Why Use a Home Humidifier?

July 16, 2018

Indoor Air Quality If you’re looking for a way to make your home more comfortable, you should definitely take into consideration using a humidifier. From getting rid of dry skin to reducing the symptoms of sinusitis, there are more than a few reasons to have one in your house. Here at Bratcher, we understand how important it is that your home be as comfortable as possible and we are here to meet any and all of your heating and cooling needs.

For now, let’s explore the top reasons you need to have a humidifier in your home:

Speeds Up the Healing Process

Whether you’re suffering from asthma or allergies or even the common cold, a humidifier has the ability to lubricate your nasal passages, which is essential to expediting the healing process when you’re sick. If you have severe allergies, there are humidifiers that are made specifically to reduce your symptoms, so you’ll definitely want to look into purchasing one of them.

Reduce Symptoms of Sinusitis

Sometimes, when the air gets too dry, this can cause your nasal passages to not properly drain, thus causing them to become stuffed up. When humidity is added to the air, though, this will ensure your nose drains properly, which can greatly reduce symptoms associated with sinusitis and congestion.

Get Rid of Nosebleeds

If you suffer from nosebleeds, you know how aggravating they can be. One minute you’re sitting cuddled up the couch with your loved one watching a movie, and the next you’re having to dash off to to the bathroom with your hand under your nose to keep blood from getting all over everything. With a humidifier in the home, your nose is more likely to stay lubricated, which is essential in being able to get rid of nosebleeds.

Stay Beautiful

Do you ever wake up in the morning and notice that your hands and feet along with your lips feel dry? If so, this means the air in your home is very dry and you need to put humidity in the air. Thankfully, doing something as simple as using a humidifier can put moisture in the air and leave you waking up feeling supple and not so dry and flaky in the morning.

There’s never been a better time to make sure your home is as comfortable as it can be and it starts with monitoring whether or not you need to add a humidifier. While some homes will need to add moisture into the air, there are some that will actually need to remove it, making it necessary to use a dehumidifier. To learn which one you need to use, contact Bratcher today serving the Peoria, IL area.

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What is Super Cooling?

July 10, 2018

Family with their home There are a number of different ways to cool your home. There is the simple ceiling fan, invented in the late 1800s. There’s air conditioning which removes moisture and heat from the air. There is “swamp” cooling which adds cool moisture to the air- preferable in excessively dry climates. And let’s not forget the good old fashioned shade tree. Having a shade tree over strategic portions of your home will make it much cooler. But there’s one more type of cooling that few people are aware of – Super Cooling.

What is Super Cooling?

If you know much about thermodynamics you’re probably thinking of the process sometimes referred to as “under cooling,” which is a process that lowers the temperature of a gas or liquid to sub-freezing temperatures without condensing it into a solid. While that is interesting- we’re not looking to transform your home into one of the frozen moons of Jupiter.

Super cooling for home air conditioning means cooling the entirety of the home at a time of day that is optimal for retaining low temperatures all day long. The idea is to minimize the amount of work your AC system has to do by cooling the air when it is easiest- and least expensive- to do so.

How Can I Super Cool My Home?

We can achieve this by first obtaining a time of day plan from your utility provider. This plan will tell you what time of day electricity is least expensive. Chances are this will coincide with the time of day when people tend to use their air conditioners least often. In other words, it means using your AC to set a chill on your home by running it at maximum during the coolest time of day.

The reason this technique is called “super cooling” is that you’re going to find yourself wanting to put on a sweater.
Then, when peak use hours arrive, you will be able to turn your AC down. This allows you to save money on your cooling bills during the heat of the summer.

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Here at Bratcher Comfort in Illinois, we can help you to develop a super cooling plan that will keep your summer cooling bills as low as possible. To learn more, contact the HVAC experts at Bratcher today.

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How Geothermal Systems Can Save You Money

June 7, 2018

Savings with Geothermal systemsGeothermal heating and cooling are intended to take advantage of the heat in the Earth to efficiently provide comfort to the business or home. This method of providing cooling and heating has existed for a few decades. However, recently, geothermal heating and cooling have risen significantly in popularity. This is partially due to consumers know about geothermal systems. Here is some information about how geothermal systems can reduce your carbon footprint and save you money.

