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April 11th, 2022

Be sure to bookmark the SoCo Heating and Cooling blog to start learning the ins and outs of HVAC.

We’ll regularly post energy saving tips, how-to’s on troubleshooting your systems, and breakdowns on even the most complex industry related terms and concepts.

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Welcome to Our New Website

April 11th, 2022

iMarket Solutions has launched SoCo Heating and Cooling’s new custom website. To learn more about how iMarket Solutions can expand your presence on the web visit: www.imarketsolutions.com

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How do you pick the right heating and cooling contractor for your project?

September 14th, 2021

5 easy steps to protect your home and your wallet

If you watch the news, you have likely heard about the shortage of qualified technicians and construction workers.  But based on the adds all over TV, radio and the internet, you would think we don’t have enough work for the people we already have in the industry!

Well the sad truth is, skilled technicians are fading out.  Business owners have realized if you send a skilled technician, they will build an estimate designed to meet the needs of the homeowner within the budget the homeowner has set.  A salesperson on the other hand…

A highly trained salesperson has mastered the psychology of selling.  They are experts at making people buy more than they want and in most cases, more than they need.   They put on a wonderful show and leave you scratching your head wondering what you just spent 10, 15, or $20,000 on.

Are you ready to protect your wallet?  Well here are 5 easy ways to figure out who is in your home.

The tool bag.  Do they have one?

Does the person at your door have a real tool bag?  If you called a company because your system is not working properly and someone knocks on your door holding a fat folder and a screwdriver, they are not there to fix anything.  If you called for a quote on a new furnace or air conditioner and someone shows up with pen and paper in hand but not so much as a tape measure, then that person cannot properly design your system.  A knowledgeable contractor will take several measurements and inspections before discussing your options.

Are those loafers?

The shoes? Really?  Yes, the shoes!  A salesperson will rarely travel past your kitchen table.  A technician or skilled estimator knows we will be in the crawl space, in the attic, trudging through snow and landmines from Fido.  Have you ever tried to climb the roof in penny loafers?  Neither have I!

And it will only be $50 a month!

Here, let me translate that for you: “the price is so high I know you will never say yes if you knew the actual number”.  It is true that financing a replacement is often the best option for a home owner.  But when your estimate already includes a monthly financing option, you are likely dealing with a sales pro.  On a side note, your contractor has to pay up to 20% in financing charges.  That means every estimate they give you has those charges built in.  If you are not financing with them, you should be able to negotiate a better price.  An honest contractor will provide you with an accurate quote for your project and generally not be willing to negotiate much.  That is because they know the total cost for your project including taxes, permits, labor, materials and such and have provided an estimate that doesn’t gouge the homeowner for extra profits. 

What do you mean you want another quote?  Don’t you trust me?

Skilled contractors and technicians will never object to a homeowner wanting multiple quotes.  We know that most reputable contractors will be within a few hundred dollars.  At that point, it should simply be a matter of finding the contractor and manufacturer you are most comfortable working with and we understand that.  Generally, a salesperson will start dropping their price as soon as you tell them about other bids you are getting.  What you need to ask yourself is why that furnace cost $5,000 10 minutes ago but now only costs $3500.  Why didn’t they simply offer you a fair deal to begin with?

Did you contact a big box store for a quote (Sears, Costco, Home Depot, etc.)?

First, the big box store will not be doing the work.  They hire subcontractors so you have no idea who was actually sent to your home!  Those subcontractors are also paying a lot to get your information from the store.  Then if they get your business, they have to pay a percentage back to the store.  That means your prices have been inflated.  It also means the contractor cannot afford to pay for customer leads who do not spend a lot of money with them.  That means they are going to send out the best salesperson they can to make you sign.

Ok, I said 5 but there is one last big thing you can do to protect your home and family.

