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 Lincoln's Greener Savings Blog 
Tuesday, January 15 2019

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Rebates are once again available for heating & cooling efficiency upgrades* as part of the mass save(R) program:

  • Up to $2,300 for gas heating equipment (furnaces and boilers).
  • Up to $2,300 for propane heating equipment (furnaces and boilers).
  • Up to $1,000 per ton for electric heating & cooling pump (ducted or mixed ducted air source heat pump).
  • Up to $1,600 per ton for electric heating & cooling (non-ducted air source heat pump).**
  • $500 per zone, up to $1,500 for integrated controls added to existing air source heat pump equipment displacing oil or propane heating.**
  • Up to $50 per ton for electric central air conditioning.
  • $25 each for programmable thermostats (New only. Limit 4 per account).
  • $100 each for ENERGY STAR qualified smart thermostats. (New only. Wireless connections must be enabled. Limit 4 per account.)
  • Up to $225 for addition of an outdoor reset control to older inefficient forced water boilers.***
  • $500 for heat recovery ventilators.****

To qualify, installation MUST be completed by 12/31/2019. Installation of central A/C or central heat pump must be by a licensed contractor. Balanced HVAC is licensed and has these important additional certifications. For ductless installations, Balanced HVAC is a Diamond Contractor(TM), Mitsubishi's highest level of accreditation.

Call 508-428-0974 to schedule your no-pressure/no-obligation consultation with Lincoln.

*Balanced HVAC installs gas furnaces and boilers. We do not install oil-burning appliances.
**Non-ducted mini-split heat pumps are ultra efficient HVAC systems that produce cooling in the summer months and heating in the winter months. They consist of two components: an outdoor condensing unit and one or more indoor air handling units, connected by a conduit through your wall. This makes installation minimally disruptive to your home. They can be used to provide high efficiency heating and air conditioning to homes without ductwork. LEARN MORE.
***Integrated controls can reduce heating costs for homeowners who heat with expensive oil or propane. With these controls, the system will automatically switch from most economical air source heating to your conventional system only when temperatures drop below pre-selected extreme cold outdoor temperatures. This allows for maximum comfort and cost savings throughout the heating season.
****A heat recovery ventilator is a simple device incorporated into your ductwork. It expels stale air from your home first capturing heat and then transferring it to a fresh air stream as it's brought into your home. 

Posted by: Lincoln Stubbs AT 04:00 am   |  Permalink   |  0 Comments  |  Email
Saturday, March 31 2018

THE GOOD NEWS: With a lingering cold, wet and snowy early Spring, the worst allergy suffering will arrive late to the Cape this Spring. However, once warmer temperatures do arrive, pollen counts are expected to soar. Spring 2018 looks to be a tough season for allergy sufferers.

Lincoln recommends two state-of-the art solutions to make your entire Cape Cod home a haven for the allergy sufferers in your family.

  1. State-of-the-art air purification & filtration. Ours not only Captures and KillsTM flu viruses from the airstream but eliminates pollen, dust, mold spores and other allergens that can irritate air passages making them more susceptible to cold, flu and sinus infections both inside and away from the home. The patented three-stage technology purifies the air in your entire living space as often as 8 times each hour. The unit can be fitted to work with any brand ducted heating and/or cooling system.
    Learn more and see the three-stage air filter in action.
     
  2. Revolutionary air scrubbing system. While the purification/filtration system effectively destroys 99% of germs that pass through the filter, two problems remain unaddressed: Ours generates safe oxidizing molecules that circulate throughout your home killing viruses & bacteria as well as neutralizing odors, toxic chemical fumes and other pollutants both midair and on every surface in your home.

    This amazing product is widely used in the medical, food, defense, hotel, airline and cruise ship industries. 
    Learn more and see this revolutionary air scrubber in action.

Call us at 508-428-0974 or schedule here
for a FREE no-pressure no-obligation consultation.

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Tuesday, January 02 2018

Our Cape Cod heating systems are usually not designed for sustained temperatures below 0 degrees. When temperatures drop into subzero zone like they will this week, set your thermostat a couple of degrees higher than usual. DO NOT TURN THE HEAT DOWN AT NIGHT! Your furnace will be working continuously to maintain your home's temperature. Asking it to bring the temperature up will put extra stress on the system. Just set your thermostat a few degrees higher and then forget it!

Posted by: Lincoln Stubbs AT 09:17 am   |  Permalink   |  0 Comments  |  Email
Tuesday, July 25 2017

So reads the headline in the July 13, 2017 New York Times

What will have the most impact on the health of the planet? Is it:

  • "Build more wind farms"
  • "Eat less meat worldwide"
  • "Switch to mass transit"

​NO: Their answer was, "Improve air conditioners." 

Growing economies in countries like China, India, Brazil and Indonesia combined with increasing global warming have resulted in sharp rises in air conditioner purchases. Improving air conditioner efficency has NEVER been more critical to the health of our planet. The article cites a Lawrence Berkley National Labortatory study that argues that "even a 30% improvement in efficiency could avoid the peak load equivalent of about 15,00 power plants by 2030."