How Do Geothermal Systems Work?
Geothermal systems work by having water circulate through an underground loop. As the water circulates, it heats up from the warmth of the Earth. The system then pumps the heated water into the structure or house. The hot water will be pushed to a compressor when it reaches the unit. The system blows the heated air from the compressor throughout the space. For cooling, the system sucks warm air from the house or structure and has the warm air circulate through the underground loop. The air is then cooled and recirculated through the structure or home.

How Do Geothermal Systems Save Money?
The main reason geothermal systems spell major savings for most homeowners is that these systems don’t draw on a constant supply of electricity, which is produced by fossil fuels. Geothermal systems only need very little electricity to run the compressor, pump, and fan that function to propel air and water through the system. Some homeowners have enjoyed savings of up to hundreds of dollars every month on heating and cooling costs thanks to geothermal systems. In comparison to traditional HVAC units, geothermal systems typically prove themselves to be more ideal solutions for comfort all year round.

Many homeowners are deterred by geothermal systems due to the upfront costs associated with installation. While the upfront costs may be high, installing a geothermal system will save you plenty of money in the long run. Not only that, but you will be doing your part when it comes to protecting the environment from the harmful impact of the burning of fossil fuels.

As you can see, there are many ways that geothermal systems can save you money and reduce your carbon footprint. For more information about the merits of geothermal systems and the installation and repair services we provide for these systems, don’t hesitate to contact us here at Bratcher Comfort, which serves various communities in Illinois.

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The Importance of an AC Unit

June 6, 2018

Bratcher Technician Talking to CustomersToday, an air conditioner is not just ordinary luxury home equipment. It has become an essential appliance. Most homeowners choose to use air conditioning units for personal comfort since these units work to regulate and maintain cooler room temperatures during hot summers.

At the peak of summer, nothing feels better than your air conditioner cooling you off from the summer heat. Installing an air conditioner can also have a positive impact on your health. Air conditioning creates a clean, safe and a healthy environment that helps family members who are suffering from devastating conditions such as allergy to have a positively improved standard of living. Here are some of the benefits of an air conditioning system:

Better Air Quality

Air conditioners filter and circulate air, removing mold and pollutants from it. This is essential for those individuals who frequently suffer from asthma and allergies since it reduces the irritants that stimulate an attack. To enjoy good health, make sure that you change and clean your system’s filters at least once every month. You should also service your system frequently and maintain it in top shape to avoid indoor air pollution.

Improved Health

Installing an air conditioner in your home will also improve your family’s overall health. Typically, your indoor air is usually full of contaminants such as pollen, dust, bacteria, and fungi. Inhaling such contaminants can lead to various health complications such as allergy and respiratory diseases. However, an AC unit eliminates all these contaminants from your indoor air ensuring high-quality indoor air quality.

Energy Efficient

One of the most significant trends in the home technology sector is improving a home’s energy efficiency to minimize energy bills. Comfort-monitoring and thermostat systems provide automated scheduling based on your availability in the home. This means that your air conditioning system is not running wastefully while you are away. Also, by accurately and closely monitoring your home’s interior spaces temperature, your unit will learn and know when to turn on and off while managing your cycle times effectively.

They Are Durable

Another significant advantage of the AC units is that they are durable since the technology used in the production of these systems has greatly improved over the years. Modern AC units are made of high-quality materials that last for many years. As long as you adhere to the recommended AC maintenance schedule, you will not worry about frequent repairs since the AC units critical components will be subjected to less tear and wear. An AC unit can serve you for more than a decade.

Are you looking for reliable and profession heating and cooling services in central Illinois that you can rely on? Contact Bratcher Heating and AC today for quality heating and air conditioning services. We provide expert knowledge with quality service!

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Important Things to Consider Before Buying a New Furnace

March 16, 2018

Important Things to Consider Before Buying a New Furnace

Your furnace is an indispensable piece of equipment in your home, especially during cold weather. Without it, your family will be left in the cold and at a risk of developing diseases brought about by extremely low temperatures. There are days and nights when your unit has to work 24/7 to keep your home toasty. However, this puts a lot of stress on the furnace and if your system has been serving you for 15 years or more, it may not be as energy-efficient as it once was.

