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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Does energy efficiency matter?

Yes, it does! Energy efficiency not only makes sure your utility bills remain as low as possible, it also has far reaching implications for the environment and the future of our kids.

Energy efficiency starts with the production of energy. Energy plants use coal, gas, sun, or water to produce energy. Making sure they produce the most energy with the least amount of resources makes sure natural resources will last for generations to come and decrease the price of energy. Even environmentally friendly solar power plants require scarce resources which need to be harvested, transported, and processed using energy consuming procedures (silicon). This side of energy efficiency is complex and difficult to impact.

Our homes require especially large amounts of energy to keep us cool during the summer and warm during the winter. We use electricity by utilizing the microwave, washer, lights and we heat water for our shower. Doing all of this efficiently reduces our energy consumption, reduces emissions and lowers our bills. We are directly connected to the plants producing the energy and while we might not be able to adjust efficiency at its power plant source, we are certainly able to do so in our home.

ENERGY STAR provides numerous ways on how to make your home more energy efficient. Prevent heat and cold air from unintentionally streaming outside by isolating your attic hatch and doors. Seal air leaks with spray foam and caulk. Consider purchasing ENERGY STAR certified appliances, including TVs, sound systems, and washing machines. The same applies to electric heat pumps and HVAC systems. The greatest impact in the long term is educating yourself about these possibilities and reading about how a change of habit can save up to 20% of energy (and money), so have a look at https://www.energystar.gov/ and contact Doug’s Heating and Air Conditioning if you have any questions, because energy efficiency and creating a sustainable environment for our children is very much at our heart!

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Is my Utility Bill too High?

This is actually a tricky question, because you can only answer it if you know what is normal or average. The first step is to look at past bills over the years and note any changes. Did the bill increase because you have an additional roommate? Did you install new equipment that needs plenty of electricity or are you now using a room you didn’t heat/cool previously?

If the answer to these and similar questions is no, you should look at the rate. Did your energy provider increase prices? Did your agreement change in any other way or are you not eligible for rebates anymore?

If all of your answers are still no, you could look at seasonal changes. If your utility bill has increased during the winter months in particular, the heater might need to be fixed or replaced. If your utility bill has increased during the summer months, your air conditioning might become less cost-efficient due to age or damages. Having the suspects inspected is certainly good advice in this situation. Your local Heating and Air Conditioning expert will help you find the culprit and propose a solution.

Another way of looking at this issue is to compare your bill with friends that live in similar circumstances. These circumstances would include a comparable insulation of homes, similar age and efficiency of windows, doors and furnaces, and very similar heating/cooling habits, though. MidAmerican Energy can help you out with free energy audits in this regard. If your friend’s bill is indeed 20% or so lower than yours, the problem might be a rather fundamental one. Typical suspects are insufficient insulation and old equipment. The solution might be as simple as closing a hole in your ducts. In any case, this is a great opportunity to get informed about insulation and new energy-efficient equipment that can save you money in the long term.

One more way of looking at the issue is to analyze your heating/cooling habits. Are you keeping temperatures the same during the night, although this isn’t necessary? Are you leaving the house in the early morning and return to a freezing home during the summer and a hot home during the winter? A simple change in habit might do the trick and can even be complimented by an automatic thermostat.

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Energy Efficiency Rebate Change

Replacing an old heating or cooling system with a newer energy efficient one will save you money in the long-run. Even better, MidAmerican Energy has been actively encouraging these upgrades by offering Iowa and Illinois residents’ rebates on their utility bill!

Certain requirements apply: the new unit must be installed with a SAVE rating of excellence, with the exception of furnace fans, room air conditioners, programmable thermostats, and heat pump water heaters. Doug’s Heating and Air Conditioning is a SAVE certified contractor, meaning we are taking extra time to optimize the operation of the unit to make sure you qualify for the rebate.

You can find additional information about these rebates at https://www.midamericanenergy.com/rebates-energy.aspx. You will be directed to the rebate forms by selecting the state where you live. You can also download a booklet with extensive information about MidAmerican Energy’s EnergyAdvantage® program at the bottom of the page, or call 800-894-9599.

Rebates will change significantly across the board in 2017 and MidAmerican Energy’s customer representatives (800-894-9599) will help you compare 2016 and 2017 rebates. Call Doug’s Heating and Air Conditioning if you want to take advantage of higher 2016 rebates.
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Brace Yourself

Air conditioners have been turned off for a while and the winter season is approaching. We are embracing shorter days by getting used to turning on our lights more. Brace yourself for the annual winter adjustment with the following tips;

Heating
• Annually check your heating system to make sure it is ready for the winter.
• Replace your heater’s filter and remove any dust to save energy and maintain parts.
• Consider installing a new heating system if your current system is not running efficiently and produces high monthly utility bills as a consequence.
• Consider installing a set-back thermostat to automatically turn down the heat when you don’t need it and automatically turn it up again when you do.

Leaks and Insulation
• Seal leaks frequently occurring around doors and windows. This can save you up to 15% on your utility bill.
• Check your chimney and fireplace and close the damper to disable any warm air leaving your home.
• Inspect your heating ducks to make sure they aren’t torn, crushed, or flattened. Be cautious closing leaks with duct tape – it usually doesn’t last as long as expected.
• Weather-strip and insulate your access to the attic to avoid unnecessarily heating it up all winter long.

Have a look at http://www.consumerenergycenter.org/tips/winterize.html or call Doug’s Heating and Air Conditioning at 309-764-2500 for more information.

