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09 Feb 2017

Choosing A Heating Contractor In Omaha? Go With Fred’s Heating & Air

Choosing a heating contractor is hardly ever easy — especially if your furnace has broken down in the middle of a cold snap, and you’ve got to find someone quickly.

Every contractor claims to be the best in the business, and for sure, there are many reliable service providers in the Omaha area. But you want the heating contractor who’s the best fit for your particular home and your particular needs. You want a contractor who has been in business for a long time, a contractor with highly skilled technicians, one who will respond to an emergency quickly and treat you professionally.

In choosing Fred’s Heating & Air, you can rest assured that you will be getting top-notch service, as well as top-notch products. That service begins with our core commitments to you, our customer. Those commitments are integrity, honesty, fairness, hard work and dependability.

Of course, you also want a heating contractor with a staff of expertly trained technicians. As Trane comfort specialists, our technicians are extensively trained in service and installation. The Comfort Specialist designation is reserved for the top 10 percent of Trane dealers. In addition, we have the Honeywell Perfect Climate dealer designation.

In addition, most of our technicians have earned certification in the North American Technician Excellence program, which requires them to demonstrate proficiency and knowledge in all types of repairs and installation. To maintain that certification, NATE technicians must continue to learn and undergo testing.

This is what you can expect whenever you call for service. And what about that emergency — like the furnace breaking down in the middle of a cold snap? We provide 24-hour emergency service seven days a week. That means your furnace will be tended to quickly and efficiently.

With a 25-year history of providing Omaha-area homeowners with dependable service, Fred’s Heating & Air is the choice to make when you’re looking for a heating contractor. Go with us, and you can feel confident that you’ve made the best choice.

09 Feb 2017

Your Programmable Thermostat Allows You to Keep Warm Without Thinking

If you’re like most people, you run through your mental checklist at least once a day – thinking ahead to those errands and tasks that await you. With so much to keep track of, it can be reassuring to know that you can strike one item from your list: setting back your thermostat before you go to bed at night or before you leave for the day and then turning it back up.

With a programmable thermostat, you can set your thermostat for a full week at a time — with one schedule for every day of the week or perhaps one schedule for the workweek and one or two different schedules for the weekend days. In this way, a programmable thermostat allows you to stay warm and save energy without having to give it any thought. You can strike “adjust the thermostat” from your to-do list for all time.

The idea is to program the daytime set-back period around the schedules of the people in your home. When the last person leaves the house for the day, the temperature should be programmed to go down. For example, during the Omaha winter, you might program your thermostat in this way:

  • 6 a.m. to 8 a.m.: 68 degrees
  • 8 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.: 62 to 64 degrees
  • 5:30 p.m. to 10:30 p.m.: 68 degrees
  • 10:30 p.m. to 6 a.m.: 62 to 64 degrees

On the weekends, you can program your thermostat to go down when you leave for worship or Saturday morning games and then go up at around noon, when you come home. You can also program your thermostat for vacations. Most programmable thermostats have hold and override functions. But it’s important to remember that keeping the same temperature for at least eight-hour spans can help you maximize your savings.

Programmable thermostats are easy to find and easy to install, but if you’re looking for the ultimate in programmable thermostats, talk with your HVAC contractor about a smart thermostat. These can be programmed remotely from your laptop at work or your iPhone. They can allow you to continuously monitor your home-comfort systems when you’re away from home and can even alert you to a problem.

At Fred’s Heating and Air, we’re advocates for programmable thermostats, because they save energy – and save our valued customers money on their energy bills. Call us for assistance in choosing the right programmable thermostat for your home.

09 Feb 2017

Heating And Cooling A 2-Story Home Addition You Have In Mind

Heating and cooling a two-story home addition takes careful planning and sound decision-making. You want to balance the remodeling expense with long-term comfort and energy efficiency. It’s important to work closely with a certified HVAC professional to achieve results you’ll be delighted with for many years — without breaking into your nest egg.

Home evaluation

Your HVAC professional should do a thorough energy evaluation of your home. The steps should include inspecting your insulation, noting your energy-use habits and calculating your heating and cooling load.

The evaluation will detail the energy and thermal performance of your home, areas that need improvement and a determination of the best heating and cooling option for your addition.

Extend your current system

Your HVAC professional may tell you that your current system is capable of handling the additional heating and cooling load. If it’s possible to simply extend your home’s ductwork, he may advise you to use your present system but also incorporate zoned heating and cooling, which could optimize the savings and comfort throughout your home.

Upgrade your system

If your HVAC system is more than 10 years old, you may fare better with a new high-efficiency furnace or heat-pump system. Compared with older furnaces and heat pumps, a new high-efficiency system could possibly heat and cool your entire home — the new and the older parts — at a lower overall cost.

Independent system

Ductless mini splits are gaining recognition for delivering efficient heating and cooling to spaces where there’s no ductwork. Mini splits are compact heat pumps that use independent air handlers — as many as four — to provide heated and cooled air to a living area. It could be an ideal option for your addition.

For more information about heating about cooling that addition you’re planning to build, contact Fred’s Heating & Air. For 25 years we’ve provided expert HVAC service and installation to homeowners in the Omaha and Council Bluffs areas.