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What Exactly is Hybrid Heating??

Monday, June 22, 2015 | Comments (0)

When it comes to heating and cooling a home, savvy home owners are often in search of the most cost effective and energy efficient system possible. Although a simple fan is a cheap alternative to most high-tech solutions, heating and cooling fans, on their own, simply push air around the room with little in the way of heating or cooling options. Generally, most modern homes have some type of HVAC system for controlling indoor temperatures. Unimpressed with the typical HVAC systems, many of which reduce fossil fuels, waste energy and increase monthly living costs, home owners are taking an active interest in hybrid heating systems to address some of these concerns. A hybrid heating system attempts to operate in conjunction with changes in temperature to maximize energy efficiency and uniform heat distribution throughout a home. Here are some specifics that will help better explain what a hybrid heating system is and how such a system operates.

The General Concept of Hybrid Heating

Where a typical HVAC system combines a heating furnace with an air conditioning unit, a hybrid heating system exchanges the AC unit with a heat pump. In warmer weather, the heat pump will be able to act in place of an AC unit to help keep a home cool. In the colder months, the heat pump will work to heat the home. A hybrid heating system monitors the changes in temperature and adjusts the energy use to strive to produce the maximum energy savings possible. This not only helps to reduce a home owner's carbon footprint, it will also help to reduce costs due to the system producing far less waste.

Hybrid Heating Systems and Saving Energy

One way a hybrid heating system helps to save energy, other than monitoring and adjusting for temperature changes, is by its method of generating heat. Instead of using a burning flame and requiring a constant stream of fuel, a hybrid heating system relies more on the circulation of substances like puron refrigerant to affect temperature change throughout a home. The uniform distribution of heat or cooling is produced by direct current motor-based fans, which is a more energy efficient alternative to PCS motor-based fans. The amount of energy savings in many areas averages out to three to four-percent cost reductions annually. To determine if a hybrid heating system will provide a home with these savings benefits, it will be prudent to consult with a local utility provider or call us here at Garber Heating, your local heating and cooling contractor. We can perform an energy-savings and cost-analysis for moving to a hybrid heating system as contrasted with the energy usage and cost of the current system your home is using.

Although heating systems have become more energy efficient and cost effective over the last few decades, it is always best to strive to improve their efficiency as technology permits. From more effectively combining mechanical components to reducing the need to waste fossil fuels, these improvements help to preserve the environment in conjunction with other greener living solutions. By minimizing carbon footprints and the costs associated with heating, hybrid heating options help to make for a more sustainable future!

Heating for Heroes

Wednesday, February 11, 2015 | Comments (0)

Program For Veterans & Active Duty Military

NOMINATE YOUR VETERAN OR ACTIVE DUTY SERVICE MEMBER BY MARCH 7, 2015

All of us at Garber Heating and Air Conditioning would like to first honor and thank all those who are serving or have served in our armed forces. It is the sacrifice’s and services of all these individuals that make them our heroes. The freedoms we so often take for granted are a result of those who are currently serving or have served to protect us, the people of the United States of America. We want to give just a small token of our appreciation by providing and installing a new Carrier comfort heating and cooling system in the home of a needy military family who has been struggling in a difficult time. Once again our prayers and thanks go out to all those who are standing in our behalf to protect us.

Home Automation - The Future... or Now???

Wednesday, January 28, 2015 | Comments (0)

So when we were kids, 2015 sounded like “the future”, as in hovercars and teleportation, instant meals, and space age living…

Maybe we over estimated, but we do have some things we saw on the Jetsons such as video chat, computerized everything, and cars that sometimes park themselves! Plus, HOME AUTOMATION!!!  Did you know home automation allows you to access and control critical systems and appliances from a remote or centralized location?  By using your smartphone, specialized apps, or a touchscreen thermostat you can set temperatures, turn off lights, set your security systems, open and close garage doors, and many other convenient home options. It may sound complicated – and maybe even unnecessary – but there are very real and immediate benefits to using home automation systems.

The number 1 reason? Convenience! Most home automation systems let you control what is happening in your home…whether you’re actually at home or not! You can turn alarms on or off from your smartphone, or control multiple audio and video devices with one button. You can set timers for almost anything. A great example would be to have everything preset for when you get home from work. The thermostat has already been adjusted to complement the cool night temperatures perfectly. You sit down and touch one button on an advanced remote that turns on your satellite TV, activates your favorite channel and launches your most used audio preset on your surround sound system. Almost Jetson like! 

