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Why Does My System Need Maintenance Even Though It Is New?

So, you just got a new HVAC system installed by B&L Ott. Everything is brand new and in working order. So you don’t need to pay any attention to it for a while, right? Not exactly. This is a question our B&L Ott technicians receive quite frequently. While it is unlikely that you will run into any major problems right away, maintenance is still important. When you schedule a maintenance visit with B&L Ott, we don’t just fix existing problems; we help prevent future problems from occurring.

When Should I Start Scheduling Maintenance?

Your system should start receiving preventive maintenance within the first year of installation. Like your car, your HVAC system needs to be inspected, cleaned and maintained regularly. When you neglect to change the oil in your car, the oil becomes contaminated and its ability to properly lubricate the internal parts is reduced. If neglected long enough, the engine will eventually fail. HVAC systems are very similar. Without preventive maintenance from B&L Ott, you can experience mechanical failures, reduced capacity, reduced efficiency, reduced comfort and reduced lifespan.

Systems should have maintenance performed twice a year regardless of their age. This includes once during the heating season and once during the cooling season. During the heating maintenance, the system will be cleaned and checked to ensure it is operating at the highest efficiency as possible. Then, during the air conditioning maintenance, the outdoor condenser coil will be washed and cleaned.

Why Is Maintenance Important So Soon?

Cleaning is one of the most important aspects of a new air-conditioning system’s maintenance. Small critters and other elements tend to push contaminants like pollen, grass, dirt, dust, twigs and leaves into your outdoor condenser. These contaminants clog your system, reduce efficiency, and affect its ability to function properly. B&L Ott’s maintenance program will make sure your system operates at the highest efficiency on a yearly basis. It can prolong its life as well was keep your energy bills and need for repairs low.

Preventive maintenance is also a requirement from every manufacturer to uphold the warranty. All systems need maintenance to stay at their peak efficiency and to operate properly. Every brand name system comes with some kind of warranty. All manufacturers require maintenance be performed in order to keep that warranty intact.

What Happens If I Neglect Maintenance?

Maintenance during the first year isn’t just for cleaning. Even a brand new system can encounter problems or challenges. You might not see these problems right away, but they are developing. Dirty coils will create expensive repairs in the future.

Also, replacing an HVAC system is not like replacing a refrigerator or microwave. You don’t just plug it in and have everything operate how it did before. New technology allows HVAC systems to be more customizable to fit the needs of your Berks County home. This means that many changes can take place in how your home is conditioned. For instance, if you have forced-air, your duct system might not be perfect or might have different airflow needs. Your new system may need some adaptations to ensure your family is comfortable.

B&L Ott Makes Sure Your System Is Operating To Your Liking

One of the many differences between B&L Ott and other HVAC companies is our emphasis on customization and perfection. When we install your system, we adjust the operation to fit your needs. Our comfort consultants perform a needs analysis during your initial consultation. Using your feedback, we make adjustments to the newly installed system to make you as comfortable as possible.

We then schedule a follow up within 1-2 weeks of the installation. This enables you to test the new system and determine if there are any additional comfort concerns you would like addressed. Some adjustments include air balancing, humidification, dehumidification, filtration, scheduling, air velocity, on/off cycling, thermostat operation, etc. In short, your new system will operate much differently than your old system. It is important to maintain the new equipment so that the changes we made during the installation continue to provide you with comfort.

Preventing Problems

“An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.” -Benjamin Franklin.

There are two main ways you can help prevent system failures and reduced efficiency. The first is to have B&L Ott install your system so everything is set up properly from the beginning. We come back about a week after the install and check everything again. The second is to enroll in our automatic preventive maintenance program. This helps catch small issues before they turn into costly repairs. It also ensures that your system keeps achieving the high-efficiency standard it is rated at.

B&L Ott’s Preventive Maintenance Program

By signing up for our preventive maintenance program you will receive two maintenance visits each year, one for the heating system and one for the air conditioning system. You can opt for the automatic renewal so you never have to worry about remembering. At the conclusion of each visit, the B&L Ott technician will schedule your next visit. It is important to always schedule your next visit at this time because we are always scheduling maintenance visits 6 months in advance. You can learn more about B&L Ott’s maintenance program here: http://otthvac.com/hvac-routine-maintenance/.

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Repair vs. Replace

Choosing between repairing and replacing your HVAC system can be a difficult task. There are many aspects to consider. You may not know how much life your current system has left. Then you have to calculate and compare costs before making a decision. You may not have all of the tools or time to figure everything else. Don’t worry, though, because B&L Ott is here to help!

