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Furnace Warning Signs

Take a minute to think about what it would be like to spend a winter day in Berks County without heat. Your family would have to wear many layers and bundle up in blankets just to keep warm. Luckily, you will never have to know a full day without heat thanks to B&L Ott’s emergency repair service. Yet, if you regularly inspect your furnace, you can catch a failing system before it is too late. Watch for these warning signs and be sure to take care of them as soon as possible.

Pilot LightYellow Pilot Light

Typically the pilot light on your furnace should be blue. A yellow pilot light can signal a variety of problems. The most common fix for a yellow pilot light is a good cleaning. As the pilot burns, it creates deposits on the pilot. If too much ash builds up, it begins to cause problems. These deposits should be cleaned off every year to ensure proper operation.

If you notice a yellow pilot flame, you should call B&L Ott to set up a cleaning. B&L Ott will clean the furnace/pilot to ensure proper operation.

Skyrocketing Energy Bills

If your energy bills have been on the rise, but you haven’t been using more energy than usual, your HVAC system may be having efficiency issues. Higher energy bills could mean a number of things. If something is causing problems within your system, your unit will have to work harder and longer to reach your desired temperature. This causes your system to use more energy and costs you more.

High energy bills can occur for many reasons, but the most common reason is old age. The best solution is to call B&L Ott for a diagnosis. One of our trained technicians will inspect your furnace and find the issue. If the problem can be fixed, we will repair it for you. If not, we will help you choose and install a replacement.

Loud Noises

If you hear strange noises coming from your furnace, there could be a variety of problems. Scraping sounds may mean that there is something wrong with the blower or motor mount. Banging or popping sounds typically signal a dirty furnace blower or expanding air ducts. Squealing or whining sounds can be caused by problems with the blower belt, shaft bearings, or blower motor.

The best way to ensure that your system gets properly diagnosed and fixed is to schedule an appointment with B&L Ott. Our technicians are trained to find even the smallest of details that could mean trouble. Be sure to get your furnace inspected before it’s too late!

Strange Smells

Bacteria buildup may be your problem if you notice a strange smell coming from your furnace. It can build up on the inside or outside of your unit. This problem typically occurs when the system has not been cleaned often enough. You may also notice this problem if you do not have the proper air filtration in place to destroy the bacteria. B&L Ott can help you properly clean your system and install the right air filtration system.

Unstable Thermostat Readings

Does the temperature in your home match the temperature on your thermostat? If not, your thermostat may be malfunctioning. This issue can occur if your thermostat was not installed properly or if your system is getting old. A certified technician from B&L Ott has to knowledge and skills to find the cause of the problem and fix your thermostat.

Frequent Repairs

Another sign that your HVAC system is nearing the end of its life is needing frequent repairs. This problem can also be caused by lack of maintenance. The parts deteriorate after a while and your system becomes less reliable. Talk to a B&L Ott technician to help you decide if you should fix or replace your system. If your system is failing, consider our system replacement planning service.

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Popular HVAC Models Installed by B&L Ott

Choosing an HVAC is an important decision. Whichever model you choose will warm, cool, and clean your home’s air for the next decade or two. With this in mind, you may research for hours to make sure you get the right one. There are many different brands, models, sizes, and features to sort through. Let B&L Ott save you some time by recommending three of the most popular models.

We prefer Trane brand HVAC systems for their reliability, durability, and efficiency. If you have questions or need help choosing a model, contact the professionals at B&L Ott in Berks County.

XC95m Furnace

If you are looking for a high efficiency, money saver, the XC95m may be the right HVAC system for you. At 95% efficiency, it will save the home owner big time on natural gas bills, over their older 80% model. This is the model B&L Ott installs most often for customers. The XC95m can be set up in almost any home situation with ductwork.

Finding warm and cool spots throughout your home can be frustrating. This model features a variable speed blower motor that can help combat uneven heating throughout your home. With its high efficiency, the XC95m is also cost effective. A majority of older furnaces operate between 75%-80% efficient. This means that for every dollar that you spend on heating your home, only 75 cents goes to heating the house and 25 cents go out the chimney. For every dollar spent with the XC95m, 95 cents go towards heating your home.