If you are looking for a new furnace for your home, there are a few things you need to consider before making that purchase. Choosing the right heating system can sometimes be an overwhelming task for a homeowner and calling a professional is necessary for making an informed decision. Remember to do business only with a licensed heating company in Champaign, IL to ensure you get the best solution.

Here are a few helpful tips to keep in mind when buying a new furnace.

Energy Efficiency

Your furnace is one of the major energy-consuming appliances in your home. It’s important to determine the energy-efficiency of a furnace to give you an idea of how much fuel it needs to heat your home.

A furnace’s ability to convert gas into heat is measured by its annual fuel utilization efficiency (AFUE) rating. It shows the percentage of the fuel consumed that is actually used for generating heat. To put it simply, the higher the AFUE rating, the greater the savings.

A furnace with an AFUE of 85 percent converts 85 percent of the fuel into heat while the other 15 percent goes out the chimney or elsewhere.

Proper Sizing

Buying the largest or the most expensive furnace doesn’t really guarantee ultimate comfort. When it comes to furnaces, bigger isn’t always better and smaller doesn’t always mean it’s cost-effective.

When a furnace is oversized, it heats up the home quickly but uses a lot of fuel. A bulky furnace is prone to short cycling, which means the unit will shut itself off before the thermostat even makes the right temperature readings. Too much short cycling isn’t healthy for the furnace as it causes the unit to break prematurely.

On the other hand, when a furnace is undersized, it is incapable of properly heating your home, which causes it to run longer in an attempt to reach your desired temperature. Not only does it consume more fuel, it also forces your furnace to work harder. Similar to an oversized furnace, a unit that is too small is bound to fail earlier than it should — prompting you to replace it much sooner than if you installed a correctly sized system.

Safety Features

When it comes to home comfort, energy-efficiency is not the only thing that matters; you should also consider the safety features of your furnace, which can protect your home. High-efficiency furnaces that have a minimum of 90 percent AFUE use outside air for combustion. Not only does this prevent your home from catching fire, it also keeps your furnace from being damaged caused by vapors from household cleaning products.

High-efficiency furnaces use an electronic ignition system that is proven to be more reliable and safer than old furnaces that utilize standing pilot light. This ignition system only uses heat when the furnace calls for heat. These furnaces are also designed to reduce the risk of carbon monoxide poisoning.

Smart Thermostat Compatibility

When buying a new furnace, consider a unit that is compatible with smart thermostats, which have the ability to learn your daily schedule and preferences, making it easier to conserve energy by allowing the thermostat to control your home’s temperatures.

These devices also remind you of your maintenance schedule and have the ability to monitor your fuel consumption. In addition, smart thermostats can also detect a dirty filter and will let you know when it needs cleaning or replacing.

Call the Heating Experts

These are just some of the key points you need to consider when buying a new furnace. Our HVAC experts at Bratcher Heating and Air Conditioning can help you make a wise decision by employing scientific and practical ways in choosing the right system for your home.

We are the trusted Champaign furnace installation company that is dedicated to providing you with the best heating and cooling solutions for your home.

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Lennox ELO183 Oil Furnace

March 15, 2018

Lennox ELO183 Oil Furnace

The average lifespan of a home gas furnace is between 15 to 20 years. If your unit is around this age or more, it’s time to consider getting a replacement for a number of reasons.

First, it is quite normal for a furnace to create some noise when it starts or shuts down, but if those noises begin to be extremely louder, it may be time to shop for a new unit. These sounds are signs that there are certain parts of the furnace needing replacement. The problem is that as furnaces get older, finding replacement parts gets challenging.

Second, an older furnace is bound to work harder to keep your house warm. This translates to higher energy bills and more frequent repairs. If you notice a significant increase in heating and repair costs, this tells you that your existing unit is about to retire and would require a replacement.

Another issue associated with old furnaces is inconsistent heating throughout the home. If you have an older furnace, you may be suffering from uneven heat distribution — some rooms are warmer than the others.

If you observe any of these noticeable signs, you may have reached a point where getting a new furnace would make more sense than trying to keep your old, inefficient unit.

For professional help, call your preferred heating company in Champaign, IL that offers a variety of furnace choices.

Bratcher Heating and Air Conditioning is one of the best contractors in the Central Illinois area.


