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Dave Lennox Signature® Collection XP25 Heat Pump

Dave Lennox Signature® Collection XP25 Heat Pump

January 23, 2018

In recent years, more and more people are switching from ducted air to ductless HVAC systems. Ductless systems make good retrofit add-ons to houses with heating and cooling systems that do not utilize ducts. They can also be a good choice for room additions where extending ductwork is not feasible.

Ductless systems are also known as “mini-splits”. With this type of system, the unit is installed in a window or other opening in the wall or ceiling. The outside unit heats or cools the air and sends it directly to the room in which the indoor unit is located. Hence there are no ducts involved. Each unit functions according to its own settings, having a thermostat for every unit.

Bratcher Heating and Air Conditioning is a leading HVAC company in Bloomington, IL that can help you find the right ductless system for your needs.

This article features the Dave Lennox Signature® Collection XP25 Heat Pump.

Features of the Dave Lennox Signature® Collection XP25 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 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.

With an efficiency rating of up to 23.50 SEER / 10.20 HSPF, this product can save you hundreds of dollars each year, compared to a standard heat pump.

Its variable-capacity, inverter controlled operation works much like the cruise control system of high-performance automobiles, automatically making adjustments as necessary. In the XP25, cooling capacity automatically adjusts up or down, based upon cooling demand, to use only the precise amount of energy needed to maintain temperature within 0.5 degrees of your thermostat setpoint.

Precise Comfort® technology adjusts fan speed, heat and airflow capacity in increments as small as 1% for the ultimate in temperature control.

Climate IQ® technology modifies system output depending on the geographical area to deliver greater comfort and humidity control.

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.

SilentComfort® technology delivers sounds levels as low as 58 dB, up to 50% quieter than a standard heat pump.

When installed with the easy-to-use programmable iComfort Wi-Fi® Touchscreen Thermostat, Its iComfort®-enabled technology allows the XP25 to exchange information and make adjustments as needed to optimize performance and efficiency.

The XP25’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.

Its insulated compressor compartment minimizes operating sounds with innovative materials and industry-leading, vibration-isolating mounts.

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.

Leave it to the Pros

Whether you’re building a new home, adding an extra room or replacing a traditional heating and cooling system, a ductless system is a more practical and economical way to go.

Call Bratcher Heating and Air Conditioning if you want more information about the XP25. We will answer all heating and air conditioning questions you may have. Be one of our valued Normal customers who continue trust us to provide them with high-quality, customized HVAC solutions.

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Lennox MPA Mini-Split Heat Pump

Lennox MPA Mini-Split Heat Pump

January 18, 2018

Lennox MPA Mini-Split Heat Pump

If your current HVAC system fails to transport an even distribution of heated or cooled air throughout your home, you need to have a technician inspect your entire heating and cooling system. That’s because inconsistent heating or cooling can be caused by several factors, one of which is an improperly sized system or ductwork.

In houses with forced-air heating and cooling systems, ducts are used to circulate conditioned air throughout the house. In a common house, however, about 20 to 30 percent of the air that moves through the duct system is lost due to leaks, holes, and poorly connected ducts. This results in higher utility bills and difficulty keeping the house comfortable, no matter how the thermostat is set.

A ductless system is a great solution to the problem of inconsistent heating and cooling or if you have areas in your room where there is no existing ductwork.

Bratcher Heating and Air Conditioning is an HVAC company in Bloomington, IL that carries innovative and cost-effective ductless systems.

Overview of Ductless Systems

Developed in Japan more than 30 years ago, ductless systems are highly efficient zonal heating and cooling systems. They have completely revolutionized the way people heat and cool their homes. More than 50% of the residential air conditioners sold all over the world are ductless heat pumps. Unlike central air, ductless systems do not require ducts to move air. This is one of the reasons why they are the most comfortable, quietest, and energy efficient way to condition the air in your home.

Advantages of Ductless Systems

HVAC zoning is made possible because of ductless systems’ small size. This allows individual rooms to have personalized heating and cooling settings, depending on the occupants’ preferences. This is obtained by having a separate thermostat for each room, making it more energy efficient and highly economical. Compared to conventional HVAC systems, mini splits consume 25 to 50 percent less energy.

In contrast to systems that have ductwork, mini splits are easier to install. It usually takes days to complete the installation of a conventional setup while a ductless system can be operational in as little as one day.

The absence of ducts enables mini splits to avoid energy losses associated with central forced air systems that utilize ductwork. This helps you save money on energy and do your part in helping the environment in the process.

Many ductless systems operate with a remote control to make it easier to manage when it is positioned high on a wall or suspended from a ceiling.

In addition to all of these benefits, certain ductless air conditioners and heat pumps are ENERGY STAR® rated which may qualify for federal and state tax incentives as well as local utility rebates.

