spring months of May and June only mean that the dog days of summer are on the horizon... So your home’s air conditioning and ventilation systems need to be up to the job!

When inspecting HVAC systems as those warm summer days approach, we often see issues that can be resolved or even prevented by the homeowner! Although we’d love to make an appointment to meet regarding your residential or commercial A/C, we would like you to consider a few tips before you call your local friendly HVAC company for routine maintenance or a yearly inspection of your entire system.

Step outside and take a look for yourself! You might be able to save yourself a big headache (and an even bigger HVAC repair or replacement bill) by simply taking advantage of these pleasant spring mornings out in the yard for a do-it-yourself home service inspection.

This spring, let’s take a look at the external equipment that, if properly maintained, will keep the air in your home nice and cool this summer.

Here are some of our Top HVAC Tips for maintaining your outdoor air conditioning equipment - just in time for summer:

— Keep bushes, branches, brush, shrubs, trees, plants - all vegetation away from your outdoor HVAC unit (that big block sitting outside your house that cranks up its fan every now and then). This is called a condenser coil and it’s what keeps the air in your home (office, business, etc.) in check, in both temperature and humidity during the summer and the winter.

If the airflow into your HVAC condenser coil is obstructed or constricted by plant life or stray debris, the unit has to work extra hard, your energy bill goes through the roof and the system runs hotter than it should, potentially causing burnout and failure.

Avoid an expensive repair bill before the hot summer months.

Trim back bushes, trees, and shrubs at least 12 inches - preferably 18 - from your outdoor HVAC unit.


— Make sure all pipes and valves connecting the HVAC condenser coil to your home are tight, fast and dry. Remove brush, backyard toys or anything else that may have fallen on or against the piping.

— With a garden hose, spray a soft jet of water all over your outside HVAC unit, from top to bottom and every side (We emphasize, not too hard! Pressure washing the condenser coil could damage the thin fins that protect it).

— The moment the weather turns spring-like, pollen, grass, and dirt start to collect around the coil. This means less air can reach the coil, increasing energy usage and potentially burning out your HVAC compressor entirely, which requires an expensive emergency replacement to avoid catastrophe in the oncoming heat of summer.

— Look closely at the fins which cage the coil; Dents, tears or holes could introduce pollen, bugs, detritus and other unwanted contaminants into your HVAC system. With great care (and ONLY with electrical power to the unit turned OFF!) you can use a butter knife to straighten the protective fins.


— Get regular professional maintenance checks for your entire residential or commercial air conditioning system. The fact of the matter is today’s home comfort equipment is exceedingly complex. It is a series of unique machines, and each machine has to run smoothly on its own, along with all the other machines - and what’s more, the connections between them have to be reliable at all times as well. Before too long, your HVAC checkup might no longer be a DIY job.

Give us a call for a whole-system maintenance check of your all-important heating, ventilation and air conditioning system.

Get it done during this lovely spring weather, before the heat of summer sets in and you’re stuck with a very unhappy (and expensive) surprise.


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Join Lanz as Lifeline Connect Builds For a Better Tomorrow

Posted On June 26th, 2018 by Lanz HVAC

At Lanz Heating & Cooling, we aim to make an impact in more ways than quality HVAC service. Our commitment and dedication to the community is paramount in its importance to us.

In fact, it’s been a central tenet of our corporate mission at Lanz Inc. to be a local heating, cooling, air quality and plumbing company that has a positive impact beyond home services - and to encourage others in the community to join in so collectively we can make an even larger impact on more and more people everyday.

We’d like to share one way Lanz Inc. is working to give back - and we invite our customers, neighbors and fellow businesses of Urbana and Champaign County in Illinois to make an even bigger difference through their own contributions to this ongoing fundraiser which (spoiler alert) now involves motorcycles!

