10/2/18: Kory informed the listeners of the history of Smokey Barbier Heating, Inc. and what we can do for you! He also explained what being a Factory Authorized Dealer (FAD) means to you as a customer. If you missed it, you can hear it here: https://cl.ly/f6926595cfc7
10/9/19: Kory shared the importance of your thermostat (wall control). With daylight savings time approaching next month, it is important to make sure that you change the time on your thermostat, unless you have a smart (wireless) thermostat that will recognize the time change. Also, remember to change not only your smoke detector and carbon monoxide detector batteries every year, but also your thermostat batteries! Kory also discussed how wall controls can be linked to our Dealer Portal in order to receive updates on faulty equipment, filter changes and the annual maintenance. Click here to listen: https://cl.ly/9e5a01258ea5
10/16/18: Kory touched on the importance of regular furnace maintenance. It's important for a certified HVAC technician to service your equipment annually for system efficiency and effectiveness and for safety reasons. With having NATE certified technicians here at Smokey Barbier Heating, Inc., you can be reassured that we will take the best care of your equipment to keep you comfortable all year long! https://cl.ly/345911e9bc54
10/23/18: Kory discussed the importance of changing the filters on your equipment on a regular basis to keep it in working condition. Take a listen as Kory explains the difference in filters and what one may be the best for your home's healthy air circulation: https://cl.ly/0b6ad39fd347
10/30/18: Kory explains to listeners how humidification plays an important roll in your home comfort.
12/4/18: Kory took us back to the basics on a furnace. He described the venting differences with various efficient forced air furnaces and what questions a homeowner should be prepared to answer when looking at replacing his/her furnace. Take a moment to hear a quick overview!
12/11/18: Kory discussed the basics of a boiler. Boilers are really becoming more efficient these days and not only can keep your house warm for use of space heating, but can also serve as your domestic hot water heater. Zoning with a boiler is also available and recommended. Take a listen to Kory and Terry discuss these topics: https://cl.ly/59e15eda7d7d
12/18/18: Are you still looking for a gift for that special someone this holiday season? Why not give them the gift of comfort and lower heating bills? An Evergreen motor will do just that! Kory discusses the benefits of using one of these high-efficient motors on a furnace in this week's episode of The Heat. Take a listen if you didn't get a chance to tune in this morning: https://cl.ly/8d123197deee
2/5/19: Hear about indoor air pollution and how you can clean the air in your home for a healthier living space. The professionally-installed Aprilaire 5000 air purifier will help clean and polish the air, get rid of up to 98% of airborne bacteria or fungus and up to 98% of pet dander or dust, that can trigger asthma. Also, Kory discusses the difference in this air purifier and a high-efficient furnace filter in this episode of "The Heat". Take a listen: https://cl.ly/de911411a264
2/12/19: Kory and Jim discussed what an HRV (Heat Recovery Ventilator; aka a Whole Home Ventilation System) will do for your home in regards to air exchange. This unit will provide a balanced supply of fresh air into your home's structure, allowing for protection of your woodwork, decreased moisture on the windows and also decreased mold spore growth in your home. Take a listen for more in-depth information on this product: https://cl.ly/795f520860b2
2/19/19: Kory and Jim talked about how a Reznor or Modine unit heater can help keep your garage toasty warm during these cold days. These ceiling-mounted heaters can be vented multiple ways and take only one day to professionally install. You can hear more information on these units by clicking the following link: https://cl.ly/64a719ff8306
2/26/19: Kory discussed how an Empire space heater can take care of the chill and make your living space more comfortable as we prepare for Spring. This floor-mounted space heater is a permanent solution for heating a specific space in your home and can be vented two different ways. Take a listen to exactly how this heater can be used in your home: https://cl.ly/128dc7746c4c
3/5/19: Kory explained the different trainings and certifications that our technicians and installers go through in order to make our company a Factory Authorized Dealer (FAD) and to be certified to do the work that we do. Take a listen: https://cl.ly/a662cfc47d07