The second most valued reason: Security. Did you lock your doors? Did you shut the garage?  Need to open the back door for the kids?  All of this can be done remotely and automatically.  Imagine the peace of mind knowing you can check and secure your house from work or while on vacation. You can have live security feeds on your smartphone or computer. Home automation security systems make this all possible and easy. 

Finally, it will save you money! Home automation can reduce your utility bills when managed properly. An intelligent thermostat can not only be set remotely, but can operate on week-long cycles to provide customized comfort to match the way you want to live. Turn your HVAC system down when on vacation, and have it return to your preferred temperature on the day you return. Your house now works with you to manage itself for optimal efficiency. It is genius!

You probably already use your smartphones or tablet to manage most of your life, so extending that to your home is an easy and exciting transition. More home automation manufacturers are designing smartphone apps that allow us to use the devices we already know and love instead of bulky custom controllers with non-intuitive interfaces. So if you think home automation is limited to a huge touchscreen remote that you’ll never use for anything else….think again!

Let us here at Garber help you decide which home automation device is worthwhile for your life.  We can direct and provide you with intelligent thermostats and other options to home automation. While it is not entirely the way we envisioned it as kids,  we are certainly closer! Contact us today to learn about real life home automation!

Unique HVAC Ideas

Friday, October 24, 2014 | Comments (0)

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Looking for ideas to spice up that boring old HVAC unit or hide that unsightly thermostat??

Click here to see a few great ideas we found on a pinterest board. You might just want to give some a try. 

With a little bit of creativity and/or duct tape ;), you too can have a beautiful or at least not ugly thermostat or HVAC unit at your home. 

Check these out, and feel free to comment or post some of your own ideas as well.  We would love to see and hear about them! 


Remember your FurBabies this winter!

Monday, October 06, 2014 | Comments (0)

Does your dog shiver when you go outside?

heatingDuring the winter season, many dogs feel the cold as much as their people do, especially when they are not habituated to the cold. Keeping your dog warm through the winter months is important to maintaining top health, and it won't take you much extra effort to ensure winter coziness for 4 legged friends.

First, understand your breed! Some dog breeds are more susceptible to the cold, while others thrive in the winter. Obviously huskies, malamutes and other siberian breeds love to roll around in the snow.  Dobermans, greyhounds, and most sleek coated breeds might benefit from a sweater!

Always, always, always, provide appropriate shelter. Best case scenario is that your dog can remain indoors throughout winter, only going outside to play or potty. This will ensure that your dog doesn't get cold while you're out or asleep. The younger the puppy, the more difficult the severe weather can be on him. But, if you have an outside dog, make sure he has a nice insulated dog house with warm bedding. You can use fresh straw as an inexpensive insulating layer. It should be changed when soiled or wet to keep your pet healthy and warm. The entrance should be protected from rain or snow. If the winter is exceptionally tough,  bring even your outside pets indoors.  Even a barn or garage is warmer than an outdoor dog house.

Ensure that your dog bedding is warm and well placed. Bedding is an important part of keeping a dog warm through winter. If your dog sleeps on the ground or somewhere with drafts, place the bed up off the floor. A custom-made bed with cushioned insert, blankets, and old clothing make good, warm bedding.
For old and arthritic dogs, consider using a heated dog bed. Be sure to clean and change bedding regularly to reduce fleas, germs, and mess.

Sometimes canine clothing becomes necessary for particular dogs and situations. Sweaters and jackets can help to keep your dog warm through winter, especially for small or toy dogs, dogs without long hair, and old or sick dogs. Keep in mind though, that just because you are cold,  that does not mean your alaskan malamute needs a cable knit sweater…

Booties can protect your dog's paws when walking on snow and salt. Salt is very hard on doggie paws and snow is cold and can be sharp. You may need to train your dog to accept booties. Use positive reinforcement training – put a bootie on one foot, feed a treat, then remove it. Repeat daily and gradually increase the amount of booties until the dog is used to having them put on.

Try to avoid trimming, shaving or cutting your dog's hair in the winter. A dog's full weight coat is his source of warmth. It provides insulation against the cold and a water barrier as well. It is important to maintain a good grooming regime through winter too, as matted hair is less efficient at keeping out the snow and cold rain, and does not insulate the dog as well. Consistent grooming can alleviate dander problems in dogs living through dry winters, should this be a problem for your dog. Keep the hair around paw pads well trimmed. This will help prevent ice and snow balling up between footpads.