Ask to see their credentials!!!  Heating and air conditioning is the most heavily regulated part of your home.  Federal law requires anyone working with refrigerant be certified for your safety.  Where I live in Colorado, a technician is not allowed to remove the door of a furnace without a license stating they have mastered the principles behind safely operating a furnace and removal of the harmful combustion gasses.  A highly trained professional will gladly brag about their years of dedication and training to the trade.  And don’t just ask the first person from the company, ask EVERY person.  From the service tech to the installers to the owner of the company.

In most states, felons are not permitted a contractor’s license yet heating and cooling is the number 2 trade taught in prisons.  To get around that, people will often pay someone else for the use of their contractor’s license.  I know of several large heating and cooling companies all over the country without a single certified person in the entire company.  It is always a good idea to contact your local building department to verify a company’s licensing.

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top 5 reasons to replace your furnace

September 14th, 2021

top 5 reasons to replace your furnace

  1. Your Furnace has stopped working

Is your furnace more than 10 years old and in need of a repair to operate correctly for you?  While every furnace can be repaired, that may not always be in your best interests.  There are over a dozen components inside a modern furnace, any one of which can prevent your furnace from operating.  The most common reason for a major part failure on your 10-year-old furnace is due to poor installation practices when your furnace was new.  In that case, any repairs made will continue to be a weak point in the future.  Since your best industry warranties will only cover parts for up to 10 years, you may be better off having a qualified contractor install a new system properly.  For many, the security of a new 10-year warranty is worth the added expense of replacement over repair options.  But always be suspicious of a technician who says you MUST replace your furnace.  This person is most likely a commissioned sales person who is not qualified or capable of accurately diagnosing or repairing your furnace!

  1. Your home feels warm… then cold… then warm… then cold…

Does it feel like your home is never at the temperature you set your thermostat to?  Do you constantly feel like you are too warm, then too cold, then back and forth all day long?  That is most likely because your existing furnace is too large for your home or the current heating requirement.

Your older furnace only has two settings.  On and Off.  That’s great when the outside temps are well below freezing.  But what about a pleasant 45 degree Colorado spring day?  We still want a little heat to be cozy, but not a huge blast furnace!  A modern furnace can adjust its heat output based on the actual needs of your home allowing you to perfectly maintain your ideal comfort level.

Be sure your new furnace is properly sized for your home.  A good technician or estimator will measure your home heating and cooling requirements with a form called a Manual J.  This is a complex engineering formula we use to determine the exact BTU requirements to maintain proper temperatures and comfort levels in your home.  If someone tells you they know what you need based on the square footage of your home, then they are only guessing!

  1. Each floor of your home has its own weather system

Many homes experience poor airflow creating uncomfortable temperature changes from one room to another or from the basement to the upstairs bedrooms.  There are many causes for this situation and many ways to resolve them too.  In many cases, your home may need additional return air (the air your furnace sucks in to heat) or supply air (where the conditioned air blows into your home) to get proper air circulation through your home.  Simply running the fan on your furnace can help spread and even the temperatures throughout your home.  With your older furnace, that may mean your fan is blowing too hard to be comfortable or is simply too expensive to run all the time.  A modern furnace blower motor can operate at an 87% lower cost of operation and vary the speed it moves the air at to ensure optimal comfort.  Replacing the furnace is often times more desirable than extensive duct work modifications and in-home construction.

  1. My furnace works great!  I hear it running all night long!

Some people like the comforting rumble of a big old loud furnace.  It just sounds hot!  Besides, how would you know if the furnace was working if the floor didn’t vibrate like that?

Most modern furnaces are designed with more than just heat in mind.  Properly installed furnaces are quiet and isolated from your duct work preventing noise and vibration from echoing throughout your home.  If it sounds like a plane is taking off from your basement every time the heat turns on, it might be time to consider your options.

