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Lennox Merit® Series ML193 Gas Furnace

Lennox Merit® Series ML193 Gas Furnace

February 15, 2018

Lennox Merit® Series ML193 Gas Furnace

When a furnace is approaching the end of its life, it tends to work harder in order to provide the heating demands of your home. As your furnace ages, it loses its efficiency, especially if it has not been regularly maintained by a professional. A poorly functioning furnace can cause a lot of inconveniences to you and your family.

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 moisturize and clean the air to your home which not just triggers allergies but also affects other body organs such as the throat, nose and even the lungs.

Older furnaces can form cracks in the heat exchanger. This results in the leakage of carbon monoxide, a very harmful gas. That is why pros recommend having working carbon monoxide detectors in your home. If there has been a leak of this dangerous gas in your home, you will show symptoms like headaches, nausea, disorientation, irritation of the skin and eyes, and other signs of illness. Opening your windows can help air out your home but it is important to call a heating technician immediately to seal up the leaks and make the necessary repairs.

It is quite normal for you to have higher heating bills when fuel prices go up. However, that may not be the only reason why your heating bills go up during winter. As furnaces go older, they tend to lose their efficiency, especially if they haven’t been regularly maintained. Because of inefficiency, an older furnace needs to run longer to give you that warm, toasty feeling. This extended operation uses more energy and as a result, you have to pay more to get your desired temperature.

If you notice any of these issues, you may need to consider replacing your furnace.

Bratcher Heating and Conditioning is a trusted heating company in Peoria, IL that offers high-quality furnaces for homes.

In this article, will highlight a specific furnace in Lennox’s Merit Series, the ML193.

Features of the Lennox ML193

Standard Features

With product registration, the ML193 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.

Every component of the ML193 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.

Energy Efficiency

Compared to older, low-efficiency models, the ML195 has an efficiency rating of 93 percent AFUE that can save you hundreds of dollars in heating costs per year.

When paired with a Lennox® heat pump, the ML193 creates a system that can automatically alternate between electricity and gas fuel to keep you warm. So you’re always using the most energy-efficient way to keep comfortable.

The blower compartment of the ML193 is tightly sealed, permitting less than 1% air leakage. This means more of your air and energy go toward keeping you comfortable.

Performance

The ML193 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 SureLight® ignitor is designed with silicon nitride construction for long product life and reliable operation.

Its SureLight® integrated control board ensures full control of furnace operation.

To further lessen heat loss, Lennox designed the ML193 with an elegantly-styled, durable steel cabinet with high-quality paint finish.

Get the ML193 Only from an Authorized Dealer

The Lennox ML193 is a high-efficiency furnace designed to give you ultimate comfort at very minimal operating costs. Poor installation can reduce it to a mediocre heating system.

For best results, call Bratcher Heating and Air Conditioning to have this product installed in your home. We will ensure your unit will be set up in the proper way to maximize your comfort and savings.

Allow us to provide your Peoria furnace repair and other HVAC needs.

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Healthy Climate 11 Media Air Cleaner

Healthy Climate 11 Media Air Cleaner

February 14, 2018

Healthy Climate 11 Media Air Cleaner

Most Americans spend the majority of their time indoors, putting them in danger of developing significant health risks due to recurrent exposure to indoor air pollutants, including their homes.

It is recommended that every home should have an air cleaning system to ensure the occupants’ health safety. Here are some reasons why you should have one installed in your home:

Sickness in the Family

Having a serious chest condition might be a sign that you need an air purifier. Air cleaners can help them breathe fresher air and have a better quality sleep, which will aid recovery.

Continuous Sneezing

Pollen, pet dander, and dust are just some of the pollutants that could be circulating in your house. The best air cleaners usually contain HEPA (High-Efficiency Particulate Arrestor) filters with high CADR (Clean Air Delivery Rate) ratings that will help you trap most if not all airborne allergens.

A Stationary Indoor Air

If the air in your home smells bad, you might have poor indoor air quality. An air purifier will guarantee that you reduce any smelly, foul odors that might be circulating throughout your home.

Children

Because they breathe more air per pound of body weight, children are more vulnerable to air pollution compared to adults. Children’s organs, especially their lungs, develop until they reach their late teens. Studies show that developing organs are sensitive to the harmful effects of air pollutants and environmental toxins and they take in pollutants more readily than adults and keep them in the body for longer periods of time.

