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The Rising Cost of R-22 Refrigerant: What It Means for You

If your air conditioner uses R-22 refrigerant, your cost of comfort is about to rise. Read on for LM Wilson’s tips for homeowners with R-22 A/C units.

R-22 refrigerant ban

All air conditioners and heat pumps use some form of refrigerant in order to remove heat from your home during summer. For many years, R-22, or Freon, was the go-to product for HVAC contractors. However, in recent decades the EPA concluded that Freon depletes the ozone layer. As a result, R-22 is being phased out in several stages, with the final stage coming in 2020. At that time, all production of the refrigerant in the U.S. will be completely banned.

Rising cost of Freon

The slowing of R-22 production means that its supplies are becoming far less abundant. Subsequently, the price of R-22 is rising at an alarming rate. Right now, the cost of R-22 can be well over $100 per pound. And when production shuts down completely in 2020, supplies won’t only be expensive, but hard to find as well. In essence, you may have to stockpile your R-22 now in order to have a reliable supply that doesn’t rise in price each day! Needless to say, this is a stressful situation for any Burlington homeowner who just wants to stay comfortable this summer. So what’s the solution?

R-410A & A/C unit replacement in Burlington, NC

While R-22 harms the ozone layer, R-410A is a more environmentally friendly refrigerant that is fully approved by the EPA. Problem solved, right? Well, there’s a catch. R-410A is not compatible with air conditioners designed to use R-22. Therefore, in order to upgrade to R-410A, you’ll have to replace your air conditioner. Now, if you’re like many homeowners in our area, you’ll be tempted to take your chances with the Freon price hikes. Better than dropping thousands of dollars on a brand new air conditioner, right? Wrong. It’s true, a new air conditioner is an investment. But the benefits of a new A/C unit far outweigh the benefits of sticking with your old equipment. First of all, new HVAC systems are far more efficient than their older counterparts. That means that a new A/C unit will use less energy than your current model, saving you money on energy bills. The same goes for the refrigerant itself. R-410A is not only cleaner, it’s more efficient than R-22. An R-410A system will provide lower energy costs and need less repairs than an older, Freon-dependent system.

The choice is clear: It’s time to replace your old, inefficient R-22 A/C unit. Call LM Wilson today for your air conditioner replacement!

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5 Ways to Save Energy This Spring in Burlington, NC

Spring is here in Burlington, and it won’t be long until summer comes along. Are you looking for ways to cut down on air conditioning and lower your energy bills? Follow these tips from LM Wilson to save energy this spring.

Turn up the thermostat

Set your thermostat as high as comfortably possible during spring and summer months. Each degree you raise the temperature can significantly reduce your air conditioning costs.

Programmable thermostats from LM Wilson

Programmable thermostats have zoning capabilities that allow you to cool different areas of your home separately. This increases your HVAC system’s efficiency, keeping you cool only in the rooms you need to use. Also, a smart thermostat will allow you to control your home’s temperature and humidity levels with just a touch of your smartphone or tablet.

Save energy with ceiling fans

Turn on your ceiling fans in rooms you frequently use in order to turn up the thermostat while still feeling comfortable. Make sure to set fans to the forward setting for a cooling effect. And when fall and winter come around, you can switch your fans to reverse and actually make rooms feel warmer! Fans offer a simple way to cut down on HVAC costs.

Close blinds

Windows let in sunlight that can raise the home’s temperature several degrees. Close your window blinds to keep the A/C unit from constantly blowing cold air and running up the energy bill.

Spring HVAC maintenance in Burlington

Regular HVAC maintenance is critical to keeping your cooling and heating systems running efficiently. If you haven’t scheduled your spring HVAC maintenance yet, call LM Wilson today. Our team of expert technicians will ensure your air conditioner is cleaned and damage free, keeping you cool and comfortable this spring and summer in Burlington.

Reliable in-home comfort doesn’t have to cost an arm and a leg. Call LM Wilson today to schedule your spring HVAC maintenance!

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3 Reasons to Schedule Spring HVAC Maintenance

Have you had your air conditioner serviced yet? If not, you could be missing out on major energy savings this season in the Burlington, NC, area. Here are the top 3 reasons you should schedule spring HVAC maintenance from LM Wilson.