The XC95 comes in many different sizes to fit almost any home. It is also the most durable furnace in its class. Its heat exchanger and powder coated metal casing are crimped instead of welded. This allows it to withstand the harshest of Berks County weather conditions. With yearly maintenance and proper installation from B&L Ott, this model will serve you for 15-20 years.

XV18 Air Conditioner

trane air conditioning unitsAnother popular model is the XV18 air conditioner. This model dehumidifies better than any other unit. B&L Ott can install this model in a home of any size with ductwork. At the heart of the system lies a variable speed compressor. It is the most reliable, quiet, and energy efficient compressor that Trane makes. At 18 SEER (SEER is like MPG on a car), the XV18 is highly efficient. Compared to an older conventional A/C unit, you will spend much less to keep your house at the same, if not cooler temperature.

Like the XC95m, the XV18 is extremely durable with a powder coated, louvered case. Even the screws are zinc plated to prevent rusting. This unit will last season after season, and will not break down due to weathering. This model requires yearly maintenance from B&L Ott to help ensure efficiency and reliability. The life expectancy of a well-maintained XV18, when installed by B&L OTT, is 15-20 years.

Trane Clean Effects Electronic Air Cleaner

If you are looking for a system to clean the air in your home, the Trane Clean Effects electronic air cleaner may be your best choice. This model is 99.98% effective at removing airborne particles from your breathing air. It can filter dust and allergens out of the air, down to .1 microns. That’s 700 times smaller than a human hair! B&L Ott can install this model into any home with enough space and ductwork.

This system saves you money by keeping the system clean. Because the dust and dirt are not getting through the filter, it is not getting stuck on vital parts of the system. Dirt and dust build up will decrease any HVACs efficiency. It may also cause premature failure of the system.

The Trane Clean Effects has a powder coated case and micro engendered internal parts making it durable. This system should be cleaned twice a year by a Trane certified technician. With proper maintenance and installation from B&L Ott, it will provide 10+ years of dependable service.

 

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B&L Ott Sponsoring Schuylkill Valley Ice Hockey

At B&L Ott, we believe that there is nothing more rewarding than making a positive difference in the lives of others. When it comes to supporting the community, B&L Ott gives back in more ways than one. Our team works daily to keep your HVAC system running so you can keep your family comfortable. We strive to go above and beyond our friends and neighbors as well. One way we show support to the Berks County community is by sponsoring the Schuylkill Valley Ice Hockey team.

How Did Our Sponsorship Start?

The B&L Ott HVAC team is comprised of many Schuylkill Valley and Hamburg graduates. All of us have participated in some type of sport. We know how important athletics are. They keep students healthy and teach them valuable life skills. Our time spent playing organized sports helped shape us and develop our sense of team.

Everyone in our company focuses on the team as a whole – there is not a person at B&L Ott who puts themselves before the team.  We all work together for a common goal – to serve others.  When the Schuylkill Valley Ice Hockey League reached out in need of support, we were proud to become a sponsor.

How Do We Help?

B&L Ott provides sponsorship to help defray the team’s costs and make playing hockey more affordable for the students.  We occasionally attend their games and have hosted multiple post-game pizza parties for the players.

On Friday, February 10th, we will also assist with the team’s senior night. Senior night is a special night that commemorates the senior player’s contribution to their team and honors their growth as athletes. All of the senior players will receive photos, frames, and balloons. We will also provide flowers for the mothers and cupcakes for the fathers. There will also be a special present for all of the players at the senior night party.

Who Participates?

Everyone on the B&L Ott team participates in one way or another!  Our technicians Eric & Nate recently attended one of Schuylkill Valley’s games. The office staff coordinates all of our donations to the team.  Our techs even put together a box of B&L Ott T-Shirts for all the kids and parents. With everyone contributing, we can put our best foot forward for the team.

Why Do We Do It?

“We love contributing to the team, especially since so many of us graduated from Schuylkill Valley and played sports.  Our belief is that organized sports with proper coaching can mold students into responsible adults.  It can give them a sense of belonging, self-confidence, a teamwork attitude, discipline, loyalty, drive, and passion.  All of these are features we look for in potential hires.

