Posted On June 26th, 2018 by Lanz HVAC
At Lanz Heating & Cooling, we aim to make an impact in more ways than quality HVAC service. Our commitment and dedication to the community is paramount in its importance to us.
In fact, it’s been a central tenet of our corporate mission at Lanz Inc. to be a local heating, cooling, air quality and plumbing company that has a positive impact beyond home services - and to encourage others in the community to join in so collectively we can make an even larger impact on more and more people everyday.
We’d like to share one way Lanz Inc. is working to give back - and we invite our customers, neighbors and fellow businesses of Urbana and Champaign County in Illinois to make an even bigger difference through their own contributions to this ongoing fundraiser which (spoiler alert) now involves motorcycles!
We’d like to introduce you to a wonderful organization called Lifeline Connect (please visit www.LifelineConnect.org to learn more about their recovery and learning center). For more than a decade, Lifeline Connect has worked to help men recover from the sometimes-lethal disease of addiction to opioids and/or alcohol. They rely on faith-based solutions to rebuild lives emotionally, socially and spiritually, with the absolute belief that there is no such thing as a lost cause.
Right now, Lifeline Connect has a facility here in Champaign County, Illinois, with capacity to house six men, but they’ve received approval to expand to a dormitory with the ability to accommodate 24 men - tripling the number of lives they can impact.
But financial support is needed to complete the expansion. See http://lifelineconnect.org/lc_newsletter-email_april-2018
Lanz Inc. truly believes in the mission of this organization. Join us in our efforts to help end opioid addiction in our community.
- We have committed to providing all of the labor to install the plumbing and HVAC for the dormitory.
- Lanz has a fundraiser page set up for Lifeline Connect at https://www.mightycause.com/story/Lanzinc.
- On March 16, Lanz joined other Urbana and Champaign County partners to present a very special Recovery Blueprint 24 banquet and auction. (https://www.eventbrite.com/e/recovery-blueprint-24-tickets-42003087365#)
We were able to raise some $134,000 to benefit Lifeline Connect’s dormitory expansion fund. Attendees were able to listen to life-changing stories from five amazing Lanz Inc. employees who are graduates of the Lifeline Connect program.
- On May 27, 2018, several Lifeline Connect staff and friends took off from Los Angeles on a 2,700-mile, four-day cross-country hog ride ending at the White House in Washington, D.C., raising some $100,000 toward the dorm project to benefit more central Illinois men in recovery from addiction. See Connecting Coast-to-Coast at http://lifelineconnect.org/recovery-conference.
Here’s where Lanz Inc. customers came in.
You cranked up your bikes and joined in the FUN(draiser) anywhere on the countrywide route! We even had an anonymous donor matched funds! The event was an amazing success!
Troy Lanz is the founder and president of Lanz Inc. and a big believer in the mission of Lifeline Connect.
“Our goal is to build the 24-man dorm to change lives and better our community by securing funding, materials and donations,” Troy said. “In addition, we are raising awareness for this epidemic by spreading the positive message, ‘there is no such thing as a lost cause.’”
About Lanz Heating, Cooling & Plumbing: Founded by HVAC contracting veteran Troy Lanz, in 2002, Lanz Inc. has grown in number of employees and in services offered to the homeowners and commercial businesses of Champaign County, Il. Lanz Inc. now employs more than 70 highly qualified professionals providing certified installations, repairs and maintenance of heating and cooling systems, heat pumps, air handlers, dehumidifiers, humidifiers, indoor air quality control systems, ductless split systems and geothermal solutions, plus cleaning of drains, vents and air ducts. Ask about our Comfort Club. Please call Lanz Inc. at 1-800-AIR-REPAIR or 217-355-5512 and connect with Lanz Inc. on the web at www.LanzInc.com.
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Posted On June 15th, 2018 by Lanz HVAC
Make Sure Your Outdoor HVAC Unit Can Stand the Heat
Homeowners know that we’re in a crucial period of the year. These beautiful, comfortable spring months of May and June only mean that the dog days of summer are on the horizon... So your home’s air conditioning and ventilation systems need to be up to the job!
When inspecting HVAC systems as those warm summer days approach, we often see issues that can be resolved or even prevented by the homeowner! Although we’d love to make an appointment to meet regarding your residential or commercial A/C, we would like you to consider a few tips before you call your local friendly HVAC company for routine maintenance or a yearly inspection of your entire system.
Step outside and take a look for yourself! You might be able to save yourself a big headache (and an even bigger HVAC repair or replacement bill) by simply taking advantage of these pleasant spring mornings out in the yard for a do-it-yourself home service inspection.
This spring, let’s take a look at the external equipment that, if properly maintained, will keep the air in your home nice and cool this summer.
Here are some of our Top HVAC Tips for maintaining your outdoor air conditioning equipment - just in time for summer:
— Keep bushes, branches, brush, shrubs, trees, plants - all vegetation away from your outdoor HVAC unit (that big block sitting outside your house that cranks up its fan every now and then). This is called a condenser coil and it’s what keeps the air in your home (office, business, etc.) in check, in both temperature and humidity during the summer and the winter.
If the airflow into your HVAC condenser coil is obstructed or constricted by plant life or stray debris, the unit has to work extra hard, your energy bill goes through the roof and the system runs hotter than it should, potentially causing burnout and failure.
Avoid an expensive repair bill before the hot summer months.
Trim back bushes, trees, and shrubs at least 12 inches - preferably 18 - from your outdoor HVAC unit.