Below are some common questions and answers that can help you make a decision. If you live in the Berks County area, you should schedule an appointment with us. We will send a trained technician to inspect your system, explain the situation, and answer any questions you may have.

Signs Your HVAC System Needs a Repair

The best way to know if your HVAC system needs to be repaired is to sign up for B&L OTT’s exclusive preventative maintenance program. Our technicians will be able to easily show you, explain, and make repairs that need to be made. However, there are some problem signs you can look out for on your own. These include:

  • Holes in the ductwork.
  • Unusually high utility bills.
  • Your system is not working at all.
  • Your system is making loud or strange noises.
  • You can see dirt buildup on your outdoor condenser coil.

All these issues can signal decreased efficiency which may be costing you with your energy bills. B&L OTT’s exclusive preventative maintenance program is one of the best ways to ensure that your HVAC is clean and running efficiently.

Signs Your HVAC System Needs to Be Replaced

There are many factors that signal that your HVAC system should be replaced rather than repaired. The most common one is age. If it is only a few years old, you will likely want to repair it. On the other hand, systems that are 8-10 years old are nearing the end of their life and should be replaced instead.

You will also want to compare costs. If you have to make a costly repair of 500-1000 dollars, we recommend saving that money and investing it into a more comfortable reliable system. Other problems that signal replacement include needing many repairs and the physical appearance. If you notice rust, corrosion, or deterioration, you may want to consider replacement.

Typical Lifespan

The typical HVAC system lasts 8-10 years. However, this is directly proportional to how well the system has been maintained. If you take good care of your system and it is a quality system, it may last longer. On the other hand, neglected HVAC systems may only last 5-7 years.

An HVAC system is like a car; it needs proper care if you want it to last. If you think about it, your system runs year round, constantly turning on and off. This process causes wear and tear to the parts over time. Environmental elements make an even bigger impact and add to the deterioration of your system.

Run-time can also affect your HVAC. During Berks County’s hot summers, you may be putting extra stress on the compressor and outdoor fan motor. To help keep your system running efficiently, give your system a break from time to time and contact B&L Ott for regular maintenance.

Deciding to Repair or Replace

B&L Ott can help arm you with the information to need to decide whether you should repair or replace. We can help you compare the costs of repairing vs. replacing. If the costs of repairs are more than 25%-35% of the cost of a new system, you have to ask yourself is it worth it to replace. A comfort specialist can help you look at what savings you can realize from replacing the system.

Not every repair automatically signals a need for replacement. Not every consultation results in a recommendation of replacing the system instead of repairing. B&L Ott’s goal is to educate and empower you to choose what works best for you.

We take many factors into account when helping you with a recommendation. This includes how long you intend to remain in your home, your budget, what financing options are available, and the true costs. We estimate the annual cost of ownership and give you the facts. In the end, it is your decision to make.

Benefits of Installing a New HVAC System

If you end up replacing your system, you can look forward to a variety of benefits. The first benefit is being able to customize your new system to your home and family’s needs. You can correct comfort issues and add the latest technology. Your new system will be quieter, more comfortable, more efficient, and more reliable.

To ensure that your new system will work to its full potential, you will need to make sure that it is installed properly. According to a study by the North Carolina Alternative Energy Institute, 93% of all systems are installed improperly. Having a new system installed by B&L Ott guarantees that your system will be installed properly. We will correct the comfort and efficiency robbing errors of the previous installation.

Choosing a New System

When it comes to choosing your new system B&L Ott believes in delivering the customer the best choice based on their needs. A comfort consultant will provide literature and explain each system’s benefits and function. They will also ask you a variety of questions to help customize your new system to your home. You will be asked about your needs and priorities. Then we will evaluate the potential energy savings and comfort improvements. Then we will make model recommendations.

We will sit together and add or remove components to provide you with the system you want. We will help make sure the solutions you need are within a budget you are comfortable with. A system installed by B&L Ott can last 15 years or more – often double the average life of systems installed by other companies. We won’t give you booklets and tell you “here are 3 options”. We will sit with you and together we will customize a solution to your family’s needs.

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What to Expect When You Schedule B&L Ott’s Duct Cleaning Service

When was the last time you had your air ducts cleaned? If you have noticed excess dust or poor indoor air quality in your home, your ventilation system may be the culprit. The air in your home is circulated through your air ducts daily.

If your air ducts are dirty, the air blowing through will push the dust into your home. This is why it is important to change your filter regularly and get your air ducts cleaned every 2 years. However, if a high-efficiency air filtration system is installed, they can be cleaned every 5 years.