A team environment is one of the central themes within our company.  There is no “I” – we all work together.  No one works for me – they work with me; for themselves, their families and for our fellow team members and our customers.  We work as a team.  That sense of loyalty and dedication came from a lifetime of organized sports and the ‘hard working, never give up attitude’ instilled in me by ‘Pop’, Brian Ott, the founder of the company.  You will be hard pressed to find someone who will work harder for everyone other than himself.

Anytime we can help to instill a sense of teamwork in kids, it is a huge win for us.  We also participate with BCTC and the Co-Op program to employ students and help develop them into professionals.  That partnership has brought us a huge sense of satisfaction that we receive as a team.  Participating with the Schuylkill Valley sports teams was a logical extension – to give back to the school that gave so much, to so many of us.” -Ryan Ott

 

 

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Common Reasons for Heater Repairs and How to Prevent Them

heating repairIn Berks County, winter is when you need your heater the most. Some years temperatures drop below zero. Add wind chill and your home’s temperature will drop rapidly when your heating system breaks down. Don’t let your family lose heat in the dead of winter. Use these HVAC care tips to help avoid some of these common problems.

Scheduling maintenance visits with B&L Ott will help keep your HVAC system working year round. However, if you do run into any issues, we also offer emergency repair services. A professional technician will find the source of the problem and recommend the best solution. If you take good care of your unit, though, you can decrease the number of repairs your system will need.

Lack of Maintenance

As with any machine, neglecting your furnace, heat pump or boiler will cause problems. To avoid problems, you should inspect your system and change its filter regularly. You should also schedule service with B&L Ott every year for a thorough inspection. Our monthly maintenance agreement is a popular choice among customers. It helps you track your heater’s health and keep it running year round.

When you schedule maintenance, we will clean all safeties and sensors. We will also check all major and minor components of the unit to ensure flawless operation. We can see problems forming and recommend fixes. This will ensure that you don’t have a break down when you need your system. You will also save money in the long run by preventing costly repairs.

Clogged Filters

A dirty filter can wreak havoc on your heating unit by restricting airflow and suffocating the system. Clogged filters can lead to overheating, blower failure, and improper airflow. When these problems get neglected for too long, your system will likely fail prematurely.

To avoid these problems, be sure to change your filters as specified in the owner’s manual. Generally, 1” filters should be checked and replaced every 30 days. However, some filters last longer than others. Changing your filter too often can also damage your system. If you are unsure, we recommend scheduling an appointment with one of our technicians to learn how to properly care for your heater. If you experience problems due to a clogged filter, be sure to contact B&L Ott for maintenance and repairs.

Weathering

Weather may cause your unit to break down over time. In this case, you may notice decreased efficiency and higher energy bills. When parts deteriorate, they will not work with the same precision. This makes your HVAC to work harder. In harsh conditions, damaged parts may lead to a system failure. To avoid these problems, schedule regular maintenance services with B&L Ott. We will clear the built up debris to prevent problems such as clogging and rust.

You may also want to consider buying a protective cover for your outdoor unit. This will keep out snow, ice, and leaves. Protective covers can be an effective way to preserve your system. However, it is important to know that covers can NOT be used with heat pumps. Also, they can only be used with air conditioners when they are turned off. Running a unit with the cover on WILL cause extensive damage. Be sure to contact B&L Ott before putting a cover on any Trane brand unit.

Thermostat Malfunctions

Age or improper installation can cause your thermostat to malfunction. Your home’s temperature should be within 3-5 degrees of the set temperature. If the numbers are not accurate, your thermostat may need to be repaired or replaced. However, it is difficult to determine if your thermostat is malfunctioning. Call B&L Ott to have a trained technician help you.

Age

The best way to extend your HVAC system’s life is to perform proper maintenance to prevent wear and tear. B&L Ott can provide any type of upkeep or repairs you may need. If you notice more breakdowns or higher utility bills, your system may be nearing the end of its life.  Talk to a well-trained technician who knows what to look for. They will notice even the smallest details that indicate that your system is nearing total failure.

You may want to consider system replacement planning. This B&L Ott service helps you plan for the eventual breakdown of your system. We can help you choose a new model and schedule the installation. The replacement will be on your time when you are ready. You won’t have to experience a complete shut down at the most inopportune time. B&L Ott’s system replacement planning service gives you the time you need to plan and saves you stress.

