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The Best HVAC System for a Multifamily Home

The Best HVAC System for a Multifamily Home

September 15, 2019

Deciding on the Best HVAC System for a Multifamily Home

Finding the best HVAC system for your multi-family home is a product of several factors you need to account for. The choice you make will affect your overall budget for the home as well as energy efficiency and the comfort of those who will be living in the building. To help you make the best possible choice, here’s a look at four factors that should play a part in your decision.

1. Ease of Maintenance

A regular maintenance plan for your multi-home HVAC system will guarantee that it runs seamlessly without costly repairs and energy leaks. The HVAC system will need to be designed and installed by an expert to provide ease of access to all components that will require regular upkeeping.

2. Separate Access to Comfort Controls

In multi-family homes, each living unit will need to have separate access to comfort controls. Proper design will guarantee that each occupant can get the most out of the HVAC system independently of what others prefer.

3. Accounting for Peak Energy Demand

The biggest challenge in planning your multi-family HVAC system is determining the peak energy demand. This differs from single-family homes because the energy demand can fluctuate greatly based on the various occupants’ needs. To account for your peak energy demand for your multi-family HVAC system, contact Bratcher today to set up an appointment with one of our NATE-certified technicians.

4. Centralized vs. Decentralized Units

Multi-family homes can take on different forms. Depending on the number of housing units comprising your building as well as the space that’s available for housing the central unit, you will have to choose between a centralized and decentralized installation.

Centralized systems tend to cost more but are ideal for larger complexes such as high-rises. A centralized unit is housed and powered from within the building. Decentralized units, on the other hand, are housed in a location separate from your main building and are better for smaller multi-family home complexes.

If you’re planning on buying or building a multi-family home in Peoria, IL, contact Bratcher today to arrange a consultation for your HVAC system. With over 30 years of service to our loyal customers, our NATE-certified experts will offer you the best advice and workmanship. We also offer commercial HVAC services and provide 24-hour emergency help for your home’s needs.

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Lennox ELO183 Oil Furnace

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.

Overview

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.

Features

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.

Performance

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 GSB8-E Gas-Fired Steam Boiler

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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Lennox SLO185V Variable-Speed Oil Furnace

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.

Overview

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.

Features

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.

Performance

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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Lennox Merit® Series 14HPX Heat Pump

Lennox Merit® Series 14HPX Heat Pump

March 7, 2018

Lennox Merit® Series 14HPX Heat Pump

Are you one of the many homeowners who keep on having issues in maintaining a consistent temperature throughout their home? If so, you may need to have a technician pay you a visit to have your entire HVAC system inspected. Inconsistent heating or cooling can be caused by several factors, one of which is an improperly sized system or an inefficient ductwork.

Damaged ducts can cause you a lot of problems including higher utility bills, compromised indoor air quality, and hot or cold spots in certain areas of your home. A more serious problem can happen if you have a gas-fired furnace which releases carbon monoxide through a leaking ductwork. This is a very harmful gas that can cause severe health issues.

A heat pump is a practical and economical way to heat or cool certain areas in your home where ductwork is unavailable. They are also a great alternative if you are thinking about upgrading from central air to a more energy-efficient HVAC zoned system.

Bratcher Heating and Air Conditioning is a leading HVAC company in Bloomington, IL that offers energy efficient heat pumps designed to heat or cool specific areas in your home.

Benefits of Heat Pumps

Improved Indoor Air Quality

Dirt, dust and other debris can accumulate in the interior of your ductwork, which can eventually lead to poor indoor air quality. Ductless mini-splits utilize advanced filtration media to trap airborne pollutants and prevent cross-contamination between different rooms.

Easy Installation

Traditional HVAC systems need a duct network to deliver conditioned air into each room in the building. On the other hand, heat pumps are a great choice for room additions because they are designed to serve specific zones.

Lower Operating Noise

Since heat pumps operate at a very low pace, they are much quieter than conventional HVAC systems.

Features of  the Lennox Merit® Series 14HPX Heat Pump

With an efficiency rating of up to 16.00 SEER / 8.20 HSPF, this product can save you hundreds of dollars each year, compared to a standard heat pump.

Its dependable scroll compressor provides smooth, efficient, and reliable operation.

