December, 2017

“Cost To Replace A Furnace” 2017 – 2018


Wayne Krasnow
Your HVAC Expert

“Don’t Buy A New Furnace – Before Knowing the Facts!”

5 Insider Tips That Will Prevent You From Getting Ripped Off!

First, Not All Connecticut Heating Contractors Are Alike.

Below are five insider tips that can prevent you from getting ripped off, but read on before skipping to the good stuff.
Your furnace is one of the most expensive appliances you’ll ever buy for your home, due to the intense labor and all of the materials that are necessary for a proper installation.
Furnace manufactures state that your furnace must be installed as per the Local & National Mechanical Safety Codes.
All licensed CT contractors are supposed to follow the Local & National Mechanical Safety Codes. “If they ain’t pullin’ a permit to replace your furnace, you can bet that their not following the safety codes.”
It used to be that these codes were all about safety, but they started mandating efficiency codes as well. WHY? I’ll tell you why. Because consumers were being ripped off by furnace installation companies. Many of these companies were (and still are) taking shortcuts so they can get the job done quickly and charge the homeowner less money, just to land another job. A cheap price is not always the best option.
It is almost impossible to replace a furnace in 2 hours and do the job right (up to code).
And since you’ll be living with your new furnace for the next 15 to 20 years, it only makes sense to avoid such nightmares.
If you’ve been told that you need to replace your furnace, we will happily give you a FREE SECOND OPINION so you will have all the facts. Call: 203-315-0323

Below Are 5 FREE Ways To Avoid Getting Ripped Off.

1. You’ve may have heard this; My Furnace Guy Said I Have To Get A New One.

Many furnaces are replaced that don’t need to be. Why would a deceiving heating contractor condemn a perfectly good furnace? Either to make money or their service technician wasn’t trained properly to fix it.
Many of these furnaces could have been inexpensively fixed compared to the price of a new furnace. The 3 reasons to get your furnace replaced may be: it has a cracked heat exchanger, it is old and inefficient or it’s too expensive to repair. If the repair man tells you that there is a crack in the heat exchanger, ask to see it.
Do you really need a new one? READ ON BEFORE BUYING A NEW FURNACE.

2. What Brand Is The Best For Me?

Furnaces and boilers manufactured today basically all have the same safety features. Similar controls, similar heat exchangers, similar choices of efficiencies, etc. Many of the manufactures buy their parts from the same factory and put their name on it. All furnaces (no matter what brand) should last 12 to 18 years with the proper maintenance. Ok I lied… a furnace can last much longer than that, BUT the cost of keeping that old clunker going can cost more in fuel and repairs than a new high efficient furnace. I have replaced 1000+ furnaces. Many of them were “The Brand” (in their day) and most of them were about the same age. Now, here’s the “dirty little secret” they don’t want you to know. Only about five percent of the satisfaction you’re going to get – is the result of the brand you choose. The other 95% is how well it’s installed. And there are 8 crucial procedures that should be done properly (if not, the brand is irrelevant).

3. Will I Save Money On My Fuel Bills If I Get A New One?

Simply installing a new furnace isn’t going to guarantee better heating and lower energy costs. If the HVAC contractor isn’t careful about checking to see that your ductwork is clean and unclogged, you could be throwing heating dollars out of the window. The installer MUST make the proper size measurements on sheet metal fittings to connect to the new furnace. (Now you tell me how they can do that out of the back of a van or pick-up truck)
If the Sheetmetal fittings are not done properly, air will be leaking all around the furnace or even worse the air can be restricted, causing premature failure of your brand new furnace. That is one of the 8 crucial procedures that should be done properly.

Having a programmable thermostat installed is another way to save money on your fuel bills.