  1. Cost of operation

Yes, that 50-year-old furnace is still heating up your home.  Sure you need a sweater most mornings but that’s ok with you.  No need to replace something that still works, right?  Did you know that the older style furnaces can lose up to ¼% of efficiency for every year they run? That means that many of our old furnaces are operating at as little as 50% efficiency.  What that means for you is that for every dollar you spend with the gas company, only half of it is used to heat your home while the other $.50 of every dollar just goes out the flue pipe.  A modern furnace can capture up to 98% of the heat created and use it to heat your home saving you a considerable amount of money over the life of the furnace.

Simply put, there are a number of ways to know it is time to replace your furnace.  It is important that you the homeowner find a trusted partner in the Heating and Cooling industry to help you through these questions.  Asking an expert can save you thousands of dollars and unlimited headaches for years to come!  An honest company will never charge you to evaluate your particular situation and show you the options available to you.

Now, how do you know if you have called a reputable company and they sent you a skilled technician?  Well that’s a topic for another post!

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What you need to know before adding or replacing central air conditioning

September 14th, 2021

Spring is here and that means another summer is just around the corner. This is also the time of year people start thinking about adding or replacing the air conditioner to make sure this summer is more comfortable than last year was. But where do you begin? How do you know you are making the right choice for your home? Most importantly, how do you make sure you don’t get ripped off? These are all great questions homeowners ask all the time.

Choosing the right contractor

The first and most important thing is your contractor.  Do your research.  On line reviews are great, but look for an recommendation from someone you know who used that company.  Not all contractors are the same and neither are the technicians.  Make sure you feel comfortable.  Here are some good questions to ask and things to look for.

  • Do they have the required MECH IV licensing to perform service here in the Pikes Peak Region?  This is a special license to our region.  The high altitude has dramatic effects on both your furnace and the air conditioner.
  • Is the technician in your home NATE certified?  This is a technical certification of competence that requires regular ongoing training to maintain.  While it is no guarantee of quality or skill, it can demonstrate a solid baseline of knowledge.
  • Will the person providing you with an estimate be involved with the installation?  Generally, the larger companies have completely separate install crews.  That can mean broken promises and later upcharges for “unforeseen issues”.  If the person generating your estimate will also be involved with the installation, it can make for a much smoother process with fewer surprises.

What you need to know about equipment brands

Next up is the age old question:  Who makes the best unit?  Are you ready for the answer to a question that has baffled home owners for eons?  The answer is “Whatever the preferred brand is of your trusted, licensed and vetted contractor”!  That’s it.  The truth of online reviews for heating and cooling products is that people’s overall happiness is in most cases determined by the quality of the install rather than the quality of the equipment.  I like Trane equipment.  Bob likes Carrier Equipment.  Homeowners like working equipment.

Ok folks, stay with me now…  It’s time for some technical stuff.

Terms you need to know before talking to a contractor

SEER – This stands for Seasonal Energy Efficiency Rating.   It basically goes like this.  The Higher the SEER rating, the lower the cost of operation but the higher your initial investment.
TONS – Technicians and contractors will often refer to the TON size of your outdoor condensing unit.  This is short hand for the BTU rating, or amount of cooling created, of your system.  12,000 BTUs equals one TON of capacity.  In very general terms, you need 12,000 BTUs of capacity for every 600 sqft of conditioned space.  There are many other conditions that contribute to the proper sizing of your unit.  A quality contractor will perform a load calculation to ensure the right fit.
Single Stage, Two Stage and Variable Speed – Modern air conditioning units come in a number of configurations these days.  A single stage unit is the AC we are all familiar with.  It comes on, it goes off.  Two stage units will operate at half their capacity during the cooler parts of the day.  This makes for more consistent temperatures inside your home without the hot and cold spikes most people are familiar with and does it all while using much less energy.  Variable speed units are the Rolls Royce of AC, allowing you to maintain exact temperature controls at all times while using far less power and much quieter operation.