We’d like to introduce you to a wonderful organization called Lifeline Connect (please visit www.LifelineConnect.org to learn more about their recovery and learning center). For more than a decade, Lifeline Connect has worked to help men recover from the sometimes-lethal disease of addiction to opioids and/or alcohol. They rely on faith-based solutions to rebuild lives emotionally, socially and spiritually, with the absolute belief that there is no such thing as a lost cause.

Right now, Lifeline Connect has a facility here in Champaign County, Illinois, with capacity to house six men, but they’ve received approval to expand to a dormitory with the ability to accommodate 24 men - tripling the number of lives they can impact.

But financial support is needed to complete the expansion. See http://lifelineconnect.org/lc_newsletter-email_april-2018.

Lanz Inc. truly believes in the mission of this organization. Join us in our efforts to help end opioid addiction in our community.

  1. We have committed to providing all of the labor to install the plumbing and HVAC for the dormitory.
  2. Lanz has a fundraiser page set up for Lifeline Connect at https://www.mightycause.com/story/Lanzinc.
  3. On March 16, Lanz joined other Urbana and Champaign County partners to present a very special Recovery Blueprint 24 banquet and auction. (https://www.eventbrite.com/e/recovery-blueprint-24-tickets-42003087365#)
    We were able to raise some $134,000 to benefit Lifeline Connect’s dormitory expansion fund. Attendees were able to listen to life-changing stories from five amazing Lanz Inc. employees who are graduates of the Lifeline Connect program.
  4. On May 27, 2018, several Lifeline Connect staff and friends took off from Los Angeles on a 2,700-mile, four-day cross-country hog ride ending at the White House in Washington, D.C., raising some $100,000 toward the dorm project to benefit more central Illinois men in recovery from addiction. See Connecting Coast-to-Coast at http://lifelineconnect.org/recovery-conference.


Here’s where Lanz Inc. customers came in.

You cranked up your bikes and joined in the FUN(draiser) anywhere on the countrywide route! We even had an anonymous donor matched funds! The event was an amazing success!

Troy Lanz is the founder and president of Lanz Inc. and a big believer in the mission of Lifeline Connect.

“Our goal is to build the 24-man dorm to change lives and better our community by securing funding, materials and donations,” Troy said. “In addition, we are raising awareness for this epidemic by spreading the positive message, ‘there is no such thing as a lost cause.’”

About Lanz Heating, Cooling & Plumbing: Founded by HVAC contracting veteran Troy Lanz, 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 70 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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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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What you pay for... It's not a commodity.

Posted On September 24th, 2018 by Lanz HVAC


What is behind pricing in HVAC industry?

We get the question all the time.  “You’re charging me $300 for a part that I can get for half of that price on Amazon. Why shouldn’t I just buy the part online and pay the lower price?”

The easy answer is because we are in the “service industry”.

Consider this scenario... When you go to your dentist, the dentist charges you $500 for a filling. While you can buy that same filling on Amazon for $40, you probably aren’t too upset with the markup because you automatically understand that your dentist is providing a service, backed by training, licensure, education, and experience. 

Similarly, you go to a restaurant and pay $4 for a beverage that you could pay less than a dollar on your own.  Why go to the restaurant and pay more? Because you are paying for the service, the ambiance, the environment, NOT having to do the dishes, and everything else you see and love about that restaurant.

By the same token, companies like Lanz Heating & Cooling, Inc are a service-related business with licensed, trained technicians who provide services that are always covered by a warranty. As we all know, most people aren’t going to (successfully) fix their own air conditioning unit. So, while you may be able to buy a part online for a fraction of the price, it is advisable to pay the extra costs and hire a company you can trust to provide you with quality service.

Here’s what you REALLY pay for when you’re paying $300 for a part rather than $50 for that same part on Amazon:


Training of Technicians

No matter the industry, quality education and training costs money. Every year, each one of our technicians participates in more than 150 hours of training on top of updating and reviewing their certifications.  When we hire someone new, even if they have 10 years of experience, they go through a rigorous onboarding process that lasts two weeks.  This training, onboarding, and certification is critical to make sure all technicians are 100% up to date on consistent changes being made to brands and models of HVAC units.

