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Mitsubishi Ductless System Installation

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Mitsubishi ductless heating and air conditioning systems allow you to enjoy the comfort of your home with the added benefits of healthy air, a greener planet, and a fuller wallet. The expert team at B&L Ott are ready to help you find the perfect Mitsubishi system for you. Contact us to make the switch!


Benefits of Ductless Systems


  • Compact: Ductless systems are compact; The indoor equipment only takes up a few of feet of space on the wall and the outdoor compressor is about the size of a large suitcase.
  • Energy Efficiency — Unlike common HVAC systems, ductless systems focus on “zones” and deliver targeted temperature control based on the needs of the specific area.
  • Effective: Since the air does not travel through the walls and is not affected by aging pipes or dust build-up, the overall effectiveness and longevity of the unit is remarkably high.
  • Affordable — Utility costs for traditional HVAC systems has been on the rise lately. Ductless heating and cooling systems rely on less power, thereby saving you money.



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9 Common Questions and Answers About Heat Pumps

When it comes to heating and cooling your Berks County home, you have multiple options to choose from. One of those options is a heat pump. You may have heard about heat pumps, and are looking to learn more about them. If that is the case, B&L Ott near Reading, PA is here to help answer all of your questions! 

What Is A Heat Pump?

A heat pump is an HVAC system that can both warm and cool your Berks County home. There are three main types of heat pumps. This includes air source, water source, and geothermal. Heat pumps work by collecting heat and transferring it either into your home to warm it or out of your home to cool it. There is always heat present in the air, even if it feels very cold. Therefore, a heat pump can always work. However, it is worth noting that heat pumps are less effective or efficient in extreme temperatures. 

How Is It Different From a Furnace?

A furnace burns fuel to create heat and then distributes it throughout your home. Instead of burning fuel, a heat pump simply collects heat that already exists in the air and transfers it where you need it to go. Also, unlike a furnace, a heat pump can cool your home in the summer. 

How Do I Know If I Have One?

Both a heat pump and a furnace look similar. Therefore, it can be tricky to determine which type of system you have. If you want to determine what you have, try looking at the system to see if it says heat pump. You can also consult your owner’s manual. Another task you can try is turning the heat on at your thermostat, then checking your outdoor unit. If it is running, then you have a heat pump. If you still aren’t sure, call the professionals at B&L Ott for help. 

Are They Efficient?

Similar to furnaces, some heat pumps are more efficient than others. It all depends on what brand, type, and model you choose. Heat pumps are generally more efficient than furnaces, however, it also depends on what backup heating source you choose, if any. 

trane air conditioning unitsDo I Need a Back-Up Source of Heat?

You can install a heat pump without adding a back-up heating source. However, in Berks County, we often have harsh winters as well as brutal summers. Therefore, it is recommended that you do add an alternative heat source. If you need help determining if and what to choose, consult a B&L Ott professional. 

What Maintenance Does It Require?

Even though a heat pump does not burn fuel and get dirty as quickly as a furnace, it does require regular maintenance. Regular and proper maintenance is the key to keeping your heat pump running efficiently. Be sure to schedule maintenance with B&L Ott 1-2 times per year. You should also change the filter and clean the area around your unit on a monthly basis. It is also important to read the manual to learn what else you need to do to maintain your particular heat pump. 

Which One Should I Get?

Everyone’s home and family are different. With this in mind, different sizes, brands, and models work best for different situations. You will also want to take SEER (Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio) and HSPF (Heating Season Performance Factor) ratings into consideration. SEER measures efficiency during the cooling season and HSPF measures efficiency during the heating season. The best way to make sure you choose the right heat pump model for you is to consult B&L Ott in Reading, PA. 

If I Have A Furnace, Is It Difficult To Switch to a Heat Pump?

If you are considering switching from a furnace and air conditioner to a heat pump, the process is fairly easy in most cases. In general, heat pumps are the same size and can fit in the same area as your current furnace or air conditioner. They can also be connected to your existing air ducts. Just make sure everything is installed properly by choosing the right HVAC contractor. 