Furnace replacement

The last question I get asked a lot is “Do I have to replace my furnace too”?  The answer is, not always.  But if your furnace is more than 10 years old, it is likely that the added work and stress of running the AC will shorten the life span of your furnace.  You can generally save money when installing both at the same time too.  So if your furnace is less than 30 years old and your contractor tells you you MUST replace the furnace too, get a second opinion just to be safe.

Getting the best deal possible

Here is my last tad bit.  Want to know the best time to get a deal on a new AC unit?  It’s now in early springs.  While the temps outside hover right around perfection, no one needs us.  So in order to entice homeowners to do their planned upgrades now, many contractors will offer special promotions and discounts.

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Say Goodbye to Allergies: The top air purification systems in the industry

September 14th, 2021

If April showers bring May flowers, what do May flowers bring? Pollen.
They bring pollen… and with that seasonal allergies.
You don’t have to accept a spring filled with itchy eyes, stuffy nose and sneezing.
Air purification is your solution.
Modern technology has done wonderful things and air can actually be purified as it circulates through your house through your existing HVAC system. Air purification systems can remove 99% of airborne particles, allergens, bacteria and even viruses in your home.

Top Air Purification Systems: 

Trane CleanEffects System Trane CleanEffects is a patented specialized filter that removes more allergens and bacteria than ever before, including: dust, pollen, pet hair and dander, dust mites, mildew, lint, fungus, most tobacco smoke, cooking grease, and even bacteria.  It offers quiet operation and and an easy to clean reusable filter.  Trane Clean Effects is 100 times more effective than a traditional 1-inch filter and can remove 99.98% of allergens and pollutants from any air that passes through it.

REME® Halo In Duct Air PurifierThe REME® Halo is installed inside of your duct work.  It actively sends a Hydro-Peroxide plasma through the air, which breakdown and destroy any pollutants they come in contact with.  By installing directly into the ductwork, your entire HVAC system works to combat dust, dander, pollen, and mold spores throughout your house.  The REME® reduces sneeze germs by 99% in the time a sneeze can reach three feet.   Air purification is a must for all families, especially those with allergies!To find out more schedule a free consultation at 719-551-2232 and get the right fit system for your home, budget and lifestyle!Stay Cool. Stay Cozy. Stay Allergy Free!

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My A/C is broken! What to check before you call!

September 14th, 2021

My A/C is broken! what to check before you call!

It is that time of year again. That time of year where everything is fine until you finally break down and turn on the A/C. If you find yours isn’t working when you fire it up, here is what you should check.

Check Your Filter

Dirty filters cause the majority of A/C problems. Your filter is located in your furnace and your air conditioner relies on the furnace to blow the cold air. When the filter is dirty the air can’t get through. If your filter IS dirty, often this can cause the unit to ice up. If you see ice, turn your A/C to off, and turn your fan to on. Allow it to thaw before using it with a clean filter.

Check the breaker

If your A/C isn’t running at all, check the breaker. Keep in mind some houses have more than one breaker box and it could be in a secondary box as well. A tripped breaker can indicate a problem, so if it happens repeatedly, have it checked by an expert.

Check the outside unit

First of all, if the house is new to you, be sure you have A/C and check for the outside unit. Many houses in Colorado do not have A/C by default as in many other states and it can be an unpleasant surprise for new home owners. If you do find an outdoor unit make sure it is not covered in debris and that air can circulate through it easily. This may require a quick rinse with the hose or removal of weeds.

Call Us

If all of the above fails, just give us a call 719-551-2232 or schedule online here and we can help get you cool! Stay Cool Colorado Springs!

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Why is an in home consultation important?

September 14th, 2021

Why is an in home consultation important?

The top of our frequently asked questions list is “Can’t you just give me a ballpark?” The honest answer is yes, but that ballpark is several thousand dollars wide and might not help you budget at all.

There are dozens of variables that can affect the size and options available to you, keep reading to find out more.

We are we looking for?

When our technician comes to your home we are taking many variables into account to make sure your estimate is as accurate as we can make it.