1. Lower A/C bills in Burlington, NC

After winter heating bills have taken their toll, you’ll welcome any way to save on spring air conditioning bills. However, if you haven’t had your equipment serviced, you won’t benefit from the lower costs associated with an efficient HVAC system. Proper maintenance helps your A/C unit deliver peak performance using minimal energy, helping you to cut down on your energy bills this spring.

2. Better comfort in Alamance County

Local homeowners know all too well that it’s often hard to tell spring and summer apart in our area. Spring temperatures can start to climb early in the season, and you’ll rely on consistent air conditioning to keep cool indoors. But without proper maintenance, your chances of staying comfortable in your home are slim to none. A/C unit maintenance ensures that all components of your equipment are working properly, which in turn gives you better temperature and humidity controls in your home. Schedule your spring HVAC maintenance with LM Wilson so you can beat the heat this season.

3. Spring HVAC maintenance reduces allergies

If the pollen that comes with spring causes your allergies to flare up, you’ll probably head indoors to avoid those unpleasant symptoms. But if you haven’t had an HVAC system tune-up, your home could actually be an allergen haven. Dust, pet dander, mold and dust mites accumulate without regular filter changes, vent cleaning and overall system maintenance. Before you resort to buying out the pharmacy’s entire stock of tissues and allergy medicine, call LM Wilson for an HVAC system tune-up.

Call LM Wilson to schedule your spring HVAC maintenance today!

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R-410A

R-410A vs. R-22: Which Refrigerant Should My HVAC System Use?

If you’re like many other homeowners in the Burlington, NC, area, you probably have no clue what kind of refrigerant your HVAC system uses. Why does that matter? Well, if your air conditioner or heat pump uses R-22 refrigerant, you may be due for a furnace replacement. Read on for LM Wilson’s reasons why you should switch to R-410A.

R-22: Outdated refrigerant for Burlington homeowners

You may not have heard of R-22 before, but you’ve probably heard its other name: freon. Freon has been widely used in most A/C units and heat pumps for decades. However, it has been found in recent years to be inefficient and harmful to the environment. Specifically, it depletes the earth’s ozone layer. In 2010, the US government banned the use of R-22 in new HVAC systems. It also plans to completely phase out production by 2020.

R-410A: Efficient refrigerant for HVAC systems

R-410A is the answer to the problems R-22 created. It’s more efficient and effective for use in air conditioners and heat pumps. It’s also completely safe for our planet’s ozone layer. These properties allow it to be used in newly produced, high efficiency HVAC systems.

Upgrade to R-410A with LM Wilson Heating & Air

Now you may be thinking, “switching refrigerants sounds like a hassle.” If this is the case, you may want to consider a few things. First, you can continue to use your old R-22 equipment, but it will cost you. Since production was banned, the price of R-22 has skyrocketed, and it can be hard to come by. Second, your older HVAC equipment is inefficient compared to newer models and will cost you more in energy bills. Finally, upgrading to a new air conditioner or heat pump will give you peace of mind knowing it meets government standards for years to come.

Make the switch to R-410A refrigerant for a more efficient and environmentally friendly HVAC system. Call LM Wilson Heating & Air today!

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Why Is There so Much Static Electricity in My Burlington, NC Home?

Is static electricity in your home driving you crazy? If so, you’re not alone. Many Alamance county homeowners find that this natural occurrence makes just walking around the house uncomfortable, even painful. So why does this happen, and what can you do about it?

Fortunately, static electricity is no mystery. There’s a reason households throughout the Burlington area experience it simultaneously, and it’s no coincidence that it fluctuates with the seasons. Read on for LM Wilson’s tips to reduce static electricity.

What is static electricity?

Simply put, static electricity involves the transfer of charged particles. When two objects touch or rub against one another, negatively charged particles, or electrons, accumulate. They’re then released once attracted by positively charged protons on another surface. This is why touching a doorknob after walking across the carpet can sometimes give you a shock. But why is this more common in winter? Well, it all has to do with humidity. Winter air is naturally dry, and heating systems make indoor air even drier. Along with causing sore throats and dry skin, this low humidity is the perfect condition for static electricity. This can be a physical nuisance as well as a potential hazard for computers and other electronics.

How can I get rid of static electricity in my Burlington home?