 

 

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Common Questions about Generac Generators

generac generatorEvery Berks County resident knows how bad the Pennsylvania roads can get in the winter. It only takes one bad patch of black ice for a car to spin out, hit a pole, and cause you to lose power. Not to mention falling tree branches if you live in the woods.

Without a generator, life during a power outage becomes tricky. If you’re thinking about buying a new generator, you may have many questions. B&L Ott is here to help by covering the basics with these common questions. If you have more questions, you can contact us by phone or through our website.

What is a Generac Generator?

A Generac generator is a system that supplies electricity to your home when you lose power. They are typically installed just outside of your home. They run on either natural gas or liquid propane.

How Does a Generac Generator Work?

Power outages are sensed by an automatic transfer switch.  The switch immediately tells the system to turn on. Then a supply of electricity is sent into your home to power your appliances. This process can occur so seamlessly that some owners may not realize that they lost power. The generator produces electricity the same way your power company does. It just happens on a smaller scale.

What Maintenance Does It Require?

Yearly maintenance is required for a Generac Generator. During this time, B&L Ott, we will change the oil, oil filter, air filter, and spark plugs. We also run full system diagnostics. This includes testing the transfer switch, the battery, valve clearance in the motor, and all other components. We will make sure that the system is operating properly to ensure that you have power when you need it most. Our certified technicians can perform any service or maintenance that you may need.

Will It Power Everything In My House?

A Generac Generator can power everything in your home, but it does have limitations. If you have an all-electric home, it can be difficult to find a model large enough to power everything. However, we do offer alternatives to get the power where you need it. We can install modules that will cut power to unnecessary appliances. This will ensure that you can power the most important appliances.

It is rare that we cannot power everything. Talk to a B&L Ott comfort consultant to learn if we can find a generator that can power every appliance in your home.

Are They All Automatic?

Whole-home systems are all automatic. This is one of the greatest features Generac Generators have to offer. When a power outage occurs, your home will regain power within seconds. Even if you are away from home, you don’t have to worry about your pipes freezing or your food spoiling.

How Do I Choose the Right Size for My Home?

There are many models and sizes available for whole-home generators. While you may be able to generally determine what size you need, talking to a B&L Ott professional is helpful in many ways. With years of experience, our technicians know what sizes, features, and models work best.

Rather than researching for hours, you can schedule a free in-home consultation. Tell us about your situation and we will give you our professional opinion. We will take your wants, home, and budget into consideration. Then we will help you choose the best Generac Generator for your home.

How Long Does It Take to Install?

B&L Ott can install your new generator in just one day. We will arrive at your home around 8 am and finish around 4 pm. Timing can vary depending on the difficulty of the installation. On installation day, you should plan on being without power. Be sure to prepare and take care of any activities that need electricity beforehand. After installation day, you will never have to be without power again.

Once your new system is installed, we will teach you everything you need to know. We will show you signs to look for to ensure that your generator is always operating properly. Then the technician will program your system to run a weekly exercise mode. This will help keep the motor running efficiently.  Finally, B&L Ott will schedule your complimentary maintenance visit to service your generator.

Why Should I Choose Generac?

Unlike other companies, Generac’s sole focus is power generation and generators. They do not perform any other services or sell any other products. This allows the manufacturer to focus only on improving their generators so that you get a quality product. Generac is the number one selling brand of whole home generators among homeowners. They are preferred by 7 out of 10 homeowners who invest in home backup power. When you back that with B&L Ott’s 24/7/365 service, you get reliability you can feel comfortable about.

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B&L Ott’s Routine Maintenance Service: What to Expect

routine hvac maintenanceDoes your B&L Ott HVAC system need routine maintenance? Every home and its air system can benefit from regular upkeep. A thorough inspection will help you find small problems before they become expensive repairs. So, what can you expect when you schedule B&L Ott’s preventive maintenance service?

Cleaning

If dirt gets into the functional areas of your system, it can cause problems that decrease the efficiency of your machine. Decreased efficiency means higher energy bills. That is why B&L Ott starts by carefully removing harmful debris. Unlike other companies in the Berks County area, our service includes coil cleaning as a standard! The coil handles heat transfer and is crucial for maintaining an operational system.