Features of the Lennox MPA Mini-Split Heat Pump

  • With an efficiency rating of up to 23.50 SEER and 10.50 HSPF, it keeps you comfortable without generating high utility bills
  • Its inverter technology slowly ramps up system to full speed, delivering only the air that is needed
  • Its unique design makes system safer and more efficient than traditional space heaters
  • Indoor sound levels as low as 29 dB and outdoor levels as low as 51 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

Get Help From the Pros

The Lennox MPA Mini-Split Heat Pump is a great way to provide your family with customized heating and cooling. Call Bratcher Heating and Air Conditioning if you need an expert opinion in deciding whether this product is what’s best for your home.

In partnership with Lennox Industries, we aim to provide you with the best there is to offer.

Our technicians have industry-specific skill sets and are able to properly handle any system installation, repair or maintenance.

Our Normal heating and air conditioning customers keep coming back because their expectations are always met.

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Lennox EL280 Product Feature

Lennox EL280 Product Feature

January 16, 2018

Lennox EL280 Product Feature

Your furnace is an important appliance that helps you live a comfortable life in the midst of a quite harsh winter. But at some point, like any other device, it is bound to fail and have a downturn in performance.

If your heating system has been in need of frequent repairs in the past two years, or if there has been a steady increase on your heating costs, it may be time for you to consider replacing your heating system.

Bratcher Heating and Air Conditioning concentrates on making your home comfortable and energy efficient. That is why we partnered with Lennox Industries to provide you with the best products in heating and cooling.

We are the preferred heating company in Bloomington, IL that offers an array of innovative furnaces designed to give you comfort and safety.

This article talks about the Lennox model EL280 that produces consistent temperatures with two-stage heating, promising greater efficiency and better comfort compared to older, inefficient furnaces.

Features

The EL280 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.

The EL280’s ultra-low continuous fan speed provides a quiet, constant flow of air and enhances indoor air quality devices.

When matched with a Lennox air conditioner or heat pump, the EL280 can improve your cooling Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio (SEER), which leads to greater energy efficiency and lower energy costs.

Energy Efficiency

With an efficiency rating of up to 80 percent AFUE, the EL280 can save you hundreds of dollars in heating costs per year, compared to older, low-efficiency furnaces. (Actual savings will vary depending on your area’s fuel rates and your family’s lifestyle.)

Its dual-fuel capability can be incorporated with an electric heat pump to create a dual-fuel system that maximizes comfort and fuel efficiency by smoothly alternating between electric and gas heat, optimizing energy use and minimizing heating costs.

To minimize heat loss and maximize comfort and efficiency, Lennox created a sealed blower compartment for the EL280.

Performance

This furnace has a Duralok Plus heat exchanger that is built from patented ArmorTuf steel that captures waste heat, and a stainless steel secondary heat exchanger that enables the unit to achieve industry-leading efficiency levels. This solid component exceeds industry requirements and extends the EL280’s lifespan.

The EL280’s SureLight igniter increases its lifetime and improves reliability.

Its SureLight control board effectively controls its operation, guaranteeing better reliability and efficiency.

To further lessen heat loss, Lennox designed the EL280 with an elegantly-styled, durable steel cabinet with high-quality paint finish.

The EL280 include special sound-absorbing materials that further reduce sound for even quieter operation.

Let the Bratcher Heating and Air Conditioning Pros Help You

Here at Bratcher Heating and Air Conditioning, we believe that more than anything else you want to provide your family with a comfortably warm home, especially during the frigid months of winter. After all, you can’t put a price tag on your family’s convenience and safety. An old furnace doesn’t only waste a lot of money onenergy, it also compromises your health because of its lack of efficiency.

If you are considering replacing your current furnace with the Lennox EL280, call us and we will help you make an informed decision.

Our loyal Normal customers continue to rely on us for all their heating and cooling concerns. We provide Central Illinois homeowners with outstanding HVAC solutions including furnace repair, installation, and service.

Because of our effort in providing the best HVAC products and services, we have been selected as a Dave Lennox Premier Dealer that gives us access to even the most advanced and innovative Lennox furnaces.

For your peace of mind, know that our technicians receive special training directly from Lennox to ensure all systems we install are according to the manufacturer’s standards. Our goal is to keep your home comfortable all year long.

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Lennox MLA Mini-Split Heat Pump

Lennox MLA Mini-Split Heat Pump

January 10, 2018

For decades, conventional heating and cooling systems have been giving homeowners the comfort of conditioned air by utilizing ducts. However, in a typical house, about 20 to 30 percent of the air that moves through the duct system is lost due to leaks, holes, and poorly connected ducts. This results in higher utility bills and complexities in keeping the house comfortable, no matter how the thermostat is set.