Older People

People aged 60 or older naturally have weaker immune systems compared to younger people, which makes them more susceptible to the health risks of indoor air pollutant. Whether we like it or not, as we grow older, our bodies weaken and become less efficient compared to when we were younger.  That is why having a consistent circulation of clean, fresh air is important as it helps you maintain a healthy, active lifestyle and also prolongs your life.

If any of these scenarios sound familiar to you, you might want to consider having an air cleaner installed in your home.

Bratcher Heating and Air Conditioning is an HVAC company in Champaign, IL that can help you clean your indoor air. We work in partnership with Lennox to offer you air cleaners that can effectively capture air contaminants throughout your home.

This article features the Healthy Climate 11 Media Air Cleaner.

Sources of Indoor Air Pollution

Understanding and controlling common household pollutants can help reduce your risk of indoor health problems.

Sources of indoor pollution include:

  • Pollen and Mold
  • Tobacco or cigarette smoke
  • Household cleaning products
  • Gases such as radon and carbon monoxide
  • Stoves, heaters, fireplaces, and chimneys
  • Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs)
  • Materials used in the building such as lead, asbestos, and formaldehyde

Acute Health Effects of Indoor Air Pollution

  • Headaches
  • Eye, nose and throat irritation
  • Allergic skin reaction
  • Difficulty breathing
  • Nausea and/or vomiting
  • Confusion
  • Loss of coordination
  • Dizziness
  • Fatigue
  • Nosebleeds

 Chronic Health Effects of Indoor Air Pollution

  • Damage to the heart, liver or kidneys
  • Damage to the central nervous system
  • Cancer
  • Hypersensitivity pneumonitis
  • Allergic rhinitis (hay fever)
  • Asthma

Features of the Healthy Climate 11 Media Air Cleaner

The Healthy Climate® 11 Media Air Cleaner, which uses either X6670 or X6672 MERV filters, which effectively filters more than 85 percent of particles like pet dander, pollen, dust, viruses, bacteria, mold, and fungi, which can aggravate asthma and respiratory illnesses.

This product is compatible with any HVAC system and does not require an additional power source.

It installs easily into your ductwork and provides powerful whole-home filtration for healthier, cleaner air in every room of your home.

It protects the lifespan of your HVAC system by filtering out dirt and dust, which reduces the efficiency of your HVAC products over time.

Healthy Climate backs this product with a 5-year limited warranty on covered parts.

The Lennox Healthy Climate® 11 Media Air Cleaner filters the air without emitting harmful ozone, a known lung irritant.

Professional Air Cleaning from Bratcher Heating and Air Conditioning

For more information about the Healthy Climate 11 Media Air Cleaner, call our experts at Bratcher Heating and Air Conditioning. Since 1983, we have been providing Champaign homeowners with exceptional heating and air conditioning products and services. Our aim is to become your first choice for your home comfort needs.

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Dave Lennox Elite® Series XP20 Heat Pump

Dave Lennox Elite® Series XP20 Heat Pump

February 13, 2018

Dave Lennox Elite® Series XP20 Heat Pump

Heat pumps have been increasing in popularity because they have a lot of benefits to offer including:

Lower utility bills

A correctly installed heat pump can be 3 to 4 times more efficient. This means for 1 unit of electricity, you can generate over 3 to 4 units of heat.

A more comfortable environment

Heat pumps automatically adjust to maintain your preferred room temperatures.

Reliable Performance

These systems do not depend on variable levels of sunlight or wind.

Multiple heat distribution options

Space heating can be delivered through any mixture of underfloor heating and low temperature radiators.

Lower carbon footprint

As a renewable technology, heat pumps reduce your energy consumption and can easily help you obtain building permits.

Longer Lifespan

Typically, the lifespan of a heat pump is twice that of a traditional boiler.

While it’s true that it may cost you a practically large amount to invest in a heat pump, but you will be reimbursed by getting lower monthly utility bills once it is operational.

Having these benefits in mind, and if you’re looking into staying in your current home for many years, it is a wise option to get a heat pump for your home.

Bratcher Heating and Air Conditioning is a leading HVAC company in Bloomington, IL that offers energy-efficient heat pumps engineered by Lennox.

This article highlights the Dave Lennox Signature® Collection XP20 Heat Pump.