There’s no way to completely eliminate static electricity, but there are ways to significantly reduce it in your home. The best method is to equip your HVAC system with a humidifier from LM Wilson Heating & Air. Whole-house humidifiers increase the humidity in the air, so you can turn on your furnace without worrying about constant shocks. In addition to decreasing static shock, humidifiers can save you money. Humid air feels warmer, so you can turn the heat down a few degrees without sacrificing comfort. This can drastically cut down on energy bills, resulting in a win-win for you and your household.

Don’t spend the winter scared of being shocked by doorknobs in your house. Call LM Wilson Heating & Air for quotes on humidifier installation today!

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Fall HVAC Inspection & Carbon Monoxide Detectors in Burlington, NC | LM Wilson Heating & Air

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Have you had your heating system inspected? If not, you may want to think twice about turning on the heat this winter. A heating unit that hasn’t had a thorough inspection will not only cost you money but could be a safety hazard as well. Here are LM Wilson’s top reasons you should have your heating & AC system inspected this fall.

 

Fall inspections increase heating system efficiency

As temperatures drop, monthly utility bills tend to increase. A timely inspection can potentially save you hundreds of dollars in energy costs. Inspections and proper maintenance ensure that every component of your heating equipment is functioning properly, which allows it to operate efficiently. Efficient heating systems save money by using less energy. In addition, an HVAC unit operating at maximum efficiency will provide maximum comfort. Consistent heat, even air-flow, and optimal humidity levels create the most comfortable home environment possible during the cold of fall and winter months.

Carbon monoxide detectors installed by LM Wilson keep Burlington homes safer

At LM Wilson Heating & Air, our fall inspections don’t just check for efficiency. Our team of expert technicians is trained to make sure your heating system is operating safely. This is particularly true for traditional furnaces fueled by natural gas or propane. When these fuels burn inefficiently, carbon monoxide is released in large quantities. This can be extremely dangerous as carbon monoxide is an odorless and tasteless toxic gas. LM Wilson technicians perform comprehensive inspections that identify and repair any leaks or cracks in furnaces, as well as dirty filters that could be clogging the unit. But we don’t stop there. Your home should be prepared and protected against any hazardous scenario, which is why we strategically install carbon monoxide detectors near bedrooms and living areas, as well as furnace units. These detectors are designed to recognize the slightest amount of toxic carbon monoxide gas that can be emitted from furnaces as well as stoves, washing machines, and various other household appliances. The detector will then alarm you and your family with a siren, much like a smoke detector, at which point you should exit the home immediately. Although this is certainly no situation any family would want to find themselves in, you’ll be able to rest easy knowing you have a reliable line of defense between your family and malfunctioning heating equipment. In addition to eliminating the threat of carbon monoxide, LM Wilson technicians will repair any broken or loose electrical wiring that could potentially cause a fire.

A fall heating system inspection will increase comfort, save money, and keep your home safer throughout the winter. LM Wilson Heating & Air has nearly 30 years experience inspecting and maintaining heating & AC equipment in the Burlington, NC, region. Call or click to schedule an appointment today!

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How Much Does it Cost to Replace Your HVAC System in Burlington, NC?

time for hvac replacementThere are few things more stressful than when an HVAC system fails. During these hot summer months, the loss of air conditioning can spell disaster for in-home comfort. However, many people find that the strain on the wallet can be more problematic than extreme temperatures. That being said, it’s best to be as prepared as possible for the day when your HVAC system kicks the bucket. LM Wilson Heating and Air has been providing Burlington and Alamance County with quality, affordable HVAC system installations since 1987.

How do you know how much an HVAC replacement will cost? Well, the truth is that there is no one exact answer. Nonetheless, you can make a good estimate. Determining the cost of an HVAC replacement depends on some key factors.

Cost of Equipment

It’s always recommended to go with a reputable contractor that provides quality service. However, these contractors are likely to sell higher-end equipment. Although you’ll pay more up front, this equipment will last longer and be more efficient, saving you money in the long run.

Cost of Installation

How difficult your house is to work in and how much equipment needs to be replaced will have a significant impact on the cost of HVAC replacement. Older houses can be a challenge for installation, requiring more time and intense labor to remove and upgrade old equipment. If your ductwork needs to be replaced in addition to the A/C and furnace units, you’ll see an increase in cost as well.

