Should You Have Your Air Ducts Cleaned Now or Wait Until Spring?

January 30, 2018

It will not only help to decrease your monthly heating costs, but it will also increase your indoor air quality. As the cold weather persists, doors and windows in your home are continually closed up. That means that you have the same dirt and dust repeatedly circulating and trapping in all the viruses, allergens, and toxins in your home. If you haven’t had your ducts professionally cleaned, you might not want to wait until springtime to air things out. Duct cleaning is not only important for your family’s health, it can also save on your heating and cooling costs and put less wear and tear on your HVAC system. When you have dust and debris building up in your ductwork, it makes your furnace work harder to push and pull air through the system. That can make your system work overtime and cost you more in energy costs monthly. When your ducts are caked with debris, it takes more energy to move air, which makes you lose all the way around. Having your ductwork cleaned now is an excellent idea to increase the energy efficiency of your home and to not tax your furnace more than is needed through the...

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What Might Be Lurking in Your HVAC System?

January 26, 2018

If you have allergies, bacteria and allergens that are trapped in your system could be one of the causes. When people think of pollution, they typically think about the air quality outside. However, the air quality inside your home typically contains far more toxins than you come into contact with outside. If you haven’t had the air quality of your home checked recently, you might be doing your family a disservice. Often, toxins get trapped into your HVAC system and can wreak havoc on your health – and if you have allergies, it can be causing you a whole lot of unnecessary discomfort. The best way to rid your home of toxins is by having a professional St. Louis HVAC company clean your ductwork and your furnace to make sure that you aren’t unknowingly recirculating toxic air around your home. There are all sorts of viruses, bacteria, and toxins that can get trapped in your system. The most common ones to look for, however, are the ones that can hurt your health the most. Everyday Products The things that you use in your home may contain toxins that you don’t even know about. Everyday cleaners, air fresheners, and detergents can...

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Facts about Fiberglass Insulation that Affect Your Home’s Efficiency

January 22, 2018

Insulation is a cost effective and practical way to make your home energy efficient. When considering the heating and cooling of your home, insulation is often thought of as a way of keeping the hot air in when the temperature dips, but it is also critical to trapping the cool air in when it heats up outside. If you are wondering if fiberglass – the old standby – is the way to go? It may or may not be. When it comes to insulation, fiberglass is usually the best option to keep your energy costs low and your HVAC system working efficiently. Advantages of Fiberglass There are many advantages to fiberglass, beyond the fact that it is both easy to install and relatively inexpensive when compared to the impact it can have on your monthly heating and cooling costs. The best part about fiberglass installation is that you can hire a professional to put in the installation. The other advantages of fiberglass insulation are numerous. It Has a Decent R-Value An R-Value is a measure of how well a material can insulate your home. It measures an insulation product’s ability to stand up to heat flow; the higher the value,...

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What Are the Recommended Thermostat Settings During the Winter Months?

January 19, 2018

As cold weather continues to make its way across the St. Louis area, many people are looking for ways to get a break on their energy bill. As the cold weather lingers, many are wondering whether turning the heat down just a few degrees when you are sleeping or when you leave the house is a good way to keep your energy costs low. As frigid winter weather continues to make its way across the St. Louis area, many homeowners are looking for a way to get a break on their energy bill. But does varying your thermostat really help your budget, or does it do nothing but make you a little colder at night? The truth is that there are both advantages and disadvantages of varying your thermostat temperature. Depending on what your goals are, consider the benefits and drawbacks and make the smartest energy choice for your home. Recommended Thermostat Settings The reason most people leave their thermostat at a constant temperature is because it is easier and it keeps things more comfortable. What most people don’t understand is that keeping a room at a steady temperature isn’t always chosen just to keep things easy. The only time...

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2018 Lennox Winter Promotion

January 12, 2018

The perfect system should adapt to your life to deliver the ultimate in energy savings and precision temperature control. We agree. And that’s why we’re proud to be a leading provider of innovative, home heating and cooling systems. Our high-efficiency, Lennox® residential air conditioners, furnaces and HVAC systems help maximize comfort while reducing utility costs. Plus, our Lennox air filters, humidifiers and dehumidifiers help create healthier and cleaner indoor environments. Call now and save with REBATES UP TO $1,500* OR UP TO 72 MONTHS INTEREST-FREE FINANCING on qualifying equipment.   START WITH UP TO $1,250 IN REBATES.* Save on a complete qualifying Lennox® home comfort system that includes a gas furnace or blower coil, an air conditioner or heat pump and thermostat. Enjoy additional product rebates when you purchase an iComfort® S30 Smart thermostat, iHarmony ® zoning and a PureAir™ system. GET UP TO A $100 REBATE ON a WI-FI THERMOSTAT.* Save now on the iComfort® S30 and save every month on utility bills. Anytime your routine or weather changes, the iComfort S30 smartly adapts to reduce your energy costs.   GET UP TO A $50 REBATE ON ZONING.* Enhance your comfort and savings with iHarmony® zoning, a major advance in precision climate control. GET UP TO...