While you may save a few bucks if you hire an unlicensed technician, you won’t be protected and can be left open to countless issues. Would you go see an unlicensed doctor? Would you use an unlicensed real estate agent? We make sure the people coming to your home are trained, licensed, and certified! Many competitors cut costs by hiring people and putting them in service vans right away, but not us.  This is what makes Lanz different.


Certified Warranty

Not only do we equip our technicians with the best training and resources possible, we also promise 100% satisfaction guarantee on all the work we do.  We are committed to providing the highest level of service and installation in the industry.


Peace of Mind

When you choose to call us for service, you are opening up your home to one of our technicians. We want to make sure that our people are fully vetted with background checks and references. We put our name on each technician’s shirt, and we don’t take that lightly. You open your home to us and we make sure each person is someone we trust to provide quality service, the first time.  From fully-stocked vehicles complete with necessary parts to vetted and trained technicians, we aim to provide customers with the best service possible, every time.

We strive to be a trusted advisor. We’ll never recommend anything you don’t need and any recommendations we make are the ones we feel are appropriate.   We generally provide two options: what you should do and what you could do.  This presentation works for our clients and provides options based on their budget.


What You Pay For

Although it may be enticing to pay the $50 for the part on Amazon, it does not come with the expertise, training, trust, and reliability of Lanz Heating and Cooling, Inc employees and technicians.  

We appreciate the trust you have in us and we take that seriously. We’ve got you covered!


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 75 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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How to Save Money on Your Utility Bills with a New HVAC System

Posted On December 11th, 2018 by Lanz HVAC

Want to Save More Money? Replace Your Home’s HVAC System Sooner Rather Than Later



Are you starting to get sticker shock when looking at your utility bills? You’re not alone. All across the country utility rates are going up. Many homes also have aging HVAC systems that are not as efficient as modern systems.

But many homeowners are still reluctant to invest in a new HVAC system. The truth is, if you want to save as much as money as possible, it may be best to replace your home’s aging HVAC system sooner rather than later.


Understanding HVAC Lifespans

HVAC units aren’t designed to last forever. Over time they begin to be less efficient and are more prone to breaking down and wearing out. Over the past decade, HVAC technology has increased much faster than it ever before.

How long should you expect your HVAC system to last? The actual lifespan of your specific system will vary depending on the manufacturer, your usage, and the maintenance history of the unit. However, on average after ten years HVAC systems start to break down more frequently, fewer technicians are willing to work on aging units, and the units become much more expensive to operate than newer ones.


The Repair or Replace Debate

Many homeowners are stuck wondering if they should repair a broken HVAC system or simply replace it. If your system is only a year or two old, it may still be covered by manufacturer warranties. It is almost always cheaper to repair newer systems rather than replace them.

However, if your system is close to being ten years old, or older, you should consider buying a replacement. After the ten-year mark, repairs will become more frequent and more expensive. Parts will be harder to come by, and you may also start to have difficulty finding technicians willing to work on older units.


Energy and Cost Savings with New HVAC Systems

The good news is that investing in a new HVAC system for your home comes with many benefits. First, you will see a big reduction in your energy bills. Many studies show that installing a new HVAC system can reduce utility bills by as much as 20%. Depending on your home and usage, you could be saving over $1,000 a year.

But, installing a new HVAC system has more benefits beyond just reducing your utility bills.

Depending on your situation, you may also qualify for tax deductions or tax credits when you install an energy efficient HVAC system. Tax credits, combined with monthly savings on utility bills, mean that your new HVAC system will quickly pay for itself.

According to real estate experts, one of the best things you can do to increase the value of your home is to install a new, energy efficient HVAC system. Even if you’re not planning on selling any time soon, that investment will still increase your home value years down the road.

