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HVAC Myths: Busted

Whether it’s a hot and humid summer afternoon or windy and cold winter morning in Kansas City your HVAC system is working hard to keep you comfortable. There are many misconceptions when it comes to your air conditioner and furnace and what certain do’s and don’ts that relate to them. Here are five misconceptions or myths that we will bust for you!

1.) Moving the thermostat all the way down will cool your home faster.
BUSTED: Thermostats send information to your system that tells it when to turn on and off based off of the temperature you want to maintain. Turning it all the way down will not cool your home any faster.

2.) Closing the vents in empty rooms increases energy efficiency.
BUSTED: Closing the vents can increase the air flow and pressure in the ducts causing leaks at the vent seams. If you have hot and cold spots in your home a zoning system is recommended.

3.) I only need to change my filter once a year.
BUSTED: It is recommended that you change your filter every other month and more frequently if you have a full house and pets. However, you can save yourself the hassle of changing your filter by installing an Air Purifier that only requires you to change the filter once a year.

4.) Routine maintenance is not important. 
BUSTED: Your HVAC system is a complex mechanical machine that needs annual tune-ups much like your car. There are many moving parts that need checked, oiled, and lubed. Calculations are needed to insure your system is running at peak performance. It is recommended that your AC and furnace are tuned up once a year. Having your system tuned up annually can save you from costly repairs down the road.

5.) The bigger the HVAC system the better.
BUSTED: A system that is too large for your home will consistently cycle on and off which will cost you more money to operate and will shorten the lifespan of your unit. When it is time for you to replace your HVAC system an Anthony Comfort Advisor will measure your home room by room and offer you a system with the exact specifications you need to ensure you receive the most energy efficient system available.

Whether you live in Overland Park and need help with a new wifi thermostat of you live in Lee’s Summit and need a new AC unit we are at your service 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Give us a call or schedule service online today.

To Buy or not to Buy a Home Warranty?

Many homes are sold with a home warranty which gives the seller a feeling of protection in case something happens during the first year the buyer owns the home. The theory being the buyer will look to the home warranty company for remedy and not come back on the seller. Of course this is not always true and the buyer may very well come back on the seller.

Buyers feel some degree of protection purchasing a home with a home warranty and they are not directly paying for it so they gladly accept it. They may or may not use it. There are many cases that the home warranty is never used the first year. The sellers have just prepared the home for sale and a home inspection has been performed so items that may have fallen in the “covered items” area of the policy have been addressed prior to closing.home-warranty-anthony-plumbing-heating-cooling

The real dilemma for the buyer is whether to renew the home warranty after the first year. Some will renew even though they can’t find the policy but they like the thought of having “protection.” Many that don’t renew actually used the policy during the first year and they recall the bad taste of that experience.

All home warranties have a “deductible” which is in place to prevent nuisance calls and to keep the warranty as cheap as possible. Typically the deductible which in essence is a service call fee ranges from $80 to $100 depending on the home warranty company.

Language in home warranty policies states that they will do whatever they can to keep the old appliance working. In regards to air conditioning systems and heating systems, this is seldom in the homeowner’s best interest. If the air conditioning system uses ozone depleting Freon (which is being phased out) and the system is an energy hog, it would not be in the best interest of the homeowner for the home warranty technicians to keep it going. “Keeping it going” is less expense for the home warranty company but a much higher expense for the homeowner. In essence the homeowner is paying for a higher efficiency system (thru higher utility bills) they just aren’t getting the benefits of having one.

The service companies that work for home warranty companies have been known to install used parts with the thinking since the homeowner is not directly paying for it (except the deductible fee every time the technician shows up) who cares? There is no in-person quality check after they perform the service. These service companies typically service all kinds of appliances as well as heating and cooling systems and it is a challenge to be proficient in all areas. They may not be available when you need them but homeowners will wait because they have that false sense of protection – the Home Warranty!