We are looking at:

The size of your home The amount of air that flows through your home is to some degree determined by the square footage. The layout/design of your homeHomes with unique layouts, vaulted ceilings and lots of windows have unique challenges since they may affect the amount of air that needs to be heated/cooled or like in the case of older windows make it a more difficult job. Your existing equipment and ductworkWe may be able to continue utilizing some of your existing equipment.  If you are adding A/C for example, your furnace may be in fine working order, or it may not be able to handle the proper air flow.  Some homes have sufficient duct work for all their system needs.  Others may be in poor condition and need to be adjusted or even replaced. Your electrical set upSome homes are pre-wired for A/C, others it is added easily, while still others need an entire electrical upgrade. MeasurementsWe need to know the size of the space where the equipment will be installed to make sure your system is the right size and we have enough materials to get the job done right and efficiently. It is important to us that all of our customers understand what they are buying before they buy it.  A one size fits all, never fits everyone the same and we want to make sure you are involved in the process of creating your ideal system.  Once we have evaluated your home, we will provide you with available options to meet your immediate needs.

Then there are the options.

Just like when purchasing a new car, your heating and cooling systems all come with options. Below are a few: EfficiencyYou hear this word time and time again.  Is it efficient?  Efficiency is a tricky subject depending on what it means to you.  Is your goal a lower electric bill? a greener system? A tax credit?  Your answer to these questions will change your options. ThermostatsTraditional single use thermostats are a thing of the past.  Now they are able to control smart houses, link up to security systems, utilize apps to manage temperatures when you are away from home, and so much more.  There are several options available so we can make sure to get you the best match for your needs and lifestyle. To Upgrade or Not to UpgradeOften replacing multiple pieces of equipment at the same time are much less expensive than replacing them individually over the course of a few years.  It is important to consider this when adding new equipment to significantly older less efficient equipment. Humidifiers With the dry air in Colorado these are in high demand and can often be installed at deep discounts when combined with a system Air Purification SystemToday’s are purification systems can eliminate allergens, dust, bacteria and virus at a stunning 99.9%.  Systems include extreme filtration and even UV lights installed directly into duct work. Accurate estimates provided during in home consultations are key to a no surprises installation that is exactly what you need to keep your family and wallet comfortable all year long. Consultations are always free and can be scheduled by calling or texting 719-551-2232.

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What is an A/C Tune Up?

September 14th, 2021

What is an A/C Tune Up?

An A/C tune up is basic maintenance for your AC system. We are used to maintaining and tuning up our cars to increase their life spans and catch problems before they happen. The same is true for your A/C.
A/C Tune Ups should be done once a year. They keep your system running at peak performance and help find problems before they happen so you aren’t stuck mid-summer sweating it out!

During our A/C Tune Up your technician will:

Inspect your coil

Test and measure outputs on components that more commonly fail over time

Inspect your filters

Tighten components and terminals that become loose over time

Check all safety controls

Inspect refrigerant lines and insulation

Test refrigerant pressures and temperature

Verify the air output at the vents

Clear debris

Calibrate thermostat

At the end of your tune-up you will receive an easy to read score sheet to keep that will go over everything about your system and give a clear picture of its performance.

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Kill 99% of germs within 3 feet of a sneeze – the best air purification in the industry

September 14th, 2021

Kill 99% of germs within 3 feet of a sneeze – the best air purification in the industry

If you are anything like me, you hate germs!  Especially those that keep your kids home from school and your whole family feeling awful!  Finally, there is a solution, the ​REME HALO®.  The HAlo not only eliminates viruses and bacteria throughout your air and on surfaces in your home, it also causes allergens and other particulates to bunch together to easily be caught by your filter, making your home germ, allergen and odor free.  That’s right… I said odor free.  In studies, pet odors were reduced by 72% within the first 24 hours of use! Wondering how it all works?  Check out the video below.​Ready to get yours now?  Request an estimate or give us a call or text at 719-551-2232 to get your quote now!

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