Its High-Efficiency Outdoor Coil provides exceptional heat transfer and low air resistance for high-efficiency operation.

The 14HPX’s precision-balanced direct-drive fan delivers quiet operation with a patented-pending fan design.

Its high-efficiency outdoor coil provides exceptional heat transfer and low air resistance for high-efficiency operation.

It is designed to work with the Humiditrol whole-home dehumidification system.

The 14HPX’s sound levels as low as 76 dB are much quieter than a standard heat pump.

It uses a PermaGuard Cabinet, which is a heavy-gauge, galvanized steel construction, louver coil guard, baked-on powder finish and durable zinc-coated steel base provides long-lasting protection against rust and corrosion.

Its chlorine-free R-410A refrigerant provides exceptional comfort without exacting a costly environmental toll.

Drainage holes prevent damaging moisture from collecting inside the basepan.

Ask the Experts in Home Comfort

This product will only operate at peak performance if properly set up. Poor installation will compromise its efficiency which will cause you discomfort and higher utility bills. It is recommended to have a qualified team of technicians to install your unit.

If you are considering getting the Lennox Merit® Series 14HPX Heat Pump, call Marsh Heating and Air Conditioning. We are a Dave Lennox Premier Dealer that values exceptional workmanship and customer service.

Customer satisfaction is our number one priority. We believe that you deserve no less than exceptional HVAC products and services.

We care about our customers that’s why we use the best in the business: NATE-certified technicians, friendly office staff, outstanding products from the best manufacturers in the industry such as Lennox.

Since 1983, we have been employing the best business practices; that is why our customers continue to put their trust in us.

Whatever your Bloomington heating and air conditioning needs may be, we are here to keep your home comfortable and energy-efficient.

We will ensure you are satisfied with your experience doing business with us.

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Lennox GWB8-IE Gas-Fired Water Boiler

Lennox GWB8-IE Gas-Fired Water Boiler

March 6, 2018

Lennox GWB8-IE Gas-Fired Water Boiler

If you are looking for a dependable heating system and you have already considered central air and heat pumps, do not be in a hurry to get one just yet. You might want to look at having a water boiler installed in your home.

This type of heating system circulates hot water, or steam, through your home’s heat distribution system. The hot water or steam is delivered through a series of pipes and into a radiator to generate heat.

Bratcher Heating and Air Conditioning is a leading HVAC company in Normal, IL that offers energy efficient water boilers that are a great alternative to traditional ducted HVAC systems.

This article highlights the Lennox GWB8-IE Gas-Fired Water Boiler, a reliable way to stay warm and save energy.

Benefits of Boilers

Greater Efficiency

Boilers can generate heat without the need of passing through any ducts, enabling your system to have virtually no heat loss. This translates to lower energy bills due to a reduction in your heating system’s overall fuel consumption.

Quiet Operation

These heating systems operate quietly, giving you peace of mind.

Better Indoor Air Quality

Since boilers do not utilize ducts, they do not distribute dirt, dust, pollen, and even allergens. This is something you need to consider if you have people in your home that are suffering from allergies since they need to breathe clean air to avoid their allergies from being triggered.

Space-Saving

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.

Features of the Lennox GWB8-IE Gas-Fired Water Boiler

The GWB8-IE offers an efficiency of up to 84.4% AFUE, meaning it can deliver significant energy savings compared to an older boiler. So even if winter brings its worst, you’ll stay comfortable without worrying about energy use.

The GWB8-IE 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 GWB8-IE is available in 6 different sizes for installation nearly anywhere in your home. And if you have a traditional radiator system, the GWB8-IE 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 GWB8-IE gives you a choice of heating with either natural or LP gas.

The GWB8-IE 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 are some of the other 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
  • 20-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 considering having this product set up in your home, call our experts at Bratcher Heating and Air Conditioning.

Our technicians are factory trained and certified to ensure all systems we install are set up according to the manufacturer’s guidelines. This will guarantee your boiler will work at peak performance, giving you maximum comfort at minimum operational cost.

Call us for any Normal heating and air conditioning needs you may have.