Signs Your Home Has Ineffective Ducts

  • High summer and winter utility bills
  • Rooms that are difficult to heat and cool
  • Humid rooms that never seem to feel comfortable
  • Ducts that are located in an attic, crawlspace, or the garage
  • Tangled or kinked flexible ducts in your system

(Source:energystar.gov)

A ductless system is an efficient solution to the problem of inconsistent heating or cooling.

In cooperation with Lennox Industries, Bratcher Heating and Air Conditioning is a trusted heating company in Champaign, IL that provides energy-efficient ductless systems to help you achieve constant heating and cooling for your home.

This article talks about the advantages of ductless systems and also highlights the Lennox MLA Mini-Split Heat Pump that boasts outstanding cold-climate capabilities, which operates in temperatures as low as -22°F.

What is a Ductless System?

Started in Japan more than 30 years ago, ductless systems are highly efficient heating and cooling systems that enable homeowners to HVAC zone their houses. These systems have completely transformed the way people heat and cool their homes.

Compared to central air, ductless systems do not need ducts to move air. This is one of the reasons why they are the most comfortable, quietest, and energy-efficient way to condition the air in your home.

Benefits of Ductless Systems

One of the main advantages of having a ductless system installed in your home is the possibility of zoning. This allows certain rooms to have individual heating and cooling settings, depending on the occupants’ preferences. This is made possible by having a separate thermostat for each room, making it more energy-efficient and highly economical. Compared to centralized HVAC systems, mini-splits consume 25 to 50 percent less energy.

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 up and running in as little as one day.

Since mini-splits do not need ducts to move air, you will get rid of energy losses related to central forced air systems that utilize ductwork. This helps you save money on energy and do your part in helping the environment in the process.

Ductless systems usually operate with a remote control to make it easier to manage when it is positioned high on a wall or suspended from a ceiling.

Also, certain ductless air conditioners and heat pumps are ENERGY STAR® rated which may qualify for federal and state tax incentives as well as local utility rebates.

Features of the Lennox MLA Mini-Split Heat Pump

  • With an efficiency rating of up to 24.00 SEER and 11.00 HSPF, it keeps you comfortable without generating high utility bills
  • Indoor sound levels as low as 24 dB and outdoor levels as low as 52 dB
  • Secure installation leave you less vulnerable to problems associated with window units, such as insects, weather elements and theft
  • Ductless design eliminates complicated installation or expensive modification
  • All-in-one heating and cooling delivers efficient, year-round comfort for virtually any room
  • Five indoor comfort zones can be supported by one outdoor unit, creating a customized whole-home heating and cooling solution

Let the Pros Help You

Whether you have a new construction, a first-time system replacement, or have an area that has no ductwork, a ductless system is a wise choice.

For assistance on how to get the Lennox MLA Mini-Split Heat Pump professionally installed in your home, call Bratcher Heating and Air Conditioning. Our technicians are certified and experienced to install ductless systems and are factory-trained to ensure the installation meets the manufacturer’s specifications.

Our goal is to become your first choice for all your Urbana heating and air conditioning needs.

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Highlighting the Lennox Healthy Climate® Heat Recovery Ventilator (HRV)

Highlighting the Lennox Healthy Climate® Heat Recovery Ventilator (HRV)

January 9, 2018

Highlighting the Lennox Healthy Climate® Heat Recovery Ventilator (HRV)

Most homeowners today are aware that insulating a new or existing home is effective at minimizing home heating bills and energy waste. However, with all the advantages to building energy-efficient homes, there is at least one significant drawback – lack of fresh air.  A consistent supply of fresh air is important to keeping your family healthy, maintaining comfort and reducing the risk of long-term damage to building materials. Energy efficient homes, whether new or existing, require whole-house ventilation to maintain indoor air quality and what you choose will depend upon your climate, budget and the availability of experienced contractors in your area.

Thankfully, Lennox has an innovative solution that can improve your indoor environment. For maximum comfort, a Heat Recovery Ventilator system catches heat from contaminated air before it is transferred outdoors. In this article, we will talk about the Healthy Climate® Heat Recovery Ventilator (HRV).

Bratcher Heating and Air Conditioning is an HVAC company in Peoria, IL that offers homeowners solutions to keep your indoor air fresh and safe.

How Heat Recovery Ventilators Work

A heat-recovery ventilator (HRV) is similar to a balanced ventilation system, except it uses the heat in the outgoing stale air to warm up the fresh air. A typical unit features two fans—one to take out household air and the other to bring in fresh air.

Ventilator System Practical Applications

A ventilator can be useful if your home has any of these issues:

  • Tight construction helps save energy, but it can also make your air watery and muggy.
  • Attached garages can contain contaminants such as car fumes that can seep into your home.
  • Spray-foam insulation helps keep your home warm, but it also means that indoor air is continually recirculated.