Every Cape Cod home and business property owner has a part to play.
Here's what you can do:

  1. Dirt accumulated on blower blades and in filters weakens air flow. The resulting imbalance leads to the short-cycling responsible for wasted energy, uneven room comfort, temperature swings and over-heating -- the principal cause of catastrophic AC failures.
  2. Although your AC is a closed system, leaks DO occur. Our annual tune-ups will detect leaks early preventing expensive re-charges not to mention wasted energy and damage to the environment.
  3. An AC just 10% low on coolant requires 20% more energy to operate!
  • Ask us about installing a SMART thermostat. Automatic programming adjusts temperatures for optimum comfort and energy savings based on your weekly schedule as well as for varying time-of-day utility rates. Today's thermostats are easier to program than ever. WiFi enables you to make adjustments from your mobile phone when you're away. 
     
  • Schedule a no-pressure no-oblitation consultation with your Balanced HVAC professional. Our industry is hard at work improving energy efficiency and perfecting environmentally-friendly refrigerants. We'll help you select the right replacement for your goals and for your budget. You'll learn just what you can expect in savings with today's high-efficency replacements, just how soon you can expect your new system to pay for itself as well as what you can expect in improved family comfort.

    We will collect the refrigerant from your old unit and send it to a recycler. Unfortunately some disreputable contractors will release these harmful chemicals into the environment.

Call 508-428-0974 to schedule your maintenance service
and/or to schedule a no-pressure no-obligation consultation.

Posted by: Lincoln Stubbs AT 09:23 am   |  Permalink   |  0 Comments  |  Email
Tuesday, November 01 2016

“Is My Air Conditioner Causing Global Warming?”

You may well be wondering with the recent announcement of an international agreement to phase out HFCs*, the most common refrigerant used by the air conditioning industry (Money, USA Today, Oct. 15, 2017). HFCs replaced the ozone-depleting CFCs** as mandated by earlier international agreement, the 1989 Montreal Protocols. While not damaging the ozone layer, these replacement refrigerants have since been found to trap thousands of times as much heat in the atmosphere as carbon dioxide. Hence the new mandate.

*HFCs – hydro-fluorocarbons (R-410A refrigerant).
**CFCs – chlorofluorocarbons (R-22 refrigerant).

Here’s the good news:

  1. As reported by USA Today, if your air conditioner (or heat pump) is working properly, it WON’T release HVCs into the atmosphere. Likewise if your old unit is disposed of properly by an U.S. EPA certified technician, it will not release these harmful gases.
  2. Unlike the fossil fuel industry which is dragging its feet on addressing climate change, our industry is hard at work perfecting systems using new refrigerants that do not contribute to global warming.

What you can do:

  1. The only way to insure that your AC or heat pump is operating working properly is to have it maintained annually by your Balanced HVAC professionals.

Annual maintenance not only assures that your unit is operating safely but also that it is operating at its maximum performance and energy-efficiency.

Additional benefits Balanced HVAC’s maintenance customers enjoy include:

  • PRIORITY SCHEDULING. Even when summer's scorching temperatures or winter's icy blasts have our phones ringing off the hook, you will go to the head of the line.
  • A 25% discount on all parts for needed repairs.
  • 24 Hour Emergency Service
  • Manufacturer's warranties maintained. Most warranties require regular maintenance.
  • Family health and safety including protection from deadly carbon monoxide.
  • Enough savings to pay for your next home comfort system.*

*The average Cape Cod homeowner who has his system maintained annually will save approximately $7,400 in utilities and reduced repair costs over the life of his heating/cooling system.

  1. When it comes time to replace your old system, be sure to have it done by your U.S. EPA certified Balanced HVAC professionals. 

Schedule Seasonal Maintenance ServiceSchedule FREE no-pressure consultation

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Sunday, July 31 2016

Some Important Advice to Cape Cod property owners with older ACs.

Prices for R-22 refrigerant (aka Freon) have risen sharply over the past few years. Here’s why: A little over 25 years ago, the EPA ordered the gradual phasing out of R-22 as part of the international treaty (the “Montreal Protocol”) aimed at reversing the thinning of the Earth’s critical ozone layer. This thinning is responsible for dramatic increases in skin cancer and cataracts.

The good news: Recent research confirms the fact that the notorious “hole” in the ozone layer has indeed begun to heal. http://news.nationalgeographic.com/2016/06/antarctic-ozone-hole-healing-fingerprints/

The bad news: Air conditioner repair costs for older units will continue to soar as a result of the spiraling costs and increasing shortage of the R-22 refrigerant.

The 1990 Clean Air Act ended production in 2010 for new air conditioning units “charged” with R-22. Production of the refrigerant itself was immediately reduced by 75%. By 2015, that reduction had reached 90%. The pace of reduction has picked up. As of January 1, 2015, the EPA ordered an immediate drop from 51 million pounds to 22 million pounds, then to 18 million pounds in 2016, 13 million pounds in 2017, 9 million in 2018, and 4 million in 2019, and finally zero U.S. production in 2020.

