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    Heat U.P. Wisconsin

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    Robinson is Heating U.P. Wisconsin

    Robinson Heating and Cooling is a proud supporter and participator in Lennox’s Heat U.P. Wisconsin program. This year, Marilyn of Green Bay, Wisconsin were the recipients of a Lennox furnace replacement. Robinson Heating and Cooling donated their time and installation materials on behalf of the community and Heat U.P. Wisconsin. Robinson Heating and Cooling has been working with Heat U.P. Wisconsin since the beginning of the program and is proud to support the community every year.

    “Neighbors Helping Neighbors”

    The Heat U.P. Wisconsin program is all about neighbors helping neighbors. It’s about Lennox contractors lending a helping hand in their community, and Robinson Heating and Cooling is a proud participant in this program. Since 2010, hundreds of free, high-efficiency furnaces have been installed on behalf of Heat U.P. Wisconsin.

    Neighbors in Need

    Since its inception, Heat U.P. Wisconsin has provided more than $1.3 million in support to neighbors in need throughout Wisconsin and Michigan’s Upper Peninsula. Heat U.P. Wisconsin provides comfort for people who have been nominated by neighbors in their community. Nominees are chosen based on different criteria including disabilities, military service, or financial challenges.

      Save Money On Yearly Maintenance

      Did you know that most HVAC manufacturers void the warranty on your HVAC unit if yearly tune-ups are not performed on the unit? It is highly recommended that a tune-up be administered every year to each of your HVAC units; this includes your furnace, air conditioning system, boiler, water heater…if you have it, a tune-up is almost certainly necessary.

      Robinson Heating & Cooling understands that paying for multiple tune-ups a year can become very costly. To help alleviate costs without compromising service, we offer the Preferred Residential Customer Maintenance Agreement. This program is designed to help our customers save money and time by offering discounts on parts, priority when scheduling appointments, reduced cost in labor, and much more. Contact us using the form on this page or by calling (920) 490-3394 for more information on signing up!

        Winterizing Your Home

        With winter fast approaching, Robinson Heating & Cooling is here to help you prepare for the cold while saving money on heating bills. It can be very easy to forget to winterize your home until it’s almost too late. Don’t be caught unawares; begin winterizing your home when it is still consistently above 50 degrees Fahrenheit outside.

        Begin by winterizing your outdoor equipment and areas outside your home. Robinson Heating & Cooling can assist you in winterizing your air conditioner, which will require draining hoses and performing a basic cleanup before shutting down your A/C for a period of months. Cleaning your roof of any debris and checking for loose branches on trees around your home will prevent possible damage that may happen due to snow build-up. Any exposed pipes should be insulated and secured before freezing occurs.

        Indoors, first check for drafts around windows, doors, light switches, and power outlets. Seal any problematic places with a door or window sealant, or with specialized insulating plastic sheeting. Turn down your water heater and thermostat-for every degree you turn down your thermostat, you save 3% on energy bills.

        Finally, call Robinson Heating & Cooling to schedule your yearly tune-up for your heating systems. Optimize your home’s heating system and save money on your winter energy bills! For more information on replacing HVAC units in your home, see our installations page.

          When Should I Replace My Furnace?

          A dying furnace has its warning signs, but they might not be inherently obvious. Here are a few hints that it may be time to replace your furnace:

          1. Your furnace is old. When properly maintained, the average lifespan of a furnace is 15 to 20 years. If you’ve had your furnace for a while, it may be time to replace it completely. Check out our specials for more information on saving money when replacing an HVAC unit in your home!
          2. There are hot and cold spots in your home. Uneven heating can occur when a furnace begins to get older. If you are sure that cold areas in your home aren’t due to poor insulation, your furnace may be to blame.
          3. Airflow is poor. If you can’t actually feel the air coming from your vents, there’s a problem with your furnace.
          4. Your bills are on the rise. This may be the most obvious sign that your furnace is on it’s last legs. An old furnace is less energy efficient, resulting in more energy usage and, yes, higher bills. If you feel that you are paying more for heat now than you were a few years ago, it’s most likely due to a dying furnace.
          5. If you’ve tried replacing your furnace filter and it doesn’t seem to be helping much, it may be time to call Robinson Heating & Cooling to talk about replacing your furnace. Call (920) 490-3394 or fill out the form on this page for more information!