3/12/19: Kory touched base on what your furnace filter can tell you about your system and home air quality. If you filter is hard to pull out when changing, there can be issues with your air flow, as the filter could be getting sucked into the furnace cavity. Filters can tell you a lot about what the air is like in your home by their color. The 3 major colors that our technicians often see are grey, white and black. Take a minute to hear about what these colors mean and more: https://cl.ly/e6addfc5b248
3/19/19: Kory informed listeners on how a Honeywell water sensor can protect your floors or from water damage due to leaky water heaters, ice machines, refrigerators, furnaces, etc. Take a listen now on how this water sensor performs: https://cl.ly/15ece74a0bdd
3/26/19: Kory touched base on the basics and importance of the heat exchanger on a forced air furnace and what potential hazards it can cause when damaged. https://cl.ly/8aae6bc24a22
4/2/19: Kory discussed how the old R22 (freon) air conditioner refrigerant has been replaced with R410A (puron) to meet Environmental Protection Agency codes. Take a listen as to why the R22 is being replaced by new refrigerant: https://cl.ly/ec58f76dedfa
4/9/19: Kory continues the discussion on the R22 refrigerant phase-out and what options customers have when they have issues with their A/C unit that uses this type of refrigerant. Take a listen as to what the options are: https://cl.ly/50063d7859b8
4/16/19: Kory explained what the A/C unit consists of for components and how the A/C unit really works to help keep you cool. He also explained why keeping the area clean around the outside condenser is important for it's operation. Take a listen: https://cl.ly/4877dfa40088
4/23/19: Kory explained the different types of A/C units that we install here at Smokey Barbier Heating, Inc., whether it is the common split system or an air handling system or ductless (mini) split system. If you missed the live discussion, here is the link to listen now: https://cl.ly/f87e9bda722d
4/30/19: Kory talked about the importance of having annual maintenance done on your air conditioner and exactly what our technicians all do on these cleanings. He also explained why it is best to have a 60+ degree day when getting these clean & checks done. Click on the following link to hear what work is performed on your A/C unit when we send our service technician: https://cl.ly/30ea5db9fe79
5/7/19: Kory explained the importance of having your air conditioner maintained by a HVAC professional after a long winter. He also explained what our technician will do when he comes to maintain your A/C unit. Take a listen: https://cl.ly/14b54ccb4498
5/14/19: This morning's topic on "The Heat" was WI Focus on Energy and how a new HVAC system & accessories can save you money both on your electricity and gas bills, as well as add a little extra spending money to your pocket in the weeks following the install: https://cl.ly/e31f2df8e36f
5/21/19: Kory discussed what AHRI determines as a "matching system" in order to receive Focus on Energy (FOE) mail-in rebates this morning on "The Heat". The main goal of FOE is to decrease the amount of energy used to run your HVAC equipment and appliances, and therefore they will give you incentives for purchasing and installing energy-efficient equipment.
FOE offers standard incentives (Tier 1) regardless of income.
* The rebate for a smart thermostat is $75.00.
* The rebate for a 95%+ efficient furnace is $125.00.
* The rebate for a 95%+ efficient furnace with a matching 16+ SEER rated A/C unit is $250.00.
* The rebate for a 95%+ efficient furnace with a matching 16+ SEER rated A/C unit and smart thermostat is $375.00.
However, if your household income is at or below the amounts on the table below, you may qualify for higher incentives (Tier 2). To qualify for this higher incentive (up to $875.00!), an Income Eligibility Application must be completed prior to installation. Find it at www.focusonenergy.com/residentialapps, along with the Heating & Cooling Application.
Household size Gross Annual Income Gross 3-Mth Income1 $36,640 $9,1602 $47,913 $11,9783 $59,188 $14,7974 $70,461 $17,6155 $81,734 $20,433
Hear this discussion between Kory and Jim by clicking on the following link: https://cl.ly/0c662a2e9656
5/28/19: Kory explains whats all involved in the process of installing a new A/C unit, from the service call/estimate to the start-up of the unit itself after install. Take a listen: https://cl.ly/7a5513d22900.
