In our last post, Loveland and Fort Collins HVAC, we took the time to explain the kind of HVAC service you can expect when choosing Bears Family Plumbing, Heating, & Cooling for an AC unit installation, AC repair, furnace installation, furnace repair, or whatever the case may be. Also in that post, we discussed how lucky we feel to be living in a region like the Northern Colorado Front Range. Though it can get plenty hot in the summer and numbingly cold during a few weeks in the winter, it’s tough to beat a place that has over 300 days of sunshine each year.

We are sure our customers from Loveland, Fort Collins, and Denver agree! But the fact of the matter is that this a much more difficult place to live without essential amenities like heating and cooling. That’s where Bears Family PHC and our reliable HVAC services come into play. As a reminder, we’ve listed our basic HVAC services along with a general description of each aspect of our HVAC repair or installation service.

  • Air filtration – an essential element to any HVAC unit, the air must flow
  • Air handlers – this is the large metal box which holds a blower, the heating or cooling elements, sound attenuators, dampers, and filter racks
  • Chillers – water and air cooling elements
  • Condenser water pumps and chilled water – the specific kind of pump to…well…pump the condensate that your HVAC system should be producing
  • Condensing units – every central air conditioning system has a heat exchanger section to cool down and condense refrigerant vapor, turning it to liquid
  • Controls—digital automation, pneumatic – if your controls are acting up, there isn’t much use in having an AC unit!
  • Evaporative coolers and cooling towers – these coolers, wait for it, cool the air using the evaporation of water in most every AC unit
  • Fans – fans are used to pump the air throughout the house, establishing an ideal temperature
  • Humidification – AC units condense moisture on cooling coils, usually leaving an air-conditioned home drier
  • Motors and motor starters – you need the dang thing to start up and keep running, that’s pretty clear
  • Refrigerant monitoring – we’ll make sure there is a minimum of waste or excess energy that goes into the energy used to cool down your house or place of business
  • Unitary HVAC units (gas-fired, electric) – no matter what kind of HVAC unit you’ve got on your hands, we can provide expert HVAC repairs here at Bears Family PHC

HVAC Frequently Asked Questions

Today’s post is dedicated to answering some questions we sometimes receive about our HVAC service, or indeed, HVAC installation and repair more generally speaking. If you are interested in expanding your knowledge about this field, or if you are in decision-making-mode for a new AC unit, we’ve got you covered, so read on!

How Do I Know Which Kind Of HVAC System Is Right For Me?

Excellent question, but the answer isn’t always a straightforward one, since there is a wide range of HVAC system types to choose from. While we won’t be able to answer that question (each home is different) in today’s post, we can point you in the right direction. Factors to consider when mulling over the decision include the age and size of your house, the number of rooms, regional utility costs, utility rebate programs in your area, and even local climate. If you are looking to replace an HVAC unit that is ten or twenty years old, there is a good chance you’ll be able to cut down on energy expenses by anywhere between 25 and 50 percent, depending on how efficient your old system was. We’ll help you navigate decisions like these at Bears Family PHC.

What Kind Of Warranty Options Do Your HVAC Systems Come With?

Like most questions, the real answer is annoyingly and honestly, “it depends.” However, most of our HVAC units come with a 10-year warranty, which can include helpful maintenance plans in case something doesn’t go as planned. Again, just give us a call and we’ll come on out to your home to perform a thorough inspection. Then we can provide a cost-effective, long-term recommendation so that you are getting the ideal HVAC unit possible.

How Often Should I Get HVAC Service?

It’s never a bad idea to get your HVAC unit routinely services for maintenance. We recommend a checkup twice a year — once for your cooling unit and once for heating. That might seem like overkill to some, but when you consider how much it can cost to get a full-on replacement (or if you have a leaky system, you’ll be paying way too much on your energy bill every month), you can understand why you want to make sure everything is running in tip-top shape.

Is There Anything I Can Do To Reduce My Energy Bill?

Sure there is! Perhaps the most important thing you can do is install a programmable thermostat so you aren’t wasting energy throughout the day, needlessly cooling or heating an unoccupied home. Other options include unplugging appliances you aren’t using, making sure your windows and doors are well-sealed, installing ceiling fans as alternatives to using your AC unit, and even switching to LED or compact fluorescents (CFLs) to be more efficient with your energy usage. Making seemingly minor changes like the ones mentioned above might seem trivial, but little by little, you can start to see a serious difference being made.

What Is Two-Stage Cooling?

Another great question! Two-staging cooling simply means that the air conditioner in question uses a compressor that has two distinct operating settings — high for hot days and low for not-so-hot days. The low setting will usually meet the needs of a home 80 percent of the time or so, and two-stage AC units are known for being able to provide more consistent, even temperatures throughout the day, in addition to running for longer periods of time, generally speaking.

How Big Of An Issue Can The Noise Pollution Of An HVAC Unit Really Be?

Pretty big. It’s not the only factor to consider while making your decision, obviously, but it should be one of them. Some heating and cooling systems will not only make your own life less enjoyable, but it can antagonize nearby neighbors as well. Luckily, HVAC systems have sound ratings, so you know what you are getting yourself into. Aspects of your cooling or heating unit that impact the sound pollution are controllable, however. The insulation within a unit itself can help diminish the overall noise emitted.

What Is A Zoning System? Should I Get One?

Zoning systems are pretty nice because they allow you to separate your house’s ductwork into different areas. This means you can independently control the temperature of different rooms in your home. If you have a home with a hot upstairs and a cool basement, this is a great way to keep everyone comfortable while not needlessly pumping cool air into an already-cooled part of the house. Give us a call if you are interested in such an option!

Loveland HVAC Specialists

We are Bears Family Plumbing, Heating, & Cooling. HVAC is practically in our name, so you know we know what we are doing when it comes to local HVAC repair and installation. We are proud to service Loveland, Fort Collins, and pretty much everywhere all the way down to Denver. Give us a call for any and all HVAC maintenance need you might have — we have financing options available!