            A Satisfied Customer: Replacing an Oil Boiler with a Natural Gas Boiler

            Are you thinking about replacing your boiler? This is a high efficiency, modulating Triangle Tube Solo 110 Boiler with a SMART40 Indirect water heater that we installed in De Pere, WI that replaced an old, inefficient fuel oil boiler. This new unit operates via natural gas, making it easier to use, more efficient, and is far better for the environment, as it cuts back on emissions and soot. This boiler/water heater will now heat all of the water for the space heating in the home as well as the domestic hot water the customer uses in their home. This change will save the customer hundreds of dollars in heating and water heating bills every year.

            A natural gas boiler may be the right choice for your home-call Robinson today at (920) 490-3394 to discuss replacing your old, inefficient fuel oil boiler! For more information on the benefits of natural gas boilers, read more about it here.

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              The Benefits of Natural Gas Boilers

              Natural gas has it’s advantages. If you are thinking about switching from a fuel oil boiler to a natural gas boiler, here is a list of reasons detailing how switching can benefit you, your home, and your wallet:

              1. No more oil. Natural gas is typically piped into your home, cutting down on maintaining the oil in the boiler and eliminating the need to run out and buy some in an emergency. Oil also smells and produces lots of soot. Natural gas is odorless when in use and produces very few emissions, helping out the environment and cutting down on cleaning time.
              2. Save money. Natural gas costs less than oil. Because natural gas is also far more efficient, it will also cost less to heat your home, saving you hundreds of dollars a year in heating costs. A natural gas boiler also tends to cost less; the units are cheaper to produce than oil burning boilers.
              3. Help the environment. Natural gas is cleaner than oil to burn, produces less soot, and the way it is obtained is better for the environment. Natural gas is gathered from pipes run deep underground; no oil wells or drills are required.

              Recently, we posted an example of a successful natural gas boiler installation. That satisfied customer will now be saving money on heating costs because they decided to replace their old unit with a more efficient boiler. Call Robinson Heating and Cooling today at (920) 490-3394 to discuss replacing your fuel oil boiler today!

                Your Air Conditioner and Severe Weather

                Do you know how to properly take care of your air conditioner or heat pump in severe weather? Lots of things can happen to an air conditioner if it is not properly taken care of. HVAC units are built to withstand a tremendous amount of wind, rain, heat and cold, but special precautionary measures should be taken in certain instances to preserve the longevity of your outdoor units. Robinson Heating and Cooling is here to help you increase the longevity of your air conditioner and heat pump!

                First, there is no need to cover up your air conditioner or heat pump when it is simply raining or snowing. Covering up your outdoor unit can actually really hurt the interior mechanisms. For example:

                • Rodents can build nests inside covered air conditioners or covered heat pumps. The cover provides a nice, safe, dry, warm place for them to squirrel away into. Rodents may chew through the wires inside the outdoor unit, causing shorts in circuitry or killing the entire machine. They may die inside, causing an unpleasant smell. Rodents may also strip your Freon lines for nest-building, causing your lines to be uninsulated and vulnerable to weather.
                • Lack of airflow encourages the growth of mold and other plant life. Mold and mildew growing inside your air conditioner will not negatively affect your health in any way, but it can decrease your unit’s efficiency by cutting down on airflow. Over time, this may cause damage to the unit as it tries to compensate for the efficiency loss.
                • Moisture will still get in. Even if you are trying to keep all moisture out of your HVAC unit, it will still find a way in. Humidity in the air will bring moisture inside a sealed air conditioner or heat pump, evaporation from the ground can bring water up into the cover, or melting snow or rain may puddle around the base and splash up into it.

                Severe weather, on the other hand, requires proper care of your air conditioner or heat pump. Severe weather happens frequently in Wisconsin, so knowing how to prepare your outdoor HVAC units can help keep your air conditioner or heat pump up and running for years to come. When severe weather, such as a blizzard or thunderstorm, is on its way, a few precautionary steps can be taken to prevent or reduce damage to your HVAC unit.