Healthy Climate® Heat Recovery Ventilator (HRV) Benefits

While it is true that opening a window can make your air feel less musty, it wouldn’t be practical during the hotter and colder months of the year. In addition, it invites pollen and other allergens into your home.

A Healthy Climate® Heat Recovery Ventilator (HRV) helps keep your indoor air fresh without creating a possibly annoying situation.

If you live in a region with extreme weather, a Healthy Climate® Heat Recovery Ventilator (HRV) can help channel heat from inside your home and transfer it to incoming fresh air from outside. This allows your home to have greater comfort and helps control condensation during winter.

A Healthy Climate® Heat Recovery Ventilator (HRV) moves stale air from your house and keeping your indoor air comfortable at the same time. This process makes sure no energy is wasted.

Understand that there are some indoor air quality systems on the market that have negative effects on the environment. It’s good to know that Healthy Climate® ventilation systems freshen the air without producing ozone, a toxic gas that can irritate the lungs.

A Healthy Climate® Heat Recovery Ventilator (HRV) will not restrict airflow for proper filtration.

Lennox backs this model with a 5-year limited warranty on covered components and a limited lifetime warranty on the aluminum core.

Also, all units include a Healthy Climate® wall control.

Call the Experts in Ventilation

Since 1983, Bratcher Heating and Air Conditioning has been focused on providing our customers with the best HVAC solutions available.

Because of our dedication to excellent customer service and outstanding craftsmanship, Lennox has given us the Dave Lennox Premier Dealer distinction. This honor enables us to offer a complete line of Lennox-branded heating and cooling solutions including air quality products such as the Healthy Climate® Heat Recovery Ventilator (HRV).

Our certified technicians are knowledgeable and experienced in all heating and air conditioning systems. They receive specialized training directly from manufacturers, making sure we meet their standards for installation, repair, and maintenance.

Be one of our loyal Peoria customers who repeatedly call us for their heating and air conditioning needs.

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Lennox Elite EL296E: A Two-Stage Energy Saver

Lennox Elite EL296E: A Two-Stage Energy Saver

January 8, 2018

Lennox Elite EL296E - A Two-Stage Energy Saver

An older, inefficient furnace can cause you unnecessary stress during winter. That’s because old furnaces no longer have the performance they once had. Turn back a few years earlier, your heating system was probably able to handle the load required to keep your family warm and comfortable. However, those days are gone if your unit has been serving you for the past 15 years. This is especially true if your furnace hasn’t been receiving its regular professional checkups.

If you want to get a system that is able to provide you with consistent heat without the boost in your utility bills, upgrade to a new, high-efficiency furnace.

Bratcher Heating and Air Conditioning is a heating company in Bloomington, IL that concentrates on giving the absolute best in HVAC products and services. To meet this goal, we partnered with Lennox Industries to offer high-efficiency furnaces created to give you maximum comfort and savings.

This article features one of the models in Lennox’s Elite Series, the EL296E.

Benefits of High-Efficiency Furnaces

In order to fully appreciate the EL296E, let’s first talk about the benefits you can get out of any high-efficiency furnace.

A condensing furnace uses vent damper that is programmed in such a way that it automatically shuts the flue pipe when the burners are turned off. This results in shutting in the warm air inside, in turn reducing the amount of heat loss.

High-efficiency furnaces use multi-speed and variable-speed blowers that lower electric usage by matching the blower speed to the heating demands of the room.

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

Features of the Lennox EL296E

This furnace is ENERGY STAR® qualified, which means the unit meets and exceeds US federal guidelines for energy efficiency.

Its Power Saver™ motor operates at constant torque to help maintain consistent air flow. 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 EL296E has an efficiency rating of 96 percent AFUE that can save you hundreds of dollars in heating costs per year.

The EL296E also has the capacity to make your home feel better during summer months. By operating at its lower speed, air spends more time in contact with the outside coil, the cooling engine of your air-conditioning unit. This helps reduce moisture levels inside your home to enhance your comfort.

When paired with a Lennox®heat pump, the EL296E 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.

Its Two-Stage Gas Valve operates at a lower heating output for efficiency, switching to a higher output only when needed.

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 EL296E 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.

Call the HVAC Experts

If your current heating system is approaching the end of its lifespan, you may think a high-efficiency furnace would cost way too much. But in reality, rebates and tax credits in your area can make a new system incredibly affordable.

Talk to Bratcher Heating and Air Conditioning about any available incentives to upgrade your system. We have been helping Normal, IL homeowners get the right high-efficiency furnaces for their homes since 1983. Our customers have come to rely on us for furnace repair, installation, and maintenance.

Our technicians are Lennox-trained and certified to install even the most advanced Lennox-branded heating systems, such as the Elite Series and the Dave Lennox Signature Series.

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