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Lennox Merit® Series ML180E Gas Furnace

Lennox Merit® Series ML180E Gas Furnace

February 28, 2018

Lennox Merit® Series ML180E Gas Furnace

Your old furnace costs more to operate and maintain compared to having a brand new unit. Upgrading to a new unit isn’t a preference, but a necessity because of the benefits it offers.

Compared to old furnaces, new models are capable of distributing heated air more evenly. Consistent temperature throughout your home means less energy consumption for the unit and greater comfort for you and your family.

One of the main complaints homeowners talk about their furnaces is that they tend to produce loud noises. This may be caused by old furnace parts starting to get loose while the unit runs. These loose parts will require immediate attention because if they are neglected, they may cause even more serious problems.

Older units only have 55 percent to 70 percent efficiency, which means 30 to 45 cents of every dollar spent on heating goes up the chimney or elsewhere. Newer models are much more energy-efficient, helping you save on your heating costs.

There are a lot of furnace models available on the market today and most homeowners find it overwhelming to find the right model for their home. It is recommended to consult your preferred heating company in Normal, IL to get professional help in deciding which particular furnace you should take home.

Bratcher Heating and Air Conditioning works in partnership with Lennox Industries to offer you an array of innovative furnaces that can help you solve your heating problems.

This article features the ML180E, one of the models in Lennox’s Merit Series of furnaces. It is an economical gas furnace equipped with Power Saver technology.

Features of the Merit® Series ML180E Gas Furnace

Every component of the ML180E 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.

From its heavy-gauge steel cabinet and aluminized steel heat exchanger to its sealed blower compartment, the ML180 is built to deliver reliable comfort, year after year.

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.

Its Power Saver technology not only provides energy boost capabilities improving the overall system efficiency, similar to a variable speed furnace, but also delivers higher SEER ratings in cooling mode. In continuous fan mode, this technology helps keep energy waste to a minimum.

When the ML180E is paired with a Lennox® heat pump, it creates a system that can automatically alternate between electricity and gas to keep you warm. So you’re always using the most energy-efficient way to keep comfortable.

The ML180E has a Duralok Plus heat exchanger that is constructed from patented ArmorTuf steel that captures waste heat, and a stainless steel secondary heat exchanger that allows the unit to achieve industry-leading efficiency levels. This solid component exceeds industry requirements and extends the furnace’s life.

Its Power Saver motor operates at constant torque to help maintain consistent airflow.

Its hot surface igniter controls furnace operation to ensure reliable, efficient performance.

The ML180E’s sealed blower compartment minimizes losses and maximizes efficiency and comfort.

With product registration, the ML180E may be eligible for a 10-year Limited Extended Warranty. Lennox also offers a 5-year Limited Warranty on covered parts and 20-Year Warranty on the Heat Exchanger.

How Bratcher Heating and Conditioning Can Help

You can’t just walk into a dealership and pick a furnace. It’s a little bit more complicated than that. While your budget may be the primary concern, selecting the right furnace for your home involves certain considerations to ensure you’re going home with the best furnace that meets your needs.

For a more informed decision, call our experts at Bratcher Heating and Air Conditioning. Our technicians have multiple years of experience and training to ensure the system we endorse is the best for your situation. We take into consideration your budget, materials in your home, other appliances, and certain requirements before making an official recommendation.

Call us for Normal furnace installation or any other HVAC-related concerns you may have.

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Lennox Merit® Series ML180 Gas Furnace

Lennox Merit® Series ML180 Gas Furnace

February 22, 2018

Lennox Merit® Series ML180 Gas Furnace

In an extremely cold weather, your goal is not just to keep your family comfortable but also safe from the health risks posed by exposure to low temperatures. Thankfully your furnace is there to get the job done. However, along with that comfort is the increase in your utility bills. Since your furnace needs to constantly run, it requires more energy and its parts are bound to fail at some point.

If your unit has been serving you and your family for 15 years or more, it no longer has the performance and efficiency it once had. Age is one of the main factors to consider in determining the efficiency of your unit. Also, watch out for warning signs that tell your unit is due for a replacement. When your furnace begins to make strange noises, when it fails more frequently, or when there’s a steady rise in your heating bills, it may be time to search for a new heating system.

If you notice a steady increase in your heating bills as well as repair costs, you might want to consider upgrading to a new furnace.