Features

With an efficiency rating of up to 20.00 SEER / 10.00 HSPF, this product can save you hundreds of dollars each year, compared to a standard heat pump.

This heat pump is ENERGY STAR® certified and is designated as one of the Most Efficient products in 2017. 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 U.S. 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.

Federal, state and local tax rebates and incentives may be available with this ENERGY STAR qualified product.

When installed with the easy-to-use programmable iComfort Wi-Fi® Touchscreen Thermostat, Its iComfort®-enabled technology allows the XP20 to exchange information and make adjustments as needed to optimize performance and efficiency.

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.

The XP20’s sound levels as low as 65 dB are much quieter than a standard heat pump.

Its Precision-Balanced Direct-Drive Fan delivers quiet operation.

Its True Variable-Capacity Scroll Compressor can adjust cooling output in small increments based on demand, preserving quiet operation, energy efficiency, and comfort.

It has 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.

High-Efficiency Heating from Bratcher Heating and Air Conditioning

If you need more information about the XP20 or any other heating equipment, call our experts at Bratcher Heating and Air Conditioning. In partnership with Lennox Industries, we aim to make your home a more comfortable place to live in all year round. We offer state-of-the-art HVAC solutions for any home type and size.

For your peace of mind, our technicians are factory-trained and certified to ensure your XP20 will work according to the manufacturer’s specifications.

It is our pleasure to provide for your Normal heating and air conditioning needs.

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Lennox Merit® Series ML195 Gas Furnace

Lennox Merit® Series ML195 Gas Furnace

February 8, 2018

Lennox Merit® Series ML195 Gas Furnace

After years and years of providing your home with warmth during the cold months of winter, it is quite normal for your furnace to experience a decline in performance. If your unit is 15 years or older, it’s no longer as cost-effective as it once was. Wear and tear is a primary factor for a furnace to lose its productivity. As your heating system gets older, it tends to break more frequently and oftentimes certain parts need to be replaced.

If you have been dealing with a furnace that needs constant repairs in the past two years, or if you notice a steady rise in your heating bills, you may need to consider investing in a new unit.

While it’s true that a new furnace involves a higher upfront cost, but the upside is that the new furnace will be far more efficient, lowering your heating bills while keeping you and your family more comfortable during the coldest nights of winter.

Consider getting a new, high-efficiency unit like the Lennox ML195, one of the models in the Merit Series.

This product and many other furnace models are on display at Bratcher Heating and Air Conditioning. We are a trusted heating company in Peoria, IL that cares about your home comfort. For this reason, we partnered with Lennox to offer you innovative, high-efficiency furnaces.

Features of the Lennox ML195

Standard Features

With product registration, the ML195 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.

Every component of the ML195 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.

Energy Efficiency

Compared to older, low-efficiency models, the ML195 has an efficiency rating of 95 percent AFUE that can save you hundreds of dollars in heating costs per year.

When paired with a Lennox® heat pump, the ML195 creates a system that can automatically alternate between electricity and gas fuel to keep you warm. So you’re always using the most energy-efficient way to keep comfortable.

The blower compartment of the ML195 is tightly sealed, permitting less than 1% air leakage. This means more of your air and energy go toward keeping you comfortable.

Performance

The ML195 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.

The ML195 includes special sound-absorbing materials that further reduce sound for even quieter operation.

Its SureLight® ignitor is designed with silicon nitride construction for long product life and reliable operation.

Its SureLight® integrated control board ensures full control of furnace operation.

To further lessen heat loss, Lennox designed the ML195 with an elegantly-styled, durable steel cabinet with high-quality paint finish.

Its robust blower assembly exceeds industry standard airflow for even temperatures and improved comfort.

Get Top-Tier Heating Products and Services Only From the Pros

Bratcher Heating and Air Conditioning means to provide you with ultimate comfort by offering a wide variety of heating and cooling solutions. If you are no longer happy with your existing furnace and are looking for a great replacement, we highly recommend the Lennox ML195. This product can guarantee you’ll rid yourself of the headaches caused by an old, inefficient furnace. A new high-efficiency furnace can give you peace of mind knowing it is able to keep you and your family comfortable during the cold nights of winter.

Our technicians are highly skilled and manufacturer-trained so you can be sure your ML195 will operate at its peak performance.