How Do I Get Started? 

If you would like to learn more or get started with selecting and installing a new heat pump, contact B&L Ott for a consultation. You can do so here: You can also call B&L Ott at 610-927-5133. We look forward to speaking with you and helping you keep your family comfortable all year round. 

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Benefits of Having B&L Ott Install a Generator

In Berks County, Pennsylvania, the weather can get pretty crazy. Between snow, thunderstorms, and wind, you never know when you might lose power. All it takes is one falling tree branch or a car crash to ruin your plans for the night. However, it doesn’t have to be that way. A Generac Generator can keep your Reading area home up and running when you lose electricity. Read on to learn more benefits of having B&L Ott install a new Generac Generator for you. 

Stay Comfortable All Year Round

If the power goes out in your home, it also likely means that you can’t run your HVAC system. If an outage happens in the middle of summer or winter, your home can become uncomfortable rather quickly. This can make it difficult for your family to rest comfortably and get good sleep. Then they feel tired and unproductive the next day. However, with a generator installed by B&L Ott, you can help ensure that your family is comfortable all night long. Then they can get a good night’s sleep and be ready to face the day. 

Be Able To See at Night

You never really realize how dark your home can get until you lose power and the sun goes down. Even if you have candles and flashlights, being in the dark can make your family feel uneasy. Losing power really makes you realize how often you use and need light. Instead of dealing with the frustration of navigating your home in the dark, talk to B&L Ott about installing a Generac Generator. 

Get Work Done

When you have no lights, it is difficult to do your daily chores. You don’t even have access to many of the tools you need to complete your daily activities. You can’t do dishes, take a shower, get work done on your laptop, or cook. If you are savvy, you may be able to find some ways to work around the outage and still get your chores done, but it will likely take longer and be more frustrating.  A generator installed by B&L Ott gives you the power to get things done so you don’t fall behind schedule. 

Adds Value to Your Berks County Home

If you plan on selling your Reading Area home within the next few years, a generator installed by B&L Ott can also help add value and appeal to your home. Not having to worry about power outages can be a big selling point. When your home loses power, a generator will power up within seconds. A generator provides families with convenience and peace of mind. 

Keep Your Electronics Safe and Have Peace of Mind

Sometimes, when the power finally comes back on, your Berks County home will experience a power surge. A generator can help protect your appliances from this. It will help regulate the flow of electricity so that your electronics don’t get fried. 

A generator will also give you peace of mind that your family will be taken care of during a power outage. They can continue to take showers, brush their teeth, be comfortable, and complete their everyday chores and activities.

Contact B&L Ott to Install a Generac Generator Now! 

Overall, a generator is an investment that will give you peace of mind and comfort during outages. If you are ready to talk to a B&L Ott technician about installing an HVAC system in your home, you can contact us through our website here: You can also call B&L Ott at 610-927-5133. B&L Ott offers free in-home assessments to help you figure out which system is best suited for your home and family. 


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What Does HVAC Mean?

B&L Ott near Reading, Pennsylvania use the term “HVAC” a lot. It’s on our website, social media, blogs, and more, but not everyone commonly knows what “HVAC” means. It is an acronym that encompasses a wide range of products and services.

The acronym HVAC stands for heating, ventilation, and air conditioning. Altogether, the products and services included in these categories affect how comfortable your Berks County home feels. B&L Ott’s goal is to help you keep your family comfortable by helping you maintain your HVAC systems. Below you will find a brief list of some of our products and services.



Whether you have a furnace that needs maintenance or need a replacement, B&L Ott can help. If your furnace breaks down in the dead of winter, you and use our 24/7 emergency repair service. If you need help choosing which furnace is best for your Berks County home, one of our knowledgeable technicians can help.