Bratcher Heating and Air Conditioning is a premier heating company in Urbana, IL that offers innovative and cost-effective furnaces. These heating systems are designed to deliver top performance and utilize the latest technologies to ensure you get the best in home heating.

This article highlights the Lennox Merit® Series ML180 Gas Furnace.

Warning Signs You Need a New Furnace

Utility and repair costs aren’t the only things to watch out for. Here are other signs that tell you it’s time to get a new furnace.

If anyone in your family suffers from allergies caused by airborne dust, pollen, mold or viruses, it means that you have a poor indoor air quality. Old furnaces are unable to maintain the right amount of moisture and clean your indoor air which not just triggers allergies but also affects other body organs such as the throat, nose and even the lungs.

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.

If your furnace is working properly, it should produce a blue flame with only very little yellow at the tip of the flame’s inner core. If the flame is primarily yellow or orange, it may be a sign that it creates carbon monoxide. This implies a major, potentially dangerous issue. Two possible causes of this problem are too much gas and not enough air. Either way, you need a professional to investigate the problem and give you necessary recommendations.

Features of the Merit® Series ML180 Gas Furnace

Every component of the ML180 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.

From its heavy-gauge steel cabinet and aluminized steel heat exchanger to its sealed blower compartment, the ML180 is built to deliver reliable comfort, year after year.

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.

When the ML180 is paired with a Lennox® heat pump, it creates a system that can automatically alternate between electricity and gas to keep you warm. So you’re always using the most energy-efficient way to keep comfortable.

The ML180 has a Duralok Plus heat exchanger that is constructed from patented ArmorTuf steel that captures waste heat, and a stainless steel secondary heat exchanger that allows the unit to achieve industry-leading efficiency levels. This solid component exceeds industry requirements and extends the furnace’s life.

Its hot surface igniter controls furnace operation to ensure reliable, efficient performance.

With product registration, the ML180 may be eligible for a 10-year Limited Extended Warranty. Lennox also offers a 5-year Limited Warranty on covered parts and 20-Year Warranty on the Heat Exchanger.

Ask the Heating Pros

For more information about this great furnace, call Bratcher Heating and Air Conditioning. We are an authorized Lennox dealer that can install your unit properly and in accordance with the manufacturer’s standards to ensure maximum furnace efficiency.

We are the trusted Urbana furnace installation company serving Central Illinois for over 30 years.

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Lennox GWB9-IH Boiler

Lennox GWB9-IH Boiler

February 21, 2018

Lennox GWB9-IH Boiler

Boilers are most of the time overlooked by many homeowners when making considerations for heating their homes. These systems are actually an efficient and ecological form of heating.

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.

Bratcher Heating and Air Conditioning is an HVAC company in Bloomington, IL that offers an array efficient water boilers that can help improve your life in the midst of an extremely cold weather.

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 Boilers

Boilers also offer a clean form of heating that doesn’t produce dust particles and other allergens. Since heat in a boiler system beams out from the radiator into the existing air, no new air is coming into the living space. In forced air systems the new air is what oftentimes causes dust and allergens to infiltrate the atmosphere.

Boilers are the top 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.

Heat from a radiator saturates the room, opposed to being forced through ductwork and out a vent. This gives radiator heat a different, fresher feeling than forced air systems and dissolves the heat more evenly.

Boilers also offer major benefits like simple programming and zoning capabilities. Users can define various heating zones within the home based on living space usage patterns.  Programmable thermostats allow the control of start-stop heat delivery as well.

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 GWB9-IH Boiler

The GWB9-IH offers an efficiency of up to 90 percent AFUE, meaning it can deliver significant energy savings compared to an older unit. That means you can enjoy a comfortably warm home all throughout the winter, without worrying about energy use.

This product is ENERGY STAR qualified. ENERGY STAR products are the same or better than standard products, only they use less energy. To earn the ENERGY STAR label, furnaces must meet strict energy efficiency criteria set by the US Environmental Protection Agency or the US Department of Energy. Since they use less energy, these products save you money on your electricity bill and help protect the environment by causing fewer harmful emissions from power plants. And you get the features and quality you expect.

Its cast-aluminum heat exchanger transfers heat up to three times faster than traditional cast-iron exchangers.

It offers easy integration with traditional radiator systems to provide precise heating comfort, regardless of outdoor temperatures.