For your confidence and trust, Bratcher Heating and Air Conditioning is a Lennox Dealer that delivers excellent workmanship as well as exceptional customer care.

Call us for Peoria furnace repair, installations, and other heating and cooling needs.

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Healthy Climate Carbon Clean 16 Media Air Cleaner

Healthy Climate Carbon Clean 16 Media Air Cleaner

February 7, 2018

Healthy Climate Carbon Clean 16 Media Air Cleaner

Most Americans are aware of the health risks caused by exposure to outdoor air pollutants such as fossil fuel emissions from vehicles, power stations, and factories. However, not everyone is aware that indoor air is actually more polluted.

In fact, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency estimates that indoor environment is 2-5 times more polluted than the outdoor environment, and in some cases, the air inside the home have been found to be 100 times more polluted.

In addition, the World Health Organization has said that household cooking with coal or biomass-fueled stoves caused 4.3 million deaths in 2012, compared with 3.7 million deaths from outdoor air pollution.

If you’re one of the millions of Americans that spend 90 percent of their time indoors, you are likely to be exposed to one or more household pollutants. In order to fight these threats, it is recommended to have an air cleaning system installed in your home.

This is where Bratcher Heating and Air Conditioning can help. We are a leading HVAC company in Bloomington IL that works with Healthy Climate to offer you ways to improve the air that circulates throughout your home.

Sources of Indoor Air Pollution

Understanding and controlling common household pollutants can help reduce your risk of indoor health problems.

Indoor pollution can be caused by any the following:

  • Pollen and Mold
  • Tobacco or cigarette smoke
  • Household cleaning products
  • Gases such as radon and carbon monoxide
  • Stoves, heaters, fireplaces, and chimneys
  • Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs)
  • Materials used in the building such as lead, asbestos, and formaldehyde

Effects of Poor Indoor Air Quality to Your Health

Exposure to household pollutants can lead to numerous immediate and long-term health problems.

The World Health Organization states that contaminants like nitrous oxide and sulfur dioxide cause inflamed air passages, eye irritation and damage to the respiratory tract. An irritated respiratory tract can cause coughing, mucus secretion, and long-term infections. People who have asthma or infected immune systems are at even higher risk of developing more serious health problems when repeatedly exposed to one or more pollutants.

Some effects may be experienced immediately after a single exposure or repeated exposures to one or multiple pollutants. These may include irritation of the skin, eyes, nose, and throat, fatigue, headaches, dizziness, coughing, and upper respiratory congestion.

Moreover, continual exposures to poor air quality can lead to reduced lung function and breathing problems as well as lung cancer or cardiovascular diseases. Those with pre-existing cardiovascular or lung diseases are particularly sensitive to the effects of pollution and may find their conditions become worse due to exposure.

Why Consider Using an Air Cleaning System

Air cleaners are an effective way to improve your indoor air quality. They help you breathe cleaner air that will allow your lungs and other organs to work better, usually leading to better oxygen absorption by your brain.

Air cleaners can also help with allergies, foul odors, snoring and more.

In general, air cleaners can aid in getting rid of the health effects of poor indoor air quality.

Features of the Healthy Climate Carbon Clean 16 Media Air Cleaner

In contrast to electrostatic air cleaners that can elevate indoor ozone levels, the Carbon Cleaner 16 provides thorough, unmatched filtration throughout your home while reducing ozone, a known lung irritant. Similar to plants and trees absorb carbon dioxide and release oxygen back into the atmosphere, the Carbon Clean 16 air filter eliminates harmful ozone from indoor air and converts it into clean, healthy oxygen. As part of this natural and efficient purification process, carbon inside the filter that is traded with oxygen reacts with odors and airborne pollutants to neutralize them before they are circulated back into your indoor air.

  • Whole-home filtration with no additional power source
  • Industry-exclusive, MERV 16 Precision Pleat media filter – the highest MERV rating possible
  • Hospital inpatient care/general surgery level filtration
  • Removes over 95% of particles ranging in size down to 0.3 micron
  • Removes over 90 percent of bioaerosols like bacteria, viruses, and microorganisms down to .01 micron
  • Effective filtration to protect your HVAC system
  • Converts harmful ground-level ozone into oxygen

Call the HVAC Pros

If you need help in having the Healthy Climate Carbon Clean 16 Media Air Cleaner, call Bratcher Heating and Air Conditioning. We can answer all questions related to this product and any other HVAC solution you may need help with.