If you hesitate every time your power bill comes, it’s time to invest in a new HVAC system. Then you can feel good about seeing how much money you’re saving each month.


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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Wintertime HVAC FAQs: Keeping Your Home Warm For the Holidays

Posted On December 19th, 2018 by Lanz HVAC




Remember last Winter? At Lanz Heating, Cooling & Plumbing, we sure do. Bone-chilling cold all around our region with temps well below zero. Over the holiday season last year, we took many calls from customers, asking us about all things heat-related: Services like heating system inspections and repairs, new heat pumps, air duct cleanings, geothermal units, dehumidifiers, everything imaginable.

So, before winter truly sets in, we’re offering a few FAQs and top tips, so you can beat the freeze with a well-heated home:


Q: What’s the most efficient way to keep an Illinois home nice and warm in the winter? Electric heat pump? Natural gas furnace? Wood-burning fireplace? Warm thoughts?

A: Personally, we like a nice cup of hot cocoa, but the best answer is heat pumps. Heat pumps are generally the most efficient, but gas furnaces can be equally efficient as well. In fact, heat-pump technology is so advanced today compared to 30 years ago that producing the heat and distributing it throughout your home is not a problem. Even the issue of providing supplemental or auxiliary heat is solved most easily with modern heat pumps.

If your home is equipped with a furnace or fireplace, natural gas is cleaner and more energy-efficient than wood or pellets. The price of propane can often be prohibitive for new builds.


Q: How helpful are programmable thermostats in the winter? What temperature should they be programmed to?

A: Programmable thermostats keep your family warm in the wintertime without busting the household budget. Installing and programming an automatic thermostat is a high-tech, proven way to control your home’s temperature on an hourly basis, letting you save energy (therefore money) while everyone stays comfortable at peak times of the day.

A programmable thermostat is your best weapon against winter’s sky-high energy costs - if you know how to use it. The key is to program your home’s temperature 8 to 10 degrees below optimal comfort level during hours when everyone’s asleep or at work. The U.S. Department of Energy reports that consumers save 1% off their winter heating bill for every 1° the temp is lowered for 8 or more hours per day. Dropping 10° could mean as much as 10% savings. Used properly, a programmable thermostat is the Illinois homeowner’s best line of defense against our harsh Midwest winters and maintaining lower energy bills.


Q: How do we keep the house from being so stuffy in the winter?

A: It gets cold, it gets humid, and you often feel congested. Damp air means bacterial growth where it’s not wanted. Combat stuffiness by installing and operating dehumidifiers on every level and turn on your HVAC fan to keep air circulating. When showering, turn on bathroom fans to keep humidity low.


Q: There’s an Emergency Heat setting on the heat pump. When should we use that?

A: The emergency heat setting on the heat pump should only be used in emergency situations, when the home’s heat pump has failed (frozen, damaged or broken) and no other heating methods are available. Don’t switch to Emergency Heat just because it’s really cold outside - you’ll get a significantly increased energy bill. The “Em Heat” setting is there to keep the home heated while HVAC professionals perform emergency winter repairs on a non-functioning heat pump.

You can count on Central Illinois getting cold in the winter, but with these tips, the latest HVAC technology, and the experienced experts at Lanz Heating & Cooling, you can also count on staying nice and warm until spring.


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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Contain the Fire: Winter Tips for Space Heater Safety & Efficiency

Posted On December 22nd, 2018 by Lanz HVAC



Come winter, it gets cold here in Central Illinois. When temperatures fall, it’s understandably tempting to simply plug in, turn on, and crank up an electric radiator or space heater.

On those long cold Midwest winter nights, it’s especially tempting to use portable space-heaters in out-of-the-way rooms in your home (nothing worse than stepping into a chilly bathroom!), or on the levels of the house that your heating system doesn’t reach very well.

Yes, a space heater is a great way to keep a room warm for a while and help your HVAC system out, or to keep toasty warm in your kitchen, home office or nursery,

BUT...