Diagnostic Evaluation

We also perform a diagnostic evaluation to determine the health of your system. We will estimate the remaining life expectancy based on the condition and age of the parts. One of our technicians will also teach you how to optimize the use, comfort and efficiency of your system.  If your system is nearing the end of its life, they will also help you plan and budget for a replacement.

Our diagnostic evaluation helps ensure your family’s safety. During your appointment, B&L Ott performs a variety of tests (including a carbon monoxide test) to check for potential gas leaks.  The critical components of your HVAC system will also be inspected to verify that your heater is safe to use.

Maintenance

When it comes to maintaining an HVAC system, B&L Ott believes that there is a right way and a wrong way. Any inferior form of maintenance is completely ineffective. There are many different styles of “maintenance programs” out there. We make sure that our examination is thorough and honest.

We will test every component in your system down to the outdoor air conditioner coil. You won’t find an asterisk in our program. We take various measurements to verify that each part is operating inside of design parameters. Some measurements include amp draw, voltage, microfarads, megohms, airflow, temperatures, pressures, and sound. These tests help us pinpoint problems and determine which factors need attention.

Inspection Report

After performing tests and maintenance, we can predict potential future failures. We will discuss our findings with you. Then a B&L Ott technician will make professional recommendations to keep your system running efficiently. Be prepared to answer a few questions about HVAC usage. Examples include,

  • Are you comfortable in every room of your house?
  • Are you suffering from any allergies or breathing conditions?

These questions will help determine if your needs are being met by your current system. Our job is to provide you with your ideal indoor environment.

How Often Should I Schedule Preventive Maintenance?

Preventive Maintenance should be performed annually for all equipment. Typically customers will schedule an appointment in the spring/summer for their air conditioner. Then in fall/winter, they will request service for their heating system. You wouldn’t let your car go without oil changes, tire rotations, and brake replacements. Just like your car, your HVAC system needs regular cleaning and repairs.

Why Should I Schedule Maintenance?

B&L Ott’s service has a variety of benefits. There are no tricks, no clever wording designed to confuse. We provide the most comprehensive maintenance program for the price it costs to do the job right. We will help you effectively condition your home to keep your system running efficiently. This will reduce operating costs, prevent breakdowns, and extend the life expectancy of your system. It will also decrease the overall cost of ownership.

B&L Ott teamWhy Use B&L Ott?

We understand the importance of maintenance. Just like your HVAC system, we use a rigorous schedule to keep our equipment in top shape. Given that we provide an emergency service, our trucks must be reliable. With regular cleaning and servicing, our trucks range in age from 1-12 years old.  Each truck typically lasts 250,000 – 300,000 miles in its lifetime. That is with a giant service box on the back and thousands of pounds worth of tools in it. You wouldn’t want a company who constantly had brand new trucks. Yet, you also wouldn’t want a company with a broken down, unreliable truck.

We believe in taking care of our equipment so that our tools work when we need them most.  If we have a rigorous maintenance schedule for all of our equipment, what does that tell you about the importance of your HVAC’s preservation? Keep your B&L Ott system running by scheduling routine maintenance from B&L Ott today!

 

 

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Tips for Choosing the Right B&L Ott Air Purifier

Different air purifiers can benefit your home and family in a variety of ways. They can keep your rooms cleaner, make breathing easier, or eliminate odors. With so many different types on the market, selecting the right air purifier can be confusing. You could research different brands for hours and still be undecided. If you are considering a new air cleaner, let B&L Ott help. Choosing the right model can be made easier by asking yourself some simple questions.

What is Your Reason for Buying an Air Purification System?

The first step in choosing an air purifier is to consider why you want one. What factors in your home environment are you trying to control? Take a few minutes to think about which factors and features are important to you. Determine how important each factor is. Then schedule an appointment with a B&L Ott technician. Tell them what you are looking for and they will recommend some models within your budget. They will also answer any questions you may have.

Dust Control

If you have a lot of dust around your home, you will want to make dust control one of your primary focuses. Air purifiers utilize filters to clean the air in your home. Filters are made of tightly woven fibers that work like a spider’s web. As air flows through the filter dirt particles get caught in the fibers while the air passes through.