B&L Ott highly recommends having a high-efficiency air filtration system installed.  If you have your ducts cleaned and you don’t have a media air cleaner or electronic air cleaner, your ducts will immediately get dirty again. Contact B&L Ott to learn more about keeping your air clean and your HVAC system running efficiently.

Why Should I Get My Air Ducts Cleaned?

Cleaning your air ducts can bring a variety of benefits. First and foremost, it will help ensure that the air you and your family are breathing is clean. If anyone in your family has asthma, allergies, or respiratory problems, dirty air can cause sneezing or breathing issues. Pets or smoking can make these problems worse.

Another benefit is increased efficiency. Dirt and dust block the air from moving through the ducts. This causes your HVAC system to work harder and costs you more. By having your ducts cleaned by B&L Ott, you can experience better efficiency and lower energy bills.

Preparing for Our Service

Any time of the year is a good time to get your air ducts cleaned. You can choose a time that works best for you. Be sure you have time to take care of a few tasks you should take care of before we arrive, though.

If there are boxes or other equipment near your HVAC unit, be sure to clear the area. This way, the B&L Ott technician can access your system to inspect and clean it. However, furniture that is on vents should be left where it is. This will allow us to diagnose any airflow issues that are caused by the furniture. If there is an issue we can then make suggestions to improve the airflow in your home. Pets and kids can be kept wherever is comfortable for you.

Cleaning Your Ducts

B&L Ott uses a special high-efficiency vacuum with a rotating brush head to clean the ducts. We control this machine remotely as the hose and brush go through the ductwork. Together they clear out almost all the debris. We start with the branch ducts first and push the dirt into the main line. Then move to the main supply ducts. The dirt is then stored in our machine so that it will not be recirculated through your house. Finally, B&L Ott will supply you with before and after pictures of the ductwork.

We also use a machine to fog your ducts with an antimicrobial cleaner.  This will kill contaminants in your ducts that cannot be removed from cleaning alone.  We will clean the grilles, registers, and diffusers with a degreasing agent as well.

How Long Will It Take?

For an average-size Berks County home, the process will take approximately 4 hours. Larger homes with multiple systems will take longer as there is more to clean. B&L Ott prefers that the homeowner stays there the whole time. This way, if we come across any problems, we can make sure you are aware of it right away and fix the problem for you. This also allows you to see what goes into the duct cleaning process.

Fixing Problems

B&L Ott’s service can also help you find problems that are affecting the efficiency of your HVAC system. If we find mold, rodents, excess dust, unnecessary penetrations, or failed duct work we can address these issues right away. We will provide you with the best recommendations to fix each issue.

Why Choose B&L Ott?

There are many aspects to consider when choosing a company to clean your air ducts. One feature you should look for is the consideration for your home and family. B&L Ott technicians will treat your house as if it is their own. We take extra precautions to make sure your floors, walls, and ceilings are protected. We will leave your house as we found it, except you will have cleaner air ducts.

Another aspect you should look for is what is included in the service. B&L Ott will be sure to be thorough with our work. We will remove each individual grille from the ceiling or wall and clean it with 409 or another cleaner. This will remove any bacteria, mold, or dust from the registers.

A shop vac can only reach about 40% of your ductwork. B&L Ott uses a specially-designed machine to help us clean every square inch of your ducts. We will leave you with a before-and-after picture of your ducts and recommendations to keep them cleaner. By following these tips you can improve your HVAC system’s efficiency, save money, and increase the time span between cleanings.

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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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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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Summer Services

When the Summer arrives in Berks County, you can expect varying temperatures. You may see anywhere from a comfortable 70° Fahrenheit to a scorching 100° Fahrenheit. When it gets too hot to spend time outside, you will need a functioning HVAC system to the heat. If your system is not prepared, you may experience problems or even a system failure. Don’t let your system break down when you need it most. Keep your system running and your family cool with one of B&L Ott’s summer services.

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AC Repair

When you crank up your air conditioning, it has to work harder to keep you cool. This can lead to inconvenient breakdowns. Here are some common reasons why an air conditioning unit will break down in the summer.

  • It is not prepared for the extra work.
  • The system is too small.
  • It is old and has worn or damaged parts.
  • It overheats.

If your HVAC system needs fixing, B&L Ott can send out one of our technicians to fix it for you.

AC Installation

Installing a new air conditioning system can help ensure that you have cool air when you need it. There are a variety of benefits that come with installing a new air conditioning system.