Size of House

The larger a house, the larger an HVAC system will need to be. These units are sized in tons, which refers to the cooling power of your A/C unit, not its weight. Larger HVAC systems cost more, but may be necessary for your home to be cooled and heated efficiently.

Depending on what combination of factors you have in your home, you could see a range of quotes for an HVAC replacement. If all you need is a single A/C unit and indoor coil replaced, you may not have to break the $4,000-5,000 mark. However, an extensive system overhaul with new equipment and ductwork in a decently sized house could potentially surpass $10,000. There is no better way to get an accurate and honest estimate of your HVAC replacement cost than having a reputable contractor inspect your home and equipment. To get quotes and service that you can rely on, call your local HVAC contractor today.

Find out why homeowners in Alamance, Caswell, and Guilford Counties trust the experts from LM Wilson Heating and Air to install quality HVAC systems for over 32 years. Larry Wilson believes in building long lasting relationships with his customers. They are a local heating and air company you can trust for years to come with your family’s comfort.

Call us today! (336) 663-1370

Be Sure Your HVAC System Is Ready For The Coming Heat

With the arrival of Spring comes warmer weather and the rain that brings beautiful flowers to us in Burlington. This means our HVAC systems will switch over to air conditioning to keep powering through the other side of the weather- the heat. Some people don’t think about their cooling system until it is broken in the middle of the Summer heat and they end up needing a more costly repair- don’t let this happen to you! Call LM Wilson Heating & Air to perform preventative maintenance on your entire system, from ducts to heat pumps, to ensure that your system can handle the heat.

Thermostat checkups

 provide comfort in knowing that the command center of your entire HVAC system is working properly and doing its job for your home. Without this often overlooked device, we would have no way of controlling the temperature of our home, or even giving the air conditioning the signal to switch on!

Refrigerant lines

 can develop leaks and lead to loss of refrigerant in places where we do not want it to go! LM Wilson Heating & Air will check the line for leaks and make sure the refrigerant in your air conditioner is charged to the proper capacity.

Air filter inspections

 are not only telling signs of when to replace the filters themselves, but can also provide insight to the air quality in your home and what can be done to improve it. We ensure that your filters are fresh and ready to handle the airflow from your cooling system during the hottest of weather.

Electrical connections

 can come loose over time or corrode, so LM Wilson checks the connections on your HVAC units so they function optimally. This includes the mechanical components inside your outdoor air conditioner, as well as the indoor section.

Is Your Ventilation Working Properly?

Another key change that comes with Spring is pollen and allergy season! LM Wilson is experienced in handling ventilation issues in homes that lead to indoor allergens building up. We can analyze and target problems in your ventilation system if you are getting a runny or stuffy nose in your home and provide a fast and simple solution for you. As a homeowner, another consideration beyond your ventilation and air conditioning systems is weathering of your home. It is always wise to have your siding, windows, and roof checked to solve any potential issues affecting your home. The home has many components that affect its ability to maintain a comfortable temperature inside.

HVAC Services by LM Wilson

If you feel it is time to give your HVAC system a full check up, give LM Wilson Heating & Air a call to set up an appointment. We provide a comprehensive analysis of your home’s cooling system, what we did and what you can do to stay comfortable through the Spring and coming Summer!

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Furnace Repair in Burlington: Getting Ready for Cold Weather

Believe it or not, cold weather is just around the bend. The Farmer’s Almanac is anticipating a cold and wet winter (hopefully, not as cold and snowy as last year). Anticipating the cold weather is hard to do while sitting by the pool, sipping a cool drink, but unless you want to wake up to a cold, frosty house in the middle of an icy, night, it is a must.

Just like your car needs regular oil changes and maintenance, so does your heating system. Performing annual maintenance checks, prolongs the life of your heating system, keeps the furnace running smoothly, and helps to prevent break downs in the middle of the night. Choosing our maintenance plan takes the worry out of what maintenance you should be doing – we will thoroughly check your system with a customized 21 point safety and efficiency inspection the items below plus much more – info available on our Maintenance Plans page.