Allergen Control

Allergens in your home can be a pain, especially for those with allergies or asthma. If someone in your family has been sneezing or having trouble breathing, a B&L Ott air purifier may help. This filtration process works just like dust control. However, you will want to choose a brand that can filter the smaller allergen particles. This feature can also help catch and stop viruses.

Odor Control

Even if you don’t notice odors in your home, an air purifier can keep your home smelling fresh for visitors. Models with odor control features are helpful for homes with pets, smokers, etc. Some of B&L Ott’s high-quality filters can also get rid of cooking odors or musty scents.

indoor air cleanersDo You Have a Ducted Heating and Air Conditioning System?

Another factor to consider is whether you have a ducted HVAC system. Many types work in conjunction with your HVAC system. This combination is more efficient at capturing and cleaning more of the air in your home. It can also prolong the life of your HVAC system by keeping debris away from the coil and blower. B&L Ott also offers a variety of stand-alone air purifiers as well.

B&L Ott Options

Curious about what brands B&L Ott has to offer? Check out some of our most popular models and their features below!

Air Scrubber
  • Originally manufactured for NASA.
  • Reduces dust and other contaminants.
  • Reduces odors from smoke, pet odor, cooking odor, etc.
  • Reduces particles that aggravate allergies and asthma.
  • Prolongs your HVAC system’s life. (It keeps debris from clogging and damaging the coil and blower.)
  • Reduces surface contaminants in your home by 99% in 24 hours on average.
  • Compliant with the EPA, FDA, OSHA, and California Air Resource Board.
  • Easy for B&L Ott to install with 100% satisfaction guaranteed!
Trane CleanEffects
  • Filters down to .1 micron (This includes ultra-fine particles. The average strand of human hair is 50-70 microns.)
  • Utilized a 3-tiered filtration system, including pre-filter, charging field, and honeycombed collection-cells.
  • 100 times more effective than a 1″ filter.
  • Can reduce dust in the home by 50%.
  • Verified by Harvard School of Public Health.
Perfect Fit Media Filter
  • 20 times more effective than a 1″ filter.
  • Requires annual replacement.
  • Keeps your HVAC system run efficiently and makes your system last longer. (Filters more particles before they reach the coil and fan.)

Learn more by calling B&L Ott at 610-816-6026. You can also schedule an appointment by contacting us through our website at http://otthvac.com/contact-us/.

Testimonials

“When my wife got home, she instantly noticed a difference. I told her about the air scrubber and she said, ‘get another one for upstairs!’. It finally removed the smoke smell from the house.”

“I was skeptical, but it works… I can’t believe how well it works”

“We used a lot of air fresheners in the house, which we didn’t realize had harmful VOC’s. We had the air scrubber installed, threw the ‘air fresheners’ out, and haven’t looked back. The house smells cleaner.”

“Last year our family passed around a lot of germs. Seemed like we kept getting each other sick. Since you put our air scrubber in this season, we’ve been much healthier so far this winter.”

 

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Ways Your Berks County Home Might Lose Heat This Winter and How to Prevent It

winter-670314_960_720Heating typically takes up a majority of your energy bill in the winter. When you lose heat due to air leaks or blockages, your bills will hike even higher. There are a variety of places you may be losing heat in your Berks County home.

Let’s take a look at some common areas that you might be losing efficiency, and how to prevent it!

 

 

Windows and Doors

Doors and windows are a major source of heat loss. Weathering can cause gaps around the edges that allow heat to escape. When the wind blows, more cold air may also come in. This creates extra work for your B&L Ott HVAC system and costs you more. Openings under the door, pet doors, and mail slots can also allow warm air to escape.

Thick curtains can help insulate your windows by helping to block the air. Keep the curtains closed during the evening and night. Then open them during the day so that the natural sunlight can warm your home.

You can use a draft guard to block air from escaping through the openings under doors. To stop air loss from pet doors, use rubber insulation and seal the frame with silicone. If you have a mail slot you can help block air by using a storm door. Another option is to block off the mail slot and install a separate mailbox outside.

Ceilings, Walls, and Floors

Ceilings, walls, and floors are three other major places where you may be losing heat. When insulating, one of your primary focuses should be the attic as a large portion of your home’s heat may be lost there.