                • Turn off whatever heating or cooling units you have running. A power surge can cause damage to your heating or cooling system. Unless you are caught in a blizzard and need heat, turning off your heating or cooling units can potentially prevent lots of property damage.
                • If severe winds are present, cover your outdoor HVAC units. Strong winds can blow debris into your unit or cause heavy objects to fall onto it. Covering your air conditioner or heat pump can prevent or reduce damage to the outdoor unit. Be sure to remove the cover after the storm has cleared.
                • Remove loose yard furniture. Loose things in your yard such as patio furniture, toys, and tools can cause damage to your home, including your outdoor HVAC units. Removing them from your yard previous to a storm may prevent hundreds of dollars in damage.

                If you notice damage to your air conditioner or heat pump after a storm, contact us or give Robinson Heating and Cooling a call at (920) 490-3394.

                  Wi-Fi Thermostats Provide Convenience and Cost Savings

                  Wi-Fi Thermostats Provide Convenience and Cost Savings

                  For homeowners in and around Green Bay, WI.

                  Furnace replacement guide brought to you by Robinson Heating and Cooling. More from the furnace replacement and maintenance series can be found on the resources page of our website.

                  Smart thermostats offer many benefits but their cost savings and ease of use often surprises our customers. Programmable thermostats are a superior product to traditional thermostats. They are valuable and offer homeowners more features than their predecessors.

                  Wi-Fi thermostats offer unmatched control and convenience. They also help to save money. Touchscreen models are easy to use and generally work with all types of furnaces and central air conditioning systems, including heat-pumps. Even if the home’s internet is offline, your Wi-Fi thermostat will still work properly and offer simple programmability.

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                  The Comfort of Control.

                  Wi-Fi compatibility allows families to control Heating Ventilation and Air Conditioning (HVAC) systems from across the room or across the country. Remote control offers homeowners the ability to ensure that the home is always at a comfortable temperature when needed. It also allows for the option to change the home’s temperature when not at home.

                  Wi-Fi thermostats: Technology of the Future.

                  Wi-Fi thermostats offer a proactive approach to furnace and a/c repair. Wi-Fi enables HVAC systems to provide timely notifications when service is needed. You can catch problems quickly and prevent an emergency, as well as the high cost of emergency repairs.
                  The popularity and extensive benefits of Wi-Fi enabled thermostats are a few reasons these products will continue to dominate the market. Consumers are pleased with the features and benefits of remote control!

                  Wi-Fi Thermostats come in various shapes, sizes, and with different capabilities.

                  Zone Control and Wi-Fi Access.

                  Wi-Fi access allows for control of multiple heating and cooling ‘zones’ as well. Multiple units can be conveniently programmed at home, or from across town, simply by using a smartphone or an internet connected tablet. If you’re considering bettering your HVAC system by adding zone control, please call Robinson Heating and Cooling to schedule a consultation!

                  Large Touch Screens and Simple Programming.

                  Wi-Fi control turns your smart phone or tablet into a large, interactive thermostat. Moreover, the actual thermostat that hangs on your wall is attractive and intuitive. Programming your thermostat has never been easier.

                  While programmable thermostats are paramount to an energy efficient HVAC system, Wi-Fi thermostats and Wi-Fi integrated heating and cooling systems offer distinct advantages.

                  No matter the size of the home or HVAC system, every homeowner can take advantage of Wi-Fi control for their heating and cooling system. Even those who do not have Wi-Fi can appreciate the plethora of features and money saving benefits that these advanced thermostats provide.

                  Some of the wi-fi products available can learn from your habits and usage to provide a cost saving schedule that keeps the home comfortable. Other wi-fi products have functionality built in that can email you regular reports showing how much electricity you’ve used and where you may want to consider making moneysaving adjustments.

                  Our favorite feature, by far, is the Wi-Fi thermostats’ ability to notify homeowners when there is a problem with the furnace or air conditioner. There is no substitute for preventative maintenance and repair. At Robinson Heating and Cooling, we want your home to be safe and comfortable. We also respect the value of a hard-earned dollar. Preventative repairs are much less expensive to address than untimely emergency repair.

                  Modern thermostats are truly a game changer. Heating and cooling systems are extremely complicated machines and smart thermostats offer a convenient way to control and maintain them. The control, money savings, and convenience of the Wi-Fi thermostat offer plenty for us to rave about. The handsome looks and touch screen ease of use offer a nice bonus as well.

                  Furnace replacement guide brought to you by Robinson Heating and Cooling. More from the furnace replacement and maintenance series can be found on the resources page of our website.