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Energy Saving Water Heaters

At Ranck, we have many ways to save energy when heating water. The Geyser, the Heat Pump Water Heater, is the perfect addition to any home or light commercial tank based water heater. It provides numerous important benefits, such as…

The Geyser reduces energy costs.

  • The Geyser is THE MOST EFFICIENT TOOL available to heat water! It uses Heat Pump technology which means that, instead of using traditional energy sources such as gas, oil or electricity to heat the water, it uses the heat and moisture in the surrounding air. The only electricity used is a small amount needed to operate the Geyser, and even that is converted to heat. This is why Heat Pumps like the Geyser are considered a RENEWABLE ENERGY SOURCE, like sun or wind power.
  • The Geyser is up to 370% efficient as compared to 60-95% for more traditional water heating systems. This means that for every 1 unit of energy required to operate the Geyser, 3.7 units of energy are generated from the air to heat the water. How many other products do you know of that are more than 100% efficient? Most experts agree that energy costs will continue to rise in the coming years and that it is more important than ever to conserve our natural resources. The Geyser makes a lot of sense for economic as well as environmental reasons.

The Geyser is environmentally friendly.

  • The Geyser from Robert H Ranck, Inc, utilizes a renewable energy source to heat water – air! In recent years, we have become aware of the need to reduce our use of traditional energy for environmental reasons and it has also become very clear that we don’t want to be dependent on foreign sources for our energy supply. For these reasons, the State and Federal Governments strongly promote energy reduction and independence. In fact, use of renewable energy is required to be able to meet both these objectives.

The Geyser dehumidifies and cools the surrounding air.

  • The Geyser provides an added benefit by dehumidifying the air surrounding the unit, which helps to reduce harmful mold, mildew, and germs. The Geyser will dehumidify the area at a rate of up to 50 pints per day providing a cleaner and more comfortable environment for your home. This added dehumidification benefit of the Geyser is substantial – the annual costs of operating an average sized dehumidifier typically run $1 per day, or $365 per year, plus the cost of $200-$400 for the unit itself. Therefore, when you combine the benefits of the Geyser, your choice should be simple – select the Geyser!

Do what is right for our environment and for our future generations – conserve energy now by utilizing the Geyser from Robert H Ranck, Inc!

Allergy Relief Tips

allergiesWith allergy season just around the corner, here are a few tips to bring relief for the allergy sufferers in your house:

  1. Keep doors and windows closed even on the most inviting days. The first warm days of Spring or cool days of Fall will tempt you to shut down your systems and throw open the windows. But for the allergy sufferers in your life, this just means raw red noses, coughing, sneezing, wheezing, red watery eyes, scratchy throats and labored breathing.
  2. Run your air conditioner or heating system whenever possible to filter your home’s air. With the more moderate temperatures of early Spring and Fall, utility bills will stay relatively low. Your air filter will help clean the air.
  3. Change your system’s Air Filter regularly.
  4. Eliminate mold, mildew & irritating dust mite allergens by keeping your home’s humidity levels below 50%. 
  5. Change clothes and shower when coming in from outdoor activities. During allergy season, even a short walk or time spent in the yard can cover you with allergens. These can be tracked through your home and deposited on furniture.
  6. Isolate pets from allergy sufferers. Keeping pets outdoors during allergy season is a solution many pet owners reject. The most practical solution then is to maintain at least one pet-free room (like a bedroom) where your allergy sufferer can find relief.

Need allergy relief for your home? Review our Healthy Air Solutions to see how Robert H. Ranck professionals can help!

Spring-Cleaning: HVAC Edition

HVAC Spring-Cleaning

Spring is in the air! And while you might be preparing for your annual spring-cleaning (tossing out old clothes and items you no longer use), don’t forget to prep your HVAC system for the changing season as well.

Your HVAC’s cooling mode has been MIA for quite a while, so before you flip the switch it’s a good idea to perform a little maintenance before shocking your system. By performing a few simple checks you can avoid major problems with your cooling system when the temperature heats up. Take a look at our handy maintenance checklist below for tasks you can perform yourself.