Walls with a cavity can be insulated by injecting the walls with insulating materials. If you have solid walls, you will have to add insulation either internally or externally. For floors, you can install insulation or underfloor heating. Adding a rug can also be helpful. B&L Ott recommends hiring a professional to ensure that the insulation is installed properly.

Chimney

buildings-905322_960_720While chimneys look nice, they are not the most efficient way to warm a home. If the damper is damaged, your chimney may actually pull cool air in. This will increase your energy bills.  Check your damper before winter begins and make sure it is sealed tight. There are also a variety of energy-saving accessories you can buy.  Examples include flue sealers, doors, heat exchangers, chimney balloons, and inserts.

Furniture Blocking Air Flow

Furniture near your vents or radiator will block heat from circulating throughout your home. In this situation, you end up paying for heat you are not benefiting from. You may also end up with cold spots when the warm air can’t blow further into the room.

Air Ducts

Similar to furniture blocking your air vents, warm air can be blocked by debris inside of your air ducts. Over time, dust piles up in your vents. As the piles grow, the more air gets trapped in your air ducts. Again, you end up paying for heat that you are not using. B&L Ott offers duct cleaning services to help prevent this problem. You should have your ducts cleaned every 5-7 years.

Improperly Sized Unit

Having a unit that is too large or too small can also decrease the efficiency of your home and cost you more. A unit that is too small will end up working too hard and may leave your home unevenly heated. On the other hand, a system that is too large will turn on and off more often. Since HVAC systems use the most energy during startup, this process is inefficient. It can also decrease the lifespan of your system.

To ensure that you have the right unit for your home, contact the professionals at B&L Ott. We can install a new heating system for you or help maintain your current HVAC system. B&L Ott can help you maximize unit’s efficiency so you can save money while keeping your family warm.

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Benefits of Getting Your Air Ducts Cleaned by B&L Ott

Unless you have a severe dust problem, it can be easy to forget about cleaning your air ducts. If you aren’t having problems with your air quality, you may focus on more important projects. Even if you are not having problems, it is important to inspect your air vents and HVAC system regularly. You should get them cleaned by B&L Ott before too much debris accumulates. You might be surprised at by how much dirty air vents can affect your indoor air quality.

Cleaner Environment and Indoor Air Quality

Having your air ducts cleaned by B&L Ott will improve the air quality in your home environment.

Get Rid of Contaminants

If you wait too long certain contaminates may start to infiltrate your home. Too much moisture can bring mold. Built up dust can house vermin and pests. These problems can be tricky and expensive to deal with. Regular cleaning from B&L Ott will keep the airways clear and dry so you can avoid these problems.

Better Health

When too much dust builds up in your airways, your filters may not work properly. When your HVAC system turns on, allergens will get blown into your home. You may notice family members sneezing or having trouble breathing when your airways are clogged. In this case, you should contact B&L Ott for inspection and cleaning. You can also visit our blog for advice on keeping a cleaner home environment.

 Clean Less Often

After your air ducts are cleaned by B&L Ott, you may find that you don’t need to clean your home as often. When the airways are clogged with debris, a lot more dust gets pushed into your home. In this case, you may find yourself having to clean more often than usual.

Better HVAC Efficiency

Using B&L Ott’s duct cleaning service can improve your HVAC system’s efficiency.

Save Energy and Money

clock-1758191_960_720If your energy bills have been increasing, clogged air ducts might be the cause. When too much dirt builds up, it blocks the air that is trying to flow through. In this case, the energy used to warm or cool the air is wasted because it never leaves the air ducts. Your HVAC system will also have to run longer to reach your desired temperature. The longer your system runs, the more you will pay.

Extended HVAC Life

Every time your system turns on and runs, the different parts interact. Friction slowly wears down the various components over time. Yet, the longer your system has to run, the faster this process will occur. You can boost your HVAC’s efficiency by scheduling B&L Ott’s duct cleaning service. You can also get the rest of your HVAC system inspected at the same time. This way, you can catch issues at an early stage and repair them before they turn into more costly problems. You can keep your system in better shape so it will last longer.

Make Sure the Job Gets Done Right

You need the right tools to properly clean your air ducts. It is difficult to thoroughly clean air ducts yourself. Hiring a professional from B&L Ott will help ensure that the job gets done correctly. B&L offers duct cleaning services to the Berks County area. You can click on the following link to learn more: http://otthvac.com/duct-cleaning/.