If you and your family are going to utilize plug-in space heaters in your home - especially while you’re away or asleep - there are some definite must-knows on how to safely and efficiently operate that small-but-mighty, flame-red hotbox of electronic fire that throws off powerful heat from one spot.

In fact, according to the U.S. Department of Energy, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission estimates that about 25,000 residential fires annually are associated with faulty or incorrectly operated space heaters, with 6,000 ER-visit injuries and approximately 300 deaths by fire. So please be careful when running space heaters!


A cold winter is upon us. In addition to calling us for regular maintenance and winterizing of your home’s HVAC system and heat pumps, Lanz Heating & Cooling Inc. of Champaign-Urbana would like to share these best practices for smart space heater operation:

Top tips for space heater safety:

  • Newer is better (and newest is best). Modern space heaters with the Underwriter’s Laboratory (UL) insignia should be equipped with safety features like tilt-switch and burn-detection auto-shutoff, so the space heater turns itself off when it is not level or detects excessive heat.
  • Give your space heater space. Place it on a hard, level, stable, non-flammable surface. On the floor, away from foot traffic, is best. Maintain a clear buffer around the space heater with at least a three-foot radius to keep kids and pets from knocking it over. Avoid placing heater on fluffy carpeting or near loose bedding and textiles.
  • Don’t use an extension cord. Some space heaters draw more power than many power strips and cords can handle, plus it’s one more potential failure point.

Top tips for space heater efficiency:

  • Point the heat where you want it to go. Portable space heaters are meant to warm up a small area, so position the heater to push the heated air toward where it’s needed most. Remember, heat rises, so it makes perfect sense - from the standpoints of safety and of physics - to keep your space heater on the floor.
  • Keep it in a dry place. Obviously, space heaters and water don’t mix, but your space heater works most efficiently when the air and floor aren’t damp. Be cautious when using indoor radiators in kitchens, bathrooms, laundry rooms, etc.
  • A space heater is a frying pan, not the fire. The electric portable space heaters manufactured by reputable companies nowadays are great, but the math shows that you don’t want to try to heat your entire house with them. Fire your space heaters up only when and where they’re most needed and register with the radiator manufacturer to get any important product recalls.

Used wisely and with care, a space heater can help you conquer the Central Illinois cold this winter. For more top tips and professional indoor-air services to keep your home or office building toasty warm this winter (with or without space heaters), call your award-winning Champaign-based HVAC experts at 1-800-AIR-REPAIR or 217-355-5512.

This holiday season and into New Year, Lanz Heating & Cooling Inc. wishes our customers and all the good folks of Champaign, Douglas, Iroquois, McLean, Piatt, Ford and Vermillion counties a wonderful wintertime that’s happy, warm and safe.

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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Wall-To-Wall Warm: Keeping Temps Constant Throughout Your Home This Winter

Posted On December 30th, 2018 by Lanz HVAC




Warm in one room… cold in another! It is a frustrating reality of winter. Hot air rises, cold air sinks so how can you maintain a nice, even, constant, reliable temperature - and enjoy consistent temps throughout your home, throughout the winter?

As experienced HVAC technicians, we are constantly asked by homeowners how they can keep the same temperature going all over their homes, from level to level and from wall to wall. Whether you have a large single-family home, townhouse, duplex, condo, or apartment, here are some tried and true tips to a wall-to-wall warm home.

Make sure your home’s heating, ventilation & air conditioning (HVAC) equipment - from heat pump to thermostat, valves to pipes - has been professionally inspected and winterized. This is not just a call for our service... it is entirely true. Professionals, whether it is us or another qualified HVAC company, can pinpoint inefficiencies which may result in your home’s HVAC not spreading the heat well enough. Pros use highly sensitive pressurization equipment to locate and seal leaks in ductwork joints and fittings.