Check/Change Filters:

It’s always a good idea to check out your filter to see if it needs changing before the start of a new season. This simple task helps increase both energy efficiency and the performance of your system. When installing a new filter, check the airflow directions on both the system and the filter to make sure they are both facing the same way. If so, you’ve installed the filter properly.

Uncover Unit:

Many homeowners use items like condenser covers, coil blankets, and lids to help protect their outdoor units during the winter months. These items work to limit the transfer of heat and leaving them on after switching to cooling, even for a short period of time, could severely damage your HVAC system.

Inspect Outdoor Panels:

The panels on your HVAC unit are designed to enclose the electrical connections, if these panels are missing or misaligned they could cause potential risks to you and your system. If you discover your panels are out of place or missing, contact a Ranck technician for a system assessment before turning the unit on.

Remove Debris:

Leaves, branches, trash, and debris can often get stuck between your home and your HVAC system, especially on windy days. By removing debris from the coil and surrounding area of your unit you can increase the performance of your system. Another thing to consider is mulch. If your spring yard work includes spreading mulch remember not to pack mulch around the base of your HVAC unit to keep debris from affecting your system.

Clear & Clean Vents:

Before switching on your A/C, take a look at all of the vents and grills throughout your home. Remove any drapes, rugs or furniture that may be blocking them. If you have pets, take a vacuum to your vents as well, working to remove any pet hair or dust that has built up over time.

Turn It On:

Once you’ve completed this checklist, it’s time to turn on your system. Check to see that cool air is coming through all of your indoor vents throughout the day. If after the first few minutes you don’t feel any cool air coming through, turn your system off and contact a Ranck technician. It is never a good idea to leave your system running if it is not working properly. This can cause severe damage.

Call a Professional:

Sometimes you need more than just a DIY maintenance checklist. If you are still having trouble with your HVAC or notice any damaged areas, Ranck can help. Some maintenance tasks that Ranck can assist with include: cleaning coils, check and adjust airflow, check refrigerant level, repair and replace damaged pipe insulation, and seal and insulate ducts. For added peace-of-mind, Ranck offers maintenance plans where you’ll receive discounts on repairs and replacements along with priority service and other additional benefits.

It’s also important to remember to get your HVAC system inspected and calibrated each year. A simple inspection can keep your system running longer, reduce the need for repairs or replacement, and even lower your energy costs.

Have a question about HVAC maintenance? Contact Ranck today.

Energy Saving Tips

At Ranck, we know how expensive heating and cooling your home can be. In many cases, they account for up to 70% of your utility bills! While heating and cooling can be expensive, there are many things you can do to reduce energy bills that don’t require the service of a contractor.

Below are our top home energy saving tips:

Modify the temperature per season based on your family’s needs. If you are not home as much in the summer, you can set your thermostat for a higher degree, thus, causing your air conditioner to not run as frequently. The same applies to your furnace, heat pump or boiler in the winter. Changing the temperature by only 1 or 2 degrees can make a dramatic change to reduce energy bills.

Invest in a programmable thermostat so your temperatures fluctuate automatically. You can set your thermostat to be higher or lower for your home during the day, depending on the season, so you aren’t heating or cooling an empty home.

As your incandescent light bulbs burn out, replace them with compact fluorescent ones. These bulbs last longer and save energy. If you MUST use an incandescent bulb, use a lower wattage one.

Decrease the temperature on your water heater from the standard 140 degrees to 120 degrees. This will not only save you money on your monthly utility bills but could also prolong the life of the water heater since it is not working as hard.

Check to make sure the weather stripping on exterior doors is in good shape and actually seals. Also check your windows to make sure they seal properly. Keeping your windows locked also helps to insure that they are closed and sealed.

Make sure you change the filter in your furnace or heat pump. Doing so prevents the machine from having to work harder to circulate air. This prolongs the life of your equipment, and improves your indoor air quality. Lack of regular filter changes and maintenance is the Number 1 cause of system breakdowns and costly repair bills.

Have your Air Conditioning and Heating system tuned-up for the season, so that you are running at peak efficiency. Operating at peak efficiency will lower energy bills because the system doesn’t have to work as hard to do its job.

Flip the fan switch on your thermostat into the “fan on” mode when cooling the house. This process will ensure that air is always being stirred to prevent hot and cold pockets from forming.