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How Your Home’s Foundation Can Help or Hinder Your HVAC System

January 11, 2018

The type of foundation your home was built on has a big impact on the ways you can conserve energy. As the cold winter months rush in in Missouri, many homeowners are scrambling to try to minimize their heating costs and maximize their energy efficiency. There are things that you can do to keep the cold air out and the warm air in. A sad reality is that how your house was constructed plays a part in how efficient your HVAC system is. There are some ways you can enhance its efficiency. The type of foundation that your home was built on has a major impact on the ways that you can conserve energy. If you have a damaged foundation, it might not just be causing structural problems, it can be hindering your energy budget. The good news is that depending on the type of foundation you have, there are ways that you can shore up the cracks and keep the hot air in. If You Have a Damaged Foundation If the foundation of your home is damaged, much of the warm air may be leaking out through the cracks. If you want to reduce your bills and increase the...

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How to Prevent Frozen Pipes this Winter Season

January 5, 2018

There are tips that you can follow to ensure that your pipes don’t freeze and burst this winter. As we deal with this unusually cold winter, many homeowners cringe at the prospects of rising gas and electric bills. If you live in St. Louis, you know that the weather can be unpredictable. When it comes to winter, there is nothing worse than a cold snap that keeps everyone indoors and can compromise your pipes. One pipe leak can lead to flooding, water interruption, and huge costs. Instead of trying to clean up afterwards, prevention is the best medicine to ensure that your pipes don’t succumb to the cold weather and wreak havoc on your home. St. Louis HVAC contractors and plumbers have to follow certain guidelines about where pipes and heating and cooling vents can be located, but that doesn’t always work to protect them from freezing when the coldest weather sets in. However, there are tips that you can follow to ensure that your pipes don’t freeze and burst. Keep your Cabinets Open If you have plumbing or HVAC piping underneath your cabinets, then leave the cabinets open. When the doors are shut, it is hard for the heat...

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How to Choose the Right HVAC System for Your New Build or Remodel

December 23, 2017

At Scott-Lee Heating, we will help you determine which HVAC system fits your family’s needs and budget! If you are either remodeling or building a new home, your HVAC system might not be your first concern – but it should be. The heating and cooling system that you choose will determine not just how comfortable your house is, but also will impact the amount of money that you pay per month. Although it’s not always one of those things that seems like a high priority, your HVAC system is one of the major ways that you should have to keep your home comfortable, while also keeping energy costs low. So, what is the right system for your house? There are a lot of factors to take into consideration. Basements Basements are commonly found in places that experience frost and harsher weather conditions, which is why choosing the right HVAC for them is critical. The right HVAC system will not only regulate the overall temperature of your home, it will also help to regulate the house’s humidity level, which in some regions is critical to the house being comfortable. You can either choose to install a different system just for your...

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The Importance of Having the Air Quality of Your HVAC System Checked

December 22, 2017

Now is the time to make sure your family isn’t breathing in allergens or other harmful toxins. During the winter months, it is important to have the indoor air quality of your home evaluated. There are many harmful pollutants that cannot be seen but could be making you and your family sick. Others have the potential to be life-threatening. Therefore, it is important to have your home’s air quality checked by having your HVAC system and ductwork inspected. If you or your family members are prone to allergies or asthma, this is even more important. If you have symptoms such as headaches or ongoing sinus issues, these may be signs that these harmful things are lurking in your home. The indoor air quality of your home has a lot to do with your overall health. Some allergens may only be annoying, but others can lead to serious, long-term health issues. Although there are a wide variety of toxins that you can be exposed to through your HVAC system, the most common include: Carbon Monoxide Carbon monoxide is a an odorless and colorless gas that is deadly in high concentrations. When fuel doesn’t burn completely this gas is created and it...

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When is the Best Time to Have My HVAC System Maintained?

December 15, 2017

Maintenance isn’t just about repairs, it’s also about making sure you’re not putting additional wear and tear on your system. As the cold weather approaches, many homeowners are glad to be able to shut the air conditioning down and get a break on their electric bills. But before you forget about the air conditioner until next year, you might want to consider having it maintained by a professional HVAC company. Prior to shutting it down, having someone perform maintenance service on it is important to ensure that when springtime rolls around it is ready and able to start up again. Why Maintenance is Important Obviously, if you have noticed signs that your HVAC system isn’t working properly, then it is time to call a St. Louis HVAC contractor to repair it. But maintenance isn’t just about repairs, it is also about making sure that you aren’t putting additional wear and tear on your equipment because it is dirty, has built-up debris or something isn’t working as efficiently as it should. If you don’t maintain your HVAC equipment, including your air conditioner and your furnace, then you are minimizing its life-cycle and aging it faster than it should be. The Best...

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