All of us here at Garber Heating and Air Conditioning want to make sure your pets and your people stay comfortable this winter.  Call us today to check out that furnace or heater before the first big storm!! It will be here before you know it. 

Diamond Club Maintenance Plans

Tuesday, July 29, 2014 | Comments (0)

Routine heating & air conditioning system maintenance and check-ups will extend the life of your residential system. Plus, maintenance can keep your system operating at peak performance - saving you money! 

When your HVAC system runs well, it keeps you and your family safe and comfortable. Lower operating costs come with regular check ups ultimately lowering your home utility costs. 

System maintenance consists of verifying safety controls, clean/inspect ignition/starting components, lubricate motors, check heat exchange and heating elements, amp and voltage checks, electrical connection checks, adjusting system for optimum cooling, cleaning condensate drains, and outdoor coils.

HVAC Maintenance Plans

Bonus benefits of being a Diamond Club Member include, standard rate on emergency calls after hours and on Saturdays, discounted labor rate on Sunday and Holiday emergency calls, postcard reminders for renewal and service dates, transfer of contract if you move, 10% discount on parts, as well as preferred scheduling. 

 Call 309-266-9372 for your custom contract plan TODAY!

5 BENEFITS OF GEOTHERMAL HEAT PUMPS

Wednesday, January 08, 2014 | Comments (0)

1. Lower Operating Cost (More Efficiency)

The most efficient gas furnace has an efficiency rating of about 90% to 94%. Geothermal delivers a over 400% efficiency rating. That means 4 units of energy are delivered for every 1 unit of electrical energy!

2. Quiet Operation

It’s very, very quiet. Unlike air conditioners or heat pumps there is no outdoor unit. Geothermal units are very smooth and quiet in operation, comparable to a refrigerator. Geothermal units are also very reliable since the units are not subjected to wear and tear caused by snow, rain, ice, or vandalism.

3. Low Environmental Impact

Did you know that the EPA and the U.S. Department of Energy recognize geothermal systems as the most environmentally friendly way to heat and cool a home. Unlike other comfort systems, geothermal does not emit carbon dioxide, carbon monoxide, or other greenhouse gasses which contribute to air quality pollution. Additionally, low electricity demand from geothermal systems help reduce peak grid demand and the need for more electric generating plants. 

4. Clean and Safe

There is no combustion in a geothermal heat pump; therefore there is no chance of carbon-monoxide poisoning. By adding high efficiency air cleaners with geothermal, a high indoor air quality level can be reached.

5. Positive Cash Flow

Geothermal is an investment. For many retrofit applications and especially new construction the energy savings more than offset the cost of installation over a short period of time. Think of geothermal in terms of Net Present Value (NPV). If you install a system which produces significant cash flow savings over its lifetime with a salvage value (equal to the value of the ground loop), the NPV is almost always positive. Many people want to know the “payback” period. We often ask these individuals what the payback period is on their car, or the current payback period of their gas furnace, there is none. 

Geothermal Will Produce Energy Savings

A GeoThermal Heat Pump will produce energy savings that will equal and/or exceed the cost of the system installation over the course of ownership! 

Geothermal - A Better Way to Heat!

Monday, October 21, 2013 | Comments (0)
As you know,heating costs are expected to rise this winter as the cold weather moves in.It might be time to upgrade your furnace more energy-efficient model. Why not consider geothermal?


While the best gas furnaces available today provide your home with around 97% efficiency (that is 97 cents worth of heat for every dollar spent), an average, middle of the road, geothermal system is more than 300% efficient (providing $3.00 worth of heating and cooling year-round for every $1.00 spent on operating costs). Some geothermal furnaces are well over 400% efficient!That is a lot of extra cash for you during this upcoming holiday season. We are all suffering the effects of tough economic times, with higher grocery and transportation costs each week. Installing an energy-efficient geothermal system can help you manage those monthly budget numbers.

It's a fact that natural gas customers are likely to see a 15 percent rise in their heating bills, 13 percent for propane customers, but only a 5% increase to customers heating with electricity. By replacing your traditional heating system with a geothermal furnace, you can will see huge monthly savings compared to those who keep their existing furnace.A geothermal heating and cooling system turns your dollar into more than three dollars worth of savings. 

Pretty good turn around, no matter how you look at it!!  Contact us today to learn more.




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