For years, we have been the leading Normal heating and air conditioning company that provides customized solutions for every homeowner we work with.

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Dave Lennox Signature® Collection SL18XP1 Heat Pump

Dave Lennox Signature® Collection SL18XP1 Heat Pump

February 6, 2018

Dave Lennox Signature® Collection SL18XP1 Heat Pump

Because they move heat rather than generate heat, heat pumps can provide equivalent space conditioning at as little as 25 percent of the cost of operating a conventional heating or cooling appliances.

Heat pumps have been dramatically increasing in popularity over the past few years. Not only do they offer high energy efficiency ratings, but they also provide numerous practical, convenient, and environmentally friendly benefits that ownership and installation can bring.

Your comfort is one of the most important benefits a heat pump can offer. And by having one in your home, you are in control. A heat pump provides you with the ability to easily control and maintain your climate to your own preferred levels.

More and more homeowners choose heat pumps over central air for a number of reasons that include:

  • Lower operational costs
  • Less maintenance
  • Lower carbon emissions
  • Heating and cooling for your home
  • Long lifespan
  • Safer than combustion-based HVAC systems

A reliable HVAC company in Champaign, IL like Bratcher Heating and Air Conditioning can help you enjoy these benefits by selecting the right heating and cooling system for your home.

In partnership with Lennox Industries, we offer innovative heat pumps that can help both you and the environment.

This article highlights the Dave Lennox Signature® Collection SL18XP1 Heat Pump.

Features

With an efficiency rating of up to 18.50 SEER / 10.20 HSPF, this product can save you hundreds of dollars each year, compared to a standard heat pump.

This heat pump is ENERGY STAR® certified and is designated as one of the Most Efficient products in 2017. 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 U.S. 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.

SunSource® Solar-Ready option allows you to add solar modules and create a solar powered system that generates electricity for your heat pump and more.

Federal, state and local tax rebates and incentives may be available with a SunSource solar installation.

SilentComfort® technology delivers sounds levels as low as 67 dB, providing the ultimate in quiet, consistent heating and cooling.

SilentComfort® Outdoor Fan Motor with Composite Fan Blades provides extremely reliable starting and running performance, even under the harshest outdoor conditions.

When installed with the easy-to-use programmable iComfort Wi-Fi® Touchscreen Thermostat, Its iComfort®-enabled technology allows the SL18XP1 to exchange information and make adjustments as needed to optimize performance and efficiency.

The SL18XP1’s 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.

Lennox Quantum Coil is engineered and extensively tested in coastal areas to offer superior corrosion resistance in the harshest environments.

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

Its precision-molded compressor sound cover minimizes operating sounds.

IntelliFrost® Defrost Control helps prevent freezing and icing of the fan blade to ensure reliable operation.

It has 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.

Renewable energy resource delivers environmental benefits when upgraded to a SunSource® Home Energy System that turns solar energy into electricity for your home.

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

Get Assistance from the Heating and Cooling Pros

To help you get maximum comfort for your home, call Bratcher Heating and Air Conditioning. We continuously work with Lennox to ensure every Lennox branded system we install and service is in accordance with their specifications, enabling you to have an energy-efficient system.

Call us for your Urbana heating and air conditioning needs.

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Humiditrol® Whole-Home Dehumidification System

Humiditrol® Whole-Home Dehumidification System

February 1, 2018

Humiditrol® Whole-Home Dehumidification System

Getting a dehumidifier can help you live a better, healthier life. So if you have allergies and other symptoms, a dehumidifier can be a great way to get rid of them.

 

Our air quality experts at Bratcher Heating and Air Conditioning can help you choose the right whole-home dehumidifier to set the right moisture in your home.

We are the trusted HVAC company in Champaign, IL that offers some of the best air purification and humidification products on the market.

This article talks about the importance of dehumidifiers and also features the Humiditrol® Whole-Home Dehumidification System.

When A Dehumidifier is Needed

Aside from having allergies, you may need a dehumidifier if you notice any of these signs in certain areas of your home:

  • High humidity in areas with poor ventilation such as bathrooms
  • Mildew smells
  • Mold spores growing on the walls
  • Condensation on the windows
  • Water stains on ceilings or walls

Benefits of a Dehumidifier

You will benefit from having a dehumidifier installed in your home.