Three Maintenance Tips to Keep Your Furnace Running Smoothly

1. Safety Inspections

Annual safety inspections are a must. A safety inspection includes testing for carbon monoxide, which is an odorless, colorless, and tasteless gas that can cause death. While most new furnaces are equipped with an automatic safety shut-off when carbon monoxide is detected, older models are not equipped with this feature. An annual safety inspection can detect carbon monoxide leaks. Additionally, it is recommended that all homes install carbon monoxide detectors as a precautionary measure. During the safety inspection, the furnace repair technician will also check the condition of all mechanical and electrical components to ensure they are working properly. Although you may be aware of the importance of cleaning lint from your dryer to prevent fires, a lot of home owners do not realize that the same thing can happen with a furnace. Lint and other debris can build up and cause a fire. An annual safety inspection helps to prevent this from occurring.

2. Changing Air Filters

One of the simplest maintenance tips, yet, most home owners simply forget to change their air filters on a regular basis. In addition to providing cleaner air, if an air filter is clogged, the build-up will make it very difficult for air to pass through. This means the furnace blower will have to work harder. If the blower is working harder, then your energy bills are increasing and it is taking longer to heat your home, plus the blower motor may burn out. While most manufacturers recommend every 3 months, there are exceptions. For example, if you have pets, pet dander can accelerate how often you need to change your filters. If you are a smoker, you may need to change our filter more often.

3. Duct Work

Replacing duct work is expensive and, with the annual maintenance, technicians provide inspection of the duct work throughout your home. Duct work can accumulate debris, which can restrict airflow or cause excess allergens to be distributed throughout your home. Additionally, since most ductwork is located under the house, inspection is required to ensure there are no tears or damage that would cause airflow to be reduced.

LM Wilson has been providing furnace repair in Burlington, NC since 1987. We offer Piece of Mind Maintenance Programs that will keep your heating system running smoothly.

Call us at (336) 226-2685 for your heating system repair in Burlington, NC.

Install an Air Conditioner in Burlington to Reduce House Fire Risk

A house fire risk exists with all of the equipment and electrical connections in your home. However, you can reduce that risk when you install an air conditioner in Burlington by having a trained and experienced technician perform the installation. There are important safety checks that need to take place when a new air conditioning system is installed to keep your family and home safe. The work should be done by a technician who is knowledgeable in the major HVAC brands, and carries Rheem AC parts in Burlington. Once your AC unit has been installed by a reputable heating and cooling company, such as LM Wilson, it is recommended to have the AC system regularly maintained for safety and efficiency.

Maintenance for your Air Conditioner in Burlington Helps to Prevent House Fires

Did you know that your air conditioner can become filthy with dirt and dust, which can cause a house fire to occur? Dusty filters and parts are directly responsible for making the fan motor of the AC unit overheat. Taking preventative measures, such as a house fire safety plan for your family, will help your family to know how to safely get outside in case of a house fire emergency. At www.wikihow.com, keeping up with recommended HVAC maintenance is a key way to make sure your cooling system works safely this summer:

“Clean, or have your interior AC coils cleaned, and replace your return air filters regularly. This will prevent the fan motor from being overworked, and also save money on your energy bill. For window air conditioners, never use extension cords!
Lubricate belt drive pulleys (where applicable), boss bearings on drive motors, and other equipment as needed.
Have the resistance coils or furnace burners cleaned and serviced at the beginning of the heating season, since debris may accumulate there while the system is off during the summer.”

Repairs may be necessary to keep your system from malfunctioning and overheating. Having a certified technician inspect and clean your air conditioner will help you to have a peace of mind and receive optimal cooling in your home.

Make Sure the Rheem AC Parts in Burlington are Working Properly

Your AC unit may be making weird noises or not efficiently cooling your home. Contact a trusted HVAC company, such as LM Wilson, to make sure that all of your filters and parts are working correctly. When the efficiency of your air conditioner is lower than normal, your energy costs will be higher and you may run into future, more costly repairs. Calling a professional service technician to repair your cooling system will help to lower utility bills and keep your family safe from a potential house fire.

New Air Conditioning Systems Should be installed by a Trained Professional

If it is determined that a replacement system is necessary instead of a repair, the service team at LM Wilson provides expert installation services with complete safety checks. Your safety and comfort are the key factors in our high quality installations, and we will ensure that your system is installed correctly and tested before we complete our service at your home. For outstanding HVAC services, including installed air conditioners in Burlington, contact LM Wilson at 336-226-2685.

(Source: How to Prevent a House Fire, wikihow.com, 2015)

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