MidAmerican Rebates – This is Your Last Chance!

MidAmerican rebates will decrease significantly in 2018, so don’t procrastinate and take advantage of an extra $400 rebate on York Furnaces until the end of the year.

Upgrading to a quality built York unit in 2017 will not only provide a rebate, it will also save you money in the long term by increasing energy efficiency and lowering your utility bill. Its unique properties will additionally improve your home’s air quality by reducing the number of particles and allergens. Click here to learn more about York Furnaces.

MidAmerican provides extensive information about its expiring 2017 rebates:

Overwhelmed by the sheer amount of information? MidAmerican Energy’s customer representatives (800-894-9599) will help you compare 2017 and 2018 rebates.

These rebates are not coming back, so if you’re considering a new furnace replacement in the next few years, act now and call Doug’s at 563-326-1223.

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Energy-Savings Tips for the Fall and Winter Time

Winter is approaching and turning on the heat is slowly becoming a daily routine. We at Doug’s Heating & Air Conditioning have already talked about the importance of Furnace Maintenance in our October blog, so now let’s focus on how to keep your utilities bill low without having to abstain from the cozy warmth.

Insulation

Keep the heat inside by making sure you home’s insulation is up to date. Check your windows and doors for drafts and consider upgrading to models that seal more efficiently. Energy Star can help you select appropriate products for your place. Learn more about insulation in general here.

Heating Registers

Make sure no objects are blocking the heating registers. Not only would this prevent precious warm air from heating the room; it might also create a fire hazard.

Holidays

Visiting family for Thanksgiving, Christmas, or New Year’s Eve? Consider lowering the water heater and temperature if you are away for more than three consecutive days.

Sun Light

Open the curtains during the day and let the sun light heat your home, but close your blinds and curtains during the night to create a barrier against the cold.

Programmable Thermostat

Manually adjusting the heat before going to bed and after waking up can be cumbersome. A programmable thermostat can help you set up a daily heating routine that fits your needs. It could automatically reduce heat 30 minutes after you went to bed and automatically increase heat 30 minutes prior to getting up. The same applies if nobody is at home all days.

Filter Maintenance

Change your filter on a regular basis as dirty ones won’t work efficiently and waste precious energy.

Ceiling Fans

Run your ceiling fans in reverse to get rising hot air back to where it truly matters. This primarily works if you have high ceilings.

Find more information below and don’t hesitate to call Doug’s Heating & Air Conditioning if you have any questions.

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Furnace Maintenance: What Really Matters

Taking care of your furnace is an important part of having a safe and comfortable home, especially during the upcoming colder months. While it’s best to have professionals inspect or make adjustments to your furnace, there are a few things homeowners can do themselves!

Safety Tip: Before inspecting or cleaning the furnace, make sure the gas line and any electrical circuits connected to the furnace are turned off. It’s important to establish safe working conditions before starting any inspection on your furnace. After the inspection, remember to turn the fuel supply and electric switch back on.

The easiest place to start while inspecting your furnace is with the air filters. In winter, we spend more time inside, making our filters work harder sifting out the pet hair, dander, allergens, and other dust building up around the house. A dirty air filter can heavily strain the furnace, increasing your bill and damaging your equipment. To prevent your furnace from working overtime, we recommend cleaning out and replacing fiberglass air filters every month.

Pro Tip: Fiberglass filters are the most common, affordable filters, but they only filter out basic particles. Pleated filters, on the other hand, are pricier, but have a higher filtering capability and can last up to three months.

Next, check the furnace ducts for any possible leakage. Leaky duct work can increase the amount of dust and other particles circulating your home and so should be occasionally inspected. After cleaning the ducts using a high-powered vacuum cleaner, cover the ducts to stop any air leakage.

Finally, make sure your venting system is in working order. Dirt and other forms of debris can build up and eventually clog your ventilation, cutting off air flow to your house. Prevent this from happening by cleaning your vents with a large brush or vacuum cleaner.

Remember: It’s always nice to do it yourself, but if you’re ever unsure about proper furnace maintenance or cleaning don’t leave it to chance! Call Doug’s Heating and Air Conditioning with any questions or concerns you may have; we are always available and happy to help.

 

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Indoor Odors

Most people know the smell of abandoned leftovers in the fridge. Many have experienced the smell of their kids’ dirty laundry hidden under the bed. But did you know HVAC units can cause or transmit indoor odors as well?