— Make sure all pipes and valves connecting the HVAC condenser coil to your home are tight, fast and dry. Remove brush, backyard toys or anything else that may have fallen on or against the piping.
— With a garden hose, spray a soft jet of water all over your outside HVAC unit, from top to bottom and every side (We emphasize, not too hard! Pressure washing the condenser coil could damage the thin fins that protect it).
— The moment the weather turns spring-like, pollen, grass, and dirt start to collect around the coil. This means less air can reach the coil, increasing energy usage and potentially burning out your HVAC compressor entirely, which requires an expensive emergency replacement to avoid catastrophe in the oncoming heat of summer.
— Look closely at the fins which cage the coil; Dents, tears or holes could introduce pollen, bugs, detritus and other unwanted contaminants into your HVAC system. With great care (and ONLY with electrical power to the unit turned OFF!) you can use a butter knife to straighten the protective fins.
— Get regular professional maintenance checks for your entire residential or commercial air conditioning system. The fact of the matter is today’s home comfort equipment is exceedingly complex. It is a series of unique machines, and each machine has to run smoothly on its own, along with all the other machines - and what’s more, the connections between them have to be reliable at all times as well. Before too long, your HVAC checkup might no longer be a DIY job.
Give us a call for a whole-system maintenance check of your all-important heating, ventilation and air conditioning system.
Get it done during this lovely spring weather, before the heat of summer sets in and you’re stuck with a very unhappy (and expensive) surprise.
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Posted On April 12th, 2017 by Lanz HVAC
Everybody knows how to clean the lint trap in their dryers after every load. It helps keep the system clean and prevents the dryer from overheating. But anything that escapes the trap ends up in the dryer vent, which sends damp air form the interior of the dryer outside of your home. Over time, that lint can build up, creating a serious problem. Even if you disregard the fire hazard, a blocked vent will keep damp air in your dryer and decrease its efficiency. Sadly, cleaning the dryer vent takes a little more than cleaning the lint trap does, and if you want it done properly, you usually need a professional. Here in Champaign-Urbana, IL, dryer vent cleaning can be performed by the same service that handles air conditioning and heating ducts. Here are 3 reasons to hire a professional for dryer vent cleaning.
- Know-how. Cleaning the dryer vent means moving your dryer, which involves disconnecting it from the gas or electrical lines. Chances are you haven’t performed such an operation more than once or twice in your life at most. But a trained service technician handles such issues every day, and knows how to perform the operation without damaging any of your equipment. That’s worth a little extra money to ensure the problem gets treated right.
- Insurance. Along those lines, if you try to clean the vent yourself and end up damaging some component of the system, you’re on the hook for the additional costs. A professional, on the other hand, is bonded and insured – for his protection as much as yours – which means that damage like that is covered.
- Equipment. Cleaning the vent takes more than a store-bought wet-dry vac. Specialized equipment makes the job much easier, but only trained professionals have the skills to use it properly.
For more reasons to hire a professional for dryer vent cleaning, or to schedule a cleaning for your home, contact the experts at Lanz Heating & Cooling for help. Dryer vent cleaning is a standard service, and we have the skills and experience to do the job right. Call us today to set up an appointment and let us show you what we can do! We also specialize in a variety of indoor air quality services such as duct cleaning in Champaign-Urbana, IL.
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Posted On April 12th, 2017 by Lanz HVAC
During the last weeks before summer arrives, homeowners should take time to evaluate their air conditioning systems to make sure they are ready to handle the amount of work they must do to combat the coming heat. Part of evaluating an AC is asking the tough question: Has the time come to replace it?
Modern air conditioners have an average lifespan of 10 to 15 years, depending on the model. As an AC enters the later years of that range, replacement becomes a viable alternative to the costs of continued maintenance and repairs. Choosing to install a new system is a big step, but often a necessary one.
Our technicians at Lanz Heating & Cooling have years of experience with air conditioning replacement in Champaign-Urbana, IL, and they have some bits of advice about when it’s time to schedule new installation as the most cost-effective option.
When “repair or replace?” becomes “replace”
If you air conditioner is 15 years or older, you should have it replaced even if it still seems to work well in most respects. The chances of it declining rapidly are high at this point: 15 years is more strain than even the most well-maintained AC can handle. The inevitable aging will soon take hold of the compressor—the most vital component—and when the compressor dies, the system will go with it. Planning for replacement is preferable to requiring an emergency replacement.
There is another benefit to a “pre-emptive” replacement of an aging yet still functioning air conditioner: the advantages of the high efficiency models now available. A new system will probably work 10-20% more energy-efficiently than your older system ever did. Think of it in this light: you have already received a bargain from your air conditioner because of its long life; now you can start receiving even more savings from a new system.
If your air conditioner has started to malfunction frequently and elevate your power bills, than you should have it replaced even if it hasn’t reached the outer edge of its estimated lifespan. A good benchmark for repairs: if you must spend more than $500 a year to keep the system running, it should be replaced. If your electricity bills show a steady rise each year because of the air conditioning system—such as a 5% increase—that no repairs or maintenance seems to change, then you should also replace the system before it becomes a major money waster.
Schedule new installation
Replacing and old AC doesn’t have to be an enormous burden for you. Call professional installers to help you decide on a new system, and then rely on them to remove your old AC and correctly hook up the new one so it works without flaws.
Lanz Heating & Cooling has more than a decade doing air conditioning replacement in Champaign-Urbana, IL. We also offer free estimates on new installations, so call us right away to get your AC replaced.
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