4. How Much Will It Cost For A New One?

“Time to give away the Trade Secrets”
$1,350… High Efficient Furnace
$ 125… Sheet Metal Fittings
$ 50… Condensate Pump & Piping
$ 50… Fuel Piping
$ 75… Smoke Pipe and Fittings (Flue)
$ 30… 4” X 8” X 16” Solid Concrete Blocks
$ 100… Electrical Wiring, Service Switch & Receptacle
$ 25… Fire Safety Switch
$ 60… Digital Thermostat or Digital Programmable Thermostat
$1,000… Installers Labor
($75 per hour for the Licensed Installer and $50 per hour for the helper x 8 hours)
$ 716… 20% Net Profit
$ 398… 10% Sales Commission
$ 80… Installers Incentive if they do a superb job
$ 258… Connecticut Sale Tax (6.35%)
$4,317.00… Total Fair Price Installed

And that’s how we price our jobs.
Some furnace installations may be a bit more, some less depending on the size of the home and ease or difficulty of the installation. If the installers have to work in tight conditions, if your home is larger or you need more Dallas duct cleaning than others then it will be more. If your furnace is in an open basement and/or is easily accessible then it may be less.
Also, you may want to consider other products to improve the air that you breathe in your home, like a humidification system or a good air filtration system. These are what we call accessories or indoor air quality products (IAQ). They run about $500 to $1500 and a little more labor plus a 20% profit on top of that.
We try our hardest to make a 20% net profit so that we can fix our trucks or buy new ones, give incentives, provide health insurance, provide warranty service, give to charity or the community and other things that are important to the individual contractor. BUT it never seems to work out that way. The average furnace contractor earns about 2% net profit or less. And that is why so many go out of business within 5 years. Many Contractors will under-price a job, just to get the job. They are not helping the customer because it will be impossible to find these contractors in 5 years, when things start to break. Some older companies fall into that rut too. They have been in business for so long that they forget to raise their prices or are simply afraid to because they think they will loose customers. Well the problem with that is, you can’t take care of your customers if you are not making money. They will eventually end up in the same boat as those other contractors, WORKING FOR ME!
Well, that’s basically how a good solid HVAC contractor prices their jobs.
My competition is going to hate me when they read this…oh well.

5. How Many Years Is The Warranty?

There are two types of warranties in the furnace business. There is the manufactures warranty and the furnace contractor’s labor warranty. The manufactures warranty covers the equipment and all of the parts in it. The furnace contractor’s warranty covers the labor costs involved in making the repairs to the equipment and any other work that was done, like sheet metal work, electrical wiring, etc.
The Indoor Air Quality (IAQ) products have a separate warranty (usually less) than the furnace so be aware of that when purchasing them.

Some companies have a warranty that stops the minute they leave your driveway. Or they will say that they’ll give you a 10 year warranty and POOF, they’re gone in 5 years.
For your own protection, INSIST on a written 100% Money Back Guarantee on the Installation Work.

So You May Not Have To Replace Your Furnace.


You can always call me to get a FREE SECOND OPINION. This way you’ll have all the facts.
Also, there is NO cost or obligation for one of our FREE estimates. Call: 203-315-0323

September, 2017

Connecticut Utility Companies Are Raving About Ductless Heat Pump Systems


Wayne Krasnow
Your HVAC Expert

Not Only Do They Recommend Them, They Offer BIG $ Incentives To Homeowners!

What Is A Ductless Heat Pump?

A Ductless Heat Pump is a whisper quiet, high efficiency heating & cooling system for one room or your whole house.
A typical Ductless Heat Pump system consists of an outdoor unit and one or more indoor units, mounted high on the wall. We can connect up to eight indoor units to one outdoor unit.
They are connected by copper refrigerant lines.
Each indoor unit is controlled by its own remote thermostat, allowing you to control the temperature for each room, independently. If you are having issues with your units check out when to schedule a San Diego air conditioning repair.

What Is The Most Efficient Way To Heat Your Home?

Today’s technology offers highly efficient options to heat your home.
Long ago the caveman used firewood to heat their caves because the dinosaurs hadn’t died yet, therefore fossil fuel was non existent. Many cavemen probably died from carbon monoxide poisoning, but they saved a lot of money on their heating bills (and insurance).
But seriously, we have come a long way.
I have installed thousands of high efficiency heating systems for Connecticut homeowners.
A Ductless Hyper Heat system is a high efficient Heat Pump, which also provides the highest efficiency Air Conditioning for your home, all combined into one system. If you are looking to get a new air conditioner visit air conditioning Brisbane North.