  • Dehumidifiers make your home less conducive to allergens such as dust mites, mold, and mildew.
  • Dehumidifiers are not disturbing to your daily life and run quietly and efficiently in the background without most people even noticing.
  • These devices help reduce odors that come with mold and mildew in your home, eliminating that foul, rotting smell.
  • Lowers the possibility of the development of mold on your clothing, furniture, and other linens such as bed sheets or curtains.
  • These devices reduce irritation to your skin and your respiratory system, allowing you to breathe easier and feel comfortable in your home.
  • A less humid environment in your home allows clothing to dry faster, a longer shelf life for bread and cereals, the absence of corrosion on household devices like computer equipment, electronics, and tools.
  • Using a dehumidifier helps reduce dust in your home, eliminating the need for frequent home cleaning.
  • A dehumidifier also lowers energy costs because it helps your cooling system run more efficiently. When the air in your home is more humid, your air conditioner must do the work of cooling the air and removing moisture, which means it has to work harder. This also causes your cooling unit to fail sooner, which will require frequent repairs or a replacement.

Features of the Humiditrol Whole-Home Dehumidification System

Engineered to easily link with your HVAC system, the Humiditrol® Whole-Home Dehumidification System offers total home comfort and air quality you can feel.

Its Patented Humiditrol® technology helps reduce humid conditions in the home, reducing the opportunity for mold and mildew problems.

This product also manages the moisture in your home’s air for greater comfort and improved indoor air quality.

It maintains optimal humidity, minimizing the impact of potential airborne pollutants.

Designed to seamlessly integrate with all Lennox® R410A cooling products and the ComfortSense® 7000 Series touchscreen thermostat to provide optimal comfort, indoor air quality and energy efficiency.

Additional Features:

  • Effectively removes excess moisture from the entire home, a single area, such as a basement or a combination of both
  • Protects home furnishings and wood from moisture damage
  • Uses environmentally-friendly R410A refrigerant
  • No ozone emissions— a known lung irritant
  • Installs easily in existing duct system
  • 5-Year Limited Warranty on covered components

Need Help? Ask the Air Quality Experts

Having a functioning heating and cooling system isn’t enough to keep you comfortable and safe. You will need a whole-home dehumidifier to control the moisture in your home. This will ensure you’ll avoid catching diseases and allergies that are triggered by improper humidification.

If you are considering having the Humiditrol® Whole-Home Dehumidification System installed in your home, call Bratcher Heating and Air Conditioning. We are a proud Lennox dealer that has the knowledge and experience to set up your system according to the manufacturer’s standards.

Our loyal Urbana heating and air conditioning customers keep coming back to us because we are able to not just meet their needs but also exceed their expectations.

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Lennox Elite® Series EL180E Gas Furnace

Lennox Elite® Series EL180E Gas Furnace

January 30, 2018

Winter is the season when your home’s heating can account for more than half of your monthly utility bill. If you have an old furnace, not only does it generate more sound, it also starts to lose its efficiency due to wear and tear. This causes your furnace to work harder in an effort to keep you and your family warm. This added pressure on your heating system leads to higher utility bills and constant repairs.

Depending on usage and maintenance, furnaces typically last up to 15 years or more. A new heating system is an investment in your family’s comfort, you want to make sure you make the right decision.

Here at Bratcher Heating and Air Conditioning, we value your home comfort above anything else. We want you to have the convenience of having an efficient heating system without paying more than what you have to. That is why we partnered with Lennox to provide you with some of the most innovative furnaces in the industry.

We are the trusted heating company in Peoria that delivers outstanding HVAC solutions to our valued customers.

This article features the Lennox Lennox Elite®Series EL180E, an efficient gas furnace featuring Power Saver technology.

Standard Features

The EL180E has an efficiency rating of up to 80 percent AFUE, which can save you hundreds of dollars in heating costs per year, compared to older, low-efficiency furnaces.

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

Every component of the EL180E 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.

To minimize heat loss and maximize comfort and efficiency, Lennox created an insulated blower compartment for this model.

Performance

The EL180E 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.

The EL180E 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.

The EL180E includes special sound-absorbing materials that further reduce sound for even quieter operation.

To further lessen heat loss, Lennox designed the EL180E with an elegantly-styled, durable steel cabinet with high-quality paint finish.