The ELO183 oil furnace is one of the models in Lennox’s Elite Series.

Every component of the ELO183 has proven itself through extensive testing in our research labs. So you can take comfort knowing the furnace will deliver reliable performance, season after season.

The ELO183 residential oil furnace delivers clean, quiet and comfortable home heating. Stay warm for less with this efficient furnace that is designed to deliver lasting value and energy savings, which important, especially during the coldest months of winter.

Its high-quality components efficiently deliver heat to every room, with little maintenance required.


Energy Efficiency

Compared to conventional, low to mid-efficiency furnaces, the ELO183 can help you save a considerable amount each year, thanks to its efficiency rating of up to 83 percent AFUE. An AFUE of 80% means 80 cents of every dollar spent on gas goes directly toward heating your home. That can mean potential savings of hundreds of dollars per year when compared to an older furnace.

The ELO183 has a heavy-gauge stainless steel heat exchanger that has a durable and solid design that captures waste heat, allowing the furnace to achieve industry-leading efficiency levels. It allows air to glide evenly over its smooth surface for maximum heating efficiency.

Lennox backs this furnace with a 5-year Limited Warranty on covered parts and a Lifetime Limited Warranty on the heat exchanger.


Its heavy-duty fuel pump provides quiet, reliable operation with fast shutoff of oil flow.

Its innovative combustion chamber is constructed from alumina-silica ceramic fiber, provides quiet operation and high efficiency.

The ELO183 is built with a Beckett® burner. This means extremely efficient combustion for greater fuel economy throughout the heating season. It also means the burner is unaffected by drafts or poor chimney conditions.

Quiet Operation

The ELO183 has a fully insulated cabinet with patented noise-reducing construction that further minimizes operating sound to an industry-leading low level.

Its insulated blower compartment minimizes operating sounds.

Why Trust Bratcher Heating and Air Conditioning

Finding the right furnace can be an overwhelming task. As a matter of fact, most homeowners find it rather difficult to select the proper unit for their homes. There are certain factors to consider when deciding which furnace is best for your needs, one of which is proper sizing.

A furnace that is too small lacks the power to properly heat your home, so it will need to run longer to raise the temperature to the point of being overloaded. This causes the unit to fail and increase your utility bills. This will also create premature wear and tear as a small furnace struggles to keep up with your home’s heating needs.

On the other hand, a furnace that is too large for your home is prone to short cycling, which means the unit will shut down before the thermostat makes the right temperature readings.

To help you in making a wise choice, call Bratcher Heating and Air Conditioning. We are a reputable Champaign furnace installation company serving Central Illinois since 1983.

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Lennox MS8C Mini-Split Air Conditioner

March 14, 2018

Lennox MS8C Mini-Split Air Conditioner

Homeowners have been using central air for decades. Everybody loves it as it allows us to have a comfortable home environment despite living in regions with extreme weather conditions.

However, more and more homeowners are becoming disappointed with traditional HVAC systems for a number of reasons, most notably duct problems.

According to the U.S. Department of Energy, an average duct system leaks about 20 to 30 percent of its air. Older systems can allow up to 50 percent of heated or cooled air to escape into the ceiling or attic space causing discomfort and throwing away a lot of energy.

If you’re looking for a better alternative to central air, read on to find out more about ductless systems.

Bratcher Heating and Air Conditioning is a leading HVAC company in Peoria, IL that offers ductless mini-splits created to make your home more comfortable and energy-efficient.


A ductless system works like a central heating or cooling system — minus the ducts. Ductless systems, also called mini-splits, have two main components – an outdoor compressor or condenser and an indoor air-handling unit. They are connected by a conduit, which houses the power cable, refrigerant tubing, suction tubing, and a condensate drain.

Because ductless systems do not require ductwork to move air, they eliminate the problems associated with inefficient ducts. This is one of the reasons why they are the most comfortable, quietest, and energy-efficient way to condition the air in your home.

Practical Applications

Because of their high-efficiency levels, reasonable prices and ease of installation, ductless systems are becoming the more popular choice for homeowners.

They can be used in various applications such as:

  • Zoning
  • Conversions
  • Areas Without Ductwork
  • Home Additions
  • New Constructions


Ductless systems consume less power than traditional HVAC systems. They are significantly smaller than forced-air systems, and since the heated or cooled air is delivered directly into a room, there is no loss in efficiency.