Gas Conversions 

If you want to convert from oil to gas, B&L Ott can help with that too. There are many benefits of converting to gas energy. This includes burning more cleanly, cost-effective, reliability, convenience and safety.

Heat Pumps 

Heat pumps can be used to both warm and cool your home. It works by transferring the heat either into your home or out of your home. If you would like to learn more, you can talk to one of our technicians or browse our website for more information.


A geothermal system uses heat within the earth to heat your home. Geothermal heating systems are safe, environmentally friendly, last longer than other HVAC systems, can help you lower your utility bills, and can be used in both the summer and winter seasons.  


Boilers are a heating system that uses hyronics. Fuel is burned to heat water that is circulated through pipes in your home. If you need a replacement boiler, B&L Ott can help you install a new one.

Water Heater 

You need hot water for cooking, showers, laundry and more. If you notice that there is something wrong with your water heater, B&L Ott can repair it for you. If your system is 10-15 years old and you need a replacement, we can help you with that as well.

Ventilation, Air Quality, and Other Home Comfort Solutions

Humidity Control 

Temperature is not the only factor that affects your comfort. Humidity plays a large part as well. B&L Ott offers a variety of humidifiers or dehumidifiers for your home.

Air Duct Cleaning

If you have a forced-air system, dirt and other debris piles up in your air ducts over time. They should be cleaned about every ten years by a professional like B&L Ott.

Air Purifiers and Whole-House Filtration Systems 

Air purifiers and whole-house filtration systems help remove pollutants such as dust and pollen from your home. If anyone in your family has asthma, allergies, or respiratory issues, one of these systems can help reduce contaminants that are aggravating their symptoms.

Programmable Thermostats 

Programmable thermostats make controlling the temperature in your home easier and more convenient than ever. You can create a daily or weekly schedules for your HVAC system to follow so you don’t have to set the thermostat yourself. Programmable thermostats can also help you lower your utility bills.

Home Zoning Systems 

Home zoning systems divide your home into different areas using dampers in your air ducts. This allows you to direct warm or cool air to the areas you want so you can be more comfortable and save energy.

Air Conditioning

Air Conditioners 

During brutal Berks County summers, your air conditioner keeps you cool and relaxed. B&L Ott can help you keep your system running with biannual maintenance visits. We can also help you repair your current air conditioner or install a new one for you.

Mini-Split Systems 

If your home doesn’t have air ducts or if you need a solution for a separate room, a mini-split system may be the solutions for you. These systems can cool a room or small area without the use of air ducts. To learn more, you can contact B&L Ott through our website or by calling 610-927-5133.

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Install an HVAC Brand You Can Trust From an HVAC Contractor You Can Trust

heater installationTrust is not something that can be obtained instantly. Trust is built by continually taking responsibility and coming through on promises. When it comes to HVAC systems, B&L Ott knows you want a brand you can trust installed by and maintained by a contractor you can trust.

Our main goal is to provide you and your family with quality service and products. We accomplish this by carefully training each technician to ensure your system gets installed and maintained properly. We also recommend and install the best brand products to help ensure quality for you and your family.

Trane: A Brand Trusted By Many

One of B&L Ott’s most preferred brands is Trane. Not only does B&L Ott trust Trane, but many consumers do as well. According to PR Newswire, “Trane has been identified as the 2018 America’s Most Trusted® HVAC Brand. Trane captured the highest Net Trust Index Quotient Score among 8,425 people considering an HVAC system.” B&L Ott has witnessed similar findings throughout our years of service in the HVAC business. We have found Trane HVAC systems to be durable, dependable, and trustworthy.

What Makes An HVAC Brand Trustworthy?

The definition of trust can vary depending on what or who is being talked about and who is doing the talking. Yet, there are many common attributes many of us can agree upon when thinking about what we consider to be a trustworthy brand. Here are just a few that can apply to Trane and B&L Ott. 

