8 Signs It’s Time to Schedule a Furnace Replacement

January 20, 2023

As you equip your house for the cold months, make sure your heating system is in good working order so you can remain warm. Your furnace may show several signs indicating that something is awry and that you need to replace it. Here are seven obvious signals that you need a furnace replacement before winter arrives. 1. Old Furnace The most obvious clue that your heating system needs to be replaced is its age. The average life expectancy of a heating system is around 20 years. However, once your furnace reaches the 10 to the 15-year

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How Are Whole-Home Humidifiers Different From Portable Units?

December 19, 2022

Overly dry indoor air is a common issue during the winter. Not only is colder air always much drier, but your furnace also dries out the air inside your home even further. Constantly breathing in dry air will dry out your skin and sinuses. Dry air can worsen respiratory issues and potentially cause wood and leather furnishings to crack. The easiest way to overcome these issues is with a humidifier, and here is everything you need to know about the differences between portable humidifiers and whole-home units. Whole-Home Humidifiers vs. Portable Units Individual

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Do Heat Pumps Require More Maintenance Than a Furnace?

November 17, 2022

Which Requires More Maintenance: A Furnace or Heat Pump? It’s no doubt that heat pumps offer incredible benefits with superior efficiency. However, there are several aspects beyond efficiency to consider when installing a new heating system, including how much maintenance it will require. Discover why maintenance is important and the differences between maintaining a furnace and a heat pump. Why Do HVAC Systems Require Maintenance? The first thing to understand is why HVAC systems require maintenance in the first place. Whether you’re talking about a furnace, heat pump, or air conditioner, all of them

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Good Reasons to Invest in a Geothermal Heat Pump

October 19, 2022

When it comes to keeping your Peoria, IL home comfortable, you have plenty of options. A geothermal heat pump is one option that doesn’t get as much attention as others. A geothermal heat pump provides outstanding comfort and exceptionally efficient operation. It can also be a great way to save money without compromising on comfort. Since these systems have some unique characteristics, it’s important to consider the benefits of a geothermal heat pump to ensure it’s what you want to install. Here is a basic guide from Bratcher Heating & Air Conditioning, Inc. to help you make the best choice for your home.

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Why Is Your Commercial Air Conditioner So Loud?

September 20, 2022

It’s no secret that commercial air conditioners are loud. But why exactly is this? In this blog post, we’ll explore some of the main reasons your building’s commercial AC unit might make a lot of noise. Location of the Compressor The compressor is one of the most important parts of an air conditioner and is also one of the loudest. This is because the compressor is responsible for circulating the refrigerant throughout the AC unit. This component is usually located outside the building, and all the noise it makes is amplified. This

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How Often Should You Schedule AC Maintenance?

August 18, 2022

When the scorching heat of the Central Illinois summer comes around, it’s imperative that your household air conditioner is running smoothly. Fortunately, there are measures you can take to keep your home’s cooling system in tip-top condition. Perhaps the most important thing you can do for the appliance is to regularly schedule professional maintenance. Why Is AC Maintenance Important? When you enlist our AC maintenance services at Bratcher Heating & Air Conditioning, Inc., our team will work hard to improve the overall health, performance, and efficiency of your cooling system. This will involve cleaning the appliance, making any necessary adjustments to

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Ideas About Making An Air Conditioner More Energy Efficient

July 14, 2022

Energy efficiency means a lot to homeowners trying to reduce their monthly expenses. The extreme and uncomfortable summer heat could undermine plans to use the AC a little less. Even when running the air conditioner more than usual, there are possible ways to make the system more energy efficient. Hopefully, less waste and smaller cooling bills will likely result. Look At the Doors and Windows Sometimes, the problem doesn’t rest with the air conditioning system entirely. Issues with doors and windows could lead to more cold air waste. Some may leave windows open to get fresh

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6 Ways to Soundproof Your HVAC Unit

June 13, 2022

As a property owner, you rely on heating and cooling systems to keep your building comfortable in cold and hot weather. However, some units make a lot of noise while in operation that can disturb sensitive individuals like light sleepers. Luckily, you can minimize these disruptions by soundproofing your HVAC unit. This article will discuss the different ways to soundproof your noisy HVAC system effectively. 1. Use a Sound-Absorbing Blanket A soundproof blanket or sound curtain comes in handy when you want to reduce the noise coming from your HVAC unit. Sound blankets are easy to

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Reasons Why Your AC Is Leaking

May 19, 2022

Some homeowners in Monticello, IL have complained to Bratcher Heating & Air Conditioning, Inc. about their AC units dripping water. The observation of tiny water droplets is not a cause for alarm during hot, humid weather. However, noticing water puddles around the HVAC unit signifies serious problems that require urgent attention. A failure to correct the issue could risk exposing inhabitants of your home to persistent respiratory problems from mold and mildew. In addition, you may end up facing expensive repairs or further damage to the HVAC equipment. Knowledge about the cause of water collection is critical in finding the most appropriate

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Is Sleeping With the Windows Open a Good Idea in Peoria?

April 12, 2022

Air conditioners are best known for their ability to maintain comfortable indoor temperatures during the hottest months of the year. However, modern cooling equipment also regulates indoor humidity and filters the indoor air. These are important things to keep in mind if you’re looking for ways to cut the energy bills for your Peoria, Illinois home. Following are several reasons why opening windows at night isn’t always the best choice. You Can’t Crack Windows With the Air Conditioner On In order for open windows to be a cost-effective choice for nighttime cooling, the air conditioner must

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