Another advantage of ductless systems over conventional air is their ease of installation. While it typically takes days to complete the installation of a conventional setup, a ductless system can be ready to use in as little as one day.

In addition, ductless systems use a refrigerant called R410A, which is known for its zero ozone exhaustion potential. A home with a ductless system installed has less impact on the environment throughout its life cycle.

On top of saving money on energy bills, homeowners may also be entitled for tax credits or utility rebates for the year they install a ductless system. There are certain programs at the federal, state and local level that allow homeowners to take advantage of these benefits.

Features of the Lennox MS8C Mini-Split Air Conditioner

  • With an efficiency rating of up to 22 SEER, it keeps you comfortable without generating high utility bills
  • Its inverter technology slowly ramps up the system to full speed, delivering only the air that is needed
  • Its unique design makes the system safer and more efficient than traditional window units
  • Indoor sound levels as low as 26 dB and outdoor levels as low as 50 dB
  • Secure installation leave you less vulnerable to problems associated with window units, such as insects, weather elements, and theft
  • This product uses an easy-to-use wireless remote control that allows you to change the temperature to fit your comfort needs
  • Ductless design eliminates complicated installation or expensive modifications
  • Small, compact design blends this model into any room

Premium Home Comfort with Bratcher Heating and Air Conditioning

If you need more information about the Lennox MS8C mini-split air conditioner, call an authorized Lennox dealer like Bratcher Heating and Air Conditioning. We are a proud Lennox Premier Dealer that focuses on delivering outstanding workmanship and excellent customer service. With us, you can be sure that your brand new heat pump will be installed properly, allowing it to function as energy-efficient as possible.

Allow us to take care of your Peoria heating and air conditioning needs.

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Lennox GSB8-E Gas-Fired Steam Boiler

March 13, 2018

Lennox GSB8-E Gas-Fired Steam Boiler

Over the years, our technicians at Bratcher Heating and Air Conditioning have been installing and servicing boilers to our valued customers in the Central Illinois area. Our proven track record and product knowledge make us the preferred heating company in Urbana, IL.

Our wide range of high-efficiency residential gas boilers, natural gas boilers, combination boilers, natural gas condensing and noncondensing boilers provides efficient whole-home heating, water heating or both in one advanced system.

These hot water boiler systems are an effective way to provide a consistently distributed heat throughout your home. They work quietly, safely, and minimize the accumulation of dust and other allergens, creating a clean and healthy environment that is suited for people who suffer from skin allergies or respiratory diseases.

How Does a Boiler Work?

A boiler is a water container that transfers heat from a fuel source (oil, gas, coal) into steam which is channeled to a point where it can be used to run production equipment, to sterilize, provide heat, to steam-clean and other purposes.

Benefits of Having a Boiler in Your Home

Boilers are the first choice for environmentally conscious homeowners. Solid fuels boilers can use pellets of recycled materials that are readily available and easily renewable resources. Also, oil boilers can operate on biodiesel without any need for expensive retrofitting or conversions.

Most boilers are smaller than other types of home heating systems. Combination boilers can be installed mounted on a wall and do not even have to take up any floor space. However, even floor-standing models are often slimmer and the water pipes take up much less space than air ducts.

While home-heating boilers may have a high investment cost, their operating costs are much lower than that for other heating systems. Electric heaters with metal or ceramic elements can both be very expensive, as can standard gas convection heaters.

Features of the Lennox GSB8-E Boiler

The GSB8-E offers an efficiency of up to 82.7% AFUE, meaning it can deliver significant energy savings, compared to an older boiler. That means you can relax comfortably about your energy use.

The GSB8-E includes extra attention to durability, with features like a cast-iron heat exchanger and corrosion-resistant titanium burners.  Thick fiberglass insulation adds to energy efficiency while reducing on-off temperature cycling.

The GSB8-E is available in 7 different sizes for installation nearly anywhere in your home. And if you have a traditional radiator system, the GSB8-E will integrate perfectly to provide precise heating comfort all winter long.

Depending on where you live, different types of fuel can be more expensive than others. That’s why the GSB8-E gives you a choice of heating with either natural or LP gas.