Reliable and Durable

When you choose an HVAC system, you want to know that it will keep your family comfortable around the clock and especially when you need it most. Therefore, you want a system that is durable and can withstand all kinds of Berks county weather conditions. Many HVAC owners know Trane products for their durability and reliability. You can also rely on B&L Ott to be there when your system experiences problems with our 24/7 emergency repair service. 

Helpful and Beneficial

When you choose an HVAC brand, you also want to know that the company is trying to help or benefit you in some way. Trane works to benefit their customers by creating quality HVAC systems that help keep their customer’s homes comfortable. B&L Ott helps by installing, maintaining, and repairing these HVAC systems to ensure they continue to work.

trane heat pump unitHonesty and Integrity

Honesty and integrity are important virtues for any person, company, or brand. These virtues help build respect for a brand.  Trane builds integrity by holding their products to high standards. Meanwhile, B&L Ott will provide you with honest opinions about different HVAC brands, models, and solutions.

Reviews and Testimonials

Finally, one of the biggest aspects that build trust in a brand is reviews and testimonials. People trust other people more than they trust faceless brands. Therefore, when researching HVAC systems, many people turn to reviews and testimonials from other people who have already used that brand or service. You can find reviews for both Trane and B&L Ott online and on social media.

How Does Trane Ensure Their Products Are Reliable

According to Trane’s website, Trane puts their systems through a series of extreme tests to ensure each product is reliable. These tests are known as SEET tests or Systems Extreme Environmental Test. During these tests, HVAC systems must endure harsh weather and elemental conditions. Trane only sells a system if it passes these tests and continues to work. Through these tests, Trane ends up with a more reliable product.  

Have B&L Ott Install a Trane HVAC System in Your Berks County Home Today!

Ready to have a Trane HVAC system installed by B&L Ott? Call us to schedule a consultation today! One of B&L Ott’s knowledgeable technicians will access your home as well as your families expectations and help match you with the best HVAC system for your Berks County home.

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B&L Ott’s Guide to Temperature and Temperature Control Systems

When you have control over your environment, you have the power to keep your family comfortable no matter what the conditions are outside. A quality HVAC system and temperature control system can give you this power. There are many options on the market today that provide you with even more options. With this in mind, you may have many questions. B&L Ott is here to help with this guide to choosing the right temperature and temperature control system for your home.

Why is Choosing the Right Temperature Important?

Comfort should be your primary concern. You want your family to be healthy and sleep soundly. After that, your main concern should be the efficiency and capability of your HVAC system. A system that is not operating properly will not adequately remove temperature or dehumidify the home. When this happens, your home will either get hot and sticky like a sauna or cold and clammy like your basement. Either situation can leave you or a family member saying, “I don’t like air conditioning.”

However, if you keep your thermostat within B&L Ott’s recommended temperature range, you can help keep your system operating properly. It will control both the humidity and the temperature in your home so your family can be comfortable.

Choosing an Appropriate Temperature

Your HVAC system is like a television. You usually keep it around the same volume, but sometimes you turn it up or down for various reasons. In Berks County, the temperature can change pretty quickly from day to day. One day you may be in shorts and the next you will need a sweatshirt to stay warm. With this in mind, your desired temperature may change from day to day. However, in winter most people are comfortable between 68-72 degrees with a relative humidity of around 30-35%. Then in summer, many choose a temperature between 70-75 degrees with a relative humidity around 50%.

If it’s a hot summer day with high humidity, you will typically lower the temperature in your home. Alternatively, if you have a system that enables dehumidification (contact B&L Ott for more info), you can just set your desired humidity level instead. This way you can feel comfortable without having to lower the temperature of the home. B&L Ott offers a variety of other solutions for customizing your system to suit your individual needs.

B&L Ott Temperature Control Options

If you want to gain more control of the temperature and humidity in your home, B&L Ott offers several different comfort control options. Depending on what HVAC model you choose B&L Ott will install a comfort control system that functions seamlessly with your system.