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Home Equity Allows for Easy Financing with Kansas City, Missouri HERO Program

A new program, recently only available to west coast homeowners has come to Jackson County, MO. What makes the HERO Program so unique is that it provides the homeowner an opportunity to pay for an energy-efficient heating and cooling system through property tax financing. HERO offers flexible terms of 5-20 years, and the interest may be tax deductible. This program was established to help homeowners better afford to replace their old heating and cooling system with a higher efficiency system. Credit history is not the deciding factor. More homeowners qualify for HERO financing because approval is based on home equity and not credit score. Contact a HERO registered contractor who can answer all your questions. The HERO Program is brand new in Jackson County and not yet available in other counties in the Kansas City metro area. Anthony Plumbing Heating & Cooling is a HERO registered contractor. If you live in the following cities you are eligible for the HERO program; Blue Springs, Buckner, Grandview, Grain Valley, Greenwood, Independence, Kansas City, Lake Lotawana, Lake Tapawingo, Lee’s Summit, Levasy, Lone Jack, Oak Grove, Pleasant Hill, Raytown, River Bend, Sibley, Sugar Creek, and Unity Village.

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A permit is more than a piece of paper. It has everything to do with safety and a job done right. The HVAC industry reports that 90% of heating and cooling systems are installed improperly. Many offenders are minor but some are downright deadly. These installations involve electricity, natural gas, and vent gases (potential CO dangers). Some contractors skip the permit to save costs.

Only a licensed, insured, and bonded contractor can obtain a permit; something to think about if a contractor tells you the permit is not important. And permits are required by every county on both side of state line in Kansas City. A permit assures a second look by a city inspector who is trained to look for and recognize any faulty, shoddy, and dangerous installation shortcuts.

Whether you are in Kansas or Missouri, and you want your heating and cooling system installed properly, safely, and to code, make sure you have that piece of paper.

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Water Heater with Sediment Buildup

Plumbing Tune-Ups

You’ve probably heard of a furnace and air conditioner tune-up, but many Anthony Plumbing, Heating and Cooling customers are not familiar with a plumbing system tune-up. Just what is it? What does it include? What can you expect?

 

You Don’t Have to Live with Bad Plumbing

A plumbing tune-up is a great way to keep the plumbing system in your entire house running smoothly. Most homeowners don’t think about their plumbing until something breaks, but I’ll bet you can think of a sink that drains too slowly or a shower head that has a partially clogged sprayer or a faucet that drips in your home. It’s very rare that a home’s entire plumbing system is in perfect working order. That’s why homeowners really like our Anthony plumbing tune-ups.

What to Expect with a Plumbing Tune-Up

When Anthony comes to your home to perform a plumbing tune-up, we check the entire house from outdoor water faucets to washing machine hoses. We make sure everything is working properly and let you know if any items require repairs to avoid possible future disaster. We tell you upfront if we need to repair or replace anything so there’s never a sticker shock. Here are a few of the services we perform:

  • Sinks, Faucets, and Drains – we make sure all faucets are running freely and the water is draining rapidly.
  • Toilet, Tubs, and Showers – we make sure all toilets are flushing and filling properly and shower heads are spraying freely with no leaks.
  • Washer, Dishwasher, Sump Pump – we check for small leaks that are hard to see behind appliances and under cabinets. We perform a sump pump test to make sure it is operating properly.
  • 10-Point Water Heater Tune-Up – over time, your water heater builds up with sediment that insulates the heating element making it less effective. With a water heater tune-up, we will drain your water heater and remove any sediment and check to make sure it is working properly, there are no leaks and the temperature is set where no one will accidentally scald themselves, especially small children.

Benefits of a Plumbing System Tune-Up

Plumbing tune-ups lower future repair costs – and can prevent major damage by catching small problems before they become costly surprises. They also find leaks and keep you from wasting water and paying a higher usage bill. You may notice an increase in water pressure once your pipes are all working the way they were designed to work. From sump pumps to garbage disposers, every home could benefit from a plumbing system tune-up. Give Anthony PHC a call and we’ll come to your home for a plumbing inspection. Call (913) 384-4440 or (816) 285-4440 today.