The GSB8-E is made with titanium burners and a cast iron heat exchanger. Combined, these two features provide resistance against corrosion and oxidization and will keep your boiler in great working condition for years.

Here’s a quick look at the advantages of having this model:

  • Electronic ignition control burns fuel only as necessary, reducing energy costs.
  • Cast iron heat exchanger designed for long-lasting durability.
  • Easy integration with traditional radiator systems to provide precise heating comfort, regardless of outdoor temperatures.
  • Electronic ignition control—monitors water temperature and maximizes efficiency by turning on the burner only when needed
  • Thick fiberglass insulation—minimizes off-cycle heat and energy loss
  • Vent damper—automatically closes when the boiler turns off, maintaining energy efficiency
  • 12-Year Limited Warranty on Heat Exchanger; 5-Year Limited Warranty on covered components. This product may be eligible for 10-Year Limited Warranty coverage with product registration.

Ultimate Home Comfort with Bratcher Heating and Air Conditioning

If you are interested in this product, call our experts at Bratcher Heating and Air Conditioning. We will provide you with relevant information to help you in making a wise decision.

As a Lennox Premier Dealer, our main goal is to give you the best HVAC solution that meets your comfort needs. We are your trusted Urbana heating and air conditioning company serving you since 1983.

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Tips on How to Save on Your Heating Bills

March 9, 2018

Tips on How to Save on Your Heating Bills

Winter is when your furnace usually works overtime, if not the whole day to keep everyone in your home comfortable and safe. However, comfort during the heating season is typically associated with high utility bills.

Keeping your furnace in tip-top shape will ensure it works at peak performance. In addition, there are simple steps you can take to reduce your energy consumption and save money, which you can use for other needs.

Call a trusted heating company in Bloomington, IL like Bratcher Heating and Air Conditioning to fine tune your heating system to keep operational costs down.

Here’s a list of practical tips on how to lower your heating bills.

Put on Warm Clothes

You don’t have to make your furnace work too hard just to keep you comfortably warm. You can set your thermostat at a lower temperature by putting on layers of thick clothes that help keep you warm. According to a study, you can save 5 percent on your heating costs for every degree you drop your thermostat in the 60-degree to 70-degree range, which recommends a maximum setting of 68 degrees during the day. Putting on warm clothes is the easiest thing you can do to save money on heating.

Use Ceiling Fans

Making a few tweaks in your living space like using ceiling fans can help lower your heating bills. Since hot air naturally rises, you can set the fan on the lowest speed, that way it isn’t fast enough to produce a wind chill effect, but it’s fast enough to push down the warm air that is accumulated near the ceiling.

Make Use of Personal Heaters

Running the furnace in your entire house can be absolutely expensive. You can try using electric heating pads and slippers, which use just a small amount of electricity but you will feel much warmer, allowing you to lower your thermostat setting and spend less on heating your entire home.

Manage Your Windows

Your windows typically account for about 10 to 25 percent of your home’s heat loss. To address this issue, open curtains and shades on south-facing windows during the day when the sun is up to allow the sun’s heat to enter your home and warm it up. In the evening, keep the blinds and curtains closed to insulate your house and keep the warmth inside. You can also cover bare windows and drapes with thick blankets, especially at night when windows are not in use and the temperature is at its coldest.

Set Your Water Heater to a Lower Temperature

During winter, most homeowners use their water heaters the entire day. These appliances usually add about 14 to 25 percent to your heating costs, based on a study conducted by the U.S. Department of Energy.

Most water heaters have a factory setting of 140 degrees Fahrenheit. However, the Department of Energy recommends you can lower it down to 120 degrees and still get a comfortable water temperature. This 10-degree drop on your water heater’s setting can save at least 3 percent to 5 percent on your water heating costs.

Enhance Your Home’s Insulation

Insulation works as a barrier to heat loss, particularly in roofs and ceilings, walls and floors. With energy costs as high as they are, this could cost you hundreds of dollars per year and put an unnecessary burden on your furnace.

In many homes, insulation is the most practical and cost-effective way to make a house more energy efficient. Using particular kinds of insulation can also qualify you for federal tax credits that can save you money when tax time rolls around. It can also reduce condensation in the home, which can provide health benefits by lowering the risk of developing mold.