Unless someone’s going through them, keep exterior doors closed. An open door is a one-way ticket for your warm air generated by your home’s electrically powered HVAC system to fly away. Plus, if outdoors is substantially colder than indoors, the temperature inside will drop even faster. Remind the kids of this common-sense habit.

Have your home’s exterior windows, panes and sills inspected for possible air leaks. In the winter, leaky windows mean lost energy, meaning higher energy costs. Rooms where windows are leaking can be significantly colder, too.

Install more or thicker insulation in attics and exterior walls. A building is only as warm as its walls will allow. If you live in an older home or are unsure when the home’s insulation was last inspected, it’s a good idea to check it out. Otherwise the heating system may need to go into overdrive to make up for the consistently lost heat.

Run ceiling fans at the lowest speed, with blades pushing the air down. Warm air rises and always will. Once it’s as warm as you like it, keep it down where you are and spread it around.

With the sorts of winters we have here Champaign County and Ford, Piatt, Douglas and Vermilion counties, it’s important to your family’s wintertime comfort that your home’s temps not vary too wildly from bedroom to basement.

One of the major functions of your home’s modern HVAC system - the heat pump, the thermostat, the entire complex apparatus - is to help keep a balanced, constant temperature…at your preferred level of comfort…throughout your home. However, Nature being what she is, it isn’t easy. You can help your HVAC system keep your family comfy. Try these tips and see how you and your heating unit can keep your home comfy and isothermic all winter long.

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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Top 5 Home Heating Problems To Avoid This Winter

Posted On January 3rd, 2019 by Lanz HVAC




Winter is here! With Illinois winters come frigid temperatures in the 20s and 30s, sometimes lower, and usually no small amount of snow. Winter around Champaign County means plenty of time spent indoors in the company of family, some favorite electronic devices and your trusty HVAC heating system.

But how do homeowners know if their home’s heater is really up to to the task? What could be wrong with your HVAC system this winter, and what can be done to prevent being left in the cold? Ignoring the signs of small issues could result in BIG problems later…

Symptoms of an HVAC unit or a heat pump that is NOT up to winter duty include:

  • frequent power-cycling of the furnace unit (turning on and off and on, and so on)
  • noises, such as loud clangs and whistles
  • noticeable loss of heat and uneven distribution of warm air within your home

To make sure our customers are as informed as possible, we have some great tips to share on some of our most frequently seen wintertime HVAC/home-heating problems around Central Illinois, so folks might know better whether their heater can beat the winter weather.

Issue No. 1: Frozen pipes, coils and valves.

When the outside temperature falls below the freezing point of water (32 degrees Fahrenheit at sea-level pressure), your HVAC system’s network of pipes, valves and coils freezes too. When water can’t flow, steam radiators and other hydronic systems fail, and heating stops. Ice can expand and burst pipes. To prevent, drain pipes of all water before the first freezing night, as well as other standard winterizing tasks.

Issue No. 2: Malfunctioning or underperforming heat pump.

If your home relies on an outdoor heat pump, that external apparatus sits exposed to winter’s worst elements. Heavy snow, ice and frost can block coils and bust mechanical parts. Take advantage of the heat pump’s automatic defrosting features, or make sure frost does not accumulate on the unit.

Issue No. 3: Dirty heater filters and restricted airflow.

In winter, people tend to run their heating systems full-blast. Extended usage causes buildup of dust, dirt and debris within vents and air ducts, and on fans and motors. Keep a clean HVAC filter by changing or cleaning it monthly, and don’t forget to have the system’s ductwork professionally cleaned.

Issue No. 4: Broken ignition system and extinguished or insufficient pilot light.

The pilot light is the small gas-powered flame in the center of your heating unit that essentially keeps your heater heating. If for any reason it goes out or weakens - due to a damaged sensor, for example - your home’s HVAC will suddenly put out far less heat.

Issue No. 5: Broken, miscalibrated or faulty thermostat.