Now there will be no need for using those noisy, ugly window air conditioners anymore!

5 Key Factors Account for the High Efficiency of a Ductless Heat Pump System:

1. A Ductless Heat Pump uses 60% less electricity than a home heated with straight electric heat and is even more efficient than most oil, gas or propane heating systems (up to 30% more efficient)

2. Ductless systems allow the user to control each room’s temperature independently, eliminating the costly over-heating and cooling, common to central air systems. Why pay to heat or cool rooms that are not currently occupied?

3. While central air systems lose as much as 30% efficiency through air leaks in the ductwork; ductless systems distribute air directly to each zone, resulting in greater efficiency.

4. A ductless heat pump uses very little electricity to power a small compressor. These compressors only use as little energy as needed, even at extreme cold or hot outdoor temperatures. Hundreds of our customers call us to say how much money they saved by using their ductless heat pumps, compared to their old heating and/or cooling system. A ductless heat pump runs like a car on cruise control. It lets off on the energy usage when getting closer to the desired temperature and it ramps up when it needs to, always monitoring the indoor and outdoor temperatures, so that it uses as little energy as possible. Ductless Heat Pumps call their cruise control “Inverter Technology” which results in substantial energy and utility savings!

5. Mitsubishi ductless systems have ultra-high Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratios (SEER) between 16 and 30.5, and Heating Seasonal Performance Factors (HSPF) between 8.5 and 13.5. The higher the number, the higher the efficiency.

3 Reasons Why You May Be CRAZY If You Heat Your Home with Traditional Electric Heat in CT!

1. You own your whole home and you are probably confined to a few rooms. You don’t want to turn on all of the electric heaters because it will cost a fortune. That is no way to live.

2. Connecticut’s electricity rates are one of the highest in the continental United States.

3. You are paying more than anyone else to heat your home.

A Ductless Heat Pump will provide economic relief for homeowners that heat with electricity. A pilot program from the Connecticut Utility Companies was conducted to test the feasibility of using Ductless Heat Pumps in comparison to a home where electric heat was the primary heating source. The evaluation estimated a significant savings (between 30% and 60%, as you can learn from Hicken Air reports) as well as reducing the summer air conditioning electrical consumption.
Additionally, the majority of Ductless Heat Pump users are very satisfied with the quality of the heating and cooling.

What Is A Ductless Heat Pump?

A Ductless Heat Pump is a whisper quiet, high efficiency heating & cooling system for one room or your whole house.
A typical Ductless Heat Pump system consists of an outdoor unit and one or more indoor units, mounted high on the wall. We can connect up to eight indoor units to one outdoor unit.
They are connected by copper refrigerant lines.
Each indoor unit is controlled by its own remote thermostat, allowing you to control the temperature for each room, independently.

What Is The Most Efficient Way To Heat Your Home?

Today’s technology offers highly efficient options to heat your home.
Long ago the caveman used firewood to heat their caves because the dinosaurs hadn’t died yet, therefore fossil fuel was non existent. Many cavemen probably died from carbon monoxide poisoning, but they saved a lot of money on their heating bills (and insurance).
But seriously, we have come a long way.
I have installed thousands of high efficiency heating systems for Connecticut homeowners.
A Ductless Hyper Heat system is a high efficient Heat Pump, which also provides the highest efficiency Air Conditioning for your home, all combined into one system.

Now there will be no need for using those noisy, ugly window air conditioners anymore!

5 Key Factors Account for the High Efficiency of a Ductless Heat Pump System:

1. A Ductless Heat Pump uses 60% less electricity than a home heated with straight electric heat and is even more efficient than most oil, gas or propane heating systems (up to 30% more efficient)

2. Ductless systems allow the user to control each room’s temperature independently, eliminating the costly over-heating and cooling, common to central air systems. Why pay to heat or cool rooms that are not currently occupied?