  • You worry less about breakdowns.
  • You can upgrade the size.
  • You can buy a more efficient system.
  • You can get the latest features.

Our technicians are well-trained and knowledgeable about all our products. We can help you choose the best brand, model, and size for your home and family.

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Mini Split Installation

B&L Ott has solutions for all your air conditioning needs. If you want to cool only a small area in your home, a mini-split system may be the right choice for you. A mini split system can help you in many ways.

  • You can save money by only cooling the rooms you use.
  • You can cool a recently added room in your home.
  • You can control the temperature of your space without a need for ducts.

A mini split air conditioning system is small and easy to install. All B&L Ott has to do is mount the unit and connect the refrigerant and electrical lines.

Room Add-on

You may be looking for something more than just temperature control this summer. Perhaps you want to improve the air quality or be able to control specific areas of your home. Here are some great add-ons B&L Ott can install for you.

  • Air purification systems – Cleans dirt and debris from the air.
  • Humidity control systems – Increases/decreases moisture levels in your home.
  • Home zoning systems – Allow you to change the temperature of different areas in your home.

With any of these units, you can enhance the air control in your home. With more control, you can keep your family happy, healthy, and cool.

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If you are the type of person who likes to prepare ahead of time, system replacement planning is for you. You can have a new system before the summer heat hits and spend more time doing the activities you enjoy. With system replacement planning, you don’t have to worry about:

  • The inconvenience of an unexpected system failure.
  • Rushed research when choosing a new system.
  • Finding payment in a hurry.

A B&L Ott can help you schedule your appointment and plan your system installation in advance. System replacement planning can help take the stress out of needing a new system.

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Boiler & Radiant Heat Installation and Maintenance

Boilers and radiant heat systems are hydraulic, meaning they use water to transport heat throughout your home. Our job is to understand the subtleties of those hydraulic mechanics in order to install, maintain, or fix your system at an optimal level.

When it comes to boiler installation B&L Ott can advise you in choosing the best gas, propane or oil fueled boiler for your home and budget. We also offer modern boiler models with energy saving features to help you save money on your energy bill. Just like any other machine, a boiler requires routine maintenance to ensure efficiency, safety, and dependability. It is recommended that you have your boiler inspected annually. A quality, well-maintained boiler can last 50-75 years.

Common Boiler Issues

If you notice any of these issues, your boiler may need maintenance. Contact B&L Ott to have the issue fixed so that your boiler can serve you well for years to come.

  • Boiling, whistling, gurgling or kettling sounds
  • Boiler keeps turning off
  • Radiator doesn’t heat
  • Thermostat inaccuracy (Water too hot or cold)
  • Loss of pressure
  • No heat or hot water
  • Pilot light goes out
  • Pipe leaks

If you are looking to save on energy bills, radiant heat is also an efficient way to heat your home. It uses less electricity than forced air and gets more of the heat directly to you and your family.

Common Radiant Heat Issues

B&L Ott technicians can solve a variety of issues involving your radiant heating systems including these common problems:

  • Strange humming, rattling, hissing or grinding sounds
  • Thermostat inaccuracy (Rooms too hot or cold)
  • Water leaks
  • Uneven heating
  • Increased heating cost
  • Damage to floorboards
  • Unusual smells 

Quality Boiler and Radiant Heat Installation and Maintenance Near Berks County

If you notice any of the issues above, contact B&L Ott as soon as possible. Leaving the issues unattended could result in worse problems. If you are looking to replace or install a new boiler or radiant heat system, our trained HVAC technicians would be glad to advise you in choosing the type and model that works best for your current situation.

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Duct Cleaning

Indoor air pollution awareness has been growing recently in the United States. If you want to keep your family breathing easy, it is important to keep your air circulation systems clean. Over the years, your air ducts accumulate dust, grime, debris, pet dander, pollen, and allergens. This circulates throughout your home and contaminates the air. This may cause your family to sneeze a lot or have trouble breathing, especially if you have allergies. Air ducts should be cleaned about every five to seven years or sooner if needed.

Without proper tools, it can be difficult to inspect and clean air ducts yourself, but B&L Ott has an experienced team and the proper tools to clear your airways. We use a powerful vacuum-like machine and up-to-date technology to keep your airways clear.