Aging electronic circuitry has been known to cause HVAC systems to put out incorrect levels of heat. Loose wiring, rusted connections and other electrical problems should be repaired or replaced for best energy efficiency - as well as temperature certainty.

Special Bonus Pro Tip from the Life-Threatening Category: Carbon monoxide leakages.

To produce heat, many types of heaters make carbon monoxide (CO) as a byproduct. If a heating unit has cracks, rust or other defects, this deadly poisonous yet odorless and tasteless gas could waft undetected by the human nose and be a silent killer.

Carbon monoxide poisoning is a rare but tragic occurrence, so keep obstructions from blocking airflow out of kitchens and basements, and always maintain a working CO monitor/detector, preferably on each level of your home.

One of the many amazing benefits of modern first-world living is air-conditioning technology that literally keeps people comfy and warm against the bracing harsh chill of a Midwestern winter. Make sure your HVAC system is up to snuff with a little homeowner care and regular checkups by our expert techs.

Before HVAC problems happen in your home this winter (or when they do) - call Lanz Heating & Cooling Inc. - a proud Illinois company serving Champaign, Piatt, Ford, Vermilion, Douglas, Iroquois and McLean counties - at 217-355-5512 or 1-800-AIR-REPAIR.

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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Between the Seasons: How to Handle Your Home’s HVAC System During Up-and-Down Temps

Posted On March 24th, 2019 by Lanz HVAC




We just passed the vernal equinox - when Winter is done and spring has sprung - as we write this Lanz Heating & Cooling blogpost in our hometown of Champaign-Urbana, Illinois…and as usual this time of year in Central Illinois, the weather can’t make up its mind. Warm? Cold? How about both in the same day?


One night the temperature can be in the 20s, and the next day rise into the 60s. This is life in the Great Midwest. We’re used to wild temperature swings from day-to-day, or even day-to-night, when it’s changing seasons like it is now. But homeowners in Champaign, Piatt, Douglas, Ford, McLean, Iroquois and Vermilion County know that volatile temps can put a home’s Heating, Ventilation & Air Conditioning (HVAC) systems to the test.


So, how can your family stay consistently comfortable when outside the mercury is rising and falling like a yo-yo...while still keeping your energy costs reasonable? Since 2002 when we opened for business in the residential HVAC service industry, Lanz Heating & Cooling has pretty much seen it all. In this blog we’d like to pass along a few smart tips to stay comfortable between the seasons:


Use a programmable thermostat. Quoting from our own blogpost Wintertime HVAC FAQs: Keeping Your Home Warm For the Holidays: “Installing and programming an automatic [programmable] thermostat is a high-tech, proven way to control your home’s temperature on an hourly basis, letting you save energy (therefore money) while everyone stays comfortable at peak times of the day.”


A programmable thermostat is a big help when temps might approach 70° by day and sink into the 30s overnight. If your home is equipped with one, program your thermostat to raise the house temperature two or three degrees when it’s warm, but then lower it a couple notches when it’s cool. (This is generally an excellent energy-efficiency tip, any time of year.)


Mind the gaps. Your home is a fortress against the elements - at least, to some extent. A well-insulated house is like a large heat-trapping box. Look into whether your home needs additional insulation in the attic and exterior walls, as well as sufficient weather-stripping around doors and windows.


Keep your HVAC system in top shape. A few measures homeowners can take to help their HVAC units perform at peak potential:

  • Keep branches, leaves, toys, debris, etc., off and away from the outside condenser coil, housed within that big block bolted outside your house.
  • Swap out any filters - air filter, furnace filter - in your HVAC system’s indoor components.
  • Dust off the intake registers and keep vents clear.
  • Call Lanz Heating & Cooling at 1-800-AIR-REPAIR to keep your HVAC working on a regular maintenance schedule - or when anything doesn’t sound, feel or smell right with your home’s heating and air conditioning systems.