Let the Heating Pros Get the Job Done

If you are still stuck with your old, inefficient furnace, you could be wasting up to 35 percent of every dollar you spent on your heating bills. The U.S. Department of Energy demands that all furnaces must convert at least 80 percent of their fuel into heat.

Bratcher Heating and Air Conditioning is committed to providing homeowners with the latest and most innovative heating systems on the market. If you are in search of a new furnace, call us and we will provide you with all the information needed so you can make a wise decision. After all, you’re not just investing in a new furnace but more importantly, in your family’s overall comfort and safety.

With the Lennox EL180E, you’ll have a system that delivers heat efficiently and quietly. In addition, once we install your new furnace, the utility costs for your home will significantly drop since Lennox continuously works to improve the efficiency of their heating products.

For your peace of mind, know that our HVAC professionals are factory trained and certified to install and maintain the furnace brands we carry. We are knowledgeable in every detail of the units we install and service, so you can be confident about the quality of workmanship we deliver.

Entrust your Peoria furnace repair and installation needs only to the pros at Bratcher Heating and Air Conditioning.

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Lennox EL195E: A Single-Stage Furnace with Power Saver™ Technology

Lennox EL195E: A Single-Stage Furnace with Power Saver™ Technology

January 25, 2018

Lennox EL195E- A Single-Stage Furnace with Power Saver™ Technology

Extremely cold weather can be dangerous to your health. More than any other time of the year, you’ll expect your furnace to keep you and your family comfortably warm during winter. What if your existing furnace isn’t able to keep up with your family’s heating needs due because it’s too old? You won’t allow your family to be in the cold, will you?

When your furnace starts to show signs of decline in performance, you will be faced with the inevitable: choosing between having it constantly repaired or to replace it once and for all. Though investing in a new heating system involves a higher upfront cost than keeping your old, inefficient furnace, you can achieve greater comfort and peace of mind for you and your family if you opt to get a new unit.

If you want to get a system that is able to provide you with consistent heat without the hike in your utility bills, consider upgrading to a new, high-efficiency model.

Bratcher Heating and Air Conditioning is a trusted heating company in Peoria, IL that cares about your comfort and safety more than anything else.

In partnership with Lennox Industries, we provide you with an array of furnace choices that meet your needs and budget.

This article talks about the Lennox EL195E, one of the models in the Lennox Elite Series of furnaces.

Efficiency Ratings of Furnaces

Old furnaces from 30 years ago typically had an annual fuel utilization efficiency of 80 percent or less. This means that at least 20 percent of your heat is being wasted.

There are even older models from forty years ago that had an AFUE of 60 to 65 percent. If you still have one of those, your furnace is blowing 35 to 40 cents in gas costs for every dollar you spent.

On the other hand, high-efficiency heating systems have an AFUE of 90 percent or more. This translates to only 10 percent of your heat goes up the chimney.

Energy-Saving Features of High-Efficiency Furnaces

High-efficiency furnaces incorporate a second heat exchanger to catch much of the heat that would usually escape up the chimney.

Multi-speed and variable-speed blowers lower electric use by matching the blower speed to the heating requirements of the room.

Blower compartments on high-efficiency furnaces are usually insulated to preserve heat. Traditional heating systems normally are not insulated.

Most condensing furnaces use a high-efficiency air filtration system to improve indoor air quality, giving you a safer home environment.

Modulating or variable capacity gas valves and an electronic control system allows for fine adjustments to the burner setting and blower motor speed for better temperature control and energy-efficiency.

Sealed combustion chamber mixes combustion air from outdoors and the fuel at a controlled rate, maximizing the heat generated by the fuel.

Features of the Lennox EL195E

This furnace is ENERGY STAR® qualified. Heating systems that have the ENERGY STAR® label meet or even exceed the U.S. federal standards for energy efficiency.

If you live in a chilly climate, it is recommended to invest in the highest-efficiency system, as it gives you greater savings.

The EL195E’s Power Saver™ motor operates at constant torque to help maintain consistent airflow. 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.

Compared to older, low-efficiency models, the EL195E has an efficiency rating of up to 95 percent AFUE that can save you hundreds of dollars in heating costs per year.

When paired with a Lennox®heat pump, the EL195E creates a system that can automatically alternate between electricity and gas fuel to keep you warm. So you’re always using the most energy-efficient way to keep comfortable.