3. While central air systems lose as much as 30% efficiency through air leaks in the ductwork; ductless systems distribute air directly to each zone, resulting in greater efficiency.

4. A ductless heat pump uses very little electricity to power a small compressor. These compressors only use as little energy as needed, even at extreme cold or hot outdoor temperatures. Hundreds of our customers call us to say how much money they saved by using their ductless heat pumps, compared to their old heating and/or cooling system. A ductless heat pump runs like a car on cruise control. It lets off on the energy usage when getting closer to the desired temperature and it ramps up when it needs to, always monitoring the indoor and outdoor temperatures, so that it uses as little energy as possible. Ductless Heat Pumps call their cruise control “Inverter Technology” which results in substantial energy and utility savings!

5. Mitsubishi ductless systems have ultra-high Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratios (SEER) between 16 and 30.5, and Heating Seasonal Performance Factors (HSPF) between 8.5 and 13.5. The higher the number, the higher the efficiency.

3 Reasons Why You May Be CRAZY If You Heat Your Home with Traditional Electric Heat in CT!

1. You own your whole home and you are probably confined to a few rooms. You don’t want to turn on all of the electric heaters because it will cost a fortune. That is no way to live.

2. Connecticut’s electricity rates are one of the highest in the continental United States.

3. You are paying more than anyone else to heat your home.

A Ductless Heat Pump will provide economic relief for homeowners that heat with electricity. A pilot program from the Connecticut Utility Companies was conducted to test the feasibility of using Ductless Heat Pumps in comparison to a home where electric heat was the primary heating source. The evaluation estimated a significant savings (between 30% and 60%) as well as reducing the summer air conditioning electrical consumption.
Additionally, the majority of Ductless Heat Pump users are very satisfied with the quality of the heating and cooling.

A Great Alternative or Addition for Your Complete Home Comfort.

Heat pumps, with the recent technology advancement, are much more efficient today, so their total energy costs are lower than oil, propane and natural gas.
In the past, Heat Pumps had a bad rap in colder climates, like Connecticut, but the newer technology allows the heat pump to heat your home more efficiently than any other conventional furnace or boiler, even in colder climates.
You also never have to worry about a dirty chimney, smell of oil or gas leaks.
Traditional oil and gas heating can be an expensive way to heat your home, so you should consider adding a ductless heat pump to dramatically offset the cost… Everyone else is. If you heat with oil, LP or gas, you are probably spending between $1000 and $2000 annually on heating oil, and possibly more based on fluctuating fuel prices.

To upgrade your old heating system, four options generally include:
a) Keep maintaining the old furnace.
b) Replace it with a new higher efficient oil furnace.
c) Switch to Natural Gas.
d) Switch over to Propane and have big propane tanks outside your home.
e) Install an inverter driven heat pump, which is the easiest and most economical choice.

Why Do Connecticut Homeowners Choose Air, Inc. Heating & Air Conditioning?

Finding a responsible and trustworthy HVAC contractor is challenging, but you’ll find that
Air, Inc. employees adhere to simple guidelines of respect, integrity, and responsibility. Showing up on time for appointments, performing the work that we promise to do, and standing behind our company warranty helps our customers trust that we will be there when you need us. Customers should expect this. Professional contractors need to earn the right to your business.

Call Air, Inc for more information about Ductless Heat Pumps 203-315-0323

January, 2013

Crack in the Furnace Heat Exchanger or The Flu


Wayne Krasnow
Your HVAC Expert

Do You Really Have The Flu?

Let’s not take chances

An older furnace (over 12 y/o) may have cracks in the heat exchanger.
These cracks can cause Carbon Monoxide to leak into your home.
Symptoms of Carbon Monoxide poisoning are frequent headaches, a burning feeling in nose or eyes, nausea, disorientation and Flu-Like Symptoms.

SEE YOUR DOCTOR if you experience any of these symptoms. It may not be the flu.