Programmable Thermostats

One option that can give you more control over the temperature in your home is a programmable thermostat. A programmable thermostat gives you greater customization of your home’s comfort. You can create a schedule based on your family’s daily routine and rarely have to adjust the temperature ever again. You can set a specific temperature and humidity level for each time of day. Newer models have an even greater sensitivity to temperature changes and humidity levels. They can help you maintain a more accurate temperature in the house.

Trane’s XL line of thermostats are all fully programmable and can be controlled with a free app on Android or IOS mobile phone operating systems. This will give you peace of mind while you are away from home, as you will gain the ability to control your home’s temperature remotely. Additionally, you can pair an Amazon Echo (Alexa) to control the temperature by voice. Just imagine lying in bed and simply saying “Alexa, turn the temperature down”. Before you know it your room will reach your ideal temperature without you having to lift a finger.

Home Zoning

Home zoning is another option that gives you more control over specific areas in your home. It is a system that uses additional thermostats and automatic power dampers in the ductwork to send conditioned air to only certain parts of the home. It is a great solution if you notice any uneven heating throughout your home. It can also help in the summertime when the heat rises to the second floor and makes it much hotter than your first floor. A home zoning system will improve the air flow and even out the temperature difference in your home.

B&L Ott offers several different zoning options. Depending on what type of system and duct setup you have, B&L Ott can customize a zoning solution for your home. If we have access to your ductwork, we can install zone dampers in the duct. The thermostats will control which zone dampers open or close. If you are interested in a home zoning system or have any questions please contact B&L Ott.

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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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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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Tips for Saving Money on Your Water Heater Bill

You rely on your water heater for warm showers, doing laundry, washing dishes, etc. When you use hot water for so many daily tasks, your water heater bill climbs higher and higher. Although you love the convenience of hot water, you may not appreciate the bills that come with it.

If your water heater bills are too high, B&L Ott is here to help. There are a variety of ways you can lower your water heater bill. By taking proper care of your water heater, you can lower your bills. You can also reduce the number of repairs needed, and prolong your water heater’s life.

shower-653671_960_720Conserve Water in Your Daily Routine

Everyone wants a long hot shower after a hard day of work. It helps relax your muscles and gives you time to clear your head. Yet, the longer you take, the higher your bills go. By learning to conserve hot water, you can save more on your water heater bill. The average shower uses approximately 2 gallons per minute. When you add multiple people over many days and other utilities that use hot water, every gallon adds up.

There are a variety of ways to conserve hot water. Instead of taking long showers, snuggle up in a warm blanket with a warm drink. Only wash your clothing and dishes when you have a full load. Some clothing such as jeans and hoodies can be worn a few days before they need to be washed. Saving a little bit every day will save a good amount of energy and money in the long run.

Lower the Temperature on the Thermostat

Most manufacturers set the thermostat at a higher temperature than some households really need. Even when you are not using hot water, water will be heated and put on standby for when you do need it. The higher your thermostat is set, the more energy your water heater will use to warm up your water. When this water is not getting used and is only on standby. You are paying for extra heat that you are not using. Turning back the thermostat by 10-20 degrees can save both energy and money.

Insulate Your Water Heater

If you have a hot water storage tank that is not factory insulated, insulating it can help retain heat. Most hardware stores sell insulation blankets for this purpose. B&L Ott recommends insulation only for water heaters in cooler, unconditioned spaces. It is also a good idea to insulate your pipes. Hot water loses heat as it travels from the storage tank to your faucets and shower heads. By insulating your exposed pipes you can help trap some of the heat so that less is lost.

Perform Regular Maintenance and Fix Leaks

plumbing-840835_960_720If you do not properly take care of your water heater, you will likely run into problems. Sediment will collect in the storage tank, parts may break, or leaks can occur. Issues like these make your system have to work harder to do its job. The harder your system works, the more money comes out of your wallet. You will also have to pay more money for repairs.