Reasons To Hire B&L Ott for Duct Cleaning

If you notice excess dust on your furniture, stale air or an unusual odor when your HVAC system is running, it may be time to have your air ducts cleaned by B&L Ott. Here are some other signs that may signal worse problems:

  • Accumulated debris under your vent cover
  • Fuzzy coating of dust on your return air register
  • Your air filter is clogged with dust
  • Dirt gathering on the blower fan of your furnace
  • A dirty air conditioning coil

Clogged air ducts can lead to worse problems. If the issue goes untreated bacteria, mold, dust mites and allergens may also begin to grow. Vermin may also begin nesting in your air ducts. It is important to hire a qualified company like B&L Ott to clean all components of your heating or cooling system. If a system is contaminated and certain parts go uncleaned, the issue may reoccur. Also, be sure to fix the cause of any issue before the airways are cleaned.

Quality Air Duct Cleaning Near Berks County

When you contact B&L Ott to have your air ducts inspected and cleaned, there are a variety of benefits you may notice. This includes improved performance and a longer lifespan for your HVAC system, fewer breakdowns, and lower energy bills. You will also notice less dust in your home, making it easier to clean and better for your allergies.

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Home Comfort Zoning

Is part of your home too hot while another part too cold? Hot air rises, making the upper levels of your home warmer, while the lower levels may be cooler. This leaves your home unevenly heated and while you try to get one area to the temperature your desired temperature, another area becomes uncomfortable.  If this situation sounds familiar, having a home comfort zoning system installed by B&L Ott can help.

How It Works

When you only have one thermostat, it can be very difficult to control the temperature of rooms at the opposite end of the house. With a home comfort zoning system, multiple thermostats are installed in separate areas of your home. This gives you the ability to make one area of your home warmer or cooler without affecting other areas.

All you have to do is set the thermostat for each zone to your temperature preference and your system will do the rest. After you set the temperature, a computer will tell the dampers in your home to open and allow warm or cool air to flow throughout the room. When the room reaches the desired temperature, the dampers will close.

Reasons to Have a Home Comfort Zoning System Installed by B&L Ott

  • Personal comfort
  • You have a large home with poor air circulation
  • If you have hot or cold spots in your home
  • You have large windows and parts of your home receive more sunlight
  • To suit room purposes (E.g. cooling off an exercise room)
  • To improve efficiency of your HVAC system
  • To prolong the life of your HVAC system

If you are unsure of how to divide your home, one of our certified techs would be happy to advise you in choosing the best set up for your home. Most homeowners, however, choose to divide their home simply by the upper and lower levels. If you’re your family members lifestyles call for different temperatures, a home comfort zoning system can also give you better temperature control to keep all of your loved ones comfortable.

Quality Home Comfort Zoning Near Berks County

A home zoning system can be easily integrated into your current HVAC system. Contact B&L Ott if you have any questions or would like to request service to install a home comfort zoning system.

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Home Automation

Installing a home automation system can improve anyone’s life. With just a click of your mouse or tap on your screen, you can adjust the temperature of your home from anywhere at any time. Until recently this feature was thought of as only being available to large businesses and the rich, but today, many new homes are being built with home automation systems already installed. If you are interested an upgrade, B&L Ott can install a new automation system for you.

Benefits of Home Automation

  • Convenience – Convenience is the greatest benefit with a home automation system. A home automation system gives you constant access your HVAC system. Imagine being able to leave your home in the summer or winter and not have to choose between leaving your HVAC system running or suffering uncomfortable weather when you return home.
  • Saving Energy and Money – With convenient controls and scheduling features, you will also be able to turn off your HVAC system more often thereby conserving energy and saving your hard-earned money. This will improve the efficiency of your HVAC system and increase its life-span.
  • Increased Property Value – Home automated systems are becoming a major selling feature for homes. Many buyers are attracted to the idea of having the latest technology and gadgets in their home. An automated system makes home maintenance simpler and is a big selling point in the real estate market.

How It Works

The goal of a home automation system is to create a system of operations to control your HVAC system automatically without the need of human intervention. Once your system is installed by B&L Ott, you can program the thermostat to adjust the temperature daily based on your family’s daily routine. You can turn it off while your family is at work and school and have it turn on an hour before everyone returns home.

Based on your instructions, the system will routinely complete the scheduled commands allowing you to relax and enjoy more time with your family. You can also monitor and control your home’s temperature remotely via a compatible smart device and the internet. Simply input the desired temperature from wherever you are and your system will do the rest.

Quality Home Automation Installation Near Berks County

If you are looking to have even more access and control of your HVAC system, a home automation system can also be combined with one of our home comfort zoning systems. If you have any questions or would like to schedule an appointment to have a new home automation system installed, contact B&L Ott.

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