October, 2012

Best Furnace Options 2012


Wayne Krasnow
Your HVAC Expert

So Which Heating System best fits your needs? It’s Your Choice…

High Efficiency Furnaces and Boilers…
Today’s High-Efficiency Heating Equipment is designed to produce more heat while burning less fuel and using less electricity. An older heating system (12 years or more) wastes up to 30% of its heat up the chimney and only uses about 70% to heat your home. The newer High Efficient models are up to 99% efficient. The newer heating equipment is manufactured with many safety controls to keep your family safe and your average annual heating cost can be dramatically reduced.

Hybrid-Heat is Heat-Pump Technology combined with a High-Efficiency Furnace for greater savings… (Hybrid-Heat = The Future of Home Comfort)
A Heat Pump is an all-in-one system that will both heat and cool your home. When combined with a High-Efficiency Furnace, the total energy savings can exceed 30%. A Heat Pump would take place of your outside A/C unit and you can still use your existing hot air furnace or invest in a new high efficient one (Oil, Gas or LP). The cheapest and perhaps safest way to heat your home is with a Hybrid-Heat system.
How it works: A Hybrid-Dual fuel heat system combines the best features of two different types of equipment. During milder winter weather, the heat pump transfers heat from the outside air, rather than creating it. During most of the winter, the heat pump operates with extreme efficiency and costs less to heat your home than a fossil fuel furnace. During severe winter weather, when the heat pump’s capacity drops because of low outdoor temperature (below 350F), the forced air furnace takes over AUTOMATICALLY to provide constant heating comfort. You won’t even notice when it switches over. You’ll just notice lower energy bills.
Switching over to Natural Gas or Propane… EVEN IF YOU DON’T HAVE GAS ON YOUR STREET!
You may be eligible to get a FREE gas line brought to your home, if natural gas lines are in your neighborhood. Call me and I will do all of that research for you.
If natural gas is NOT in your neighborhood, you do not have to wait. A Propane (LP) tank can be installed (usually FREE of charge) and you can start enjoying the benefits of other gas appliances too. But Don’t Hesitate… due to the rising cost of home heating oil and high demand for gas, you can wait about 6 weeks for a hook-up! So get rid of that smelly, expensive oil and all of the headaches that go with it.
Today’s Natural Gas and LP heating systems are equipped with many safety controls that will protect your family and your home, while saving you money on your heating bills.
So get rid of that smelly heating oil… go GREEN not BLACK!

Ductless Heat Pumps…
Mini splits have no ducts, so they avoid the energy losses associated with the ductwork of central forced air systems. Duct losses can account for more than 30% of energy consumption for space conditioning, especially if the ducts are in an unconditioned space such as an attic.
Ductless, mini-split-system heat pumps make good retrofit add-ons to houses with “non-ducted” heating systems (hot water heating systems.) They can also be a good choice for room additions where extending or installing ductwork is not feasible. The main advantages of mini splits are their small size and flexibility for zoning individual rooms. Ductless Heat Pumps can have as many as four indoor air-handling units connected to one outdoor unit. The number depends on how much heating or cooling is required for each room. Each of the zones has its own thermostat, so you only need to condition occupied spaces. This will save you money on your energy bills while keeping you comfortable in every room of your home.

I know that heating systems can be complex in terms of installation. The installation process of a furnace or boiler may seem simple, but according to Plombier urgence Beloeil, in reality, it requires many skills all bunched up into the HVAC profession; such as, high voltage electrical, low voltage electrical, carpentry, plumbing, roofing, refrigeration and… oh yeah, a CODE OF ETHICS! If you are looking for a plumber go to website, you will be able to see what services they offer and their phone number.
A furnace or boiler is a big-ticket item. Expect to invest anywhere from $3,000 to $10,000 to replace your old heating system. And if the new one is installed properly, you will enjoy it for the next 20+ years!
There are Rebates available to you:
Utility: You can receive up to $500 for qualifying equipment.
Manufacturer: You can receive up to $1,000 for qualifying equipment.
So what is “Qualifying Equipment”? Qualifying Equipment means higher efficiency equipment. The more efficient, the higher the rebate.