6/4/19: Kory explained a little about our company; how long we have been around, what we can do for your home, schooling, etc. He also talked about how far the HVAC industry has come in regards to technology. Take a listen:https://cl.ly/512b4df5213a
6/11/19: Kory discussed what you, as a homeowner, can do to make sure that your A/C unit continues to operate properly or run more efficiently. Listen here: https://cl.ly/711633d0d30e
6/18/19: Kory explained why your system may have a moldy or musty smell during the first few weeks after the A/C is first turned on. Luckily, we are able to help take care of that stinky smell for you! Take a listen: https://cl.ly/3299ee29dd5f
6/25/19: Kory expanded on the moisture that you may see around your HVAC unit. He discussed where the water may be coming from and what can be done to prevent this from happening again! Take a listen: https://cl.ly/57d748f0372e
7/2/19: Kory explained the Bryant Evolution System that we have been offering for roughly the past 6 years. There is a communication feature built into an Evolution System, allowing the heating and cooling units to "talk" to each other, as well as the wall control (thermostat). This system will know to contact both you and Smokey Barbier Heating, Inc. when there is an issue with your system through the wall control and dealer portal. Installing a Bryant Evolution System is a great way to save you money in the long run due to it's communication feature and energy efficiency. There are also come safety features on these Evolution models to help protect your investment and keep you comfortable for years to come! Take a listen: https://cl.ly/2bcdfadd2bb5
7/9/19: On "The Heat" this morning, 2-stage & multi-stage A/C units were the topics of discussion. These types of units can match the demand of the day in order to keep you comfortable, as well as keep the sound level at a minimum. Take a listen for further information on how these units perform: https://cl.ly/49ba4eae11a7
7/16/19: Kory discussed the common issues for why your A/C unit would break down on "The Heat" this morning. It could be something as simple as an inexpensive capacitor to something as complex as a super-expensive compressor. Click on the link to hear more about how that outdoor A/C unit really functions: https://cl.ly/80b32b2f8d33
7/23/19: It's always best to be proactive when it comes to maintaining your A/C unit, as Kory explains on "The Heat" this morning. However, we know that sometimes regular maintenance is not always done and you need to call a professional to come out and take a look at your A/C unit. The most important part of the service call is to have the homeowner or renter there to answer some simple questions, as they are the one who knows their system the best! Take a listen to what is all entailed in a service call: https://cl.ly/4b28dab7daa2
7/30/19: Kory explained how individuals with either hot water heat or no existing duct work can still have air conditioning in their home. An air handler can be installed in these circumstances. Take a listen to hear what an air handler exactly is and how it can keep your home cool and comfortable: https://cl.ly/422e4b846a65
8/6/19: On "The Heat" this morning, Kory was excited to announce the Secure Aire Whole-Home Air Purifier that has just been added to our product line! You will NOT find this product on Amazon or in retail stores.This hospital-grade product will clean and polish the air in your home by trapping and killing the tiny particles (pathogens, dust & dander and VOCs) that can lead to allergies, asthma, sickness, dementia and even cancer. Take a listen to find out more information on this brand new product that we offer: https://cl.ly/74efba3ca933
8/13/19: Today on "The Heat" Kory explains the dangers of trying to repair or replace your HVAC equipment or thermostat on your own and why you should leave this type of work to a trained professional, such as the technicians at Smokey Barbier Heating, Inc.. From combustible gases to electrical wires, your HVAC equipment can be a dangerous and costly piece of equipment in your home if not handled professionally. https://cl.ly/bf9ef70438b7
8/20/19: Kory and Jim discussed what type of questions that you, as a homeowner, should be asking or what type of research should be done prior to scheduling a consultation for a new piece of HVAC equipment, as well as what questions should be asked when a representative is in the home assessing your needs.https://cl.ly/34295ba189c6
8/27/19: Kory explained how important it is to be proactive and have your furnace (or boiler) inspected prior to the cold weather arriving. It is never too early to get your furnace inspected, and with being proactive, weak or rusty parts can be identified and therefore replaced prior to the busy season and prior to them leading to a greater problematic issue. Take a listen to find out what a furnace inspection by one of our technicians all entails: https://cl.ly/fd67a1f2d4fc
9/3/19: Kory discussed how a dehumidifier can help with some of the health issues and discomfort in your home. Mold and bacteria grow and thrive in humid conditions, especially when the humidity level is above 50%. We have a solution to this problem! Adding a ducted dehumidifier can take care of removing humidity from all of the rooms in your home; a stand-alone unit, like that of one you can buy at a local box store, will just take care of one single room. When purchased and installed by a professional at Smokey Barbier Heating, the dehumidifier carries a 5 year warranty, which adds peace of mind to your added comfort.https://cl.ly/bd24c21dec99
9/10/19: The Fall Equinox is coming up quickly! Now is a great time to think about preparing your air conditioner for the cooler weather that is sure to come. From NOT covering your condenser unit to changing your furnace filter, Kory explains what typical and easy things you can do to get ready for winter weather. https://cl.ly/439348cbcb3d
9/17/19: Now that Fall is right around the corner, Kory talks about some of the simple things that you can do to get your furnace ready for winter and what items to inspect to see if there may be any issues when turning that furnace on for the first time of the season. Take a listen: https://cl.ly/54a451d9da2b