How Often Should I Get Them Cleaned?

Your air ducts should be cleaned every five to seven years. If you have pets or smokers in your household you will benefit from more frequent cleaning. This is also true for occupants with allergies, asthma or respiratory problems. Home renovations and water contamination can also cause debris to accumulate faster. If you have questions, contact B&L Ott for help by calling 620-816-6026. You can also use the contact page on our website: http://otthvac.com/contact-us/.

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Don’t Make These Furnace Care Mistakes This Winter

girl-570557_960_720When you take care of your stuff, it will last longer. Sometimes it may seem like appliances just don’t last as long as they used to. Yet, you can still prolong the life of your systems. All you have to do is learn how to properly maintain them.

B&L Ott is here to help you with your HVAC maintenance needs. If you ever have questions, contact us directly or check out our blog for HVAC tips. Now that cold weather has finally hit the Reading area, you will be running your furnace. To keep it running at optimum efficiency, be sure to avoid these mistakes.

Forgetting to Seal Up and Insulate Your Home

Making sure your home is sealed and insulated ensure furnace efficiency. When there is a crack in the window, door, or wall, you pay for warm air that you are losing. Before you turn on your furnace, you should inspect your home for air leaks and fix them. Ensure that windows are locked and consider buying draft guards for doors.

You should also insulate your home. If you need new doors or windows, buy thick ones that hold in more heat. Covering your windows with curtains can also add another layer to block the air. Insulating your attic and basement may also be helpful. If you have unfurnished rooms, install drywall over bare walls. When the warm air stays inside, your B&L Ott furnace won’t have to work as hard to heat your Berks County home.

Blocking the Air Vents

Whether you have the heat or the air on, you should avoid blocking vents. Don’t put any furniture, posters, etc. on top of a vent. It blocks air circulation and can cause a warm or cold spot in your home. If possible, you should also try to avoid putting furniture in front of your vents. The more room the air has to circulate, the better. Also, be sure to clean the vents regularly. This ensures that dust and debris won’t block the air.

Forgetting to Change the Filter

Clogged filters can cause more problems than you may expect. If you don’t clean your filter regularly, the filter will become covered in debris. With no exposed fibers to catch the dust, the dirt will get into your system. When this happens, the air in your home will become contaminated with allergens. You may find your family sneezing and getting sick more often. Debris can also interfere with the machinery in your B&L Ott furnace. It can block moving parts and cause malfunctions.

tool-145375_960_720Neglecting Maintenance and Repairs

You should always get your furnace inspected and repaired when you notice an issue. Whether you hear sounds or notice inaccuracies, it is best to get issues checked out as soon as possible. If you neglect problems, they will most likely get worse. You will likely have to pay more for repairs as well.

When you want your system fixed right, call a professional HVAC technician. If you are not sure what you are doing, you may make the issue worse.  When you call B&L Ott, we will help you schedule an appointment as soon as possible. A certified technician will get your furnace back in working order so that your family will be warm.

Setting Your Thermostat Too High

When Berks County temperatures near or drop below 0⁰, it can be tempting to crank your heat up into the 80’s. However, this creates a variety of issues. It may cause your B&L Ott furnace to overwork itself. The higher you set the thermostat, the longer your furnace will have to run.

When your B&L Ott furnace is constantly running, it won’t have a chance to cool down. It will also cause wear and tear on the parts which may lead to more problems. Longer running time also means more expensive bills and a shorter over life for your B&L Ott furnace.

Heating an Empty Home

Do you want to pay to heat an empty home? If your family is not home during the day and you keep your B&L Ott furnace running, you may be wasting energy. You are also paying for heat you aren’t using. You should turn your furnace back while you are not home. Don’t turn it off completely, though. You will end up losing too much heat and pay extra to replace all the heat you lost.

B&L Ott also offers programmable thermostats. A programmable thermostat allows you to create a schedule for your HVAC system. All you have to do is program a schedule and your system will do the rest. It will turn your furnace off when you leave and turn it back on before you return home. A B&L Ott programmable thermostat will save you both time and energy.

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