July, 2011

Are Heating Oil Prices Making You Crazy? You Can Do Something About it!

6 Ways to Prepare for Rising Heating Oil & Propane Prices – $5 Per Gallon Oil Coming Soon!


Wayne Krasnow
Your HVAC Expert

There are many choices that will save you hundreds or even thousands of dollars on your home heating bills and you don’t have to go out and cut a tree down to do it.

  1. Hybrid Heat is one of the best options. A HYBRID HEAT system includes a High Efficiency Furnace (Oil, Gas or LP) and the High Efficiency Heat Pump. This smart system automatically switches between the heat pump and furnace depending on outside temperatures. And because the HYBRID HEAT system also provides cool, indoor comfort, this system becomes your total, year round home comfort solution. No additional air conditioning unit is required.
  2. Get your friends or neighbors together. Assess how much oil or propane you and all of your friends and neighbors will need, so that you can ask for an accurate oil or propane request and ask for a lower price. Now remember that you are asking something “out of the ordinary” from a local oil or propane company, so you will have to make a few calls until one of them will work with you and they agree to make a deal.
  3. Switch to Natural Gas. Natural Gas prices don’t rise as much as oil prices. Natural Gas Furnaces and Boilers are much more efficient and they burn cleaner than oil. In most cases, if a main gas line is near or runs by your home, it is FREE to have the gas company run a gas line and put a meter outside of your house. A good Heating contractor will help set up the process with the gas company so that everything will go smoothly. When you switch to Natural Gas, you have more choices. Natural Gas can run a Water Heater, according to the specialists of water heater repair near Plano, as well as Clothes Dryer, Oven & Cook top, Fireplace Insert, Outdoor Grill, Outdoor Fire Pit, Pool Heater and many other appliances.
  4. Switch to Propane (LP). LP prices raise when oil prices rise but LP Furnaces and Boilers are much more efficient and they burn cleaner than oil. It is usually FREE to have the LP Company install an LP tank outside of your house. A good Heating contractor will help set up the process with the LP Company so that everything will go smoothly. When you switch to LP, you will have the all of the same options for other appliances that use Natural gas.

    Note: I hear many people say that they are afraid of or that they don’t like Natural Gas or LP Gas. All newer Natural Gas or LP Gas appliances have many safety devices that simply stop the flow of gas to prevent a fire or explosion. Millions of Natural Gas or LP Gas appliances are installed throughout the United States and other countries around the world. With the proper installation procedures followed by a licensed heating contractor, you will not have to worry about heating your home with Natural Gas or LP Gas. It is a very safe, clean and efficient way to keep your family comfortable.

  5. Have a High Efficiency Heat Pump installed. A Heat Pump is one of the most efficient ways to Heat and Cool your home. It is simply an air conditioner in the summer and it reverses its cycle to heat your home in the winter. It does require a backup heater that is built into the system, but that only has to work at colder temperatures (below 30o F). A Heat Pump can be up to 300% efficient. Let’s see an oil furnace do that!
  6. Ductless Heat Pumps are a big money saver for heating and cooling your entire home. Each area’s temperature can be controlled separately (Zoned) even if you don’t have ductwork and can’t fit ductwork in your home. Ductless Heat Pump systems will, in some cases, heat and cool your home better and more efficiently than a central heating and air conditioning system.

CALL ME IF YOU NEED HELP DECIDING WHICH OPTION IS BEST FOR YOU AND YOUR HOME.
203-303-4822

OK… I have to mention the Geothermal Heat Pump system. But the reason I didn’t put it in my list (there’s always a but) is because, as a heating and air conditioning serviceman of more than 25 years, I have to say that, in my experience, this system is too expensive to install and repair and has not proven the energy savings that the media is portraying. Knowing that this statement may upset some of the Geothermal Heat Pump installers or owners, I ask that you to call me to prove otherwise.

Posted in Alternative Fuels by airdisa on July 7, 2011