Clean Your Furnace Filters

Clogged filters block the airflow, which results in higher energy consumption.

A dirty furnace can easily overheat, as it needs to work harder to provide your heating requirements. Clean or replace your filters regularly to avoid the accumulation of dust and dirt within your heating system.

Need Help? Ask the Heating Pros

In addition to these steps, the single most effective way to reduce your heating costs is to have your furnace regularly serviced by a qualified technician. Annual maintenance allows your heating professional to detect issues before they even become problems, potentially saving you hundreds if not thousands of dollars.

If you are in search for a reputable Bloomington furnace repair company, call Bratcher Heating and Air Conditioning. We have been serving homeowners throughout the Central Illinois area for over 30 years.

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Lennox SLO185V Variable-Speed Oil Furnace

March 8, 2018

Lennox SLO185V Variable-Speed Oil Furnace

One of the things that cause stress to homeowners is an underperforming furnace, especially during winter. No one would want to deal with an inefficient furnace that is unable to provide you the warmth and comfort you need. Thankfully, when furnaces start losing their efficiency, they will display obvious signs.

If you have to turn your thermostat higher and higher to heat your home but it doesn’t make much of a difference, it shows that your furnace is due for a repair. This is a sign that your thermostat lacks the ability to properly circulate the air to keep your home comfortable.

It is quite normal for a furnace to produce a little bit of noise when you turn them on or off, but if the sound starts to get considerably louder, your unit may need replacing. These noises indicate problems in certain components of your furnace. For example, if you hear popping sounds, it may be because of a delayed rough ignition due to dirty burners or a loose or dirty filter getting pulled against its frame, or a loose blower door. If you hear a rattling noise, it may be due to unsecured ductwork, loose screws or sheet metal. It may also mean the blower motor is not properly balanced.

In addition, if you notice a steady rise in your utility bills without a comparable increase in use, consider replacing your furnace. The amount of money you save in the long run can help you pay for a new, more efficient heating system.

Bratcher Heating and Air Conditioning is a heating company in Peoria, IL that can help you find the right furnace for your home.

In partnership with Lennox Industries, we give you an array of innovative furnaces designed to enhance your home comfort.


The SLO185V is one of the models in Lennox’s Signature Series.

The SLO185V furnace operates at different speeds to maximize comfort while minimizing sound levels and energy costs. Quality components inside and out give you the assurance of long-lasting performance.


Energy Efficiency

Compared to conventional, low to mid-efficiency furnaces, the SLP98V can help you save hundreds of dollars each year, thanks to its efficiency rating of up to 97 percent AFUE.

The SLO185V has a heavy-gauge stainless steel heat exchanger that has a durable and solid design that captures waste heat, allowing the furnace to achieve industry-leading efficiency levels. It allows air to glide evenly over its smooth surface for maximum heating efficiency.


This model’s blower motor has a variable-speed control that automatically adjusts according to the room’s temperature, giving you the speed that is best suited to the room’s requirements.

Its variable-speed motor provides a quiet and consistent flow of air for an ideal balance of temperature and humidity throughout your home.

Its innovative combustion chamber is constructed from alumina-silica ceramic fiber, provides quiet operation and high efficiency.

The SLO185V is built with a Beckett® burner. This means extremely efficient combustion for greater fuel economy throughout the heating season. It also means the burner is unaffected by drafts or poor chimney conditions.

Quiet Operation

Its SilentComfort technology combines advanced engineering with sound-absorbing components to deliver the best in quiet performance. Compared to other competitive models, the SLO185V is up to several times quieter, making your home a lot more relaxing.

The SLO185V has a fully insulated cabinet with patented noise-reducing construction that further minimizes operating sound to an industry-leading low level.

Its heavy-duty fuel pump—provides quiet, reliable operation with fast shutoff of oil flow.

Ask the Heating Pros

Lennox makes energy-efficient furnaces, including the SLO185, which is one of the best in its price range. You need to have it installed by a qualified technician so you can enjoy the features and benefits this product offers.

Call Bratcher Heating and Air Conditioning for more information about the SLO185 and we’ll help you make the right decision. We are your trusted Peoria furnace installation company serving Central Illinois since 1983.

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