HVAC units are supposed to filter the air, adjust its temperature, and create an enjoyable in-house living environment.  However, external influences or older units might cause the following indoor odors:

  • Moldy or Musty: Most air conditioners dehumidify air, meaning the resulting water might not drain properly. This excess condensation can cause mold which can spread to the filter and dispense moldy odor even faster. Mold is especially harmful for children.  Cleaning the unit or changing the filter often does the trick, but severe drainage issues or affected duct work usually requires a professional to assess the situation.
  • Sewage or Rotten Eggs: These odors are usually caused by external defects with public infrastructure. If your ducts are located anywhere near a gas pipe or sewer line, these smells indicate ruptures. Contact authorities and stay away from rotten egg odors and potentially corresponding gas.
  • Burning or Gun Powder: These odors often indicate an overheated AC unit. Causes can range from (really) dirty filters blocking the air flow to defective wiring and motors. If the filter appears to be in good shape, leave the unit turned off and consult with a professional to limit any fire hazard. Additionally, furnaces using gas might cause these odors due to oil leaks. Again, please consult a professional in a severe case to prevent any further damages or hazardous situations.

Don’t ignore unusual smells, because they are great warning signals telling us we need to take action to avoid negative consequences. Please contact Doug’s Heating and Air Conditioning at 309-764-2500 if you have any questions about this topic.

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Is Your Heating and Air Conditioning System Childproof?

Whether you are a parenting rookie or a seasoned veteran, childproofing your home is essential to keeping your baby safe. Common household items can pose a potential threat to your children, your HVAC system is no different. Your HVAC system may seem harmless, but like most household items, your children can turn it into a hazard. To keep your children safe from your HVAC system and vice versa, follow these safety tips and reduce the risk:

Secure Vents: To a small child, floor vents are a whole new world; shiny and sharp. It is vital to make sure your vents are properly secured to protect your child from any misfortune. Sharp registers can get loose and become a major hazard to your children’s safety. To prevent this from happening, try nailing or screwing your vents into hardwood floors. For further precaution, you could try plastic registers to avoid the sharp edges of metal ones. Evaluating the security of your vents will keep food and toys out of your unit, but more importantly keep your children safe.

Keep Equipment Out of Reach: You may not look at your thermostat as a major hazard, but if your child were to have access to it they could make severe changes that could cause harm to your health as well as damage to your HVAC system. To avoid situations like this from occurring, it is important to keep all thermostats, remotes, or other HVAC control devices in a place inaccessible to small children.

Check your Outdoor Unit: Your outdoor HVAC unit is equally, if not more, dangerous than your indoor unit. It is not a playground, though your child may view it that way. It is essential to eliminate any hazards as your children take on the outside world. A possible solution is to fence in the area or block it off to make it inaccessible to your children, but still accessible to your HVAC technicians.

Securing your home and making it a safe place for children is a top priority. At Doug’s we respect you and your home and we want to help eliminate any potential risk your HVAC system may bring. If you have questions about childproofing your HVAC unit, give us a call at 309-764-2500 and we will be happy to help!

 

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AC Filter Maintenance

AC units don’t only regulate temperatures; they also contribute to your healthy breathing by improving air quality in your home. This only works if the filter is clean and therefore able to do its job! Cleaning or replacing your AC filter on a regular basis will do wonders for the air you breathe. These are only some of the benefits:

  • Well-functioning AC units filter out bacteria, dust, soot, pet dander, and mold spores.
  • Clean filters can do wonders if you have severe allergies because they can better filter out whatever triggers your symptoms.
  • The same applies to asthma because airborne dust particles are better filtered out.
  • Cleaner air generally reduces headaches and fatigue.
  • It can also reduce the risk of serious respiratory and cardiovascular events.
  • Breathing clean air will ultimately help you live longer!

Dirty filters can additionally block the air flow and tempt you to turn down the thermostat more than usual. The consequences can be felt in your wallet shortly after, so maintaining clean filters actually saves money!

Most AC filters are easy to take out and clean or replace; however, it is best to look over the manual before performing any maintenance work on your unit. When it comes to frequency, we recommend replacing them every 1 -3 months. We also recommend checking and replacing filters of air filtration systems every 3-6 months. This depends on how often you are using the AC or whether you own pets.

Routine cleanings and replacements can greatly optimize the efficiency of your AC unit, save you money on your energy bill, and keep you healthy. If you have any questions throughout the process, Doug’s Heating & Air Conditioning specialists are always happy to help!

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AC Emergencies

There is no better feeling than walking into your home and feeling cool air during a hot summer day.  Simply have a seat and enjoy the cool air circulating around you.

But what happens when your air conditioner stops working? Not only does the heat make you feel uncomfortable; it can also lead to heat stroke, especially when it comes to children. In general, regular maintenance checks and replacing the thermostat’s batteries help prevent any issues over the summer.  The following tips will also help you assess any potential damage quickly and take immediate action in the case of an AC emergency.