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Mini-Splits

The future is here and it’s mini! Mini-splits or ductless units are small and convenient, which makes them the perfect climate control choice for many situations. Unlike your regular heating and air-conditioning unit, mini-split setups for outdoor and indoor units only require a 3 inch hole cut in the building. Due to its versatility in location, the outdoor unit can be placed as much as 50 ft away from the evaporator and this allows for a convenient or an out of sight location for the compressor.

Because mini-split systems are ductless, they will save you money! Ducts, especially the ones located in locations that are not climate controlled (basements), lose up to 30% of energy due to a lack of insulation. This inefficiency costs!

Mini-splits also offer a variety of different styles and location flexibility. Units can be installed on ceilings, walls, or as standing floor models. Most of the units are about seven inches deep and controlled by remote control for user convenience. Not only do mini-splits allow for a more efficient way to cool or heat up your house, but it also improves home security. Because the hole for the unit is only about 3 inches, intruders cannot use them to gain access to the house, unlike through-wall and window units, which allow easy access to your home.

Mini-splits are becoming the heating and cooling unit of the future. Their ability to save buyers money in the long-run, their convenience, and improvement of home safety are just some of the reasons people are starting to use these types of units.

http://energy.gov/energysaver/ductless-mini-split-heat-pumps

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Our Story

Did you know that Doug’s Heating and Air Conditioning has been serving Quad Citizens for over 60 years?

Founder Doug Smith managed a successful business for over 30 years and earned people’s trust on both the Iowa and the Illinois side of the Mississippi. Matt and his family took the wheel and has continued serving the Quad Cities since 1985. They successfully expanded Doug’s reach to Muscatine in the South and Clinton to the North, and have continuously nurtured and grown their team of factory-trained licensed and insured technicians.

Dedication to quality and consequent success allowed Doug’s Heating and Air Conditioning to move to a bigger facility on 4307 49th Ave in Moline. We are celebrating our 1 year anniversary at the new location and couldn’t be happier!

We wanted to take this opportunity to thank you for being part of our success story!

Learn more about Doug’s history and 2015 move at
http://dougsheatingandairconditioning.com/about-us/
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Air Conditioning Thermostat Tips

There are many ways to reduce your energy bill, but one of the easiest and quickest ways is to optimize your air conditioning thermostat habit.

It may be comfortable to leave your thermostat setting at 70 degrees all day – who doesn’t want to come home to a cool house? But nobody wants to pay higher bills than necessary, either. Turning back your thermostat by approximately 9 degrees every time you leave your home for at least 8 hours can save up to 10% on your energy bill over the year! Generally, figure out your feel-good temperature and make it the lowest you ever set your thermostat.

This is where programmable thermostats come in handy. Rather than manually turning your thermostat up or down whenever you get home or leave, you can program your thermostat to change the temperature based on your daily routine. This might include turning it off completely, so you can open your windows when it cools off at night while you’re asleep. Just remember to close them and turn the air conditioning back on in the morning after you wake up.

Did you know, heat can also come in through closed windows? Blinds or a window covering can be a quick fix. This prevents your thermostat from getting confused by the sunlight which creates heat and makes your AC believe it’s warmer than it really is in your home.

As with all important things in life, it helps to make sure everything is running smoothly and efficiently. Schedule regular maintenance, avoid placing appliances near your thermostat (i.e. the heat generated from them will confuse your system) and vacuum your registers regularly to make sure your airflow is functioning at 100%.

We hope this post was helpful! If you have any questions please don’t hesitate to contact us!

http://energy.gov/energysaver/spring-and-summer-energy-saving-tips
http://energy.gov/energysaver/thermostats

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Indoor odors – where is that coming from?

We all know the smell of leftovers forgotten in the fridge for a week? Just imagine your entire place would suddenly start to smell funny, yet you are completely certain you’re innocent this time.

Common reasons behind smell are humidity, lack of fresh air and chemicals. Many people aren’t even aware of a drop in what is frequently described as “indoor air quality”, but they often notice symptoms such as dizziness, headaches, shortness of breath and tiredness.

These symptoms can be caused by:
– Moisture damage after flooding or heavy rain
– Construction activities
– Contaminated air (sewer issues, neighbors)
– Lack of ventilation

There is no quick test to determine whether the indoor air quality is sub-optimal or not. Ruling out potential causes is certainly a useful methodology, though. In many cases, a lack of ventilation caused by air conditioning issues can be the culprit and simple remedies such as replacing the air filter can create instant relief. Sometimes, upgrading an old unit might be more beneficial in the long run. Every situation is unique.

If you suspect a sudden drop in indoor air quality, feel free to give us a call at 309- 764-2500.

https://www.osha.gov/SLTC/indoorairquality/faqs.html

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AC Malfunctions

Did you know that homeowners in the US spend $11 billion powering their AC annually? Preventing malfunctions doesn’t only keep your head cool; it also prevents unnecessarily high energy bills. The following tips can help you identify common malfunctions.

Compressor and fan controls can wear out due to corrosion of wire and terminals. Electrical connections and contacts can also break over time. Ask your AC professional to check for these issues during a professional service call.
Another common malfunction is a thermostat sensor can be knocked out of position. It can be adjusted by carefully bending the wire that holds it in place.
The condensate drain can also cause trouble, especially when it’s very humid outside. Incorrect mounting of room air conditioners can clog the drain and cause damage. Simply adjusting the AC helps in many cases.

Leaking refrigerant is a common malfunction and results in your AC running inefficiently. The performance and efficiency of your air conditioner is greatest when the refrigerant charge exactly matches the manufacturer’s specification.

Give us a call at 309-765-2500 if you notice any changes in your AC’s performance or if you’d like to schedule a general check up to make sure your AC is working properly.
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