Its electronic ignition control monitors water temperature and maximizes efficiency by turning on the burner only when needed.

Its sealed combustion minimizes fan noise and provides quiet, soothing heat.

Its durable cabinet is heavy-gauge steel cabinet with a baked-on paint finish.

This boiler is both compact and versatile, which allows easy installation in a basement, closet or alcove enclosure, and can be fueled by natural or LP gas.

Professional Heating from Bratcher Heating and Air Conditioning

For more information about boilers or this product, call our heating experts at Bratcher Heating and Air Conditioning. We are a licensed HVAC contractor that offers innovative ways to improve your home comfort.

Allow us to provide you with top-notch Bloomington heating and air conditioning solutions.

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Lennox Elite® Series XP16 Heat Pump

Lennox Elite® Series XP16 Heat Pump

February 20, 2018

Lennox Elite® Series XP16 Heat Pump

Many homeowners still use central air and are complaining about comfort issues such as inconsistent cooling and heating in their homes, which significantly reduces their comfort. The truth is that you cannot effectively control the temperature of the whole house with just a single thermostat.

According to the U.S. Department of Energy, an average duct system leaks about 20 to 30 percent of its air. On the other hand, 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. These leaks cause poor air quality that triggers allergic reactions and certain respiratory diseases.

In order to offer effective solutions to theseissues, Bratcher Heating and Air Conditioning partnered with Lennox Industries, a manufacturer of some of the best heat pumps in the industry. We are a trusted HVAC company in Peoria, IL that delivers top-notch heating and cooling products designed to maximize your home comfort.

Advantages of Heat Pumps

Heat pumps provide an effective way of heating and cooling your home. During winter, it provides warmth not by transforming electricity directly into heat, but rather by taking in the heat from the atmosphere or ground, multiplying it and then transferring the heat to your home.

Heat pumps have a lot to offer both to homeowners and the environment. That is why they have been so popular in recent years. They can be used to heat or cool space through radiators, air convectors, and under floor heating systems, and can also be used to heat water for general use in your home.

When installed according to manufacturer’s guidelines, heat pumps can provide a very effective control over room temperature.

A heat pump is also economical to operate since it uses less fuel. Typically, heat pumps can be 200 percent to 400 percent more efficient than other systems. This fuel efficiency translates to a lower carbon footprint and more savings for you.

While it may cost you a substantial amount to invest in a heat pump, but you will be repaid by getting lower monthly utility bills once it is operational.

Features

With an efficiency rating of up to 17.00 SEER / 9.50 HSPF, this product can save you hundreds of dollars each year, compared to a standard heat pump.

Dual-fuel capability can be combined with a gas furnace to enhance comfort and fuel efficiency by alternating between electric and gas heat, optimizing energy use and minimizing heating costs

Its High-Efficiency Outdoor Coil provides exceptional heat transfer and low air resistance for high-efficiency operation.

High-efficiency outdoor coil provides exceptional heat transfer and low air resistance for high-efficiency operation.

Designed to work with the Humiditrol whole-home dehumidification system.

The XP16’s sound levels as low as 74 dB are much quieter than a standard heat pump.

Its Precision-Balanced Direct-Drive Fan delivers quiet operation with a patented-pending fan design.

Its two-stage scroll compressor operates at low stage most of the time for quieter, more efficient performance.

It uses a PermaGuard Cabinet, which is a heavy-gauge, galvanized steel construction, louver coil guard, baked-on powder finish and durable zinc-coated steel base provides long-lasting protection against rust and corrosion.

SmartHinge louver design allows quick, easy access to interior components from all sides for cleaning and maintenance. It protects coils from damage and provides a clean appearance.

Its chlorine-free R-410A refrigerant provides exceptional comfort without exacting a costly environmental toll.

Drainage holes prevent damaging moisture from collecting inside the basepan.

Ask the Heating and Cooling Pros

There are many other reasons why having a heat pump installed in your home is a great choice. If you need more information about this product or any other HVAC concern, call Bratcher Heating and Air Conditioning.

We have been the trusted Peoria heating and air conditioning company since 1983. You can put your trust on our seasoned and experienced technicians who have been factory-trained to install and service all brands of heating equipment.

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