9/24/19: Summer is officially over! This is a great time to think about having an annual furnace or boiler inspection done. Just like you should start your snow blower before you need it, it is a good idea to start and have your heating system cleaned before the blustery weather arrives. A little bit of inefficiency on a unit can later become a costly expense to you. Take a listen to what tasks Kory and our other professional HVAC technicians perform on an annual inspection. https://cl.ly/15687cbda745
10/1/19: Kory touched base on the differences of furnace filters. Take a listen to how a fiberglass filter differs from a pleated filter and what the MERV rating stands for and means for your furnace! https://cl.ly/25e8c9b96b11
10/8/19: Kory and Jim talked about the benefits of getting your furnace or boiler checked over before the cold weather creeps in. Our trained HVAC professionals can help spark conversation also to find out how that unit is running and how it has run in the past in order to take care of problems before they become disasters! Take a listen to the many benefits of having annual maintenance done to your system: https://cl.ly/860ac631d78e
10/15/19: Today's topic on "The Heat" was carbon monoxide, also known as "The Silent Killer". Kory discusses how this poisonous gas is made by your heating system and what you can do to prevent yourself and your family from becoming a victim of this deadly substance. https://cl.ly/583b0a43bfe4
10/22/19: Kory explained the difference in venting of your heating unit; whether it is a masonry chimney, a metal vent or PVC piping, as well as the proper venting that is needed on your water heater. https://cl.ly/d2dd48b5e7f9
10/29/19: Around this time of the year, we seem to have a lot more static electricity in our homes and possibly have some dry throats and bloody noses when waking up in the morning. For this, we have a solution! Kory discusses how an automatic whole-home humidifier helps add humidity to your home and increase your comfort level with just one setting! https://cl.ly/9d86927ef003
11/5/19: Kory explains what all takes place during a furnace inspection, from arrival at your doorstep to checking the furnace & drain lines over, along with other important parts. share.getcloudapp.com/2NuAX5qY
11/12/19: Kory explains the different types of furnaces that heat your home; such as a space heater, a mid-efficient furnace or a high-efficient furnace, and where these different types of units are best located within the home. share.getcloudapp.com/9ZuWEjdD
11/19/19: On "The Heat" this morning, Kory and Jim discussed what "snowbirds" (or people that leave for the winter) need to do prior to leaving the home vacant for a long period of time. From having your furnace/boiler clean & check done, to replacing the batteries in your thermostat, to changing your filter, there are many important things to check off of your "To Do" list before you take flight to warmer weather! share.getcloudapp.com/WnuAGbxg
11/26/19: If you have a boiler rather than a furnace in your home, don't worry! We have plenty of customers who have a boiler in their home and actually, they are not a just thing of the past. Kory explains how boilers today are becoming super efficient and how a boiler differs from that of a furnace. Take a listen: https://cl.ly/fc8ec2957be9
12/3/19: Today on "The Heat", Kory explained how a thermostat can either be mechanical or digital and what the differences are between the two. Kory also sheds light on the fact that these digital thermostats require batteries, which should be replaced on a yearly basis. https://cl.ly/8b8c29f41957
12/10/19: On "The Heat" this morning, Kory talked about how a garage unit heater would be a great Christmas gift for anyone who works outside in the garage or shop during the winter months. Unlike the bullet heaters that just plug in and create carbon monoxide and those stinky fumes, these unit heaters are permanently mounted on the ceiling and are controlled by a wall thermostat. Take a listen to the benefits of having one in your garage or shop: https://cl.ly/6e1a683c2e7a
12/17/19: Do you want the cleanest and most purified air in your home? Smokey Barbier Heating can help with that by installing a Secure Aire whole-home air purifier. This hospital-grade purifier will trap and kill the fine particles and VOCs which other air purifiers can't, which can be absorbed into our blood stream and cause sickness and even cancer. https://cl.ly/286e18cbee3e
12/24/19: When your furnace is more energy efficient, your wallet is thicker. Smokey Barbier Heating can help your forced-air furnace help become more efficient by upgrading your blower motor to an Evergreen motor. Hear what Kory has to say about this motor and how it works: https://cl.ly/1366fb35e633
12/31/19: Kory discussed what the efficiency rating on a furnace really means for the homeowner. You will pay a little more upfront for the equipment, but you will definitely benefit in the long run on these higher energy efficient units in regards to your utility bills and your home comfort. https://cl.ly/f4115b63d48d
1/7/20: Kory was excited to announce the new HVAC Associates Degree program that Lakeshore Technical College (LTC) is going to be offering to students starting this fall. Kory is on the committee advisory board for this program, helping the college decide how to design their curriculum and lab. Take a listen to this new program: https://cl.ly/3b98257215e7
1/14/20: Kory talked about how to plan for home improvements or remodeling when it comes to your HVAC system. In order to keep your plans running smoothly, it is important to contact a certified HVAC company to help you figure out where to move those heat runs or other ductwork when you are remodeling. Take a listen to the types of issues you may run into and contact Smokey Barbier Heating, Inc. to help you with these future plans: https://cl.ly/97e277bf3109
1/21/20: Do you need someone to run natural gas pipe to your new stove or dryer? Smokey Barbier Heating, Inc. can safely do this for you! Kory talked about this on "The Heat" this morning and explained that a professional really needs to install this piping. https://cl.ly/2dce346102ff
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