Set air vents on the second floor to receive approximately 75 percent of the conditioned air. This will help even out the temperatures from the first to the second floor of the home.

Keep the shades and curtains drawn to reduce the radiant heat of the sun.

Install awnings or plant trees that will shade southern facing windows. This keeps the hottest rays of the sun from shining directly into the house during the summer.

Install an attic fan to help ventilate some of the hot air out of the attic in the summer. Attics can reach temperatures of 140 – 150 degrees and this build of warm air can make the upstairs of a home warmer than it needs to be. This makes the air conditioner work harder to do its job. It costs you more to cool your home and the life of the system can be decreased.

Run a dehumidifier in the basement if the basement is humid. A damp basement can add moisture to the whole house in the summer. A dehumidifier in the basement will help to reduce the humidity levels in the home, making it more comfortable throughout the hot summer months.

Clear or cut back shrubs and bushes from the outdoor unit. The sides of the unit require at least 12-18 inches of clearance for proper performance. In addition, keep fallen leaves, grass clippings, foliage and other dirt and debris away from your outdoor unit. And keep the a/c coils clean, following manufacturers’ instructions.

All of these home energy saving tips will help lower energy bills, while keeping your family comfortable all year long. If you’d like to learn more ways to save energy, please contact us for a Free Home Energy Assessment.

Reduce Your Heating Bill This Winter

Worried Mature Couple With Bill Turning Down Central HeatingWinter can get expensive quickly. Keeping your family warm and cozy often comes with a high price tag. Did you know that on average heating your home accounts for 45% of your energy bills?

Becoming energy efficient doesn’t have to be costly. That’s why we’re here to help with a few tricks of the trade that drive energy costs down and work to save you money without sacrificing warmth.

Shrink Wrap

Cold glass on your windows can quickly turn warm air cold, not to mention invisible cracks that may be helping your heat escape. One easy way to reduce heat loss is by applying shrink wrap/window film to your windows. Plus, you can keep the film up all year long as it also helps to keep your home cool in the summertime. It’s easy to apply and remove.

Ceiling Fans

Ceiling fans are great at keeping us cool in the summer, but did you know they could also keep us warm in the winter? Most ceiling fans include a switch to rotate blades in reverse during the winter, which pushes warm air down to the floor. Set the fan to turn counter-clockwise in the winter and clockwise in the summer. Don’t forget to turn your fan off when you leave the room, as it will use up energy when you are not there to reap the benefits.

Door Sweeps

Visit your local home improvement store for easy to install door sweeps. Cool air is likely seeping through your entryways and this quick fix can truly make a difference. Before you purchase, check with your utility company to see if they offer them for free to help their customers save energy.

Drapes

Shut those curtains! If you don’t like the idea of shrink wrapping your windows, this simple fix can also help to keep warm air away from your windows. Just remember to close your blinds/curtains at night and try keeping them open when the sun is able to stream in for additional warmth.

Manufactured Heat

When you’re sitting still you often feel much colder than when you’re busy. Try doing some simple things around the house to manufacture your own heat for free! Give your home a good cleaning, cook a warm meal or take a hot shower. These are simple ways to get moving and warm up without touching that thermostat.

Adjust Thermostat at Night

With flannel sheets and comforters, we don’t need a lot of additional heat besides our own body temperature at night. Consider turning the thermostat down a few degrees before you dose off. By turning your thermostat down 10 degrees or so for eight hours at a time you can save 10 percent each year on your heating costs according to the US Department of Energy. Can’t be bothered to manually adjust your thermostat? Ask us about a programmable thermostat.

Get a Check-up

Another great way to make sure you’re getting your heating bill down as low as it can go is to schedule a check-up for your heating unit. A company like Ranck can provide the insight you need to determine if your system is running efficiently. Don’t forget to also check your heating system filters, since a dirty filter often leads to high heating costs.

Wear Socks

Winter is not the time to let your feet go bare. Just putting on a pair of socks can instantly start to warm you up. Using things like blankets and sweaters instead of relying on your heating system can help drive costs down in no time.

Getting your heating bill down to a manageable cost is probably easier than you initially thought. With these simple steps, you’ll be able to enjoy a warm winter with money to spare.

Have a question about home heating – Just Call Ranck.