B&L Ott recommends inspecting and performing water heater maintenance regularly. Check for leaks and damaged parts. Drain the sediment out of the bottom of the tank. If you need help with maintenance or repairs, you should contact B&L Ott. A knowledgeable B&L Ott technician can answer any questions you may have. They can also help you learn how to properly take care of your specific heater.

Upgrade Your Heater for More Efficiency

If your water heater is on the old, it may not be as efficient as some of the newer models. The more efficient your system is, the more money you save in the long run. If you are interested in an upgrade, contact B&L Ott. You can also learn more about B&L Ott’s water heater services here: If you live in the Berks County area, B&L Ott can help you select the right water heater for your home and family.

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Reasons to Get a Generac Generator from B&L Ott

generac generatorFall is here and colder weather is on its way. When the harsh winds start to blow, trees fall on power lines. When the roads are slippery, cars and trucks can crash into telephone poles as well. You can lose power unexpectedly and in an instant. Losing power is a great inconvenience. Without power, you lose the ability to complete most of your daily activities. A Generac Generator from B&L Ott will allow you to rest assured that you and your family have power when you need it.

Your Home Stays Operational 

If you aren’t home to turn on your portable generator, your home can run into a variety of problems. Without power, the systems and appliances that keep your home operational stop working. Lack of electric power can allow your pipes to freeze, your home to flood, or your food to spoil.

With a B&L Ott Generac Generator, you won’t have to worry about these issues. Most of B&L Otts Generac Generators automatically turn on when the power goes out. When the sensors detect a power outage, a message will be sent to the generator to turn on.  It will power the necessary systems to keep your home functioning. Unlike a portable generator, you don’t have to worry about hooking it up to your various systems. You also don’t have to worry about going out in the cold every few hours to refuel the generator.

Have Heat and Air Conditioning

Without a working HVAC system in the dead of winter, your home’s temperature will drop quickly. In the middle of summer, the heat will become unbearable in just a few hours. You have to use blankets to keep you warm and handheld fans to keep you cool. While the HVAC system is off, warm and cool air leaks out of your home. Then when the power is restored, your HVAC system has to work overtime to get the temperature back to normal.  With a B&L Ott Generac Generator, you can stay comfortable and save your HVAC system some work.

Have Water Pressure

Another problem that comes with no power is that you lose water pressure. If you can predict the outage, you have time to fill the bathtub with water. However, if you lose power unexpectedly, you may not have water for washing, cooking or drinking. With a B&L Ott Generac generator, you can keep the water flowing. You won’t have to make due or find water elsewhere.

refrigerator-70580_960_720Keep Your Food from Spoiling

You need your refrigerator to keep your food fresh and cold. If your refrigerator stops running due to an outage, your food will get warm and begin to spoil. The frozen food in the freezer will also begin to melt. If your power doesn’t come back on within a few hours, you may end up having to throw out a good amount of food.

A B&L Ott Generac generator will save you all that money lost on spoiled food. It will keep your refrigerator running so that your food stays edible during a power outage. A B&L Ott generator can also help ensure that you have the tools and ingredients you need to cook and prepare food.

Minimize Business Downtime

B&L Ott generators can also be installed in office buildings. If you own a business, no power means many of your employees can’t do their job. They can process orders, answer phones, or use machinery. Downtime causes your business to lose money.  A B&L Ott generator can help ensure that your business stays up and running so you don’t lose profits.

Avoid Flood Damage

No one wants a flooded basement. If your home loses power, so does your sump pump. Accumulated water will not be removed from your home. If the weather is rainy or snowy, your basement may end up flooding as a result. Any possessions in the basement may also get destroyed. B&L Ott’s Generac generators can save the day. When you lose power, they will keep your sump pump running so your basement stays dry.

Contact B&L Ott to Install a Generac Generator

If you live in the Berks County area and are interested in installing a Generac generator, contact B&L Ott. We can answer any questions you may have and help guide you through the installation process.

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