Although some R-22 is still being recovered and reclaimed from units we replace, the amounts are not nearly enough to meet demand. The resulting shortages have led to dramatic price increases. By 2016, the price for the R-22 refrigerant has more than quadrupled from its 2010 level. By contrast, the cost of the environmentally friendly R-410A refrigerant that is used in today’s air conditioners is at the same level Freon was in 2010.

Owners of older air conditioners need to take action now to protect themselves from these spiraling repair costs. Here are Lincoln's recommendations:

  • Service your equipment every season (ACs once and heat pumps twice a year). Although your air conditioner or heat pump is a closed system, leaks do occur. Always a good idea for maximum comfort and efficiency, our precision tune-up will detect leaks early preventing expensive re-charges not to mention damage to the environment.
  • Schedule a no-pressure no-obligation consultation. Lincoln will help you select the right replacement for your comfort goals and for your budget. You'll learn just what you can expect in savings with today's higher efficiency environmentally-friendly replacements. You'll know just how soon you can expect your new system to pay for itself, what impact today's higher efficiencies will have on your electric bills, and what you may gain in family comfort.

    We will collect the refrigerant from your old unit and send it to a recycler. Unfortunately some disreputable contractors will release these harmful chemicals into the environment.

Call 508-428-0974 to schedule
your maintenance service and/or no-pressure consultation.

Posted by: Lincoln Stubbs AT 08:00 am   |  Permalink   |  0 Comments  |  Email
Wednesday, June 01 2016

Always test your AC system early even before the really warm temperatures arrive. It's the surest way to know that cooling will be there when you do need it. Problems are most likely to appear after your system has been idle for months. You want to identify problems and get them fixed now. It never fails that when temperatures first drop our phones start ringing off the hook. Test now and avoid the rush if your system will need repair.

It's best to perform this simple test when temperatures are first in the 70s. Simply set your thermostat to "cool" and turn down the temperature setting. Wait a while after hearing your system start. Then check to see that there's cool air coming from every vent.

Give us a call if you experience any unusual noises or odors, or if you have any doubts or questions about your system's peformance.

Schedule Maintenance Service

Of course your best assurance of a trouble-free season with special seasonal savings and benefits comes with a precision maintenance service by your Balanced HVAC professional. If you have an air filtration and/or purification system, be sure to have it serviced too.

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Sunday, May 01 2016
That's exacly what researchers found when they examined the air conditioners of homeowners complaining about high summer electric bills.

Here's what independent researchers commissioned by Pacific Electric and Gas found:

  • 67% had improper air flow.
  • 53% had dirty or clogged coils.
  • 40% had dirty,clogged or missing filters
  • 27% had refrigerant that was overcharged.
  • 27% had refrigerant that was undercharged.
  • 20% had a refrigerant leak.
  • 93% had dut leakage greater than the recommended maximum.

​They concluded that these homeowners could achieve from between 10% and 30% reductions in energy bills without major repairs.

Annual Maintenance: 
The Most Imporant Service We Perform

Get Started Lowering Your 2015 Cape Cod Electric Bills Now
With Balanced HVAC's Precision Maintenance Service.

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Sunday, January 31 2016
How Proper Use of Fans Can Help You Feel Warmer at LOWER Thermostat Settings

Really . . you can CUT energy costs while increasing your winter comfort with these important energy-saving tips.

One of the most frequent winter heating complaints we hear is of rooms temperature swing. One minute a room feels too cold; the next it's too hot. This often results in "thermostat juggling." This NEVER solves the problem, but it ALWAYS WASTES ENERGY.

Here are two steps you can take to improve your family's comfort and your home's energy efficiency. You and your family will actually FEEL MORE COMFORTABLE AT LOWER THERMOSTAT SETTINGS:

  1. During the colder months, set your ceiling fans to run counter-clockwise. Then run them at the slowest speed when you're in that room. This will keep air from pooling on the ceiling and keep it circulating. Remember, hot air rises.
     
  2. If yours is a high efficiency system with a variable speed blower, run the fan continuously. This will improve circulation and keep temperatures stable. Unlike standard single-speed blowers, these run slowly and ramp up gradually as needed. Their DC motors consume a small fraction of the energy consumed by standard blower motors. The result: less noise, more consistent heat and energy savings because you're no longer fiddling with that thermostat!

Don't have a system with variable speed but interested in learning what higher efficiency can mean to your comfort and family budget? Schedule a no-cost no-pressure no-obligation consultation with Lincoln today.

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Monday, December 07 2015

We advise our Cape Cod customers and friends to check their heating/cooling system's air filter at the beginning of each month. Changing dirty air filters will:

  • Prevent costly breakdowns.
  • Maximize your family's comfort.
  • Keep your utility bills under control.
  • Minimize dust and & pollen that plague allergy sufferers.
  • Protect your system from expensive damage and premature failure.

Inspect yours each month and change when dirty. This is especially important during those early spring and late summer months when pollen counts are high.

Of course, the best way to insure your comfort and your equipment's long life and efficiency is with Balanced HVAC's annual precision maintenance service.

Schedule now, and we'll check that filter for you.

WARNING: When choosing a filter, be sure to avoid this common but costly mistake!

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