All of us at Lanz Heating & Cooling Inc. wish everyone a happy and comfortable Spring. Please give us a call whenever it’s time for a regular maintenance checkup of your home’s A/C unit and HVAC system, or if your air-quality systems aren’t performing like they should. Request an in-home HVAC appointment or ask us a question through our website at LanzInc.com/contact. In Champaign-Urbana, Danville, Oakwood, Bondville, Savoy, Rantoul, Mahomet, St. Joseph, Fisher and Gibson City IL, phone Lanz anytime at 217-355-5512 or 1-800-AIR-REPAIR.

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SPRING CLEANING TIPS TO HELP KEEP YOUR HVAC SYSTEM RUNNING AT OPTIMAL EFFICIENCY

Posted On April 1st, 2019 by Lanz HVAC




It’s springtime in Illinois! You might not know it yet, with temperatures still getting down around freezing at night, but the calendar doesn’t lie - winter is over and spring is here. Warmer weather in Champaign County, IL is just around the corner.

While you and your family are definitely ready for it – your home’s air comfort system may not be. What should you do to ensure your A/C unit can take the heat? A little spring cleaning of your home’s HVAC system may be in order.

Follow these easy tips to prepare your air conditioning equipment and components for those sunny spring days on the horizon:


Spring Cleaning Tip 1: Dust surfaces (tables, mantels, countertops, picture frames), clean windows and window sills, vacuum carpets to the edges, and mop the kitchen and bathroom floors.

This sounds like a ubiquitous spring cleaning task, but it’s wonderful preventive maintenance for your home’s HVAC components. The key is to be thorough! Clean the stovetop in your kitchen. Dust off the blade tops of all ceiling fans. Wipe down the bathroom fan blades. Beat the dust out of sofa cushions. The more dirt and dust you remove, the less will reach your home’s A/C system and your family’s lungs.


Spring Cleaning Tip 2: Swap out the air or furnace filter.

It can be easy to forget to change the HVAC filter every couple months – and even more often during times of heavy  usage of the home’s heating and cooling systems. A dirty filter allows particulate matter (dust, dirt, mold spores, allergens, etc.) to enter the home’s air circulation, causing more problems than it helps - especially if anyone in the household suffers from asthma or allergies. For clean air quality and efficient energy usage, make sure the filter is nice and new.


Spring Cleaning Tip 3: Keep weeds, plants, branches, grass clippings, debris and other hindrances from encroaching on the outdoor A/C unit.

Maintain a buffer of 24 unfettered inches in every direction from your HVAC system’s outdoor condenser and, if your home is equipped with one, its heat pump. With a soft, gentle spray of water, use a garden hose to rinse the coils surrounding the condenser. Doing this allows for airflow to be smooth, consistent, and clean when it reaches the house’s HVAC intake.


Spring Cleaning Tip 4: Hire a professional HVAC contractor to clean out ducts and ductwork and perform a Spring Maintenance Checkup.

No doubt, this is the most important spring cleaning tip. A modern HVAC system contains a myriad of component parts - ducts, valves, electronics, sensors, pumps, not to mention the furnace inside and the condenser outside. Like any machine, your home’s HVAC equipment performs best with regular inspections and tune-ups. Keep it in top shape by calling Lanz Inc. for a springtime appointment.

Using these tips, some elbow grease and regular in-home maintenance checkups by Lanz Heating & Cooling, your HVAC system will be in the best shape to handle whatever the Spring brings.

For professional spring cleaning of your home’s A/C unit, vents, pipes and entire HVAC system - inside and outside - please call Lanz Heating & Cooling Inc. In Champaign-Urbana, Oakwood, Bondville, St. Joseph, Danville, Fisher, Savoy, Rantoul, Mahomet and Gibson City IL, we invite you to visit LanzInc.com/contact - or phone Lanz anytime at 217-355-5512 or 1-800-AIR-REPAIR to make an appointment and ask questions about our residential HVAC and home air quality services.

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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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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 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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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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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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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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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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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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