Every component of the EL296E 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.

With product registration, the EL195E may be eligible for a 10-year Limited Extended Warranty. Lennox also offers a 5-year Limited Warranty on covered parts and Limited Lifetime Warranty on the Heat Exchanger.

Ask the Heating Pros

Call Bratcher Heating and Air Conditioning if you are considering having the Lennox EL195E installed in your home. We hire only qualified and highly trained technicians to ensure all systems we set up are properly installed. We have been serving the heating and air conditioning needs of homeowners in the Central Illinois area since 1983. Contact us for Peoria furnace repair, maintenance and installation.

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Healthy Climate® Whole-Home Bypass Humidifier

Healthy Climate® Whole-Home Bypass Humidifier

January 24, 2018

Healthy Climate® Whole-Home Bypass Humidifier

In extremely cold regions, people can easily catch airborne illnesses such as a sore throat, cough, runny nose and influenza. Humidifiers are essential in adding the right amount of moisture in the air, especially during winter when the air is dry.

A recent study showed that increasing humidity levels to 43 percent or above significantly reduced the ability of airborne viruses to cause flu infections. In fact, in a low humidity environment, 70-77 percent of viruses could transmit the disease through coughs, but when humidity was increased to 43 percent or more, that number dropped to only 14 percent.

Aside from helping you avoid getting sick this winter, a humidifier can also help you get rid of growling morning voice and lessen electric shocks.

Consulting an HVAC company in Champaign, IL like Bratcher Heating and Air Conditioning can help you find advanced solutions on how to properly moisturize the air that circulates throughout your home. Because we care about your home comfort, we partnered with Healthy Climate to offer you some of the best air quality products available on the market today.

How Bypass Humidifiers Can Help

Pairing perfectly with your current HVAC system, bypass home humidifiers operate by controlling humidified air through your furnace or air handler and throughout your home, adding the ideal amount of moisture to the entire home. Humidifiers keep your indoor air from being too dry while also allowing you to turn down the thermostat since humidified air feels warmer. Apparently, turning down your thermostat can also help you lower your monthly energy bills.

Benefits of Humidifiers

Lower Risk of Infections

Viruses and bacteria cannot travel as well in moist air. A humidifier could mean the difference between getting the flu and remaining healthy.

Improved Sleep

If anyone in your home snores, a humidifier may help. We tend to snore more if our sinuses and throats are dry. A moist environment also tends to feel warmer and more comfortable, which can encourage a good night’s sleep.

Faster Healing Process

A humidifier will shorten your suffering if you have a cold, a sinus infection, or the flu. Keeping your nasal passages and your throat moist will help you heal faster, and will reduce symptoms like coughing and sneezing.

Preserved Wood Furnishings

Dry air can damage musical instruments, wood furniture, as well as moldings and doors, causing them to split and crack. A humidifier can help preserve the integrity of the wood, maintaining your items for years to come.

Healthy Climate® Whole-Home Bypass Humidifiers

A Healthy Climate® Whole-Home Bypass Humidifier works with your heating system to keep your home’s air from being too dry. The humidifier adds moisture to the air, and the fan inside your furnace or air handler circulates the humidified air to every room.

  • Effective, whole-house humidity control
  • Adds moisture to your home’s air and works with your heating system to circulate it to every room
  • Attaches directly to your furnace or air handler, making it less intrusive and easier to maintain than portable units
  • No ozone emissions
  • 5-Year Limited Warranty on covered parts
  • Protects home and furnishings by reducing the risk of wood warping and cracking
  • Maintains optimal comfort during heating seasons by minimizing problems associated with dry air
  • Creates a healthier home and lessens skin irritations, sore throats and respiratory problems
  • Provides an easier-to-use and less intrusive option to portable units—no need to constantly fill and clean units
  • 5-Year Limited Warranty on covered components

Let the Air Quality Pros Help You

The Healthy Climate® Whole-Home Bypass Humidifier is engineered to increase your home comfort while lowering your risk of humidity-related health issues.

Call Bratcher Heating and Air Conditioning if you need help in determining whether this humidification system is the right one for your home. We have the answers to any question you may have concerning this product.

We have been the preferred HVAC contractor of homeowners in Central Illinois since 1983. We are here to provide solutions for your Urbana heating and air conditioning needs.

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