  • Check the AC lines and wires of your outside unit. They might be damaged by grass mowers, wire chewing mice, weed whips or any other gardening activities.
  • If your AC has quit completely, be sure and check the breaker.  Especially older AC units use a lot of power, so they occasionally blow a fuse. Simply reset the breaker by turning it off and then on again.
  • If your AC is running, but not cooling the room properly, it’s best to make sure there is nothing blocking the air flow, including checking air filters and compressors. Dirty air filters can easily be replaced and compressors cleaned.
  • Water leaking from your AC may indicate that the drain line is clogged or disconnected. If this is the case, inspect the drain line for clogs or disconnects and clear them out.

When in doubt, please don’t hesitate to call Doug’s Heating and Air Conditioning’s emergency line. Call 309-764-2500 and press #2 to activate our emergency voice mail and leave a message stating the problem you are currently experiencing with your air conditioning. This message is then automatically forwarded to one of our technicians, who will try to get back to you within an hour.

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Geothermal

Did you know the temperature of the earth/soil increases the further you dig? Did you know the temperature just a few feet below the ground barely changes throughout the year?  This underground temperature is between and 45 and 75 Fahrenheit depending on your location. Ground source heat pumps, direct use geothermal technologies, and enhanced geothermal systems are taking advantage of these facts to provide clean and affordable energy.

Constant ground temperatures and a system of buried pipes makes all of this possible. During the winter time, these pipes use the soil’s relatively higher temperature to transfer heat into the house; during the summer time, the pipes absorb the heat from your home and transfer it into the ground where it cools down. Further benefits include:

  • Environmentally friendly
  • Potential Federal tax credits
  • Quiet operation
  • Sustainable investment over time
  • Heating, cooling and water heating within one unit

Embrace this traditional way of harnessing Mother Earth’s energy and receive a one year limited warranty on heat pump units and a 50-year limited warranty on the underground pipes. Read more about the different type of technologies here:

Don’t hesitate to give us a call at 309-764-2500 if you have any questions!

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A Look Back at Doug’s Heating and Air Conditioning’s History

In the early 1950’s Doug Smith established a small heating and air conditioning business, which he aptly named Doug’s Heating and Air Conditioning. With a focus on exceptional customer service and professionalism, Doug built a winning formula for his Moline-based company that endured until his retirement more than 30 years later.

But this wasn’t the end for Doug’s. In 1985 Matt Hines took over the company. During the following decades Matt and his brothers slowly expanded the business into a team of over 30 licensed and insured technicians, but never lost sight of what was important. Keeping its founder’s dedication to customer service at heart, Doug’s Heating and Air Conditioning grew to continually raise expectations not only in the Quad Cities, but in the surrounding areas, including Clinton, Muscatine, Eldridge, LeClaire, Milan, Coal Valley, Port Byron, Andalusia, Blue Grass, Buffalo and DeWitt

Now, over 60 years later, Doug’s Heating and Air Conditioning has become one of the oldest and most trusted brands in the area. Located on 4307 49th Avenue in Moline, Doug’s team of highly-trained professionals are ready to service your heating and air conditioning needs whenever they arise, 24/7.

When Doug started his company he wasn’t only in the business of heating and cooling, he was in the business of helping people. This philosophy has made Doug’s Heating and Air Conditioning what it is today. Holding decades of experience and a reputation for high-quality service under its belt, Doug’s proud history only gets better with age.

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Discounts and Rebates – Don’t Miss Out!

We all like to save a few bucks here and there, so imagine you could actually save hundreds or even thousands of dollars on services you wouldn’t want to miss? Spring is the perfect time to evaluate your current systems and to consider saving big by upgrading your cooling and heating systems.

York

One of the largest discounts available comes from York. They offer up to $1,700 – just imagine what you could buy for $1,700 instead! Their units are very energy efficient, which might allow you to take advantage of certain rebates such as MidAmerican’s Energy Efficiency Rebate Program (see below).  Learn more about our York air conditioning units here.

 MidAmerican Energy

MidAmerican Energy is continuing their Energy Efficiency Rebate Program! You might be eligible to receive rebates on your utility bill of up to $1,485 if you install a new unit with a SAVE rating of excellence, with the exception of furnace fans, room air conditioners, programmable thermostats, and heat pump water heaters. Read more about where to find additional information about these rebates here and learn more about the positive implications of installing newer energy efficient heating and cooling systems here.

Mitsubishi

Mini-splits (ductless heating and cooling units) are convenient, improve home security, and can save you money in the long run. Thanks to Mitsubishi’s $400 discounts on mini-splits they can now also help you save money immediately! Learn about additional benefits of owning mini splits here.

Don’t miss out on saving big; contact Doug’s Heating and Air Conditioning today at 309-764-2500!

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